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发表于 2009-6-10 20:06:51 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
很久没学英文了 感觉很荒废
于是打算每天来一篇新闻或者小短文 尽量记点单词
我这个人好半途而废
希望这次能坚持下去
 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-10 20:07:28 | 显示全部楼层

6.10

本帖最后由 桃桃lisa 于 2009-6-11 22:40 编辑

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8092866.stm

Japan sets 'weak' climate target
By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News


Japan has announced a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 15% over the next 11 years - a figure derided by environmentalists as "appalling".

The target equates to a cut of about 8% from 1990 levels, the commonly used baseline. By comparison, the EU plans a 20% reduction over the same period.

The announcement comes in the middle of talks on the UN climate treaty in Bonn.

Some observers say Japan's goal is not enough to persuade developing countries to cut their own emissions.

"The target is not strong enough to convince developing nations to sign up for a new climate change pact," said Hidefumi Kurasaka, professor of environmental policies at Japan's Chiba University.

Announcing the target, Prime Minister Taro Aso argued it was as strong as the EU's because it does not include "flexible mechanisms" such as international carbon trading.

But Kim Carstensen, leader of the global climate initiative at environment group WWF, said the 8% target represented virtually no advance from the 6% cut that Japan had pledged, under the Kyoto Protocol, to achieve by 2012.

"Prime Minister Aso's plan is appalling," he said.

"[It] would mean that Japan effectively gives dirty industries the freedom to pollute without limits for eight years."

Japan's annual emissions are currently about 6% above 1990 levels, despite its Kyoto Protocol pledge to make cuts.

But the government points out that the society uses energy much more efficiently than other industrialised countries. Per-capita greenhouse gas emissions are about half the rates in Australia and the US.

Developing curbs

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN advisory body, has recommended that developed nations cut emissions by 25-40% from 1990 levels by 2020.

Mr Aso's target puts Japan roughly in line with the US. President Obama has pledged to bring emissions back down to 1990 levels by 2020, although legislation coming through Congress is likely to impose a target of about 6%.

The US, and at least some EU nations, are determined that major developing countries such as China and India should adopt emission curbs.

But they have repeatedly said they will not sign up to measures that could curb their economic growth, arguing that the developed world must lead the way.

The two-week meeting in Bonn, which ends on Friday, is the latest in a series leading up to December's key summit in Copenhagen, which is supposed to usher in a climate agreement to supersede the Kyoto Protocol, whose current emissions targets only run as far as 2012.

emmissions-排放(物)
deride-嘲笑
appalling-骇人听闻的 严重的 糟糕的
equate to-相当于
virtually-事实上
pledge-承诺 发誓
per-capita-每人 按照人口分配
curb-限制
in line with-符合 和...一致
usher in-开创 引领
supersede-取代 代替
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-11 22:39:38 | 显示全部楼层

6.11

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8094353.stm

WHO 'set to declare flu pandemic'

UN health officials are expected to declare the first global flu pandemicin 40 years, after holding emergency talks on the swine flu crisis.

The World Health Organization called the meeting after a steep rise in the number of cases in Australia.

A BBC correspondent says it has little option but to declare a pandemic now there are nearly 28,000 recorded cases.

Reports say that the WHO had already told member countries it had decided to raise the alert to pandemic level.

Hong Kong said it was closing all its nurseries and primary schools for two weeks following 12 school cases.

The last global flu pandemic came in 1968 over the Hong Kong flu.

That pandemic killed about one million people.

A disease is classed as a pandemic when transmission between humans becomes widespread in at least two regions of the world.

Anxiety management

The latest virus emerged in Mexico in April and since then thousands of cases have been confirmed throughout North and South America.

The H1N1 strain has spread to 74 countries but the WHO has so far resisted labelling the outbreak a full-blown pandemic.
       
SWINE FLU - THE BASICS
Symptoms usually similar to seasonal flu
It is a new version of the H1N1 strain which caused the 1918 flu pandemic
Current treatments do work, but there is no vaccine
Good personal hygiene, such as washing hands, covering nose when sneezing advised



WHO chief Margaret Chan talked to officials from eight countries with large flu outbreaks on Wednesday in an attempt to confirm the spread of the disease.

She said she believed the situation could be regarded as a pandemic but wanted clear evidence before making an announcement.

The BBC's Imogen Foulkes, in Geneva, says that while the number of cases has made the declaration inevitable, the problem is that the pandemic phase system is designed for a very different type of virus.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said it had been expecting something more like the deadlier bird flu.

