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11/08/2016


QUIZ

Vocabulary Quiz #1 - with answers
"In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.)"

(dailywritingtips.com)

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SPACE

Scientist to Sequence Genes in Space - Text + Audio + Video - 7 August 2016
"The tests will show whether the technology can be used later to understand microbes in the space station.
It might also help find genetic changes in the astronauts, and it might be able to diagnose illness in the future."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MEDICAL TREATMENTS

New Company Plans Very Small Electronic Medical Treatments - Text + Audio - 7 August 2016
"Very small electronic devices placed inside the body could be used to treat many sicknesses,
according to a newly formed company called Galvani Bioelectronics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

US May Reach Goal of Accepting 10,000 Syrian Refugees - Text + Audio - 7 August 2016
"After a slow start, the program is working to bring the Syrians to the United States by September 30. Half of the refugees will be younger than 14."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POKEMON GO

A Flowchart That Shows You How To Catch 'Em All In Pokemon GO - 10 August 2016
(neatorama.com)

Man shot dead while playing Pokémon Go in San Francisco - 8 August 2016
"Calvin Riley was killed by an unknown assailant at Aquatic Park on Saturday night."

(theguardian.com)

'Pokemon Go' ends abruptly for teen siblings in San Francisco after robber snatches their smartphone - 12 July 2016
"The man snatched the smartphone from their hands and “ran to a waiting car and fled."

(latimes.com)

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LUCK

'World's luckiest man': Dubai air crash survivor wins one million dollars on lottery six days later - 10 August 2016
"I live a simple life, and now that it’s my time to retire, I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash,
and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things...
If you ask me about my plans, I obviously want to help the children in Kerala who are less fortunate than others
and need some financial help and medical support..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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DRUGS

UK top for online drug sales in Europe - Article + Video - 10 August 2016
"UK-based dealers in illegal drugs earn more money online than any of their European rivals, research suggests,
while US dealers had a 36% share worldwide and took home $5m (£3.8m)."

+ Biggest earners - Online drug market share in January
+ Most popular drugs
- Bought on the dark web in January
(BBC)

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RIO 2016

Refugee Olympic Team Gets Notice, But Is It Enough? - Text + Audio + Photos - 10 August 2016
"The IOC created a refugee Olympic team to make the world more aware of the refugee crisis in places like Africa and the Middle East.
And people are searching for those athletes during the first week of the Rio Games."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

What Are Those Marks on the Olympic Athletes? - Text + Audio + Photos - 9 August 2016
"Michael Phelps helped Team USA win a gold medal in the men’s swimming relay race on Sunday.
Many people were curious about the circular marks on his arms."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rio Olympics 2016: Pre-competition rituals in pictures - 9 August 2016
"Many sportsmen and women adopt unusual rituals before competing, some out of superstition,
others for team bonding or to gee up the crowd. Here are a few images from Rio 2016 so far."

(BBC)

 

Olympic Firsts Highlight Opening Weekend - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 8 August 2016
"A number of athletes from around the world captured Olympic medals and broke barriers over the weekend at the Rio Games.
A look at some of the Olympic firsts."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rio 2016: The most amazing national anthems - 8 August 2016
"The Olympic Games aren’t just a showcase for athletes, but for each country’s official song. Alex Marshall selects the ones to listen out for."

(BBC)

39 More Facts about the Olympics - mental_floss List Show Ep. 432
(YouTube)

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CONNECTED CAR

How connected car tech is eroding personal privacy - 9 August 2016
(BBC)

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US ELECTIONS

Republican Evan McMullin to launch presidential run against Trump - 8 August 2016
"Little-known former policy director and CIA agent to announce independent run for president in contrast to Donald Trump."
(theguardian.com)

 

Trump v Clinton: Comparing their economic plans - Article + Photos - 8 August 2016
"Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have laid out their visions for the US economy and, unsurprisingly, they are very different."

(BBC)

Trump Vows to Cut Taxes in Economic Policy Speech - Text + Audio + Video - 8 August 2016
"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a speech Monday outlining his economic policies. Trump focused on his plans to lower taxes
for families and corporations. He also said he would reduce regulations on businesses and reform trade and energy policies."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SWORD-FIGHTING

The sword-fighting granny showing the young how it's done - VIDEO - 11 August 2016
"A 73-year-old grandmother in Kerala in Southern India has become a social media star after appearing in a video
in which she demonstrated her martial arts prowess.
Now Meenakshi Amma is passing on her skills to a younger generation, including increasing numbers of girls who are learning how to defend themselves."

(BBC)

 

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WEDDING

Chinese couple tie knot on glass bridge over gorge - 10 August 2016
"It's not everyone's idea of a special day, but one couple in China chose to celebrate their wedding by dangling in mid-air from a glass bridge."

