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The US Navy is answering criticisms that its combat ships are fast but lack the firepower and armor to survive a battle at sea. It says it wants new ships that are slower and smaller – but more powerful – than its existing ships. The Navy has asked designers for drawings of such warships. It wants them to be able to shoot down airplanes, attack other ships and counter submarines. Loren Thompson is a defense analyst at the Lexington Institute in Virginia. He says the “Navy has decided that speed is less important than having a warship with sufficient weapons to defend itself.” The Navy wants 20 of the new ships. It does not want them to be costly. It has directed shipbuilders to use an existing design to speed up the process of designing and building the ships. It also wants the shipbuilders to provide drawings for the new ships next month and build them by 2020 or 2021. Large Navy shipbuilders like Bath Iron Works in the northeastern state of Maine and Ingalls Shipbuilding in the southern state of Mississippi are among the companies expected to seek Navy contracts. Smaller shipyards in Wisconsin and Alabama are also expected to compete for the contract to build the ships. The Trump administration has announced a plan to increase the number of ships in the Navy. The Navy has a goal of 355 ships. The plan to build the small but powerful new ships is a change for the Navy, which is learning lessons from earlier ship designs. Those ships were supposed to be a cost-effective way to deal with post-Cold War threats. The fast ships were supposed to be easily altered to serve changing missions. But the alteration plans have been delayed, and the cost of the ships has risen. The Government Accountability Office, which examines government [...]
Sun, Dec 03, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Five hundred Madrid taxi drivers have decided to take a free online English course.

The course is run by the city authorities which want tourists to feel more comfortable in the region.

More tourists will come to the region if they get better services.

A satisfied customer is the best advertisement.

Words
advertisement: an announcement about a product, service, etc.,an ad.
advertisement in other languages

Cats Travel 4,000 Kilometers By Taxi

The Most Popular School Subject in the World

TEST

1. The Monday after Easter is a ___ day in the countries of Central Europe.
special
interesting
best
important
2. In Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, it is traditional for a boy ___ to a girl's home and pour water on her.
would go
should go
to go
will go
3. The Argentine capital ___ experiencing its coldest weather in 40 years.
were
will
is
are
4. The Philadelphia Phillies, an American baseball team, are certainly not proud ___ the statistics they reached on Sunday.
for
with
of
off
5. This is only ___ time that the bell, which weighs 13.8 tons, has been repaired in its 148–year history.
the fourth
second
two
dozen


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Fifty years after serving in the United States military, hundreds of Americans have a reason to believe they may be dying from a silent killer. Test results show some of the men may have been infected by a parasite while fighting in Southeast Asia. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ordered a small study of military veterans. The department wanted to investigate a possible link between a rare form of bile duct cancer and parasitic worms called liver fluke. The small organisms can enter the body when someone eats raw or uncooked fish. Many years can pass before signs of infection appear. By then, those who have been infected are often in severe pain, and have just a few months to live. Sung-Tae Hong, an expert on tropical medicine, carried out tests on 50 blood samples at Seoul National University in South Korea. He found that more than 20 percent showed possible infection with the parasitic worms. But he said more research must be done. Christopher Goodman is a spokesman for the Northport VA Medical Center in New York. He said the center collected the blood samples and sent them to the South Korean laboratory. He said everyone whose blood showed signs of possibly being infected was notified. Gerry Wiggins served in the U.S. military, and was based in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He says some of his friends have died of bile duct disease. He was among those whose blood was found to be infected. “I was in a state of shock,” he said. “I didn't think it would be me.” Wiggins, now age 69, lives in Port Jefferson Station, New York. He did not have any signs of the infection when he agreed to take part in the study. He hoped giving his blood to be studied would help save lives. After [...]
Sat, Dec 02, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Sometimes women and men have different opinions about the latest fashion trends.

A nice woman body can be ruined by a billowy blouse.

Harem pants won't suit the young, the old or the in-between.

Clogs can make legs look thick, ripped jeans have already had a moment and the look of giant shouldered clothing style does not have many male fans.

Anyway, you are beautiful regardless of what you are wearing.

Words
in-between: situated between two categories.
in-between in other languages

TEST
Please go to The Five Fashion Items Women Wear and Men Hate Them to view the quiz

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Sun, Nov 26, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Pets

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http://www.simpleenglishnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/People_love_pets_-1.mp3Pets

Almost 80 percent of Americans own a pet.

And most of them consider their dogs or cats to be members of the family.

They let them sleep on the bed, buy them holiday and birthday presents and sometimes take them on holiday.

Some people are even prepared to apply for a bank loan to pay for treatments for their sick pets.

Words
loan: especially a sum of money that is expected to be returned.
loan in other languages

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR COLOUR IN THE WORLD?

TEST: ARTICLES, DEMONSTRATIVES

FORUM: A Poem by a Thirteen Year-Old Boy Who Is Considered an Outcast

Animal Idioms
Please go to People Love Their Pets More Than Other Humans to view the quiz

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