怒りの乗客、空港ロビー内にテント・・・
Airport Christmas for Europe’s stranded travelers

 

聖夜の寒波、欧州を襲う。空港は大混乱・・・・

せっかくの休暇が降雪と低温で台無し。イブの夜を空港ロビーで過ごした客は数千。

(右の写真は、搭乗をあきらめた乗客が空港ロビー内に建てたテントです。)

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Across the Atlantic, thousands of travelers including  Americans  are in a race against the clock to get home for the  holidays only to be told to get ready to camp out a long wait. NICK WATT reports from London tonight.
The busiest international airport on earth, the busiest travel week  of the year. Thousands of passengers are now  trapped in what they are calling HOTEL HEATHROW. They won’t make it home for the holidays.
My son and I come home,  it’s like a present to my parents.  and I was even going to surprise them a little bit.
  
With London’s worst snow in twenty five years and the coldest in December in hundred years, Heathrow is just not equipped to deal with it.
  
“I’m truly sorry for every spoiled Christmas holiday, every disrupted travel plan.
In Germany today, a thousand flights were cancelled. In Paris a third of all flights grounded.
  
“Our flight coming in was Air France   ? ”  The guy on the left is a French transport minister. “Our flight was cancelled, we weren’t told the the flight was cancelled.”  In Brussels, they just ran out of de-icer  “They are closing the airport now, right?”  Right. Closed until Wednesday, at the earliest.
  
Many roads across  Europe are also a mess, and the railways, well that is a five hour line snaking around  London’s international Train Station. Some passengers are angry, but most are sanguine   “I’ve just stayed in the cold for three hours. I’ve got no blood left actuallly getting excited. So we just sit there and wait.”  “If I have to take a boat, I will.”  “Good. Determination. Good luck. I hope you make it.”  Sadly the news isn’t great tonight. The temperature is gonna plummet again and a lot more snow is forecast.
Nick Watt. ABC News London.
  
 
 

そんなバカなあ。 電子たばこからニコチン検出だって。

カートリッジに入った液体を電気で霧状の蒸気に変える仕組みで、たばこの代替品として禁煙中に吸う人が多い「電子たばこ」について、厚生労働省の研究機関が調べたところ、11銘柄の蒸気からニコチンが検出された。

 いずれもすでに販売されておらず、ニコチンの量も直ちに健康被害が出るほどではないが、妊婦などが以前購入したものを吸ってしまう可能性があるとして、消費者庁は27日、注意を呼びかけた。

Nicotine has been detected in “Denshi Tabacco “or “e-cigarettes” of eleven brands.

These  are battery-powered devices that turn some liquid in the cartridge into vapor  and are being used by those struggling to quit  smoking.
 
None of the eleven brands are on sale any longer. And the amount of nicotine detected was not enough to cause harm to human health.
But Consumer Affairs Agency issued a warning on the 27th in order to protect pregnant woman from using such devices previously bought.
 

99歳の詩人、柴田トヨさん。
99-year-old poet, Toyo Shibata

 
  私にとって大恩人であるMiyaguchiさんのブログで、柴田トヨさんというお方を知りました。
 
 

なんと99歳で現役詩人。 趣味だった日本舞踊が踊れなくなり、詩作を始めたのが90歳を過ぎてから。本当にたまげたものです。(詳しくはMiyaguchiさんのブログでどうぞ。 http://www.geocities.jp/lupin2936/index.htm )

紹介された作品は、トヨさんが遠くに住む息子さんへ宛てたもの。 短い文章の中に、思いやりの気持ちが多く満ち溢れています。

及ばずながら英訳させていただきました。 

 -倅(せがれ)に 1-
 何か
 つれえことがあったら
 母ちゃんを 思い出せ

 誰かに
 あたっちゃあ だめだ
 あとで 自分が
 嫌になる

 ほら 見てみなせ
 窓辺に
 陽がさしてきたよ
 鳥が 啼(な)いてるよ

 元気出せ 元気出せ
 鳥が 啼いてるよ
 聞こえるか 健一

My son.
When you find yourself becoming bitter and frustrated, you gotta remember your Mom. 
Don’t take your anger on your friends.
It ends up with you disappointed in yourself. 
 Look! The sunlight is shining through the window and birds are singing.
Cheer up my son. Buck up my boy.
Birds are singing.
Can you hear, Kenichi?
 

英作文チャレンジコーナー ”高卒求人に大学生流入”の記事

最近読んだ中で一番ショックを受けた新聞記事を英訳しました。 

中高生諸君、将来のため英語を勉強しようよ。ぐっと有利になるから・・・・

  
*******
  
(北海道新聞 2010年12月23日)
 
 来春卒業予定の多くの高校生が、就職先を決めることが出来ないまま年を越そうとしている。今年は特に、大学生や専門学校生が高校生向けの就職戦線に流れ込んでくるケースが目立ち、少ない求人を、ともに苦境に立つ若者同士が奪い合っている構図だ。各高校は「大学生と比べられると高校生は不利」と頭を抱えている。
 
 一方で企業側は採用に有利な買い手市場を最大に活用している。札幌市内の卸会社の担当者は「景気が良いころ大学生があまり関心を持ってくれなかったが、今は優秀な人材が集まる。高校生には申し訳ないが、会社の将来を担う人材となると、大学生に目が行く」と語る。

 

Majority of job searching students of  senior high schools are facing a new year with no certain prospect of employment.
What is striking about this year  is that seniors of vocational schools, colleges and universities are moving into the job market of high school seniors, thus creating a situation where  impatient youngsters are fighting for a small number of job offers.  Senior high school authorities are tearing their hair out over having to fight an uphill battle with college grads.
On the other hand, employers are taking full advantage of the buyer oriented markets. Here’s a comment by the personnel of a wholesale company in Sapporo. “When  business was good,  not much interest was taken by college graduates. But now, excellent ones gather at our doors for an interview.   Feeling sorry for senior high students, I cannot stop prioritizing college graduates for the company’s future.”

Wiiを使ってリハビリに。
Wiihab is the new Rehab

高齢者のリハビリに任天堂wiiを使うところが増えているようです。アメリカではリハビリをもじってwiihabとよばれているとか。 どんな具合なのか見てみましょう。

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No longer the stuff of childs play, the Nintendo Wii  has become an exciting tool used by physical and occupational therapists in rehabilitation settings. This new treatment approach is often called Wii-hab.

  

At CareOne centers, both our therapists and patients say that one of the best things about Wii-hab is that its fun, which means people are more motivated and engaged during their rehab. This motivation is important from a therapy perspective, but theres another benefit. The Wii enables patients to integrate skills while allowing therapists to see how the person is progressing in a more natural environment. For example, a traditional exercise routine might build muscle strength through a specific strengthening routine. An activity using the Wii not only uses that new strength but also integrates it with balanceit provides a way to practice using strength, balance and weight shifting all within a virtual environment.  For some of our older patients, learning to use the Wii as part of therapy has given them a new link to their children or grandchildren. Once patients return home, theyre motivated to practice newly learned skills with the Wii because its something they can do with the entire family.   

Improving function is an important goal for our therapists, and the Wii aids in achieving this goal by helping our patients get moving again.