100 days of Trump claims
"Throughout President Trump’s first 100 days, the Fact Checker team will be tracking false and misleading claims made by the president since Jan. 20. Jump to the full list
In the 39 days Trump has been in office, we’ve counted 140 false or misleading claims."
White House briefing bar: Media groups condemn exclusion - with videos - 25 February 2017
"Media groups have reacted angrily after several, including the BBC, were barred from an informal briefing
with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer...
The bar came hours after President Donald Trump delivered another attack on the media, saying that "fake news" was the "enemy of the people"."
Cut in two: travels along the US-Mexico border – a photo essay - 23 February 2017
"Borderproject2017 aims to document life on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Three AFP photographers, Jim Watson, Yuri Cortez, and Guillermo Arias, spent ten days travelling along the 2,000 mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico"
by Agence France-Presse and Matt Fidler"
Our Lady of Strays
"The Territorio de Zaguates is a home for abandoned and stray dogs on a farm in Costa Rica.
Lya Battle keeps around 300 dogs, saved from the streets or euthanasia, on ten acres of her family farm because she loves them."
'The Fall of the House of Usher,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part Two- Text + Audio + Video
"Losing a loved one is very painful. This can be especially true is you have a small family.
Find out the death of his sister may be more than just painful, but even deadly for one man in the second part of this classic American story,
'The Fall of the House of Usher,' by Edgar Allan Poe."
45 Idioms with “Roll”
"Roll, ultimately derived from the Latin noun rota, meaning “wheel,” is the basis of numerous idioms about movement,
many of which are listed and defined below..."
Where do America's undocumented immigrants live? - VIDEO - 9 February 2017
"Out of America's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants almost 7 million live in the nation's 20 largest metro areas,
according to a report by Pew Research Center."
China Building Missile Structures in South China Sea- Text + Audio- 23 February 2017
"China has almost finished building more than twenty structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea.
Two American officials told Reuters that the structures appear designed to hold long-range surface-to-air missiles."
A designer baby
"is a human embryo that has been genetically modified, usually following guidelines set by the parent or scientist, to produce desirable traits. This is done using various methods, such as gene therapy or PGD. This technology is the subject of ethical debate, bringing up the concept of genetically modified "superhumans" to replace modern ones."
UN: Time ‘Running Out’ for 1.4 Million Starving Children- Text + Audio - 22 February 2017
"About 1.4 million children are facing death because of famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
The warning comes from the United Nations Children’s Fund, which is urging the world’s nations to take immediate action to save lives."
Rihanna named Humanitarian of Year
Singer to accept Harvard Foundation’s award next week
"“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.
“She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program...
and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign
that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries..."
Bio-terrorism could kill 30 million in a year(February 21, 2017) - a lesson with AUDIO
"The former head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has warned that the world could be in great danger from bio-terrorism." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Bio-terrorism - Level 4 or Bio-terrorism - 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 :-)
UN: '1.4m children' face starving to death- VIDEO - 21 February 2017
"The United Nations' children's agency Unicef is warning that almost one-and-a-half million children are at risk of starvation
in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia.
UN assistant secretary general Justin Forsyth tells the Today programme the problem is largely the result of conflict and war."
US Assures EU, Seeks ‘Common Ground with Russia'- Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2017
"Vice President Mike Pence met with European leaders in his first trip there since taking office.
He told them that the US will “continue to hold Russia accountable,” while also searching for “new common ground with Russia.”
Call of duty: One woman's life in Mexico's border force- with pictures- 21 February 2017
"The U.S. remains a popular destination for immigrants from Africa. The number of African immigrants coming to the U.S. more than doubled since 2000, according to the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. It said that as of 2015, 2.1 million African-born people were living in America."
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution - 22 February 2017
"Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn...
"We discovered that most of the microplastics are coming from either the clothes or from the tyres," he (François Simard, deputy director of IUCN's marine programme) told BBC News. "Microplastics are going everywhere in the sea and into the food chain, let's close the plastic tap."
"Less Than Human"
was created by a team of students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and it has certainly left me hungry to see more!..
In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, zombies are cured and exiled to secluded camps. There has been talk about rehabilitating post-zombies back into society. Steve, the journalist reporting on the case, thinks the zombies still pose a threat to society. He ventures into one of these camps to prove to the world that rehabilitation is out the question."
Search and rescue in the Mediterranean – in pictures- 19 February 2017
"Photographer David Ramos was onboard the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro, operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms which provides assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea."
Germany Needs 400,000 Migrants Every Year
"Germany has been high on the list of migrant destinations in recent years, but to maintain its workforce at productive levels
it needs to attract 400,000 immigrants a year, a study shows."
Undocumented US Immigrants Fear Deportation- Text + Audio + Video - 19 February 2017
"Federal agents are reportedly increasing their arrests of immigrants who entered the US without permission
and have committed crimes after they arrived."
Interactive: Refugees’ Bags and Belongings
"In the final part of our “Bags and Belongings,” Refugees Deeply senior editor Preethi Nallu explains the genesis of the series,
in which Syrians describe what they brought with them and what they left behind. Read their stories in our interactive photo essay."
The intelligence explosion - How to stop a robot from turning evil - VIDEO
"Guardian Original Drama returns with a third installment, a superintelligence sci-fi.
It's 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to annihilate humanity? And if its intelligence is skyrocketing faster than anyone could have predicted, are they about to run out of time?"
Robots that take people's jobs should pay taxes, says Bill Gates- 20 February 2017
"Mr Gates is not the first to mull the issue. Last week, the European Parliament rejected a proposal for a tax on robot owners,
the proceeds of which would retrain the workers who had lost their jobs." + Jobs for robots | How the rise of automation is taking hold
Zealandia – The eighth continent? (19th February, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"We may have to change our thinking about how many continents there are. Geologists say there is an eighth continent - Zealandia." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Zealandia - Level 0, Zealandia - Level 1 or Zealandia - 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 :-)
US Aircraft Carrier Begins Patrol in South China Sea- Text+ Audio + Pictures- 19 February 2017
"The new U.S. administration could increase patrols in disputed areas of the South China Sea to show opposition to Chinese development there.
Sending ships into an area for this purpose is called a freedom of navigation operation."
The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker - Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua
(YouTube) + Lesson
"Born in 1731 to freed slaves on a farm in Baltimore, Benjamin Banneker was obsessed with math and science.
And his appetite for knowledge only grew as he taught himself astronomy, mathematics, engineering, and the study of the natural world.
Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua details the numerous accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker."