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Education

One-third of children in UK ‘have heard racist comments at school’

Today at 01:01 AM, via The Guardian

Survey suggests children are most likely to have experienced racism by age of 13

Almost a third of children have heard racist comments at school, according to research by an anti-bullying campaign that suggests they are most likely to have experienced racism by about the age of 13.

A poll of 1,000 six to 15-year-olds found that while, overall, about 32% children had heard someone be racist at...

Education

Woman fights sacking for objecting to son’s LGBTQ+ classes

Yesterday at 19:51 PM, via The Guardian

Kristie Higgs tells tribunal in Bristol she was defending ‘Bible truth’ against ‘harmful doctrines’

A woman sacked from her job as a school assistant after flagging up concerns about the teaching of LGBTQ+ rights has told a tribunal it was her Christian duty to speak out to defend the “Bible truth”.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by the state secondary school where she...

Education

Students locked down after illegal parties at UK universities

Yesterday at 18:24 PM, via The Guardian

St Andrews, Edinburgh and Manchester Metropolitan among institutions dealing with coronavirus outbreaks

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Students are in lockdown in their halls of residence and facing periods of self-isolation and disciplinary action as universities grapple with increasing Covid-19 cases just days into the new term.

At least seven universities across...

Entertainment

Emmy ratings fall again to record low, as streaming becomes the new normal

Yesterday at 20:01 PM, via CNN

What if you threw a party — one generally praised by critics, presented with no serious glitches in the midst of a pandemic — and relatively speaking, nobody showed up? That’s the puzzle facing the Television Academy, in the wake of another year of record-low ratings for the Emmy Awards.

Entertainment

‘Filthy Rich’ is the kind of trashy soap that could win loyal converts

Yesterday at 18:24 PM, via CNN

“Filthy Rich” is a bit of a Franken-soap, seemingly stitched together from pieces of other series. Yet it works, at least kind of, as a guilty pleasure, unabashedly embracing its trashiness with sly wit and reasonably clever twists. As kickoffs to the broadcast TV season go, Fox could have, and indeed has, done worse.

Science/Tech

Trump Pushes To Reap Biometric Data From Immigrants, Americans

Today at 04:05 AM, via Slashdot

Six million would-be U.S. immigrants face expanded collection of their biometric data, including iris scans, palm-, and voice-prints, facial recognition images, and DNA, under a proposed federal rule. The Department of Homeland Security also for the first time would gather that data from American citizens sponsoring or benefiting from a visa application. Bloomberg Law reports: Years in the...

Science/Tech

Quibi Reportedly Weighs Selling Itself Less Than 6 Months After Launching

Today at 03:25 AM, via Slashdot

According to The Wall Street Journal, the mobile streaming service Quibi is exploring strategic options including a possible sale. “It is also considering raising more money or going public through a merger with a specially formed company that could help it fund deals,” adds CNET. From the report: It declined to comment directly on the report, but Quibi said in a statement that it “has...

Science/Tech

Pandemic Accelerated Cord Cutting, Making 2020 the Worst-Ever Year For Pay TV

Today at 02:45 AM, via Slashdot

According to new research from eMarketer, the cable, satellite and telecom TV industry is on track to lose the most subscribers ever. This year, over 6 million U.S. households will cut the cord with pay TV, bringing the total number of cord-cutter households to 31.2 million. TechCrunch reports: The firm says that by 2024, the number will grow even further, reaching 46.6 million total...

Nature

Saving Cumbria’s plastic-lined river

16 September at 10:24 AM, via BBC News

The River Keekle was lined 20 years ago to protect it from pollution but the plastic became the problem.