2017年8月31日 星期四

NB, Hall of Fame, raconteur, U-turn






David Tang, Fashion Retailer and Raconteur, Dies at 63


Humphrey Lyttelton was perhaps the UK's most influential jazz performer.Beyond this, he was a noted raconteur and wit and chairman of BBC Radio 4's long-running I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.




Australia welcomes Japan whaling U-turn but lodges protest
AFP - 
SYDNEY (AFP) — Australia welcomed Saturday Japan's backdown on plans to hunt humpbacks but said it had still lodged a formal protest with Tokyo calling for ...

迴轉(道)

NB, Hall of Fame





NB 3 Line breaks: NB

abbreviation

1New Brunswick (in official postal use).
2Nota bene; take special note.



【聯合報╱王岫/報導】
2008.06.15 02:24 am
六 月初,美國NBA職籃進入總冠軍戰,開打兩個月的美國職棒大聯盟MLB也逐漸加溫。球壇上新秀登場,也有名將高掛運動鞋退休;他們可否在運動史上留名,退 休五年後能不能擠進名人堂將是重大指標。像五月二十一日剛退休的大都會隊強打捕手皮亞薩(Mike Piazza),是大聯盟史上最多全壘打的捕手,還連續十個球季入選明星賽,預估未來很有機會進入棒球名人堂,留名棒球史。

美國熱愛運動,對表現傑出的運動員也特別尊敬,許多運動項目都分別設立名人堂,以博物館形式保存球員文物和各項紀錄;事實上,「名人」的範圍,還包括傑出的教練和球團老闆及裁判、行政人員等,表彰他們對運動事業的貢獻。

以美國國家棒球名人堂為例,1936年開始票選傑出選手,1939年在紐約州古柏鎮成立博物館,館藏包括棒球相關文物、藝術品、文學作品、相片、紀念品 等,還有入選名人堂英雄們的各類物件、紀錄等。進入名人堂的入選標準是:球員必須具備十年以上資歷,退休五年後經美國棒球記者協會會員四分之三以上同意, 才可以留名在此棒球聖殿。

棒球名人堂成立後,冰上曲棍球/1945年、足球/1950年、籃球/1959年、美式足球/1963年,也紛紛成立名人堂。五大運動名人堂到目前究竟有 哪些運動明星上榜,關心的球迷可參閱稻草人出版社(Scarecrow Press)新近出版的《運動名人堂百科全書》(The Sports Hall of Fame Encyclopedia)一目瞭然。《運動名人堂百科全書》由2004年編過《國際名人堂指南》(Hall of Fame: An International Directory)的專業工具書編輯布雷文斯(Dave Blevins)主編,他以姓名字母A-Z排序,羅列從全壘打王漢克‧阿倫(Hank Aaron)到活塞隊老闆佐納(Fred Zollner),收錄五大球類運動名人堂運動英雄計一千四百多人,兩大冊厚達一千五百頁。除以運動員查檢,也有按球類和年代順序編排簡目的附錄和索引可 用。

hall of fame (sometimes HOF) is a type of museum established for any a field of endeavour to honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in that field. In some cases, these halls of fame consist of actual halls or museums which enshrine the honourees with sculptures, plaques, and displays of memorabilia. In other cases, the hall of fame is more figurative, and simply consists of a list of names of noteworthy individuals maintained by an organization.
The opposite of hall of fame is called hall of shame (sometimes HOS).
Wikipedia article "Hall of fame".
hall was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.


U-turn


━━ n. Uターン; 180度の転換, 大転換.


U-turn lane 迴轉道

回心轉意。紅樓夢˙第四回:「寶玉又自悔言語冒撞,前去俯就,那黛玉方漸漸的迴轉來。」亦作「回轉」。

U-turn Show phonetics
noun [C] (US AND AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH INFORMAL U-ie)
1 a turn made by a car in order to go back in the direction from which it has come:
It is illegal to do/make a U-turn on a motorway.

2 MAINLY DISAPPROVING a complete change from one opinion or plan of action to an opposite one:
The Prime Minister did/made a quick U-turn in response to all the adverse publicity.


David Tang, Fashion Retailer and Raconteur, Dies at 63 ,採用的善說軼事、故事的人的法語源 raconteur:

raconteur

(răk'ŏn-tûr') pronunciation
n.n. 話上手な人.
One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
[French, from raconter, to relate, from Old French : re-, re- + aconter, to count up, reckon; see account.]

