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<b>Tuesday 12 January:</b> Free laptops, moving cobbles and redundancies at Urbis

Published on January 12th 2010.

THOUSANDS OF MANCHESTER FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE FREE LAPTOPS and broadband as part of a Government scheme designed to bridge the gap between rich and poor pupils. Families claiming free school meals for children aged seven to 14 can apply for a ‘Home Access’ grant, which will provide them with a preloaded debit card to make the purchase from an approved supplier. PM, Gordon Brown, said, “We want every family to become a broadband family and we want every home linked to a school.”

THE COBBLES OF WEATHERFIELD MAY BE MOVED to MediaCity after ITV confirmed it was in talks with the owners, Peel Media, about the plan. Initial talks between the two parties broke down in March 2009 after Peel Media had "dramatically scaled back its financial commitment". An ITV spokesman said, “Talks have resumed again into the future site of Coronation Street.”

OVER HALF OF URBIS STAFF FACE JOB CUTS as the museum becomes the new home of the National Football Museum. The exhibition space will shut at the end of February, with 66 posts to go, about half the workforce, a report to Manchester City councillors says. A total of 73 posts are under threat and 66 will be made redundant.

THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WITH ‘NUT ALLERGIES’ could be given the all-clear thanks to research at Wythenshawe Hospital. The study found that only one in 50 children actually have an allergic reaction to peanuts. Presently, one in ten are told to avoid eating food that may contain nuts.

The Rev Sydney Smith (1771-1845) wisdom week: Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

RobJanuary 12th 2010.

Yeah! Stupid government trying to help people out! Screw you! Down with this sort of thing! Careful now!Seriously, is there anything anyone can do without people moaning about it?

AnonymousJanuary 12th 2010.

Hey Chick, if you know of a "big book" more resourceful than the Internet, please do share it's title with us. If not, please do not mindlessly moan about educating the possible movers and shakers of this country; obviously, that's assuming you think the poorer kids can be just that. It's a great scheme that, admittedly, won't remedy the yawning gap between the haves and have nots, but it's a step in the right direction.

ChickJanuary 12th 2010.

Brilliant! Now MCC are going to use my taxes to keep little oiks tweeting and poking all day long. Given that school-leavers use on average, a vocabulary of only 800 words, a bloody big book would be more suitable. I give up

scoteeeJanuary 12th 2010.

I like the idea of a laptop for all families,i wonder if the broadband service providers have stepped in with a preferentoally priced communications package.Laptops are not the major expense; it's the internet and landline rentals which could sting these families.

DescartesJanuary 12th 2010.

They're just nicking the OLPC (one laptop per child) idea from the subcontinent, and should be applauded for it. Digital literacy is incredibly important these days, and doesn't just affect school, everybody needs to have a good understanding of computers and the internet at large or they've got no chance of a good job as an adult.

AnonymousJanuary 12th 2010.

Until a laptop or child's computer is more concern than the latest plasma HD Blueray thingamajig, the 'have nots' will not be too bothered. Poor parenting does not equate to bad parenting and the state should not be stepping in to this level. We simply cannot afford it.

AnonymousJanuary 12th 2010.

Manchester does not mean the City of Manchester in this story. Manchester City Council is not paying for the Laptops but no doubt schools will as they do already seek to use the facility for education. But you really need 100% enrolled.. so middle class parents watch out.Does chick live in the City?

Mylene Klass' Kitchen KnifeJanuary 12th 2010.

Hey Chick, if you know of a "big book" more resourceful than the Internet, please do share it's title with us...........BRILLIANT.

The Whalley RangerJanuary 12th 2010.

Descartes is right, let everyone find out for themselves that 'tweeting' is pointless. Computer literacy is essential nowadays.

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