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Do degrees matter in creative industries? August, 1989. The National Union Of Students, still a politically radical organisation railing against the Thatcher government, is trying to get young people to campaign the abolition University maintenance grants. They put an advert in the NME with the headline "STUDENT LOANS - HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU? " It reads: "Last November the Government announced that it intended to put an end to the system of student financial support and introduce student loans. The proposals will mean that from 1990 students will face a debt of £420 per year. " How quaint that now sounds. Almost half of graduates under 30 are working in non-graduate jobs in areas like catering or hospitality, and the highest number of these are graduates with a degree in the arts, humanities or media.

Do you need a three year English lit degree and a feminist-marxist reading of Simone de Beauvoir if you want to be an A&R for a record label, or just a decent taste in music and the number of a dealer who delivers? I think so. ISIS bombers 'are in Britain NOW and ready to launch a deadly attack' Islamic State terrorists are in the UK and ready to launch a deadly attack at any moment, it was claimed today.

A jihadist fighting for ISIS has claimed one potential target is this Saturday’s VJ commemorations involving the Queen. It is believed to be part of a new strategy with the terror group urging British jihadis to carry out attacks at home rather than travelling to Iraq or Syria. Read more: ISIS in UK as undercover SAS patrolling our streets as Paris mourns terror attack victims Worryingly, it is believed up to seven Islamic State-linked jihadis are now in the UK and ready to launch an attack. The shock claims were uncovered by an exclusive online sting by Sky News using fake social media accounts to unmask Islamic State recruiters.

An undercover investigator spoke to a terrorist responsible for training some of those believed to be in Britain. He claimed they had received training to help launch an attack. Read more: Paris hit by wave of ISIS terror attacks leaving at least 120 dead. German news anchor calls out racists live on air. The Calais crisis is a divisive issue. To some, the idea of people risking their lives to enter a country where they’re safe from the turmoil of their homeland invokes a humanitarian response – these are fellow human beings and they should be treated in one way – with help. To others, the idea of "migrants" entering "their" country in "swarms" whips up a storm of xenophobia so fierce that they’re actually willing to say online, under their real names, that they’re glad a boat has capsized off the coast of Libya, or that we should "send in the army".

It isn’t just commenters either, some of the UK‘s best-selling newspapers are running headlines with similar implications. Other countries are also seeing some morally questionable responses to the plight of refugees. She’s right. This map shows where black people are stopped most by police. In the UK, if you’re black you’re more likely to be stopped and searched by the police. This isn’t new information by any stretch, but this investigation by the Independent shows the scale of the problem and which parts of the UK may need to address their policies when it comes to "stop and search". In 36 out of 39 police forces analysed, black people are targeted more than white people for the intrusive searches. And the searches don’t seem to have much all that much basis either; less than a quarter of the searches ended in an arrest. The "highest-scoring" county was Dorset, where a black person is 17 times more likely to be searched than a white person.

The government has said that they are looking at curbing police stop-and-search powers if their “excessive and disproportionate’ use of it does not stop, but race wasn’t mentioned. Cover image courtesy of Adama Jalloah. The Ferguson uprising, a year later. On August 9 2014, 18-year old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. A year on, and yet more black Americans have died at the hands of the country’s heavily armed police force. Things are a long way from perfect., but the uprising in Ferguson in reaction to Brown’s death has sparked a global conversation and a new wave of activism that’s fighting for racial equality and against police brutality. St Louis photographer Melissa Spitz has been documenting her home city since November 2014 and engaging with protesters who’ve spent 365 days on the streets of America campaigning for justice.

"As a local and a person who grew up in St. Louis County, the signs of institutionalized racism were prevalent," says Spitz. Spitz spent time with 22-year old activist Sunny Shen Maat, who told her how she believes that the death of Brown and other black Americans have left the nation’s patience with the police in thin reserve. Amnesty International backs decriminalising sex work. Amnesty International voted yesterday to decriminalize sex work in order to safeguard those working in the field and their rights. “Rights, not rescue” is the new motto of the nonprofit organisation who believe that criminalising the practice drives it further underground and leads workers into unsafe situations. In a statement, Amnesty condemned the “arbitrary arrest and detention” of sex workers and the heightened violence, trafficking and extortion they face. It was also revealed that their decision came after studying the issue with the UN, the World Health Organisation, sex worker rights advocates, trafficking survivors and many other activists and organisations.

Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty said, “We recognize that this critical human rights issue is hugely complex and that is why we have addressed this issue from the perspective of international human rights standards. We also consulted with our global movement to take on board different views from around the world. " End airport shopping rip-off with new laws, ministers told. Russia and Nato 'actively preparing for war' A military drill by mechanised infantry and engineer units of the Russian Armed Forces in Sergeyevsky last week (Barcroft) The report outlines how both Nato and Russia have primed their forces to respond to an escalation since the Ukraine crisis erupted in early 2014. The preparations include major military exercises by both Russia and Nato that appear designed exclusively to respond to one another’s capabilities and potential war plans. ”Whilst spokespeople may maintain that these operations are targeted against only hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of the operations indicate otherwise,” the report writers say.

In March 2015, Russian conducted “snap exercises” that saw 80,000 troops engaged in long-range deployments and simulate combat on a scale that made the United States or Nato the only possibly adversary. Reports hailing Kids Company’s ‘unique’ work funded by charity. In a round of interviews after the closure of the charity, Miss Batmanghelidjh blamed “rumour-mongering civil servants”, ministers and the media for its demise. Officials had voiced concerns not only about the charity’s financial position, but the apparent lack of clear evidence that its work with children was effective. But Miss Batmanghelidjh has repeatedly cited the study by the LSE in particular as independent evidence that its work was having a powerful impact on children’s lives.

