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Netflix's space drama "Away" is the most popular TV show on the streamer for the second week in a row.
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Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has resigned as a UK special envoy over the government’s plans to break international law over Brexit. Clooney – who was appointed as the UK’s special envoy on media freedoms in 2019 – said she was “dismayed” by Boris Johnson’s plans regarding the Internal Markets Bill. In a letter to foreign secretary Dominic Raab, she said she was “disappointed” to have to resign, having “always been proud of the UK’s reputation as achampion of the international legal order, and of the culture of fair play for which it is known”. “However, very sadly, it has now become untenable for me, as Special Envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the UK declares that it does not intend to do so itself.” Amal Clooney has quit as a UK govt envoy pic.twitter.com/XgiEK0C7pW— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 18, 2020Her resignation follows plans by the government to introduce a law that would allow Johnson the power to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU. Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis admitted in the Commons earlier this month that the bill would break international law in a “specific and limited way”In her letter to Raab, Clooney condemned government plans to do so, saying it was “lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago”. The barrister said she had been convinced to resign having spoken to government officials and having received “no assurance that any change of position is imminent”. Clooney is not the first person to resign over the controversial Internal Markets Bill. Lord Keen of Elie QC, one of the PM’s most senior law officers, quit on Wednesday, saying in a letter to Johnson that he had found it “increasingly difficult to reconcile what I consider to be my obligations as a Law Officer with your policy intentions”.  Related... Law Officer Quits Over Johnson Plan To Break International Law
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This pilot fish sets up a point-of-sale system for a local restaurant that’s moving into a new location, but two days later, one of the owners calls and says the system isn’t working. They’re getting a message on one of the stations that it can’t connect to the server.Any problems with the server? asks fish.“I don’t think so, but it’s turned off right now.”Fish: I have a suggestion … To read this article in full, please click here
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There are few things more dependable than annual sports game releases. Even gamers who don’t play sports games know that Madden dominates August and NBA 2K casts a long shadow over September. I point this out because, like the Superbowl or the NBA Finals, the launch of these titles is a very big deal. Madden 21 just released to its largest launch-month sales ever and NBA 2K21 is on pace to do the same. Yet both of the latest games in their respective series have been critically panned, denounced by consumers, and vilified on social media. What gives? The gist… This story continues at The Next Web
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Telecom operator Airtel is likely to come up with low-end smartphones at an affordable price in India later this year.
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Last week, Microsoft officially confirmed the price of the Xbox Series S. Since this confirmation, there have been a lot of discussions about the Xbox ... The post Xbox Series X may support 4K/60FPS live streaming and recording appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Yesterday, MasterCard launched a central bank digital currency (CBDC) test platform. It enables the central bank to evaluate and explore corresponding digital currencies on this ... The post MasterCard Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Test Platform appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Epic Games revealed 116 million of its 350 million registered "Fortnite" users worldwide are on iOS.
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The Galaxy has more cameras than the iPhone, but Samsung isn't necessarily the clear winner.
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The Poco M2 smartphone will be presented in India on September 8th. Thanks to a new advertising poster, we now know that this device will ... The post Poco M2 will probably be a copy of the Redmi 9 smartphone appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Human-alien hybrids fill science fiction stories, and the most famous of these is Mr. Spock from Star Trek — the logical science officer of the starship Enterprise. Seeing such real-life beings born from alien and human parents in the future, however, remains unlikely — but not impossible. The time is approaching where our species will begin colonizing other planets and, perhaps, even finding intelligent life on distant worlds. Does this mean that it will be possible to live in a world in which humans and aliens live in harmony, fall in love, and have children, as we see in science… This story continues at The Next Web
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TABMAX wants to be for productivity AND family, TABMID is smaller China's TCL, in the process of reinventing itself from white-goods producer to consumer tech contender, has emitted its first two tablet computers – the TCL 10 TABMAX and TABMID.…
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The Pro model has faster charging and a better selfie camera, but the standard variant has a few advantages too.
