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higher education boss handed £550,000 in 'golden goodbye'

a higher education boss was handed more than £500,000 in a “golden goodbye” pay package after the government scrapped her organisation. professor madeleine atkins, ex-chief executive of the higher education funding council for england (hefce), secured a 96% increase on her annual pay deal in the body’s final 12 months, accounts published this week show.the hefce was wound up by the department for education and replaced by the office for students and research england in april. atkins, who was appointed to hefce for a five-year term in 2014, had a final remuneration package worth £554,648 once bonuses, pension payments and other benefits were counted. salary accounted for £528,891 of the total.her previous year’s total remuneration was £282,354, of which salary comprised £263...





don't leave your kids home alone over summer holidays, parents warned

with childcare averaging £133 a week per child over the summer holidays, some parents might be tempted to leave their kids home alone. however the nspcc has issued a warning to those considering it.the charity said last august its helpline made referrals to the police or social services about 849 children due to concerns about them being left unsupervised by their parent or carer and, as a result, being unsafe. of these, one third were aged five and under.one person who called the helpline said they had noticed their neighbour’s children were being left alone for long periods of time. “they are primary school age so they do not appear to be mature enough to be left alone,” they told the nspcc. “i have seen them behave in unsafe ways and i heard them fighting when they were alone a...





two london bridge terror attack victims honoured with posthumous bravery awards

two members of the public who died in the london bridge terror attack last year have been posthumously recognised for the bravery of their actions.kirsty boden, 28, and ignacio echeverria, 39, were both killed as they tried to help others as three men ploughed into pedestrians in a white van on the bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12-inch ceramic knives.boden, an australian nurse from loxton receives the queen’s commendation for bravery. her citation reads:on 3 june 2017, terrorists drove their van along london bridge and into the borough market area. kirsty boden had been enjoying a night out when it became apparent that there had been a terrible incident on the bridge. people ran into nearby shops, cafes and restaurants, kirsty (a nurse by profession) acted w...





labour mps face fresh deselection threat as momentum pushes for party conference rule change

a fresh move to make it easier to deselect labour mps is to be launched at the party’s conference under plans drafted by grassroots group momentum.huffpost uk has learned that the pro-jeremy corbyn group is set to force the explosive issue onto the agenda at the gathering in liverpool, insisting it should form the next step in labour’s ‘democracy review’.momentum-backed constituency parties believe the time is ripe for change and want a full debate on whether sitting mps should command a new, two-thirds majority of their local party to continue representing their seat.the move follows fresh calls for brexiteer mp kate hoey to be ousted by her local party after she saved theresa may from a commons defeat on an eu customs bill on tuesday.the party approved a package of reforms on tue...





boris johnson's resignation speech savages theresa may's 'miserable' brexit plan

boris johnson has attacked theresa may’s “miserable” brexit plan as a “democratic disaster”.in his resignation speech in the house of commons on wednesday afternoon, the former foreign secretary told mps it was “not too late to save brexit”.johnson, who quit the government earlier this month, said “a fog of self-doubt has descended” over the uk government approach to negotiations with the eu as it “dithered”.flanked by eurosceptic tory mps, including former brexit secretary david davis, johnson stopped short of demanding may quit as prime minister.but he accused her of failing to deliver the brexit plan promised in her lancaster house speech in january 2017 and of staging a “stealthy retreat”.may did not remain in the commons chamber to listen to johnson’s speec...





richard bacon thanks wife in touching message as he prepares to leave hospital after being in a coma

just 90 minutes after walking into lewisham hospital and “complaining of shortness of breath” he was placed into a medically-induced coma to allow his body to fight the infection.the broadcaster, who lives and works in la, is now well enough to leave hospital and on wednesday he paid tribute to his wife rebecca in a touching tweet.“last full day in hospital. every facet of my life would be worse without rebecca in it. how will i ever thank her?” he tweeted. the message continues: “i was in a coma for nine or ten nights (i just learned). that’s a lot of staring at your husband and his pipes. and a lot of worry.”earlier this week, the star revealed that he “nearly died” during his time in hospital.he tweeted: “so, i did six days straight in a coma. been here another four...





the jo swinson pairing scandal shows again how our parliament fails to support women

tuesday’s failure by the government to account during a crunch brexit vote for liberal democrat mp jo swinson, currently on maternity leave, is a scandal or a screw-up or both.whatever you conclude, however, the democratic deficit of that event could not more clearly highlight how a majority male parliament making legislation according to centuries-old systems repeatedly fails to see and support women across the uk.with brexit blowing up politics as we know it, power balanced on a knife-edge and parties counting every vote more than ever, it has never been more vital for women’s voices to be heard. that means the 208 women in the house of commons and also the women in houses across the uk who are still waiting, 100 years after gaining the right to vote, for the right to have their need...





greg james and nick grimshaw’s giant game of hide and seek ends after 23 hours

how long is the average game of hide and seek? 10 minutes? 20? 30 if you’re playing in particularly big house and garden? whatever it is, we’re sure radio 1’s greg james and nick grimshaw have exceeded it, with their mammoth 23 hour game. after holing up in a secret location on tuesday afternoon, the pair were finally found by listener, faye, at around 2:40pm on wednesday. when they got chatting, it soon emerged that faye had actually driven past the the liver building, liverpool that the djs were in on wednesday morning. speaking live on the radio earlier in the day, greg had teased listeners that, looking out of the window, he could see a blue car at the set of traffic lights. detailing the vehicles surrounding it, greg took a chance and offered some clues, on the off chance that t...





lab-grown burgers could be in restaurants by 2021

the company that created the world’s first lab-grown beefburger has confirmed that it could be coming to a menu near you in just a few years.mosa meat has confirmed that it received a £6.7 million in funding to pursue plans to bring its artificially grown meat to restaurants as soon as 2021.dutch-based mosa meat has in the past also received £890,000 from google co-founder sergey brin. the aim is to achieve industrial-scale production two to three years later, with a typical hamburger costing about one dollar.the big challenge is making meat that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing. mosa meat creates its burgers by using a small sample of cells taken from a live animal.those cells are fed with nutrients so that they grow into strands of muscle tissue. the company claims it coul...





deepcut inquest rules soldier sean benton's fatal injuries were 'self-inflicted'

the death of soldier sean benton, 20, at deepcut barracks in 1995 was caused by “self-inflicted” gunshot wounds to the chest, coroner peter rook qc has ruled at an inquest.the soldier, from hastings, was found with five bullets in his chest at the surrey base shortly after being told he was to be discharged from the army.he was the first of four soldiers to die there between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. privates cheryl james, james collinson and geoff gray also died from gunshot wounds.the inquest at woking coroner’s court, which began in january, heard evidence from more than 170 witnesses.it was triggered following a campaign by pte benton’s family after the initial inquest – held a month after his death – recorded a verdict of suicide. his parents died be...





when you become a teenage mum, it doesn't mean you're a write-off

teenage pregnancy rates have declined, as teens prefer to spend time with their families and are less likely to have sex, a study has revealed. articles have suggested this is because teenagers appear to be more sensible and more focused on their education and future careers.but should we be careful about our attitudes towards teenage pregnancy?the worst thing about being a teenage parent for me was feeling that my daughter and i were simply written off by society. i was a few days short of my 18th birthday when my daughter lara arrived, but i looked even younger. perhaps that was why i was even more conscious that i was facing the even harsher judgement – people could assume i was an underage single parent.   i had a particularly horrible boyfriend at the time – he wasn’t lara??...





princess eugenie invites 1,200 members of the public to windsor castle for october wedding

princess eugenie and her fiancé jack brooksbank have decided to open up their special day to more than 1,000 members of the general public when they get married at windsor castle in the autumn. the 27-year-old, who is the queen’s granddaughter, will marry 32-year-old brooksbank, a former manager of mayfair club mahiki, at st george’s chapel – the same place harry and meghan tied the knot in may.and like the newly titled duke and duchess of sussex, princess eugenie and her new husband will ride through windsor in a carriage, with members of the public invited onto the grounds of the castle to help them celebrate on october 12.  the royal family announced the invite on wednesday. people can apply to watch the wedding from inside the grounds of windsor castle on 12 october, with ...





