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NPR 2009-10-07

时间:2009-11-09 06:39来源:互联网 提供网友:wangyingzi19872   字体: [ ]

A White House meeting on Afghanistan between President Obama and congressional leaders has wrapped up. The president invited more than thirty members of Congress from both sides of the aisle1 to discuss current US strategy in the region. Emerging from the session, Republican Senator John McCain called it a positive meeting, saying various viewpoints regarding what to do next there are being heard.

"I think we had a good meeting with the president, and obviously it is his decision to make as commander in chief. We also obviously have a role to play as members of Congress as well."

The meeting follows a call from the top military commander in the region for as many as 40,000 additional troops for Afghanistan. However the White House has repeatedly said no decision on additional troops will be made until President Obama has reviewed all elements of the war there.

Attorney General Eric Holder2 is the latest official to publicly acknowledge the administration may not meet its January deadline to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. He spoke3 with reporters today. NPR's Ari Shapiro has more.

Attorney General Holder said, "It’s going to be difficult to make the January 22nd deadline, that doesn't mean we are not going to try". Setting that deadline was one of President Obama's first acts in office and Holder defended it as the right choice. He said whether or not the administration meets the deadline, having a firm date, focused efforts and attention on the project. Holder described transferring detainees to foreign countries as one of the biggest hurdles4. Around 90 men have been cleared for transfer, but the State Department has only been able to find foreign countries willing to take about twenty. Another major obstacle is domestic political opposition5. The Obama administration wants to bring some detainees to the United States for trial, but Congress has overwhelmingly opposed that option. Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington.

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics goes to scientists who invented some of the technologies we could scarcely live without today. NPR's Richard Harris reports.

News of today's Nobel Prize spread instantly around the world, thanks to fiber6 optics communications cables. And those are here today, thanks to the work of Charles Kao. He was born in Shanghai and invented the cables that carry the Internet and other telecommunications. Kao will share this year's prize with Willard Boyle and George Smith, who in essence invented digital photography when they worked at Bell Labs in New Jersey7. One fall day in 1969, they invented something called a charge-coupled device, or CCD. They convert light waves into electronic signals, and CCDs are now at the heart of digital cameras. They are also in medical devices, spy satellites, telescopes and deep space probes. The three scientists will share a prize worth 1.4 million dollars. Richard Harris, NPR News.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 131 points to close at 9,731. That was a rise of more than 1.3%. The NASDAQ was up 35 points today.

This is NPR.

American troops are now aiding in the recovery efforts in Indonesia in the wake of the massive earthquake that has left at least 700 people dead there and tens of thousands of others homeless. There were thousands still missing. The death toll8 there is likely to go higher. US soldiers are joining workers from at least twenty countries who are trying to help the victims of the quake which hit last week. Helicopters have been dropping food to survivors9 of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake which has caused extensive damage in the city of Padang. Heavy rains since Sunday and thick mud in the area have also made it difficult for aid workers to reach some of the stricken areas.

An unexpected delay in shipments of seasonal10 flu vaccine11 is causing hundreds of flu-shot clinics in Colorado to be postponed12. From member station KCFL in Denver, Eric Whitney reports.

Private companies with plans to offer seasonal flu shots at workplaces, schools and churches in Colorado say promised vaccine shipments have not yet arrived from manufacturers. Joni Reynolds, the state's immunization program director, says strong demand for the vaccine is coming unusually early this flu season.

"Clinics that had been scheduled earlier than that typical season may be canceled around the state as the vaccine shipments still continue to come into Colorado."

Health officials expect more vaccine to arrive soon, in plenty of time, they say, to protect the public against seasonal flu which typically peaks here in December and January. The only flu detected in Colorado so far this season is H1N1, or swine flu. The first doses of vaccine against the H1N1 flu are expected here this week. For NPR News, I'm Eric Whitney in Denver.

Crude oil futures13 ended the session higher. The contract for benchmark crude rose 47 cents a barrel to close at $70.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


1 aisle qxPz3     
  • The aisle was crammed with people.过道上挤满了人。
  • The girl ushered me along the aisle to my seat.引座小姐带领我沿着通道到我的座位上去。
2 holder wc4xq     
  • The holder of the office of chairman is reponsible for arranging meetings.担任主席职位的人负责安排会议。
  • That runner is the holder of the world record for the hundred-yard dash.那位运动员是一百码赛跑世界纪录的保持者。
3 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
4 hurdles ef026c612e29da4e5ffe480a8f65b720     
n.障碍( hurdle的名词复数 );跳栏;(供人或马跳跃的)栏架;跨栏赛
  • In starting a new company, many hurdles must be crossed. 刚开办一个公司时,必须克服许多障碍。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • There are several hurdles to be got over in this project. 在这项工程中有一些困难要克服。 来自辞典例句
5 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
6 fiber NzAye     
  • The basic structural unit of yarn is the fiber.纤维是纱的基本结构单元。
  • The material must be free of fiber clumps.这种材料必须无纤维块。
7 jersey Lp5zzo     
  • He wears a cotton jersey when he plays football.他穿运动衫踢足球。
  • They were dressed alike in blue jersey and knickers.他们穿着一致,都是蓝色的运动衫和灯笼短裤。
8 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。
9 survivors 02ddbdca4c6dba0b46d9d823ed2b4b62     
幸存者,残存者,生还者( survivor的名词复数 )
  • The survivors were adrift in a lifeboat for six days. 幸存者在救生艇上漂流了六天。
  • survivors clinging to a raft 紧紧抓住救生筏的幸存者
10 seasonal LZ1xE     
  • The town relies on the seasonal tourist industry for jobs.这个城镇依靠季节性旅游业提供就业机会。
  • The hors d'oeuvre is seasonal vegetables.餐前小吃是应时蔬菜。
11 vaccine Ki1wv     
  • The polio vaccine has saved millions of lives.脊髓灰质炎疫苗挽救了数以百万计的生命。
  • She takes a vaccine against influenza every fall.她每年秋季接种流感疫苗。
12 postponed 9dc016075e0da542aaa70e9f01bf4ab1     
vt.& vi.延期,缓办,(使)延迟vt.把…放在次要地位;[语]把…放在后面(或句尾)vi.(疟疾等)延缓发作(或复发)
  • The trial was postponed indefinitely. 审讯无限期延迟。
  • The game has already been postponed three times. 这场比赛已经三度延期了。
13 futures Isdz1Q     
  • He continued his operations in cotton futures.他继续进行棉花期货交易。
  • Cotton futures are selling at high prices.棉花期货交易的卖价是很高的。
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