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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)



09/04/2018


ENDANGERED BEARS

Laos Fights to Protect Endangered Asiatic Black Bears - Text + Audio + Pictures - 6 April 2018
"Illegally trafficking of endangered Asiatic black bears is a big business in Laos, despite the governments’ effort to fight the problem."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Three Asiatic black bears play at the Free the Bears Fund rescue center
in Kuangxi Waterfalls Park near Luang Prabang in northern Laos, August 2017."

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Stephen KING

"King Country" is a Poster with 170+ Stephen King References
"Find more than 170 references to Stephen King characters in this fantastic fan-made poster aptly titled "King Country" by Jordan Monsell...
Need some hints? io9 has the handy dandy key."

(neatorama.com)

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THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Commonwealth Games day five: Simbine stuns Blake in 100m, pain for Philip and Peaty – as it happened - with pictures - 9 April 2018
"South Africa’s Cameron Van der Burgh stunned Adam Peaty in the pool and Yohan Blake failed to produce in the men’s 100m final on day five in Australia"
+ Medal table – the latest from the Gold Coast
+ In pictures: the best images from days four and five

(theguardian.com)

Watch Commonwealth Games replays
Schedule;Results; Medals table; BBC coverage; Day-by-day guide

(BBC)

Adam Peaty disappointed despite Commonwealth Games gold medal - 7 April 2018
+ English swimmer wins Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke
+ Peaty unhappy at time well outside his world record

(theguardian.com)

Commonwealth Games day three – in pictures - 7 April 2018
"All the latest pictures from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as gymnasts, swimmers, cyclists and weightlifters battle for medals"

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / MEXICO

Mexico to Trump: Don't take your 'frustrations' out on us - VIDEO - 7 April 2018
"Mexico's president has condemned what he called "threatening or disrespectful attitudes" from Donald Trump.
In this national address, Enrique Peña Nieto said his US counterpart's real problems could lie closer to home.".

+ Trump immigration: Texas sends National Guard to Mexico border
(BBC)

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TRUMP / AMAZON

Trump to take 'very serious look' at policies to curb Amazon power - 5 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump has said he would take a serious look at policies to address what he says are the unfair business advantages of online retailer Amazon."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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GENDER PAY GAP

Firms touted as 'top employers' for women pay them less than men - 8 April 2018
"Almost half of companies listed as best places to work as a woman report gender pay gap greater than national average"

(theguardian.com)

The truth about the gender pay gap – video explainer - 6 April 2018
"Britain has carried out one of the biggest data-gathering exercises on the gender pay gap, exposing large disparities between the average pay given to men and women
in some of the country's best-known companies. We dispel some of the myths around the gap, and explain what it really means and why it matters"

+ Gender pay gap: what we learned and how to fix it
(theguardian.com)

 


Five steps you can take to fix your company’s gender pay gap - 4 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AMAZON DISCOVERIES

Amazon Discoveries - with pictures
"The new species found where few scientists have gone before"

+ THE NINE NEW SPECIES
(BBC)

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BIO BOTS

Bio bots: robots that mimic animal physiology - with pictures - 8 April 2018
"A new generation of machines is being created, often with complex purposes in mind"

(theguardian.com)

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ROBOTS

Robots Not Ready to Take Over - Text + Audio - 7 April 2018
"The use of robots is growing in service industries like tourism."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Let’s all welcome our robot citizens - 23 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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SYRIA

Russia blames Israel for attack on Syrian air base as pressure mounts over gas atrocity - with pictures and videos - 9 April 2018
"Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syria air base on Monday morning, which came after President Bashar al-Assad triggered international outrage
by carrying out a suspected chemical attack in a besieged suburb of Damascus."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

Dozens killed in suspected chemical attack on Syrian rebel enclave - 8 April 2018
(theguardian.com)

Syria war: Trump condemns Syria for 'chemical attack' on Douma - 8 April 2018
- with videos which contains upsetting scenes
"US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran over a suspected chemical attack,
saying there will be a "big price to pay"...
According to the US-based Syrian American Medical Society, at least 48 people died, showing "symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent"."