johnson uses resignation speech to heap pressure on may

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thinking about the positive moments in my life brings me a sense of calm

a new study by northumbria university shows that writing about our positive thoughts for 20 minutes a day can reduce stress and anxiety levels. we know that people are encouraged to talk about negative experiences to “get things off their chest” but, as michael smith, associate professor of psychology at northumbria states, not so much has been said about the impact of writing about positive experiences.it seems so obvious doesn’t it? that talking or writing about positivity allows us to feel more positive. but in reality, it’s hard to discipline yourself to do that.think about therapy. how often do we nervously go over the shaky grounds of panic attacks, anxious thoughts, social concerns and everything else that leads us to access counselling in the first place? really, the ultima...





i struggled to go out alone with my two kids, then i took a leap of faith

somewhere along the line in my parenting journey i lost a lot of confidence and gained a shit load of anxiety.despite being a beautiful soul, my six-year-old son brody is unpredictable and has no danger awareness due to an undiagnosed genetic condition, autism and a learning disability. because of this, there have been many heart-in-mouth moments for me over the past six years. thanks to the trusty helicopter parenting technique, he has thankfully had a lot more near misses than accidents. but i’m only human and sometimes i take my eye off of the ball for a second or i’m not quick enough. and it that second, anything could happen.the thought of exactly that – what could happen in that second - is all-consuming.i hate to admit it, but i feel anxious taking brody out on my own. my fear...





does reality tv present a level playing field for black women?

after almost six weeks of searching for love on itv’s love island, last week we finally saw samira mighty bow out of the competition. her departure was described by many in the media as a “shock exit”, but for thousands who tune in each night, it may not have come as a surprise at all. many of us knew that the reality show was never going to be the right platform for a black woman to build and sustain a romantic relationship.samira decided to walk after the dumping of frankie foster, who she was coupled up with. collectively, our sympathy for the 22-year-old was replaced with impatience as we failed to understand her grief over the dismissal of a guy who appeared only to have settled for her after failing to win the attention of fellow contestant megan barton-hanson. this was until i...





richard dawkins is still tweeting about islam and it's not going very well for him

richard dawkins has once again been accused of islamophobia after he posted a comment online describing the muslim call to prayer as “aggressive-sounding”.  the prominent author and well-known atheist wrote on twitter that he thought the “lovely bells of winchester [cathedral]” were “nicer than the aggressive-sounding allahu akbar”. but despite widespread and immediate criticism, dawkins doubled down on the comments. though he didn’t mention terrorism in his original tweet, dawkins went on to insist he was actually referring to suicide bombers shouting “allahu akhbar” just before blowing themselves up.”another was more succinct in their advice...while another person called for a little understanding.it is not the first time dawkins has found himself accused of islam...





rescued thai children speak of cave ordeal

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islamic state terrorist found guilty of plot to behead theresa may

an islamic state terrorist has been found guilty of plotting to behead the prime minister. naa’imur zakariyah rahman, 20, appeared at the old bailey on wednesday charged with preparing acts of terrorism over his suicide attack plan on downing street.the 20-year-old was arrested last year along with another man, mohammed aqib imran, following raids in london and birmingham.imran was charged with planning to travel abroad, either to libya or syria, in order to engage in terrorism.rahman had believed he was corresponding online with islamic state (isis) while planning the attack, but was in fact talking to members of the security services pretending to be from the terrorist group, the old bailey was told during his trial. messages read out in court from the telegram app show rahman wrote ...





higher education boss handed £550,000 in 'golden goodbye'

a higher education boss was handed more than £500,000 in a “golden goodbye” pay package after the government scrapped her organisation. professor madeleine atkins, ex-chief executive of the higher education funding council for england (hefce), secured a 96% increase on her annual pay deal in the body’s final 12 months, accounts published this week show.the hefce was wound up by the department for education and replaced by the office for students and research england in april. atkins, who was appointed to hefce for a five-year term in 2014, had a final remuneration package worth £554,648 once bonuses, pension payments and other benefits were counted. salary accounted for £528,891 of the total.her previous year’s total remuneration was £282,354, of which salary comprised £263...