"It was believed that the next pandemic would be something like H5N1 bird flu, where you were seeing really high death rates, and so there were people who believed we might be in a kind of apocalyptic situation and what we're really seeing now with H1N1 is that in most cases the disease is self-limiting," he told the BBC.

"Let's say 98 or 99% of the people we so far know to be affected recover without any need of hospitalisation.

The WHO will have to manage the global anxiety the declaration of a pandemic will generate, our correspondent says.

It is concerned not to trigger panic measures such as border closures and travel bans and is expected to advocate careful medical management, including the moderate use of anti-viral drug tamiflu.

Using it on a widespread preventative scale could simply create drug resistance, our correspondent adds.

Clear signal

The WHO's move follows Australia's confirmation of more than 1,200 cases - a four-fold increase in a week.

All primary schools and nurseries in Hong Kong are to shut for 14 days from Friday in a bid to contain the virus, the territory's chief executive Donald Tsang said.

It follows confirmation that 12 secondary school pupils have contracted the illness. Secondary schools are not yet being ordered to close.

At least 50 people are now confirmed to have the virus in the territory.

The head of the WHO's global influenza programme, Keiji Fukuda, said the situation had "evolved a lot" in recent days.

"We are getting close to knowing that we are in a pandemic situation," he said.

Although most sufferers experience normal flu symptoms and make a full recovery, the WHO has confirmed 141 deaths from 27,737 cases.


pandemic-{疾病)大流行 全世界的 普遍的
nursery- 托儿所 育儿室
transmission- 传播 传送
strain- 张力 拉紧 紧绷
full-blown - 盛开的 成熟的
vaccine- 疫苗
sneeze- (打)喷嚏
inevitable- 不可避免的 必然发生的 惯常的
apocalyptic- 预言将来的大灾难 (犹如)世界末日的
trigger- (枪)扳机 引发 引起
advocate- 提倡 主张
hospitalisation- 入院治疗
moderate- 适度的 有节制的 中等量的
anti-viral - 抗病毒的
four-fold- 四倍的 四重的
evolve-演变 演化
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发表于 2009-6-12 11:01:19 | 显示全部楼层
我這半年也差不多全荒了。。
剛才看了下,果然黑體生字全中啊。。。

繼續貼~~~我爭取天天來看~~~
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-13 19:43:22 | 显示全部楼层
黑体字都是我自己不会的。。一些生词总是看到 但是意思却含糊其辞。。。
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-13 19:44:51 | 显示全部楼层
一周发五篇好了 今天搬家 累得要死 就不贴了。。。
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发表于 2009-6-13 22:00:00 | 显示全部楼层
娘子。。。
我昨天刚搬完家。
快没了半条命。。。
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发表于 2009-6-13 22:00:06 | 显示全部楼层
娘子。。。
我昨天刚搬完家。
快没了半条命。。。
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发表于 2009-6-13 22:00:59 | 显示全部楼层
这个帖子非常好啊。。
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-14 10:12:58 | 显示全部楼层
娘子。。。
我昨天刚搬完家。
快没了半条命。。。
JOJO 发表于 2009-6-13 22:00


我们真是太有缘分啦 哈哈
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-15 09:43:39 | 显示全部楼层

6.15

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8099832.stm

First UK swine flu patient death


Prof. John Oxford: "We are preparing for a more severe outbreak in Autumn."

The swine flu virus has claimed its first victim in the UK, after a female patient died in a Scottish hospital.

The patient, who had underlying health problems, is understood to have died while being treated at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

The death is the first outside the Americas, where more than 140 people have died since the pandemic began.

Swine flu has now infected almost 500 people in Scotland alone, out of 1,261 cases in the UK.

The patient was one of 10 people being treated for swine flu in the greater Glasgow area.

A statement issued by the Scottish Government said: "With regret, we can confirm that one of the patients who had been in hospital, and had been confirmed as suffering from the H1N1 virus, has died today.

"The patient had underlying health conditions." Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "I'd like to express my condolences to the patient's family and friends. This is a tragedy for those concerned and they have my heartfelt sympathy.

"Tragic though today's death is, I would like to emphasise that the vast majority of those who have H1N1 are suffering from relatively mild symptoms."

The BBC's medical correspondent Fergus Walsh said: "Swine flu does present a slightly higher risk to those with existing respiratory illness, asthma, cardiovascular disease and obesity."

