2008年12月23日 星期二

daunting ,handmade, sensitive, small-ticket craft supplies

Peter Mandelson is taking on what may be his most daunting turnaround mission: saving the political life of his onetime rival, Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


Handmade Pushes Out Mass-Produced

The onslaught of a recession is usually not a good time to think about
buying anything with the words ‘hand-crafted’ on the label. But a
German website is changing all that.

The DW-WORLD Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=evzxffI44va89pI1

handmade即 craft supplies

Michaels Stores, the chain of craft retailers owned by the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, hopes that a holiday spike in sales will make up for weak results earlier in the year. For the quarter that ended Nov. 1, the company reported a net loss of $20 million and a decrease of 6.5 percent in same-store sales. But in November and December, Michaels’ 1,014 stores have had sharp increases in traffic and transactions for small-ticket craft supplies, said Brian C. Cornell, the company’s chief executive.
small-ticket craft supplies 小價碼的手工製品

Aid in Hand, Clock Ticks for Detroit
President Bush put the government into the daunting role of industrial oversight yesterday by grudgingly throwing a $17.4 billion lifeline to General Motors and Chrysler, a politically sensitive mission that President-elect Barack Obama will soon inherit.
(By Steven Mufson, David Cho and Cecilia Kang, The Washington Post)

McCain’s Daunting Task

By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Republican hopes to the contrary notwithstanding, Democrats will unite behind Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, or behind a ticket with the two of them.



daunt Show phonetics
verb [T often passive]
to make someone feel slightly frightened or worried about their ability to achieve something; to discourage:
She was not at all daunted by the size of the problem.

daunting Show phonetics
adjective
making you feel slightly frightened or worried about your ability to achieve something:
In spite of unification, the country was still faced with the daunting prospect of overcoming four decades of division.

dauntless Show phonetics
adjective LITERARY
showing determination and a lack of fear:
In spite of the scale of the famine, the relief workers struggled on with dauntless optimism and commitment.

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sensitive (REACTING EASILY) Show phonetics
adjective
1 easily influenced, changed or damaged, especially by a physical activity or effect:
Some people's teeth are highly sensitive to cold.
sensitive skin

2 Sensitive equipment is able to record small changes:
The patient's responses are recorded on a sensitive piece of equipment which gives extremely accurate readings.

-sensitive Show phonetics
suffix
light-/heat-sensitive

sensitivity Show phonetics
noun [U] (ALSO sensitiveness)
One of the side effects of the drug is an increased sensitivity to sunlight.

sensitize, UK USUALLY sensitise Show phonetics
verb [T]
to make someone sensitive to something:
It seems very likely that air pollutants are sensitizing people so that they become allergic to pollen.


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ticket (PRICE CARD) Show phonetics
noun [C]
1 a piece of card or paper which is put on an item to show its size or price:
a price ticket

2 a note telling you that you must pay some money as a punishment for not obeying a rule or law:
a parking ticket

3 UK the range of ideas and plans that someone supports when they are in an election:
She's standing on an education ticket.

4 US the group of people representing a particular political party in an election:
the Republican/Democratic ticket
ticket

noun

  1. a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
  2. a summons issued to an offender (especially to someone who violates a traffic regulation)
  3. a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices
  4. the appropriate or desirable thing: "this car could be just the ticket for a small family"

Ticket to China?


Yurika Nakamura crosses the finish line to win the Nagoya International Women's Marathon on her full marathon debut in a time of 2 hours 25 minutes 51 seconds, boosting her hopes of running for Japan in the Beijing Olympics this summer.

verb

  1. issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty: "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"
  2. provide with a ticket for passage or admission: "Ticketed passengers can board now"

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But the size of the proposed merger with E.D.S. would pose more daunting challenges. E.D.S. has 140,000 employees to H.P.’s 172,000. About two-thirds of the E.D.S. employees are located in the United States, which means Hewlett-Packard would be buying a relatively expensive work force compared to the fast-growing lower-cost competition based overseas, said A. M. Sacconaghi Jr., an industry analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Company.