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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



28/12/2018


HOW TO WRITE A JOKE

How to write a joke
"Like any short form of writing, creating jokes teaches how to use a few words effectively.
In this article, I will give examples of jokes and I will (shudder) explain them too. I know, you shouldn’t explain your jokes, but this helps us talk about them."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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CONFESSIONS OF AN IDIOM

Confessions of an Idiom
"Everyone has Skeletons in their Closet but what happens if one day the Elephant in the Room decides to make the Skeleton in the Closet bring the truth to light?
The Skeleton isn’t one to confess to his crimes so easily. Mayhem ensues in this power struggle with a world full of idioms..."

(vimeo.com)

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LESSON PLAN

US government shutdown over border wall (December 25, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The U.S. government will partially shut down over Christmas due to a lack of agreement the border wall with Mexico."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Border Wall - Level 4  or  Border Wall - 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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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH 2018

The Queen's speech 2018 - video highlights
"In her traditional Christmas Day broadcast, the Queen has highlighted the importance of people with strongly opposing views bridging the gap between one another,
by being civil and acting with common decency.
As head of state, the Queen remains publicly neutral on politics, but many may interpret her words as a reference to the toxic mood of the public debate around Brexit."

(theguardian.com)

 

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US IMMIGRATION

How This Federal Government Shutdown Compares to Every Other Since 1976
(neatorama.com)



Trump threatens to shut border 'entirely' unless Democrats fund wall - 28 December 2018
"Warning came on seventh day of shutdown that began after Trump refused to accept legislation unless it contained wall money"
+ Potential border closure is only way to get Democrats' attention, says White House – video

(theguardian.com)

Guatemalan boy detained at border dies in US custody - with pictures and a video - 26 December 2018
"An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in US government custody, officials say, the second migrant child to die in US detention this month."
+ Video: The BBC's James Cook reports from the migrant camp in Tijuana

+ What is the migrant caravan heading to US?
+ The agony over an American dream
+ A river of people: The migrant caravan in pictures
+ Read more about the Jakelin Caal's death

(BBC)

2nd child dies in U.S. immigration custody
"A second Guatemalan child in U.S. immigration custody has died in New Mexico. The eight-year-old had been diagnosed with a cold, given medication and released,
but was brought back to hospital and died. A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died earlier this month after being apprehended by border agents."

(YouTube)

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CARTOON

Peter Schrank on the prospects for refugees in 2019 – cartoon - 26 December 2018
(theguardian.com)

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MIGRANTS

Sajid Javid: Channel migrant crossings 'a major incident' - 28 December 2018
"Home secretary seeks call with French counterpart after 94 detained since Christmas Day...
Two more inflatable boats carrying 12 men from Syria and Iran were intercepted on Friday, adding to the 82 migrants detained trying to cross the Channel since Christmas Day."

(theguardian.com)

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DONALD TRUMP QUIZ OF THE YEAR

What most terrifies the US President? Take the Donald Trump quiz of the year
(theguardian.com)

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INDONESIA TSUNAMI

Indonesia tsunami: volunteers rescue dozens of stranded turtles - 28 December 2018
"After a harrowing week of human tragedy, rescuers find a moment of hope as they return more than 30 turtles to the sea"
+ Rescuers help sea turtles washed inland during Indonesia's tsunami – video

 

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CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Men held after endangered monkey killed and eaten in Facebook livestream - 28 December 2018
"Six suspects identified in Vietnam after broadcast that depicted killing and eating of langur monkey...
The men, aged from 35 to 59, filmed themselves with a mobile phone eating a langur monkey and streamed the video on Facebook on 17 November.
They were finally identified and arrested on Thursday...
Leaf-eating langurs are among the most endangered primate species in the world and are only found in the northern part of Vietnam."

