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."
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."
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"."
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."
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....
The company identifies the name Mar-a-Lago as Spanish for "Sea-to-Lake.""
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
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)
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."
Volunteers race to save stranded whaleson 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..."
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."
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 0, Refugee 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 :-)
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."
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."
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?"
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…"
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."
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."
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."