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Rural living keeps the mind sharp into old age, new study finds

Living in the countryside preserves people’s cognitive powers as they get older, a new study has found. A ten-year analysis of more 6,500 people living in the UK showed mental decline was slower among those who lived in villages and rural neighbourhoods. Scientists believe an absence of pollution, a more active lifestyle and reduced noise and stress all contribute to ...
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Downing Street run by ‘small cabal’ who hold Brexiteers in contempt, says ex-vice-chairman, as mass revolt predicted

A “small cabal” in Downing Street holds Brexiteers in “contempt”, a senior Eurosceptic has warned amid a mass Eurosceptic rebellion over the Prime Minister’s Chequers compromise. Writing for the Telegraph, Maria Caulfield, who quit as a Conservative vice-chairman earlier this week, says that the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan is “catastrophically bad” and will be a “disaster for the Conservative Party”. ...
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Poorer parents more generous to university students

Students from wealthier backgrounds do not receive enough financial support from their parents, while those from low-income families enjoy higher contributions than the Government recommends. The National Student Money Survey found that those attending university from households with an annual income of £25,000 received £54 a month from their parents. Unlike higher earners, these families are not typically expected to contribute ...
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UK weather: Gritters sent out as heatwave melts Britain’s roads and hosepipe ban set to come into force

Roads have begun to melt, train tracks have reached temperatures of 49C and a hosepipe ban is set to come into force as the UK basks in the ongoing heatwave. The hot weather has led to the unusual sight of gritters being used in the summer. They are normally deployed during cold snaps to stop road surfaces from freezing, but ...
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Canada retaliatory tariffs on US goods come into force

Canada’s countermeasures against the Trump administration’s steel and aluminium levies have come into effect. On Sunday, the day the country celebrates its national holiday, Canada imposed a 25% tariff on assorted US metals products. Tariffs of 10% have also been imposed on over 250 other US goods like beer kegs, whiskey and orange juice. Canada-US trade tensions are high amidst ...
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How to manage staff reviews and why they matter

Sitting staff down to have a conversation about their performance may be considered a waste of time for businesses with small teams and few resources, but they can be vital in understanding how a company is performing, argues Steve Lipscombe, director of marketing agency, RONIN. “Employees need to know what’s expected of them and how well they’re doing,” he says. ...
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Dictionaries redefine bullying victims after campaign

Major dictionaries are to stop defining bullies as strong and their targets as weak after a campaign. Anti-bullying activists persuaded the Oxford, Cambridge and Collins Dictionaries, and online dictionaries, to change their definitions Previously, a bully was defined as a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate weaker people. Now the victim of bullying is described as ...
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For parents choosing a school, the Ofsted report is as useful as a chocolate teapot

The dread moment is almost upon us. The Choosing of the Secondary School is nigh. My eldest child is only 10: a dreamy and sensitive character whose clothes are always on back-to-front, and who loves nothing more than playing superheroes with his little brother. It is impossible – appalling – to imagine him sharing an institutional space with giant, horny ...
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Council rakes in up to £400,000 in six months by fining parents on the school run

A council has raked in up to almost £400,000 in motoring fines in just six months by targeting parents on the school run. The crackdown was the work of Croydon Borough Council, who closed off roads to those dropping children to and from three primary schools in the capital. Officials claimed it was to manage congestion, but during the six-month scheme up ...
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Pearson shares jump on steady outlook

Shares in education giant Pearson hit their highest level in 18 months after the publisher’s first quarter results suggested it was on track with a major turnaround the struggling business. Revenues increased by 1pc in the three months to March, while John Fallon, chief executive, confirmed Pearson was expected to report profit growth this year. The news sent shares in the company up by as much as 6.8pc to 886p. ...
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