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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)



20/04/2018


COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

Commonwealth Games: 20 great photos from Gold Coast 2018 - 16 April 2018
"A selection of some of the best photographs taken during the Commonwealth Games."

(BBC)

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FOOD

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day – equal to a pound per person - 18 April 2018
"Americans waste about a pound of food per person each day, with people who have healthier diets rich in fruit and vegetables the most wasteful, research has found."

(theguardian.com)

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EARTH DAY 2018 - PLASTIC POLLUTION

Earth Day 2018: The shocking facts about the scale of plastic pollution choking our seas - 19 April 2018
"Earth Day, which is marked on April 22 every year, has is its origins in the horror at the damage humans were causing to the ocean."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Giant plastic 'berg blocks Indonesian river - with pictures - 19 April 2018
"A crisis of plastic waste in Indonesia has become so acute that the army has been called in to help."

(BBC)

Plastic-eating protein created in British lab - 16 April 2018
"A plastic-eating protein grown in a British laboratory could revolutionise recycling and prevent thousands of tonnes of non-biodegradable waste
clogging up landfill sites and the world’s oceans."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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SYRIA

Belgian firms prosecuted over Syria chemical exports - 18 April 2018
"Summons says firms sent 168 tonnes of isopropanol, which can be used to make sarin, to Syria.
Three Belgian companies are being prosecuted for exporting chemicals to Syria, one of which could be used in the production of sarin gas."

(theguardian.com)

Chemical weapons inspectors' security team fired on in Douma - 18 April 2018
"OPCW chief says UN team came under small-arms fire and an explosive was detonated"

(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook moves 1.5bn users out of reach of new European privacy law - 19 April 2018
"Company moves responsibility for users from Ireland to the US where privacy laws are less strict"
(theguardian.com)

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MIGRANTS

Greek court rules migrants must no longer be detained on Aegean islands in 'big worry' for EU - with pictures - 19 April 2018
"Refugees and migrants who cross by boat from Turkey to Greece’s Aegean islands must be allowed to travel on to the mainland, a Greek court has ruled,
raising concerns about a fresh wave of asylum seekers to Europe."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE MURDER OF A JOURNALIST

How was Daphne Caruana Galizia murdered? – video - 18 April 2018
"Six months after the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, police investigators are building a detailed picture of what they believe happened.
After three suspects were arrested in December last year, mobile phone data and CCTV footage is providing valuable evidence in determining how Caruana Galizia was killed"

(theguardian.com)

 

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GENDER PAY GAP

One in 10 employers still to report on gender pay gap - 18 April 2018
"A fortnight after the cutoff date for pay audit, 1,500 employers have not submitted their data"

(theguardian.com)

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UK

Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth head - 20 April 2018
+ 'No other options' for Commonwealth head?
+ Commonwealth: Seven things you might not know

(BBC)

 

Queen reveals her 'sincere wish' for Prince Charles to be future head of Commonwealth - 19 April 2018
"The Queen has expressed her "sincere wish" that her son, the Prince of Wales, will one day succeed her as Head of Commonwealth,
in the clearest signal yet about the future of the family of nations."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Royal wedding procession route 2018 - map and timetable to help you follow the special day - with pictures - 19 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

May was not opposed to 'go home' vans, official accounts suggest - 19 April 2018
"Statements contradict Nick Timothy’s claim that May tried to block rollout during crackdown against illegal immigration"

(theguardian.com)

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SALISBURY ATTACK

The man who made Novichok - VIDEO - 19 April 2018
"The British government says a military-grade Novichok nerve agent of a type developed by Russia was used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
Moscow denies any involvement. But a retired Russian scientist, Vladimir Uglev, says he manufactured a Novichok nerve agent
which could have been the same one used on the Skripals.
He spoke to the BBC's Steve Rosenberg."

