Let pupils skip class for family holidays, says teachers’ union (UK)

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MailOnline 25 March 2015  Children should be able to skip school to go on holiday without their parents being penalised, teachers said yesterday. Union leaders said holidays are now the preserve of the rich thanks to harsher rules which punish families who go away in off-peak times. Parents have been fined up to £1,000 and even […]

Confusion Reigns in the Ranks

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NZ Herald 26 March 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Carter initially told troops in Afghanistan that he was open-minded when asked if the Defense […]

Why Won’t Liberals Talk about the Most Important Kind of ‘Privilege’ in America?

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National Review 23 March 2015 It’s marriage. Much has been written about privilege in academic settings over the past few decades. There’s the privilege of wealth, and the advantages wealth confers if a baby is lucky enough to be born into it. Much too has been written about the advantages of being born into this […]

NZ First to put forward bill stripping paedophile name suppression

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Stuff co.nz 25 March 2015 A new bill to remove name suppression from paedophiles when the victims want their attacker named, is to be introduced to Parliament by NZ First. Leader Winston Peters, who is in Northland campaigning as for the by-election in which he is a candidate, announced the new policy today. He said […]

Family–Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

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First Things 20 March 2015 In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant to us, and to hold her hand as she committed suicide. We refused. Validating […]

Books without swearwords? There’s an app for that

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The Guardian 16 March 2015 Do you like your books as they come, clean, or squeaky clean? Because there’s now an app that will let you state your preference, remove profanities from the text of your ebook, and replace them with “clean” alternatives. Clean Reader – “the only e-reader that gives you the power to […]

4D ultrasound shows what smoking does to an unborn baby

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NZ Herald 24 March 2015 A new study appears to shed more light on the harmful effects of smoking while pregnant using 4D ultrasound scans to detect the tiny movements made by foetus in the womb. By monitoring the growing babies, scientists believe that they can flag potential problems by examining the minute movements foetuses […]

World Down Syndrome Day 2015 – “My Opportunities, My Choices”

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Welcome to the PREVIEW for “My Opportunities, My Choices”, interviews with people with Down syndrome from 39 countries looking at their enjoyment of full and equal rights and the role of their families. This global video event is presented for World Down Syndrome Day, Saturday 21 March 2015 by Down Syndrome International.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

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Last weekend was the 10th annual World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), and this year’s theme highlights the positive contributions that families make for their loved ones and others in the Down syndrome community. This beautiful and thought-provoking video is called “Being Different, It’s Normal.” Created by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA

St Bede’s parents High Court action ‘stinks of self-entitlement’


Stuff co.nz 23 March 2015 Schoolboys will be schoolboys, but parents can be their own worst enemies. Bravo to St Bede’s College Rector, Justin Boyle, for standing firm on the school’s code of conduct. Breaching airport  security, by illegally taking a ride on a luggage carousel into the secure area is no trifling matter. The […]