The UK Goes to the Polls

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 27 June 2024 > In the News

On 4 July, British citizens will vote in a general election. It is widely expected that the Conservative Party, which has been in power for 14 years, will be defeated. British voters knew they would be called to the polls for a general election at some point in 2024 but Prime Minister Rishi Sunak surprised … Continue reading “The UK Goes to the Polls”

Biden and Trump Debate

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 25 June 2024 > In the News

The two main candidates for the 2024 U.S. Presidential election will participate in a TV debate on 27 June, months earlier than in usual campaign years. Donald Trump and Joe Biden aren’t even officially the Republican and Democratic candidates yet: that will happen when their parties hold their national conventions, from 15 July for the … Continue reading “Biden and Trump Debate”

Cannes 2024: Americans’ Rush for Awards

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 29 May 2024 > In the News

The 77th Cannes Film Festival, held from May 16 to 27, 2024, was marked by a strong presence of American cinema, both in the official selection and in the awards given. Despite the disruptions caused by the actors’ strike in 2023, independent and established American filmmakers managed to distinguish themselves on the Croisette.  Palme d’Or … Continue reading “Cannes 2024: Americans’ Rush for Awards”

If Girls Were in Charge

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 06 May 2024 > In the News

A new documentary, Girls State, looks at a social experiment where 500 girls from Missouri try to form a government, running for positions like Governor and Supreme Court Justices. It makes a fascinating contrast with the award-winning 2020 documentary by the same team following 1000 boys in Texas participating in the same national project. Both … Continue reading “If Girls Were in Charge”

100 Million Trees

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 April 2024 > In the News Shine Bright Lycée

The Kenyan government wants its people to plant 100 million trees to regreen the country. They even have a new tree-planting holiday. And the ultimate goal is much bigger: to plant 15 billion trees in 10 years. The JazaMiti initiative, which means “fill with trees” in Swahili,  aims to help tackle climate change. As in … Continue reading “100 Million Trees”

Irish Referendum on Women’s Role in Society

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 08 March 2024 > In the News

On International Women’s Day 2024, France is including the freedom to have an abortion in its constitution while Ireland is holding a referendum to remove clauses from its constitution which promise the Irish state will do everything it can to allow women to stay in the home. The Irish constitution was adopted in 1937, in … Continue reading “Irish Referendum on Women’s Role in Society”

Happy Feet

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 February 2024 > In the News Shine Bright Collège

When humans have trouble walking, they can get help with orthopaedic shoes or prosthetics. What happens when an animal has a problem? San Diego Zoo in California fitted one of its penguins with customised shoes to help with a degenerative foot condition. Lucas, an African penguin, developed a chronic condition called bumblefoot, which occurs in … Continue reading “Happy Feet”

New Names for London Train Lines

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 19 February 2024 > In the News

You’re no doubt familiar with London’s iconic Underground map, and the names for Underground lines like Victoria, Circle, Bakerloo and Jubilee. But now the Overground trains in the network are being given new  names reflecting the history and culture of the city. In fact, they’re being given names for the first time — up until … Continue reading “New Names for London Train Lines”