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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)



23/03/2018


LESSON PLAN

World's last male northern white rhino dies (March 23, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  White Rhino - Level 4  or  White Rhino - 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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SONG

Elton John - Rocket Man
"In his own interpretation of Elton John’s iconic hit, Iranian filmmaker and refugee Majid Adin reimagines “Rocket Man” to tell a new story of adventure, loneliness and hope.
The Cut, proudly supported by YouTube, invited filmmakers to create the first official music videos for three of Elton’s most famous songs: http://eltonjohn.com/thecut"

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
"I miss the earth so much, I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight"

(azlyrics.com)

 

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Immigrant vs. Refugee

Immigrant vs. Refugee
"This post will help you discover the difference between an immigrant and a refugee to help you use them more accurately in your writing."

(englishgrammar.org)

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EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE?

Searching the Universe for Extraterrestrial Life: A Timeline
"Though humans have long looked to the stars, the history of human interest in alien life is relatively recent.
Here’s a look back at how humans have throughout history looked for life in the final frontier."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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OBESITY

The Obesity Battle: What You Eat, How You Think - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 21 March 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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US / RUSSIA

US-Russia Tensions, Not in Space - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 21 March 2018
"The U.S. and Russia cooperate in space even as they are locked in disputes on Earth."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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TEXAS BOMBING (in Austin)

Texas Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up - Text + Audio + Pictures - 21 March 2018
"The suspect in the series of deadly bombings in the American state of Texas killed himself in an explosion early Wednesday.
Police ended the three-week search for the suspect but warned that there might be more unexploded bombs out there."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SELF-DRIVING CARS

Can Self-Driving Cars Be Engineered to Be Ethical? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 21 March 2018
"This week, a self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in the state of Arizona. The event raises a question: can self-driving cars be engineered to be ethical?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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'BLACK PANTHER'

'Black Panther' Breaks Twitter Record - Text + Audio - 21 March 2018
"The superhero movie Black Panther has already broken records at the box office. Now, it has broken a record on Twitter, too.
The social media company says Black Panther is officially the most-tweeted-about movie ever."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHEMICAL WEAPONS

A 'one hundred year taboo'? One graphic that shows how chemical weapons have been used over time - 21 March 2018
"The use of one of the world's deadliest weapons - Novichok - to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, on British soil has sparked global alarm over chemical weapons...
The Telegraph charts some of the major instances of use of chemical and biological weapons in the last 100 years, along with the major efforts to try and restrict their use."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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The Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Best pictures from the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 19 March 2018
"The Winter Paralympics ended on Sunday after 10 days of competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea."

(BBC)

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CURIOSITY ROVER

Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars - with pictures - 22 March 2018
"Nasa's Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is celebrating 2,000 martian days (sols) investigating Gale Crater on the Red Planet.
In that time, the robot has made some remarkable observations. Here are just a few of them, chosen by the Curiosity science team."

(BBC)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Apologizes for User Privacy Mistakes - 22 March 2018
"Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the company made mistakes in dealing with the private data of its users.
In a Facebook post, he apologized and promised to take steps to prevent misuse of user data in the future."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Facebook gave data about 57bn friendships to academic - 22 March 2018
"Volume of data suggests trusted partnership with Aleksandr Kogan, says analyst"
+ Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video

(theguardian.com)

Facebook's Zuckerberg speaks out over Cambridge Analytica 'breach' - 22 March 2018
"Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network "made mistakes"
that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy."

+ Video: Cambridge Analytica: What we know so far
+ Video: Mark Zuckerberg in 2009: Facebook privacy is central
+ Video: Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie says the firm planted fake news
+ Video: Tuesday's broadcast showed Mr Nix saying he met Donald Trump 'many times'
+ Video: Mr Nix spoke to BBC Newsnight before the Channel 4 report was aired on Monday night. He declined to be interviewed after the undercover footage was broadcast

+ Facebook 'lost sight' of data says insider
+ Facebook warned by advertisers 'enough is enough'
+ Cambridge Analytica: The story so far
+ The data firm's global reach
+ How can you protect your Facebook data?

+ Facebook boss summoned over data claims
+ India takes down Cambridge Analytica site

(BBC)

The data machine: What Facebook knows about you - and how it uses your information - 22 March 2018
"The Cambridge Analytica scandal has been one of the biggest crises to hit Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg since the company was founded 14 years ago.
But the episode has also led many users to re-evaluate their relationship with the social network, and question exactly what they are sharing."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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HIGH COMMISSIONER

First black female UK career diplomat appointed high commissioner - 22 March 2018
"NneNne Iwuji-Eme says she hopes to inspire young talent, regardless of race or background"

(theguardian.com)


NneNne Iwuji-Eme describes herself as ‘the first black British female career diplomat’.
She takes up the post of high commissioner to Mozambique in July.