"a colourful raconteur"

synonyms:storyteller, teller of tales, spinner of yarns, narratorrelater, recounter; More

stymie


A raid on an illegal gold mine in the Brazilian Amazon in April 2016.
Brazilian Judge Stymies Plan to Allow Mining in Amazon Region

By ERNESTO LONDOÑO and SHANNON SIMS

The ruling comes amid a fight between conservationists and President Michel Temer over environmental protections and indigenous rights.

stymie
ˈstʌɪmi/
verb
informal
  1. prevent or hinder the progress of.
    "the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments"

2017年8月30日 星期三

a ringing endorsement, complainant(legal)

Angela Merkel said she backed proposals for a eurozone budget and a Brussels-based finance minister, in a ringing endorsement of Emmanuel Macron’s vision for far-reaching reform of the single currency area.



What’s Next for the New York Subway? Toronto Knows

Open-gangway trains were introduced in Toronto nearly five years ago, and riders have given them a ringing endorsement. Now officials in New York are embracing the design.


IBM以侵害電腦產品專利為由起訴華碩等公司
DATE
2007/12/11

  【日經BP社報導】美國IBM以該公司的專利被侵害為由,向美國國際貿易委員會(International Trade Commission:ITC)起訴台灣華碩電腦(ASUSTek Computer)及其北美子公司Asus Computer International(英文發佈資料)。IBM稱華碩等的電腦產品及部件侵害了IBM的3項專利,要求禁止相關產品及部件銷往美國。   
IBM聲稱被侵害專利是美國專利號為“5,008,829”、“5,249,741”、“5,371,852”的3項專利。“5,008,829”是關於供電的專利,“5,249,741”是關於自動風扇速度控制的專利,“5,371,852”是關於使電腦集群在網路上顯示為單一主機的方法和裝置的專利。IBM稱,華碩的筆記本電腦及空機(半成品)、伺服器、路由器、部件等電腦相關產品侵害了這3項專利。   
IBM還表示,之前曾多次嘗試與華碩等簽訂專利授權合約。“華碩若不與IBM簽訂專利授權合約,就必須停止使用與IBM擁有的專利相關的技術”(IBM)。(記者:迦納 徵子) ■
日文原文 米IBM社が台灣ASUSTeK Computer社らを提訴,コンピュータ製品などの特許侵害を主張

IBM Files ITC Complaint against ASUSTeK



ARMONK, N.Y. - 06 Dec 2007: IBM today announced it has filed a complaint against ASUSTeK (based in Taiwan) and its North American subsidiary, ASUS Computer International, with the United States International Trade Commission.



The complaint details the infringement of IBM patents by certain ASUSTeK computer products and components, and requests an exclusion order against the importation of infringing ASUSTeK computer products and components into the United States.


IBM has made repeated attempts to reach a licensing agreement between the companies. IBM’s position has been -- and remains -- that ASUSTeK either must license or stop using IBM's patented technology.


IBM’s complaint identifies three patents that are infringed by ASUSTeK products imported into the U.S. These three patents cover important aspects of computer systems, including power supplies, computer cooling and computer clustering capabilities.

The infringing ASUSTeK computer products include notebook computers, so-called barebones computer systems, servers, routers and various computer components.

IBM annually invests billions of dollars in research and development and has extensive patents and other intellectual property in areas including personal computing, servers, networking, semiconductors and other computer components.


The specific patents asserted in the IBM complaint are:
1. U.S. Patent No. 5,008,829:
Personal computer power supply
2. U.S. Patent No. 5,249,741:
Automatic fan speed control
3. U.S. Patent No. 5,371,852:
Method and apparatus for making a cluster of computers appear as a single host on a network


The United States International Trade Commission is an independent federal agency with authority to bar the importation of products that infringe U.S. patents.




Contact(s) information
Ari Fishkind IBM Media Relations 914-945-2319 fishkind@us.ibm.com

ringing

ˈrɪŋɪŋ/
adjective
  1. 1.
    having or emitting a clear resonant sound.
    "a ringing voice"
noun
  1. 1.
    an act or sound of ringing.
    "the ringing of fire alarms"

2. a ringing endorsement. a statement that is made with a lot of force in support of something : aringing endorsement of the proposals.

complainant

noun [C] LEGAL


a person who makes a formal complaint in a court of law



dote, doting, 'monozukuri', platitudes, platitudinous, plateaued

Washington Post
Princess Diana died tragically in a car accident in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. Twenty years after her death, she is still remembered by many as a doting mother, fashion icon and humanitarian. Read more about her final hours: http://wapo.st/2eldfJj


-2:43


"If David Cameron really believes in the NHS, as he so often says, he should prove it by substituting deeds for platitudes.
He should sack Jeremy Hunt now and give the NHS a political champion who understands its complex needs, and will fight for them."


