Week96

[Science ★] Gold in cow pee

[Sports ★] Big Wave Tour in Mexico

[Travel News ★★] Boeing on fire

[Living ★★] 19 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life

[Technology ★★★] Here’s how you can tell if someone has blocked you on Snapchat

[Medical ★★★] Card games can help recovery from strokes

[Food ★★★] Spanish entrepreneurs growing the hottest chilis in the world

[Lifestyle ★★★] This Is Officially the Most Expensive City to Live in for Expats

[Sports ★★★★] Judge Bans 10-Year-Old Girl From Playing Golf

[Education ★★★★] Russia and China to establish joint university

Russia and China to establish joint university

[Education ★★★]

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(P1) China will open the first Russian-Chinese university jointly with Moscow State University (MSU) in Shenzhen in 2016. All the costs of construction, equipment and management fee of the university will be covered by China.

(P2) MSU Rector Viktor Sadovnichii said that courses in the new university will be conducted in three languages: Russian, Chinese and English, and graduates will receive two diplomas.

(P3) “The contribution of MSU is intellectual property, educational programs, and the brand”, said Sadovnichii.

(P4) According to the Vice Rector of MSU Sergei Shakhrai, the Shenzhen campus covers 30 hectares of land and construction is already underway. On September 1, 2016, students of the Russian-Chinese university will be able to study in their new buildings.

(P5) Students from Russia and China will study in the new university. They will be able to practice in the largest corporations in both countries. The major courses of the Russian-Chinese university will be Russian language and literature, culture and arts, information technology and applied mathematics, economics, international trade, law, finance. Later the list will include chemistry, physics, health, space exploration, engineering, transport systems, and logistics.

(P6) It is expected that such an ambitious project will promote and popularize Russian language and culture, as well as cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. One of the purposes of setting up the new university is training staff to participate in Russian-Chinese joint projects and support the Far East, where skilled specialists with modern technology and knowledge of foreign languages are needed. Another object of the Russian-Chinese university is to strengthen the position of Moscow State University in international rankings.

WORDS: 256

SOURCE: http://thechinatimes.com/online/2014/07/6974.html

VOCABULARY: intellectual property, hectares, underway, applied mathematics, popularize, humanitarian

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. If you had the opportunity, would you study at this university? Why or why not?
  3. In your opinion, do you think the university will be successful? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to learn Russian or Chinese? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. When and where will the joint university open?
  2. Classes will be given in Chinese, Russian, and German. (T or F)
  3. Initially, which programs will be offered?
  4. Logistics will not be an option at the university. (T or F)
  5. How will the joint university help Moscow State University?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Covered by China (P1)
  • The brand (P3)
  • Strengthen the position (P6)

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Judge Bans 10-Year-Old Girl From Playing Golf

[Sports ★★★]

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(P1) Deadspin has a bizarre story about a Virginia judge banning a 10-year-old golf prodigy from playing golf. The unnamed girl has won 11 of the past 12 youth tournaments she’s played in and even took first place in an all-ages women’s competition. “She’s really good,” says Kris Tschetter, a former pro who’s given lessons to the girl. “Like, really, really good.” But the girl has also been the subject of a seven-year custody battle between her parents. At the most recent hearing this month, which the girl’s father, Michael Vechery, participated in without a lawyer, Judge Jeanette Irby ruled the girl can’t play in any tournaments or get lessons from pros for one year. She’s also prohibited from playing more than one round of golf per week with her father.

(P2) Irby’s ruling doesn’t make it clear why the girl, who’s said she may want to play professionally one day, was banned from golf, and Irby declined to comment for the Deadspin article. However, he’s not the first judge to address the girl’s golf playing. “Maybe she will be the next female version of Tiger Woods,” another judge said in a hearing last November. “I don’t know, don’t really care.” Tschetter, who says the girl is already good enough to play college golf, calls the ruling “negligent“: “Did anybody ask the child if she wants to play?” The father of the world’s top-ranked 11-year-old golfer says Irby is essentially taking away the girl’s shot at a college scholarship and calls the ruling “unreal.” Vechery says he plans to appeal the ruling, and the PGA is helping him find a lawyer. But it could take 10 months to get another hearing, so the ban is likely a reality for his daughter.

