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News Spotlight (3)

时间:2006-11-09 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:nerlly   字体: [ ]

News Spotlight1 (3)


NEWS 1 政治

1)NATO Ambassadors are 2)due to resume talks later today to try to resolve a damaging dispute over its preparations in the event of a war with Bagdad. On Tuesday, meeting in Brussells ended without agreement after France, Germany, and Belgium refused to drop their 3)veto against moves to 4)bolster2 Turkey’s defenses.

NATO Ambassadors are meeting again but there’s no guarantee whatsoever3 that they’ll find a way to break the 5)deadlock4. This is a crisis at NATO rooted in many issues, profound differences about how to manage the 6)confrontation5, disputes about the future of trans-Atlantic relations, and a competition for influence in an expanding Europe. The French point out that European public opinion is strongly behind them when they say the focus should still be on diplomacy6, not military planning. But 16 members of NATO say binding7 treaty obligations to protect Turkey in the event of war, mean they must start planning now.


NEWS 2 经济

Four hundred leading economists8 in the United States, including ten Nobel Prize Winners, have 7)condemned President Bush’s plan for large tax cuts. In an advert10 in the New York Times, the economists say, Mr. Bush’s measures will be of little economic benefit in the short term.

The economists, at the top of their profession, say Mr. Bush’s plan does little to stimulate11 the economy in the near future, and that his tax cuts will largely benefit the very rich. Some of Mr. Bush’s defenders12 accept that the short-term 8)stimulus13 is small, but say that reducing taxes increases the 9)incentive14 to invest, so prompting long-term growth. What is undeniable is that a rare budget surplus under Clinton, has become a record budget deficit15; Mr. Bush says because of the recession and because of an 10)unsought war. Mr. Bush’s critics say that since tax rises are 11)taboo16, spending cuts are on their way, largely in programs for the poor. 


NEWS 3 科技

Officials at 12)NASA say they found one of the most significant items of 13)debris17 so far from the 14)space shuttle, Columbia. The part is a piece from the left wing. The problems were first noticed just before the craft 15)broke up. It’s thought it could be extremely important to the investigation18 into the cause of the disaster. 

This is the most important piece of debris so far recovered. Investigators19 say, the 46 centimeter-long 16)fragment of Columbia’s left wing, was found last week east of the city of Fort Worth, near the town of Lufkin, Texas, has only now been identified. Attached to it was an even larger piece of carbon composite 17)panel, a dense20 material that formed the heat 18)shield on the leading edge of the wing. A NASA spokesman confirmed that this latest find was significant, as the left wing of Columbia is still the main focus of their investigation as they try and find out why the shuttle 19)disintegrated upon reentry. NASA have also now found the cover of one of the two 20)landing gear 21)compartments, another potentially critical piece because of a temperature surge near the left wheel, was 22)mission controller’s first sign of trouble. So far, NASA has recovered around a thousand pieces of debris across the states of Texas and Louisiana, and are now extending their search further 23)afield into New Mexico, Arizona and California. 


NEWS 4 体育

Wednesday’s football program is dominated by friendly internationals. Perhaps the most significant has the world champions, Brazil, away to China in Guangzhou. 

The Brazilians arrived in China to a samba-star reception, including dancing girls, 24)bongo-beating boys and trumpeting23 elephants. But despite the fun of the friendly, the Brazil coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, has indicated how seriously he’s taking this fixture24 by turning out a strong 25)lineup. He says it’s basically the same team which played against South Korea in December, and includes most of the players who took part in the World Cup last June. It was there that the Chinese were beaten four-nil by Brazil, and, although hoping for a marked improvement, it’s only just clear that the new coach, Arie Haan, will be looking to impose some Dutch 26)flare25 on his side. The former Netherlands International is wanting to combine the Chinese hardworking football ethic26 with some imagination and creativity. In a country where the population numbers some 1.3 billion, there’ll be a large audience hoping to see if China can at last learn how to position the ball and use their space wisely. And what better test than against the world champions?


NEWS 5 灾害

The authorities in Congo Brazzaville say that they suspect that the Ebola virus may have caused the death of at least 38 people in the north of the country. The Congolese authorities said they are concerned that the virus which has already been 27)detected in gorillas27 in the region could spread. Little is known about Ebola, which causes its victims to die from internal bleeding.

