News archive from 25 February 2016

International tests show London school pupils lagging behind

School pupils in London do worse in tests of maths, science and reading than their peers in Shanghai, Singapore or Sydney, according to a surprising new analysis of international education league tables. The study by academics at UCL’s Institute of...

Guardian, 00:03 in Learning
 

Britain's 1975 Europe referendum: what was it like last time?

David Cameron said the EU referendum is a “once in a generation” decision, and he may be right. It has, after all, been 41 years since the last one, in 1975, when Harold Wilson’s Labour government asked the public whether Britain should remain in the...

 

Clarkson agrees payout to producer he punched

JEREMY CLARKSON issued an apology yesterday and has agreed to pay compensation to the Irish producer of the Top Gear show whom he racially abused and punched in the face. Oisin Tymon launched a claim for discrimination and personal injury against Mr...

 

Rent guarantee ‘would tackle homelessness’

HOMELESSNESS could be tackled if the government gave the same support to new renters as it does to first-time buyers, a charity said yesterday. Around 82 per cent of England’s private landlords are unwilling to rent to the homeless, research by Crisis...

 

700 Co-op drivers go to ballot box over threats to jobs

MORE than 700 Co-op delivery drivers were being balloted for industrial action yesterday over plans to outsource jobs. The Co-op has announced plans to transfer 50 drivers’ jobs to haulier Eddie Stobart Ltd. Previous transfers of drivers’ jobs from...

 

US: Republican Congress to block Gitmo closure­ plan

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s latest plan to close the extra-legal Guantanamo Bay prison camp was declared dead on arrival on Tuesday. His plan would have seen the remaining 91 detainees moved from the illegally occupied US base in Cuba to prisons on US...

 

Bolivia: Marginal defeat means no 4th term for Morales team

BOLIVIAN voters have narrowly rejected a proposal to remove presidential term limits in a national referendum. With 99.5 per cent of polling stations declared on Tuesday, the No vote stood at 51.3 per cent and the Yes at 48.7, a margin of 160,000...

 

France: Schengen in tatters as eviction from Jungle looms

EUROPEAN Parliament president Martin Schulz defended yesterday Belgium’s decision to suspend its no-passport agreement with France in response to threats to clear the Calais refugee camp. Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon announced the move on...

 

Another fine Etonian mess

“YOU can take the boy out of Eton, but you can’t take Eton out of the boy.” How else to explain David Cameron’s desperate braying attempt to find a riposte to Jeremy Corbyn’s reminder to the Prime Minister that even his own mother has signed a protest...

 

Of the people, by the people, for the people

This Saturday the Midlands Region TUC holds its annual conference. LEE BARRON assesses the current and future campaigning and organising priorities facing the region Without a shadow of a doubt, 2015 will go down as a historic year. The first majority...

 

The pseudoscience behind the culls

While it is easy to blame wildlife, including badgers, for spreads of any disease to farm stock, lax biosecurity controls on farms create far greater risks, writes LESLEY DOCKSEY THE government’s badger-culling project is getting more unscientific by...

 

Autism in the age of noise and fury

A woman with Asperger Syndrome explains how a late diagnosis and a professional world which values aggression can cause a meltdown IN AN age where life is getting faster and noisier, where go-getting aggression is applauded and actively encouraged in...

 

Human Rights? Keep schtum!

Reprimand for mentioning sheikh’s role in torture by Our Sports Desk FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has been reprimanded for raising questions about his Bahraini rival’s human rights record. Despite presenting himself as untainted...

 

Boxing: AIBA rushing to get top pros to Rio 2016

Wu hoping to clear way for professionals ‘in next few months’ By Our Sports Desk TOP professional boxers will become eligible to compete in this summer’s Olympics under radical new proposals being pushed through by governing body AIBA. AIBA president...

 

Dead good thrills, from Exmoor to San Francisco

Crime fiction round up with Mat Coward This article is reserved for Morning Star subscribers. To read on, and gain access to the rest of the Star’s news, features, arts and sport, subscribe to our e-edition — letting you read the people’s paper...

 


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