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APRIL 2018 - PART 5 - NEW SITES

 

APRIL 2018

= POETRY MONTH

01 - April Fool's Day
01 - Easter
07 - World Health Day
13 - Friday 13th + Superstitions 2
19 - National High Five Day
22 - Earth Day
23 - Saint George's Day
23 - World Book and Copyright Day
25 - World Malaria Day
27 - South Africa National Day
28 - Save The Frogs Day
28 - Arbor Day (in the USA)



24/04/2018


ROYAL BABY 3

Royal Baby 3 - with pictures
(20minutes.fr)


It's a Boy! Britain Celebrates New Royal Baby - Text + Audio + Pictures - 23 April 2018
"Another royal baby has arrived. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth Monday to a healthy baby boy.
It is the third child for her and her husband, Prince William."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Emmanuel MACRON in WASHINGTON

Emmanuel Macron goes to Washington – in pictures - 24 April 2018
"The French president and his wife Brigitte opened their pomp-filled three-day state visit with a double date with Donald and Melania Trump at George Washington’s house"

(theguardian.com)

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FACEBOOK

Facebook reveals its rules for deleting racist and violent posts - 24 April 2018
"Facebook has published its rules for moderators on what content they should block on hate speech, racism and violence,
showing the internal steps the company takes when removing posts that violate its community guidelines for the first time."
(telegraph.co.uk)

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YOUTUBE

YouTube publishes deleted videos report - 24 April 2018
"YouTube's first three-monthly "enforcement report" reveals the website deleted 8.3 million videos between October and December 2017 for breaching its community guidelines."

(BBC)

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TOP DOGS

Top dogs: our canine friends through the ages – in pictures - 24 April 2018
"From a pipe-smoking labrador to a future president with a puppy, Raymond Merritt’s The Dog in Photography chronicles people and their canines from 1849 to today"

(theguardian.com)

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MISTREATED ELEPHANTS

The tragic lives of India's mistreated captive elephants - with pictures - 24 April 2018
"For more than a month, Rajeshwari, a 42-year-old temple elephant in India, lay desultorily on a patch of sand, her forelimb and femur broken and her body ravaged by sores."

+ 'Smoking' elephant in India baffles experts
+ India award for burning elephant photo
+ India wild elephant saved in dramatic rescue

(BBC)

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ROBOT REVOLUTION?

'A robot revolution for UK workplaces by 2030? That's science fiction' - 23 April 2018
"Significant technological change is coming to British workplaces by 2030 but it won't be lead by an army of intelligent humanoid machines,
according to the co-founder of a leading UK robotics start-up."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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STORIES SHAPED THE WORLD

How stories have shaped the world - 23 April 2018
"From ancient epics to modern novels, some narratives have changed history and influenced the mindsets of generations, writes Martin Puchner."

(BBC)


Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji is considered the world’s first modern novel,
creating complex characters and using irony in its description of courtly life.

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HOMES

Redrow homes - The Highgrove @Compton Park, Wolverhampton by Showhomesonline
(YouTube)

 

 

Redrow New Homes - Redbridge Park - The Oxford
"The 4 bedroom Oxford is full of family friendly features with open plan living spaces, en-suite to master bedroom, integral garage, separate utility room
and handy downstairs cloak room. The remaining 3 bedrooms on the first floor are served by the family bathroom."

(YouTube)

 

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IDIOMS and EXPRESSIONS

Idioms and Expressions That Refer to Eating
"This post discusses a number of idiomatic expressions that refer literally or figuratively to consuming food and include some form of the word eat."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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US REPORT

US Report Criticizes China, Iran, North Korea, Russia - Text + Audio + Video - 23 April 2018
"The State Department’s 2017 human rights report was released late Friday.
It accuses China, Iran, North Korea of Russia of violating basic human rights, including freedom of expression and the protection of religious and ethnic minorities."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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EXERCISE

A Lifetime of Exercise Slows Aging Process - Text + Audio + Quiz - 23 April 2018
"A 2018 study has found that a lifetime of regular exercise and activity can slow down the aging process."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Acadia National Park - 23 April 2018
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Acadia National Park "is a United States national park located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor."
(Wikipedia)

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PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic pollution - a guide:
Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans
The impact on our oceans and what we can do about it

(sloactive.com)

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23/04/2018


ROYAL BABY!!!

Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy - 23 April 2018
"The child, who was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, central London, is fifth in line to the throne and the Queen's sixth great-grandchild."

