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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND A 24-hour ceasefire announced by Hamas in Gaza appears to be stalling, with both Palestinian militants and Israel continuing their offensives. Hamas fired more rockets into Israel, accusing it of failing to abide by the ceasefire. Israel rejected the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France in 16 years Saturday. Nibali won four stages of the race, which no winner has done since Lance Armstrong won five stages 10 years ago. Still, The New... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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‘Cowboy’ parking squads hired by High Street firms are hitting hundreds of thousands of drivers with £100 ‘fines’ and using threats to make them pay up. The companies – employed by fast food chains, retailers and railway operators – issue... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Dave Granlund casts an ironic eye on a great American summer tradition: the family holiday in the summer cabin, where life is not always as relaxing as one might imagine! VOCABULARY How many of the activities and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
There are few things more American than a meal at McDonald's — which might be bad news for the restaurant's 418 Russian locations. A Russian consumer protection agency has, in fact, filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s in Russia, believe it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Days after the highly anticipated, too-sexy-for-TV trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” aired, critics are calling for the film to be banned or pleading with moviegoers to skip it. The Parents Television Council lambasted NBC, which aired the movie... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
Ohio State University has come under some fire after a quiz in a required course implied atheists are inherently smarter than Christians. An OSU student shared screen shots of this quiz from the school's core psychology class with Campus Reform.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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Every driver in a crash will have their mobile seized in a bid to cut deaths caused by phoning and texting at the wheel. Police have been ordered to check if motorists broke the law by using their phones in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The Commonwealth Games are taking place in Glasgow, running from Wednesday 23 July (which features the opening ceremony) through to Sunday 3 August. Read more >> THE CARTOON The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows UK... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
Officials from Burkina Faso say they've found the wreckage of the plane carrying 116 people that went missing Thursday morning, though they still don't know what caused it to crash. The head of the country's crisis unit says the wreck... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BRITAIN will bake in scorching temperatures for at least another two weeks, making this one of the hottest summers ever. The red hot weather will continue well into August, with highs reaching 90F (32C), forecasters said last night. The news... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Tartan-clad performers, spinning oversized Tunnock's tea cakes and a giant kilt were among the highlights at a feel-good Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony on Wednesday night. The Queen officially opened the games before a 40,000-strong crowd in Glasgow's Celtic... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
A Florida State University professor has created a project that tracks your cat pictures and then figures out where that cat lives. Wait ... seriously? ​It's called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, and you can keep hitting the "Random... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the poultry industry. Undercover footage, photographic evidence and information from whistleblowers has revealed how... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
This parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" should appeal to grammar nerds! It is one of eight videos released by Weird Al Yankovic over the past week to mark the release of his new album, "Mandatory Fun." The videos did... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Despite widespread anger over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, European nations have shied away from measures that would further isolate Russia. Dependent on Russian gas and oil, wary of confrontation on the Continent and alive to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
In continuing its "let's give our customers all the things" ideology, Amazon has launched "Kindle Unlimited." Amazon unveiled the service Wednesday in a promotional video. "Introducing Kindle Unlimited, the freedom to explore over 600,000 titles and thousands of audio books... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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A raft of reforms to school accountability, including an education commissioner for Birmingham, inspections of city academy chains and new oversight of school governors, were announced on Tuesday by the education secretary in response to a damning report into extremist... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND It's Prince George's first birthday, today and since his first public appearance aged one day, royal baby watchers have been rushing to buy up whatever babywear brand he happens to be wearing — the so-called "Prince George effect". In... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
A Florida jury awarded a smoker's widow one of the largest ever legal wins against a tobacco company — a whopping $23.6 billion in punitive damages. Cynthia Robinson sued the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, maker of Camel cigarettes and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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David Cameron lost patience with Vladimir Putin’s “bluster and obfuscation” on Monday night and called on Europe to impose “hard-hitting sanctions” on Russia after the downing of Flight MH17. In his strongest intervention since the disaster, which killed 298 people,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The United States upped pressure on Vladimir Putin on Sunday over his response to the Malaysia Airlines jet shoot-down in eastern Ukraine, with Secretary of State John Kerry noting on CNN that it was a “moment of truth” for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The English Blog
It was a sweet, sweet Sunday for the McIlroy family. That's because Rory just captured his third major title Sunday at The British Open, just as father bet he would a decade ago. Full transcript >> Related articles Rory's dad... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The English Blog
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Masked, hooded men ran along the platform nervously waving their guns, as the large grey door to one of five train carriages was levered open. A ghoulish stench poured out; inside the glint of shiny black body bags piled in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The English Blog