Posted by: Idioma Extra | July 20, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Water as a human right runs into some trouble


Two parties in the legislature have joined forces to vote down a proposed constitutional addition that says water is a human right, according to Acción Ciudadana, which supports the idea.

The two parties are Liberación Nacional and Movimiento Libertario, said Acción Ciudadana in a release.  The topic came up on the floor of the legislature Monday but there was no definitive action.

The idea that water is a human right has been before lawmakers for five years. Still it is unclear exactly what that means legally.

Acción Ciudadana accused President Laura Chinchilla, the Liberación Nacional leader, of throwing out her environmental agenda.

In the legislature, Liberación said that an existing law provides ample protection for water. Lawmakers for Acción Ciudadana disagreed. One lawmaker in favor of the measure said that he wanted to make sure that big companies could not buy up all the water rights.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: leg·is·la·ture
Pronunciation: \ˈle-jəs-ˌlā-chər also ˌle-jəs-ˈ, British often ˈle-jəs-lə-\
Function: noun
Date: 1654
: a body of persons having the power to legislatespecifically : an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit

More Vocabulary

Agenda: n. a list, plan, outline, or the like, of things to be done, matters to beacted or voted upon
Ample: adj. fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs
Floor: n. the part of a legislative chamber, meeting room, etc., wherethe members sit, and from which they speak
Forces: n. any body of persons combined for joint action
Lawmakers: n. a person who makes or enacts law; legislator
Release: n. a statement prepared for the press

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Buy up: to buy as much as one can of something or as much as is offered for sale

  • He bought up the last of the strawberries at the fruit market.

Come up: to be presented for action or discussion

  • The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.

Emailing Phrases
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Getting back to the point…
At any rate….


In conclusion…
To summarize…
As has beenmentioned…


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