He added: "It's worth remembering that seasonal flu kills several thousand people in the UK each winter. The difference with H1N1 swine flu is that the virus is almost exclusively targeting people under 65."

Thirty-five new cases of swine flu in Scotland were confirmed on Sunday.

Together with 61 new cases in England and one case in Northern Ireland confirmed on Sunday, a total of 1,261 people have now caught the virus in the UK.

Another 486 possible UK cases are being investigated.

Chances remote

Virologist Professor John Oxford said that despite the death, the public should not panic.

"I still think the chances of picking up the virus are remote. It is not going to get any worse during the summer."

Professor Oxford said he did not think the the public had become complacent and said the country was well prepared in terms of anti-viral drugs.

The UK government outlined measures it has taken to combat the outbreak earlier this week.

Ministers urged people not to alter their normal behaviour and follow hand hygiene guidelines.


underlying- 潜在的 基础的
condolence- 同情 吊唁
heartfelt- 衷心的 诚挚的
respiratory- 呼吸的 呼吸用的
asthma- 哮喘
cardiovascular- 心血管的
virologist- 滤过性病原体学者
complacent- 自满的 自鸣得意的
combat- 与...斗争 战争
alter- 更改
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-16 23:10:06 | 显示全部楼层

6.16

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8102862.stm

BA asks staff to work for nothing


British Airways is asking thousands of staff to work for nothing, for up to one month, to help the airline survive.

The appeal, sent by e-mail to more than 30,000 workers in the UK, asks them to volunteer for between one week and one month's unpaid leave, or unpaid work.

BA's chief executive Willie Walsh has already agreed to work unpaid in July, forgoing his month's salary of £61,000.

Last month, BA posted a record annual loss of £401m, partly due to higher fuel bills and other costs.

Mr Walsh said BA's drive to save cash was part of a "fight for survival".

"I am looking for every single part of the company to take part in some way in this cash-effective way of helping the company's survival plan," he said.

"It really counts," he added.

BA has been in urgent talks during the past few weeks with trade unions at the company over other ways to save money.

Details of a large pay and productivity deal are expected to be announced on Wednesday.

Flexible scheme

BA won't say how much it hopes to save by its latest initiative.

A company spokesman said it did not have an exact target for the expected savings from its appeal.

"As much as possible, but we don't have a figure," he said.

The idea was first launched last month when the airline asked staff to volunteer for a month's unpaid leave, or to work for free for that time.

That attracted more than 1,000 applicants.

But the company's more recent version of its scheme, launched last week by e-mail and in an article in the internal staff newspaper BA News, is more flexible.

It asks staff to volunteer by the end of this month for between one week and one month of unpaid leave or unpaid work.

The lost salary will be spread over between three and six months.

Unusual

BA said other airlines, such as Cathay Pacific, had launched similar schemes and a majority of their workforces had signed up for them.

Many employers have imposed pay cuts or short-time working since the recession struck the UK last year.

"In certain cases such as Honda, they shut down for several weeks," said Alistair Hatchett of the research organisation Incomes Data Services.

"Where it is obvious the economic circumstances are tough, people are willing to talk.

"Where employers try it on opportunistically, then there is a challenge," he added.

opportunistically- 机会主义地



这篇很简单 基本没有生词 就再来一篇短点的吧



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8103006.stm

Reporters 'admit' N Korea entry



Two US journalists who were jailed last week in North Korea have admitted entering the country illegally, according to state news agency KCNA.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee "admitted and accepted" their sentences, KCNA said.

The two women were given jail terms of 12 years' hard labour, after being found guilty of crossing into North Korea from the Chinese border in March.

KCNA also said they had admitted getting footage for a "smear campaign" about North Korea's human rights.

The women's families have always claimed that Lee, 36, and Ling, 32, had no intention of crossing into North Korea.

They fear the two reporters may become political pawns in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, amid growing tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme and recent missile tests.

'Criminal acts'

Euna Lee, a Korean-American, and Laura Ling, a Chinese-American, were arrested by North Korean guards on 17 March while filming a video about refugees for California-based internet broadcaster Current TV.

They were detained in Pyongyang, and on 8 June they were found guilty of "hostile acts" and illegal entry into North Korea.

"The accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts... prompted by the political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of the DPRK [North Korea]," KCNA said on Tuesday, giving its first details about the women's alleged crimes.

