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England, 2014

England’s early exit from the football championships in Brazil is likely to cut the World Cup effect on the UK economy by more than half compared with the £1.3 billion boost the country might have enjoyed had its team made it through the first round, according to the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). VoR's John Kohut reports. 

As England ponders its 1-2 defeat to Italy in the World Cup, in Brazil there's been disquiet and protests at the cost of hosting the tournament - over $11 billion. The Winter Olympics in Sochi this year was even more expensive - $50 billion. VoR's Brendan Cole spoke to Professor Wolfgang Maennig of the Department of Economics at Hamburg University.

The extent of bad behaviour in English schools is "seriously underestimated", according to research published today in the journal, the Review of Education. Figures from the Department of Education show that students in 99.7% of English schools behave in a satisfactory manner or better. But Professor Terry Haydn of the University of East Anglia told VoR's Tim Ecott that figure is misleading.

Pubs and bars in Britain will be allowed to stay open late during England's World Cup football matches this year, it was announced today, reversing an earlier government decision. Today's statement said bars could stay open as late as 0100 local time if England had a late kick-off - two hours later than most pubs close up for the night.

 

Almost 200, 000 new homes have now been earmarked to be built on green-belt land, according to a new report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). It says the number of houses planned to be built on these protected areas has risen by 150 percent over the past 18 months. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Shaun Spiers from the CPRE.

In a gripping afternoon that saw England - desperate to gain a huge points difference to counter Ireland's table advantage - thrash Italy 11-52 at the Stadio Olimpico, France took on Ireland in a match that would prove a tribute to veteran Brian O'Driscoll, the most-capped player in rugby union history. France lost 20-22 to Ireland.

Doubt has been thrown over the 'evidence' collected by 20 English councils, using lie-detectors to prevent benefit fraud. Local authorities have been exposed as using voice-technology to prove people are lying over benefit claims, but a prominent language expert in Sweden says such analysis is pseudo-science and a waste of money. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Professor Francisco Lacerda, from the University of Stockholm.

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