A major milestone in the fight against Ebola. Tests of an experimental vaccine in Guinea found the pioneering treatment to be up to 100% effective. Nearly 6,000 people received the vaccine; all were free of the virus 10 days later. Guinea was at the centre of the largest outbreak of Ebola in history. First identified at 2013, it swept through West Africa killing 70% of those infected and presenting the World Health Organisation with one of its biggest challenges. More than 11,000 people died and until now there was no known cure.
Madagascar is losing its wide-eyed wonderers – the lemurs – at an alarming rate. They are increasingly under threat from hunting and deforestation. Eighty percent of their habitat has been destroyed. Of the 50 kinds of lemur; 17 are endangered and 19 are vulnerable. The Nahanpoana Reserve in southern Madagascar has become a safe haven for the lemurs under threat. However, the money raised from the 3,000 tourists that visit every year here is barely enough to keep the sanctuary open. Without more help, lemurs could disappear from the wild in just a few decades.
In the interest of preserving culture and identity among Native Americans, Steve LaRance decided to start teaching a traditional hoop dance to young children. The artist lives in New Mexico. He started the Pueblo of Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers in 2013, at a time when he felt the younger generation was becoming too distracted by modern influences and technologies.
Transcrição para o português:
Um grande marco na luta contra o ebola. Testes de uma vacina experimental na Guiné descobriram que o tratamento pioneiro é 100% eficiente. Quase 6 mil pessoas receberam a vacina; todas elas estavam livres do vírus 10 dias depois. A Guiné esteve no centro da maior epidemia de ebola da história. Identificada em 2013, a doença se espalhou pela África Ocidental matando 70% dos infectados e apresentando à Organização Mundial da Saúde um de seus maiores desafios. Mais de 11 mil pessoas morreram e até agora não havia cura.
Madagascar está perdendo suas maravilhosas criaturas de olhos esbugalhados – os lemures – a uma taxa assustadora. Eles estão cada vez mais ameaçados por atividades de caça e desmatamento. A reserva Nahanpoana, no sul de Madagascar, se tornou um santuário para lemures ameaçados. Entretanto, o dinheiro levantado com os cerca de 3 mil turistas que visitam o lugar a cada ano mal dá para manter o santuário aberto. Sem mais ajuda, lemures podem desaparecer de seu habitat selvagem em apenas algumas décadas.
Com a intenção de preservar a cultura e a identidade de povos nativos americanos, Steve LaRance resolveu começar a ensinar a tradicional dança hoop para crianças. O artista vive no Novo México. Ele lançou o grupo dos Jovens Dançarinos Hoop Pojoaque em 2013, quando sentiu que a geração mais jovem estava se distraíndo demais pelas influências modernas e tecnologias.
Words and phrases and definitions:
pioneering doing something never done before
safe haven a place of protection from threats
distracted having the attention taken by something
Use one of the words or phrases from Lingohack to complete each of these sentences. Note that you may have to change the form of a word or phrase to complete the sentence correctly.
pioneering / safe haven / distracted
1. Britain provided a __________ for refugees who left continental Europe during World War Two.
2. The first heart transplant was performed in 1967. The __________ surgery was carried out in a South African hospital.
3. Marina's mother was annoyed with her. All that computer gaming was a __________ at a time when the girl should study for her exams.
1. Britain provided a safe haven for refugees who left continental Europe during World War Two.
2. The first heart transplant was performed in 1967. The pioneering surgery was carried out in a South African hospital.
3. Marina's mother was annoyed with her. All that computer gaming was a distraction at a time when the girl should study for her exams.