Today’s headlines – 30th August

By 30th August 2017News stories

UTC nears $30bn Rockwell deal amid aircraft suppliers’ shake-up
Financial Times – James Fontanella-Khan, Arash Massoudi, Peggy Hollinger
United Technologies is to buy Rockwell Collins for almost $30bn. The precise terms of a takeover haven’t been finalised but the deal may be complete as early as this weekend.

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Judge rules child must leave Muslim foster home
The Times – Andrew Norfolk
A five-year-old girl at the centre of a care dispute has been removed from her Muslim foster parents and reunited with her family. Judge Khatun Sapnara urged councils to seek “culturally matched placements” for vulnerable children. The judge ordered the London borough of Tower Hamlets to conduct an urgent investigation.

Teachers shift blame for cheating
The Daily Telegraph – Harry Yorke, Camilla Turner
Britain’s leading private schools have warned that teachers risk being placed in an “impossible position” when setting tests in their own subjects. School leaders have urged examination boards to introduce stricter safeguards after admitting that some teachers are “tempted to give their pupils too much help”. There are also claims that staff from top private schools may be over-represented on examination boards.

Weaker pupils “dumped” by top grammar
The Guardian – Sally Weale
St Olave’s grammar school in Orpington, one of the leading grammar schools in the country, has been accused of acting unlawfully by throwing out sixth-form students who failed to get top grades in AS-levels and internal exams before their final A-level year. Parents and teachers criticised the school for focusing purely on results and school league table success at the expense of students’ education and welfare.

Lobbying rules gag crucial campaigns, charities warn
The Independent – May Bulman
An open letter signed by 122 charities and organisations claims that they are being silenced by government legislation that prevents them from campaigning on issues affecting the poorest and most marginalised groups in society. Groups including Save the Children, Green-peace and Christian Aid say debates on issues from inequality to climate change are being lost due to the “draconian” requirements of the Lobbying Act.

Pensions timebomb for low-paid workers
i (The paper for today) – Unattributed
A 400 per cent increase in pension contributions is to hit the self-employed with lowest incomes. Campaigners have claimed: “This could mean the difference between feeding the kids or buying school shoes”. There are 1 million self-employed earning less than £6,000 a year.

GPs told to slash hospital referrals
Daily Mail – Rosie Taylor
A controversial plan to slash NHS costs will prevent GPs from sending patients to hospital without permission from a panel of other doctors. The scheme requires all family doctors in England to seek approval from a medical panel for all non-urgent hospital referrals. This includes procedures such as hip and knee surgery, cataract removals, X-rays and scans. The “peer review” scheme is being expanded nationwide from next week following a pilot in two regions in the North East.

Korean crisis: world on the brink
Daily Express – John Chapman
South Korea has issued a direct warning to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, threatening “extermination” after North Korea’s missile launch over Japan. China said tensions in the Korean peninsula were now at “a tipping point,” and US President Donald Trump warned “all options” were on the table. Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile on Monday, which passed over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido into the Pacific Ocean.

My doubts over Di death
The Daily Mirror – Jessica Boulton
Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, has said that questions still haunt him over her death at Pont de l’Alma in Paris.

My gun terror
The Sun – Rob Pattinson
Footballer Andy Carroll has told a court how an armed biker tried to steal his £22,000 watch at traffic lights.

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