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30/07/2016


CINEMA

Testament of Youth
"is a 2014 British drama film based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. T
he film stars Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman who abandoned her Oxford studies to become a war nurse.[4]
The film was directed by James Kent and written by Juliette Towhidi.
PLOT:
In 1914, Vera Brittain overcomes the restraints on women of the time to become a student at Somerville College, Oxford.
When World War I breaks out, her brother Edward, her fiancé Roland Leighton, and their friends Victor and Geoffrey, are sent to serve at the front lines. Brittain follows their sacrifice, leaving college to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse tending the wounded and dying (both British and German)
in London, Malta and France.[5]"

(Wikipedia)

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STORY

'The Furnished Room,' by O. Henry - Text + Audio + Video
"Love is a powerful emotion. It can make people do almost anything. But sometimes love is not enough to keep people together.
Read about one man looking for his lost love in this classic American short story, 'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US PARK

Big Bend National Park: A Texas Treasure - Text + Audio + Photos
"Today on our national parks journey, we head to the far western part of Texas. The landscape here is severe.
The Chisos Mountains rise from the desert. The Rio Grande River cuts deep into ancient limestone rock. Cactus plants flower under the intense sun. Welcome to Big Bend National Park."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Clinton campaign hit by computer hackers as suspicion falls on Russian spy agencies - 30 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PLASTIC BAGS

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RIO 2016

Russia’s weightlifters barred from Rio Olympics over doping offences - 29 July 2016
(theguardian.com)

Rio Olympic Games 2016: by numbers - 1 July 2016
"Watch the numbers behind Rio's 2016 games where the entire city has undergone regeneration ready for world class athletes."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Iconic moments in Olympic history - Videos
"From the Black Power salute to Sarah Attar becoming the first female athlete to represent Saudi Arabia, here are the Olympic Games' most iconic moments."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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29/07/2016


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Crossword English #37 — Physical Activity (Cloze)
Find it here.
(englishblog.com)

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US ELECTIONS

Standing ovation for father of Muslim US soldier killed in Iraq as he denounces Donald Trump - VIDEO - 29 July 2016
"The father of an Army captain - a Muslim-American killed in Iraq - gave a powerful speech condemning Donald Trump's proposal
to bar Muslims from entering the United States."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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CHILD LABOUR

The child labourers helping luxury cars sparkle – video - 28 July 2016
"Mica is a mineral used in products from cosmetics to car paint, where it creates a shiny, sparkly effect.
It’s even used in heating elements for some household appliances. In India, illegal mines are known to use child labour.
The link between child exploitation and cosmetics came to light over a decade ago, but a Guardian investigation has now revealed links
to the car paint industry."

Read the full story: Car firms linked to child labour over glittery mica paint
(theguardian.com)

 

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REFUGEES

M.I.A. - Borders
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"Freedom, 'I'dom, 'Me'dom
Where's your 'We'dom?
This world needs a brand new 'Re'dom
We'dom - the key
We'dom the key'dom to life!..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

 

MIA accuses VMAs of 'racism, sexism, classism, elitism' - 28 July 2016
"Musician has criticised MTV’s award show after her video for Borders – in which she portrays the plight of refugees – was missed off this year’s shortlist... The self-directed video makes a statement on the refugee crisis, portraying groups of men packed on flotilla boats,
while others scale vast border fences topped with barbed wire."

(theguardian.com)
VMA = MTV Video Music Awards

MIA's Borders: artist braves boats and barbed wire in video crusade for refugees - 27 November 2015
"Rap artist releases self-directed video for new track Borders that follows refugees on hazardous journey to Europe,
as lyrics chastise governments’ failure to act."

(theguardian.com)

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VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality: the hype, the problems and the promise - 29 July 2016
"It’s the technology that is supposed to be 2016’s big thing, but what iteration of VR will actually catch on, and what’s just a fad?
Tim Maughan takes an in-depth look."

(BBC)

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CLIMATE CHANGE

UN: World Temperatures Rising Faster Than Predicted - Text + Audio + Video - 28 July 2016
"Report says record high temperatures and high carbon dioxide levels are evidence of the increasing speed of climate change.
Weather experts say 2016 may be the hottest year ever recorded."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PRISONERS

If The United States Had 100 Prisoners | a GOOD Data Viz
"When you shrink the United States' population down to 100 people this is what you get. The United States has over 2,000,000 prisoners.
Who are they? What are they in for?"

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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BODY

Body parts - a song
(YouTube)
Thanks to Mauricette C. (Ac. Bordeaux)

 

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RACISM

23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America
"Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Bono, and others explain why it's time to take action
to heal the long history of systemic racism in America."

(YouTube)

 

 

The Daily Show - The Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
"Trevor reacts the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two African-American men shot by police,
and calls on law enforcement to address systemic racism."