WORDS: 290

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/227444/judge-bans-10-year-old-girl-from-playing-golf.html

VOCABULARY: bizarre, prodigy, custody, hearing, tournaments, pros, to address, version, negligent, essentially

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 the girl should be banned from playing golf? Why or why not?
  3. Should a child custody case last 7 years? Why or why not?
  4. Should the judge take into account how the 11-year-old girl feels about playing golf? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where does the judge who ruled on the case work?
  2. What’s the name of the girl?
  3. the banned girl is allowed to take lessons from golf professionals. (T or F)
  4. The judge’s decision in the case is obvious why the girl can’t play golf. (T or F)
  5. What’s the estimated time for another ruling in the appeal?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Seven-year custody battle (P1)
  • One round of golf (P1)
  • World’s top-ranked 11-year-old golfer (P2)
  • Taking away (P2)
  • Shot at a college scholarship (P2)
  • Appeal the ruling (p2)

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This Is Officially the Most Expensive City to Live in for Expats

[Lifestyle ★★★]

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(P1) Consulting firm Mercer recently released their annual cost of living survey, which also included information on the most and least expensive places for expats to live. Coming in at the most expensive city for expats was Hong Kong, where a cup of coffee will set you back almost $8. The reason? The survey cites that the dollar has remained relatively stable in the area, while other currencies have fluctuated against the dollar. Combined with the inflated cost of living, you’re going to have to shell out some dough to live among one of the greatest food scenes (and skylines) in the world.

(P2) An interesting takeaway: not one U.S. city made it onto the Top 10 list for expats. The list continues with Angola’s capital city of Luana and Zurich coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 (respectively). The survey included more than 375 countries and the ranking was determined by the cost of a “weighted basket of goods” (the price tag of eating out, personal care items, eating at home, accommodation—basically everything you would find on a monthly budget). Hong Kong also made it into the top five list of overall most expensive cities to live in around the world.

WORDS: 202

SOURCE: http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/budgeting-currency/hong-kong-expats

VOCABULARY: expats, relatively, fluctuated, shell out, dough, takeaway, respectively

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 like to live in Hong Kong? Why or why not?
  3. Would you pay almost $8 USD for a cup of coffee? Why or why not?
  4. Is the cost of living in your country low, in the middle, or high? Give some examples of some living costs like rent, electric, mobile phone plan, etc.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The study only listed the most expensive cities to live in. (T or F)
  2. According to the article, the US currency is stronger. (T or F)
  3. What are 2 things that Hong Kong has that makes it a great place to live or visit?
  4. The article states the USA made the list. (T or F)
  5. The price tag for locals to live in Hong Kong is inexpensive compared to expats. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Cost of living (P1)
  • Set you back (P1)
  • Food scenes (P1)
  • Weighted basket of goods (P2)

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Spanish entrepreneurs growing the hottest chilis in the world

[Food ★★★]

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(P1) Spanish entrepreneurs are feeling the heat as they grow the world’s fiercest chilis in the Guadalhorce valley.

(P2) Pedro Gallardo and his partners are taking advantage of the booming chili peppers market and have grown 39 different varieties on land in Cartama.

(P3) Their Mucho Macho has honed in on 20 varieties, which are being cultivated for the first time this year. They plan to produce 40 tonnes in 2016.

(P4) “Hot chilis are in fashion and sales are booming; especially in the US, UK, China, and Italy, which are the world’s biggest consumers,” said Pedro, “We are planning to sell the chilis fresh, dried and ground. We are also going to make spicy olive oils to be sold in Spain and abroad.”

(P5) Their hottest variety is the Carolina Reaper, which contains more than 2,200,000 Scoville units – the measure of how hot a chili is. For an idea of scale, a Padron pepper measures 2,500 units.

