Dealing with the news Taken and adapted fromhttp://tefltecher.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/in-the-news/
Which are your favourite websites to get informed inArgentina? Have you ever visited the BBC’s website? You are going to watch the BBC news bulletin calledOne-minute World News. Ready? Let’s go tohttp://news.bbc.co.uk and click the video icon. Takenotes on the three or four segments.
Let’s discuss these questions:Do you normally try and watch the news on TV every day?On which TV channel do you watch the news? Why? Are thereany differences between the news on different channels?Are there enough news and current affairs programmes on TV compared with other types ofprogramme?Is it important to know what is happening in the news? Do you regard yourself as a well-informed person?Is there a TV or radio journalist that you particularly like?What type of news is generally considered newsworthy by news channels?What type of things do you think most people are interested in? What type of news storiesare you interested in? What are you not interested in?How important are the visual images which accompany TV news stories?Do you have a favourite newsreader? Why do you like him or her?To what extent do you think the media in your country is impartial or biased? Are public TVchannels less biased than private channels?Do you prefer to watch the news on TV or consult news websites on the internet? How often do you talk about the news with friends and family?Do you like watching documentaries about current affairs on TV?
Choose two newspaper articles: one about containing world news,and the other about Argentina. Using www.scoop.it, make a summaryand or give your opinion.Let’s record your news bulletin in one minute using:http://vocaroo.com/ http://www.bubblejoy.com/
These are some of the newspaper articles youfinally worked on.
www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com - February 13, 9:16 AMHe Raped Her, She Forgave Him, They Got Married, He Murdered Her - Hispanically Speaking NewsAn Argentine 18-year old was stabbed to death in front of her child by the man who had rapedher, before she forgave him and accepted him as husband.An 18 year-old Argentine girl was stabbed to death in front of her child by the man who hadraped her, she the forgave him and also accepted to marry him.The victim reported that the man had sexually abused her; he was arrested and imprisoned for8 months, until the same young girl forgave him and she dropped charges.The pair married this past October 28th, while he was still in prison.Last Saturday, the man stabbed his wife to death, in front of their three year-old, as well as hisown mother. The police found him in his own home, holding the three year-old with bloodyhands.He was arrested and refused to say anything to investigators. Later he tried to hang himself inhis cell using his own pants. Summary made by an low intermediate student
February 15, 7:11 PMwww.guardian.co.uk -Chinas collapse will bring economic crisis to climax in 2012 Leading City of London analyst says next 12 months will be one of pain and disappointment if Chinese economycrashes...A City of Londons leading analysts has warned that the financial and economic crisis will come to its climax in 2012..Albert Edwards, said the next 12 months would be the "final year of pain and disappointment".Predicting a sharp slowdown in activity in the worlds fastest-growing emerging economy,Although China emerged rapidly from the downturn of 2008-09, Edwards said the recovery had been the result of amassive reflationary (reactivador) package by the Chinese government. Edwards said exports were set to slow and a tradedeficit was looming.He added that despite the recent run of more upbeat economic news from the United States, the risk of another recessionin the worlds biggest economy was "very high".China has grown by around 10% a year on average over the past two decades, but the threat of recession in the west,with signs of over-heating in the Chinese property market, have lead analysts to predict severe problems ahead.Edwards said Chinas recent economic measures included an uncritically assumed growth story, easy money and creditexpansion, investment booms and the misallocation of capital, and conspicuous consumption.The World Economic Forum points out that rising youth unemployment, pressure on pensions and a growing gulf betweenrich and poor were putting at risk the gains from globalisation.The WEF expressed concern at the possibility of economic and social upheaval caused by the inability of the young to findwork and the dependency of elderly people on states deeply in debt.(HAVE TO FINISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Summary made by an intermediate student – first attempt
www.usatoday.com - January 3, 12:44 PMFacebook Timeline: 9 things you need to knowAnswering your questions about the new Facebook design before you even have them.With the introduction of the timeline, Facebook users can now easily scroll back to previous years and seewhat they were saying and what they were doing.Some will be a bit terrified to see posts from the early days of Facebook, when college students shared waytoo much.Our privacy settings on old posts will remain. A post shared four years ago that was set to be viewable to justfriends will continue to be viewable to just friends. The concern here is thta your "friends" might be your "co-workers" now.Facebook has built a very helpful new page called the Activity Log, which can be accessed from a profile page,that shows every single piece of content Facebook has from a user. Each item can be deleted or tweaked fromthis page.For your eyes only. If there is a post in your Timeline that you dont want to zap completely from Facebook,but dont want anyone to see, you can change the posts visibility to "Only Me."Theres no sense in holding out. Facebook Timeline will eventually go live for everyone on Facebook, whetheror not the user has taken the time to prune and optimize the Timeline view. Its best to be proactive andmake sure what people will see is what should be seen.My comment: I think that privacy is important while sharing is a "must" nowadays, promoted by mostworking networks. I guess some will feel betrayed, as its like a contract we have no choice to sign or turndown. Anyway, Im sure we will all be more careful with what we publish. But I wonder, maybe because Imnot tech expert, why Mark decided to introduce this timeline. What pushed him to do it? Any possibleanswers, please share ... but be careful! Summary and comment made by an Upper Intermediate Student
www.guardian.co.uk - December 27, 2011 7:49 PMEnvironment world review of the year: 2011 rewrote the record books The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, naturaldisasters and extreme weather – and the worlds second worst nuclear disaster...Brazil showing deforestation in the Amazon region had fallen to the lowest level for 23 years. Extremes of heatand cold in the US, droughts heatwaves in Europe and Africa and record numbers of weather-related naturaldisasters. The world continued to warm throughout 2011. The Arctic sea ice hit a record low. 2011 wasdescribed as the "year of the tornado". The worst drought led to the death of thousands of people and millionsof animals in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Major earthquakes hit Argentina, Chile, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan,Tonga, Burma, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Sulawesi, Fiji and New Zealand. But by far the most damagingquake was the one that led to Japans deadly tsunami on 11 March. It killed 15,500 people, caused themeltdowns of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.I feel a huge sad feeling when I read about these records. Its hard to fight against Mother Nature. On theother side, I believe that Governments and Educators together should expand their programmes to raiseawareness on the protection of the environment. There are many things we can do as individuals, participate inevents organized by Greenpeace, or as active citizen in everyday life. Summary and Opinion by an Upper Intermediate student
www.guardian.co.uk - December 27, 2011 7:10 PMWhos your person of 2011?Open thread: Protester, politician, celebrity or scientist? Who represents the spirit of 2011 inyour eyes?As an independent thinker and a woman, I believe that the Nobel Peace Prize given to EllenJohnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman "for their non-violent struggle for thesafety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work" clearlyrepresents the spirit of 2011. We might agree or disagree with Government policies butwomen are taking very important leading roles, like the Presidents of Argentina and Brazil,and the Chancellor of Germany. Organizations like Vital Voices, whose main voice is HilaryClinton, works towards the empowerment of women. Because I believe in the empowermentof Women, I think these three WOMEN represent the spirit of 2011. Opinion by an advanced student
www.guardian.co.uk - January 3, 7:05 PMChinas city dwellers to breathe unhealthy air for another 20-30 years’Summary: In China, millions of citizens will continue breathing polluted air for at least 20 years more. Thiscomes out when many Chinese metropolises will begin publicly releasing data on tiny particulates known asPM2.5 that abounds and is the major contaminant in China’s air, carrying on also the most damaging impacton human health.Although the promise of a more transparency has been welcomed as an important step, environment officialssay that it’s going to be needed more time to have blue skies in China.Cities have been monitoring the pollution data for many years. In 2006, US embassy noted that China wasfailing to release data on the PM2.5 and Ozone because the levels were unsafe and politically sensitive. Thisinformation was released by Wikileaks when they revealed the US diplomatic cables.Us embassy in Beijing is releasing via Twitter, real-time data on PM2.5 at that Chinese city. It has revealedthat pollution is often hazardous, contrary to what the municipality’s claims of “blue sky days” a term which isused for days when the air meets government’s ax standard.For this year, the government has promised to changed the index this year in 5 cities and this system will beimplemented nationwide by the year 2016. Summary made by an advanced student
www.guardian.co.uk - December 27, 2011 6:59 PMGerman manufacturing firms predict good year aheadGermany manufacturing companies announced that they expect growth for the next year. Car companieshad to ask their employees to cut short their holidays to fulfill the number of orders. While in Germany theybreath air of economical growth, Britain is leading with a black new year where the unemployment andredundancy are in first lines Summary made by an advanced student
www.guardian.co.uk - December 27, 2011 7:45 PMiPad dominated third quarter tablet sales, but Kindle Fire and Nook risingAs the tablet innovator, Apple Inc., continue selling millions of iPad which is the most favorite tablet nowadays.As an Apple consumer I can say that I’m buying quality as well as durable products. For many years Apple hasbeen a tech-reference and anyone who had the opportunity to try any Apple’s product can confirm that. In myopinion Apple is still going to dominate the tablet market as they introduce new features to the following iPadversions. It’s rumored that next year we’re going to have iPad 3 in the Apple Store, which is going to take Appleone step forward. Summary made by an advanced student
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