Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history


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Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

May steps into row over WPC suing garage owner for trip by calling for review on PC compensation


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May steps into row over WPC suing garage owner for trip by calling for review on PC compensation Mrs May fears that the risk of officers suing will deter victims from reporting crime, sources sayShe 'believes it is unreasonable for police to demand compensation for minor injuries in their line of duty' By Simon Walters PUBLISHED: 21:24 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013 Demand: Theresa May has ordered a review of police compensation cases Theresa May stepped into the Kelly Jones row yesterday by ordering a review of police compensation cases. Sources say the Home Secretary fears that the trend for officers to sue could deter victims from reporting crimes

An iPad, 50 inch TV and a cleaner: Modern day status symbols revealed


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An iPad, 50 inch TV and a cleaner: Modern day status symbols revealed Researchers found eclectic mix of items used to judge success and wealthGadgets such as iPads and holiday destinations made the listStatus symbols include where you do your food shop and designer watches By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 16:09 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 1 April 2013 Gadgets including iPads have been hailed as modern day status symbols, researchers have found If you own an iPad, a 50in TV and you shop at Waitrose or Marks & Spencer – congratulations. They are among the status symbols by which success and wealth are judged today, according to a poll.

Boss of renowned English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting "tipsy" at a wine tasting sued for 300,000 by injured girlfriend


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Boss of renowned English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting 'tipsy' at a wine tasting sued for 300,000 by injured girlfriend Winemaker and his girlfriend had been at a London wine tasting since 11am Art Tukker, 24, then drove home from Haslemere station to West Sussex Tukker escaped the crash of his TVR sports car unscathedHis ex-girlfriend was 'seriously injured' and had to be cut from wreckage By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 20:55 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 22 March 2013 The owner of an English vineyard who crashed his sports car after getting 'tipsy' at a wine tasting is being sued for 300,000 by his injured former girlfriend.

Moment a British woman in her 50s was shot in the street alongside her husband in Barbados on cruise ship holiday

Moment a British woman in her 50s was shot in the street alongside her husband in Barbados on cruise ship holiday Woman and British man in his 70s were shot in island capital BridgetownHorrified tourists rushed to couple’s aid after hearing shots and screamsMale victim hit in his pelvis and woman received injury to her right thighPolice have not revealed names or what their current conditions areSome media reports say the two victims are married By Mail Foreign Service PUBLISHED: 13:43 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:00 GMT, 18 March 2013 Two Britons on a Caribbean cruise were recovering in hospital today after being shot by an armed robber during a stopover on the holiday island of Barbados. Horrified tourists rushed to the couple’s aid after hearing shots and screams in an area popular with holidaymakers on the outskirts of the island's usually safe capital, Bridgetown. Several administered emergency first aid until an ambulance arrived and rushed the injured tourists, who are believed to be married, to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Two British tourists, one aged in his 70s, shot on Caribbean holiday island of Barbados


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Moment British woman in her 50s on holiday in Barbados was gunned down along with male tourist Woman and British man in his 70s were shot in island capital BridgetownHorrified tourists rushed to couple’s aid after hearing shots and screamsMale victim hit in his pelvis and woman received injury to her right thighPolice have not revealed names or what their current conditions are By David Harding PUBLISHED: 13:43 GMT, 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 GMT, 18 March 2013 Two Britons on a Caribbean cruise were recovering in hospital today after being shot by an armed robber during a stop over on the holiday island of Barbados. Horrified tourists rushed to the couple’s aid after hearing shots and screams in an area popular with holidaymakers on the outskirts of the island's usually safe capital, Bridgetown.

The 100ft-long holiday home that looks like it is about to topple over the hillside


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Balancing Barn at Suffolk nature reserve appears to teeter on hillside’s edge but really it’s as safe as houses The 100ft-long hotel teeters over the edge of a mound near the Suffolk coast The holiday home is owned by non-profit rental firm Living Architecture By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:58 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:53 GMT, 18 March 2013 This building may look like a health and safety nightmare, teetering over the edge of a hillside. But the Balancing Barn is safe as houses. The 100ft-long hotel sits atop a mound of earth near a Suffolk nature reserve and even has a swing dangling below its hanging end.

Vandal professor with impeccable manners facing a 28,000 bill after scratching graffiti on his neighbours" cars


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Vandal professor with impeccable manners facing a 28,000 bill after scratching graffiti on his neighbours' carsStephen Graham, 47, went on half-naked rampage after downing ginScratched words such as 'arbitrary', 'wrong' and 'silly' onto 4x4sHas vague memory of walking down the street in a dream-like state By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 17:22 GMT, 1 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 2 March 2013 Remorse: Stephen Graham scratched graffiti on 27 vehicles A professor with a hatred of 4×4 cars scratched graffiti on vehicles in his upmarket neighbourhood, a court heard yesterday. Stephen Graham, 48, used a screwdriver to write words such as ‘arbitrary’, ‘wrong’ and ‘very silly’ on the paintwork while dressed in only underpants and a jacket. His night-time vandalism, while still wearing a sleeping mask on his forehead, left 27 cars damaged and has landed the professor with a 28,000 compensation bill.

White House imposes picture black-out on Obama"s boys" weekend golf with love-cheat Tiger Woods


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Why so shy, Mr President White House imposes picture black-out on Obama's '$1million' golf holiday with love-cheat TigerPlayed with famous philanderer on Sunday after eight-hour lesson with Woods' former coach on SaturdayKept press out of the weekend and didn't release any picturesThree planes breach no-fly zone overheadCost of Air Force One trips to and from Florida, along with hotel rooms, greens fees and exclusive golf lessons comes to $989,207 , it cost $179,750 per flight hour to run Air Force One. Going off that rate- even though it is likely higher now since gas prices have risen- the cost of the flights to Florida and back to Washington on Monday totaled $943,687.50.

Thomson Majesty liner: Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship


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Five killed and three injured after lifeboat falls into sea off Canary Islands cruise ship carrying hundreds of Britons Thomson Majesty liner had arrived at La Palma port just three hours earlier It had come for stopover from Gran Canaria en route to Funchal in MadeiraEmergency exercise saw eight men fall 65ft from upper deck into the water By Mark Duell, KARL MCLAUGHLIN AND TOM WORDEN PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 10 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:04 GMT, 10 February 2013 A winter cruise holiday for hundreds of Britons in the Canary Islands was hit by tragedy today when five crew members died during a routine emergency drill. The Thomson Majesty liner had arrived in the port of the island of La Palma just three hours earlier from Gran Canaria for a six-hour stopover en route to Funchal, Madeira, when the incident occurred.