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GENDER PAY GAP

Cambridge University reveals 15% gender pay gap - 22 March 2018
"Top universities report big disparity between male and female employees’ earnings"

(theguardian.com)

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TRUTH or FAKE?

Truth or Fake: How to investigate the images you see online - 21 March 2018
(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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TRUMP / CHINA

Markets edgy on US-China trade war fears - with pictures - 23 March 2018
"Stock markets have been hit by fears that US President Donald Trump's plan for tariffs on up to $60bn of Chinese products could trigger a trade war."

+ Trump: Tariffs on $60bn in Chinese goods
+ US exempts EU from steel tariffs
+ Reality Check: Is Trump right about US trade deficit?
+ Trump slaps big tariffs on metal imports

+ Trump: Political heir to Abe Lincoln?
+ The problem facing Trump's China probe
+ EU and six other countries exempted from US metals tariffs

(BBC)

Donald Trump's 'shock and awe' trade bomb on China risks a superpower conflict - 23 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

China's threat to fight trade war 'to the end' sends Asian markets tumbling after Trump escalates tariffs row - with pictures and a video - 23 March 2018
"China has threatened to hike import taxes on US goods and fight a trade war “to the end”, following US President Donald Trump’s announcement
that the US will impose up to $60 million of tariffs on Chinese imports."

(telegraph.co.uk)

US Announces Billions of Dollars in New Import Taxes on China - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 March 2018
"President Donald Trump has called for new tariffs to rebalance the U.S. trade deficit with China.
He signed an action that also places restrictions on the transfer of technology to China. Concerns of a trade war caused US stock prices to drop."

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Donald Trump hits China with $50 billion in tariffs, raising fears of new trade war - with pictures and videos - 22 March 2018
"Donald Trump has announced at least $50 billion of tariffs on China to punish the country for forcefully acquiring US intellectual property, triggering fears of a new trade war."

(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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EU / RUSSIA

EU recalls ambassador from Russia as leaders back May over Salisbury - 23 March 2018
"Member states poised to expel diplomats as European Union leaders agree that Moscow is likely source of Salisbury attack"

(theguardian.com)

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FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

Florida school shooting students told to wear clear backpacks - 22 March 2018
"Students at the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead last month are being asked to wear clear backpacks."

+ How teenagers started a political campaign in 30 days
+ The art of the US gun reform movement
+ 'People against gun control haven't been shot at'

(BBC)

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GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

'Great Pacific garbage patch' sprawling with far more debris than thought - with pictures - 22 March 2018
"The patch of detritus is more than twice the size of France and is up to 16 times larger than previously estimated...
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) contains at least 79,000 tonnes of plastic floating inside an area of 1.6m km2
"
(theguardian.com)

Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows - with pictures - 22 March 2018
"A collection of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean is growing rapidly, according to a new scientific estimate."

+ Plastic particles found in bottled water
+ 'Shame and anger' at plastic pollution
+ Earth is becoming 'Planet Plastic
'
(BBC)

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WHALES

Shark alert as more than 130 beached whales die in Western Australia - 23 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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FIRINGS and NOMINATIONS

Trump's cabinet: Who's next in the firing line? - 23 March 2018
"US National Security Adviser HR McMaster is the latest victim of the President's line up changes.
Who else has been dropped from Trump's inner circle?"

(BBC)

 

Trump replaces National Security Adviser HR McMaster with John Bolton - 23 March 2018
"President Donald Trump is replacing US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with Bush-era defence hawk and former United Nations ambassador John Bolton."

+ What has the reaction been?
+ Why did Trump dump his security adviser?
+ The White House revolving door
+ Five things Bolton believes
+ Bush-era war hawk makes comeback
+ Video: US National Security Adviser HR McMaster is the latest victim of the President's line up changes.
+ Video: Trump's unprecedented staff turnover rate

+ Video: Tillerson bids farewell to 'mean-spirited' Washington
(BBC)

Trump’s Next National Security Adviser, John Bolton, Is As Dangerous As You Remembered - 22 March 2018
"One of the most notorious advocates for the Iraq War is set to advise the president on U.S. foreign policy...
Here is a brief history of the new national security adviser’s career in foreign policy..."

