Students feared the worst but discovered the best at Spalding Grammar School as this year's GCSE results brought better news than expected.The second year of the new 9-1 grading system, which replaced the A*-U system last year, saw 87 per cent of students achieve grade 5 or above in both English and maths.An outstanding showing by Daniel Dorey-Rodriguez (16), of Spalding, was the standout result of the day as the Year 11 student picked up 11 grade 9s.Speaking to Spalding Today from Guatemala where he is currently on a summer student expedition, Daniel said: "I woke up at 2.30am to get my results."I can't find the words to describe my feelings, except to say that it's like coming back home from a long journey."I've had to give up a lot and I've studied really, really hard, but my parents were very worried about my results."However, I've always said that doesn't matter whether you get 3s and 4s, or 8s and 9s, it's the progress as a person that matters."Another "high-flying student" was … [Read more...] about GCSE RESULTS DAY 2018: Dreams are realised for Year 11s at Spalding Grammar School
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Updated 1028 GMT (1828 HKT) June 14, 2018 (CNN)With a crucial World Cup qualifier later that evening, Saudi Arabia's players hadn't had anything to eat or drink for almost 10 hours. Their match against Australia in Adelaide was scheduled for a 7:30pm kick off, nearly two weeks after the start of Ramadan in 2017. Victory would have all but assured them a place at Russia 2018, but a narrow 3-2 defeat ensured a nervy qualification campaign would go down to the final fixture three months later, with Saudi Arabia narrowly beating Japan to finish second ahead of Australia only on goal difference. Roel Coumans, conditioning coach to then-Saudi Arabia manager Bert van Marwijk, believes that defeat to Australia was due to the effects of his players' fasting. "I just simply explained it to the players after the game," Coumans told CNN Sport. "I said to them: 'You're going to drive into the desert -- I took a picture of Saudi Arabia -- and 100km further there is an oasis. Read More "But … [Read more...] about Ramadan: How will fasting for a month affect World Cup stars?
Donald Trump has shaken hands, smiled and strolled with Kim Jong-un at a summit that seemed impossible just months ago. The US President had branded the North Korean dictator a "maniac", "little rocket man", "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people". In return Kim called Trump a "lunatic", a "desperate loser" and "a mentally deranged dotard". But after an extraordinary few months the on-off summit was finally on in the early hours UK time in Singapore. It's the first time a serving US President has met a North Korean leader. And reality TV billionaire Trump didn't fail to give the ratings, with the pair leaving us with moments that will surely be studied for years to come - even if their actual agreement was a damp squib. Here are seven moments the world never thought it would see. Read More Trump-Kim nuclear summit 1. THAT handshake Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un exchanged a firm lingering handshake lasting more than 10 seconds as Trump patted the North … [Read more...] about 7 scenes at the Trump-Kim summit the world never thought it would see
The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA wants to open its first Brussels office by mid-2019 to manage major crises around the clock. As cybersecurity threats grow and threaten to knock out businesses, government offices and infrastructure like energy grids or hospitals, ENISA is pushing to move a handful of experts from its Athens office to staff up a 24/7 crisis centre in Brussels. The move would start off small with a staff of around 5 by spring 2019, ENISA director Udo Helmbrecht said in an interview. But the change would mark a major shift for the small agency, which currently has 84 employees in Greece and an annual budget of €11 million. Telecoms ministers from EU countries are expected to sign off on draft legislation that would increase ENISA’s budget and size during a meeting on Friday (8 June) in Luxembourg. The agency has struggled for years to convince lawmakers that it needs more money, but Helmbrecht said there is added pressure because of the recent surge in … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity agency hopes for 24/7 crisis response centre in Brussels
PUPILS from 50 schools are today attending a science exhibition where they will discover if their teachers could be replaced by robots.The RDS Primary Science Fair is taking place at Belfast's Waterfront today and tomorrow.One of the largest science, technology, engineering, maths (stem) events, it brings together 1,500 Key Stage 2 pupils to showcase creative science investigations and reveal answers to experiments conducted over the past two months.Visitors can expect to find out which biscuits survive being dunked into tea, how fairground rides really work and how the unsinkable Titanic sunk.The RDS Primary Science Fair is already well-established in Dublin and Limerick and between the three venues will host more than 7,000 primary school children and their stem projects in 2018.With an underlying ethos of encouragement through whole-class participation, all of the schools chosen to exhibit will be presented with trophies and individual certificates for students in recognition of … [Read more...] about RDS Primary Science Fair will answer life’s important questions