BREAKING: University claims information on in-person teaching delayed until after Easter holidays

first_imgThe University of Oxford has updated its guidance to suggest that information on in-person teaching will be delayed until after the Easter holidays at the earliest. The new guidance states: “Please remember that if you are on a non-practical or practice-based course, the Government will not issue guidance on your return for in-person teaching until after the Easter holidays.”“We realise it will be disappointing for you not to get more clarity at this stage. However, we are committed to reviewing these arrangements as soon as possible after we get more guidance from the Government, and we remain hopeful that a wider student return will be possible in Trinity term.”Ministers had previously promised to provide an update regarding a return to universities for all students by the end of the Easter holidays and with at least a week’s notice. Currently, only students on practical and priority courses have been allowed to return for in-person tuition, while previous exemptions which allowed for the return of individual students have remained in place.This comes after correspondence from Stephen Toope, the Cambridge Vice-Chancellor suggested that “It now appears unlikely that guidance concerning in-person teaching at universities will change before Monday 17 May, at the earliest.” In light of this, the University of Cambridge’s policy on returning students remains unchanged. He went on to say that “While we continue to believe that for many students studying at Cambridge will be the best and preferred option, we recognise that others (for example, international students and those with increased susceptibility to infectious diseases) may wish to remain elsewhere. We will continue to support them and ensure they can complete their studies remotely if they so choose.” The University of Oxford’s guidance also included information on the new symptom-free testing centres. Three will be opening in Oxford from the 12th of April, and the University is encouraging students and staff to get tested twice a week. Tests are also available through the government, but the University is encouraging students to “use the assisted testing centres wherever possible.”The Financial Times claimed that “Universities must remain closed to most students until at least mid-May,” and that easing of restrictions will not be possible until May 17th at the earliest. It suggests that the decision may have been made to reduce a spike in infections due to students moving across the country. However, it also reports that a survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics estimated that around three-quarters of students are already living back at their term-time address.last_img read more

Kingsmill continues drive to cut carbon emissions

first_imgKingsmill is to continuing in its bid to reduce carbon emissions with the introduction of new eco-friendly delivery trucks to its fleet.The brand has introduced 23 ‘Tear Drop’ and two EcoStream delivery trucks. The curve of the Tear Drop trucks’ shape resembles that of an actual teardrop, significantly reducing fuel consumption by achieving optimum aerodynamic efficiency.The EcoStream trucks have lightweight bodies and improved aerodynamics to further aid the drive by Kingsmill to reduce carbon emissions.“As a socially responsible company, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and specifically looking for new ways to minimise our carbon footprint,” commented Allied Bakeries CEO Mark Fairweather.“We have identified deliveries as an area we can improve on and the new eco-friendly delivery trucks will help us to continue our journey to reduce our carbon emissions.” Kingsmill became the first bread manufacturer to use the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in 2009. It is displayed on three best-selling sub-brands, Kingsmill’s Great Everyday White, Kingsmill Tasty Wholemeal and Kingsmill 50/50.>>Kingsmill achieves first with Carbon Trust labellast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Council have teamed up with Donegal GAA star Ryan McHugh to launch a new road safety initiative highlighting the dangers of mobile phone use while driving.Ryan McHughRyan is the new Donegal GAA Ambassador for Road Safety and will be teaming up for a new poster campaign with Youth Councillors from all across the county, which will be launched in schools and other locations.Donegal Youth Council are members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and have been involved in a number of road safety initiatives this year, and are set to launch their 3rd road safety advertisement targeting drink driving. GAA STAR TO LAUNCH SAFETY MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth CouncilRad Safety MessageRyan McHughlast_img read more

Does Cancer Illustrate Fitness?