(huffingtonpost.com)

Rex Tillerson says goodbye – but doesn't mention the man who fired him - 22 March 2018
"Secretary of state, who was fired by Trump last week, departs with a plea for integrity and says ‘this can be a very mean-spirited town’."

+ 'This can be a mean-spirited town': Rex Tillerson bids farewell – video
(theguardian.com)

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WATER

Brazil: Water Is an International Problem - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 March 2018
"A U.N. report says water is in demand around the world as temperatures on Earth’s surface rise and demand grows along with populations.
The report was released this week at the World Water Forum in Brasilia. The conference has been described as the world’s largest water-related event."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

The water-carrying robot helping rural villagers - 22 March 2018
"Husky was brought to the village of Ayyampathy by computer science researchers from universities in the UK and India."

(telegraph.co.uk)


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RUSSIA

The long read - with pictures - 23 March 2018
"Gangster’s paradise: how organised crime took over Russia.
Under Vladmir Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state."

(theguardian.com)

Russian criminal tattoos – in pictures - 23 March 2018
"These photographs of prisoners’ tattoos were collected by Arkady Bronnikov from the mid-1960s­ to mid-1980s.
An expert in criminalistics, he visited correctional institutions across the Soviet Union to collect photos
to help to understand the tattoos’ language, and to identify and catch criminals."

(theguardian.com)

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REFUGEES

Refugees find new roots through the power of gardening - with pictures - 20 March 2018
"After escaping the horrors of war and persecution in countries like Syria, Iran and Eritrea, refugees and asylum seekers are using the healing power of gardening in Tyneside."
(BBC)

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21/03/2018


LESSON PLANS

Stephen Hawking explained multiverses in final paper (March 21, 201) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The world-famous physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking published an important paper before he died last week."
Try the same news story at these easier levels:  The Multiverse - Level 0,  The Multiverse - Level 1 or  The Multiverse - 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)

A Boyhood Home - a lesson
"Theme: The National Trust, the restoration of John Lennon's childhood home and the life of Lennon
Lexical area: Historical periods, talking about past memories and life histories.
Cross curricular links: History, Music, Cultural Studies."

(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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St PATRICK'S DAY

St Patrick's Day around the world, in pictures - 20 pictures - 17 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / GUNS

Trump Praises Saudi Arms Deals in Meeting With Crown Prince - Text + Audio - 20 March 2018
"Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammed talked of issues including arms deals and terrorism during their White House meeting."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Question d'actualité - La régulation des armes à feu aux États-Unis après la fusillade de Parkland
"Cette page propose une série de documents (vidéos, textes, articles de journaux et graphiques) pour comprendre le débat sur la régulation des armes à feu aux États-Unis.
Ces documents peuvent être exploités en classe."

(cle.ens-lyon.fr)

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NRA

Report: NRA Provided $7.3 Million to US School Programs - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 20 March 2018
"A new report shows the National Rifle Association provided more than $7.3 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools from 2010 through 2016.
Most of the money goes to local programs of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook 'lost control of its data', whistle-blower tells MPs - 21 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook 'being investigated by FTC' - 20 March 2018
"The US Federal Trade Commission is reported to be investigating Facebook after allegations that 50 million users' private information
was misused by a political consultancy firm."
+ Video: Mark Zuckerberg's 2009 BBC interview
+ Video: Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, was filmed by undercover reporters for Channel 4 News

+ Where is Mark Zuckerberg?
+ The global reach of Cambridge Analytica
+ Cambridge Analytica: The story so far

+ How to protect your Facebook data
+ Facebook data sharing - time to act?

(BBC)

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook boss summoned over data claims - 20 March 2018
"Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has been called on by a parliamentary committee to give evidence about the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica."

(BBC)

Facebook Likes Can Tell a Lot About You - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 March 2018
"In a 2013 study, researchers showed they could use Facebook “likes” to correctly predict personal information, including a user’s sexual identity and ethnicity.
The researchers could also predict a person’s age, intelligence, and opinions about religion and politics."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Critics Want Facebook Regulation after Data Misuse - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 March 2018
"After reports found that political organizations had misused Facebook users’ information, the company now faces calls for regulation on its data use."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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RHINO

Last male northern white rhino's death highlights 'huge extinction crisis' - 20 March 2018
"The tragic death of Sudan the rhino should act as a warning of the need to act to prevent mass extinctions around the world, say conservationists"

+ Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies – video report
(theguardian.com)

