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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND The system for monitoring suspected terrorists in Britain is to be strengthened to include restrictions on where they can live, David Cameron announced today. In a Commons statement unveiling new anti-terror laws to combat the threat from Isis, the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
We've seen each version of Google's self-driving car. And we're ready to give it a test drive. So where is it? Well, a report out last week from MIT Technology Review outlines a number of obstacles Google needs to address... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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David Cameron's plan to fight the terrorist threat posed by Islamic State got off to a stuttering start when he was forced to shelve key proposals amid legal uncertainty, Liberal Democrat objections, and even doubts within the security services. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND World powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
California's legislature has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags. It could soon be the first ban of its kind implemented at a state level. State lawmakers passed the bill along with a host of other measures during a late-night... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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Those retiring since 2012 are getting around 20 per cent less from an annual annuity than those outside Europe because of EU regulations. It has led to claims Britons are being ripped off, with Brussels bureaucrats once again interfering in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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CARTOON This cartoon by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag shows President Obama sitting at his desk in the Oval Office having buckets of ice poured over his head. The buckets are labelled with various crises he is facing around the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
As the vote on whether Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom draws nearer, more and more celebrities are voicing their opinions on the matter. Sir Paul McCartney become the most recent figure to sign an open letter... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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Tensions between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats over how to counter the terrorism threat from extremists have been exposed as Paddy Ashdown accuses Tory ministers of "kneejerk" responses and of stoking fear in the minds of the British people. The former... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
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All over the world children (and teachers) are going back to school after the summer break, and this cartoon by Rick McKee from The Augusta Chronicle is one of a whole 'Back to School' collection on The Cagle Post. An... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
If you're a parent, you already know your role in your child's life is important. But a new study suggests your reaction to your child's nonsensical babbling impacts his or her language development. Here's how the research was conducted –... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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Shoppers are panic-buying powerful vacuum cleaners to beat an EU ban that comes into force next week. Last night retailers reported that sales had soared by nearly 50 per cent as consumers snap up any remaining stock in the run-up... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
We used to think of drones exclusively as high-powered military machines, but that definition ha shifted. From high-tech deliveries to aerial photography to questionable stunts involving fireworks, unmanned aerial vehicles have become the latest tech vogue for some time now.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Ryanair, which once suggested it would introduce standing-only flights if only it was allowed by aviation safety authorities, will launch a new tier of tickets aimed at business travellers willing to pay more for better service. ‘Business Plus’ tickets... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
It's late August. Kids are back in school, football kicks off soon and Apple rumors are ringing in our ears. That last one picked up big-time Tuesday with Bloomberg's report that months of speculation on a bigger iPad could finally... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND As governments in West Africa struggle to contain the Ebola epidemic, World Health Organization officials are warning that the suspension of flights and imposition of travel restrictions raise fears of shortages and could undermine the capacity to respond. While... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Amazon's never been shy about dropping big bucks to nab a company it thinks can broaden its reach. But its latest acquisition is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser. Amazon will purchase Twitch, a live-streaming service for video game players, according... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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More than 1,400 children were sexually abused during a period of over 16 years by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded. Senior officials... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND French President François Hollande on Monday called for a cabinet reshuffle, evicting from his government rebel leftist ministers who had argued for an economic policy U-turn away from budgetary rigor. The surprise move - which risks deepening the confrontation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The English Blog
The French government has dissolved, but before anyone bids it adieu, let's look at what that really means. No, the country hasn't fallen into anarchy, and the only revolution that's happened is a kind of complicated political one. Basically what's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Blower from The Telegraph shows a group of armed Jihadists walking across a pedestrian (or zebra) crossing as a policeman leans out of a police vehicle which has stopped to let them cross. COMMENTARY Of course, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The English Blog
Ah, breakfast. The most important meal of the day .... or wait — is it? Two new studies say, not so much. A study out of the University of Bath found those who did not eat a meal before 11... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The English Blog
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Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Islamic State extremists are plotting an attack here in the wake of the murder of US journalist James Foley. Next month’s Nato summit in Cardiff is a potential target, according to security experts. Officials say... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The English Blog
As the U.S. continues its air strikes against ISIS militants in Iraq — new signs the administration could expand its military operations next door into Syria. Full transcript >> Related articles Obama Adviser Says Military Action Possible Against ISIS ISIS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at The English Blog