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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:19:45 | 显示全部楼层

20080505

In India, controversy has erupted around foreign cheerleaders brought in to provide entertainment for a newly-launched cricket tournament. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, many of the cheerleaders have donned more modest dresses following objections from conservative Indians.

Cheerleaders dance before start of first Twenty20 cricket match between India and Australia in Mumbai, India, 20 Oct 2007   
When organizers of the Indian Premier League inaugurated their tournament two weeks ago, they were hoping to give Indians what they love most - a thrilling mix of cricket along with some lively song and dance.
Both came with a variation.
The game being played is a fast-paced, shortened version of traditional cricket. The contest is between newly-created cricket teams owned by top Bollywood stars or big businessmen.
The team owners brought in foreign cheerleaders to turn the matches into a glitzy event. One team owner flew in the cheerleaders for the American-style football team the Washington Redskins. Others brought in cheerleaders from Eastern Europe.
Dressed in American-style in shorts and bikini tops or mini skirts, the cheerleaders danced in packed stadiums as cricketers hit the big shots.
The dancers were meant to appeal to a section of urban India that is young, earns large salaries, thanks to an economic boom, and is ready to enjoy whatever the world has to offer.
But much of India remains conservative. And as television beamed images of the scantily-clad, dancing cheerleaders into Indian homes, strident objections began being voiced.
They came from politicians like Nitin Gadkari, president of the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra state.
"The cheer girls dance with half dress which is not good for Indian culture…The way they dress, definitely it is vulgar, because the way in which they showing their body, it is really a vulgar-ness," said Gadkari.
As the murmurs became louder, team owners decided to tone down the dresses of their cheerleaders. One team made them exchange their short dresses for more modest ankle-length pants, another made them don black stockings with their short skirts. One team sent back the cheerleaders, saying it might switch to a band of drummers.
But many spectators are wondering what the fuss is all about. They said the mix of sport and cheerleaders was just good fun.
"I think it is a good idea, I mean why not? It is just a bit silly that everyone is chasing after them, it is not such a big deal," says this spectator.
"I think its fine, everything in limit is fine, I am all for cheerleaders, it is all done in a very good humor and good spirit," says another spectator.
The controversy has not ended. Some say India, where women generally dress modestly, is not ready for the cheerleaders. Others point out that no one objects to Bollywood heroines - often dressed in skimpy clothes - dancing to sensual numbers in Hindi films.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:20:22 | 显示全部楼层

20080509

China's president has told Japanese university students their two countries should look to the future and not hold a grudge over World War II. The comments were in stark contrast to those made by the last Chinese president to visit Japan, who lectured lawmakers on the damage caused by Japan's aggression. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.

President Hu Jintao hugs Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara, right, with Chinese table tennis star Wang Nan, left, at Waseda University, 08 May 2008
Chinese President Hu Jintao had friendly words Thursday for Japanese students at Tokyo's Waseda University.
On the third day of his first state visit to Japan, Mr. Hu said China and Japan should work together as partners and not as rivals.
He raised the issue of Japan's World War II invasion and occupation of parts of China. But, unlike the last Chinese president to visit Japan, Mr. Hu said the two sides should not dwell on the past aggression.
He noted the unfortunate history caused tremendous harm to the Chinese people but he said it also harmed Japanese people.
He says in stressing the importance of remembering history, it does not mean they should continue hostilities. He says they should use history as a mirror, look to the future, treasure peace, and maintain peace.
Mr. Hu's visit to Japan is only the second by a Chinese president since the two Asian nations established diplomatic relations more than 30 years ago.
The last one in 1998 by then President Jiang Zemin was marked by tension and bitterness. Mr. Jiang lectured Japanese officials after he did not receive an expected official apology for Japan's war-time atrocities.
Relations suffered further under Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, who made annual visits to a shrine honoring convicted war criminals.
In 2005 thousands of Chinese marched in Beijing in protest against Japan's perceived white-washing of history.
Relations have improved dramatically since Japanese prime ministers stopped visiting the controversial war shrine. Both sides have made diplomatic efforts and trade has flourished.
But, during Mr. Hu's visit some tensions have surfaced over China's heavy-handed rule of Tibet and a dispute over poisoned dumpling imports.
During his speech, tens of student protesters gathered outside the venue shouting slogans and holding signs criticizing China.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:20:54 | 显示全部楼层

