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  • Vincent 07:48:57 on 2011 年 03 月 30 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    CNN Student News – 2011/03/30 

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    CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: You’re watching CNN Student News! You give us 10 minutes, we’ll give you today’s headlines, with absolutely no commercials. I’m Carl Azuz. Let’s go ahead and get started.

    First Up: Libya Mission

    AZUZ: First up, President Obama makes his case for the U.S. military’s involvement in Libya. In a speech on Monday night, the president said he ordered troops to take action against Libya because of what he called the “looming humanitarian crisis" in the North African country. President Obama said that outweighed other concerns.

    U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It’s true that America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs. Given the costs and risks of intervention, we must always measure our interests against the need for action. But that cannot be an argument for never acting on behalf of what’s right. In this particular country, Libya, at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. We had a unique ability to stop that violence.

    AZUZ: The president’s been getting a lot of criticism for how he’s handling this situation in Libya. You can see some of that in yesterday’s show. President Obama had said previously that the U.S. goal was to remove Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from power. But in the speech he made on Monday night, the president said the U.S. shouldn’t do that directly. And a leading Republican senator says that shift is a serious mistake.

    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: If Gadhafi remains in power, it’ll be a stalemate. We saw a stalemate before after Operation Desert Storm. We saw a no-fly zone and sanctions that lasted for 10 years that Saddam Hussein was able to remain in power. A stalemate is not an acceptable solution.

    U.S. Radiation Concerns

    AZUZ: Our next story today: whether it’s a military situation, like in Libya, economics, or even something environmental, you know that events in one country can have an impact around the globe. Now, that includes the damage to a nuclear power plant in Japan. Brian Todd explains how what’s happening at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is starting to show up in the United States.


    BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT, WASHINGTON, D.C.: Tiny amounts of radioactivity from Fukushima have now traveled at least halfway across the world, as far as America’s East coast. Particles, believed to have come from Japan, have been detected in the air or in rainwater in at least a dozen states. Is it a health risk? Government officials say the levels are far lower than the amount that would pose any concern, sometimes thousands of times less. We caught up with the health director in Maryland, where radiation from Fukushima was detected in the air and rainwater.

    What does it mean overall that this has traveled all the way from Japan to now the East coast of the U.S.?

    DR. JOSHUA SHARFSTEIN, MARYLAND SECRETARY OF HEALTH: Well, you know, it shows that an environmental event in one part of the world can have, can be seen, sort of the echoes of it, in other parts of the world. And when Chernobyl happened, a similar thing was seen. When radioactive material gets into the atmosphere and can travel around into the weather patterns, it gets diluted as it goes along. And by the time it gets to a place like Maryland, it’s so small it’s not a public health concern.

    TODD: So far, no radioactive material has been found in drinking water or milk supplies in the U.S. The federal government is monitoring radiation as well.

    We’re on a rooftop in Washington where the EPA has given us access to a RadNet fixed-air monitor. There are 124 of these across the U.S. It’s a high-volume monitor. It measures three times the amount of air in one hour that we breathe in in one day. The air is sucked in under here and deposited on a filter right here, but measured with a gamma monitor and a beta monitor. Those measurements are transferred to a computer inside here where officials can come in and look at it in real time. That real-time data is transferred to a U.S. government lab in Alabama through this satellite dish right here, a cell-phone transmission there, and also a fixed-phone transmission. But officials do come up here and change the filter every couple of days, also to get more sensitive and accurate, redundant information. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.



    TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Today’s Shoutout goes out to Mr. Hudson’s social studies classes at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Indiana! What would you find at the latitude of 90� North? Here we go. Is it the: A) North Pole, B) Cape Horn, C) Tropic of Capricorn or D) Antarctic Circle? You’ve got three seconds — GO! If you were standing at 90 degrees North latitude, you’d be chillin’ at the North Pole. That’s your answer and that’s your Shoutout!

    Arctic Study

    AZUZ: At 90 degrees North latitude, the North Pole is in the Arctic Ocean. This is an ocean that is covered in ice. And scientists who study the Earth’s climate want to know what happens when the ice from that ocean melts. So in order to do this study, they’ve set up a base in the Arctic Circle, where the temperature gets down to 40 degrees below zero. CNN has a camera crew there to cover this research project. And this is awesome, because it’s the closest we have ever come from actually broadcasting from the North Pole. Scientist Phillipe Cousteau tells us what the research is all about.

    PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, CNNI SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we’re here for a week with the Catlin Arctic Survey, which is a group of scientists that are looking at various different issues to understand how the Arctic system works, how the ecosystem and the environment works here, what’s happening with the trend of getting icecaps, with the uptake of carbon in the environment with ocean identification, with salinity changes, really to try and get a bigger picture and a more complete picture of what’s happening with respect to the health of this environment that is so important to everybody on the entire planet.

    I think a lot of people forget that the Arctic really, in a sense, is the air-conditioning unit of the planet, and it matters to every single one of us. So, understanding what is happening here and in science of what is happening here is very critical.

