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FEBRUARY 2017 - PART 3 - NEW SITES

 

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13/02/2017


DAM

Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes - with pictures and videos - 13 February 2017
"More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after both overflow channels
at the tallest dam in the US were found to be damaged."

(BBC)

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TRUMP

North Korea says ballistic missile test was a 'success' - 13 February 2017
"North Korea says it "successfully" test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in a launch supervised by leader Kim Jong-un...
The US, Japan and South Korea have requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the incident.
China said it opposed North Korean missile tests and Russia said it was concerned, calling on all parties to prevent any escalation in tensions."

(BBC)

Cartoon: Trump Sees Red
COMMENTARY + GRAMMAR + VOCABULARY + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

Trump Considers Adding to List of Terrorist Groups - Text + Audio - 12 February 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PANAMA PAPERS

Panama charges two Mossack Fonseca partners over Brazil link - 12 February 2017
"Prosecutors in Panama have arrested the partners of a law firm involved in last year's Panama Papers scandal
in which thousands of documents related to offshore accounts were leaked."

(BBC)

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AIR POLLUTION

Welcome to Onitsha: the city with the world’s worst air - 13 February 2017
"The Nigerian city has recorded the world’s worst levels of PM10 air pollution. But although the results are lethal, the problem is not taken seriously here."
+ Suffocating planet: air pollution around the world today – live

(theguardian.com)

 

Pant by numbers: the cities with the most dangerous air – listed - 13 February 2017
(theguardian.com)

How bad is Delhi's air? We strapped a monitor to a rickshaw to find out - VIDEO - 13 February 2017
"Suresh Kumar Sharma is an auto-rickshaw driver in Delhi, a city with some of the world’s dirtiest air – and where many locals don’t know
how unhealthy it is. We monitored the dangerous PM2.5 particles surrounding Suresh’s rickshaw for 12 hours, then had his lungs tested: ‘I was shocked’
+ Suffocating planet: urban air pollution around the world today – live
+ Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good

(theguardian.com)

 

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REFUGEES

UN accused of failing Afghan refugees 'forced' to return home from Pakistan - 13 February 2017
"UNHCR cites behind-scenes advocacy after rights group claims it has left Afghan refugees at risk of persecution
by failing to condemn ‘campaign of abuse’."

(theguardian.com)

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12/02/2017


VALENTINE

The top 20 Valentine's Day songs on Spotify
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP

North Korea conducts ballistic missile test - 12 February 2017
"North Korea has fired a ballistic missile in the first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president.
"Mr Trump assured Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%"...
In January, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned that his military was close to testing long-range missiles
capable of reaching the United States mainland and carrying nuclear warheads.
Mr Trump derided the claim in a tweet, saying: "It won't happen"."

(BBC)

Trump’s Florida Estate Stirs Protests, Spurs Ethics Debate - 11 February 2017
It's "become a magnet for anti-Trump protesters and the subject of an ethics debate over his invitation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
to join him this weekend — with Trump pledging to pay for the accommodations.
..
Demonstrators plan to assemble Sunday near the estate to protest Trump's decision on the Dakota Access oil pipeline...
During Trump's other weekend in Florida, several thousand people marched near the property to protest his temporary ban on travel to the United States by refugees as well as citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries...
Trump's election is also putting charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross, in an awkward position for choosing Mar-a-Lago for events booked months in advance. The Red Cross held its annual fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, as it has done for many years, on Feb. 4, about a week after Trump enacted the travel ban. Trump and his wife, Melania, attended."

(fortune.com)

18 Things You Should Know About Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's "Winter White House"
(cosmopolitan.com)



Inside Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s ‘Winter White House’ and multi-million dollar members’ club - with pictures and videos
"PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s decadent winter White House in Florida has a room decorated with £5m worth of gold leaf.
Trump has spent millions renovating and adding to the vast Mar-a-Lago mansion and club in Palm Beach, Florida."

