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September 23, 2002


A levels may be scrapped
A levels could be scrapped in the wake of the grade-fixing scandal, according to the education minister Estelle Morris. The exam could be replaced by one modelled on the international baccalaureate. Ms Morris also cast doubt on the survival prospects of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, intensifying speculation that its chairman, Sir William Stubbs, may be forced to resign.
( Daily Mail , Daily Telegraph , Times , Independent , Guardian , Financial Times , Daily Mirror , Daily Express )

Jewish student’s kidney saves Arab girl
A kidney from a Jewish student from Glasgow, who was killed last week in Israel, has saved the life of an Arab girl. Yoni Jesner, 19, died on Friday, hours after the suicide bomb attack on a Tel Aviv bus.
( Daily Mail , Times , Independent , Daily Mirror , Daily Express )

£11.5m new home for OU business school
The Open University Business School officially opens its £11.5 million new home at the OU’s Milton Keynes headquarters today.
( Financial Times )

Professor defends decision to invent citizens
St Andrews professor Paul Boyle has defended the decision by civil servants to “make up” personal details for at least 1 million people and add them to the census results of 2001. Professor Boyle, an expert on migration who was on an academic panel consulted by the Office for National Statistics, said: “People are being included in the figures who were not actually there on census day – you could call it making people up. We have every reason to believe this produces a more accurate picture of the UK population."
( Guardian )

MIT celebrates 50th birthday of its management school
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its management school.
( Financial Times )

Student to become royal bride number ten
Student Nolichwa Ayanda Ntenteza, 18, has been chosen as the tenth bride of King Mswati III of Swaziland, just two months after he married wives number eight and nine.
( Daily Telegraph )

Henley launches Frankfurt MBA
Henley Management College is to launch a flexible evening MBA in Frankfurt.
( Financial Times )

Crab paste can help teeth
A toothpaste made from crab’s shell could reduce trips to the dentist by fighting infection in the mouth. Scientists at the University of Portsmouth developed the paste, which could be on sale in a year’s time.
( Daily Mail , Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Daily Mirror , Daily Express )

Antarctic seabirds found in Britain for the first time
Antarctic seabirds never before seen north of the Equator have been discovered in Britain. One brown skua was found on a beach on the Isles of Scilly and another in Glamorgan. Feather samples were sent for DNA analysis at Glasgow University to confirm the birds were indeed brown skuas.
( Independent )

Global flu epidemic warning
Scientists fear a deadly global flu epidemic could break out at any time. Researchers at the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, said an influenza outbreak five years ago – that killed a third of those affected – was caused by a strain that can bypass the body’s immune system.
( Daily Express )   

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