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Mariah Carey engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer

Mariah Carey engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mariah Carey’s new “Vision of Love” is Australian billionaire James Packer.The singer’s representative said Friday that Carey and Packer got engaged in New York City on Thursday.The marriage will be Carey’s third. She was previously married to actor-comedian Nick Cannon and record executive Tommy Mottola.Forbes says 48-year-old Packer’s net worth is $3.5 billion. He was ranked fourth on the publication’s 2015 list of Australia’s richest people.Packer has three kids. The 45-year-old Carey gave birth to twins in 2011.Carey’s hits include “Vision of Love,” ”We Belong Together” and “Hero.”Packer is the son of late Australian media baron Kerry Packer and is one of that country’s leading casino executives. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 9:24 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2015 file photo, singer Mariah Carey, left, and Australian businessman James Packer attend the opening ceremony for the Studio City project in Macau. The singer’s representative said Friday that Carey and Packer got engaged in New York City on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) read more

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Ofsted grades are misleading parents and are wrong in up to half

Ofsted grades are misleading parents and are wrong in up to half of cases, a former Government adviser has said.The lack of consistency is so severe that grades should be scrapped altogether, according to new report by Tom Richmond who is now director of EDSK, a think-tank specialising in education and skills.  He cited research which demonstrates that thousands of schools could have been given the wrong rating over the years.Two international studies from 2012 and 2013 showed that different inspectors can reach different judgments about the same school in as many as 50 per cent of cases.Ofsted currently uses a four-point grading scale: outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate. Rather than trying to judge the overall performance of the school, Ofsted should concentrate of inspecting pupil behaviour, the quality of a school’s curriculum, careers advice and extra-curricular activities, the report said.Mr Richmond, who was an adviser to former Education Secretaries Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan, said: “We know that many parents use Ofsted grades when choosing a school for their child.”But these same parents have never been told these grades could be very misleading in terms of how well a school is performing.”Instead, we should focus on giving parents simple, accessible information to help them decide if a school is right for their child rather than Ofsted trying to come up with all the answers themselves.”Ofsted has published its proposals for a new inspection framework, which will come into force this September.Under the new framework, schools will be marked down if pupils misbehave and are discourteous to each other. In the new framework, the “personal development” category will examine what schools do to build young people’s resilience and confidence. This could include running a debating society, sports teams, drama clubs of cadet forces. Inspections in England will no longer focus on exam results and grades, and instead will concentrate on whether pupils are being taught a broad curriculum, the framework says. An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We are open to serious debate about how we inspect, as shown through our recent consultation on a new inspection approach. We will be publishing the outcome soon.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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