    Paying for College

    AZUZ: You got into college — congratulations! I remember an acceptance letter I got once that said that just a few years ago. Man, it felt great. And it’s what a lot of you seniors are looking for right now: that acceptance letter. But the question that many people are trying to answer is how do you pay for college once you get in? The senior that’s featured in this next report from Christine Romans is weighing all of her options.


    OLIVIA POGLIANICH, STUDENT: I am in the process of waiting. Waiting. That’s all I can say.

    CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: Eighteen-year-old Olivia Poglianich is waiting to find out if she’s been accepted or not.

    CLAUDIA POGLIANICH, OLIVIA’S MOTHER: I got the letter that stated everything they need and they have reviewed, and the package should hopefully come.

    O. POGLIANICH: Yes, so now they’re ready.

    ROMANS: A straight-A student, this senior at a Long Island high school has applied to 15 schools. But Olivia, like millions of others, faces another challenge: how to pay for her education. Money matters as much as grade point average.

    O. POGLIANICH: Affordability is a major part of my decision. For the next four years, will the financial aid from the nation, will that continue throughout the four years?

    ROMANS: Olivia has filled out the FAFSA form, which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It helps decide billions of dollars of student financial aid. Olivia is also a Quest Bridge Scholar, which helps students apply for various college scholarships. But many don’t know about their options. Princeton Review publisher Robert Franek says do as much research as possible and start early.

    ROBERT FRANEK, PUBLISHER, PRINCETON REVIEW: Lots of students and families were making a mistake early on in their college research. And this mistake was crossing an expensive school off of their list of consideration early on without following through and finding out how much financial aid that school is actually giving out.

    ROMANS: Olivia’s mother was involved from the start.

    C. POGLIANICH: Everything is very time sensitive, and the sooner the paperwork gets in, the money’s kind of divied out on a first come, first served basis. So, you really have to be on top of your paperwork and your taxes and have everything in on time.

    O. POGLIANICH: You just ask every college specifically, because even after asking the general questions, the specific requirements of one particular school differ greatly from another school.

    ROMANS: As April 1st draws closer, Olivia and her mother are nervous and hopeful.

    C. POGLIANICH: Reach for the sky. Reach for the sky.

    O. POGLIANICH: I’m excited to be going to college. No matter where I go, I’m actually pretty happy about my future.


    Before We Go

    AZUZ: Almost have today’s show all wrapped up, but before we go, we have a tennis story for you, and we’re going back to the fundamentals. Backhand, forehand, volley. Okay, this is not the most exciting tennis match ever played. But it is, believe it or not, the longest! High school seniors Sam and Katie stepped on the court Friday morning, and they didn’t stop playing until Sunday night. Do the math: That is nearly 61 hours of tennis they played! If they got tired, I guess they just had to rally. The goal of this — you see him having a drink of juice there to keep going — the goal was to set a new world record.


    AZUZ: And we’re not gonna string you along about this. Sam and Katie caused a racket in the record books. The previous title holders got served! Game, set, match! Hopefully you won’t fault us for any of those puns. We were having a ball with them. And hopefully, we’ll see you back here tomorrow, when we net more stories on CNN Student News. Bye bye!

  • Vincent 05:31:23 on 2011 年 03 月 30 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/30 

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    10AM EZ News Intro
    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    in local news …

    The Control Yuan has opened an investigation into the alleged dereliction of
    duty by members of the former Chen administration who worked at the
    Presidential Office between 2000 and 2008.

    According to the government watchdog … members of the Chen administration
    lost more than 90 percent of the official files that went through their

    The move follows charges by the Presidential Office that of 38-thousand
    official documents received by the Presidential Office during the eight-year
    Chen administration … only 6-per cent were filed correctly.

    The names of 17 former D-P-P administration officials have been turned over
    to the Control Yuan for investigation.


    The Central Weather Bureau is playing down the possibility of radiation from
    Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reaching Taiwan.

    The statement follows reports that radioactivity from the plant will reach
    Taiwan on April 2-nd.

    According to the bureau, such a remains extremely low unless there is another
    explosion at the plant within the next 36 hours.

    A bureau spokesman says even if atmospheric radiation approaches Taiwan, it
    will not come any closer to the island than 1,100-kilometers and the
    potential impact will be very limited.

    And in related news ….

    Nissan’s main distributor in Taiwan says the company will screen all auto
    parts imported from Japan for radiation.

    The screening will begin on April 1-st.

    Nissan Taiwan’s public relations manager says the local distributor will
    ensure three stages of radiation checks on the parts — before shipment to
    Taiwan, before storage, and after assembly.

    In Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are hammering rebels with tanks and
    rockets, which has reversed the opposition’s rapid advance into panicked

    Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless international
    airstrikes continue to provide help.

    World leaders who met in London agreed that Gadhafi should step down … but
    have yet to decide what additional pressure to put on him.

    libya terror
    In related news …

    The AP’s Sagar reports a top American commander says there’s some
    intelligence pointing to a terrorist presence among the Libyan opposition.

