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CRI 中国国际广播电台 2010-02-14

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Hello and Welcome to News and Reports on China Radio International.

In This Edition

The traditional Chinese Lunar New Year is being celebrated1 both in China and around the world.

China's central bank announces that it will raise the deposit reserve requirement ratio for Chinese financial institutions by 0.5 percentage points from Feb. 25.

And the 2010 Winter Games kicks off in Vancouver, Canada.

Hot Issue Reports

People Celebrating New Year in China

People around China are welcoming the year of Tiger as the Lunar New Year falls today.

Beijing residents filled the streets of old Beijing to hear the traditional ringing of the ancient Bell Tower, which mark the start of the Lunar New Year.

Italian Crena Pozza, who works in Beijing as a delegate for the European Union, said it was fascinating to experience the Lunar festival.

"You see Chinese people all over just like with fireworks all the time, very happy. Actually, it's a very nice experience."

Huang Guan, a twenty-two year old student was excited to be starting the New Year.

"We are so happy to be out tonight, because it's our New Year, and I hope this year I will make a lot of money. Thanks."

Though local residents started to set of fireworks hours earlier, the count of midnight was greeted with a flurry of fireworks displays across the city.

According to Chinese folklore2, fireworks are thought to scare away monsters that haunted people during the freezing winters.

Meanwhile, many Chinese people still keep the habbit of gathering3 around TV at home for chunwan, CCTV's Gala on China's Lunar New Year's Eve. It has been the country's most watched variety show for years.

In Hong Kong, thousands of people gathered at Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon, to pray for their New Year hopes and wishes.

Hong Kong people hoping for good luck in the year ahead try to be first to place their incense4 sticks into big trays at the temple.

New Year's celebrations will carry on in the next few days, when many flock to local temples to pray for a good year.


Chinese New Year Celebrated Around the World

For Chinese people, wherever they are, the Lunar New Year is the biggest event of the calendar. So it's also being celebrated around the world.

Festivities started in Sydney with firecrackers, face-changing performances and martial5 arts.
Sydney has celebrated the Chinese New Year for the past 14 years and recently has attracted performers and artists from all around China.

Some visitors were glad to see Chinese culture on display in Sydney.

"I think it's really important. Chinese people have lived in Australia for as long as my ancestors have, so it's really important to acknowledge the role they play in our society, and it's good to see their culture on display."

In Thailand, people marked the start of the holiday with an underwater pantomime, complete with clowns, lions and mermaids6.

In Mexico, a parade will take place on the Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, a major road in the capital city. There will be exhibitions of traditional Chinese dresses, cuisine8 and martial arts.

And we also got a chance to talk with CRI's London correspondent Tuyun, she tells us how the Chinese overseas there celebrate the Lunar New Year.

China's Central Bank Raises Reserve Requirement Ratio by 0.5 percentage points

China's central bank has announced that it will raise the deposit reserve requirement ratio for Chinese financial institutions by 0.5 percentage points from Feb. 25. The rise is the second for the deposit ratio this year.

The Chinese New Year of the metal tiger boosts gold sales 

While the regulator flexs its muscle on the money, the ordinary Chinese people are still spending at this holiday season. The gold jewellery market in China is actually seeing a boost in demand as people are celebrating the Chinese New Year, the year of the tiger. In Beijing, shoppers are snapping up tiger-themed gold gifts. 

 

Light News

Vancouver Winter Games Officially Kick Off

The 2010 Winter Games have kicked off in Vancouver, Canada, in front of more than 60,000 spectators.

John Furlong is the chief executive of Vancouver's Olympic organizing committee.

"Tonight, the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history ends in this stadium. The flame has touched many millions and prompts spontaneous peaceful celebrations, reminding us that those values that unite and inspire the best in us, we must never abandon."

