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More mobile-phone cheating in exams
A woman checks her mobile phone. A growing number of students in England are cheating in their exams, with many using mobile phones to boost their marks.
A growing number of students in England are cheating in their exams, with many using mobile phones to boost their marks.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the examinations watchdog, found that more than 4,500 candidates were penalised for malpractice last year, an increase of 27 percent on 2004.
Of these, around 1,100 students were caught smuggling mobile phones into examination rooms, the body said in an annual report.
Students caught cheating face disqualification from all or part of their exams, or the deduction of marks from their work.
The most common type of malpractice, involving 1,887 students, was smuggling cheating aides into the exam, according to the report.
Around a third -- 1,414 -- of the penalised candidates took part in plagiarism, collusion or copying another's work.
Students were also penalised for exchanging suspicious information, disruptive behaviour and altering results documents.
Other offences included using obscene material, failing to follow invigilators' instructions and theft of work.
Ken Boston, chief executive of the examinations watchdog, said: "Over recent years we have seen a noticeable rise in the number of mobile phone related incidents in examination halls across the country.
"As we enter the summer examination season I have written to schools and colleges to remind them of their responsibilities to impress upon students the importance of not taking mobile phones into examinations."
Despite the rise in cheats, the overall proportion of penalised students was remained low, representing just one in every 1,500 results, or around 0.06 percent of results.
smuggle : to bring in by stealth （偷带）
plagiarism : 抄袭
collusion : 共谋；串通
Re:英语沙龙（双语）Sock burning welcomes spring
A sock lies on a stick during a sock burning ceremony, symbolizing that it will soon be warm enough to slide bare feet into boating shoes, Monday, March 20, 2006, in Annapolis, Md.
In sailing-crazy Annapolis, boaters celebrate the first day of spring with a ceremonial Burning of the Socks, signifying it will soon be warm enough to wear shoes without socks.
The tradition began in the mid-1980s, when an employee at Annapolis Yacht Yard tired of his winter days doing engine maintenance on yachts and power boats. He stripped off his stinky socks, put them in a paint can with some lighter fluid and drank a beer while looking forward to warmer days ahead.
"There's a whole industry of people who work all winter long on people's boats so that they'll be in shape for their owners to go out and play all summer," said Jeff Holland, director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
But the sock-burning ritual now draws more than boatyard workers.
Even wealthy sailboat owners delight in throwing tube socks and panty hose on the flames in this town, whose residents have a special disdain for socks. Waterfront restaurants that serve big crab feasts draw men wearing leather loafers sans socks.
Annapolis resident Michael Busch, the speaker of the Maryland House, joked that socks constitute formal wear around here. The most hard-core sock haters refuse to wear them from the spring equinox until the first day of winter.
"The uniform is deck shoes and khaki pants in winter. The uniform is deck shoes and khaki shorts in summer," Holland said with a laugh.
The sock bonfire, he said, is a way of remembering Annapolis' bygone days of working-class watermen who brought in crabs in the summer and scraped the paint off wooden vessels in the winter.
These days, the bonfire revelers retire for crab cakes and oysters after burning their socks.
stinky : 发臭的
hard-core: stubbornly resistant to improvement or change（顽固的）
Re:英语沙龙（双语）Donald Duck behind bars
Walt Disney cartoon character Donald Duck on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2004. A first edition of a Donald Duck comic book from 1948 has been held behind bars in Sweden for a year-and-a-half amid a divorcing couple's drawn-out custody battle.
A first edition of a Donald Duck comic book from 1948 has been held behind bars in Sweden for a year-and-a-half amid a divorcing couple's drawn-out custody battle.
The 58-year-old comic book was part of a collection at a museum in Koeinge, in southern Sweden, run by the couple.
When they split up, they both claimed to be the rightful owner of the comic book. But in 2004, one of the couple decided to shut down the museum and sold the comic book to a third party, regional daily Hallandsposten reported in its online edition.
As a result, the other spouse reported the comic as stolen to police, and it was confiscated pending a ruling.
If in mint condition, the item would be considered a rarity by collectors and could be worth up to 125000 kronor(16200 dollars, 13,345 euros), according to Swedish news agency TT.
Prosecutor Sonja Seligmann said she would soon rule on the matter.
In the meantime, the comic book remains under lock and key with the Halland police.
behind bars : 坐牢
pending: not yet decided or settled; awaiting conclusion or confirmation（悬而未决；等待作结论或批准的）
under lock and key: 妥善锁藏着
Re:英语沙龙（双语）COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber
pretending to be pregnant to conceal explosives set off a bomb
Tuesday in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military
general inside the army headquarters, the military said.
