• This article was corrected and footnoted on 27 September 2011. All over the Swedish port city of Malmö last week there were gaggles of students clutching brand-new laptops given to them on loan for the start of the school year. As schools fight over what, due to a demographic blip, is a declining number of students, the device you get has become a keen area of competition. "I've just got a mini-HP, but you can pay a bit more and get a Mac or an iPad," says Mua Stanbery, 16, who has just started at ProCivitas, the most popular of the town's profit-making free schools. Students arriving at the Thoren Business School have to make do with a Dell. But Pauli Gymnasium, the biggest municipal-run school, this year decided to give MacBooks to all its students to stave off private competition. What few of the students know is that the ultimate cause of their good fortune – the competitive system of free schools Sweden pioneered in the early 1990s – is under assault. SNS, … [Read more...] about Doubts grow over the success of Sweden’s free schools experiment
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As concerns over Donald Trump’s import tariffs intensify and ministers renegotiate Britain’s trading relationship with Europe, the postwar consensus towards ever-closer economic cooperation between wealthy nations is being unpicked. Why is trade good? Economists argue about a lot of things, yet many would probably agree on the benefits of free trade, which generates wealth by allowing the free flow of goods across international borders, without taxes and other such barriers. The argument runs that billions of people around the world have been lifted out of poverty by the combined power of capitalism and free trade. We are taught that the world’s most powerful nations spurred their advance by tearing down the castle walls of protectionism during the latter half of the 19th century – ending centuries of beggar-thy-neighbour economic nationalism – opening up new markets to boost the industrial revolution and drive forward the development of the middle class. … [Read more...] about Is free trade always the answer?
Thomas Cook is offering free holiday cancellations to customers due to fly out to Turkey on Sunday following the failed military coup in the country. But other operators, including British Airways, Thomson and First Choice said flights were returning to normal following temporary cancellations. According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), 50,000 British holidaymakers are currently believed to be in Turkey. The country was rocked on Friday and Saturday by violence in Istanbul and Ankara, which claimed more than 250 lives. Most of the holidaymakers are staying in coastal resorts several hundred miles from the cities where the violent coup was suppressed. Abta said the situation remained fluid and urged travellers to follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice. The FCO said the situation in Turkey appeared to be calming but added: “The security environment, however, remains potentially volatile. Following earlier disruption, flights to and from airports … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook offers free cancellations to tourists heading for Turkey
"The route into the Sertig Valley is my favorite trail, simply a classic," says cross-country skiing star Dario Cologna. "This beautiful valley has so much sun and there is always a bit of an incline so it is perfectly suited for longer endurance training." Cologna lives and trains in Davos, where he laid the foundation for his successful career, which has included four Olympic gold medals for Switzerland as well as four overall World Cup titles. In Davos, Cologna also appreciates the World Cup course on which the elite of cross-country skiing compete for points every December. "I have competed in many relentless races here in the Flüela Pass," the 32-year-old says. He is just one of the elite cross-country skiers who profits from what is known as "snow farming," which allows them to train in optimal conditions on snow beginning in the autumn. The Fluela Pass provides perfect training conditions for cross-country skiers like Dario Cologna Climate change comes to Davos At 1,560 … [Read more...] about ‘Snow farming’ helping to keep Davos a ‘cross-country-skiing paradise’
The revelations we publish about how Facebook’s data was used by Cambridge Analytica to subvert the openness of democracy are only the latest examples of a global phenomenon. All over the world, governments are coming to grips with the destructive power of social media. In recent weeks, Sri Lanka, Britain, Indonesia and Myanmar have all seen measures taken against hate-speech campaigns. In some cases the companies that publish and profit from them have acted themselves; in others the government has taken direct action. In Sri Lanka, the government reacted to a burst of anti-Muslim rioting by completely shutting down Facebook, WhatsApp, and the messaging app Viber for a week on 7 March. In Britain, Facebook banned the neo-Nazi Britain First movement, which had acquired 2m “likes”, after two of its leaders were jailed. The leaders’ personal pages were also removed. Why it took the company that long to act, when the hateful nature of the pages had been … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits