France in Shock After Truck Attack in Nice- Text + Audio+ Video - 15 July 2016
"A driver crashed into a crowd in Nice on Thursday during a celebration of Bastille Day, France’s national holiday.
This is the third large attack in France since last year."
Amateur Video Captures Nice Truck Attack- VIDEO - 15 July 2016
"A driver killed over 80 people and injured more than 100 others when he steered his speeding truck into a crowd in Nice Thursday night
at a celebration of Bastille Day, France's independence holiday."
Brazil reviews security measures ahead of Rio Olympics- 15 July 2016
"The Games are expected to attract as many as 500,000 foreign visitors.
"The attack in Nice is worrisome for us too. We will review procedures, make more barriers, more spot-checks on visitors and roadblocks",
said Defence Minister Raul Jungmann...
More than 80,000 police and soldiers will patrol the streets of Rio for the duration of the games."
Indian businessman famed for $240,000 gold shirt 'beaten to death'- 16 July 2016
""Datta Phuge, who ordered a shirt made from 14,000 pieces of 22-carat gold in 2013, was reportedly attacked by 12 assailants...
Datta Phuge gained fame when he ordered a customised gold shirt worth 12.7 million rupees, around $240,000 at the time."
How the internet was invented - 15 July 2016
"In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden."
Boris Johnson: insults, gaffes and apologies – video profile- 14 July 2016
"Boris Johnson was a surprise choice as Theresa May’s foreign secretary. He has insulted the present US president as well as both candidates to be
Barack Obama’s successor. He has used racist language towards Africans. And he has written an offensive limerick about the president of Turkey."
Desert Diversity at Joshua Tree National Park- VIDEO - 15 July 2016
"This week, we explore a unique landscape where two deserts meet. Join us for a visit to Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California!"
'After Twenty Years,' by O. Henry
"Time changes many things. The people you were friends with when you were young may be very different now from the way they were when they were younger. Read about two friends whose lives took very different paths in this classic American short story, "After Twenty Years," by O. Henry."
New 'Ghostbusters' Film Shows the Spirit of the First- VIDEO - 15 July 2016
"The first “Ghostbusters” film featured four funny men as lead characters. The 2016 version has four funny women as its lead characters.
In the films, the group hunts ghosts and protects the living."
At least 84 killed in lorry attack in Nice - 15 July 2016
"A lorry ploughs through packed crowds gathered for Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people,
in what French President Francois Hollande calls a terrorist attack...
Local media are reporting that the driver of the truck was a local man called Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel...
London Mayor Sadiq Khan... has said the capital will review its safety measures in light of the Nice attack...
Germany will boost border controls at airports as well as road and rail crossings into France after the truck attack in Nice..." + Summary
+ Live reporting
President Obama Calls for Unity at Dallas Memorial - Text + Audio + Video - 13 July 2016
"President Obama speaks in Dallas,Texas, at a memorial service for five fallen police officers.
He addressed race relations in the United States, and called for unity."
Wyclef Jean ft. The Rock, Melky & Sedek - It Doesn't Matter
"Yo, yo, yo
I got fifty Bentley's in the West Indies
(It doesn't matter!)
I got a pocket full of cheese and a garden full of trees
(It doesn't matter!)
I just won the bingo bought a crib in Rio
(It doesn't matter!)
Cause if you ain't sharin, people ain't carin
Come up in the hood and they take everything you wearin..." (azlyrics.com)
2016 Most Dangerous Year Ever for Afghan Journalists- Text + Audio - 14 July 2016
"The year 2016 has been the most violent year ever for reporters in Afghanistan, a new report says. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee
released its latest report Monday. The group observes the safety situation of reporters in the country."
Travelers Detail Dangerous Escape from South Sudan - Text + Audio - 14 July 2016
"Travelers and refugees fled South Sudan due to recent fighting. They arrived in Uganda and told of their difficult and dangerous journey."
How I was smuggled into the UK - VIDEO - 14 July 2016
"Ahmad spent nearly two months trying to reach the UK and when smugglers locked him in a lorry he caught it on video.
He wanted to claim asylum so his wife and young daughters could join him from Syria.
Exodus: Our Journey To Europe was broadcast on BBC Two. Watch other migrants' stories every day this week online."
Theresa May shakes-up government with new-look cabinet - Article + Photos + Videos - 14 July 2016
"Liz Truss is justice secretary, Justine Greening takes education
and Tory leadership contender Andrea Leadsom has been promoted to environment secretary.
Boris Johnson became foreign secretary. Philip Hammond was made chancellor.
Eurosceptic David Davis, meanwhile, will take charge of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, in a newly created post of Brexit secretary." + Photos of Theresa May's Cabinet
Theresa May named six cabinet members on Wednesday:
David Davis, Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Michael Fallon,
Liam Fox and Amber Rudd (clockwise from top left)
Britain’s May Faces Same Challenges as Thatcher- Text + Audio - 13 July 2016
British Prime Minister Theresa May took office Wednesday. She is already being compared to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
May faces economic and political uncertainties related to Britain’s exit from the EU.
Thatcher assumed office during economic and social turmoil in Britain."
