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In Chile, an iPad for every lawmaker 智利眾議員 人手一台iPad

A man uses an iPad to film the opening ceremony of the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Bern, Switzerland on Oct. 16.

Photo: Reuters

Chile’s Congress will bestow an iPad2 on each and every one of its 120 lower house lawmakers to improve their efficiency and remote access to legislative proceedings.

A four-member lower house panel on administration decided to hand out the high-selling Apple tablets “to support legislative operations,” the daily La Segunda reported.

Speaker Patricio Melero said the goal was to make it possible for lawmakers to remotely access their work, do research and follow legislation.

But some lawmakers, who were asked to pick their iPad in black or white, had their doubts about whether they needed such a freebie.

“I think that our Congress absolutely should invest our money as best we can. People who want to get one of these things should get it with their own money. We make enough,” said legislator Rene Alinco.

Legislators are supposed to turn in their iPads when their terms end.










1. bestow v.

給予 (ge2 yu3)

例: The director bestowed all of the awards upon the winners of each category before toasting everyone.


2. efficiency n.

效率 (xiao4 lu4)

例: Companies use computer software to boost their business’ efficiency.


3. freebie n.

免費好康 (mian3 fei4 hao3 kang1)

例: Why are you paying? This was supposed to be a freebie.


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