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Huawei Founder Says There’s No Stopping China’s Tech Giant, Despite U.S. Pressure

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The founder of Huawei said there is “no way the U.S. can crush” the tech giant, calling the December arrest of his daughter — the company’s chief financial officer — “politically motivated.”

In an interview with the BBC, Ren Zhengfei spoke confidently about the company’s fate despite mounting pressure from Washington. The U.S. has accused the company of circumventing sanctions against Iran and stealing trade secrets.

The U.S. has leveled 23 charges against Huawei and Ren’s daughter and Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested at Washington’s request in Vancouver, where she is currently under house arrest awaiting possible extradition.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned countries not to use Huawei technology and said that doing so would make it harder for Washington to “partner alongside them.”

The U.S., Australia and New Zealand have already blocked Huawei from their 5G mobile broadband networks. Canada is considering following suit.

Nonetheless, Ren remains bullish.

“There’s no way the U.S. can crush us,” Ren told the BBC. “The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit.”

“If the lights go out in the West, the East will still shine. And if the North goes dark, there is still the South. America doesn’t represent the world. America only represents a portion of the world,” he added.

Honda confirms Swindon factory closure – business live

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End of production at plant threatens 3,500 jobs

8.07am GMT

Japanese carmaker Honda will end production in Swindon in 2021. The factory employs 3,500 people.

7.58am GMT

Even amid the political turmoil, European stock markets are expected to open flat this morning.

The UK’s FTSE 100 edged down yesterday by 0.24%, after a week of gains.

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Chinese province bans app-based homework to save pupils' eyesight

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Zhejiang issues draft regulation to combat soaring rates of nearsightedness

An Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on mobile phone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight.

Zhejiang, in the east of the country, issued a draft regulation last week and sought public comment. It is one of several provinces considering such measures.

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New behaviour code for Sir and Miss caught in schools moral maze

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A guide for headteachers in England aims to help them deal ethically with thorny issues like exclusions - and to confront colleagues who do not

One of the most enduring images of recent decades has been that of the superhead: the heroic, league-table topping, entrepreneurial lone-ranger figure, once compared by the former chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to a Clint Eastwood figure “fighting for righteousness”.

But might the model of the next few decades be different – a less combative leader, driven as much by a vision of a good society as by competitive advantage?

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An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance

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A sixth grade student at a Florida school was arrested for disruption and resisting arrest after a confrontation with a teacher in which he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, reportedly saying the flag was racist and the pledge was offensive to black people.

Spectrum Bay News 9 reports that the 11-year-old was removed from class on Feb. 4, suspended for three days, arrested shortly after and taken to a juvenile detention center. The dispute ensued after a substitute teacher at Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland asked him to stand up, reportedly unaware of that the school does not require participation during the pledge.

School district authorities stressed that the student was arrested for disruption, not for refusing to stand. The Ledger cites Polk County Public Schools spokesman Kyle Kennedy saying the student repeatedly refused to follow instructions from school staff and law enforcement, adding that students “are not required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

According to a statement submitted to the district, the teacher reportedly told the boy, “Why if it was so bad here he did not go to another place to live.” He reportedly replied saying, “they brought me here.” She then responded by saying, “Well you can always go back, because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore I would find another place to live.”

The teacher then said she called the office because she “did not want to continue dealing with him,” according to her statement cited by Spectrum Bay News 9.

The student’s mother Dhakira Talbot wants the charges to be dropped, and says the incident could have been handled better.

“She was wrong. She was way out of place. If she felt like there was an issue with my son not standing for the flag, she should’ve resolved that in a way different manner than she did,” said Talbot. “I want the charges dropped and I want the school to be held accountable for what happened because it shouldn’t have been handled the way it was handled.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida called the incident “outrageous.”

This is outrageous.

Students do not lose their First Amendment rights when they enter the schoolhouse gates. This is a prime example of the over-policing of Black students in school. https://t.co/cSkzWcm33Q

— ACLU of Florida (@ACLUFL) February 16, 2019

Kennedy, the spokesman, said Alvarez will no longer work as substitute teacher in in Polk County Public Schools, according to the Ledger.

“Our HR department will contact Kelly Services, which provides our substitutes, to further refine how our substitutes are trained,” Kennedy said.

The Wych Elm by Tana French review – a forensic examination of privilege

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An alpha male’s sense of self is shattered in French’s captivating standalone novel

The screenwriter Steven Moffat once said that his hit show Sherlock was “not a crime drama, but a drama about a man who solves crimes”. The distinction would work well for Tana French’s acclaimed series of novels featuring the fictional Dublin murder squad (soon to be a TV series, scripted by Sarah Phelps). It’s a source of bafflement to me that French has not yet been nominated for a major literary award, and I can’t help feeling that she almost certainly would have been if her characters weren’t detectives. Her writing is poetic and scalpel-sharp, rich in allusions to literature, myth, history and contemporary politics; her exploration of character is full of insight. But there are murders to be solved, so her books – though garlanded with critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic – have tended to be labelled as genre fiction.

French’s first standalone novel, The Wych Elm, might change that. Leaving the murder squad behind, she flips the perspective of a police procedural to regard the process from the other side, through a narrator who is, at various points, potential victim, suspect and witness. In the process, she carries out a forensic, and timely, examination of the nature of privilege and empathy.

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RAC repair service broke down over an ‘easy to fix’ problem

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I had to take a day off work and pay £267 to be towed home over ‘easy to fix’ fault

After a weekend in Cambridge, my car wouldn’t start (I live in Derby). On Sunday I called the RAC at about 3.30pm. It arrived at 7.30pm and I was told the car needed a mass air sensor. I was assured the car could be fixed at 10am the next day so I took the Monday off work. I phoned at 11.30am for an update and was told someone would get back within minutes. This did not happen. After further calls (and no response) I was finally told the job had been logged for 7pm–8pm so I could drive home that evening. But at 6pm I was told the part could not be found and I would have to be towed back at a cost of £267. I arrived close to midnight.

The next day I was then informed that there was no fault apart from a disconnected turbo hose – which could have been easily fixed. I am furious and want my money back for unnecessary towing, poor service and appalling communication. EY, Ockbrook, Derbyshire

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Female teachers are ‘breaking the glass ceiling to find a conservatory outside’

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Academies have made things worse for women, says the co-editor of a new book

When the former headteacher Vivienne Porritt sat down for afternoon tea with four other teachers at a hotel near Bracknell, Berkshire, in 2015, she had no idea they were about to start a global grassroots women’s education movement. “Our aim was to connect women on Twitter, because we felt our voices weren’t being heard. Women felt shut down when talking about leadership and the kind of issues that were important to women. After a rant on Twitter on International Women’s Day, we came together to organise a conference. It never occurred to us it would grow beyond that.”

Over scones and sandwiches, the women – who met for the first time that day – agreed on a phrase to be used in tweets about the challenges women in education face and want to discuss. #WomenEd was born.

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'I feel alive again': prosthetics and hope in Central African Republic | Saskia Houttuin

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A clinic making artificial limbs in CAR – the country’s only centre of its kind – is changing lives devastated by conflict

Exaucé Bagaza can’t keep his eyes off his feet. A moment ago the five-year-old boy had one foot and now he has two: they are tucked into a pair of white tennis shoes adorned with flecks of green glitter.

Wobbling a little, the child presses his right hip on to his new leg, a prosthesis made of polypropylene. His physiotherapist leans forward, reaching for his hands: “Come here,” he says.

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