1 She was close to success.
2 The two girls look alike.
3 The boy is intelligent.
4 Everybody was glad to see Mary back.
5 What is your goal life?
6 Jack was dismissed.
7 John is crazy about pop music
8 It is the movement, not the color, of objects that excites the bull
9 It is highly unlikely that she will arrive today.
10 I am feeling a lot more healthy than I was
11 Since ancient times people have found various ways to preserve meat
12 We packed up the things we had accumulated (积累) over the last three years and left.
13 The expedition reached the summit at 10:30 that morning
A．bottom of the mountain
B．foot of the mountain
C．top of the mountain
14 There is always excitement at the Olympic Games when an athlete breaks a previous record of performance.
15 The president proposed that we should bring the meeting to a close.
Leaders of the Group of Eight Major Industrialized Nations (G8) will meet in Scotland in July this year. Representatives from China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil have also been invited. Here's what the G8 leaders want from the meeting.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants the G8 to cancel debt to the world's poorest countries. He wants them to double aid to Africa to 50 billion pounds by 2010. He has also proposed reducing subsidies to Western farmers and removing restrictions on African exports. This has not got the approval of all members because it will hurt their agricultural interests. On climate change, Blair wants concerted (共同的) action by reducing carbon emissions (排放).
US President George W. Bush agrees to give help to Africa. But he says he doesn't like the idea of increasing aid to countries as 'it will increase corruption. Bush said he would not sign an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the summit, according to media. The US is the only G8 member not to have signed the Kyoto Protocol (京都议定书). Although the US is the world's biggest polluter, Bush so far refuses to believe there is sufficient scientific data to establish beyond a doubt that there is a problem.
French President Jacques Chirac supports Blair on Africa and climate change. He is determined to get the US to sign the climate change deal.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder remains doubtful of Blair's Africa proposals. Schroder's officials have dismissed the notion that money will solve Africa's problems as "old thinking." Berlin says that African states should only receive extra money if they can prove they've solved the corruption problem.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was doubtful about the value of more aid to Africa. But he has seen a way to make this work to his advantage. Putin intends to use the aid to Africa as a springboard (跳板) next year to propose aid to the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Moldova.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's priorities are a seat on the UN Security Council, for which he will be lobbying (游说) at the summit. And he's concerned about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
16 The G8 countries include China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil,
17 Blair hopes that the G8 countries will work together to reduce carbon emissions
18 India has accepted the invitation to attend the G8 meeting.
19 Bush agrees to increase aid to Africa.
20 Chirac takes a stand similar to Blair's on Africa and climate change
21 According to media, Bush will sign the Kyoto Protocol at the summit.
22 Japan will reject Blair's proposal to increase aid to Africa
Nice Name But She's So Deadly
1 More than a million people in the United States were told to leave their homes over the weekend as Hurricane (飓风) Dennis headed to the Gulf coast, after killing at least 15 people in the Caribbean Sea.
2 If you read the news often enough=, you may notice that all hurricanes are given names. Why is that? Remember, there can be more than one hurricane operating at one time. Without naming them, we could get confused about which storm we're talking about.
3 For hundreds of years, hurricanes in the Caribbean were named after the particular religious day on which they occurred. One Australian meteorologist (气象学家) began giving women's names to tropical storms at the end of the 19th century. In 1953, the US National Weather Service, which is responsible for tracking hurricanes and issuing warnings, began using female names for storms. By i979, both women and men's names were being used. One name for each letter of the alphabet (字母表) is selected, except for Q, U and Z.
4 So who decides which names are used' each year? The World Meteorological Organization uses six lists in rotation, so each list is reused every six years.
5 Here's a list of the 20xx Atlantic hurricanes, according to the US National Hurricane Centre: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma.