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AUGUST 2016 - PART 3 - NEW SITES

 

15/08/2016


RIO 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Usain Bolt - the world's fastest man by those who know him best - 15 August 2016
"Seven Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles and a hatful of world records means there has been little time for tears throughout his career."

(BBC)

 

How Usain Bolt made history with his third 100m gold medal victory - with photos
"Bolt got off to a slow start behind rival Justin Gatlin but surged ahead in the last few seconds.
Although Bolt's time didn't break any records, his win makes him the first athlete to win three successive 100m titles."

(theguardian.com)

As World Follows Rio Olympics, Brazil’s Economy Struggles - Text + Audio + Video - 14 August 2016
"Pictures from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have been beautiful. But underlying the beauty, there is unrest in Rio and many other parts of Brazil."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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EXTREME SPORTS

Five die in French Alps in series of extreme sports accidents - 15 August 2016
"Two climbers, a paraglider, a hang glider and a wingsuit jumper lose their lives in incidents over two days."

(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTIONS

US election: Trump team 'must disclose pro-Russia ties' - 15 August 2016
"Donald Trump's campaign team must disclose all pro-Russia links, Hillary Clinton's manager has said, following new allegations in the New York Times."
(BBC)

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief - 14 August 2016
(nytimes.com)

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NEW YORK

A new New York? Manhattan's oldest neighbourhood goes car-free, kind of … - 15 August 2016
"Cars restricted to 5mph over 60 blocks of Financial District at weekend, as transport department runs Shared Streets event inspired by Bogotá and Paris."

(theguardian.com)


Times Square has been blocked to cars since 2009.

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CLOTHES

France Corsica brawl: Mayor bans burkinis amid tensions - 15 August 2016
"A village mayor in Corsica has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis"
after a beach brawl between families of North African descent and local youths."

(BBC)


Corsican town becomes third in France to ban the burkini after riots - 15 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS

Russian city of Novosibirsk bars migrants from many jobs - 15 August 2016
"Foreigners in Russia's vast Novosibirsk region in Siberia will no longer be able to work
as schoolteachers, bus or taxi drivers, timber merchants, lawyers or accountants under a new ruling.
The ban, imposed by Novosibirsk governor Vladimir Gorodetsky, must be enforced over the next three months."

(BBC)

Lifelong Refugee Finds a Place to Call Home - Text + Audio + Video - 14 August 2016
"For most of his life, Awadh Alsrya was a refugee. He was never a citizen of any country. Now, he finally has a place to call his home.
Alsrya became a citizen of the United States last month on July 4, American Independence Day."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TASER

Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered in Telford by police - 15 August 2016
"Former footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police in Shropshire."

(BBC)

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SONGS

Heatwave: The 20 best songs about summer and sunshine
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LESSON

Minions: Present Perfect - a lesson
"The Minions have been among humans for a long time. They have seen and done many things during their existence.
Make a list of eight of those things..."

(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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14/08/2016


POKEMON GO

POKEMON GO ADDICTION KILLS RELATIONSHIP | SketchSHE
(YouTube)
Teachers, watch the video before your students and decide if they can watch it too...

 

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MEME / FLAMING

What Is a 'Meme'? What Are Examples of Modern Internet Memes?
"A 'meme' is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. The majority of modern memes are captioned photos that are intended to be funny,
often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior. Other memes can be videos and verbal expressions.
Some memes have heavier and more philosophical content.
The world of memes (which rhymes with 'teams') is noteworthy for two reasons..."
+ Examples
(netforbeginners.about.com)

 

Flaming "is a hostile and insulting interaction between Internet users, often involving the use of profanity.
It can also be the swapping of insults back and forth or with many groups teaming up on a single victim.
Flaming usually occurs in the social context of an Internet forum, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Usenet, by e-mail, game servers such as Xbox Live
or PlayStation Network, and on video-sharing websites such as YouTube. It is frequently the result of the discussion of heated real-world issues
such as politics, religion, and philosophy, or of issues that polarize sub-populations, but can also be provoked by seemingly trivial differences.
Deliberate flaming, as opposed to flaming as a result of emotional discussions, is carried out by individuals known as flamers,
who are specifically motivated to incite flaming. These users specialize in flaming and target specific aspects of a controversial conversation.
In a modern Internet lexicon this term has been almost entirely superseded by trolling."

