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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

See Famous women and Man / Woman


05/03/2017


NORTH KOREA

Former CIA Head: Kim's Murder Designed to Remove Rival - Text + Audio - 3 March 2017
"John McLaughlin says the killing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was an attempt
to remove any alternative to the current leadership."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

Chris Riddell on the US president’s continuing Russian woes
(theguardian.com)

 

Ten arrested after pro-Trump rally turns violent in California - with pictures and videos - 5 March 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

America’s millions of Mexicans without documents live in fear of deportation - 5 March 2017
"Donald Trump’s crackdown has been a terrifying bolt from the blue."

(theguardian.com)


A mural about Mexican culture in a Hispanic area of Los Angeles.


China to increase military spending by 7% in 2017
- 4 March 2017
"China says it will increase military spending by about 7% this year, just days after Donald Trump outlined a boost to the US defence budget."

+ Video: How US defence spending plan compares to allies and rivals.
+ Trump lays out hike in military spending
+ Why is the South China Sea contentious?

(BBC)

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ISIS

'I haven't eaten food in three days, I was too anxious': Thousands flee Isil's grip in Mosul, amid reports of chemical attacks - 4 March 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)


Iraqi families walk down a road as they flee Mosul on March 3, 2017

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AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

America's Presidents - Thomas Jefferson
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Edgar POE

'The Fall of the House of Usher,' by Edgar Allan Poe, Part Three - Text + Audio + Video
"Sometimes it can feel like our world is falling apart around us. The problems in our lives seem to much and our relationships feel like
they are coming to an end. Find out what happens to one who's life reaches a terrifying end in the last part of this classic American story."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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SAINT PATRICK

St. Patrick
"A very funny, entertaining, and informative video on the history of St. Patrick."

(YouTube)

 

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SCIENCE FICTION

Why science fiction set in the near future is so terrifying - Article + Videos - 2 March 2017
"Writing for The Conversation, Dr Amy Chambers explains why we find near future science fiction so disturbing."

(ncl.ac.uk)

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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

How free is our freedom of the press? - VIDEO
"In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment.
Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story
about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder
and TED Fellow Trevor Timm traces the recent history of government action against individuals who expose crime and injustice
and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously."
+ Interactive transcript

(ted.com)

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CINEMA

LES FIGURES DE L’OMBRE (HIDDEN FIGURES), un film de Theodore Melfi
"Ce film raconte l’histoire vraie de trois scientifiques noires qui participèrent au programme spatial américain,
dans l’Amérique ségrégationniste et sexiste des années 60."
http://www.zerodeconduite.net/lesfiguresdelombre

L'histoire
"Le destin extraordinaire des trois scientifiques afro-américaines qui ont permis aux Etats-Unis de prendre la tête de la conquête spatiale, grâce à la mise en orbite de l’astronaute John Glenn. Maintenues dans l’ombre de leurs collègues masculins et dans celle d’un pays en proie à de profondes inégalités, leur histoire longtemps restée méconnue est enfin portée à l’écran."
L’avis de Zérodeconduite
LES FIGURES DE L’OMBRE raconte l'histoire vraie de trois mathématiciennes noires qui prirent une part active au programme spatial américain, dans l'Amérique ségrégationniste et sexiste du début des années 60.
Ce film tonique et positif, accessible dès le Collège, est un passionnant concentré de Sciences (les sciences derrière la conquête spatiale, les débuts de l’informatique), d'Histoire (la Guerre Froide, le mouvement des droits civiques) et de réflexion citoyenne (le racisme et le sexisme).
Retrouvez les contenus pédagogiques sur notre site  :
— Un Dossier pédagogique de 45 pages (Questionnaire de compréhension, Activités Mathématiques, Activités Anglais)
— La Fiche élèves recto-verso
— Un Entretien avec l'astrophysicienne Sylvaine Turck-Chieze, présidente de l’Association "Femmes et Sciences"

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FOOD

30-a-day habit: the tastier, Asian approach to mealtimes - with recipes
"An Asian approach to variety at mealtimes celebrates flavourful veg in great variety of pickles, small plates and dips.
Suddenly 10-a-day doesn’t look so hard..."

(theguardian.com)

 

How breakfast has shaped Cambodia's cultural identity - 3 March 2017
"Breakfast in Cambodia reflects the fast-paced culture of modern life, while the flavours unveil a long history of international influence."