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Alongside the much-awaited announcement of the Galaxy Fold 2 at the “Life Unstoppable” virtual event; Samsung announced a whole lot of new devices such as ... The post Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and Wireless Charging Trio Goes Official appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Kristen and Siya of "Hopscotch the Globe" make a living as full-time travel content creators and want to inspire others to live a nomadic life.
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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Huge, if true“This is a war against an invisible enemy, in which we are all on the same side”. In his first Covid update for MPs since the long summer break, Matt Hancock’s political gameplan was clear: seize the moral high ground and depict the hardest edged Labour attacks as mere carping during a national emergency.But health shadow Jonathan Ashworth’s list of critical questions - on continued Test and Trace failings, on Tory MPs having more say over local lockdowns than public health chiefs - underlined that Labour is very much Boris Johnson’s all-too visible enemy in many senses, and certainly not on the same side of key dividing lines. While Starmer’s party is trying to be a ‘constructive’ Opposition, it never forgets it is the Opposition.And although Hancock said “what people want to see is people working together, instead of divisive tactics”, and he largely had Tory backbench backing, there was an undercurrent of unease on his own side.Bernard Jenkin asked whether “political appointee” Dido Harding would be replaced as the head of PHE’s replacement by “a properly appointed public appointments-approved person”. Ex-public health minister Steve Brine had “concerns” about PHE’s expertise on obesity and inequality being lost. Jeremy Hunt pressed on the bruise of a lack of routine testing of NHS, social care staff and teachers.Hancock (who did suggest mass testing could be possible soon) faced more critical questions from his own side than Gavin Williamson did when he rose for his own statement minutes later. There was clearly a whips operation to circle the wagons round the education secretary, as evidenced by the regular heckling of his new opposite number Kate Green.Williamson was more punchy than Hancock, yet palpably less sure-footed. He jibed at Green that it was the government itself which had invited Ofqual in July to look at delaying next year’s exams, even suggesting that the postponement was “our position”. That will come as a surprise to Tory MPs who saw a period of confusion this weekend when Labour led the airwaves with its call for a delay, met by government scepticism then reluctant acceptance that a delay should be “looked at”.Williamson said Green showed “a refreshing change from her predecessor [Rebecca Long-Bailey]” in wanting children back in school, a line that must have pleased her boss Keir Starmer. Indeed Green often sounded more like Williamson’s senior as she admonished him for failing to provide her with sufficient advance notice of his statement.Like Keir Starmer, Green prefers the quietly forensic approach and it worked. The education secretary simply had no answer to her killer question - could he tell the House when he first knew of the potential problems with the exams algorithm? Given that he was warned internally upto a fortnight before the A level results emerged, yet still went ahead, this is the issue that could still see him toppled. Never forget the sheer anger and panic among Tory MPs when it looked like bright poor students would be robbed of their life chances by a computer model.But while we got an early assessment of Hancock and Williamson’s record on the first day of autumn term at SW1’s Hogwarts, it was the PM himself who displayed both his strongest and weakest subjects. His strong suit, still liked by many voters, is in putting a positive gloss on things. Recent U-turns were not reverses, he said, but more like a yacht “tacking” in response to a change in the wind while still not being blown off course overall.As he tortured the ship of state analogy to death, the question is how many Tory MPs are left seasick by the chopping and changing. Making a virtue of occasional U-turns is smart politics (David Cameron was pretty adept at it), making a habit of them is something else entirely. Boris Johnson’s breezy optimism also seemed to transmogrify into actually making things up, as he told the Cabinet that “people are going back to the office in huge numbers across our country”. It all sounded like Trump (“it’s gonna be yuge!”), as even No.10 admitted there were, er, no statistics to back up that claim.When Starmer addressed the PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] on Tuesday night for its own first day of term event, there were jokes about who could correctly guess the total number of government U-turns in the pandemic. Starmer told the Zoom call that the shadow team had had a “really strong summer”. The contrast was a “professional, credible and responsible Opposition – in the national interest, versus an utterly incompetent government that’s holding Britain back”, he said.Labour backbencher Tonia Antoniazzi told me the contrast with PLPs under Corbyn was tangible. “I used to avoid them [PLP meetings] like the plague,” she said but now the atmosphere was “buzzing”. Having taken the seat off the Tories in 2017 in a seat with a strong Brexit voting record, she said voters could live with her argument for a second referendum but “what they couldn’t live with was Jeremy”.The main worry on the PLP call was the state of the party in Scotland ahead of next year’s Holyrood elections (or “the Hollywood elections” as Angela Rayner accidentally called them, winning what one veteran MP described to me as “the John Prescott deputy leader prize for malapropisms”).As it happens, however, Rayner is growing into the invaluable Prescott role of firing up the party’s rank and file, its trade union allies (with a surge in members particularly among women in health and care sectors) and its traditional northern supporters.“They used to say about Prescott, nobody understood what he said but everybody understood what he meant - which is much better than the other way around,” a PLP member told me. Today, it was Rayner who pounced on the PM’s ‘office workers’ claim, saying they “don’t seem to be backed up by any actual figures”.The line at the PLP however that struck a chord with most Labour MPs came from Kevin Brennan (the party’s best PMQs heckler these days). “Congratulations to you Keir for getting us from the carousel at Katmandu airport to base camp at Everest, in good shape for the long climb ahead,” he said. The contrast with Corbyn was underscored but so too was the mountain that remained.Labour has finally drawn level in the opinion polls this weekend. Yet perhaps what should worry Tory MPs most is that Starmer and his troops know how long and huge their task really is.Quote Of The Day“We seem to have had a few heads roll who are civil servants and in charge in quangos but so far there has been no ministerial accountability.”Tory MP (and ex education minister) Tim Loughton on the exams fiascoTuesday Cheat SheetBoris Johnson claimed “huge numbers” of people had gone back to the office today. No.10 could not supply any evidence for the statement, and it emerged later that in greater London bus use rose by just 6% and Tube rose by 8% week-on-week.Downing Street confirmed that Simon Case will take over as cabinet secretary and head of the civil service next week from Sir Mark Sedwill. The PM’s spokesman didn’t deny he had had to seek permission of Prince William (Case was his private secretary on secondment to No.10) to secure his services.Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott suggested some elderly covid patients should be made “as comfortable as possible while nature takes its course.” He hit out at coronavirus “hysteria” and suggested governments have “let fear of falling sick stop us from being fully alive”.Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle warned MPs not to “name” in the chamber a Conservative member accused of rape. An MP was arrested on 1 August on suspicion of four separate incidents, involving allegations of sexual offences and assaultNicola Sturgeon has announced a draft bill will be drawn up setting out the timing, terms and question for a new Scottish independence referendum.What I’m ReadingHow Trump Has Rewritten The Rules Of Rhetoric - Phillip Collins, CapXGot A Tip?Send tips, stories, quotes, pics, plugs or gossip to [email protected] Subscribe To Commons PeopleEach week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond. Search for Commons People wherever you listen to podcasts and subscribe.Related... PM's 'Huge Numbers Back In The Office' Claim Lacks Any Evidence Boris Johnson Acknowledges String Of U-Turns But Insists Government Is 'On Course' UK Trade Envoy Hopeful Tony Abbott Attacks Coronavirus ‘Hysteria’
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Three cities in Arizona made the list, and in four cities, women business owners actually earn more than their male counterparts.
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Fauci worried people think asymptomatic spread isn't great concern. “In fact, it is.”
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Las Vegas' premiere trailer park, Llamapolis, is made up of about 30 Airstream trailers and tiny homes.
