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FEBRUARY 2019

= BLACK HISTORY MONTH

02 - Groundhog Day
03 - Super Bowl 2019
05 - Chinese New Year
05 - Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday and Lent
05 - New Orleans Mardi Gras
05 - Safer Internet Day
07 - Charles Dickens's birthday

11 - International Day of Women and Girls in Science

14 - Valentine's Day
18 - Presidents' Day
21 - International Mother Language Day


17/02/2019


LESSON PLANS

Statue of Haile Selassie unveiled at African Union (February 12, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The African Union has unveiled a statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie I."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Haile Selassie - Level 4  or  Haile Selassie - 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)    

 

Russia planning to develop more missiles (February 08, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Russia has responded to the USA withdrawing from an arms treaty by announcing it has plans to build more missiles."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Missiles - Level 4  or  Missiles - 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)

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PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES

List of Prefixes and Suffixes and their Meanings
"This post lists prefixes, suffixes, and their meanings. (Many scientific and mathematical prefixes have been omitted.) Groups of one or more definitions after a prefix that are separated by a semicolon stem from different senses of the prefix. Note, too, that some prefixes share the spelling of distinct words (for example, under) or have been coined as distinct words themselves by omitting the base word when that word is implied (for example, hyper). Many prefixes have variants that are used depending on context or, often,
on the first letter of the base word."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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CHINA'S SPACE STATION

China's Space Station in Argentina Is a Mystery - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 February 2019
"The experts say the United States is concerned about the station’s true purpose. Visits to the station are by appointment only.
That secrecy has worried those who live near the area."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPACE

NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity dead after 15 years on the red planet - with videos - 13 February 2019
"On Wednesday, after seven months during which NASA was unable to establish contact with the machine, its 15-year mission was declared complete."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Nasa's InSight mission: Mars sensor gets its protective 'hat' - with pictures - 5 February 2019
"The US space agency's (Nasa) InSight mission has reached a new milestone in its quest to understand the interior of the Red Planet."

+ Touchdown triumph for Nasa's Mars probe
+ 'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima revealed

(BBC)

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BREXIT BREAKDOWN

Brexit breakdown: fear and anger on the Irish border – video - 13 February 2019
"As fears of a no-deal Brexit increase, John Harris and John Domokos go to where everything gets real: the line that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic.
In parts of the province where support for Remain and anxiety about what might now happen run deep, they find ghosts from the Troubles, passionate opinions,
and a new crop of politicised young musicians, desperate to escape the pull of the past"
+ Brexit breakdown: southern discomfort – video 

(theguardian.com)

 

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TRUMP / David MALPASS

US Treasury Official Nominated to Lead World Bank - Text + Audio - 7 February 2019
"President Donald Trump has nominated David Malpass to lead the World Bank."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Paul MANAFORT

JUDGE RULES MANAFORT BREACHED AGREEMENT - with a video - 13 February 2019
"President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to federal investigators multiple times, breaching his plea deal, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed with special counsel Robert Mueller’s assessment that Manafort violated the deal’s terms by willfully lying repeatedly. CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said of the decision: “It’s doom” for Manafort."
 
[HuffPost]

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LOVE

'Love Hurts', Other Love Expressions - Text + Audio + Video
"No other topic has more tired, overused expression like love. Let’s talk about some of the most common."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"

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US ARMY

US Army Develops New ‘Combat Fitness Test’ - Text + Audio + Pictures - 10 February 2019
"America’s Army has developed a new physical fitness test that aims to prepare soldiers for real-life combat situations."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SHUTDOWN DEAL / THE BORDER WALL

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build the Wall - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 February 2019
"American presidents have declared national emergencies 59 times since 1976.
But until Friday, no American president in history had used the power to get additional money to pay for projects without the support of Congress."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Five false claims from Trump's national emergency speech – video
"Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to secure extra funding for his wall at the US-Mexico border.
Trump’s decision came after weeks of wrangling over his campaign promise, which led to a record 35-day partial government shutdown, damaging his approval rating."

(theguardian.com)

Trump national emergency - A major land grab by the president - 15 February 2019
"After his failure to win support from Congress for his demand to fund the building of his border wall, Donald Trump was left with a series of unpalatable choices."

