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Former US president, who has been in ill-health for several years, is set to turn 99 on 1 October

  Jimmy Carter visits peanut festival seven months after entering hospice care Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have made a surprise appearance at a peanut festival in their Georgia home town, the Carter Center wrote in a social media post on X, formerly known as Twitter. The former president, who was also once a peanut farmer, and his wife are seen in a video riding through the Plains Peanut Festival in a black SUV. Click here “Beautiful day for President & Mrs. Carter to enjoy a ride through the Plains Peanut Festival! And just a week before he turns 99,” the Carter Center wrote on X after sharing the video taken by a spectator. The former president is 98 and has been in home hospice care since February. He turns 99 on 1 October. The former first lady has since been diagnosed with dementia. The couple this summer marked their 77th wedding anniversary, extending their record as the nation’s longest-married first couple. “It was amazing considering that he is i

Hollywood writers strike: WGA reaches ‘tentative’ deal to end 146-day strike

  After five days of negotiations with studios and streaming services, union says it has an ‘exceptional’ deal for members to vote on Hollywood writers are poised to end their nearly five-month strike after reaching a tentative agreement with studios, the writers’ union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said Sunday night, though the full details of agreement still have to be formally approved. The deal came after five marathon days of renewed talks by negotiators for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and an alliance of studios, streaming services and production companies, and must be approved by the guild’s board and members before the strike officially ends. The terms of the deal were not immediately announced, but the WGA called the deal “exceptional – with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership,” in an email to members. Four top industry executives – Iger, Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sa

successful return of Nasa capsule with asteroid sample hailed

  successful return of Nasa capsule with asteroid sample hailed Sitting isolated in the arid landscape of the Utah desert, its orange and white parachute cast aside, the Osiris-Rex capsule was a picture of stillness. Yet all around, scientists were swinging into action, rushing to recover its precious cargo: 4.6bn-year-old chunks of space rock. Racing towards the scene were four helicopters bearing scientists, engineers and military safety personnel. Their mission: to recover the capsule as quickly as possible to prevent samples of asteroid Bennu from becoming contaminated by planet Earth. Then, more joy: after checking for any unexploded ordnance and potential outgassing from the capsule, the all clear was given. Sara Russell, professor of the Natural History Museum in London who is deputy lead for mineralogy and petrology on the mission, watched the events unfold on a screen in the UK. “I’m feeling quite emotional and tearful about it all at the moment,” she said. “I’m so incredibly

Keir Starmer to call for UK clean energy action in New York City address

 Keir Starmer to call for UK clean energy action in New York City address The UK Labour party leader, Keir Starmer, is calling for action to transform the nation into a clean energy superpower after the British Conservative prime minister  Rishi Sunak ’s announcement earlier this week of new reversals and delays to net zero commitments. In a video address that organisers of the Global Citizen Festival (GCF) plan to play on Saturday afternoon at an event in New York City, Starmer said: “The world is facing serious threats from extreme poverty to criminal gangs to climate change. Only progressive internationalist politics can rise to these challenges and deliver a secure future. “To deliver climate security, a future Labour government would grasp the opportunities for jobs and our economy by driving forward with action for clean energy,” he added in the video , which was provided to the Guardian in advance of the festival. Starmer went on to pledge that a future Labour government would

book bans in US public schools rise by a third in a year

 ‘Eating away at democracy’: book bans in US public schools rise by a third in a year According to a new study by Pen America, there were 3,362 instances of book bans in school classrooms and libraries – with more than 40% of all cases occurring in Florida Book bans in US public schools have increased by 33% over the last school year, according to a study by Pen America, a non-profit that supports freedom of expression in literature. The organisation recorded 3,362 instances of book bans in public school classrooms and libraries between July 2022 and June 2023, affecting 1,557 different titles. The report,  Banned in the USA: The Mounting Pressure to Censor , found that more than 40% of all cases occurred in Florida, which overtook Texas as the state with the most bans. Missouri, Utah and Pennsylvania also saw high levels of book banning cases. The authors whose books were targeted were “most frequently female, people of colour, and/or LGBTQ+ individuals”, read the report. It found tha

Rupert Murdoch: The Media Mogul Who Shaped an Era

  Rupert Murdoch: The Media Mogul Who Shaped an Era Rupert murdoch, a term synonymous with the media empire, has left an indelible mark on the worlds of journalism, broadcasting, and entertainment. Murdoch's career has spanned decades, and it has extended far beyond the pages of his newspapers and the airwaves of his television networks. In this 1000-word blog post, we will look at the life and legacy of this media titan, examining his rise to power, his effect on the industry, and the scandals surrounding him. Early Life and Entrepreneurship Rupert murdoch was born in melbourne, australia, on march 11, 1931. Sir keith murdoch's father, a well-known journalist and newspaper publisher, was instrumental in inspiring young rupert's interest in the media industry. Murdoch returned to australia in the early 1950s and took over the news company, news limited, following his father's death. Murdoch's first forays into media ownership were marked by a hunger for growth and i

The Essential Guide to Sex Education: Empowering Healthy Relationships

  The Essential Guide to Sex Education: Empowering Healthy Relationships Sex education is a vital component of personal growth and well-being. It plays a vital role in helping individuals make informed decisions about their sexual health, work, and overall quality of life. We will explore the benefits of sex education, its main components, and how it contributes to the development of healthy relationships in this short blog post. By the end of this talk, you will have a better idea of why sex education is so vital and how it can positively impact your life. A NETFLIX SERIES : CLICK LINK Why Sex Education Matters Sex education goes beyond the physiological aspects of reproduction; it encompasses a wide variety of topics, including sexual health, consent, gender identity, sexual orientation, and relationships. Here are some compelling reasons why sex training is so critical. Knowledge Empowers : Comprehensive sex education equips individuals with accurate information about their bodies,