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Black History Month


19/02/2017


TRUMP

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

Donald Trump savages media at Florida rally - with a video - 19 February 2017
"US President Donald Trump has launched another fierce attack on the media at a "campaign rally for America" event in the state of Florida...
Donald Trump said he wanted to speak to Americans "without the filter of fake news"."

+ Memes mock 'Tiny Trump' online
+ How much has Trump achieved so far?
+ Trump's most extraordinary news conference

(BBC)

Trump attacks 'dishonest media' while making false claims at Florida rally - 19 February 2017
"The president returned to the speech lines of his campaign and insisted that the White House is running ‘so smoothly’
despite reports of chaos and infighting...
With his speech, Trump continued driving on his attack of reporters, newspapers and news networks, generalizing them as “the dishonest media”."

“We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live and what to believe,” he said.
+ Video: Trump’s first month of lies
(theguardian.com)

What Are ‘Leaks’ That So Anger President Trump? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 February 2017
"President Donald Trump is criticizing information provided to reporters by intelligence officials and others. But “leaks,” have long been part of America."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Scott Pruitt: Controversial Trump environment nominee sworn in - 18 February 2017
"US President Donald Trump's nominee has been sworn in to lead the Environmental Protection Agency."
+ Video: Matt McGrath explains why we should care about climate change.

+ Video: Trump's busy first month in 90 seconds
(BBC)

How to Win an Election - Text + Audio
"Today we talk about expressions related to the biggest contest in the United States – the election of the American president. Well, except for the first election. That was not much of a contest. On February 4, 1789, all 69 members of Congress voted for George Washington."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

Iraq begins battle to free western Mosul from IS - 18 February 2017
"Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State."

+ Video: Quentin Sommerville: "Coalition aircraft have been softening up IS positions"
+ Video: Music blares as Iraqi forces push across the desert
+ Photos show 'weaponised drones' in Iraq
+ Satellite images reveal Mosul damage
+ Iraq gaining momentum against IS
+ Islamic State group: The full story

(BBC)

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NORTH KOREA

Killing in Malaysia Seen as Evidence of North Korea’s Illegal Acts - Text + Audio - 16 February 2017
"Some observers point to the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam as an example of how North Korea’s leadership operates unlawfully.
If proven true, the killing of Kim Jong Nam would be another one of many incidents in which North Korea has carried out illicit activities."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FOOD SAFETY

Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests - 18 February 2017
"Audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of meat plants.
One in four slaughterhouses are failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching high street butchers and supermarkets.
An analysis of government audits carried out at more than 300 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland identified major hygiene failings in more than a quarter of the meat plants. The failings could expose consumers to serious food poisoning illnesses such as E coli, salmonella or campylobacter."

(theguardian.com)

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CONTROL TOWERS

The world's most beautiful airport control towers (15)
(telegraph.co.uk)


Edinburgh Airport, Scotland: control tower

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CLOWNING

Working in the Theatre: Clowning
"If there is someone who is going to reach out, shake your hand and befriend you at the circus, it's going to be the clown."
says Big Apple Circus clown Joel Jeske. "Clowns fall down so we don't have to"."

(YouTube)

 

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SPACE

India Launches 104 Satellites Into Orbit - Text + Audio - 18 February 2017
"An Indian rocket launched into space Wednesday morning carrying a record 104 satellites.
Observers say this launch may bring more recognition to India for its space program, and more customers with satellites to launch."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Flight Attendants Train to Watch for Human Trafficking - Text + Audio + Videos - 18 February 2017
"Airline Ambassadors International is training flight attendants and airport workers to be on guard for signs of human trafficking."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Keanu REEVES

The Evolution Of Keanu Reeves In Movies - 13:17
(YouTube)

 

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Edgar POE

'The Fall of the House of Usher,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part One - Text + Audio + Video
"Time separates people. The friends you know now are likely not the same ones you knew as a child. Sometimes reconnecting with old friends can be fun. Find out what happens when reconnecting is not such a happy event in the first part of this classic American story 'The Fall of the House of Usher.'

