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18/08/2016


BODY

What The ‘Ideal’ Woman’s Body Looks Like In 18 Countries - 14 August 2015
"What does a "perfect body" look like? It depends who you ask - and where they are."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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TOURISM

Tourism Gone Vintage - 17 August 2015
"What makes old-school tourism posters so appealing? And how did they get so strikingly stylish?
We take a whistle-stop tour of 60 years of British railway posters to find out."

(BBC)

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TEACHING

Up the Down Staircase - A Tale of Two Cities (by Dickens)
(YouTube)
Larry Ferlazzo added it to The Best TV/Movie Scenes Showing Good & Bad Classroom Discussions

 

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EARTHQUAKE

20 Incredible Photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
"The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). Devastating fires broke out in the city that lasted for several days.
As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed..."

(vintag.es)

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AMERICA

America's 'Capitals of the World' - Text + Audio - 15 August 2015
"Both New York City and London like to be called the "financial capital of the world" and the "fashion capital of the world."
But do you know what U.S. city is the "cowboy capital of the world?" Or the "watermelon capital of the world?"
Learn about a few small-town "capitals of the world" in America."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRANSPORT

Futuristic Transport System Moves Closer to Reality - Text + Audio + Video - 17 August 2015
"In the United States, a company is working on a project that could change the way we think about public transportation.
Its planned system would move people around in steel tubes.
Those passengers would be travelling at speeds of up to 1,200 kilometers per hour."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Hyperloop "is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk,[1][2]
 incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors.[3]"

(Wikipedia)

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FOOD and GUNS

A Mix of Food and Guns at Shooter’s Grill - Text + Audio + Video - 17 August 2015
"Workers at a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, carry loaded guns, and so do some of the people who eat there.
People come to see the restaurant from around the world, and eat “Shotgun Burritos” and “Locked and Loaded Nachos.”
VOA visited Shooter’s Grill, and got mixed opinions about its gun policy." 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIDEO GAMES

Do video games make people violent? - 15 August 2015
"More than 200 academics have signed an open letter criticising controversial new research
suggesting a link between violent video games and aggression.
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(BBC)

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ATHLETICS

The answer to drugs in athletics? Have two races: doped and clean - 18 August 2015
"International sport seems unable to escape the stain of scandal.
New revelations of systematic doping in athletics will surprise few who have followed the Olympics over the decades.
What is astonishing is that they will not go away..."

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Germany to expect 750,000 refugees in 2015 - reports - 18 August 2015
(BBC)

The Syrian refugee who says: 'Don't come to Sweden!' - VIDEO - 18 August 2015
(BBC)

Refugees struggle to board Macedonian train to Europe - VIDEO - 18 August 2015
"Hundreds of refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa have crowded a platform of a local railway station in Macedonia to take them to Serbia.
The route is becoming increasingly popular for those looking to gain asylum in Europe
because it avoids deadly boat crossings in the Mediterranean Sea."

(BBC)

Migrants attempt sea crossing from Turkey to Greek island of Kos, in pictures
"Migrants escaping Syria, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere are taking advantage of the calm summer conditions to make daily attempts 
to cross the Aegean between the Bodrum peninsula and Kos, a distance of only four kilometers (2.5 miles),
one of the narrowest waterways between Turkey and the European Union."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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17/08/2015


A NEW PAGE

Walls, Barriers and Fences

VOCABULARY EXAMPLES
CARTOONS OPINIONS
CAUSES SONG
CINEMA VIDEOS

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TEACHING

Lean on Me - Good Teaching Practices
(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo:
"Here’s a very young Morgan Freeman demonstrating a fun classroom game."

 

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DIABETES

Diabetes cases soar by 60% in past decade - Article + Videos - 17 August 2015
"he number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade, Diabetes UK warns...
The inability to control the level of sugar in the blood can lead to blindness and amputations and is a massive drain on NHS resources...
Roughly 90% of cases are type 2 diabetes, which is the form closely linked to diet and obesity."

