Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure – BBC News

June 21, 2017

… enjoy writing do much better at school, but it also shows that far too many pupils still don’t enjoy writing and this could be holding them back from reaching their full potential. “For the past 20 years, we’ve seen a real focus on reading for enjoyment initiatives across the uk, which have reaped fantastic benefits for children. “It’s now time to give writing for enjoyment the focus it deserves.” …

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The Queen’s birthday parade was super boring, based on Prince George’s face

June 18, 2017

Looks boring.Image: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock London celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday with Trooping the Colour, her annual birthday parade, on Saturday. The Queen’s great-grandson, however, was not impressed. Three-year-old Prince George watched the parade from a balcony (and behind a window) at Buckingham Palace with his family. Looks like a boring parade. Image: David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock Same. Image: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Prince George’s 4th …

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

… investigation has been launched The government has committed 5m for clothes, food and emergency supplies for the victims uk councils are carrying out urgent reviews of their tower blocks, the Local Government Association says A British Red Cross appeal is launched to raise money for those affected The emergency number for people concerned about friends and family is 0800 0961 233 The fire broke out at the tower block, which contained 120 one and two-bedroom flats, shortly before 01:00 BST on …

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Rookie research: When school science gets ‘real’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image caption Some galaxies are lemon-shaped, said Dr Geach The project has been funded by a grant of almost 3,000 from the Royal Society, the uk’s science academy. “If they find anything, scientists will be interested,” says Dr Geach. This kind of engagement by scientists with primary pupils is “one of the things we need to do, as this age is when you can really get them switched on as scientists”, he adds. Image copyright Teesside University …

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 17, 2017

… message services to reach the young – and in some cases mobilising them into an army of potential canvassers – had been important in reaching the youth vote, Mr Todd said. Momentum says it reached some 400,000 people through the messaging platform WhatsApp, which data shows is used most by 18-to 29-year-olds, in the uk. The group also set up mynearestmarginal.com – a website that enables activists to pool together, and often lift share, to canvass in marginal seats. Momentum …

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… help. “The entire building is burning through.” Are you in the area? Did you witness the events? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk with your stories. Do not endanger yourself. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7525 900971 Send pictures/video to yourpics@bbc.co.uk Upload your pictures / video here Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay Send an SMS or MMS to 61124 or +44 7624 800 100 Or use …

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Jo Cox: The Sun and Daily Mirror in joint editorial – BBC News

June 13, 2017

‘Hugely important’ Her family have organised The Great Get Together to mark the first anniversary of her murder, with people asked to throw street parties, organise bake-offs and arrange football matches. Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, said more than 110,000 separate events were being planned “in every corner of the uk”. …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… which is hosting the 2022 World Cup. However, even if Moon manages to thread the diplomatic needles, his vision will also face strong opposing bids from the uk, and Uruguay and Argentina, which are putting forward a joint bid to host the tournament on the hundredth anniversary of the inaugural World Cup in Uruguay. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsVidify Ultimate – Lifetime OTO1 Vidify is a SAAS platform to create and share amazing viral marketing videos.eCompare – Pro …

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British PM Theresa May seeks lifeline after bruising election result

June 12, 2017

London (CNN)uk Prime Minister Theresa May, clinging on in Downing Street, will appeal for the support of her members of parliament (MPs) Monday, after losing the Conservatives a cherished government majority in last week’s election. With her government majority at zero, May has no control over Parliament a week away from the Queen’s Speech, when new laws are presented, and the scheduled start of Brexit talks. Election shock undercuts uk on world stage …

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The most ridiculous viral moments of the UK election campaign

June 9, 2017

… “smell their spaniel”). SEE ALSO: Politicians change 404 error page to troll uk Prime Minister Theresa May From tweets on the official House of Cards account to spectacularly odd campaign videos, we give you some of the most viral moments from the uk general election 2017 campaign trail: 1. Brenda’s brilliantly blunt reaction to the news of another election. how does Theresa May manage to look so constantly annoyed, I mean she’s eating chips there, chips are happy …

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No wand? No problem. Anyone can apply to audition for roles in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

June 7, 2017

… roles of Newt, Leta, and Sebastian, actors must be between the ages of 13 and 16. Actors between the ages of 16 and 18 are sought for Gellert and Albus’ roles. The Pottermore website notes that no prior acting experience is necessary, but applicants must be eligible to work in the uk so if you want to apply, make sure you are at least a uk, Irish or EU passport holder. Oh, and, applications are due pretty soon. June 20, to be exact. The sequel is set to be released on Nov. 16, 2018. Seem …

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Donald Trump’s tweet against London Mayor has everyone in the UK against him

June 6, 2017

Donald Trump can’t just let anything go, can he? SEE ALSO: No, CNN did not stage a protest after the London attack In his latest tweet, the U.S. president doubled down his on criticism of the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, just a few days after seven people were killed and 48 injured in a terror attack in London Bridge and Borough Market, in the centre of the capital. At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!” …

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URGENT: The Latest: 3 Australians Among Injured in London Attacks