(BBC)

 

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev 'helped create Novichok' - 19 April 2018
"Moscow continues to deny the existence of a chemical weapons programme called Novichok.
But this is a question of semantics."
+ Russian spy: What happened to the Skripals?
+ The police, the public and the poison

+ What are Novichok nerve agents?
+ 'No way' spy nerve agent came from UK lab
+ Video: Retired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev says he created a Novichok nerve agent.

+ Video: Moscow's UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzia: "You are playing with fire and you will be sorry"
(BBC)

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TRUMP / COMEY

Comey memos detailing conversations of Trump meetings published - 20 April 2018
"Memos by ex-FBI director James Comey detailing his conversations with Donald Trump have been published."
+ Video: 'No adequate people around Trump to contain him,' Comey says

+ Ways Comey could hurt Trump - or himself
+ Trump's allies trash 'lyin' FBI memoir
+ Analysis: Is Comey really a liar?
+ Read the redacted memos in full
+ Comey: Six claims about Trump from ex-FBI director
+ Comey vs Trump: The Twitter row

(BBC)

Comey: No one around Trump to stop impulsive behaviour - 18 April 2018
"The former director of the FBI, James Comey, has told BBC Newsnight that he doesn't believe there is anyone around Donald Trump who can contain him.
In his only UK broadcast interview, Mr Comey said no one around the president is able to "stop impulsive behaviour".
President Trump has previously attacked Mr Comey for "many lies"."

(BBC)

Trump contradicts himself, claiming Russia inquiry not behind Comey firing - 18 April 2018
+ Tweet contradicts interview given immediately after dismissal
+ Trump had previously said Comey was fired over ‘this Russia thing’

+ Video: Trump in 2017: I fired Comey because of ‘this Russia thing’
+ Video: Trump's love-hate relationship with Comey over a tumultuous year

(theguardian.com)

 

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

Trump hails CIA chief Mike Pompeo's secret trip to N Korea - 18 April 2018
"CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a "good relationship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted."
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+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ The political gamble of the 21st Century

+ Trump's loyalist new diplomat
+ Did sanctions push N Korea into US talks?
+ North Korea's surge of friendly visitors
+ The tricky task of preparing for the Trump-Kim summit
+ Japan's worries about the Korean detente
+ Video: Pompeo: 'Kim Jong-un continues to present risks to US'
+ Video: Trump takes credit for the success of the Winter Olympics in South Korea

(BBC)

Trump Confirms CIA Chief’s Meeting with Kim - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 April 2018
Trump wrote on Twitter, (CIA Director) "Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week.
Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRATION

Amber Rudd boasted of harsher immigration strategy, leak reveals - 20 April 2018
"Exclusive: home secretary told PM she would give officials greater ‘teeth’ to deport migrants...
Amber Rudd promised in a letter to Theresa May that she would deport thousands more illegal migrants."

(theguardian.com)

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DEATH PENALTY

83-year-old executed in Alabama is oldest inmate put to death in modern US history - with a video - 20 April 2018
(CNN)

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MARS ROVER

Europe's Mars rover takes shape - 20 April 2018
"So, here it is. Europe's Mars rover. Or rather, a copy of it."
+ Video: Airbus engineer Abbie Hutty gives a tour of the ExoMars rover test model
+ Video: Watch a timelapse movie recording the assembly of the ExoMars rover test model

+ Europe presses ahead with Mars rover
+ Mars probe despatched on methane quest
+ ExoMars rover gets second site option
+ Sky At Night: Mars - Red and Dead?

