The lawsuits concerning the safety of Chinese-made flooring has tangled the company in litigation for over two years.
During apartheid, dance was used as a a form of protest against gun-toting troops. For black South Africans today, their social mobility restricted by poor schooling, dance can offer a trapdoor to freedom. From The Economist’s 1843 magazine
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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Kohler Purist®, Pinstripe™, Finial® glass shower doors
Units: About 100
Manufacturer: Kohler Co., of Kohler, Wis.
Hazard: The hinge panel of the shower door can shatter, posing a laceration hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported
Description: The recall involves a 1/2 inch thick hinge panel included in the Kohler Purist®, Pinstripe® and Finial® frameless heavy glass pivot shower doors. The hinge panel was sold as a component under part numbers 705753-L-NA, 705754-L-NA and 705760-L-NA in various shower door packages as described in these tables.
The hinge panels have a tempering date code imprinted on a bottom corner of the panel, and only hinge panels having a tempering date code of "05/09" are included in this recall. The hinge panels are the side panels opposite the shower door handle, on which the metal swing hinge is mounted. The tempering date code also includes the name "Guardian" above the tempering date. If the hinge is covering the tempering date code on the glass panel, please call Kohler Co. at the toll-free number listed below.
Sold: Sold through various plumbing distributors nationwide from May 2009 through November 2010 for between $1,700 and $3,000.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled shower doors and contact Kohler for a free replacement hinge panel. An Authorized Service Representative (ASR) from Kohler will remove the old hinge panel and install a new hinge panel.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kohler Co. toll-free at (866) 782-6329 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.kohler.com
《中英對照讀新聞》2 lions kill white tiger in Czech zoo 捷克動物園的兩隻獅子殺死一隻白虎
A rare white tiger has been killed by two lions in a zoo in northern Czech Republic, a zoo official said Thursday.
The lions, 14-year-old Sultan and 11-year-old Elsa, managed unexpectedly to enter an open-air area occupied by the 17-year-old tiger Isabella, by opening a trap door leading to it, Liberec Zoo spokesman Ivan Langr said.
He said authorities were not able to prevent the killing, which took place Thursday morning.
The lions and tigers in the zoo share the same pavilion overnight, which they leave for separate open-air areas during the day. The animals are allowed to enter various areas on a rotating daily basis and the lions likely were trying to enter the place where they spent the previous day, Langr said. He said the zoo will abandon the rotating system following the killing.
The pavilion was built in 1994 and the system has been in place since. No such accident has happened before.
open-air：形容詞，戶外的、露天的。例句：He wants to hold an open-air concert here.（他想在這裡舉行露天音樂會。）
trap door：名詞，活動門、活動天窗。例句：A trap door in the ceiling leads to the attic.（天花板的一扇活動門可通閣樓。）
A hinged or sliding door in a floor, roof, or ceiling.
Install a trap door, it doesn’t have to lead anywhere in particular, maybe just a dirty pit, or even a fiery pit. Or go medieval, and have a cauldron of boiling tar above the door. One pull of a string, and all of your problems will go away!
in place：片語，在合適的位置，適當的、適時的。例句：Everything is in place. （一切準備就緒。）
flush with something
Flooring is the general term for a permanent covering of a floor, or for the work of installing such a floor covering. Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to loose-laid materials.
A trapdoor is a sliding or hinged door, flush with the surface of a floor, roof, or ceiling, or in the stage of a theatre. A hatch, an opening which may also be in a wall and need not be flush with the surface, is similar; in some cases either name is applicable. A small door in a wall, floor or ceiling used to gain access to equipment is called an access hatch or access door.
Originally, trapdoors were sack traps in mills, and allowed the sacks to pass up through the mill while naturally falling back to a closed position.