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    www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 9 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? Middle school student finds way to save US government $400 million Comedian buys drink for everyone in audience because he was late 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces death risk by 42% Marathon cancelled minutes before start, runners decide to run anyway 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 9 2014 Middle school student finds way to save US government $400 million A middle school student in the US says he has found a way for the US government to save $400 million a year. Suvir Mirchandani says that if the government changes the font used on documents from Times New Roman to Garamond it will use 25% less ink. The federal government spends $467 million a year on ink,  but if it starts to use Garamond, it can save $136 million. An extra $234 million would be saved if state governments also started to use Garamond. Printer ink is about two times more expensive than French  perfume when compared by volume. Mirchandani, who is 14 years old, discovered that the government could save the money because of a school project. Mirchandani began by trying to find ways for his school to save money on printing. He calculated that if his school started to use the Garamond font, it could save $21,000 a year. Mirchandani’s teacher suggested that he submit his research to a journal to be published. The journal editors were so impressed with Mirchandani’s idea that they asked him to see if the results were the same on a larger scale. The government has not said whether it will follow Mirchandani’s suggestion yet. However, a spokesperson for the Government Printing Office (GPO) said that it was constantly trying to become more environmentally friendly. The spokesperson said the GPO is focussed on moving more content to the internet and printing less. Sources: CNN, Huffington Post Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think about this story? 2.   Do you think the government should follow Mirchandani ’ s suggestion? 3.   Do you think schools should teach students about ways to protect the environment? 4.   Do you have a favourite font? 5.   Can you think of any other ways that governments could save money? 6.   Do you prefer reading things online or printed on paper? Why? 7.   What other science/environment-related news stories have you heard about recently? Comedian buys drink for everyone in audience because he was late   A British comedian spent more than £3,500 (US$5,825) to buy everyone in his audience a drink because he was 40 minutes late. Jason Manford was due to start his gig at 7.30pm at the Engine Shed in Lincoln. However, because of traffic he was late. While he was still in the car, he posted a message on his Facebook page saying that he would buy every member of the audience a drink “to relieve the boredom”.  The crowd cheered when his message was announced, and most of the 850 people in the audience went straight to the bar. Manford later posted a picture on Twitter showing the total bill of £3,532.40. The comedian has received a lot of praise on social media, and the manager at the Engine Shed, said that it was unprecedented. She also said that it was completely Manford’s idea.  He eventually arrived at the venue and started the show at 8.10pm. When he walked onto the stage, the audience showed their appreciation by applauding and cheering loudly. Sources: Independent, Lincolnshire Echo Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think about this story? 2.   Do you enjoy comedy? 3.   How would you have felt if you were a member of the audience? 4.   What is the longest you have had to wait for someone? 5.   Have you ever been delayed by traffic? 6.   Do you enjoy going to gigs, either by comedians or musicians? 7.   Have you heard of any other entertainment-related news stories recently?      www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 9 2014 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces death risk by 42% Researchers in Britain say that eating 7 portions of fruit or vegetables a day can help reduce the risk of death by 42%. The researchers from the University College London, looked at the eating habits of 65,226  people in Britain from between 2001 and 2013. They found that by eating more fruit and vegetables, people of any age were less likely to die. In particular, fruit and vegetables can help protect against heart disease and cancer. In recent years, the British government has been saying that people should eat at least 5  portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which is based on advice from the World Health Organization (WHO). One portion of fruit or vegetables is about 80g. According to the UCL researchers, eating 5 fruits or vegetables a day reduces the risk of death by 36%. The researchers found that fresh vegetables were much more protective than fruit, but that fresh fruit still had a positive protective effect. However, the researchers also found that eating canned fruit increased the risk of death by 17%. Canned fruits are stored in a sugary syrup. According to  Science Daily , 13m tons of canned fruit was sold in the EU compared to 3.7m tons of fresh fruit in 2008. Some experts have said that there are many other factors that need to be considered in a study like this, such as how much  people drink and smoke. Although the researchers say that they did consider this in their results. Sources: Science Daily, BBC News Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think of this story? 2.   How many portions of fruit and vegetables do you eat each day? 3.   What ’ s your favourite fruit/vegetable? 4.   Do you think you have a healthy diet? 5.   What advice does the government in your country give on eating healthy? 6.   Do you have any other healthy/unhealthy habits? 7.   Have you heard of any other health-related news stories recently?   Marathon cancelled minutes before start, runners decide to run anyway The organizers of a half-marathon in Sheffield, UK, said that they had to cancel the event because there was not enough water. The company that organizes the marathon, Sheffield Marathon Ltd, said that the water supplier didn’t turn up, and the medical and safety officers said that it wasn’t safe to run the race. Almost 5,000 people turned up to the event on Sunday, and most decided to run anyway. Some of the participants told the media that they didn’t know the race was cancelled, but others heard and still decided to continue. Some of the runners also said that police tried to stop them running at first. The police said that they wanted to get the runners to to complete a shorter course, but eventually allowed them continue. Many of the spectators who had come to watch the race started  buying bottles of water from nearby shops to give the runners. Even though the race was cancelled, the organizers said that none of the runners would receive a refund. Each runner had to pay around £26 ($43) to enter. However, the organizers said that everyone who finished the race would receive an official race time, as long as they were wearing their number when they crossed the finish line. Sheffield Marathon Ltd said that it will investigate why the water supplier didn’t provide the water for the event. Sources: Telegraph, BBC News Discussion Questions 1.   What did you think of this story? 2.   Do you think the race organizers were correct to cancel the marathon? 3.   Would you like to run a marathon? 4.   Why do you think people run marathons? 5.   What do you think about the organizers decision to not give the runners a refund? 6.   What would you have done if you were one of the runners? 7.   Have you heard of any other sport-related news stories recently?    www.EnglishNewsLessons.com Visit English News Lessons for more stories, vocabulary, interactive quizzes and lessons.   EnglishNewsLessons.com  –  Apr 9 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. font volume gig bill portion canned spectator investigate 1.   An amount of food that is large enough for one person to eat. 2.   A performance by a comedian or musician in front of an audience. 3.   A particular style and size of letters used in printing. 4.   To describe food that is preserved in a can. 5.   A piece of paper that shows how much you owe someone for a product or service. 6.   The amount of something. 7.   To find out all of the facts of a situation to find out why or something happened. 8.   A person who watches a sporting event.  
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