UK: Greater Manchester is named as the child abduction capital of the country

ABP World Group - Parental Abduction Recovery & Kidnapping Recovery

A charity says more cases were recorded here than anywhere else, including London

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Lest we forget: Gallipoli, the Western Front and war memory

Matthew Wright

Today, 25 April, is New Zealand’s memorial day – Anzac Day. It’s the day when we remember all our war dead, more than half of whom died in just one campaign, the Western Front. Here is a short extract from my new book, The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front, pondering the legacy of New Zealand’s two largest First World War campaigns on the people who fought it.

A New Zealand 18 pound gun in action at Beaussart, France, during World War I. Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013221-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

The experience left deep psychological scars on all involved, and the mundane world of civilian life — certainly at first — was foreign to the returning soldiers. It was understandable. These New Zealanders had faced the teeth of the dragon…

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What happened to swappable batteries for electric vehicles?

Make Wealth History

In 1938 a company called Battery Traction Ltd was set up in Britain. It aimed to speed the advent of electric vehicles by building a network of charging points, and battery stations where you could pull in and swap your depleted battery for a fresh one. The business was overtaken by the Second World War and never got off the ground. EF Schumacher was a founder, and the initiative gets a fleeting mention in his biography. Otherwise, that visionary idea is long forgotten. Almost 80 years later, it’s more crucial than ever before.

If you’re driving a petrol car and you begin to run out of fuel, you can pull into a filling station and top up. There’s an extensive network of petrol stations and drivers are well served. With an electric car, charging points are still few and far between, at least where I live. Where they do…

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Learning To Fly

Broken Light: A Photography Collective


Photo taken by contributor Michael Ross, a 57-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism.

About this photo: “I call this photo Learning to Fly. I took it at a local airport that teaches people to learn to fly. I think many of us forget that there was a time when anything seemed possible. 

For me it’s easy to focus on all the things I can’t do, the things I am afraid to do, and with my own self imposed limitations I create my own small world, my own prison.

I want to relearn that in reality, there is really nothing to lose, and that the sky’s the limit.”

Find more from Michael at his blog.


**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here

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A third of American millennials live with their parents, US Census report finds — Fellowship of the Minds

From Fox News: Most U.S. millennials believe that education and economic security are key for becoming an adult. But fewer than half are achieving those goals, according to a study released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, which determined that more than one third of American millennials still live with their parents. The report, entitled […]

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‘UNACCEPTABLE’ legal delays in Scotland Child Abuse Scandal Investigation


    Child protection:  Shocking facts you need to know


APRIL 23rd 2017

Although detectives have reported 27 suspects to the Crown Office, only one man has been named as part of the massive investigation into child sexual exploitation which ended more than two years ago.

Some of the victims were as young as 10 and all of them were vulnerable young girls, with many of them living in care homes in and around Glasgow.

Failed Afghan asylum seeker Javaid Akhond is the only named individual to face justice as a result of Operation Dash. He was 20 when he was sentenced to six years in prison in 2014 for the rape and sexual abuse of children as young as 12.

Following repeated requests to Police Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), this newspaper has learned there have four convictions in total.

Why did…

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