When to Abbreviate, Etc.
"When is it appropriate to abbreviate words? The answer to this question, as with many matters in writing, is not a simple one:
It depends on type of content and the degree of the content’s formality..."
25 Amazing Nerdcations - mental_floss List Show Ep. 428 (YouTube)
"A “nerdcation” is exactly what it sounds like: a vacation for nerds.
They are less about relaxation and more about learning something or even becoming part of something fascinating.
Your getaway can involve history, adventure, literature, or something completely different that you'll always remember.
Of course, you don’t have to be a nerd to participate!
John Green tells us about some weird and wonderful vacation ideas in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show."
42 Visions For Tomorrow From The Golden Age of Futurism
"Arthur Radebaugh drew a newspaper comic called Closer Than We Think in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.
While his art was firmly planted in that era, the ideas were supposed to be of the future.
Some of his fantastical predictions have come true, like home computers, self-driving cars, factory farms, flatscreen TV, robotic warehouses,
remote jobs, electric cars, and the electronic home library. Other are just silly, like space hospitals, color-changing cars, and the vehicle you see here.
The walking machine is for evacuating cities by walking over the clogged roadways in the event of an emergency. And it would scare alien invaders away." (Neatorama)
Marina Kaye - Fearless / Homeless
(YouTube) + LYRICS:
"In this house where I grew up
With cozy chairs and broken cups
Memories piled up to the ceiling
Can they tell what I am feeling?..."
Adjectives Synonymous with “Best”
"A recent post discussed nouns employed to refer to ultimate achievement.
Here, you’ll find details about adjectives that describe something that is the best, highest, or most important."
Matador Dies at Spanish Bullfight- Text + Audio- 11 July 2016
"A Spanish bullfighter died for the first time in over 30 years over the weekend.
Other people were injured during the running of the bulls at the famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona."
Strengthen Your Core With 5 Simple Exercises - Text + Audio + Photos - 11 July 2016
"What is your core? Why is it important? This article explains both. It also teaches useful sentences for describing how to move the body.
You can also test your listening skills! Listen to the audio and try to visualize, or see in your mind, the exercises without looking at the pictures."
Pokemon Go Craze Sweeps US - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 12 July 2016
"Many people remember the Pokemon card-trading game that was popular in the 1990s.
Now it is back in the form of a smart phone app. It has millions of downloads since July 6."
Pokemon Go is the next big thing (12 July 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The Japanese games giant Nintendo has released an app that is taking the world by storm with an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Level 4 or Level 5
Cleveland, Philadelphia Increase Security for Political Conventions- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"The two main political parties in the U.S. will officially nominate their presidential candidates at national political conventions later this month.
The Republican Party is holding its national convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The Democrats will hold their convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
Theresa May to Be Britain's Second Woman Prime Minister- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"British Prime Minister David Cameron will resign Wednesday and Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to succeed him. The change follows
last month’s referendum in which Britain voted to leave EU. May is set to become Britian’s second woman leader after Margaret Thatcher."
North Korea Further Limits Communication with US- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"North Korea said it is ending diplomatic communications with the U.S. through its U.N. offices in New York.
The North has also threatened “physical action” if the U.S. and South Korea deploy a new missile system on the peninsula."
Texas Gun Range Offers Free Training to LGBT People- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"The mass shooting in Orlando has led some members of the LGBT community to consider carrying guns.
A gun range in Texas is now offering free classes to LGBT people.
Many people taking the training say they will feel safer with the choice to protect themselves with a gun."
(learningenglish.voanews.com) "LGBT or GLBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender."
Islamic State Gains 'Symbolic Victories' - Text + Audio + Photos - 12 July 2016
"Recent attacks are called a reminder that the terrorist group still has the “intent and capability to direct, support and inspire acts of violence.”
US Defense Secretary: More Troops to Go to Iraq- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"American Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the US will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq to help prepare for the fight for Mosul.
The Islamic State militant group currently holds the city. However, Iraqi forces recently recaptured an airbase nearby."
Americans Looking Forward After a Week of Violence- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"President Barack Obama will speak Tuesday at a Memorial Service for five police officers who died in a mass shooting last week in Dallas, Texas.
The Texas shootings came the same week that two African-American men were killed by police in two other states."
Quantico "is an American television thriller series created by Joshua Safran which premiered on ABC on September 27, 2015.
The protagonist of the series is Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), who is suspected of committing a terrorist attack.
Flashbacks tell her story and the stories of her fellow recruits at the FBI Academy in Quantico.
ABC picked up the show for a full season with subsequent orders in October and November to a total of 22 episodes.
On March 3, 2016, ABC renewed Quantico for a second season, which is scheduled to premiere on September 25, 2016." Synopsis:
"A group of FBI recruits battle their way through training at the academy in Quantico, Virginia,
unaware that one of their own is masterminding the biggest terror attack since the September 11 attacks."
Pokemon Go: All you need to know - Article + Video - 12 July 2016
"Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game on smartphones.
It uses your GPS. You play by walking around the real world catching cutesy little virtual monsters like Pikachu and Jigglypuff
in places near your phone location and training them to fight each other."