(BBC)

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16/08/2015


PLAGUE

Yosemite National Park closes campsite after squirrels die of plague - 15 August 2015
"The 304-site Tuolumne Meadows Campground will be closed from noon Monday until noon Friday so that authorities can treat the area with a flea-killing insecticide. The substance will be sprayed into rodent burrow holes, according to the California Department of Health (CDPH).
Plague is carried by rodents and other animals, and is spread by fleas...
A total of 42 people have contracted plague in California since 1970, resulting in nine deaths. Until this summer, the most recent three cases occurred in 2005 and 2006, with all of those patients recovering."

(rt.com)

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STAR WARS "WORLDS"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens at D23 Expo: Harrison Ford, JJ Abrams, and one extremely exciting announcement
"Disney is building two immersive Star Wars "worlds", each of which will be 14 acres in size...
The company's CEO Bob Iger... revealed that Disney are building two huge, 14-acre Star Wars-inspired attractions:
one at Disneyland in Anaheim (California), and one at Disney World in Florida."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Disney D23 "is the official fan club for The Walt Disney Company.
Founded in 2009, the organization is known mainly for its biennial exposition event, D23 Expo."

(Wikipedia)

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LANGUAGE

Improve Your English with Latin! - Text + Audio - 15 August 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

English in a Minute: Clam Up - Video - 15 August 2015
"A clam is a type of shellfish that lives in water. But what does it mean if a person "clams up?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ASBESTOS (="amiante" in French)

The Legacy of Asbestos – 20 Places That Felt The Impact The Most - Article + Photos
"Asbestos mining, a practice that was once the lifeblood and often the sole existence of many towns, quickly fell out of favor when it was discovered how dangerous this substance really is. Some towns were reduced to ghost towns, others still stubbornly cling to life, while a few invested millions in cleaning up the toxic mess left behind. This article highlights some of the towns that were severely impacted by this deadly mineral."

(whenonearth.net)

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VJ DAY

VJ Day: Pictures of the 70th anniversary commemorations - PICTURES - 15 August 2015
"To mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender, which brought about the end of World War Two,
commemorations have been taking place across the UK. Here is a summary of VJ Day events in pictures..."

(BBC)

Watch highlights: VJ Day 70th anniversary commemorations - VIDEOS - 15 August 2015
"Watch how the day of commemorations in London unfolded as the Queen and David Cameron marked the 70th anniversary of VJ Day."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day)
"is the day on which Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect ending the war...
August 15 is the official V-J Day for the UK, while the official U.S. commemoration is September 2.[1] 
The name, V-J Day, had been selected by the Allies after they named V-E Day for the victory in Europe."  
(Wikipedia)

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RACE RIOTS

Two Riots, One Cause, a Half-Century Apart - Text + Audio + Video - 15 August 2015
"One year ago, riots began in Ferguson, Missouri when a white police officer killed an unarmed black youth.
Fifty years ago, in a poor neighborhood of Los Angeles, black residents clashed with white police officers in six days of deadly riots."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXPLOSIONS

104 Dead in Chinese Port of Tianjin, Evacuation Ordered - Text + Audio - 15 August 2015
"Hundreds of people remain hospitalized after Wednesday's blast at a chemical storage center.
News reports said sodium cyanide, which can be deadly, was discovered east of the site.
A team of military nuclear and biochemical specialists continues to search the area."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

China explosions: Potent chemical mix behind Tianjin blasts - Article + Photos + Video - 15 August 2015
(BBC)

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HOMER

Homer's Iliad performed in 15-hour London epic - 15 August 2015
"More than 60 actors took part in Homer's Iliad which tells part of the story of the Trojan War."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Migrant crisis: Greek ship at Kos takes on refugees - 16 August 2015
(BBC)

Calais migrant crisis: New fences 'reducing security breaches' - VIDEO - 16 August 2015
"The number of migrants trying to get into the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais has fallen to about 150 a night,
the operator says, down from a high of 2,000 at the end of last month."

