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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。
 
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Cuba turned the page on the Castro era on April 19 with the ruling Communist Party electing President Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace Raul Castro as party chief, although Diaz-Canel said he would continue to consult his predecessor on strategic decisions.The succession marks the end of six decades of rule by brothers Fidel and Raul Castro, who led a 1…
 
Think your dog deserves dessert? So does Ben & Jerry’s.The world-famous Vermont ice cream company has introduced a line of frozen dog treats, its first foray into the lucrative pet food market. Doggie Desserts, sold in 4-ounce (113-gram) cups, went on sale in U.S. groceries and pet stores early this month.The treats come in two flavors: pumpkin wit…
 
Belle-Ile is the only island in France’s Brittany region and the perfect place to go to get away from the crowds.There are no less than 60 beaches in Belle-Ile, even though the island is a mere 17 kilometers across. The coastline is tailor-made for hikers and nature lovers; windswept surf and rocks poking out of the sea are a recurring theme.If tho…
 
NY state set to legalize recreational marijuanaNew York is poised to join a growing number of U.S. states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.The agreement reached March 27 would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program and set up a licensing and taxation sy…
 
By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He’d watched a few seasons of The Sopranos and his eyes were getting tired from reading.Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought “Aha. That’s a hat waiting to happen.”The paper cowboy was born.Using the good-quality paper bag…
 
Continued from Part 1…The big clubs previously threatened a Super League in 2016 and leveraged that to secure four automatic Champions League qualification places for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year.When their true intentions emerged this time, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters rallied the other 14 Premier League clubs, the…
 
For years, the “Big Six” soccer clubs have thrown their weight around in the English Premier League. But their latest move — announcing April 18 they would join with six European teams to form a new European Super League, separate from Europe’s Champions League — has blown up in their faces.Within 48 hours, all six clubs — Arsenal, Liverpool, Manch…
 
Welcome to our countdown of the 20th century’s top inventions, where we look at some of the things we take for granted and show how they changed the world.We start in 1901, when a horse-drawn cart appeared on a London street. Workers carried hoses from the cart into a house to suck dust from the carpet into a container. Invented by Hubert Booth, it…
 
Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary, who created Henry Huggins, dies at 104Beverly Cleary, the celebrated children’s author whose memories of her Oregon childhood were shared with millions through the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104.Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced March 26 that the author d…
 
North Korea on March 29 accused the United Nations of a “double standard” over its reaction to the North’s recent missile launches, warning it of a serious consequence.On March 25, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in a defiance of U.N. resolutions that ban such launches by North Korea. The U.N. Security Council subs…
 
UK researchers say they have found an answer to the mystery of StonehengeThe prehistoric standing stones at Stonehenge draw people from around the world to southwest England. But why was the monument built? Archaeologists now think they have an answer.Researchers at University College London already know that some of the stones came from an even ol…
 
The Australian government is in the middle of a fight with Big Tech companies Google and Facebook over the future of news in Australia. What’s it all about?In two words: advertising money. In the digital age, advertisers have increasingly shifted to Google and Facebook, which give them more bang for the buck than news sites.With their advertising r…
 
Continued from Part 1…Yokoyama chose to conduct this interview entirely in English, saying that he always likes to strike a good balance “inside my head” between English and Japanese.“I can use occasions like this to speak English out loud and express my thoughts. This lets me check how I’m doing with the language and where I am with it.”He added t…
 
Kaz Yokoyama is one of the shining lights of Japan’s English education world — a self-taught simultaneous interpreter, author and English teacher who has never studied abroad. As if that wasn’t intimidating enough, Yokoyama is also a martial arts expert.“I started Shorinji kempo when I was 6, judo in my early teens, and began teaching myself to spe…
 
Students who once shopped at a downtown mall in Burlington, Vermont, are now attending high school in a former Macy’s department store.About seven months ago, Downtown Burlington High School was in the middle of renovations. But toxic industrial chemicals called PCBs were found in the building and the soil, so the school was shut down.That left stu…
 
Whew, now here’s some good cosmic news: NASA has given Earth the all-clear from destruction by a huge 340-meter-wide asteroid named Apophis — for the next century, anyway.The space agency has announced that new telescope observations have ruled out any chance of Apophis smacking into Earth in 2068.Apophis was first detected in 2004, and scientists …
 
Owners of aging vehicles in France may soon be able to trade in their clunker for money to buy an electric bicycle.Lawmakers in France’s parliament have approved the measure in a preliminary vote. The measure is part of a draft climate bill passing through the National Assembly. The climate bill aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40% in 2030 fr…
 
