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India Day - January 26th





25/01/2016


UNEMPLOYMENT

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4 million in two years, report says - 19 January 2016
"International Labour Organization predicts joblessness will surpass 200 million by end of 2017 for the first time on record."

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)

Davos 2016 — the rise of AI - VIDEO
"Jan 20, 2016 : The FT's Murad Ahmed asks Erik Brynjolfsson, director of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy, about the rise of
artificial intelligence, how it will transform industries around the world and what the second wave of robotics entails."

(video.ft.com)

How robots are changing the way we work - VIDEO - 20 January 2016
"Business leaders from around the world are in Davos for the World Economic Forum.
This year's theme is the effect developments in artificial intelligence will have on the world of work.
As Tanya Beckett reports, companies are waking up to the idea they may have to rethink their approach to getting the job done."

(BBC)

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CROCODILE

Florida homeowner finds 8-foot crocodile taking a dip in his swimming pool - 22 January 2016
(CNN)

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace Expedition
"The Buckingham Palace Expedition takes you on a virtual tour through some of the Palace's State Rooms and highlights works of art from the Royal Collection that furnish them. Starting at the Grand Staircase, learn about the history of the Palace as a royal residence, before discovering how the State Rooms are used today by The Queen for official events. The tour can be viewed in either VR (virtual-reality) or 360 format."

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Joan MIRÓ

Inside the studio of Joan Miró - 20 January 2016
"As a reproduction of Joan Miró’s studio goes on show in London, his grandson gives Alastair Sooke a tour of the real thing."

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JOBS

What job each state googles more than any other (2016)
(zippia.com)

 

Doctors on the move: Getting healthcare to far-flung places - 24 January 2016
"Many people can find a doctor close to where they live, but for millions living in rural communities health care is many miles away. To tackle this organizations have found innovative ways of getting hospitals on the move, taking them right to the doorsteps of those in need."

(BBC)

The servants making $150,000 a year - 20 January 2016
"Usually associated with a long-gone era, butlers are among Britain’s hottest commodities:
half of those trained in the UK work abroad and the best easily earn $150,000 or more."

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CARS

Electric car haute couture - 21 January 2016
"With its radical Lo Res electric car, Netherlands-based shoe designer United Nude reinterprets the Lamborghini Countach."

(BBC)

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TIME

6ème Telling the time - VIDEO - by Isabelle Boresy
(YouTube)

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VIDEO GAME

Life is Strange Boxed Limited Edition - Out Now (PEGI)
"The Life is Strange Limited Edition is out now on PS4, Xbox One & PC!"

 

 

Beyond fun, when being a gamer turns into a lucrative career - 21 January 2016
"Like most teenagers in the 1990s, Aleksey Krupnyk spent much of his free time playing computer games..."

(BBC)

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REFUGEES

NEW LINKS

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22/01/2016


NEW PAGES with NEW LINKS

 JOBS

CONTENTS:

Activities to print Lesson plans Special pages:
Animations Listening  
Cartoons Pictures Applying for a job
Cinema Poems Curriculum vitae / C.V.
Conversation questions Posters Job interview
Facts PowerPoint Presentations Part time jobs
Games to print Songs Unemployment
Idioms and Proverbs Stories  
Interactive activities Videos  
Interactive games Vocabulary  
Jokes Webquests  

 

19/01/2016


COMICS

The Comic Book Code
"In 1954 the U.S. government enacted a “code” for the comic book industry to regulate violence, language, and other issues that might come up in the stories. Comic book creators lived by that “code” for almost half a century. Marvel finally became the first to renounce it in 2001, and in 2011 DC Comics and Archie Comics were the last publishers to use it. Here are some of government’s rules..."
(neatorama.com)

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CES 2016

10 weird products seen at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show
"The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which ran from January 6-9, showcased the latest in consumer technology focusing on two particular trends: virtual reality headsets and the "Internet of Things." The ten products from the show that are linked below build on existing technology and product ideas, adding one or more "bells and whistles."
For example, the product pictured (below) is known as the CleverPet Hub for dogs. It's the latest in "gaming" for dogs, treating them to food if they figure out a built-in "puzzle."  The product will cost approximately $269."

(tech.firstpost.com)

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CARTOON

Cartoon: Learn English or Be Deported
BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + LANGUAGE + ALSO SEE + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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CATS

Ultimate cat lady: Woman shares home with 1,100 rescue felines, in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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COMMERCE

Ad of the Day: Pitney Bowes - the Craftsmen of Commerce
VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT + LESSON IDEA + WORD SCRAMBLE + NOTE FOR TEACHERS + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

 

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SPORTS

IAAF scandal worse than Fifa's, says US great Michael Johnson - 19 January 2016
"The corruption scandal plaguing athletics is worse than the one faced by football, says four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson..."

