Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people’s main source of news, according to a report.

Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. Continue reading “Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people”


Scouting embraces the digital age. . .

You might think scouting is just about tying knots and making campfires. . .
But scouting has changed a lot since it was founded in 1910, and is now so popular that 51,000 people are on the waiting list to join. What remains important is getting badges for achievements, from photography to fire safety.
Take a look at how the badges of the past compare with today’s.

Badges a scout could win in 1911. . .  Continue reading “Scouting embraces the digital age. . .”

Student overcomes language barrier to receive offers from all 8 Ivy League colleges

“In our house, there is beauty in the way we speak to each other … language is not broken but rather, bursting with emotion. It is a little messy. But this is where we have made our home.”

Those were words from 17-year-old Cassandra Hsiao, whose moving college essay caught the attention of multiple US universities and the world.
The Malaysian-born teenager, who now lives in California, had written about her humbling experiences learning English while growing up in an immigrant household.
She has received offer letters from all eight Ivy League colleges, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. She hasn’t made her decision yet but said that she would be visiting colleges in the coming weeks. Continue reading “Student overcomes language barrier to receive offers from all 8 Ivy League colleges”

World’s oldest person, Emma Morano, dies at the age of 117

The world’s oldest person has died in Italy at the age of 117, reports say.
Emma Morano was born on 29 November 1899 in the Piedmont region of Italy. She was officially the last person born in the 1800s still living.
She had attributed her longevity to her genetics and a diet of three eggs a day, two of them raw.
Ms Morano was the oldest of eight siblings, all of whom she has outlived. She died at her home in the northern city of Verbania. Continue reading “World’s oldest person, Emma Morano, dies at the age of 117”