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U.S. President George Bush is at his Texas ranch, where his daughter Jenna is getting married in a private ceremony at the Bush home. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, the president noted the occasion in his weekly radio address.
The president used this week's radio address to mark Mother's Day (Sunday) and the celebration of his daughter's wedding.

Jenna Bush and fiance Henry Hager will marry at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas
"Today is my daughter Jenna's wedding day," he said.  "This is a joyous occasion for our family as we celebrate the happy life ahead of her and her husband Henry. It's also a special time for Laura, who, this Mother's Day weekend, will watch a daughter we raised together walk down the aisle."
Speaking to reporters this past week, Mrs. Bush said she and her husband are staying calm amid all the media interest in the ceremony, a private affair at the family ranch before a stone cross placed near the fishing pond.
"Neither one of us are nervous. I am very, very excited. It is a very interesting passage of life when you get to that time in your life when your first child is getting married, and we are getting for us our first son," she said.  "So, it's a thrill and we are very happy about it."
The president and Mrs. Bush joined more than 100 people at a rehearsal dinner Friday evening in the Texas town of Salado, where they also celebrated the groom's 30th birthday.
Wedding guests not attending the rehearsal dinner had what the first lady's Press Secretary Sally McDonough called a Texas-sized celebration at the Salado Silver Spur Theater, hosted by friends of the Bush family.
The president's 26-year-old daughter is a writer and schoolteacher, who graduated from the University of Texas. Her embroidered gown is by Oscar de la Renta, and her bridesmaid is her twin sister Barbara.
The groom, Henry Hager, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and is studying for a Masters in business at the University of Virginia. He is a former presidential campaign aide, whose father was lieutenant governor of Virginia and now head's that state's Republican party.
Mrs. Bush said this week, her daughter briefly considered a White House wedding, but chose their ranch in Texas instead.
"Well, she just wanted to get married at home," she added.  "She just feels a lot more comfortable there. It will be really beautiful. This is a time when wildflowers are all blooming. I think it will be a very, very lovely wedding.  It will be very like Jenna and Henry.  And that's what we want. We want what she wants."
The couple will honeymoon in Europe and reside in the city of Baltimore, about 40 miles north of Washington, DC.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:21:41 | 显示全部楼层

20080513

Chinese authorities say a 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 10,000 people in the southwestern province of Sichuan.  Local officials say at least 80 percent of the buildings there have collapsed, and 10,000 more people are feared injured  VOA's Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing.

Rescuers search rubble of collapsed Juyuan middle school in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, 12 May 2008
The large earthquake struck after midday.  The epicenter was 90 kilometers from the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu.
The Vice Director of the Sichuan Earthquake Bureau, Deng Changwen, spoke to China Central TV by phone.
He said the large earthquake cut all communication to the disaster area, hampering official attempts to determine the real situation.
In one example, the official Xinhua News Agency says more than 900 students were buried when their high school collapsed in Dujiangyan, about 100 kilometers from the quake's epicenter.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao immediately flew to the affected areas, to oversee disaster relief efforts.  He said Chinese government leaders will stand at the front lines of disaster relief work and unite with the people to overcome what he called a "very large disaster."
He says Chinese leaders are not afraid of sacrificing their lives or of making mistakes.  
Chinese troops have been dispatched to help with disaster relief work.
The powerful quake was felt as far away as Beijing, 1500 kilometers to the north, as well as in Bangkok, Thailand 3300 kilometers to the south.
Tremors were also felt in the east coast metropolis, Shanghai, where authorities temporarily evacuated China's tallest building, the Jinmao Tower.  In other parts of China, buildings swayed and some even collapsed.
Chinese authorities say the quake did not affect the Three Gorges Dam, which is several hundred kilometers away from Chengdu.

