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2018

SOUTH AFRICA 2018

I took this photo during my trip to South Africa this year 2018. Over one hundred elephants. Amazing site.

サウサンプトンFC

プレミアリーグ・サウサンプトン

出身地、サウサンプトンチームを応援しています。

現在、吉田麻也選手がサウサンプトンチームで活躍しています。

2018年

11月

15日

Posting selfies on social media can be bad

My high level students and I studied and discussed in English in my high level lessons that using social media too much and posting many selfies have caused a rise in narcissism, according to a new study. Narcissism is when someone becomes very selfish and believes they are very talented and beautiful. They need attention from other people and think they are better than everyone else.

2018年

11月

09日

Lie detector tests at airports are coming

My high level students and I studied how airports will soon add a new layer to their security procedures. Several airports in Europe will start giving lie detector tests to passengers. Special lie detector machines will use artificial intelligence to test travellers. The lie detector machines are backed by a European Union project called i-BorderControl.

2018年

11月

02日

Sixty per cent of wildlife gone since 1970

My high level students and I studied how the earth is losing wildlife at a faster rate than at any time in history. This is according to the new "Living Planet Report" from the World Wildlife Fund. The report says the global wildlife population shrank by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014.

2018年

10月

25日

Longest sea bridge links Hong Kong to China

My students and I in my high level lessons studied how the world's longest sea bridge has opened. It links Hong Kong and Macau to mainland China. The bridge is called the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and is 55 kilometres long. The bridge took over a decade to construct. Builders had to make artificial islands in the Pearl River Delta to provide the supports for the bridge.

2018年

10月

16日

Anger over horse race ad on Sydney Opera House

In my high level lessons this week my students and I studied how there is public outcry in Australia over controversial plans to use the Sydney Opera House as a "billboard" to advertise a horse race. Tens of thousands of Australians have signed a petition to block the plans to project an advertisement for the Everest Cup onto the iconic white sails of the Opera House. The race is the richest horse race in the world.

2018年

10月

11日

World-famous Tsukiji fish market closes

My students and I studied in my high level lessons how Tokyo's world-famous Tsukiji fish market has closed after 83 years of trading. It shut permanently at noon on Saturday, bringing an end to its long history of trading in all kinds of fish. The market is being moved to a new site in the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The new market will start operating on Thursday. City planners in Tokyo made the decision to close the market at Tsukiji because they wanted to build a parking lot for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which will take place in 2020. 

2018年

10月

04日

French fries will be 3cm shorter

My students in my high level lesson this week read and discussed in English how a poor potato harvest in Europe this summer could mean French fries are up to three centimeters shorter than usual. The poor harvest is because of the very hot summer Europe had. There were record hot temperatures in many countries. The heatwave caused a lack of rain, which meant farmers produced a lot fewer potatoes than they normally do.

2018年

10月

02日

Rugby players to hide tattoos in Japan

My students in my high level English lessons studied this week in English how rugby players with tattoos are being asked to cover them up during next year's World Cup in Japan. The request by the sport's governing body World Rugby is to avoid offending people in Japan. It is somewhat of a taboo in Japan to be seen in public with a tattoo.

2018年

9月

20日

Tanzania's president advises against birth control

My students in my high level lessons studied how Tanzania's President John Magufuli has advised women in his country to stop taking birth control pills. He said the reason was because Tanzania needed more people and the country was now wealthy enough to feed and educate many children. President Magufuli said: "Women can now give up contraceptive methods."

2018年

9月

13日

U.S. to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence weapons

My students and I have been studying in my high level lessons how the United States Defense Department is going to spend up to $2 billion on artificial intelligence (AI) weapons over the next five years. This will be the most the department has ever spent on AI systems for weapons. The department wants to have the most advanced weapons in the world. It wants its weapons to be better than those of China and Russia.

2018年

9月

06日

Air pollution damages intelligence, says study

My students in my high level lessons this week studied how scientists have revealed that air pollution may be responsible for a significant reduction in intelligence. Research conducted for the World Health Organization (WHO) in China showed that air pollution was responsible for notable falls in student test scores for languages and arithmetic.

2018年

8月

30日

Honey better for coughs than antibiotics

In my high level English lessons this week my students and I discovered how doctors in the United Kingdom have some new advice for people with coughs. They are advising people not to visit a doctor to get treatment. Instead, people who have a cough should drink or eat honey or get some medicine from a drugstore. The doctors say that in most cases, honey and over-the-counter medicines will work and people do not need antibiotics. The doctors added that most of the time, a cough will improve on its own within two to three weeks even if you take nothing. 

2018年

8月

23日

French theme park uses crows to pick up litter

In my high level lessons this week my students and I studied in English how a theme park in France has established a novel and environmentally-friendly way of keeping its grounds free of litter. It has selected and trained six "intelligent" rooks to pick up rubbish and keep the park clean. Rooks are members of the crow family and are up to 47cm in length. The clever birds will be put to work at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of France. They have been trained to pick up cigarette ends, paper and other things people throw on the ground.

2018年

8月

10日

Scientists solve mystery of Stonehenge Scientists solve mystery of Stonehenge

My high level students and I discovered today in my lesson how scientists say they have uncovered details about who built the 5,000-year-old prehistoric monument Stonehenge. The ancient stones in the southwest of England are famous all over the world. How Stonehenge was built has been a mystery for thousands of years. A new study shows that the architects and builders of Stonehenge could have come from Wales, which is more than 160 kilometres away.

2018年

8月

02日

Sleeping with a fan could be bad for us

My students in my high level lessons this week discovered that many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever.