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link : learning english with voa news : Monday, January 14, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

From the value of losses from PM 2.5 haze occurring in Thailand at the moment, the valuation as described below;

According to Kasikorn Research Center, the smog can cause Thailand to lose 6.6 billion baht for the health and tourism sector due to the effects of air pollution.

However, in the present, toxic haze covers the world.

 

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US Study: Many Good Jobs Exist for High School Graduates

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Crews work on power lines damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018.
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US Study: Many Good Jobs Exist for High School Graduates
 

The best paying jobs in the United States often require successful completion of a study program at a college or university. But a new study suggests there are also millions of good jobs for people with only a high school education.

The study was a project of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Its findings were based on U.S. government information. Financial company JPMorgan Chase provided money for the research.

The Georgetown researchers defined a “good job” as one paying at least $35,000 a year for U.S. workers between the ages of 25 and 44 years. For those between 45 and 64, a good job was said to pay at least $45,000 a year.

The study identified three general paths leading to a good job: a high school education, middle skills, and bachelor’s degree, BA, from a college or university.

The high school path is meant for workers with a high school education or less. The middle-skills group included workers with more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor’s degree. Included in this group were people who earned an associate degree or attended classes or training in college, but did not have such a degree.

Support specialists, who assist coworkers and clients with any computer problems, can often get a job without a college degree. (Photo by Flickr user wistechcolleges via Creative Commons license.
Support specialists, who assist coworkers and clients with any computer problems, can often get a job without a college degree. (Photo by Flickr user wistechcolleges via Creative Commons license.

The report noted that after World War II, U.S. workers with a high school diploma or less were able to get good-paying, middle-class jobs. It said that is because there were a large number of jobs in manufacturing and other industries requiring physical labor. Most of these jobs were filled by workers with only a high school education.

But over the years, manufacturing kept moving toward greater use of machines. In addition, the U.S. and world economies went through major changes. These developments created a need for a more educated and skilled work force.

The report said that in the manufacturing-based economy of the past, about two-thirds of entry-level jobs required a high school diploma or less. Today, two-thirds of jobs require at least some education or training in addition to high school, it found.

The researchers estimated that in 1991, 15 million good jobs existed for those with a high school diploma. About 12 million good middle-skills jobs were available, while 18 million existed for people with a bachelor’s degree.

By 2016, the report found the high school path led to only 13 million good jobs. However, those 13 million jobs were responsible for about 20 percent of all good jobs, the study found. The middle-skills group grew to 16 million, while the path for bachelor’s degree holders doubled to 36 million good jobs.

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Anthony Carnevale is director of the Center on Education and the Workforce, and a lead researcher on the project.

“While it’s no surprise that the BA economy has doubled the number of good jobs it provides, it really struck us that the high school economy still provides 13 million good jobs,” he said. “We also found it surprising that even though blue-collar jobs declined, middle-skills jobs have grown considerably.”

The report said that the long-term future for high school-educated workers is unclear. But it estimated about 27 percent of U.S. workers aged 25 to 34 with a high school diploma currently have a good job.

The financial website Kiplinger.com recently examined a collection of data to identify the highest-paying jobs for Americans without a college degree. Among the top-rated were sales representative, computer user support specialist and power line installerKiplinger reported.

As the population ages, America’s health care industry will provide many more jobs for people without a college degree. These are expected to include health technologist, medical secretary, medical assistant and dental assistant, Kiplinger noted.

Other top jobs identified for high school diploma holders included oil, gas and mine service operator, self-improvement education teacher, flight attendant and plumber.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

 

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English. His report was based on information from the Center on Education and the Workforce, VOA News and Kiplinger.com. George Grow was the editor.

How important do you think a college education is to getting a good-paying job? Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

 

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Words in This Story

 

bachelor’s degree – n. a degree given to a student by a college or university usually after four years of study

automation – n. the control of something using machines and not people

decline – v. to become less in amount, importance, quality or strength

installer – n. person whose job is to put things in position and make them ready for use

plumber – n. someone whose job is to supply, connect, and repair water pipes and devices

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Lesson 16: Find Your Joy!

January 12, 2019
 
 

Summary

Anna loses her key. When she goes looking for it, she finds a life coach instead. And that's where the confusion begins...

Conversation

Anna: Hi, Kaveh! Let’s go to lunch!

Kaveh: Ooh, I know a great place. When I first started working here, I would go every day!

Anna: Great. Oh, no.

Kaveh: What’s wrong?

Anna: I lost my key! I just had it this morning.

Kaveh: You should check the Lost & Found office.

Anna: Great idea. Where is it?

Kaveh: Oh, it used to be across from the cafeteria. But now it’s down in the basement next to the elevators. It’s really hard to find.

Anna: The Lost & Found is hard to find. That’s funny.

Kaveh: It is.