(thesun.co.uk)


The Trumps and Abes outside Trump’s Mar-a-Lago private members’ club

Mar-a-Lago (English pronunciation: /mɑɹ.ə.lɑ.goʊ/)
"is an estate and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, built from 1924 to 1927 by heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Post envisioned the house as a future winter retreat for American presidents and foreign dignitaries, and following her death in 1973
it was bequeathed to the nation. However, successive presidents declined to use the mansion, which was returned to Post's estate
in 1980 and in 1985 was purchased by Donald Trump, later 45th President of the United States.[4]...
The company identifies the name Mar-a-Lago as Spanish for "Sea-to-Lake."[7]"

(Wikipedia)

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REFUGEES

Women and children ‘endure rape, beatings and abuse’ inside Dunkirk’s refugee camp - 12 February 2017
"The fate of those stranded by the UK’s decision to limit taking child refugees from France."

(theguardian.com)

Ali’s Story - a lesson plan
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short animated film for the BBC and the theme of refugees. Students practise vocabulary related to refugees, speak about refugees, watch a short film, empathise with refugee children and write an account of a refugee child fleeing their country."

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 90 minutes

Downloadable materials
(film-english.com)

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FAMINE

Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn - 12 February 2017
"Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia
are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian network."

(theguardian.com)

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GLOBAL WARMING

Could a £400bn plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts really work? - 12 February 2017
"Temperatures are now so high at the north pole that scientists are contemplating radical schemes to avoid catastrophe.
Physicist Steven Desch and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice
– by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In winter, these would be used to pump water to the surface of the ice
where it would freeze, thickening the cap."
(theguardian.com)

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WHALES

Eyewitness: Farewell Spit, New Zealand - 12 February 2017
"Volunteers help to refloat and guide pilot whales out to deeper water after a mass stranding at Farewell Spit on the coast of New Zealand.
Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on the weekend were able to refloat themselves."

(theguardian.com)

 

Volunteers race to save stranded whales on New Zealand beach - VIDEO - 11 February 2017
"Volunteers face a race against time to save hundreds of pilot whales who became beached in a remote corner of New Zealand's South Island..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CRUISE SHIP

Will Quintessentially One be the world's most luxurious cruise ship? - 10 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

 


A rendering of the Quintessentially One beach club

Quintessentially One will commence service in 2019


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11/02/2017


TRUMP

The first 100 days of Trump - 10 February 2017
(theguardian.com)

Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban - Article + Videos - 11 February 2017
"Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US
after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts."

(BBC)



Smile and nod: Trump was not wearing translation device in Japan PM's speech - with videos - 10 February 2017
"After Trump appeared to be nodding along to Japanese prime minister’s remarks, White House spokesman says he was not using device."

(theguardian.com)

'Look at me' - the awkward handshake - VIDEO
"US President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks at the White House."
(BBC)

Russia willing to return whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US 'as gift to Donald Trump' - 11 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

'Judge and fury'- how American newspapers reported Donald Trump's travel ban defeat - 10 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)



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FAKE NEWS

How to avoid falling for lies and fake news - 11 February 2017
"As ‘alternative facts’ fill our social media feeds, BBC Future examines a more rational approach to digesting information."

(BBC)

Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source - 9 February 2017
"Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism’."

(theguardian.com)

Fake news is 'killing people's minds': Apple boss Tim Cook calls for worldwide drive to educate against scourge of misinformation - 10 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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IMMIGRATION / REFUGEES

World's largest refugee camp must stay open (February 11, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
. "The High Court in Kenya has blocked the Kenyan government's attempt to close the largest refugee camp in the world."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Refugee Camp - Level 0Refugee Camp - Level 1   or  Refugee Camp - Level 2
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)

Coming to America: One translator's harrowing journey - 7 February 2017
"An Iraqi translator who worked extensively with the US military spent almost seven years trying to get his family to America.
But with days to go before their departure, President Trump signed a travel ban that put the family's future in question."

