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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)
12 - 18 - Skakespeare Week
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)



12/03/2018


RUSSIA

Life in Vladimir Putin's Russia explained in 10 charts - 12 March 2018
"Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics as its undisputed leader for almost two decades."

(BBC)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

'No response' yet from North Korea on talks with the US - 12 March 2018
"South Korea says it has not received a response from Pyongyang on a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump."

(BBC)

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BINGO

How new kinds of bingo are reviving the game - 9 March 2018
"Bingo is beloved around the world – and particularly in the UK, where some 3 million people frequent traditional halls.
But in recent years, it’s been on the decline. One particular challenge has been getting younger players to take part."

(BBC)

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Elon MUSK

Elon Musk: Mars ship test flights 'next year' - 11 March 2018
"Elon Musk, a man prone to ludicrous deadlines, has birthed another: test flights of his Mars spaceship next year."

(BBC)

Elon Musk: we must colonise Mars to preserve our species in a third world war - 11 March 2018
"Founder of SpaceX, which is working on getting humans to the planet, speaks at SXSW amid rising nuclear tension"

(theguardian.com)

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PLASTIC

Saving the albatross: 'The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline' - with pictures - 12 March 2018
"Following his shocking photographs of dead albatross chicks and the diet of plastic that killed them,
Chris Jordan’s new film is a call to action to repair our broken relationship with planet Earth"

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Ai Weiwei in Sydney: 'The refugee condition is a human condition' – video - 12 March 2018
"Ai Weiwei and the Biennale of Sydney's artistic director, Mami Kataoka, at Cockatoo Island in Sydney, speak about the Chinese artist’s exhibition inspired by the global refugee crisis. 'We are living in a very peaceful world, almost like a fairytale, in Australia, but still we cannot disconnect our connections to other human beings, the suffering and the tragic life of our global human community, he says. The activist has spent the last few years working on art that draws attention to the global refugee crisis, including a 60-metre long lifeboat featuring more than 300 refugee figures, called Law of the Journey, that is displayed on Cockatoo Island, and film Human Flow which also opens in Sydney this week."

(theguardian.com)

Sick Venezuelans Flee to Colombia as Refugee Crisis Worsens - Text + Audio - 11 March 2018
"As Venezuela's economic crisis worsens, rising numbers of people are fleeing overseas.
Independent groups say as many as 3 million to 4 million Venezuelans have left their homeland in recent years.
Several hundred thousand reportedly left in 2017 alone."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BORDER WALL

Trump's California border wall visit puts state's Republicans in a bind - 12 March 2018
"Visit could embolden Democrats and marginalise members of Trump’s own party as this year’s midterm elections hang in the balance"

(theguardian.com)

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GUNS

Trump plans to arm teachers but drops pledge on gun purchase age limit - 12 March 2018
"Florida survivor says president ‘no better than other politicians’ after plan to ‘harden’ schools against mass shootings retreats from confrontation with NRA"

+ Fred Guttenberg will not sit down: Florida father demands gun reform
(theguardian.com)

Gun Sales Slump Since Trump’s Election - Text + Audio + Pictures - 11 March 2018
"Gun store owners say they are selling fewer guns since the 2016 presidential election. Some are calling the drop a “Trump slump.”
Sales of guns slowed after Donald Trump was elected president, ending fears that a Democratic president would strengthen guns laws."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

What Does the US Supreme Court Say About Guns? - Text + Audio + Pictures - 11 March 2018
"The recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has changed its mind about gun rights."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ARMS TRADE

Nearly half of US arms exports go to the Middle East - 12 March 2018
"Saudi Arabia is world’s second biggest importer, with global US sales up by 25% in past five years"

(theguardian.com)

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CRUFTS 2018

Crufts 2018: The world's largest dog show, in pictures (45) - 11 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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GREENHOUSE GASES

Study: Rich Cities Largely Responsible for Greenhouse Gases - Text + Audio + Pictures - 11 March 2018
"Rich cities around the world are largely responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, says a new study.
The study measures emissions based on the use of goods and services, such as food, clothing and electronics, by people living inside cities."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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STRONGEST MAN

4x World’s Strongest Man Day of Eating (9,000+ Calories)
"4X World's Strongest Man BRIAN SHAW takes us through a full day of cooking and eating at his place as he trains for the Arnold in Columbus, Ohio.
In doing this, he talks about the difficulty in putting down as many calories as he does!"

(YouTube)

 

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ODD MONUMENTS

7 Truly Odd Monuments
(neatorama.com)


Baby-eater monument

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NERVE AGENT

UK Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes - 11 March 2018
"British authorities have advised members of the public who may have been in attendance at a pub or a restaurant in Salisbury, England to wash their clothes
and clean personal items with wet wipes after a former Russian spy, his daughter, and a police officer were found poisoned with a nerve agent."