+ Why is there a war in Syria?
+ 'We will stay until the end': A doctor's battle in Eastern Ghouta
+ Eastern Ghouta devastation seen from space

(BBC)

Trump: 'big price to pay' for Syria chemical weapons attack - 8 April 2018
+ Aftermath of suspected chemical attack in rebel-held Douma in Syria - video
+ UK and France call for UN security council meeting
+ Analysis: Syria will see US strike as a price worth paying

(theguardian.com)

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TRADE WAR

Trump seeks to ease trade war fears by saying China 'will take down barriers' - 8 April 2018
+ Trump: China will ease barriers because ‘it is the right thing to do’
+ Two economic advisers offer mixed messages on best approach

(theguardian.com)

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US / RUSSIA

US punishes key Putin allies over worldwide 'malign activity' - 6 April 2018
"The US has imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials, accusing them of "malign activity around the globe"."

+ Video: All you need to know about the Trump-Russia investigation
(BBC)

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PLASTIC POLLUTION

Sperm whale washed up on Spanish coast was killed by plastic pollution - 6 April 2018
"A sperm whale found dead on the coast of Murcia in southern Spain was killed by gastric shock caused by ingesting 29 kilos (64 lb) of plastic waste,
authorities in the region said on Friday."

(telegraph.co.uk)


The whale was killed by plastic waste

The plastic the whale ingested included a jerry can

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CHIMPANZEES

Abused Chimpanzees Find Home in Sierra Leone Wildlife Refuge - Text + Audio - 8 April 2018
"In Tacugama, chimpanzees find a place to call home."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

Congolese Refugees Learn to Live in US with Help, But for How Long? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 7 April 2018
"With a population of nearly 60,000, Lancaster is a center of manufacturing, food processing and farming. CWS helps refugees find jobs in these industries.
This is important because each refugee gets a one-time grant of $925 from the U.S. government to settle in."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Some US Cities, States Start Efforts to Prevent Deportations - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 April 2018
"Some local governments are approving public money for programs to expand legal representation for undocumented immigrants.
These legal defense funds help undocumented immigrants facing detention and possible expulsion from the country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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06/04/2018


US SUSPECTS LISTENING DEVICES

US Suspects Listening Devices in Washington - Text + Audio - 5 April 2018
"The United States has acknowledged that it suspects that cellphone spying devices exist in Washington.
It says the devices could be permitting foreign spies and criminals to follow an individual’s movements, secretly listen to calls, and read text messages."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POACHING

Bollywood’s Salman Khan Found Guilty in Poaching Case - Text + Audio - 5 April 2018
"Bollywood star Salman Khan was found guilty Thursday of illegally killing rare deer in a wildlife refuge in 1998. An Indian court sentenced the actor to five years in prison."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SEED VAULT

Seed vault now has over a million species (6th April, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A special vault storing the world's most precious seeds has now amassed over one million different plant varieties."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Seeds - Level 4  or  Seeds - 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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ROBOTS

Robots to help us make our own furniture (2nd April, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Robots are taking over more and more aspects of our lives, and jobs. The latest occupation to perhaps feel threatened by the march of technology is carpentry."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Furniture - Level 4  or  Furniture - 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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HUNDREDS PROTEST IN NEW YORK

‘Saheed is no gunman’: hundreds protest in New York against police shooting - with pictures and a video - 6 April 2018
"Demonstrators condemn killing of Saheed Vassell, who was wielding a metal pipe when he was shot nine times by police"

(theguardian.com)

 

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GENDER PAY GAP

Flood of gender pay data puts some firms on the defensive - 6 April 2018
"Many female workers express dismay at response as companies look to rebuild reputations"

(theguardian.com)

1,500 UK firms miss deadline to report gender pay gap - 5 April 2018
"Companies that missed 4 April deadline face unlimited fine and being named and shamed"

+ Quick guide: Gender pay gap reporting
(theguardian.com)

The British companies with no gender pay gap - and how they did it - 3 April 2018
"By Wednesday this week, all UK companies employing 250 people or more will have had to publish statistics revealing their gender pay gap
Many have already done so, and thus far it has made for troubling headlines."

(telegraph.co.uk)

We must make the gender pay gap a thing of the past - Theresa May - 3 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Commonwealth Games 2018 day two: cycling, gymnastics, swimming and more – at it happened - with pictures - 6 April 2018
"Katie and John Archibald were among the Britons to win medals in the velodrome, while Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans snatched gold"
- Commonwealth Games – day two in pictures
- Medal table – the latest tally

(theguardian.com)

Charlie Tanfield adds Commonwealth gold to world championship glory - 6 April 2018
- Student holds off Scotland’s John Archibald in 4,000m final
- Tanfield continues remarkable breakthrough season

(theguardian.com)

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games: Best pictures of the opening day - 5 April 2018
"The 21st Commonwealth Games started on 4 April on Australia's Gold Coast.
Here are some of the most colourful and emotionally charged images from the first day of competition..."