(BBC)


Artwork: The ExoMars rover will launch in 2020 and land in 2021

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APRIL SUN

Hammocks in the park: UK's April sun in pictures - 19 April 2018
"From clifftop strolls to punting in Cambridge, a selection of some of the sunniest moments from the UK and Ireland"

(theguardian.com)

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16/04/2018


LESSON PLAN

Going to bed late shortens our life, says study (April 16, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new study says that going to bed late may be bad for our health. It may even shorten our life."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Sleeping Late - Level 0Sleeping Late - Level 1 or  Sleeping Late - Level 2
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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COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

Commonwealth Games 2018 closing ceremony – as it happened - with pictures and videos - 15 April 2018
"The Gold Coast Games came to an emotional close with songs and poetry about history, unity, equality and inclusivity.
The flag was passed to Birmingham, host of the 2022 edition, and similar values declared"

(theguardian.com)

England stun Australia at the death to grab dramatic Commonwealth Games netball gold - with pictures - 15 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Marathon experts condemn delay in treatment to collapsed Callum Hawkins - 15 April 2018
+ Commonwealth Games paramedics take minutes to give assistance
+ ‘That should never happen’ – Paula Radcliffe rebukes organisers
+ Scottish runner was leading when he suffered heat exhaustion

(theguardian.com)

Catch-up: Commonwealth Games final day - with pictures and videos - 14 April 2018
Schedule;Results; Medals table; BBC coverage; Day-by-day guide

(BBC)

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SYRIA AIR STRIKES

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site - with pictures and videos - 17 April 2018
"Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria are to be given access to an alleged chemical attack site on Wednesday, Russia says."

+ Video: Russia's foreign minister says the only evidence of a chemical attack came from the media
+ Video: Watch the key moments over 12 hours - in two minutes
+ What we know about the 'chemical attack'
+ Why is there a war in Syria?

+ 'We will stay until the end': A doctor's battle in Douma
+ What was targeted?
+ UK PM faces 'almighty row' over strikes
+ Were the Syria air strikes legal?
+ Reality Check: Does Russia always use a veto on Syria?

(BBC)

US Strike on Syria Sends Mixed Messages to North Korea - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 April 2018
"The recent United States missile strikes against Syria could increase pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
Or the missile strikes could show North Korean officials the need for nuclear arms to keep the country safe from attack."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Syria: western allies launch diplomatic offensive in wake of strikes - 16 April 2018
"Pressure grows on Russia to stop protecting Assad as US, UK and France press for inquiry into chemical weapons stockpiles"

+ What you need to know about the Syria strikes – video report
+ Boris Johnson: Syria strikes 'right thing to do' to deter chemical weapons use – video
(theguardian.com)

Syria air strikes: US still 'locked and loaded' for new chemical attacks - with pictures and videos - 15 April 2018
"President Donald Trump has warned Syria's government the US is "locked and loaded" to strike again if it carries out chemical attacks."

(BBC)

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS

100 years of chemical weapons - BBC News
"Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former commander of the UK Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment, takes us through the history of chemical weapons
- starting with chlorine, a choking agent that was first used in battle a century ago."

(YouTube)

 

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PLASTIC

Welcome to Australia's plastic beach – video
"How much rubbish could you collect from a suburban beach in 30 minutes? You may find the answer confronting.
Guardian Australia joins Paul Sharp and Silke Stuckenbrock from the Two Hands Project to see just how prevalent plastics are on Australia's beaches"

(theguardian.com)

 

 

The plastic tsunami: pollution across Australia's coastlines – in pictures - 16 April 2018
"With Australia’s beaches and oceans covered in rubbish, Tangaroa Blue volunteers spend days trying to clean things up.
While these images are not beautiful or professionally taken, they are the harsh reality of the world’s plastic pollution problem."

+‘Plastic is literally everywhere’: the epidemic attacking Australia’s oceans
(theguardian.com)

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme - with pictures and a video - 16 April 2018
"Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics."
+ Video: Engineered PETase was shown to begin breaking down polyesters within a few days

+ Five ways to break up with plastic
+ Could plant-based plastics help tackle pollution?
+ Ocean plastic could triple within a decade

(BBC)

'Plastic is literally everywhere': the epidemic attacking Australia's oceans - with pictures - 15 April 2018
"‘It never breaks down and goes away,’ say scientists struggling to understand the impact of widespread pollution"

(theguardian.com)

