‘Landmark’ childcare funding deal agreed

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Free provision for three, four and some two-year-old children will almost double The Scottish government has struck a funding deal of almost £2bn with councils to fund a flagship policy to boost early learning and childcare.Ministers have pledged to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 by August 2020.But spending watchdog Audit Scotland warned in February of a "significant

Deadline to amend UK surveillance laws

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Human rights groups have claimed the UK's surveillance powers went too far High Court judges have given the UK government six months to revise parts of its Investigatory Powers Act.Rules governing the British surveillance system must be changed quickly because they are "incompatible" with European laws, said judges.The government has been given a deadline of 1 November this year to make the changes.The

Tech Tent: the technology of pleasure

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images When it comes to sex tech, the gadgets that grab the headlines tend to be the sex robots, with their exaggeratedly feminine shapes and artificially intelligent responses to desire.But the market extends beyond these devices, and one British firm is seeking to challenge the stereotype.Stephanie Alys, co-founder of Mystery Vibe, describes her firm's product, the Crescendo vibrator, as a luxury sex toy. With a $180

Political heroes: Emily Thornberry on Barbara Castle

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarbara Castle role in UK politics and Labour historyEmily Thornberry did not have to think long about her choice of political hero, Dame Barbara Castle was on a list of one.But what did cause some consternation for the shadow foreign secretary was when, the night before our interview, she mentioned her choice to her 24-year-old daughter, who had never heard of

Sentinel tracks ships’ dirty emissions from orbit

[ad_1] Image caption Shipping lane: The Tropomi instrument detects a suite of gases including nitrogen dioxide The new EU satellite tasked with tracking dirty air has demonstrated how it will become a powerful tool to monitor emissions from shipping. Sentinel-5P was launched in October last year and this week completed its in-orbit commissioning phase. But already it is clear the satellite's data will be transformative. This latest image reveals the

Labour activist expelled after remarks to MP at anti-Semitism event

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Marc Wadsworth is an anti-racism campaigner and Momentum activist Labour has expelled an activist for bringing the party into disrepute after he criticised a Jewish MP at the launch of an anti-Semitism report.Marc Wadsworth accused Ruth Smeeth of working "hand in hand" with the media to undermine Labour.Labour's National Constitutional Committee found he breached the party's rules and should be thrown out. Mrs Smeeth

Teacher banned for watching porn at Roman Fields School

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption Mr Barrett worked at Roman Fields School from September 2014 until July 2017 A teacher who watched porn while pupils were in the classroom has been struck off.Julian Barrett, 53, was caught on CCTV viewing "explicit sexual footage" at Roman Fields School in Hemel Hempstead.On one occasion, a disciplinary panel heard, a video of a couple having sex was on his screen when a

New Wales Down’s syndrome test ‘to cut miscarriage risk’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHealth Secretary Vaughan Gething says the test is safer for mothers and babiesPregnant women in Wales are to become the first in the UK to receive a non-invasive test for Down's syndrome.The blood test, available on the NHS from Monday, is said to be safer and more accurate than existing screenings for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes.It will be offered to