SEE:
IAAF = International Association of Athletics Federations
World Anti-doping Agency
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CHILD LABOUR

Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims - 19 January 2016
"Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks
to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children."

(BBC)

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OBESITY

How to tackle Tonga's obesity crisis? - VIDEO - 19 January 2016
"The Pacific island of Tonga is the most obese country in the world but its government is trying to tackle the problem.
Up to 40% of the population is thought to have diabetes and life expectancy is falling.
One of the main causes is a cheap, fatty kind of meat - mutton flaps - imported from New Zealand."

(BBC)

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CITIES

The most colourful cities in the world – in pictures
"From the arts hub of Valparaiso to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, we take a look at the neighbourhoods and cityscapes
that have been transformed by colourful paint."

(theguardian.com)

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LOVE

230-year-old secret lovers' code solved by Antiques Roadshow viewer - 17 January 2016
"An Antiques Roadshow viewer has cracked a secret code between lovers from 1785."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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POLLUTION

Log fires or traffic fumes: what's the real cause of Bergen's air pollution? - 19 January 2016
"A recent spate of bad air days caused the Norwegian city to introduce a controversial alternate-day car ban.
Yet research shows the burning of logs in homes is a far bigger contributor to Bergen’s pollution problems."

(theguardian.com)

A Powerful Message About Pollution - VIDEO
(media.bigfoot9.com)

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ROBOTS

Affective computing: How 'emotional machines' are about to take over our lives - 15 January 2016
"From robots knowing our desires to wristbands that help autistic children speak
– the way we engage with technology is changing, finds Madhumita Murgia."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CITIES

Are cities the new countries?
"Do big cities have more in common with each other than with the rest of their own countries?"

(BBC)

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COMMUTING

Commuting becomes a high-wire act
"As New York City shuts down a busy subway line, a proposed $100m gondola river crossing gets a second look."

(BBC)

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GUN CONTROL

US Democratic debate: Candidates spar on gun control - 18 January 2015
"Candidates for the Democratic race for the White House have clashed on gun control and healthcare in their liveliest TV debate so far."

(BBC)

Clinton attacks rival over gun controls - VIDEO - 18 January 2015
(BBC)

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David BOWIE

David Bowie tops US album chart for the first time - 18 January 2015
"David Bowie has reached number one in the American album charts for the first time with Blackstar,
released two days before his death on 10 January."

(BBC)

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MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. History - VIDEO - 17 January 2016
"Martin Luther King, Jr. was a peaceful civil rights activist. He made a big difference in race relations in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Digital #Ham4Ham 1/17/16: "Martin Luther King", words & music by Barbara Ames
(YouTube)

 

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IMMIGRANTS / MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Immigrants must improve English in two-and-a-half years or face deportation, says David Cameron - Article + Photos + Viideo
- 18 January 2015
"Prime Minister also says he feels Muslim women should remove full face veil
when going to schools or courts where there is official uniform policy."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Migrant spouses who fail English test may have to leave UK, says Cameron - 18 January 2015
"David Cameron says no guarantee that people who enter UK on spousal visa can stay if they fail to improve language."

(theguardian.com)

Integrating Muslims into Europe is 'impossible', says Czech president - 18 January 2015
"Milos Zeman, an anti-immigration leftwinger, claimed the influx of refugees into Europe was masterminded by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood."

(theguardian.com)

To Fight the Inhumanity of Syria's Bitter Conflict, Let's Get Refugee Children in School - Article + Photos - 13 January 2015
(huffingtonpost.com)

Czech president: migrants should be fighting Isis, not 'invading' Europe - 27 December 2016
"Milos Zeman says children, the old and sick deserve compassion
but young single men fleeing Middle East should stay behind and take up arms."

(theguardian.com)

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ISIS

Islamic State holding estimated 3,500 slaves in Iraq, says UN - 19 January 2016
"Report says group committing abuses that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide."

(theguardian.com)

Iraq conflict: UN documents 'staggering' violence - 19 January 2016
"The UN says the violence suffered by civilians in Iraq "remains staggering",
with at least 18,800 killed between 1 January 2014 and 31 October 2015."
+ Battle for Iraq and Syria in maps

+ Viewpoint: Why is Islamic State group so violent? - VIDEO
(BBC)

Inside Isil's new stronghold in Libya: 'Isil beheaded my friend for witchcraft' - 18 January 2016
"Residents of Islamic State's new 'caliphate' in Libya describe their terror of 'sorcery' trials."
(telegraph.co.uk)

Isis fighters abduct up to 400 civilians in major attack on Deir ez-Zor - 17 January 2016
"UK-based monitoring groups says at least 135 people dead and abducted are all Sunnis and include women and children."