(gizmodo.com)

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11/03/2018


SCI-FI

A Sci-Fi Short Film: "PROTO" - Written & Directed by Nicholas Pittom
"A sci-fi action adventure, about a child-like, experimental robot, set in the robotics lab where he has been built. Although PROTO has been made to fulfill the ambitions
of his creator, Prof. Andrews, he learns to find his own dreams and ambitions, and also the strength needed to realize them.
The main theme of the film is freedom, both literal and in the ability to choose one’s own destiny – to break free of expectations. We wish for the film, while an exciting and fun science fiction, to also capture a magical sense of wonder. PROTO will overcome the expectations and restrictions placed on him and discovering his true self..."

(YouTube)

 

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LESSONS

Japanese robot-wolf to protect farms (March 09, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Technology has come to the rescue of Japanese farmers. Engineers have invented the 'Super Monster Wolf' to scare away animals."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Super Monster Wolf - Level 0Super Monster Wolf - Level 1 or  Super Monster Wolf - 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)

 

 

The myth of King Midas and his golden touch - Iseult Gillespie
(YouTube)
View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-myth-of-king-midas-and-his-golden-touch-iseult-gillespie
"In Greek mythology, King Midas is known as a rogue ruler whose antics bemused his people and irritated the Gods.
Many know the classic story of Midas's golden touch, but the foolish king was also known for his unusual pair of ears.
Iseult Gillespie shares the myth of King Midas."

(ed.ted.com)

 

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NAMES OF FABRICS,... DERIVED FROM PLACE NAMES

25 Names of Fabrics, Wools, and Leathers Derived from Place Names
"This post lists and defines terms for apparel materials that have in common that the terms are derived from place names."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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KIM-TRUMP MEETING

Trump: N Korea talks could bring world's 'greatest deal' - 11 March 2018
"President Donald Trump said his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could either fail or bring about the greatest deal for the world."

+ Video: President Trump unveils the slogan for his own re-election campaign in 2020
+ Video: US tariffs: What do we need to know?
+ Video: Trump's not so new election slogan
(BBC)

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet (March 11, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will take place."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Denuclearization - Level 4  or  Denuclearization - 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)

Kim-Trump Meeting Met with Caution - Text + Audio + Pictures - 9 March 2018
"A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seemed unthinkable only months ago.
On Thursday night however, Trump accepted Kim’s invitation for a meeting by May to discuss “denuclearization”."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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GUN CONTROL

Gun control: US justice department moves to ban rapid-fire bump stocks - 10 March 2018
- DoJ proposes stocks be included in definition of ‘machine gun’
- Paralysis in Congress as Republicans and Democrats dither

(theguardian.com)

Florida state passes gun control legislation in wake of Parkland school shooting - 10 March 2018
"Weeks after their children were gunned down in the worst high school shooting since Columbine, parents of the victims stood in the Florida Capitol and watched Gov. Rick Scott sign a far-reaching bill that places new restrictions on guns. Hours later, the National Rifle Association filed a federal lawsuit to block it."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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TRUMP TARIFFS

US steelworkers say Trump tariff plan has appeal – 'but about 40 years too late' - 11 March 2018
"Workers in Pennsylvania, once a steel hub, are conflicted about the tariffs proposal and fear Trump could just be playing politics"

(theguardian.com)

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TRUMP / DEATH PENALTY

Donald Trump advocates death penalty for drug dealers in rambling speech - 11 March 2018
"President covers wide range of topics at Pittsburgh rally before mentioning Republican candidate Rick Saccone whose campaign he was there to endorse"

+ Solve drug problem through toughness': Trump advocates death penalty for drug dealers – video
(theguardian.com)

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WINTER PARALYMPICS 2018

Winter Paralympics 2018 opening ceremony – in pictures - 9 March 2018
"Athletes and performers put on a vivid display at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea"
+ Paralympics 2018: 10 potential highlights at the Winter Games

(theguardian.com)

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WINTER OLYMPICS IN HISTORY

The Most Decorated Winter Olympians in History - with pictures - 24 February 2018
"For most athletes, winning a medal at the Olympics would be the pinnacle of their career. But these athletes didn't stop at just one.
They excelled under pressure and earned themselves a spot in the annals of their respective sports as the Most Decorated Winter Olympians."

(mentalfloss.com)

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COMMONLY MISLABELED FISH

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AI

What happens when AI meets robotics? - with pictures - 11 March 2018
"Researchers in Texas are developing robots that have minds of their own."

