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September 29, 2006

City looks overseas for young recruits
The City is increasingly looking overseas for young recruits because foreign graduates are more mature than their British counterparts, a report warned yesterday. A survey of London's financial services companies found employers believed universities were not preparing graduates for the world of work. Many were dissatisfied with the inability of graduates to manage their time and workload, found the report commissioned by City of London Corporation.
The Financial Times

Aberdeen in £70,000 study of prehistoric people
Researchers at a Scottish university are to carry out a major study to shed new light on the mysterious Beaker people, who flourished across Europe more than 4,000 years ago. The north-east of Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of Beaker burials - prehistoric skeletons laid to rest beside distinctive, high-quality pots - anywhere in Britain. It is hoped that the new research - the most detailed local study of the Beaker culture ever carried out in Europe - will begin to solve many of the questions that have puzzled archaeologists for generations.
The Scotsman

Student finds Frost poem lost for 88 years
A poem by Robert Frost that has lain unpublished and forgotten for 88 years has been rediscovered by a student in Virgina. The poem, War Thoughts at Home, casts light on the development of Frost's first world war poetry. It was written in 1918, shortly after his good friend, Edward Thomas, died in the trenches of France. Robert Stilling, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, was browsing through correspondence relating to Frost in the university library when he came across a 1947 letter from another of the writer's close friends, Frederick Melcher. It referred to an "unpublished poem about the war" which Frost had written on an inside page of a book held by Melcher.
The Guardian

Brown's words of wisdom out in book form
Gordon Brown's key speeches since Labour came to power have been published in two books, with the royalties set to go to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh, named after the tragic death of Mr Brown's first child. The books have been released as William Hill slashed odds on Mr Brown becoming the next Prime Minister from 4/11 to 2/7. The books map out the political thoughts of the Chancellor on a range of topics, from child poverty to Britishness.
The Scotsman

Bearded professor forced off plane
A Spanish university professor with a long beard and dark complexion said yesterday he was briefly forced off an airliner during a layover on the Spanish island of Mallorca by passengers who feared he was an Islamic terrorist. Pablo Gutierrez Vega told The Associated Press that he was humiliated when three German passengers on an Air Berlin flight approached him during a layover in Palma de Mallorca on Aug 30 en route from Seville, Spain, to Dortmund, Germany, and asked to search his carry-on luggage.
The Guardian

Climate change is good for Scotland, says professor
Scotland's leaders should accept that climate change would be good for the country instead of spending millions of pounds cutting carbon emissions, a leading academic claimed last night. In an address to the Scottish Parliament, Professor Bjorn Lomborg said the "scaremongering" of lobbyists, such as former United States vice-president Al Gore, has led to a "hysteria" so that governments are wasting resources on climate change that could be spent on tackling global poverty.
The Scotsman

New mums tested to spot antisocial trend
New mothers will be given a 10-minute test developed by psychologists to help identify whether their babies risk developing antisocial behavioural problems later in life. Designed to allow health workers to identify women failing to bond with their children and needing help, the questionnaire is aimed at mothers with babies under six months of age. It has been developed by researchers at Heriot-Watt University’s family and personal relationships laboratory and was funded by the Scottish Executive’s Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research as part of its plans to tackle antisocial behaviour.
The Times

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