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NPR 2009-11-15

时间:2009-12-07 02:26来源:互联网 提供网友:密战   字体: [ ]

From NPR News in Washington, I’m Barbara Klein.

President Obama is in Singapore for a series of meetings with leaders from Asia, including the military government of Myanmar, which the US has long tried to isolate1. NPR’s Scott Horsley reports.

President Obama won’t take part in formal diplomatic talks with Myanmar’s Prime Minister Thein Sein, but they’ll both be attending a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Administration officials say they didn’t want to boycott2 the meeting just because Myanmar or Burma would be represented there. And, anyway, President Obama says US efforts to ignore the Burmese ruler have not worked.

”Despite years of good intentions, neither sanctions by the United States nor engagement by others succeeded in improving the lives of the Burmese people. So we are now communicating directly with the leadership to make it clear that existing sanctions will remain until there are concrete steps toward democratic reform.”

Mr. Obama will also be holding private talks with the leaders in Singapore, Russia and Indonesia, the country where he spent part of his youth. Scott Horsley, NPR News, Singapore.

In his weekly pre-recorded address today, President Obama called on Congress to postpone3 investigations4 into the shootings at Fort Hood5 in Texas in order to allow federal law enforcement and military authorities to complete their probes first.

The Pakistani city of Peshawar was hit again today by a suspected suicide bomber6. At least ten people were killed. Yesterday a massive truck bomb killed at least ten.

Google’s controversial plans to establish a digital book library have been revised because of concerns that it would create a monopoly. NPR’s Wendy Kaufman has details.

In 2005, authors and publishers sued Google for scanning their books and making them searchable online. Three years later, Google, the authors and publishers proposed a settlement. Google could include the scanned books in its search engine and sell access to them; in exchange, the company would pay 125 million dollars and share some of the revenue with authors and publishers. That deal was sharply criticized by many countries along with Amazon and Microsoft and other members of the Open Book Alliance, who said it was overly broad and anti-competitive. Late Friday night, Google, authors and publishers submitted a scaled-back plan to the court overseeing the matter. The Open Book Alliance immediately blasted it as a mere7 sleight8 of hand. Whether the revised plan will be approved by the court remains9 unclear. Wendy Kaufman, NPR News.

The European Union reports the recession in the 16-nation Euro zone is officially over with 0.4% growth in the third quarter of the year. That’s up from a 0.2% decline in the previous quarter. Analysts10 attribute the growth to French and German exports and billions of euros spent in government stimulus11 money. But the weak dollar could cut exports in the final three months of the year.

This is NPR News.

The head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is on a hunger strike for 24 hours to show solidarity12 with the world’s one billion hungry people. Meanwhile, the World Food Program launched a campaign today to raise money for the hungry from individuals rather than just governments.

Some of financial conman Bernard Madoff’s belongings13 are being auctioned14 off today in Manhattan as the disgraced financier sits in a North Carolina prison, serving a 150-year prison sentence. His sentence also forced Madoff to forfeit15 many of his belongings. Some 200 items are on the block today including dishes, pens and furs. Authorities hoped to get at least a half million dollars for Madoff’s defrauded16 investors17 who lost tens of billions of dollars in his huge Ponzi scheme.

With the country’s newspaper industry facing a combination of recessionary pressures and declining subscriptions18 and also advertising19 revenue, the state of New Hampshire is stepping in to help a struggling local newspaper secure financing. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Josh Rogers has the story.

The state’s guarantee of a 250,000-dollar line of credit for the Eagle Times of Claremont is still in controversy20 in New Hampshire. Critics say the deal compromises the paper’s independence. But Devert Pigment21 Tali is state official who sat on the panel that okayed the transaction says the only goal was to save jobs.

”Over 90 people have been laid off and the state has not given the newspaper any money.”

The Eagle Times, which has a circulation of 7,000 closed abruptly22 in July. Two months later the 175-year-old paper was bought out of bankruptcy23 by the Pennsylvania-based Sample News Group. For NPR News, I’m Josh Rogers in Concord24, New Hampshire.

And I’m Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.


