概 况 60年前台湾切断两岸正常通航；2008年7月启动周末包机。 每日通航，月航班数达60个以上；启动直航第一周，两岸有12家航空公司申请了101个航班，为4个台湾城市和12个大陆城市提供服务。
航 线 客航向南绕行香港；货轮向北绕行日本冲绳岛。 从台北等城市可以直航大陆的上海等10多个城市。
优 劣 用时长，成本高。 用时短，成本低。
参考词汇：周末包机weekend charter flights，货轮cargo ships，冲绳岛island of Okinawa
I'm very glad to receive your letter, and I feel it a great honor to introduce briefly to you something about the direct flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. _____________
That's what I can tell you at present. Maybe I'll have some more information for you not long time later.
One possible version:
I'm very glad to receive your letter, and I feel it a great honor to introduce briefly to you something about the direct flights between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan. Six decades ago, Taiwan put a ban on the regular links between the two sides. But Last July saw the starting of weekend charter flights. Now both sides are even enjoying daily direct flights, which numbers up to monthly 60 at times. When the direct flights began in the first week, twelve air companies from the two sides applied for 101 flights, providing services between four Taiwan and 12 mainland cities.
Originally, the passenger planes were required to fly south by way of Hong Kong, and the cargo ships had to sail around the Japanese island of Okinawa north of Taiwan. Now the flights and cargo ships from Taipei and other main cities can directly reach more than 10 cities of the mainland, like Shanghai, which has taken much less time and greatly reduced the shipping costs.
The direct flights, I think, have opened a new era of direct air and shipping services, and brought new vigor to economic and trade ties between the two sides.
That's what I can tell you at present Maybe I'll have some more information for you not long time later.
What Caused The Financial Crisis?
I think we can sum up(总结,概括) the cause of our current economic crisis in one word — GREED(贪婪).
Over the years, mortgage lenders were happy to lend money to people who couldn‘t afford their mortgages. But they did it anyway because there was nothing to lose. These lenders were able to charge higher interest rates and make more money on sub-prime loans. If the borrowers default,they simply seized the house and put it back on the market. On top of that, they were able to pass the risk off to mortgage insurer or package these mortgages as mortgage-backed securities. Easy money!and what went wrong with our financial system?
The whole thing was one big scheme. Everything was great when houses were selling like hot cakes and their values go up every month. Lenders made it easier to borrow money,and the higher demand drove up house values. Higher house values means that lenders could lend out even bigger mortgages, and it also gave lenders some protection against foreclosures. All of this translates into more money for the lenders, insurers, and investors. Unfortunately, many borrowers got slammed when their adjustable mortgage finally adjusted. When too many of them couldn‘t afford to make their payments, it causes these lenders to suffer from liquidity issue and to sit on more foreclosures than they could sell. Mortgage-backed securities became more risky and worth less causing investment firms like Lehman Brothers to suffer.
Moreover,insurers like AIG who insured these bad mortgages also got in trouble. The scheme (体系,结构)worked well, but it reverses course and is now coming back to hurt everyone with a vengeance
索马里海盗:Piracy in Somalia
China warned Somali pirates on Tuesday it was prepared to use force when its navy ships arrive in the Gulf of Aden to combat a wave of piracy that has disrupted international shipping, AFP reported.
Two Chinese destroyers and a supply ship set sail on Friday —— the first time in recent history that the nation has deployed ships on a potential combat mission well beyond its territorial waters.
China would also be willing to provide rescue and aid services to Taiwan-owned ships as long as they registered with the mainland, he said.
About 100 ships —— seven of them Chinese —— have been attacked by Somali pirates since the beginning of the year.
At least one Chinese vessel is believed still to be in the hands of the attackers.
The UN Security Council last week gave nations a one-year mandate to act inside lawless Somalia to stop the rampant piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
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Car-free Day was launched in our city and 107 other cities on September 22, to encourage people to take public transport, ride bicycles or walk instead of driving private cars.
The campaign has gained much support all over the country and has raised awareness among all people of energy saving and environmental protection. It's a real success.
With the development of the economy, more and more families have bought private cars, thus leading to much heavier traffic problems and more serious air pollution. Therefore, I think it's necessary to launch such campaigns. And I hope more and more cities and their residents will take part in this type of activity.
相关法律 relevant laws
The idea of sustainable development has been accepted by the world. How to keep sustainable development is a big problem facing our planet.
