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JUNE 2018

= Immigrant Heritage Month

+ End-of-the-year activities

01 - Parents' Day
05 - World Environment Day
08 - World Ocean Day
09 - Trooping the Colour
12 - World Against Child Labor Day
14 - Flag Day
14 - World Blood Donor Day
16 - Bloomsday
17 - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
17 - Father's Day
19 - 23 - Royal Ascot
20 - World Refugee Day
21 - SUMMER / SUMMER HOLIDAYS
21 - World Music Day
24 - World Fairy Day
26 - International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 - International Day in Support of Torture Victims



03/06/2018


LESSON PLAN

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges): NEW YORK IN SONGS
"Voici une courte séquence - avec film introductif, recherche lexicale et travail de traduction - de fin d'année pour des 3èmes/2ndes
consacrée à la compréhension de 4 chansons sur New York
qui offrent une vision positive ou négative de la ville."
  http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/teachers-zone-3eme/new-york-in-songs-1.html

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METAL TARIFFS

Theresa May to press Trump at G7 to reverse metal tariffs - 2 June 2018
"PM will raise issue of tariffs introduced on European steel and aluminium, says Liam Fox"

(theguardian.com)

Martin Rowson on Donald Trump, trade wars and steel tariffs – cartoon
(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK

Teens are abandoning Facebook in dramatic numbers, study finds - 1 June 2018
"Numbers using Facebook have dropped significantly since 2015, with YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat more popular"

(theguardian.com)

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NORTH KOREA SUMMIT

Trump: Meeting with Kim to Take Place as Planned - Text + Audio - 1 June 2018
"A top-level North Korean Official met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.
After the meeting, Trump said a meeting with Kim Jong Un would take place as planned.
The official, Kim Yong Chol, also delivered a letter from North Korea’s leader."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Donald Trump says North Korea summit on 12 June is back on - 1 June 2018
"Trump reverses previous position after visit of Kim Jong-un’s top aide and says talks will go ahead in Singapore as planned"

(theguardian.com)

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US TARIFFS

China warns US sanctions will void trade talks - with pictures and a video - 2 June 2018
"China has warned that all trade talks between Beijing and Washington will be void if the US sets up trade sanctions."

+ Video: What are the contentious issues around US-China trade?
+ Is the US-China trade war back on?
+ US tariffs: The unusual ways nations have retaliated
+ Why history drives China's tough stance on global trade

+ Allies retaliate with levies on jam, lamps and sleeping bags
+ Four reasons Trump is hanging tough on trade

(BBC)

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ROBOT

This robot-run newsroom 'weeds out 99 per cent of fake news' - 1 June 2018


The Japanese start-up, called JX Press, utilises machine learning
for finding stories in social media posts.
 

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Kate CHOPIN

'Athenaise' by Kate Chopin - Text + Audio + Video
"Our story today is called "Athenaise" by Kate Chopin. Women in the United States long wanted to be independent.
This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife.
Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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PILL

Pill Combines Biology, Electronics to Recognize Diseases - Text + Audio - 1 June 2018
"Scientists have developed a small pill for patients to swallow. It mixes synthetic biology and electronics to find bleeding in the stomach and other parts of the digestive tract."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


MIT engineers have designed an ingestible sensor with bacteria
programmed to sense environmental conditions and relay the information to an electronic circuit.

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What It Takes - August Wilson, Lloyd Richards

What It Takes - August Wilson, Lloyd Richards - Text + Audio - 1 June 2018
"August Wilson wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences. It's now a movie, as well.
He also wrote nine other plays about the lives of African Americans across the last century — almost all of them made it to Broadway,
and almost all were directed by Lloyd Richards."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Activists: Human Trafficking a Danger in Nigeria - Text + Audio + Video - 2 June 2018
"Human traffickers in Nigeria are finding people in camps for internally displaced persons and sending them to other countries."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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POLLUTION

Indian Inventors Turn Pollution into Ink - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 June 2018
"Company officials say these devices will capture smoke from diesel generators and turn it into ink."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"A view of a device created by company Chakr Innovation to remove soot from diesel general exhaust,
to clean the air and to allow ink to be created from soot, on a building in Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi, India, March 19, 2018."

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CATTLE THIEVES

Nigeria: Dozens killed by cattle thieves in Zamfara state
"Cattle thieves have killed more than 20 people in Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara, officials say...
According to the Zamfara state government, more than 10,000 cattle have been stolen in the last seven years."
+ How my home town became a bloodbath that no-one cares about
+ The drug fuelling death, despair and Boko Haram

(BBC)


Dozens of people have died in clashes between vigilantes and cattle rustlers
in Zamfara in recent months

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PLASTIC BAGS

Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags - 3 June 2018
"Pilot whale was found barely alive in Thai canal and vomited up five bags during fruitless rescue attempts"

(theguardian.com)


"The small male pilot was found in a canal near the border with Malaysia"
(telegraph.co.uk)

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01/06/2018


LESSON PLAN

Can I help you with anything?
"This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film which was created for Kindness.org,
a charity that encourages people to take part in acts of kindness and share them online.
In the lesson students predict the content of a short film, watch a short film, speak about the short film and kindness, and perform a roleplay."

(film-english.com)

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'MURDERED' REPORTER ALIVE

‘Murdered' Reporter Appears Alive with Ukrainian Officials - Text + Audio + Video - 30 May 2018
"On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials said Babchenko had been shot dead and that his wife had found him in a pool of blood.
He is a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his policy in Ukraine and Syria."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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SMART FARM EQUIPMENT

Smart Farm Equipment to Greatly Reduce Use of Chemicals - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 30 May 2018
"Several companies are experimenting with the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture that can help farmers save time and money,
while reducing environment-harming chemicals."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


"In this file photo, ecoRobotix demonstrates its 'smart farm' technology, which uses artificial intelligence
to identify weeds and precisely deliver herbicide to kill them.
"

 

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WHALE HUNTERS

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke - 30 May 2018
"Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey".
A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total...
Figures from charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) show that many countries other than Japan still catch whales."

(BBC)

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KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT

Kim-Trump summit: Top officials meet to salvage summit - 31 May 2018
"The right-hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York to discuss a historic summit."

+ Kim Jong-un's right hand man
+ What does Kim Jong-un really want?
+ The political gamble of the 21st Century

(BBC)

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TORTURE

Lithuania and Romania complicit in CIA torture - European court - 31 May 2018
"European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by allowing the CIA to torture them...
The CIA operated secret prisons, including in Lithuania and Romania.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said both countries had violated the European prohibition of torture.
The ECHR issued a similar ruling against Poland in 2014."

Read more on the US 'war on terror' against al-Qaeda:
- CIA lied over 'brutal' interrogations
- CIA report: An expert guide
- Who were the CIA's al-Qaeda detainees?
- The new CIA boss's torture ties
"Article Three of the European Convention on Human Rights, headed "Prohibition of Torture", says:
"No-one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment"."

(BBC)

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US TELEVANGELIST

Jet-set Jesus: televangelist to donate old private jet when he gets new $54m one - 1 June 2018
"Jesse Duplantis angered many when he asked for $54m for a private jet – but he says his old plane will get a new home"

(theguardian.com)

US televangelist appeals to followers for $54 million private jet - 30 May 2018
"I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today he wouldn't be riding a donkey."
"Duplantis said he needs the jet "so we can go anywhere in the world one stop" and he recounted a conversation he said he had with God about needing the plane."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

Televangelists "are Christian ministers, whether official or self-proclaimed, who devote a large portion of their ministry to television broadcasting.
The term is also used derisively by critics as an insinuation of aggrandizement by such ministers."