Shortly we will be publishing some research on what got people curious about systems thinking. I wanted to pull this out of the report for the newsletter. We asked: what got you curious about systems thinking? One person responded thus:
‘The answer is "Several years of working for the Audit Commission as an inspector!" I realised that, despite the caveats, inspection inevitably assessed services against national criteria which were often inappropriate for local circumstances. Worse still, the inspection process was of little help to managers. They already knew most of the problems and we made platitudinous recommendations, such as "improve performance management systems". The final straw was when I returned to a council that had introduced a green waste collection service, at virtually no environmental benefit, because the Commission had criticised their recycling performance. Then a colleague in the Commission lent me "Freedom from Command and Control....." There was no going back.’
Becoming a doting father for the first time has spurred Novak Djokovic to new heights on the tennis court. http://cnn.it/1DjplrZ
Today's #Dailychart shows that the amount of adult obesity in America has barely budged. The data come from the latest annual survey by America's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite a methodology change in 2011 to include mobile-phone only households (to capture poorer and younger populations), these self-reported figures show obesity rates may have plateaued http://econ.st/16iajig

Google's Earnings Surge, Putting Firm Back in Favor
Google posted a 36% jump in quarterly profit, sending its shares surging and wresting back the attention of investors who lately have doted on newer Internet darlings.

In Italy, a Mamma Accused of Doting Too Much

By Jeff Israely
Mothers are naturally overprotective in Italy, part of the reason why many men still live at home until well into their 30s. Now, however, one mom stands accused of child abuse for taking sheltering to the extreme



"Toyota is a global company that was brought up in Japan. By all means, we will implement tasks to strengthen 'monozukuri' (conscientious manufacturing) in Japan," Toyoda told a news conference.

platitudinous (plat-i-TOOD-n-uhs)

adjective
Characterized by or resembling a platitude (a trite remark).[形]陳腐[平凡]な(ことをよくしゃべる).

Etymology
From platitude, from French plat (flat). A related word is plate.

Usage
"Yet, there I totter, there limp laxly. My Uncomely trudge To Plateau That and platitudinous Plateau Whichever is no darling to my grudge- Choked industry or usual alcohol." — From the poem "A Man of the Middle Class"; Book: The Bean Eaters, 1960.





dote (dōt) pronunciation
intr.v., dot·ed, dot·ing, dotes.
To show excessive fondness or love: parents who dote on their only child.
[Middle English doten.]
doter dot'er n.




Line breaks: dot¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊtɪŋ/



Definition of doting in English:

adjective

Extremely and uncritically fond of someone; adoring:she was spoiled outrageously by her doting father

plateau

Pronunciation: /ˈplatəʊ/
Translate plateau | into German | into Italian | into Spanish



noun (plural plateaux /-təʊz/ or plateaus)

  • 1an area of fairly level high ground.
  • [as modifier] denoting a group of American Indian peoples of the high plains of western Canada and the US, including the Nez Percé.
  • 2a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress:the peace process had reached a plateau

verb (plateaus, plateauing, plateaued)

[no object]
  • reach a state of little or no change after a period of activity or progress:the industry’s problems have plateaued out

Origin:

late 18th century: from French, from Old French platel, diminutive of plat 'level'

Spelling help

The plural of the noun can be spelled either plateaux (as in the original French) or plateaus.

outdoor, cooped up, canon (PRIEST), security system, bandstand, hole up (somewhere)




I was moved into a general intensive care unit that evening and, for the first time in my life, experienced sleeping in an open ward in a long room with five beds on one side facing a long counter of doctors and nurses. In the middle of the night, in my half slumber and weak waking moments, I realised that sleeping in a space like an open office was rather nicer than being cooped up in a private room. 



"While the house is being dusted/ People not involved escape outdoors."
While able-bodied family members worked busily around the house, the elderly, the infirm and the children were cooped up in a room or told to stay outside. Apparently, those who wanted to goof off simply made themselves scarce.



Living Planet | 06.03.2008 | 04:30

"Forest Kindergartens" are Booming in Germany

It is a Scandinavian concept, but it is booming in many countries. At Forest kindergartens, children spend the entire day outdoors, rain or shine. Living Planet visits one such kindergarten in Osnabrück, Germany.

