官方APP下载:英语全能特训(微信小程序版,支持苹果手机、安卓手机)
创办于2003年
UNSV记不住?那就记中文谐音“忧安思危”吧!
  Slow and Steady Wins the Race!
UNSV英语学习频道 - Slow and steady wins the race!
公众微信服务号
英语全能特训(微信公众服务号)
UNSV英语学习频道淘宝网店
客服短信:18913948480
客服邮箱:web@unsv.com
初级VIP会员
全站英语学习资料下载。
¥98元/12个月

IN THE NEWS - Gulf Oil Spill Was Top Story in 2010

阅读次数:


VIP会员专享下载:(非VIP会员无权下载!如果想下载,但还不是VIP会员,请点此订购
下载方式:使用鼠标右键(注意是鼠标右键!)点击下面的MP3音频/MP4视频链接,然后选择“另存为…”。
英汉翻译对照 英汉翻译对照  MP3节目录音 MP3节目录音  PDF节目文稿 PDF节目文稿  MP3同步字幕 MP3同步字幕 
文章正文
同步字幕
A US Coast Guard picture of attempts in May to control oil in the Gulf of Mexico through burning
A US Coast Guard picture of attempts in May to control oil in the Gulf of Mexico through burning

This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.

At the end of each year, the Associated Press releases a list of the top ten news stories of the year. American editors and news directors are asked to vote for what they consider the top stories.

This year, the story with the most votes was the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An oil rig operated by BP exploded in April. The explosion killed eleven workers. Close to five million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf until the leak was contained in the middle of July. BP agreed to set aside twenty billion dollars to pay claims and damages to people working in the area's fishing and tourism industries.

The AP says the second most important story was health care reform in the United States. President Obama won a major political victory with congressional passage of his health care reform plan. Among other things, it will extend health care insurance to thirty-two million Americans now without it. But many Republicans in Congress oppose the law and want to cancel parts of it.

The congressional elections in November were another big story. The Republican Party gained a majority in the House of Representatives. But Democrats kept their majority in the Senate.

The American economy was another major story.  Economists reported in twenty-ten that the worst recession since the nineteen-thirties had ended.  Americans began to spend more as the year ended.  But the unemployment rate stayed above nine percent.

Cholera victims gathered in Cap Haitien, Haiti, in November. Poor conditions after the earthquake in January have helped disease spread
Cholera victims gathered in Cap Haitien, Haiti, in November. Poor conditions after the earthquake in January have helped disease spread

In January, a powerful earthquake struck Haiti.  It killed at least two hundred thirty thousand people and left millions of others homeless.  Disease and other problems have slowed efforts to rebuild the country.

Another important story was the Tea Party movement in the United States. The Tea Party supports limited government, less federal spending and lower taxes. The movement had a big influence on the Congressional elections.

Another major story was the rescue of thirty-three mine workers in Chile. A partial mine collapse on August fifth trapped them more than half a kilometer underground. They remained trapped for sixty-nine days. Millions of people around the world watched on television as each miner was safely brought to the surface.

In twenty-ten, United States forces officially ended combat operations in Iraq.  The Iraq war began more than seven years ago.

Julian Assange, who started WikiLeaks, now faces sex charges in Sweden
Julian Assange, who started WikiLeaks, now faces sex charges in Sweden

Another major story was the activities of the WikiLeaks website.  First the website released thousands of United States military documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then it published thousands of State Department diplomatic cables. They included comments by American diplomats about the lives of world leaders and criticisms of foreign governments.

The tenth story on the AP's list was the war in Afghanistan. President Obama ordered an increase in troops fighting the nearly ten-year-old war. American troops are to begin leaving the country in July. Afghans are to control their own security by the end of twenty fourteen.

And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.

网友的学习评论(0条):
版权所有©2003-2019 南京通享科技有限公司,保留所有权利。未经书面许可,严禁转载本站内容,违者追究法律责任。 互联网经营ICP证:苏B2-20120186
网站备案:苏ICP备05000269号-1中国工业和信息化部网站备案查询
广播台