Today marks 36 years since Argentina seized control of the Falkland Islands from Britain, drawing the UK into an armed conflict that would prove to be one of the defining events of the 1980s for both countries. The disputed territories off the southern Patagonian coast had been part of the British Empire since 1833, but the Latin American nation had long felt bitterly that the “Islas Malvinas” were illegally occupied and truly belonged to Buenos Aires. In the early 1980s, Argentina was ruled by an unpopular military junta under General Leopoldo Galtieri, then facing civil unrest over the country’s tanking economy. Read more Families able to visit Falklands War graves after remains identified It needed an easy victory to win back public favour; a populist gesture to appease the people and unite the nation. It found it in claiming back the rocky, windswept Falklands, then mostly used for sheep farming or the … [Read more...] about Falklands War anniversary: Why did Britain enter armed conflict with Argentina over these windswept islands?
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Thirteen at Columbine. Twenty-six at Sandy Hook. Seventeen at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Over the past two decades, a handful of massacres that have come to define school shootings in this country are almost always remembered for the students and educators slain. Death tolls are repeated so often that the numbers and places become permanently linked. What those figures fail to capture, though, is the collateral damage of this uniquely American crisis. Beginning with Columbine in 1999, more than 187,000 students attending at least 193 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus during school hours, according to a year-long Washington Post analysis. This means that the number of children who have been shaken by gunfire in the places they go to learn exceeds the population of Eugene, Oregon, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Read more Parkland survivor urges using ‘white privilege’ to amplify stories Many are never the same. School shootings … [Read more...] about For survivors of school shootings in America, life is never the same
0 Have your say Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has been described as a place of contrasts, with both rolling lowland scenes and high mountains, as well as scores of lochs, rivers and large burns. It is home to more than 15,000 people and the site’s management stresses that the area is a “living, working landscape”.The latter aspect has in fact proved pivotal in the park’s authority board a few days ago green-lighting an application for Scotland’s first commercial gold mine at Cononish, Tyndrum.Board convener James Stuart said the unanimous approval came after concluding that the short- to medium-term impact will be more than compensated for by factors such as longer-term environmental gains as well as the social and economic benefits for the local community and beyond.“The national park is a special place,” Stuart explained. “But it is also a place where people live and work and it is the park authority’s job … [Read more...] about The Big Interview: Scotgold Resources chief executive Richard Gray
Congratulations to all those schools who appeared in the Irish News Exam Performance list (February 19) which ranks the top 30 grammar and top 50 non-grammar schools based on their examination results in 2016- 2017. Well done to all those pupils, their parents and their schools. There are now 24 secondary schools in Northern Ireland with 50 per cent or more of their pupils on the free school meals register, almost 20 per cent of all our secondary schools and according to new research from the Institute for Fiscal studies the number of children living in poverty will increase by more than a million over the next five years. Predictably Northern Ireland will be one of the regions hardest hit with an increase of at least 8 percentage points. Only one of these schools, St Mary’s High School in Brollagh appears in the top 10 non-grammar schools list. St Mary’s is very much the exception to the rule and its circumstances are quite unique. It was earmarked for closure in … [Read more...] about Social segregation is made worse by so-called academic selection
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more about membership here. Try to buy an ice cream in Stockholm and hand over the new 50 kronor bill featuring Ingmar Bergman and there's a high chance you will be turned down. Instead, the shopkeeper is likely to proffer a little black terminal attached to an iPhone. The terminal is the invention of iZettle, just one of hundreds of Swedish companies revolutionizing our relationship with money. The way we manage our money is changing fundamentally thanks to new technology. Banks, insurance companies are having their business models challenged by tech startups – and many of these upstarts are in Stockholm. Now, with Brexit denting London's attractiveness, the Swedish capital is set to consolidate its position as a centre of financial technology, or fintech. But concerns over immigration rules, taxes and housing could make it hard for Sweden to reach its full potential. Globally, the US and China are still … [Read more...] about Why Brexit could give cashless Sweden a big tech boost