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APRIL 2018 - PART 1 - NEW SITES

 

APRIL 2018

= POETRY MONTH

01 - April Fool's Day
01 - Easter
07 - World Health Day
13 - Friday 13th + Superstitions 2
19 - National High Five Day
22 - Earth Day
23 - Saint George's Day
23 - World Book and Copyright Day
25 - World Malaria Day
27 - South Africa National Day
28 - Save The Frogs Day
28 - Arbor Day (in the USA)



05/04/2018


TRUMP TARIFFS

Trump tariffs: China retaliates with new levies on US products - 4 April 2018
"Trade war intensifies as Beijing targets American cars, whisky and cigars in tit-for-tat measure."

(theguardian.com)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Final gender pay gap figures revealed - 5 April 2018
"Final gender pay gap figures for large companies in the UK have been revealed after the deadline expired for firms to report their findings."
+ Video: Gender pay gap: What do women think?

(BBC)

Gender pay gap: what we learned and how to fix it - 5 April 2018
"The figures are in as Britain scores a world-first by collecting detailed data about the gender pay gap"

(theguardian.com)

Final gender pay gap figures revealed: 78pc of over 10,000 firms have a gap in favour of men - 5 April 2018
"Of the 10,015 firms to have reported their figures, 78pc have a pay gap in favour of men. The median pay gap among those companies was 9.7pc."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Gender pay gap figures reveal eight in 10 UK firms pay men more - 4 April 2018
"Data indicates 9.8% median pay gap, as hundreds of companies file figures before deadline"

(theguardian.com)

Gender pay gap: hundreds of companies file reports on final day - live - 4 April 2018
"Follow all the developments in the final hours before the deadline for firms to reveal the gap between male and female pay"

(theguardian.com)

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WOMEN'S WORK

Women's work around the world - in pictures
"The midnight deadline for Britain’s largest companies to publish the median pay gap between female and male employees is only hours away. Last year the World Economic Forum found, globally, the gap widening across professions for the first time since it began collating data on gender and pay in 2006. Here Agence France-Presse presents a series of photos of women whose jobs have traditionally been done by men in their country."

(theguardian.com)

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THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Commonwealth Games 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures
"The best images as the curtain is raised on the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Click here to check out images from previous Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies."

(theguardian.com)

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, in pictures - 23 pictures - 4 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MLK

Martin Luther King: how a rebel leader was lost to history - with pictures and videos - 4 April 2018
"Fifty years after his death, the civil rights leader is a national treasure in the US. But what happened to his revolutionary legacy?"
+ Video: 'I Have A Dream': students from Martin Luther King Jr's former school recite speech
+ 'I've been to the mountaintop': an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s final speech - video

(theguardian.com)

Remembering Their Father, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 April 2018
"On April 4, 1968, a movement lost its leader when the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. But four children also lost their father."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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KIDS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

KIDS IN OTHER COUNTRIES - Videos of children living in other parts of the world
(kidsinothercountries.org)

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MIGRANTS

Migrants Bring Attention to US-Mexican Border Policies - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 April 2018
"A group of migrants from Central American countries says it wants to march to the U.S. border to seek asylum. It also wants to bring attention to immigration issues.
News of the group has brought comments from the U.S. president and Mexican officials."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US TEACHERS

Thousands of US Teachers Strike to Demand Higher Pay - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 3 April 2018
"Thousands of teachers in two U.S. states go on strike to demand higher pay and increased education funding."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYRIA

Presidents of Russia, Turkey, Iran Meet on Syria - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2018
"Leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran met in Ankara and called for greater efforts to end fighting to Syria.
The meeting comes after US President Trump has suggested that he is thinking about withdrawing US troops from the country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TARIFFS

China Answers US With $50 Billion in Tariffs - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2018
"On Wednesday, China announced plans to increase taxes on $50 billion of U.S. goods.
China’s announcement answers U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.
The U.S. list, released Tuesday, strikes at China’s high-technology industries."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POACHING

Bollywood star Salman Khan gets five years in jail for poaching - 5 April 2018
"An Indian court has sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years in jail for poaching rare antelope back in 1998...
Khan killed the two blackbucks, a protected species, in the western state of Rajasthan while shooting a film."

+ The Bollywood superstar who lives dangerously
+ Salman Khan acquitted in firearms case

(BBC)


Khan can appeal against the verdict

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years for killing antelopes - 5 April 2018
"Actor says he will appeal against sentence after being convicted of poaching blackbucks in 1998...
Public prosecutors alleged that Khan, 52, and four other actors in the car with him fled the scene when they were spotted, leaving the animals’ carcasses behind."

