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    www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 23 2014 Weekly News Round-up Visit www.EnglishNewsLessons.com for more simple news stories, discussion lessons and interactive quizzes. Look at the following headlines. What do you think the stories will be about? Have you already heard about any of these stories? App allows unlimited coffee for $45 a month Korean health insurance company sues tobacco companies Shopping centre opens slow lane and fast lane for shoppers 16-year-old boy lucky to be alive after hiding in plane for 5 hours Work in groups. What do you want to know about the news stories? Write down some questions that you want to know the answer to. Story 1  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________ Story 2  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________ Story 3  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________ Story 4  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________    HEADLINES QUESTIONS    www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 23 2014 App allows unlimited coffee for $45 a month A new smartphone app allows customers to get unlimited coffee for $45 a month from coffee shops in New York City. The app, which is called CUPS, lets customers pay a monthly subscription to get coffee from around 40 independent coffee shops in downtown Manhattan. The app was developed by an Israeli company, and is already popular in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Customers can choose to pay $45 a month for regular coffees, which include  brewed coffee and drip coffee, or $85 a month for coffees such as lattes and Americanos. Once customers have downloaded the app, they choose the coffee shop they want to visit and then choose which drink they would like. The app creates a  payment code, which the customer then shows the cashier at the coffee shop. The coffee shops do not have to pay to use the service, and every time someone orders a drink through the app, CUPS  pays the coffee shop at a discounted rate. The cost of the subscription is about the same as 22 cups of coffee a month. If customers drink less than this, CUPS gets to keep the extra money. The aim of the app is to compete against loyalty cards offered by chain coffee stores, and help independent coffee shops to get more customers. As well as monthly subscriptions, customers can also choose to buy  packages ranging in cost from $14 for 5 cups of regular coffee to $56 for 20 cups of more expensive coffees.   Sources: cupsapp.com, Business Week, Independent Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think about this story? 2.   Do you drink coffee? How often? 3.   Would you use this app? 4.   Do you think the app is a good idea? Do you think it will be successful? 5.   What is your favourite type of coffee (or drink if you don’t drink coffee?)  6.   How many loyalty cards do you have? 7.   What other coffee-related news stories have you heard about recently? Korean health insurance company sues tobacco companies   The South Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) is trying to sue three tobacco companies that sell cigarettes in the country. The insurer says that it is trying to sue the tobacco companies so that it can offset the cost of diseases related to smoking. The national insurer says that it wants $52 million from the three companies. The  NHIS claims that it spends $1.6 billion each year to treat people because of smoking-related diseases. The  NHIS is trying to sue the Korean divisions of British Americ an Tobacco and Philip Morris, and Korea’s own tobacco company KT&G Corp. Every year, South Koreans spend about $9.3 billion on tobacco  products. BAT and Philip Morris have about 33% of the market share, while local company KT&G has about 60%. The remaining 6.7% belongs to Japanese firm JTI, who are not being sued. A number of individuals and groups in the country have tried to sue tobacco companies in recent years but have been unsuccessful. The NHIS’s attempt is the first time that an organization has attempted to sue. In the most recent court ruling, from last week, South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled for KT&G. That case was  brought by a group of individuals who are suffering from cancer. During that case, the court said that there wasn’t enough evidence to  prove that smoking causes cancer. Around 25% of adults in South Korea smoke, and a packet of 20 cigarettes costs about 2,500 won ($2.41). Sources: BBC News, Reuters Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think about this story? 2.   Do many of your friends or family smoke? 3.   Should smokers be responsible for paying for their own treatment for smoking-related diseases? 4.   Why do you think so many people smoke? 5.   Should governments do more to reduce the number of smokers? How? 6.   Do you think that the Korean health insurer will win at court? Why? 7.   Have you heard of any other smoking-related   news stories recently?      www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 23 2014 Shopping centre opens slow lane and fast lane for shoppers A shopping centre in Sheffield, UK, has decided to open a slow lane and fast lane for shoppers. The Meadowhall Shopping Centre said that it is trying the idea after it received a letter from a 10-year-old girl. Chloe Nash-Lowe wrote to the shopping centre to complain that some shoppers walked too slowly. The management team liked Chloe’s letter so much that they decided to take action. The shopping centre now has two lanes in some areas with big pink signs that say ‘slow lane’ and ‘fast lane’. In her letter, Chloe said that she was ‘incredibly disappointed’ by slow-walking people. She said that she sometimes wanted to scream because it was so annoying, and added: “People are in a rush for work and this can cause people to be late. It is dangerous because if someone bumped into you, the person that is slow will fall over.” The director of the shopping centre, Darren Pearce, said: “I want to thank Chloe for taking the time to write in and share her views with us  –   we love to hear feedback from our younger shoppers.”   Sources: Independent, Metro Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think of this story? 2.   How do you feel when you are stuck behind a slow-walking person? 3.   How often do you go shopping? 4.   What is the most annoying thing when shopping? 5.   Do you think the fast/slow lane idea will be successful? Would it work in your country? 6.   Are young people encouraged to write letters in your country? If so, about what issues? 7.   Have you heard of any other shopping-related news stories recently?   16-year-old boy lucky to be alive after hiding in plane for 5 hours A 16-year-old boy from the US is lucky to be alive after he hid inside a plane from California to Hawaii. The teenager climbed over a fence at San Jose International Airport and got into the part of the plane where the wheels are stored. Nobody noticed him get on the plane at California, but after the Hawaiian Airlines plane arrived in Hawaii, the  boy jumped out and started walking around the airfield. Staff saw the boy and called security. The flight took five and a half hours and travelled at a height of 11,000 metres. Heights of around 8,500+ metres are dangerous  because of the low levels of oxygen. The temperature at that height is also very cold at around -55 degrees celsius. Authorities say that the boy was unconscious for most of the flight. A spokesman for the FBI said that the “kid’s lucky to be alive.”  According to the  police, the teenager ran away from home after an argument with his family. The boy was taken to hospital in Hawaii, but he was not seriously hurt. Some people have wondered how the boy could get onto the flight without  being noticed, and are concerned that security at airports is not good enough. Sources: Al Jazeera, Sky News, ABC News Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think of this story? 2.   Do you think the boy should be punished? 3.   Why do you think he climbed onto the plane? 4.   What do/did you do after a family argument? 5.   What is the coldest temperature you have ever experienced? 6.   Are you worried about the security at airports? Why? 7.   Have you heard of any other travel-related news stories recently?    www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 23 2014 Discussion After reading all four stories: 1.   Rank them in order from the most interesting to the least interesting for you. Discuss: 2.   How often do you read news stories? 3.   What type of news stories usually interest you? 4.   Are you more interested in local news (from your city/area), national news (from your country) or international news (from around the world)? 5.   What’s the most interesting news story you have read recently?   Vocabulary Exercise Match the words to their meaning/definition. subscription independent sue ruling shopping centre view airfield unconscious 1.   An amount of money that is paid monthly, yearly, etc. that allows a subscriber to receive something regularly. 2.   A personal opinion about something. 3.   Being in a state like sleep because of an illness or injury. 4.   To make a claim in a court that someone has done something to harm you. 5.   A group of stores that are built together, often within one building. 6.   The area of an airport where planes can take off and land. 7.   Describes a business that is privately owned and is not part of a chain or franchise. 8.   An official decision made by an authority figure, usually a judge.  
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