Week97

[Animals ★] Baby warthogs

[Weather ★] Waterspouts in Cuba

[Jobs ★★] Company pays its workers to sleep

[Environment ★★] Toyota closes elevators to save money

[Culture ★★] San Fermin Festival

[Animals ★★★] Italian town to use silent fireworks for stressed dogs

[Entertainment ★★★] Pokemon Go is the next big thing

[Travel News ★★★] ‘Good Stay’ website a good start for visitors to Korea

[Education ★★★★] Be humble, open, tycoon tells grads

[Culture ★★★★] Year in jail, SR500,000 fine for Net abusers

Year in jail, SR500,000 fine for Net abusers

[Culture ]

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(P1) JEDDAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has announced that anyone who harms others through the social media could be punished with imprisonment for a maximum of one year, and will be ordered to pay a fine of up to SR 500,000, according to a tweet by the NSHR on its official Twitter account.

(p2) Mufleh Al-Qahtani, president of NSHR, explained that as part of its duty to disseminate the culture of human rights throughout the community and to encourage people to abide by the law, the society publishes booklets and posts tweets to educate and familiarize Saudis with the consequences of their actions and the crimes that they might commit unknowingly.

(P3) Al-Qahtani said the emergence of modern media in the community, especially among young people, coincided with the emergence of various crimes committed using these means. “This entailed the enactment of the Anti-Cyber Crimes Law under a royal decree in 1428,” he explained.

(p4) The NSHR earlier published on its Twitter account the relevant prison punishment of not more than a year and the payment of a fine of SR 500,000 as possible punishments for any person who invades the private life of others by abusing their mobile phone camera, defaming others, or by harming them through technology.

WORDS: 208

SOURCE: http://www.arabnews.com/node/953326/saudi-arabia

VOCABULARY: imprisonment, disseminate, abide, emergence, coincided, entailed, enactment, defaming

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 agree or disagree with the new law? Why?
  3. Do you think the law will stop people from harming others on social media? Why or why not?
  4. In your opinion, is the punishment too lenient or too harsh? Why?
  5. If you are from another country, does your country have a similar law? If no, should they? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What’s the maximum penalty under the new law?
  2. Who’s the president of the organization in the article?
  3. Someone could hurt another person via social media without being aware of it. (T or F)
  4. What is the official name of the act that was passed?
  5. The NSHR put the invasion of privacy notice on their tweeter account. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • to pay a fine up to SR 500,000 (P1)
  • as part of its duty (P2)
  • they might commit unknowingly (P2)
  • especially among young people (p3)
  • not more than a year (P4)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.arabnews.com/sites/default/files/styles/ph3_660_400/public/14/07/2016//national-society-for-human-rights-nshr.jpg?itok=djZcP8K2

Be humble, open, tycoon tells grads

[Education ]

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(P1) Business tycoon Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest man, attended commencement ceremonies at Shantou University on Thursday, and the speech he delivered has gone viral on social media.

(P2) Sound bites from commencement speeches are usually a hot topic online during graduation season for Chinese universities every summer.

(P3) Li’s speech, in the title of “The Future is Right Ahead”, is the latest click magnet.

(P4) The 88-year-old told 2,161 graduates that to stand out in an era when technology empowers machines with the ability to make observations and think logically, humans need to keep on learning with a humble attitude, to be open to new ideas and to be compassionate.

(P5) “We have to be on high alert to the tendency of closing up” one’s eyes and ears to new, unfamiliar ideas, said the honorary president of Shantou University Council.

(P6) “False judgments made through inertia in thinking will hold us back,” he said. “Technology is the foundation for high economic growth, and talent and innovation are the engines. But a tolerant society is the important fuel.”

(P7) “It is an age of sharp transformations, but at the same time an age of force of character,” Li said. “Never forget that it is a blessing to be capable of helping someone.”

(P8) The Li Ka Shing Foundation has been sponsoring Shantou University since the school’s founding in 1981. Financial support from the foundation will add up to HK$8 billion ($1.03 billion) by 2018.