    At least 56 people were killed during an attack in Iraq yesterday.

    Wearing military uniforms over explosives belts, gunmen held a local Iraqi
    government center hostage … then executed them, including three councilmen
    who were killed with gunshots to the head.

    Iraqi officials were quick to blame al-Qaida in Iraq for the slaughter.

    Officials are particularly sensitive about the ability of Iraqi security
    forces to protect the country as U.S. troops plan to leave at the end of the

    Japan’s government is admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to
    protect a nuclear plant against the earthquake and tsunami … that crippled
    the facility and caused it to leak radiation.

    Japan is now promising to overhaul safety standards.

    The struggle to contain radiation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex has
    unfolded with near-constant missteps — the latest including three workers
    drenched with radioactive water despite wearing supposedly waterproof suits.

    Following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, more than 11-thousand bodies
    have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to
    exceed 18-thousand.

    Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless.

    Damage could amount to 310 billion U-S dollars … the most expensive natural
    disaster on record.

    New York City opens a couple of new fronts in its war on bedbugs.

    The AP’s Warren Levinson reports.

    WEATHER AM …..
    partly cloudy skies w/ sunny spells the north w/ a high of 22 in Taipei
    and cloudy skies in the center and south …
    w/ a high of 26 in the Taichong and Gaoxiong areas.

    Current Temperatures ….

    Taipei — 18

    Taichung — 20

    Gaoxiong — 22

  • Vincent 08:03:01 on 2011 年 03 月 29 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ICRT News on Demand – 2011/03/29 

    3PM Intro
    Good afternoon. It’s time for ICRT news at 3. I’m Mike Woodward.

    HTC to Buy Stake in Online Music Store
    First, Taiwan news…

    Taiwan’s HTC, the world’s fifth largest smartphone maker, announced today
    that it will acquire a stake in the world’s largest Chinese-language online
    music store.

    The bid is an effort by HTC to expand its range of mobile music services.

    In an e-mailed statement, HTC said it expected to invest 10 million U.S.
    dollars to acquire an 11.1-percent stake in Taipei-headquartered KKBOX.

    HTC also said it’s looking to obtain a seat on its board of directors after
    the music provider increases its paid-in capital.

    HTC CEO Peter Zhou described KKBOX as “an important media platform for music
    markets in the Chinese-speaking world and Japan."

    Zhou added that online music service plays a key role in digital content and
    is an essential part of HTC’s future development.

    HTC started a partnership with KKBOX in 2004.


    ChinaTrust merged MetLife
    New York-based MetLife has agreed to sell its Taiwan life insurance unit to
    Chinatrust Financial Holding company for $180 million U.S. dollars, in the
    U.S. insurer’s second attempt to exit Taiwan.

    According to a Wall Street Journal report, fierce competition and a crowded
    market have prompted many foreign insurers to leave Taiwan, with A-I-G and
    MassMutual Financial Group being the most recent ones.

    Their departures accelerated following the global financial crisis in 2008,
    as some of the insurers badly needed the cash to replenish their capital and
    diverted the resources to the higher-growth markets.

    The MetLife deal, which will require approval from Taiwan’s financial
    regulator, will help Chinatrust expand into life insurance, after failing to
    bid for AIG’s Taiwan life insurance unit earlier this year.

    Chinatrust Financial is the nation’s third-largest financial service provider
    and the owner of Chinatrust Commercial Bank.


    Officials say highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear
    power plant in Japan’s tsunami disaster zone into the soil outside,
    heightening concerns about the expanding spread of radiation.

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. says plutonium was detected at
    several spots outside the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant _ the first
    confirmed presence of the dangerously radioactive substance.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano says there are strong indications some of
    the radioactivity is coming from damaged nuclear fuel rods, a worrying
    development in the race to bring the power plant under control.

    wall street
    in economic news…

    Wall Street is adjusting to the latest economic data that shows US consumer
    spending rose for the eighth straight month in February.

    But with consumer prices also rising – by the largest amount in 2 1/2 years –
    households are having to tap into their savings to accommodate.

    Natalie Carney has more from Wall Street:

    Taiwan weather forecast for tonight according to the Central Weather Bureau:
    fairly clear skies island-wide this evening. Lows tonite north, center and
    south: 13, 13 and 17.

    At the moment Taipei is clear and 21, Taichung cloudy and 25, Gauhsiung
    cloudy with haze and 24.

    3PM Outro
    That’s ICRT News at 3. Thank you for listening. I’m Mike Woodward.

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  • Vincent 03:06:01 on 2011 年 03 月 29 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/29 

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    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    The Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday defended the island’s reliance on
    nuclear power … saying it remains a “necessary solution" in the
    foreseeable future.

    According to economic minister – Shi Yen-xiang – alternatives to nuclear
    power would be very costly .. and the island see a sizable increase in carbon
    emissions and electricity rates if nuclear power was replaced by natural gas
    or coal.

    The statement follows calls by the main opposition D-P-P for the legislature
    to approve a referendum on nuclear power.

