今週の「英語の構造を読む」課題は A head with a heart By Kevin Cullen (Globe Columnist) March 12, 2009 より 抜粋いたしました。第９、１０パラグラフです。
A head with a heart
"I want to run an idea by you that I think is important, and I'd like to get your reaction to it," Levy began. "I'd like to do what we can to protect the lower-wage earners - the transporters, the housekeepers, the food service people. A lot of these people work really hard, and I don't want to put an additional burden on them.
"Now, if we protect these workers, it means the rest of us will have to make a bigger sacrifice," he continued. "It means that others will have to give up more of their salary or benefits."
Nobel-Winning Economist says System Stacked Against Developing Countries
Stiglitz says the Commission supports the view there needs to be a strong stimulus by all countries in the world, but he notes poor countries do not have the billions of dollars needed to revive their economies.
"There is a very strong need for additional funding to developing countries in order for them to respond adequately," he said. "And, it is a matter of social justice. It is also a matter of the interest of the advanced industrialized countries because you will not have a robust global recovery if one part, a very important part of the international system is not working well."
Madoff Pleads Guilty to $65 Billion Investment Scam
New York financier Bernard Madoff was jailed Thursday after pleading guilty to bilking investors out of an estimated $64.8 billion - the largest financial scam in U.S. history. Madoff now faces up to 150 years in prison. But investors who lost their savings say jail time is not enough.
Bernard Madoff, 70, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of raud, money laundering and perjury in New York Federal court. Madoff admitted he had been defrauding thousands of clients since the early 1990s - operating a classic Ponzi scheme - using the money that new customers invested to pay those who wanted to withdraw funds. To some, he offered returns as high as 46 percent.
Slowing Exports, High Debt Shake Central and Eastern Europe
Leaders of the European Union met Sunday in Brussels to discuss measures to deal with the world financial crisis. But the emergency meeting showed growing divisions between western European countries and newer members of the European Union.
Economies in central and eastern Europe have been hit hard by the worldwide credit crisis and less demand for exports in western Europe.
Most American colleges and universities use the grading system of A, B, C, D and F. An A is worth four points, a B three points, a C two points and a D one point. Getting a grade like a B-plus or a C-minus adds or subtracts a few tenths of a point. An F is a failing grade worth zero toward a student's grade point average.
A small number of colleges -- perhaps about twenty nationally -- reject the traditional grading system. The Evergreen State College, for example, was established in nineteen sixty-seven and has never used letter or number grades. Evergreen State is a public four-year college in the northwestern city of Olympia, Washington. It has more than four thousand students, including twenty-six international students currently.