World War I in Photos: Animals at War
"Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen - and never again repeated.
Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war.
Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others - all at great risk, and with heavy cost."
"Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons, cats, camels, koalas, even elephants were enlisted for their service in World War I.
While a few were just mascots for the purpose of morale, most were put to work carrying soldiers and equipment.
The British dog pictured here was photographed around 1915, delivering medical supplies to the front lines.
The Atlantic has a collection of 45 photographs of animals in wartime. Warning: while not overly graphic, a few images contain deceased men or horses."
Bandages retrieved from the kit of a British Dog, ca. 1915.
(Library of Congress)
Words for Bodies of Lawmakers
"This post discusses an assortment of words employed in English to refer to a group of people
responsible for representing the general populace and passing laws, or to pertain to the room in which they meet to do so, or both."
'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry- Text + Audio + Video
"If you do one bad thing in your life, are you a criminal? What if you do many bad things? Can you ever be good person once you become a criminal?
Read about one man who wants to escape his past in this classic American short story, 'A Retrieved Reformation,' by O. Henry."
Shenandoah: A Western-Style Park in the East- Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 22 July 2016
"This week on our national parks journey, we visit a mountainous landscape on America’s east coast.
Within the park are rocky peaks, rolling green hills, and spectacular waterfalls.
It is also home to hundreds of black bears. Welcome to Shenandoah National Park, in the state of Virginia."
US Park Service Director: A Dream Job- Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 22 July 2016
"The U.S. National Park Service is in charge of many popular places in the country.
More than 300 million people from around the world visit America’s national parks each year.
Recently, the head of the park service, Jonathan Jarvis, spoke with VOA about his job."
Trump Follows Nixon’s Lead in Calling for Law and Order- Text + Audio - 22 July 2016
"Donald Trump promised Thursday that if he is elected president he would lead a major effort to improve law and order.
Trump is not the first candidate for president to do so. Richard Nixon also promised to reduce crime when he ran for president in 1968."
Trump Vows to End Growing Violence If Elected- Text + Audio - 22 July 2016 "Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday and vowed to end growing violence in America if elected.
Trump spoke during the final day of the Republican Party convention in Cleveland." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
The Shia militias taking back Iraq from Isis — video - 21 July 2016
"The Hashd are a controversial group of 40 mainly Shia militias with strong links to Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
We join them on the front line as they help Iraqi forces fight Islamic State.
When the dust settles, will the Hashd remain under central Iraqi government command?
Fears are that an empowered Shia militia may take advantage of the situation to take greater control of the country."
The Syrian refugees struggling to survive in no-man's land - Article + Video - 22 July 2016
in the makeshift Ruqban camp in a remote area of no-man's land near the Jordanian border.
"Shortly before dusk, the sky blushes to an ominous, brick red hue.
Soon, a dust storm obscures even the small children huddling at the entrance to a neighbour's tent."
Interpol has joined the international coalition against IG- 22 July 2016
"Interpol has joined the international coalition against terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia)
and is going to participate in the operations for the suppression of financing and recruitment."
Michelle Obama Appears on 'Carpool Karaoke'- Text + Audio + Video - 21 July 2016
"Even days before it aired Wednesday evening in the United States, Michelle Obama’s appearance on “Carpool Karaoke” was a trending topic on social media. And, after the episode aired, people could not stop talking about it. “Carpool Karaoke” trended Thursday on Google, Twitter and Facebook."
London's Businesses Look to Move after Brexit - Text + Audio - 21 July 2016
"Ten financial technology companies have said they are considering moving to Berlin after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The company
Berlin Partner says Berlin has a lot to offer new, start-up companies. Competition among cities in Europe for new companies and investment is high."
Trump's Untraditional Path to the Republican Nomination - Text + Audio + Photos + Video - 21 July 2016
"Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this week.
Donald Trump has taken an untraditional path to win the nomination. He has never held a public office."
Determined, Dedicated and Disciplined to Be Fit - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz - 20 July 2016
"Ernestine Shepherd is a fitness trainer and professional model. She is also determined, disciplined and dedicated to staying fit.
The 80-year old holds the 2010 and 2011 title in the Guinness World Records as the World's Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder."
Pro Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Brain Injuries- Text + Audio - 20 July 2016 "Some famous professional wrestlers from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are suing World Wrestling Entertainment, also known as WWE."
Pokémon Go Banned by Saudi ‘Fatwa’ - Text + Audio - 20 July 2016
"Saudi Arabian religious officials banned the Pokémon Go game. They issued a finding that the popular game goes against Islamic law.
Pokémon Go also was also outlawed at the presidential palace in Indonesia and at Boeing Company workplaces."
Hide and seek on the US-Mexico line - 20 July 2016
"BBC Autos' Jim Benning spends a day with US Customs and Border Protection agents at the world's busiest border crossing,
California’s San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Robert Hood of US Customs and Border Protection stood on the US-Mexico border facing 25 lanes of idling cars that were waiting to enter the United States. Any one of the drivers, he knew well, could be smuggling cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or undocumented migrants." + What's been confiscated at the border?
