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MAY 2018

01 - May Day
03 - World Press Freedom Day
05 - Cinco de Mayo
05 - Free Comic Book Day
09 - Europe Day
12 - World Fair Trade Day
13 - Mothers' Day (in the USA)
15 - International Day of Families
20 - Pentecost (Whitsun)
22 - International Day for Biological Diversity
24 - Red Nose Day
28 - Memorial Day
29 - Oak Apple Day
31 - World No-Tobacco Day



18/05/2018


Stephan HAWKING

Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking memorial (May 16, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Time travelers have been invited to attend the memorial service for Professor Stephen Hawking."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Time Travel - Level 4  or  Time Travel - 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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Tom WOLFE

Tom Wolfe obituary: a great dandy, in elaborate dress and neon-lit prose - with pictures
"Journalist and author who won a name as a brilliant satirist with the ‘novel of the 1980s’, The Bonfire of the Vanities"

(theguardian.com)

Tom Wolfe – a life in pictures
"The writer Tom Wolfe, who has died aged 88, was a great dandy, both in his elaborate dress and his neon-lit prose.
Although he was in his late 50s when he became a bestselling novelist, with The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1987,
he had been famous as a journalist since the mid-1960s to the point of international celebrity"

(theguardian.com)

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FACIAL RECOGNITION IN CLASS

Chinese school uses facial recognition to monitor student attention in class - 17 May 2018
"Every movement of pupils at Hangzhou Number 11 High School in eastern China is watched by three cameras positioned above the blackboard."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

Denuclearisation: The word Trump and Kim can't agree on - 18 May 2018
"If Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un do meet, there's only one thing they'll talk about - denuclearisation. Trouble is, they have very different ideas on what that means."

(BBC)

 

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump summit - with pictures and videos - 16 May 2018
"North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons."
+ Video: Why North Korea is angry at this man
+ Video: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies?

+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ Will historic Koreas summit lead to peace?

+ John Bolton: Bush-era war hawk makes comeback
+ Five things Trump's security chief believes
+ The Muammar Gaddafi story

(BBC)

Trump: ‘We’ll Have to See,’ about Meeting with Kim - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 May 2018
"North Korea has protested U.S. military exercises and comment by a U.S. official.
The North has also cancelled a meeting with South Korean officials, but preparations continue for a meeting
between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WINDRUSH ROW

Windrush row: 63 people could have been wrongly removed, says Javid - 15 May 2018
"Home secretary gives first official indication of number of individuals who could have been wrongfully removed or deported"

+ Q&A: What are enforced departures?
+ Q&A: What is the Windrush deportation crisis?
(theguardian.com)

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SPORTS BETTING

US Supreme Court Ends Ban on Sports Betting - Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 May 2018
"The court’s decision permits state officials to pass laws permitting books to open on sports such as football, basketball, baseball and other games.
In the coming months, those officials will also consider where bets can be placed: casinos, horse tracks, betting centers, stadiums, and online."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CHILD LABOUR

Radiohead 'All I Need' Official MTV Video
"Contrast the life of a typical free US child with a child slave"

(YouTube)
+ LYRICS:
(azlyrics.com)

 

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THE ROYAL FAMILY

16 Fashion Rules the Royal Family Lives By
"Read about the dos and don'ts of dressing as a royal at Mental Floss."
(neatorama.com)

Royal wedding 2018: Prince Charles to walk Meghan down the aisle - 18 May 2018
"Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle on Saturday when she marries Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has said."

(BBC)

'A total fairytale': how Meghan Markle's dog went from kill shelter to royal life - 18 May 2018
"Guy the beagle’s unlikely journey started from a US kill shelter to a Canadian adoption group – and now he’s part of the royal family"

(theguardian.com)

What to Expect at the Royal Wedding - Text + Audio + Pictures - 16 May 2018
"Britain's Prince Harry and American actor Meghan Markle are set to marry Saturday in the British city of Windsor. For many fans, it is a fairy-tale romance."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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IMMIGRATION

Home Office suspends immigration checks on UK bank accounts - 17 May 2018
"Decision is second such U-turn following NHS data-sharing after problems highlighted by Windrush scandal"

(theguardian.com)

1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas - 16 May 2018
"More than 1,600 IT specialists and engineers offered jobs in the UK were denied visas between December and March, BBC News has learned."