The report, authored by Prof Sandra Jovchelovitch, a leading psychologist, heaped praise on Miss Batmanghelidjh personally and concluded that Kids Company’s work had made a “substantial difference” to the lives of the children and young people it worked with. In the opening sentence of the preface Prof Jovchelovitch remarked that when she first met Miss Batmanghelidjh she had been “immediately struck by the beauty and profound truth of her simple message”.

The charity founder Camila Batmanghelidjh. Q&A: What Britain wants from Europe - BBC News. David Cameron says he has a mandate to pursue EU reform following the Conservatives' general election victory. The PM, who will be hoping his majority government will give him extra leverage in Brussels, wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership ahead of a referendum by the end of 2017. He has said he will campaign for Britain to remain in the EU if he gets the reforms he wants. Read more: What we know so far about UK's in-out referendum What is Britain looking for? Mr Cameron has said he does not want to reveal full details of his negotiating hand but he has given a broad indication, in a series of speeches and newspaper articles, of his priorities when he goes into talks with other EU leaders. These are: What else does Mr Cameron want? The prime minister has said Britain would resist any move towards a European Army and that he wants to free British police forces from EU interference.

When will the referendum be held? What will the question be? What about freedom of movement? EU migrant benefit plan 'could hit thousands of young Britons' - BBC News. Thousands of young Britons could lose the right to claim some benefits for four years as part of government plans to tighten the rules for EU migrants. Introducing a four-year residency test for migrants is a key part of the UK's negotiations of its EU membership.

But lawyers say applying such a test to migrants alone would breach EU laws, and the government is now considering extending the rule to all UK benefit applicants, from the age of 18. Ministers would not discuss the plans. In a speech in November, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Changes to welfare - to cut EU migration - will be an absolute requirement in the negotiation that I'm going to undertake. " He urged EU leaders to accede to his "reasonable" proposals, the centrepiece of which is a demand that migrants arriving in the UK have to wait four years to get access to certain benefits, such as tax credits and child benefit. What is the government doing? Why are Britons affected? How many people could be affected? 'Not going well' Young people urged to join work experience scheme - BBC News.

The government has launched a fresh push to get young people on to work-experience placements. Thirty companies, including Marks and Spencer, are creating opportunities for youngsters to spend time at work, with more expected to follow. But critics say the scheme does not make up for the the previous coalition government's removal of mandatory work experience from the school curriculum . It also comes as new figures show a slight rise in youth unemployment.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: "Young people tell me they can't get a job without work experience, but they can't get work experience without a job. "That is why we are launching the campaign to give young people practical advice about making the most of their summer holidays - and beyond - to gain valuable business skills. " Young people taking part are being encouraged to post "selfies" from their workplace and share their experiences using the #WECan hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or by visiting the scheme's website. Airport shops urged to pass VAT savings on to customers - BBC News. Airport shops are being urged to pass on VAT savings made in some cases when customers show boarding passes. Passengers are asked to show passes so retailers can identify who is flying to non-EU countries and avoid paying 20% VAT on customers' purchases. Treasury minister David Gauke said VAT relief at airports was intended to reduce prices for travellers, not be a windfall gain for shops.

Retailers said they followed government rules. The Independent newspaper has claimed that thousands of people are now refusing to show their boarding passes as part of a "grassroots rebellion". Customers are not legally obliged to show their passes when buying goods at the airport, except when buying cigarettes or alcohol in a duty free shop. The newspaper's travel editor, Simon Calder, told BBC Radio 5 live: "If you take a £6 bottle of sun cream the VAT element is £1. Airport shopping: What are the rules? Who is entitled to VAT savings? Anyone travelling outside the 28 countries of the European Union (EU). UK jobless total rises by 25,000 - BBC News.

UK unemployment ticked up to 1.85 million in the April to June period, a rise of 25,000 on the previous quarter. It is the first time in two years that there have been two consecutive rises in the number of people out of work. But over the last 12 months employment levels are still markedly higher with 354,000 more people in work than a year earlier. There has also been a 12% rise in the number of EU nationals who moved to the UK to work over the last year. However, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures also indicated that earnings growth is slowing.

Earnings including bonuses rose 2.4% from a year ago, compared with 3.2% growth in the March to May period. Excluding bonuses, pay was up 2.8% in the April to June period, unchanged from the previous figure. ONS statistician David Freeman said: "This is now the second consecutive time we've reported fewer people in work on the quarter. EU nationals Non-EU nationals working in the UK was little changed at 1.2 million.

Pound falls. U.K. Modern Slavery Act Will Hold Businesses Accountable. Photo by Shutterstock British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to crack down on the “abhorrent trade” of human trafficking. Elaborating on the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, which passed into law in March, Cameron confirmed that the new measures will compel companies with turnovers of £36 million or greater to publish an annual slavery and human-trafficking statement starting in October. According to the Prime Minister’s office, the statement must describe the steps a business has taken—if any—to ensure that its supply chains are free of slavery and human-trafficking activity.

Downing Street estimates that the new rule will affect 12,000 U.K. companies. Photo by Drop of Light/Shutterstock “The scourge of modern slavery has no place in today’s society and I am proud of all that Britain is doing to wipe it out,” Cameron said in a statement ahead of his arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday. RELATED | Over 29 Million People Enslaved, Says World’s First Global Slavery Index.