The news agency added that the pair had crossed the border "for the purpose of making animation files to be used for an anti-DPRK smear campaign over its human rights issue".

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described the charges against the two women as "baseless". She is thought to be considering sending an envoy to try to negotiate their release.

But supporters of Ling and Lee are concerned that their plight will be exacerbated by worsening relations between North Korea and the US.

Bargaining chips?


Tensions have increased in the region since North Korea conducted a nuclear test in May and then test-fired several missiles. Another long-range missile test is believed to be planned for later this month.

Pyongyang announced on Saturday that it would start enriching uranium and use all its plutonium to make nuclear weapons in response to tighter UN sanctions passed on Friday.

The new UN sanctions include the inspection of ships suspected of taking banned cargo to and from North Korea, a wider ban on arms sales and further measures to cut Pyongyang's access to international financial services.

There are fears Lee and Ling will be used by North Korea as bargaining chips to try to win concessions from Washington, such as humanitarian aid or direct talks.

The US has so far said negotiations can only be held under the currently-stalled six-party talks on nuclear disarmament, which also include South Korea, China, Japan and Russia.

The KCNA report on the two journalists was released just hours before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was due to hold talks with US President Barack Obama in Washington.


footage- 电影或者电视片段
smear- 弄脏 诋毁 玷污
smear campaign - (尤其针对政敌)有计划地诋毁中伤
missile- 导弹 投射物
detain- 扣留 拘留
hostile -怀有敌意的 不友善的
stifle- 使窒息/镇压 遏制
alleged - 声称的 所谓的
envoy- 使节 公使
plight - 境况 困境
exacerbate - 使恶化 使加重
uranium - 铀
plutonium -钚
sanction- 批准 认可 约束
bargaining chips- 谈判的工具 讨价还价的筹码
concession- 妥协让步 许可承认
humanitarian aid- 人道主义援助
stall- 停止 拖延
disarmament- 裁军
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发表于 2009-6-18 09:53:42 | 显示全部楼层
桃老师,您真是勤奋滴孜孜不倦滴银啊。
我的英语都快还给老师鸟。。。
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-18 11:37:13 | 显示全部楼层
13# 蓝色鸢尾

昨天一偷懒就没有发啊 今天得补上才行
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-18 11:59:07 | 显示全部楼层

6.17

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8106300.stm

EU summit faces difficult issues

By Laurence Peter
BBC News, Brussels



EU leaders are set to grapple with two particularly thorny issues at a summit in Brussels - the Lisbon Treaty and how to tighten financial regulation.

The leaders also have the easier task of nominating the conservative Jose Manuel Barroso for a second term as EU Commission president.

He has no rival - and even has backing from some centre-left leaders.

The summit follows European elections which saw a general swing to the right and some gains for Eurosceptics.

EU leaders are anxious to draw a line under the Lisbon Treaty debate.

But there has been much wrangling over the legal guarantees that the Irish government requires in order to put the Lisbon Treaty to a second referendum, likely to be held in October.

Time pressure

The referendum is crucial to the treaty's future. It is probably the last big hurdle, as nearly all the 27 member states have now ratified it, though the British Conservatives' pledge to hold a referendum, if elected, has made this a race against time.

A second Irish "No" vote, like the one a year ago, would be deeply humiliating for EU leaders. They have spent years working on the institutional changes they deem necessary to make the enlarged bloc perform efficiently.

The guarantees are expected to take the form of a legally binding political decision by the European Council - the EU prime ministers and presidents.

They will cover what Dublin identified as key areas of concern for Irish voters - military neutrality, sovereignty over taxes and opposition to abortion.

The guarantees - essentially assurances to voters - are to be made specific to the Republic of Ireland and robust enough to resist any legal challenge in the EU. Above all, the leaders want to close any legal loophole that could be used to reopen the Lisbon Treaty negotiations.

The number of EU commissioners is to be kept at 27, again to accommodate Ireland, though the original plan was to have 18 as from 2014.

The leaders' decision is expected to be modelled on the legally binding agreement made with Denmark after its voters rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. It would not require approval by other EU institutions.

It is not yet clear whether the decision will be incorporated into a subsequent EU treaty. France has suggested it could be added to Croatia's EU accession treaty, when that is ready for ratification.

Financial woes


The banking crisis looms large over this two-day summit, so the powers of new EU regulatory bodies will be hotly debated.

The discussions centre on recommendations by an expert panel headed by Jacques de Larosiere, a former IMF managing director.

