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NPR 2009-02-15

时间:2009-03-24 02:07来源:互联网 提供网友:罗雯   字体: [ ]

President Obama will sign the economic stimulus1 bill on Tuesday at a ceremony in Denver. Treasury2 Secretary Timothy Geithner pointed3 to the legislation today in urging fellow finance ministers from the world's industrial powers to take steps to bolster4 their economies until a recovery takes hold. Steve Beckner of Market News International reports from Rome.

 In the past, other nations have not moved as aggressively as the United States has to address the crisis. And there have been calls by U. S. officials for them to do more. But Geithner said he detected a much greater sense of urgency and commitment around the G7 table. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet who has resisted cutting interest rates to zero like he said, said he is ready to use more unconventional methods to spur recovery. G7 policymakers pledged to use the full range of policy tools to support growth and employment, and vowed5 to take any further action necessary to restore global financial confidence. For NPR News, I'm Steve Beckner in Rome.

 Californian lawmakers will vote tonight on several bills to boost taxes and cut billions of dollars in spending on education and other programs to help close the state's 42-billion-dollar budget deficit6. Anticipating passage of the legislation, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held off sending out layoff7 warning notices to thousands of state workers.

 Democratic Senator Roland Burris of Illinois has admitted that former Governor Rod Blagojevich's brother asked him for a campaign contribution before Blagojevich appointed Burris to the Senate seat vacated by President Obama. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.

Then Governor Blagojevich appointed Burris to the Senate after Blagojevich was arrested in an alleged8 "pay for place" scheme involving the job. Burris was seated only after testifying before Illinois House Committee considering Blagojevich's indictment9 and telling lawmakers he had only spoken to the governor's former chief of staff. In a new affidavit10, Burris admits that Blagojevich's brother asked for campaign contributions before Burris's appointment. It's the third version of events Burris has given about his discussions about the Senate seat. In a statement, the senator says he voluntarily submitted the affidavit and that there were several facts he wasn't given the opportunity to make during his testimony11. Burris also says he didn't donate or raise any money. Allison Keyes, NPR News, Washington.

Workers are retrieving12 remains13 from the wreckage14 of a commuter15 plane that crashed near Buffalo16 killing17 50 people. National Transportation Safety Board investigator18 Steve Chealander says the plane was pointed away from the runway where it had been cleared to land. And the aircraft apparently19 did not plunge20 nose first toward the ground. "I keep in mind that it's a tough scene because you've got a house and an airplane and people altogether in this one, this one wreckage. So it's a very painstaking21 process, and they're working sometimes with just small, little instruments just to knock pieces of dirt off and get pieces of airplane, and so forth22, but the priority are the people. "

This is NPR News from Washington.

With the government deadline looming23, concession24 talks between General Motors and the United Autoworkers Union have broken down over differences regarding payments to a retiree health care fund administered by the union. GM must submit by Tuesday a plan for becoming financially viable25, including concessions26 from unions and bondholders. Unless the company meets that deadline, it would not qualify for additional billions of dollars in government loans.

In Lebanon, tens of thousands of people packed a square in Beirut today to remember former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others who were killed in a bombing four years ago. Dale Gavlak has more.

Final preparations are underway for an international tribunal dealing27 with Hariri's assassination28. The massive bombing was widely blamed on Syria which denied any involvement. The attack on anti-Syria politicians was one of the worst acts of political violence throughout Lebanon since the 1975-1990 Civil War and led to the withdrawal29 of Syrian troops from Lebanon after 29-year presence.

The UN tribunal to try Hariri's alleged killers30 is due to open on March 1 outside The Hague in the Netherlands. It will also try those presumed responsible for a series of attacks on other Lebanese political and media figures. President Obama recently vowed to support UN efforts to bring Hariri's killers to justice. For NPR News, I'm Dale Gavlak in Amman, Jordan.

On this Valentine's Day, four couples were married as a Kiwanis club in Fargo, North Dakota tried and failed to break its own world record for most pancakes served in an eight hour period. In  Mexico City, more than 35, 000 people were expected to take part in an effort to break the record for most people kissing at one time.


