2017年4月4日 星期二

breaker, man the barricade, in fine fettle

Google Gets Ready to Man the Barricades
BusinessWeek
By Sara Forden and Jeff Bliss Google has a problem: How can the Internet giant concentrate on crushing the competition when an army of government agencies is investigating whether it's crushing the competition? Google disclosed on June 24 that the US ...


UK policy breaker


Election 2010: Lib Dem 'common ground' with rivals


David Cameron has said the Conservatives and the Lib Dems share a number of policy aims. Gordon Brown has said he is also ready to talk to the Lib Dems, pointing to "substantial common ground". So how do the three parties' key policies compare?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8669043.stm


Battered Barclays May Lose ABN Bid

The subprime mess has clobbered the stock of the British bank, but President Bob Diamond insists it's in fine fettle
BBC《金融時報》報道,巴克萊銀行(Barclays)因技術故障向英國央行英格蘭銀行的緊急儲備借款,這是巴克萊在一周多以來的第二次。
報道說,巴克萊結算金融市場交易的系統出現故障,使其無法在周三(29日)晚使用銀行同業拆息貸款承擔一個交易盤,被迫向央行的緊急儲備求助。

巴克萊銀行   
標准普爾表示巴克萊的信用評級沒有問題
報道引述巴克萊的聲明說,"若非出現技術故障,這情況根本不會出現"。
巴克萊向投資者和存戶發表聲明強調沒有任何財政問題。
巴克萊銀行在8月初公布半年業績,稅前的利潤上升12%至41億英鎊(相等於83億美元)。
《金融時報》報道,標準普爾評級機構證實巴克萊的信用評級沒有問題,標準普爾說,美國次級按揭信貸危機對巴克萊的影響有限。
英國的結算公司Crest和英格蘭銀行的系統在周三曾中斷了一小時,影響了英國所有銀行的結算。



fettle

OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
in fine/good fettle healthy or strong, or in good condition:
"How was Jane?" "Oh, she was in fine fettle."




breaker
n.
  1. One that breaks, as a machine for breaking up or crushing a substance, such as rock, coal, or plant fibers.
  2. A circuit breaker.
  3. A wave that crests or breaks into foam, as against a shoreline.
  4. One who break dances.

brea·ker2 (brā'kər) pronunciation
n. Nautical
A small water cask, often used in lifeboats.

[Alteration of Spanish barrica. See barricade.]
n. 1. a heavy sea wave that breaks into white foam on the shore or a shoal.
2. a person or thing that breaks something: a code-breaker.

barricade
(băr'ĭ-kād', băr'ĭ-kād') pronunciation
n.
  1. A structure set up across a route of access to obstruct the passage of an enemy.
  2. Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier. See synonyms at bulwark.
tr.v., -cad·ed, -cad·ing, -cades.
  1. To close off or block with a barricade.
  2. To keep in or out by means of a barricade.
[French, from barrique, barrel, from Old Provençal barrica, from Vulgar Latin *barrīca. See embargo.]
barricader bar'ri·cad'er n.

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