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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


26/02/2019


FEEL-GOOD WORDS

26 Feel-Good Words
"Here is a list of words that express powerful, positive emotions.
They would fit well in a movie ad or a blurb on the back cover of a novel, two bastions of emotionally persuasive words."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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GLOSSARY OF ESSAY TERMS

Glossary of Essay Terms
"Complete glossary of key essay terms for students. The list is constantly updating."

(bid4papers.com)

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MIGRANT AND A REFUGEE?

What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee?
"We are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home.
Some are migrants. Some are refugees. So, what is the difference?"

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TRAVEL, TRIP or JOURNEY?

Travel, Trip or Journey? - Text + Audio + Pictures
"In today’s Ask a Teacher, our reader Leopoldo asks about three commonly confused travel words."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LESSON PLANS

ISIS bride stripped of her British citizenship (February 22, 2019) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A 19-year-old woman who ran away from the U.K. to join ISIS has been stripped of her British citizenship."

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

Going to bed early is better for us - "Easier" - 18 February 2019
"Scientists have found that people who go to bed before 11pm may do better in life."

Level 0 / Level 1 / Level 2 / Level 3
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Night Owls - Level 0Night Owls - Level 1   or  Night Owls - 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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THE SNOW PATROL DRONES

The snow patrol drones saving skiers from an icy death - with pctures - 22 February 2019
"Being buried alive is a scenario most of us thankfully only experience in nightmares."

(BBC)


"Rescue teams say drones can sometimes halve search times"


"Dogs are still useful for digging out avalanche victims"

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TRUMP / KIM

Vietnam Welcomes ‘Trump’ and ‘Kim’ - 22 February 2019
"In front of the historic Metropole Hotel, “Kim” hugged the “Trump”, and said, “Last time we did it in Singapore, which is kind of his territory.”
He added, “Now we are in my territory with my comrades.”

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / PUTIN

Russian state TV shows map of potential US nuclear targets - 25 February 2019
"New hypersonic missiles could hit targets including Pentagon in under five minutes, it claims"

(theguardian.com)

Putin Says Russia Could Target US if New Missiles Put in Europe - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2019
"President Vladimir Putin says Russia is prepared to target American “decision-making centers” if the U.S. sends new missiles to Europe.
Putin said Russia would match any U.S. move to deploy new missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own newly-developed missiles closer to America."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NATIONAL EMERGENCY

PELOSI MOVES TO BLOCK NATIONAL EMERGENCY - with a video - 21 February 2019
"The House speaker said the chamber would vote on the measure Friday and aim to get it on Trump’s desk within three weeks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to build his wall along the southern border,
moving “swiftly” to place it on the president’s desk."

[HuffPost]

Nicola Jennings on Trump's border wall commitment – cartoon - 17 February 2019
(theguardian.com)



STATES FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST NATIONAL EMERGENCY - with a video - 18 February 2019
"Sixteen states joined to file a federal lawsuit arguing that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency is unconstitutional. The states bringing the suit include New York, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia and Michigan."
[HuffPost]

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THE US GOVERNMENT'S PLANE

The US Government's $350 Million Doomsday Plane - VIDEO - 18 February 2019
"In the event of a nuclear war, or other apocalyptic event, the US government has a plane ready to stay aloft up to a week,
carrying government officials, high-level Pentagon brass,
a flight  crew, and some very lucky journalists. Half As Interesting takes us on a virtual tour of this plane."

(neatorama.com)

 

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EL CHAPO

Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Likely to Be Sent to ‘Supermax’ Prison - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 February 2019
"Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has a record of breaking out of prisons. The head of an illegal drugs organization escaped from two high-security Mexican prisons
before being captured and taken to the United States for a trial."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BABY SHOWER

Meghan Markle’s famous friends showed up in New York City for her baby shower.
Gayle King, Amal Clooney, Abigail Spencer, Misha Nonoo and Serena Williams were all pictured entering the event.
Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, are expecting their first child at the end of April or beginning of May, according to the duchess." 

- with a video
(huffingtonpost.com)

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BURNING MAN

Are the super-rich ruining Burning Man? - with pictures and a video - 18 February 2019
"For many, Burning Man conjures up images of dust-covered attendees, known as "burners", dancing in the desert cut off from society...
The increase in so-called "turnkey" or "plug-and-play" camps offering luxury and glamour for the super-rich or Insta-famous has become a source of tension at Black Rock City.
Some see these camps as fundamentally opposed to the basic tenets of Burning Man."