The Congolese authorities have not yet been able to confirm that the almost daily death in the villages of Kelle and Mbomo 800 km from the capital Brazzaville are the result of Ebola. However the Minister of Health and World Health Organization are treating the death as Ebola 28)outbreak. This is because local and habitants are refusing to cooperate with the emergency teams from the Ministry28 and the WHO who’ve been sent to study and contain the disease. The local population have become hostile to the health workers, refusing to give blood samples needed to test Ebola and accusing them of bringing the virus to the area themselves. However, it would not be the first time that Ebola has struck the region, known as the Cuvette Ouest. And the bodies of dead gorillas found in the area since December have already tested positive for the virus. The Ministry of Health believes the dead people may have 29)contracted the virus from eating gorillas and 30)chimps which were infected.




1 政治




2 经济




3 科技




4 体育




5 灾害





1) NATO: North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 北大西洋公约组织

2) due to: 由于,归因于

3) veto [5vi:tEu] n. 投票否决

4) bolster [5bEulstE] v. 支持

5) deadlock [5dedlCk] n. 僵局,僵持

6) confrontation [7kCnfrQn5teiFEn] n. 对抗,对质

7) condemn9 [kEn5dem] v. 声讨,谴责

8) stimulus [5stimjulEs] n. 刺激;促进因素

9) incentive [in5sentiv] n. 动机

10) unsought [5Qn5sC:t] a. 不经寻求而得到的;没有被要求到的

11) taboo [tE5bu:] n. 禁忌

12) NASA: National Aeronautics30 and Space Administration,(美国)国家航空和宇宙航行局

13) debris [deibri:] n. 碎片,残骸

14) space shuttle: 航天飞机

15) break up: 分解;分裂;破碎

16) fragment [5frA^mEnt] n. 碎片,片断

17) panel [5pAnl] n. 面板,仪表板

18) shield [Fi:ld] n. 防护物,防罩; the heat shield: 隔热层

19) disintegrate21 [dis5inti^reit] v. (使)分解,(使)碎裂

20) landing gear: 起落装置

21) compartment22 [kEm5pB:tmEnt] n. 间隔间

22) Mission Controller: 航天地面指挥中心

23) afield [E5fi:ld] ad. 离开(家乡),本文指在得克萨斯州和路易斯安那州以外的地方。

24) bongo [5bCN^Eu] n. 邦戈鼓(一种用手指敲打的谐音小鼓,两只成对使用)

