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Part II News items

A. Now listen to the first pair. Then summarize the news according to the cues given.

Event: the World Trade Organization(WTO)meeting

City: Seattle

Starting time: not clear

Finishing time: Friday.

Contentious issues: agriculture trade barriers, environmental and

labor concerns

Possible outcome: no agreement/ consensus on plans for a new round of talks

Tapescript:

1. SEATTLE -- The World Trade Organization meeting is about to end. There is no sign of agreement on plans for another series of world trade talks. The meeting is to end later Friday. Trade negotiators still disagree about agriculture trade barriers, environmental and labor concerns and other issues. President Clinton supports demands by protesters to link the protection of worker rights to trade agreements. Some delegates from developing nations reject the idea as another kind of trade barrier. Many trade ministers at the WTO meeting say they do not think an agreement will be reached Friday.

2. The World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle enters its final day with delegates divided over several issues that could threaten future trade talks. Some trade ministers from the WTO say they will work hard to reach agreement on an agenda for a new round of talks but many delegates say they are not optimistic a consensus will be achieved. Among the contentious issues are agriculture trade barriers, antidumping rules, and environmental concerns.

B. Now listen to the second pair of news items. Complete the news summary and briefly answer the questions you hear on the tape.

1. The news items talk about a trade agreement reached between Mexico and EU.

2.

a. more than one year

b. remove/95% +/trade barriers between EU and Mexico

c. more and better jobs/new possibilities/Mexican businesses

d. the U. S./Canada e. on July 1st, 2000

Tapescript:

I. Mexico has reached a major trade agreement with the European Union following more than a year of negotiations. Ell Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy spoke to reporters in Brussels after completing talks with Mexican Trade Minister. Mr. Lamy says the agreement will remove more than 95 percent of the trade restrictions between the European Union and Mexico. The agreement will give the Europeans the same right to Mexican markets that the United States and Canada now have. In Mexico City, President said the agreement will bring his country more and better jobs and create new possibilities for Mexican businesses.

2. Mexico and European Union have reached a landmark free trade agreement after more than a year of negotiations. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy tells reporters the deal is the most comprehensive ever negotiated by the Union and the first such agreement with Latin American partner. He made his comment Wednesday at a news conference in Brussels following talks with Mexican Trade Minister. Mr. Lamy says the accord will dismantle more than 95 percent of the trade barriers between the European Union and Mexico. In Mexico City, President said the agreement will bring his country more and better jobs and will open new opportunities for Mexican businesses. The pact will give the European Union the same duty-free access to Mexican markets now enjoyed by the United States and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement. EU governments must ratify the agreement. It is expected to take effect on July 1st, the year 2000.

Questions:

a. How long did the negotiations last?

b. According to Mr. Lamy, what good will the agreement do to

the European Union?

c. According to Mexican President, what good will the agreement do to Mexico?

d. Which other countries enjoy the same right as the European

Union does?

e. When is the agreement expected to take effect?

C. Here is the final pair of news items. Listen carefully. Complete the news summary and answer the questions you hear on the tape.

1. The news items talk about the rising of the Nasdaq Composite

Index to a new record high.

2.

a. WHEN? on Wednesday

b. WHAT? above 4,000

c. HOW MUCH? 84%

d. WHAT? the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Russell 2000

e. WHAT? He doesn't think that the upswing will last for ever./He doesn't think the markets can keep rising at this rate.

f. WHO? telecommunications equipment and software computer companies

Tapescript:

1. A leading measure of the value of American technology stocks has risen to a new record high. The measure, known as the Nasdaq Composite Index, closed above 4,000 for the first time ever Wednesday. For the year, the Nasdaq Composite Index has risen 84 percent. This is the first time since April, 1998 that all four major measures of American stocks closed at new record highs.

2. US stocks soared to record highs and technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed above 4,000 for the first time ever Wednesday. This marks the first time since April 21st, 1998 that the four major US bench marks -- the Nasdaq, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Russell 2000- closed at records on the same day. Prime market economist P. Ellis says the upswing cannot last for ever.

"Whenever stock markets rise very, very rapidly, as has been the case of the Nasdaq, and to a lesser degree in the Dow, you have to wonder whether there is really that much good news out there. Probably there is, but the markets cannot keep rising at this rate. The level itself is not dangerous, but we can't see this kind of return going on indefinitely. '

Telecommunications equipment and software computer companies led Wednesday's advance.

