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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



26/05/2018


NEWS LITERACY

News Literacy Lesson 4: Balance, Fairness - Text + Video - 24 May 2018
"This lesson is based on the News Literacy class at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University.
For more on how to become a news literate citizen, go to:
http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

News Literacy Lesson 5: Quality of News Reports - Text + Video - 25 May 2018
"This lesson is based on the News Literacy class at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University.
For more on how to become a news literate citizen, go to:
http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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MEMORIAL DAY

Wall of Flowers Honors True Meaning of Memorial Day - Text + Audio + Pictures - 25 May 2018
"For three days, visitors can see a clear wall filled with red poppies.
The flowers are to honor the men and women who died while serving the United States in conflicts since World War I.
Together, more than 645,000 red poppies are on the grounds of the National Mall this weekend."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA / NORTH KOREA

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit - 26 May 2018
"The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries."

+ Video: The nuclear word Trump and Kim can't agree on
+ Analysis: Decoding Trump's letter to Kim
'My country was trying to test Trump'

(BBC)

North Korea ready to talk 'at any time' with Donald Trump - 25 May 2018
"North Korea has said it is still willing to talk "at any time in any form" after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled his summit next month with Kim Jong-un."

+ Video: Is North Korea's nuclear site destruction for real?
+ Video: Pompeo - US was ready but North Korea had gone silent on preparations
+ Video: The moment Kim Jong-un crossed into South Korea
+ 'My country was trying to test Trump'
+ Decoding Trump's letter to Kim
+ How did it all fall apart so soon?
+ What just happened?

+ What cancelled summit says about Trump foreign policy
+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ Kim Jong-un: The king of Pyongyang
+ Rush to buy Trump-Kim coin after summit cancellation

(BBC)

 

North Korea leaves door open for 'desperately necessary' Trump summit - 25 May 2018
"Regime’s vice foreign minister says meeting cancellation is ‘regrettable’ as South Korean president says he is ‘perplexed’ by US president’s decision"

+ Donald Trump: 'I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore' - video
+ Huge explosions as North Korea 'destroys' nuclear test site – video

(theguardian.com)

Trump Calls Off June 12 Meeting with North Korean Leader - Text + Audio - 24 May 2018
"U.S. President Donald Trump called off the planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
But the president left open the possibility of a summit at a later date. Also, North Korea closed its main nuclear test area with foreign reporters present."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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WINDRUSH SCANDAL

Windrush citizens trapped in Jamaica criticise British officials - 25 May 2018
"High commission accused of ‘heartless’ behaviour towards people trying to return to UK"

(theguardian.com)

Windrush scandal: 'You don't need that passport, they said' - 25 May 2018
"Melvin Collins, 72, who spent decades in Britain, is living off handouts in Jamaica unable to go back to the UK after Gatwick took his crucial passport"

(theguardian.com)

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FACIAL RECOGNITION

Facial recognition software can spot liars and could help bust airport terrorists - 24 May 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic pollution: Images of a global problem - 25 May 2018
"In its June issue, National Geographic magazine has published a selection of startling photos
highlighting the vast amounts of discarded plastic choking the world's oceans, shorelines and rivers.
Wildlife, particularly marine animals, are at risk when they become entangled in plastic waste, or ingest it."

(BBC)


"This loggerhead turtle has become entangled in an old plastic fishing net
in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Spain. "

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US NATIONAL PARKS

The 22 best US national parks to escape the crowds, chosen by experts - with photos - 25 May 2018
"Park visitation is at a record high – good for tourism, not so good for peace and quiet.
From Acadia to Zion, Bryce Canyon to Yosemite, leading writers and environmentalists share their alternatives to the most popular spots"

(theguardian.com)

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GRAFFITI

The Gambian village transformed by graffiti - 22 May 2018
"In a bid to lure tourists, internationally-renowned graffiti artists were invited to create artworks in a village in The Gambia, writes the BBC's Clare Spencer."
(BBC)

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MASS SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Mass School Shootings Mostly in Small US Towns - Text + Audio - 24 May 2018
"In the United States, mass school shootings are most likely to happen in small towns and suburban areas."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ENGLAND

Breathing new life into old places with Heritage Action Zones - 25 May 2018
"The Heritage Action Zone initiative aims to encourage economic growth and improve quality of life in communities across England.
Old buildings that have been neglected might be restored and brought back into use as housing, retail or community spaces;
conservation areas improved to kick start regeneration; and historic sites developed as visitor attractions..."