Phoenix9 Suns guard Steve Nash, who grew up in British Columbia, joined legendary10 hockey player Wayne Gretzky, former Olympic speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan, and skier11 Nancy Greene in lighting12 the flame after fake ice cracked and the Olympic caldron rose. Although one of the four pillars supporting the cauldron failed to rise from the floor of the stadium, the cauldron was finally lit after a few minutes.

The spectacular opening contained many symbols of Canada's heritage and diverse landscape. An army of Canadian musical stars, including Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang, performed during the gala.

The Games, which run through February 28th, offer 86 gold medals for grabs in 15 disciplines in seven sports, namely, skating, skiing, biathlon, luge, bobsled, curling and ice hockey.

About 2,500 athletes from a record 82 nations are taking part in the 21st Winter Olympics, including first-time participants the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Ghana, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru and Serbia.

China sent 91 athletes to the Games. Ten sports with 49 events, out of 86 events in 15 sports in total, will feature competitors from the nation.


Winter Games Open to a Mixed Tune13

Meantime, the City of Vancouver put on a spectacular show at the BC Place, the first-ever indoor venue7 for an Olympic opening ceremony. But as the curtain went up for the Games with a dazzling performance, various problems and challenges have already arisen or loom14 ahead.


Top UN Envoy15 Says Trip to North Korea Successful

The United Nations' top envoy has arrived in Seoul after concluding a four-day trip to North Korea.

B. Lynn Pascoe, the highest-ranking UN diplomat16 to visit North Korea since 2004, called his trip "successful" but declined to give details on the discussions.

"We think the trip was very useful, and we worked quite hard to improve the reengagement with the North and the United Nations. And I think in that we were quite successful."

Pascoe stressed that he made it clear to Pyongyang that the six-party talks should be resumed quickly and without any preconditions.

Pascoe's trip was part of an international push to jump-start the six-party talks involving the two Koreas, the United States, Russia, China and Japan.


Suicide Bomber17 has Targeted U.S. and Afghan Troops in Kandahar

A suicide bomber has targeted U.S. and Afghan troops on foot patrol in Kandahar province.

Major Abdul Rahman is an Afghan National Army commander.

"A suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a joint18 foot patrol of the Afghan National Army and U.S. forces. Casualties happened to two or three U.S. soldiers. Four civilians19 were wounded, and one was killed."

The attack came as thousands of NATO troops and Afghan soldiers stormed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, pushing into the biggest town under militant20 control in a major offensive to break the extremists' grip on a wide area of their southern heartland.


Ukrainian PM demands recount

Aide to Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has defiantly21 refused to concede defeat to rival Viktor Yanukovich in the presidential elections and called for a recount.

Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchynov made the remarks in a televised address.

"It is very important for Ukraine to know whether or not Yanukovich was elected in a legitimate22 manner. Because, I remind you, he only won in 10 administrative23 regions, while at the same time, Yulia Tymoshenko has gained a majority in 17 regions. Therefore it is very important (to verify) who the real winner is."

Preliminary counts show Tymoshenko losing to Yanukovich by a margin24 of nearly 3.5 percentage points.

Official vote results are expected in a few days.


UN advisory25 group on climate change financing launched

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon along with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi have launched a United Nations advisory group on climate change financing.

The new group plans to create "transparent26" structures for the flow of financing from developed to developing countries in the effort to help the latter combat effects of climate change.

While announcing the launch of the group, Ban Ki-moon said providing resources for adaptation is a moral imperative27.

"Billions of people in Africa and around the globe are suffering from the effects of climate change. Providing resources for adaptation is a moral imperative. It is also smart investment in a safer, more sustainable world forum28."

The aim of the group is to raise 30 billion US dollars over the next three years, eventually rising to 100 billion dollars annually29 by 2020 in order to help poor countries adapt to the impact of climate change while also helping30 them reduce their contribution to global warming.

Newspaper Picks

Global Times: Real estate sprees imbalance a growing economy

As south China's Hainan province was approved last month to build into a top international tourism destination, the island's property prices began skyrocketing as more and more investors31 flooded into the market to reap the staggering profits.

