Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

March 27, 2017

… } Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the figure was equivalent to 0.75 days per …

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Santiago: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Head east and in no time you’ll reach the Andes; west and you hit the beaches and coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It’s worth putting off Chile’s other attractions a few days to get to know the best of Santiago’s culture, food and pulsing nightlife. There’s a boomtown feel around Santiago these days. The national economy is buoyant, corruption is low and the city’s infrastructure is solid. …

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

March 23, 2017

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

March 23, 2017

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.” In the video, he said that …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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The Story Of 2 Families And The Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal

March 20, 2017

… Secrists would struggle to find a policy with the comprehensive benefits they require, and even if they could find one, they would not be able to afford it. They would probably end up uninsured, struggling to get medical care they desperately need. This outcome isnt inevitable. There are ways to help the ACAs losers without hurting its winners. But those alternatives would involve different choices and trade-offs than Republicans are considering. Jennifer works part-time for a nonprofit …

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Police: Hunt continues for armed teacher who kidnapped student

March 20, 2017

… she looked to Cummins as a counselor. She’s been to church with him, she said. He never made her feel uncomfortable and he never touched her, except for the occasional fist bump. He also grabbed her hands one time to calm her down, she said, according to the report. A faculty member identified in the report as “Teacher 1” said she had seen Elizabeth in Cummins’ classroom a great deal and felt Cummins “should have a better boundary between his role as the …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

The phrase she was keenest to use “now is not the time” – but significantly she didn’t say “never”. So if not now, when? Has she accepted that there will be an independence referendum sometime after Brexit? Both sides say they want the Brexit picture to clear up, so they can offer voters an “informed choice”. The divide is over when they believe this will happen. Ms Sturgeon believes the substantive shape of the Brexit deal should be set in …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

… Congressional Budget Office analysis of the GOPs replacement plan found the Affordable Care Act is not in dangerof collapse. Trump just needs to end his mission to destroy the entire legislation. And to be clear, the time for Republicans to back away from Trumpcare and its devastating consequences is now, not after tens of millions of people have lost their coverage, Murray added, referring to the CBO estimates that Trumps repeal push would cost 24 million people their insurance by 2026. …

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20,000 lbs of frozen pizza recalled over listeria fears

March 17, 2017

… “Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza,” with lot code 20547. During routine sampling, FSIS discovered the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. “There are no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the pizzas at this time,” according to the recall announcement. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. About 1,600 cases are reported in the United States every year, with 260 resulting in death, according …

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Dina Powell to be named deputy national security adviser for strategy

March 16, 2017

… security adviser earlier this year, a senior administration official said that she will remain. Politico first reported Powell’s move. Her appointment made her a key voice for the Bush administration in the Middle East at a time when the administration was concerned about how the US was communicating with international audiences. Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, touted Powell’s background in 2005 as a key asset for the …

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North Asia on a knife’s edge: Whose position is strongest?

March 16, 2017

… can be sure if he’ll use it. Pyongyang says it successfully tested a nuclear warhead last year. This year missiles it tested fell just 200 miles from the Japanese coast. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Asian officials react to US THAAD system North Korea has also put itself in a difficult position with long-time ally China. Beijing has called on Pyongyang to stop the weapons tests which have ratcheted up tensions in East Asia. The …

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Trade Minister: How Nigeria can kick oil habit and become a global player

March 16, 2017

(CNN)“Never waste a good crisis” is a motto for Dr. Okechukwu “Okey” Enelamah, the Nigerian minister of industry, trade and investment. Right now, he has plenty to work with. One of the largest economies in Africa is shrinking. Collapsing oil revenue has plunged Nigeria into a full-year recession for the first time since 1991, and caused a damaging foreign currency shortage. …

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Singapore hawkers innovate to keep street food tradition alive

March 16, 2017

… flavors, some of which are being lost through time,” says Han. “Singapore celebrated its 50th birthday this year (2015), I want my cuisine to celebrate modern Singapore while also remembering our roots.” Candlenut, 331 New Bridge Road, 01-03 Dorsett Residences, Singapore Jin Ji Braised Duck and Kway Chap, Blk 335, Smith Street 02-156, Singapore One Kueh At A time, 02-61 Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar, Singapore Restaurant Labyrinth, 8 Raffles Ave., 02-23 Esplanade Mall, …

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Caviar guide: Pro shares his tips on how to buy and eat sturgeon roe

March 15, 2017

… the business, his eyes sparkle. “My God, it’s delicious,” he says. “The eggs are huge and firm. It’s deep without being too strong. The flavor is robust. You feel it on your tongue for a long time.” Despite his reaction, Petrossian says “there is no actual best caviar.” “There is the most expensive because it’s the rarest,” he says. “It can be the best to you. Or the best to you can be the cheapest. It’s all a matter …

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North Korea looms over Rex Tillerson’s first Asia trip

March 15, 2017

… top US diplomat. Tillerson will meet acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn for the first time and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, whom he met in February at the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bonn, Germany. When US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited last month, he said what South Koreans wanted to hear — that Washington promised an “overwhelming” response to any attack mounted by North Korea. Officials will be looking for statements along the same lines from Tillerson. …

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World’s most expensive meat? Find it with a Paris butcher

March 15, 2017

… business truly distinguished itself in the 1990s when Polmard’s grandfather and father investigated and ultimately introduced a meat treatment called “hibernation.” The way it works is cold air is blown at speeds of 120 kilometers per hour over the meat in a -43 C environment. This allows meat to be kept for any length of time — and, according to Polmard, with absolutely no loss of quality. $3,200 for a steak? Despite the eye-watering price tag, customers …

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