    Shi added that all of the island’s nuclear plants are able to withstand
    strong earthquakes.


    The Ministry of Interior says it will establish a sex offenders’ — –
    publishing the names and photographs of repeat sex offenders online.

    Interior Minister – Jiang Yi-hua – said amendments to the Sex Assault Crime
    Prevention Act are based on the U-S’ Megan’s Law – which requires authorities
    to make information regarding registered sex offenders available to the
    general public.

    The move comes amid widespread public criticism of the government’s handling
    of sex offenders following the rape and murder of a teenage girl in Yilan
    County by a convicted sex offender.


    Officers from the Justice Investigation Bureau detained ten Jeelung police
    officers yesterday on charges of taking bribes from illegal video game arcade
    and casino operators.

    Prosecutors say the bribes could total as much as 100-million N-T dollars and
    were paid over a period of 18 years.

    All ten police officers arrested were stationed at the Jeelung City Police
    Bureau’s First Precinct.

    Two casino operators were also arrested in the operation.

    NATO has taken over command of the no-fly zone over Libya, and rebel forces
    have closed in on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte.

    The town is reportedly the gateway to the western half of the country.

    The AP’s Robert Reid reports.

    Meanwhile …

    Defending the attacks he launched 10 days ago, U-S President Barack Obama
    says preventing Moammar Gadhafi from crushing pro-democracy rebels is in
    America’s national interests.

    The AP’s Mark Smith reports.

    Workers have discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan’s
    crippled nuclear complex.

    Crews also detected plutonium — a key ingredient in nuclear weapons — in
    the soil outside the complex, though officials are insisting the finding
    poses no threat to public health.

    Since the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant was crippled in the March 11th
    earthquake and tsunami, three of the complex’s six reactors are believed to
    have partially melted down, and emergency crews have struggled with
    everything from malfunctioning pumps to dangerous spikes in radiation that
    have forced temporary evacuations.

    Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will
    continue for months or even years amid alarms over radiation making its way
    into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far away as Tokyo.

    Over 10-thousand people are known to have died, with more than 16-thousand
    people still missing.

    In Cambodia, the man who admitted to overseeing the torture and killing of
    16-thousand people as the Khmer Rouge’s chief prison warden is appealing his
    19-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — operating during the brutal four-year
    ultra-Marxist regime in the 1970s … which led to the deaths of an estimated
    1.7 million people.

    The 68-year-old was sentenced last July to 35 years in prison for war crimes
    and crimes against humanity, but the sentence was commuted to 19 years due to
    time already served and other technicalities.

    The sentence was widely criticized as too lenient.

    WEATHER AM …..
    expect mostly cloudy skies w/ sunny spells islandwide …
    w/ a high of 19 in Taipei
    a high of 23 in Taichong
    and a high of 26 in Gaoxiong.

    Current Temperatures ….

    Taipei — 20

    Taichung — 20

    Gaoxiong — 21

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  • Vincent 02:26:41 on 2011 年 03 月 29 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    CNN Student News – 2011/03/29 

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    CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: An airport’s recovery, a former president’s return to Cuba, and a plan to block out the sun! All of it’s on the schedule for today’s show. I’m Carl Azuz. This is CNN Student News!

    First Up: Sign of Hope

    AZUZ: We’re starting today in Japan at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Engineers are trying to figure out just how much the recent earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant’s nuclear reactors, and what that might mean for the area around those reactors. Yesterday, a government official said one of the reactors might be leaking radioactive material. Tests on seawater showed some signs of contamination as well, about 360 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. And tests have shown small amounts of plutonium in the soil at different spots around the power plant, though the company that owns the plant says the plutonium is not a harmful amount.

    Parts of Japan were shaken by another earthquake, though; this one hit on Monday. Wasn’t nearly as strong as the quake from two weeks ago. But it did happen in the same general area as the March 11th quake, near the city of Sendai on Japan’s east coast. That’s where Martin Savidge is now for us. He’s at Sendai’s airport, looking at how its recovery is a sign of hope for the victims of these disasters.


    MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: If you remember some of the most amazing images that came out in the first hours after the tsunami, one of them would have to be the airport in Sendai. It was just so amazing to see this massive airport overrun with water and debris. Now, we’re going back to see how it looks today. But first, we have to avoid Japan’s ongoing nuclear disaster.

    COLONEL ROB TOFT, USAF SPECIAL OPS: This is the Fukushima reactor, the 25-mile restricted area. This is our airplane here.

    SAVIDGE: Colonel Rob Toft was aboard the first plane to land at Sendai after the tsunami.

    TOFT: I think anything that you see on TV, well, Hollywood with their greatest special effects can’t put into perspective the amount of destruction that was down there on the airfield the day that we arrived.