Terrorists Using Low-Tech Methods to Attack, Kill - Text + Audio - 20 July 2016
"Leaders of the al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorist groups have been urging followers in Western nations to carry out attacks
with whatever weapon is available - including a knife, a car or a fist."
Police Open Unmarked Bags — And Find Sickening Surprise
"Inside was a pile of severed bear parts, intended for smuggling abroad.
Over the course of the inspection, officers found a total of 527 bear feet, a bear muzzle, gallbladders and three musk deer glands...
Bears are often victims of the illegal wildlife trade; Animals Asia estimates that more than 1,000 of them are currently captive in illegal bile farms
in Vietnam alone, where they're held for years in tiny cages and constantly tapped for bile through painful wounds in their sides."
Is slavery a thing of the past? - a lesson
"This lesson helps to encourage awareness of slavery, historical and modern day.
Designed to raise awareness of the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons, this lesson begins by asking students to consider
what they know about the issue, then takes them through a process of learning more before concluding by asking them
about what they have learnt, and how their understanding might have changed. The lesson involves plenty of speaking, a vocabulary focus, which pre-teaches topic related vocabulary later found in the text,
a jigsaw reading and a focus on passives." Time: 55 - 70 minutes
Did Melania Trump Copy Michelle Obama's Words?- Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Not long after Melania Trump’s speech ended, an unemployed journalist named Jarrett Hill noticed similarities
between her speech and the one given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention."
Should Murder Mysteries Be Used in Classrooms? - Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Some teachers are using murder to keep their students interested. But is that an appropriate topic for the classroom?
An expert gives her opinion on teaching English with very non-tradition content."
Mysteries for English Readers of all Levels- Text + Audio - 19 July 2016
"Are you interested in improving your English by reading mystery stories? Here are some suggestions from a mystery book expert"
Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games- 21 July 2016
"A decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from Rio 2016 over the country's alleged state-sponsored doping regime
has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the sport's world governing body, the IAAF,
after an independent report found evidence of widespread doping. "
Six of the best UK festivals - 11 July 2016 - Green Man, 18-21 August, Brecon Beacons, Wales - For stunning scenery - Boardmasters, 10 -14 August, Cornwall- For extreme sports lovers -Port Elliot, 28-31 July, St Germans, Cornwall - For bookworms
- Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, 24-25 September, Suffolk - For foodies -Bestival, 8-11 September, Isle of Wight- For fancy dress fanatics -End of the Road, 1-4 September, Dorset- For laughs
"Dressed for success: each year, Bestival has a different fancy dress theme."
Security Tightened for US Political Conventions- Text + Audio - 17 July 2016
"American officials are increasing security for the upcoming Republican and Democratic political conventions. This comes after five police officers
were shot and killed in Dallas, and also the terrorist attack in Nice, France. Federal officials say they are concerned about the possibility of violence."
US election: What's the point of a party convention? - VIDEO- 17 July 2016
"Every four years, US political parties hold conventions to make official whom they have selected to become their nominee for president.
But what actually happens there? The BBC's Katty Kay breaks it down."
The Big Picture: Reinvent Education
"Robert Reich says wall-to-wall testing and skyrocketing tuition have destroyed American education. Here’s how he proposes we fix it."
Thanks to Fabienne A. (Ac. Nice)
Why are Muslim refugees converting to Christianity? – video- 18 July 2016
"Rev Sally Smith baptises a group of refugees at St Mark’s Church in Stoke-on-Trent. This isn’t an isolated case.
Churches across western Europe have been welcoming a growing number of refugees, some of whom choose to become Christians.
There are many reasons for this, but for priests like Smith, all that matters is that everyone feels safe and welcome,
even if it means losing much of her original congregation."
Rescuing America's roadside giants- 14 July 2016
"Anyone making a road trip across America will sooner or later run across a giant statue - a cowboy, an American Indian chief or a lumberjack, perhaps. Many, now half a century old, are falling apart, but one man and his friends are tracking them down and bringing them back to life."
What does a bomb disposal robot actually do? - Article + Photos - 15 July 2016
"For the last 40 years, crude robots have been used to defuse bombs.
We look at the development of these slow, deliberate droids that face an abrupt, explosive end."
Will we ever pilot giant robots? - Article + Photos - 10 June 2016
"Ever fancied strapping yourself into a robotic suit to wage battle – or even lift heavy objects?
Getting such a device off the drawing board might be a huge challenge."
The dangers of trusting robots - Article + Photos - 12 August 2015
"As robots enter our home, they may steal secrets about your life that you don't want to share,
argue two experts in robotics law and the philosophy of technology."
'As American as Apple Pie' - Text + Audio + Video - 16 July 2016
"The saying “as American as apple pie” describes things that represent the best of American culture.
People use this expression when talking about things like blue jeans, baseball and rock-n-roll music. But why use apple pie?"