News in Slow English
Easy Native English Language Listening Practice Using a Selection of the Latest Global News Features
欢迎来到“News in Slow English”，这是一个语言教育播客，通过它您可以练习慢速听力和了解正宗的美式英语，同时学习本周最引人入胜的新闻动态和全球特色。
Welcome to “News in Slow English,” an educational language podcast through which you can practice slowly listening to and understanding real American English while at the same time learning about some of the week’s most fascinating news developments and global features.
Today is Friday, September 28th, 2018, and here is a look at some of the stories happening around the world today.
Airline customers all over Europe are having to deal with major disruptions to their travel plans this weekend as the European discount airline RyanAir is forced to cancel over 200 flights in the wake of strikes by pilots and cabin crew in some of the cities and countries the airline serves. 35,000 passengers will be affected by this latest round of strikes, which are said to be over a disagreement on the country of jurisdiction for workers’ employment contracts.
American tennis superstar Serena Williams will not compete in this weekend’s China Open in Beijing despite being expected to take part in the event. Williams, whose sister Venus will also not take part, recently became the subject of international sporting controversy after she incurred a series of penalties during the US Open tennis tournament which ultimately cost her another Grand Slam title. It is not currently known if Serena Williams will resume competition later or whether she is done competing for the season.
Share prices for the futuristic American car manufacturer Tesla fell by 10 percent on Friday morning after news broke on Thursday that the US regulator that oversees the American stock market had filed a lawsuit against the company’s famous founder, Elon Musk, over claims that he put out false public information about pending investments in the company. Musk had previously tweeted that he had enough investment lined up to take Tesla private, which resulted in an enormous amount of speculation about the future of the company in the technology and financial communities. However, details about the alleged secured funding never materialized, leading some to believe the statement was false and misleading.
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has triggered a tsunami that hit has the city of Palu with 2-meter high waves which swept away buildings and damaged one of the town’s mosques. At least 5 people have been reported killed so far, although authorities are still assessing the damage. Another earthquake in Indonesia last month killed over 400 people, although no seismic event has topped the damage done by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Indonesia and many other south and southeast Asian countries in 2004, which killed over 120,000 people in Indonesia alone and over 220,000 in all.
This year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings list is out and showing significant continued progress for universities in countries outside of the West, especially in Asia. While the two prestigious British institutions, Oxford and Cambridge, continue to top the global rankings and American universities continue to dominate in the overall number of schools making the list, Japan for the first time has overtaken the United Kingdom to come in second, while China had the fourth largest number of universities on the list. China’s Tsinghua University was the highest ranked in all of Asia alongside 71 other Chinese universities in the rankings. Universities in several developing nations made the list for the first time, including Baghdad University in Iraq, the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, as well as universities in Kazakhstan and Nepal.
Thank you for subscribing and listening to “News in Slow English.” You can find the full text of this podcast by going to the website www.slowenglish.net. We’ll see you again next week with another opportunity for you to practice your American English language understanding with current and interesting topics. Have a great week!
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