An opinion piece in the Global Times says speculation32 in the real estate sector33 will affect their business elsewhere, as they devote more resources and efforts on the real estate market and neglect research and development.

Meanwhile, putting more money into the real estate sector will also hurt a balanced economic structure and limit consumption of other products.

It points out that government should launch favorable investment policies and broaden individuals' investment channels. This would guide capital to be invested in innovation-oriented businesses and weak sectors34, helping balance the domestic economic structure.

It also notes it is necessary to use tough measures, such as raising mortgage rates and down payments for second- and third-home buyers, to stop speculation and cool down the real estate sector.


China Daily: Unnecessary tours

Last year, the Ministry35 of Supervision36, along with other central government departments, organized a crackdown on unnecessary oversea trips at the public's expense.

The number of groups, people and the amount of money spent on such trips has dropped by 49, 45.5 and 37.5 percent respectively last year, compared with average figures of the previous three years.

However, an editorial in the China Daily says we should not be rejoicing in the accomplishment37, because the big number cut in the such trips unveiled big loopholes in management.

The article notes that only disciplinary punishments will completely stop those who have violated rules and wasted public money for such trips, and very few would be able to resist the temptation.

It points out that management should leave little room in the system for maneuver38 over such trips, examining whether a business trip abroad is necessary, whether the number of days is what the business needs and whether the officials on the trips are the right ones.

The article also points out that those who have violated the rules by going abroad for sightseeing at the public's expense should be punished as corrupt39 elements, rather than being given disciplinary punishment for an unhealthy work style.


0214 weather for 07:00

Beijing will be cloudy today with a high of 2 degrees celcius, tonight will be clear with a low of -7

Shanghai will have drizzle40 today with a high of 5, tonight will also have drizzle with a low of 2.

Some cities around the world.

New York overcast41,0

Houston,sunny, 14

Washington ,overcast, 1

London sunny, 4

Berlin,snow, -1

Mombasa, sunny, 32.

