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MARCH 2018

= WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

01 - Saint David's Day
03 - World Wildlife Day
08 - International Women's Day
11 - Mothers' Day (in the UK)
13 - Commonwealth Day
14 - Non-smoking Day (in the UK)
16 - World Sleep Day
17 - Saint Patrick's Day
20 - SPRING
21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 - World Water Day
24 - EARTH HOUR
25 - Daylight Saving Time (in France)



04/03/2018


SWITCH OFF SMARTPHONES AND COMPUTERS AT BEDTIME

Switch off smartphones and computers at bedtime to limit pollution risks says chief doctor - 2 March 2018
"Families should switch off all gadgets at night to prevent potentially deadly risks from light pollution, the Chief Medical Officer has warned."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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HOLI FESTIVAL 2018

Holi Festival 2018 in pictures: India celebrates the festival of colours (23 pictures) - 2 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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FARM HEISTS

Farm heists: a hive of criminal activity - 4 March 2018
"Last week saw the theft of 1m bees in Oxfordshire, the biggest robbery of the honey-makers in the UK. But they are not the only farmyard target of thieves"

(theguardian.com)

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GUN CONTROL

Florida school shooting: US investment giant pressures gun firms - 3 March 2018
"The world's biggest investment management firm is stepping up pressure on companies that make and sell guns after the Florida school shooting."
+ Video: "Those 17 people aren't going to be there" - Florida student reflects on first day back in class

+ Video: US students walk out to demand firearms control
+ Video: Seven things the NRA blames after Florida
+ Four key dates that shaped the US gun debate
+ Six radical ways to stop US school shootings
+ America's gun culture in 10 charts

+ Why the NRA wields so much power
+ US students say 'Never Again'

(BBC)

Gun control activists see surge of support after Florida shooting - 3 March 2018
"Moms Demand Action founder says retailers refusing gun sales to those under 21 sends ‘a very strong cultural signal’."

(theguardian.com)

White House pours cold water on Trump's support for gun control - 2 March 2018
"Trump will ‘continue to support the second amendment, that’s not something that he’s backed away from,’ said Sarah Sanders."

(theguardian.com)

Tasmania election: Gun control row clouds Liberals victory - 3 March 2018
"In 1996 Australia suffered the deadliest mass shooting in its history; 35 people gunned down in the popular tourist spot of Port Arthur in Tasmania."

+ Are Australia's gun laws the solution for the US?
+ Australians turn in 57,000 guns in national amnesty

(BBC)

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PROTEST POSTERS

You can stick it: protest posters in the age of Trump – in pictures - 3 March 2018
"The art of the protest poster is thriving in the new political era.
A new book, Posters for Change, collects 50 of the best examples for you to pull out and pledge your allegiance to the cause."

(theguardian.com)

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GENDER EQUALITY

Women march in London to call for gender equality - 4 March 2018
"Thousands take to the streets to mark International Women’s Day and celebrate suffrage centenary"
(theguardian.com)

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JAGUARS KILLED FOR FANGS

Jaguars killed for fangs to supply growing Chinese medicine trade - 4 March 2018
"Demand from Chinese workers raises demand for skin and body parts of endangered species.
Conservationists who have uncovered a growing illegal trade in jaguar fangs in South America are linking it to Chinese construction projects
that could be threatening wildlife globally. "

(theguardian.com)


Jaguar numbers have dwindled in recent years, especially in South America.

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MARINE ANIMALS

Why marine animals can't stop eating plastic - with pictures and a video
"Plastic doesn’t just look like food, it smells, feels and even sounds like food."
(ourblueplanet.bbcearth.com)

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FISHING

Satellites See Fishing Industry’s Effects on the High Seas - Text + Audio - 3 March 2018
"Five countries do 85 percent of high seas fishing. The five are China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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REFUGEES

Refugee Women Get a Taste of Starting a Business - Text + Audio + Video - 3 March 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TRUMP

Vladimir Putin claims Russia has developed nuclear weapons 'invulnerable' to US missile defence - with videos - 1 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

Trump: Trade Wars Are Good, Easy to Win - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 March 2018
"President Donald Trump is defending his plan to raise taxes on steel and aluminum imports entering the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Hope Hicks: Close Trump aide and White House communications chief resigns - 1 March 2018
"Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest advisers, is to step down as White House communications director."

+ From model to Trump's media director
+ White House aide 'admits white lies'

(BBC)

Hope Hicks resigns as Trump's White House communications director - 1 March 2018
"The resignation comes one day after Hicks testified before the House intelligence committee for nine hours as part of the Russia investigation"

+ 'I wish the president the very best': Hope Hicks steps down – video
(theguardian.com)

 

Hope Hicks: her career at Trump's side – in pictures - 28 February 2018
"The White House communications director has resigned after a whirlwind three years in which the former model with zero political experience
became one of the president’s closest aides"

(theguardian.com)

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THE RUBBISH DUMP IN ORBIT

The quest to tackle the rubbish dump in orbit - with pictures - 2 March 2018
"Tomorrow’s generation of space scientists will have to deal with a monumental amount of space junk left from previous spacecraft.
How are we going to clean it up?"