25) lineup [5lainQp] n. 一行人,队伍,这里指巴西队一行人。

26) flare [flZE] n. 闪光,闪耀;这里指先进的训练方法。

27) detect [di5tekt] v. 发现

28) outbreak [5autbreik] n. (瘟疫、虫害等的)突然蔓延

29) contract [5kCntrAkt] v. 感染

30) chimp29 [tFimp] n. chimpanzee的缩写,黑猩猩





1 spotlight 6hBzmk     
  • This week the spotlight is on the world of fashion.本周引人瞩目的是时装界。
  • The spotlight followed her round the stage.聚光灯的光圈随着她在舞台上转。
2 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。
3 whatsoever Beqz8i     
  • There's no reason whatsoever to turn down this suggestion.没有任何理由拒绝这个建议。
  • All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,do ye even so to them.你想别人对你怎样,你就怎样对人。
4 deadlock mOIzU     
  • The negotiations reached a deadlock after two hours.两小时后,谈判陷入了僵局。
  • The employers and strikers are at a deadlock over the wage.雇主和罢工者在工资问题上相持不下。
5 confrontation xYHy7     
  • We can't risk another confrontation with the union.我们不能冒再次同工会对抗的危险。
  • After years of confrontation,they finally have achieved a modus vivendi.在对抗很长时间后,他们最后达成安宁生存的非正式协议。
6 diplomacy gu9xk     
  • The talks have now gone into a stage of quiet diplomacy.会谈现在已经进入了“温和外交”阶段。
  • This was done through the skill in diplomacy. 这是通过外交手腕才做到的。
7 binding 2yEzWb     
  • The contract was not signed and has no binding force. 合同没有签署因而没有约束力。
  • Both sides have agreed that the arbitration will be binding. 双方都赞同仲裁具有约束力。
8 economists 2ba0a36f92d9c37ef31cc751bca1a748     
n.经济学家,经济专家( economist的名词复数 )
  • The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. 股价的突然上涨使经济学家大惑不解。
  • Foreign bankers and economists cautiously welcomed the minister's initiative. 外国银行家和经济学家对部长的倡议反应谨慎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 condemn zpxzp     
  • Some praise him,whereas others condemn him.有些人赞扬他,而有些人谴责他。
  • We mustn't condemn him on mere suppositions.我们不可全凭臆测来指责他。
10 advert eVLzj     
  • The advert featured a dolphin swimming around a goldfish bowl.该广告的內容为一条在金鱼缸里游动的海豚。
  • Please advert to the contents below.I believe you won't be disappointed.敬请留意后面的内容。相信您一定不会失望的。
11 stimulate wuSwL     
  • Your encouragement will stimulate me to further efforts.你的鼓励会激发我进一步努力。
  • Success will stimulate the people for fresh efforts.成功能鼓舞人们去作新的努力。
12 defenders fe417584d64537baa7cd5e48222ccdf8     
n.防御者( defender的名词复数 );守卫者;保护者;辩护者
  • The defenders were outnumbered and had to give in. 抵抗者寡不敌众,只能投降。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • After hard fighting,the defenders were still masters of the city. 守军经过奋战仍然控制着城市。 来自《简明英汉词典》
13 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。
14 incentive j4zy9     
  • Money is still a major incentive in most occupations.在许多职业中,钱仍是主要的鼓励因素。
  • He hasn't much incentive to work hard.他没有努力工作的动机。
15 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。
16 taboo aqBwg     
  • The rude words are taboo in ordinary conversation.这些粗野的字眼在日常谈话中是禁忌的。
  • Is there a taboo against sex before marriage in your society?在你们的社会里,婚前的性行为犯禁吗?
17 debris debris     
  • After the bombing there was a lot of debris everywhere.轰炸之后到处瓦砾成堆。
  • Bacteria sticks to food debris in the teeth,causing decay.细菌附着在牙缝中的食物残渣上,导致蛀牙。
18 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
19 investigators e970f9140785518a87fc81641b7c89f7     
n.调查者,审查者( investigator的名词复数 )
  • This memo could be the smoking gun that investigators have been looking for. 这份备忘录可能是调查人员一直在寻找的证据。
  • The team consisted of six investigators and two secretaries. 这个团队由六个调查人员和两个秘书组成。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 dense aONzX     
  • The general ambushed his troops in the dense woods. 将军把部队埋伏在浓密的树林里。
  • The path was completely covered by the dense foliage. 小路被树叶厚厚地盖了一层。
21 disintegrate ftmxi     
  • The older strata gradually disintegrate.较老的岩层渐渐风化。
  • The plane would probably disintegrate at that high speed.飞机以那么高速飞行也许会四分五裂。
22 compartment dOFz6     
  • We were glad to have the whole compartment to ourselves.真高兴,整个客车隔间由我们独享。
  • The batteries are safely enclosed in a watertight compartment.电池被安全地置于一个防水的隔间里。
23 trumpeting 68cf4dbd1f99442d072d18975013a14d     
  • She is always trumpeting her son. 她总是吹嘘她儿子。
  • The wind is trumpeting, a bugle calling to charge! 风在掌号。冲锋号! 来自汉英文学 - 散文英译
24 fixture hjKxo     
  • Lighting fixture must be installed at once.必须立即安装照明设备。
  • The cordless kettle may now be a fixture in most kitchens.无绳电热水壶现在可能是多数厨房的固定设备。
25 flare LgQz9     
  • The match gave a flare.火柴发出闪光。
  • You need not flare up merely because I mentioned your work.你大可不必因为我提到你的工作就动怒。
26 ethic ziGz4     
  • They instilled the work ethic into their children.他们在孩子们的心中注入了职业道德的理念。
  • The connotation of education ethic is rooted in human nature's mobility.教育伦理的内涵根源于人本性的变动性。
27 gorillas a04bd21e2b9b42b0d71bbb65c0c6d365     
n.大猩猩( gorilla的名词复数 );暴徒,打手
  • the similitude between humans and gorillas 人类和大猩猩的相像
  • Each family of gorillas is led by a great silverbacked patriarch. 每个大星星家族都由一个魁梧的、长着银色被毛的族长带领着。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 ministry kD5x2     
  • They sent a deputation to the ministry to complain.他们派了一个代表团到部里投诉。
  • We probed the Air Ministry statements.我们调查了空军部的记录。
29 chimp WXGza     
  • In fact,the color of gorilla and chimp are light-color.其实大猩猩和黑猩猩的肤色是较为浅的。
  • The chimp is the champ.猩猩是冠军。
30 aeronautics BKVyg     
  • National Aeronautics and Space undertakings have made great progress.国家的航空航天事业有了很大的发展。
  • He devoted every spare moment to aeronautics.他把他所有多余的时间用在航空学上。
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