+ Burning Man's 10 principles
(BBC)

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Bernie SANDERS

BERNIE’S RUNNING - with pictures and videos - 19 February 2019
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is taking another crack at the White House, announcing in an email to supporters that he will run for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“I am asking you today to join me as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign,” he wrote.
He said his campaign is “not only about defeating Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,”
but also about “creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

[HuffPost]

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Andrew YANG

Andrew Yang: the 2020 candidate warning of the rise of robots - 24 February 2019
"The entrepreneur says Trump won the 2016 election because the US automated away jobs – so he wants to become president to do something about it"

+ The full list of Democrats vying to take on Trump
(theguardian.com)

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US ELECTION 2020

US election 2020: Which Democrat will take on Trump in 2020?
"We've only just passed the half-way point of Donald Trump's first term as president, but there's already a host of Democrats racing to stop him from winning a second."

38 candidates in total - with photos
(BBC)

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BREXIT

Steve Bell on Theresa May's latest Brexit vote defeat – cartoon - 14 February 2019
(theguardian.com)

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THE STUDENT CLIMATE STRIKE

Martin Rowson on the future and the student climate strike – cartoon
(theguardian.com)

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EDIBLE INSECTS

Would Americans Let Edible Insects Come to Dinner? - Text + Audio + Video - 19 February 2019
"Edible insects are a great source of high quality protein and minerals known to be important to good health, like calcium and iron.
Insect larvae, or young, offer all that, as well high quality fat, which is good for brain development."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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POACHING

Botswana elephant poaching 'no hoax' - with pictures and a video - 25 February 2019
"One of the last elephant sanctuaries in Africa has "a significant elephant-poaching problem",
according to the final results of an aerial wildlife survey in Botswana seen by the BBC...
Thirteen rhinos have also been killed by poachers in the last year"
+ Video: Dozens of dead elephants have been discovered in poaching hot spots in Botswana, Africa
(Contains some upsetting scenes)
+ 'Elephant refugee' problem in Africa
+ The country that brought its elephants back from the brink
+ The war on elephants

(BBC)

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RESCUE

Estonians rescue wild wolf from ice thinking it was a dog - 22 February 2019
"The EUPA said it paid for the animal's treatment, and that "luckily, everything turned out well"...
Estonia is home to hundreds of wolves, only a handful of which have been collared in recent years. As a species, they usually avoid humans.
It was picked as Estonia's national animal last year by a group of nature organisations."

+ EU moves to protect big beasts
+ Danes tag first wolf pack in 200 years
+ France to let wolf population grow

(BBC)

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LIVING WITH TIGERS

The people who live with tigers - with videos - 7 February 2019
"The Bay of Bengal is home to the largest mangrove forest in the world, the Sunderbans. The forest is famous as it is the habitat of the Bengal tiger.
Here tigers and a mysterious goddess unite two of the world’s great religions."

(BBC)

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PLASTIC

One Day Without Plastic - Text + Audio
(wnyc.org)

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50 People Tell Us the Worst Thing About Their State

50 People Tell Us the Worst Thing About Their State | Culturally Speaking | Condé Nast Traveler
"In this episode of 'Culturally Speaking', 50 people from the 50 United States of America share the worst things about their state."

(YouTube)

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ROBOT

A delicate robot arm for exploring the deep - with a video - 20 February 2019
"Many creatures of the deep ocean are delicate – and the traditional appendages on our deep-sea submersibles can harm them.
This robot arm inspired by tentacles could be an answer."

(BBC)

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ISRAELI SPACECRAFT

Israeli Spacecraft Makes History with Successful Moon Launch - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 February 2019
"An Israeli spacecraft is traveling to the moon. The spacecraft, called Beresheet, is expected to reach the moon in about two months.
Israel is seeking to become only the fourth country to successfully land on the moon’s surface. The first three are China, Russia and the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CAN WE ALL MOVE TO MARS?

Can we all move to Mars? Prof Martin Rees on space exploration – video - 21 February 2019
"The first of a series of films called 'Five minute masterminds' starts with Prof Martin Rees, the astronomer royal.
He asks how the future of space exploration will transform how we think of humanity and if we can rely on mass emigration to Mars to save us from the Earth's problems"

(theguardian.com)

 

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