(BBC)

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Fitz-James O'BRIEN

'The Diamond Lens' by Fitz-James O'Brien, Part One - Text + Audio + Quiz
"This story by a little-known American writer tells of a young man with a strong desire. He wants to learn how to use a microscope to see a tiny world.
He tries to talk with a ghost to learn a secret from the inventor of the microscope. What will happen when he tries to build his own microscope?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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CINEMA

English @ the Movies: 'Master Of Disguise' - VIDEO - 2 March 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GENTRIFICATION

Diagnosing Gentrification - 21 February 2018
"When neighborhoods change, it doesn’t just affect long-term residents’ housing options. It might be making them sick."

(huffingtonpost.com)

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THE HEIST

The heist
"A team of robbers decide to break into a bank, but forget to make an escape plan.
Now they're locked in a vault and have to think of a way out before they get arrested!"

(YouTube)

 

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MARVEL MOVIES

PIC: Every Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameo Ever
"This picture by reddit user l_l_l-illiam includes every single cameo that featured Stan Lee,
starting with The Trial of the Incredible Hulk in 1989, right up to Thor: Ragnarok (2017.)
If you want to see his cameo in Black Panther, you’ll have to go see the film because pictures of it are still not available online.
If you want a bigger version of the picture, just click on it!"

(geeksaresexy.net)

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02/03/2018


SAVE OUR SPECIES

Lacoste’s Iconic Crocodile Makes Room for 10 Endangered Species on Brand’s Polo Shirts
"Wear your heart on your sleeve... or your chest..."
(adweek.com)
"For each species, the number of polos produced is the same number of animals left in the wild so there are 50 lemurs in the wild so only 50 shirts will be made...
By purchasing one of the plain white polos with a tiny green endangered animal in the left-hand corner you are helping in the fight for nature conservation."

(dailymail.co.uk)

 

Lacoste x Save Our Species
"The crocodile is leaving its iconic spot to 10 threatened species through a partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The number of polos produced for each series corresponds to the remaining population sizes in the wild.
By buying one of the 1775 polos, you participate in helping IUCN and Lacoste in the fight for wildlife conservation worldwide."

(YouTube)

 

The threatened species chosen by Lacoste and their number:

The Anegada Ground Iguana 450
The Sumatran Tiger 350
The Saola 250
The California Condor 231
The Kakapo Parrot 157
The Cao-vit Gibbon 150
The Javan Rhino 67
The Northern Sportive Lemur 50
The Burmese Roofed Turtle 40
The Vaquita 30 

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THE STUBBORN DONKEY

Mariza - the Stubborn Donkey by Constantine Krystallis (OFFICIAL)
(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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RUSSIA

Putin Claims Russia Has New Weapons to Make Others 'Useless' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 March 2018
"President Vladimir Putin said in a national speech Thursday that the Russian military had developed weapons more powerful than any in the West.
The weapons included nuclear missiles and a nuclear-powered drone..."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

How seriously should we take Putin's new nuclear threat? - 1 March 2018
"The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant analyses President Putin's state-of-the-union speech which he used to unveil a raft of new nuclear weapons."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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GUN CONTROL

Seth Meyers on Trump and guns: 'Republicans' dream president is now their nightmare' - with videos - 2 March 2018
"Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers discussed Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner and Trump’s bipartisan meeting on guns"

"Hope Hicks is gone. H.R. McMaster is on his way out. Jeff Sessions is a southern riddlemaster."
(theguardian.com)

 
Is There Anyone Left In Trump's Administration?

 
Seth takes a closer look at the key White House aides mired in scandal, the Russia probe heating up
and President Trump publicly attacking his own attorney general.

School Shooting Leads Companies to Change Gun Positions - Text + Audio + Pictures - 1 March 2018
"The recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida renewed heated debate in the U.S. over gun control.
But the latest shooting also led some U.S. companies to change their positions on guns."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOTS

Robots Size Comparison (Movies)
"Comparison of some well-known robots of Hollywood cinema. It does not focus on anime robots."

