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Chatter Box [Global Times]
[June 12, 2014]

Chatter Box [Global Times]

(Global Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The 2014 World Cup in Brazil starts in the small hours of the morning Friday. The match's start time is no outlier. Most of the games will start between midnight and 6 am local time. Because of the late night match schedule, many football fans have been asking their employers for leave so they don't have to go into work after staying up all night. Some local companies have allowed employees to come in later in the day so they can see the games. Still others have given their employees half-day holidays during the World Cup.A woman surnamed Chen, who works at a private publishing house, told local media that football fans at her office don't have to come in until noon on days when there is an important match. Companies that offer the benefit have also given employees half days off during other international soccer tournaments, such as the European Cup. An employee at an unnamed website told local media that his employer is allowing people to work from home during the World Cup as long as they finish their work on time.From eastday.comFrom the thread "10 standards for a good father"With Father's Day on Sunday, local media surveyed people online about a widely circulated post called the 10 standards of a good father. The standards are: Going home right after workPlaying with your child as soon as you arrive home Not scolding or hitting your childNot arguing in front of your childNot smoking in front of your childNot playing video game in front of your childSaying "thank you" in front of your child after receiving help from a family memberWashing your dirty socks in front of your childEating all your food at mealtimePraising your child for good behavior in front of the entire family Most respondents thought the standards were too tough. Fewer than 20 percent thought they could meet nine or 10 of the standards. Only 30 percent thought they could meet four to six of the standards. A man surnamed Zhang is a father of a 3-year-old. He thinks it would be difficult to go directly back home after work and immediately play with his child. "Most of the time I have to work overtime or have social networking activities, so I cannot go home directly after work. Besides, because of my heavy workload, I have no energy to hold or play with the child when I arrive at home. A man has a lot of pressure from work, so he needs some time to relax at the end of the day. The demands for a man to make money as well as take care of a child is too difficult in a fast-paced city like Shanghai," Zhang said. From (c) 2014 Global Times. All rights reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (

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