(Wikipedia)

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RIO 2016

Rio Olympics 2016: Russia's Darya Klishina banned by IAAF - 13 August 2016
"Russian track and field athletes were banned en masse from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping programme."
(BBC)

The Inspirational Michael Phelps - 13 August 2016
"Michael Phelps is 31 years old and competing in his fourth Olympics. He’s won four gold medals so far in Rio, for a career total of 22 gold medals..."
(neatorama.com)



Michael Phelps - Pictures
(20minutes.fr)

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VIDEOS and LEARNING RESOURCES

A new curated digital collection of videos and learning resources for teachers everywhere
"For her TED-Ed Innovation Project, Preshoff created a classroom-ready digital collection of 100+ great videos and learning resources
about core topics in art, history, science, and beyond."

(blog.ed.ted.com)

  1. Art

  2. History and Global Studies

  3. Science

  4. Environment

  5. Nature

  6. Climate Change

  7. Space

  8. Food

  9. Animals

  10. Insects

  11. Forensics

  12. Earth Science

  13. Everything Human

  14. Superheroes

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CAR

A car powered by its roof - 12 August 2016
"Solar panels help fuel this Fisker Karma comeback.
Cars that run on sun and not petrol still seem fantastical, even in 2016: They're expensive and slow to make, and seem stuck in university science experiment limbo. But a new remake of designer Henrik Fisker's ill-fated 2011 petrol-electric sedan — this time, with a solar-powered roof
— could be the boost that daylight-slurping vehicles need."

(BBC)

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Sci Fi versus reality

Sci Fi versus reality | Marrec Selous | LFNY
"Science fiction writers and filmmakers give us a glimpse into other worlds: mysterious dimensions and far-away places.
In this talk, though, Marrec shows us the many ways in which these works of "fiction" can give us clues and insights into reality."

(YouTube)

 

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READING

TED-Ed’s super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators
(blog.ed.ted.com)

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SONG

Beautiful City 'Cross the River by Dave Alvin
(YouTube)
from 'Justified' (TV series)

 

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IMMIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Italian Immigrant Brings Gelato to Washington, DC - Text + Audio + Video - 13 August 2016
"Gianluigi Delaccio learned how to make gelato in Italy and Germany. But he had a dream to bring the sweet treat to the United States.
He opened his first gelato business in Washington, D.C. in 2006."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Immigrants Learn Nursing Skills as They Learn English - Text + Audio + Video - 13 August 2016
"At a public school in Washington DC, immigrants are learning the skills and language they need to work as nurse aides.
They get hands-on experience and study for a national exam to earn certification."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Syrian Refugees Seek to Complete Their Higher Education Text + Audio - 13 August 2016
"More than one million refugees live in Lebanon. Some Lebanese do not want them there.
The refugees also face difficult living conditions and restrictions on job opportunities."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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13/08/2016


REFUGEES

A world on the move - The refugee crisis seen through the eyes of Magnum photographers
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ONLINE GAMING

Online gaming may improve school test scores (August 13, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A new study shows that teenagers who regularly played games online improved their test scores at school."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:    Level 4  or  Level 5
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Republican letter urges party to cut Trump's funding - 12 August 2016
"More than 70 Republicans have signed a letter to the party's National Committee head urging him to stop helping Donald Trump's campaign."