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Amazon, Walmart, and Target are thriving while dozens of other retailers are closing stores and filing for bankruptcy. All three companies have benefitted from the closures of "non-essential" stores, as well as spikes in consumer spending on groceries and household goods.  Amazon, Walmart, and Target have also been well positioned to capture a surge in spending online, following years of massive investments in their e-commerce operations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The pandemic is fueling record growth at Amazon, Walmart, and Target, and solidifying their reign over America's retail landscape for years to come. All three retailers reported blowout sales in the second quarter. Walmart's digital sales nearly doubled from a year earlier and Target's nearly tripled. The companies' same-store sales climbed 9% and 10.9%, respectively. Amazon's overall sales grew 40% in the quarter. The companies' strong performance comes against a backdrop of widespread pain and unprecedented upheaval in the US retail industry. More than a dozen major retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020, including J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, Brooks Brothers, and Tailored Brands, which owns Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank. Retailers have also announced plans to close more than 6,300 stores this year. Many of the retailers that are feeling the most pain right now were already struggling before the pandemic. The virus has only quickened their demise by carrying forward years of projected declines. Meanwhile, America's big-box titans are thriving amid the global health crisis. As thousands of stores shut down across the country at the start of the pandemic, Amazon, Walmart, and Target were among the retailers deemed "essential" and therefore able to continue operating. This means they benefitted from several weeks of big stock-up trips, as consumers stockpiled paper goods, food, cleaning products, and more. Even as "non-essential" stores reopened, big-box retailers continued to dominate.  At this point, shoppers continued to stock up on food because they were still eating more meals at home. They also started spending on goods for entertaining and working at home, such as bicycles, puzzles, home-office supplies, patio furniture, and other household items. A record share of consumer spending shifted online, as well, as people tried to avoid going into stores at all. Moody's Analytics REIS, a commercial real estate-focused arm of Moody's Analytics, estimates that the share of e-commerce spending relative to total retail sales increased from 11.4% at the end of 2019 to a historic 16.4% in the months of March and April alone. Amazon, Walmart, and Target were all best positioned to reap the benefits of this shift. These companies have been focused for years on building out massive e-commerce networks capable of shipping hundreds of thousands of products to consumers quickly, cheaply, and efficiently.  All three companies also had established curbside pickup from stores, which has become massively popular during the pandemic.  Target, for example, said in-store pickup of online orders grew 60% in the second quarter, and drive-up pickup — in which Target employees deliver orders to customers' cars in a store parking lot — surged more than 700%.  When consumers have chosen to visit stores, they appear to be consolidating their trips to reduce risk of exposure to the virus. This has made big-box stores — which carry groceries along with a huge selection of general merchandise — highly convenient. Amid all this, many consumers recently received government stimulus funds and some had extra money from canceled vacations, which boosted retail spending overall, according to the chief executives of Walmart and Target.  Taken together, these factors have helped make America's biggest retailers more powerful than ever, and poised to win the future of retail in the US.SEE ALSO: Demand for warehouse space is surging as historic online spending exposes a major weakness Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Windows 10 1903 and 1909 builds get support for Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.