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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17/02/2017

ACTIVITY

Sia - Cheap Thrills
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS
(azlyrics.com)
+ Activity (pdf) created by Delphine Darrieumerlou (Ac. Bordeaux)

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RUGBY

Six Nations Rugby Championship 2017
Scene summary and task description
Level: Pre-intermediate (A2)
(en.islcollective.com)

 

 

The 2017 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2017 RBS 6 Nations because of the tournament's sponsorship by The Royal Bank of Scotland,
is the 18th series of the Six Nations Championship, the annual northern hemisphere rugby union championship.
It is being contested by defending champions England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. Including the competition's previous iterations
as the Home Nations Championship and Five Nations Championship, it is the 123rd edition of the tournament.[1]
For the first time, the 2017 tournament is using the bonus point system common to most other professional rugby union tournaments.[2]
As well as the standard four points for a win or two for a draw, a team scoring four or more tries during a match will receive an additional league table point, as will a team losing by 7 or fewer points.[2] Additionally, to ensure that a team winning all of its five matches (a Grand Slam) will also win the Championship, three bonus points will be awarded for this achievement.[2][3]

Date: 4 February – 18 March 2017
(Wikipedia)

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DRAMA

The Race — A New Drama from BBC Learning English
Listen to Episode 1.

+ COMMENTS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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TRUMP

News Words: Executive Order - VIDEO
"This week's News Words is about the Executive Branch of government in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

'Wildest show on earth': How the newspapers reported Donald Trump's extraordinary press conference - with front pages - 15 February 2017
"Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on the news media on Thursday afternoon in a wide-ranging, wild 75-minute press conference."
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Trump raises spectre of 'nuclear holocaust' - VIDEO
"As Donald Trump faced searching questions about US relations with Russia, he raised the prospect of nuclear holocaust should relations between the two countries be allowed to deteriorate."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Andrew Puzder Withdraws From Consideration as Labor Secretary - 15 February 2017
"The fast-food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be labor secretary on Wednesday as Republican senators turned sharply
against him, the latest defeat for a White House besieged by infighting and struggling for traction even with a Republican-controlled Congress."

(nytimes.com)

No Guarantee of Job Security at White House - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 February 2017
"Michael Flynn lost his national security job after just 24 days. It was a quick departure. But every recent president has asked top officials to step down."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES / IMMIGRANTS

Immigrants flee US for Canada – in pictures - 16 February 2017
"Migrants are fleeing the US for Canada, making the journey through snow and ice to seek refugee status in the country.
Reuters photographer Christinna Muschi documented some of them as they crossed the border from the US into Hemmingford in Quebec."

(theguardian.com)

Hundreds of migrants storm fence to reach Spanish enclave of Ceuta - 17 February 2017
"Several hundred migrants have stormed a six-metre (20 ft) security fence that separates Morocco from Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North Africa.
Police said security cameras showed around 600 migrants, some with shears and clubs, breaking through one of the gates.
More than 300 reportedly made it across the razor wire barrier."

(BBC)

Tuhin Das: Poet, Activist and Writer in Exile - Text + Audio + Videos + Listening Quiz - 15 February 2017
"Tuhin Das is a writer, activist and poet. Forced to leave his country, Bangladesh, Tuhin Das sought refuge
at City of Asylum Pittsburgh, a sanctuary for endangered writers."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Canada arrests nearly 70 asylum seekers at US border following Trump travel ban - 13 February 2017
- Refugee claimants braved extreme cold to reach Quebec and Manitoba
- Uncertainty over migrants’ status in US puts pressure on bilateral pact
(theguardian.com)

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TOYS

German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears - with a video - 17 February 2017
"An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data...
Researchers say hackers can use an insecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it."