Johannesburg sunny, 28

Jakarta clear, 29

And finally in Vancouver, it will have moderate rain with a high of 9
 


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1 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,声誉卓著的
参考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
2 folklore G6myz     
n.民间信仰,民间传说,民俗
参考例句:
  • Zhuge Liang is a synonym for wisdom in folklore.诸葛亮在民间传说中成了智慧的代名词。
  • In Chinese folklore the bat is an emblem of good fortune.在中国的民间传说中蝙蝠是好运的象征。
3 gathering ChmxZ     
n.集会,聚会,聚集
参考例句:
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
4 incense dcLzU     
v.激怒;n.香,焚香时的烟,香气
参考例句:
  • This proposal will incense conservation campaigners.这项提议会激怒环保人士。
  • In summer,they usually burn some coil incense to keep away the mosquitoes.夏天他们通常点香驱蚊。
5 martial bBbx7     
adj.战争的,军事的,尚武的,威武的
参考例句:
  • The sound of martial music is always inspiring.军乐声总是鼓舞人心的。
  • The officer was convicted of desertion at a court martial.这名军官在军事法庭上被判犯了擅离职守罪。
6 mermaids b00bb04c7ae7aa2a22172d2bf61ca849     
n.(传说中的)美人鱼( mermaid的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The high stern castle was a riot or carved gods, demons, knights, kings, warriors, mermaids, cherubs. 其尾部高耸的船楼上雕满了神仙、妖魔鬼怪、骑士、国王、勇士、美人鱼、天使。 来自辞典例句
  • This is why mermaids should never come on land. 这就是为什么人鱼不应该上岸的原因。 来自电影对白
7 venue ALkzr     
n.犯罪地点,审判地,管辖地,发生地点,集合地点
参考例句:
  • The hall provided a venue for weddings and other functions.大厅给婚礼和其他社会活动提供了场所。
  • The chosen venue caused great controversy among the people.人们就审判地点的问题产生了极大的争议。
8 cuisine Yn1yX     
n.烹调,烹饪法
参考例句:
  • This book is the definitive guide to world cuisine.这本书是世界美食的权威指南。
  • This restaurant is renowned for its cuisine.这家餐馆以其精美的饭菜而闻名。
9 phoenix 7Njxf     
n.凤凰,长生(不死)鸟;引申为重生
参考例句:
  • The airline rose like a phoenix from the ashes.这家航空公司又起死回生了。
  • The phoenix worship of China is fetish worship not totem adoration.中国凤崇拜是灵物崇拜而非图腾崇拜。
10 legendary u1Vxg     
adj.传奇(中)的,闻名遐迩的;n.传奇(文学)
参考例句:
  • Legendary stories are passed down from parents to children.传奇故事是由父母传给孩子们的。
  • Odysseus was a legendary Greek hero.奥狄修斯是传说中的希腊英雄。
11 skier skier     
n.滑雪运动员
参考例句:
  • She is a skier who is unafraid of danger.她是一名敢于冒险的滑雪者。
  • The skier skimmed across the snow.滑雪者飞快地滑过雪地。
12 lighting CpszPL     
n.照明,光线的明暗,舞台灯光
参考例句:
  • The gas lamp gradually lost ground to electric lighting.煤气灯逐渐为电灯所代替。
  • The lighting in that restaurant is soft and romantic.那个餐馆照明柔和而且浪漫。
13 tune NmnwW     
n.调子;和谐,协调;v.调音,调节,调整
参考例句:
  • He'd written a tune,and played it to us on the piano.他写了一段曲子,并在钢琴上弹给我们听。
  • The boy beat out a tune on a tin can.那男孩在易拉罐上敲出一首曲子。
14 loom T8pzd     
n.织布机,织机;v.隐现,(危险、忧虑等)迫近
参考例句:
  • The old woman was weaving on her loom.那位老太太正在织布机上织布。
  • The shuttle flies back and forth on the loom.织布机上梭子来回飞动。
15 envoy xoLx7     
n.使节,使者,代表,公使
参考例句:
  • Their envoy showed no sign of responding to our proposals.他们的代表对我方的提议毫无回应的迹象。
  • The government has not yet appointed an envoy to the area.政府尚未向这一地区派过外交官。
16 diplomat Pu0xk     
n.外交官,外交家;能交际的人,圆滑的人
参考例句:
  • The diplomat threw in a joke, and the tension was instantly relieved.那位外交官插进一个笑话,紧张的气氛顿时缓和下来。
  • He served as a diplomat in Russia before the war.战前他在俄罗斯当外交官。
17 bomber vWwz7     
n.轰炸机,投弹手,投掷炸弹者
参考例句:
  • 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。
18 joint m3lx4     
adj.联合的,共同的;n.关节,接合处;v.连接,贴合
参考例句:
  • I had a bad fall,which put my shoulder out of joint.我重重地摔了一跤,肩膀脫臼了。
  • We wrote a letter in joint names.我们联名写了封信。
19 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
参考例句:
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
20 militant 8DZxh     
adj.激进的,好斗的;n.激进分子,斗士
参考例句:
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
21 defiantly defiantly     
