THE long summer break is coming to an end, and pupils across the UK will soon be returning to school. So here are the key dates you need to know for the 2019/20 academic year. What are the autumn term and autumn half term dates? Most schools in the UK are heading back at the beginning of September after their summer break, though some return in mid-August. The new autumn term - which sees pupils move up a year - typically runs from Monday, September 2, 2019, until Friday, December 20, 2019. These dates will vary depending on the school and you are advised to check your school's website. The period includes half term, which is from Monday, October 21, to Friday, October 25, 2019. UK 2019/20 school calendar Dates vary depending on your school, so be sure to check your school's website for exact dates. Autumn term 2019: Monday, September 2, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019 October Half Term 2019: Monday, October 21, 2019 - Friday, October 26, 2019 Autumn term 2019: Monday, October 28, … [Read more...] about When do children go back to school? UK 2019/20 school calendar
DAVID Koch, the billionaire owner of one of the most valuable companies in the world, has died at 79. But who was he, how much was he worth, and what was his role in Koch Industries? Who was David Koch? David Koch was, with his older brother Charles, the co-owner of Koch Industries, a chemicals and oil refining business the pair inherited from their father, Fred, in 1967. He was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1940, the year his father founded the firm, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1963. He joined the family firm in 1970, opening its New York office in 1970, and ultimately became vice president under Charles, the chairman and CEO. As of 2019, he had a personal fortune of $48bn, making him, jointly with Charles, the 11th richest person in the world. In 1980, he was the vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, and later became a major donor to the Republican Party and backer of the Tea Party … [Read more...] about Who was David Koch and what was his role at Koch Industries?
SHOCKING wildfires have been spreading across Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and there are no signs of the fires stopping any time soon. But what caused the massive rainforest fires to break out and when did it start? Here's the latest. What started the massive fire in the Amazon rainforest? Wildfires are common in the dry season, but are also deliberately set by farmers illegally deforesting land for cattle ranching. Conservationists have blamed the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, for the current Amazon rainforest fires, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land. Since becoming president, Bolsonaro has opposed protections for the rainforest, saying the land should be used for agriculture and mining. The National Geographic has blamed the blaze on deforestation. Thomas Lovejoy, an ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, said: “This is without any question one of only two times that there have been fires like this. “There’s no … [Read more...] about What started the Amazon rainforest fires and how bad is it?
SOME Brits are going to use the long weekend as an opportunity to catch up on some sleep they missed during the work-week. But if you're not one of those and want to get out and go this bank holiday, we've got you covered. Here are London's top nine spots to visit - with family or solo. The Monster Obstacle Course, Alexandra Palace The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course for adults pitches up for at Ally Pally, with 300m of bouncy fun. Book your time slot and take part in a Nerf battle as you tackle the course. Finish up with less active things to do such as drag queen karaoke, mega beer pong and a glitter wheel. Tickets cost £20-£25 and you can book them here. The fun-filled event runs from August 23-28. Notting Hill Carnival Tens of thousands of colourful revellers are descending on posh West London to party at Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. The annual event, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday, is Europe's largest street event. The … [Read more...] about Nine things to do in London this August Bank Holiday weekend
ANGELA Merkel has been chancellor of Germany since 2005, but has recently faced questions about her health after being seen on three occasions shaking violently in public. Here's everything you need to know about Merkel, her life, and how long she's likely to remain in post. Who is Angela Merkel, how old is she, and is she married? Angela Merkel, currently 65, was born Angela Kasner in Hamburg, West Germany on July 17 1954. Her father was a Lutheran pastor while her mother was a teacher of English and Latin. Merkel was a few months old when her father was given a parish in a small town in Communist East Germany, and she was to grow up in a rural area north of East Berlin. She studied physics at Karl Marx University in Leipzig, later earning a doctorate in physics and working as a chemist at a scientific academy. She married fellow student Ulrich Merkel in 1977 but divorced four years later. Merkel met Berlin chemistry professor Joachim Sauer in 1981 and the couple married privately in … [Read more...] about Does Angela Merkel speak English and is she in good health?