WEEK 77

JUSTIN BIEBER URGED NOT TO GET ANOTHER MONKEY

[CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT ★]

JUSTIN BIEBER URGED NOT TO GET ANOTHER MONKEY

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(P1) Grammy Award-winning singer Justin Bieber has been told by the North American Primate SANCTUARY ALLIANCE (NAPSA) that he would be “IRRESPONSIBLE” to get another monkey as a pet.

(P2) The singer previously had a CAPUCHIN MONKEY, OG Mally, as his pet, but the animal was taken from him by officials when he travelled to Germany in March 2013, and put into QUARANTINE because Bieber did not have the proper DOCUMENTS to own a monkey in that country.

(P3) Now, NAPSA has issued a statement urging Bieber, 21, to turn his attention to a different pet as he cannot provide the correct care a monkey needs to live.

(P4) “Please do not repeat this foolish ENDEAVOR. It is simply not possible to fulfil the unique needs of your monkey within a private home… It will prove dangerous to both you and your monkey, as well as irresponsible,” read the statement.

(P5) Recalling what happened when OG Mally was SEIZED from him, Bieber said: “Everyone told me not to bring the monkey. Everybody told me not to bring the monkey. I was like, ‘It’s going to be fine, guys!’ It was the farthest thing from fine.”

(P6) Bieber was given until May 7, 2013 to produce the proper papers for his monkey, but after he failed to respond, German officials demanded $8,000 to cover the cost of RELOCATING OG Mally to a zoo, and the animal now lives at the Serengeti Park in Copenhagen.

(P7) Responding to the question of whether he’d ever get another monkey, Bieber had this to say:

(P8) “Yes, one day. I just have to make sure I keep it in my house. I’m certainly not going to travel with the monkey anymore. People are always saying, ‘Why did you get a monkey?’ If you could get a monkey, well, you would get a monkey, too! Monkeys are awesome.”

WORDS: 312

SOURCE: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/justin-bieber-urged-not-to-get-another-monkey-116022000081_1.html

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Michael Jackson used to appear in public with a CHIMPANZEE, and George Clooney owned a pig. Why do stars like EXOTIC PETS?
  3. If you could own an unusual pet, what kind would you choose?
  4. If it is legal for Justin Bieber to own a monkey in the U.S., is there any problem with it?
  5. Monkeys are very smart, but hard to TRAIN compared to dogs. Why are dogs easier to train and to own?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Capuchin monkey
  • Exotic pet

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LARGE SPACE ROCK BURNS UP OVER THE ATLANTIC

[ENVIRONMENT ★★]

LARGE SPACE ROCK BURNS UP OVER THE ATLANTIC

Fireball

(P1) The biggest FIREBALL in several years has PLUNGED through the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean.

(P2) The event, which has only just COME TO LIGHT, occurred off the coast of Brazil on 6 February.

(P3) As it burned up, the space rock released the EQUIVALENT of 13,000 tons of TNT.

(P4) This makes it the most powerful event of its kind since an object EXPLODED over Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013.

(P5) That blast was much bigger, releasing the equivalent of 500,000 tons of TNT.

(P6) More than 1,000 people were injured in that incident on 15 February three years ago, most from flying glass from SHATTERED windows.

(P7) But the fireball over the Atlantic went unnoticed; it burnt up about 30km above the ocean surface, 1,000km off the Brazilian coast.

(P8) NASA listed the event on its Fireball and BOLIDE Reports web page.

(P9) Measurements suggest that about 30 small ASTEROIDS (between 1m and 20m in size) burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere every year.

(P10) Because most of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, most of these fall over the ocean and do not affect populated areas.

WORDS: 187

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35645854

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Small asteroids and METEORS are one thing, but do you worry about a large space object hitting the earth?
  3. Do you ever STAR-GAZE?
  4. Have you ever been out on the ocean, far from land? What did the sky look like there?
  5. Have you ever been near a major fire or explosion?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Come to light
  • TNT
  • Star-gaze

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BEIJING IS WORLD’S “BILLIONAIRE CAPITAL”

[BUSINESS★★★]

BEIJING IS WORLD’S “BILLIONAIRE CAPITAL”

Chinese Billionaire

(P1) Beijing has OVERTAKEN New York as the city with the highest number of BILLIONAIRES for the first time, a new report by China-based firm Hurun says.

(P2) A total of 100 billionaires are now living in the Chinese capital, compared with 95 in New York, the report says.

(P3) Shanghai, China’s centre of COMMERCE, comes in fifth place.

(P4) Hurun, which tracks wealth in China, has released an annual Global Rich List for the past five years measuring billionaires’ wealth in US dollars.