1 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。
2 treasury 7GeyP     
  • The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
  • This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
3 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
4 bolster ltOzK     
  • The high interest rates helped to bolster up the economy.高利率使经济更稳健。
  • He tried to bolster up their morale.他尽力鼓舞他们的士气。
5 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
6 deficit tmAzu     
  • The directors have reported a deficit of 2.5 million dollars.董事们报告赤字为250万美元。
  • We have a great deficit this year.我们今年有很大亏损。
7 layoff QpZzCx     
  • Finally, prepare an explanation about what led to your layoff.最后,要准备好一套说辞来解释你被解雇的原因。
  • Workers were re-employed after the layoff.在暂时解雇不久后工人们又被再度雇用了。
8 alleged gzaz3i     
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
9 indictment ybdzt     
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起诉书送交最高法院。
  • They issued an indictment against them.他们起诉了他们。
10 affidavit 4xWzh     
  • I gave an affidavit to the judge about the accident I witnessed.我向法官提交了一份关于我目击的事故的证词。
  • The affidavit was formally read to the court.书面证词正式向出席法庭的人宣读了。
11 testimony zpbwO     
  • The testimony given by him is dubious.他所作的证据是可疑的。
  • He was called in to bear testimony to what the police officer said.他被传入为警官所说的话作证。
12 retrieving 4eccedb9b112cd8927306f44cb2dd257     
n.检索(过程),取还v.取回( retrieve的现在分词 );恢复;寻回;检索(储存的信息)
  • Ignoring all, he searches the ground carefully for any cigarette-end worth retrieving. 没管打锣的说了什么,他留神的在地上找,看有没有值得拾起来的烟头儿。 来自汉英文学 - 骆驼祥子
  • Retrieving the nodules from these great depths is no easy task. 从这样的海底深渊中取回结核可不是容易的事情。 来自辞典例句
13 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。
14 wreckage nMhzF     
  • They hauled him clear of the wreckage.他们把他从形骸中拖出来。
  • New states were born out of the wreckage of old colonial empires.新生国家从老殖民帝国的废墟中诞生。
15 commuter ZXCyi     
  • Police cordoned off the road and diverted commuter traffic. 警察封锁了道路并分流交通。
  • She accidentally stepped on his foot on a crowded commuter train. 她在拥挤的通勤列车上不小心踩到了他的脚。
16 buffalo 1Sby4     
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亚洲水牛比美洲水牛温顺些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 这双靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
17 killing kpBziQ     
  • Investors are set to make a killing from the sell-off.投资者准备清仓以便大赚一笔。
  • Last week my brother made a killing on Wall Street.上个周我兄弟在华尔街赚了一大笔。
18 investigator zRQzo     
  • He was a special investigator for the FBI.他是联邦调查局的特别调查员。
  • The investigator was able to deduce the crime and find the criminal.调查者能够推出犯罪过程并锁定罪犯。
19 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
20 plunge 228zO     
  • Test pool's water temperature before you plunge in.在你跳入之前你应该测试水温。
  • That would plunge them in the broil of the two countries.那将会使他们陷入这两国的争斗之中。
21 painstaking 6A6yz     
  • She is not very clever but she is painstaking.她并不很聪明,但肯下苦功夫。
  • Through years of our painstaking efforts,we have at last achieved what we have today.大家经过多少年的努力,才取得今天的成绩。
22 forth Hzdz2     
  • The wind moved the trees gently back and forth.风吹得树轻轻地来回摇晃。
  • He gave forth a series of works in rapid succession.他很快连续发表了一系列的作品。
23 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上现蜃景(光通过低层大气发生异常折射形成的一种海市蜃楼)v.隐约出现,阴森地逼近( loom的现在分词 );隐约出现,阴森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地带透过薄雾朦胧地出现在眼前。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接着他们往上看,在其上隐约看到的是蛋白质组山。 来自英汉非文学 - 生命科学 - 回顾与展望
24 concession LXryY     
  • We can not make heavy concession to the matter.我们在这个问题上不能过于让步。
  • That is a great concession.这是很大的让步。
25 viable mi2wZ     
  • The scheme is economically viable.这个计划从经济效益来看是可行的。
  • The economy of the country is not viable.这个国家经济是难以维持的。
26 concessions 6b6f497aa80aaf810133260337506fa9     
n.(尤指由政府或雇主给予的)特许权( concession的名词复数 );承认;减价;(在某地的)特许经营权
  • The firm will be forced to make concessions if it wants to avoid a strike. 要想避免罢工,公司将不得不作出一些让步。
  • The concessions did little to placate the students. 让步根本未能平息学生的愤怒。
27 dealing NvjzWP     
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.该商店因买卖公道而享有极高的声誉。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的诚实的行为获得我们的信任。
28 assassination BObyy     
  • The assassination of the president brought matters to a head.总统遭暗杀使事态到了严重关头。
  • Lincoln's assassination in 1865 shocked the whole nation.1865年,林肯遇刺事件震惊全美国。
29 withdrawal Cfhwq     
  • The police were forced to make a tactical withdrawal.警方被迫进行战术撤退。
  • They insisted upon a withdrawal of the statement and a public apology.他们坚持要收回那些话并公开道歉。
30 killers c1a8ff788475e2c3424ec8d3f91dd856     
凶手( killer的名词复数 ); 消灭…者; 致命物; 极难的事
  • He remained steadfast in his determination to bring the killers to justice. 他要将杀人凶手绳之以法的决心一直没有动摇。
  • They were professional killers who did in John. 杀死约翰的这些人是职业杀手。
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