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King Rama X strips ‘noble consort’ of her Royal titles. Oct 21. 2019

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King Rama X has stripped Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her “Chao Khun Phra” or noble consort title as well as her

military rank.

The Royal Gazette published on Monday (October 21) that His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra

Vajiraklaochaoyuhua had also recalled her Royal insignia, owing to her undesirable behaviour as a Royal servant and

being disloyal to the Royal Family.

The statement said Sineenat had been against the appointment of Queen Suthida and had given many orders under

the name of Their Majesties for her personal benefit. She also reportedly engaged in activities without His Majesty’s

approval, which caused confusion among the public.

Many vocabularies used in the above news we ought to know. Because of the situation that happened and relates to

the King the report also uses extra vocabularies.

Thanks a lot to Google Translate and G Grammarly as ever again.


King Rama X strips ‘noble consort’ of her Royal titles

 

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A Graduate's Dream Job: Helping Rats Save Lives

October 21, 2019

Global nonprofit organization in Tanzania has developed innovative method using African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis using their extraordinary sense of smell

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.

When people hear the word “rat,” they may think of dirty animals that spread disease.

And if you are an English learner, you may also connect the word “rat” with bad expressions. For examples, calling someone a “rat” is a big insult and “rat race” describes a joyless, hurried way of living.

So, rats generally are not beloved animals either in life or the English language. But the rat trainers at the nonprofit organization, APOPO, see the animals very differently. They consider the rats lifesavers.

Based in Tanzania, APOPO trains giant pouched rats to find landmines. And the rats with their extraordinary sense of smell are very good at the job. APOPO calls their animal team HeroRats.

African giant pouched rats are trained to detect landmines by using their extraordinary sense of smell.
African giant pouched rats are trained to detect landmines by using their extraordinary sense of smell.

Saving lives

American Ellie Cutright is an APOPO trainer from Charleston, South Carolina. The researcher shared her very high opinions of rats in a discussion with VOA. She wants everyone to know how useful these animals are.

"Everybody should know that these rats, they're not stupid. They're not terrible animals. They're really intelligent and they can be trained to do some amazing things."

Humans have used metal-searching devices to do this work for years. But rats -- it turns out -- do it better. And they also cost less money. Cutright explains how the search process works.

"When the rats are working in the field and they find a landmine, they scratch on the ground and that's how we know. We place a little marker there, and then we can go safely remove those and get rid of them."

Once trained, the rats work in minefields in Tanzania and other countries around the world. APOPO estimates that worldwide there are 110 million hidden explosives left over from war. These explosives are still “live,” or able to explode. Experts say such landmines kill or wound 5000 people a year.

APOPO says its rats have discovered more than 107,000 landmines and unexploded explosives, making life safer for almost a million people.

American researcher Ellie Cutright with an African giant pounched rat.
American researcher Ellie Cutright with an African giant pounched rat.


The giant pouched rat is large compared to other kinds of rats. However, they still do not weigh enough to cause a landmine to explode. Cutright praises the impact of their work.

"I think the work that APOPO does is really important in kind of spreading the word that rats are not just a pest. They really are heroes and they show us every day that they are worthy of that name."

Cutright says that she has loved rats all her life. She even kept one as a pet when she was young.

She also followed APOPO’s Facebook site for years. During her last year of college, a job announcement appeared on the social media site. She applied and was hired. Cutright says that for her the position is a perfect fit.

I’m Anna Matteo.

VOA reporter Julie Taboh reported this story. Anna Matteo adapted it for VOA Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.

Quiz: A Graduate's Dream Job: Helping Rats Save Lives

Quiz: A Graduate's Dream Job: Helping Rats Save Lives

Start the Quiz to find out

Words in This Story

amazing – adj. causing great surprise or wonder

scratch – v. to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

impact – n. a powerful or major influence or effect

pest – n. an animal or insect that causes problems for people especially by damaging crops

apply – v. to request especially in writing

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October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019
A look at the best news photos from around the world.

