August 2017 / 202 posts found

Grenfell Tower survivor gains top GCSE grades – BBC News

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GCSE passes dip after tougher exams Grenfell Tower pupils enjoy 'good day' In the days after the fire, Ines missed exams in history, RE and physics which has affected her overall grades. "I wish I did more, but then again, I don't know... For the exams I missed, I didn't do too well in them overall [the subjects]," she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"The first thing I grabbed was my Chemistry notes": Ines, 16, on sitting her GCSE the day after the fire Sacred Heart High School headteacher Marian Doyle called her results "fantastic". "It [...]

‘Self-driving’ lorries to be tested on UK roads – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe technology has already been trialled in the Netherlands using two lorries, with the lead truck having control Small convoys of partially self-driving lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle "platoons". Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns. In the platoons, [...]

Trump visited Texas and just HAD to talk about crowd size

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"What a crowd, what a turnout." Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images After all these months it's still unclear whether or not Donald Trump knows he's not on reality television. Since his inauguration the man has made his obsession with ratings and crowd size very clear, and on Tuesday when he visited Texas for a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, he just couldn't help himself from celebrating the really great press that came out of the storm. SEE ALSO: Hey, everyone, please shut up about Melania Trump's shoes During the trip to Corpus Christi, where Harvey made landfall, and Austin, [...]

Malia Obama moved into Harvard dorms during the eclipse with the help of her crafty parents

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Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images At this point, pretty much only the sun can outshine the Obamas, and they've figured out a brilliant way to use that to their advantage. The former POTUS and FLOTUS moved their eldest daughter Malia into her Harvard University dorm while the sun and the moon were doing their very special dance on Monday.   Malia, who took a gap year last year and worked for The Weinstein Company, is an incoming freshman at the university. She got some help from her famous parents moving into her new digs.  They've done their best to protect their [...]

Internet sleuths are questioning claims that Joel Osteen’s megachurch is too flooded for Harvey relief

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Officials for the mega-church won't prove it's flooded. Image: wikimedia commons/tobedaniel Lakewood Church, the Houston arena-cum-megachurch home of celebrity preacher Joel Osteen, would seem a natural place to house some of the tens of thousands residents driven from their homes by Hurricane Harvey-related flooding this week. As the former home of the Houston Rockets, its 16,000 seats are spacious enough for big crowds. And one would think a religious institution would be inclined to open its doors to the needy in a time like this as others in the area already have. SEE ALSO: Houston's local businesses pitch in as [...]

Ludlow Hospital refuses ‘demeaning’ fancy dress donation – BBC News

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A letter to Peter Corfield, chair of Ludlow Hospital League of Friends, from Ms Ditheridge and chair of the trust Mike Ridley, said: "The presentation of men dressed as female nurses in a highly-sexualised and demeaning way is wrong, very outdated and insulting to the profession." Mr Corfield said the bed-push fundraiser had taken place every summer for decades involving men from the local community and was "light-hearted". He said proceeds from this year's event had been earmarked to provide ECG machines for the outpatients and minor injuries departments at Ludlow.

In pictures: Photographer ‘in awe’ of older athletes – BBC News

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Image copyright Alex Rotas Image caption The 87-year-old long jumper Ake Lund, from Finland, leaps into bronze medal position in his age group, clearing 2.77m "I started when I was 60, which is when I realised there weren't any images of older sporty people and being an older sporty person I knew they were out there. I did an internet search and once you put the word 'old' in you just get those pictures of older people slumped in chairs. So I thought 'wow, there's a gap worth filling'." Image copyright Alex Rotas Image caption GB's Barry Ferguson, 71, and [...]

Vince Cable: Young ‘shafted’ over Brexit – BBC News

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He claimed that austerity measures had largely affected the working population, with pensioners suffering "relatively little" after the financial crisis. Young people, he said, have the added problems of "prohibitive housing costs, growing job insecurity and limited career progression". "The old have comprehensively shafted the young," added Sir Vince. "And the old have had the last word about Brexit, imposing a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe." The newly-elected party leader warned that describing such "masochism" as martyrdom was "dangerous", adding: "We haven't yet heard about 'Brexit [...]

Here’s Tim Cook’s note to Apple employees denouncing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville

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Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY Apple CEO Tim Cook has no time for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. SEE ALSO: Trump blames 'many sides' for violence in Charlottesville He made it pretty clear in a powerful note to Apple employees, which also slams Trump's "moral equivalence" between Nazis and human rights demonstrators. In the email, obtained by Recode, Cook also announced the company would make contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple plans to match its employees' donations to these and other human rights groups on a 2-for-1 basis, until September 30. Moreover, [...]

Battle of Britain pilot Kenneth Wilkinson dies aged 99 – BBC News

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The light-hearted comments came during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2015. Kenneth Astill Wilkinson Born 29 June 1918, Barrow-in-Furness Educated at Cheltenham Grammar School Called up 1 September 1939 Completed flying training and converted to spitfires joining 616 Squadron and then 19 Squadron in October 1940. Left RAF in 1945 Became a quantity surveyor with one of his projects being Birmingham New Street station Source: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Mr Wilkinson leaves a daughter, Penny, and a grandson, Piers. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said he had been an active [...]