(P9) Li has been attending commencement at Shantou University and delivering a speech for 15 consecutive years, since 2002.

(P10) The foundation also invited Yao Ming, former NBA star, and creator of the Yao Foundation, to give a speech at commencement this year.

(P11) Using his NBA experience as vivid examples, Yao advised graduates on setting goals, facing failure and shouldering responsibility as a team player.

(P12) “Life has no rehearsals. No one can ensure you a happy ending, even if you go all-out. But we can choose the attitude to face failures,” Yao said.

(P13) Yao said that he missed 3,046 field goals and had 1,304 turnovers throughout his NBA career. “All the mistakes and successes made up my complete NBA career,” he said.

(P14) Zhong Hui, one of the graduates, described the commencement ceremonies this year as “stunning”. She called that Li’s and Yao’s speeches were “inspirational”.

WORDS: 380

SOURCE: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-07/01/content_25928210.htm

VOCABULARY: commencement, empowers, humble, inertia, shouldering

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 agree or disagree with what Li Ka-shing spoke about? Why?
  3. Why do people make false judgments?
  4. Is failure accepted in your culture? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the name of the college where Mr. Li Ka-shing spoke at?
  2. According to Li, what should people always remember?
  3. How many years in a row has Li been going to commencement at the university?
  4. Who else spoke at the ceremony?
  5. What’s the name of the student who gave a personal observation of the speeches?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • sound bites (P2)
  • a hot topic (p2)
  • click magnet (P3)
  • but a tolerant society is the important fuel (P6)
  • even if you go all out (P6)
  • made up my complete NBA career (P13)

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Image source: by ZHONG RUIJUN/CHINA DAILY

‘Good Stay’ website a good start for visitors to Korea

[Travel News ]

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(P1) Visitors to Korea looking for affordable accommodation can start their search at the Korea Tourism Organization’s (KTO) “Good Stay” website.

(P2) The venues are selected after satisfying certain criteria, including cleanliness, credit card acceptance, safety, facilities and foreign language service.

(P3) Users can search 1,126 accommodation options nationwide that are categorized by room types, such as traditional “hanok” Korean house, guesthouse, hotel, hostel, and homestay. Eleven languages, including English, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Arabic, are provided.

(P4) The service aims to promote accommodation venues that have low to middle-range prices. The KTO added 45 new venues in June after dropping 89 poorly performing ones from last year’s list.

WORDS: 107

SOURCE: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/07/316_209372.html

VOCABULARY: affordable, venues, criteria, nationwide, categorized, aims

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 were traveling to South Korea, would you use this website? Why or why not?
  3. Which types of rooms do you prefer? Why?
  4. Does your country have a website like Good Stay? If yes, what’s your opinion of it? If no, should there be one? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who’s the owner of Good Stay?
  2. Tell me 3 standards the venues need to fulfill before their place can be advertised on Good Stay?
  3. The accommodations are only located in certain regions in South Korea. (T or F)
  4. How many different languages are available?
  5. Some of the venues are on the higher end of the price range. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • after satisfying certain criteria (P2)
  • 1126 accommodations options nationwide (P3)
  • promote accommodation venues (P4)
  • that have low to middle-range prices (P4)

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Image source: Korea Times file

Pokemon Go is the next big thing

[Entertainment ]

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(P1) Nintendo has released an app that everyone is talking about. It is an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go. Players walk around the real world to get imaginary creatures called Pokemon (pocket monsters). The app will soon overtake Twitter in the number of daily active users. Analysts say that in 48 hours, Go was on 5.6 per cent of all Android devices in the USA. Users are spending twice as much time on Go than on apps like Snapchat.

(P2) Pokemon Go is number one in app stores. It is also having a huge impact. Hackers have infected millions of smartphones through illegal copies of the app. Other criminals are tricking players to go somewhere to get a Pokemon character and then rob them. The app tracks your location via GPS. PCmag.com advised: “Don’t go walking around neighborhoods late at night for your Pokemon fix.” It suggested collecting Pokemon in crowded places to be safe.