(BBC)

Together we must protect the rights of refugees | UNICEF - 9 February 2017
"Respect, safety and dignity for all. This is the aim of TOGETHER - the UN’s global campaign to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants. Conflict and violence has forced millions of people around the world to flee their homes - leaving everything they know and love behind. “In today’s turbulent times, the threat to children increases. The children made to flee far from their homes - making the difficult, dangerous, heartbreaking journey to a refugee camp.” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
Many families have made deadly journeys in their search for safety, only to face stigma and discrimination in the countries they settle. It’s on all of us to stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Share this video with #jointogether and learn more here at http://together.un.org."

(YouTube)

 

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THE DUBS AMENDMENT

Theresa May under increasing pressure to restart Dubs scheme - 11 February 2017
"Alf Dubs, sponsor of the scheme to transfer lone child refugees to the UK, will deliver petition to No 10 condemning its closure."

(theguardian.com)

Why has the UK ended its 'Dubs' child refugee scheme? - 10 February 2017
"The government is scrapping Britain’s pledge to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees, sparking fury.
Will critics be able to force Home Secretary Amber Rudd to rethink and reverse the decision?"

(theguardian.com)

What is the Dubs amendment? – video explainer
"Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government is to end the Dubs amendment, which sought to provide refuge for unaccompanied children arriving in the UK. The amendment was added to an anti-illegal immigration bill introduced by David Cameron’s government by Lord Alf Dubs, who entered the UK as a six-year-old refugee on Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport trains after fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia."
+ Stopping the Dubs scheme for child refugees is shameful and heartless

(theguardian.com)

 

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US NATIONAL PARKS

24 Stunning Photos Of National Parks That Prove They're Worth Fighting For
"It's well-known that President Trump doesn't believe that humans are causing global warming. He refuses to believe 99.99% of scientists,
and has accused the Chinese of inventing global warming to make American manufacturing less competitive..."

(distractify.com)

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CONFUSED WORDS

5 cartoons of confused words
"Do you like walking around with bear feet? What would you take with you to a dessert island?
There are many words in the English language that sound the same, but have very different meanings. 
These cartoons will show you just how awkward it can get with even the slightest spelling mistake…"

(blog.oxforddictionaries.com)

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DOPING

Mariya Savinova: Russian London 2012 gold medallist stripped of title - 10 February 2017
"London 2012 gold medallist Mariya Savinova has been stripped of her 800m title and banned until 2019 after being found guilty of doping."

(BBC)

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IRELAND

Things Not To Miss in Ireland
"Ireland is a beguiling place: there are craggy coastal cliffs, lively pubs and history abounds. These are our favourite things to do in Ireland."

(YouTube)

 

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09/02/2017


VALENTINE

Ad of the Day — A Valentine's Story
"Adweek has a nice write-up, which you can find here."
+ LESSON IDEAS + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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TRUMP

Donald Trump's first month in power, in pictures - 24 photos
(telegraph.co.uk)

Vice President Breaks Senate Tie to Approve New Secretary of Education - Text + Audio - 7 February 2017
"The United States Senate has narrowly approved Betsy DeVos to lead the federal Department of Education."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SYRIA

Amnesty International: Syria Killed Thousands in Hangings - Text + Audio - 7 February 2017
"A new report by the rights group Amnesty International says the Syrian government killed as many as 13,000 people by hanging them in a military prison. They say this happened between 2011 and 2015, and, Amnesty says they have no reason to believe the killing has ended."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE

America’s Most Expensive Home Is $250 Million - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2017
"America’s most expensive home is for sale in Los Angeles, California, for $250 million.
The new 12,000-square-meter home sits on a hill in the city’s Bel Air neighborhood.
It has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a 25-meter swimming pool, 40-seat movie theater, spa and bowling alley."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IRELAND

Discover Ireland long version - 8:22
"Discover Ireland, longer version of film showcasing the great things to see and do on the island of Ireland."

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BLACK HISTORY

A taste of freedom: black America in the 19th century – in pictures - 9 February 2017
"An archive made public by Cornell University goes beyond the cliches of cotton-pickers to show African Americans embracing life after slavery."

(theguardian.com)

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CROSSING THE BORDER

Crossing the border
"These photographs of the Mexico-US border - and the migrant workers trying to cross it - were taken in October 2016.
They're the work of Italian photographer Alessandro Grassani."

(BBC)

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