    SAVIDGE: Sweeping in for landing ourselves, we see none of that. You can probably see that, for the most part, behind us it looks great. It really does. The transition is amazing given what happened here the day of the disaster. But get away from the runway and you see the reminders, which a literal army of 240 U.S. airmen, soldiers and Marines, alongside Japanese civilians, frantically worked to clear. By just dumb luck, there were no large passenger planes here when the wave hit, but hundreds of smaller, mostly private aircraft weren’t so lucky. They look as though they fell from the sky. Even ones in the hangers weren’t spared. This is the main entrance here at Sendai. It’s like any normal American airport, only it’s not so normal now. Sendai’s an international hub. Think Logan Airport or Dulles. Japanese officials had written the place off.

    Did you think it would be able to be reopened?


    SAVIDGE: But it is open. It now serves as a center for humanitarian aid distribution. And guiding those planes from the same roof on which so many sought shelter, now stand American Air Force air traffic controllers, who saw a tragedy and were able to help.

    MASTER SGT. MICHAEL CHARVAT, U.S. AIR FORCE COMBAT CONTROLLER: You feel kind of sad. Then you know you’re here for a job and hopefully you can bring some relief to the Japanese people.

    SAVIDGE: Once an iconic image of a disaster, Sendai Airport has now been transformed into an early sign of hope. Martin Savidge, CNN, Sendai, Japan.


    Crisis in Libya

    AZUZ: President Obama says the U.S. role in Libya will get smaller as NATO takes control of the coalition operation. But U.S. forces will still be involved. The question a lot of people are asking is why did the U.S. get involved in the first place? Democrats and Republicans have been criticizing the president. They’re asking about the purpose of the mission in Libya, the cost, and what it might mean for America’s relationship with the Arab world. President Obama was scheduled to give a speech last night to address some of those concerns. It happened after we produced this show. We’re gonna have more details on that speech for you tomorrow.

    Unrest in Syria

    AZUZ: In the Middle Eastern nation of Syria, a law that’s been on the books for nearly 50 years could soon be removed. It’s called the “emergency law." What it does is allow the Syrian government to make preventive arrests, meaning it can arrest people before they commit a crime. The decision to lift the law comes after protests against the country’s government. Dozens of people have been killed in the fighting between protesters and Syrian security forces. A lot of this violence has been happening in a couple cities in Syria. The government blamed the violence in one of those cities, the one you see in these photos, on “armed gangs" who got a hold of police weapons.

    I.D. ME

    STAN CASE, CNN STUDENT NEWS: See if you can I.D. Me! I’m an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. Communist forces took over my government in 1959. I’m less than 100 miles away from the United States, but I’ve had a tense relationship with America for decades. I’m Cuba, and my capital city is Havana.

    Pres. Carter in Cuba

    AZUZ: And that’s where former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is right now. He’s in the middle of a three-day visit to the communist nation of Cuba. President Carter arrived on Monday. He was invited by Cuban President Raul Castro, whom he’s scheduled to meet with today. Yesterday, Carter met with religious leaders and U.S. officials. It’s not the former U.S. president’s first trip to Cuba. Shasta Darlington looks at what’s on the agenda for former President Carter and how this trip will be different from his last visit to the island nation.


    SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT, HAVANA: When Jimmy Carter arrived on his last visit to Cuba, Fidel Castro himself was on the tarmac to greet the former U.S. president. He’s the only American leader, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

    Carter will be back on a private mission to talk about ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations with the new president, Raul Castro. In some ways, the time is ripe. Castro has introduced sweeping changes to the Soviet-style economy. Cuba freed the last of 75 dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown on the opposition that prompted worldwide condemnation. Oscar Elias Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison for counter-revolutionary activities, but freed this month.

    OSCAR ELIAS BISCET, CUBAN DISSIDENT [TRANSLATED]: “I want to continue my work in the defense of human rights," he says. “We want a democratic and free society."

    DARLINGTON: Raul Castro agreed to release the prisoners last year as part of a deal brokered by the Catholic Church and Spain, removing one of the major obstacles to improved relations with the United States. But you wouldn’t know it from President Barack Obama’s speech. He talked about changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba that he’s made, and the need for reciprocal action.

    U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Cuban authorities must take some meaningful actions to respect the basic rights of their own people, not because the United States insists upon it, but because the people of Cuba deserve it.

    DARLINGTON: Part of the reason for the impasse between the nations is Alan Gross, a USAID contractor who was arrested in Havana in 2009. This month, Gross was sentenced to 15 years in jail for his work on what Cuba saw as a “subversive" program hooking dissidents up to the internet. The U.S. said he was merely helping the Jewish community. No doubt, expectations will run high that Carter will try to secure the early release for Gross. But at least officially, it’s not even on the three-day agenda for the former president. Shasta Darlington, CNN. Havana.


    Is This Legit?

    TOMEKA JONES, CNN STUDENT NEWS: Is this legit? Soccer’s World Cup is played every two years. Nope! Not true! The FIFA World Cup occurs once every four years.

    Robotic Cloud?

    AZUZ: In the summer of 2022, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar will host the World Cup. This is a country where the temperatures in the Summer are normally triple digits, so engineers are working on ways for fans and players to beat the heat. This is one idea. It’s a robotic cloud made out of carbon fibers. Officials are planning to put together a prototype this year, and this animation shows you how it might work. Engines would help the robo-cloud get off the ground. And officials would plan to use remote controls to position the cloud between the stadium and the sun. Will it work? Engineers have 11 years to find out for sure.

