EU leaders agreed to triple the funding of naval search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean. However critics are displeased, believing it’s a face-saving measure, especially as some EU leaders still advocate blowing ‘illegals’ out of the water. The move comes after an overloaded migrant boat coming from Libya sank on Sunday, killing up to 900 people. Only 28 people are believed to have survived the disaster, making it the worst on record involving migrants fleeing Africa through Libya. The EU has been facing a growing wave of criticism for not doing enough to save the migrants fleeing to Europe. Full story >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows a lifeguard wearing a suit, and clearly meant to represent the EU (the sunshade makes that obvious) telling a boat that is sinking under its load of migrants to 'Go Back!' The people on the boat are waving for help, and some have already fallen into the water and are drowning.The lifeguard is sitting in one of those high chairs that lifeguards have so that they can see better, and using a megaphone to call to the boat. A lifebelt is attached to the side of the chair. The skies are stormy, adding to the danger.
The message is fairly clear — the EU is not doing enough to save the migrants fleeing to Europe from war-torn Libya and other Africa countries across the Mediterranean Sea.
This new Airbnb ad features a real Airbnb traveler, Ellie, voicing a letter to her hosts that starts off: "Dear Stranger, when I booked this trip my friends said I was crazy." She goes on to explain how the neighborhood was friendly, the home was perfect -- even the host's friends reminded her of her own friends -- and eventually became her own. (via Creativity Online)
This ad would make a great discussion starter. You could get students to talk about their travel experiences, and find out what they think about the Airbnb concept — renting accommodation in strangers' homes. As a follow-up, you could get them to write their own 'thank you' letter to someone they stayed with (real or imaginary).
I've always told my students that the word 'accommodation' was uncountable, but I've noticed that more and more people are using it in the plural (especially in America). This is from Airbnb's 'About Us' page: Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations [sic] around the world — online or from a mobile phone.
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Make your house the talk of the neighborhood after listening to this episode.
Slow dialog: 1:15
Fast dialog: 16:15
Mona: I want a lawn. I’ve always pictured our new house with a lawn.
Kellan: Lawns require a lot of water and upkeep. I think we should use hardscape for most of the yard and plant only drought-tolerant plants.
Mona: I don’t want my yard to be full of gravel and rocks. I picture a water feature in the middle, with annuals and perennials planted all around it, surrounded by a big, beautiful lawn.
Kellan: We can have some kind of slow-growing ground cover if you want to, but the rest isn’t practical.
Mona: I don’t know what you mean. We can plant a hedge over there and install planters along the walkway.
Kellan: Who will do the pruning and mulching? Who will pull the weeds and mow the lawn? Who will rake the leaves when the seasons change?
Mona: Well, I guess I will, with your help.
Kellan: Don’t count on me. My motto is: No muss, no fuss!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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