(BBC)

Vienna hotel run by refugees - VIDEO - 16 August 2015
(BBC)

Ukraine conflict: Refugees in their own country - 15 August 2015
(BBC)

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SPORT / DRUGS

Athletics body blocks report on drug cheats - 16 August 2015
"THE governing body of athletics has suppressed a damning survey that reveals a third of the world’s top competitors admitted
cheating by using banned performance- enhancing techniques..."

(thesundaytimes.co.uk)

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COW / RESCUE

French cow who fled abattoir is spared - 15 August 2015
"A young cow ('Cornette') which fled an abattoir to avoid being slaughtered has been saved by well-wishers,
a French animal rights group announced on Saturday...
The desperate animal rampaged through the building and got outside, taking refuge in the grounds of a nearby hospital...
Stephane Lamart, who runs an animal rights group, joined with a French singer and actress, Stone, to raise money to save her."

(thelocal.fr)

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'GAME OF THRONES'

'Game of Thrones' Comes to College Classroom
"A new class at UC Berkeley is studying HBO's popular medieval fantasy drama as part of its film studies program.
As AP's Haven Daley reports, the class is examining the social and political aspects of "Game of Thrones." (August 14, 2015)

(YouTube)

 

 

A Game of Thrones "is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin.
It was first published on August 6, 1996...
A Game of Thrones and the subsequent novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series have been adapted in a HBO television series,
a comics series, several card, board and video games, and other media."

(Wikipedia)



Vous pouvez maintenant étudier «Game of Thrones» à l’université - Article + Video - 16 August 2015
"Symbolisme, théories, controverses, mais aussi « implications sociales et politiques modernes, religion,
pauvreté et représentation des femmes » sont au programme."

(20minutes.fr)

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15/08/2015


MIGRANTS

European migrant crisis: Dozens die in boat off Libya - 15 August 2015
"The deaths were caused by suffocation as the migrants were held in a confined space below deck, according to reports."

(BBC)

Austria refugee camp branded 'shameful' by Amnesty International - 14 August 2015
"Human rights group Amnesty International has criticised what it calls "inhumane" conditions at Austria's main refugee camp."

(BBC)

Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum? - 26 June 2015

Migration: Are more people on the move than ever before? - 28 May 2015

Migrants: What can Europe achieve? - 16 June 2015

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EXPLOSION

China Tianjin blasts: Evacuations as sodium cyanide found - Article + Photots + Video - 15 August 2015
"The Chinese authorities have ordered the evacuation of residents within a 3km radius of the Tianjin blast site over fears of chemical contamination."

(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

USA 2016: Qui sont les candidats démocrates à l'investiture ? - PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)

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NUMBERS

St. Patrick's Day In Numbers
(YouTube)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

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WAR

Remembering 70th Anniversary of End of World War II - Text + Audio - 15 August 2015
"The invasion of Okinawa was the last, the bloodiest, and one of the largest battles of World War II.
More than 1,000 American ships and hundreds of thousands of troops were involved. Almost 200,000 people were killed."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

New words: combat - VIDEO
"The word combat is usually used when talking about warfare, but it can also be used to describe equipment.
Watch and listen to how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RUGBY

Rugby World Cup 2015 - a webquest
Created by Mauricette Casabonne-Angla (Ac. Bordeaux)

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14/08/2015

A NEW PAGE:

PAPARAZZI

CARTOONS LEGALITY
CINEMA LESSON PLANS
CONVERSATION QUESTIONS LISTENING
DEBATES SONGS
DEFINITION WEBQUESTS
EXAMPLES  

 

A letter from Kensington Palace
"Kensington Palace has today sent the attached letter to leaders of media industry bodies and standards organisations
in the UK and in other international markets...
I am writing to provide an overview of the current challenges facing Kensington Palace as we seek to protect Prince George and Princess Charlotte from harassment and surveillance by paparazzi photographers...
Paparazzi photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to observe and monitor Prince George's movements and covertly capture images of him to sell to the handful of international media titles still willing to pay for them. 
One recent incident – just last week – was disturbing, but not at all uncommon..."

