In a blogpost entitled 500 million windows to the world, Instagram announced its number of users saying: “Whether you’re an illustrator, a sneakerhead or an astronaut on the International Space Station, every photo and video you share helps bring people closer to friends and interests, broadens perspectives and inspires a sense of wonder”. … [Read more...] about Instagram hits half a billion users
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Foreign students jump the queue: Overseas candidates offered uni places with lower grades than UK teenagersUniversities overlooking British applicants because foreign students pay higher fees, it is claimed Official agent for elite universities claims to be able to find place for Chinese student with 3 Cs at A-level - when British students need AABAgent advises that student should be prepared to lie to British authorities to secure a visa By Inderdeep Bains for the Daily Mail and Damien Gayle … [Read more...] about Foreign students jump the queue: Overseas candidates offered uni places with lower grades than UK teenagers
A SIMPLE GUIDE: How do I protect myself? AVOIDING CONTACT: The rules on self-isolation and exercise HOPE AND LOSS: Your coronavirus stories LOOK-UP TOOL: Check cases in your area TESTING: Can I get tested for coronavirus? Scientists investigating the infections reached a conclusion about the most likely route of transmission: that droplets containing the virus - released by the infected person - were circulated by air conditioning. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Can we stay safe as lockdown eases?
The report discussed this “brain drain” mostly in terms of the negative economic impact it has on the regions that young people leave, but there is a social and cultural one too, which is harder to quantify. I’ve often thought about this and discussed it with friends in similar positions, but the first time I saw any reference to it written down was in New Model Island, a book by Alex Niven. In it, he described the “profound emotional and practical difficulties that come with being uprooted from successive locales” experienced by young people from places such as “Liverpool, Newport or Belfast” who move constantly in search of work. It stuck with me because usually this issue is framed only in terms of economics, with no mention of the value of social ties or community. There is an irony here that, while it was Margaret Thatcher who famously declared, “There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are … [Read more...] about Reversing the brain drain: why coronavirus could stop graduates moving to London
The “best” of us aren’t necessarily the hardest workers, but those who excel in our careers – lauded, appreciated, and rewarded for our work beyond money. We uproot our families to live closer to work. We fear losing our job, because then we can’t afford the house we need to live close to work, a house that costs so much because everyone around us is trying to live close to work too. We forgo time with friends and family for work happy hours, where we need to be seen to know that we’re dedicated to our work and maybe even get a better position at work. Much is sacrificed for our work, much of which is because we have to physically be there. Work becomes our personality, who we date, how we dress, how we look – so much of that is tied to having to physically be there. … [Read more...] about The office is obsolete. And that’s a good thing