WORDS: 153

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1607/160712-pokemon-go-4.html

VOCABULARY: augmented, creatures, overtake, impact, infected, tricking

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 Pokemon Go is so popular?
  3. Do you have the app and play it on your smartphone?  Why or why not?
  4. Do you use Twitter or Snapchat?  Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What does Pokemon really mean?
  2. Which app is currently in first place for active users on a daily basis?
  3. Who is spreading unlawful copies of Pokemon Go?
  4. The app cannot track your whereabouts. (T or F)
  5. Where does one source recommend to play Pokemon Go?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • everyone is talking about (P1)
  • daily active users (P1)
  • is number one in app stores (p2)
  • illegal copies of the app (P2)
  • rob them (P2)
  • walking around (P2)

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Image source: Credit Nintendo https://www.theodysseyonline.com/pokemon-go-the-start-of-something-special

Italian town to use silent fireworks for stressed dogs

[Animals ]

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(P1) An Italian town has passed a law requiring fireworks to be silent. It is to ensure the wellbeing of pets. The town felt the welfare of pets was more important than the sound of fireworks. Dogs have sensitive hearing and fireworks cause them to develop something called ‘acoustic stress’. Smoke from fireworks can also cause health problems for animals. Vets often report cases of nausea, tremors, and anxiety in animals after a fireworks show.

(P2) Awareness of the problems caused by fireworks is growing. Germany banned fireworks near refugee shelters to reduce the trauma among refugees. Fireworks cause similar problems for war veterans. The explosions can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder. Not everyone agrees with the idea of silent fireworks. One Italian said: “You need the…thunder. It’s an essential part of the fun.” He said pet owners should keep all windows closed.

WORDS: 140

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1607/160708-fireworks-4.html

VOCABULARY: wellbeing, welfare, acoustic, vets, tremors, trigger, post-traumatic stress disorder, thunder

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 agree with the new law about fireworks need to be silent? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think you would like silent fireworks? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think dogs will still hear the fireworks if the all the windows are closed? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where’s the town located?
  2. Which 3 health problems do veterinarians say can happen to dogs after a load fireworks show?
  3. Which other country stopped fireworks and why?
  4. Which condition in humans can be set off my loud sounds?
  5. Everyone agrees with this new law. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • passed a law (P1)
  • sensitive hearing (P1)
  • war veterans (p2)
  • an essential part of the fun (P2)

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Image source: by “unknown” https://etologiacanina.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/dog-fireworks.png?w=1000

San Fermin Festival

[Culture ★]

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(P1) The Spanish San Fermin Festival attracts 1 million visitors a year. It includes daily bull runs in the morning and bullfights in the evening.

(P2) The festival divides people into those who enjoy it and those who think that it’s just animal cruelty. Animal rights activists covered themselves in fake blood in protest. They wore nothing but black underwear, bullhorns, and carrying red buckets reading, “Pamplona: Bloodbath for Bulls.”

(P3) An animal rights organizations organized the protest. The organization wants to bring an end to the use of bulls in Spain’s fiestas. They say that people kill or mistreat around 50 bulls every year.

WORDS: 102

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/san-fermin-festival-level-2/

VOCABULARY: attracts, divides, cruelty, activists, fake, buckets, mistreat

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. Are you for or against this festival? Why?
  3. Would you run with the bulls? Why or why not?
  4. Are there festivals in your country or city? If yes, tell me about one.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many people go to the event each year?
  2. The bullfighting starts in the morning. (T or F)
  3. What do the people against the bull runs put on their bodies?
  4. Which group planned the protest?
  5. How many bulls are treated badly or die every year?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • bull runs (P1)
  • bullfights (P1)
  • covered themselves (p2)
  • bullhorns (P2)
  • bring an end (P3)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://www.viajesbbb.es/DownFileForm.asp?file=13F7DF52600429CBE2CC7A4C2DEB0B6808669BA7F4DD8FAB02B1ECA443833FFF&cd=1