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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-11-21 16:08


>School bans designer coats
A school in Merseyside, the UK, has banned pupils from wearing expensive designer coats in a bid to stop "poverty-shaming" among its students. In a letter to parents, Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead said pupils would not be allowed to wear branded coats such as Moncler, Pyrenex and Canada Goose. Head teacher Rebekah Phillips said pupils and parents supported the move. The labels banned by the school include children's sizes, which sell for between 400 and 1,000 pounds. The ban will be introduced after the Christmas holidays. "The pupils spoke to us about the pressure on families and the pressure on themselves to wear particular branded coats. A few years ago we introduced a school bag for the same reason," Phillips said. There has been a mixed reaction on social media, with people writing both in support and against the school's designer label ban. One Twitter user wrote: "Absolutely ridiculous, banning those coats. It's a fact of life that there are poor kids, get over it."


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ride in an Ascot Landau carriage at Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>UK royals face tax headaches
The UK royal family faces a tax "nightmare" as US officials examine whether Meghan and Harry owe them a slice of their multi-million pound fortune. The Duchess of Sussex is still an American citizen, so has to pay tax in the US, and this could extend to anyone else she draws money from, including her husband. This could deplete both her $5 million US fortune and Prince Harry's main source of private wealth, a 300,000-pound-a-year trust fund on which he pays UK income tax. The probe could even extend to the Queen and Prince Charles as they provide funding for the couple, aides told the Sunday Express, which reported that the royals are set to employ a team of US financial consultants to deal with the issue.


CNN's Jim Acosta enters the Brady press briefing room upon returning back to the White House in Washington, on Nov 16, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Acosta's press pass restored
The White House has restored the press credentials of CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, and as a result, CNN will drop its lawsuit against the Trump administration, the network announced. But the White House also instituted three new rules for journalists at press conferences, claiming it has the right to suspend or revoke a journalist's credentials if they fail to follow any of the rules. Those three rules include: a journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then yield the floor; a follow-up question will be permitted at the discretion of the president or the White House and then the journalist must yield the floor; and "yielding the floor" includes, if necessary, physically surrendering the microphone. According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, the White House may initiate further rules of decorum, if necessary.


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>Nose shrinks when you lie
"Pinocchio" may be just a children's fairy tale, but Spanish scientists at the University of Granada recently investigated the so-called "Pinocchio effect" and found that our noses don't grow when we tell a lie, but shrink a bit. Dr Emilio Gomez Milan and his team developed a lie detector test that used thermography to tell if people were lying, and found that whenever participants in their research were being untruthful, the temperature of the tip of their nose dropped by 1.2 degrees Celsius, while the temperature of their forehead increased by 1.5 C. Scientists also found that drop in temperature at nose level actually caused it to slightly shrink, although the difference is undetected by the human eye. "One has to think in order to lie, which raises the temperature of the forehead," Dr Gomez Milan said, explaining the findings. "At the same time we feel anxious, which lowers the temperature of the nose."

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