(from Jason Knauf, Communications Secretary, Kensington Palace)
(princeofwales.gov.uk)

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ANIMALS

Spotlight: Corduroy is crowned the oldest living cat - 13 August 2015
"This week, Guinness World Records has confirmed that Corduroy is the Oldest cat living after he recently turned 26 years old
- an impressive age considering domesticated cats have an average lifespan of 15 years."

(guinnessworldrecords.com)

Creme Puff (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005) "was an American cat who died aged 38 years and 3 days.
She was the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records."

(Wikipedia)

 

The Longer View: Instinct for extinction - Man-made problem - Articles + Videos
From recent uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe to historical poaching and destruction of habitats,
the biggest threat to endangered animals has come from a fellow inhabitant of the earth.
It is estimated that 99.9% of all the species that have ever lived are now extinct.
The rate of those extinctions has accelerated dramatically over the last century however, and humans stand accused of being the main cause.

(BBC)

What are zoos for?
(BBC)

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SINGERS

Elvis Presley honoured with new US stamp - VIDEO - 14 August 2015
"A new stamp has been unveiled in the US in honour of Elvis Presley.
In a ceremony in Memphis on the front lawn of his mansion, Graceland,
his former wife, Priscilla welcomed the commemorative "forever" stamp as ''beautiful''."

(BBC)

Famous Singers - educational portal 
(famoussingers.org)

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STORY

'The Story of an Eyewitness' by Jack London - Text + Audio + Video - 14 August 2015
"It is April 18, 1906. The largest earthquake San Francisco has ever seen hits.
Collier's magazine sends the famous American writer, Jack London, to report on the destruction and great loss of life.
He describes the panic, a firestorm, and the flight of the city's people to escape.

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

'The Story of an Eyewitness' by Jack London - Video with the text - 14 August 2015
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXPLOSIONS

Explosions in China Kill At Least 50 People - Text + Audio - 14 August 2015
"The blasts in the northeastern port city of Tianjin also injured about 700.
Officials and state media say at least 12 of those who died were firefighters.
The explosion was so large it could be seen by satellites in space.
One witness said, 'When everyone else ran, I just followed everyone else.' "

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MIGRANTS

Greece sends cruise ship to ease Kos migrant chaos - VIDEO - 14 August 2015
"A cruise ship is expected to arrive in Kos to act as a registration centre for some of the thousands of migrants arriving on the Greek island.
It's an attempt to prevent a repeat of the chaotic scenes when police clashed with refugees."

(BBC)

Thousands of South Sudanese Flee to U.N. Center - Text + Audio - 14 August 2015
"Aid agencies say they are struggling to help the increasing number of South Sudanese fleeing to a camp in Malakal.
The International Organization for Migration says the tents are too crowded, and the drinking water is not always safe.
Some workers say conditions are the worst they have ever seen."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Calais migrant crisis: ‘English mafia’ trafficking people to UK - Article + Photos + Video - 14 August 2015
(BBC)

Germany: Bus driver's migrant speech goes viral - 13 August 2015
"A German bus driver has garnered nationwide media attention after pausing to give a welcome speech to a group of migrants on his bus."

(BBC)

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13/08/2015


AD

I'm running for Parliament! (in Canada)
"My name is Wyatt Scott and I'm running for parliament as an independent candidate for Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon.
We all know politics are corrupt so lets do something about it. Put an independent in the house."

(YouTube)

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CONSPIRACY

22 Bizarre Conspiracy Theories - mental_floss List Show Ep. 323
(YouTube)

 

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FOOD

The best dessert in 25 countries around the world - with PHOTOS
(businessinsider.sg)

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LIONS

Seven reasons to love lions
"As the world mourns the loss of Cecil the lion, BBC Earth celebrates the species."

(BBC)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand):
"On peut l'exploiter au niveau du lexique et pour faire un quiz ou travailler sur la personnalité avec les animaux totems :
fabriquer de nouveaux signes du zodiaque en s'inspirant des signes chinois..."

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ASYLUM SEEKERS

What happens to failed asylum seekers? - 13 August 2015
"Thousands of migrants are camped around Calais in northern France.
Many will risk their lives smuggling themselves across the Channel into the UK. What happens to those that get through?"