    Before We Go

    AZUZ: Finally, in a cross-state battle, someone’s about to get their just desserts. And it looks like it’s going to be Maine, thanks to the world’s biggest whoopie pie. This is basically a giant cookie sandwich with fluffy filling in the middle. Delicious! Maine and Pennsylvania were jawing over which state could claim it as their dessert. Pennsylvania’s largest: more than 200 pounds. This one in Maine: more than a thousand!


    AZUZ: No matter how you slice it, that victory is sweet. I’m sure it took a while to bake something so big. But if you ask the chefs, they’d probably say it was easy as pie. We’ve eaten up all our time for today. For CNN Student News, I’m Carl Azuz.

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  • Vincent 04:00:04 on 2011 年 03 月 28 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ICRT EZ News – 2011/03/28 

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    Good morning. It’s 10 o’clock. I’m _______ and time for EZ News on ICRT.

    Gov’t. reporting no radiation in Japan imported goods
    The government says all foodstuffs and industrial products imported from
    Japan since radiation screening began have met safety standards.

    The Atomic Energy Council has conducted checks on 506 foodstuffs imported
    from Japan, and none have registered any increased radiation levels.

    The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection has also found no increased
    radiation levels in some 658 industrial goods.

    To date, only broad beans and geo-duck clams imported from Japan have had
    traces of radioactive substances … but all these products have been

    As of yesterday … some 56-thousand people have been screened for radiation
    at the island’s main airports since screening began.

    Forty had slight traces of radioactivity on their skin or clothing … but
    this number has remained unchanged for the past five days.

    Luxury tax review pending
    Lawmakers are expected to begin reviewing the government’s “luxury tax" bill
    early next month.

    The government says the bill is aimed at cutting back real estate speculation
    … and was proposed after there were widespread complaints of sky-rocketing
    property prices, especially in northern parts of the island.

    Lawmakers from the ruling K-M-T are calling on the government to explain the
    bill … claiming residents of southern Taiwan don’t have a clear
    understanding of the policy.

    Meanwhile … the main opposition D-P-P says the estimated 15-billion N-T
    dollars in revenue expected from the new tax should be used to help subsidize
    education programs for low-income families and help cover medical costs of
    children and the elderly.

    The K-M-T says the revenues should be used to help first time home buyers
    purchase properties.

    Taipei City Government to expand road resurfacing program
    The Taipei City Government says it will expand its “smooth road program" …
    and begin resurfacing all roads and lanes less than 8-meters in width this

    The project is part of city Mayor Hao Long-bin’s policy to improve conditions
    of many of the city’s roads.

    The program began in 2009 … with an additional 229-million N-T dollars to
    be added to the program.

    in international news …

    Western aircraft are bombing the Libyan capital of Tripoli and another key

    Here’s more from the AP’s Mark Lavie in Cairo.

    A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the coast on this morning.

    There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan
    Meteorological Agency said that a tsunami of up to a half meter may wash into
    Miyagi Prefecture.

    Meanwhile …

    The company responsible for the Fukushima power station evacuated it again
    yesterday after high levels of radiation were detected in the cooling system
    of one reactor.

    At one point radiation of 1-thousand milli-sieverts per hour was measured.

    This is a potentially lethal level said to be 10 million times higher than

    Tokyo Electric Power Company later said that the reading was a mistake, and
    it wasn’t double-checked because workers ran away from the building.

    However, new measurements over the weekend have confirmed fears that there
    has been a huge jump in radiation in the sea near the facility.

    The number of people who are confirmed to have died in the earthquake and
    tsunami has risen to over 10-thousand … with at least 16-thousand-500
    reported missing.

    Germany’s anti-nuclear Greens scored a remarkable victory on Sunday over
    chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party in a state election that turned
    into a referendum on nuclear power.

    Most Germans are opposed to nuclear power, especially in the wake of the
    disaster in Japan, as they consider it unsafe.

    The Greens won 24.2 percent of the vote, with the center-left Social
    Democrats down 2 percentage points at 23.1 percent.

    That secures the Greens a narrow lead to form a coalition government with a
    combined 71 seats in the state legislature.

    The disaster in Japan triggered Merkel’s government last week to order a
    temporary shutdown of seven of the country’s older reactors for thorough
    safety investigations.

    The opposition wants to abolish the use of nuclear power for good by 2020.

    Germany currently gets about a quarter of its energy from nuclear power, but
    plans to eventually replace it with renewable energies.

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  • Vincent 02:20:45 on 2011 年 03 月 28 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    CNN Student News – 2011/03/28 

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    CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: I’m Carl Azuz and today, CNN Student News shows you what it looks like when the lights go down in the city. But our journey through today’s headlines starts in Libya.

