Plastic surgeon honored by Vietnam

[People ★]

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(P1) The Vietnamese government recently honored Prof. Baek Rong-min, 58, a plastic surgeon at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, for his decades-long humanitarian work treating Vietnamese children who suffer cleft lips and palates.

(P2) Cleft lips and palates are birth defects, in which the tissue of the upper jaw and roof of the mouth fail to fuse during gestation.

(P3) The surgeon received the Friendship Medal of Vietnam on June 17 when he was visiting Hanoi with a team of 21 doctors and nurses for their latest humanitarian mission.

(P4) “I just do what I enjoy doing,” Baek said. “Still, I am happy to receive the honor. I am grateful to my medical staff, volunteers, and the Vietnamese government.”

(P5) Since 1996, Baek has treated 3,707 Vietnamese children through Smile for Children, a nonprofit organization founded by his older brother, Baek Se-min, dedicated to treating children with the birth defects across Asia.

(P6) In 2003, the hospital joined in the mission and since then Baek has been inviting Vietnamese doctors to Korea for surgical training. The doctor also has treated children in Mongolia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Uzbekistan.

(P7) Baek goes to Vietnam every year. During his latest mission from June 12 to 18, his team treated 135 children and donated surgical equipment to a local hospital.

(P8) In a recent interview with The Korea Times, Baek said that although the operation is relatively short and simple, every surgery makes him nervous because the children will live with the results of the surgery for the rest of their lives. But he said seeing the children’s smiles after surgery is worth all the doubt and pressure.

(P9) His humanitarian work has been recognized before. In 2013, Baek was honored by Seoul National University and also by President Park Geun-hye. In 2014, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, a charitable organization, gave him its humanitarian award for his work.

(P10) “There are many children out there who are in need of help, but they don’t have access to medicine because they are too poor,” he said. “I hope more of these children will receive treatment.”

WORDS: 341

SOURCE: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/people/2016/06/178_207850.html

VOCABULARY: humanitarian, cleft lips, palates, birth defects, gestation, nonprofit organization

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 does Professor Baek Rong-min deserve being honored?
  3. Name some other nonprofit organizations.
  4. Can you think of a person in your country who deserves to be honored for their nonprofit work? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who recognized the plastic surgeon for is nonprofit work?
  2. Where else has the plastic surgeon performed treatment on children?
  3. The organization, Smile for Children, was implemented by Professor Baek Rong-min. (T or F)
  4. How often does the plastic surgeon visit Vietnam?
  5. Most parents of children have enough money to pay for treatments, but not in their country. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • decades-long (P1)
  • Tissue of the upper jaw (P2)
  • Roof of the mouth (P2)

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Image source: Courtesy of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital

Turkey’s Helping Hands builds maternity and children’s hospital in Somalia

[Medical ]

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(P1) A maternity and children’s hospital in Somalia’s capital built by a Turkish aid organization has opened.

(P2) Turkey’s Helping Hands International Humanitarian Aid Association laid the foundation of the hospital in 2011 and today the hospital building is completed, Sadık Danışman, the association of the president said on Thursday.

(P3) The 27,000-square meter hospital in Mogadishu has been stocked with equipment and medicines from Turkey.

(P4) The facility will provide operations, emergency, neonatal care, intensive care, and management services.

(P5) Danisman touched on the Humanium international child sponsorship NGO statistic that Somalia’s infant mortality rate is traumatically high “with an average of 180 deaths for every 1,000 births”.

(P6) Somali children mainly die from dehydration and illnesses like diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia and cholera epidemics, Danışman added.

(P7) According to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Turkey has carried out humanitarian work across over 40 countries in four continents to help those in need after an earthquake, flood, fire, civil war or famine hit a region.

(P8) The total amount of Turkish aid for Somalia thus far has reached $500 million.

(P9) The UN has said an estimated 857,000 people inside Somalia are currently “in crisis and emergency conditions”, while almost two million Somalis suffer from food insecurity. Another million are refugees in neighboring countries.