Hospital patients wait outside after an earthquake in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province, 12 May 2008
The hardest hit county, Wenchuan, has more than 110,000 people and a large ethnic-Tibetan population.  Wenchuan County is also home to the Wolong Nature Reserve, China's leading research and breeding base for endangered giant pandas.
In 1976, more than 270,000 people died when an earthquake struck the northern city of Tangshan.  That temblor also measured 7.8 on the Richter scale.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:22:29 | 显示全部楼层

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More than six days after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern China, hopes are dwindling that more trapped people will be found alive. The official death toll so far is more than 32,000, but is expected to surpass 50,000. China has begun three days of national mourning. As Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing, Chinese leaders have repeatedly said saving human lives is their number one priority.

A rescue helicopter flies over damaged buildings and debris following Monday's powerful earthquake in Beichuan, southwestern Sichuan province, China, 18 May 2008
More than 60 earthquake survivors were rescued in the disaster zone Saturday, but by Sunday, the numbers had fallen. Chinese media reported at least one successful rescue Sunday morning - a man recovered from a collapsed hospital in Beichuan.
Reporter Daniel Schearf said after the earthquake,
Beichuan looks like a war zone.
"My first image, when I turned the corner into the town, was just a pile of twisted rubble and concrete. It was a hill, it was a mountain, of what used to be buildings, and it just seemed to stretch on forever," he said. "I don't know how to describe it. It just seemed very surreal."
One rescue worker in Beichuan, Luo Tanfei, says his team, which includes sniffer dogs, has saved 10 people in different locations since the huge earthquake struck the region Monday.



Earthquake survivors carrying their belonging, evacuate to higher ground from center of earthquake-hit Beichuan County, Sichuan province, 17 May 2008  
But he says he does not have too much hope of finding more survivors in that part of the city because they have not found any more traces of life.
Chinese disaster relief efforts include nearly 150,000 soldiers, who have been actively supporting emergency work.
People's Liberation Army leaders spoke to reporters in Beijing Sunday, and emphasized that soldiers are facing hardships and working together with ordinary Chinese people.
Air Force Major General Ma Jian also made reassurances that all of China's nuclear facilities in the area are safe.

Rescuers search for earthquake survivors amongst the rubble of collapsed buildings in Beichuan county, Sichuan province, 17 May 2008
"Shortly after the earthquake hit, we have sent teams of the armed police and PLA men to ensure that these facilities are under very strict protection measures and there is no problem involved here," general Ma said.
The Chinese government has allocated nearly $560 million (four billion RMB) for earthquake relief. Donors, inside and outside of China, have already contributed $860 million in money and goods.
China's Ministry of Agriculture says the quake has damaged 33,000 hectares of farmland. At the same time, the tremor has led to the deaths of 12 .5 million heads of livestock and poultry, which health officials say pose a major sanitation risk.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:23:03 | 显示全部楼层

20080520

A Washington-based business group says the U.S. economy remains sluggish, but will likely avoid a major recession. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.