+ Royal baby: Live updates
+ What might the new prince be called?
+ Royal Family tree and line of succession

(BBC)

 

The tradition and evolution of a royal birth - 23 April 2018
"Royal births are far from private affairs. The public fascination can seem intrusive, but it’s built into the nation’s psyche.
Which goes some way in explaining the traditions and evolution of how royal births are conducted."

(telegraph.co.uk)

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SAINT GEORGE'S DAY

St George's Day 2018: How the dragon-slayer became a patron saint of England, Russia and Catalonia - 23 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

 

St George's Day quiz: test your knowledge of England's patron saint - 23 April 2018
"How much do you know of the traditions and legends associated with him across Europe?"

(theguardian.com)


Saint George and the dragon, detail from an Italian fresco.

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SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY

It's Shakespeare's birthday, the perfect excuse to visit his scenic hometown - 23 April 2018
"It’s time to dust off the candles (454 this year) and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday in his home town. He was probably born on April 23, but the party started on Saturday 21 with a parade and garden parties. Sonnets on the chain ferry across the Avon contribute to the merrymaking. The RSC summer season (rsc.org.uk) got under way, too."

(telegraph.co.uk)


Where it all began: Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Developing Nations to Study Ways to Block Sunshine, Slow Warming - Text + Audio - 22 April 2018
"Scientists in developing nations are considering ways to limit the effects of climate change on Earth.
These scientists plan to explore one possibility: controlling or restricting sunshine levels."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE

Native American Tribe Battles to Keep Land - Text + Audio + Pictures - 22 April 2018
"Money from casinos has lifted many Native American tribal economies and made some tribes rich.
But the road to casino riches can be rocky, as the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts has discovered."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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ROBOT

Japanese Engineer Builds Huge Robot of His Dreams - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 22 April 2018
"An engineer in Japan with a love for the animation series “Mobile Suite Gundam” builds a huge robot inspired by it."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Salah ABDESLAM

Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium - 23 April 2018
"Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris attacks, has been jailed for 20 years in Belgium over a gunfight that led to his arrest."
+ Video: Damian Grammaticas reports from the scene of the raid

+ Five things about Salah Abdeslam
+ Who were the Paris attackers?
+ Paris attacks: What happened on the night

+ Is Molenbeek a hotbed of extremism?
(BBC)

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RESCUE

Elderly dog helps save girl lost in Australian bush - 23 April 2018
"Australian police have praised a dog for remaining with a three-year-old girl as she spent a night lost in bushland...
"I shot up the mountain and when I came to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her," she (Aurora's grandmother) told the Australian Broadcasting Corp."

+ The rise of airport therapy dogs
+ How pets can brighten up people's days

(BBC)


Max, a cattle dog, stayed with the girl for 16 hours...
She was followed by her family's 17-year-old cattle dog, Max, who is partially deaf and blind.

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LONDON MARATHON

Masterchef contestant, 29, dies after collapsing during London Marathon - 23 April 2018
+ Matt Campbell collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark
+ Race had taken place in record temperatures

(theguardian.com)


Exhausted runners cross the finish on the Mall in Sunday’s London Marathon.

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FACEBOOK

Martin Lewis sues Facebook over fake adverts with his name - 23 April 2018
"MoneySavingExpert founder says firm failed to stop false adverts luring victims into scams"

(theguardian.com)

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OBESITY

Ministers urged to ban fast food outlets from opening near schools (in England) - 23 April 2018
"Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says councils need increased powers to help combat childhood obesity"

(theguardian.com)

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CYBERBULLYING

Cyberbullying makes young people twice as likely to self harm or attempt suicide - 22 April 2018
"The growth of social media has left many youngsters vulnerable to online bullying, which can include sending threatening, humiliating of intimidating messages or posting hurtful comments or images."

(telegraph.co.uk)


Masie Williams in the Channel 4 drama The Cyberbully

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22/04/2018


PULITZER PRIZE FOR MUSIC

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for music (April 20, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for music."

Try the same news story at these easier levels: Kendrick Lamar - Level 0Kendrick Lamar - Level 1 or  Kendrick Lamar - 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAAM!

The Queen's Birthday Party review: 'The strangest climax to a concert I have ever witnessed' - with pictures - 22 April 2018
"Amidst balloons and fireworks, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles joined Sting, Shaggy, Kylie, Sir Tom Jones, Craig David
and a choir featuring comedian Harry Hill and former Labour Minister Ed Balls onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to be serenaded with a burst of Happy Birthday."