(theguardian.com)

Illinois Man Accused Of Throwing Dogs Off Balcony During Fight With Wife - with a video - 27 December 2018
"Jerald Jeske, a 51-year-old attorney from suburban Chicago, has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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2018 - YEAR IN REVIEW

ARTS AND CULTURE RESCUE
DISASTERS ROYAL WEDDING
MIGRANTS / REFUGEES SPORTS
NEW BUILDINGS TECHNOLOGY
PEOPLE WE LOST IN 2018 TRUMP
PHOTOS VIDEO GAMES

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EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK

EXPLOSION TURNS NEW YORK SKY BLUE - with a video - 27 December 2018
" An electrical explosion at a power plant in the New York City borough of Queens turned the sky bright blue for a few minutes — terrifying local residents.
The transformer explosion came from one of the state’s dirtiest plants, casting new light on the city’s dependence on antiquated oil-burning power stations
and bolstering calls for cleaner electricity."

[HuffPost]

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HUNTING

Labour is playing the class card with its obsessive pursuit of hunting - 26 December 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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NEW MEASURES

US Officials Announce New Measures After Second Migrant Child Death
- Text + Audio + Video - 27 December 2018
"Department of Homeland Security officials defended their actions and called for new measures after the death of a second migrant child in U.S. detention.
An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died at a New Mexico hospital this week."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TRUMP / SHUTDOWN

NO END IN SIGHT FOR SHUTDOWN - with a video - 27 December 2018
"With virtually no talks going on, House and Senate Republicans seem content to let the shutdown carry into next year, when Democrats take control of the House...
President Donald Trump remains hunkered down in the White House, firing off angry missives about the partial government shutdown he once proudly claimed to own.
And chances look slim for the impasse ending any time soon."

[HuffPost]

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS STIFFED - with a video - 27 December 2018
"While federal employees will likely get retroactively paid, many contractors will not...
Six days into the shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been left without pay.
But another group of workers has also been hit hard and may never see retroactive pay: government contractors."

[HuffPost]  

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TRUMP IN IRAQ

Trump hails foreign policy shift on surprise visit to US troops in Iraq - with pictures and a video - 27 December 2018
"President’s first visit to a war zone comes a week after he announced he would withdraw troops from Syria"
+ ‘We’re no longer the suckers of the world,' Trump tells troops in Iraq – video

(theguardian.com)

TRUMP LIES TO TROOPS SERVING IN IRAQ
"During his first visit to a combat zone since assuming office nearly two years ago,
Trump took credit for giving a “10 percent” pay raise to the troops that never happened."

[HuffPost]

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WHALE HUNTS IN 2019

Japan to Restart Commercial Whale Hunts in 2019 - Text + Audio - 26 December 2018
"Japan announces plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and to restart commercial whale hunting.
The hunts are to be limited to Japanese territorial waters.
A Japanese official also said his country plans to stop whale hunting in the Antarctic and northern Pacific Ocean waters."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Japan To Launch Commercial Whaling Again After Withdrawing From Treaty - 26 December 2018
"Nation’s decision is bashed by environmentalists and Australia."

(huffingtonpost.com)

Japan whale hunting: Commercial whaling to restart in July - 26 December 2018
"Japan says it is to restart commercial whaling in July in a move that is likely to draw international criticism...
Japan has caught between about 200 and 1,200 whales each year, saying it is investigating stock levels to see whether the whales are endangered or not."

+ Could the ban on killing whales end?
+ Japan and the whale
+ Japanese whaling: why the hunts go on

(BBC)

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OKLAHOMA

Could Half of Oklahoma End Up Under Native American Control? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 26 December 2018
"The Muscogee Creek Nation covers nearly two million hectares of land and 11 Oklahoma counties, with a total population of about 950,000.
Recognizing MCN’s jurisdiction meant all this land was legally “Indian Country.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SINGLE-USE PLASTICS IN ENGLAND

Schools urged to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022 - 27 December 2018
"Education secretary asks headteachers to consider using sustainable alternatives...
The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has urged headteachers in England to consider using sustainable alternatives
instead of non-recyclable plastic for items such as straws, bottles, bags and food packaging."

(theguardian.com)

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