(BBC)

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07/08/2016


US ELECTIONS

Who Are the Libertarian and Green Party Presidential Candidates? - Text + Audio + Photos - 6 August 2016
"Most attention in the U.S. presidential race is going to Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
But two other candidates – Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party – are now getting more publicity and rising in the polls.
Who are these candidates and can they win?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate

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OLYMPICS

All Russian athletes to be banned from Paralympic Games in Rio - 6 August 2016
(theguardian.com)

Cat Olympics 2016
"May The Olympics Games Begin! Every 4 years Cathletes from nations world wide compete in a test of strength and prowless in the Cat Olympics! The Furball kitties are taking part in the games for the US team. The pressure is on for these American mewcomers, they are cute, but can they win the gold? How pawsome can they be? Dreams can come true! Winners believe in greatness! Let them roar! We are celebrating the Summer Cat Games 2016!"

(YouTube)

 

 

I'm An Olympian - Songify "Cool Runnings!"
The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
(YouTube)
"The 1993 movie Cool Runnings was loosely based on the very real 1988 Jamaican bobsled team.
It was both funny and inspirational. And now it’s been songified with AutoTune."
(Neatorama)

 

 

The 16 ads you’re likely to love the most during the Rio 2016 Games
(qz.com)

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VIDEO GAMES

Surprising Realities Of South Korea's Gaming Crazy Culture - 7 August 2016
"No country on the planet takes gaming as seriously as South Korea, where video game addiction has become so bad
the government was forced to institute gaming laws to save the lives of their young gamers..."

(neatorama.com)

5 Surprising Realities of South Korea's Intense Gaming Culture - 25 July 2016
"he technologically advanced South Koreans have avoided Western temptations like cheeseburgers and crack, but the populace is facing a unique problem: rampant gaming addiction. But that may just be the side effect of a fantastical new gaming culture that reveres virtual athletes as gods."
(dorkly.com)

 

5 Video Games Science Says Are Good For You - 13 January 2016
(dorkly.com)

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POKEMON GO

The neuroscience of Pokemon Go
"Pokémon Go is a free, location-based, augmented reality game — but why is it so popular?
To understand, let’s look at the neuroscience behind Pokémon Go. Here are 4 ideas that can explain how it became such a phenomenon..."

(blog.ed.ted.com)

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Andy WARHOL

The Case For Andy Warhol - a lesson
(ed.ted.com)

 

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06/08/2016


RIO 2016

World media praise Rio Olympics ceremony - 6 August 2016
"Media throughout the world celebrate the spectacular ceremony put on by Brazil to mark the opening of the Rio Olympics,
despite the serious political and economic difficulties faced by the country."

(BBC)

Rio 2016 opening ceremony a mix of pared patriotism and climate concern - 6 August 2016
(theguardian.com)

Doping: Wada label Brazil's decision to stop testing Olympians 'unacceptable' - 6 August 2016
- Anti-doping agency ‘very concerned’ about Brazil not testing their athletes
- Hosts stopped testing their athletes for the month leading up to Games

(theguardian.com)

In pictures: Opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic Games - 6 August 2016
(BBC)

Rio Olympics 2016: opening ceremony – in pictures
(theguardian.com)


Brazilian former marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron
- football legend Pele was not well enough to do so.

 

Rio Olympics 2016: Opening ceremony celebrates Brazil to open Games - VIDEOS - 6 August 2016
(BBC)

 

 

Everything you need to know about Judi Dench's Olympics poem - 6 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Yes, that was Judi Dench reading a poem about the environment - 6 August 2016
"In the first certifiably unexpected moment of the Rio Games, Dame Judi Dench read an English translation of a poem about the environment.
It was an oddly sobering and powerful message for the festive Opening Ceremonies, but it shouldn’t have been surprising, given the awareness of Brazil’s shrinking rain forest and the stresses that civilization places on its ecosystem. The poem was also recited by Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro."

(washingtonpost.com)

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REFUGEES

The specially created refugee team who will compete at the Games for the first time received a huge ovation, as did the hosts - 6 August 2016
(theguardian.com)

Cranes deliver aid to Syrian refugees "stranded on the border with Jordan" - VIDEO - 5 August 2016
(BBC)

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TAX HAVENS

Stiglitz resigns from Panama Papers commission - 6 August 2016
"Nobel prize-winning economist steps down saying Panama government refused to guarantee report would be made public."

(theguardian.com)

Panama Papers: full database of offshore companies published online - 10 May 2016
"International Consortium of Investigative Journalistsargues ‘public interest’ in releasing details of 200,000 entities used in tax avoidance schemes."