The blast killed eight people and injured 27 others, military
spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.
``A powerful blast activated by a woman Tamil Tiger suicide
bomber claimed the lives of several army and civil personnel,'' the
army said in a statement.
The commander of the army, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, suffered
serious abdominal injuries, a hospital official said, adding that 10
surgeons were attending to him. The bomber died on the spot, but it
was not clear whether she was included in the figure of eight dead
given by Samarasinghe.
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Re:英语沙龙（双语）Trapped miners safe and well
Miners Todd Russell, left, and Brant Webb take their first steps above ground in two weeks.
Rescuers have saved two Australian gold miners who were trapped underground for two weeks. Todd Russell, 35, and Brant Webb, 37, were trapped in a steel cage when a small earthquake triggered a rock fall in the Tasmanian gold mine where they were working.
The miners were freed about 5 a.m. Tuesday (7 p.m. GMT Monday), and about an hour later emerged from the mine. The bearded men appeared in good condition, smiling and receiving hugs.
(来源： cnn website)
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Re:英语沙龙（双语）Russian army must prevent new world war - top general
MOSCOW, May 9 (RIA Novosti) - The major role of the Russian army on the international arena is to prevent a new world war, the chief of the General Staff said Tuesday.
"It is my personal opinion that the main goal of the Russian army is to prevent a war similar to the one that our ancestors lived through, because, God forbid, if we allow this war to happen, it will be much worse than the previous one," Army General Yury Baluyevsky said after a military parade on Moscow's Red Square commemorating Victory Day.
Baluyevsky said that the stability in the world should be primarily achieved by preventive political, diplomatic and economic measures, but any country had the right to show its military capability to defend its national interests.
Speaking about Russia's position on the international arena, the general said the country should not copy the example of Europe or Asia.
"Russia should follow its own path, it has always been, is and will be Russia, because not a single country that is considered a political trendsetter, has the same history as our country does," Baluyevsky said.
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ Gunmen stopped four cars on a road in
southeastern Iran, killed 12 passengers and injured one, state-run
television reported Sunday.
The unidentified assailants halted the vehicles on the road
between Kerman and Bam late Saturday, a state-run channel reported.
``Armed bandits killed 12 citizens of Bam and set their cars on
fire,'' it said.
The television report implied that the gunmen shot to death the
12 then burnt the vehicles. But it wasn't immediately clear whether
the victims died of gunshot wounds or as a result of the fire.
All the victims were civilians. The injured passenger was a
10-year-old boy. Another vehicle informed police of the incident,
but the assailants had fled the area by the time their arrival at
Further details were not given.
In March, gunmen posing as security forces killed 21 people on a
highway in southeastern Iran near the border with Afghanistan and
There are no well-known political opposition groups operating in
southeastern Iran, but gangs of drug traffickers in the area have
frequently clashed with security forces and occasionally kidnapped
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Re:英语沙龙（双语）Three Gorges dam wall complete
Chinese workers have completed construction work on the world's largest hydroelectric project, according to reports in state media.
Building crews on Saturday put the finishing touches on the main dam structure -- a 185-meter-high (607 feet), 2,309-meter-long (1.4-mile-long) wall across the Yangtze River.
20日，大坝主体工程——高185米，长2309米横跨长江主坝体合龙。（来源：cnn网站） [ 2006-05-20 17:31:18 rainlakes 修改 ]
China Confirms Missile Test to Destroy Satellite
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 23, 2007
BEIJING (AP) -- China's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Beijing had confirmed its recent missile test to some countries, including the U.S. and Japan, but that it is against an arms race in space.
Both Washington and Tokyo expressed concern about the Jan. 11 test in which China used a missile to shoot down one of its old weather satellites. Both said the anti-satellite test would expand the arms race to space.
''China has opposed the weaponization of space and any arms race,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a news conference, adding the test was not targeted toward any country.
Before China's confirmation of the test, the U.S. said it detected the weapon destroying an old Chinese weather satellite. Aviation Week, which first reported the test, said the satellite was hit by a kinetic kill vehicle launched from a ballistic missile.
Analysts said the test represented an indirect threat to U.S. defense systems by raising the possibility that its spy satellites could be shot down. The threat wouldn't affect the anti-missile system, which relies only on ground-based radar.
The U.S. military has had the capability to shoot down satellites since the 1980s. In October, President Bush signed an order asserting the United States' right to deny adversaries access to space for hostile purposes.
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