(YouTube)

 

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Thanks to Claire F. (Ac. Lyon)


HAWAII

1898: Raising American Flag at United States Annexation Ceremony at ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The American marines performing the ceremony are from the USS Philadelphia.
(Wikipedia)

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28/07/2016


LIMOUSINES

The 10 Most Over the Top Limousines in the World Right Now - PHOTOS
(moneyinc.com)

The Batmobile Limousine, $4.2 million

 

The Sultan of Brunei’s Rolls Royce Silver Spur Limo, $14 million

 

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CAMPAIGN SONGS

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Campaign Songs (HBO)
"John Oliver and some of America’s favorite recording artists remind politicians not to use their songs without permission on the campaign trail."

(YouTube)

 

 

Rachel Platten - Fight Song (Official Video)
(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion..."

(azlyrics.com)

 

 

Democratic National Conventional - Our Fight Song
"“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support
for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The a cappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks."

(YouTube)

 

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US ELECTIONS

Trump ‘Asks’ Russia to Hack Clinton’s Emails - Text + Audio - 27 July 2016
"Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump made an unusual request Wednesday. He asked Russia’s help to find and make public missing emails from his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. His vice presidential running-mate took a different view, warning of consequences if Russia interfered."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Famous people for Hillary Clinton - 15 PHOTOS
(20minutes.fr)

#Unitedagainsthate
"Will you stand against Donald Trump and the hate he promotes?

An open letter to the voters of the United States:
We are a coalition of artists who, today, are joining millions of Americans in our commitment
to defeat the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump..."

(unitedagainsthate.com)

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DUBLIN

Where you sign a $10m contract over a pint - 28 July 2016
"Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the Irish capital is positioning itself as a better post-Brexit alternative to London.
A lively, liveable EU city with a low corporate-tax rate, Dublin is keen to step into London’s shoes as a business hub. But Brexit brings uncertainty here too."

(BBC)

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TREES

Where to see the world's most famous trees - 28 July 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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STORY

'The Furnished Room' by O. Henry - VIDEO
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Results in ALS Discovery - Text + Audio + Videos - 27 July 2016
"Ice Bucket Challenge videos were very popular on social media two years ago.
The campaign raised over $100 million for research into the cause of the brain disease ALS.
It turns out the money has already made a difference."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease)
"is a specific disorder that involves the death of neurons that control voluntary muscles.[1][2][3] In a number of countries, the term motor neurone disease (MND) is commonly used,[4] while others use that term for a group of five conditions of which ALS is the most common.[5] ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size.[6]
This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.[6][3]"

(Wikipedia)


Remember the ice bucket challenge? It just funded an ALS breakthrough - Article + Videos - 27 July 2016
"The ALS Association says money raised by viral charity challenge, dismissed as ‘slacktivism’ by many,
has helped identify a new gene associated with the disease."

(theguardian.com)

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THE MIDDLE AGES

39 Facts about the Middle Ages - mental_floss List Show Ep. 430
(YouTube)

 

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DREAMS

What we learnt from reading people's dreams - 28 July 2016
"Humans have been collecting records of dreams for years. But what do these archives of our nightly visions tell us about the human mind?
And can modern technology help to unravel them?"

(BBC)


"Neuroscientists hope they may soon be able to read our dreams as we sleep
- using brain imaging."

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27/07/2016


FRANCE CHURCH ATTACK

France church attack: Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers' - 26 July 2016
"An 84-year-old priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men
who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.
The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel's throat during a morning Mass, officials say.

Police later surrounded the church, in St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and shot dead both hostage-takers.
One of the hostages is in a critical condition in hospital."

+ European terror attacks
+ Timeline: Attacks in France
(BBC)

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LESSONS

Hotel booking
"This activity provides short listening practice based around a phone call to a hotel to enquire about reservations.
In this lesson, students will listen to someone booking a hotel. They will predict vocabulary, listen to the conversation and role-play the dialogue to practise their speaking skills. There are also suggestions for developing the theme of hotels to practise specific areas of grammar."
Level: CEF level A2-B1  
Time: 30 minutes

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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Anger at royal child feeding dog ice cream (July 26 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A photo of the three-year-old son of Britain's Prince William has made animal rights groups angry."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 0Level 1   or  Level 2
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

'He's a monarchist MONSTER': Kate and William accused of 'animal cruelty' over picture of Prince George 'feeding a Magnum' to Lupo
as amid warnings dogs are ALLERGIC to ice cream and chocolate
- 22 July 2016
(dailymail.co.uk)

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GRAMMAR

Basic English Grammar lessons - with quizzes
+ Lesson Index
(talkenglish.com)

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RAFFLE

An Australian couple who raffled off their tropical island home pick the winner - 26 July 2016
(BBC)

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BATTLESHIPS

In the memory of USS Missouri
"She's the third and the last ship in the US navy to receive the name of USS Missouri, the last US battleship ever built."