(BBC)

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STRANGE PHOTOS / FAKE NEWS

Mark Zuckerberg pens major Facebook manifesto on how to burst the bubble
"The 5,700-word mission statement reads like a state of the union address, tackling everything from fake news to growing anti-globalization sentiment...
From climate change and pandemics to terrorism and inequality, Zuckerberg has a plan – albeit a vague one – for building what he considers a better future."

(theguardian.com)

The strange photographs used to 'prove' conspiracy theories - 16 February 2017
"A new programme at London’s Photographers’ Gallery explores conspiracy theories – and the images that popularise them. Alastair Sooke takes a look.
Is Elvis still alive? What happens in Area 51? Who really killed JFK? And are our politicians and leaders in fact shapeshifting reptilian humanoids?
“Fake news and conspiracy theories are nothing new,” says Clare Grafik, head of exhibitions at London’s Photographers’ Gallery,
which has mounted a nine-day programme of exhibitions and talks on this theme, billed as “Conspiracy Week”."

(BBC)

Trump aide accuses BBC of 'fake news' - VIDEO
(BBC)


A new page:

FAKE NEWS

CARTOONS
INFORMATION
LESSONS
VIDEOS
VOCABULARY

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John CLEESE

John Cleese: how to write the perfect farce - 17 February 2017
"From the runaway rat in Fawlty Towers to Monty Python’s cheese shop, John Cleese has clocked up 50 years of sublime silliness.
As his new comedy Bang Bang hits the stage, he talks about fear, Feydeau and his love of farce."

(theguardian.com)

A Biscuit with Your Rat? - Fawlty Towers - BBC
"Basil the rat takes centre stage as Manuel finally catches his pet rodent in the restaurant."

(YouTube)

 

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AIR POLLUTION

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution - 17 February 2017
"Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create
entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air."

(theguardian.com)

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ISIS

Pakistan launches crackdown as Isis shrine attack toll rises to 88 - Article + Pictures + Video - 17 February 2017
"Military demands that Afghanistan hand over suspects as dozens of militants killed and arrested after deadliest attack in Pakistan in years."

(theguardian.com)

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FILMS

From the front page to the big screen: 10 films based on real events - 10 February 2017
"Hollywood’s not just about La La Land escapism. With Patriots Day, the new film about the Boston Marathon bombings,
coming to UK cinemas from 23 February, it’s time to look at recent movies inspired by the headlines."

(theguardian.com)


Naomi Watts stars in The Impossible
as the mother of a family swept away in the 2004 tsunami
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SELF-FLYING AIR TAXI

Dubai to Launch Self-Flying Air Taxi by July - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 16 February 2017
"Officials in Dubai say they plan to launch a self-flying air taxi as soon as July. The Chinese-made drone has four propeller wings.
It can operate for up to 30 minutes on a single battery charge, with a flying range of 50 kilometers."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Edgar POE

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, Part 1
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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15/02/2017


TRUMP

Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence - 15 February 2017
"Campaign aides said to have been in regular contact, despite repeated insistence there had been no pre-election talks between Trump team and Russia...
A CNN report said “high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence”."
(theguardian.com)

Five big questions after Flynn's resignation - 14 February 2017
+ Russia looms large behind Flynn affair
+ Russia: The scandal Trump can't shake
+ How Michael Flynn's resignation unfolded
+ Where Trump stands on key issues

(BBC)

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SATELLITES

India launches record 104 satellites in single mission - with a video
"India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission,
overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.

(BBC)

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JOURNALISTS

Journalists shot dead during Facebook Live video in Dominican Republic - 14 February 2017
- Radio announcer and producer killed during live broadcast
- Shooting occurred at radio station in San Pedro de Macorís
"While murders are rare, harassment and intimidation of journalists reporting on organised crime and corruption is fairly common in the Dominican Republic...
The last journalist to be killed in the country was Blas Olivo who was shot dead in April 2015."

(theguardian.com)

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POLLUTION

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish
"Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?"

