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The news of 'Toon Bodyslam', now widespread in the world. While a report headline says : Mo’s the merrier: Olympics legend sends goodwill message to ‘Toon’. It is Confirm Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai’s epic 2,191-kilometre run for charity.
'Toon' said he prefer to receive a little amount but more number of donners.
Many thanks to Google Translate once again.
Mo’s the merrier: Olympics legend sends goodwill message to ‘Toon’
national November 13, 2017 01:00
By THE NATION
One of the world’s great long-distance athletes has added his praise for rockstar Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai’s epic 2,191-kilometre run for charity.
Britain’s Mo Farah, who has twice won Olympic gold medals at both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, has posted a photo of himself holding a running shoe on his Facebook page “Mo Farah” and Instagram “gomofarah”, saying: “Keep running @artiwara. Leave all your records behind. The next step is a new start. #breakthrough #break2191k”.
The shoe he carried was also signed with a message “To Toon Keep on running!”
The 34-year-old Farah, who was born in Somalia before migrating to the Britain at the age of eight, is regarded as one of the great all-time athletes after doing the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre double at both London 2012 and Rio 2016.
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Lesson 10: Visit to Peru
4 hours ago
Anna is writing a story about the culture of Peru. She does not have time to travel, but her friend Bruna says she can learn about Peru in one short visit. Where will she go?
Bruna: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hi, Bruna! What’s up?
Bruna: I thought we could meet for lunch today.
Anna: I wish I could, but I can’t. I have to research Peru for a story.
Bruna: How’s it going?
Anna: Not so good. I’ve been reading about Peru and listening to Peruvian music. I really want to understand Peru. I hope it's enough.
Bruna: You should visit Peru.
Anna: I wish!
Bruna: You can!
Anna: Bruna, I don’t have the money or time to go to Peru. My deadline is tomorrow!
Bruna: No, I don’t mean to really go there. The museum where I work is having a Peruvian festival today! …. Anna? Anna? Anna, are you there?
Prof. Bot: Hello again! Professor Bot here. Today we will hear about wishes and hopes. Bruna asked Anna to go to lunch, but she answered,
I wish I could, but I can’t. Listen for more hope and wish sentences.
Bruna: Hi, Anna!
Anna: Hi, Bruna! Thanks for telling me about this event.
Bruna: Sure! It's much better than staring at your computer. I hope it helps with your story.
Anna: I’m sure it will. So, what should we see first?
Bruna: Dance and music are very important to Peruvian culture, so let’s watch the dancers.
Anna: Great! Let’s go!
Bruna: There's this very special Peruvian dance called Marinera Norteña.
Anna: I love the Marinera Nortina… !
Bruna: Marinera Norteña.
Anna: Marinera Norten… ?
Bruna: No. Marinera Norteña.
Anna: I love the … marriage dance!
Anna: Bruna, I read about this dance. But it is much more romantic in person!
Bruna: The dancers are giving lessons after their performance. You should try it!
Anna: I’d love to. But I’m not ready to get married. I mean, one day I hope to meet the right guy. We’ll buy matching motorcycles and ride into the sunset -- the wind blowing through our hair!
Bruna: Anna, the dance just shows the courtship tradition. It doesn’t mean you will get married.
Anna: Oh. Well, I’ll try anyway.
Bruna: Don’t forget. This festival also shows Peruvian art!
Anna: I hope I have time to see everything!
Bruna: Anna, I wish I could join you. But I have some work to do.
Anna: Of course, of course. You go back to work. I’ll check out the art.
Bruna: Okay, I’m hoping to finish in about an hour. Let’s meet then.
Anna: Great. See you then!
Bruna: See ya!
Prof. Bot: Did you notice any sentences with hope or wish?
Anna says, “One day I hope to meet the right guy.” That’s an example of using “hope” with an infinitive to talk about doing something in the future. Keep watching!
Anna: Oh, wow! I can make my own Peruvian art!
Bruna: Anna, how’s it going?
Anna: Hi, Bruna!
Bruna: You know you're in the kid's section, right?
Anna: I'm in the art making section.
Bruna: I see that. Your art is very nice. I wish I could do art like that.
Anna: Oh, this one’s not mine. This is mine.
Bruna: Wow! Really? That's really nice!
Anna: Thanks! And thanks for telling me about this festival. I learned so much about Peru. Ooh, we still have time!
Bruna: Time for what?
Anna: Time for Marinera Norteña!
Prof. Bot: Do you remember what Anna said? “I really want to understand Peru.” I hope you understand Peru a little better now, too. And I wish I could talk with you more about grammar, but that’s all the time we have today! Go to the website to learn more!
blow - v. to be moved or affected in a specified way by the wind
courtship - n. he activities that occur when people are developing a romantic relationship that could lead to marriage or the period of time when such activities occur
deadline - n. a date or time when something must be finished
hope - v. to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true
in person - expression used to say that a person is actually present at a place
join - v. to put or bring (two or more things) together
marriage - n. a ceremony in which two people are married to each other
match - v. to have the same appearance or color
motorcycle - n. a vehicle with two wheels that is powered by a motor and that can carry one or two people
Peru - n. a country in South America
romantic - adj. of, relating to, or involving love between two people
sunset - n. the time when the sun goes below the horizon in the evening
wish - v. to want (something) to be true or to happen
The learning strategy for this lesson is Use Sounds. That means you can use your "mental tape recorder" to listen carefully and notice new sounds. For example, when you are learning English there may be some new sounds that you do not have in your native language.
