Safety pins have again become a symbol of solidarity with victims of racist, religious or homophobic abuse, following alleged attacks in the US in the wake of Donald Trump's election win.
By JOE NOCERA
Published: April 19, 2008
One evening in Beijing, I wandered into a local bookstore. I couldn’t read a thing, of course, but I had been told that Chinese urbanites are voracious readers, and that I could get a feel for that in any decent bookstore. The place was enormous; its five floors of wall-to-wall books made your typical suburban Barnes & Noble look puny by comparison. Shoppers sat on the floor, reading.
small; weak; not effective:
a puny little man
My car only has a puny little engine.
The party's share of the vote rose from a puny 11% in the last election to 21% this time.
verb [T usually passive; usually + adverb or preposition]
to join or combine:
The sleeping car and restaurant car were coupled together.
High inflation coupled with low output spells disaster for the Government in the election.
a device which joins two things together:
The carriage at the end of the train was left stranded when the coupling broke.coupler 耦(合/聯)器
Pacific Cycle Recalls Children’s Trailer Bicycles; Can Detach from Adult Bicycle and Injure ChildrenWASHINGTON, 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: InStep “Pathfinder,” Schwinn “Run About,” and Mongoose “Alley Cat” Trailer Bicycles
Units: About 7,000
Manufacturer: Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis.
Hazard: The coupler connecting the children’s trailer bike to the adult’s bicycle has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard to children.
Incidents/Injuries: Pacific Cycle has received one report of the coupler failing, resulting in a fall and abrasions to the rider.
Description: The "Pathfinder,” “Run About,” and “Alley Cat” are single-wheeled, children’s bicycles that connect to an adult’s bicycle by a coupler. The recall includes model numbers: 12-PF250, 13-SC250, 13-SC350 and M5101. The model number is located on the lower seat tube of the frame. The affected couplers have welded plates; bicycles that have couplers with cast parts are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Bicycle stores and retailers nationwide from January 2007 through August 2007 for between $80 and $120.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled wagon away from children and contact Tricam Industries for instructions on how to return the wagon and obtain a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pacific Cycle toll-free at (877) 564-2261 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.instep.net, www.schwinnbikes.com, or www.mongoose.com