The present situation is worrying. First,natural resources are becoming less than before. Second,as some people are not aware of the importance of the environmental protection,the problems with it remain extremely serious to some degree. The gap between the rich and the poor has the tendency to become wider and wider.
To our great joy,many countries have taken action. On one hand,they have made relevant laws and regulations and put large amounts of money to the environmental protection. One the other hand,popularized education as well as international cooperation is being carried out.
As for myself,I should take the responsibility to devote myself to sustainable development,our future and the lives of our children and our grandchildren will be in danger.
Recently,the incident of Sanlu milk powder has become the focus of people's attention. According to the investigation of related departments,the powder was found to contain a chemical called C3N6H6 which can cause great damage to infants' health. So far,four children have died and approximately 54,000 have developed illness after drinking the milk.
From this incident,we can see that there are still more things to be done. Firstly,the government needs everything possible to ensure the quality of products,particularly the safety of food as this concerns everyone's life. Secondly,as for the producers,it is very important for them to be morally honest. They should never try to pursue profit or economic growth at the expense of health and life of people. Thirdly,we consumers must attach importance to the things we eat and develop an awareness of how to protect our legal rights if cheated. Only in this way will we be able to build a more secure and harmonious society.
状元 Number One Scholar;
After the college entrance exams,some companies that sell learning products are always trying to do anything they can to make full use of Number One Scholars in order to sell their products.
In fact,it's not easy for students to become Number One Scholars. Most of them succeed not because of the products,but their proper way of learning and hard work. Every student has his own way of studying,so the Number One Scholars' experience may not be suitable for all the students. Most important of all,not all of these products are good enough to help us study.
I do hope that Number One Scholars can think of the poor students instead of themselves only
In recent years,the topic whether it is fair for athletes to pocket large sums of money has aroused more and more discussion.
Those who support giving sportsmen high salaries think that athletes have won a great reputation for our country in the Olympic Games. What's more,athletes must undergo painstaking physical and psychological training. Besides,they offer a lot of encouragement to young people to take part in physical activities.
However,some people have different ideas. They consider that athletes do little to boost the national economy directly. Thus they should not receive so much money.
I believe that they should get high salaries,considering all the efforts they have made.
选项名称 投票数 百分比 趋势
应该退出,健康比金钱重要 222292 34.77% 上升
运动场就是战场,刘翔应该坚持 123752 19.36% 上升
In the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Chinese athlete Liu Xiang dropped out of the race due to his foot injury, which led to a heated discussion among people across the country.
According to a survey conducted by Sina Website,about 34% of the people think an athlete should quit the race when injured since health is much more important than a gold medal;While nearly 20% of the netizens believe that an injured athlete should hold on to the end instead of giving up halfway. They regard the sport field as a battlefield in which every athlete should fight for the honor of his or her country in spite of any difficulty.
In my opinion,it's a right choice for Liu Xiang to choose to quit the race. For one thing,nothing is more important than health and sports doesn't mean sacrificing one's health for a gold medal;for another,after Liu Xiang recovers fully,he still has many chances to realize his dream.
What a Great Olympic Games!
The 29th Olympic Games has been over in Beijing,China on August 24,2008,which has left a great impression on the whole world. About 204 countries and regions attended the Olympic Games. In the Games,our Chinese athletes have won 51 gold medals,while America,36;Russia,23. This is the first time that we,Chinese athletes have won so many gold medals in one Olympic Games,which means our sports games belong to the first class in the world!
It is our athletes' intelligence and other qualities that have won the great honor for us Chinese all!Days when we were looked down upon have gone forever!From the very Games, we have proved that our government has the ability to hold the Olympic Games successfully!Not only can we hold the Olympic Games well,but also we can perform well. The fact has showed everything to the world!It is the successful 29th Olympic Games that destroys the saying of those who doubted about it days ago!What a great, successful and impressive Olympic Games!
出舱活动an extra-vehicular activity
Shenzhou-Ⅶ,which was shot up into space on September 25,returned to Earth three days later, having completed its historic mission.
It is the country's most challenging space mission since 2003.The main mission is to carry out the space walk,known as an extra-vehicular activity,or EVA,which is expected to help China master the technology to create it's first space station in the next few years. During the traveling,Zhai Zhigang,one of the three astronauts on board Shenzhou-Ⅶ,stepped out of the capsule and conducted the historic space walk. Most importantly,all along China has relied heavily on homegrown technology. The Shenzhou-7 mission marks a historic breakthrough in China's manned space program. It represents the comprehensive strength of our nation.