(BBC)

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RELEASED

Emotional reunion after 18 years in US prison for crime he didn't commit - 15 May 2018
"David Robinson served 18 years in prison, even after the real murderer confessed.
The lead investigator on the case has since resigned."

 

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TRUMP / RUSSIA

Trump Russia investigation: What new Trump Tower documents tell us - with pictures - 16 May 2018
"A Senate panel has released documents on a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign aides and a Russian delegation promising political "dirt"."

+ All you need to know about Trump Russia story
+ Russia-Trump: Who's who in the drama to end all dramas?

(BBC)

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SOLAR POWER

California to Require Solar Power for New Homes - Text + Audio - Pictures + Quiz - 16 May 2018
"California has become the first U.S. state to approve plans to require newly-built homes to include solar equipment."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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AIR POLLUTION

UK taken to Europe's highest court over air pollution - 17 May 2018
"European court of justice can impose multimillion euro fines if the UK and five other countries do not address the problem"

(theguardian.com)

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TRAVELLING

How to avoid being kidnapped abroad (by someone who was) - 18 May 2018
+ The world's 16 most dangerous countries (according the Foreign Office)
- View gallery
+ 23 simple ways to stay safe on holiday (from a former soldier) - View article

+ Kidnapping | The most frequently asked questions
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SLAVERY

Permit scheme facilitating slavery on Irish fishing boats, says union - 18 May 2018
"International Transport Workers’ Federation takes Irish government to court after claims of exploitation of migrants"

(theguardian.com)

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MUSEUM OF SELFIES

The little-known 19th century museum of selfies - with pictures - 17 May 2018
"So I see that a Museum of Selfies (themuseumofselfies.com) has just opened in Los Angeles..."

(telegraph.co.uk)

About the Museum of Selfies
"The Museum of Selfies is an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie
– an image of oneself taken by oneself – with roots dating back 40,000 years.
Visitors can explore the origin of the selfie through the lens of art, history, technology, and culture
while taking some cool selfies of their very own with our interactive installations.
The Museum of Selfies promises to share the unseen depths and history of this cultural phenomenon.
Whether you love them or hate them, you won’t see selfies the same way again."

(themuseumofselfies.com)

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TECHNOLOGY

30 Phrasal Verbs to Help You With Technology - Text + Audio + Video
"Technology is one field where phrasal verbs and new nouns are very common. The Everyday Grammar team presents a history of phrasal verbs in computing.
We also teach some new nouns that grew from the phrasal verbs as people talked more and more about technology."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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EBOLA

Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Spreads - Text + Audio - 17 May 2018
"The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported another case of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city - with pictures and a video - 17 May 2018
"The Ebola outbreak in DR Congo has spread from the countryside into a city, prompting fears that the disease will be increasingly hard to control."
+ Video: How the virus attacks human cells
+ Why Ebola keeps coming back
+ Why Ebola is so dangerous
+ How not to catch Ebola
+ Mapping the West Africa Ebola outbreak
+ Was bushmeat behind the 2014 Ebola outbreak?
(BBC)

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15/05/2018


ROYAL WEDDINGS

Royal weddings: The ceremony and the symbolism - 15 May 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)


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Tom WOLFE

Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities author, dies aged 87
"Best known for books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities, Wolfe died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital...
Tom Wolfe, the essayist, journalist and author of bestselling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Bonfire of the Vanities, has died at the age of 87."

(theguardian.com)

 

Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (March 2, 1931 – May 14, 2018)[1]
"was an American author and journalist, best known for his association with and influence in stimulating the New Journalism literary movement,
in which literary techniques are used extensively...
His first fiction novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim, and also became a commercial success.
It was adapted as a major motion picture of the same name, directed by Brian De Palma."