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An indictment by the District Attorney for Santa Clara identifies two Facebook employees and alleges both took part in a conspiracy to obtain concealed weapons licenses with falsified paperwork and that one took part in a $90,000 bribery plot, all during a time when they were working at Facebook contractor AS Solution, though it does not charge the employees. According to the indictment, the two helped falsify documents as part of a push to allow bodyguards to carry hidden firearms. It also alleges that another one of the indicted alleged conspirators texted another early in the process: "I need you to meet my buddy that runs the Facebook Executive protection team ... it's a potential $50K." The two Facebook employees are accused of conspiring with the indicted defendants, but have not been indicted or otherwise formally charged. The Santa Clara DA says more charges are forthcoming. Facebook declined to comment on the case or say whether the two workers still work for them. An indictment alleges that two Facebook security workers took part in a plan that was allegedly hatched two years ago to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons to protect the social networking firm's leadership team. One was also alleged to have taken part in a $90,000 bribery plot. At the time, both workers were employed by AS Solution, a contractor that Facebook uses for executive security. Jack Stromgren, head of protective services at Facebook, and Rachael Paskvan, a manager of global protective services at Facebook, were identified by name in the indictment, published by the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office last week, and accused of having falsified documents while previously employed at AS Solution, a firm that provides security services to Facebook, in 2018. The pair, like multiple other current and former AS Solution employees also identified in the indictment, were accused of conspiring with indicted defendants — but were not indicted. The Santa Clara District Attorney's Office told Business Insider that "more criminal charges are forthcoming" as the investigation continues, but did not comment on specific individuals.  The potential charges threaten to pull Facebook's security team into another scandal — and raise questions about the company's vetting of vendors. Stromgren and Paskvan did not respond to requests for comment. Citing the ongoing court proceedings, a Facebook spokesperson declined to answer a detailed list of questions about the case, including whether Stromgren and Paskvan are still employed by Facebook, when Facebook first became aware of the alleged plot, what (if anything) other senior security executives at Facebook knew, if Facebook is still working with AS Solution, and whether Facebook suspects wrongdoing by any other employees.  In an emailed statement, AS Solution executive vice president Brian Jantzen said: "The AS Solution team is committed to ethical and lawful practices and full cooperation with law enforcement. We are focused on continued service to our clients and ensuring that our ethical standards are upheld." 'I need you to meet my buddy that runs the Facebook Executive protection team' The grand jury indictment alleges that a captain for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office conspired with the CEO of AS Solution and other employees, along with two local lawyers and a gun parts manufacturer, to obtain concealed-carry weapon (CCW) permits for AS Solution's executive protection officers.  The indictment alleges that in April 2018, gun parts manufacturer Michael Nichols set up a meeting between himself, AS Solution CEO Christian West, AS Solution employee Martin Nielsen, attorney Harpaul Nahal, and attorney Christopher Schumb. He texted Nahal in advance: "I need you to meet my buddy that runs the Facebook Executive protection team ... it's a potential $50K". (In September 2019, San Jose Inside also reported that Nielsen worked on AS Solution's contract with Facebook. He did not respond to a request for comment.) Nichols then introduced Nielsen to Sheriff's Captain James Jensen at a "Best in the West" SWAT competition, where the indictment alleges they "agreed in principle that AS Solution's executive protection agents would receive CCW licenses issued by the Sheriff in exchange for a donation from the company." The indictment alleges that the agreed-upon donation take the form of payments totalling $90,000 to support Santa Clara Sheriff Laurie Smith's re-election efforts. The indictment alleges that after the deal was arranged, Stromgren told executive protection agents filling out their CCW license applications "to list false employer names and positions and to use false Santa Clara County residence addresses if they did not reside in the county." The indictment also accuses Stromgren of falsifying his own CCW paperwork. Stromgren went on to join Facebook in June 2020, according to his LinkedIn profile. Rachael Paskvan had jumped over from AS Solution in September 2019. (Facebook sometimes hires third-party contractors it has been working with, bringing them in-house as employees.) The indictment alleges that two additional AS Solution employees, Jonathan Taunton and Leonard Lawrence, falsified their CCW paperwork. Taunton and Lawrence, like the other AS Solutions employees identified in the document, were not indicted or otherwise charged.  