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DECEMBER 2018 - PART 1 - NEW SITES




DECEMBER 2018

01 - World AIDS Day
03 - International Day of the Disabled
10 - Human Rights Day
15 - Bill of Rights Day
16 - Boston Tea Party Day
18 - International Migrants Day
21 - WINTER
25 - Christmas
26 - Boxing Day
31 - New Year's Eve



06/12/2018


HOW TO WRITE DIALOGUE

How to Write Dialogue
"Dialogue refreshes. Seeing quotation marks on a page has been proven to increase readability, which means that readers find the page more interesting.
And you want your readers to stay interested. Dialogue breaks up “gray text” and gives your eyes a break too."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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CHRISTMAS DINNER

This is what Christmas dinner looks like in 20 countries around the world - 20 pictures - 4 December 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Finland plate

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CARTOONS

"Visit https://danscartoons.com/cartoon-maker/ which talks about how I entered cartooning,
how I promoted my cartooning services, samples of previous clients and more.
There are also lots of links, plus sample cartoons and comic strips."
by Dan Rosandich

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YELLOW VESTS

MACRON SCRAPS FUEL TAX
"French President Emmanuel Macron has scrapped a fuel tax rise amid fears of renewed violence,
after weeks of nationwide protests and the worst rioting in Paris in decades."

[AP]

France Delays New Fuel Tax After Violent Protests - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 December 2018
"France’s Prime Minister announced a six-month delay in a fuel tax increase the government said was meant to fight climate change.
President Emanuel Macron announced the tax last month but damaging protests have taken place since then."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Gilets jaunes protests in France to continue despite fuel tax U-turn - 4 December 2018
"Protesters say they will not accept ‘crumbs’, but are told further violence will not be tolerated"

(theguardian.com)

Words on the street: graffiti of the Paris protests – in pictures - 4 December 2018
"As the cleanup operation continues across across the French capital after violent demonstrations against rising taxes and the high cost of living,
the messages left behind reveal some of the motives and emotions behind the unrest"

(theguardian.com)

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CLIMATE CHANGE



David Attenborough’s Dire Climate Warning: ‘Our Greatest Threat In Thousands Of Years’ - with videos - 4 December 2018
“The world’s people have spoken. Their message is clear: Time is running out,” the famed naturalist said at a U.N. conference in Poland."

See PHOTO GALLERY: What climate change just might ruin
(huffingtonpost.com)

 

Climate Change Explained In 5 Minutes Featuring Al Gore - 2 December 2018
"On December 3-4, former US Vice President Al Gore will host The Climate Reality Project’s eighth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast
— 24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves — a 24-hour live event exploring how the climate crisis is threatening human health worldwide."

(YouTube)

 

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FIRES in CALIFORNIA

Children Return to School after Deadly 'Camp Fire' in California - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 December 2018
"Three and a half weeks a deadly wildfire hit Northern California, students are finally returning to class.
The fire was the deadliest to hit the United States in a century."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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George H.W BUSH

State Funeral of Former President George H.W. Bush - with pictures - 5 December 2018
"The U.S. bids farewell to former President George H.W. Bush at a state funeral in Washington attended by top American political figures,
along with current and former leaders from throughout the world."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Bush's Eulogy to His Father, George H.W. Bush - 5 December 2018
Editor's Note: Former President George W. Bush, America's 43rd president, delivered an eulogy to his father, George H.W. Bush, the country's 41st president,
at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Bush Remembered as ‘Last Great Soldier-Statesman’ - Text + Audio + Pictures - 5 December 2018
"Presidents and world leaders attended the funeral of the 41st President, George H.W. Bush.
Friends and family celebrated the life of the long-time public official’s life with praise and laughter."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Stays by His Side - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 December 2018
"All day, thousands of people walked by Bush's flag-covered casket. Alongside them was someone that came into his life only recently: his service dog, Sully.
Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs, an organization that trains dogs to help war veterans and active military members."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)



State Funeral to Honor Former US President George H.W. Bush - Text + Audio + Pictures - 3 December 2018
"Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush returns to Washington, DC Monday for the last time.
Bush died last Friday at the age of 94. He served as president from 1989 to 1993 after a long career in government service."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEE FAMILIES

Refugee families allowed to enter UK after 20 years at RAF base - 3 December 2018
"Six families receive permanent residence after two-decade stay at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus"

(theguardian.com)

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KHASHOGGI MURDER

Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince 'crazy', says US senator - with 2 videos - 4 December 2018
"US senators say they are confident the Saudi crown prince was linked to the murder of a Saudi journalist, following a private CIA briefing."
+ Video: The BBC's Frank Gardner looks at what could happen to the man known as MBS

+ Where the Saudi prince stands revealed
+ Jamal Khashoggi: The story so far

+ Journalist who stepped into a consulate and vanished
+ Jamal Khashoggi in his own words

(BBC)

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SPACE

US Spacecraft Reaches Bennu Asteroid - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 4 December 2018
"An American spacecraft this week successfully reached its target, the asteroid Bennu.
The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is now operating around the asteroid, about 122 million kilometers from Earth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"This illustration provided by NASA shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu."

 
"On Dec. 3, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target, near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
Here, the team explains mission goals and the process of approach and rendezvous.
OSIRIS-REx will study Bennu for two years before collecting a sample to return to Earth."

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SAVING GIRAFFES

Saving the last West African giraffes in Niger - 4 December 2018
"For almost 50 years, the highly threatened West African giraffe has been absent from Niger's Gadabedji Biosphere Reserve.
Illegal hunting, climate change and habitat loss have all contributed to the population's decline.
An ambitious conservation initiative has now re-introduced eight giraffes into the reserve, in the first conservation effort of its kind for the West African subspecies."