WORDS: 153

SOURCE: http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2016/06/01/spanish-entrepreneurs-growing-the-hottest-chillis-in-the-world/

VOCABULARY: entrepreneurs, fiercest, booming, honed in, cultivated, tonnes, ground

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 like spicy food? Why or why not?
  3. Why do you think people eat really hot and spicy chilis? Why or why not?
  4. If someone gave you $1000 USD, would you eat a Padron pepper? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where are the most intense chilis grown in Spain?
  2. Pedro Gallardo is the sole owner of the business. (T or F)
  3. How many metric tons of the Mucho Macho type chili are in the forecast?
  4. Which 3 forms will the chilis be sold in?
  5. What else will the business sell?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Feeling the heat (P1)
  • Hot chilis are in fashion (P4)
  • Sales are booming (P4)
  • Scoville units or scale (P5)

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Card games can help recovery from strokes

[Medical ★★★]

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(p1) A new report says playing card games can help stroke patients recover just as much as virtual reality games. Researchers conducted tests on 141 patients to determine whether gaming or traditional games was better at treating strokes. They found that playing cards, games like dominoes, and even throwing paper balls into a basket improved patients’ motor skills. Playing bingo or using a Wii games console also aided recovery. The researchers reported that if the task used to recover motor skills is intensive, repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.

(P2) A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. It can lead to death. Stroke sufferers usually experience physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength in the limbs. The researchers said it wasn’t clear if virtual reality games or traditional games helped sufferers more. A researcher said: “We…have the tendency to think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that’s not the case. In this study, we found that simple recreational activities may be as effective as technology.”

WORDS: 185

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1606/160630-card-games-5.html

VOCABULARY: stroke, basket, motor skills, repetitive, sufferers, drooping, slurred, limbs, tendency

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 like to play card games? Why or why not?
  3. Should more research be conducted to find a cure for stroke patients? Why or why not?
  4. Can you think of other games or exercises that use human motor skills?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many stroke sufferers were tested in the study?
  2. Dominos didn’t help patients improve. (T or F)
  3. Which body parts need to be in motion to help strike victims?
  4. How does a stroke occur?
  5. The people performing the study said technology is proven to be better than traditional games to treat stroke patients. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Just as much as (P1)
  • Aided recovery (P1)
  • Cut off (P2)
  • Old-fashioned (P2)

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Here’s how you can tell if someone has blocked you on Snapchat

[Technology ★★★]

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(P1) Snapchat is widely popular with the younger generation for sharing visual content. While the app allows users to share videos and pictures with friends, one feature that makes it different from other apps is that the messages disappear from the recipient’s phone after a few seconds.

(P2) However, no app is perfect and even Snapchat has some flaws. The biggest flaw with Snapchat is that the application doesn’t make it obvious if someone has blocked or deleted you.

(P3) Fortunately, using some neat tricks you can know for sure if someone is no longer following you or has blocked you.

(P4) To see if someone is following you back or not, tap and hold on their name to see their Snapcode. It’s the yellow ghost icon as seen in the photo above.

(P5) In order to find someone, just search for their name in the chat section of Snapchat or simply look for them in your list of friends.

(P6) If you mutually follow each other, you will be able to see your friends Snapscore. A person’s Snapscore is the total sum of all snaps (photos and videos) they’ve sent and received in the app.

(P7) However, if the person’s Snapscore is not visible, it means they are not following you.

(P8) If someone doesn’t follow you back, it could mean they’ve either unfollowed you, blocked you or that they never followed you, to begin with.

WORDS: 228

SOURCE: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1135962/heres-can-tell-someone-blocked-snapchat/

VOCABULARY: generation, disappear, flaws, fortunately, tap, mutually

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 Snapchat is so popular with the younger generation?
  3. What other social apps do you use? Why?
  4. Which educational and learning apps do you use? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What makes Snapchat unlike other social apps?
  2. Snap chat is flawless. (T or F)
  3. How will the icon appear if a person is not following you?
  4. If both people are following each other, what can you see?
  5. What is a Snapscore?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Visual content (P1)
  • Blocked you (P3)
  • Ghost icon (P4)
  • Total sum (P6)
  • To begin with (P8)

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