(YouTube)

 

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FACEBOOK, WhatsApp and GOOGLE 

Facebook, WhatsApp and Google accused of breaking new data protection law - 25 May 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Steve Bannon: Facebook controls your life – video - 23 May 2018
"Steve Bannon has distanced himself from Cambridge Analytica and said Facebook controls people's lives through algorithms. The former White House chief strategist was speaking at the FT Future of News conference in New York. It was his first public appearance since the Observer and the Guardian revealed that the personal data of about 50 million people in the US had been harvested and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica"

(theguardian.com)

 

Far more than 87m Facebook users had data compromised, MPs told - 17 April 2018
(theguardian.com)

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ROAD TRAFFIC

Road traffic kills 350,000 children a year - 25 May 2018
"A double whammy of road traffic accidents and air pollution is killing more than 350,000 children a year."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ROHINGYA REFUGEES

Rohingya refugees are living in a "slum" - 25 May 2018
"Rohingya refugees are living in slum-like conditions, where infectious disease outbreaks are ready to spring up at any time and water and sanitation are poor,
humanitarian experts have warned."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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ROYAL WEDDING 2018

Royal Wedding 2018: Meghan Markle coat of arms revealed - 25 May 2018
"A coat of arms created for the Duchess of Sussex that reflects her Californian background has been unveiled...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's coat of arms combined the shields of Prince William and the Middleton family."

+ Harry and Meghan attend first royal event
+ How do you get a coat of arms?

(BBC)


Meghan Markle coat of arms



The conjugal coat of arms
for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Russian oligarch met Cohen at Trump Tower before inauguration – reports - 25 May 2018
"Viktor Vekselberg reportedly discussed US-Russian relations with Trump’s legal fixer and arranged to meet again at the inauguration"

(theguardian.com)

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MONACO

Life and death on billionaires' superyachts – video - 26 May 2018
"The Guardian is granted exclusive access to some of the latest superyachts in Monaco.
But what is life really like for the young people serving billionaires in the sun? We hear from a mother whose son died while he was working onboard a luxury yacht"

(theguardian.com)

 

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Hamlin GARLAND

'The Return of a Private' by Hamlin Garland - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz
"A soldier is returning from the American Civil War. As he gets closer to home, his fears begin. He worries about how he will take care of his family and farm.
He is tired and weak, and has little money. How will his wife react to this man who has changed so much from the one she knew?"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Chuck JONES

Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) "was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter, best known for his work with Warner Bros. Cartoons on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. He wrote, produced, and/or directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig, Michigan J. Frog, the Three Bears, and a slew of other Warner characters..."
(Wikipedia)

What It Takes - Chuck Jones
"Chuck Jones directed hundreds of cartoons during his life, starting in the 1930s. Some of the characters, like Pepé Le Pew, he invented.
Some, like Bugs Bunny, he transformed into the characters we know today."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOTS

Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can
"It seems there are few jobs robots can't do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings.
But they're only needed because humans can't - or won't - do the work, farmers say.
BBC Click's Jen Copestake investigates the world of robo-farming."

(BBC)

 


The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't - 25 May 2018
"With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries
- we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit."

