Better living through chemurgy
From The Economist print edition
Efforts to replace oil-based chemicals with renewable alternatives are taking off
This term, coined in the 1930s, refers to a branch of applied chemistry that turns agricultural feedstocks into industrial and consumer products. It had several successes early in the 20th century. Cellulose was used to make everything from paint brushes to the film on which motion pictures were captured. George Washington Carver, an American scientist, developed hundreds of ways to convert peanuts, sweet potatoes and other crops into glue, soaps, paints, dyes and other industrial products. In the 1930s Henry Ford started using parts made from agricultural materials, and even built an all-soy car. But the outbreak of the second world war and the shift to wartime production halted his experiment. After the war, low oil prices and breakthroughs in petrochemical technologies ensured the dominance of petroleum-based plastics and chemicals.
Taiwan activist deported by China
Yang Hui-ju says Beijing immigration officials searched her bag and confiscated her valid visa.
Returning to Taipei on Saturday night, she was greeted by associates wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, "Taiwan, My Country."
Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. China claims the island a part of its own territory. Taiwan competes at the Olympics under the name of "Chinese Taipei."
activism Show phonetics
the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result, usually a political or social one:
The levels of trade union and political activism in this country have greatly declined in the past fifteen years.
activist Show phonetics
a person who believes strongly in political or social change and works hard to try and make this happen:
He's been a trade union/party activist for many years.
a gay activist
日本通運／『TOYOTA LONG PASS EXPRESSによる自動車部品輸送』が（社）日本物流団体連合会の第9回「物流環境大賞」を受賞 - 『TOYOTA LONG PASS EXPRESSによる自動車
LONG PASS 可能是傳長(遠)球
這TOYOTA LONG PASS EXPRESS 指用火車長途 快速運送汽車部落品等
Nigerian Authorities Prevent NGOs From Helping Niger
Many non government organisations are operating in Niger, but their job is getting more difficult. Now the medical aid organisation Doctors without Borders is forced to leave the country.
the authorities 公權力
Nigerian Authorities 奈及利亞 當局
1 [U] the moral or legal right or ability to control:
The United Nations has used/exerted/exercised its authority to restore peace in the area.
We need to get the support of someone in authority (= an important or high-ranking person).
They've been acting illegally and without authority (= permission) from the council.
[+ to infinitive] I'll give my lawyers authority (= permission) to act on my behalf.
He's got no authority over (= ability to control) his students.
She spoke with authority (= as if she was in control or had special knowledge).
2 [C] a group of people with official responsibility for a particular area of activity:
the health authority
the local housing authority
3 [C] an expert on a subject:
She's a world authority on 19th-century Irish history.
the authorities plural noun
the group of people with official responsibility for a particular area:
I'm going to report these holes in the road to the authorities.
local authority group noun [C] UK
the group of people who govern an area, especially a city
- pass (GO PAST)
- pass (GIVE)
- pass (SUCCEED)
- pass (TIME)
- pass (APPROVE)
- pass (JUDGE)
- pass (EXCRETE)
- pass (NOT PLAY)
- pass (CHANGE)
- pass (PATH)
- pass (DOCUMENT)
- pass (SEXUAL ACTION)
- pass (BAD SITUATION)
Meaning #1: a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
Synonym: Sir John Falstaff
Wikipedia article "Falstaff"
Definitiondissolute Hide phonetics
adjective LITERARY ━━ a. 放蕩(ほうとう)な, 身を持ちくずした.
(of a person) living in a way that other people strongly disapprove of; immoral:
He led a dissolute life, drinking and womanising till his death.
Vice, the, a stock character in medieval morality plays; he is a cynical kind of fool in the service of the Devil, and tries to tempt others in a comical but often sinister manner. The Vice is believed to be the ancestor of some later dramatic villains like Shakespeare's Iago, and of some more comic characters like his Falstaff.
miles gloriosus(mē'lās glôr'ē-ō'səs, glōr'-)
n., pl. mi·li·tes glo·ri·o·si (mē'lĭ-tās glôr'ē-ō'sē, glōr'-).
A bragging and often cowardly soldier, especially as a stock character in comedy.
[Latin mīles glōriōsus, after Mīles Glōriōsus, a comedy by Plautus.]Mīlēs glōriōsus (‘the boastful soldier’), Roman comedy by Plautus;
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Definitionturn sth around/round phrasal verb [M]
to change an unsuccessful business, plan or system so that it becomes successful:
The new management team turned the ailing company around in under six months.
turnaround Show phonetics
noun [S] (UK ALSO turnround)
1 when a business, plan or system suddenly becomes successful:
The chairman, Tony Bramall, was responsible for the turnaround in the company's fortunes.
2 any change from one thing to its opposite:
What a turnaround - at halftime they were losing 3-0, but in the end they won 4-3.
Definitionon the table
If a plan or suggestion has been put/laid on the table, it has been made available for people to hear, read or discuss.
outstanding (NOT FINISHED)
Definitionoutstanding (NOT FINISHED) Show phonetics
not yet paid, solved or done:
$450 million in outstanding debts
There are still a couple of problems outstanding.
