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Tailândia faz apreensão recorde de contrabando de marfim

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It's an impressive haul.

Four tonnes of ivory, with a market value of $6m. Customs officials in Thailand say it's the biggest seizure in the country's history.

The elephant tusks were tracked from the Democratic Republic of Congo for two months.

Officials say they were being transported to Laos, from where they believed the ivory would be sold to customers across Asia.

Transcrição em português:

É um lote impressionante.

Quatro toneladas de marfim, com um valor de mercado de US$ 6 milhões. Agentes alfandegários tailandeses disseram que é a maior apreensão na história do país.

As presas de elefante foram monitoradas por dois meses desde a República Democrática do Congo.

Autoridades disseram que a carga seria transportada para o Laos, onde, eles acreditam, seria vendida para compradores em diferentes países asiáticos.

Vocabulary:

haul - an amount of stolen or illegal items

market value - potential price of an item if it is sold

seizure - (here) act of capturing something using force

tusks - long and pointy teeth coming out of an elephant’s mouth

transported - taken from one place to another

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports. Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

haul / market value / seizure / tusks / transported

1. A shark has been __________ more than 120 miles across England in a bid to encourage him to breed.

Albi, a two metre-long (6ft) nurse shark, was taken from the National Sea Life Centre Blackpool to the attraction's sister site in Birmingham.

2. The five-year covert investigation called Operation Yonside has been one of North Wales Police's biggest probes. It led to the __________ of almost £200,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis.

3. Many Asian elephants, smaller in stature than their African cousins, fail to grow __________ at all.

4. The rent they currently pay is between £150 and £200 per week, which Mr Gooding said was "about 40-45% below the _________, so even if some people had to pay more they would still be paying rent below the market rate".

5. The estimated value of the stolen jewels is unknown.

Reports have valued the __________at anything from £30m to £200m - but this is speculation, no more, at this stage.

Answers:

Albi, a two metre-long (6ft) nurse shark, was taken from the National Sea Life Centre Blackpool to the attraction's sister site in Birmingham".

Source: Shark transported to Birmingham Sea Life Centre to breed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-29743424

2. The five-year covert investigation called Operation Yonside has been one of North Wales Police's biggest probes. It led to the seizure of almost £200,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis.

Source: Caernarfon drugs gang boss Gavin Thorman jailed for 12 years http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32230059

3. Many Asian elephants, smaller in stature than their African cousins, fail to grow tusks at all.

Source: ‘Longest tusked’ elephant in Asia dies in Sri Lanka http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14404342

4. The rent they currently pay is between £150 and £200 per week, which Mr Gooding said was "about 40-45% below the market value, so even if some people had to pay more they would still be paying rent below the market rate".

Source: Wealthier Hoxton tenants ‘could pay more rent’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-31637681

5. The estimated value of the stolen jewels is unknown.

Reports have valued the haul at anything from £30m to £200m - but this is speculation, no more, at this stage.

Source: Hatton Garden raid: The mystery deepens http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32283449