(BBC)

Clinton Blasts Trump Proposals in Economic Speech - Text + Audio + Video - 11 August 2016
"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted opponent Donald Trump’s tax and trade proposals as she laid out her own economic plan Thursday. Trump had outlined his economic policies earlier on Monday during a speech in Detroit. He also criticized Clinton’s economic plan."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

There's a Japanese Donald Trump commercial – kinda - 16 June 2016
(latimes.com)

 

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RIO 2016

Mapped: The 73 countries that have still never won an Olympic medal - 12 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

Fiji Celebrates First Olympic Medal, and It Is Gold - Text + Audio + Photos + Videos - 12 August 2016
"Fiji won its first ever medal on Thursday night at the Rio Olympics.
The country won the men’s rugby sevens tournament with a victory over Great Britain."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

China's Fu Yuanhui: The Happiest Olympian? - Text + Audio + Videos - 11 August 2016
"She is being called the "most lovable athlete" at the Rio Olympics and China's "Sweetheart Swimmer." Meet Fu Yuanhui, now an Olympic bronze medalist."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Rio 2016 - Pictures
(20minutes.fr)


Rebekah Tiler

 

From Syria to Rio 2016 - The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team
"17 year old Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini will swim for the Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016.
We speak to Yusra in Germany to see how she has settled into her new life and how she is training for the Olympic Games."

(YouTube)
"Saturday, Mardini won her first heat in the 100 meter butterfly, but did not make the finals. Still, she’s young, and hopes to compete in the 2020 Games. She also hopes to inspire others to think of refugees as normal people."

(Neatorama)




Rio 2016 Olympics race walking: all you need to know – video explainer
"As track and field events get under way at the Rio 2016 Olympics, find out more about race walking: the rules, the history and the world record holders. London 2012 saw records tumble in several events. Will the same happen in Brazil?"
More from Rio 2016 Olympic explainer videos.

(theguardian.com)

Mary Carillo's Badminton Rant - Athens 2004
"This was taken off the air from a badminton broadcast in the middle of the night, US time.
What starts as a normal description about the equipment turns into a full-on rant about how backyard badminton is *really* played."

(YouTube)

 

Eight things you didn't know about the Olympics
(BBC)  

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FOOD and COFFEES

McDonald's pressured to serve up global antibiotics ban - 12 August 2016
"A new online campaign is putting pressure on fast food giant McDonald's to impose a global ban on products from animals treated with antibiotics.
Scientists warn that treating livestock with antibiotics is leading to a rise in drug-resistant superbugs."
+ Antibiotics - what you need to know

(BBC)

The 10 Most Expensive Coffees in the World
(moneyinc.com)

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SYNONYMS

Synonyms for “Clothes”
"Words that refer collectively to one’s clothes have an origin in the sense of equipment or preparation;
here are a dozen words available as alternatives to clothes."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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ELEPHANTS

Why the Guardian is spending a year reporting on the plight of elephants - 12 August 2016
"Elephant herds face an uncertain future – over the next year we’ll be taking a closer look at what can be done to help."

Read our coverage so far:
Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – the last of the megaherbivores
Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’
Elephants on the path to extinction – the facts

(theguardian.com)


Elephants are increasingly dependent on humans for survival.

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ISIS

Isis's leader in Pakistan and Afghanistan killed in US drone strike - 12 August 2016
"Hafiz Saeed Khan died along with senior commanders and fighters in Nangarhar province, US military has confirmed."

(theguardian.com)

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POKEMON GO

Brussels police fine Pokemon Go players for being a danger to themselves and others - 12 August 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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COLLEGE

Public College Offers Blacks-Only Classes, Claims It’s Totally Okay - 8 August 2016
"A community college in Illinois is trying to defend itself after it decided to offer special classes only available to black people."

(dailycaller.com)

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DISNEY PARKS

25 Things You're Not Allowed To Do At Disney Parks
"See some of the rules and regulations at Disney parks so you don't get in trouble on your next visit."

(countryliving.com)

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US NATIONAL PARK

Crater Lake National Park: A Blue Jewel - Text + Audio + Photos - 12 August 2016
"This week on our national parks journey, we travel to the northwestern state of Oregon. Here, you find will a huge, deep lake.
Its waters seem impossibly blue. It is the deepest lake in America and one of the deepest in the world.
Its water among the clearest and purest found on Earth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FRINGE FESTIVAL

Celebrating Strange Art at Washington's Fringe Festival - Text + Audio + Photos - 12 August 2016
"Fringe Festivals are festivals that bring attention to performance art that is not normally found in museums or major theaters. The first Fringe Festival
was held in Scotland and now there are festivals in cities all over the world. The Capital Fringe Festival is held in Washington, DC every summer."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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