(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS - 2016

The Campaign is On: Candidates Strive for Position - with PHOTOS (Summer 2015)
(p2016.org)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

Magazine Cover Portrayal of 2016 Presidential Candidates, 2015 
(p2016.org)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

 

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet - 12 August 2015
"Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig launches an unusual bid for the Democratic nomination."

(theatlantic.com)
Thanks to Chloé Cormier (Ac. Nantes)

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TESTS

TOEFL or IELTS? Comparing English Tests - VIDEO - 12 August 2015
"When international students want to apply for schools or jobs, they must pass a standardized test of English as a Foreign Language.
Learn about the differences and similarities between the tests. Hear from an international student who has taken them."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SINGAPORE

Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence (August 12, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
"Singapore celebrated its fiftieth birthday on Saturday. The tiny nation became an independent country on August 8th, 1965."

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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12/08/2015


NUTS

Eat Nuts to Stay Healthy - Video - 11 August 2015
"Recently researchers in the Netherlands have found that you do not need to eat many nuts to get all the health benefits.
Also, not all nuts have the same nutrients. This article features some of the more popular nuts in the American diet."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FERGUSON

Unrest Marks Anniversary in Ferguson, Missouri - Text + Audio + Video - 12 August 2015
"On the anniversary of teenager Michael Brown's death, protesters again filled the street where riots and attacks have occurred in the last year. There was bottle and rock throwing. But some protesters say that is to be expected.
"Violence is going to happen...regardless," said one protester."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOTS

Robots that build 'baby robots' - VIDEO - 12 August 2015
(BBC)

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TRUANCY

School truancies lead to rise in prosecution of parents - 12 August 2015
"The number of parents taken to court in England because of children skipping school rose sharply last year, official figures show."

(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

European migrant crisis: Italy navy in dramatic rescue - Article + Photos + Video - 12 August 2015
+ Italian Navy video shows rescue of migrants at sea
(BBC)

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FILM

Hachi: A Dog's Tale "is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō...
Students are giving oral presentations about personal heroes. Ronnie's subject is his grandfather's dog, Hachikō..."

(Wikipedia)

Faithful dog Hachikō
"More than a film, a message from dogs to mankind."
(learningfromdogs.com)

 

Hatchi: A Dog's Tale - HD Trailer

 

 

Hachi a dog's tale full movie

 

 

The true story of Hachiko the faithful dog

 

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11/08/2015


POACHING

Police kill six Bangladesh tiger poachers - 10 August 2015
(bangkokpost.com)

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DRAGONS

There Be Dragons!
"Stories of enormous, terrifying reptilian beasts have been part of folklore around the world for longer than the written record can tell us.
And while the beasts in these stories vary greatly, they have several traits in common: they are virtually always depicted as having snakelike
or lizardlike bodies, they’re almost always covered or partially covered in scales, and they often (but not always) have wings. 
Here are some of the most historically significant dragonlike beasts ever recorded."

(neatorama.com)

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MOVIES / TV

Based On The Hit Movie: 32 Movies Being Adapted For TV
(denofgeek.us)

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SPACE

Rocketing prices: The investors - 11 August 2015
"The number of commercial space firms is growing – giving investors an opportunity to shape a brand new industry, writes Sarah Cruddas...
In recent years, however, companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic have begun to commercialise space exploration
– to the tune of $13bn (£8.3bn) over the past decade..."
(BBC)

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ORGAN TRAFFICKING

China's black market for organ donations - 11 August 2015
(BBC)

China organ trafficking: 'I sold my kidney for £4,000' - VIDEO - 11 August 2015
"A shortage of organ donors has created a lucrative black market in China, a BBC investigation has found.
The shortfall is a consequence of China ending the practice of harvesting the organs of executed prisoners."

