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Today there is good news for Liverpool fan club, in coming to the town of the ex defender, Phil Babb, 48. He'll join in “Kop Run Bangkok 2019” on Sunday, at the National Stadium, hosted by Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance and Move Asia Co Ltd. More than 8,500 are expected to take part in the event.

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More Than 2.2 Million Students Took SAT, Most Ever

October 05, 2019

The College Board said that more than 2.2 million students in the class of 2019 took the college entrance test SAT. That is the largest group ever and an increase of four percent from the previous year. The average score, however, dropped a little, from 1068 to 1059.
The College Board said that more than 2.2 million students in the class of 2019 took the college entrance test SAT. That is the largest group ever and an increase of four percent from the previous year. The average score, however, dropped a little, from 1068 to 1059.
 
More Than 2.2 Million Students Took SAT, Most Ever 

The College Board said that more than 2.2 million students in the class of 2019 took the college entrance test SAT. That is the largest group ever and an increase of four percent from the previous year. The average score, however, dropped a little, from 1068 to 1059.

The SAT is a test many American colleges require as part of the admissions process. It is a multiple-choice test, which means students must decide which answer is the best from several provided for each question.

Higher scores can make the difference between being admitted into the top colleges and universities, and how much financial aid a student may receive.

Research shows that students who have greater access to college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT are more likely to apply to college. This is particularly true for low-income students.

School Day testing

The College Board also said nearly a million students of the 2019 class took the SAT on a school day. The SAT School Day program makes it easier for low-income, minority students and students from families with no history of college attendance to take the SAT.

Traditionally, students have to register and pay for the tests, then travel to testing centers on a weekend to take them. For people without the resources of a computer, credit card or car, it can be difficult.

Some states now give college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT for free, on a school day during school hours.

Cyndie Schmeiser is a Senior Advisor to the College Board. She said, "SAT School Day gives students nationwide increased access to higher education.” The program, she added, helps “students who would not or could not take (the) test on a weekend.”

The College Board also encouraged students to take the test earlier. Schmeiser said, “by promoting early testing, practice on Khan Academy®, and SAT retakes at no charge for lower-income students, we hope to help more students achieve their educational and career goals."

Minority groups falling behind

Inside Higher Ed says test scores among minority groups have been lower for many years. In 2019, more African American and Latino students failed to meet the SAT test results for college readiness than the year before.

FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, studied the new SAT results. It says the SAT score gaps, or differences, between different groups grew larger for the high school class of 2019.

Robert Schaeffer is FairTest’s Public Education Director. He criticized the SAT test in an email to VOA.

“Whether broken down by test-takers' race, parental education or household income,” he wrote, “average SAT scores of students from historically disenfranchised groups fell further behind their classmates from more privileged families.”

Schaeffer said, “The SAT remains a more accurate measure of a test-taker's family background” than a student’s ability to do college level work.

He said it is “no wonder nearly 40% of all four-year colleges and universities in the country are now test-optional.” He said “they recognize that these exam requirements undermine diversity without improving educational quality."

FILE - Students leave after a SAT exam at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, Nov. 2, 2013.
FILE - Students leave after a SAT exam at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, Nov. 2, 2013.

Foreign students

Most four-year universities and colleges require foreign students to take an admission test such as the SAT or ACT. Each university lists the admission requirements on their website. This will include required tests.

Through the College Board website, foreign students can get information about test dates and fees. The cost of taking the test is about $50.

There are free study materials on the College Board website, including practice tests. Khan Academy provides an official SAT practice on their website.

I’m Anne Ball.

Anne Ball wrote this story, with information from the College Board. Hai Do was the editor.

What do you think of the SAT? Have you taken it? Write to us in the comments section below.

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minority– adj. – adj. describes a number or amount that is less than half of the total (also describes a group of people who are different from the larger group in a country, area, etc., in some way)

disenfranchised – adj. not having a position of power in society or right to vote

privileged – adj. to give an advantage that others do not have to someone or something

optional – adj. available as a choice but not required

undermine – v. to make (someone or something) weaker or less effective usually in a secret or gradual way

diversity – n. (social) quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, cultural backgrounds or lifestyles

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October 4, 2019

October 04, 2019
A look at the best news photos from around the world.

