The Grand Canyon: A Sight Beyond Words- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 19 August 2016
"Many writers have tried to describe the wonder of the Grand Canyon. They use words like mysterious, overpowering, and strange.
But it is not possible to put human meaning to such a place. The Grand Canyon truly is beyond words."
New York City Baseball Program Improves Children's Lives- Text + Audio + Video - 19 August 2016
"An East Harlem community around East 101st Street has a baseball program celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The program is helping inner-city students succeed."
Russia Defends Use of Iranian Base to Launch Syrian Airstrikes - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 August 2016
"Russia is defending its use of an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes in Syria.
This week, Russia began launching attacks from Iran against Islamic State positions in Syria.
The Russian Foreign Minister denied a U.S. claim that his country’s use of the base may violate a UN resolution."
China Launches First Quantum Satellite- Text + Audio - 19 August 2016
"A rocket named the Long March-2D launched the satellite into space. The launch site was in China’s northwest Gobi Desert."
Reaction to Image of Dazed, Injured Syrian Boy - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 18 August 2016
"People are reacting to the image of a dusty, wounded boy pulled from the rubble of an apartment building in Aleppo, Syria."
The 411 on Numeronyms
"Numerals are often used in numeronyms: in combination with other numerals and with letters to represent a word, phrase, or concept. This post loosens the definition of numeronym to also include a numeral without one or more accompanying letters and with or without other symbols..."
It Sounds Like...Onomatopoeia! - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 18 August 2016
"Every language in the world has words that express sounds. These are called onomatopoetic words.
When a person says an onomatopoetic word, the sound of the word copies the natural sound the word is identifying."
Greece rescues dozens of people after migrant boat runs aground - 19 August 2016
"Arrivals in last 24 hours brings official count of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece to just over 58,000...
Those now arriving on Greek islands from Turkey face deportation back to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece. While the deal has limited the flow, people still arrive and around 11,000 are stranded on a handful of eastern Aegean islands, most housed in overcrowded detention camps."
Images from US Border Patrol facility reveal harsh conditions for immigrants - 18 August 2016
"Footage unsealed by federal judge gives most damning evidence yet of what some call abusive conditions for people detained at southern US border...
Groups working with immigrant detainees at the border have long complained that the inmates are treated inhumanely, kept in bare concrete cells that are freezing in temperature as a form of punishment. The colloquial word for the cells is “hieleras”, or ice boxes."
Corcovado with its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue
overlooking Rio de Janeiro
Brazil Welcomes Refugees- Text + Audio + Video - 18 August 2016
"Before Europe began accepting people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Brazil was one of the few countries
that would give Syrians and Palestinians a visa. Since 2013, thousands have arrived."
Firefighters Battle Western U.S. Wildfires- Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 17 August 2016
"It is fire season in the western United States. In Southern California, firefighters face another day of difficult conditions.
A huge wildfire forced more than 80,000 people from their homes. But officials now have new aircraft to fight the fires."
How Should Schools Deal with Misbehaving Students?- Text + Audio - 15 August 2016
"What should school officials do when a student demonstrates very bad behavior in class?
Some say removing “bad” students from school can lead to more school drop outs and arrests.
But others say suspending students is necessary so other children trying to learn can do so."
One Hour of Exercise a Day Fights Damage of Sitting- Text + Audio - 15 August 2016
"When it comes to your health, It seems that sitting too much may be as bad for you as smoking.
If you sit for many hours a day in a traditional office job, you may be interested in a new study."
Aussie Olympian’s impressive junk food binge after bowing out of the Rio Olympic Games - 15 August 2016
"Sawan Serasinghe’s meal consisted of six burgers, six portions of large fries, 40 chicken nuggets and six brownies — that’s around 6,000 calories in total.
Serasinghe admitted he was disappointed to have lost his final match at the Olympics, but after “months” of clean eating he was keen to go all-out on the smorgasbord of calorific treats reported The Sun."
He said: "Now it's time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean!"
Usain Bolt Wins Third 100-Meter Gold Medal - Text + Audio + Video - 15 August 2016
"The weekend had more Olympic firsts. Usain Bolt won the 100-meter race for the third time. No runner did that before.
Monica Puig won Puerto Rico’s first-ever gold medal. And a pair of Irish rowers gave a first-rate interview."
Guantanamo Bay: US in largest detainee transfer under Obama- Article + Videos - 16 August 2016
"The US says it has sent 15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Arab Emirates
- the largest single transfer during President Barack Obama's administration.
The Pentagon says the transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans brings the total number of prisoners down to 61 at the US facility in Cuba...
President Obama wants to close the prison before he leaves office."
What Trump's hand gestures say about him - VIDEO - 16 August 2016 "New Yorkers tend to use a lot of hand gestures," and Donald Trump is no exception.
Body language expert Mary Civiello breaks down the top five gestures Donald Trump uses when he speaks."
The secret history of trumpism - 16 August 2016
"The Republican intellectual establishment is united against Donald Trump
– but his message of cultural and racial resentment has deep roots in the American right."
The Words "is a 2012 mystery romantic dramafilm, written and directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal in their directorial debut...
Clayton Hammond (Dennis Quaid) attends a public reading of his new book, The Words.
Clayton begins reading from his book which focuses on a fictional character named Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper),
an aspiring writer who lives in New York City with his girlfriend, Dora (Zoe Saldana)...
The second part of the reading details Rory’s encounter with "The Old Man" (Jeremy Irons) in New York City's Central Park,
who reveals himself as the true author of the manuscript and that it was based on his life in Paris..."
"A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work."
Australia to close Manus Island asylum centre - 17 August 2016
"Australia has agreed to close a controversial asylum-seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG)...
Asylum seekers currently held on Manus Island could be moved to a facility in the Pacific nation of Nauru."
Scientists make self-repairing clothes (August 16, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "Humans have learnt many things from nature that help us in our daily life. The latest thing is self-repairing clothing."
A German tourist plunged to his death while posing for a photo at Machu Picchu - 4 August 2016
"Oliver Park, 51, fell 100 metres from a cliff while posing for a photograph of himself jumping as if in flight in the Peruvian Andes...
The selfie craze has resulted in a disturbingly high number of deaths – so far this year there have been more than 20 incidents
in which people died while taking selfies. India has the highest number of fatalities resulting from the trend... ‘Selfie’ fatalities happen most commonly from heights, in or near water and on train tracks. Certain areas in some countries have banned
selfies and selfie sticks due to the risk they can pose to both humans and animals."
Taking a Selfie: More Dangerous than Fun?
"Learn more about the dangers of taking a selfie and how to overcome the 'selfie obsession'." 1 – A Selfie Reveals Your Location
2 – A Selfie Gives Out Personal Information
3 – A Selfie Shows What People Look Like
4 – A Selfie Sends the Message that “You Are Not Home”
5 – A Selfie Shows Actions People Do
6 – A Selfie Reveals Others’ Identities
7 – A Selfie Gives Out Details about Your Family 8 – Taking a Selfie Can Become Addictive Taking a Selfie Can Turn Deadly
American may face charges for spearing Canadian bear - 16 August 2016
"Officials in Canada's Alberta province have said they plan to ban spear hunting after an American posted a video of himself impaling a black bear...
Spear hunting is illegal in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, but not in Alberta."