Taunton did not respond to a request for comment, while Lawrence could not be reached for comment. AS Solution has multiple clients that it provides security services to, in addition to Facebook. The indictment does not make clear which of its clients contracted agents with CCW licenses that are alleged to be illicitly obtained. Four people have been indicted so far — and more charges are expected Jensen, Nahal, Nichols, and Schumb have all been indicted, on counts varying from bribing an executive officer, conspiracy, filing a CCW license application with a false statement, to falsification of public record by a custodial officer. They will be arraigned on Aug. 31, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's office, and may face jail time if convicted. Reached for comment about whether Sheriff Smith disputes the allegations, the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office said only that Jensen had been placed on administrative leave, and declined to further comment. Jensen's attorney, Harry Stern, said: "James is devastated by this development. It is extremely painful to have his integrity questioned after spending years dedicated to serving the people of Santa Clara County. I haven't been provided any evidence at this point, but broadly speaking I believe that all of the folks involved were legally able to obtain the permits. Moreover, he doesn't have the authority to grant permits nor did he receive anything for processing them. Given that I haven't been provided discovery yet, I am not in a position to add anything else." Nahal, Nichols, and Schumb did not respond to requests for comment. Several current or former AS Solution employees are explicitly accused of committing crimes in the indictment, but they are not indicted themselves. Stromgren, West, and Nielsen are accused of conspiring to bribe an executive officer, as well as conspiring to file a CCW license with a false statement. Paskvan, Lawrence, and Taunton are also accused in the indictment of the latter crime. Reached for comment, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney John Chase said in an email: "The investigation is not complete and more criminal charges are forthcoming.  We will issue news releases at or near the time of filing of any charges.  It does not benefit the investigation to provide the public with a timeline for filing future criminal charges. "We are not going to comment on individuals not charged except as necessary to explain charging decisions.  In this case, we will not be commenting on Facebook or any of its employees." Facebook's security team has faced issues before Facebook has a vast security apparatus, with more than 6,000 workers protecting its tens of thousands of employees around the world. At the time of the alleged bribery, Jill Leavens Jones was the company's director of executive protection. (She now works as the company's director of global security blue team.) She did not respond to a request for comment about whether she knew anything of the effort. Nick Lovrien, Facebook's chief security officer, likewise did not respond to a request for comment. Facebook's security team has faced issues before. In mid-2019, three senior employees of Facebook's on-site corporate security contractor Allied Universal (the parent company of AS Solution) left the firm amid investigations into potential financial irregularities and allegations of misconduct. And Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief, Liam Booth, left in July 2019 after facing allegations of racism and sexual harassment from former colleagues. (Zuckerberg's family office continues to dispute the allegations.) Got a tip? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.SEE ALSO: WhatsApp is freezing new access to its developer platform as it looks to prevent another Cambridge Analytica Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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Boris Johnson is facing calls to take charge of the growing A-levels “chaos” amid mounting anger among pupils, teachers and MPs.There was disbelief at Westminster after guidance for children in England seeking to appeal against their grades being marked down was suddenly withdrawn without explanation.One senior Conservative MP said the situation is a “huge mess” while Labour said it is up to the prime minister to “get a grip” and sort out the situation.Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer condemned the government’s “chaos, confusion and incompetence”, adding: “Boris Johnson has been invisible during this crisis.“He needs to take personal responsibility and fix it.”Weeks of chaos, confusion and incompetence.We need a return to teacher assessments for A-level results and urgent action to avoid the same injustice for GCSE students.Boris Johnson has been invisible during this crisis. He needs to take personal responsibility, and fix it.— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) August 16, 2020Conservative former education secretary Lord Baker urged ministers to delay the publication of GCSE results due this week until the crisis over A-levels is resolved.He said the statistical model used by the regulator Ofqual to standardise results across the country in the absence of actual exams was “flawed” and led to “hundreds of thousands of unfair and barely explicable downgrades”.Some pupils gathered at Westminster to protest against the results, while others resorted to legal action in an attempt to get their downgrades reversed through the courts.The latest row erupted after Ofqual issued guidance on Saturday setting out the criteria for pupils to make appeals on the basis of their mock exam results, only for it to be take down hours later.In a brief statement, Ofqual said the policy is “being reviewed” by its board and further information will be released “in due course”.Both Downing Street and the Department for Education declined to comment.Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who chairs the Commons Education Committee, said the regulator’s actions have been “unacceptable”.“That is a huge mess,” he told BBC News.“Goodness knows what is going on at Ofqual. It is the last thing we need at this time. This is just unacceptable in my view.“Students and teachers are incredibly anxious – particularly the students who are worried about their future. This has got to be sorted out.“Ofqual shouldn’t put things on websites, take them away, sow confusion. This is just not on and it has got to be changed.”The suspension of the Ofqual guidance followed claims by Labour that assurances given to pupils about the appeals process by education secretary Gavin Williamson are “unravelling”.Williamson last week gave a “triple-lock” commitment that pupils could use the highest result out of their teacher’s predicted grade, their mock exam or sitting an actual exam in the autumn.But the Ofqual guidance said if the mock result was higher than the teacher’s prediction, it was the teacher’s prediction that would count.Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “The Prime Minister must now take personal responsibility for this crisis by addressing the country in the next 24 hours to explain precisely how he will end this historic injustice.”The latest setback comes as ministers are braced for a fresh backlash when GCSE results for England are announced on Thursday.Like the A-level results, they will initially be based on teacher assessments and then “moderated” by the Ofqual algorithm to bring them in line with previous years’ results.Williamson has said the process is necessary to prevent “grade inflation” that would render the results worthless after actual exams had to be abandoned due to the coronavirus outbreak.“This looks like an appeals process so surreal & bureaucratic that the government would be better off doing that U-turn, and allowing original teacher-assessed grades, where they are higher, to replace moderated grades”: my comments on behalf of @ASCL_UK: https://t.co/Y7MVVjMuKzpic.twitter.com/tuL70Zytk1— Geoff Barton (@RealGeoffBarton) August 15, 2020Critics have complained it has led to thousands of individual injustices, disproportionately penalising those from schools serving disadvantaged communities.Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the NAHT head teachers’ union, said all the 25,000 results that were two or more grades below their teachers’ predictions should now be subject to automatic review.“It is quite clear that the rules are being written and rewritten on the hoof, and the people that are suffering are the thousands of young people who have seen their future options narrow and disappear through no fault of their own,” he said.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, urged the government to follow the example of Scotland – where there was similar outcry – and abandon the moderated results and go back to teacher assessments.“It is time for ministers to stop the chaos and fall back on teacher-assessed grades rather than prolong this nightmare,” he said.Related... A-Level Appeal Criteria Suspended By Ofqual Hours After Being Announced Schools In England Will Be Able To Appeal Exam Grades For Free, Education Minister Confirms
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Whether you dig the Bronco or Bronco Sport, more than 100 accessories will be ready to roll when the SUVs hit dealers.
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Today’s definition of multicloud depends on who you ask. This is not a new trend. Whenever a new technology gets some hype, suddenly there is semantic confusion. My definition is a bit more holistic than most: Multicloud is a collection of public clouds, private clouds, and legacy systems (yes, I went there). Two or more public or private clouds must be present to be true multicloud. Legacy systems are optional but also good to include. [ InfoWorld’s 2020 Technology of the Year Award winners: The best software development, cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning products of the year ] A charted representation of my definition looks like this: To read this article in full, please click here
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Encrypted messaging app Signal is making it easier to evaluate a potential contact before letting them have access to your profile, giving users more control over who is able to connect with them. This new feature comes in the form of message requests, which means anyone who isn’t already in your phone’s contacts will be presented for you to accept … Continue reading
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(University of California - Riverside) A group led by UC Riverside bioengineering professor Victor G. J. Rodgers and UC Riverside School of Medicine professor Devin Binder has created an osmotic therapy device that gently removes fluid from the spinal cord to reduce swelling in injured rats with good results. The device can eventually be scaled up for testing in humans.
