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Brexit: What happens to the Erasmus student scheme in a no deal?

Image copyright Getty Images The Erasmus scheme is an EU programme that helps students study in other countries. Currently 53% of UK university students who do learn abroad, do so through the scheme. In 2016-17, 16,561 UK students participated in overseas programmes, while 31,727 EU nationals came to the UK. Erasmus is also involved in vocational training and work overseas, as well as with teachers who want to work or train abroad. The government has published a technical note explaining what would happen to participants in the scheme if the…

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Australian sports sign up to gender pay equality scheme

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s top sports federations have pledged to achieve gender equality in pay for athletes and administrators as part of a blueprint issued by a local advocacy group. The CEOs of Cricket Australia, the National Rugby League and Football Federation Australia, have signed up to the “Pathway to Pay Equality” report by the Male Champions of Change Institute (MCC), which details a milestone-based approach to achieving pay equity between male and female athletes. Other signatories include Golf Australia, Swimming Australia and Tennis Australia, which organizes the Australian Open…

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Stores accused of ‘watering down’ bottle deposit scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bottle deposit schemes were launched in some countries decades ago Large retailers have been accused of trying to water down a proposed scheme to improve rates of bottle recycling. Environmentalists say large and small drinks containers alike should carry a catch-all deposit of more than 15p. But retailers say small “on-the-go” bottles cause most litter, while large bottles are recycled by households and should not be subject to a deposit. Ministers are still considering whether to exempt bigger plastic containers from the plans. How…

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Supreme Court rejects government appeal on criminal records scheme

Image copyright PA The Supreme Court has rejected a government appeal against a human rights ruling won by people who claimed their lives were blighted by past minor criminal convictions. The judges found a revised criminal records disclosure scheme was “disproportionate” in some respects. People need to disclose their criminal record when applying for certain jobs. The government will have to consider reform of the system, said BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman. Christopher Stacey, co-director of the charity Unlock, said it was an “important ruling”, which stands to affect…

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Proxy voting: MPs to trial scheme for pregnant women and new parents

Image copyright PA Image caption Labour MP Tulip Siddiq delayed the birth of her son Raphael so she could vote in last week’s crunch Brexit debate MPs on parental leave will be able to nominate another MP to vote on their behalf if new plans announced by the government are agreed. Proxy voting in Parliament has long been discussed for pregnant MPs and new parents, but despite widespread agreement, it has not come into force. Andrea Leadsom said if the House voted in favour of the scheme next Monday, a…

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Technology 

Fake BBC News page used to promote Bitcoin-themed scheme

Image copyright MyOnlineSecurity Image caption One sign that the webpage is fake is that it uses the wrong font An investment scheme is using a fake BBC News webpage to convince members of the public to hand over funds. The spoof page references a Bitcoin-themed documentary broadcast by Panorama last year, but links on the page direct visitors to a site promising to make them a millionaire. Reports indicate that the fake page is being spread via emails sent from hacked accounts. A spokesman for the BBC said it is…

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Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

Image copyright Getty Images Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million soft lens users in the UK who can access the scheme, regardless of which brand they use. The scheme also offers recycling for the blister and foil packaging. According to research by the organisers, Johnson…

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Gambling addiction: Flaws exposed in online self-exclusion scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gambling addicts can self-exclude themselves from online betting sites The head of a scheme designed to help problem gamblers says she is “deeply concerned” after an investigation found people were able to cheat the system. More than 50,000 people have signed up to GamStop, which was launched in April 2018 to allow addicts to ban themselves from online betting platforms. The BBC found a gambler who had self-referred could still place bets online by simply changing their user details. GamStop’s Fiona Palmer admitted the…

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Ex-Credit Suisse bankers arrested over ‘$2bn fraud scheme’

Image copyright Reuters Three former Credit Suisse bankers have been arrested over their alleged role in a $2bn (£1.5bn) fraud scheme connected to firms in Mozambique, according to US authorities. The men have been released on bail in London while the US seeks their extradition. The scheme allegedly involved loans to state-owned companies in Mozambique. Two others, including the country’s former finance minister, have also been arrested. The former employees of the Swiss investment bank were arrested in London on Thursday. The men – Andrew Pearse, Surjan Singh, and Detelina…

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Waste plan floats bottle deposit scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Consumers will have to pay a returnable deposit on bottles, cans and disposable cups under a new government strategy. The strategy also compels councils to provide separate collections for food waste. Recycling will be made less confusing for households, and manufacturers will need to foot the cost of disposing of the goods they produce. The plan has been cautiously welcomed by green groups, but some business groups are wary. The strategy is designed to help combat climate change, safeguard resources and reduce the flow of plastic…

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