(BBC)

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ZOO

Zoo inspectors to face questions from MPs over 500 animal deaths - 3 March 2017
"Committee wants answers over conditions at South Lakes Safari zoo and why action wasn’t taken earlier.
Zoo inspectors have been called to give evidence to MPs after it was revealed that nearly 500 animals died at a zoo in Cumbria in less than four years...
The inspectors, who are appointed by the government, found “overcrowding, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, lack of suitable animal husbandry and a lack of any sort of developed veterinary care” when they visited in January."

(theguardian.com)

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03/03/2017

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

Celebrate World Wildlife Day with this surprisingly difficult animal quiz - 3 March 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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WORLD BOOK DAY

Dr. Seuss Honored on World Book Day - Text + Audio + Video - 2 March 2017
"On Thursday, many people were remembering the American writer Theodore Seuss Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss.”
Geisel is one of the world’s most famous authors of books for children."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

Trump defends under-fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions - Text + Videos - 3 March 2017
"President Donald Trump has defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "an honest man" amid calls for him to quit."

+ Will Jeff Sessions sink or swim?
+ Who is Attorney General Jeff Sessions?
+ All you need to know on Trump-Russia links

+ Trump goes to war with 'un-American' leakers
+ A 'Trump slump' for tourism?

(BBC)

US Attorney General Removes Himself from Russian Investigation - Text + Audio - 2 March 2017
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will turn over the investigation into Russian election interference to a deputy. He acted after some Republican and Democratic members urged him to recuse himself because of unreported meetings between Sessions and Russia’s ambassador to the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Highlights of President Trump's Address to Congress - VIDEO - 2 March 2017
"President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday.
He explained what his administration has already accomplished and its goals for the future."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Donald Trump's first 100 days: in pictures
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SCHOOL

School makes millions from Snapchat IPO (in California) - 3 March 2017
"A huge tech initial public offering raises billions. More money for super-rich investors and bankers, right?
Well that's not the whole story. Not this time..."

(BBC)

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BANKSY

Banksy opens hotel on Bethlehem barrier wall - 3 March 2017
"British artist launches Walled Off Hotel in hope of bringing Israeli tourists – and dialogue – to West Bank city."

(theguardian.com)


Banksy’s work in Bethlehem showing a girl searching an Israeli soldier.

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MIGRANTS

Calais mayor bans distribution of food to migrants - 2 March 2017
"Natacha Bouchart says handing out of meals poses security threat, as city tries to stop establishment of new refugee camp."

(theguardian.com)

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WEARABLE DEVICES

10 most influential wearable devices - with PHOTOS
"Since the 17th century we’ve been strapping bits and pieces to our bodies in pursuit of technological nirvana."

(theguardian.com)


Spectacles comes with a camera one side and a light to show you its recording the other.

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LONDON

London's 14 greatest buildings - 15 photos - 3 March 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

Big Ben - by numbers - VIDEO - 2 March 2017
"From the frequency of its chimes to the cost of its refurbishment, here's everything you need to know
about London's most iconic landmark - by numbers."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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02/03/2017


A NEW PAGE:

Blacks in American paintings

 


TABLE MANNERS

Eating etiquette
Things you should do
Things you should not do

Things that are ok to do...
(projectbritain.com)

A British guide to etiquette
"A guide to etiquette, for those who think the American way is the right way..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

English Etiquette
International dining etiquette
Table manners

(etiquettescholar.com)

Good table manners - with slides
(slideplayer.com)

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International Women's Day (8 March)

Do you celebrate International Women's Day (8 March) where you live? Children can find out about three important women from British history with our stories about Beatrix Potter, Emmeline Pankhurst and Florence Nightingale
You can find all of these 'British tales' stories and more in our UK topic.

(learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org)

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INFOGRAPHIC

“The Future of Medical Tech” - an infographic
(gapmedics.com)

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NORTH KOREA

US, Japan, S. Korea Explore Limits to N. Korea’s Arms - Text + Audio - 1 March 2017
"US, Japanese and South Korean officials met in Washington earlier this week.
The talks are part of a Trump administration effort to limit the threat of North Korea’s nuclear and weapons programs."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Malaysia Charges Women in Kim Jong Nam Killing - Text + Audio - 1 March 2017
"A court in Malaysia charged two women with killing a man believed to be the half-brother of North Korea’s leaders. The killing has led to intense criticism of North Korea. Some U.S. lawmakers are considering returning North Korea to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP

Trump Praised for Speech, But Can He Continue Unifying Message? - Text + Audio - 1 March 2017
"Many Americans said they liked President Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night. But there were concerns about how the country would pay
for his proposals and whether Trump would move away from his calls for unity with divisive tweets."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


Republicans lawmakers applaud as President Donald Trump speaks
to a joint session of Congress in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.


Trump Calls for Unity, Jobs and National Security
- Text + Audio - 1 March 2017
"President Donald Trump gave his first speech to Congress Tuesday, asking for unity to produce more jobs, protect Americans and improve education."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

President Trump's Address to a Joint Session of Congress - text
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

A Brief History of Presidential Addresses to Congress
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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LITERATURE

Peter Ripken: A Life in Literature - Text + Audio + Video - 1 March 2017
"Peter Ripken is a founding member and recent past board chair of ICORN, International Cities Of Refuge Network.
ICORN gives refuge to persecuted writers and authors.
An author himself, Peter Ripken believes in supporting and helping writers and artists at risk around the world."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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REFUGEES

Which countries host the most refugees? - 27 February 2017
"According to a new UNHCR study, 3.2 million were driven from their homes in the first half of 2016,
as low- and middle-income countries continue to shelter most of the world’s displaced."

(YouTube)

 

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FAKE

The word of the month: FAKE
(thewordofthemonth.com)

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DRONES

These Paper Drones Can Make Deliveries, then Disappear - Text + Audio + Video - 28 February 2017
"A U.S. company has built a new drone made almost completely out of paper, with no motor.
It is designed to lower the cost of deliveries in remote parts of the world. Once a delivery is made, the drone can be thrown away or used again. "

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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01/03/2017


RIO de JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro carnival parade, in pictures (20) - 28 February 2017
(telegraph.co.uk)

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Refugee women and children 'beaten, raped and starved in Libyan hellholes' - 28 February 2017
"Militia-run detention centres in Libya are ‘no more than forced labour camps and makeshift prisons’, Unicef says."

(theguardian.com)

Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse - 28 February 2017
"The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy...
In its new report, Unicef says many children suffer from violence and sexual abuse at the hands of smugglers and traffickers.
But they rarely report their abuse, for fear of arrest and deportation.
The agency also says there is a lack of food, water and medical care in Libya's detention centres."

+ Italy a haven from killings and kidnaps
+ 'Push' factor drives migrants to Europe

(BBC)

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DOGS

South Korea closes biggest dog meat market in run-up to Olympics - 28 February 2017
"Animals at market in Seongnam were kept in inhumane conditions and killed using electrocution, hanging and beating...
Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and accounts for about a third of South Korea’s dog meat consumption, according to local media."

(theguardian.com)

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SPACE

SpaceX to send two paying tourists around the moon and deep into space next year - with pictures and videos - 28 February 2017
"Elon Musk, SpaceX's chief executive, said the two unnamed space tourists had already paid a large deposit for the trip
and will undergo training and fitness tests later this year. 
The cost of the trip has not been revealed, but the Russian government have previously charged space tourists
around $20 million each for a trip to the International Space Station."

(telegraph.co.uk)

SpaceX Moon mission extends Elon Musk's ambitions - 28 February 2017
"That Mr Musk should announce his intention to carry out a Moon loop should not really be a surprise;
such a venture is on the natural path to deep-space exploration and colonisation - his stated end goals...
He's talking about doing this journey in late 2018
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(BBC)

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MOSCOW'S METRO STATIONS

"David Burdeny, tough photographer from Canada, spent a year trying to get access to document the Moscow’s Metro stations between midnight
and 6 a.m., when the trains were not running and the stations were empty. Finally he managed to photograph them.."

(dionisopunk.com)

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SYNONYMS

Synonyms for “Works”
"Several words available to writers seeking to succinctly refer to the entirety of a person’s artistic or literary works are listed and described in this post."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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FASTING

Fasting may lead to health benefits (February 27, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Scientists have conducted tests on mice showing that fasting could have many health benefits."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Fasting - Level 0Fasting - Level 1   or  Fasting - Level 2
Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

(breakingnewsenglish.com)

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ROBOT

Introducing Handle
"Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds."

(YouTube)

 

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LESSON

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter: Expressing Preference with Prefer - with a movie segment
(moviesegmentstoassessgrammargoals.blogspot.fr)

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