2016年5月30日 星期一

undercover, guise, swoop, go off, flip-flop, paraglide, rank (SMELL), itinerary, tracksuit, licensed, overstuffed

A 'Ticking Time Bomb' Goes Off
When Abdallah Al-Ajmi Returned to Kuwait After Nearly Four Years at Guantanamo, His Family Tried to Get Him to Move On. But He Didn't Want to Let Go.
(By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, The Washington Post)

In "Undercover Boss", powerful executives learn a lesson and return to the boardroom with a plan to make jobs easier for their employees. Yet while workers can tell the boss something about being a CEO, the CEO never has anything to say to help the workers

Why we can't look away from bosses toiling on the stockroom floor

Undercover Boss - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Undercover Boss is a television franchise series created by Stephen Lambert and produced in many countries. It originated in 2009 on the British Channel 4.

Children’s Flip Flops Recalled by Alpargatas Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Children’s flip flops
Units: About 210,000
Manufacturer: Alpargatas USA Inc., of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: Decorative paint on the sole of the flip flops can contain levels of lead in excess of the federal standard.

swoop and paragliding

France accused of unfairly punishing humanitarian workers

In a week when French police detained around 200 migrants in a swoop at the
channel port of Calais, human rights groups in France say that the
government's crackdown on illegal immigration is also unfairly punishing
people who are being labeled as "good Samaritans" - in other words, those
who help the migrants.

The DW-WORLD Article

icrosoft draws up battle plan in bid to secure Yahoo swoop
Scotland on Sunday - Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Sources at the software company's annual Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) in Houston last week agreed that as Microsoft bids to take on Google, ...

The New York TimesWashington Post, and Los Angeles Times lead with the declassified summary of a National Intelligence Estimate that says Iran stopped work on its nuclear weapons program in 2003. The findings, which also top the Wall Street Journal's world-wide newsbox, represent the consensus view of the country's 16 intelligence agencies and sharply contradict a 2005 estimate that said Iran was aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons. The report, which is widely described as a huge surprise, also provides a sharp contrast to recent statements by President Bush who has been saying Iran's nuclear program poses a serious threat to U.S. securityIn one fell swoop, these new conclusions are likely to have a profound effect on Bush's last year in office and the presidential campaign, not to mention efforts to get the international community to impose more sanctions on Iran.

Confucius in three guises

The first lecture, today, we will be looking at Confucius in three guises: Confucius the man; and Confucius as the eternal teacher; and Confucius as an occasional villain.


MoMA Plunge

Published: July 27, 2007

The average Manhattan midsummer day is hot, rank and long. Some of us keep to the great air-conditioned indoors; others head for the country. Both options are available at the Museum of Modern Art, and the word must be out. Have you seen the ticket lines lately? The lobby of 11 West 53rd Street is an ocean of flip-flops and shorts.

As each city on the torch’s itinerary prepares for protests, Japan announced that the blue-tracksuited Chinese security guards who accompanied it in London, Paris and San Francisco would not be allowed a repeat performance in Nagano on April 26.
The chairman of the Public Safety Commission said that security on Japanese soil this month would be handled by the domestic police alone.
“I do not personally accept the idea that they will run in Japan as they ran in other countries,” Shinya Izumi said.
The announcement followed the revelation that the Chinese runners – denounced as “thugs” by Lord Coe after they pushed protesters off the road in London – are a branch of the People’s Armed Police. Members of the paramilitary force were deployed last month to quell unrest in Tibet.
Australia had already banned the paramilitary guards from escorting the torch on the relay in Canberra on April 23 – a leg of the tour that is now in doubt because of the protests.

monastery, paramilitary, temple

licensed, comfy, overstuffed

10. British Spies: Licensed to Be Gay

Britain's domestic intelligence agency now not only welcomes, but actively seeks, gay applicants

A licensed clinical social worker had lots of comfy, overstuffed furniture and encouraged patients to sit anywhere