The UK government, anxious to maintain the global authority of the City of London, is wary of the European Central Bank chairing the proposed new European Systemic Risk Board. Its job would be to spot any threats to financial stability across the EU. The UK and a few other EU nations do not want this key role to be monopolised by the 16-nation eurozone.

There are also concerns about the proposed European System of Financial Supervisors, whose job would be to monitor individual financial firms. The big question is whether these European regulators would be able to overrule a national government, for example by instructing it to bail out a particular firm.

The UK insists it should have the final say over its taxpayers' money. The multi-billion-pound bailouts of Northern Rock, Lloyds TSB and HBOS highlight the sensitivity of this issue.

The Czech Republic, chairing its last summit as EU president, says it wants to secure a political deal that would empower the European Commission to create a new supervisory framework. The goal is to put the blueprint into action next year.

The summit will also touch on preparations for the UN conference on climate change, coming up in December.

The Czechs want the debate to focus on EU support for developing countries, to help them mitigate the effects of climate change.

"We need a simple, effective and accountable system that ensures that only real reductions of emissions receive financial support," Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer said recently.



grapple- 抓住/与...搏斗 扭打
thorny- 多刺的 棘手的 伤脑筋的
Eurosceptic- 反亲欧派 欧元怀疑论者
wrangle- (因生气而长时间的)吵架 吵嘴
referendum- (就政治问题)公民投票
ratify- 批准 签订(合约)
deem- 认为 相信
bloc- 集团
military neutrality- 军事中立
robust- 强健的 健全的
loophole- 漏洞 空子
model on-仿照...制作
woe-悲哀
loom- 隐隐呈现
loom large- 赫然耸立 显得严重
wary- 小心翼翼的 谨慎的
overrule- 反驳 批驳
bail out- 保释 解救
blueprint-蓝图
mitigate- 减轻 缓和
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发表于 2009-6-19 08:44:15 | 显示全部楼层
話說我昨晚在OT中還上去看了一篇top news story...
標英文生字真好啊~~~
是用線上工具麼~~~~~~
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-20 10:09:45 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 桃桃lisa 于 2009-6-20 10:12 编辑

16# 樂陶
哈哈 当然是谷歌金山词霸!
top news story一般都是政治新闻 还总是美国屁股 所以我不太爱看
我一般找的是 more top stories/asiapacific/business...
你现在实习了 还是毕业工作了?
星期五OT...同情的抱一抱~
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-20 10:35:50 | 显示全部楼层

6.20

本帖最后由 桃桃lisa 于 2009-6-20 10:38 编辑

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8109698.stm

World hunger 'hits one billion'


One billion people throughout the world suffer from hunger, a figure which has increased by 100 million because of the global financial crisis, says the UN.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said the figure was a record high.

Persistently high food prices have also contributed to the hunger crisis.

The director general of the FAO said the level of hunger, one-sixth of the world's population, posed a "serious risk" to world peace and security.

The UN said almost all of the world's undernourished live in developing countries, with the most, some 642 million people, living in the Asia-Pacific region.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the next worst-hit region, the figure stands at 265 million.

Just 15 million people are left hungry in the developed world.

"The silent hunger crisis - affecting one-sixth of all of humanity - poses a serious risk for world peace and security," said Jacques Diouf.

"We urgently need to forge a broad consensus on the total and rapid eradication of hunger in the world and to take the necessary actions."

'Contradiction'

The increase in the number of hungry people was blamed on lower incomes and increased unemployment, which in turn reduced access to food by the poor, the UN agency said.

But it contrasted sharply with evidence that much of the developed world is richer than ever before.
       
WORLD HUNGER
Asia-Pacific: 642m
Sub-Saharan Africa: 265m
Latin America and Caribbean: 53m
Middle East and North Africa: 42m
Developed world: 15m
Source: FAO


"It's the first time in human history that we have so many hungry people in the world," said FAO spokesman Kostas Stamoulis, director of the organisation's development department.

"And that's a contradiction, because a lot of the world is very rich despite the economic crisis."

Mr Diouf urged governments to provide development and economic assistance to boost agriculture, particularly by smallholder farmers.

"Investment in agriculture must be increased because for the majority of poor countries a healthy agricultural sector is essential to overcome poverty and hunger and is a pre-requisite for overall economic growth," he said.

Urban suffering

The UK's international development ministry (Dfid) said the figures were "a scandal" and said it was helping some of the poorest farmers in the world to boost the amount of food they produce.

