Archive for: May 2016

Mediterranean Singkings in the Atlantic Kills 700 Migrants

said that it estimates about 700 migrants killed during the three consecutive sinkings of three sea vessels from different conflicted areas. The incident was the deadliest since April 2015.

According to rescue teams said the incident was “pretty gruesome.”

Giorgia Linardi, a rescue team member from the German NGO Sea Watch who arrived on Friday, many dead bodies had already been floating in the sea. Some of them were still breathing but not reacting.

The rescue teams could not ascertain the faith of the migrants because crew from Italian warships had taken the migrants off their hands as they continue to find more survivors.

Giorgia said they found couples hugging each other until death, a little child of few months dead in the sea. She said most of the dead were young people.

Giorgia said they also used a net to extract people and belongings from the water. She said hands, heads and feet kept coming out of the net.

“They were watching a shipwreck at the same time as having themselves been rescued an hour before,” said Linardi. “There were dolphins jumping in the waves, as well as bodies in the water. It was a very weird situation.”

Prominent Names in the UK Back Staying in EU

About 300 actors, musicians, writers and artists have backed the call of the UK government to stay in the European Union.

The artists said remaining in the EU allows the UK to flourish with vital EU funding that allows them to work across borders in different projects from galleries to blockbusters.

The letter was organised by Britain Stronger in Europe Campaign. It said:

“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”

It adds: “Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector.”

“We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage. Let’s not become an outsider shouting from the wings.”

According to Conservative Peer and Author Lord Dobbs

“Our creative industries are booming because of the talent that is in Britain’s DNA.

“We are world leaders in so many creative areas. From theatre to literature, video games, feature films, fashion, music and so much else, British artists lead the way and are celebrated around the globe.

“It’s a success that has been created by the dedication, hard work and extraordinary creative abilities of our artists, it’s not because of the EU.”

Among others backing the letter are actors Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sir John Hurt, Sir Patrick Stewart and Thandie Newton, architect Richard Rogers, artist Tracey Emin, author John le Carre, comedian Jo Brand, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, director Richard Curtis and writer Philip Pullman.

UK Arts Education “Sidelined”

According to the Government’s ‘Culture White Paper’ study, arts should be an essential part of every UK child’s education. However, analysts see that the UK’s ‘enviable’ arts education is being sidelined by its own educational system.

According to the UK Government’s curriculum, there should be a balance between literacy, numeracy and creativity for every UK citizen.

Figures resulting from the CWP study show that creative arts subjects have increased number of GCSE entries in the last five years. Meanwhile, Drama, Music, Design and Technology, Expressive and Performing arts are down by 30 per cent in the number of students.

According to the Cultural Learning Alliance, the decline, including a 10 per cent decrease in students taking English literature, a cornerstone towards appreciating great literature and national identity, can be reversed if the Office for Standards in Education or Ofsted could give good provisions for cultural education.

UK schools, both public and private, have focused their curriculum around EBacc. These include business and mathematical subjects, but except arts and expression subjects. This is a clear indicator that the arts is increasingly shunned throughout the UK’s educational system.

According to analysts, the arts are critical to maintaining a balanced intellect, to developing the ability to think creatively in future roles, to encourage risk taking.