(theguardian.com)

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PLASTIC BAGS

Drop in plastic bags littering British seas linked to introduction of 5p charge - 5 April 2018
"Scientists find an estimated 30% drop in plastic bags on the seabed in the same timeframe as charges were introduced in European countries"

(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK

Mark Zuckerberg admits 'I clearly made a mistake' as Facebook confirms 1.1m Britons affected by data breach - 5 April 2018
"More than a million Facebook users in Britain could have had their personal data accessed by Cambridge Analytica, the company revealed on Wednesday,
as it increased its estimates of the total number of users affected from 50 to 87 million."

(telegraph.co.uk)

UK data protection chief welcomes Facebook privacy changes - 5 April 2018
"Elizabeth Denham welcomes changes but says it is too early to say whether they are sufficient under the law"
+ Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook 'didn't do enough' – audio

(theguardian.com)

Facebook deletes hundreds of Russian 'troll factory' pages - 4 April 2018
"Facebook has deleted hundreds of pages and accounts linked to a Russian "troll factory"
accused of posting fake news and political posts during the 2016 US presidential election."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have gained 37m more users' data - 4 April 2018
"Company reveals up to 87m people may have been affected as Mark Zuckerberg takes responsibility for ‘a huge mistake’."

+ How Cambridge Analytica ​tried to intimidate Nigerian voters – video report
(theguardian.com)

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US-MEXICO BORDER

Trump orders National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border - with pictures and a VIDEO - 5 April 2018
(CNN)

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NORTH KOREA / UK

North Korea soon likely to have missiles that could reach UK – MPs - 5 April 2018
"Report says capability almost certain in 18 months, but suggests regime does not consider UK a threat"

(theguardian.com)

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'KILLER ROBOTS'

'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university - 5 April 2018
"Academics around the world voice ‘huge concern’ over KAIST’s collaboration with defence company on autonomous weapons"
+ South Korea university demonstrates people-carrying robot – video

(theguardian.com)


"More than 20 countries have already called for a total ban on killer robots
ahead of a UN meeting next week on autonomous weapons."

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AMERICA'S WHITE GANGS

Dangerous, growing, yet unnoticed: the rise of America's white gangs - 5 April 2018
"White gangs are less covered by the media, and less punished – even though 53% of gang members in Mississippi are white"

(theguardian.com)


"The Almighty Gaylords are one of the oldest street gangs in Chicago. This card is a particularly heavy version
depicting two klansmen preparing to execute a Simon City Royal rabbit – another white gang."

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MARATHON MEAL PLANS

All our marathon meal plans - with pictures
"Discover what to eat and when to train in the week before a marathon with our expert's meal plans for runners.
We have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options."

(bbcgoodfood.com)

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JUPITER

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Shows the Makeup of Jupiter - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2018
"At the center of the planet is a liquid mixture of the elements hydrogen and helium. Scientists say large atmospheric jet streams and unusual gravitational qualities also exist."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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02/04/2018


LESSON PLAN

Men to be NFL cheerleaders for first time ever (March 31, 2018)
"Fans of the USA's National Football League (NFL) will soon be able to watch male cheerleaders for the first time ever."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Cheerleaders - Level 4  or  Cheerleaders - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

 

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'PLAY THE FOOL'

Have You Ever 'Played the Fool?' - Text + Audio - 31 March 2018
"It is April Fool’s Day so someone might play a practical joke on you -- a harmless trick for fun."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EASTER

Annual White House Easter Egg Roll - with pictures - 2 April 2018
"President Donald Trump, joined by the Easter Bunny and first lady Melania Trump start the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 2, 2018."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Easter celebrations around the world - in pictures - 2 April 2018
"Christians around the globe have been marking Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus"

(theguardian.com)

In pictures: Christians celebrate Easter around the world - 1 April 2018
"Pictures from around the world capture Christians celebrating Easter, their holiest time of year."

(BBC)

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SUN BEAR SLAUGHTER

Indonesians nabbed over sun bear slaughter: police - 3 April 2018
"A group of Indonesians has been arrested after a video emerged of them skinning and cooking four sun bears that they had slaughtered, police said Tuesday...
The sun bear -- listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature -- is the smallest of the bear species and lives in Southeast Asia's tropical forests and swamps. But their population is in decline in Indonesia because of rapid deforestation, which has led to habitat loss."