(BBC)

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FERGUSON

Ferguson anniversary: State of emergency declared amid protests - Article + Photos + Video - 11 August 2015
(BBC)

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MIGRANTS

Libya's migrants 'treated like animals' - VIDEO - 10 August 2015
"As migrants continue to risk life and limb to reach Europe from Africa, Libya has become the main hub
for traffickers plying their illegal trade in human cargo.
Those migrant boats that make the crossing, usually arrive at Lampedusa, or Sicily.
Alex Jakana is in Southern Italy and has been hearing stories from the most recent migrants that made the treacherous voyage from Libya.
"
(BBC)

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ROBOTS

How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - Article + Photos + Videos - 11 August 2015
"It was the birthplace of Britain's nuclear industry, and the site of its worst nuclear accident...
Flying drones, remote controlled submarines and industrial robots have all been brought in
to carry out tasks which are simply too dangerous, or even impossible, for humans to do."

(BBC)

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10/08/2015


ETIQUETTE

Why etiquette is a Very British Problem
"As a new TV show explores the interminable awkwardness of being British, etiquette expert William Hanson explains
why we are "obsessed by social codes and politesse."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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BREAKFAST

Good Morning! Breakfasts Around the 7 Countries of Central America - with PHOTOS
(whenonearth.net)

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ART

Five Summertime Art Road Trips
"Follow these five art-filled itineraries for summertime road trips to far-flung museums, installations, galleries and private collections.
For a trove of van Gogh paintings, take U.S. Route 7 to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass.
For a minigolf course designed by artists: Interstate 94 to theWalker Art Center in Minneapolis.
James Turrell light installation: Interstate 10 to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art..."

(wsj.com)

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Thanks to Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)

 


NUCLEAR

In pictures: Nagasaki bombing - 9 August 2015
"On 9 August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb ever deployed in conflict, hitting the Japanese industrial city of Nagasaki.
Six days later, Japan announced its surrender.
At least 74,000 people died in the Nagasaki blast or from subsequent injuries.
Some 140,000 people had died three days before in Hiroshima, in the world's first nuclear attack."

(BBC)

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ANIMALS and BIRDS

Study Finds 182 Tigers Left in World's Biggest Natural Habitat - Text + Audio - 9 August 2015
"A tiger population count in 2004 found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The new census found that only about 100 tigers are left in the Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

A Bladeless Wind-Powered Generator Keeps Birds Safe - VIDEO - 9 August 2015
"A new invention could generate wind power without the use of spinning blades, which often kill birds and bats."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS

Illegal immigration: Minister pledges crackdown on 'rogue employers' - Article + Photos + Video - 10 August 2015
"Businesses that employ illegal workers will be hit with "the full force of government machinery",
immigration minister James Brokenshire has warned."

(BBC)

The life of Syrian migrants on the streets of Kos - Video - 10 August 2015
"Local Greek islanders say they are being overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving from Africa.
Migrants arriving on the island of Kos live in makeshift camps on the street, where the United Nations says they face "shameful" conditions.
James Reynolds reports."

(BBC)

St Albans: M1 lorry found with 18 suspected illegal immigrants - 9 August 2015
(BBC)

Protest against new mile-long Calais migrant fence - Video - 9 August 2015
"People in Calais have staged a protest against the construction of a new fence,
built to stop migrants from getting to the UK via the Channel Tunnel.
The barrier, which is around a mile in length, has been paid for out of £7m made available by the British government.
Peter Dobbie reports."

(BBC)

Refugee Camp in Jordan Is Biggest in Middle East - Text + Audio - 9 August 2015
"The United Nations refugee agency says hundreds of thousands of Syrians who fled to Jordan to escape the war in Syria face a difficult future.
About 81,000 Syrians now live in Zaatari, which was set up three years ago in just nine days."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS 2016

Highlights from the Republican debate - VIDEO - 7 August 2015
"Donald Trump wants to build a fence, Ted Cruz is not afraid to say 'violent Islamic extremism', Jeb Bush wouldn't have invaded Iraq
- knowing what he knows now, and Rand Paul thinks Trump is already hedging his bets for the next President."

(BBC)

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MEMORY

New Treatment Could Prevent, Reverse Alzheimer’s - Text + Audio - 9 August 2015
"Researchers have discovered that repeated hits to the head can change the form of a brain protein.
They have developed a treatment that returns the protein shape to normal.
This could stop the development of the disease or slow it in those who already suffer from it."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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