WORDS: 210

SOURCE: http://www.dailysabah.com/education/2016/02/25/turkeys-helping-hands-builds-maternity-and-childrens-hospital-in-somalia

VOCABULARY: maternity, stocked, neonatal, mortality, dehydration, epidemics, humanitarian, insecurity

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 you think the infant mortality rate is high in Somalia?
  3. Does your country supply aid to other countries? If yes, explain in more detail.
  4. Do you think richer countries should provide more help to poorer countries? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What type of medical center was constructed in Somalia?
  2. Which nonprofit organization created the plans for the hospital?
  3. Which 5 services does the hospital give?
  4. Children in Somalia usually die from lack of hydration only. (T or F)
  5. How much money has Turkey donated to Somalia to date?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • laid the foundation (P2)
  • Humanium (P5 – non-profit organization)
  • Infant mortality rate (P5)
  • In crisis and emergency conditions (P9)

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Image source: AA Photo

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[Entertainment ★★]Gaga Just Got Banned in China

[World News ★★★]U.K. votes to leave European Union

[Travel News ★★★]Overbooking flights is reaching unacceptable levels

[Science ★★★]Having Trouble Concentrating? Time to Repaint Your Room

[Technology ★★★★]This Jacket Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

[Medical ★★★★]Turkey’s Helping Hands builds maternity and children’s hospital in Somalia

[People ★★★★]Plastic surgeon honored by Vietnam

 

This Jacket Will Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

[Technology ★★★★]

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(P1) Not yet terrified that you’ll suddenly burst into flame? Put on one of Hiral Sanghavi’s jackets. The man behind Kickstarter’s BauBax travel jacket, which last year became the fourth most-funded project on Kickstarter, raising $9.2 million—hopes to raise $100,000 with his new plans for clothes that wirelessly charge your devices. The jackets, hoodies, jeans, and shorts come with a pocket for your phone or other devices that serve as a wireless charging pad thanks to a hidden copper wire and a battery bank. The battery bank takes two to four hours to charge, using a BauBax charging pad, and provides a full charge to a smartphone or two charges to a smartwatch, reports CNNMoney. If you’d rather not wear the battery, BauBax also offers charging wallets, wristlets, and more.

(P2) The clothing ranges in price from $69 for men’s shorts to $169 for a jacket, but necessary add-ons drive up the cost. The $49 battery bank is sold separately, as is a $39 watch connector, $29 charging pad, and $15 phone case that provides wireless charging capability for iPhones; Android devices can go without the case. The prices are expected to climb as the campaign continues. Still, Cherlynn Low at Engadget, who got to try some of the products, suggests they’re worth a try. “The soft interior lining made the clothes comfortable and the garments felt luxe,” she writes. “I was impressed that, even with the phones and battery packs in the pockets, the women’s vest I tried on didn’t show any unsightly bulges.” The gear is scheduled to ship out in January.

WORDS: 262

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/227302/this-jacket-will-wirelessly-charge-your-phone.html

VOCABULARY: charging pad, battery bank, wristlets, add-ons, lining, luxe, unsightly, bulges

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. Would you buy clothes that charge your electronic devices? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think the business will be successful? Why or why not?
  4. If you had the opportunity to start a business, which one would it be? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many millions of dollars was collected on Kickstarter to fund the wireless charging project?
  2. How long does it take to recharge the power source?
  3. The clothing comes with a power bank. (T or F)
  4. Who does Cherlynn Low work for?
  5. What is the timetable to send the products out to customers?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Burst into flame (P1)
  • Expected to climb (P2)
  • Ship out (P2)

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Image source: BauBax https://www.baubax.com/products/baubax-womens-bomber

Having Trouble Concentrating? Time to Repaint Your Room

[Science ]

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(P1) Is your kid having a hard time concentrating on her homework? It might be time to repaint her room, according to a new study out of Australia. Science Network WA reports researchers found that brightly colored rooms, specifically ones that are red or yellow, help students study better. “The vivid color conditions may increase arousal to optimal levels,” study author Aseel Al-Ayash says. Researchers put participants into six differently colored rooms, had them read a passage, then asked them questions about it.

(P2) The subjects in the bright red and yellow rooms got significantly more correct answers. This despite two-thirds of them thinking red would be a bad color for a study room. They believed pale rooms would be better for concentration because they were calmer. “However, the calmness and relaxation aspects may not help students to be alert and active,” Al-Ayash says. Instead, the brighter rooms “stimulated neural activity.” The study could have an impact on the way schools and universities paint their facilities. However, you may want to keep red out of the kitchen if you’re trying to lose weight: WebMD notes it may have a stimulating effect on appetite.

