2016年4月21日 星期四

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Japanese officials raid Mitsubishi offices over falsified information

Authorities have conducted a raid in Tokyo as they consider slapping
Mitsubishi with fines. The company has been embroiled in scandal following
shocking revelations.

This painting by Pietro da Cortona shows Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The portable organ seen on the left is her attribute:http://bit.ly/1S48UpC

"If you are a terrorist and you can get a detailed photo of a military installation for free online, that's bound to encourage you to think maybe I can break in there.
"The question is 'is Google acting responsibly?' and I don't think they are.
"I think Google want to have their own policy of not showing military installations anywhere."

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Respondents chose as the top three targets reducing the number of unemployed, cutting taxes and easing households' financial burdens, and helping socially disadvantaged groups by expanding spending on social welfare. (Table 9)
When analyzing the respondents' priorities based on their income levels, however, the priorities cited by individuals in higher income brackets differed somewhat from those in medium- and lower-income brackets. While agreeing that the most important goal was to reduce the jobless rate, wealthier respondents said the next priority should be to "increase investment in education and upgrade workforce quality."
Also, while 75.7 percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction withTaiwan's current economic performance (Table 10), many (46.7 percent) rationally attributed the economic woes to the global economic downturn. Another 19.8 percent believed they were due to the Ma government's lack of an overall administrative direction, while 6.5 percent contended the Cabinet's economic team was too weak. (Table 11)


Frank Taylor, an air accident investigator, said that the logbook check had uncovered a "worrying finding". He said: "Aircrafts can fly for a limited period with certain items out of service. If that is used responsibly, it is a sensible system. But the problem starts if that system is abused, or if an airline is deliberately falsifying the accounts by flying back with something which is not on that list, or two things which individually might be OK, but together put it outside the bracket. Economics are so powerful in the aviation industry that it is possible airlines would ignore things they shouldn't ignore."

ascription (noun) Assigning some quality or character to a person or thing.
Usage:The ascription to me of honors I had not earned left me feeling guilty and ashamed.



noun at·tri·bute \ˈa-trə-ˌbyüt: a usually good quality or feature that someone or something has

Full Definition of ATTRIBUTE

:  an inherent characteristic; also :  an accidental quality
:  an object closely associated with or belonging to a specific person, thing, or office attribute
 of power>; especially :  such an object used for identification in painting or sculpture
:  a word ascribing a quality; especially :  adjective

Examples of ATTRIBUTE

  1. The interviewer asked me what I consider to be my best attribute.
  2. Both candidates possess the attributes we want in a leader.

attribute sth to sb/sth (RESULT) phrasal verb
to say or think that something is the result or work of something or someone else:
The doctors have attributed the cause of the illness to an unknown virus.
To what do you attribute this delay?
Most experts have attributed the drawing to Michelangelo.

attributable Show phonetics
adjective [after verb]
caused by:
Do you think that these higher-than-average temperatures are attributable to global warming?

attribution Show phonetics
noun [U]
The usual attribution of the work to Leonardo is now disputed by several experts.

false (NOT TRUE) Show phonetics
not true, but made to seem true in order to deceive people:
She was charged with giving false evidence in court.
When she was stopped by the police for speeding, she gave them a false name and address.
He assumed a false identity (= pretended he was someone else) in order to escape from the police.

falsehood Show phonetics
1 [U] lying:
She doesn't seem to understand the difference between truth and falsehood.

2 [C] a lie or a statement which is not correct

falsely Show phonetics
in a way that is not true:
He claimed, falsely, that he was married.

falsify Show phonetics
to change something, such as a document, in order to deceive people:
The certificate had clearly been falsified.

falsification Show phonetics
noun [U]
falsification of evidence

bracket (GROUP) Show phonetics
noun [C]
a set group with fixed upper and lower limits:
They were both surgeons in a high income bracket.
Most British university students are in the 18 - 22 age bracket.
Her pay rise brought her into a new tax bracket.

bracket Show phonetics
verb [T]
If you bracket two or more things or people, you consider them to be similar or connected to each other:
He's often bracketed with the romantic poets of this period although this does not reflect the range of his work.


    1. A simple rigid structure in the shape of an L, one arm of which is fixed to a vertical surface, the other projecting horizontally to support a shelf or other weight.
    2. A small shelf or shelves supported by such structures.
  1. Architecture. A decorative or weight-bearing structural unit, two sides of which form a right angle with one arm flush against a wall and the other flush beneath a projecting surface, such as eaves or a bay window.
  2. A wall-anchored fixture for gas or electricity.
    1. A square bracket.
    2. An angle bracket.
    3. Mathematics. See brace (sense 14).
  3. Chiefly British. One of a pair of parentheses.
  4. A classification or grouping, especially within a sequence of numbers or grades, as a category of incomes sharing the same tax rate.
    1. The distance between two impacting shells, the first aimed beyond a target and the second aimed short of it, used to determine the range for artillery fire.
    2. The shells fired in such a manner.
tr.v., -et·ed, -et·ing, -ets.
  1. To furnish or support with a bracket or brackets.
  2. To place within or as if within brackets.
  3. To classify or group together.
  4. To include or exclude by establishing specific boundaries.
  5. To fire beyond and short of (a target) in order to determine artillery range.
[Possibly French braguette, codpiece, diminutive of brague, breeches, from Old Provençal braga, from Latin brācae, from Gaulish brāca, leg covering.]
━━ n. 【建】腕木, 持送り; 棚受け; 張出しランプ受け; (pl.) 角括弧 (([ ])) (square ~s); 同類, …層.
━━ vt. bracketで受ける; 括弧でくくる ((off)); まとめて言う[考える] ((together)).
bracket creep 【経済】ブラケット・クリープ ((インフレに対応した賃金の引き上げの結果,高い税率の課税区分へ移動させられること)).

A bracket is the diagrammatic representation of the series of games played during a tournament, named as such because it appears to be a large number of interconnected (punctuational) brackets.
There are several kinds of brackets, adapted to different types of tournaments. The most common are:
The "art" of filling in brackets, especially in NCAA basketball, is referred to as bracketology.


Brackets are most commonly found in professional sporting leagues. Often, at the end of the regular season, the league holds a post-season tournament (most commonly called a playoff) to determine which team is the best out of all of the other teams in the league. This is done because often in professional sports there are at least two different conferences (like the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference in the NFL, the American League and the National League in Major League Baseball, and the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference in the NBA), and teams mostly play other teams in their own conference.
When there are only two different conferences, there are two sides of the bracket. One conference is on one side, while the other is on the opposite side. Teams that qualify for the post-season tournament only compete against teams in their own conference, until only one team from each conference remains. These two teams, called the conference champions, play each other to determine the best in the league. In other leagues, like the NHL, have two conferences but are divided into divisions, usually by region. In the post-season tournament, only the teams with the best records qualify, with the exception of the division leader having an automatic entry into the tournament.
Most professional post-season tournaments are single-elimination format. If a bye is required, the top seeded teams usually get the bye. There is usually no third place match to separate the third and fourth place teams.


External Links

  • bracketeers.com User created bracket tournaments; Outcomes based on community voting.