The last two U.S. recessions, in the early 1990s and in 2001, saw quarters in which America's economy contracted, with inflation-adjusted gross domestic product registering negative growth rates. This year, the U.S. economy has flirted with recession, but has averted an actual contraction, logging a 0.6 percent growth rate in the first quarter.
A panel of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics expects America's anemic economic growth to continue in the short term, expanding only 0.4 percent for the second quarter of this year. Lynn Reaser, an economist for Bank of America who heads NABE's economic forecasting committee, says the overall projection is for an economic downturn that is both mild and brief.
"This is a very shallow downturn," said Reaser. "In fact, only slightly more than half of our [NABE] members believe it will ultimately be declared a recession. And, of those, the majority believe it will be over either this quarter or the next [one]."
The NABE panel expects economic growth to pick up in the second half of the year, at a two percent annual growth rate. The U.S. unemployment rate is expected to continue to rise, but only modestly to 5.6 percent next year.
The NABE panel points to some encouraging signs for the economy, including expanding U.S. exports and a narrowing U.S. trade deficit. The panel expects the U.S. dollar, which has fallen dramatically against the Euro and other major currencies, to stabilize and eventually strengthen.
Worries about the U.S. economy began to escalate last year, prompted in large part by a rash of foreclosures among Americans with so-called "sub-prime" mortgages that were given to homebuyers with spotty credit histories. The sub-prime crisis provoked a broader credit crunch that has made it difficult for many businesses and consumers to secure loans, constraining economic activity and devastating the U.S. housing market.
Turmoil in financial markets and higher energy prices are taking a toll on current growth, as well.
Lynn Reaser says NABE economists believe the worst of the credit crunch is likely over.
"What this survey suggests is that, perhaps, credit availability will actually improve in the second half of this year," said Reaser. "It is important because there have been concerns that all of the problems on Wall Street would crimp borrowing for businesses and consumers on Main Street [the broader economy]. It still will be a constraint going forward, but we think that credit markets will loose some of their tight grip as we move through the balance of 2008."
The NABE forecast appears to be in line with other U.S. economic signals. Another group, the New York-based Conference Board, said that its index of leading economic indicators edged higher in April. The slight rise in the index, which is designed to forecast short-term economic performance, is seen as a sign of continued economic weakness, but does not foreshadow a drastic downturn.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:24:10 | 显示全部楼层

20080521

Rescuers continue to pull people out of the rubble, alive, more than one week after a massive earthquake struck southwestern China's Sichuan Province.  The latest government figures confirm more than 40,000 people have died and more than 247,000 people have been injured.  Meanwhile, as Stephanie Ho reports from Beijing, the disaster left in the quake's wake has sparked a massive outpouring of donations and contributions from around the country.

Medics treat 11-year-old girl rescued from rubble of school in the devastated town of Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, 15 May 2008
The heroic rescue came in the early hours of Tuesday.   Mu Yuanjiang, 31, was pulled from the rubble in Wenchuan County, Sichuan, near the epicenter of last Monday's powerful earthquake.
Rescuers found Ma on Sunday and fed him sugar water through a straw until they could actually recover him.
There has been near total media saturation of the relief efforts, bringing the disaster into millions of Chinese homes, around the country.
Chinese people have responded to the 24-hours-a-day coverage, donating more than $243 million to Chinese charities, including the Red Cross.
At the Red Cross offices in Beijing, kindergarten students brought in more than $714 they had collected.  Their donation consisted of plastic bags full of coins.
They say they are donating their pocket money so the children in the disaster area can rebuild their lives.
One Chinese teacher, who donated nearly $43, says he has no relatives in Sichuan, but in the past, has been to visit scenic areas near the quake's epicenter.  He says he met many children during his trip there.  Now, he says it is very upsetting to him to see so many the dead children.
He says the most unbearable thing is seeing dead children being pulled from under the rubble.



Couple searches through rubble for loved ones in Beichuan, 20 May 2008
Chinese authorities are looking into why 7,000 schools completely collapsed during the earthquake, killing thousands of students and teachers inside.
At Beijing's Dehong Train Station, Station Manager Na Dexin was overseeing the delivery of relief supplies, headed for the disaster zone.
He says the goods on the train include tents, medicine, food, instant noodles, pickled vegetables, clothes and blankets.
Na said the 46 train cars full of relief supplies will take more than two days to reach the Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:24:45 | 显示全部楼层

20080523

Chinese officials are urging the international community to aid earthquake relief efforts by donating tents to shelter the estimated five million Chinese who lost their homes. The 7.9 magnitude quake flattened some 45,000 buildings, not including private homes. The official death toll has climbed to more than 51,000, with more than 29,000 people missing. From VOA's New York Bureau, Alex Villarreal has more.