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 March 2018
"The world's last known male northern white rhinoceros has died. Sudan was 45 years old. He was living in Kenya at a wildlife conservancy called Ol Pejeta.
The conservancy said his age-related health problems had worsened, and that he was put to sleep on Monday."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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THE NEAR-EXTINCT SPECIES

The near-extinct species our children may never see - with pictures and a video - 20 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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AUSTIN BOMBINGS

Austin bombings: Deceased suspect named as Texas man - with pictures and a video - 21 March 2018
"US media have identified the suspect linked to a series of deadly parcel bombs targeting the Texas city of Austin as Mark Anthony Conditt, 23."
+ Video: Texas explosions: What we know about bombings

(BBC)

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US SCHOOL SHOOTING

US school shooting: Gunman dies after being shot in Maryland - 20 March 2018
"A gunman who shot and injured two teenage students at a high school in the US state of Maryland was shot dead after a gunfight with a security guard."

+ Video: 'Greatest nightmare - our children attacked'
+ Video: Thousands of US students protest for gun reform

+ Florida survivors: Don't arm teachers
+ US students in mass walkout for gun reform

(BBC)

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TRUMP / DRUG DEALERS

Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers - 19 March 2018
"Calling for some drug dealers to be executed, Donald Trump claimed that countries with similar punishments "don't have a drug problem"."

(BBC)

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Russia election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory - 21 March 2018
Mr Putin was re-elected by a landslide, with more than 76% of the vote.
"US President Donald Trump has spoken to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his electoral victory two days ago."
+ Video: Trump congratulates Putin and will meet him "in the not too distant future"

European observers said that while the poll was conducted efficiently, there was a lack of genuine choice.
+ Putin basks in election he could not lose
+ Google's most popular Putin search queries answered
+ 'Better than Trump': What young Russians think of Putin

(BBC)

After Victory, Putin Voices Desire for Better Ties with West - Text + Audio + Pictures - 19 March 2018
"Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth term as president Sunday. Election officials say he received more than 67 percent of the vote.
However, Russia faces accusations of poisoning a former spy in Britain and election interference in the United States."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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SPY POISONING

Spy poisoning: Russian diplomats leave UK - 20 March 2018
"Russian diplomats and their families have left the UK in an expulsion following the Salisbury spy attack."
+ Video: Why does the UK believe Russia poisoned Mr Skripal and his daughter? The BBC's Gordon Corera explains

+ What happens when you expel a diplomat?
+ Russia stockpiling nerve agent - Johnson
+ Who controls the world's most toxic chemicals?
+ Spy poisoning: What we know so far

(BBC)

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Illegal Immigrants Often Sent Home Without Much Planning - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 19 March 2018
"There’s nothing that stops “the U.S. from deporting folks who are not U.S. citizens back to different countries,” an immigration official said,
adding that ICE has the right to expel people, even if they don’t have an agreement with a country."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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SEAWEED

The Health Benefits of Seaweed - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 19 March 2018
"Many people may think of seaweed as an Asian food product. After all, China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines are among the largest producers of seaweed. ​​However, seaweed grows all over the world and people worldwide eat seaweed."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Stephen HAWKING

Stephen Hawking’s ashes to be interred next to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey
"The ashes of Stephen Hawking will be interred next to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, the first time a scientist has been afforded the honour in 80 years."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Seize The Moment - Stephen Hawking
"There are few scientists that can be said to have touched the public imagination. Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one such scientist.
He spent his life seeking the answers to the biggest questions in the universe. This video is a tribute to his courage and wisdom.
Thank for everything professor Stephen Hawking (8 Jan 1942 - 14 March 2018)"

(YouTube)

 

 

Stephen Hawking's big ideas... made simple | Guardian Animations
"No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe?"

(YouTube)

 

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19/03/2018


LESSON PLANS

U.S. student walkout to protest gun violence (March 17, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Students in the USA took part in a protest on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of high-schoolers walked out of their schools to protest against gun violence."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Student Protests - Level 0Student Protests - Level 1   or  Student Protests - 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)

Isabelle Beaubreuil (Ac. Limoges) vous propose un travail sur Steven Spielberg.
"Voici un travail que j’ai réalisé pour ma séquence cinéma en classe de 3e.
Il s’agit d’un Genially sur Steven Spielberg avec la worksheet A3 associée.
Les élèves doivent naviguer sur le Genially pour compléter la worksheet (pdf), à la maison ou en classe avec des tablettes ou ordinateur."

