Science/Nature

Schools should have ‘no idling zones’, Public Health England chief says

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Public health chiefs have proposed a ban on cars idling outside school gates in a bid to cut air pollution. The measure is among a series of UK-wide recommendations put forward by Public Health England.PHE medical director Paul Cosford told the BBC: "We should stop idling outside schools and we should make sure that children can walk or cycle to school."PHE said 28,000 to 36,000
UK News

Shamima Begum: ‘We should live in Holland’ says IS husband

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYago Riedijk said he saw nothing wrong in marrying 15-year-old Shamima Begum.The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015 aged 15, has said he wants her to return to the Netherlands with him.Yago Riedijk and Ms Begum married days after she arrived inside IS territory.Speaking to the BBC, he admitted fighting for the
Education

Pointless GCSEs should be scrapped, says senior MP

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images GCSEs should be scrapped and A-levels should be replaced by a mix of academic and vocational subjects, says Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee.His radical rewriting of England's exam system is designed to give young people a much broader range of skills for their working lives.The former Tory minister says GCSEs for 16-year-olds have become "pointless".The Department for Education defended GCSEs as "gold
Health

Celebrity ads for diet aids should be banned, says top doctor

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Kardashian West has promoted diet aids on social media Social media companies should ban "damaging" celebrity-endorsed social media ads promoting weight loss aids, England's top doctor has said.Some celebrities with large followings are promoting products such as diet pills and detox teas on social media.Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director, argues these products have a damaging effect on the physical and mental
Education

Nazi salutes, laddish societies – how should universities deal with them?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images How should universities react to a Nazi salute during an anti-Israeli protest on campus? Should a group calling itself Laddism Reborn, which distributes misogynist literature and promotes heavy drinking, be allowed to affiliate to a student union?These are some of the thorny questions that university and student union officials have to weigh up when balancing their legal duty to protect free speech and meeting their
Health

Women’s frozen eggs ‘should be stored for longer’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who freeze their eggs should be allowed to keep them for longer than 10 years, fertility experts are telling the government.Legislation says frozen eggs must be destroyed after this time, unless a medical condition has left the woman prematurely infertile.Experts told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the limit was arbitrary and had not kept up with technology.The government has said an extension "would
Politics

Brexit: Theresa May should become mediator, says Sir John Major

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May needs to become a mediator to help break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament, former prime minister John Major has said. He wants MPs to be given a vote on all Brexit options, indicating their preference on the way forward. Mrs May should consider dropping her red lines "in the national interest" and become a facilitator to find out what Parliament wants, he said.Tory
US & World

Brexit vote: Donald Tusk suggests UK should stay in EU

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Tusk hinted that cancelling Brexit is "the only positive solution" European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister's Brexit deal was rejected in parliament."If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?", he tweeted.MPs
Entertainment

Should Family Guy ‘phase out’ gay jokes?

[ad_1] Image copyright FOX Image caption Stewie has often been the butt of gay jokes on Family Guy Family Guy is known for its politically incorrect humour, but now the team behind the show are making some changes.Fans of the animated comedy series are used to its often distasteful humour. One character, Joe, is in a wheelchair, and the subject of many of the show's disabled jokes.Another, Quagmire, is used
Politics

Brexit: Lord Hattersley says people should get vote on PM’s deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lord Hattersley has said that leaving the European Union would be a "disaster" Former Labour deputy leader Roy Hattersley has said he supports another Brexit referendum "very strongly". The politician said Britons have "a right" to have their say on Theresa May's Brexit deal, which goes to a vote in the Commons on Tuesday. A People's Vote event has been held in Sheffield,