(telegraph.co.uk)

The Queen's Birthday Party - in pictures (15 pictures) - 22 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

The Queen celebrates her 92nd birthday - 21 April 2018
"Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London featuring a range of stars."

(BBC)

 

Happy birthday maam! Why does the Queen have two birthdays? - with a video - 21 April 2018
"Every summer the Mall outside Buckingham Palace is filled with flag-waving, Union Jack-clad merrymakers,
all gathered to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family as they stand on the balcony for the Queen's birthday."

(telegraph.co.uk)

92 years of style: look back at The Queen's glorious fashion evolution - with 99 pictures - 21 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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LONDON MARATHON 2018

Best London Marathon 2018 pictures: The runners, Royals and fancy dress (30 pictures) - 22 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Watch: London Marathon 2018 - with pictures - 22 April 2018
"Select from live BBC One coverage, uninterrupted coverage, elite-races coverage, the finish line (from 12:30 BST)
and (at selected times) behind-the-finish-line stream (will appear as last selection)"

(BBC)

When is London Marathon 2018? Date of the race, start time, weather, transport and celebrity runners - with pictures - 21 April 2018
"It's tomorrow - Sunday, April 22."
+ A history of the London Marathon
(telegraph.co.uk)

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PRINCE CHARLES

Why Prince Charles is the perfect man for the Commonwealth job - 20 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

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SYRIA CHEMICAL ATTACK

Syria 'chemical' attack: Experts finally visit Douma site - with pictures and videos - 21 April 2018
"International chemical weapons experts have finally inspected the site of a suspected attack near Damascus which caused an international crisis."

+ Video: A short guide to the Syrian civil war
+ Video: How the Western attacks on Syria's suspected chemical weapons sites unfolded
+ Video: Unverified video shows children being treated after alleged gas attack (Contains upsetting scenes)
+ Video: Russia's foreign minister says the only evidence of a chemical attack came from the media

+ What did Western strikes target?
+ Were the Syria strikes legal?

+ How do you test for chemical weapons?
+ What we know about the 'chemical attack'

+ Warren of war tunnels revealed
+ Why is there a war in Syria?
(BBC)

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NORTH KOREA

North Korea missile and nuclear test halt hailed - 21 April 2018
"North Korea's announcement that it is halting nuclear and missile tests has received a broad international welcome."
+ Major North Korean missile tests

+ Video: The news was announced on North Korean state TV

+ Video: How could war with North Korea unfold?
+ Video: How to talk to North Korea
+ North Korea crisis in 300 words
+ North Korea's nuclear programme explained
+ Did sanctions push N Korea into US talks?

(BBC)

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SPY POISONING

Police identify key suspects in nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal - 20 April 2018
(telegraph.co.uk)

Salisbury asks Banksy to brighten barriers at contaminated sites - 20 April 2018
"Request sent to artist following concerns that unsightly blockades will put off visitors"

(theguardian.com)

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END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM?

End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first' - with pictures - 21 April 2018
"When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history – a sign of what was to follow in his presidency"

(theguardian.com)

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SLANG

The colourful secrets of Britain’s centuries-old slang - 20 April 2018
"We all are part of at least one tribe, and tribe talk has existed for centuries.
Each group has a distinctly flavoured jargon which unites their members and provides an easy shorthand."

(BBC)

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TRUMP / NEW YORK TIMES / Michael COHEN

Trump attacks New York Times journalist over Michael Cohen article - 21 April 2018
"Trump lashed out on Twitter after Maggie Haberman contributed to a story suggesting Cohen might cooperate with federal investigators"

(theguardian.com)

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PLASTIC

Earth Day 2018: The shocking facts about the scale of plastic pollution choking our seas - 22 April 2018
"Earth Day, which is marked on April 22 every year, has its origins in the horror at the damage humans were causing to the ocean.
It was started in 1970 by a US senator, Gaylord Nelson, after he witnessed the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California."

(telegraph.co.uk)

Meet the anti-plastic warriors: the pioneers with bold solutions to waste - with pictures - 22 April 2018
"The environmental scourge of plastic has shot to the top of the political agenda. We talk to the creatives and campaigners behind five imaginative new ventures"

(theguardian.com)

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Michael PHELPS

Swimmer Michael Phelps Talks About Saving Water - Text + Audio + Video - 21 April 2018
"American Michael has won 28 Olympic medals over the years as a competitive swimmer. He knows a thing or two about water.
Now retired from the sport, Phelps has developed a new interest in water: saving it."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

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