‘Fairer’ deal for schools in tough areas

Ofsted to move away from exam results focus Ofsted admits some ‘outstanding schools aren’t that good’ It says that instead of taking exam results and test data at face value, inspectors will look at how those results have been achieved, whether they are the result of broad and rich learning – or gaming and cramming. And this could mean less good news for a school in a leafy suburban area that looks as if it achieves high results “but actually when you look beneath the bonnet they’re doing this by a narrowed curriculum” and “some naff qualifications”, said Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director for education. “Then actually they are going to get judged down because they should be doing better,” …

Singer Pat Boones wife, Shirley, dead: report

“I’ve parted with my better half for a little while … but we don’t die, we just move on to another place, and today was moving day,” he told the outlet. HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVES SAY MORE STARS STAY QUIET TO AVOID PUBLIC BACKLASH, BEING BLACKLISTED “She’s changed her address is all and moved to a different mansion that I expect to join her in one day,” he said. “I’m very confident of that.” She died at their California residence after enduring vasculitis complications, People reported. A representative for Boone did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. PAT BOONE RECALLS SHOCKING THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WITH HEAVY METAL ALBUM: ‘IT WAS A BIG OVERREACTION’ Original Article : HERE ; This post was …

No escape as ‘snow day’ becomes ‘e-learning day’

They are known as “e-learning days”, which certainly sounds less fun than a snow day. ‘Let the kids enjoy it’ Teachers are also losing their snow days and instead will be expected to be on hand to take a virtual register and answer students’ questions online. A pilot programme in a school district in Anderson County, South Carolina has supplied students with electronic tablets loaded with assignments to complete in the event of a school closure. Image copyright Getty Images There are also so-called “blizzard bags”, with assignments that are sent home with children ahead of an expected snow closure. But Mr Roth says it is not sufficient as a replacement. “I think we still need the class time to …

Missy Elliott becomes first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

(CNN)Missy Elliott is officially the hottest ’round. Elliott shared her excitement on Twitter by congratulating the other inducted songwriters, who are Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens). “I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted,” Elliot tweeted. The Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner is scheduled for June 13 in New York. ‘A groundbreaking solo superstar’ The Songwriters Hall of Fame website described Elliott as “one of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history” who is a “groundbreaking solo superstar.” A Portsmouth, Virginia, native, Elliott’s debut album, “Supa Dupa Fly,” was released in 1997, the Hall of Fame said. The album was certified platinum by the …

Jamal Khashoggi is still being used as a political commodity

In the 100 days since Saudi officials brutally murdered Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate, there has been a massive international outpouring of condemnation. Yet the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body remains unknown. The Saudis say they handed his body to “local accomplices” but refuse to name them, and Turkish investigators who have pieced together his final hours from closed-circuit TV footage have failed to fully investigate where the trail finally leads. TIME magazine names 2018 ‘Person of the Year’ But far from feeling like a leap forward in the public’s perception of what happened, it seems to throw even greater doubt over investigative efforts since the murder. Almost two weeks after Khashoggi was killed, Saudi authorities finally relented — but …

Suspect in Jayme Closs case tried to kidnap her twice previously, complaint states

(CNN)The suspect accused of killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, first spotted her when he was on his way to work, as she was getting into a school bus, according to a criminal complaint released Monday by the Barron County District Attorney. The judge also ordered that Patterson could not possess firearms, and could not have contact with Jayme and Patterson’s neighbors who were involved in Jayme’s escape. Patterson, who appeared at the hearing in a video conference, did not enter a plea. Patterson faces up to life in prison if convicted of the homicide charge. His next court date is February 6. Last Thursday, Jayme was found alive about 70 miles from her home …

Illinois Officials Deny Permit For R. Kelly-Hosted Concert, Citing Security Concerns

R. Kelly and Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Denise Albert  She said officials denied the permit application because of security concerns after recent  Kelly, a Chicago native, has come under renewed scrutiny since the Famous collaborators, including Future, have since distanced themselves from the 52-year-old “Ignition” star. Chicago radio station 95.1 FM Clubsteppin said last week that it would On Friday, women’s rights activists commissioned a plane to fly over the Sony Music offices in Culver City, California, with a sign demanding the company “ Kelly’s daughter, Buku Abi, lambasted her father on social media, describing him  told NBC News on Wednesday that the people accusing Kelly of sexual misconduct are “just haters trying to ruin his career.”

