Berlin Hopes to Keep Packing in Tourists, Buck the Downturn
Berlin's unofficial slogan "Poor but sexy" attracted a record level of
visitors in 2008. Can the German capital draw similar numbers this year as
the global economic crisis hammers tourism worldwide?
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Typhoon batters Philippines
A typhoon is sweeping the central Philippines. It's killed at least 12 people, flooded nine towns and cities and forced 200,000 residents to evacuate to emergency shelters. Most of the victims
drowned as the Risao river overflowed around the town of Upi.
A landslide in Cotabato city also killed two residents. Typhoon Fenshen is tracking northwest, packing winds of at least 140 kilometres an hour. Forecasters say it will dump heavy rain on the
main island of Luzon on Sunday.
Many aviation and ferry services have been suspended.
Environmental groups blamed illegal logging for making flooding worse. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every
A $7 million treehouse was built amid 17 lime trees, with an education center, a restaurant that seats 80 people and thousands of square feet of suspended walkways.
verb [T usually + adverb or preposition]
1 to hang:
The builders worked on wooden platforms, suspended by ropes from the roof of the building.
It was very uncomfortable lying on the hospital bed with my legs suspended in the air.
2 If small pieces of solid material are suspended in a gas or a liquid, they hang or float in the gas or liquid:
The drug is suspended in a saline solution.
a liquid in which small pieces of solid are contained, but not dissolved:
a suspension of fine cornflour in corn oil
See also suspension.
a passage or path, especially one which is covered or raised above the ground
verb [T] US SLANG
to carry something, especially a gun:
to pack a gun
Each missile packs several warheads.
FIGURATIVE This gun packs (= has) a lot of firepower.pack (FILL)
verb [I usually + adverb or preposition; T]
to come or bring together in large numbers or to fill a space:
Thousands of fans are packing into the stadium.
Fans packed the stadium to watch the final match.
The people on the bus were packed (together) like sardines (= there were many of them very close together) .
packed Hide phonetics
The train was so packed that I couldn't find a seat.
This book is packed with useful information.
-packed Hide phonetics
full of the thing described:
a fun-packed day
an action-packed film
pack sb in (LARGE NUMBER) phrasal verb [M]
If an entertainment or exhibition packs people in, a large number of people come to see it:
Spielberg's new film is packing in the crowds.
The latest computer exhibition is really packing them in.
suspend (STOP) Hide phonetics
1 to stop or to cause to be not active, either temporarily or permanently:
The ferry service has been suspended for the day because of bad weather.
The President has suspended the constitution and assumed total power.
When you go to the theatre, you have to be willing to suspend disbelief (= to act as if you believe that what you are seeing is real or true, although you know that it is not).
I'm suspending judgment (= not forming an opinion) on the book I'm reading until I've finished it.
LEGAL Mr Young was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years (= If he commits another crime within two years, he will have to go to prison for six months for his original crime).
2 If someone is suspended from work, school, etc., they are temporarily not allowed to work, go to school or take part in an activity because they have done something wrong:
She was suspended from school for fighting.
He was suspended for four matches after arguing with the referee.
suspension Hide phonetics
1 [U] when someone stops something happening, operating, etc. for a period of time:
The suspension of fighting is to take effect at 6 am on Monday.
There have been calls for the drug's immediate suspension, following reports that it has dangerous side effects.
See also suspension.
2 [C or U] when a person is temporarily not allowed to work, go to school or take part in an activity, as a punishment:
The union is protesting about the suspension of a restaurant worker .
The footballer is likely to receive a three-match suspension following an incident in yesterday's game.