Sunday, 10 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 41. No limit on tourist numbers. Extra Cloze

Balearic president Francina Armengol has ruled 1________ any limits on the number of tourists entering the island 2___________ calls from opposition parties and environmental groups to act.
The issue has dominated politics of the island communities throughout the year.
But cautioning 3___________ any radical measures in the 4____________ of what the industry has acknowledged has been an exceptional year, Armengol 5__________ admit the summer had seen unsustainable excesses
Opposition parties, Mes and Podemos, have demanded a limit on tourist numbers, a policy strongly supported 6__________ many environmentalists.
But Armengol said the best policy was a flexible approach given that global insecurity and terrorism made Mallorca a more inviting option for holidaymakers 7________ destinations like Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt.
Speaking at the Balearic parliament in Mallorca on Tuesday as storm clouds gathered on the island for the first time in months, the president pledged 8_______ improve the quality of life for locals, without issuing an ‘anti-tourist’ message.
Announcing the controversial eco-tax which took 9_________ in July had raised some €32 million, she described it as a brave move in keeping 10________ her government’s stance on social welfare, green policies and public infrastructure.
One measure she did commit the government 11__________ is stronger regulations targeting private holiday rentals, many of 12________ operate outside the legal framework.
Such measures are likely to be incorporated in a new Housing Act next year.
On a lighter 13________ , an embarrassing leak revealed that PSOE members were told to applaud at key moments during their leader’s 35-minute long speech through a series of synchronised Whatsapp messages. 
Euro Weekly News

KEY
1. out
rule out: 
rule somebody/something out (as something) to state that something is not possible or that somebody/something is not suitable. E.g.  Police have not ruled out the possibility that the man was murdered. The proposed solution was ruled out as too expensive.



2. despite
call: a request, an order or a demand for somebody to do something or to go somewhere. E.g. calls for the minister to resign. Calls for national unity. This is the last call for passengers travelling on British Airways flight 199 to Rome. 



3. against
caution: to warn somebody about the possible dangers or problems of something. E.g. caution against something I would caution against getting too involved. Caution somebody against/about something Sam cautioned him against making a hasty decision. 



4. aftermath
aftermath: the situation that exists as a result of an important (and usually unpleasant) event, especially a war, an accident, etc. E.g. A lot of rebuilding took place in the aftermath of the war. 



5. did 



6. by 



7. than



8. to
pledge: to formally promise to give or do something. E.g. The group has pledged to continue campaigning. 



9. effect 
take effect:

  1. to start to produce the results that are intended. E.g. The aspirins soon take effect.
  2. to come into use; to begin to apply. E.g. The new law takes effect from tomorrow.



10. with

in keeping (with something)
appropriate or expected in a particular situation; in agreement with something. E.g. The latest results are in keeping with our earlier findings.



11. to
commit: to promise sincerely that you will definitely do something, keep to an agreement or arrangement, etc. E.g. commit somebody/yourself to do something Both sides committed themselves to settle the dispute peacefully



12. which 



13. note
light: not serious. E.g. On a lighter note, we end the news today with a story about a duck called Quackers. 

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