(P5) The private research firm, which also publishes LUXURY magazines, uses a mixture of information from publicly traded companies plus interviews to compile its data.

(P6) Other companies such as Forbes and Bloomberg use different METHODOLOGIES and arrive at different conclusions.

(P7) Hurun found that Beijing had welcomed 32 new billionaires since last year, allowing it to move past New York, which only added four new billionaires.

(P8) Moscow was in third place with 66 billionaires, according to Hurun.

(P9) Overall, China has overtaken the US as the country with the highest number of billionaires. However, the top 10 billionaires in Hurun’s list is still dominated by Americans.

(P10) China now has 568 billionaires after gaining 90 new ones, compared with the US which has 535.

(P11) China’s billionaires boast a combined worth of $1.4 trillion (£1.01 trillion), which is about the same as the entire economic activity of Australia.

(P12) Hurun’s chairman Rupert Hoogewerf noted that the growth in China’s wealthy took place despite an economic slowdown and STOCK MARKET INSTABILITY.

(P13) Hurun found that the richest man in China is still Wang Jianlin (pictured above), with an estimated worth of $26bn (£18.8bn).

(P14) But he has not cracked the top 10 billionaires in Hurun’s list, which is dominated by Americans. It is topped by Bill Gates with a NET WORTH of $80bn, followed by INVESTOR Warren Buffett with $68bn.

(P15) In third place is Spanish fashion TYCOON Amancio Ortega with a net worth of $64bn.

(P16) The report found that overall there are now 2,188 billionaires in the world, a new record.

WORDS: 331

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35657107

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Is an increasing number of billionaires a good thing or a bad thing?
  3. Who are the richest people in your country?
  4. Why are there so many new billionaires in China and Russia?
  5. Do you have any investments?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Stock market
  • Net worth

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRL RAISES CHAMPION SHOW DOG

[SPORTS ★★]

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL RAISES CHAMPION SHOW DOG

Dandie Dinmont

(P1) When she was little, Amy Judge went to a dog show in Monroe and fell in love with a rare BREED called a Dandie Dinmont TERRIER. Now she’s the owner of a Westminster Kennel Club CHAMPION.

(P2) Judge, a senior at Ferndale High School in Custer, Washington, returned from New York City last week where her dog, Wesley, won best in breed at the PRESTIGIOUS dog show.

(P3) “Since it’s in New York, it’s hard to get your dog around, it’s really CROWDED everywhere you go, and there are a lot of people,” Judge said. “But it’s the most prestigious show in the country and you always want your dog looking good.”

(P4) Judge, who is 18, is the first person in her age group to win best of breed for the Dandie Dinmont.

(P5) Wesley is the second Dandie Dinmont she’s owned. She got her first one several years ago after that first trip to the dog show, but he died of cancer at age 5. The breeders, Miriam and David Couto, gave her Wesley.

(P6) Judge is a dog-show VETERAN, winning Junior HANDLER of the Year from the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America in 2010, when she was 12.

(P7) Judge said she COMPETED at 51 dog shows last year, including Westminster, but will CUT BACK after high school. She’s planning to study medicine but hasn’t decided on a college yet.

(P8) “No one else in my school does this,” she said of showing Wesley. “I like seeing my dog do what he likes to do, and it makes him very happy to compete.”

(P9) What is a Dandie Dinmont?

(P10) The Dandie Dinmont terrier is the only breed of dog named for a fictional character.

(P11) In 1814, Sir Walter Scott published a wildly successful novel, “Guy Mannering”. In the book, a local farmer named Dandie Dinmont owns six terriers of a type long associated with the BORDER REGION where England and Scotland meet. The breed has since become known as Dandie Dinmont.

(P12) According to the Westminster Kennel Club, “The Dandie Dinmont combines an AFFECTIONATE and DIGNIFIED nature with TENACITY and BOLDNESS.”

WORDS: 352

SOURCE: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article61813407.html

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you prefer a small dog like the Dandie Dinmont, or a bigger dog?
  3. How do the judges in a dog show choose a champion?
  4. Did you have any interesting HOBBIES when you were in high school? Do you have any today?
  5. Sir Walter Scott was a HISTORICAL NOVELIST. Do you like books about history?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • Cut back
  • Border region
  • Historical novel

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URUGUAY’S VICE PRESIDENT FAKED HIS UNIVERSITY DEGREE

[WORLD NEWS ★★★]

URUGUAY’S VICE PRESIDENT FAKED HIS UNIVERSITY DEGREE

Raúl-Sendic

(P1) Uruguay’s Vice President Raúl Sendic has admitted that he does not hold a university degree, even though he has been introduced as “Bachelor of Human GENETICS” in events and official documents for over two decades.