Schoolchildren ride on a boat with their bicycles to cross the river Brahmaputra in Kasoshila village on the outskirts of Gauhati, India.
1Schoolchildren ride on a boat with their bicycles to cross the river Brahmaputra in Kasoshila village on the outskirts of Gauhati, India.
Australian newspapers show a 'Your right to know
2Australian newspapers show a 'Your right to know" campaign, in Canberra. Australia's biggest newspapers ran front pages made up to appear heavily redacted to protest against recent legislation that restricts press freedoms. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
 
Lebanese demonstrators protest in Beirut to demand better living conditions and the ouster of politicians who have monopolized power and influence for decades.
3Lebanese demonstrators protest in Beirut to demand better living conditions and the ouster of politicians who have monopolized power and influence for decades.
Women stand outside a house damaged by a tornado in the American city of Dallas, Texas.
4Women stand outside a house damaged by a tornado in the American city of Dallas, Texas.
Somali children walk through flood waters after heavy rain in Mogadishu.
5Somali children walk through flood waters after heavy rain in Mogadishu.
A demonstrator hangs from a riot police vehicle during a protest of Chile's state economic model in Santiago, Oct. 20, 2019.
6A demonstrator hangs from a riot police vehicle during a protest of Chile's state economic model in Santiago, Oct. 20, 2019.
A Palestinian rider competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 20, 2019.
7A Palestinian rider competes in a local camel race held at the destroyed Gaza airport, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 20, 2019.
A dog dressed in a costume at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Manhattan in New York City, Oct. 20, 2019.
8A dog dressed in a costume at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Manhattan in New York City, Oct. 20, 2019.

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

What's on your to-do list?

EPISODE 190307 / 07 MAR 2019

Introduction

Pay bills, clean the house... these are boring tasks we all have to do regularly even if we don't feel like it. They're part of what we call 'life admin'. Neil and Rob discuss what could make life admin tasks more interesting and teach you related vocabulary.

This week's question

The website Hotels.com commissioned some research about how much time young adults – that's millennials - spend doing life admin. Do you know what proportion of their free time they spend doing life admin tasks? Is it…

a)    a quarter of a day

b)    a third of a day

c)    half a day? 

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

a chore
a boring, ordinary task you do regularly

admin
short for 'administration' –  the activities and tasks you have to do to make a business, organisation or just your life, run smoothly

aka
also known as 

utility company
a company that supplies something such as electricity, gas, or water to the public

procrastinate
delay doing things until later, probably because you don't want to do them 

super-doers
an informal term to describe people who get satisfaction out of doing life admin and do lots of it

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil. And joining me it's Rob. 

Rob
Hello. 

Neil
Now Rob, would you say you're someone who is quite organised?

Rob
I'd like to think so.

Neil
What's the best way to organise everything?

Rob
You need a 'to-do' list – a list of all the jobs you need to do that you can work your way through.

Neil
That's a good idea and something we can include in today's discussion about life admin. Admin is short for administration – that describes the activities and tasks you have to do to make a business or organisation run smoothly – but life admin is administration you have to do to make your day-to-day life run smoothly – like doing housework, or paying a bill. And the first thing on my 'to-do' list is to ask you and the listeners, a question.

Rob
Yes, you wouldn't want to forget that.

Neil
So, the website Hotels.com commissioned some research about how much time young adults – that's millennials - spend doing life admin. Do you know what proportion of their free time they spend doing life admin tasks? Is it…

a) a quarter of a day

b) a third of a day

c) half a day?

Rob
Based on my personal experience, I would say about a quarter of a day.

Neil
Well, we'll see if you're the same as other people at the end of the programme. But as we all know, life admin is necessary but it can be a bit of a chore – a boring, ordinary task you do regularly.

Rob
Experts have studied the subject and looked at how we do it and how we can make it less boring. One of them is Elizabeth Emens, Professor of Law at Columbia University and author of The Art of Life Admin.

Neil
She's been speaking to the BBC Radio 4 programme, Woman's Hour, and described what she thought life admin is…

Elizabeth Emens, Professor of Law at Columbia University
Life admin is the office work of life, it's the invisible layer of work that is the kind of thing that managers and secretaries, aka admins, do for pay in the office but that everyone does in their own lives for free.

Rob
She calls life admin the invisible layer of work – so it's work, tasks or chores we carry out that people don't notice we're doing – or don't realise we have to do them it's extra work in our life.

