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Your views: Should kids be allowed on holiday in term time?

We asked our Facebook readers for their thoughts on council leaders' call to allow parents to take their children on holiday during term time.

A holiday is a luxury and education is important but the sanctions placed on parents are ridiculous. The current system needs to be reviewed as a certain amount of flexibility for parents would not go amiss!

– Kelly Semmens

Either that or make holidays more affordable during school holidays.then there would be no need to take kids out of school.

– Mark Roberts

Without a doubt! Another money making scheme, they are depriving some children a chance to go abroad, which is an education in itself!

– Barbara French

The main problem here is the holiday companies that charge a fortune during school hols - the government has played straight into their hands by fining families taking their kids out of school!

– Janet Hull

If you change the school holidays the companies would still charge more during those weeks so the problem of affordability is not solved. They will only equalise prices if they know there's a chance of increased bookings and this will only happen if parents can take their kids out of school time.

– Diane Barton

I have two children who I am taking out of school for two weeks. They have never been on holiday and we have worked hard to be able to give it to them. Both my children had 100% attendance last year and they are high achievers. I asked for some work as the topic will change while they are away and was told it is school policy not to give children work.

– Danielle Gouge

It should be down to parents and decent parents Iike myself would never take their child away at important times or exam times.

– Amy Darg

Man charged with preparation of terrorism acts

A 26-year-old man from Portsmouth has been charged with the preparation of terrorism acts.

The 26-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today. Credit: PA Wire

Tuhin Shanesha, from Hudson Road, Southsea, was charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today.

He was one of four people arrested on suspicion of terror offences across Hampshire and London on October 14.

A 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman remain in police custody, while a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich was released without charge.


Sweden ends search for 'suspected foreign submarine'

Swedish marines seen earlier this week near Stockholm in a search for possible underwater activity. Credit: TT News Agency/PA

The Swedish military says it has called of its search for a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after a week-long hunt.

"This means the bulk of ships and amphibious forces have returned to port," the armed forces said in a statement, adding that some smaller forces would remain in the area.

In what was the country's biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War, more than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters scoured waters after reports of foreign "underwater activity" - suspected to be a Russian sub.

Sir Cliff lawyers: BBC 'caused very serious harm'

A letter from lawyers acting for Cliff Richard sent to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committe said:

Leaving aside the actions of the police, the actions of the BBC have also caused very serious harm to our client at a time when he had not been interviewed by the police, or of course arrested or charged.

Against this backdrop, we believe that it would be inappropriate to hold that the BBC has "behaved perfectly properly", as suggested at the hearing of 2 September.

As stated in our letter of 1 September 2014 we do not feel it appropriate to say more whilst there is a live investigation ongoing, but felt that it would be wrong not to place on record at this stage our concern regarding the BBC, whose coverage has led to immeasurable harm to our client and was both premature and disproportionate.

– Lawyers for Sir Cliff Richard

Cloudy over England and Wales with some bands of rain

It will be cloudy over most of England and Wales today. Credit: ITV Weather

Skies will be mainly cloudy over the bulk of England and Wales with some bands of rain, which will be locally heavy at times.

The rain will be clearing slowly and rather erratically southeast from all parts by this evening.

Clearer and brighter skies will be following on, but in the far northwest plenty of showers are likely, some heavy with hail and thunder.

It will be a breezy day generally but very windy in the northwest. Top temperature 17 Celsius (63F).

Firms expect pay to only rise 2% over the next year

Most workers are unlikely to get a wage rise that matches inflation in 2015, according to new analysis.

A survey of 280 companies found that firms expect wages to rise only 2% over the next year, with one in 14 firms likely to freeze wages.

Firms do not expect wages to rise in line with inflation next year. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

But pay analysts XpertHR said some companies said they would give a pay rise to workers they thought were likely to look for a new job or those who taken on extra duties.


Headteacher: 'Best for children to be in school'

It is "best for children" to be in school during term time and not flout the ban on holidays when they should be in class, a primary school head teacher told Good Morning Britain.

Susan Papas sympathised with parents the difference in cost between peak and off-peak holidays had become "so extreme", but if they wanted the best for their child, they would leave them in school.

Tributes left as blockade on Ottawa memorial is lifted

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where Cpl Nathan Cirillo was gunned down. Credit: ITV News/Matt Williams

The blockade on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa has been lifted, allowing mourners and well-wishers to leave floral tributes to Cpl Nathan Cirillo.

Floral tributes were left to Cpl Cirillo. Credit: ITV News/Matt Williams

Cpl Cirillo was shot dead by gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Wednesday.

Zehaf-Bibeau was himself then shot and killed by Canada's Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers.

Wreaths and flowers at the war memorial. Credit: ITV News/Matt Williams

Two million Brits 'at risk of winter blues'

An estimated two million people are at risk of the winter blues after the clocks go back an hour this Sunday, Good Morning Britain's health expert has warned.

Dr Hilary Jones said 20% of Brits were at risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with women three times more likely to suffer winter blues or even depression over the coming months.

"Some people do need treatment and some hospitalisation as well," the GP said.

Symptoms of SAD include feeling down or less engaged in everyday activities, a loss of libido and overeating, amongst others.

January, February and March are the worst months for SAD sufferers, but some can start to feel down as early as September.

US President 'thoughts and prayers with Ebola patient'

US President Barack Obama Credit: PA Wire

President Barack Obama has spoken with the New York Governor and New York Mayor following news that a doctor has become the first patient in the city to test positive for Ebola.

The President said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the patient and asked to be kept up to date on the case, the White House said.

He also offered extra support to the city should it be needed "to provide the highest standard of patient care, maintain the strictest safety protocols for healthcare workers, and to identify and, as necessary, monitor any contacts of the patient potentially at risk of exposure."

The White House said the president noted the extensive preparations New York City and Bellevue Hospital, where the patient is being treated, had made to prepare for cases of the virus.

They also discussed the deployment of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who will be deploying further teams in the city.

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