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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children. The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back. DfE lawyers approved the guide. The guide, which was published last…

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UK employment hits another record high

Image copyright Getty Images The rate of employment in the UK has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million people in work between October and December, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. Unemployment fell by 14,000 in the three-month period to 1.35 million. Average earnings increased by 3.4% in the year to December, unchanged from the previous month. The news follows January’s inflation figures, which fell to a two-year low thanks to lower energy bills and fuel. The number of people in work between October and…

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India high speed train breaks down on first trip

Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express on Friday India’s fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The Indian-built semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express was returning to the capital Delhi from the city of Varanasi after its first outing when brakes in a carriage reportedly jammed. Indian media quoted a railways spokesperson as saying the train may have struck cattle on the line. The train reached a speed of 180km/hr (110mph)…

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High Court judge apologises after falling asleep

Image copyright UPPA/TopFoto Image caption Mrs Justice Parker is the second longest-serving judge serving in the Family Division A High Court judge has been given “formal advice” after “momentarily” falling asleep during a hearing. The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Mrs Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. The judge, 68, who serves on the Family Division of the High Court in London, was investigated following a complaint. The JCIO said she “expressed remorse” for the incident. Judges…

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Raspberry Pi: Hi-tech firm goes for high street experience

The co-founder of the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi computer chose to open his first high street store because “there are things you can do in the physical world that you can’t do online”. The Cambridge store stocks the British-designed computer and accessories, which have mainly been sold online since launch in 2012. Primarily unveiled as an educational tool for programming, more than 25 million units have been shifted around the world. Eben Upton said he decided to buck the trend of high street decline by offering a store “experience”, saying: “I…

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Raspberry Pi opens first High Street store in Cambridge

Image copyright Raspberry Pi Image caption Computer firm Raspberry Pi is opening its first store, in Cambridge The team behind the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi computer is opening its first high street store in the city where it was invented. In a move bucking the online retail trend, the company will open an “experimental space” in Cambridge. The firm will also now offer a new starter kit of parts – to accompany the popular tiny computer. Founder Eben Upton said he hoped the shop would attract customers who were “curious” about…

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Doping: London 2012 high jump champion Ukhov among 12 Russians banned

LONDON (Reuters) – London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes to be handed doping bans by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) acting for the IAAF in the absence of the banned Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF). Athletics – Russian Olympians Cup – Men’s high jump – Brothers Znamensky Olympic Centre, Moscow, Russia, 28/7/16. Ivan Ukhov of Russia competes. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Ukhov and Svetlana Shkolina, who won high jump bronze in 2012 and gold at the 2013 world championships, were given…

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The unlikely stars bucking the High Street slump

Image caption Quirky gifts feature heavily nowadays in museum shops As consumers, we are spending more of our money on what we do rather than on what we wear. The beneficiary – an unlikely star bucking the downturn in retail – is the humble museum and gallery shop. Once stocked with little more than key rings and badges for visiting schoolchildren, they now offer designer homeware and exclusive gifts. They attract shoppers looking for presents with a cultural touch, or something different to the wares of a homogeneous High Street.…

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Game of Thrones: Dark Hedges tree falls in high winds

Image caption The Dark Hedges are estimated to date back to about 1775 A tree made famous by the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones has fallen in strong winds. Gale force winds of up to 60 mph hit Northern Ireland overnight on Saturday. The Dark Hedges are a tunnel of beech trees on the Bregagh Road near Armoy that have become an an international tourist attraction since featuring in the hit series. Some of the trees were previously damaged during the turbulent weather of Storm Hector in June 2018.…

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High Street crisis: Can ‘click and collect’ save shops?

Image copyright Alamy So many people have experienced the annoyance of the little card on the doormat, saying: “Sorry we missed you.” According to consumer group Which?, 60% of those who ordered Christmas presents online experienced problems with delivery. Keen to avoid parcels ending up in recycling bins or being chewed by the dog, more shoppers are choosing click-and-collect. Could struggling retailers use the service to boost sales in-store? Click for convenience Click-and-collect services are offered by retailers for online orders. Customers collect the goods at a local shop or…

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