Has a deal been reached that will persuade British voters to stay in the European Union? The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has hailed a draft EU reform deal as delivering what he calls 'substantial changes'. Among other things, the proposals would allow the UK to suspend some welfare payments to workers from other European countries. He will now need to persuade the leaders of the other 27 EU member states to agree to it.
Now, if you've had a tough commute recently, spare a thought for these rail passengers in China – 50,000 of them have been left stranded in the southern city of Guangzhou. Bad weather is hampering the country's busiest travel period, the Lunar New Year getaway. Extra trains are being laid on to try and clear the backlog.
If you're fed up of winter, here's some good news for you from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They've just had their annual Groundhog Festival at Gobbler's Knob and it's all to record the weather prediction of this chap here, the resident groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, to the crowd's delight. Phil failed to see his own shadow so that means that he believes there's going to be an early spring.
Transcrição em português
Foi possível chegar a um acordo que possa convencer os eleitores britânicos a permanecer na União Europeia? O primeiro-ministro, David Cameron, elogiou o projeto de acordo sobre reformas na UE dizendo que ele trará 'mudanças substanciais'. Entre outras coisas, as propostas permitiriam ao Reino Unido suspender pagamentos de benefícios a trabalhadores de outros países europeus. Agora, ele terá de convencer os líderes dos outros 27 países membros a aprová-lo.
Se você enfrentou uma viagem dura recentemente, pare para pensar nesses passageiros de trem na China - 50 mil deles ficaram presos na cidade de Guangzhou, no sul. Mau tempo causou transtornos durante o período de viagens mais movimentado do país, o Ano Novo Lunar. Trens adicionais foram disponibilizados para tentar reabsorver os atrasos acumulados.
Se você está de saco cheio do inverno, eis algumas boas notícias para você de Punxsutawney, na Pensilvânia. Eles acabam de ter o seu Festival Anual da Marmota de Gobbler's Knob, tudo isso para registrar a previsão desse sujeito aqui, a marmota Punxsutawney Phil, para alegria do público. Phil não conseguiu ver sua própria sombra, o que significa que ele acredita que a primavera chegará cedo.
Words, phrases and definitionshailed
hampering making it difficult to do something
backlog a number of things that should have been done before now
prediction what you think will happen in the future
Watch the video online: http://bbc.in/1Pzvvvn
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.
hailed / hampering / backlog / prediction
1. A lack of clues was _______ the investigation into the man's murder.
2. Because of the strike by doctors there is a _______ of patients waiting to be treated.
3. The new swimming pool was _______ as a great benefit for the local community.
4. Weather forecasters have ________ the worst of the weather will hit the country on Monday.
1. A lack of clues was hampering the investigation into the man's murder.
2. Because of the strike by doctors there is a backlog of patients waiting to be treated.
3. The new swimming pool was hailed as a great benefit for the local community.
4. Weather forecasters have predicted the worst of the weather will hit the country on Monday.