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Top news from the South China Morning Post to help you improve your knowledge of English. Prepared by Karen Lee Bracher
The governing council of the Hong Kong Institute of Education plans to submit an application within a few months for university status for the controversy plagued teacher-training college. It also aims to find a new president by September. (SCMP, February 8, 2007)
A. A prolonged public dispute concerning a matter of opinion.
B. An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities.
C. One appointed or elected to preside over an organised body of people.
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Hong Kong could get gas from the proposed LNG terminal in Zhuhai if the field in Hainan - now supplying CLP Power - proved a reliable source for three or four more years. (SCMP, February 8, 2007)
'Natural gas' is a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes
A mixture of hydrocarbon gases
Occurs naturally beneath the Earth's surface (underground or under the sea)
Contains mostly methane but also has varying amounts of ethane, propane, butane and nitrogen
The internet penetration rate in China has developed at lightning speed in recent years, with its online population expected to overtake the United States as the world's largest in about two years. (SCMP, February 8, 2007)
What is the meaning of lightning? Is it a noun, verb or adjective?
Noun: brilliant electric spark discharge in the atmosphere
Verb: to emit a flash or flashes of lightning
Adjective: moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness
UNITED STATES hackers attack servers controlling internet
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Hackers briefly ovrewhelmed at least three of the 13 servres that help manage global computre traffic in one of the most significant attacks against the intrenet since 2002. Some exprets said the hackres appeared to disguise their origin, but vast amounts of rogue data in the attacks were traced to South Korea. (SCMP February 8, 2007)
A. 1B, 2A, 3C
C. Adjective: moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness
D. overwhelmed, servers, computer, internet, experts, hackers