UNIT: Britney Spears music scares off pirates

Intermediate. Passive Voice Pre-Intermediate, Substantivates, noun + noun. Шоу-бизнес


merchant  - торговый, коммерческий torture - пытка, истязание
navy  - флот a prisoner - узник, заключенный
can’t stand не выносить former - бывший, прежний
a spokesman - представитель a cell - тюремная камера, клетка
to scare - пугать charity - благотворительная организация

Ship captains in the Indian Ocean are using a new tactic to keep pirates away songs sung by U.S. pop star Britney Spears. An officer with Britain's merchant navy , Rachel Owens, said Britney Spears' songs did a good job against Somali pirates. Ms Owens, 34, said: " songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect." A spokesman for a security company said playing loud pop music was an effective way of stopping attacks on ships. He said not all shipping companies chose Britney Spears' music. He added: "Each security company will have its own music choice."

This is not the first time loud music has been used to scare people. It has even been used as a form of torture . Prison guards at Guantanamo Bay started using music in 2003 to keep prisoners awake. In 2008, prisoners had to listen to very loud music for weeks and months. A former Guantanamo prisoner, Ruhal Ahmed, explained that the loud music played in his cell for weeks at a time was worse than being beaten up . He said: "It makes you feel like you are going mad." Many people think prisons must stop playing loud music to someone for days or weeks at a time. A human rights charity called Reprieve has started a campaign to end it. It wants rock stars to ban prisons from using their music for torture.
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