Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies
Legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has died in hospital in Arizona. He was 74 years old. Ali won the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome. After turning professional, he won the heavyweight world championship at the age of 22. But he was stripped of the belt and his boxing license three years later for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. military to fight in the Vietnam War. Ali made a comeback and won the world championship again in 1974. He defended his title 19 times and won 56 of his 61 career fight – 37 by a knockout. Ali had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades. In recent years, he kept a low profile. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday with respiratory problems.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. ＝蝶のように舞い、蜂のように刺す
‐We have to recognize that there are so many different varieties of English that there’s really no such thing as “English” –there’s only ”Englishes.” That’s a changed view of the nature of English, and I think nobody owns English. It’s a property that anybody can use for whatever purposes they want.
In situations where cross-cultural communication is involved and a communication problem comes up, it seems that participants are motivated more by the need to maintain the flow of communication, and that’s why they say, “Let it pass.” ”Let’s not worry about it. Let’s move on.”
Lingua franca. ＝共通語
Ichiro sets career hit record
Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki has made baseball history. The Miami Marlins veteran outfielder broke the record for the most hits ever by a Major League ballplayer. But there is some debate over that record as some of his hits were in Japan.
Ichiro reached the milestone against the San Diego Padres as soon as the game started. The Japanese legend used his speed to snatch an infield single. In the ninth inning, Ichiro belted a double to mark his 4,257th hit. It surpassed the record held by baseball great Pete Rose. But Ichiro’s record is unofficial because his hit total spans two professional baseball leagues. Ichiro first racked up 1,278hits with the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization in Japan. Then he made the move to the U.S. with Major League Baseball, where so far he has whacked 2,979 hits. At 42 years of age, Ichiro is in his 16th season in the MLB.
‐I have been humiliated by people who don’t believe in me. So I’m determined keep exceeding their expectations.
‐Of course I’m glad, but I have mixed feelings at the same time. I hope someday, someone will surpass Pete Rose playing only in Major League Baseball. To say more, I want someone to do it playing only in Japan because I think that’s more difficult.