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Early home learning improves children’s grades: Study

WT24 Desk The positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child’s early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, says a study, IANS reports. Published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement, the research shows pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at age ...

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Rowdy French rooster at centre of legal battle

WT24 Desk A rooster named Maurice, whose early-morning crowing has got under the skin of neighbours on the French island of Oleron, was at the centre of a court battle Thursday that has raised howls of protest in the countryside, AFP reports. Maurice himself was not present for the proceedings in the western town of Rochefort, and nor were his ...

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Australian Aboriginal settlement receives World Heritage status

WT24 Desk An Aboriginal settlement older than the pyramids that provides evidence that indigenous Australians developed sophisticated aquaculture thousands of years ago has been granted World Heritage status, the UN has announced, AFP reports. The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in southeast Australia was created by the Gunditjmara nation some 6,600 years ago and includes remnants of elaborate stone channels and ...

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Botswana govt to appeal against law legalising gay sex

AG says high court was mistaken in its ruling decriminalising homosexuality WT24 Desk Botswana’s government will appeal against a high court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, potentially resuscitating a law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison, Agencies report. The court’s ruling in June, which was praised by international organisations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of ...

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Artists battle expulsion as Berlin’s rents rise

WT24 Desk A cemetery has popped up outside a Berlin block of art studios called Treptow Ateliers, with half a dozen crosses marked “Demolition” or “Expulsion”, AFP reports. The small “graveyard” is an installation by painters, sculptors and photographers who face losing their workspaces because of gentrification in the booming capital. “It’s an installation to draw attention to what’s happening ...

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Take care of your jewellery this monsoon

WT24 Desk The pitter-patter of rain may bring immense joy, but it certainly is not a good sign for jewellery, say experts, according to IANS. Sumeet Dhanraj, director and creative head of Dhanraj Jewellers, and Saumya Ghai, designer and merchandiser at Shaya by CaratLane, have suggested some self-care tips to help protect your ornaments in this damp weather: * Gold ...

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Off with their heels! Dior leads footwear revolution

WT24 Desk Off with their heels! Dior had fashionistas rocking back on their stilettos Monday by taking footwear down to earth with a bump in its Paris haute couture show, AFP reports. Citing a famous quote that high heels “were nothing but a modern version of Chinese foot binding”, proudly feminist designer Maria Grazia Chiuri went full tilt for the ...

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Social media sales soar in Facebook-friendly Thailand

WT24 Desk The son of a Thai fisherman, Anurak Saruethai never really took to life at sea. But seafood has been good to him, Reuters reports. Hawking dried shrimp, squid and fish in nightly Facebook livestreams, Anurak, who is quick with a joke and adept at interacting with customers, can draw up to 300,000 viewers at a time. He’s backed ...

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Cuban centenarians, cheered on by family, aim for 120

WT24 Desk Looking into a mirror, Delia Barrios applies blush and lipstick — she wants to look her best for her 102nd birthday celebration, when she will be surrounded by loved ones, AFP reports. Barrios is one of more than 2,000 people in impoverished Cuba who are 100 years or old — a reality that has piqued the interest of ...

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