(Wikipedia)

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US TARIFFS

EU trade commissioner responds to US tariffs as markets shrug off trade war fears - 1 June 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

EU opens WTO case against Trump steel and aluminium tariffs - 1 June 2018
"Dispute settlement case lodged as EU expected to announce retaliatory tariffs on US goods"

(theguardian.com)

Trade war looms as Trump imposes steel tariffs - 1 June 2018
"Europe, Canada and Mexico are planning retaliatory moves after President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the US.
The European Union issued a 10-page list of tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to food products.
It also plans to challenge the move at the World Trade Organization (WTO)...
The EU has threatened "all necessary measures" in response"

+ UK labels US metal tariffs 'absurd'
+ 'Stand up to bully Trump', says Labour
+ US tariffs: Tata Steel calls for 'protection measures'
+ Five reasons why trade wars aren't easy to win

+ Allies retaliate with levies on jam, lamps and sleeping bags
+ Four reasons Trump is hanging tough on trade

(BBC)

US tariffs: Allies retaliate with levies on jam, lamps and sleeping bags - with pictures and a video - 31 May 2018
"The US has slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from its allies the EU, Canada and Mexico - but don't think they'll take it without a fight."

+ Video: Trudeau: Canada not US national security threat
+ What is a trade war and why should I worry?
+ Trade tariffs: Real war or phoney war

(BBC)

US Tariffs Raise Fears of Trade War with American Allies - Text + Audio + Pictures - 31 May 2018
"U.S. officials announced the tariffs are a result of their failure to win trade concessions. Officials said the import taxes would take effect on Friday.
The announcement led to promises of action from major American allies, rising trade tensions and a drop in stock prices."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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$4 DAMAGES

Family of man shot dead by sheriff's deputy awarded $4 damages - 1 June 2018
"The family of a man who was shot dead by a US sheriff's deputy have been awarded $4 (£3) in damages following a wrongful death lawsuit...
After hours of deliberation, the jury awarded $1 to his mother for funeral costs and $1 to each of his three children."

+ Are black knife deaths being ignored?
+ Are US police too quick to shoot?

(BBC)

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ESCAPE FROM GERMAN ZOO

Lions, tigers, jaguar escape German zoo in Lünebach in western Germany - 1 June 2018
"German media report the animals were able to break out after flooding from a storm overnight."

(BBC)

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VAPING

Vaping - the rise in five charts - 31 May 2018
"For travellers looking forward to their summer holidays, what to pack can be a source of stress.
But did you know that taking an e-cigarette with you to countries such as Thailand could land you with a fine - or even time in jail?"

(BBC)

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THE WINDRUSH WOMEN

Seamstress, nurse, caterer: Celebrating the Windrush women - with pictures - 24 May 2018
"Timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush, which brought 492 Caribbean migrants to the UK,
a new exhibition comprising a series of photo essays and portraiture by Jim Grover is on show at the Oxo Tower in London..."

(BBC)

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GREENPEACE

Greenpeace protesters abseil into oil firm Total's AGM - with pictures and a video - 1 June 2018
"Stage invaders join about 250 activists who oppose drilling in Amazon and French Guiana"
(theguardian.com)


Greenpeace activists descend by ropes from the ceiling at the Total AGM in Paris.

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REFUGEES

The refugees who gave up on Britain - 1 June 2018
"In the culmination of an award-winning 18-month project, the new arrivals, traces an Afghan father and son’s harrowing journey to Britain
– and the pressures that led them to flee all over again"

(theguardian.com)

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LONDON EARTHQUAKE RISK

London earthquake risk: Scientists discover two fault lines under capital - 31 May 2018
"Scientists have discovered two fault lines running under London that could cause a magnitude 5 earthquake.
But before you reach for your hard hat, they estimate there is only a one-in-a-thousand-year chance of such a tremor."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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AMERICA since 9/11

America since 9/11: timeline of attacks linked to the 'war on terror' - 11 December 2018
"The truck attack in October that left eight people dead is one of a number of terror attacks on US soil since 9/11"

+ New York explosion: police say suspect injured and in custody -12 December 2017)
(theguardian.com)

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BROADWAY

Broadway: the 13-mile street that charts the delirious story of America - with pictures - 1 June 2018
"This is the street that drove America forward – the path of progress as it expanded, powered by showmanship and illusion"

(theguardian.com)

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