(YouTube)

 

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ISIS

Isis follower tried to create jihadist child army in east London - 2 March 2018
(theguardian.com)

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PRINCE HARRY and Meghan MARKLE

Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invite 2,640 commoners - 2 March 2018
"People chosen from across UK to join staff and local schoolchildren in Windsor Castle grounds"
+ All you need to know about Meghan Markle and the royal wedding - video

(theguardian.com)

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FLORIDA SHOOTING

The left is creating a crisis': conservative activists respond to Florida shooting - 27 February 2018
"CPAC – the annual conference for conservative activists, which is sponsored by the NRA – occurred less than two weeks after the Parkland school shooting. 
The Guardian spoke with attendees including Sebastian Gorka, Katie Hopkins and Mark Burns about gun ownership, Parkland conspiracy theories and policy reform
in the wake of the massacre"

(theguardian.com)

 

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ST PATRICK'S DAY

From Dublin to New York: Six of the best last-minute St Patrick's Day party breaks - with pictures - 2 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Dublin is the heartland of St Patrick's Day celebrations

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01/03/2018


SUPERHEROES

"Voici mon introduction sous forme de Genial.ly pour une séquence collège sur les superhéros :
http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/teachers-zone-6eme/superheroes-superpowers.html
   
Cette séquence se termine par un travail par niveaux de compétence."

Créé par Cyril Dussuchaud (académie de Limoges)

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LESSON PLAN

Egypt archaeologists find large 'city of the dead' (March 01, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a huge cemetery hidden under the sands south of Cairo."
Try the same news story at these easier levels: Necropolis - Level 0Necropolis - Level 1  or  Necropolis - 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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VIDEO

Sleeping Betty
"In this animated short, Sleeping Betty is stuck in bed, victim to a strange bout of narcolepsy.
The King calls on his subjects to rescue her and they all respond to the call: Uncle Henry VIII, Aunt Victoria, an oddly emotional alien, a funky witch and a handsome prince.
But will a kiss really be enough to wake the sleeping princess? The film, drawn in ink, is a classic example of the anachronistic and playful world of Claude Cloutier."

(YouTube)

 

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NORTH KOREA

UN: North Korea Sends Banned Equipment to Syria, Myanmar - Text + Audio - 28 February 2018
"An unpublished United Nations report says North Korea has provided banned weapons equipment to Syria and Myanmar.
The exchanges are banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions. Syria has denies the links."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GUNS

Trump at odds with Republican lawmakers over gun reforms - 1 March 2018
"US President Donald Trump has stunned lawmakers from both parties by telling them in a live broadcast
not to be so "petrified" of the powerful gun lobby the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

(BBC)

 

Donald Trump stuns allies by signalling backing for tighter gun control - 1 March 2018
- Stance puts president at odds with NRA and Republican lawmakers
- Trump urges lawmakers to be ‘strong’ on background checks

(theguardian.com)

Donald Trump stuns Republicans with call for tighter gun laws, saying politicians are 'afraid' of the NRA - with 3 videos - 1 March 2018
+ In quotes | Donald Trump on guns
(telegraph.co.uk)

Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart announce new gun restrictions - 1 March 2018
"Two major US retailers have announced new restrictions on gun sales following the shooting at a Florida school where 17 people died."

+ Video: Trump: "I would have run in even if I didn't have weapon"
(BBC)

Inside the NRA TV channel activists are urging Apple and Amazon to axe - 1 March 2018
"Gun control advocates plan boycott of streaming services that host channel, which presents itself as Fox News-esque outsider"

(theguardian.com)

 


 

Australians turn in 57,000 guns in national amnesty - 1 March 2018
"Australians turned in more than 57,000 firearms to authorities last year during a national gun amnesty."
+ Would Australia's gun laws help the US?
+ Australian MP criticised over gun photo

(BBC)

Gun company investors push for change after Florida school shooting - 28 February 2018
"Socially responsible investors and asset management giant BlackRock plan to use their stakes to ask weapons manufacturers some hard questions"

(theguardian.com)

 

Gun violence in Chicago kills hundreds every year – in pictures - 28 February 2018
"Photographer Jim Young spent six months chronicling the human toll of the bloodshed plaguing Chicago, captured through images of memorials and murder scenes"

(theguardian.com)

In pictures: US gun-blessing ceremony - 28 February 2018
"Hundreds of members of World Peace and Unification church get their guns blessed in Pennsylvania."

(BBC)

Pennsylvania church blesses couples with AR-15 rifles, in pictures (13 pictures) - 28 February 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

How Student Survivors Are Fueling a Gun-Control Movement
(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

 

'The left is creating a crisis': conservative activists respond to Florida shooting - VIDEO - 27 February 2018
"CPAC – the annual conference for conservative activists, which is sponsored by the NRA – occurred less than two weeks after the Parkland school shooting. 
The Guardian spoke with attendees including Sebastian Gorka, Katie Hopkins and Mark Burns about gun ownership, Parkland conspiracy theories and policy reform
in the wake of the massacre"

(theguardian.com)

Gun Nation - VIDEO
"A revealing and unsettling journey to the heart of America’s deadly love affair with the gun"

(theguardian.com)

Annual Gun Law Scorecard - with an interactive map
"Every year, our research shows that gun laws are saving lives—but only in states with the courage to enact them."

(lawcenter.giffords.org)

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WOMEN

Beyond Pink and Blue: Studying Gender Stereotypes (Women's History Month)
Student Activities Packet to download
(newsela.com)

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