In this lesson, Anna hears the name of a dance from Peru. Bruna says, "There's this very special Peruvian dance called Marinera Norteña." At first, Anna has trouble saying the name. She says, "I love the Marinera Nortina… !" Bruna says it again, so Anna can hear it correctly. Later, Anna says the name with the correct sound: "Time for the Marinera Norteña!"
How about you? How do you use sounds or "use your mental tape recorder"while you are studying English? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email.
See how well you understand this lesson by taking a listening quiz. Play each short video, then choose the best answer.
Asean at odds ahead of Rohingya crisis statement
ASEAN+ November 13, 2017 01:00
By WASAMON AUDJARINT
Manila summit expected to see Myanmar and south china sea take centre stage as national leaders urge restraint.
MYANMAR’S Rohingya crisis will raise temperatures at the Asean summit in Manila this week as leaders of the grouping gathered in the Philippines yesterday for their annual summit and related meetings with partners from around the globe.
Asean leaders will address the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, although there still is no consensus on how far they should intervene to address the problem.
The issue will feature in the chairman’s statement issued at the end of the meeting, according to an Asean official who asked to remain anonymous, but the content has not been publicly disclosed.
The Myanmar delegation to the Asean summit has said de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi would raise the issue on her own at the meeting, the official said.
“Myanmar’s stance is to open for cooperation from Asean to ease the problem,” he said.
Another anonymous Asean official said Myanmar and Bangladeshi foreign ministers had met for at least three times to work on refugees’ repatriation in Rakhine state.
Asean countries were expected continue to highlight the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management to provide aid to the affected state, the same source added.
Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine state became an international issue in August after a militant group launched a series of attacks on security outposts in the state, prompting a harsh “clearance operation” by the Myanmar military. More than 600,000 people from Rakhine have fled the violence to Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi’s government has been accused of doing very little to contain the violence and safeguard Muslim Rohingya, whom authorities call “Bengali”, in a term that deprives them of citizenship status.
Myanmar's State Counselor Aung Sang Suu Kyi arrives at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, north of Manila on November 11, 2017, ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. / AFP PHOTO
The United Nations has recently called on Nay Pyi Taw to grant citizenship to Rohingya, which was described as a “fundamental right”.
Asean members have taken different approaches to the crisis. While many of the group such as Thailand regard the problem as an internal Myanmar affair and limit their involvement only to humanitarian aid, others such as Malaysia want the group to address the issue at its root cause, notably the clearance policy.
Leaders will also discuss the contentious South China Sea as many members of the group, notably the current chair Philippines and Vietnam, have been at loggerheads with China over territorial disputes.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said his country would like to “remain friends” regarding China and the controversial sea, as it was in the best interests of everyone to save lives and not trigger a war.
Images of US President Donald J. Trump (top) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (bottom) are seen on a dart board and punching bag during a protest in Manila, Philippines, 12 November 2017. The Philippines is hosting the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings from 10 to 14 November. EPA-EFE
“I do not waste the lives of countrymen in a useless war that cannot be won by anybody. [Xi Jinping] made it clear to us the only way to go is cooperation,” Duterte said yesterday. “The sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war.”
In a departure from the previous administration, the Philippines under Duterte has taken relatively soft stance towards China regarding the contentious sea and sought bilateral channels to ease the conflict.
The Asean chairman’s statement, meanwhile, will also mention the South China Sea but refrain from using any incendiary language that could further deepen the rift.
Asean and China are now working on a legally binding code of conduct to regulate countries’ behaviour in the sea. Both sides had already agreed on the framework for the code and would begin negotiations on the text in January, the official said.
The group and China signed the 2002 non-binding Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), but the document has failed to prevent tensions related to the dispute. The group over past years has worked on another document intended to ensure stability over the issue.
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River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2017
Travel log November 10, 2017 06:00
History buffs shouldn't miss the annual River Kwai Bridge Week in Kanchanaburi this month
The River Kwai Bridge Week and Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2017 is being organized from 24 November to 6 December at the River Kwai Bridge and Klip Bua Stadium in Mueang district, Kanchanaburi.
The annual River Kwai Bridge Week is organised with an aim of promoting tourism and creating greater awareness of Kanchanaburi as a destination for both domestic and international tourists.
The highlight is the light-and-sound show that tells the stories of the World War II in honour of the prisoners of war who built the infamous Death Railway, the Bridge on the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass. This year the show will present the story on the construction of the Death Railway.
The light-and-sound show is scheduled twice a day on 24 – 25 November and 1 – 2 December, at 19.00 Hrs. and 20.30 Hrs. On 26-30 November and 3-6 December, there will one show a day at 20.00 Hrs.
A total of 1,200 seats per show are available at a price of 300 Baht per seat. Tickets can be purchased before the show or in advance at the Kanchanaburi Provincial Hall, Tel: +66 (0) 3451 1778, 3451 5208 and 3451 2399.
The event will be held in conjunction with the Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair 2017, offering some great shopping opportunities for local products, along with a range of entertainments, such as exhibitions from governmental organisations and educational institutions, a mini motor show, concert and cultural performances.
While in Kanchanaburi, visitors can also visit other well-known attractions including Srinakharin Dam, Vajiralongkorn Dam, Sai Yok Noi and Yai Waterfalls, Erawan Waterfall, Mon Bridge, Mueang Sing Historical Park, Three Pagodas Pass, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Underwater City, The Bridge of the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, and World War II Museum and Art Gallery More details are available at www.tourismthailand.org, look for Kanchanaburi.
September 13, 2017