    First Up: Libya Civil War

    AZUZ: And our first subject: who is leading the coalition military operation in that north African country. The U.S. has been in charge. But a deal was worked out over the weekend for NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to take responsibility for running the operation. The first part of that, NATO enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya, is scheduled to happen today.

    On the ground, Libyan forces are fighting against rebels who want Libya’s leader, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi, out of power. The rebels were pushing westward over the weekend and taking control of some key cities along the way. But in others, the fighting between rebels and military forces is fierce. President Obama is scheduled to give a speech tonight about the situation in Libya. That’ll happen at 7:30 ET.

    Crisis in Japan

    AZUZ: Over in Japan, we’re getting some conflicting reports about the radiation coming out of a damaged nuclear power plant. Early Sunday, tests showed that one building at the plant was giving off radiation levels 10 million times more than normal. Tokyo Electric, which owns the plant, later said the number was closer to 100,000 times normal level.

    The problems at the plant started with the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan a little over two weeks ago. In this YouTube video, you can see the impact of that tsunami. The water is rushing over the barrier, flooding a road. Then, it starts sweeping across a parking lot filled with cars. At this point, the flood is pouring in so fast you can’t even see the barrier. And those cars are tossed around like toys in a tub, smashed up against the side of a building. This is how an entire town can be washed away. Eventually, the force of the water, the force of the cars, one building is just ripped off its foundation and floats away.

    It might seem strange to talk about a Cherry Blossom Festival in relation to the crisis in Japan. But the annual event in Washington, D.C. highlights the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. And this year, people used the festival to show their support for victims halfway around the world.


    DANIELLE PIACENTE, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: We thought it was a really good time to bring everyone together in a show of solidarity and support for the people of Japan in this great time of need.

    ICHIRO FUJISAKI, JAPANESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES: This a very tough fight. But the consolation is that people around the world are trying to be with us.

    NORITAKA TAKEZAWA, JAPANESE-AMERICAN: Cherry Blossom Festival, cherry blossom is always special for us. But this year, the Cherry Blossom Festival is very, very special. Japanese people, we need to restore our country again. For that, we need a lot of support, especially American support. A hundred years ago, Japanese people sent cherry blossoms to the United States. And after a hundred years, still blooming. And that represent our friendships.

    MAYA WALSH, JAPANESE-AMERICAN: My mother is Japanese, and I thought this is a good way to help support the efforts. My culture is really important to me, and I’m really proud to be out here with everyone.

    KAZU KOYAMA, JAPANESE-AMERICAN: I just want the people of Japan to know that the people of the United States, from the bottom of their hearts, ordinary Americans truly and genuinely care for the Japanese people. And I hope that message can be brought to them through this festival.


    Sound Check

    GERALDINE FERRARO, 1984 DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I want to thank Fritz Mondale for asking the convention to nominate me as his running mate. This choice says a lot about him, about where the country has come, and about where we want to lead it. Fritz called my road here, the classic American dream. He’s right.

    Remembering Ferraro

    AZUZ: Geraldine Ferraro, talking in 1984 about her nomination as the U.S. Democratic vice presidential candidate. Ferraro made history as the first female VP candidate from a major political party. Her running mate, Walter Mondale, said he picked her because “she’s smart, she knows the issues, she believes in social justice."

    Mondale and Ferraro didn’t win the election. But 10 years later, Ferraro was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to American society. Geraldine Ferraro died on Saturday from complications from blood cancer. She was 75 years old.

    Nuclear Plant Tour

    AZUZ: The name Three Mile Island might not sound very familiar to you, but it probably does to your parents and teachers. On this day in 1979, Three Mile Island was the site of the most serious nuclear accident in U.S. history. With the crisis going on in Japan, some people are asking about the safety of nuclear facilities in the U.S. David Mattingly is here to give us a tour of one.


    DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT: This is a rare look at the inner workings of a nuclear plant, this one owned by TVA, the Tennessee Valley Authority, at Browns Ferry. They’re opening up this tour today because they want to reassure the public that what happened in Japan could not happen here.

    This nuclear plant was built to generate electricity the same way as the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant. But operators here say redundant layers of generators and batteries would keep the critical systems running after a catastrophe.

    This is a very interesting place right here. Just step through right here and right below my feet is a thousand pounds of pressurized steam. I’m standing right on top of one of the reactors.

    Shutting it down in an emergency is easy. Keeping the nuclear fuel from overheating, though, was a problem in Japan.

    This is the pool where spent fuel rods are kept cool, just like the one that malfunctioned in the Japanese plant. Fire hoses are strung nearby to pump water into the pool manually if all systems fail.

    PRESTON SWAFFORD, TVA CHIEF NUCLEAR OFFICER: You can never in our business say ever, positively, because I think the Japanese may have said the same thing. But I’ll tell you, I don’t believe we’re going to have a 43-foot high wall of water that’s going to hit this interior plant inside in the state of Alabama.

    MATTINGLY: This big red area is a huge reservoir of water that sits underneath the reactor. The water in here is then pumped into the reactor in emergency situations. What I want to show you is right here, that piece of metal right there that looks like a shock absorber for your car. That’s a shock absorber for this reactor. It’s called a snubber, and it goes into operation in case there’s an earthquake.

