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English Channel search LIVE: Huge operation under way as boat parts spotted | UK | News

English Channel search LIVE: Huge operation under way as boat parts spotted | UK | News

[ad_1] A huge search and rescue operation is underway in the English Channel after parts of a pleasure boat were discovered washed up on the coastline. The alarm was raised at around 8.45am today (May 9).  RNLI lifeboats and helicopters have scrambled to the scene off Hastings, East Sussex. HM Coastguard is reportedly coordinating the rapid response.  The RNLI said in a statement: “Hastings RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 8.57am today after being tasked by HM Coastguard.” A marine tracking website has shown more vessels have been tasked with combing the waters, with the Finnish Navy also believed to be drafted in. Two Border Force boats are also out.  This is an ongoing incident, with more updates unfolding. See the latest in our blog, below. [ad_2] Source link

Bring back the pleasure of reading in classrooms | English and creative writing

Bring back the pleasure of reading in classrooms | English and creative writing

[ad_1] I read your editorial in delighted agreement with much of its argument (The Guardian view on English lessons: make classrooms more creative again, 2 May). My particular experience is working with the youngest children as they begin learning to read. Since 2021, schools in England have been required to follow the highly prescriptive systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) scheme. The “fully decodable” books approved for SSP schemes must focus on the spelling pattern to be learned, usually at the expense of a good story or any literary merit. Right from the start of school, enjoyment of books is being squeezed out. However, your contention that the curriculum model of little blocks of tightly controlled content is “more suited to science and maths” must be challenged. My other role is as a maths tutor to teenagers. I find that they have been rushed to learn ever more complicated formulas and procedures without time to investigate ideas, to make links between topics or to develop thinking skills. Mathematics is a deeply creative subject. Advances are made by …

Sky Sports to show all English Football League opening weekend matches for first time | UK News

Sky Sports to show all English Football League opening weekend matches for first time | UK News

[ad_1] Every match from the opening round of the three English Football League (EFL) divisions will be streamed live in a broadcasting first. The airing of all 36 fixtures on the weekend of 10 and 11 August will be on a new Sky Sports + service from the parent company of Sky News. It marks the start of a new five-year broadcasting rights deal between Sky and the EFL, covering the professional leagues below the Premier League. Sky Sports managing director Jonathan Licht said: “For the first time, we will broadcast every game live from across the EFL on the opening weekend. “It’s going to be a huge moment for football fans up and down the country and is a fitting way to kick off our ground-breaking new partnership with the EFL.” Matches that kick-off at 3pm on Saturdays cannot usually be broadcast live to UK audiences due to a long-running blackout rule. Also known as Article 48, it is a blacked-out period between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday afternoons when live football can’t be …

Brighton vs. Aston Villa Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere

Brighton vs. Aston Villa Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere

[ad_1] See at Sling TV Sling TV Watch the Premier League on USA Network from $40 per month See at Now Now Watch the Premier League in the UK from £12 Fourth-placed Aston Villa will look to bounce from their midweek European flop as they travel to Brighton on Sunday.  The visitor’s hopes of lifting the Europa League trophy were severely dented on Thursday after they crashed to a surprise 2-4 defeat to Olympiacos in their semifinal first-leg fixture at home. The disappointment of that result will likely have been alleviated for Villa fans by Spurs’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on the same night — a result which leaves Unai Emery’s side very much in the driving seat for claiming Champions League qualification.  Villa now comes up against a severely low-on-form Brighton side that has claimed just one win from their last nine Premier League games following last weekend’s dismal 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth.  Below, we’ll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live wherever you are in the world. Aston …

Brentford vs. Fulham Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere

Brentford vs. Fulham Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere

[ad_1] Bragging rights are up for grabs on Saturday, as West London rivals Brentford and Fulham go head-to-head at the Community Stadium.  It’s the second derby clash in successive weekends for Fulham, with the 13th placed Cottagers having played out a 1-1 stalemate with Crystal Palace last time out.  Despite crashing to a 1-0 away defeat to Everton last Saturday, results elsewhere went Brentford’s way, meaning the Bees are now mathematically safe from relegation.  Below, we’ll outline the best live TV streaming services to use to watch the game live wherever you are in the world. Thomas Frank, manager of Brentford, applauds the fans after the team’s victory in the Premier League match between Luton Town and Brentford FC at Kenilworth Road on April 20, 2024 in Luton, England.  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Brentford vs. Fulham: When and where? Brentford host Fulham at the Community Stadium in west London on Saturday, May 4. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. BST local time, which is 10 a.m. ET or 7 a.m. PT in the US and Canada, and 2 …