(theguardian.com)

Quels sont les points chauds du terrorisme djihadiste dans le monde?
(20minutes.fr)

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TENNIS

Tennis match fixing: Evidence of suspected match-fixing revealed - Article + Videos - 18 January 2015
"Secret files exposing evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon,
can be revealed by the BBC and BuzzFeed News."

(BBC)

Tennis rocked by explosive match-fixing claims - 18 January 2015
"Secret evidence of suspected corruption – including at Wimbledon – reportedly leaked by whistle-blowers."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Novak Djokovic reveals he was offered cash to fix match - Article + Photos + Videos - 18 January 2015
"Tennis world No1, who is currently taking part in the Australian Open, says the £100,000 offer was rejected out of hand."

+ Video: "The five biggest sporting controversies ever"
(telegraph.co.uk)  

The Tennis Files: Have top players been paid to lose? - 18 January 2015
"The world tennis authorities have admitted they took no action to pursue 28 top-level players, including winners of Grand Slam titles,
named in a secret 2008 report into suspected match-fixing. All were allowed to continue playing and a third were flagged up again after playing
in more suspicious games. The revelation is contained in a cache of documents obtained by the BBC and BuzzFeed from tennis insiders...
You can listen to The Tennis Files on File on 4, on Tuesday 19 January at 20:00, or catch up afterwards on the BBC iPlayer."

(BBC)

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POVERTY / WEALTH

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam - Article + Video - 18 January 2015
"Charity says only higher wages, crackdown on tax dodging and higher investment in public services can stop divide widening."

(theguardian.com)

 

Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies - World Bank Group (pdf) - October 2015
(pubdocs.worldbank.org)

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CINEMA

"Zérodeconduite, en partenariat avec Septième Factory, a le plaisir de vous signaler la mise en ligne d'un site pédagogique 
et l'organisation d'un jeu-concours autour du film 'Experimenter' de Michael Almereyda (au cinéma le 27 janvier 2016)..."

(zerodeconduite.net)

 

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AIR POLLUTION

Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution - 16 January 2016
"World Health Organisation describes new data as ‘health emergency’, with rising concern likely to influence decision over Heathrow expansion."

(theguardian.com)

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HOTELS

 

The 50 greatest hotels in the world
"A guide to the world's best hotels, featuring the most amazing places to stay in destinations
including Europe, Asia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Americas, Middle East and Caribbean, for honeymoons, luxury escapes and city breaks,
as chosen and reviewed by Telegraph Travel's team of editors and destination experts."

(telegraph.co.uk) 

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SNOW

Video: Britain hit by 100-mile band of snow - 17 January 2016
+ COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

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VOCABULARY

Learning Vocabulary from the News with the Bangkok Post
COMMENT + ALSO SEE + Related articles "On the Bangkok Post's Learning Channel,
they have news stories at three levels (AdvancedIntermediate, and Easy), and define well over 100 words a day...
you can also find online flashcards for almost 900 words."

(englishblog.com)

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MOON

Building a Moon village - 2 November 2015
"There is the European concept of a “Moon village.” Or, more accurately, the concept of an international lunar base
espoused by the European Space Agency’s new director-general, Johann-Dietrich Wörner...
"It should be an international joint effort where the different countries of the globe should bring in their special ideas, their special competence.”

(thespacereview.com)

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JOB

Turning rubbish into gold - 18 January 2016
"Mostafa Hemdan is making a good living turning rubbish into gold, but success has not come without hurdles...
"I was watching a documentary about electronic recycling, and I realised there was a lot of potential in extracting metals from mother boards
- gold, silver, copper, and platinum," he says...
Today, the Egyptian businessman employs 20 people across four warehouses, and sells $2.4m of electronic waste per year."

(BBC)

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SCIENCE

New Device Shows Human Body As Never Seen Before - Text + Audio - 17 January 2016
"A new device called the Explorer will be able to show all parts of the body at the same time.
The Explorer's advanced imaging could help scientists fight cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.
It would be the world’s first full-body PET scanner. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography." 

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SEAN PENN

Sean Penn breaks his silence on controversial "El Chapo" meeting
"The actor is speaking out about his secret trip to Mexico to meet notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Mexico recaptured the cartel leader a week ago.
Penn made headlines the following day when Rolling Stone published his account of visiting the kingpin in hiding last October.
In an interview for this Sunday's “60 Minutes,” Penn spoke to “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose in Santa Monica
to talk about his seven hours with Guzman."

(YouTube)

 

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