Neil
And we don't get paid for it – unless we're at work when it is the role of someone to do it – such as secretaries or aka admins – aka is short for 'also known as' – so secretaries might also be known as admins – that is short for people who do administration.

Rob
Right, so we know life admin is boring and we don't get paid for it – and also, trying to renew your house insurance or trying to query a bill with a utility company can be frustrating and feels like a waste of time. A utility company by the way, is one that supplies something such as electricity, gas, or water to the public.

Neil
My problem is I never get round to doing my life admin – there are better things to do – so you could say I procrastinate – I delay doing things until later, probably because I don't want to do them.

Rob
You are what Elizabeth classifies as an 'admin avoider'. So this is where my to-do list comes in handy Neil. You have a written record of tasks that can be quite satisfying to cross off as you do them. But this is something Elizabeth Emens has found to work, at least for some people. Let's hear from her again. What type of people did she find get most satisfaction from completing a to-do list?

Elizabeth Emens, Professor of Law at Columbia University
If you've ever made a list and put things on it you've already done, just to cross them out, then you know the kind of 'done it' pleasure that goes with that. But actually I interviewed people, especially the super-doers that I interviewed, actually can find real pleasure in the actual doing of it - so trying to understand how we can get to that when we have to do it - how we can make it so that there is some meaning in it and some texture and there're ways of doing it that please us.

Neil
So she was describing the super-doers – these are the people who love admin and would spend an evening putting their book collection into alphabetical order!

Rob
Elizabeth mentioned that we should learn from the super-doers and get some 'done it' pleasure in doing our life admin. We need to find a meaning for doing it – in other words, what is represents – so we can see the benefit of completing our to-do list.

Neil
How we find pleasure from doing life admin is different for different people – so personally, I think I'll stick with being an 'admin avoider' – but that might explain why I just got charged extra for not paying my credit card bill on time!

Rob
Well, please don't avoid giving us the answer to the quiz question you asked us earlier.

Neil
Yes. Earlier I asked, researchers, commissioned by Hotels.com, polled 2,000 young professionals about their lives. How much of their free time do they spend doing life admin? Is it…

a) quarter of a day

b) a third of  a day

c) half a day?

Rob
And I said a) a quarter of a day.

Neil
Yes, they spend a quarter of their days carrying out tasks like doctor’s appointments, waiting in for packages to be delivered and doing household chores. Boring!

Rob
Unlike this programme Neil, which is not a chore – one of the words we discussed today.

Neil
Yes, our vocabulary today included chore - a boring, ordinary task you do regularly.

Rob
We also mentioned admin, short for administration –  the activities and tasks you have to do make a business, organisation or just your life, run smoothly.

Neil
We heard aka – meaning 'also known as' – so for example, Rob aka The master of 6 Minute English!

Rob
Thanks very much Neil. Next we heard utility company. That's a company that supplies something such as electricity, gas, or water to the public. And we also heard how Neil likes to procrastinate – that's delay doing things until later, probably because he doesn't want to do them.

Neil
Finally, we mentioned super-doers – an informal term to describe people who get satisfaction out of doing life admin and do lots of it.

Rob
Like me.

Neil
Well, it's time to go now but there's plenty more to discover on our website at bbclearningenglish.com. Goodbye for now. 

Rob
Bye bye.

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Oct 22. 2019
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1) Collaboration to promote the use of the Myanmar kyat and the Thai baht for cross-border payment and settlement between the two countries; and 

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King Rama X strips ‘noble consort’ of her Royal titles

Oct 21. 2019
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King Rama X has stripped Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her “Chao Khun Phra” or noble consort title as well as her military rank.
 

King Rama X strips ‘noble consort’ of her Royal titles

Oct 21. 2019
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King Rama X has stripped Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her “Chao Khun Phra” or noble consort title as well as her military rank.

The Royal Gazette published on Monday (October 21) that His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua had also recalled her Royal insignia, owing to her undesirable behaviour as a Royal servant and being disloyal to the Royal Family.

The statement said Sineenat had been against the appointment of Queen Suthida and had given many orders under the name of Their Majesties for her personal benefit. She also reportedly engaged in activities without His Majesty’s approval, which caused confusion among the public.

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October 22, 2019

 

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