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A plan to revive imperial measurements in the UK divides the nation



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Certain measurements in Britain still use the imperial system, including sale of beer and milk, measured in pints

People in the UK are, once again divided. And this time it is not about Brexit, the Royal family, nor political parties trying to undermine each other.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement on Friday, June 3, to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, about moving away from the current metric system.

And although the British government is understood to be preparing to open a consultation into how to further incorporate imperial measurements, after the controversial Brexit – with No 10 hoping for support even in Leave-voting areas – internet users have been, somewhat, less kind with the matter.

British political activist Femi Oluwole was fast to share his views on Twitter:

“Tories: “If we change food measurements to the imperial system and change our currency back to Shillings and Pence, people won’t be able to tell how much poorer we’ve made them through Austerity and Brexit! GENIUS!” – posted the co-founder of the pro-European Union advocacy group Our Future Our Choice.

“The government is switching to imperial measurements, this is like fixing a spelling mistake on the Titanic’s menu after it struck the iceberg while they’re setting fire to all the lifeboats. “ – says London-based chef Dave Ahern.

“Politicians still don’t understand that every regulatory change brings with it a cost, certainly true of the imperial measures, but can also be true of ‘deregulatory’ measures or even the uncertainty that they may change.” – warns David Henig, UK director of the European Centre For International Political Economy.

Johnson first hinted about bringing the imperial system back in the 2019 general election campaign, when he described it as an “ancient liberty”. However, not many countries in the world still use imperial measures anymore in the 21st century and, if re-introduced in the UK, it won’t make people change their habits in a hurry.

“I’m not the great imperial/metric expert but for me as a customer, using the example of milk, being able to buy a pint of milk helps me, and definitely my elderly relatives/friends who can’t fathom metric. Smaller stores I would imagine finding imperial easier for customers.” – defends musician Nick Wilson from Wicklow, Ireland.


“So the UK Government wants to bring back imperial measurements? I know Metric better than imperial and don’t wanna be the old guy who says “oh back when ” was your age I used metric” drove me mad in retail” – protested freelancer web developer Glenn Marshall


For clinical epidemiologist and statistical geneticist Deepti Gurdasani, the plan to revive imperial measurements in UK is a political tact:

“Imperial measurement headlines are just a distraction from the fact that we have a PM who has literally changed the rules to make it impossible to be held to account after breaking the law & lying. His power holds no bounds while his party enables him. That is the real story.” – shared Gurdasani, a senior lecturer in machine learning at the Queen Mary University of London.


The British Imperial System was used officially in Great Britain from 1824 until the adoption of the metric system beginning in 1965. But it wasn’t until 2000 that traders have been legally required to use metric units like milligrams, grams and kilograms for sale by weight or measure of fresh produce. Certain measurements in Britain still use the imperial system, including sale of beer and milk, measured in pints, and speed limit, which in the UK is measured in miles per hour rather than kilometers.


Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, Producer and Influencer Marketing Manager working with brands and publications in Europe, America and Asia.

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EU journalism prize awarded for investigation into migrant boat shipwreck



EU Parliament journalism prize awarded for investigation into migrant boat shipwreck
A Greek, German and British consortium has won the 2023 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for investigating journalism.

A Greek, German and British consortium has won the 2023 Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for investigating the Adriana shipwreck, which left over 600 migrants dead off Pylos in Greece.

The joint investigation by the Greek investigative outlet Solomon, in collaboration with Forensis, the German public broadcaster StrgF/ARD, and the British newspaper The Guardian revealed how the deadliest migrant shipwreck in recent history happened as a result of the actions taken by the Greek Coast Guard. It also reveals inconsistencies in the Greek authorities’ official accounts.

Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, Pina Picierno, Vice-President responsible for the Prize, and Juliane Hielscher, President of the Berlin Press Club and representative of the 28 members of the independent European-wide Jury, participated in the award ceremony held in the Daphne Caruana Galizia Press Room of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

“Today, as every year, we honour Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memory with a prize that is a powerful reminder of her fight for truth and justice. Journalists around the world continue to be targeted just for doing their job, but they refuse to be silenced. This Parliament stands by their side in this long-standing battle to safeguard press freedom and media pluralism in Europe and beyond”, said Metsola.