(P2) Local newspaper El Observador published an article on February 24 saying that Sendic’s CV is hard to find since it does not appear on official websites.

(P3) However, Lista 711, Sendic’s party, presents the vice president as holding a “Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Genetics from the University of Havana, Cuba.”

(P4) It TURNS OUT, however, that Sendic never graduated from the University of Havana and that he has never worked as a geneticist.

(P5) “I took a short training course to teach genetics,” Sendic admitted to El Observador. “I have never practiced as a professional or researcher in genetics beyond participating in a team in Havana that conducted research on sex CHROMOSOMES.”

(P6) The Uruguayan newspaper points out that “Sendic cannot hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Genetics because that university degree does not even exist in the University of Havana … It is only a subject within Biology.”

(P7) CONTRARY TO Sendic’s claims that he never said he was a Bachelor of Genetics, El Observador found an interview from 2014 in which Sendic lied on national television.

(P8) Journalist María Noel Marrone asked him: “Is it true that you graduated in Human Genetics with honors?”. To which Sendic replied: “I studied Medicine but I couldn’t finish my career because democracy came to Uruguay, so I took a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics. It’s true, I was an honors student for two or three years in a row. But the truth is, nowadays I don’t dare to speak about genetics. The other day we had a meeting with researchers and it’s amazing how much genetics has advanced in these 20 or 30 years. I would say I’m almost ILLITERATE in genetics now.”

(P9) The Uruguayan PENAL CODE punishes the practice of a profession or the ASSERTION of professional STATUS without proper QUALIFICATIONS.

(P10) “He who [falsely] claims academic titles or practices professions that require a special AUTHORIZATION will be punished with a fine from [US$528 to US$23,800]”.

(P11) After confirming this information, Independent Party Senator Pablo Mieres said that he felt sad and EMBARRASSED.

(P12) Uruguayans also took to social media such as Twitter to DENOUNCE a lie from Uruguay’s SECOND-IN-COMMAND.

(P13) “Raul Sendic, do your country a FAVOR and RESIGN. If have no degree, you are a shame for those of us who work hard at the University.”

(P14) “Another crime under your arm! Degree USURPER! You laugh at the people. You are a CYNICAL SCOUNDREL!”

(P15) “Raul Sendic, you are the worst! A liar, a degree usurper, an insult to all those who actually study!”

WORDS: 459

SOURCE: https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/02/25/uruguay-vp-admits-he-faked-college-degree/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Why do so many public figures think that they can GET AWAY WITH fake degrees and other lies?
  3. Has the Internet made it more difficult for public figures to lie, because it is easier to research their claims?
  4. Should Mr. Sendic resign?
  5. Have any political, business, or media figures in your country been DISGRACED recently?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • CV
  • Turn out
  • Contrary to
  • Penal code
  • Second-in-command
  • Get away with

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“FIREFALL” MAKES STUNNING EFFECT IN CALIFORNIA

[TRAVEL ★]

“FIREFALL” MAKES STUNNING EFFECT IN CALIFORNIA

Yosemite Firefall

(P1) No, that is not LAVA flowing over a cliff. The ILLUSION of fire falling over Horsetail Fall in Yosemite NATIONAL PARK is a yearly PHENOMENON.

(P2) People call it the “firefall,” and it is a completely natural effect that occurs when the the sun sets at a particular angle and ILLUMINATES the WATERFALL.

(P3) “It’s the way the sun happens to hit it that causes the waterfall to glow in such a way,” said Yosemite National Park Ranger Ashley Mayer.

(P4) This STUNNING yearly event only happens for a couple of weeks in February.

(P5) “In late February, you’ll often see rows of photographers there catching the last rays of light in the evening,” reads the information on the Yosemite National Park website.

(P6) If you want to photograph the red and orange glow, the website suggests that the best view is at the El Capitan PICNIC area of the park, which is located in central California.

(P7) “When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” stated photographer Sangeeta Dey. “For 10 minutes, all of us sat there MESMERIZED by this SPECTACLE.”

(P8) This effect varies from year to year and depends on how much water is flowing in Horsetail Fall.

WORDS: 201

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/18/travel/yosemite-firefall-irpt/index.html

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. What is the most beautiful sight you have ever seen?
  3. Do you take a lot of photographs when you travel, or not so many?
  4. Does your country have a national park system?
  5. Have you ever seen a waterfall in person?

EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:

What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.

  • National park

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