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1A girl poses for a photo during a visit to the Instagram museum "Smile Safari" that recently opened in Brussels, Belgium.
A devotee at a Chinese shrine walks on embers during the yearly Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand.
2A devotee at a Chinese shrine walks on embers during the yearly Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand.
Chihuahua puppies pose for the cameras at an event that celebrates World Animal Day in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
3Chihuahua puppies pose for the cameras at an event that celebrates World Animal Day in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
An anti-government protester wears a mask on the back of her head during a demonstration in Wong Tai Sin district, in Hong Kong, China.
4An anti-government protester wears a mask on the back of her head during a demonstration in Wong Tai Sin district, in Hong Kong, China.

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Cryptocurrencies

EPISODE 190815 / 15 AUG 2019

Introduction

A new kind of money might be appearing soon - Libra from Facebook. Sam and Catherine discuss how different it is from Bitcoin, give you the basics about cryptocurrencies and teach you related vocabulary.

This week's question

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, but when was it created? Was it:

a) 2008

b) 2009

c) 2010

The answer is at the end of the programme.

Vocabulary 

cryptography
the use of complex codes to keep computer systems and information secure 

currency
the money of a particular country 

cryptocurrency
digitally produced money that is not controlled by banks or governments 

subject to the whims of
being controlled by unpredictable decisions and trends 

notoriously volatile
well known for changing by a large amount in an unpredictable way 

stable
predictable and without big unexpected changes

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript  

Catherine
Hello. This is 6 Minute English, I'm Catherine. 

Sam
And I'm Sam. 

Catherine
Now, Sam, what can you tell us about cryptocurrencies? 

Sam
The word is a combination of crypto, from cryptography, which is to do with using clever software codes to protect computer information and systems, and currency, which is the money of a particular country. So cryptocurrency, very simply, meanscode money. We usually think of money as notes and coins which come from a country’s bank. But a cryptocurrency doesn’t have physical money. It’s purely digital and is not controlled by banks or governments but by the people who have it and very complex computer codes. Perhaps the most well-known is Bitcoin. 

Catherine
Well, you seem to know a fair bit about cryptocurrency actually… anyway, now a new player is joining the digital money system as Facebook have announced they are launching their own digital currency. They are calling it 'Libra'. And we’ll be finding a little bit more about this topic in the programme, but first, a question. Now, Sam, you mentioned Bitcoin as being a well-known cryptocurrency. It was, in fact, the first cryptocurrency, but when was Bitcoin created? Was it:

a) 2008
b) 2009 or
c) 2010?

Sam
I’m going to say 2010. 

Catherine
OK. Well, I'll reveal the answer later in the programme. Now, Jemima Kelly is a financial journalist. She was talking on the BBC radio programme Money Box Live about the plans for Libra. She says it's not really a cryptocurrency because it's actually backed up by a number of real currencies. So which currencies does she mention? 

Jemima Kelly
cryptocurrency is normally subject to the whims of crypto markets, which are notoriously volatile, whereas Libra is kept stable by being backed up by a basket of currencies, in this case, the dollar, the pound, the euro and the Swiss franc.

Catherine
So which currencies did she say were backing up Libra, Sam? 

Sam
She said that the dollar, the pound, the euro and Swiss franc were the currencies that would be backing up Libra. 

Catherine
And this is different from regular cryptocurrencies, isn’t it? 

Sam
Yes, cryptocurrencies are completely independent of financial institutions and other currencies

Catherine
And this can make them risky, can’t it? 

Sam
Yes, she says that cryptocurrency markets are notoriously volatile. Something that is volatile can change very quickly. When it comes to currency, it means that its value can go up or down by a large amount over a very short period of time. 

Catherine
And it’s described as notoriously volatile because this has actually happened a few times in the past. Something that is notorious is well known or famous but for a negative reason. So the value of a currency going up and down in a volatile way – that's not positive. 

Sam
If you want to take the risk you could make a lot of money, but you could also lose a lot of money - more than you invested. 

Catherine
So why are cryptocurrencies so volatile

Sam
Most currencies are reasonably stable. This is the opposite of volatile. They don’t change a lot over a short period of time. There can be big changes but usually governments and banks control currencies to prevent it. Cryptocurrencies don’t have those controls. What Jemima Kelly said was that they are subject to the whims of the crypto markets. A whim is an unpredictable or irrational decision or trend and if you are subject to the whims of something, or someone, it means that metaphorically you are a passenger in a self-driving car which may decide just to drive off the edge of a cliff. So it might be an exciting ride, but it could end in disaster. 

