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NPR 2011-03-13

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The Japanese government is mobilizing a huge relief effort to help the people hit by the earthquake and tsunami1 in the country’s northeast. NPR’s Rob Gifford is on his way to the disaster zone and reports the initial estimate of more than 1,000 dead is bound to rise sharply.

Fighters said they were hit by tank shells, aerial bombardment and heavy artillery2 at the oil port of Ras Lanuf. The pro-Gaddafi forces have stepped up the intensity3 of their barrages4 in recent days, pushing the front line farther east. The rebels appear to be running low on weapons, with new volunteers showing up daily with nothing more than knives, looking desperately5 for a weapon to join the fight. The severe military advantage of the pro-Gaddafi forces has given fresh urgency to calls for a no-fly zone, but the wills of international diplomacy6 continue to turn slowly. The Arab League is debating the issue today, after which the focus will return to Europe, the United Nations and Washington. So far, only France has been outspoken7 about the need to intervene, including air strikes against Gaddafi’s military machine if necessary. Peter Kenyon, NPR News, Benghazi.

That report obviously on the Arab League’s decision to call on the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, an idea that’s been endorsed8 by Britain and France. And now to our report from Japan and NPR’s Rob Gifford.

The earthquake epicenter being offshore9 gave news helicopters time to get airborne and capture the tsunami on film as it headed towards the shore. Cars, trees, airplanes, whole buildings were washed before the wall of water and mud. Some areas are still flooded, where water levels have receded10, a thick layer of slud still carpets the ground. Power and phone reception have been cut while hundreds of people lined up outside a few stores open to buy food and water. Many residents in the main city of the region Sendai spent last night outdoors for fear of aftershocks or because their homes have been too badly damaged. Rob Gifford, NPR News, Osaka, Japan.

Defense11 Secretary Robert Gates paid a brief visit to Bahrain today while thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched on the royal palace. Gates says governments facing popular uprisings need to move quickly toward democratic reforms or risk giving Iran a chance to exploit their instability.

Cuba’s media report a guilty verdict for an American contractor12 for crimes against the state and a sentence of 15 years in prison. After a two-day trial in Havana, a Cuban court says Alan Gross was working on a subversive13 program funded by the US government. He was arrested more than a year ago.

A reminder14 about springing forward — daylight saving time begins in most of the country at 2 am Sunday morning. You’ll lose an hour in the process as you set your clock ahead.

This is NPR.

A deadly bus accident in the Bronx today — officials say 13 people are dead; eight are seriously injured. NPR’s Brian Reed is at the site.

I’m looking at a tour bus that has flipped16 over, and it has run into this kind of a sign post. And the sign post has cut it like a knife, almost all the way entirely17 through the bus, and police here are swarming18 the scene, and the driver told them that a tractor-trailer clipped the bus and caused it to flip15. It later fled the scene, and they’re looking for that tractor-trailer right now.

NPR’s Brian Reed in New York City.

The Wisconsin Capitol in Madison is once again a gathering19 point for pro-labor demonstrators. They say they’re fighting back after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a new law yesterday that curbs20 public workers’ collective bargaining rights. Farmers have driven tractors to the Capitol and are surrounding it. Demonstrators say they’re now focusing on recalling from office Republican lawmakers who pushed through the law.

In his weekly address, President Obama discussed issues surrounding equality for women. He says he’ll continue the fight to help women win fair wages, escape poverty and break the glass ceiling.

“It’s something I care about deeply as the father of two daughters, who wants to see his girls grow up in a world where…”

In the Republican address, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski criticizes Democrats21 for taking the wrong approach to energy production.

“Democrats have repeatedly sought to increase taxes and fees while slowing the permitting process. That won’t solve any problems, but it will mean less production, more imports and higher prices.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski.