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SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch traditional St Patrick's Day parade of the Irish Guards - with pictures - 17 March 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

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REFUGEES

Syrian Refugee Baby Gets Life-saving Surgery, Others Wait - Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 March 2018
"Jordan used to help pay for Syrian refugees' medical care. But that was stopped in February. Now, a special committee of doctors reviews hundreds of cases each month
and decides which one to help."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Among the refugees: a filmmaker’s epic journey from Syria to sanctuary - 18 March 2018
"Alex Farrell walked through 10 countries alongside a family of Syrian refugees. His groundbreaking documentary records their perilous journey"
+ Video: ‘In the midst of it all, Farrell keeps filming and often at great personal risk’. The trailer for Refugee

(theguardian.com)

‘They are our salvation’: the Sicilian town revived by refugees - with pictures - 19 March 2018
"With an ageing, fast-shrinking population, Sutera saw Italy’s migrant influx as an opportunity"

(theguardian.com)

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Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe: Ex-FBI deputy director gave notes to Russia inquiry - 18 March 2018
"Ex-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has given memos about conversations he had with President Donald Trump to an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling
in the 2016 election, US media say.
The memos could support claims that Mr Trump sought to obstruct justice."

+ Who's who in Russia-Trump inquiry?
+ Trump Russia: Key questions answered
+ What is Mueller's special counsel?
+ Video: Comey's most revealing moments

+ Republican memo accuses FBI of abusing power
+ Trump renews attack on 'disgraceful' FBI

(BBC)

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US / RUSSIA

Donald Trump warned by Republicans over Mueller's Russia inquiry - 19 March 2018
"US President Donald Trump has been warned by fellow Republicans against interfering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations."

+ Who's who in Russia-Trump inquiry?
+ Trump Russia: Key questions answered
+ What is a special counsel?

(BBC)

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UK / RUSSIA

Vladimir Putin secures record win in Russian presidential election - with pictures - 19 March 2018
"Senior officials say decisive victory reflects popular support for muscular foreign policy"
+ Vladimir Putin: 'Nonsense' to think Russia would poison ex-spy before election - video

(theguardian.com)

Britain will punish Putin's oligarch cronies with new sanctions after spy poisoning - 17 March 2018
"Ministers are plotting new sanctions against Vladimir Putin and Kremlin-linked oligarchs after the Russian government expelled 23 British diplomats
and launched an assault on its cultural ties with Britain."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

Dissecting the Syrian Civil war: who's fighting who and where - 10 February 2018
"The conflict in Syria is soon to enter its eighth year. Instead of winding down - as the regime and its Russian allies would like to tell us - it seems to only be racheting up."

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GENDER PAY GAP

Goldman Sachs reveals gender pay gap - 16 March 2018
"Goldman Sachs has reported a median UK gender pay gap at its international business of 36.4% for hourly pay and a median bonus gap of 67.7%."

(BBC)

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ROBOTS

Why won't a robot steal your job - yet - with pictures - 19 March 2018
"We'll all be working alongside smart robots sooner than we think. Four things to help us understand them."

(BBC)

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MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Experts reach for the stars to fight slavery as satellite pictures tell all - 19 March 2018
"Researchers target further breakthroughs after using space imaging to estimate number of bonded labourers in south Asia’s ‘brick belt’."

(theguardian.com)

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Martin ROWSON

Own an exclusive print of Martin Rowson's prime ministers - 19 March 2018
"The Guardian celebrates the work of multi-award winning cartoonist Martin Rowson, following the launch of Gimson’s Prime Ministers.
Rowson has illustrated this concise, sharp-witted and illuminating account of the lives of Britain’s leaders from Walpole to May by Andrew Gimson.
The GNM Archive is proud to offer Rowson’s inimitable illustrations, exclusively available for the first time as collectible fine art prints.
These lively and entertaining works of satire bring our parliamentary history to life as never before"

(theguardian.com)


Margaret THATCHER, prime minister 1979-1990

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Stephen HAWKING

Stephen Hawking's 'breathtaking' final multiverse theory completed two weeks before he died - with pictures - 19 March 2018
"A final theory explaining how mankind might detect parallel universes was completed by Stephen Hawking shortly before he died, it has emerged."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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THE US SUPREME COURT

The Rise of the US Supreme Court - Text + Audio + Pictures
"This story is the first in a series about the Supreme Court of the United States.
In the coming months, watch for text, audio, and video that explain what the Supreme Court is, why it is important (and disputed) in American culture,
and how the justices ruled on some of the most important cases."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, on June 25, 2017.

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