Catherine
Right, it’s time now to get the answer to the question I asked at the beginning of the programme. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, but when was it created? Was it:

a) 2008
b) 2009
c) 2010?

Sam
I said 2010, but I’m not really sure. 

Catherine
And you're absolutely wrong! The correct answer is 2009, so no luck for you this time, but congratulations to everyone who did get that right. Well, anyway, let’s round off today with a review of today’s vocabulary.

Sam
First off there is cryptography which is the use of special codes to keep computer systems and content safe. 

Catherine
currency is the money of a particular country, for example in the UK we have the pound, in the US there’s the dollar and in many countries in Europe the currency is the euro. 

Sam
Cryptocurrency is a combination of cryptography and currency and it’s used for a finance system that is based on secure digital coins that are not connected to banks or governments. 

Catherine
We then had the expression subject to the whims ofWhims are unpredictable decisions and if you are subject to them it means you can’t control them, you have no choice but to go in the direction those whims lead. 

Sam
This means that the value of cryptocurrencies are notoriously volatile. They have a history of going up or down in value by large amounts and very quickly. And that’s not good. 

Catherine
Well, it might be good if it goes up!

Sam
True.

Catherine
But if you want less risk, if you want your currency to be the opposite of volatile, if you want it, in other words, to be stable, then maybe cryptocurrencies are not for you. 

Sam
Well, we are subject to the whims of the schedule which means our 6 minutes are up. We look forward to your company again soon. Bye for now. 

Catherine
Bye!

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Cryptocurrencies

EPISODE 190815 / 15 AUG 2019

 

Introduction

A new kind of money might be appearing soon - Libra from Facebook. Sam and Catherine discuss how different it is from Bitcoin, give you the basics about cryptocurrencies and teach you related vocabulary.

This week's question

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, but when was it created? Was it:

a) 2008

b) 2009

c) 2010

The answer is at the end of the programme.

Vocabulary 

cryptography
the use of complex codes to keep computer systems and information secure 

currency
the money of a particular country 

cryptocurrency
digitally produced money that is not controlled by banks or governments 

subject to the whims of
being controlled by unpredictable decisions and trends 

notoriously volatile
well known for changing by a large amount in an unpredictable way 

stable
predictable and without big unexpected changes

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript  

Catherine
Hello. This is 6 Minute English, I'm Catherine. 

Sam
And I'm Sam. 

Catherine
Now, Sam, what can you tell us about cryptocurrencies? 

Sam
The word is a combination of crypto, from cryptography, which is to do with using clever software codes to protect computer information and systems, and currency, which is the money of a particular country. So cryptocurrency, very simply, meanscode money. We usually think of money as notes and coins which come from a country’s bank. But a cryptocurrency doesn’t have physical money. It’s purely digital and is not controlled by banks or governments but by the people who have it and very complex computer codes. Perhaps the most well-known is Bitcoin. 

Catherine
Well, you seem to know a fair bit about cryptocurrency actually… anyway, now a new player is joining the digital money system as Facebook have announced they are launching their own digital currency. They are calling it 'Libra'. And we’ll be finding a little bit more about this topic in the programme, but first, a question. Now, Sam, you mentioned Bitcoin as being a well-known cryptocurrency. It was, in fact, the first cryptocurrency, but when was Bitcoin created? Was it:

a) 2008
b) 2009 or
c) 2010?

Sam
I’m going to say 2010. 

Catherine
OK. Well, I'll reveal the answer later in the programme. Now, Jemima Kelly is a financial journalist. She was talking on the BBC radio programme Money Box Live about the plans for Libra. She says it's not really a cryptocurrency because it's actually backed up by a number of real currencies. So which currencies does she mention? 

Jemima Kelly
cryptocurrency is normally subject to the whims of crypto markets, which are notoriously volatile, whereas Libra is kept stable by being backed up by a basket of currencies, in this case, the dollar, the pound, the euro and the Swiss franc.

Catherine
So which currencies did she say were backing up Libra, Sam? 

Sam
She said that the dollar, the pound, the euro and Swiss franc were the currencies that would be backing up Libra. 

Catherine
And this is different from regular cryptocurrencies, isn’t it? 

Sam
Yes, cryptocurrencies are completely independent of financial institutions and other currencies

Catherine
And this can make them risky, can’t it? 

Sam
Yes, she says that cryptocurrency markets are notoriously volatile. Something that is volatile can change very quickly. When it comes to currency, it means that its value can go up or down by a large amount over a very short period of time. 