1 isolate G3Exu     
  • Do not isolate yourself from others.不要把自己孤立起来。
  • We should never isolate ourselves from the masses.我们永远不能脱离群众。
2 boycott EW3zC     
  • We put the production under a boycott.我们联合抵制该商品。
  • The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.这个抗争持续了一年直到维多利亚教育局妥协为止。
3 postpone rP0xq     
  • I shall postpone making a decision till I learn full particulars.在未获悉详情之前我得从缓作出决定。
  • She decided to postpone the converastion for that evening.她决定当天晚上把谈话搁一搁。
4 investigations 02de25420938593f7db7bd4052010b32     
(正式的)调查( investigation的名词复数 ); 侦查; 科学研究; 学术研究
  • His investigations were intensive and thorough but revealed nothing. 他进行了深入彻底的调查,但没有发现什么。
  • He often sent them out to make investigations. 他常常派他们出去作调查。
5 hood ddwzJ     
  • She is wearing a red cloak with a hood.她穿着一件红色带兜帽的披风。
  • The car hood was dented in.汽车的发动机罩已凹了进去。
6 bomber vWwz7     
  • He flew a bomber during the war.他在战时驾驶轰炸机。
  • Detectives hunting the London bombers will be keen to interview him.追查伦敦爆炸案凶犯的侦探们急于对他进行讯问。
7 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不过是重复了你以前讲的话。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去纯粹是浪费时间。
8 sleight MEFyT     
  • With a little statistical sleight of hand they could make things look all right.只要在统计上耍些小小的花招,他们就能瞒天过海。
  • In the theater of the media there is an economic sleight of hand.传播媒介在经济上耍了一个大花招。
9 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
10 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
11 stimulus 3huyO     
  • Regard each failure as a stimulus to further efforts.把每次失利看成对进一步努力的激励。
  • Light is a stimulus to growth in plants.光是促进植物生长的一个因素。
12 solidarity ww9wa     
  • They must preserve their solidarity.他们必须维护他们的团结。
  • The solidarity among China's various nationalities is as firm as a rock.中国各族人民之间的团结坚如磐石。
13 belongings oy6zMv     
  • I put a few personal belongings in a bag.我把几件私人物品装进包中。
  • Your personal belongings are not dutiable.个人物品不用纳税。
14 auctioned 1a9ab53832945db108ff2919e21fccc6     
v.拍卖( auction的过去式和过去分词 )
  • It was sad to see all grandmother's lovely things being auctioned off. 眼看着祖母那些可爱的东西全都被拍卖掉,心里真不好受。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • TV franchises will be auctioned to the highest bidder. 电视特许经营权将拍卖给出价最高的投标人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 forfeit YzCyA     
  • If you continue to tell lies,you will forfeit the good opinion of everyone.你如果继续撒谎,就会失掉大家对你的好感。
  • Please pay for the forfeit before you borrow book.在你借书之前请先付清罚款。
16 defrauded 46b197145611d09ab7ea08b6701b776c     
v.诈取,骗取( defraud的过去式和过去分词 )
  • He defrauded his employers of thousands of dollars. 他诈取了他的雇主一大笔钱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He defrauded them of their money. 他骗走了他们的钱。 来自辞典例句
17 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
  • a con man who bilked investors out of millions of dollars 诈取投资者几百万元的骗子
  • a cash bonanza for investors 投资者的赚钱机会
18 subscriptions 2d5d14f95af035cbd8437948de61f94c     
n.(报刊等的)订阅费( subscription的名词复数 );捐款;(俱乐部的)会员费;捐助
  • Subscriptions to these magazines can be paid in at the post office. 这些杂志的订阅费可以在邮局缴纳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Payment of subscriptions should be made to the club secretary. 会费应交给俱乐部秘书。 来自《简明英汉词典》
19 advertising 1zjzi3     
n.广告业;广告活动 a.广告的;广告业务的
  • Can you give me any advice on getting into advertising? 你能指点我如何涉足广告业吗?
  • The advertising campaign is aimed primarily at young people. 这个广告宣传运动主要是针对年轻人的。
20 controversy 6Z9y0     
  • That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
  • We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。
21 pigment gi0yg     
  • The Romans used natural pigments on their fabrics and walls.古罗马人在织物和墙壁上使用天然颜料。
  • Who thought he might know what the skin pigment phenomenon meant.他自认为可能知道皮肤色素出现这种现象到底是怎么回事。
22 abruptly iINyJ     
  • He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car.他粗鲁地示意弗吉尼亚上车。
  • I was abruptly notified that a half-hour speech was expected of me.我突然被通知要讲半个小时的话。
23 bankruptcy fPoyJ     
  • You will have to pull in if you want to escape bankruptcy.如果你想避免破产,就必须节省开支。
  • His firm is just on thin ice of bankruptcy.他的商号正面临破产的危险。
24 concord 9YDzx     
  • These states had lived in concord for centuries.这些国家几个世纪以来一直和睦相处。
  • His speech did nothing for racial concord.他的讲话对种族和谐没有作用。
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