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FEBRUARY 2017 - PART 5 - NEW SITES

 

Black History Month


27/02/2017


APP

App of the Day — Useful Phrasal Verbs
DESCRIPTION
(englishblog.com)

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TRUMP

24 Things Nobody Does Better Than Donald Trump
(YouTube)

 

 

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.
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(washingtonpost.com)

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"."

(BBC)

Donald Trump press ban: Guardian, BBC and CNN denied access to briefing - with a video - 25 February 2017
"The Guardian, New York Times, CNN and more were barred from ‘gaggle’ hours after Trump once again
called much of the media an ‘enemy of American people’."

(theguardian.com)

White House confirms conversation with FBI about Trump and Russia - 24 February 2017
"Reince Priebus, FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe had a conversation which appears to violate justice department rules."

(theguardian.com)

What is fake news? Its origins and how it grew under Donald Trump - 24 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Who is Lt General H. R. McMaster? - with a video - 21 February 2017
"Donald Trump's new national security adviser is a 'warrior-thinker' known for challenging convention."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRAVELLING

You Can Travel Across The U.S. By Train For Just Over $200
(neatorama.com)

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CINEMA

Car Oscars: 10 British films in which the motors are the real stars - with photos
(telegraph.co.uk)


Goldfinger (1964) – Aston Martin DB5

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US-MEXICO BORDER

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 "

(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face - with videos - 24 February 2017
"Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent, says Malaysia."

(BBC)

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual Reality for Healthcare - an infographic
VR applications for healthcare and medicine
(luminousgroup.co.uk)

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BOYS / GIRLS

Are Boys Smarter Than Girls?
(YouTube)

 

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DOGS

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."

(neatorama.com)

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Edgar POE

'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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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IDIOMS

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..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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John ADAMS

America's Presidents - John Adams
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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IMMIGRANTS

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."

(BBC)

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23/02/2017


TRUMP

What do we know about Donald Trump and Russia? – video explainer - 23 February 2017
"Luke Harding considers the many links between Donald Trump’s administration and Russia. As well as praising President Vladimir Putin, Trump has surrounded himself with men with close ties with Russia. He has failed to quash allegations that his staff had improper contact with Russian officials,
or that he has business interests in Russia."
+ Damning reports of Trump campaign’s frequent talks with Russian intelligence

 

 

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Byron York: Washington Post adopts new motto, 'democracy dies in darkness,' says it has nothing to do with Trump - 22 February 2017
(washingtonexaminer.com)


Un homme prend une photo d'une peinture de l'artiste Bambi parodiant l'affiche du film La La Land 
avec Theresa May et Donald Trump (Mensonge Mensonge Land), à Londres, le 22 février.

(20minutes.fr)

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DESIGNER BABIES

The ethical dilemma of designer babies by Paul Knoepfler - VIDEO
View interactive transcript.
(ted.com)

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."

(Wikipedia)

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MILITARY TERMS

15 Military Terms Used in Civilian Contexts
+12 More Military Terms Used in Civilian Contexts
(dailywritingtips.com)

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FAMINE

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GRAMMAR

Free English Grammar Handbook
(academized.com)

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RIHANNA

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..."

(news.harvard.edu)

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22/02/2017


A NEW PAGE:

ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES

Cinema Veganism
Freeganism Vegetarianism
Slow food Zero Waste Home

 


BIO-TERRORISM

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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

Bioterrorism
"is terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents.
These agents are bacteria, viruses, or toxins, and may be in a naturally occurring or a human-modified form.
For the use of this method in warfare, see biological warfare."

(Wikipedia)

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FAMINE

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."

(BBC)

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TRUMP

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.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump names Lt Gen HR McMaster as national security adviser - with a video - 20 February 2017
"A lieutenant general with the US Army, HR McMaster served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he worked on a government anti-corruption drive."

+ Profile: The new national security adviser
(BBC)

Anti-Trump Protests held across the UK - Video - 20 February 2017
"Thousands of people gathered to protest in different parts of the UK on Monday to protest President Donald Trump. MPs held a debate
to decide whether Trump’s invitation of a state visit should be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval."
+ MPs debate refusing Donald Trump a state visit to Britain - Politics live

(theguardian.com)

 

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MEXICO'S BORDER FORCE

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."

(BBC)

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IMMIGRANTS / MIGRANTS

African Immigration to US Keeps Rising - Text + Audio - 21 February 2017
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Bodies of at least 74 migrants wash ashore in western Libya - 21 February 2017
"Red Crescent says circumstances surrounding the drowning off Mediterranean coast of Zawiya are not yet clear."

(theguardian.com)

The global waiting room: displaced migrants headed to US in limbo in Tijuana
"Families fleeing violence in Latin America and migrants from outside of it make up an unprecedented crisis of homeless people
stranded just outside the US."
+ Outside in America: learn more about our ongoing homelessness project by in Tijuana

(theguardian.com)

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Walt WHITMAN

Walt Whitman's lost novel 'The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle' found - 21 February 2017
"Described by Whitman scholar as a ‘a fun, rollicking, creative, twisty, bizarre little book’, the discovery has been made available free online."

(theguardian.com)
Download the novel.
(ir.uiowa.edu)

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COFFIN / CASKET

What's the Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket?
(mentalfloss.com)

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STREET ART

Street Art & graffiti Cats
(streetart360.net)

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WATER POLLUTION

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."

(BBC)

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AD

Ad of the Day — Hula Hoops
+ TRANSCRIPT + IDIOMS + LESSON IDEA — WITNESS + TRIVIA NOTE

(englishblog.com)

 

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ZOMBIES

"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."

(YouTube)

 

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20/02/2017


MIGRANTS / IMMIGRANTS

Syrian refugees in Canada's north: 'It’s not warm in weather, but warm in emotions.' - 20 February 2017
"In communities such as Yellowknife, the temperature can sink to -40C, a dramatic change for refugees who had ‘never experienced anything like it’."

(theguardian.com)

The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? - 20 February 2017
"I’ve seen the dangerous route to Europe through Libya, with thousands of people at the mercy of cruelty for profit.
But our leaders prefer to keep them there."

(theguardian.com)

Home Office agrees to review asylum claims of child refugees in France - 19 February 2017
"Cases of children with direct family links to UK will be reconsidered, as refugees return to Calais to try to cross Channel."

(theguardian.com)

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."

(theguardian.com)

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."

(global.handelsblatt.com)

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Celebrate June as Immigrant Heritage Month #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
"Watch this video to celebrate the diversity of immigrant heritage across America."
(YouTube)

 

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."

(newsdeeply.com)

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ROBOT

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?"

(theguardian.com)

 

 

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
(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE US / MEXICO BORDER

The US / Mexico Border, in pictures (17)
(telegraph.co.uk)

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ZEALANDIA

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 0Zealandia - 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 :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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TRUMP and CHINA

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."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LOVE

No Love Lost: Stolen Pictures Used to Trick Singles - Text + Audio - 18 February 2017
"Some people use dating websites and emails to trick single people, using their desire for a loving relationship to get their money."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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VIDEO + LESSON

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."

(ed.ted.com)

 

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