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