lunes, 20 de julio de 2015

Listening test: BBC News

Listen to a BBC News bulletin and match the headings A-J below with the corresponding news item 1-4. There is at least one heading per news item. Two of the headings do not correspond to any news item. 0 is an example.

A - Access to sensitive information
B - Consequence of childhood illness
C - Controversial decision
D - Devastating effect around the word
E - Ingenuous action
F - Making history – News item 1 Example
G - Not enough proof
H - Some other problems might be created
I - To subsidize a project
J - Understanding upbringing differently

A woman who had her ovarian tissue removed and frozen following a childhood illness has made history by giving birth after having the tissue transplanted back. Doctors are hailing the procedure as a breakthrough as until now the technique has only ever worked with tissue taken from adult women. Here’s our health reporter Michelle Roberts.
The young woman involved had sickle cell anaemia as a child and doctors decided she needed a bone marrow transplant. While this would help her medical condition, it would most likely leave her infertile. So as an insurance policy her physicians removed one of her ovaries and put it on ice before starting treatment. Her treatment worked, and once in her 20s the young woman decided she wanted to try for a baby. Fertility experts in Brussels, led by Doctor Isabelle Demeestere, took some of the frozen ovarian tissue, thawed it and then transplanted it back into the woman. More than two years later, age 27, she became pregnant naturally and went on to give birth to a healthy baby boy, and it’s something doctors hope should now be possible for other young girls in similar situations.
Child protection experts have expressed astonishment after a judge suggested police and social workers needed to make allowance for cultural context when investigating claims of physical abuse by parents. Mrs Justice Pauffley, who sits in the family courts, was giving a ruling in a case where a man from India was accused of slapping his eight-year-old son. Ben Geoghegan reports. Mrs Justice Pauffley made her comments during a case involving a man from India who’d been accused of assaulting his wife and son. The man denied using a belt, but accepted he had given his son a slap or a tap. The judge said this did not amount to punitively harsh treatment. She said within many communities newly arrived in this country children were slapped and hit for misbehaviour in a way which excited the interest of child protection professionals. However, the judge said proper allowance had to be given for a different cultural context. A spokesman for the NSPCC said every child deserved to be protected and that different cultural practices were no excuse for child abuse taking place in this country.
The man who led Australia’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup has categorically denied paying bribes to FIFA officials to try to win. In a television interview Frank Lowy defended a decision to make a payment of about a quarter of a million pounds to help football development in Trinidad and Tobago. The money allegedly ended up in the account of the former FIFA vice president Jack Warner. From Sydney, here’s our correspondent Jon Donnison.
Frank Lowy didn’t deny it was a mistake for the Australian bid team to pay the $500,000, but said it was done through naiveté rather than as an attempt to corrupt. The money was given to CONCACAF, the North American, Central America and Caribbean Football Federation of which Jack Warner was president. Mr Lowy said he believed it was for a football development project in Mr Warner’s native Trinidad and Tobago. Frank Lowy said he should have known better, but at the time had no idea it would allegedly end up in the hands of Mr Warner who is now being investigated by the FBI for corruption. He denies all the charges. Frank Lowy said he would support a parliamentary inquiry looking into Australia’s failed bid which eventually lost out to Qatar.
Britain’s largest cancer charity has criticised plans by the Welsh government to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places. The proposals are part of a new public health bill which would bring the use of the devices into line with current anti-smoking laws. Cancer Research UK says there’s no scientific evidence to support the policy and it could undermine efforts to give up tobacco, but the Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford told us e-cigarettes posed a danger. The World Health Organisation, the BMA, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and a host of other responsible organisations suggest that what we should do in Wales is what 40 countries around the globe have already done, and that is to bring the use of e-cigarettes into line with the use of conventional cigarettes.

A - Access to sensitive information
B - Consequence of childhood illness – News item 1
C - Controversial decision – News item 2
D - Devastating effect around the word
E - Ingenuous action – News item 3
F - Making history – News item 1 Example
G - Not enough proof – News item 4
H - Some other problems might be created – News item 4
I - To subsidize a project - News item 3
J - Understanding upbringing differently – News item 2