When accepting the prize on behalf of the winning consortium, Iliana Papangeli of Solomon said: “The fatal event has forced us to confront questions about so-called European values and where the EU really stands on protecting human life – regardless of passport, ethnicity, race, gender, disability, or class. This joint investigation showed how violent and restrictive EU migration policies are, ultimately leading to a massive loss of life”.

Between 3 May and 31 July 2023, more than 700 journalists from the 27 EU countries submitted their stories for consideration. Twelve of these submissions were shortlisted by the jury before the overall winner was decided.

About the winning story

The investigation took an in-depth look into the events surrounding the loss of the fishing trawler Adriana on 14 June this year some 50 nautical miles off Pylos, in south-western Greece, killing over 600 migrants who had left Libya some days earlier.

Over 20 interviews were made with survivors, and court documents and coastguard sources were looked into. The findings detail missed rescue opportunities and offers of assistance that were ignored, whereas the survivors’ testimonies indicate that it was the attempts by the Greek coastguard to tow the trawler that ultimately caused its sinking. The Greek coastguard denied that it attempted to tow the trawler.

The fateful night was simulated by Forensis using interactive 3D modelling of the trawler thanks to data from the coastguard’s log and testimony of the coast guard vessel’s captain, as well as from flight paths, maritime traffic data, satellite imagery and videos taken by nearby shipping vessels and other sources.

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Three countries to receive over €450 million in EU aid after natural disasters



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Romania will receive €33.9 million following damage caused by severe 2022 drought | Photo : Mircea Solomiea

The European Parliament has approved nearly €455 million in EU Solidarity Fund aid in response to recent natural disasters in Romania, Italy and Türkiye.

MEPs expressed their “deepest solidarity with all the victims, their families and all the individuals affected” by the natural disasters in Romania, Italy and Türkyie. They pointed out to the “increasing number of severe and destructive natural disasters in Europe”, stressing that “due to climate change extreme weather events such as those observed in Romania and Italy resulting in emergencies are going to further intensify and multiply”.

The European Commission has proposed to use the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to grant financial assistance of € 454,835,030to the three countries. EUSF assistance will cover parts of the costs of emergency and recovery operations like repairing damaged infrastructure, securing preventive infrastructure and the protection of cultural heritage, as well as clean-up operations. Under the fund’s rules, emergency and recovery operations may be financed by the EUSF retroactively from day one of a disaster.

The aid package was approved by 593 votes in favour, 11 votes against and 22 abstentions.

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Writing competition for children in the UK is open for submissions



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Primary school aged children from across the UK can submit their own original short story until 8pm Friday 10 November

A writing competition for children in the UK is currently receiving submissions.

Primary school aged children from across the UK can submit their own original short until 8pm Friday 10 November. 

The competition, which is supported by BBC Teach, encourages children of all abilities to dive deep into their imagination and write the story they would love to read in 500 words or less, without fear of spelling, grammar or punctuation errors. 

Competition prizes

50 finalists, along with their parents or carers, will be invited to attend the grand final in February 2024 at Buckingham Palace. The event will be shown as part of a special 500 Words programme with The One Show on World Book Day®, Thursday 7 March 2024.  

At the event, the bronze, silver and gold winners of both age groups, 5-7 and 8-11, will receive a selection of exciting prizes, including having their stories read by famous faces and a bundle of books to help continue their love of the written word. 

The two gold winners will receive not only the height of judge, Sir Lenny Henry, in books, but 500 books for their schools.

Silver winners will get their hands on the height of Her Majesty in books, and bronze winners will receive the average height of a 7 or 11 year old in books. 

All of their stories will be illustrated by children’s illustrators – Joelle Avelino, Axel Scheffler, Fiona Lumbers, Sue Cheung, Jamie Smart, and Steven Lenton – framed, and put into a 500 Words winners’ book. 

Every finalist will receive a £20 National Book Token and their stories will be recorded and published to the BBC Teach website.  

“We are delighted to be running this year’s 500 Words competition. It goes to the heart of everything we do in BBC Education. Ever since it began, the short story writing competition has always been for every child, no matter what their ability. It is all about creativity with no need to worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar”, says Helen Foulkes, Head of BBC Education.

Every story will be entered into a random draw, where one lucky winner will receive a ticket to the grand final, and their school will receive a bundle of 500 books and literacy wall art of their choice. 

Since the competition first launched in 2011, it has received over one million entries.

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