first_imgMost people think of health and vitality when they hear the word “fitness.”  Why, then, does an article on Science Daily apply the word to one of the biggest scourges of mankind?  “Scientists from The Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton and the University of California discovered that the underlying process in tumor formation is the same as for life itself—evolution.”  The article even applies Spencer’s notorious phrase to the evolution of cancer: “Survival Of The Fittest: Even Cancer Cells Follow The Laws Of Evolution.”After analyzing a half million gene mutations, the researchers found that although different gene mutations control different cancer pathways, each pathway was controlled by only one set of gene mutations.     This suggests that a molecular “survival of the fittest” scenario plays out in every living creature as gene mutations strive for ultimate survival through cancerous tumors.    Gerald Weismann, Editor-in-Chief of the The FASEB Journal, wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week with his comment on the paper: “Little could Darwin have known that his ‘Origin of the Species’ would one day explain the ‘Origin of the Tumor.’”Good grief, cancer is not fitness.  Evolutionists (at least those who think consistently) have to believe that everything destructive is just as worthy of our respect and admiration as everything good and beautiful, because it is just another manifestation of the mindless, senseless, directionless, purposeless “laws of evolution” (which are not laws at all in the classical scientific sense: where are the equations?)    So while millions of their fellow humans are suffering from cancer, looking to science for treatments and cures, there are a few researchers who call themselves fellows of the “institute of advanced studies” who have nothing better to do than tell jokes about On the Origin of Tumors by Natural Selection, and the Preservation of Favored Mistakes in the Struggle for Death.  Get a life.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What’s Really Behind China’s Attacks On Apple And Android?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces American technology is winning the smartphone wars. Apple’s iPhone captures the lion’s share of the industry’s profits and Google’s Android operating system easily dominates smartphone market share. Is this a cause for concern in China – which has grown accustomed to dominating tech manufacturing?Clearly, something is bothering the Chinese establishment. Two weeks ago, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) sounded an alarm about Android’s dominance:While the Android system is open source, the core technology and technology roadmap is strictly controlled by Google.According to the Ministry’s statement, China’s “mobile operating system research and development is too dependent on Android.” While Android is the world’s dominant smartphone platform, with an estimated 70% market share, Android commands an estimated 90% of the Chinese smartphone market.This is a big deal. There are more than one billion smartphones in use around the world – and billions more are expected to be activated over the next several years. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, but nearly every new smartphone made is based on technology developed and controlled by North American companies. The top smartphone operating systems in the world are American, with Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone leading by a wide margin. Android commands 48% of the market and iPhone has 19%. Blackberry owns 8% of the market and Microsoft’s Windows Phone has 2%. (Legacy devices running on the outmoded Symbian OS still control 15% of the current market.) Just as important, services, applications, businesses and innovation gravitate to the winning platforms. (See also America’s Mobile Comeback.)Android And iPhone RisingEarlier this month, I suggested that a de factothreat to Android could certainly benefit China’s ‘homegrown’ platforms, such as Alibaba’s Aliyun operating system, for example. I also said that such a move might benefit Apple’s iPhone and other competing platforms. But that may no longer be a valid assumption.Late last week, China’s official media, China Central Television  (CCTV), went after Apple. According to The Wall Street Journal:China Central Television accused Apple of skirting warranty periods and adopting customer-service policies for Chinese customers that differ from its practices in other countries.During the two-hour broadcast, watched by millions, the network accused Apple of not fully meeting product warranty requirements and of engaging in customer-service practices that differ from Apple’s standard practices in other countries. For example, Chinese customers, the broadcast said, are more likely to receive a refurbished product instead of a new device when their original fails.  “This is too unfair to Chinese consumers,” one customer said in the report.While the iPhone has only a small share of the Chinese smartphone market, Apple has been moving aggressively into the country. In the last fiscal quarter alone, Apple generated $6.83 billion in revenues from the Chinese market (including Hong Kong and Taiwan). China is currently Apple’s second largest market by revenue, though CEO Tim Cook has predicted that China will become Apple’s number one market soon.  Cook was in China earlier this year, where he met with several government officials and the chairman of China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier.Any actions undertaken by the Chinese government that limit or otherwise diminish the prospects of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android platform would likely be felt immediately. As The Wall Street Journal stated in its CCTV report:China’s consumers flooded social-media sites after the CCTV report. Zheng Yuanjie, a famous Beijing-based children’s author, wrote on the Sina Weibo microblogging service, “By paying the same or even a higher price for Apple products, Chinese consumers have received even lower standards of after-sales service than those in developed countries. I hope the part Apple is missing [in its products] is not its conscience.” The comment received nearly 8,000 comments and was forwarded nearly 10,000 times by late Friday night. Smoke But No FireNot everyone is convinced. Steven Millward, who covers the mobile market in Asia out of Shanghai, said the moves by China’s state-run broadcaster and Ministry may not be coordinated:Coming just two weeks after China’s MIIT warned of the country being too dependent on Google-controlled Android, the CCTV attack on Apple might seem to be a co-ordinated attack on the two leading smartphone platforms in the country, iOS and Android, but i’m not convinced. There could be other factors for CCTV’s attack on Apple: it was, after all, World Consumer Rights Day, and major foreign companies are often (though not exclusively) the ones at whom the brickbats are thrown.Apple, Millward notes, is also a “prestigious target” for a television broadcaster to go after. Indeed, as The Wall Street Journal reported, the CCTV report was “hyperbolic” if not necessarily effective. Similarly, while there may be some legitimate cause for concern over Android’s near-monopoly in the China smartphone market, Millward notes that “Chinese authorities must realize that their leading Web companies – from Baidu to Tencent, Sina to startups – badly need iOS and Android as the basis of their entire mobile strategy.” China’s Sputnik Moment?Even if the broadsides launched against Apple and Google are indeed coincidental, they could still be signs of China’s own ‘Sputnik moment‘ over American domination of smartphone technology, For non-history-buffs, back in 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the world’s first successful artificial satellite. Reaction in the United States was dramatic, with warnings that American technological leadership was being squandered and hysterical fears of a deadly “missile gap.” The Sputnik issue became a central to the 1960 U.S. presidential election. Soon after his election, John F. Kennedy Jr. committed the United States to sending a man to the moon.It’s probably hyperbole to claim that the rise of Android and iPhone will inspire new efforts by the Chinese in the smartphone sphere. But it’s equally clear that China has noticed that there’s a key technology category where it doesn’t lead the way. And no one should be surprised if they decide to do something about it in a big way. Nobody’s TalkingApple did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Google responded with the following statement:Android is an open source mobile platform freely available to everyone. It is available in its entirety at, allowing device manufacturers to customize and offer new user experiences, driving innovation and consumer choice.Image of Chinese flag courtesy of Wikipedia. Graphic image by Nick Statt. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#Android#Apple#China#Google#iPhone brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