The Killers Savage Trump’s America In New Protest Song ‘Land Of The Free’

The rock band’s frontman, Brandon Flowers, sings about institutional racism, immigration, incarceration and gun violence in the track released Monday. “Down at the border, they’re gonna put up a wall, Concrete and Rebar Steel beams (I’m standing crying), High enough to keep all those filthy hands off, Of our hopes and our dreams (I’m standing crying), People who just want the same things we do, In the land of the free.” “The news was devastating,” he wrote. “Heart wrenching. A gut punch. But, sadly not as shocking as it should have been.” Check out the post here: Flowers added in a swipe at the Trump administration’s immigration policies that Americans “dishonor our values, our ancestors and our heritage when we tear gas our …

Octavian: From the streets to the charts

He won a scholarship to the Brit School, which taught artists like Adele, Amy Winehouse and FKA Twigs, but eventually dropped out. His argument: “I don’t believe you can teach someone to be creative.” The friends he made at Brit School stuck with him, though, helping to produce the beats and visuals on Octavian’s melodic, genre-defying mixtapes 22 and Essie World (a reference to his SE London postcode). Skip Youtube post by BBC Radio 1Xtra Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report His breakthrough came with 2017’s Party Here, whose ominous intro unexpectedly gives way to a euphoric chorus, where the 23-year-old promises himself: “You’re gonna blow, it’s just timing.” He couldn’t have been more correct. Weeks later, Drake …

What links Fiona Bruce to Robert de Niro?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFiona Bruce takes over from David Dimbleby as Question Time host, but the music stays the same. Play for an excerpt A new year brings a new host to Question Time, with new topics to be debated. But through all the change, one thing stays the same – the programme’s music. Such is the legacy of its composer Stanley Myers, his cultural imprint is still felt in Hollywood as well as on British TV. But how does he link Fiona Bruce to Robert de Niro? Gone is David Dimbleby of Dimblebot and tie fame. Here comes Question Time’s first new host in 25 years, Fiona Bruce. When the BBC’s lively debate show …

Maroon 5 will headline Super Bowl LIII halftime show with guests Big Boi and Travis Scott

(CNN)After months of speculation and rumors, the NFL announced that Maroon 5 will be headlining the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta. The NFL said if hip-hop ever got its own “Rap Mount Rushmore,” Big Boi would definitely have a place on it as Atlanta’s “foremost wordsmith” and “funkiest gentleman.” The league also said “Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts” including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Missy Elliott. News that an Atlanta hip-hop artist is performing at this year’s Super Bowl comes months after it was announced the big game would be held in music-rich Atlanta. Upon hearing the location of the game in February last year, …

Women storm the Brit Awards nominations

Former winner Florence + The Machine is joined newcomers Jorja Smith and Anne-Marie in that category; with singer-songwriter George Ezra and pop group The 1975 completing the shortlist. Brit Awards 2019: Full list of nominees Brits 2018: The real winners and losers Stormzy steals the show at Brit Awards Dua Lipa UK’s most-streamed female Ezra is undoubtedly the strongest contender: His feel-good second album, Staying At Tamara’s, was the biggest-selling new release of 2018, and the music industry will be keen to underline his arrival as one of Britain’s biggest talents. The 25-year-old is also up for best male and best single, for his summer anthem Shotgun. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking,” said the star on ITV’s nominations show The Brits …

Williams ‘blasting’ music to torment Page

The two stars live next door to each other in Holland Park – Williams’s Grade II-listed home used to belong to film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner. It is not publicly known who wrote the complaint, which is signed “Johnny”. Talking about the row in the Telegraph on Friday, a spokesman for Williams said the claims in the complaint were “a complete fabrication and nonsense”. Image copyright Owal Image caption A drawing from the planning application to develop the basement at the property The correspondent adds that Williams has also dressed up to imitate Plant by “wearing a long hair wig, and stuffing a pillow under his shirt in an attempt to mock or imitate Mr Robert Plant’s beer …

Olivia Colman’s film is Bafta favourite

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe 2019 Bafta nominations have been announced, Lizo Mzimba looks at the front runners Olivia Colman’s film The Favourite leads the race for this year’s Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations. The announcement comes days after Colman won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama. It’s some way ahead of its nearest Bafta rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which have seven nominations each. Steve Coogan, Christian Bale, Claire Foy, Rachel Weisz and Richard E Grant are the other British acting nominees. Colman is nominated for best actress, while her co-stars Weisz and Emma Stone – who vie for the monarch’s affections in the …

Kate Bush: ‘I’m not a Tory supporter’

Her comments were interpreted at the time as an endorsement of Brexit and conservative policy. Kate Bush says Theresa May is ‘wonderful’ But writing on her website, Bush said her comments were quoted “out of context” and that she found the experience “deeply frustrating”. She continued: “At the time I discussed the idea of responding to it with close friends and we all agreed it was best to let it go.” However, the quote continued to resurface – most recently in coverage of her remastered back catalogue, and a book of her lyrics, which was published last month, prompting her to issue a clarification. “My response to the interviewer was not meant to be political but rather was in the …

15 amazing Google tricks you never knew before now

But the world’s most powerful search engine can do more than find things. Yes, the full G-Suite is a game-changer, and many of us have uploaded our entire digital existence to Drive; but most users don’t even realize how much power they have with a simple browser, thanks to Google’s many features and tricks. While you’re at it, find out what Google knows about you through its “takeout” feature. It’s free and tells you what the search giant knows about you. (Hint: If you’ve got multiple Google accounts, you’ll need to sign out and sign in for each.) If you never realized you could run two searches simultaneously or convert your screen to Klingon, read on. Google will grant you …