+ Can Trump use emergency powers to build wall?
+ Is there a crisis on the US-Mexico border?

+ All you need to know about the US border in seven charts
+ Reaction to Trump's decision to declare national emergency

(BBC)

National emergency: Trump's 'clear abuse of power' faces torrent of lawsuits - 15 February 2019
"Declaration prompts dire warnings but fallout could be contained by successful legal challenge or resolution in Congress"

+ Mitch McConnell: Trump to sign funding bill but declare national emergency – video
(theguardian.com)

Trump declares national emergency to build US-Mexico border wall - 15 February 2019
"Plan may divert billions from projects such as counterdrug efforts, has been condemned by Democrats and activists...
Donald Trump has defied fierce criticism to announce that he is using emergency powers to bypass Congress and pursue the building of a wall on the US-Mexico border."

(theguardian.com)

What is a national emergency – and does it mean Trump can build his wall? - 15 February 2019
"Trump said he will declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Here are key questions answered on what that means"

(theguardian.com)

Mexico border wall: Trump confirms emergency move - 15 February 2019
"President Trump has confirmed he will use emergency powers to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, saying "walls work"."
+ Video: Trump: 'I've signed the order - now we'll be sued'
+ Video: Senator McConnell supports the president; Speaker Pelosi warns it sets a dangerous precedent
+ Video: Other presidents got money for a border barrier - why not Trump?

+ All you need to know about the US border in seven charts
+ Reaction to Trump's decision to declare national emergency
+ Can Trump use emergency powers to build wall?
+ Is there a crisis on the US-Mexico border?

(BBC)

McConnell: 'Trump will declare a national emergency' - Video - 14 February 2019
"Top Democrats react after Republican Senator Mitch McConnell says President Trump will declare an emergency on the border."

(BBC)

 

Trump 'unhappy' with new shutdown deal – as it happened - 13 February 2019
+ Follow the latest developments on our new live blog
+ Tentative deal includes $1.375bn for border security
+ Schumer: ‘I urge President Trump to sign this agreement’

(theguardian.com)

TRUMP LIKELY TO SIGN SHUTDOWN DEAL - with a video - 12 February 2019
"Under mounting pressure from his own party, President Donald Trump appeared grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he’s been demanding for his Mexico border wall. “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled,” he said."
(huffingtonpost.com)

TRUMP: ‘WALLS SAVE LIVES’ - with a pictures and videos - 12 February 2019
"Trump continued to push the need for border security at a rally in El Paso, Texas, saying his proposed wall is necessary for Americans’ safety because “walls save lives.”

[HuffPost]

CONGRESSIONAL LAWMAKERS REACH AGREEMENT TO AVERT SHUTDOWN - with pictures and a video - 11 February 2019
"A tentative border security deal has reportedly been reached that would provide $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers. The money will be for vertical steel slats called bollards, not a solid wall. Democrats dropped their proposal to limit the number of detained immigrants caught inside the U.S. to a daily average of 16,500, and bargainers agreed to fund 40,520 beds to detain immigrants entering or in the U.S. illegally."

[AP]

Trump Supporters Form Human ‘Wall’ Along U.S.-Mexico Border - with pictures - 10 February 2019
"The demonstration comes ahead of the president’s planned visit to El Paso on Monday."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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SCHOOL CLIMATE STRIKES

Climate change strike: Traffic outside Parliament at standstill as students take day off school to protest - 15 February 2019
"Youth Strike 4 Climate movement organisers said strikes are taking place in 60 towns and cities, with youngsters carrying banners bearing slogans saying:
"There is no planet B"."

(telegraph.co.uk)

School pupils call for radical climate action in UK-wide strike - with pictures - 15 February 2019
"Former UN climate chief says it is time to ‘heed voice of youth’ as thousands join protest"
+ Thousands of UK students strike over climate change – video

(theguardian.com)

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El Chapo

El Chapo trial: Five facts about Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán - 12 February 2019
"From incredible escapes to bribe allegations, smuggling drugs in plastic bananas to spying on his wife and mistresses, here are five astonishing things about El Chapo.
The Mexican drug kingpin has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York."