(Wikipedia)

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TRUMP / CHINESE COMPANY

Trump Offers Help to Chinese Company in Trade Dispute - Text + Audio - 14 May 2018
"The U.S. president offered to help China’s ZTE Corp. after U.S. officials banned the company from receiving U.S. exports.
ZTE said the ban would cause it to shut down. The move comes as U.S. farmers worry about soybean exports to China."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA

Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well under way', satellite images show
"Several key operational buildings as well as smaller sheds have been razed, according to a US monitoring group"

(theguardian.com)

US Promises N. Korea Economic Investment after Nuclear Deal - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 May 2018
"The United States has said it may let American businesses invest in North Korea if the two sides reach a nuclear agreement.
But even if U.S. economic restrictions against the North are lifted, the country would likely still present a difficult environment for foreign investment."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISRAELI EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM

Deadly Protests as US Opens Israeli Embassy in Jerusalem - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 14 May 2018
"Palestinians protested as the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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Biscayne Islands National Park

Biscayne Islands National Park - VIDEO - 14 May 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)
Biscayne National Park 'is a U.S. National Park located in southern Florida, south of Miami.'

(Wikipedia)

 

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MIGRANTS

Hunger Highway: desperate Venezuelans take hard road to Brazil - with pictures - 15 May 2018
"Venezuela holds elections on Sunday but 5,000 people a day are leaving – many trekking a 215km route through the Amazon"

+ Quick guide: Why is Venezuela in crisis?
(theguardian.com)

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DISCRIMINATION IN INDIA

Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year, study shows - 15 May 2018
"Neglect to blame for skewed mortality rates, says Lancet report that urges looking beyond pre-natal sex selection at deaths from inequality of education and health"

(theguardian.com)

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SECRET EXECUTIONS IN EUROPE

The secret executions in Europe's 'last dictatorship' - with pictures - 15 May 2018
"When the guards come, these inmates never know if it is for the last time. On death row in Belarus, the only country in Europe that still uses the death penalty,
they are never told when they will be executed. And when it happens, it is all kept as a state secret.
"
(BBC)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook closed 583m fake accounts in first three months of 2018 - 15 May 2018
"Firm’s first quarterly moderation report also shows scale of spam, hate speech and violence"

(theguardian.com)

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CINEMA

BlacKkKlansman trailer: first look at Spike Lee's fact-based race drama - 14 May 2018
"The writer-director’s latest film, premiering in competition at the Cannes film festival, boasts Oscar-winning Get Out creator Jordan Peele as producer"

(theguardian.com)

 

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14/05/2018


LESSON PLANS

Cyril Dussuchaud (Ac. Limoges): Robinson Crusoe Escape Game
"Voici l'Escape Game que j'ai préparé pour mes 6èmes qui ont participé à mon atelier lecture 'Robinson Crusoe' dont j'ai adapté le texte.
J'ai voulu dématérialiser au maximum et bâtir un Genially en 'mode aventure', sans le moindre retour en arrière possible
pour une faim, euh, fin cannibalesque en cas de mauvaise réponse finale:
http://www.englishnexon.com/pages/teachers-zone-6eme/robinson-crusoe-escape-game.html
"



Robo-caller fined for 96 million phone calls (May 14, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"America's Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, has fined a man who they say placed nearly 100 million robocalls."

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

Malaysia to have 92-year-old leader (May 12, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad has staged a remarkable political comeback to end the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional party."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Oldest Leader - Level 4  or  Oldest Leader - 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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PARIS KNIFE ATTACKER

Paris knife attacker was known to counter-terrorism police - with pictures and a video - 13 May 2018
"Khamzat Azimov, who struck in busy theatre district of French capital on Saturday night, had been flagged as a security risk...
Up to 20,000 – from radical Islamists to hooligans and members of the extreme right or extreme left – people are believed to be on the Fiche S list
and classified according to their potential risk."
+ One man killed in Paris as knifeman attacks passersby at random – video report

+ Paris knifeman shot dead after killing one and injuring four
(.theguardian.com)

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LONDON

Queen's Diamond Jubilee: London, then and now - 20 pictures - 8 May 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)
London USED TO...

