Odd bits from Wednesday’s Press

Trump, meanwhile, faces bipartisan opposition to his budget plans to take from the poor and give to the wall. The president wants to reduce spending by $3.6tn – slashing everything from Medicaid to Meals on Wheels – while putting an extra $2.6bn into border security including the Mexico barrier. Powerful Republicans are against it. Harold Rogers said: “The cuts are draconian.” John McCain declared Trump’s proposals were “dead on arrival”.
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Today’s Good News
Unemployment dropped below 7%
Figures released yesterday show that the labour market continued to improve in the first three months of this year, with the number of people at work rising by more than economists had expected – by 68,000 – and the unemployment rate dropping below 7 per cent for the first time since August 2008.
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Facebook Files – The social network lets users spread Holocaust denial even where it’s illegal, if it can get away with it, we reveal today in our continuing investigation. Here are Facebook’s own instructions to its moderators on the subject (warning: disturbing content). And according to one internal source, Islamist extremists are getting around restrictions because moderators only have 10 seconds to decide whether to delete a post. In doing so they are supposed to refer to a manual that is 44 pages long and contains names and faces of 646 terrorist leaders and their groups. “Mission impossible,” says the insider.
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Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis.
That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research of its kind ever carried out in Northern Ireland.
The study – Mobile Devices in Early Learning – was carried out over two years and involved about 650 pupils in five Belfast primary schools and five nursery schools.
Schools which took part were in some of the most deprived areas of the city.
They were each supplied with sets of iPads for nursery, primary one, primary two and primary three classes.
Researchers from Stranmillis University College then assessed how pupils, parents, principals and teachers used them over the course of two years.
Among their key findings were that:
■ The introduction of digital technology has had a positive impact on the development of children’s literacy and numeracy skills
■ Contrary to initial expectations, principals and teachers report that the use of ipads in the classroom has enhanced children’s communication skills
■ Children view learning using handheld devices as play and are more highly motivated, enthused and engaged
■ Boys appear to be more enthused when using digital technology, particularly when producing pieces of written work
IPads helped young children to be more motivated and engaged in class, said Dr Colette Gray from Stranmillis, who was one of the study’s authors.
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Business
The ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded China’s debt and said it expects the country’s financial strength to erode in the coming years despite reform. The downgrade – China’s first since 1989 – pushed the yuan lower but also hit the Australian dollar, which is closely linked to the fortunes of the Chinese economy. 
Moody’s may consider China’s rampant debt a problem but its consumers are still going strong. They helped Jaguar LandRover sell 32% more vehicles in China last year, the UK-based manufacturer said, as it recorded global sales of more than 600,000.
The pound was buying $1.297 and €1.159 overnight.
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