Nigerian Entrepreneur Turning Plastic Waste into Usable Items - Text + Audio + Video - 15 April 2018
"Olayemi Samson is a Nigerian entrepreneur. He is turning plastic waste into useful things like clothing, school bags, car covers and shoes.
Samson says he is doing his part to fight pollution and support recycling while making a style statement."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Theresa May announces £60 million fund to tackle scourge of plastic in world's oceans - 14 April 2018
"Theresa May will this week urge Commonwealth leaders to join together to tackle the scourge of discarded plastic in the world’s oceans,
as she announces £60  million-worth of funding to develop new ways to address the problem."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / COMEY

A War of Words Between Trump and Comey - Text + Audio - 16 April 2018
"The war of words between Trump and Comey heats up with publication of his new book. It is called A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit - 17 April 2018
"Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled."

+ Zuckerberg: I'm still the man to run Facebook
+ Facebook chief's data was harvested

(BBC)

Cambridge Analytica: ex-director says firm pitched detailed strategy to Leave.EU - 17 April 2018
"Brittany Kaiser says she carried out study on microtargeting people likely to back Brexit"

(theguardian.com)

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THE SUPREME COURT

How the Supreme Court Makes Decisions - Text + Pictures - 14 April 2018
"Here is a question: who is the most powerful person in the United States? No, the answer is not the president. The answer is not even one person.
Some observers would argue the most powerful people are the nine judges – called justices – who sit on the Supreme Court."

RELATED: The Rise of the US Supreme Court + What Does the US Supreme Court Say About Guns?
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Using Virtual Reality to Make Users Want to Exercise - Text + Audio + Video - 14 April 2018
"The American tech company Blue Goji combines VR, gaming and exercise equipment to make running fun."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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CHORES

Age appropriate chores for children
(themodestmomblog.com)

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SLAVERY

North Korea's secret slave gangs - VIDEO - 16 April 2018
"As President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, prepare for an unprecedented summit,
BBC Panorama investigates North Korean modern-day slavery in Europe."

(BBC)

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HENS

How half a million hens were saved from battery farm hell – video - 16 April 2018
"There's a growing trend in the UK for re-homing chickens, with tens of thousands finding new homes across the country every year.
Many of the hens ​come from farms where they share cages with up to 90 other birds, and have never seen daylight or breathed fresh air"

(theguardian.com)

 

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AIR POLLUTION

More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds - 17 April 2018
"Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution"

(theguardian.com)

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LOST DOGS

New Zealanders deploy helicopters and thermal imaging to search for lost dogs - 17 April 2018
"Thousands of dollars, and hours, have been spent on searches for beloved canines at least three times in the past year"

+ Video: Newshub report on missing Roger from Canterbury
(theguardian.com)


"A Dunedin man, who credits his dog with helping him recover from paralysis, says it's a miracle that he's been reunited with her,
five weeks after the Labrador-Huntaway cross disappeared in wake of a car crash."  

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TATTOOS

Inside Tattoo Street Style – in pictures - 16 April 2018
"Alice Snape’s striking directory of inkings, which encompasses London, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, New York, Melbourne, Amsterdam and LA,
is a comprehensive portraiture collection of tattoo aficionados. Here’s a preview"

(theguardian.com)

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BEAR

Russian football team blasted for using performing bear to kick off match
"Footage of a muzzled bear performing in front of fans before a Russian league match has been condemned as "shocking and inhumane" by animal welfare groups."

(telegraph.co.uk

 

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AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM

American Revolution Museum Filling a Need in Philadelphia - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 April 2018
"The Museum of the American Revolution tells the story of the revolutionary war against Britain.
The exhibit starts with the incident in New York City where Americans pulled down the statue of Britain’s King George III."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PARALYZED

Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Mice Walk - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz - 16 April 2018
"A group of scientists in Israel are researching how to help paralyzed people walk again.
They are using human stem cells to repair the spinal cords of mice."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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