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One in four teens can't read basic text, but can work cellphones

One in four teens can't read basic text, but can work cellphones Even more shockingly, 14% of the respondents couldn't identify the map of India, 36% couldn't name the country's capital and 21% did not know the state they live in. Between the ages of 14 and 18, for instance, the study found that over 75% of the students in Tamil Nadu could not do basic subtraction. The learning outcomes of boys and girls are similar but in the age group of 14-18, the wedge is... [Full Article...]

Nestle launches KitKat with ruby chocolate in Japan

Nestle launches KitKat with ruby chocolate in Japan Having introduced the world to white chocolate with their Galak bar back in 1930, Nestlé was quick to get on board with the new ruby chocolate, signing up for a partnership with Barry Callebau to incorporate the product into a unique Kit Kat. [Full Article...]

Auburn hires Allen Greene as new athletic director

Auburn hires Allen Greene as new athletic director Greene also has experience working in the Southeastern Conference, having led several important business development and advancement functions at the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining Ole Miss, Greene spent two years working in athletics advancement for Notre Dame and five years in its compliance office. Leath hired Greene after consultation with the search committee, Parker Search Fir... [Full Article...]

Graham suggests 'outliers' in Trump admin sidelined immigration deal

Graham suggests 'outliers' in Trump admin sidelined immigration deal Trump has previously tried to pass a ban on travel to the U.S. from various Muslim-majority countries, which a judge said was a continuation of his "promise to exclude Muslims from the United States". Brought to the U.S. illegally as children and granted temporary status under former president Barack Obama, Trump ended the program for so-called "Dreamers" in September. [Full Article...]

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child This will be Ardern's first child, and comes just two and a half months after the 37-year-old sensationally swept her way into New Zealand's highest office after a whirlwind election campaign. 'I think it's fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn't be more excited, ' Ms Ardern said. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is likely to miss out on her government... [Full Article...]

President Trump says Sen. Durbin misrepresented discussion

President Trump says Sen. Durbin misrepresented discussion And they said, 'Well you can stop now, that's incredible.' And I said, 'I can go much longer than this if you want me to'". He said he would much rather prefer immigrants from Norway. "They talk about DACA, but they don't want to help.We are ready, willing and able to make a deal but they don't want to", Trump tweeted Monday, releasing a statement he made to the press the night before. [Full Article...]

Carlos Carvalhal Showers Praise On Jordan Ayew After Incredible Strike

Carlos Carvalhal Showers Praise On Jordan Ayew After Incredible Strike Jordan Ayew opened the scoring for the Welsh side in the 11th minute with a well-taken shot. The 22-year-old Portuguese global has been a regular in the Europa League, and netted a few in that competition, but Gennaro Gattuso could well let the striker go out on loan from the San Siro club, and a move to south Wales is albeit unlikely, but certainly not out of the question. [Full Article...]

Congress set to miss opportunity to improve surveillance protections

Congress set to miss opportunity to improve surveillance protections Richard Burr of North Carolina called the 702 provision "the single most important intelligence tool that exists for us to keep Americans safe". There are a number of improvements that Congress could consider as part of legislation to renew Section 702 that would better protect users' privacy online and increase transparency and oversight of online surveillance-all without reducing the authori... [Full Article...]

Why Kate Middleton did not wear her engagement ring during hospital visit

Why Kate Middleton did not wear her engagement ring during hospital visit Kate Middleton's baby bump has finally popped up to say hello. Middleton arrived at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, on Wednesday wearing a long semi-fitted coat in an eye-catching shade of orange-red. The duchess also met four-year-old Rafael Chana , from East Preston, who is waiting for a heart transplant. "And I love tennis". "Princess Kate came over and give him a sick... [Full Article...]

Government Shutdown 2018: What Happens Now?

Government Shutdown 2018: What Happens Now? He called attaching a delay to the Affordable Care Act's tax provisions a "gimmick". Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., warned Thursday morning that "it doesnt look good" for the version of the stopgap set for a House vote and complained about the confusion resulting from Trumps tweets . [Full Article...]

US Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid govt shutdown

US Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid govt shutdown At the heart of it: the fate of almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants . Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, dismissed the Republicans move on CHIP as "like giving you a bowl of doggie doo, put a cherry on top sundae". Corey Stewart, a pro-Trump Republican Senate candidate in Virginia, said Trump is picking the right battle. Those two issues - funding the government beyond Fr... [Full Article...]

World's Longest Underwater Cave System Discovered

World's Longest Underwater Cave System Discovered Since in the Yucatan area, where the Sac Actun system is located, groundwater is portrayed as flowing in underground rivers, caves also tend to be quite lengthy. For Robert Schmittner, it was a long time coming. As per a statement issued by the team, the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 163 miles (263km), communicated with the 52-mile (83km) Dos Ojos system. [Full Article...]

OH ranks fourth in the country for human trafficking cases

OH ranks fourth in the country for human trafficking cases Cape Cod PATH, which stands for People Against Human Trafficking, will hold the event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.at the Hyannis Village Green. With little coverage of human trafficking in the media, Americans are unaware of the severity of the issue. [Full Article...]

Strong storm blasts northern Europe causing transport chaos

Strong storm blasts northern Europe causing transport chaos Schiphol, one of the busiest airports in Europe, had to close two of three departure halls after roof plates were blown off the terminal building. Many people have been left without power, and hundreds of storm and wind related injuries have been reported. [Full Article...]

DPRK confirms deal with S. Korea on participation in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

DPRK confirms deal with S. Korea on participation in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics The agreement came after a joint meeting held at the border village of Panmunjom. That's rare, but not unprecedented. Sky News reports that North Korea has agreed to send a 550-member delegation that will consist of cheerleaders, artists and taekwondo players who will demonstrate the art. [Full Article...]

Pres. Trump stops in Pennsylvania to tout tax plan, agenda

Pres. Trump stops in Pennsylvania to tout tax plan, agenda That turbulence came as the White House communications shop and legislative affairs teams were helping congressional Republican leaders search for votes in each chamber to pass a stopgap spending measure that must be signed into law by 11:59 p.m. [Full Article...]

Yes Bank, govt bet big money on solar projects

Yes Bank, govt bet big money on solar projects Recent auctions have routinely commissioned onshore wind energy for US$4 cents/kWh equal to the cheapest competitors. Of those technologies, most will fall at the lower end or even undercut fossil fuels, the report notes. IRENA expects renewables will cost between 2p and 7p by this time, with onshore wind and solar power to be among the cheapest within this range. "Turning to renewables for ... [Full Article...]

Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight

Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight Jessica Pinto, who drove for more than three hours to see Pope Francis , told AFP: 'I think it was worth it because for a long time in this country we have needed to hear the message that Pope Francis is bringing'. "We want to congratulate Francis for being a leader with enough strength to get rid of pedophile priests", he said. "All of a sudden, he asked us if we were married for the Church to... [Full Article...]

Trump Admin Eyes Protections for Doctors Who Refuse to Perform Abortions

Trump Admin Eyes Protections for Doctors Who Refuse to Perform Abortions On Friday, Trump - who once said he believes there should be some sort of punishment for people who get abortions - will become the first sitting president to address the March for Life , one of the largest anti-choice rallies in the country. [Full Article...]

Iranian tanker wreck leaves behind two oil slicks in East China Sea

Iranian tanker wreck leaves behind two oil slicks in East China Sea Information from China's State Oceanic Administration says that two oil slicks have been observed in satellite imagery, spreading over a combined 109 square kilometers (42 square miles). It is also on the migratory pathway of numerous marine mammals, such as humpback and gray whales. The ships caught fire and, powered by the nearly 150,000 tons of crude aboard the Sanchi , this inferno raged for ... [Full Article...]


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