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Crimea, Maidan and Ostriches: A Reflection of Ukraine Turmoil

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  The current, ongoing crisis in Ukraine is the most devastating manifestation of East vs West tensions seen since the Cold War era. The Iron Curtain that now runs along the East of Ukraine already bores a physical scar since the annexation of Crimea by Russia on 18 March. Unrest in Donetsk and Luhansk between the post-revolutionary Ukrainian government and pro-Russian insurgents could lead to further splits as Putin takes scissor to cloth, remarking territorial boundaries as he sweeps...

Why you might need a Pre-Nup

Those with considerable personal wealth, whether it has accumulated over time due to business interests, is linked to family assets, or has been gifted to them as an inheritance, should not feel uncomfortable about taking the necessary steps to protect it before entering into a marriage. Pre-nuptial agreements can certainly be difficult to talk about in the context of a happy relationship that neither party can see going wrong, but when it comes to the protection of sizeable assets, they...

Royal Mail Sell Off: Why did the Government fail to deliver to small investors?

By Andy Thompson, Director of Operational Policy and Research Wealth Management Association On 10 June 2015 the Government raised another £750 million from the sale of half of its remaining 30 per cent stake in Royal Mail. But why were private investors not given the opportunity to participate as they had been in the Initial Public Offering in 2013? Ultimately it is for the Government and its advisers to answer that question but in the absence of anything definitive perhaps...

Parliamentary sketch 17th June – Hi-vis Osborne leaves Labour opaque

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Today’s PMQs were considered, respectful and...boring. This might be what the public claim they want, but would they actually watch that every week? I mean who doesn’t tune in for live environmental, food and rural affairs questions with Liz Truss on BBC Parliament (Thurs 9.30am, as if you didn’t know). Hilary Benn stood in for, well, an empty space and Gideon took up the reins for the Tories. Perhaps they could have given the Labour...

How Digital Games Become Educational

By Robert Sun In speaking before many groups of educators, in cities across the nation, I often hear that one of the biggest challenges facing schools today is how to consistently engage and motivate children to learn. Children, as we all know, are natural learners. But much of that instinctive curiosity is dampened by the formality and regimentation of the classroom. Albert Einstein once wrote: “It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not...

I-Rex, therefore I am: How to make Jurassic World’s new hybrid dinosaur

Dr Robin Andrews No-one’s interested in dinosaurs anymore, the film seems to say. Jurassic World – the zoo for dinosaurs – has been open for two decades, and seeing dinosaurs has become fairly routine by 2015. In a knowing nod to audiences used to seeing enormous CGI spectacles these days, the scientists in the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster have “cooked up” a new dinosaur to give both the kids and adults nightmares: the Indominus Rex, which means “fierce” or “untameable king”....

Five Money Habits that should be Extinct

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent None of us are perfect, but being a dinosaur with your dough can cost us hundreds of pounds each year. From auto-renewals to payday loans, there are a copious amount of money traps out there eating into your bank balance, which is why now is as good a time as any to be reviewing how you deal with your personal finances. As Jurassic World roars into UK cinemas this week, Money Expert Andy Webb from the...

In Defence of Freedom of Conscience

By David Binder What do the recent 'gay cake' case, the same sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the British government's aspirations for ‘’snooper’s charter' all have in common? The answer lies in the fact that they all bring into question how we define and uphold both equality and liberty. It seems that these two values are increasingly being seen as diametric opposites when in actual fact they should be seen as bedfellows. Whilst I don't wish to discuss the...

Parliamentary sketch 10th June – It’s quoting not gloating dear

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor I remember when I was boy and I misbehaved with my mates, my mum would say “stop showing off in front of your friends,” and it had the desired effect, of shaming me into silence. It ruined my self-confidence and I barely spoke to another human until years of counselling, but that’s another story. Well this was the trick Harriet Harman used on the PM today, and it worked…a bit. Obviously the PM is fully...

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