Lecture 5 Lead. Current Briefs. Japanese PM announces resignation Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama speaks during a general meeting of lawmakers of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan at the parliament building in Tokyo June 2, 201.
Lecture 5 Lead
Japanese PM announces resignation
Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama speaks during a general meeting of lawmakers of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan at the parliament building in Tokyo June 2, 201
Hatoyama told a news conference broadcast nationwide on Wednesday that he will step down over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa. With tears in his eyes, Hatoyama told a party gathering both he and party secretary-general Ichiro Ozawa would resign their posts.
After eight months in office, the embattled prime minister has faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of July elections.
His approval ratings have plummeted over the bungling of handling the Marine Air Station Futenma, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader.
Calls have built up in Hatoyama's Democratic Party for him to step down to revive the party's fortunes ahead of an election for the upper house of parliament expected on July 11 that it must win to smooth policymaking.
(excerpts from wsj.com)
June 2, 2010By James Hider, Alex Christie-Miller
The international community rounded on Israel yesterday, demanding an independent inquiry into the storming of a convoy of aid ships that ended in the deaths of at least nine people.
Amid widespread condemnation of the raid in international waters, Israel said last night that it was freeing foreigners detained after the raid. All 682 were to be deported, the Government said, though it was not clear how long the process would take.
The announcement came after Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato Secretary-General, urged Israel to let the activists go. “I add my voice to the calls by the United Nations and the European Union for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation into the incident,” he said.
(excerpts from The Times)
YANGON - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left Yangon for Beijing on Thursday after concluding a two-day visit to Myanmar, the last leg of his four-nation Asian tour.
Wen arrived in Yangon from Ulan Bator, Mongolia on Wednesday for his first visit to Myanmar. It was also the first visit to Myanmar in 16 years by a Chinese premier.
Wen flew to Naypyitaw on Thursday for talks with Myanmar Prime Minister U Thein Sein and a meeting with Senior General Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council.
Wen and Thein Sein witnessed a signing ceremony of 15 cooperation documents covering areas such as a natural gas pipeline, hydropower station and grant aid.
The leaders also attended celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries.
Wen's seven-day Asian tour also took him to South Korea, Japan and Mongolia.
(excerpts from Chinadaily.com)
例如，on the ropes 这个短语原为拳击比赛用语，处于劣势的拳击手在对方的紧逼下，只能退到赛台边缘，靠在绳索上，从而尽量避免被击倒或击败。所以，on the ropes的意思就是“被逼到十分窘迫的位置，濒临失败”。
e.g. After this super market opened, which cut prices and offered more varieties of food, most of the small shops nearby were on the ropes and some had already closed.
再如，to throw in the towel 字面意思是“把毛巾扔出去”，在拳击比赛中意为宣布自己自愿投降服输。这一短语被用到其他场合指“自动让步”的意思。
e.g. The company threw in the towel after losing all of its major customers.
a bone to pick 可挑剔的骨头-争端，不满
a piece of cake 一块蛋糕-小菜一碟，小事一桩
a slap in the face 脸上挨了一耳光-公然受辱
Back in the saddle 重上马鞍-重整旗鼓
break the ice 破冰-打破僵局
bury one’s head in the sand 把头埋在沙里-自欺欺人
cross the line 越线了-做得过分了
a bird in the hand is worth two the bush 一鸟在手，胜似二鸟在林 a blank slate 干净的黑板-新的一页，新的开始a cat nap 打个盹儿
burn brides 烧桥-过河拆桥
It is assumed that … 据假设…
It is believed that … 人们相信…
It is declared that … 据宣称…
It is estimated that … 据估计…
It is expected/hoped that … 人们期待/希望…
It is generally recognized that … 普遍认为…
It is recommended that … 有人建议…
It is supposed that … 人们推测…
It is undeniable that … 不可否认的是…
It is universally accepted that … 人们普遍认为…
It must be admitted that … 必须承认…
It can be safely said that … 可以有把握的说…
It cannot be denied that … 无可否认…
It has been calculated that … 据统计…
It has been found that … 业已发现…
It goes without saying that … 不言自明…
The government said… 政府所言…
According to US officials and experts… 根据美国官员和专家的看法…
另外，revealed, announced, quoted等词在报道中也经常使用。