Many children these days have little chance to experience nature. Their lives are spent holed up in classrooms or seated in the backseats of cars on their way from one scheduled activity to the next.
In Germany, however, a growing number of parents and educators are making the connection between early childhood learning and the outdoors. The growth of so-called "Forest Kindergartens," where children play entirely outside, rain or shine, is helping develop their bodies and brains as well as creating a lasting appreciation of nature.
Living Planet visits one such kindergarten in Osnabrück in the German state of Lower Saxony.
Reporter: Alison Hawkes


After lead worth £7,500 was taken from the roof of St. Peter & St. Paul, in Rutland, a county neighboring Leicestershire, the church canon, Stephen Evans, installed a security system with outdoor cameras. Movement on the roof sets off warnings that are sent to up to six mobile phones.

As Price of Lead Soars, British Churches Find Holes in Roof

類似 lead sheet或 leadwork等在"歐洲和近東之羅馬文化圈都很平常
看些近代的產品就可以了解

canon (PRIEST) Show phonetics
noun [C]
a Christian priest with special duties in a cathedral
secure (PROTECTED)


(屋根つきの)野外音楽堂.
n.
  1. An outdoor stand or platform, often roofed, for a band or orchestra.
  2. An indoor stand or platform for musicians and other performers.

Wikipedia article "Bandstand".


hole up (somewhere) phrasal verb INFORMAL
to stay in a safe place, often as a way of escape:

We'd better find some shelter and hole up until the storm passes.



cooped upadjective

 UK  /ˌkuːpt ˈʌp/ US  /ˌkuːpt ˈʌp/


If you are cooped up somewhere, you are in a small closed spacefrom which you cannot escape, or you feel as if you are:

hate being cooped up inside working when its a sunny day outside.
It's such a tiny office - don't you ever feel cooped up here?

coop sb/sth up phrasal verb [M]
to keep someone or something in an enclosed space:
I feel like I've been cooped up in this flat for days.

outing, tout, the long and the short of it


The long and the short of it was five doctors and 10 nurses saved my life at Hillingdon that Sunday afternoon.


Boris Johnson’s past as a colourful newspaper columnist caught up with him.
US journalists accused him at a Foreign Office press conference of insulting President Barack Obama and telling “outright lies”.
ON.FT.COM




the long and the short of it

informal
said when you want to explain the general situation without givingdetails:
The long and the short of it is that they are willing to start the work in January.

Testifying under oath in the Upper House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense on Thursday, Moriya had tears in his eyes as he defended the ministry and its officials, insisting that he alone was to blame for repeatedly accepting paid golf outings and other forms of entertainment lavished on him by the defense contractor.



outing 
noun [C]
when a group of people go on a short journey, usually for pleasure or education:
Rosie's going on a class/school outing to the Museum of Modern Art. ━━ n. 遠足, 遊山(ゆさん);


(特に同性愛者であるという)秘密を暴露すること.

See also outing at out (MADE PUBLIC).out (MADE PUBLIC) Show phonetics
adjective [after verb], adverb INFORMAL
1 (of information) no longer kept secret:
You can't hide your gambling any longer - the secret's out.

2 (of a homosexual) not keeping their sexual preferences a secret:
She's been out for three years.
Don't let his sister know he's gay, because he hasn't come out to his family yet.

out
verb [T often passive]
If a famous person is outed, their homosexuality (= sexual attraction to people of their own sex) is made public when they want to keep it secret:
Hardly a week went by without someone famous being outed.

outing
noun [C or U]
There have been several outings of well-known film stars recently.



outing 

Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtɪŋ/ 


NOUN

1trip taken for pleasure, especially one lasting a day or less:a family outing to Weston-super-Mare
1.1brief journey from home:her daily outing to the shops
1.2informal An appearance in something, especially a sporting event or film:Madonna’s first screen outing in three years
2[MASS NOUN] The practice of revealing the homosexuality of a prominent person:the outing of gays by the press

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'the action of going out or of expelling'): from the verb out-ing1.

tout (MAKE KNOWN)

verb
1 [T] to advertise, make known or praise something or someone repeatedly, especially as a way of encouraging their sale, popularity or development:
As an education minister, she has been touting these ideas for some time.
He is being widely touted as the next leader of the Social Democratic party.
Several insurance companies are now touting their services/wares on local radio.The Circulation report is the latest in a string of studies touting the benefits of chocolate. The flavonoids in chocolate, which include the antioxidants called flavanols, are similar to those found in tea, red wine and some fruits and vegetables, foods also known for their heart-healthy effects.

2 [I] to repeatedly try to persuade people to buy your goods or services:

There were hundreds of taxis at the airport, all touting for business/custom.