Pronunciation: /ˈflɪpflɒp/ 


1A light sandal, typically of plastic or rubber, with a thongbetween the big and second toe.
2North American backward handspring.
2.1informal An abrupt reversal of policy:his flip-flop on taxes
3Electronics switching circuit which works by changing from one stable state to another, or through an unstable state back to its stable state, in response to a triggering pulse.

noun [C usually plural] (AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH AND US ALSO thong)
a type of open shoe, often made of rubber, with a V-shaped strap which goes between the big toe and the toe next to it

Baby Estampas models

go off
(of a gun, bomb, or similar device) explode or fire.

licence UKUS license Show phonetics
1 [C] an official document which gives you permission to own, do or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test:
a dog licence
UK driving licence/US driver's license
a TV licence

2 [S or U] FORMAL permission or freedom to do what you want:
As parents, they allowed their children very little licence.
[+ to infinitive] He was given licence to reform the organization.

3 artistic/poetic licence the freedom of artists, writers etc. to change the facts of the real world when producing art

verb [T]
to give someone official permission to do or have something:
[+ to infinitive] Several companies have been licensed to sell these products.

a licensed pilot
a licensed (= allowed to sell alcohol) restaurant

noun [C] FORMAL
a person who has official permission to do something, especially to sell alcoholic drinks

upholstered thickly and deeply : "an overstuffed sofa"overstuffed
stuff too much : "The pillow was overstuffed"

licensed practical nurse

INFORMAL FOR comfortable:
a comfy chair



━━ n. 旅行案内[記]; 旅行日程; 旅路.
━━ a. 巡回する; 旅(路)の.
a detailed plan or route of a journey:
The tour operator will arrange transport and plan your itinerary.Wikipedia article "Tracksuit"
Tracksuit jackets made of nylon
Tracksuit jackets made of nylon
A model of tracksuit used as casual wear
A model of tracksuit used as casual wear
tracksuit is an article of clothing consisting of two parts- trousers and a jacket. It was originally intended for use in sports, mainly as what athletes wore over competition clothing (such as running shirt and shorts or a swimsuit) and would take off before competition. In modern times, it has become commonly worn in other contexts.
Tracksuits were very popular with the hip hop and breakdancing scene of the 1980s. During this period tracksuits were manifactured from a mix of triacetate and polyester making them extremely shiny on the outside - ideal for breakdancing on smooth floors and yet fleecy on the inside ensuring comfort for the wearer.


rank (SMELL)
smelling strong and unpleasant:
His clothes were rank with sweat.

noun [U]
the appearance of someone or something, especially when intended to deceive:
The men who arrived in the guise of drug dealers were actually undercover police officers.

The company has been accused of trying to sell their products under the guise of market research.

 Show phonetics
verb [I]
1 to move very quickly and easily through the air, especially down from a height in order to attack:
The eagle swooped down to snatch a young rabbit.Just a handful of corn, and the pigeons of St. Mark's Square swoop.

And in Oman, an 82-villa Evason Hideaway opens on Zighy Bay, a remote crescent of white sand where guests can swoop in on paraglides.


━━ n. パラグライダー (((1)ロケットの減速用など.(2)滑空を楽しむための長方形のパラシュート)).
 para・gliding ━━ n. パラグライディング.)
paragliding Show phonetics
noun [U]
the sport of jumping out of an aircraft with a special parachute that allows you to travel a long horizontal distance before you land

2 INFORMAL to make a sudden attack on a place or group of people in order to surround and catch them:
Undercover police swooped on three houses in Bristol at 5 a.m. this morning.

swoop Show phonetics
noun [C]at/in one fell swoop 一口氣...
If you do something at/in one fell swoop, you do it all at the same time:
I got all my Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop.


Pronunciation: /ʌndəˈkʌvə/   /ˈʌndəkʌvə/


Involving secret work within a community or organization, especially for the purposes of police investigation or espionage:an undercover police operation[AS ADVERB]: he worked undercover in Northern Ireland