"In the last year we have pledged more than £900 million to lift millions out of hunger to help farmers boost agriculture production," a Dfid spokesman said.

The UN warns that poor people living in cities will probably face the most severe problems in coping with the global recession, because lower export demand and reduced foreign investment are likely to hit urban jobs harder.

Many migrants to urban areas would be likely to return to rural areas, it added, transferring the burden.

Incomes have also dropped "substantially" in some developing countries where families depend on remittances from relatives working abroad.

With the financial crisis hitting all parts of the world more or less simultaneously, developing countries have less room to adjust, the UN agency says.

Food prices

Among the pressures is the reality that borrowing from international capital markets is "more limited" in a global crisis, the FAO said.

Food costs in developing countries now seem more expensive, despite prices in world markets declining during the food and fuel crisis of 2006-08, it added.

They remained on average 24% higher in real terms by the end of 2008 compared to 2006.

"For poor consumers, who spend up to 60% of their incomes on staple foodss, this means a strong reduction in their effective purchasing power," the FAO said.



persistent - 持续的 不断的
undernourished - 营养不良的
Sub-Sharan -  撒哈拉沙漠以南
forge - 锻造 仿造
consensus - (意见)同意 一致
forge a consensus - 达成共识
eradication - 剔除 根除
smallholder - 小农 佃农
pre-requisite - 首要的 必须的/(事情)必须条件
cope with - 对付 应对(并处理)
substantial - 坚固的 大量的 客观的 重要的
substantially - 大幅度地 重要地 充分地 大致上
remittance - 汇款 汇兑
simultaneosly - 同时地
staple food - 主食
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发表于 2009-6-20 12:37:07 | 显示全部楼层
噢~我也用GOOGLE的~~~虽然翻句子很机械,查词还是蛮好用的~~
以前被骗去看economist。。。汗。。。但BBC家的新闻看上去很舒服,
不像某某报那么欠抽,高阶词汇一大把。。。
我开始打工生涯了啊。。。超级郁闷。。改天空了再聊吧~
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-23 22:21:34 | 显示全部楼层

6.23

China and US hold military talks
By Michael Bristow
BBC News, Beijing



Defence officials from the United States and China are meeting in Beijing for two days of high-level talks.

They are expected to discuss several recent naval confrontations between the two countries in the South China Sea.

North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests - and how to react to them - will also be on the agenda.

Military relations between China and the US have been strained since last year because of the US sale of arms to Taiwan.

Sovereignty claim

Michele Flournoy, the US under secretary of defence for policy, is leading the US delegation for the talks, set up in 1997.

She will meet Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian from the People's Liberation Army, China's armed forces.

One of the top concerns for the US team is the confrontations between ships from the two countries in the South China Sea.

Already this year, there have been a handful of incidents off China's southern coast.

Just a few weeks ago, a Chinese submarine collided with sonar equipment being towed by the USS John S. McCain off Subic Bay in the Philippines.

China says that was an accident, but the US says it is worried about the increasing number of such incidents.

There is already a mechanism to deal with this kind of conflict.

"We would hope to reinvigorate those discussions so that we can make sure that we're both operating in a safe and prudent manner," said a US defence department spokesman before the US delegation arrived in Beijing.

China says the South China Sea, and its island chains, are part of its sovereign territory and it has previously complained about US naval activity in the region.

The Defence Consultative Talks between China and the US are usually held every year, although not last year.

Beijing suspended military ties between the two nations last October in protest at the US decision to sell $6.5bn-worth of arms to Taiwan, an island China considers its own.




naval-海军的
confrontation- 对抗 对抗的事物
sovereignty- 国家主权
delegation - 代表团
Lieutenant[lefˈtenənt] General - 中将
People's Liberation Army - 中国人民解放军
a handful of - 一把
collide with - 与...相撞
sonar- 声纳
tow- 拖 拉 牵引
USS - United States Ship 美国军舰
reinvigorate- 使再振作 使复兴
prudent - 审慎的 有先见之明的
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 楼主| 发表于 2009-6-29 12:55:58 | 显示全部楼层
上个星期懒惰了 都怎么来更新 这周要每天更新 勤奋一点!
中午吃饭回来弄。。。。
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发表于 2010-5-11 20:51:49 | 显示全部楼层
支持下楼主!不错不错。
貌似还是有一定道理的。
 
 
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