adv.挑战地,大胆对抗地
参考例句:
  • Braving snow and frost, the plum trees blossomed defiantly. 红梅傲雪凌霜开。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • She tilted her chin at him defiantly. 她向他翘起下巴表示挑衅。 来自《简明英汉词典》
22 legitimate L9ZzJ     
adj.合法的,合理的,合乎逻辑的;v.使合法
参考例句:
  • Sickness is a legitimate reason for asking for leave.生病是请假的一个正当的理由。
  • That's a perfectly legitimate fear.怀有这种恐惧完全在情理之中。
23 administrative fzDzkc     
adj.行政的,管理的
参考例句:
  • The administrative burden must be lifted from local government.必须解除地方政府的行政负担。
  • He regarded all these administrative details as beneath his notice.他认为行政管理上的这些琐事都不值一顾。
24 margin 67Mzp     
n.页边空白;差额;余地,余裕;边,边缘
参考例句:
  • We allowed a margin of 20 minutes in catching the train.我们有20分钟的余地赶火车。
  • The village is situated at the margin of a forest.村子位于森林的边缘。
25 advisory lKvyj     
adj.劝告的,忠告的,顾问的,提供咨询
参考例句:
  • I have worked in an advisory capacity with many hospitals.我曾在多家医院做过顾问工作。
  • He was appointed to the advisory committee last month.他上个月获任命为顾问委员会委员。
26 transparent Smhwx     
adj.明显的,无疑的;透明的
参考例句:
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
27 imperative BcdzC     
n.命令,需要;规则;祈使语气;adj.强制的;紧急的
参考例句:
  • He always speaks in an imperative tone of voice.他老是用命令的口吻讲话。
  • The events of the past few days make it imperative for her to act.过去这几天发生的事迫使她不得不立即行动。
28 forum cilx0     
n.论坛,讨论会
参考例句:
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
29 annually VzYzNO     
adv.一年一次,每年
参考例句:
  • Many migratory birds visit this lake annually.许多候鸟每年到这个湖上作短期逗留。
  • They celebrate their wedding anniversary annually.他们每年庆祝一番结婚纪念日。
30 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
31 investors dffc64354445b947454450e472276b99     
n.投资者,出资者( investor的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • 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
32 speculation 9vGwe     
n.思索,沉思;猜测;投机
参考例句:
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
33 sector yjczYn     
n.部门,部分;防御地段,防区;扇形
参考例句:
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
34 sectors 218ffb34fa5fb6bc1691e90cd45ad627     
n.部门( sector的名词复数 );领域;防御地区;扇形
参考例句:
  • Berlin was divided into four sectors after the war. 战后柏林分成了4 个区。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Industry and agriculture are the two important sectors of the national economy. 工业和农业是国民经济的两个重要部门。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
35 ministry kD5x2     
n.(政府的)部;牧师
参考例句:
  • 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。
36 supervision hr6wv     
n.监督,管理
参考例句:
  • The work was done under my supervision.这项工作是在我的监督之下完成的。
  • The old man's will was executed under the personal supervision of the lawyer.老人的遗嘱是在律师的亲自监督下执行的。
37 accomplishment 2Jkyo     
n.完成,成就,(pl.)造诣,技能
参考例句:
  • The series of paintings is quite an accomplishment.这一系列的绘画真是了不起的成就。
  • Money will be crucial to the accomplishment of our objectives.要实现我们的目标,钱是至关重要的。
38 maneuver Q7szu     
n.策略[pl.]演习;v.(巧妙)控制;用策略
参考例句:
  • All the fighters landed safely on the airport after the military maneuver.在军事演习后,所有战斗机都安全降落在机场上。
  • I did get her attention with this maneuver.我用这个策略确实引起了她的注意。
39 corrupt 4zTxn     
v.贿赂,收买;adj.腐败的,贪污的
参考例句:
  • The newspaper alleged the mayor's corrupt practices.那家报纸断言市长有舞弊行为。
  • This judge is corrupt.这个法官贪污。
40 drizzle Mrdxn     
v.下毛毛雨;n.毛毛雨,蒙蒙细雨
参考例句:
  • The shower tailed off into a drizzle.阵雨越来越小,最后变成了毛毛雨。
  • Yesterday the radio forecast drizzle,and today it is indeed raining.昨天预报有小雨,今天果然下起来了。
41 overcast cJ2xV     
adj.阴天的,阴暗的,愁闷的;v.遮盖,(使)变暗,包边缝;n.覆盖,阴天
参考例句:
  • The overcast and rainy weather found out his arthritis.阴雨天使他的关节炎发作了。
  • The sky is overcast with dark clouds.乌云满天。
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