China's national flag flies at half-mast as local residents set up tents at the sports ground of Sichuan University in China's Sichuan province, 21 May 2008
Kuang Weilin, deputy consul-general of the Chinese Consulate in New York, praised the Chinese and international communities for their quick response to the devastating earthquake.
"[In] this time, I think that not only the people in China united but also the whole world. The whole world is behind those unfortunate people who are affected by the earthquake," he said.
Kuang says after the quake hit May 12, the Chinese military launched the biggest rescue and relief effort in China's history, sending 120,000 soldiers to the disaster areas. He says the government has allocated $10 million to a special reconstruction fund and cut spending by five percent this year to fund quick relief efforts.
Kuang says international donors have given more than $280 million. The New York Consulate alone received more than three million dollars in donations.
"On the whole, rescue and relief efforts have been doing very well, and great progress has been made. I think on the whole, the situation in the earthquake-stricken areas is improving. Roads have been repaired and reopened, communications and power [have] been restored in most areas, and even some students have resumed classes in some areas. Having said that, I think we are still faced with very daunting challenges," he said.
Kuang cites damaged dams and roads, difficulties in transporting relief materials and the dangers of disease in the worst-hit areas as some of the challenges.
He says the biggest need now is for tents to shelter the millions of Chinese who lost their homes. Some 400,000 have already been distributed, but China is calling for more than three million more.
Kuang says the Chinese government is determined to save as many lives as possible at whatever cost. He encourages survivors to be strong.
"I think we have to move forward and with the support of the government and people of other parts of the country as well as the whole world, they will surely overcome their difficulties and rebuild their homelands. And we are willing to do anything for them and the government is willing to do anything for them. And the world community will also contribute," he said.
Kuang says relief efforts are moving into a second phase. He says the government is focused now on resettlement and reconstruction and paying special attention to the emotional needs of the victims, many of them children made orphans by the quake.

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 楼主| 发表于 2008-5-27 20:25:21 | 显示全部楼层

20080526

Central China has been struck by a powerful aftershock as the region struggles to recover
from a massive earthquake earlier this month that killed tens of thousands of people and
left many more homeless. Latest shock killed at least one person in Sichuan province and
injured about 260. Chinese state media say a team of Chinese paramilitary police has arrived
on foot at a newly formed lake in central Sichuan province that was created by the 7.9
magnitude earthquake two weeks ago. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Washington.

A Chinese child walks on a collapsed bridge following May 12 earthquake at Xiaoyutong near
Pengzhou town, southwest China's Sichuan Province Sunday, 25 May 2008
The U.S. Geological Survey says Sunday's aftershock registered 5.8 points on the Richter
scale, making it one of the strongest aftershocks since the May 12 earthquake that
devastated China's Sichuan province.
Initial reports say the aftershock caused more deaths and injuries, and led to further
damage to homes, buildings, and roads. In addition, China's Vice Minister of Water Resources
says scores of dams that were damaged in the initial quake are now in danger of collapse.
The minister says 69 dams are currently in danger of breaking, but have not broken yet.

Earthquake survivors, outside a temporary shelter in China's Sichuan Province, 25 May 2008
The aftershock, centered near the devastated city of Mianyang, was felt across the country.
As far away as Beijing, buildings are reported to have swayed.
The death toll from the initial quake has been rising precipitously, and Chinese officials
say the final tally could exceed 80,000.
Adding to the misery are forecasts for more heavy rains in Sichuan province in coming days,
heightening the strain on dams and increasing the risk of flooding and mudslides.
China has dispatched soldiers armed with explosives to a blocked river in hopes of clearing
debris and alleviating the potential for flooding.

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