Saturday 20 January 2018

Bad schools are better

Parents are being warned against sending their children to the best-performing school in their neighbourhood if they want their children to do well.

Research by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance shows they could be more confident – and therefore successful – if they came top of the class in a "worse" school down the road which does not do so well in tests or exams.

BEACHED DOLPHINS

Around 30 large dolphins have beached themselves in north-eastern Brazil. The dolphins, known as false killer whales, ran aground in Areia Branca, roughly halfway between the cities of Fortaleza and Natal.

Images distributed by the environmental police of Rio Grande do Norte state, show beachgoers and passers-by attempting to aid the animals, which lay in shallow waters.

AUSTEN RING RESCUE

A Jane Austen museum has said that it has raised enough money to buy the writer's ring back from pop singer Kelly Clarkson.

Jane Austen's House Museum in southern England said it had raised £157,740 (€187,617) – enough to keep the ring in Britain. The funds were raised in just over a month, and included a £100,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor.

N KOREA DENIES KILLING

NORTH Korea has angrily denied reports that Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a former mistress to protect the "dignity" of his wife.

Reports claim that Hyon Song-wol, with whom Kim was romantically linked 10 years ago, was among a dozen musicians from the Unhasu Orchestra and other groups executed on August 20. Mr Kim's wife was a member of Unhasu before marrying him.

PUSSY RIOTER ON STRIKE

One of the imprisoned members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot declared a hunger strike to protest what she described as inhumane working conditions and threats to her life at a women's penal colony.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is serving a two-year sentence for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred". She and two other group members were arrested in early 2012 after Pussy Riot burst into Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral and tried to perform a "punk prayer" denouncing Vladimir Putin.

Irish Independent

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