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Women Still Second In The Workforce!
New research has proved that women lecturers and professors are still being discriminated against in the workplace.  The report was produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and findings have shown that nationally women make up 12 per cent of professors and 24 per cent of senior lecturers and researcher positions.

The results were particularly striking considering women make up more than half of undergraduate students yet hold less than a quarter of senior academic posts.

Another recent investigation into the problem has revealed how male networking and female reluctance for self-promotion within institutions of higher education has increased the gender divide.  Barbara Bagilhole, reader in equal opportunities and social policy at Loughborough University and researcher Jackie Goode carried out the study.  And concluded that it could explain why women get paid at least 15 per cent less than men doing the same job. A recent report from the lecturers' union NATFE suggested that it would cost an extra 130 million pounds to bridge the pay divide.

Identity checks on the cards

Preparations have begun to introduce a national identity card to Britain.

The Home Office have commissioned the Passport Agency to research ways of producing an identity card that would carry finger prints as well as aphotograph.

It is believed that talks about implementing such a measure have been taking place since 1999.  A Home Office spokesperson was very keen to stress that the scheme would not be put into practice in the near future, saying "at the moment it is very early days and no decision has been taken"

Security tightened as Concorde returns.

Following a £50 million refit, the world's most famous passenger aircraft is set to return.  After an absence of nearly fourteen months, Concorde is due to resume commercial flights later this month.

The plane had been grounded following the crash last year in Paris in which 113 people perished.  The fuel tanks have now been armour plated and the tyres have been reinforced, in order to prevent a repeat of last year's tragedy in which a burst tyre pierced the fuel tanks.  However, the biggest
change can be found in the interior.

Out go the drab grey finishes, heavy food, cramped seats and old fashioned bathrooms.  To be replaced by inky blue cradle seats, bright lights that ripple through the cabin when the jet breaks the sound barrier, light modern cuisine, cashmere covered pillows and "spa-like" bathrooms.

BA worked on the makeover with design guru Sir Terence Conran and London-based firm Factory Design.  Concorde however were not alone in getting a facelift this week.  Both the BA and Virgin fleets are to be modified in the wake of the terrorist attacks of last month.

The cockpits on the BA and Virgin flights will now be sealed from the rest of the plane by two sets of secure doors.  Pilots will be protected from would-be hijackers by bullet, heat and shock proof doors.

Virgin Atlantic will be the first British carrier to implement the modifications on the newly renamed "Spirit of New York" which was used to carry British recovery teams to New York.

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