Friday, July 31, 2009

World population aging at record rate

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Breaking News English.com: World population aging at record rate

The world is getting older and older. Not the planet, but the people who live on it.

ESL Discussions.com: Age

  • What is the best age to be and why?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breathing Easier: Ways to Control Asthma

This very large statute of Kwan Yin
is in the front yard of a house near Teacher Judy's home
on Florence Dr, near Capitol & Alum Rock.

VOANews: Breathing Easier: Ways to Control Asthma
Asthma affects about 300 million people around the world. And rates of the disease are increasing

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Two Billion People May Be Sickened by Swine Flu



VOAVideo: Two Billion People May Be Sickened by Swine Flu

The World Health Organization predicts the H1N1 Swine Flu virus will infect two billion people, or one out of every three persons, over the next two years. While this flu has already killed 800, the WHO says thousands more could die unless an effective vaccine is developed soon. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

SEAN BANVILLE'S NEW SITE: News Lessons in SIMPLE English

A Japanese Tea Ceremony room in the SF Asian Art Museum

Sean Banville writes free ESL lessons for several sites

Sean has a new site NEW ENGLISH LESSONS--Handouts, Listening & Quizzes in Simple English. Here is an example:

Tokyo the costliest city in the world

Thanks to Sean Banville for all his great work!

Monday, July 27, 2009

'Elephant Odyssey' Links Modern Animals to Ancient Cousins

VOAVideo: 'Elephant Odyssey' Links Modern Animals to Ancient Cousins

The San Diego Zoo is one of world's biggest and best-known zoos, famous for helping save endangered species. The African and Asian elephants are among those endangered animals declining in number. Now, visitors to the San Diego zoo can enter a world of elephants whose distant ancestors once lived in North America. Mike O'Sullivan paid a visit to the zoo's new Elephant Odyssey, an exhibit that shows the link between ancient and modern wildlife.

ESL Discussions.com: Zoos

  • What are the good things and bad things about zoos?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 25-26

:sniff, sniff: "What's that smell?" GARLIC!!!

Garlic Festival: Of all the wacky food festivals taking place in small towns all across the US, this one will leave you the stinkiest! Welcome to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA -- a loving tribute to the Stinking Rose...

Here is another good video about the Garlic Festival

Friday, July 24, 2009

Better Lifestyle Behaviors Cut Risk of Hypertension

Better Lifestyle Behaviors Cut Risk of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

The World Health Organization says high blood pressure is a global problem. According to the WHO, hypertension affects 20 percent of the world's population [1.3 billion of 6.7 billion]. It is associated with a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, but with some lifestyle changes, a new study says it can be controlled or even reduced. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

King Tut and the Buddha




King Tut and the Buddha

Candace Hardy (the SAT Writing teacher) and I (the SAT Critical Reading teacher) took a busman's holiday and went to the SF Asian Art and de Young museums.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Taiwan Hopes Close Economic Ties Will Boost Growth



VOAVideo: Taiwan Hopes Close Economic Ties Will Boost Growth

The thawing of relations between Taiwan and China over the past year brought unprecedented economic exchanges between the long-time rivals. But as Heda Bayron reports from Taipei, critics say the government is moving too fast.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Biomarkers Show Little Help in Predicting Heart Disease

VOANews: Biomarkers Show Little Help in Predicting Heart Disease
A study suggests that researchers will have to find a better way to identify who is more likely to develop heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the world's leading cause of death. It includes heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. Over the years, researchers have identified several substances in the blood that can serve as what they call cardiac biomarkers. These are used to measure the presence and development of cardiovascular disease.

ESL Discussions: Heart

  • Do you have a lifestyle that looks after your heart?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Moon Landing Remembered On 40th Anniversary


VOAVideo: Moon Landing Remembered On 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, a man set foot on the moon. The feat captivated an audience of one billion people around the globe and heralded the era of modern space exploration. Apollo 11 was viewed by many as a triumph of American technology in a world dominated by the Cold War. VOA's Jessica Berman reports.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dollar under threat as the global currency


Breaking News English: Dollar under threat as the global currency
The dollar is not only under attack from India’s economists. China and Russia are also calling for a new international foreign-exchange reserves system...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to Do It: Making Paper by Hand


VOANews: How to Do It: Making Paper by Hand

The earliest process of making paper was done almost five thousand years ago in Egypt and the Nile Valley. In those days, paper was made from strips of the papyrus plant. Modern paper-making began in China about two thousand years ago. This process produced paper from cloth, straw, wood or the bark of trees. The raw materials are struck over and over until they become loose. Then they are mixed with water. After the water has been removed, the flat, thin form remaining is permitted to dry. This becomes a sheet of paper.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Does US Need a Second Stimulus Plan?


