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Marrocos inaugura superusina solar

Transcript

The World Bank has confirmed that Morocco is about to become a solar superpower by opening the world's biggest solar plant. The plant on the edge of the Sahara will create electricity for a million homes using these giant mirrors to capture energy from the sun and to generate steam. But the really clever thing about this particular plant is that it can store energy to generate solar power even while it's dark.

Now let's take you to South Africa, and Zimasa Mabela has been on her first patrol after she became the first African woman to command a navy vessel. She broke new ground when she took charge of a de-mining ship based in Cape Town last month. The 38-year-old mum of two says she wants to be judged on her ability to command and not her gender.

And finally to Dallas, Texas, and a building which was a piece of the city's history… This, the first hospital in Dallas to perform a successful heart transplant. That was 1985. It didn't take long for that demolition to bring the building down. Apparently it would have been just too expensive to renovate it.

Transcrição em português

O Banco Mundial confirmou que o Marrocos está perto de se tornar uma superpotência solar ao inaugurar a maior usina solar do planeta. A usina à beira do deserto do Saara criará eletricidade para milhões de lares usando esses espelhos gigantes para captar energia do Sol e gerar vapor. Mas a coisa realmente especial nessa usina é que ela pode armazenar e gerar energia solar mesmo quando está escuro.

Agora levamos você a África do Sul, onde Zimasa Mabela realizou sua primeira patrulha depois de se tornar a primeira mulher africana a comandar uma embarcação da Marinha. Ela estabeleceu o marco ao assumir um navio varredor de minas atracado na Cidade do Cabo no mês passado. Aos 38 anos, a mãe de dois filhos disse que gostaria de ser avaliada pela sua habilidade de comandar e não por seu gênero.

E finalmente a Dallas, no Texas, a um edifício que foi parte da história da cidade...o primeiro hospital em Dallas a realizar com sucesso um transplante de coração. Isso foi em 1985. Não demorou muito para que essa demolição derrubasse o prédio. Aparentemente teria sido caro demais reformá-lo.

Words, phrases and definitions

plant

broke new ground did something nobody has ever done before

to renovate to improve its condition

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Exercise

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.

plant / broke new ground / to renovate

1. An international team of scientists expects to __________ in their research to cure cancer.

2. The town was in darkness after lightning struck the power __________.

3. The mayor has set aside funds __________ the old palace. He hopes it will increase tourism in the town.

Answers

1. An international team of scientists expects to break new ground in their research to cure cancer.

2. The town was in darkness after lightning struck the power plant.

3. The mayor set aside funds to renovate the old palace. He hopes it will increase tourism in the town.