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1 tsunami bpAyo     
n.海啸
参考例句:
  • Powerful quake sparks tsunami warning in Japan.大地震触发了日本的海啸预警。
  • Coastlines all around the Indian Ocean inundated by a huge tsunami.大海啸把印度洋沿岸地区都淹没了。
2 artillery 5vmzA     
n.(军)火炮,大炮;炮兵(部队)
参考例句:
  • This is a heavy artillery piece.这是一门重炮。
  • The artillery has more firepower than the infantry.炮兵火力比步兵大。
3 intensity 45Ixd     
n.强烈,剧烈;强度;烈度
参考例句:
  • I didn't realize the intensity of people's feelings on this issue.我没有意识到这一问题能引起群情激奋。
  • The strike is growing in intensity.罢工日益加剧。
4 barrages 1eba498e8e49cb13552e290170ac8811     
n.弹幕射击( barrage的名词复数 );火力网;猛烈炮火;河上的堰坝v.火力攻击(或阻击)( barrage的第三人称单数 );以密集火力攻击(或阻击)
参考例句:
  • In many Basidiomycetes barrages develop. 在许多担子菌中也发生一些栅栏。 来自辞典例句
  • It's fun to be able to run around and do instant Barrages. 一边瞬发奥术弹幕一边四处跑确实很有趣。 来自互联网
5 desperately cu7znp     
adv.极度渴望地,绝望地,孤注一掷地
参考例句:
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
6 diplomacy gu9xk     
n.外交;外交手腕,交际手腕
参考例句:
  • 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 outspoken 3mIz7v     
adj.直言无讳的,坦率的,坦白无隐的
参考例句:
  • He was outspoken in his criticism.他在批评中直言不讳。
  • She is an outspoken critic of the school system in this city.她是这座城市里学校制度的坦率的批评者。
8 endorsed a604e73131bb1a34283a5ebcd349def4     
vt.& vi.endorse的过去式或过去分词形式v.赞同( endorse的过去式和过去分词 );在(尤指支票的)背面签字;在(文件的)背面写评论;在广告上说本人使用并赞同某产品
参考例句:
  • The committee endorsed an initiative by the chairman to enter discussion about a possible merger. 委员会通过了主席提出的新方案,开始就可能进行的并购进行讨论。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The government has broadly endorsed a research paper proposing new educational targets for 14-year-olds. 政府基本上支持建议对14 岁少年实行新教育目标的研究报告。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 offshore FIux8     
adj.海面的,吹向海面的;adv.向海面
参考例句:
  • A big program of oil exploration has begun offshore.一个大规模的石油勘探计划正在近海展开。
  • A gentle current carried them slowly offshore.和缓的潮流慢慢地把他们带离了海岸。
10 receded a802b3a97de1e72adfeda323ad5e0023     
v.逐渐远离( recede的过去式和过去分词 );向后倾斜;自原处后退或避开别人的注视;尤指问题
参考例句:
  • The floodwaters have now receded. 洪水现已消退。
  • The sound of the truck receded into the distance. 卡车的声音渐渐在远处消失了。
11 defense AxbxB     
n.防御,保卫;[pl.]防务工事;辩护,答辩
参考例句:
  • The accused has the right to defense.被告人有权获得辩护。
  • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers.战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
12 contractor GnZyO     
n.订约人,承包人,收缩肌
参考例句:
  • The Tokyo contractor was asked to kick $ 6000 back as commission.那个东京的承包商被要求退还6000美元作为佣金。
  • The style of house the contractor builds depends partly on the lay of the land.承包商所建房屋的式样,有几分要看地势而定。
13 subversive IHbzr     
adj.颠覆性的,破坏性的;n.破坏份子,危险份子
参考例句:
  • She was seen as a potentially subversive within the party.她被看成党内潜在的颠覆分子。
  • The police is investigating subversive group in the student organization.警方正调查学生组织中的搞颠覆阴谋的集团。
14 reminder WkzzTb     
n.提醒物,纪念品;暗示,提示
参考例句:
  • I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  • It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。
15 flip Vjwx6     
vt.快速翻动;轻抛;轻拍;n.轻抛;adj.轻浮的
参考例句:
  • I had a quick flip through the book and it looked very interesting.我很快翻阅了一下那本书,看来似乎很有趣。
  • Let's flip a coin to see who pays the bill.咱们来抛硬币决定谁付钱。
16 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
参考例句:
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
17 entirely entirely     
ad.全部地,完整地;完全地,彻底地
参考例句:
  • The fire was entirely caused by their neglect of duty. 那场火灾完全是由于他们失职而引起的。
  • His life was entirely given up to the educational work. 他的一生统统献给了教育工作。
18 swarming db600a2d08b872102efc8fbe05f047f9     
密集( swarm的现在分词 ); 云集; 成群地移动; 蜜蜂或其他飞行昆虫成群地飞来飞去
参考例句:
  • The sacks of rice were swarming with bugs. 一袋袋的米里长满了虫子。
  • The beach is swarming with bathers. 海滩满是海水浴的人。
19 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。
20 curbs 33e58ba55cb8445083b74c118601eb9a     
v.限制,克制,抑制( curb的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • In executing his functions he is not bound by any legal curbs on his power. 在他履行职务时,他的权力是不受任何法律约束的。 来自辞典例句
  • Curbs on air travel were being worked out and would shortly be announced. 限制航空旅行的有关规定正在拟定中,不久即将公布。 来自辞典例句
21 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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