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US CITIZENSHIP

Possible US Citizenship Question Raising Concerns - Text + Audio + Pictures - 13 May 2018
"The proposal of adding a question about citizenship has raised fears among the immigrant community about how that information would be used."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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DNA

US Wants One Million People to Share Their DNA - Text + Audio - 13 May 2018
"The U.S. government is now accepting volunteers for a huge new nationwide health project.
The government hopes to find one million people who will share their DNA and 10 years of health patterns."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ISIS

Iraqi Broadcasters Who Helped Beat Islamic State - Text + Audio + Video - 13 May 2018
"A new report suggests that one reason for the operation's success was a campaign of information warfare by resistance forces.
It says the campaign took on IS propagandists and destroyed the group’s image of invincibility."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Brown v. Board of Education Helps Launch Civil Rights Movement - Text + Audio + Video + Quiz - 13 May 2018
"The landmark case is one of the most famous in U.S. history."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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DOGS

Dogs Trained to Smell Low Blood Sugar Levels May Save Lives - Text + Audio - 13 May 2018
"One organization is training dogs to recognize when diabetics have low blood sugar."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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US / NORTH KOREA

Ties with US, North Korea Make Singapore a Good Meeting Place - Text + Audio - 11 May 2018
"Singapore has long had ties with both the U.S. and North Korea. It is considered a neutral place with good relations with area countries."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Maya ANGELOU

What It Takes - Maya Angelou, Part 2 - Text + Audio - 11 May 2018
"A decade before Maya Angelou published her first and now classic book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,
she was a civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King Jr."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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BOTS

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots - 11 May 2018
"Google says it will take steps to ensure that humans are not fooled when they get called by software bots that can convincingly mimic the human voice."

(BBC)

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IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

US threatens European companies with sanctions after Iran deal pullout - 13 May 2018
+ Bolton and Pompeo push hardline Trump White House position
+ French and German companies among those with interests in Iran

(theguardian.com)

US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions - 11 May 2018
"Senior politician says Europe will consider countermeasures to keep trading with Iran"

+ Q&A: What is the Iran nuclear deal?
(theguardian.com)

Iran nuclear deal: France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions - 11 May 2018
"France has condemned as "unacceptable" a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran."
+ Video: Syrian state TV footage shows Israeli missiles over Damascus

+ Europe's billion-dollar deals at stake in Iran row
+ The impact of Iran sanctions - in charts
+ Winners and losers from US Iran deal exit
+ EU hurt as US flexes sanctions muscles

+ Iran nuclear deal: Key details
+ Are Israel and Iran heading for a war?
+ Iran and Israel: Your questions answered

(BBC)

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RED PANDAS

'Kung Fu' red pandas settle into new Laos sanctuary - 11 May 2018
"The three animals, nicknamed Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Peace, were among six found stuffed into crates
during a random check of a van traveling from China over the border into northern Laos in January."

(phys.org)


The red pandas are coveted for their shiny copper fur and "cute" appearance

Red Pandas Rescued From Illegal Wildlife Trafficking on Border of Laos and China - with a video - 14 January 2018
"Endangered red pandas flagged to be smuggled across the Chinese border in Laos were seized by authorities on January 14.
Despite efforts to save them, three of the six rescued bears died. "

(dailytelegraph.com.au)

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Madame TUSSAUD'S

Madame Tussaud's swaps wax for silicon as it unveils first intelligent robot - 10 May 2018
"A life-like robot of Chinese superstar Jing Boran of Monster Hunt and his CGI companion Wuba have been created by Cornish robotics firm Engineered Arts,
the same team which animated King Kong’s face in the film Kong: Skull Island."

(telegraph.co.uk)


Madame Tussaud's has installed a robot of Chinese superstar Jing Boran of Monster Hunt
and his CGI companion Wuba

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PHONES

The Pentagon bans Huawei and ZTE phones from retail stores on military bases - 2 May 2018
"The Pentagon is ordering retail outlets on US military bases to stop selling Huawei and ZTE phones.
The Department of Defense says using the devices could be a security risk."

(theverge.com)

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ANTI-POACHING GROUP

Zimbabwe women's anti-poaching group protecting elephants - VIDEO - 8 May 2018
"A group of women is helping to protect one of the largest remaining elephant populations in Africa."

(BBC)

 

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HISTORICAL PORTRAITS

Historical portraits of people and their pets
(danceshistoricalmiscellany.com)



By Francesco Bacchiacca,
early 16th century.

By Juan Carreno de Miranda
(c. 1680).

Catherine of Aragon
with her pet monkey

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MARS

Nasa is sending a helicopter to search the skies over Mars
"The small, autonomous rotorcraft will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, Nasa announced on Friday.
The mission is designed to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet."

(telegraph.co.uk)


An image produced by Nasa showing how the Mars helicopter would look on the Red Planet

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