Despite freezing temperatures and recent heavy snow, Azerbaijan's authorities have taken the roof off the apartment block and cut off water and phone lines, forcing residents of the building's upper floors to leave, whether they like it or not.

  固然天寒地冻,屡有降雪,可是阿塞拜疆当局还是把公寓楼的屋顶掀掉了,而且还切断水源和电话线,使楼里高层寓居的居民不得不分开。

  Pensioner Natalya Allibiakova is one of the few home owners still left. She says the compensation offered by the government is not enough to buy a similar property elsewhere.

  Natalya Allibiakova靠领退休金生活,楼里只剩她和不多的几家还在坚持着。她说政府给的补贴基本不够在其他中央买一个这样的房子。

  She told the BBC that Eurovision will now for her always be a painful reminder of how she lost her home.

  她接受BBC采访时说,对她来说,往常欧洲电视网歌唱大赛只是她失去家园的痛苦记忆。

  Azerbaijan's authorities argue that the compensation is adequate and Eurovision's organisers say the evictions are nothing to do with the contest.

  阿塞拜疆当局辨称,他们给的救济金足够了。但竞赛组织者却说她们房子的没收跟组织这次大赛没有关系。

  But human rights organisation Human Rights Watch says the evictions risk overshadowing the song contest.

  而人权组织人权察看团则称,政府没收房子这一举措使得歌唱大赛都黯淡无光。

  Azerbaijan sees Eurovision as a chance to attract international attention, but that spotlight is proving less welcome, as it's also revealing alleged human rights abuses.

  阿赛拜疆把这次歌唱大赛当成吸引全世界眼光的一个机遇,但事得其返,该事情还被指控所谓的侵犯人权。

读BBC新闻学雅思词汇(第14期)

  Vocabulary:

  apartment block 公寓楼

  The adjacent apartment block screened the high wall of the dunes.

  左近的那座公寓大楼遮蔽了沙丘的那道高墙。

  cut off 切断,中断

  The executioner cut off his head at one blow.

  刽子手一刀就把他的头砍了。

  compensation n. 补偿,报酬

  Workers who have been unfairly dismissed may claim compensation.

  被无理开除的工人能够要求补偿。

  a painful reminder 痛苦回想

  This is a reminder that cutting government deficits is painful, and politically difficult.

  这提示着人们,削减政府赤字是痛苦的,且存在政治难度。

  adequate adj. 充足的,恰当的

  Though a bit too old, he is still adequate to the work.

  固然他年岁大了点,却仍能胜任这项工作。

  evictions n. 逐出,赶出

  There have been four evictions from this street recently.

  最近这条街上已有四宗驱赶房客事情。

  human rights 人权

  She is renowned for her advocacy of human rights.

  她以倡导人权而出名。

  overshadowing n. 掩蔽

  A catastrophic fall in tourism in the Olympic year is also overshadowing optimism.

  游客数量的大幅度下降也给原本悲观的前景蒙上了一层阴影。

  spotlight n. 聚光灯,反光灯

  The spotlight followed her round the stage.

  聚光灯的光圈随着她在舞台上转。

  alleged v. 宣称,断言

  In his defense he alleged temporary insanity.

  他伪称一时肉体错乱,为自己分辩。

  abuses n. 滥用,优待

  All polling methods are potentially open to abuse.

  一切的民意调查办法都有可能被滥用。

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