June 6, 2017

… اÙشرطة. — Saudi Embassy uk (@SaudiEmbassyuk) June 4, 2017 Her family in Castlegar, British Columbia, says Archibald "would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death." They say she was 30 years old. They asked those who want to honor her to volunteer their time or donate to a homeless shelter and to tell them "Chrissy sent you. " ___ 10:25 p.m. The city of London is convening a …

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The definitive rules for being cool on Instagram and Snapchat, according to teens

June 3, 2017

… and Snapchat. Teens abide by some pretty strict rules when it comes to social media, lest they be deemed uncool, or heaven forfend a loser. Here’s the definitive rulebook on how to be cool, according to teenagers. Prepare yourself for some extreme blushing because, yes, you’ve definitely done all these things. Literally never Instagram your Snapchat filters Ellen McArthur, 19, from Devon, uk, says a “really loserish” thing to do is Instagramming photos with a Snapchat …

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Sporting plan to boost boys in ballet – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… celebration, jumping and posing like super heroes, spinning across the room like Angry Birds, or creating patterns and shapes like building blocks in Minecraft. “I hope the choreography I have created will motivate and excite aspiring male dancers to get involved and enjoy the athleticism and physicality that ballet holds.” There will also be more boys-only workshops and masterclasses throughout the uk and financial support for for male students on RAD teacher training programmes as …

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Amazon Alexa is now iCloud calendar compatible

June 2, 2017

… must enable two-factor authentication, but once you do so, adding events is the same as usual. Once you’re all set up, you can try out some following commands: “When is my next event?” “What’s on my calendar?” “Whats on my calendar Monday at 12:00 p.m.?” “Add bowling with Beyonc to my calendar.” A spokesperson confirmed that iCloud calendar support is now available on Alexa in the US, uk, and Germany, so grab your assistant …

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

If you like 1) drinking in pubs and 2) the magical world of Harry Potter, you are most definitely in luck. Matthew Cortland, a designer and former reading teacher, is launching a Kickstarter for a “wizarding pub and inn” in London called The Cauldron a venue that would use technology and the internet of things to simulate sweet, sweet magic. SEE ALSO: Don’t ever tell me ‘Harry Potter’ is just for kids. You’re wrong, and I can prove it. Cortland told …

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Angela Merkel just took a strong stand against U.S. leadership

May 29, 2017

That was the message she delivered at a campaign event in Bavaria this weekend, both reflecting on and predicting the future of European global leadership based on the events of the past week. “The times in which we can fully count on others are on the way out,” Merkel said. “I’ve experienced that in the last few days.” Here's the video of Merkel's speech in Munich saying that Europe can't rely on the US & the uk anymore and "must take …

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Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber ‘warnings’ – BBC News

May 29, 2017

… while at Manchester College that two people who knew Abedi have confirmed they made separate calls to an anti-terrorism hotline to warn the police about his extremist views. Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about his movements since 18 May, when he returned to the uk from abroad. Image copyright PA Image caption Police searched a property in Moss Side in Manchester on Sunday Additional security measures were in place for the Great Manchester Run …

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Manchester Attack: Family’s tribute to ‘just lovely’ Nell – BBC News

Fourteen searches are being carried out and 11 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. The uk’s threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and police are guarding events across the country throughout the bank holiday weekend. ‘Loved life’ In the statement, the Jones family said: “Our Nell was just lovely. She was top class, she was clever and she was fun. She would have a go at anything and just loved life. “She had her dad and her …

May 28, 2017
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Manchester attack: Armed police guard bank holiday events – BBC News

It came after searches at a separate property in Cheetham Hill and in the Longsight area of the city. The uk threat level was raised from “severe” to “critical” following the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on 22 May. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMy ‘harrowing’ night: Manchester paramedic opens up about his experience The country’s leading counter-terror officer, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, …

May 27, 2017
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Walkers Crisps social media campaign for free soccer tickets takes a dark turn

Gary Lineker smiling with Walkers Crisps.Image: REX/Shutterstock What started innocently enough as a giveaway of free soccer tickets to the UEFA Champions League final took a turn for the worse thanks to a handful of online trolls. SEE ALSO: Pepsi pulls cringeworthy Kendall Jenner ad after massive backlash Walkers, the snack company that brings the uk its flavored crisps and other treats, started a social media campaign Thursday, asking fans who wanted to win tickets to tweet a selfie with …

May 26, 2017
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M&S annual profits fall by 64% as revamp costs bite – BBC News

… a number of sizeable one-off costs, including 156m to make changes to its pension scheme, 132m on international store closures, and another 49m on changes to its uk store estate and “onerous lease charges” related to that estate. A further 44m was absorbed by M&S Bank being hit by charges incurred in relation to insurance mis-selling. Excluding these one-off costs, profits were down just 10% to 613.8m. Clothing Related Topics Retailing Marks & Spencer More From this …

May 24, 2017
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Sturgeon: ‘Be vigilant but not alarmed’ – BBC News

Monday night’s attack at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena left 22 people dead and 59 injured. The Scottish government’s resilience committee met for a third time late on Tuesday after the uk’s security level was raised to “critical”, its highest alert status. Ministers were briefed by Police Scotland about the practical implications for Scotland for coming major events such the Scottish Cup Final. In a statement afterwards the first minister …

May 24, 2017
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