The rainy season this year is beginning for some western and central parts of the Japanese archipelago weeks earlier than usual, recording the earliest starting date in some regions since statistics became available in 1951.According to preliminary figures released by the Meteorological Agency, the Kinki region — which includes Osaka, Hyogo and Kyo…
 
U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris offered solace to Asian Americans and denounced the scourge of racism as they visited Atlanta, just days after a white gunman killed eight people, most of them Asian American women.Addressing the nation after a roughly 80-minute meeting with Asian American state legislators and other leaders…
 
Continued from Part 1…Of course, the pandemic has shown that handshakes — touching anything with your hands — might be on their way out. Shrines and temples all over Japan have had to rethink their rituals since the beginning of the pandemic. From the ladles visitors use to wash their hands, to the ropes for ringing bells, so many things are an inf…
 
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” Remember handshakes? Before all my classes moved to being online, I taught my Japanese students the importance of handshakes. From my experience, people who aren’t used to giving handshakes run the risk of giving ones that are uncomfortable and awkward. “Like a cold, dead fish…
 
Around 2018, we all heard about deepfakes and how the face-swapping technology was blurring the lines of reality. But deepfakes can also be fun. Dozens of apps in your app store promise to put your face onto an animated GIF or video. Here are some of the best: Reface, Wombo and MyHeritage.Reface was released in February last year and has been wildl…
 
Prince Philip, who was Queen Elizabeth’s husband for more than seven decades and helped to modernize the British monarchy and steer the royal family through repeated crises, died on April 9. He was 99.The Duke of Edinburgh, as he was officially known, had been by his wife’s side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history. During t…
 
Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: Some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies.This “wonder of nature,” reported in a biology journal on March 8, could eventually help scientists better understand and tackle regeneration of human tissue.Biology researcher Sayaka Mitoh said she loves studying Japanese…
 
Putin signs law allowing him more terms as leaderRussian President Vladimir Putin on April 5 signed a law allowing him to potentially hold onto power until 2036, a move that formalizes constitutional changes endorsed in a vote last year.The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that reset Putin’s previous term limits, allowing him to run …
 
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, wrapped up in a winter coat and mittens at the presidential inauguration, is now a fashion icon for looking like he was running an errand at the historic event.Amid a sea of designer coats, the 79-year-old Vermont senator made a sartorial statement on Jan. 20 by showing up in a jacket by snowboarding equipment company Burt…
 
Continued from Part 1…Kellogg’s popularity decreased in the 1970s and ’80s. A number of health accusations were made against sugary cereals, and as baby boomers got older, interest in the popular cereals of the ’50s dropped. Nonetheless, Kellogg’s also acquired a number of businesses during this period, and the fiber fad of the ’80s saw sales of Al…
 
According to a 2015 survey, around 6.9% of the Japanese population eats cereal for breakfast. In fact, the easy-to-prepare breakfast might not have even reached Japan — where many still prefer a rice-based breakfast — had it not been for the Kellogg Company.The company had its start at Battle Creek Sanatorium in Michigan. Battle Creek was run by he…
 
Rescuers in northern India worked Feb. 8 to rescue more than three dozen power plant workers trapped in a tunnel after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off and sent a wall of water and debris rushing down a mountain — a disaster that has left at least 26 people dead and 165 missing.More than 2,000 members of the military, paramilitary groups and p…
 
Chloe Zhao made history at the 93rd Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of color to win best director and just the second woman to win the award.At the in-person event in Los Angeles’ Union Station on April 25, Zhao won the directing Oscar for Nomadland, joining Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.“I’m extremely lucky to be ab…
 
German police say they have solved a 9-year-old burglary after DNA found on a half-eaten piece of sausage matched that of a man who had been detained in France over an unrelated crime.Police in the western town of Schwelm said March 11 that the sausage belonged to the victim, and the suspect — a 30-year-old Albanian citizen — appeared to have helpe…
 
Kangaroos can communicate with us: scientistsKangaroos can learn to communicate with humans in a similar way that domesticated dogs do, by using their gaze to “point” and ask for help, researchers said in a study published on Dec. 16.The study involved 11 kangaroos that lived in captivity but had not been domesticated. Ten of the 11 marsupials inte…
 
A Georgia man said his former employer owed him a pretty penny — $915 (¥100,000) to be exact, after he left his job in November.But Andreas Flaten said he was shocked to see his final payment: 90,000 oil- or grease-covered pennies, at the end of his driveway, news outlets reported. On top was an envelope with Flaten’s final pay stub and a parting m…
 