10 months ago​Inter Milan target Man Utd veteran Valencia

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first_img​Inter Milan target Man Utd veteran Valenciaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are being linked to Antonio Valencia.The Manchester United captain is out of contract in the summer.Sky in Italy claim that Inter want to sign the 33-year-old right back on a free transfer.Valencia has been at United for nearly a decade, starring at both right wing and right back in his time at the club.But he has struggled for both form and fitness this season, falling behind Ashley Young in the pecking order.Valencia has only started 5 Premier League games this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoEx-Real Betis star Denilson admits concerns for Barcelona whiz Ansu Fati

first_imgEx-Real Betis star Denilson admits concerns for Barcelona whiz Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Betis star Denilson admits he has concerns for Barcelona whiz Ansu Fati.At 16, Fati’s Barca breakthrough has been the big LaLiga story this season.But Denilson told AS: “I’m afraid they’ll spoil him too much and forget that he’s still a boy. “Going fast is never good, do not burn the steps. He is a good player, but after his great debut, the hard times will come. And then, we will see how this situation will be managed and how he and his entourage will behave. It’s not easy at his age. “Sincerely, we must be careful.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Novak Djokovic Is Falling Behind In His Quest To Break Roger Federers

After an extraordinary run, Djokovic has been merely ordinary, by his high standards. Over a seven-year stretch from Wimbledon in 2009 through the French Open last year, he played all 28 majors and reached 28 quarterfinals, 24 semis and 18 finals, winning 11. In a sport increasingly dominated by veterans, Djokovic was getting better as he aged, netting seven finals and six titles from his last eight majors of the stretch. Since then, though, he has a second-round loss, a final loss and a third-round loss. That kind of run used to be respectable even for the world’s best players: Sampras had a worse three-major stretch when he was No. 1 in 1997-98. But more recently Djokovic, Federer and Nadal set a much higher standard of consistency. Now that all three are struggling, Andy Murray has capitalized, winning 29 of his last 30 matches to take a commanding lead in the rankings over No. 2 Djokovic.Djokovic is far from finished. Some of his struggles could be chalked up to bad luck: All three of his recent Grand Slam losses were close, and came after a stretch in which he’d won all his close calls. He’s healthy and sounded motivated in Melbourne after having discussed his quest to find emotional fulfillment on the court last fall. Even during his slump, he has won six of nine matches against fellow top 10 players, including a defeat of Murray two weeks ago. He was favored by experts and Elo ratings to win the Australian Open, and barring injury he’ll be one of the favorites at each of the year’s remaining three majors.But time is not on his side. With each upset loss, Djokovic becomes a little less likely to catch up to his rivals for the sport’s most distinguished record. Share on Facebook Seven months ago, it was hard to imagine Novak Djokovic losing a Grand Slam match: He’d won his last 28, and 53 of his last 55. And 24 hours ago, it was hard to imagine him losing an Australian Open match: He’d won his last 15, and 40 of his last 41. But on Thursday in Melbourne, Djokovic crashed out in the second round to Denis Istomin, 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Djokovic will be 30 by the time the next major starts (the French Open begins May 28), and he’ll still be stuck on 12 career major titles. His pursuit of Roger Federer’s record 17 titles has stalled out around the same age that slowed Federer and the other two guys Djokovic is chasing: Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras. read more

Football Former NFL defensive coordinator Bill Davis announced as linebackers coach

Bill Davis coached three years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be a defensive assistant starting in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of the Philadelphia EaglesOhio State announced long-time NFL assistant Bill Davis as its linebackers coach. Davis was announced as a defensive assistant on Dec. 21 following the announcement of Luke Fickell being hired as head coach of the University of Cincinnati football team.Davis previously coached for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers as defensive coordinator. He spent the 2016 season as a defensive analyst with the Buckeyes.In addition to his five seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator, Davis, 51, has coached linebackers for eight of his 24 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Arizona and the Cleveland Browns.He was a member of the 2008 Cardinals staff that lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.Davis grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Cincinnati from 1985-88. He played with OSU coach Urban Meyer at Cincinnati and was even his best man in Meyer’s wedding.Editor’s Note 1/10: This article has been updated with Ohio State’s announcement of Bill Davis as linebackers coach. read more

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