Lawsuits Accuse EADS
Of Insider Trading
Sought in U.S. Cases
Following French Probes
U.S. tort lawyers are taking up a challenge that French prosecutors and stock-market regulators have been grappling with for almost two years: Proving that executives and core shareholders of Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. knowingly traded on insider information, and weren't simply bad managers.
As Wall Street grapples with its latest, increasingly bloody round of job cuts, DealBook surveys layoffs from the years past.
grapple was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.
insider dealing noun [U] (ALSO insider trading)
the illegal buying and selling of company shares (= a financial part of the ownership of a company) by people who have special information because they are involved with the company
The unlawful practice of using information that comes from a source “inside” the business but is not available to the general public to trade on the stock market. This activity is prohibited by law and is policed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
insider dealing [trading] インサイダー取引.
A top hat or top-hat (sometimes also known by the nickname "
Wikipedia article "Top hat".
n., pl. pince-nez (-nāz', -nā'). ］ n. 鼻めがね.
Eyeglasses clipped to the bridge of the nose.
[French : pincer, to pinch (from Old French pincier; see pinch) + nez, nose (from Latin nāsus).]Wikipedia article "Pince-nez".
Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal
seal (MARK) Show phonetics
an official mark on a document, sometimes made with wax, which shows that it is legal or has been officially approved:
The lawyer stamped the certificate with her seal.
seal Show phonetics
to make an agreement more certain or to approve it formally:
The two leaders sealed their agreement with a handshake.
seal your fate
If an action, event or situation seals your fate, nothing can stop some unpleasant thing happening to you:
From the moment she stepped into the busy road her fate was sealed.
Decide what will become of one, as in The letter of rejection sealed his fate; he'd have to apply to other medical schools.
This term employs seal in the sense of "permanently fix or fasten something," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
Shares in the troubled Swiss bank have risen 9.7 percent over the past two days, as analysts began speculating that it had hired an adviser to explore strategic options. On Wednesday, The New York Post reported that UBS has hired Lazard as an adviser to review its businesses.
UBS has already faced pressure from shareholders, including the activist fund Olivant Advisers, to hive off its flourishing wealth-management unit from its considerably more troubled investment banking business.
- To set apart from a group: hived off the department into another division.
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In the wake of Ayatollah Khomeini's infamous death sentence, Salman Rushdie gained international renown as a champion of free speech and a challenger of fundamentalist hegemony. Among the virtues shrouded by the author's sudden iconic status, however, were a relentless sense of humor and a developing body of fiction virtually unrivaled among contemporary writers.
up and about
Also, up and around; up and doing. Active again, especially after an illness or rest, as in They had her up and about just one day after surgery, or I'm so glad you're up and around; we need your help, or It's time to be up and doing. [Early 1800s]
"How would you like your steak done?"
"Well-done (= Cooked for a long time), please."
Compare medium (VALUE); rare (COOKED)
“ 鼻梁”在英语中与“桥” 是同一个字，均为 bridge。
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France Sees Irish No-Vote As Wake-Up Call
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called Ireland's "no" to the
EU's Lisbon Treaty a call to change the way Europe was being
constructed. But he has also urged other states to continue the
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Clinton accuses Obama of plagiarism
US Democratic presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
have debated in Texas, the largest state contest left in the race for
the party's nomination. The sharpest words came from Clinton who now
finds herself behind in the nomination process. She accused Obama of
plagiarism for taking a portion of a speech from Massachusetts governor
Deval Patrick. Obama defended his use of Patrick's words, saying he is
co-chair of his campaign and that Patrick asked him to use the passages.
Clinton's attack was greeted with boos from the Austin, Texas audience.
The Texas primary will be held on March 4.
pla・gia・rism ━━ n. 剽窃（物）.
pla・gia・rist ━━ n. 剽窃者.
━━ n. 剽窃（者）.
verb [T] FORMAL
(especially of governments or organizations) to make an agreement official:
Many countries have now ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child.
The decision will have to be ratified (= approved) by the executive board.
ratification Show phonetics
noun [U] FORMAL
crisis center 電話緊急相談センター.
crisis line 〔米〕 ＝hot line.
crisis management （雇用者・政府などのストライキ・暴動などに対する）危機管理.
build bridges (between) （…の）橋渡しをする.
burn one's bridges (behind one) 背水の陣を敷く.
cross one's bridges when one comes to them / not cross one's bridges before one comes to them 取り越し苦労をしない.
━━ vt. 橋をかける; 橋渡しをする.
bridge over （一時的に）しのがせる.
bridge・head 橋頭堡(ほ); 足がかり ((for)).
bridge loan つなぎ融資 （bridging loan）.
bridge of boats 浮き橋, 舟橋.
Bridge of Sighs （the ～） 嘆きの橋 ((Veniceにある橋；昔罪人が刑務所に入るときに渡った)).
bridge rectifier 【電子工】ブリッジ整流器.
bridge・ware 【コンピュータ】ブリッジウェア ((「橋渡し」用のソフトウェア)).
bridge・work 架橋工事; 架工義歯.
bridg・ing ━━ n. 【コンピュータ】ネットワークを橋渡しすること.
bridge loan （銀行の）つなぎ資金融資.
bridge product 【コンピュータ】＝bridgeware.