(theguardian.com)

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MONEY

Man in Iraq Wins $6.4 Million Oregon Lottery Jackpot
"It's the first time in the Oregon Lottery's history that a person living overseas bought a Megabucks ticket online and struck it rich,
NBC affiliate KTVZ reported."
(nbcnews.com)

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US CONSTITUTION

Pop quiz, patriot: how well do you know the US constitution?
(theguardian.com)

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STORY

'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce - Text + Audio + Video
"The occurrence, or event, in our story takes place during the Civil War of the eighteen sixties between the American states of the north and the states
of the south. A group of soldiers is hanging a southern farm owner for trying to stop northern military movements across the Owl Creek Bridge."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US NATIONAL PARK

Rocky Mountain National Park: Wild and Wonderful - Text + Audio + Photos - 5 August 2016
"Our national parks journey this week takes us to an extreme landscape in Colorado.
Around us are clear lakes, aspen and fir trees, and mountain peaks that rise over 4,400 meters.
Join us as we explore Rocky Mountain National Park."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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05/08/2016


ISIS

How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers - Article + Photos + Video - 3 August 2016
"A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit
whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world...
Reinforcing the idea that the Emni is a core part of the Islamic State’s operations, the interviews and documents indicate that the unit has carte blanche to recruit and reroute operatives from all parts of the organization — from new arrivals to seasoned battlefield fighters, and from the group’s special forces
and its elite commando units."

(nytimes.com)

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RACISM

'Racist' cartoon stokes debate over treatment of Indigenous Australians - 5 August 2016
"Bill Leak’s sketch of drunk Aboriginal father comes amid fallout from publication of alleged juvenile detention centre abuses.
A newspaper cartoon widely criticised as racist has heightened a debate about Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous people, amid ongoing fallout from the publication of footage showing the alleged abuse of Aboriginal children at a detention centre..."

(theguardian.com)

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RIO 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 schedule: Your complete printable guide to the Games
((telegraph.co.uk) )

How much do you know about the Olympics? Find out in our quiz - 5 August 2016
"Test your knowledge of 1960s drugs use, ancient sports, arts at the Games, a French aristocrat, a reluctant rower, Olympic animals and medal metallurgy."
(theguardian.com)

Aerial views of the Rio 2016 Olympic venues - VIDEO - 5 August 2016
"From the legendary Macaranã stadium to the famous sandy beaches of the Copacabana, we take a look at the key Rio Olympics venues from up on high."

(telegraph.co.uk)

In pictures: The Olympic venues - 5 August 2016
"A tour of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro."

(BBC)

Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony - VIDEOS - 5 August 2016
"The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions.
The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city's security, infrastructure and venues.
But it is time for the sporting action to take centre stage.
These are the Games of the 31st Olympiad but are the 28th to be held as those in 1916, 1940 and 1944 did not take place because of war.
"
(BBC)

 

 

Rio 2016 Olympics: Russians 'have cleanest team' as 271 athletes cleared to compete - 5 August 2016
"Russia will have 271 athletes eligible to compete at the Rio Games, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC)."

(BBC)

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POKEMON GO

What are the strongest Pokemon in Pokemon GO? - 5 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Pokemon Go banned by Iranian authorities over 'security' - 5 August 2016
"Authorities in Iran ban the Pokemon Go app because of unspecified "security concerns", joining other countries to have worries over the hit game."

(BBC)

'Pokemon Go' Costly for Japanese Olympian in Rio - Text + Audio - 4 August 2016
"Kohei Uchimura is a Japanese gymnast. He is a six-time world champion and the defending Olympic champion in men’s gymnastics.
His first day of competition at the 2016 Games is on Saturday. But, somehow, he has found time - a lot of time - to try to hunt Pokemon while in Rio."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TALLEST / SHORTEST

Where Are the World's Tallest and Shortest People? - Text + Audio - 4 August 2016
"A new study shows that Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet.
The shortest men are from in East Timor and the shortest women are in Guatemala, according to the study's rankings."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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INSECTS

 

 

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RELIGIONS

The five major world religions - John Bellaimey - a lesson
"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘How do I live a life of meaning?’
These existential questions are central to the five major world religions - and that’s not all that connects these faiths.
John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam."
(ed.ted.com)


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FEMINISM

Barack Obama’s letter on feminism is powerful stuff - 5 August 2016
"Barack Obama has penned an open letter on feminism and why men need to fight for gender equality too.
This isn't the first time that the President has declared himself a feminist, but his letter explains why and what men and women need to do next."
Read the letter.

(glamourmagazine.co.uk)
Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand)

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BACK TO SCHOOL

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Staples' Back-to-School Commercial
(YouTube)
- with a worksheet created by Christine Even Morin (Ac. Rennes)



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