Continued from Part 1…In the game, the player holds a controller in each hand and is guided by a virtual trainer through a workout that features a variety of punches, steps and ducks. It keeps track of your statistics, including how many punches you have thrown and how many calories you have burned. A desire to improve those numbers gave me extra m…
 
I’ve been lucky to be able to telework since the coronavirus began spreading in Japan.All in all, this has been a positive thing for me. I have more time to pursue my hobbies now that I no longer have to commute, I get to eat lunch in the comfort of my own home and I can complete household chores during my break time.After overcoming some difficult…
 
The Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian Carabinieri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Feb. 22 when gunmen attacked a U.N. convoy traveling to a school in eastern Congo, the Italian Foreign Ministry and residents said.Luca Attanasio, who had served at the Italian embassy in the country since 2017, was killed along with Carabi…
 
Residents of a Queens neighborhood are dealing with a squirrelly threat.Denizens of the New York City borough’s Rego Park neighborhood say an aggressive squirrel has jumped on them and bitten them for several weeks, WCBS-TV reported Dec. 30.Micheline Frederick pointed to a bruise on her wrist where she said the squirrel landed on her and then sank …
 
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is expanding her partnership with Apple Inc. to produce dramas, children’s series, animation and documentaries that will air on the tech giant’s streaming service, the two said on March 8.“I hope that through this partnership, I will be able to bring new voices” to Apple TV+, Yousafzai told reporters. “I ho…
 
Orchids are not often called ugly, but that is how the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, described a new species of the normally vibrant and delicate flower discovered in the forests of Madagascar.Gastrodia agnicellus, one of 156 plants and fungal species named by Kew scientists and their partners around the world in 2020, has been crowned “the…
 
Naomi Osaka crushed Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to secure her second Australian Open title on Feb. 20 and cement her standing as the new queen of the women’s game.Osaka’s one-sided win over the 22nd-seeded American in the final at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne gave the Japanese juggernaut her fourth major crown, with her career still budding at the age …
 
Continued from Part 1… Now, after living here for over three years, I’m finally beginning to understand what all of the fuss is about.For starters, I really appreciate that the seasons here are an even three months apiece. That’s a welcome change from Canada’s five months of winter!But beyond the weather, I’m even starting to enjoy all the natural …
 
As I write these words, the sun is shining, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and there is an ice-cold beer by my side.Without a doubt, spring has arrived.Growing up in Canada, spring was always my favourite time of year. Anyone who has experienced long months when the temperature was 10 degrees below, or colder, would probably feel the same wa…
 
China hit by worst sandstorm in a decadeChina’s capital and a wide swath of the country’s north were enveloped March 15 in the worst sandstorm in a decade, forcing the cancelation of hundreds of flights.Skyscrapers in the center of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand. Traffic was snarled and more than 400 flights out of the c…
 
Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who faces years in prison, called for new protests to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations that turned out tens of thousands across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin.Mass rallies took place Jan. 23 in over 100 cities in what observers said was …
 
Two skiers risked death for an unusually daring feat — skiing down the famous Half Dome rock in California’s Yosemite National Park.Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed the feat in five hours on Feb. 21. They skied down the sections with snow, and rappelled sections of bare rock, according to The Fresno Bee.“If you fall to your left …
 
Rhino remains found in Siberian permafrostRussian scientists are poring over the well-preserved remains of a woolly rhinoceros that likely roamed the Siberian hinterland more than 12,000 years ago. The remains were found in the diamond-producing region of Yakutia.Similar finds in Russia’s vast Siberian region have happened with increasing regularit…
 
Scandinavia’s biggest film festival went ahead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, but was hosted on an isolated island and admitted only one attendee — a health care worker selected from 12,000 applicants.Swedish nurse and film fan Lisa Enroth was chosen to be the 2021 Gothenburg Film Festival’s castaway. She spent the week beginning Jan. …
 
Continued from Part 1…Often when a police officer arrests someone they twist the arms of the person behind their back to put handcuffs on. In English, we use the phrase “twist someone’s arm” to mean when someone is talked into doing something they don’t want to do. Imagine you and your partner want to have dinner out. You want to go to your favorit…
 
Some adjectives and phrases in English come from parts of the body. They can be very vivid and expressive.The word “nosy” originally meant to have a large nose. In today’s English, a nosy person is someone who is overly curious and asks impolite questions. If a colleague asks you a private question you don’t like, you might complain to a friend: “I…
 
Twitter exploring ‘undo send’ featureTwitter Inc. is testing an “undo send” function that would give users a short time to withdraw a tweet before it is posted, the company confirmed on March 5.App researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who searches for unannounced social media features by looking at the sites’ code, tweeted an animation showing a tweet wit…
 
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