Wednesday, 06 March 2013

The Daily: March 6

Written by Natalie Letch
Could It Be A Daughter For The Royals?
During a visit to Grimsby yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge almost let it slip that she is expecting a baby girl. While meeting the crowds, a lady called Diana Burton leant over to give her a teddy bear to which the Duchess responded, "Thank you, I will take that for my d..." and then stopped herself. Burton commented "You were going to say daughter, weren't you?" to which the Duchess replied, "No, we don't know...we're not telling!" . While on the trip, the Duchess also hinted that one of her cravings is cupcakes as she took part in a cookery class. The Duchess is five months pregnant and is due to be give birth to the much anticipated, royal baby in June.

Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez Dies
Venezuelans began seven days of public morning yesterday, following the announcement that their president, Hugo Chavez had died aged 58 after an enduring battle against cancer. During his announcement, vice president Nicolas Maduro stated "We have just received the most tragic and awful information....It's a moment of deep pain". The former president will be given a state funeral in the capital, Caracus on Friday, which is expected to be attended by millions of supporters and leaders from across the world who were each inspired by his doctrine of "Bolivarian 21st century solcialism". A presidential election will be held within 30 days, deciding who will take control of the world's biggest untapped reserves of oil.

Daffodils Demand Better Weather
Despite being treated to the warmest day of the year yesterday, it seems that the daffodils have not been impressed with the weather and are a mere shadow of themselves in comparison to this time last year. This is mainly due to the extremely cold weather that the UK has experienced so far this year, resulting in the daffodils not being able to grow to their full potential. With Mothers Day fast approaching this Sunday, demands for daffodils will be at a height, meaning we may see the cost of daffodils raised by as much as 50 per cent. Weather forecasters have warned us not to get too used to such Spring-like weather as temperatures are set to fall from today with the onset of rain on the horizon.

Fans of Twilight Author Queue From 5am
Stephanie Meyer, author of the bestselling Twilight novels, was greeted at a book signing in Piccadilly Circus by fans who had been queuing up to see her from 5am. Predominantly female and aged from teenagers to 50+, fans of the Twilight author created a carnival atmosphere at the Waterstones store with one of the fans stating "Many people come [to London] to see The Queen. We came here to see our Queen". Meyer's Twilight series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and have been turned into a cult following saga of films. However, Meyer was actually conducting the book signing for the cinema release of her novel, The Host which she had written in 2008.

Former Cold War Rivals Unite In Protecting Polar Bears
Over 600 polar bears are killed each year by Canadian hunters for export, yet thankfully, former Cold War rivals have united against Canada ahead of a key international vote. The European Union attempted to block the US proposal, which was strongly supported by Russia, to outlaw the export trade on Tuesday. The US has insisted that the trade is unsustainable by stating that "The best scientific evidence says two-thirds of the polar bear population will be gone by mid-century, so how can you have a sustainable trade?". If, as predicted Canada loses, new rules will be issued within 90 days making hunting polar bears for exportation will be illegal. It is somewhat refreshing to see the US responding to climate change warnings and its effect on our wildlife.


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