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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

See Famous women and Man / Woman


09/03/2017


NEW TRAVEL BAN

US Court to Hear Arguments on New Travel Ban - Text + Audio - 8 March 2017
"The order suspends the country’s refugee admissions program and bars entry to people from six countries. In all six, most of the population is Muslim."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

Iraq: IS suicide bombers kill 26 at Tikrit wedding party - 9 March 2017
"Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up, killing 26 people, as wedding guests gathered in a village near the Iraqi city of Tikrit."

(BBC)

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FOUNTAINS

10 of the world's most beautiful fountains
"From Geneva to Osaka, Jonathan Glancey picks out the most stunning designs and shimmering water features from around the globe."

(BBC)


Fountain of Apollo, Versailles

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REFUGEES

We want more Syrian refugees: offers exceed official UK pledge of 20,000 - 9 March 2017
"Guardian tally shows almost 22,000 places available, with councils increasing pledges after being overwhelmed by public support."

(theguardian.com)

Where did the money go? How Greece fumbled the refugee crisis - 9 March 2017
"Two years ago, 57,000 refugees were stranded when Europe’s southern borders closed.
What followed has been called the most expensive humanitarian response in history."

(theguardian.com)

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day 2017: protests, activism and a strike – as it happened - Article + Videos - 9 March 2017
"Live global coverage of International Women’s Day 2017 as events took place around the world to mark the ongoing fight for equality."
+ IWD 2017: women close schools, occupy farms and go on strike

(theguardian.com)

International Women's Day around the world - in pictures - 8 March 2017
"Our roundup of this year’s celebrations, featuring global events and rallies to mark the ongoing fight for women’s equality."

(theguardian.com)


Dhaka, Bangladesh
NGO leaders and workers at a rally to demand equal rights
for women in the work place, with safety and a fair salary.


Melbourne, Australia
Thousands of demonstrators attend a rally calling
for decolonisation of Australia, end to racism,
economic justice for all women and reproductive justice,
as well as supporting the struggle for the liberation
of all women around the world.


 

'Fearless Girl' Statue Appears on Wall Street - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 March 2017
"People in the United States marked International Women’s Day in different ways. Some went on strike and stayed home from work.
Others wore the color red. One investment group in New York City, however, celebrated in a different way. It put up a symbolic statue on Wall Street."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

International Women's Day: unfair load - in pictures - 8 March 2017
(theguardian.com)



A woman carries groceries in Accra, Ghana.



A woman carries toilet paper in Accra, Ghana.

 

International Women's Day 2014: Mothers and daughters around the world - in pictures - 7 March 2014
(theguardian.com)

International Women's Day 2012: cartoons exploring women's place in society around the world - in pictures - 8 March 2012
"To mark International Women's Day, we select a series of cartoons depicting women's rights and empowerment
- or lack of - from the Cartoon Movement, a global collaborative platform for editorial cartoons and comics journalism.
+ See also: Cartoons that highlight justice and security – in pictures

(theguardian.com)

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FLOOD

Flood infographic: types, causes and cost of flooding
(fluvial-innovations.co.uk)

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TRAFFIC SIGNALS

Trial of 'female' traffic signals starts in Australia (9th March, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Signals at ten pedestrian crossings in the city of Melbourne now show walking red and green people in dresses."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Traffic Signals - Level 4  or  Traffic Signals - Level 5
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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HATE CRIMES

Hate Groups on the Rise in the US - Text + Audio + Video - 8 March 2017
"The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights research group, says hate crimes are on the rise in the United States.
Hate crimes are driven by prejudice based on characteristics including race, color, religion and sexual orientation."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Alfred HITCHCOCK

Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies
"If I did a story or a musical about Cinderella, they would be waiting for the body to turn up" - Alfred Hitchcock in 1957
Interview by Colin Edwards from the http://PacificaRadioArchives.org
"The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear."

(YouTube)

 

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FAKE NEWS

Facebook Update Deals with Fake News Problem - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 March 2017
"Facebook has started a program to battle the spread of fake news. The program alerts Facebook users when independent fact checkers
have disputed the truth of a news story. Facebook also has made it easier for its users to dispute a news story."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOT ANIMALS

See What Goes on Inside the Robot Animals That Spy on Wildlife
(mentalfloss.com)

 

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08/03/2017


Happy International Women's Day 2017! - 8 March 2017
"This International Women's Day, we’ve chosen to look to the past to celebrate some of the female pioneers who paved the way to where we are today."
- with a slideshow
"We hope you enjoy the journey through time and space to learn about these phenomenal women!
Visit Google Arts & Culture to continue the celebration and explore photographs, videos, and more of the heroines featured in today’s Doodle.
Explore the Doodles of the women featured today (in order of appearance)..."

(google.com)

Women at work around the world - in pictures - 8 March 2017
"On International Women’s Day we meet a selection of women in a variety of professions around the world."

(theguardian.com)


Tomoe Ichino, Shinto priest, at the Imado Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

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ISIS

Afghanistan: IS gunmen dressed as medics kill 30 at Kabul military hospital - 8 March 2017
(BBC)

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MISSILE AND NUCLEAR TESTS

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests - 8 March 2017
"China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to "defuse a looming crisis".
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that in exchange, the US and South Korea could halt annual joint military drills, which consistently infuriate the North."