(BBC)

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TARIFFS

Trump threatens further $100bn in tariffs against China - with pictures - 6 April 2018
"US President Donald Trump has instructed officials to consider a further $100bn (£71.3bn) of tariffs against China, in an escalation of a tense trade stand-off."

+ Five reasons why trade wars aren't easy to win
+ Not a trade 'war' but a trade 'dance'
+ Why China won't baulk at US tariff threat

(BBC)

China ready to pay 'any cost' in trade war after Donald Trump threatens $100bn of additional tariffs - with pictures - 6 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook admits asking hospitals for access to patients' medical data - 6 April 2018
"Facebook has called off talks with hospitals after asking for patient medical data amid concerns surrounding the company's handling of user data."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Facebook using secret tool to delete messages from executives - 6 April 2018
"Company says change was made after Sony Pictures hack but lack of disclosure has angered users"

+ Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook 'didn't do enough' – audio
(theguardian.com)

Facebook investigated by Information Commissioner in political data probe - 5 April 2018
"acebook is being investigated by the Information Commissioner along with 30 other organisations
over claims that voters’ data may have been used illegally for political purposes."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Facebook scandal 'hit 87 million users' - with pictures - 4 April 2018
"Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica - many more than previously disclosed."

+ Video: How the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded
+ Zuckerberg: I'm still the man to lead Facebook
+ Zuckerberg to testify before US committee
+ Facebook chief fires back at Apple's Tim Cook
+ Facebook haunted by 'ugly truth' memo

+ Cambridge Analytica: The story so far
(BBC)

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TWITTER

Twitter bans 270,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorism' - 5 April 2018
"Number of accounts removed in second half of 2017 represents a drop for second period in a row.
Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts around the world for promoting terrorism in the second half of 2017, according to the company’s latest transparency report."

(theguardian.com)

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SPY POISONING

Russian spy poisoning: Sergei Skripal 'improving rapidly' - 6 April 2018
"Russian former spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent, doctors have said."

+ Russia says UK is 'playing with fire'
+ Russian spy: What we know so far
+ Yulia Skripal 'getting stronger daily'
+ Sergei Skripal: Who is the former Russian colonel?

(BBC)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

US punishes key Putin allies over worldwide 'malign activity' - 6 April 2018
"The US has imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials, accusing them of "malign activity around the globe"."

+ The Trump-Russia saga in 200 words
+ Trump Russia affair: Key questions answered

(BBC)

Russians including one of Britain's most prominent oligarchs hit by new sanctions as US cracks down on 'malign' behaviour - 6 April 2018
- with pictures and a video
"Thirty-eight Russian individuals and entities including Oleg Deripaska, one of the most well-known oligarchs in Britain, have been hit by new sanctions from Donald Trump." 

(telegraph.co.uk)

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POSTMAN

Former postman found with 400kg of undelivered mail in Italy - 6 April 2018
"Man who quit his job in Turin in 2017 says he didn’t deliver any mail for three years because his salary was too low"

(theguardian.com)

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'KILLER ROBOTS'

South Korean university boycotted over 'killer robots' - 5 April 2018
"Leading AI experts have boycotted a South Korean university over a partnership with weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems."

+ Terrorists 'certain' to get killer robots, says defence giant
+ Killer robots: Experts warn of 'third revolution in warfare'

(BBC)


"The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots meets at the UN next week."

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HANGING ITS DEAD FROM CLIFFS

The Filipino tribe that hangs its dead from cliffs - 6 April 2018
"In the Philippines, the Igorot people practice an ancient burial ritual where the elderly carve their own coffins and the dead are hung off the side of a cliff."

Start the gallery
(BBC)

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CHASING THE AMERICAN DREAM

From burning cars to barren blocks: 20 years chasing the great American dream – in pictures
"Mike O’Meally moved to the US in 1998 intending to photograph skateboarders but became fascinated by the idea of the great America dream – especially after the events of 9/11. Over the course of 20 years he used his camera to capture the state of a society ‘once loved and respected’. ‘Hope springs eternal that the Land of the Free will remain the Home of the Brave,’ he says..."

(theguardian.com)

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RANGERS and GORILLAS

'We know we may be killed': the rangers risking their lives for Virunga's gorillas - 6 April 2018
"The huge national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world.
But thanks to the efforts of a committed force of rangers, populations of endangered species are recovering and locals say the park offers hope for the whole region"

(theguardian.com)


"Virunga national park is home to one of the world’s largest populations of critically endangered mountain gorillas
as well as hundreds of other rare species. "

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