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New York, USA

Thousands of “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators fanned out across New York on Thursday in the first major showing of protest strength since authorities forcibly evicted them from their lower Manhattan encampment two days earlier. The group twice squared off against riot police in Zuccotti Park while engaging in sporadic confrontations with authorities throughout the day. Demonstrators say they plan to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, where 700 people were arrested in a similar march last month. At least 177 protestors were arrested during Thursday’s demonstrations, said police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who noted that seven police officers were also hurt during exchanges with protestors.
 
Rome, Italy

New Italian PM Mario Monti’s government of technocrats has passed its first test, winning a vote of confidence in the Senate. As expected, the government won the vote in upper house of Parliament easily by 281 votes to 25. The vote was held after Mr. Monti had outlined his government programs of reforms to tackle the country’s economic problems and cut its debt. He faces a second vote in the lower house of Parliament on Friday. Mario Monti, a former EU commissioner said austerity measures would be balanced by economic growth and social fairness. Meanwhile, thousands of students staged protests in several Italian cities against Mr. Monti’s government.
  
Tokyo, Japan

Unlike an earthquake, a demographic disaster does not strike without warning. Japan’s population of 127 million is predicted to fall to 90 million by 2050. By then, the ratio between working-age Japanese and children and the elderly will be one to one. What’s more, half the talent in Japan is female. Outside the kitchen, those talents are woefully underemployed. Nearly half of Japanese university graduates are female. But only 67% of these women have jobs. Japanese women with degrees are much more likely than the Americans to quit their jobs voluntarily, saying that the strongest push came from employers who do not value them. A startling 49% of highly educated Japanese women quit because they feel their career have stalled.
 
Cambridge Massachusetts ,USA

Scientists are getting closer to the dreams of creating computer systems, they can replicate the brain. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Science and Technology(MIT) have designed a computer chip that mimics how the brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. Such chips could eventually enable communication between artificially created body parts brains. It could also pave the way for artificial intelligence devices. There are about 100 billions neurons in the brain, each of which forms synapses -----the connections between neurons that allow information to flow-with many other neurons. This process is known as plasticity and is believed to underpin many brain functions such as learning and memory. The MIT team of scientists has been able to design a computer chip that can simulate the activity of a single brain synapse.

Manchester, UK

 Leading figures in the world soccer on Thursday blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter for controversial remarks he made on racism in an interview with CNN World Sport. The head of world football told Pedro Pinto there is no on-field racism in football and that any player who has been abused should simply shake hands with his opponent at the end of the match and move on.

Manchester United Rio Ferdinand, a former England captain expressed his outrage on Twitter blasting Blatter’s comments as “so condescending it's almost laughable.” The Swiss was re-elected unopposed as the head of football’s governing body in June after his main rival was suspended amid corruption allegations. The bidding process for the 2018 world Cup was also dogged by bribery allegations. Soon after Blatter gave his interview to CNN on Wednesday, his position appeared to be undermined when the English Football Association charged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez with racism toward a fellow player.
 
 
Q6-10
6. At least how many "Occupy Wall Street" protesters were arrested during Thursday’s demonstration in New York?
7. What can we know about New Italian PM Mario Monti’s government of technocrats?
8. What percentage of Japanese female university graduates have jobs?
9. What new finding has been made by scientists said MIT, USA?
10. Why did leading figures in the world of soccer call on FIFA president Blatter to resign?
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2012-03-19 09:53 编辑:juliatt
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