Pupil background ‘should be part of league tables’

Attainment 8 measures pupils’ grades across eight key subjects, while Progress 8 looks at their progress between the end of primary school (age 11) and the end of Key Stage 4, when they sit their GCSEs (age 16). It is a “value-added” measure which means that pupils’ results at age 16 are compared nationally with the results of other pupils who had similar levels of achievement at age 11, to look at the progress individual children have made. But researchers at the Centre for Multilevel Modelling, Bristol University, say this measure does not go far enough. They say schools should be judged on a more contextual Progress 8 measure that takes into account other factors that can play a part …

The White House’s impregnable stone wall is starting to crumble

(CNN)When the House of Representatives launched its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal, the White House decried it as “invalid” and “baseless,” and ordered some subpoenaed officials not to testify to Congress. This obstructionist strategy worked once before, as the White House effectively stonewalled the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation of Robert Mueller’s findings on Russian election interference by instructing executive branch employees not to comply with subpoenas. Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch defied the White House’s instruction to remain silent and instead testified to the House about the efforts of Trump’s counsel, Rudy Giuliani, to have her removed from her post; one House member said she gave a “gripping and emotional account of presidential abuse …

U.S. Never Agreed To Protect Kurds For Life, Trump Says Of Syria Withdrawal

Donald Trump on Monday brushed away criticism of his decision to pull American troops out of northern Kurdish forces “for the rest of their lives.” “We have a great relationship with the Kurds, but we never agreed to, you know, protect the Kurds,” he said of the U.S. ally. “We fought with them for three and a half to four years. We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives.” Trump’s remarks Kurdish and Turkish forces have since violently clashed, with both sides accusing the other of violating a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.  SAFIN HAMED via Getty Images A convoy of U.S. military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash after withdrawing from northern Syria on …

Nursing Home Workers Allegedly Filmed, Egged On Brawls Between Dementia Patients

Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, were arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability earlier this month, Winston-Salem Police Department told HuffPost. Police received a tip in June about elder abuse at Winston-Salem’s Danby House — which specializes in caring for Alzheimer’s patients, According to documents sent to HuffPost from NCDHHS, the three employees who worked at the Danby House allegedly encouraged the residents in its “Special Care Unit” to physically fight one another. The employees also egged the residents on while filming the incidents. One of the workers also forcefully shoved a resident. In one incident, two residents with dementia, referred to as Resident 8 and Resident 9 …

Typhoon Hagibis kills dozens in Japan, floods bullet trains as massive search launched

This photo shows a flooded area in Nagano, central Japan, following Typhoon Hagibis, on Oct. 14, 2019. (Kyodo News via AP) In Kawagoe, located north of Tokyo, many residents said the storm was the worst in recent memory. Kazuo Saito, 74, told the Associated Press he didn’t want to evacuate ahead of the storm because “this is my only home,” but woke up Sunday morning to find his town unrecognizable. “There was a huge river flowing in front of me,” he told the AP. Two vehicles are submerged in floodwaters Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Hoyasu, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Areas in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan also were badly flooded. The flooding also impacted Japan’s famed bullet trains. …

Brexit plans centre stage in Queen’s Speech

Prime Minister Boris Johnson updated his cabinet on the progress of the talks in Brussels on Sunday, saying he believed there was a “way forward” but also “a significant amount of work” to do. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she believed it was important for people to see Parliament delivering on the issues that matter to them. She said: “Tomorrow you will see a Queen’s Speech being announced – 22 new bills, working on the people’s priorities, these are the types of issues that absolutely matter to the British public.” ‘Optimistic and ambitious’ The first Queen’s Speech of Mr Johnson’s premiership, delivered during the State Opening of Parliament on Monday, will see the …

Four arrested over Govan march disorder

“Officers have been working tirelessly in the community, gathering intelligence and reviewing CCTV footage to reveal the perpetrators of this campaign of disorder. “We will not stop until every one of them is identified, charged and brought to justice and I hope these arrests send an unequivocal message of our intent and our commitment to our communities.” Related Topics Glasgow Govan Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Trump Bars Visas To Immigrants Who Can’t Afford Health Insurance Or Medical Costs

Donald Trump issued a “immigrants will not be granted future visas leading to resident green cards if they cannot obtain health insurance — and can’t afford to cover significant medical costs.  Trump administration. The requirement will also block immigrants who cannot prove they can afford pricey U.S. health insurance policies that are increasingly out of reach of Americans. will be covered by approved health insurance” or can demonstrate that they have “the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs,” according to the proclamation. Subsidized plans acceptable health insurance under the new rule, according to The Wall Street Journal, which was the first to report on the new rule. The White House statement lays out the high public cost of …

McDonald’s is bringing back Donut Sticks

New York (CNN Business)It’s barely October, but McDonald’s has already announced two new seasonal menu items for the holidays. Breakfast is a rare growth area for the industry, which has struggled to grow over the past several years. McDonald’s competitors are scrambling to add breakfast items and improve their offerings: Panera says it has better coffee. Dunkin’ (DNKN) added new breakfast bowls. And Wendy’s announced that it’s returning to the space after a several year hiatus. The Donut Sticks come six or a dozen in a pack, and they will be served warm with cinnamon and sugar. This time, McDonald’s (MCD) is selling a new chocolate sauce to complement the sticks. The company said in a statement that the sauce …

Arizona man killed a 6-year-old boy trying to ‘cast the demon out,’ police say

(CNN)An Arizona man forced hot water down a 6-year-old boy’s throat in an attempt to “cast the demon out” Thursday, police said in a criminal complaint. He volunteered to give the boy a bath Thursday, heand the child’s adopted mother Romelia Martinez told police. At one point, she heard a gurgling sound coming from the bathroom and told investigators that she saw that the bathroom door was locked. She unlocked the bathroom door and saw Martinez holding the boy under the faucet of the bathtub, according to the complaint. Romelia Martinez told investigators that she screamed at Martinez to stop several times, but he told her “he had to do it,” according to the complaint. Martinez told investigators that, during …

Federal judge blocks Trump administration’s plan to speed up deportations

(CNN)A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s plan to expand a procedure to speed up deportations for some undocumented immigrants. “Put in common parlance, if a policy decision that an agency makes is of sufficient consequence that it qualifies as an agency rule, then arbitrariness in deciding the contours of that rule — e.g., decision making by Ouija board or dart board, rock/paper/scissors, or even the Magic 8 Ball — simply will not do,” she added. Jackson halted the change while court proceedings continue. The Department of Justice weighed in, saying that “Congress expressly authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security to act with dispatch to remove from the country (undocumented immigrants) who have no right to be here.” The …