Learn English With The News – Extinction Rebellion Activists Exonerated by Jury over Train Protest

Climate change is devastating cities and countries all over the world. The Extinction Rebellion has something to say about it on this week’s video. Several protestors were arrested for causing major delays on London’s metro system.

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The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

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Extinction Rebellion | Definition Match

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Three Extinction Rebellion activists have been cleared over a stunt which caused a 77-minute delay to a central London train.
Reverend Sue Parfitt, Father Martin Newell, and former university lecturer Philip Kingston, were unanimously acquitted by a jury at Inner London Crown Court of obstructing the railway following their protest at Shadwell Station in 2019. Kingston super-glued his hand to a Docklands Light Railway train while Parfitt and Newell climbed on the roof and said prayers for the planet.
The trio said they were strongly motivated by their Christian faith, while Kingston said the futures of his four grandchildren also prompted him to take part in the protest. What they said was an attempt to appeal to the public and the government about the dangers of climate change and the financial institutions whose actions damage the planet.
According to the activists, this was partly because they had planned the demonstration to ensure there was no risk to public safety, by taking measures including targeting a station above ground and having 10 more Extinction Rebellion activists on the platform to ensure violence did not break out.
In April 2021, six Extinction Rebellion protesters were cleared of causing criminal damage to Shell’s London headquarters despite the judge directing jurors they had no defense in law.

 

 

Subjunctives with “That”

If you have never heard of a subjunctive, chances are you are not alone. A subjunctive is a special verb form that expresses something desired or even imagined. While it may be rare, it is still found in many phrases and in formal speech and writing.

Often times we use the subjunctive to speak about events that are not certain. We can use it to talk about certain events that someone:

  1. Wants to happen
  2. Anticipates will happen
  3. Imagines happening

Let’s take a look at the base subjunctive: note that there is no -s in the third person forms.

Common verbs we can use with subjunctives include: advise, ask, command, demand, desire, insist, order, prefer, propose, recommend or request.

 

We use the base subjunctives in that clauses:

  1. I demand that he stop behaving like that.
  2. He suggests that you be present at the meeting.
  3. The president has issued an order that the secretary resign (quit)
  4. I ask that you be honest with me.
  5. My son suggested that I cook pasta tonight.

 

In all these examples, we can see that the subjunctive verb is in the base form (not-s) no matter the subject.

 

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Subjunctives with That: Quiz

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Netflix Set to Pause All Projects in Russia

Netflix is taking a small stand against Russian aggression in Ukraine by pausing all future projects within the country. Several other streaming services plan to do something similar. Will it have an effect? The situation is up in the air at this point.

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Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

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Netflix Set to Pause All Projects in Russia | Definition Match

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Netflix has indefinitely paused all future Russian projects and acquisitions as a result of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The streaming service is examining the impact of current events. The service launched in the country just over a year ago and is believed to have about 1 million subscribers.
Earlier this week, the company confirmed it would refuse to broadcast Russian propaganda, contradicting a law that just came into effect. It requires streaming services with more than 100,000 daily users to carry 20 major Russian federal television channels, many of which broadcast Kremlin propaganda.
The past few days have seen an increasing pushback from Hollywood against Russia, including Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony and Universal all delaying their upcoming film releases.
Disney is planning to make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. For now, they are working with their partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.
The Cannes film festival has stated that no Russian delegations or attendees with ties to the government will be welcomed in May. The European Film Academy also announced that Russian films will not be eligible for the next European Film Awards.