Professor Bot: I hope Anna can find the Lost & Found office!

Used to and would describe something that happened repeatedly in the past.

Kaveh uses would when he says, “When I first started working here, I would go every day!

There are two differences between used to and would.

Number 1: We use would only when we say the time period first.

Number 2: For verbs like bethinkfeelsee and understand, we can only use used to.

Kaveh says, "It used to be across from the cafeteria."

Keep listening for more!

(A worker moves the sign for the Lost & Found office. So, Anna walks into the wrong office without knowing it.)

Serenity: Come in! I am Serenity.

Anna: Hi, Serenity. I’m Anna!

Serenity: Please, sit down. How can I help you?

Anna: I lost something very important.

Serenity: Shh. I already know. You need help.

Anna: Yes. I need help finding the key …

Serenity: Shh. You need to find the key – the key that will give you happiness.

Anna: Yes. Finding this key will make me very happy.

Serenity: First, Anna, let me tell you a little bit about myself.

Anna: Okay.

Serenity: I used to be a very important person with a very important job. I made a lot of money -- I mean a lot.

Anna: Wow. Good for you!

Serenity: No! No, it was bad for me. I lost the most important thing – the key! You’ve lost it too, haven’t you, Anna? Haven’t you?

Anna: I guess. So, how does this work? Do I have to fill out a form or something?

Serenity: No. No forms. Just answer this one question: As a child, what did you use to do to feel happy?

Anna: When I was little, I used to sing all the time with my family. Those were good times.

Serenity: Singing is so joyfulI used to sing. But now that I’ve started my business, I’ve just been too busy. Too busy! Anna, why don’t you sing again?

Anna: I sing everywhere! I sing in the office. I sing on the metro. I sing in the elevators. I sing on the escalators. I sing in the bathroom. Serenity! Serenity! I really need to find my key. Yeah!

Serenity: Yes, we need to find the key … the key to happiness.

Anna: No, no. I just need to find the key to my apartment.

Serenity: I used to know. But now I don't! Do you, Anna?

Anna: I don’t know. I think I left it in the ladies’ room. You know, this isn’t the Lost & Found, is it?

(Anna starts walking out of the room)

Serenity: It could be the Lost & Found. I’m lost! And I used to find joy for peopleI used to find joy!

Anna: You know, this is a bad time for you. I’ll find the Lost & Found myself. Bye, thanks.

Serenity: I used to find joy. I used to find joy! I used to find joy!

Anna: Ah, I found my key!

Serenity: I used to find joy!

Pofessor Bot: Oh no. Serenity lost her joy. But at least Anna found her key! Check out our website for more!

 

New Words​


basement n. the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground ​
elevator n. a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building
escalator n. a machine used for carrying people and things to different levels in a building​
cafeteria - n. a place where people get food at a counter and carry it to a table for eating
form - n. a document with blank spaces for filling in information
joy - n. a feeling of great happiness
joyful n. full of joy
key n. something that provides a solution​ or explanation
life coach - n. a person who counsels and encourages people on matters about their careers or personal challenges
Lost & Found - n. a place where lost items are kept to await reclaiming by their owners (sometimes also written as lost-and-found or lost and found)
serenity - n. a feeling of calm and peacefulness ("Serenity" is also the name of the life coach.)
state n. a way of living or existing

Practice

Now, practice the grammar you just learned. Use the Comments section below to tell us what you used to do to feel happy.

Remember to follow these rules:

Rule # 1: Use would only when you introduce the time period first.

You can mention the time in the same sentence:

"When I first started working here, I would go every day!"

Or, you can mention the time in the previous sentence:

"When I first started working here, I did not bring lunch from home. I would go to restaurants every day.

Rule # 2: For stative verbs, only use used to. A stative verb is a verb used mainly to describe a state or situation rather than an action.

Two examples from today's lesson:

Serenity: "I used to know. But now I don't"

Kaveh: "It used to be across from the cafeteria.

There are many stative verbs in English. Some examples include: be, know, think, feel, see, understand, want, like, love, hate, wish, mean, remember, taste, believe, hear, look and seem.

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Unit 8: News Review
How to use the language from the latest news stories

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Session 73

Why did Donald Trump order hundreds of pizzas and burgers to be delivered to the White House? Neil and Dan teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Fast food feast: Trump's White House takeaway

President Trump has ordered hundreds of pizzas and hamburgers to feed guests at the White House. The federal shutdown means there aren't enough staff to prepare food.

Language challenge

A synonym of 'fast food' is:

a) quick food
b) junk food
c) tasty food

Watch the video and complete the activity

 

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The story

President Trump has bought hamburgers and pizzas for a college football team visiting the White House - blaming the government shutdown for the takeaway menu.

The White House is operating with a smaller staff owing to the federal government partial shutdown.