(BBC)

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CARBON EMISSIONS

CARBON EMISSIONS HIGHEST EVER
"Global carbon emissions will reach a record high this year, dashing hopes that the rise in pollution is finally coming to a standstill, according to an annual report."

[HuffPost]

'Brutal news': global carbon emissions jump to all-time high in 2018 - 5 December 2018
"Rapid cuts needed to protect billions of people from rising emissions due to increase in use of cars and coal"

(theguardian.com)

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MICHIGAN

WEED NOW LEGAL IN MICHIGAN
"Under a new measure in Michigan, people aged 21 and older can legally possess and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
Michigan voters approved the initiative in November with 56 percent of the vote."

[HuffPost]

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EARTHQUAKES

Alaska Continues with Earthquake Repairs - Text + Audio + Pictures - 5 December 2018
"The American city of Anchorage, Alaska is recovering from a powerful earthquake Friday that damaged public buildings, homes and roads.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused buildings to sway. But there have been no reports of deaths, serious injuries or widespread damage."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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03/12/2018


LESSON PLAN

UN declares reggae a world cultural treasure (December 01, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The United Nations has officially recognized reggae as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Reggae - Level 4  or  Reggae - Level 5
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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FRANCE FUEL PROTESTS


Who are the gilets jaunes and what do they want? - 3 December 2018
"What began as a fuel tax protest by French drivers now appeals to wider anti-government sentiment."

(theguardian.com)



Paris riots: PM to meet protest groups after worst unrest in decade - 3 December 2018
"Shops and cars set alight after peaceful gilets jaunes protest turns violent"
+ Video: Police and protesters clash in Paris – video

+ Video: Paris cleanup begins after gilets jaunes riots – video
+ The aftermath of the gilets jaunes riots in Paris – in pictures
(theguardian.com)

France fuel protests: Macron holds urgent security meeting - with pictures and videos - 2 December 2018
"French President Emmanuel Macron has held an urgent security meeting following a day of riots by thousands of anti-government protesters."
+ Video: Dozens of people were injured in Saturday's clashes
+ Video: France fuel protests: Who are the people in the yellow vests?

+ Will Macron face down French fuel protesters?
+ Jobseeker: Macron should help me find work

(BBC)

France fuel protests: Aftermath of riots in Paris - 2 December 2018
"Dozens of people have been injured in Saturday's protests in Paris against fuel tax hikes.
The Arc de Triomphe - one of France's most iconic monuments - has been vandalised by rioters.
The government of President Emmanuel Macron warns a state of emergency could be declared to tackle the unrest."

(BBC)

 

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G20 ARGENTINA

G20 Argentina: Rifts laid bare as world leaders meet - 30 November 2018
"World leaders have held the opening session of their annual G20 summit, with any number of disputes and disagreements on the table."

+ Video: So how does a G20 summit work?
+ Why tensions between Russia and Ukraine are so high
+ Video: Why have thousands of demonstrators been marching against the G20 summit in Buenos Aires?

+ In pictures: World leaders gather
+ Trump's trade war: Stakes are high at G20
+ Merkel's travel nightmare

(BBC)

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US-CHINA TRADE WAR

US-China trade war: Deal agreed to suspend new trade tariffs - 2 December 2018
"US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to halt new trade tariffs for 90 days to allow for talks, the US says."

+ The Trump and Xi deal: A temporary truce
+ Trump expects second Kim summit soon
+ Trump claims progress after Kim summit

+ China v the US: Not just a trade war
+ Erdogan demands Khashoggi extraditions

+ Trump talks tough on China before G20
+ US-China trade row: What has happened so far?
+ Grappling with China's growing power

(BBC)


Mr Trump (front right) met Mr Xi (front left) after the G20 summit in Buenos Aires

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George HW BUSH

George HW Bush: A look back on the former US president's life - 1 December 2018
"Former US president George HW Bush, whose plane was shot down during World War Two and who went on to become a millionaire by the age of 40, has died.
He passed away at the age of 94, his son George W Bush announced.
Bush Sr served as the 41st US president, between 1989 and 1993; his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein."

(BBC)


 

George H.W. Bush: Cautious - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 1 December 2018
"Editor's Note: Former United States President George H. W. Bush has died at the age of 94, his family announced.
He was a congressman, an ambassador to the U.N., director of the Central Intelligence Agency, vice-president and the 41st president.
Bush died late on Friday, November 30, 2018. He passed away about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.
"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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ROBOT

CIMON, the ISS Robot - 1 December 2018
"The crew members of the International Space Station have a new friend- a robot, delivered this past summer.
CIMON is a small, 3D-printed robot that resembles a cross between Wilson the volleyball from Castaway and HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
It moves by the action of two internal fans, and communicates by artificial intelligence."

(neatorama.com)
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst welcomed a new face to the Columbus laboratory, thanks to the successful commissioning of technology demonstration Cimon.
Short for Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN, Cimon is a 3D-printed plastic sphere designed to test human-machine interaction in space.

(YouTube)

 

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CHRISTMAS ADS

Top 10 Most Heartwarming Christmas Commercials Ever Made (Will Make You Cry)
"The most emotional, memorable and well made Christmas adverts of all time, that you'll want to watch again and again, every year..."

(YouTube)

 


The Nicest Christmas Ever
"Santa’s email-fail is a Christmas mix-up. See what happens when a Kiwi kid accidentally finds himself with one of Santa’s most confidential Christmas secrets..."

(YouTube)

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE

World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change
"Sum available for 2021-25 represents doubling of current five-year plan"

(theguardian.com)

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