Voters Swing to Labour in English Local Elections: Key Takeaways

Voters Swing to Labour in English Local Elections: Key Takeaways

[ad_1] While the votes in local elections in England and Wales were still being counted on Friday, a picture has begun to emerge of significant losses for the governing Conservative Party. The voting on Thursday to elect councilors, mayors and police commissioners in local elections, seen as a last test of public opinion before a general election expected later this year, portends a difficult road ahead for the party. Here are four takeaways. The Conservatives could be in serious trouble. Leading up to the local elections, the question was not whether the Conservatives would suffer, but just how bad the blow might be. The party has trailed Labour, the main opposition party, in opinion polls for some time, after a series of scandals, the implosion of Boris Johnson’s administration and the embarrassment of the 45-day prime ministership of Liz Truss, leading many Britons to look elsewhere for leadership. By midday on Friday, the early results suggested that the party might have fared even more poorly than its leaders had feared. When all is said and …

French MPs say ‘non’ to English at the Paris Olympics

French MPs say ‘non’ to English at the Paris Olympics

[ad_1] Having long battled the creeping use of English in advertising, music and film, French MPs have declared a new struggle: keeping their home Olympics this year free from anglicisms. Issued on: 03/05/2024 – 10:15 3 min In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the lower house of parliament urged organisers of the 2024 Paris Games, as well as athletes, trainers and journalists to use French as much as possible. Annie Genevard, the conservative sponsor of the resolution, expressed alarm to fellow MPs that “the Olympic Games reflect the loss of influence of our language.” She recalled the much-criticised slogan used for Paris’ original bid for the Games – “Made for Sharing” – as well as other recent government-backed campaigns to promote the country such as “Choose France” or “Made in France.” Even the French rugby team had “Rugby World Cup” inscribed on their jerseys during the competition in France last year instead of “La Coupe du Monde de rugby.” “All of these examples demonstrate that the fight for the French language … is never finished, even in …

The Holy Grail and Ark of Covenant could be buried beneath this English house

The Holy Grail and Ark of Covenant could be buried beneath this English house

[ad_1] The treasures of the Knights Templar might lie hidden within a complex network of subterranean passages and chambers beneath this grand estate. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) In a breathtaking discovery, esteemed historian and anthropologist David Adkins has begun a daring journey that could unveil a fabled trove, rumored to encompass the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, concealed beneath the venerable Sinai Park House near Burton. Famed for his earlier unearthing of the 10,000-year-old skull “Greta,” David Adkins entertains the conviction that the elusive treasures of the Knights Templar might lie hidden within a complex network of subterranean passages and chambers beneath this grand estate. Sinai Park House, a majestic landmark in Burton, is believed to rest upon caverns of such vastness that they could potentially rival the size of Westminster Abbey, as asserted by a geologist. This revelation has piqued the interest of both historians and treasure hunters alike, as they contemplate the implications of such a discovery. Historian David Adkins believes the Knights Templar hid treasure in Burton. (CREDIT: David Adkins) …

Middle-Earth isn’t a place. It’s a time in (English) history

Middle-Earth isn’t a place. It’s a time in (English) history

[ad_1] This article was first published on Big Think in May 2023. It was updated in May 2024. There are tons of theories surrounding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and, more broadly, the fictional world of Middle-Earth in which the books take place. One of these theories is that Middle-Earth is actually not a fictional world at all, but our own Earth in prehistoric times, before — as historian Dan Carlin recently put it in his podcast Hardcore History — “the so-called Age of Man began.” This theory has been around for a while, but it’s unclear where it originated from. It’s possible this theory can be traced back to Tolkien himself, who once said he created Middle-Earth to provide England with a mythology that could compare to those of the Greeks or the Icelanders. The theory gained traction after a public lecture at the University of Oxford in 2022, titled “On Hobbits and Hominins.” During the lecture, Victorian literature professor John Holmes, alongside archeologists Rebecca Wragg Sykes and Tom Higham, debated how …