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South Korean ferry reportedly hit rock before sinking

The ferry that sunk off the coast of South Korea reportedly made a distress call after hitting a rock.

ITV News Correspondent Lucy Watson has tweeted:

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South Korea ferry made distress call at 8.58am local time after those onboard heard loud thump; reportedly hit a rock

UK wages expected to surpass inflation

Wages are expected to surpass inflation today for the first time in six years.

On Tuesday the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate dropped to a new four-year low of 1.6%.

ONS figures are expected to show wages have surpassed inflation for the first time in six years. Credit: Press Association

ONS labour market statistics are expected to show that regular pay is rising at a rate of 1.8%, up from 1.3%.

Read more: Inflation is falling, slowly but surely

Competition for primary schools 'sign of the times'

Parents planning their child's primary school place before the have even conceived is "a sign of the times", a parenting expert has said.

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said their survey into measures taken by parents to get their child into their ideal school showed how "tough" competition for places had become:

Competition for what parents perceive to be the best schools is now so tough they will do almost anything to gain their child a place.

Some ways like moving house to be close to the school can cost tens of thousands of pounds, while others such as applying for a nursery place at the school in a bid to boost their chances are bending the rules - but determined mums and dads will do what it takes.

It's a real sign of the times that people now begin thinking about which school to send their child to before they are even pregnant.

– Siobhan Freegard

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Ferry falls below surface off coast of South Korea

There was a loud impact and noise before the ferry off a coast of South Korea began sinking, a passenger who had been rescued from the vessel told YTN news television.

A rescue operation is underway off the coast of South Korea. Credit: APTN

One person has been found dead in the ferry wreckage, according to a coast guard official.

The ferry is almost all below the surface of the water off the coast of South Korea. Credit: APTN

The president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, earlier ordered all available vessels and special operations divers to the rescue operation.

100s of students and teachers have been rescued from the ferry, according to reports. Credit: APTN

'One fifth' tried to charm staff for school place

A little over a fifth (22%) of parents have tried to be friendly to education staff while visiting a prospective primary school in a bid to secure a place for their child, a survey has found.

A poll conducted by parenting website Netmums revealed:

  • More than a fifth (21.2%) had bought a house closer to their favoured school, while a further 17% had rented somewhere nearby.
  • Around one in six (16.2%) of mothers and fathers had started thinking about primary schools when their child was still under one.
  • A further 9.3% considering it when they were expecting.
  • Some 6.9% thinking about the issue before they fell pregnant.
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