    This plant is designed to withstand a 6.0 earthquake and a million-year flood on the Tennessee River.

    One big change after watching what happened in Japan: operators of this plant and others are going back to the drawing board to decide if they have figured out what is their worst-case scenario. They’ll be playing a very long game of “what if" to determine if they’ve got it right. David Mattingley, CNN, Browns Ferry, Alabama.


    Blog Report

    AZUZ: Our blog asked what you thought of a Florida school’s rules to accommodate a student with a life-threatening peanut allergy. If you haven’t seen that report, you can find Friday’s show. It’s in our archive at CNNStudentNews.com. Zayne says “the rules go overboard. The student should be homeschooled; her parents are making the whole school go through a lot of hassle." Colin calls protesting the new rules “petty." He can’t believe some parents refuse to suffer the minor inconveniences mentioned to protect the welfare of a young girl. The results of our quick poll: 44 percent of you called the new rules appropriate; 56 percent said they go too far. Shannon says “the child deserves to be safe at school. The regulations on her classmates should be seen as compassion, not an inconvenience." Effie asks “why other people have to be responsible for another child’s health issue," and says her sister has the same problem and was taught early how to handle it herself. Perspective from Zackson: “Think about how the allergic girl must be feeling. All these new rules because of her — that must be embarrassing."

    Before We Go

    AZUZ: Our last story today is a dark one, but for a good reason. It’s Earth Hour! Cities around the world flipped the switch this past Saturday, turning off their lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. The event started a few years ago in Australia. It’s designed to raise awareness about environmental issues. Last year, more than 100 countries participated. If you want to get involved with all this, you better be serious about going dark.


    AZUZ: Because once you’ve committed to Earth Hour, you can’t black out. A little pun to lighten the mood. That story was lights out! And so are we. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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  • Vincent 01:39:55 on 2011 年 03 月 28 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ESL Podcast 672 – Asking for More Time 

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    Dan: Hello.

    Marcia: Hi, Dan. What’s the status on the project? We’re still on schedule, right?

    Dan: Uh, well, I’ve been meaning to call you about that. We’ve had a slight delay.

    Marcia: What do you mean by “slight”? Are you saying that you won’t be able to meet the deadline?

    Dan: Not exactly. I’m only asking that you grant us a short extension.

    Marcia: How short?

    Dan: A week or two, tops. We hit a minor snag, but we should have everything up and running in no time.

    Marcia: If the project has come to a grinding halt, then it doesn’t sound like a minor snag. We’re running on a tight schedule and we don’t have a lot of time to spare.

    Dan: I know that all too well.

    Marcia: Good, then I don’t have to spell it out for you.

    Dan: No, you don’t. My head is on the chopping block and the clock is ticking.

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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  • Vincent 01:45:36 on 2011 年 03 月 25 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ESL Podcast 671 – Vacationing on an Island 

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    Mohsen: I need to get off this island. I’m getting island fever.

    Ella: We’ve only been here two days. Give it a chance. We’re here to enjoy a slower pace of life, remember?

    Mohsen: When you said we were going on an island vacation, I didn’t know we’d be so isolated. There isn’t a living soul within five miles!

    Ella: This isn’t isolated; it’s secluded. We have privacy and serenity. Isn’t that what we wanted?

    Mohsen: I wanted a vacation with all of the creature comforts.

    Ella: That’s what we have, don’t you think? We’re staying in a very nice house.

    Mohsen: Yes, but what about the creature comforts? I have no Internet access and no cell phone service. This is what I call roughing it.

    Ella: We agreed that we both needed a little time away to unwind. The whole point of this vacation is for us to relax.

    Mohsen: I’m cut off from civilization and I have no access to email and my favorite websites. What could be more stressful than this?!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

  • Vincent 02:40:45 on 2011 年 03 月 22 日 固定鏈結 | 回應

    ESL Podcast 670 – To Forgive and Forget 

    Luc: You’ll never guess who called and left a voicemail message today.

    Angela: Who?

    Luc: Barbara!

    Angela: Oh, really? What did she want?

    Luc: She said she was calling to RSVP for our party this Saturday.

    Angela: Did she?

    Luc: Stop playing innocent with me. Did you or did you not invite her to our party this Saturday?

    Angela: I may have. Okay, I did.

    Luc: Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you and Barbara have a knock-down, drag-out fight last month?

    Angela: We may have.

    Luc: And didn’t you say that you’d never speak to her again much less invite her over to our house?

    Angela: That’s water under the bridge. You know what they say: “To err is human, to forgive divine”.

    Luc: I can’t believe my ears. You ranted and raved for days that you’d hold against her for the rest of your life all of the terrible things she said about you.

    Angela: I was being over dramatic. I don’t think I ranted and raved, actually. We just had a little spat. It’s best just to forgive and forget.

    Luc: Unbelievable! Why can’t you have a selective memory when we have fights?

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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