(forum.worldofwarships.eu)


Scene from the film "Battleship",
"a 2012 American military science fiction action war film...
Alex, along with the survivors of the John Paul Jones and Myōkō
return to Pearl Harbor and commandeer the USS Missouri,
a decommissioned battleship turned into a museum ship.
They reactivate the battleship
with the aid of the retired veterans preserving her..."

 

The USS Arizona Memorial,
"located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the USS Arizona (BB-39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day.
The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu was the action that led to the United States' direct involvement in World War II...
USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania-class of "super-dreadnought" battleships."

(999photos.com)

 

Planning ahead for a USS Arizona Memorial visit
"There’s certainly plenty to enjoy out at Pearl Harbor, including exploring the Battleship Missouri Memorial,
the USS Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum...
Tickets are free for the USS Arizona Memorial tour, which takes an hour and 15 minutes and includes
an extraordinary 23-minute documentary about the events of Dec. 7, 1941."

(travelweekly.com)

USS Arizona Memorial
Tour description: "The 75-minute program for the USS Arizona Memorial begins at Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater. It includes a brief introduction, a 23-minute documentary film, a Navy-operated shuttle boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial, and time to experience the Memorial itself."

(recreation.gov)

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MUSIC

Which are the best music videos about city life? - Article + Videos - 27 July 2016
"From Beyoncé in Rio to U2 in Los Angeles, here’s our pick of the most memorable videos depicting urban life in cities around the world."

(theguardian.com)

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IVORY

Report: Vietnam Among Biggest Illegal Ivory Markets - Text + Audio - 26 July 2016
"The conservation group Save the Elephants says Vietnam has become one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets.
It also says that 75 percent of ivory buyers in Vietnam come from China."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES / MIGRANTS / IMMIGRANTS

Kenyan Runners Find Place on US Olympic Team - Text + Audio - 26 July 2016
"Three long-distance runners from Kenya qualified for the Olympics as members of Team USA.
They became citizens through a program designed for immigrants who are also members of the U.S. military."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Syrian refugees in 'no man's land' - VIDEO - 26 July 2016
"Aid agencies say urgent help is needed for more than 85,000 Syrian refugees stuck in "no man's land" by their country's border with Jordan".

(BBC)

The refugee camp runners aiming for Rio - VIDEO - 26 July 2016
"Rebecca Nymal and Garkouth Puok Thiep fled conflict in southern Sudan, and found sanctuary in the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya."

(BBC)

 

 

Eight dead - including pregnant woman - and 20 missing after Indonesian immigrant boat capsizes off Malaysia - 25 July 2016
- Boat carrying 62 Indonesians capsized due to strong waves on Saturday 
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One of the bodies recovered included an unborn baby girl, police said
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The unborn child was from a victim who was seven months pregnant
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So far, 34 passengers have been rescued and a search is ongoing 
(dailymail.co.uk)

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IS

1400 UTC Newscast in English - Text + Audio - 26 July 2016
"The Islamic State group said Tuesday that two assailants who stormed a church in France and killed an elderly priest were its "soldiers,"
according to an IS-linked news agency report. The claim just came hours after the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Key Islamic State leader Saad Emarati 'killed in Afghanistan' - 26 July 2016
"A key commander with the Islamic State militant group has been killed in a military operation in Nangarhar, Afghan security forces say.
Saad Emarati was one of the founders of the IS group's Afghanistan-Pakistan branch, and led several attacks against the Taliban and the government."
(BBC)

IS Mostly Ineffective, But Threat Is Rising in SE Asia - Text + Audio - 24 July 2016
"Terrorism experts say IS followers in Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern Philippines could become more dangerous with better training and leadership. The terrorist group is trying to become stronger in Southeast Asia as it loses control of large parts of Iraq and Syria."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SOLAR IMPULSE

Solar-Powered Plane Completes Trip Around the World - Text + Audio + Video - 26 July 2016
"The solar-powered airplane completed its 40,000- kilometer flight by landing early Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, the place where the trip started 17 months ago.
Co-pilot and project chairman Bertrand Piccard said the flight showed the possibilities of clean technologies and energy."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Solar Impulse completes historic trip - VIDEO - 26 July 2016
(BBC)

Solar Impulse 2, which landed in Abu Dhabi, is first plane powered by the renewable energy source to tour the globe - VIDEO - 26 July 2016
(theguardian.com)


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- "Solar Impulse 2 piloted by Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland
prepares to land at the end of the first around the world flight
without using fuel."

