News for the week of February 16-22, 2020:
- Racist shootings in Germany leave 9 dead. [spp-timestamp time=”00:00:37″]
- In Iraq, women demonstrated against corruption. [spp-timestamp time=”00:01:49″]
- In Rome, the tomb of Romulus, founder of Rome, may be found. [spp-timestamp time=”00:02:20″]
- EuroMillions in France: one winner never showed up. [spp-timestamp time=”00:03:05″]
- Explanation of the week's vocabulary [spp-timestamp time=”00:03:42″]
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On the front page for this week of February 16 - February 22:
- Two racist shootings have left 9 people dead in Germany.
- In Iraq, women marched without men in the holy city of Najaf to denounce corruption.
- The tomb of Romulus, the founder of Rome, may be found by archaeologists.
- EuroMillions in France: a winner never found, his winnings paid to the State.
Two racist shootings left nine people dead in Germany near Frankfurt. The attacks were aimed at the immigrant population. Five Turks, a Bosnian and a Bulgarian were killed in the shootings. On Thursday evening, thousands of people gathered in silence throughout the country to protest against the hatred and threat of terrorism from the extreme right. On Wednesday night, the assailant entered a shisha bar in the town of Hanau and shot the customers. He then got back into his car and drove to a second bar, where he also shot at customers in the smoking area. The alleged shooter was found with his mother, both dead, in his apartment, shot to death. A video and a 24-page document inciting the destruction of the population of at least 24 countries, such as those of the Maghreb, the Middle East and South Asia, were found. It includes theses on race. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, denounces the poison that is racism.
This is a first in Iraq. Women marched this week in the holy city of Najaf without any men by their side. They demonstrated against the government and corruption in this very conservative city south of Baghdad. In this context, they also affirmed their position against the United States and Iran. They believe that their country is ruled by foreigners and want to regain their civil status and their rights.
It is in the archaeological park of the Colosseum, in Rome, that recent excavations have probably allowed archaeologists to discover the tomb of Romulus, the founding father of the city. He would have founded Rome on April 21, 753 B.C. This tomb was presented to the public for the first time this Friday. If it is impossible to scientifically affirm that it is indeed the tomb of Romulus, archaeologists base their deduction on sources dating from antiquity. Whether it is indeed the tomb of the father of Rome or not, one thing is certain, it is indeed an important monument that has been discovered. This discovery remains exceptional.
1,047,023 euros and 20 cents. This is the amount that a mysterious winner of the EuroMillions in France should have received, following the draw of December 20. He had until this Tuesday midnight to come forward and enjoy his winnings. Despite numerous calls in the media by the Française des Jeux, he never showed up. According to the rule, it is therefore the state that recovers the prize. All we know about the winner is that he played his ticket in a tobacconist's in a shopping center in Marseille, in the South of France. Let's hope he never realizes his mistake.
Vocabulary of the week
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■ Shooting: gunshots, someone firing a gun at people multiple times.
■ Racist (adjective), racist (noun): is when someone thinks there are races and that all human beings are not equal.
■ Racism: is the belief that there are different races of human beings and that some are above others.
■ To gather in silence: to gather without speaking following a sad event.
■ Shisha bar: this is a bar where you can smoke hookah, which is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco.
■ The customer: is a person who uses a service or buys something with money.
■ Customer base: is the set of customers of a service, location...
■ The alleged perpetrator: this is the person who is suspected of having done something.
■ Shooting someone: using a weapon to injure or kill people.
■ Shot: someone who has been killed by a firearm, by a gun.
■ Destroy: eliminate, remove.
■ Poison: a dangerous substance, which can kill when swallowed. For example, arsenic is a poison. Figuratively, we can also use the word "poison" to talk about dangerous ideas or to talk about someone who is very bad.
■ Thesis: this is an idea, a theory, an opinion. It is also referred to as a thesis in the university setting. It is then the work that a student makes at the end of his studies when he makes a doctorate, to become a doctor of the university.
■ The smoking area: this is the place, the room in bars or in nightclubs that is reserved for people who smoke.
■ Corruption: is when people are bribed, bribed. For example, if members of the government receive money from companies to make certain decisions, this is corruption.
■ Demonstrate: is when we gather with other people to express our opinion together, usually in the street.
■ To march: Here, the verb march is used in the same way as demonstrate. It means to march in the street. This verb can also be used to talk about a fashion show: "The models parade in Yves-Saint-Laurent dresses."
■ Conservative/Conservative (adjective): when we say that someone is conservative or that an idea is conservative we mean that it dates from ancient times, that it is against novelty, modernity.
■ The archaeologist: it is a profession. It is the person who searches for remains, remains of the past, remains of ancient civilizations.
■ Excavation: it is the fact of searching in the ground, to find remains of ancient times, disappeared civilizations.
■ The founder: this is the person who creates something. For example we can also say that "Steeve Jobs is the founder of Apple".
■ The grave: this is the place where a dead person is buried. One can gather at a grave.
■ The tomb: it's like a grave but bigger, grander. It is a funerary monument, a monument to a deceased person.
■ Beautifully: actually, really. It is an expression. Another example? "I did indeed pass my French exam." You weren't sure you passed it, now you're really sure.
■ Exceptional(le) (adjective): this adjective is used to talk about something incredible, very rare.
■ The draw: in this case, the term draw refers to the numbers that have been drawn, chosen at random in a lottery.
■ The winner: this is the winner, someone who wins something.
■ The prize: this is what the winner, the victor, gains. His prize, his lot.
■ Mysterious (adjective): it is someone hidden, whose identity is not known.
■ To manifest (verb): when we add "se" before manifest, it means: to make ourselves known, to show ourselves, to say that it is us.
■ The jackpot: this is a large sum of money.
■ The tobacco shop: it is a place in France where you can buy cigarettes, newspapers and play money games like lotto, EuroMillions, scratch games...