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NPR 2008-05-08

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Senator Barack Obama won a big victory in North Carolina last night. He was ahead by 14 points with 93% of the vote counted. NPR’s Mara Liasson reports.

 Barack Obama ended last night with more delegates and popular votes than Senator Clinton. A visibly relieved Obama stood before supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina last night and assured them that his nomination1 was close at hand. “Tonight, we stand less than 200 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.” Obama had weathered the worst two months of his campaign. He’d been damaged by the comments of his former pastor2 and by his own comments about bitter small town voters. But last night’s results showed that hasn’t prevented him from winning Democratic primaries or in winning the votes of super delegates. And today, his campaign expects more super delegates will be announcing their support for Obama. Mara liasson, NPR News, Washington.

 Rival Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, was not deterred3. Her narrow Indiana win gave her hope. “I’m going to work my heart out in West Virginia and Kentucky this month, and I, I intend to win them in November in the general election.” Clinton told supporters it’s “full speed ahead” to the White House”. Obama, however, is closest to winning the majority of pledged delegates. He’s fewer than 200 away from the number needed. But with the race so close, super delegates are likely to play a pivotal role in deciding the winner of the Democratic presidential nomination.

 It’s estimated that a million people in Myanmar are homeless after a devastating4 cyclone5 on Saturday. The death toll6 has topped 22,000 with more than 40,000 missing. UN officials have declared the Myanmar delta7 a major disaster. They say some aid is starting to reach people in and around the largest city Yangon, but getting visas for aid workers to go into the country has been a problem. NPR’s Michele Kelemen reports.

 The World Food Program’s regional director in Asia, Tony Banbury, says his UN agency has started to deliver stockpiles of rice it had in Myanmar and he said the government has agreed to let WFP fly in some emergency food supplies. “The government is overwhelmed by the scale of this disaster. It took them time to realize how much devastation8 there was. They are reacting. They’ve agreed to give us some visas. They’ve agreed to let us bring food in and we do see signs of important cooperation.” But some UN workers are still waiting for visas to go to Myanmar to help. A US disaster assistance response team is also standing9 by in neighboring Thailand. President Bush, an outspoken10 critic of Myanmar’s military rulers, said he would offer US naval11 assets if the American experts can get in. Michele Kelemen, NPR News, Washington.

 Oil prices held steady in Asian trading today. US light crude for June delivery fell by seven cents to $121.77 a barrel in electronic trading. This is NPR News.

 Israel today observes Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Tonight, celebrations for the country’s 60th anniversary get under way. NPR’s Linda Gradstein reports.

 Israelis stopped their cars and stood in silence to remember the more than 22,000 soldiers killed since 1948. Memorial ceremonies were held at military cemeteries12 around Israel. Speaking at the official ceremony in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed the bereaved13 families directly, saying “We will always hold in our hearts a debt of honor to your children”. All places of entertainment are closed until dusk and flags fly at half-staff. After dark, the mood will change dramatically and celebrations of Israel’s 60th anniversary will begin with music and fireworks. Police are on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. Linda Gradstein, NPR News, Jerusalem.

 It wasn’t long ago that ethanol, made from corn, was seen as the way to energy independence and a green fuel that would help take the country away from climate-changing fossil energy. Democrats14 and Republicans cheered its benefits as Congress directed a fivefold increase in ethanol use as a motor fuel. President Bush called it key to his strategy to cut gasoline use by 20% by 2010. But now, that has changed. With skyrocketing food costs and hunger spreading across the globe, there are second thoughts. And there is talk of asking the government to cut this year’s mandate15 for nine billion gallons of corn ethanol in a bid to ease food costs. The dramatic reversal has stunned16 producers and its supporters in the nation’s capital.


1 nomination BHMxw     
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.约翰最有希望被提名为俱乐部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示赞成他的提名。
2 pastor h3Ozz     
  • He was the son of a poor pastor.他是一个穷牧师的儿子。
  • We have no pastor at present:the church is run by five deacons.我们目前没有牧师:教会的事是由五位执事管理的。
3 deterred 6509d0c471f59ae1f99439f51e8ea52d     
v.阻止,制止( deter的过去式和过去分词 )
  • I told him I wasn't interested, but he wasn't deterred. 我已告诉他我不感兴趣,可他却不罢休。
  • Jeremy was not deterred by this criticism. 杰里米没有因这一批评而却步。 来自辞典例句
4 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
5 cyclone cy3x7     
  • An exceptionally violent cyclone hit the town last night.昨晚异常猛烈的旋风吹袭了那个小镇。
  • The cyclone brought misery to thousands of people.旋风给成千上万的人带来苦难。
6 toll LJpzo     
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
7 delta gxvxZ     
  • He has been to the delta of the Nile.他曾去过尼罗河三角洲。
  • The Nile divides at its mouth and forms a delta.尼罗河在河口分岔,形成了一个三角洲。
8 devastation ku9zlF     
  • The bomb caused widespread devastation. 炸弹造成大面积破坏。
  • There was devastation on every side. 到处都是破坏的创伤。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
10 outspoken 3mIz7v     
  • He was outspoken in his criticism.他在批评中直言不讳。
  • She is an outspoken critic of the school system in this city.她是这座城市里学校制度的坦率的批评者。
11 naval h1lyU     
  • He took part in a great naval battle.他参加了一次大海战。
  • The harbour is an important naval base.该港是一个重要的海军基地。
12 cemeteries 4418ae69fd74a98b3e6957ca2df1f686     
n.(非教堂的)墓地,公墓( cemetery的名词复数 )
  • It's morbid to dwell on cemeteries and such like. 不厌其烦地谈论墓地以及诸如此类的事是一种病态。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • In other districts the proximity of cemeteries seemed to aggravate the disease. 在其它地区里,邻近墓地的地方,时疫大概都要严重些。 来自辞典例句
13 bereaved dylzO0     
adj.刚刚丧失亲人的v.使失去(希望、生命等)( bereave的过去式和过去分词);(尤指死亡)使丧失(亲人、朋友等);使孤寂;抢走(财物)
  • The ceremony was an ordeal for those who had been recently bereaved. 这个仪式对于那些新近丧失亲友的人来说是一种折磨。
  • an organization offering counselling for the bereaved 为死者亲友提供辅导的组织
14 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 mandate sj9yz     
  • The President had a clear mandate to end the war.总统得到明确的授权结束那场战争。
  • The General Election gave him no such mandate.大选并未授予他这种权力。
16 stunned 735ec6d53723be15b1737edd89183ec2     
adj. 震惊的,惊讶的 动词stun的过去式和过去分词
  • The fall stunned me for a moment. 那一下摔得我昏迷了片刻。
  • The leaders of the Kopper Company were then stunned speechless. 科伯公司的领导们当时被惊得目瞪口呆。
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