VOANews: Does US Need a Second Stimulus Plan?
A White House official says the administration is not discussing the idea 'at this point.' A report showed that 90 percent of aid money spent so far has gone to health and education programs.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Standing room on airplanes a possibility




The latest cost-cutting idea from budget airlines is for passengers to stand. Michael Ryan, the CEO of Ryanair, is seriously considering this option...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Taiwan Scientists Say Typhoons Stem Big Earthquakes


VOANews: Taiwan Scientists Say Typhoons Stem Big Earthquakes
Scientists say that typhoons that hit Taiwan unleash slow earthquakes, a phenomenon that may save the island from devastating temblors. Heda Bayron reports from Taipei.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Drug Holds Promise In Some Cancers



VOAVideo: New Drug Holds Promise In Some Cancers

Results of a limited clinical trial of a new cancer drug may be encouraging for patients with some difficult types of cancer. The drug is called olaparib, and researchers say it disrupts the growth of cancer cells caused by an unusual genetic mutation. VOA's Melinda Smith has details.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

San Jose Obon Festival

The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s Obon Festival will be held on Saturday, July 11 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from noon to 8 p.m. on Fifth Street near Jackson in San Jose’s Japantown.

For more info, call (408) 293-9292.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Prescription Drug Abuse Called an Epidemic

VOAVideo: Prescription Drug Abuse Called an Epidemic

Prescription drugs are suspected as a cause in Michael Jackson's death. If the autopsy's toxicology report confirms that suspicion, Jackson would be just one of many who fall victim to prescription drug abuse. Because medications are regulated differently from country to country, there are few global statistics on addiction to prescription drugs. In the United States, teenagers and young adults are reported to be most susceptible. VOA's Elizabeth Lee explores the problem and looks at what can be done to fight it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yard Work: When People Choose Sod Over Seed



VOA Special English Agriculture Report: A piece of sod has grass on the top and soil on the bottom. It can provide thick green grass without the work or wait required to grow a lawn from seed.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Newark Buffet

Five Stars for Newark Buffet!

Newark Buffet--great food and impeccable service!
35201 Newark Blvd,Newark,CA 94560
Tel: 510-818-1136

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Could Typhoons Help to Prevent Severe Quakes?

The Echidna is from Australia

VOANews: Could Typhoons Help to Prevent Severe Quakes?

SCIENCE IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. We will talk about the winner of the 2009 World Food Prize. We will also tell about a study of one of the world's most unusual-looking animals, the echidna.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Experts Urge Limits on Widely Used Pain Drug

Experts Urge Limits on Widely Used Pain Drug
A committee advises U.S. officials that current recommended doses of acetaminophen are too high. Liver damage is a risk, especially when used with more powerful medicines or alcohol. Transcript of radio broadcast: 07 July 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Words and Their Stories: Fireworks


VOANews Words and Their Stories: Fireworks

WORDS AND THEIR STORIES Today we talk about the word fireworks. The expression fireworks gets its meaning from the fireworks that people shoot into the sky when they are celebrating a great event. Rockets explode to fill the dark, night sky with bright reds and blues, with yellows and greens and whites...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day in Milpitas


If you want to go to the fireworks show, meet Teacher Jennifer under the OCEAN MARKET sign (corner of Calaveras & Park Victoria) at 8pm. Because it will be chilly, wear a light jacket and bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.
4th of July Events
Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.


Milpitas celebrates our country’s Independence Day with a day of water fun at the Milpitas Sports Center Pools and an evening of music & ground fireworks on the Sports Center’s Football field.

Pool Party - 1:00-5:00 pm Milpitas Sports Center Pool
Music, games, fun and much more! BBQ lunch available for purchase from the Milpitas Firefighters Local 1699 (proceeds benefit the R.A.P. program) Please Note: Space may be limited at times due to pool capacity.

Concert & Fireworks - 8:00 pm-10:00 pm (Gates Open at 7:30 pm)
Milpitas Sports Center Football Field Come enjoy an evening of music by JamFunkShus and exciting fireworks. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the celebration! Fireworks will be at approximately 9:30 pm.

Please Note: No alcohol, glass containers or dogs/animals are allowed at these events. No BBQing/Tailgating in the parking lot. Personal fireworks are not allowed at this event. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Milpitas.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July Fireworks

EL Civics: Fourth of July Fireworks by tinkerbellchime
Fireworks: NYC, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Portland, Honolulu, Miami, Washington, D.C. and more.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Common Pain Relief Drug Linked To Liver Damage

VOAVideo: Common Pain Relief Drug Linked To Liver Damage

An over-the-counter painkiller widely used around the globe is not as safe as many people think. An expert panel told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that acetaminophen is responsible for acute liver damage if taken in too high a dose. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.