Key words and phrases

smorgasbord
a selection of food served so people can help themselves

• There was a smorgasbord at one end of the hall for guests to help themselves.
• Dan offered Neil a smorgasbord of entertainment for the weekend.

bites
has an unpleasant effect

• It's quite mild today, but you'll need a hat for when this winter really bites.
• Now that his hip injury has bitten, Murray is thinking of retiring from tennis.

can't stomach it
unable to accept (something)

• Don't play a horror movie, please. It's too scary and I really can't stomach it.
• I've never been able to stomach the awkwardness of a public argument.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

 

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

 
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Singer and songwriter Su Boonlieng yesterday debuted a pop song “Knock Knock Knock”, adapted from a popular song “Pratu Chai” [The Door to the Heart] from the 1980s. The song calls for the return of democracy.
Singer and songwriter Su Boonlieng yesterday debuted a pop song “Knock Knock Knock”, adapted from a popular song “Pratu Chai” [The Door to the Heart] from the 1980s. The song calls for the return of democracy.

Group sets Friday deadline to govt for election date, vows to up the ante with rallies

Breaking News January 16, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

WITH THE government failing to fix the date for the election and pushing for it to be delayed by a month, pro-election groups are rallying for a show of strength both in and out of Bangkok to put pressure on the ruling junta.

If a Royal Decree on the election is not published in the Royal Gazette by Friday, the group will hold its fourth pro-election protest at Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Avenue this Saturday.

Protests were seen in different provinces in the past week after the government was unable to clarify the election delay, saying it would overlap the royal coronation ceremony in May.

These demonstrations were in addition to the protests around the Ratchaprasong intersection on Sunday that saw at least 500 protesters joining the movement.

Although the ban on political activity was lifted late last year, police are keeping a close watch on the protesters. Protest leaders were finally charged with using an amplifier in a public place without permission.

Singer and songwriter Su Boonlieng yesterday debuted a pop song “Knock Knock Knock”, adapted from a popular song “Pratu Chai” [The Door to the Heart] from the 1980s.

“Knock Knock Knock” calls for the return of democracy, that has been on hold since the 2014 coup.

“I wrote this song because I want younger people to see politics as something colourful. So, I presented this song through younger singers and dancers,” Su wrote on Facebook. “I want them to see that elections should be a routine, that we should do routinely.”

Following mounting pressure, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday: “I’ve always said that the election will follow some conditions.”

The pro-poll group has set Friday as the deadline for the government to clarify its stance on the election but Prayut asked if the group had the authority to impose a deadline for the government.

“I don’t understand this. Everything still follows the same time frame,” Prayut said after the mobile Cabinet meeting in Lampang province. “The election must take place in 150 days and that is May 9.”

Prayut was referring to the time frame set by the Constitution, which states that the poll must be conducted within 150 days of the election organic laws coming into effect.

He said he did not want to talk about it because it was the responsibility of the Election Commission (EC). In determining the election date, the EC had to take into account not only the opinions of involved parties but also the preparations for the coronation ceremony, he added.

The monarchy is the main pillar of the nation, the PM stressed, adding that everyone had to lend a helping hand.

Meanwhile, Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong yesterday said he had no concerns over threats of stepped-up demonstrations, saying the protesters had the right and freedom to do so. His only worry was about trade and tourism being affected by the protests.

However, in response to the deadline set by the pro-poll group, Apirat said they should also draw a line for themselves and try not to cross it.

“Do not cross the line,” he said. “Political groups can do their job. The security forces will also do their job. This is how the system works.”

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Bangkok smog to hit Thailand in the tourism pocket

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Bangkok’s air pollution problems will take a hefty toll on the Thai economy unless authorities can effectively clear the city’s air and find some long-term solutions to smog.

A Kasikorn Research Centre analysis says the smog could cost Thailand 6.6 billion baht in losses for the healthcare and tourism sectors due to the impact of air pollution.

The analysis says the healthcare and tourism sectors would be affected the most from the smog, as people face serious risks to their health from the excessively high PM2.5 levels, while the pollution and smog in the city were driving tourists away from Bangkok, hitting the tourism industry.

According to the statistics on air pollution-related sicknesses, cited in the Kasikorn Research Centre analysis, it was found that the harmful PM2.5 level had already increased the number of patients with respiratory diseases in the capital. It is estimated that at least 2.4 million people out of 11 million citizens in Bangkok now suffer from allergies and respiratory diseases.

Meanwhile, it was also found that many tourists were leaving the capital for other destinations to avoid the harmful air quality in Bangkok.

The analysis warned that unless authorities come up with mitigation measures to relieve the air pollution problem soon, a large number of tourists may cancel their trips to Thailand, inflicting losses to the tourism industry estimated at up to 3.5 billion baht.

Bangkok smog to hit Thailand in the tourism pocket | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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January 16, 2019

 


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