WORDS: 191

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/226956/having-trouble-concentrating-time-to-repaint-your-room.html

VOCABULARY: repaint, vivid, arousal, optimal, passage, despite, pale, aspects, neural, appetite

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. In your opinion, do you think color makes a difference in study habits? Why or why not?
  3. Which colors do you like in your bedroom? Why?
  4. In your point of view, do you think red will make you hungrier? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which colors could have a positive effect on study habits?
  2. How many rooms were used in the study?
  3. How many participants thought red was not a good choice for studying?
  4. Lightly colored rooms are better to study in. (T or F)
  5. Which color in the kitchen may increase your hungry?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Color conditions (P1)
  • Keep red out of the kitchen (P2)
  • Stimulating effect on appetite (P2)

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Image source: by “unknown” Credit: Google Images https://www.theodysseyonline.com/25-steps-homework

Overbooking flights is reaching unacceptable levels

[Travel News ]

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(P1) You’ve booked your flight online so you would expect that meant a confirmed seat on the plane. For most that would be true, yet thousands of holiday-makers find themselves bumped off an overbooked flight, especially at peak times such as Valentine’s or Easter.

(P2) That’s because on some flights as many as 150 tickets are sold for every 100 seats. An EU report has warned that this practice is reaching unacceptable levels and BA admitted it overbooked almost half a million seats a year.

(P3) Officially known as “denied boarding” this has become standard practice. It is not illegal and airlines say they do it because statistically, some passengers will not show up. These “no-shows” tend to be business or first-class passengers with flexible tickets.

(P4) easyJet say that five per cent of passengers don’t show up but that is no solace for those who have booked, paid for, and turned up for their much anticipated holiday

(P5) Some airlines will ask for volunteers, others may just inform you that you won’t be flying. Of course, the airline will compensate you anything as follows: £217/€200 for a short haul flight, £347/€400 for longer flights within the EU and £521/€600 for long haul flights. Unlike compensation for delayed or canceled flights, this compensation will be paid immediately.

WORDS: 213

SOURCE: http://www.thetravelmagazine.net/overbooking-flights-reaching-unacceptable-levels.html

VOCABULARY: meant, holiday-makers, overbooked, unacceptable, statistically, solace, compensate, unlike

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. In your opinion, do you think it should be illegal to overbook flights? Why or why not?
  3. If you were asked to volunteer to take a later flight for money, would you? Why or why not?
  4. Why do you think people don’t show up for their flights?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which 2 holidays see the most overbooked flights?
  2. It’s illegal to sell more tickets than the flight can hold. (T or F)
  3. What’s another name for people who don’t show up for their flights?
  4. Overbooking a flight is common practice. (T or F)
  5. How long will it take an airline to pay compensation if you are bumped from a flight involuntarily?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Bumped off (P1)
  • Standard practice (P3)
  • Turned up (P4)
  • Short haul flight (P5)
  • Long haul flight (P5)

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Image source: by “unknown http://www.thetravelmagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/jet.jpg

U.K. votes to leave European Union

[World News ]

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(P1) The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on Thursday. It is a political earthquake. Currency markets were affected. Britain’s pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU. They are thinking about breaking from the UK. A right-wing politician in Europe said: “It is Great Britain’s independence day. The European Union as a political union has failed.”

(P2) A politics professor summed up the scale of the exit. He said: “This is the biggest shock to European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” Britain’s leader David Cameron has resigned. He said the country needed “fresh leadership”. The millions of non-British EU citizens living in Britain and the Britons living in other EU countries are less certain about their future. Some politicians in Holland and France also want to leave the EU. They said: “Now it is our turn.”

WORDS: 154

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1606/160626-united-kingdom-4.html

VOCABULARY: referendum, affected, right-wing, summed up, resigned, certain

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. In your opinion is it good or bad that the U.K. is leaving the EU? Why or why not?
  3. Has the news affected your country’s currency? If yes, how?
  4. Do you think other countries will leave the EU? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. On which day did the people of the U.K decide to exit the European Union?
  2. Northern Ireland and Scotland voted not to remain in the EU. (T or F)
  3. What did a member of the conservative party say about the EU?
  4. The vote to leave the EU is compared to what major event in history?
  5. According to the article, other countries in Europe don’t want to leave the EU. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Political earthquake (P1)
  • Currency markets (P1)
  • Breaking from (P1)
  • Scale of the exit (P2)
  • Fresh leadership (P2)
  • Now it’s our turn (P2)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://fsmnews.com/Articles/European-Stocks-Mixed-on-Brexit-Hangover/article.aspx?Article=416