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WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

'The camera is not a shield': life and death as a war photographer - 26 July 2016
"They put their lives on the frontline as well as their cameras to show the truth about life in conflict zones – and in the age of Isis, they are targets themselves. A new Netflix show captures on film the riskiest freelance job in the world"

(theguardian.com)

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HYGIENE DISGUST

Hygiene disgust - This article will make you want to wash your hands - 26 July 2016
"The Edwardians used repulsive images of flies on food, faeces and vomit to raise awareness of how the insects spread killer diseases.
The campaign saved many lives. Could disgust be used to promote better hygiene today?"

(theguardian.com)

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SAN FRANCISCO

Big tech asked to pay their 'fair share' in taxes to help San Francisco's homeless - 26 July 2016
"The tech-driven city struggles with how to pay for the dark side of the tech boom – a boon for some, a bust for others."
(theguardian.com)


"Pedestrians walk in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco,
known for having many homeless people."

Should San Francisco's tech firms be taxed to help the homeless? – video - 26 July 2016
"As the technology boom continues to transform San Francisco, Guardian reporter Dan Tynan speaks with residents
about a proposal to tax tech companies in the city to provide more affordable housing and better services for the homeless."

(theguardian.com)

 

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DRONES

Norman Foster's design for world's first droneport – video - 26 July 2016
"A video animation shows a design by Norman Foster for the world’s first droneport.
The facility in Rwanda would support planned cargo drone routes linking remote areas in Africa:
a red-line network for emergency supplies and a commercial blue-line network.
The team hopes to complete the droneport in 2017."
(theguardian.com)

 

 

How drones would carry emergency blood supplies in Rwanda – video - 26 July 2016
"This promotional footage from Silicon Valley tech startup Zipline shows how it would use drones to deliver emergency blood supplies.
The company hopes to make up to 150 blood deliveries a day by drone in Rwanda.
Difficult transport conditions mean rural health centres across Africa often lack supplies and delivering emergency blood is particularly challenging.
A ‘zip’ drone can fly a 75-mile round-trip on a single charge."

(theguardian.com)

 

 

Can drones help save the rhino? – video - 26 July 2016
"Drones are operating above some of South Africa’s national parks in an attempt to deter and intercept poachers.
Poaching is at record levels on the continent, devastating elephant and rhino populations.
These drones can fly 2.5 hours on a single charge and up to 22 miles from the control vehicle.
The operators say they have seen a direct link between their presence in an area and a fall in poaching."

(theguardian.com)

 

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RIO 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Soldiers patrol Ipanema beach ahead of the Olympic Games
(theguardian.com)

 

The Superhumans - a lesson
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short video commissioned by Channel 4 to advertise the Paralympic Games in Rio.
In the lesson students listen to a song, write down song lyrics, visualise the content of a video, watch a video,
speak and write about the struggles people with disabilities overcome."
Time: 90 minutes

Topic: Disability and Paralympic Games



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UK - ANNIVERSARY

Tavistock, England - "A 10-metre Man Engine, created to mark the 10th anniversary of the date
when the Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape was added to the list of Unesco world heritage Sites, takes to the streets."

(theguardian.com)

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POKEMON GO

Sir David Attenborough Narrating Pokemon Go Is All You Hoped For
"Pokemon Go gets the Sir David Attenborough treatment in a new viral video.
The Irish website Lovin Dublin posted the clip to its Facebook page on July 14.
It gained major traction online over the weekend and has now garnered more than 2.4 million views."

(YouTube)

 

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Michelle OBAMA

Video & Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Speech To The Democratic Convention (Plus Writing Prompt!)
(larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

Michelle Obama Gives Powerful Speech at Democratic Convention - Text + Audio + Video - 26 July 2016
"First Lady Michelle Obama stole the show in Philadelphia.
Her powerful and emotional speech is already being called, by some, one of the best speeches in Democratic National Convention history."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GUNS

Study Finds Americans Want Stronger Gun Laws - Text + Audio - 25 July 2016
"A survey released this weekend by the Associated Press/GfK found that an increasing number of Americans support stronger gun laws.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents say they want stricter laws."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DOCTOR

What Is a Doctor?
"Exactly what does doctor mean, and who can call himself or herself a doctor, and who can’t?
A discussion of the term and its origins and parameters follows..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

Perfect body to survive traffic accidents created (July 24, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A road safety organisation in Australia has created a mock-up of the perfect body needed to survive a car crash."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Level 4  or  Level 5
(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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POLLUTION

Plume LABS - Let's beat air pollution
The urban weather forecast to help you breathe better.

- Know what you breathe in real-time in major cities around the world
- Protect yourself and your loved ones with personalized and actionable advice to beat air pollution
- Stay ahead of pollution and plan your day thanks to our hourly forecast (in a select subset of cities)

(plumelabs.com)

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ROBOT

Jackrabbot: Why this robot is watching how you move - VIDEO - 25 July 2016
"A robot which is learning how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviour
is being developed by Stanford University...
The idea is to create an algorithm which can be used by any robot to learn the social conventions of the place it is in at the time, he added."

(BBC)

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