Consistency, a clear mind, and classical music may have helped some of the country’s top students secure their impressive exam results.Michael O’Grady, a student at Christian Brothers College on Wellington Road, Cork, achieved eight H1s. He is among the five students who scored the highest points in the country; students in Dublin, Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Galway also received the maximum points on offer in each of their eight subjects.For Michael, the secret to his academic success wasn’t cramming; it was swimming and playing the piano to help him relax.“I did a bit of study every day,” he explained. “But I also made sure to put a bit of time aside when I could to try and take my mind off the stress. I’d go for a swim or play a bit of piano. I think it’s important not to get too bogged down with everything.After the delight of his results, the student from Mallow is hoping to receive an offer to study medicine at University College Cork … [Read more...] about Rest and consistent work pays off for students
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A coroner has said that the cause of death of Disney star Cameron Boyce will require "further investigation". The 20-year-old actor was found unconscious at his home in North Hollywood on Saturday and died later that day. He was known for his roles in the Disney Channel franchise Descendants and TV show Jessie. His family said he had suffered a seizure as a result of "an ongoing medical condition". A post-mortem exam was performed on Monday and a cause of death will be determined following further investigation, the Los Angeles County Department ff the Medical Examiner-Coroner said. Cameron played Luke Ross in Jessie and Carlos in Descendants, the TV movie series. He also appeared on screen Mirrors, Eagle Eye, and Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, with his career starting while he was very young. Born in California, Cameron also spent a great deal of time on humanitarian work. Read More Showbiz editor's picks Following his death, co-stars including Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek and Debby Ryan … [Read more...] about Coroner shares update about Disney star Cameron Boyce’s death
Joey Garrison USA TODAY Published 4:06 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 BOSTON — The Justice Department wanted to "set the tone" with a strong first sentence in the nation's college admissions scandal. Instead, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer was spared prison altogether Wednesday. It was a clear win for Vandemoer and his defense team – two years of supervised release, including the first six months at home and a small $10,000 fine. But most importantly no prison after pleading guilty to racketeering charges in March. For prosecutors, who had sought 13 months of prison, the outcome was a setback. But should other defendants – parents, coaches and others – who have pleaded guilty to paying or accepting bribes expect the same? More: Former Stanford sailing coach avoids prison in first sentence of college admissions scandal While some legal exerts say it's a positive sign for people … [Read more...] about Stanford sailing coach was spared prison. Will others?
Missouri was set Friday to become the first US state in half a century without abortion services unless a court steps in at the last moment to keep its sole remaining abortion clinic in operation. Unless the courts rule in its favor in an emergency motion, the St Louis clinic will lose at midnight (0400 GMT) its license to perform the procedure. Early Friday, it opened as usual. Only one anti-abortion activist could be seen at the entrance offering alternative "resources" for patients. While all may seem calm from the outside, Planned Parenthood is mobilizing to keep the clinic it manages in service. On Thursday, it gathered more than a thousand protesters in the streets of St Louis and asked for a reprieve from Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer, who was due to issue his ruling later in the day. In the meantime, the powerful family planning group is denouncing what it calls a "nationwide crisis." "The state of women's health is an emergency and a nationwide crisis — and we need to … [Read more...] about Missouri set to become first US state without abortion access
Lionel Shriver 25 May 2019 9:00 AM 25 May 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp To clear up any confusion, American SATs are closer to A-levels than to British primary-school SATs. In my day, this hours-long test of maths and language mastery in the final year of high school was a bullet-sweating business. That score would dictate which colleges we could get into, and we took the results to heart as proof of how smart we were (or not). The exam’s aim, as I understood it, was to objectively assess intellectual aptitude on your basic level playing field. We all took the same test in the same amount of time, regardless of our backgrounds, to earn numerical scores that were comparable across the cohort. Yet last week we learned from a consultant for the College Board, which administers the test, that in fact ‘the SAT was designed as a way of identifying disadvantaged students to enhance social mobility’, which is news to … [Read more...] about Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone