Ne s Go to http://stedu.stheadline.com/eng-p to listen to the news story and download the worksheet (Click 'Teacher's Corner' for the worksheet) in Liberal Studies Personal Development & Interpersonal Relationships Modern China Globalisation Public Health Energy Technology & the Environment Hong Kong Today ay Pressure mounts on MTR chief Walder faces calls for resignation over XRL delays MTR CEO Jay Walder (centre) is under fire because the XRL work is nine months behind schedule. (Sing Tao Daily) L AWMAKERS have put further pressure on MTR Corp (港鐵) Chief Executive Jay Walder to step down. They wanted him to accept responsibility for the delay in the construction of the Express Rail Link (XRL, 高鐵香港段). New People’s Party (新民黨) lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun (田北辰) accused Walder of serious negligence in not properly monitoring the project. Walder did not check with project director Chew Tai-chong (周大滄) on whether the schedule could be met. “Did he [Walder] ask Chew the necessary questions to check [if the team could deliver]?” Tien, the chairman of the Legislative Council’s (立法會) railway subcommittee, asked. If he did not then it was a serious neglect of his official duties, Tien said. Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai (胡 志偉) said Walder should accept responsibility and step down. Wu said transport secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung ( 張炳良) should also be held responsible. He added that he plans to move a motion of no confidence against Cheung in Legco. The MTRC earlier said that the 26-kilometre Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link is likely be completed in 2017 instead of 2015. The company blamed the black rainstorm in March and unforeseeable challenges. Key Idea Lawmakers want MTR Corp chief executive Jay Walder to accept responsibility for the delay in the construction of the Express Rail Link and step down. One accused him of a serious neglect of his official duties because he did not check with the project director on whether the schedule could be met. The 26-kilometre Express Rail Link is likely to be completed in 2017 instead of 2015. MTRC blamed the heavy rain and unforeseeable challenges for the delay. Friday 9 May 2014 ● Text : Anvil Ong ● Photos : Sing Tao Daily P03 Vocabulary Reading Comprehension M : Meaning Choose the best answer: 1. Michael Tien blamed Jay Walder for _____. 4. What do the lawmakers want Walder to do? A. not checking with the project director whether the schedule could be met B. the black rainstorms C. stopping the construction works D. not telling the government what happened A. resign B. apologise C. pay compensation D. find out who is to blame 2. Who is the project director? A. Tien Puk-sun B. Chew Tai-chong C. Jay Walder D. Wu Chi-wai 3. How long will the Express Rail Link (Hong Kong section) be? A. 26 kilometres B. 2.6 kilometres C. 260 kilometres D. 2,600 kilometres Knowledge E : Example 1 delay (n) 延誤 M: a situation in which something does not happen when it should E: The staff apologised for the delay. E: You should leave home early because there may be delays on the train. 2 construction (n) 建造 5. Government officials who make serious mistakes usually step _____. M: the process of building or making something, especially roads, tunnels, bridges, etc E: Work began on the construction of the new school last year. E: The library is still under construction. A. down B. for C. to D. no word is needed 3 negligence (n) 疏忽 M: failure to take enough care over something that one is responsible for E: The manager accused his secretary of negligence. 6. Do you have any _____ for the summer holidays? A. strategies B. methods C. tactics D. plans E: The accident was caused by negligence. 4 schedule (n) 進度表 M: a list of the times when events are planned to happen E: We are ahead of schedule because we work fast. Answers on P12 E: Everyone must follow this schedule. 5 official (adj) 公務上的 M: relating to a position of responsibility The Express Rail Link Hong Kong section (高 鐵香港段) will connect with the 16,000-km national high-speed railway network. Work on the Hong Kong section of the Express Rail Link started in January 2010. The 26km long section runs from its West Kowloon terminus connected to MTR Kowloon Station (九龍站) and Austin Station (柯士甸站) to Shenzhen’s (深圳) Futian Station (福田站). E: Government House is the chief executive’s official residence. E: What is your official title in that company? 6 motion (n) 動議 M: a formal suggestion made, discussed, and voted on at a meeting E: Teachers voted against the motion to raise school fees. LS in a nutshell E: The motion was passed at Legco. Learning Card 7 unforeseeable (adj) 不可預見的 M: that one cannot predict Who is a major shareholder of the MTRC? The Hong Kong government is a major shareholder of the company. E: You have to be prepared for some unforeseeable trouble. E: Damaging the environment will bring unforeseeable consequences.
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