(theguardian.com)

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WIKIPEDIA

Jimmy Wales' career in 90 seconds - VIDEO
"In this video, we take a look at American-born entrepreneur Jimmy Wales' rise to fame, examining his initial production and launch of Wikipedia and revealing his net worth. The open-content encyclopedia site just keeps on growing, in 2014 the site had almost 500 million unique monthly visitors
and it was ranked the fifth most popular website in the world in 2016."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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DRONE

Self-flying taxi to transport passengers in Dubai - 14 February 2017
"The Ehang is electric-powered and can travel for about 31 miles with a person and bag that weigh up to 100kg.
It can go at speeds of up to 63 miles an hour and takes two hours to charge fully...
Designed to be secure, the autonomous vehicle has a "fail safe" system, according to the company, that prompts it to land in the nearest place
if anything malfunctions or disconnects. It also communicates via encrypted channels."

(telegraph.co.uk)


The Ehang 184 "autonomous aerial vehicle" can transport
one passenger and their bag for up to 23 minutes

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TOILET

How The Toilet Changed History
"This video was supported by Bill and Melinda Gates."

(YouTube)

 

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LESSON PLAN

New, super-thin material cools buildings (February 15, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A team of engineers has created a super-thin material that could help keep buildings cool."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Air Conditioning - Level 0Air Conditioning - Level 1   or  Air Conditioning - 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)

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ACTIVITY

Zootopia: Animals - Vocabulary
"This activity is for very young learners. It is kinesthetic and fun"

- with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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14/02/2017


ST VALENTINE

'Cloze' Crossword — The Legend of St Valentine - interactive
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Valentine's Day traditions from around the world
(visual.ly)

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TRUMP

Et soudain, le monde entier parodie le «America first» de Donald Trump - VIDEOS
(20minutes.fr)

Michael Flynn: Trump's national security adviser resigns - 14 February 2017
"US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office...
The White House has appointed Lt Gen Joseph Keith Kellogg as interim replacement for the post."

(BBC)

Trump's 'global gag' aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns - 14 February 2017
"Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services."

(theguardian.com)

Inside the Winter White House:
Exclusive holiday snaps with Donald and Melania Trump are now the ultimate status symbol for wealthy Americans.
"Membership of the exclusive club - which reportedly has a hefty initiation fee of $200,000 - has the bonus of a sighting and perhaps even a selfie
with the First Family, as President Trump has been there two out of the three weekends he has been in office."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Before the Wall: Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border - 8 February 2017
"President Trump’s executive order to begin the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico has left many
wondering what it will mean for them and the future."

(nytimes.com)

 

Here’s What the U.S.-Mexico Border Actually Looks Like - with photos
"Photographer Pablo López Luz shot the entire 2,000-mile border."
(travelandleisure.com)

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THE TUBE

How Tube stations got their unusual names
Some (stations) seem suited better to a medieval fantasy (Knightsbridge, Queensway) or a children’s book (Piccadilly Circus, Elephant & Castle)
– and others still make Londoners giggle (Shepherd’s Bush, Cockfosters)...
We’ve chosen 10 of our favourites to find out where their names really come from."

(BBC)

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CHEMICALS

Banned chemicals persist in deep ocean - 13 February 2017
"Chemicals banned in the 1970s have been found in the deepest reaches of the Pacific Ocean, a new study shows."

(BBC)

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PASSENGER DRONE

Dubai announces passenger drone plans - with a video - 14 February 2017
"A drone that can carry people will begin "regular operations" in Dubai from July, the head of the city's Roads and Transportation Agency
has announced at the World Government Summit...
The drone can carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kg (220 pounds) and has a 30 minute flight time."

(BBC)

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VIDEO

Alike short film
"In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son,Paste. But... what is the correct path?"

(YouTube)

 

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FILMS

The 27 Best Fight Scenes of the 21st Century So Far, Ranked - with videos
(collider.com)

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KKK

KKK imperial wizard found dead after being shot in head - with a video - 13 February 2017
"A family discovered the body of Frank Ancona on a riverbank...
His wife and stepson have been charged with murder."

+ Active Hate Groups in the United States
(independent.co.uk)

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