More than 100 teachers, academics and students have blocked traffic and staged mock climate classes outside the Department for Education in a protest against the underplaying of environmental problems in the national curriculum. The organiser, Tim Jones, a secondary school teacher from Lewisham in south-east London, told the gathering that the education system was failing to address the complex reality of climate change and biodiversity loss. The protesters claimed the UK government had failed to live up to the Paris agreement in which it pledged to enhance education on climate change. They said climate change was treated, at best, as a peripheral subject and that the weak emphasis on the topic meant some state students could go through all 11 years of compulsory education with just 10 classes on climate change out of a total of more than 10,000. They trust the government but the government is letting them down and squandering their future.”The DfE said climate change was included in the curriculum.
February 22, 2019 16:51 UTC
It is not alcohol,” said Adam Swann, who, in common with most bookmakers, takes bets at several tracks. “Remember we are dealing with these people and we can tell if someone is a bit wired or not. Talking Horses: Willie Mullins on his main Cheltenham contenders Read moreAccording to the bookmakers, these measures have been insufficient to keep drugs out of racecourses and more intervention is needed. That is also the feeling about racecourse security when crowd trouble surfaces, though that remains rare. “One policeman can do what 100 security men can do,” said Geraghty.
February 22, 2019 16:40 UTC
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February 22, 2019 16:30 UTC
Absent from your otherwise fascinating survey of towels and toilet brushes (Ditch your loo brush, 21 February) was any recognition of the weird psychology of cleanliness. Have you thought that I might have to cancel my Guardian subscription as I won’t have time to read it? In these days of heightened climate change awareness you have experts who encourage washing tea towels daily and washing bath towels daily. Nicky FordGuildford, Surrey• Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition
February 22, 2019 16:30 UTC
A man faces deportation to Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, after the Home Office said it did not believe he was gay – suggesting it was suspicious that he did not have a boyfriend. “This is an argument we will likely make for the fresh asylum claim, that it is a western cultural assumption that you have to be sexually active in order to have a healthy sexuality. But the judge said he and Bohan had been duped by Sam “in order to make an asylum claim and remain in the UK and for no other reason”. Unable to live openly as a gay man in Malaysia, he sought sanctuary in the UK. Given that the Appellant left Malaysia in order to express his sexuality I find that incredible.”Sam now hopes to submit a fresh asylum claim.
February 22, 2019 15:51 UTC
A lecturer accused of posting antisemitic messages on Facebook has been suspended from the University of Essex. Despite opposition from 200 students in a vote on Thursday, the new Jewish society will be set up, according to the university. Essex University lecturer accused of antisemitic Facebook posts Read moreThe university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Anthony Forster, said the incident had filled him with “great sadness” and that antisemitism was “antithetical to the values of the University of Essex and has no place at our university”. He also announced the university had launched a review to ensure it offered “unequivocal support” to Jewish staff and students. Nick Sunshine from the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) said: “The Jewish society did not say that it would have a narrow stance on Israel or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
February 22, 2019 15:12 UTC
That’s according to Lyon centre-back Marcelo, who has fired shots at the Barcelona star. Marcelo will be feeling confident his team-mates can keep Lionel Messi quiet during the return leg. He claimed after the stalemate that he found it harder to defend against Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Lionel Messi: Lyon defender Marcelo made a claim about Kylian MbappeLionel Messi: It was a frustrating night for Barcelona in LyonLionel Messi: Marcelo and his team-mates kept Messi at bay"I think there is a great possibility that he will soon become the best in the world. Lionel Messi: Mbappe hit four goals for PSG against Lyon in October
February 22, 2019 14:48 UTC
Chelsea must be aware of THREE Dynamo Kiev players in Europa League showdownChelsea, who face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, may see the Europa League as their most likely form of success this season. They will, though, have to see off a Dynamo Kiev side currently sitting second in the Ukrainian Premier League. From 18 games, they have conceded just nine goals, winning 12 times and losing just four. They beat Olympiacos in the last round having suffered just one defeat in the Europa League group stages. But who are their main threats?
February 22, 2019 14:37 UTC
College basketball doesn’t get bigger than Duke v North Carolina, particularly with two of the top three players in the country on show. Fortunately, Williamson’s injury isn’t as grave as first feared. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Zion Williamson is considered one of the best draft prospects this decade. But in the information/viral age, top high school players have the same individual pulling power as they do in college. The timing is not related to Williamson’s injury, according to USA Today.
February 22, 2019 14:34 UTC
The EU official also told ambassadors privately, after the negotiations with the UK’s Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, and a visit by May to Brussels, that the chances of an “accidental” no-deal Brexit were high. Barnier added that May had the option of threatening the Brexiters with an extension of article 50, and a delay to the 29 March Brexit day, to win them round to her deal, EU sources said. But with the political situation in London volatile, the EU capitals have been warned by Barnier to be ready for the UK to crash out. The Irish government plans to fast-track the bill through Ireland’s parliament before Brexit day. In the context of a no-deal Brexit there are questions that will need answers,” he said.
February 22, 2019 14:21 UTC
Grayling couldn’t even bring himself to face his latest humiliation and just stayed silent while a junior minister tried to explain why Flybmi was the latest airline to go out of business. Presumably Grayling couldn’t quite believe there was a sector of the transport sector that had failed without his active intervention. The Bafta-winning documentary director Olivia Lichtenstein is a good friend of mine; even so, I can’t recommend her new film highly enough. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me had its UK premiere at the British Film Institute this week. So I’m thrilled it’s just been announced that the Tutankhamun exhibition will be coming back to the UK next year.
February 22, 2019 14:04 UTC
Interserve shares, which traded at 685p five years ago, are now changing hands at 13.5p. The lenders, according to a report by Sky News, may be prepared to revise the plan to give shareholders up to 5% of the business. But the Guardian has obtained a counter-proposal sent by Coltrane to Interserve today. Shareholders would then be wiped out entirely, leaving the banks owning the business via a new holding company. Interserve declined to comment on whether EY had been put on standby as administrators but said the debt-for-equity swap “preserves maximum value for employees, pensioners, lenders, suppliers, customers and all shareholders”.
February 22, 2019 14:03 UTC
Judge allows name of boy who abducted, raped and killed girl on Bute to be reportedThe 16-year-old boy found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute last July can be named as Aaron Thomas Campbell. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tributes to Alesha MacPhail outside her grandparents’ house. I do know that the evidence against you was overwhelming.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Alesha MacPhail’s mother Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow high court on Friday. Campbell lived a short walk from the MacPhails’ flat with his mother and younger sister. McLachlan admitted in court, along with her boyfriend, Robert MacPhail, Alesha’s father, to supplying Campbell with drugs.
February 22, 2019 13:33 UTC
Cristiano Ronaldo: Neymar played a part in Ronaldo's exitThat’s according to former Los Blancos supremo Ramon Calderon, who has shed light on the star’s £99million exit. Ronaldo left Real Madrid last summer to join Juventus after spending nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu where he won four Champions League titles. “Cristiano also got angry because he heard that Madrid would be willing to pay a lot of money for Neymar. Cristiano Ronaldo: The star joined Juventus for £99million“Florentino did not accept that Cristiano was a signing of mine,” he added. Cristiano Ronaldo: Perez decided to keep Bale and sell Ronaldo
February 22, 2019 13:07 UTC