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Duke and Duchess visit Royal Easter Show in Sydney

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today visited the Royal Easter Show at Sydney Olympic Park.

The royal couple observed sheep shearing and learnt more about rural produce during the short visit.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today visited the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. Credit: Instagram/Clarence House
The couple are on day 12 of their tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: Instagram/Clarence House


Third officer at helm when South Korea ferry capsized

The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference, Reuters reports.

The death toll has risen to 25 following the sinking of the South Korean ferry. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The investigator added that the captain may not even have been on the bridge at the time.

"He may have been off the bridge ... and the person at the helm at the time was the third officer," the investigator said.

Read more: Captain of sunken South Korea ship: 'I am really sorry'

Adults need to stop thinking of bullying as 'inevitable'

Adults in charge need to "move away" from the belief bullying is "an inevitable part of growing up" because the long-term repercussions are so severe, according to the authors of a report into the psychological affects of school yard abuse.

Senior author Professor Louise Arseneault, also from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, said:

We need to move away from any perception that bullying is just an inevitable part of growing up.

Teachers, parents and policy-makers should be aware that what happens in the school playground can have long-term repercussions for children.

Programmes to stop bullying are extremely important, but we also need to focus our efforts on early intervention to prevent potential problems persisting into adolescence and adulthood.

– Louise Arseneault

Read: Victims of school bullying still had scars 'after 40 years'

Death toll rises to 25 after South Korea ferry sinking

The death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry has risen to 25.

Of 475 passengers and crew on the Sewol ferry, which capsized in calm seas on Wednesday, 179 people are listed as safe and 271 are still missing.

A relative of a passenger onboard the capsized South Korean ferry stands at a port where family members gathered to wait for news. Credit: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korean authorities were due to restart rescue efforts this morning, which will include the deployment of an unmanned submarine to inspect the vessel.

Divers - hampered by strong tides and murky waters - have so far been unable to gain access inside the ferry.


Victims of school bullying still had scars 'after 40 years'

Some children who are bullied at school still feel the effects nearly 40 years after the initial abuse, a study has found.

Read: Surge in online and racist bullying, Childline says

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The scars of childhood bullying leave lingering scars, the report warned. Photo posed by a model. Credit: PA

Read: Deepcut soldier's family allowed to seek new inquest

People who suffered bullying as seven and 11-year-olds were disadvantaged physically, psychologically and mentally at age 50, researchers at Kings College London found.

Adults who were victims of childhood bullying are at greater risk of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

They also had greater difficulty maintaining relationship and had poor academic results.

They also earned less, were more likely to be unemployed, and were in poorer health than those who escaped bullying.

Read: Bullying damages pupil's academic ability, report claims

Teachers 'pay price for employers flouting the law'

NASUWT's general secretary Chris Keates says most cases of teachers being paid compensation could be avoided if employers followed good employment practices.

The tragedy is that in most cases compensation would be unnecessary if employers followed good employment practices and followed health and safety procedures.

Instead teachers have their careers, lives and health blighted and millions of pounds of public money has to be spent.

Employers flout the law, but it's the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.

– NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates

Speaker: Party leaders must do more about rowdy MPs

Party leaders are not doing enough to get rowdy MPs under control at PMQs, the Speaker of the House of Commons told Radio 4's PM programme.

In a wide-ranging interview covering MPs expenses and sexual harassment in Parliament, John Bercow criticised all party leaders for not delivering a "specific commitment" on their members behaviour.

I have heard back from the party leaders.

There is a general sense, 'Yes Mr Speaker you make a good point and of course we must behave well and try to impress the public and give serious consideration to what people think', but there's not yet much by way of a specific commitment."

I know there are people in the Westminster beltway, including in the press gallery, who think, 'Well, what's the Speaker moaning about? Why is he so neurotic? This is the way people like it'.

To which my answer is no, that's the way you like it.

– John Bercow

Read: MPs put off PMQs by bad behaviour, warns Bercow

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