Monthly Archives: March 2018

School is a back-up plan!

For millions of young people around the world, living with autism is challenging enough without also having to deal with the prejudices of others.

Australian Hamish Finlayson is using his own experience of the condition to change perceptions of autism and increase awareness among his peers. The 13-year-old builds apps and games that help players better understand what it’s like to live with autism.

Many of this youngest generation, having grown up with technology, are building their own software to help spread awareness for many issues, from anxiety and mental health to cyberbullying. Finlayson is one of these bright sparks using his coding gift for the greater good.

Improve your English listening comprehension, and your general knowledge by listening to his story.

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The Finnish Government is giving money away!

Could handouts be the solution to getting the long-term unemployed back in to work? Well,  in 2017 Finland began a radical experiment: the government started paying 2000 unemployed Finns basic income. They each get a guaranteed 560 euros a month, for two years. It’s free money – it comes with no strings attached.

If you are curious, why not take a look at the full video report?

 

In Kazakhstan 4 people go missing every day.

The Kazakh teen keeping people safe

Seventeen-year-old Aruzhan Koshkarova is trying to prevent people from going missing with an innovative new idea.

In Kazakhstan, walking home from school or work isn’t always safe. But Aruzhan Koshkarova, a high school student in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is trying to change that. She has developed QamCare, a GPS app that gives directions, but also warns loved ones if the user is in danger.

Improve your English listening comprehension, and your general knowledge by listening to her story.

Clothes affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem

Do you have a favourite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident; makes you feel like you? That’s because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, Scheier set out to make clothing that works for everyone, including the differently abled.

Learn more about how she’s made fashion history by producing the world’s first mainstream adaptive clothing line. Listen and be inspired.

Fashion Waste: How big is the problem?

What happens to the clothes we don’t buy? You might think that last season’s coats, trousers and turtlenecks end up being put to use, but most of it (nearly 13 million tons each year in the United States alone) ends up in landfills. Fashion has a waste problem, and Amit Kalra wants to fix it. He shares some creative ways the industry can evolve to be more conscientious about the environment — and gain a competitive advantage at the same time. Listen to his Ted Talks presentation to get informed.

The Fashion Industry: An industry based on nonconformity and defiance

Kaustav Deyat leads marketing for Tommy Hilfiger in India.
Deyat, in this Ted Talks, explains how fashion helps us to express who we are, and what we stand for.

”No one thinks twice about a woman wearing blue jeans in New York City — but when Nobel laureate Malala wears them, it’s a political act. Around the globe, individuality can be a crime, and clothing can be a form of protest. In a talk about the power of what we wear, Kaustav Dey examines how fashion gives us a nonverbal language of dissent and encourages us to embrace our authentic selves.”

Are you a fashion guru?

Are you a fashion guru? A fashion guru is a person who is crazy about buying, making and designing clothes and accessories.

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During, For, While

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Phrasal Verbs: Carry…

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Still, yet, already!