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Researchers from North Carolina State University and Microsoft published a study in July that found that developer interviews often evaluate for performance anxiety, rather than actual coding skills. Researchers found that students who conducted a technical interview in a private room did twice as well. The typical developer interview process can also introduce bias, so North Carolina State University is working with companies like Microsoft, Google, and CoderPad on ways to improve the format.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Developer interviews — which often involve having a candidate stand in front of a whiteboard and solve coding problems in front of a panel of interviewers — have long been a dreaded process. And according to new research from North Carolina State University and Microsoft, typical developer interviews are better at testing whether a candidate has performance anxiety than whether a candidate has competent coding skills.  During a normal whiteboard interview, a candidate has solve a problem on the spot while explaining their process to interviewers. But according to the study from July, where researchers conducted technical interviews with 48 computer science students, a candidate does twice as well if there isn't anyone watching.  "I don't think we have any definite answers here, but I think this is fairly strong evidence there is something wrong with what we're doing," Chris Parnin, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of the paper, told Business Insider.  While tech companies may have created developer interviews with good intentions to test a candidate's programming skills, it has led to "harmful effects," Parnin says, because developers may experience stress during interviews when someone is watching them the entire time. "We as an industry have inadvertently reinvented a stress test instead of an actual measure of technical skills," he said.  Now, North Carolina State University is already starting to work with companies like Microsoft, Google, and CoderPad to explore ways to make small improvements in the interview process.  Developer interviews can create unnecessary stress and anxiety Parnin himself felt "there was something off" when he went through developer interviews in the past. This feeling stuck with him.  He eventually started doing research on programming interruptions, where he found that if a developer is interrupted in the middle of programming, it can take 10 to 15 minutes to recover.  "As I started doing more research as a professor, this kind of connected with me," Parnin said. "This idea that if programmers consider interruptions as one of the worst things that can happen, it's weird that the technical interview is designed around being asked questions about what you're doing but being surveilled the whole time." Before beginning the study, the team gathered feedback on what developers said about technical interviews, and one of the most common things that came up was how much anxiety and stress these interviews cause.  Besides stress, the interview process could also be riddled with bias, Parnin says. For example, if two candidates solve a problem correctly, interviewers may be biased towards hiring the candidate who projects more confidence, even if that person's solution isn't technically better.  Some candidates might also have an advantage over others when it comes to coding interviews because of where they went to school. For example, Stanford offers a specific class that teaches students how to pass a technical interview. "If you look at other schools, they never have done these sorts of tests so [candidates] go out and bomb them," Parnin said. That means that candidates who weren't privileged enough to attend a school with practice exams are automatically at a disadvantage. "Turns out, these signals are just noise," Parnin says. "We're just measuring something else. If we can allow for multiple pathways for people to be interviewed, then it could potentially help reduce some of the problems associated with this." Also, the developer interview process often results in college students spending more time practicing interview problems to get a job than working on schoolwork about fundamental computer science concepts. Companies like Microsoft and Google are already looking into changes in the interview process Since Microsoft helped shape the study, the results could potentially help guide it in rethinking its own interview process, Parnin says. For example, Microsoft may look into moving into a more conversational interview where the focus is on solving a problem together, rather than being interrogated. Microsoft has already been rolling out some changers in its interview process. Starting in early 2016, Microsoft's developer division began rolling out the "Alternative Interview Framework" to better match an applicant's skills to what the job really requires. It's now used by Microsoft's developer division to interview product managers and program managers.  Likewise, NC State is still in the early stages of working with companies like Google and CoderPad. Many companies have already adapted the whiteboard interview process to take place virtually during the coronavirus pandemic, and Twilio is even de-emphasizing it. Read more: The pandemic is changing how companies like Amazon Web Services and Twilio hire software developers, as Silicon Valley rethinks the interview process Parnin suggests that some potential ways to remove stress for candidates during the process include take-home exams, having candidates build a real-world project, adding private time during interviews, or having developers explain their thinking process retroactively. "There's not going to be one easy answer for this," Parnin said. "Each company will have to reevaluate what's the best way for them to tailor the interview process so that it's more humane."SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley insiders say that the shift to remote work could finally make a dent in tech's diversity crisis. But companies will need to address several key challenges for the change to stick. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
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