(BBC)

 

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24/05/2018

NEWS LITERACY

News Literacy Lesson 2: Verification, Independence, Accountability - Text + Video - 22 May 2018
"This lesson is based on the News Literacy class at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University.
For more on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

News Literacy Lesson 3: Establishing the Truth - Text + Video - 23 May 2018
"This lesson is based on the News Literacy class at the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University.
For more on how to become a news literate citizen, go to http://www.centerfornewsliteracy.org/getting-started/"

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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FACEBOOK

Zuckerberg set up fraudulent scheme to 'weaponise' data, court case alleges - 24 May 2018
"Facebook CEO exploited ability to access data from any user’s friend network, US case claims"

(theguardian.com)


"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify
before a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees
on the protection of user data 10 April 2018."

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps - 24 May 2018
"Company gathered data from texts and photos of users and their friends, court case claims"

(theguardian.com)

Zuckerberg's EU testimony: what he didn't answer - 22 May 2018
"Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the European Parliament on May 22 to testify about Facebook’s impact on society, from data privacy to elections.
Though Zuckerberg faced tough questions from members of Parliament, the format allowed him to escape easily.
Here are the key questions Zuckerberg left unanswered."

(YouTube)

 

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ILLEGAL ONLINE SALES OF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE

Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe - 23 May 2018
"Exclusive: Study finds 12,000 items worth $4m, including ivory, live orangutans and a huge number of reptiles and birds for the pet trade...
The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs,
orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds...
All the specimens were species in which trade is restricted or banned by the global Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species."

(theguardian.com)

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THE EUROPEAN MINK

The European mink
"is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered due to an ongoing reduction in numbers, having been calculated as declining more than 50% over the past three generations
and expected to decline at a rate exceeding 80% over the next three generations.[1]

(Wikipedia)

The LIFE Project fo the conservation of the European mink in Catalonia (pdf)
(gencat.cat)

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TRUMP / NORTH KOREA MEETING

Trump cancels Singapore nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - with videos - 24 May 2018
"President Donald Trump canceled his historic nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un on Thursday, accusing North Korea of "tremendous anger and open hostility."

(cnbc.com)

North Korea nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri 'destroyed' - with pictures and videos - 24 May 2018
"North Korea appears to have blown up tunnels at its only nuclear test site, in a move to reduce regional tensions."

+ Video: Viewpoint: Is Trump playing into Kim Jong-un's hands?
+ What do we know about N Korea's nuclear site?
+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ What not to say to North Korea

+ Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programme
+ N Korea: Pence comments 'stupid'
(BBC)

Trump Suggests North Korea Meeting Could Be Delayed - Text + Audio - 22 May 2018
"US President Donald Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Tuesday.
As the two spoke to reporters, Trump suggested that his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could take place later than June 12."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Special Trump-Kim 'Peace Talks' Coin Criticized - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 May 2018
"The coin shows images of both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The two men are facing each other. Behind them are images of the American and North Korean flags.
The top of the coin reads “Peace Talks.” The back shows an image of the White House.
There are also images of Air Force One, the president’s airplane, and the official presidential seal.
The coin describes Kim as “Supreme Leader,” the name North Korea uses when identifying his position.

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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CARS AND CARRIAGES

Cars and Carriages
"Car and carriage, and many other words containing the element car, derive from the Latin word carrus, meaning “two-wheeled wagon.”
This post lists and defines many of the words descended from carrus."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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ELECTRIFIED ROADS

Electrified Road Can Charge Moving Vehicles - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos + Quiz - 23 May 2018
"A group of Swedish companies is developing and testing new technology that can charge electric vehicles as they travel down the road."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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AIR POLLUTION

Air pollution worse inside London classrooms than outside, study finds - 24 May 2018
"Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk"

(theguardian.com)

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FOREIGN-BORN MIGRANTS in THE UK

The 77 areas with the biggest rise in the number of foreign-born migrants - with maps - 24 May 2018
"The proportion of foreign-born migrants in some parts of the UK has risen ten-fold over the past decade,
according to a new analysis which identifies the areas most affected by migration."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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The UN

Does the UN mean anything to the young? - with pictures - 23 May 2018
"The United Nations wants to gain a much better idea of what young people are thinking - and to stop feeling "paternalistic" and out of touch."

(BBC)

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