(BBC)


The UTexas robot football squad uses AI in order to work as a team and make fast-moving decisions

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GENDER PAY GAP

Top-paid men outstrip women by 4 to 1, shock figures reveal - 10 March 2018
"Ex-ministers urge tough action on pay to close wide gender gap in average earnings."

(theguardian.com)

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PETS

‘Cruel’ electric shock pet training collars to be banned in England - 11 March 2018
"Devices already illegal in Wales and may also be outlawed in Scotland"

(theguardian.com)


A dog wearing an electrically controlled shock collar.

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MOTHER'S DAY

Mother's Day: the eleven mum tribes of 2018 - 11 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


Being a mum today means embracing who you are

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SYRIA

Syria: Seven years of war explained - BBC News - 9 March 2018
"The war in Syria has now lasted for seven years.
Although its roots lie in peaceful protests against the government, it has become something much more complex.
Joe Inwood explains who is fighting whom and why."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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09/03/2018


TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong-un: President hails 'progress' as surprise historic summit announced - 9 March 2018
+ Trump to meet Kim Jong-un by May
+ North Korea pledges to stop nuclear tests
+ President says 'great progress being made'
+ Japan fears being left out in the cold
+ Comment: Kim has Trump right where he wants him
+ Analysi
s: Trump and Kim can both claim a victory
(telegraph.co.uk)

 


Kim Jong-un to meet Trump by May after North Korea invitation - 9 March 2018
"South Korea’s national security adviser confirms historic talks after relaying offer from Pyongyang to White House"

+ Analysis: Both Trump and Kim believe they are winning – and the risks of that are epic
+ North Korea must 'match words with concrete actions', says South – video

(theguardian.com)

Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un to hold 'milestone' meeting - 9 March 2018
"North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are to meet in person by May, it has been announced,
an extraordinary overture after months of mutual hostility."

+ Video: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies?
+ Video: Envoy Chung Eui-yong speaks to reporters outside the White House

(BBC)

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TRUMP / TARIFFS

Donald Trump signs order for metals tariff plan, prompting fears of trade war - 8 March 2018
"Trump pushes forward with plan for 25% tariff on imports of steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum, but says exceptions will be made"
+ Trump signs proclamation on metal tariffs - live
+ Trump kills off steelworker's father during chaotic tariffs announcement – video

(theguardian.com)

Trump Approves Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum, Exempts Canada, Mexico - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 March 2018
"President Donald Trump has approved measures adding 25 percent tariffs on steel entering the United States and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum.
The new taxes are to go into effect in 15 days."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

In pictures: International Women's Day - 8 March 2018
"People around the world are marking International Women's Day with rallies against gender inequality and sexual discrimination."

(BBC)

International Women's Day around the world – in pictures - 8 March 2018
"Rallies are taking place from Nepal to Spain to Pakistan to mark the ongoing fight for women’s equality"

(theguardian.com)

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TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE DEAL

11 Nations Sign Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Without US - Text + Audio + Pictures - 8 March 2018
"The new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has been signed by 11 countries.
The deal is a new version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership from which the US withdrew last year."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TOBACCO

Tobacco: a deadly business - with pictures - 9 March 2018
"How children around the world are exposed to cigarette advertising.
Research in more than 22 countries found cigarettes are being sold and promoted near schools by an industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain profits."
+ How children are hit with tobacco advertising - video explainer

(theguardian.com)

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HOMELESS

Homeless swept up in America's capital clean-up - 7 March 2018
"A recent survey found Washington, DC has the highest rate of homelessness in the United States,
and encampments on sidewalks have become a more common sight in the city.
But advocates are questioning how the city is responding to the crisis."

(BBC)

 

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PLASTIC

Scientists seek public's help to map plastic on UK beaches - 9 March 2018
"Project hopes to get more than 250,000 drone images tagged to record type and extent of plastic pollution"

+ The 10 most common items found on UK beaches
(theguardian.com)

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NOISE

Where is the world’s noisiest city?
"The ‘ignored pollutant’ can cause depression, stress, diabetes and heart attacks. What are cities doing to curb excess noise?...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described noise pollution as an underestimated threat that can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems,
cognitive impairment, stress and depression. Some experts go further: they believe exposure to environmental noise could be slowly killing us."

(theguardian.com)


Guangzhou, China, has been ranked as having the worse levels of noise pollution in the world

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GIANT PANDA NATIONAL PARK

Chinese Officials Sign Deal to Create Giant Panda National Park - Text + Audio - 8 March 2018
"China is making plans to create a large protected space for one of its most famous creatures: the giant panda.
The planned Giant Panda National Park would be two times the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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