TRAVEL NEWS WIRE…
World’s longest rail tunnel The new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) will link the Swiss city of Zurich with the Italian city of Milan by train in only 2 hours and 40 minutes. It will be one hour faster than the current mountain tunnel. It will help link Italy in southern Europe with major cities in Germany and other cities in northern Europe. The tunnel is 57 kilometers long, making it the longest rail tunnel in the world, surpassing the Japanese Seikan rail tunnel which is 53.9 kilometers long. The tunnel is expected to open in December 2016.
HEALTH AND TECH NEWS
New Zealand follows Australia with cigarette package ban The island country of New Zealand has passed new laws stipulating that cigarette packages cannot have advertising. They can only have plain paper and show health warnings. In 2012 Australia approved the “Plain Packaging Act” and similar laws are being considered by Canada, Singapore, Belgium, and South Africa. Tobacco companies such as Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International have opposed the new laws.
THIS WEEK’S NATURAL PHRASE
Madison: I have so many things to fix on my house that I don’t know where to start. The roof is leaking, the floor is old, the bathroom mirror is cracked. How can I fix all of those things together?
Arianna: You need to decide which problem is the top priority. Decide which is your most important problem, and work on that first. Everything will be easier when you prioritize your actions.
Explanation: To “prioritize” means to decide which job to do first, and which to do next. The noun form of the word is “priority.”
THIS WEEK’S MEDICAL PHRASE
Mr. Richardson: Doctor, I’ve been here in the hospital since this morning. I feel so bad and I’m worried that I’m getting a serious disease.
Doctor Torres: There is no need to worry. We checked your vital statistics. Your fever has peaked and we think it should get better from now.
Explanation: A “peak” means something is at the highest point. Your blood pressure could peak and then go back down. Or you could climb to the peak of a mountain.
THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS/EMAIL PHRASE
The water system at our factory was damaged in the earthquake. It might take us up to three days to reconnect the pipes. Please be patient.
Explanation: The verb “reconnect” is a simple way of saying that you will make a connection that has been broken.