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Most birds fled at first cold snap

Most birds fled at first cold snap Over 99% of the birds that spend summer in Finland move away over the winter and a large part of them have already flown south, according to ornithologist Andreas Lindén, a senior researcher and associate professor at the Novia University of Applied Sciences. Last week’s cold snap, the first of the winter, didn’t ... Read More »

Terrorism, colonialism, Africa and Turkey

The Turkish-African Economy and Business Forum held in Istanbul on Nov. 2-3, was an important summit where a new developmental approach was discussed. Delivering an opening speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an criticized the understanding of development that developing countries have maintained as the only alternative so far. Erdogan mentioned a bad tendency that explains globalization as standardization, ignores local differences ... Read More »

Phoenix park rail tunnel to open from next Monday

The Phoenix Park tunnel in Dublin will open to rail traffic full time from next Monday. It connects the Newbridge line to Connolly station and Grand Canal Dock. Irish Rail has announced a number of new commuter services to co-incide with the route’s opening. Barry Kenny is the company’s spokesperson: “From Monday next following a €13.7m investment in Phoenix Park ... Read More »

Public has ‘lost’ confidence in Cork events centre project

The public has lost confidence in the Cork events centre project, it was suggested last night, after it emerged that it will be early in the new year before final designs on the stalled €53m scheme are finished, writes Eoin English, Irish Examiner Reporter. The developers have now been given until January 31 next to finish the internal designs, finalise ... Read More »

Neanderthal inheritance helped humans adapt to life outside of Africa

Neanderthal inheritance helped humans adapt to life outside of Africa As the ancestors of modern humans made their way out of Africa to other parts of the world many thousands of years ago, they met up and in some cases had children with other forms of humans, including the Neanderthals and Denisovans. Scientists know this because traces of those meetings ... Read More »

Primary school bans homework after pupils and parents voted to read books instead

A primary school has scrapped homework after the move was backed in a poll by parents and pupils. Children at the 193-pupil Inverlochy Primary School in Fort William have been urged instead to use the time they would have spent on homework to read books, magazines and comics. Nearly 80 per cent of pupils and 62 per cent of parents ... Read More »

Treat student loan defaulters like tax evaders, says think tank

Foreign students who do not repay loans should be arrested as public will get back £22 for every £1 spent on prosecution, a leading think tank has suggested. Researchers have suggested millions of pounds that come out taxpayers’ pockets could be claw back by detaining loan fraudsters at the border when they re-enter Britain. Nick Hillman of the Higher Education ... Read More »

Mark Carney: The ‘film star’ Bank of England governor

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said he will be staying on an extra year after his initial term comes to an end in 2018, to help oversee the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the European Union. Mr Carney’s decision came after increasing speculation about his future as the head of the Bank of England. Governors are traditionally appointed for ... Read More »

UK construction weakest in four years, ONS says

The UK’s construction sector recorded its weakest performance in four years in the July-to-September quarter, official figures have shown. Construction volumes fell by 1.1% in the quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. There were large falls in repair work, and these were only partly offset by small rises in infrastructure and public building. The figures measure the first ... Read More »

Four children injured by falling tree at Auckland childcare centre

Two toddlers badly hurt after a tree fell on a playground at an Auckland childcare centre are now in a stable condition. Four children, all “well under” the age of 5, were left with head injuries after the incident on Tuesday afternoon. It happened at Discoveries Educare on Gillies Ave in Newmarket. One child had critical injuries, one had serious ... Read More »