Catherine
And it’s described as notoriously volatile because this has actually happened a few times in the past. Something that is notorious is well known or famous but for a negative reason. So the value of a currency going up and down in a volatile way – that's not positive. 

Sam
If you want to take the risk you could make a lot of money, but you could also lose a lot of money - more than you invested. 

Catherine
So why are cryptocurrencies so volatile

Sam
Most currencies are reasonably stable. This is the opposite of volatile. They don’t change a lot over a short period of time. There can be big changes but usually governments and banks control currencies to prevent it. Cryptocurrencies don’t have those controls. What Jemima Kelly said was that they are subject to the whims of the crypto markets. A whim is an unpredictable or irrational decision or trend and if you are subject to the whims of something, or someone, it means that metaphorically you are a passenger in a self-driving car which may decide just to drive off the edge of a cliff. So it might be an exciting ride, but it could end in disaster. 

Catherine
Right, it’s time now to get the answer to the question I asked at the beginning of the programme. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, but when was it created? Was it:

a) 2008
b) 2009
c) 2010?

Sam
I said 2010, but I’m not really sure. 

Catherine
And you're absolutely wrong! The correct answer is 2009, so no luck for you this time, but congratulations to everyone who did get that right. Well, anyway, let’s round off today with a review of today’s vocabulary.

Sam
First off there is cryptography which is the use of special codes to keep computer systems and content safe. 

Catherine
currency is the money of a particular country, for example in the UK we have the pound, in the US there’s the dollar and in many countries in Europe the currency is the euro. 

Sam
Cryptocurrency is a combination of cryptography and currency and it’s used for a finance system that is based on secure digital coins that are not connected to banks or governments. 

Catherine
We then had the expression subject to the whims ofWhims are unpredictable decisions and if you are subject to them it means you can’t control them, you have no choice but to go in the direction those whims lead. 

Sam
This means that the value of cryptocurrencies are notoriously volatile. They have a history of going up or down in value by large amounts and very quickly. And that’s not good. 

Catherine
Well, it might be good if it goes up!

Sam
True.

Catherine
But if you want less risk, if you want your currency to be the opposite of volatile, if you want it, in other words, to be stable, then maybe cryptocurrencies are not for you. 

Sam
Well, we are subject to the whims of the schedule which means our 6 minutes are up. We look forward to your company again soon. Bye for now. 

Catherine
Bye!

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Parts of Bangkok hammered by hail

Oct 04. 2019
photo credit: @khanathit_hui on Twitter
photo credit: @khanathit_hui on Twitter
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By THE NATION

Bangkok residents excited by the unusual sight were on Friday (October 4) swapping photos and videos online of hail falling in some parts of the capital.

Hail forms in towering, saturated thunderclouds with strong updrafts, but the temperature is low enough to freeze water droplets that are so large and heavy they escape the updrafts and plunge to the ground.

Parts of Bangkok hammered by hail

Oct 04. 2019
photo credit: @khanathit_hui on Twitter
photo credit: @khanathit_hui on Twitter
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By THE NATION

Bangkok residents excited by the unusual sight were on Friday (October 4) swapping photos and videos online of hail falling in some parts of the capital.

Heavy rain that led to flooding in Pratunam, Phaya Thai and Siam districts came complete with a hammering of hail.

Hail forms in towering, saturated thunderclouds with strong updrafts, but the temperature is low enough to freeze water droplets that are so large and heavy they escape the updrafts and plunge to the ground.

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Ex-Liverpool defender Phil Babb in town for “Kop Run Bangkok 2019”

Oct 04. 2019
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By THE NATION

Phil Babb, the former central defender of Liverpool, met with the club's fans today ahead of joining the running event “Kop Run Bangkok 2019” on Sunday at the National Stadium, hosted by Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance and Move Asia Co Ltd. More than 8,500 are expected to take part in the event.

Babb, 48, made an appearance at Kop Village in front of Central World shopping centre this morning, interacting and signing autographs for Liverpool fans.

 

“I am excited to visit Thailand and meet with Liverpool fans here,” he said. “The running event on Sunday will be spectacular, and I am glad to be a part of this exercise promotion event, ” he said.

Babb was a Liverpool star and an Ireland national team player back in the 90s. From 1994-2000, he played 170 matches and held the record of the most expensive defender in the UK when he joined Anfield in 1994.

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