(dailymail.co.uk)

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WILDLIFE

Wildlife Experts Worry About Lack of Newborn Right Whales - Text + Audio - 31 March 2018
"Wildlife researchers in Georgia and Florida are concerned about the population of endangered whales.
The winter birthing season just ended, but no newborn sightings have been reported."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RUSSIA / UK

Russia Expels More British Diplomats - Text + Audio - 30 March 2018
"Russia ordered new cuts Friday to the number of British diplomats in the country.
The move has worsened the clash between Russia and several European countries and the United States over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RACISM

FIFA to Investigate Russian Racism Against French Soccer Players - Text + Audio - 30 March 2018
"The reported abuse took place Tuesday during a soccer match in St. Petersburg between the French and Russian national teams."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CANCER

California Judge Rules Coffee Needs Cancer Warning - Text + Audio - 30 March 2018
"A judge has ruled that coffee sellers in California must warn people that coffee may contain a substance linked to cancer."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRISON

Music Program at Sing Sing Prison Gives Detainees a New Start - Text + Audio + Pictures - 30 March 2018
"A music program at New York’s Sing Sing prison helps give prisoners the skills they need to succeed."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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John IRVING

What It Takes - John Irving
"He’s one of the finest and most widely read American novelists of the past 50 years:
The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Cider House Rules — all his — and most recently, Avenue of Mysteries."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VEGANISM

The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe movement went mainstream - with pictures and a video - 1 April 2018
"Health, climate change, animal welfare... what’s driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle?
We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choice..."

(theguardian.com)


A sample of the ever-growing range of vegan products.

 

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COWSPIRACY

COWSPIRACY - Official Teaser 1 - HD
"There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other. But no one wants to talk about it..."

(YouTube)

 


Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

"is a 2014 documentary film which explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue.
The film looks at various environmental concerns, including global warming, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones,
and suggests that animal agriculture is the primary source of environmental destruction..."

(Wikipedia)

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BURNING MAN

Burning Man goes to Washington - with pictures - 29 March 2018
"Artworks travel from Nevada to Renwick Gallery in US capitol for DC debut"

(theguardian.com)

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MLK

Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail - with pictures - 31 March 2018
"Half a century on from the assassination of Martin Luther King, novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez takes a moving trip on the newly opened trail,
from the great man’s birthplace to the site of his death in Memphis.
"
(theguardian.com)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Nine out of 10 public sector bodies pay men more than women - 30 March 2018
"Figures reveal government, councils, NHS trusts, universities and schools pay women on average 14% less than men"

(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea smuggling: dozens of ships and companies blacklisted by UN - 31 March 2018
"Security council action increases pressure on Pyongyang ahead of planned meetings with South Korea and US"

(theguardian.com)

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Stephen HAWKING

Professor Stephen Hawking's funeral, in pictures - 19 pictures - 31 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Stephen Hawking's funeral reflected his peculiarly academic strand of eccentricity - 31 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SPY POISONING

Spy poisoning: Russia escalates spy row with new expulsions - 31 March 2018
"Russia has announced further measures against UK diplomats while at the same time declaring tit-for-tat expulsions of officials from 23 other countries."

(BBC)

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CHINA / US

China hits back with tariffs on US imports worth $3bn - 2 April 2018
"China has imposed tariffs of up to 25% on 128 US imports, including pork and wine,
after US President Donald Trump raised duties on foreign steel and aluminium imports in March."

+ US winemakers feel crushed by China tariffs
+ Five reasons why trade wars aren't easy to win
+ What could China do in a US trade war?

+ What is a trade war and why should I worry?
+ Reality Check: Is Trump right about US trade deficit?

(BBC)

In Trade Dispute, China Put Import Taxes on US Goods - 2 April 2018
"China announced tariffs on about $3 billion in US products in what appears to be a growing trade dispute.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is unhappy over the big U.S. trade deficit with China."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP'S BORDER WALL

Trump's border wall: US military is as unlikely to pay for it as Mexico - Text + Audio + Pictures - 31 March 2018
"A presidential tweet floated the idea of using Pentagon funds to build his dream project but experts say the plan has little chance of success"

(theguardian.com)

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US / REFUGEES

US Investigation Puts Pressure on Burmese Refugees - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 April 2018
"An investigation by the United States Government into possible refugee identity fraud has many refugees scared of deportation."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Kelly Sotherton: 11 reasons why the Commonwealth Games are more relevant than ever - with pictures - 29 March 2018
"Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton competed at two Commonwealth Games and won gold at Melbourne 2006.
Here she discusses why this year’s Games, also in Australia, are more important than ever."

+ Commonwealth Games | A multitude of sports
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ARCHITECTURE

Arresting architecture: New York's police stations – in pictures - 30 March 2018
"Kris Graves has photographed all 77 of New York City’s precinct station houses. So what do the buildings tell us about how the NYPD has changed over time?"

(theguardian.com)

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