(BBC)

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WIKILEAKS

WikiLeaks: US Intelligence Can Use Electronic Devices to Spy - Text + Audio - 7 March 2017
"In a release of documents Tuesday, WikiLeaks reportedly showed how the Central Intelligence Agency collects information
from computers, smart phones and smart TVs."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPACE TOURISM

Space Tourism and Business Looking Up - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 March 2017
"Exploring space used to be a job for governments only. But now, businessmen are sending their money to space.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced last week his company will send two people on a trip around the moon.
Other companies are also working hard to make money in the race into space.
"
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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HOTELS

The world's largest hotels (including Mecca's 10,000-room monster) - 15 PHOTOS
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SMOKING

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cigarettes - interactive - 8 March 2017
"To mark National No Smoking Day (March 8), we’ve mapped the world according to cigarette consumption."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP

Cartoon: Trump's Tapping Accusations - 8 March 2017
THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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ENDANGERED SPECIES

10 Animals That Are No Longer On the Endangered Species List - with PHOTOS - 5 March 2017
(toptenz.net)

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07/03/2017


TRUMP

Republicans call new travel ban 'a good overhaul' that will 'stand legal scrutiny' - with a video - 7 March 2017
"Democrats railed against it, saying it would not keep America safe."
+ Full text: Trump’s revised ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries
+ Questions answered: what has changed and what’s next?

(theguardian.com)

Thaad: US begins deploying missile defence system in South Korea - 7 March 2017
"The US says it has begun deploying the first parts of a controversial missile defence system in South Korea."

(BBC)

 

US, Japan, S. Korea Denounce Latest North Korean Missile Test - Text + Audio - 6 March 2017
"The launches took place as South Korea and the United States are holding joint military exercises.
The North Korean government says the exercises are reason for North Koreans to prepare for an invasion."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Trump Signs Order for New Travel Restrictions - Text + Audio + Pictures - 6 March 2017
"President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that bars travelers from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
The ban removes Iraq from the list of countries covered in a previous order. It also prevents all refugees from entering the U.S. for four months."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

FBI Disputes Trump's Wiretapping Claim - Text - 6 March 2017
"U.S. President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that Congress investigate his claims that the Obama administration “abused” its powers
in the Russian interference investigation."

An audio for this story will be added when it is available.
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Great Wall of China's troubled history offers lessons for Trump, scholars say - From manure to moats - 6 March 2017
"The president has described his border proposal as ‘the Great Wall of Trump’, evoking what one expert sees as a calamitous and ill-conceived folly."
(theguardian.com)

Trump’s wiretap paranoia and the reality of modern surveillance - 6 March 2017
"The president’s claim that his phone was bugged is straight out of a cold-war time warp.
Security services have far easier ways of intercepting communications now."
+ Six surveillance films to make Trump paranoid

(theguardian.com)

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Thomas JEFFERSON

Thomas Jefferson: A Complex Character - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video
"Today we are talking about Thomas Jefferson. Although he took office in 1801, he is still one of the country’s best-known and most popular presidents. You can see a memorial honoring him in Washington, DC."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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LONDON - IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS

Learning Resources
(org.uk)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea - 6 March 2017
"North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan...
The type of missile is unclear but the North is banned from any missile or nuclear tests by the UN."

+ What is new in North Korea's missile technology?
+ What will Trump do about North Korea?
+ More on North Korea's missile programme
+ North Korea's nuclear tests

(BBC)

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ISIS

Mosul battle: Troops retake main government office - with videos - 7 March 2017
"Iraqi forces say they have retaken the main government offices in Mosul as the offensive continues to oust the so-called Islamic State (IS) group."

(BBC)

Mosul IS offensive: Iraqi forces capture second bridge over Tigris - 6 March 2017
"Iraqi government forces have captured Mosul's al-Hurriya (Freedom) Bridge over the River Tigris, Iraqi military and Kurdish sources say...
Mosul is the last stronghold for IS in Iraq."

(BBC)

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FAKE NEWS

Google accused of spreading fake news - with a video - 6 March 2017
"Featured snippets in search function repeatedly shares false information, which can result in Google Home speakers
reading out conspiracy theories as fact."

(theguardian.com)

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IDIOMS

Dog Whistles, Whistle-Blowers, and Whistle-Stop Tours
"Several idioms based on the word whistle are associated with politics.
This post discusses the origins and meaning of “dog whistle,” whistle-blower, and “whistle-stop tours.”

(dailywritingtips.com)

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SENTINEL SATELLITE

Sentinel satellite launched to picture Planet Earth - 7 March 2017
"Sentinel-2B carries a large camera to image all land surfaces and coastal waters in visible and infrared light.
It joins an identical spacecraft, Sentinel-2A, already in orbit...
Applications range from urban planning and air-quality monitoring to tracking deforestation and glacier retreat."

(BBC)


Artwork of Sentinel-2: The European satellites are part of a multi-billion-euro programme

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ASYLUM SEEKERS

Hungary to detain all asylum seekers in container camps - 7 March 2017
"Parliament reinstates law under which all existing and new asylum applicants will be held in detention on southern borders...
Amnesty International said last month that the new rules “disregard EU guiding principles that it is forbidden to detain someone
on the basis that they have claimed asylum”."

(theguardian.com)

How does asylum in the UK work? – video - 7 March 2017
"Britain’s asylum system is a mixture of government bureaucracy and private provision of housing.
People arriving from conflict zones and persecution are given around £5 per day and accommodation but are barred from employment
while their case is decided. How does Britain measure up with the rest of Europe? Where are asylum seekers coming from?
And how is the system really working?"

(theguardian.com)

 

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ROBOT

Robot reads your mind in order to avoid mistakes - 7 March 2017
"A robot developed by scientists at MIT reads EEG brain signals to correct its mistakes."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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SITE OF THE DAY - IDIOMIC

Site of the Day — Idiomic
COMMENT + Related articles

(englishblog.com)

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EMPLOYEES

What kind of employee do employers want to hire? - with VIDEOS
+ What quality do these employers want to see in an employee?
(letshavefunwithenglish.com)

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