Uk: We’re Working Toward Reopening Embassy In Iran

“Although young people in these countries are entering a much more demanding labour market, they are not much better equipped with literacy and numeracy skills than those who are retiring,” a country note for the UK says. It concludes: “The implication for England and Northern Ireland is that the stock of skills available to them is bound to decline over the next decades unless significant action is taken to improve skills proficiency among young people. In England alone, those aged 55 to 65 did better than 16-24-year-olds in both of these tests, the OECD found. The figures show that the average literacy score for 55-65-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland together was 265. This was one of the higher averages and put the UK above many countries. But the average literacy score for 16 to 24-year-olds was virtually the same at 265.7, leaving the UK behind nations including Canada, France and Germany. There was a similar picture for numeracy. It suggests that while the basic skills of the working population in other countries has improved, in the UK it has remained static. The figures come amid a rise in recent decades in the numbers of people staying in education and gaining more qualifications. Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s deputy director for education and skills, said that basic skills are “the foundation, on which everything else is built”. “What we have is a snapshot of adults today,” he said. “When you look at this snapshot you do have to conclude that these young people are not any better skilled when it comes to those foundation skills than people in the older generation.

UK young ‘far behind other nations’

Hague said the coming months “may be unusually significant” in British-Iranian relations, which have been beset by arguments over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and Tehran’s support for embattled leader Bashar Assad in Syria. Hague told lawmakers there are signs of a change albeit qualified ones. The British embassy in Tehran was closed in late 2011 after a mob overran the building as tensions over a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities ran high. Iran also closed its embassy in London. Relations have remained tense since then, but the recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes of a thaw between Iran and the West and of a possible nuclear deal. “It is clear that the new president and ministers in Iran are presenting themselves and their country in a much more positive way than in the recent past. There is no doubt that the tone of the meetings with them is different,” Hague told the House of Commons. He said he and his Iranian counterpart had agreed to appoint non-resident charge d’affaires offices which would discuss the eventual reopening of the British embassy in Iran and the Iranian one in Britain. Hague still expressed caution, saying it is critical for Iran’s warmer tone “to be accompanied by concrete actions and viable approach to negotiations.” Iran and Western powers have been arguing for years about Iran’s atomic energy program. Iran insists its nuclear facilities are being used for peaceful purposes, but the United States, Europe and Israel believe they’re a cover for clandestine development of atomic weapons. The U.S. and its allies have slapped tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to open up about the program. “We must not forget for one moment that as things stand today Iran remains in defiance of six U.N. Security Council resolutions …

VIDEO: UK league player given 47-game suspension for fight off ice

The forward has been suspended a whopping 47 games for an incident that took place both on but mostly off the ice. Campbell, playing for the Hull Sting Rays, was hit from behind along the boards, enough to upset any hockey player. As is only natural, a scrum resulted on the ice and things got a little heated. Campbell was then escorted off the ice to presumably go to the dressing room. Although he didn’t make it there before getting himself into more trouble. That’s when Campbell went after the man that hit him on the ice, Nico Sacchetti of the Dundee Stars, in the stands. And he didn’t just go after him, Campbell really went after him. Just take a look at the suspension breakdown for Campbell and how the Elite League got to the exact number of 47 games . Fighting off the ice = 15 matches Attempted eye gouge = 12 matches Knee to the head = 10 matches Excessive force to the head resulting in an impact to the ice = 10 matches Fighting off the ice and excessive force, simple enough. But knee to the head?! Attempted eye gouge?!? My gosh. I’m wondering how they decided that attempting to gouge a guy’s eye out was worth just 12 games and I also wonder how many games he would have received had he successfully gauged Sacchetti’s eye; 50 games? Campbell is going to sit out a few more games thatn 47 as Hull decided to cut him . Typically doing your best Ron Artest impression (though thankfully it wasn’t on fans, it doesn’t appear) isn’t a good idea.

UK breaks into ITU’s top 10 for ICT development

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Our most pressing challenge is to identify ways to enable those countries which are still struggling to connect their populations to deploy the networks and services that will help lift them out of poverty. Slow progress towards worldwide internet connectivity The report showed there are now 2.7 billion people globally using the internet. As the ITU pointed out, however, this meant there was still a way to go to get universal connectivity. This means there are still 4.4 billion people who are not yet online, read the report. Priority attention needs to be given to the unconnected, and action needs to be taken to improve the accessibility and affordability of broadband internet services everywhere to usher in an inclusive information society. Mobile subscriptions almost equalled the worlds population at 6.8 billion. By the end of 2012, 50% of the worlds population was covered by a 3G connection , but this was something the ITU believed needed to grow to increase the availability of internet services. This is mostly down to reduced growth in developed countries, whereas developing countries were putting significant investment into fibre networks. The ITU still described the divide between the two as substantial, as while penetration will reach 10% globally this year, it will serve 27% of the population in developed countries compared with just 6% in developing countries. Prices of fixed connections fell significantly in the past four years, dropping by 82%. But the price is still out of reach for many in developing countries and must drop further to make connections more ubiquitous. ITU estimates that by end of 2013 almost 40% of the global population, and 31% of the population in developing countries, will be online in some form or another. However, it admitted its ambitious target of getting 60% online by 2015, including 50% of developing countries and 15% of the least developed countries, was unlikely to be reached. There is a real danger that while the world is transforming into an information society based on high-speed, always-on connections, there is no equal access to ICT for all, concluded the report.