Education Secretary fails to name any respected educational expert who wants more grammar schools

Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, has failed to name any respected educational expert or institution that supports extending grammar schools as she prepares to launch a consultation into the policy. Ms Greening also refused to rule out introducing quotas for the most disadvantaged children in England to attend to grammar schools, saying the Government would not elaborate on details before publication of a White Paper on the controversial policy. The Education Secretary’s comments come as she outlined at a speech on Thursday how the Government will introduce a new model for grammar…

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Hacker who stole film scripts jailed for five years

A hacker who stole sexually explicit videos and unpublished film and TV scripts from celebrities has been sentenced to five years in jail. Alonzo Knowles hacked email accounts, from the Bahamas, to steal the images and scripts, which he tried to sell. Knowles used viruses and fake security notifications to obtain passwords. He was caught when he travelled to the US to sell stolen scripts not knowing that he was meeting undercover police officers. Dark ends The US Department of Justice said Knowles had had a list of the email…

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Man who quit high-flying job to go off the grid and live in a tree house

IN 2011, Foster Huntington quit his successful job in New York City to live in a tree house (two, actually) on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge in the US. In a few months, with the help of friends and a construction crew, Foster created his dream world, complete with treetop homes connected by swinging bridges, an on-site skate bowl, and wood-fired hot tub. Luckily, he captured the whole process on his social media accounts. And as you can imagine, it wasn’t long before he became a sensation….

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Graduates who fail to make student loan repayments should face arrest like New Zealanders, education expert suggests

Graduates who move overseas and fail to repay their student loans after their studies should be arrested, suggests an education expert who has authored a report on what the UK can learn from New Zealand’s higher education sector. Sam Cannicott, former Regent’s University London employee who now works for Statistics New Zealand, described how New Zealand’s “no-nonsense approach” to collecting student loan repayments from graduates overseas highlights the “timidity of the steps taken in the UK.” He said: “Former students who fail to make repayments face arrest at the New Zealand border, which…

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Nintendo fires woman who became online target

A female Nintendo employee has been fired after months of harassment from gamers who blamed her for censorship—but the company says her firing has nothing to do with her being targeted by the “GamerGate” campaign, the Verge reports. “I am no longer a good, safe representative of Nintendo, and my employment has been terminated,” Seattle-based worker Alison Rapp tweeted on Wednesday, adding that the last few months have been a “whirlwind” of controversy and harassment. Nintendo says Rapp was fired for moonlighting, which is against company policy, not because of an anti-Rapp campaign led…

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WHO: Ebola no longer an ‘extraordinary’ health event

Ebola is no longer an “extraordinary” health event, the World Health Organisation has said. The disease that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa during its most recent outbreak doesn’t pose as much of a threat as it once did, and the risk of it spreading around the world is low, a committee formed by the health group concluded. The disease was declared an international emergency in August 2014, and described at the time as a “serious” threat other countries. Members of the Emergency Committee, created to monitor the situation in…

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World Health Day 2015: ‘Food Safety’ our priority

World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating World Health Day on April 7, 2015 with an objective to create global health awareness. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is ‘Food Safety’ and WHO is promoting the issue of food safety and it’s improvement as a part of the campaign. Here are 10 facts you should know about WHO, World Health Day and Food Safety: WHO is a specialised agency of United Nations (UN), which was formed on April 7, 1948; 67 years ago World Health Day is celebrated with an…

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