(BBC)


 

"After nearly three months, the trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán ended with the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict on all 10 counts."
(news.vice.com)

El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty - with pictures and videos - 12 February 2019
"Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug-trafficking trial at a federal court in New York."
+ Video: El Chapo trial: Five facts about Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán
+ Video: The US attorney for the Eastern District of New York and El Chapo's lawyer gave their reactions outside court

Video: Mexico's drug war: Has it turned the tide?
+ Video: A former DEA agent describes capturing Guzmán in 2014 - he later escaped

+ Who is 'El Chapo' Guzmán?
+ Mexico's most-wanted: A guide to the drug cartels
+ Shocking allegations in 'El Chapo' trial

(BBC)

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WALES : DRUG GANGS

Llanelli hit by wave of 'county lines' drug gangs - 15 February 2019
"Seaside town an unlikely new market for gangs using teenagers to sell class A drugs...
The coastal town of Llanelli near Swansea is being targeted by gangs from Birmingham and Liverpool selling drugs like crack and heroin."

(theguardian.com)

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POLAR BEARS

Dozens of polar bears invade Russian town (February 14, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen."

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

More than 50 polar bears have invaded a Russian settlement in the Arctic, forcing terrified residents to stay in their homes. - with 2 videos - 12 February 2019
“People are scared. They are frightened to leave homes, and their daily routines are broken.”

- with a video
[huffingtonpost.com]

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HOMELESS PEOPLE

Why are homeless people still dying in one of Britain's richest cities? - with audio
"After a spike in deaths among homeless people in the affluent city of Oxford, Robert Booth went to investigate. In a growing community of rough sleepers, there is little support for people with mental health problems and addiction. Plus: Nosheen Iqbal on the ‘white fragility’ preventing a frank national discussion about racism
+ How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know

(theguardian.com)

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LIFE IN THE US

Life in the poorest city in the US - VIDEO - 11 February 2019
"In the tiny city of Escobares, Texas, 62% of residents live below the poverty line.
That's the highest rate of any US city over 1,000 people, according to the 2016 US Census Bureau survey.
Directly on the US-Mexico border, the city struggles with crime and unemployment.
But local officials say they're trying hard to lift Escobares out of the cycle of poverty."

(BBC)

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CARTOONS

Steve Bell on May's advice for dealing with Brexit-related food shortages – cartoon - 13 February 2019
(theguardian.com)



Steve Bell on Theresa May, Brexit and the Irish border – cartoon - 5 February 2019
(theguardian.com)

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US MILITARY

US Military Releases Its Artificial Intelligence Strategy
- Text + Audio - 16 February 2019
"The strategy calls for increasing the use of AI systems throughout the military, from decision-making to predicting problems in planes or ships."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Elon MUSK

There Are Two Futures - Elon Musk
"Elon Musk is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder and CEO of Neuralink; co-founder of PayPal;
and founder of the Boring Company. He is revolutionizing the auto industry, traffic, transportation, space travel, artificial intelligence and sustainable energy."

(YouTube)

 

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INSECTS

Global insect decline may see 'plague of pests' - with pictures - 11 February 2019
"A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around the world."

+ Valentine roach revenge for spurned lovers
+ Mosquitoes 'put off biting' by diet drugs
+ Edible insects: A BBC reporter's verdict

(BBC)

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THE MAN WITH 45 'PET' CROCODILES

The man with 45 'pet' crocodiles - with a VIDEO - 14 February 2019
"When Ngendera Albert realised crocodiles were being killed to be eaten in Burundi he decided to take action to try to protect the animals."

(BBC)

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PHOTO AWARD

Kings of the jungle on top in photo award - with photos - 13 February 2019
"A photograph of a pair of male lions, entitled Bond of Brothers, is the winner of the People's Choice Award at this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition."

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(BBC)

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ANIMAL GRIEF

The truth about animal grief - with pictures
"Why we need to change how we talk about how animals grieve"

(bbcearth.com)

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UK'S NATIONAL PARKS

Celebrating the UK's national parks at 70 – in pictures - 15 February 2019
"Winning and shortlisted images from the Campaign for National Parks photo competition capture the beauty and diversity of these landscapes"

(theguardian.com)

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