Questions:

a. When did this take place?

b. What did the Nasdaq Composite Index close at that day?

c. How much has the Nasdaq Composite Index risen for the year?

d. What are the other three major measures of American stocks?

e. What does the economist P. Ellis think of the U. S. stock markets?

f. Who led the advance on the stock markets that day?
Part II News items A. Now listen to the first pair. Then summarize the news according to the cues given. Event: the World Trade Organization(WTO)meeting City: Seattle Starting time: not clear Finishing time: Friday. Contentious issues: agriculture trade barriers, environmental and labor concerns Possible outcome: no agreement/ consensus on plans for a new round of talks Tapescript: 1. SEATTLE -- The World Trade Organization meeting is about to end. There is no sign of agreement on plans for another series of world trade talks. The meeting is to end later Friday. Trade negotiators still disagree about agriculture trade barriers, environmental and labor concerns and other issues. President Clinton supports demands by protesters to link the protection of worker rights to trade agreements. Some delegates from developing nations reject the idea as another kind of trade barrier. Many trade ministers at the WTO meeting say they do not think an agreement will be reached Friday. 2. The World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle enters its final day with delegates divided over several issues that could threaten future trade talks. Some trade ministers from the WTO say they will work hard to reach agreement on an agenda for a new round of talks but many delegates say they are not optimistic a consensus will be achieved. Among the contentious issues are agriculture trade barriers, antidumping rules, and environmental concerns. B. Now listen to the second pair of news items. Complete the news summary and briefly answer the questions you hear on the tape. 1. The news items talk about a trade agreement reached between Mexico and EU. 2. a. more than one year b. remove/95% +/trade barriers between EU and Mexico c. more and better jobs/new possibilities/Mexican businesses d. the U. S./Canada e. on July 1st, 2000 Tapescript: I. Mexico has reached a major trade agreement with the European Union following more than a year of negotiations. Ell Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy spoke to reporters in Brussels after completing talks with Mexican Trade Minister. Mr. Lamy says the agreement will remove more than 95 percent of the trade restrictions between the European Union and Mexico. The agreement will give the Europeans the same right to Mexican markets that the United States and Canada now have. In Mexico City, President said the agreement will bring his country more and better jobs and create new possibilities for Mexican businesses. 2. Mexico and European Union have reached a landmark free trade agreement after more than a year of negotiations. EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy tells reporters the deal is the most comprehensive ever negotiated by the Union and the first such agreement with Latin American partner. He made his comment Wednesday at a news conference in Brussels following talks with Mexican Trade Minister. Mr. Lamy says the accord will dismantle more than 95 percent of the trade barriers between the European Union and Mexico. In Mexico City, President said the agreement will bring his country more and better jobs and will open new opportunities for Mexican businesses. The pact will give the European Union the same duty-free access to Mexican markets now enjoyed by the United States and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement. EU governments must ratify the agreement. It is expected to take effect on July 1st, the year 2000. Questions: a. How long did the negotiations last? b. According to Mr. Lamy, what good will the agreement do to the European Union? c. According to Mexican President, what good will the agreement do to Mexico? d. Which other countries enjoy the same right as the European Union does? e. When is the agreement expected to take effect? C. Here is the final pair of news items. Listen carefully. Complete the news summary and answer the questions you hear on the tape. 1. The news items talk about the rising of the Nasdaq Composite Index to a new record high. 2. a. WHEN? on Wednesday b. WHAT? above 4,000 c. HOW MUCH? 84% d. WHAT? the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Russell 2000 e. WHAT? He doesn't think that the upswing will last for ever./He doesn't think the markets can keep rising at this rate. f. WHO? telecommunications equipment and software computer companies Tapescript: 1. A leading measure of the value of American technology stocks has risen to a new record high. The measure, known as the Nasdaq Composite Index, closed above 4,000 for the first time ever Wednesday. For the year, the Nasdaq Composite Index has risen 84 percent. This is the first time since April, 1998 that all four major measures of American stocks closed at new record highs. 2. US stocks soared to record highs and technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed above 4,000 for the first time ever Wednesday. This marks the first time since April 21st, 1998 that the four major US bench marks -- the Nasdaq, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Russell 2000- closed at records on the same day. Prime market economist P. Ellis says the upswing cannot last for ever. "Whenever stock markets rise very, very rapidly, as has been the case of the Nasdaq, and to a lesser degree in the Dow, you have to wonder whether there is really that much good news out there. Probably there is, but the markets cannot keep rising at this rate. The level itself is not dangerous, but we can't see this kind of return going on indefinitely. ' Telecommunications equipment and software computer companies led Wednesday's advance. Questions: a. When did this take place? b. What did the Nasdaq Composite Index close at that day? c. How much has the Nasdaq Composite Index risen for the year? d. What are the other three major measures of American stocks? e. What does the economist P. Ellis think of the U. S. stock markets? f. Who led the advance on the stock markets that day?
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