Inside the Padmini taxis of Mumbai - PHOTOS - 11 February 2016
"London-based Glaswegian photographer Dougie Wallace spent four years documenting the black-and-yellow Premier Padmini taxis
that have been a feature of Mumbai, India's financial capital, since the 1960s."
Pakistan's secretive Houbara bustard hunting industry- Article + Photos - 11 February 2016
"They're a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken - and hunting them is officially banned in Pakistan.
But it is no holds barred when Arab royals begin their Houbara bustard hunting trips.
Arab princes and their wealthy friends like to hunt Houbara bustards both as a sport and because the meat is considered an aphrodisiac."
North Korea's missile programme- 7 February 2016
"North Korea is believed to have more than 1,000 missiles of varying capabilities, including long-range missiles which could one day strike the US."
The last artisan at Singapore's strangest theme park- Article + Photos + Video - 9 February 2016
"With its sprawling collection of surreal and gruesome statues depicting Chinese folklore and mythology,
Haw Par Villas has given generations of Singaporean schoolchildren nightmares."
The greatest party on Earth: Rio's carnival – in pictures - 10 February 2016
"Themed parades by the big samba schools of Rio de Janeiro pass through the tiered Sambadrome stadium filled with crowds of spectators
enjoying the world’s most extravagant costume carnival."
Giant rabbit needs new home- 8 February 2016
“We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.
“Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before."
Migrant students ‘more motivated to learn’ - Article + Photos - 10 February 2016
"The refugee crisis has seen schools in many countries having to accommodate new arrivals. But the OECD's education director, Andreas Schleicher,
says the evidence of international tests suggests migrants are as likely to become an asset to their new schools rather than a problem." (BBC)
In pictures: Syria refugees at Turkey border- 8 February 2016
"About 35,000 Syrians are waiting on the Turkish border opposite Kilis after fleeing a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held positions near Aleppo...
Turkey already hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees - at least 2.5 million."
Underground fashion in Britain, 1960-1990 – in pictures
"From the fair isle jumpers of the 60s art-school boho, through to the bone necklaces and black string vests worn by early 80s goths,
changing youth fashions have come to reflect everything from class to political beliefs, as a new book illustrates..."
Who Are The Real Fashion Victims?
"Workers in Bangladesh get paid as little as 5p an hour for making cheap chic clothes destined for UK chains, says a report.
The garments end up in Primark, Tesco and Asda's George range, according to anti-poverty group War on Want."
Japan and the whale - Article + Photos + Video - 8 February 2016
"Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan's population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it?"
Broncos, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Win Big at Super Bowl 50 - Text + Audio + Photos- 8 February 2016
"The Denver Broncos football team won America's biggest sports championship on Sunday night.
The Broncos won the National Football League championship game, known as the Super Bowl.
Two other winners were singers Bruno Mars and Beyonce, who energized the halftime show."
Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection - 8 February 2016
"More than 100 drawings and sketches brought together over a 30-year period by Canadian Dr Dennis T Lanigan are on show in the UK for the first time.
The collection comprises works by around 60 of the most prominent artists of the Pre-Raphaelite period,
with many of the pictures portraying their wives and girlfriends.
Here we explore the story behind a selection of the pictures on show. " (BBC)
Haunting images beneath the sea - 8 February 2016
"Some 400 sculptures make up the most recent installation from British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Get a sneak peek before it opens to the public."
It's Pancake Day 2016! The best recipes and everything else you need to know - 9 February 2016
"Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries. Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date, rather confusingly, changes every year,
because it is determined by when Easter falls. But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent),
and always falls in February or March. This year, you'll need to get your pans ready for Tuesday, February 9th."
Rocket Launch May Strengthen Kim Jong Un- Text + Audio - 8 February 2016
"North Korea’s rocket launch on Sunday and the international criticism of its nuclear test last month may have strengthened its leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea’s state media regularly report that Kim’s actions defend the country against hostile American and South Korean forces."
What is the incidence of pet pantries?
"The latest trend is social welfare programs to give free food to dogs and other pets (NYT)
The pantries have become part of a broader movement among animal welfare organizations, pet lovers and others that aims to reduce the population of animals in shelters by assisting pet owners before they resort to giving up their companions. The ASPCA has awarded $400,000 in grants since 2010 to 121 organizations nationwide to support pantries, food banks, and other programs that distribute free food for pets."
"The New York Times reports:
Cookie, a snow-white pit bull with light gray spots, knows the hand that feeds her. She has become a regular visitor at a new pet food pantry in the Bronx that sends free Costco-size bags of kibble home with owners who may not have enough money to feed themselves, let alone their animals.
Animal Care Centers of NYC, a nonprofit that runs the city’s animal shelters, opened this pet food pantry in December, and in the first month alone, the pantry gave out more than 2,000 pounds of food for 71 dogs and 50 cats."
Clinton, Sanders Debate in New Hampshire - Text + Audio - 5 February 2016
"The Democratic presidential candidates traded sharp words as their competition to become the party's nominee gets closer.
Clinton accused Sander's campaign of practising the "art of the smear."
Election Central - an educational guide to the US elections
Dubai world's busiest international airport (February 04, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Dubai International Airport (DXB) has retained its crown of being the world's busiest international airport in terms of passenger numbers"
Texas Law Permits Open Carry of Guns- Text + Audio - 4 February 2016
"People can now carry guns openly in public in the southwestern state of Texas. The new law is receiving support and criticism.
Some private businesses are banning guns on their property."
EXPLORING ENGLISH: SHAKESPEARE - British Council
"Improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity
This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.
We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world.
They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.
The plays are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Macbeth.
Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.
Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises."
Do You Watch for the Game or the Ads? - Text + Audio - 6 February 2016
"The 2015 Super Bowl was the most-watched ever. This year should be no different.
But why do people watch the Super Bowl? Of course, the game is a big deal, but … those ads! "
Fontus Transforms Thin Air Into Water
"This bottle collects moisture from the air and converts it into water through condensation, the whole process taking less than an hour.
The fresher the air, the cleaner the water is."
Islamic State Widow Shames IS Leaders- text + Audio - 7 February 2016
"Public criticism of Islamic State leaders is rare. Critics face severe punishment, including beatings, torture and execution.
But in an online letter, the wife of a dead Islamic State fighter has voiced rare criticism of the terror group’s leaders.
She complained about their treatment of widows."
UN Condemns N. Korea Missile Launch - Text + Audio
"The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korean’s launch of a long-range rocket at an emergency meeting on Sunday.
Meanwhile, South Korea and the U.S. announced a plan to begin talks on deploying a missile-defense system."
Explaining the Amish Way of Life - VOA Story
"Not far from the hustle and bustle of city life live the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These deeply religious people shun the conveniences of modern society to live a simpler life where transportation is a horse and buggy and horsepower really means horsepower..."