Many people think that university clearing is only open on A-Level results day and for a few weeks afterwards, but that's not the case. Clearing opened on the July 5, and universities are already advertising courses available through the system. Dr Lisette Johnston, head of school at ScreenSpace , explains what Clearing is all about and urges young people to plan now. What is Clearing? Clearing is the process that students use to access university after they’ve received their A-Level level results (or A-level equivalents). Is it just for those who didn’t get their expected grades? No, the way people apply to university seems to be changing. It’s widely recognised that schools and colleges don’t always get predicted exam grades right, and universities offer places based on students’ predicted grades. There’s a growing trend showing that potential university students are not even applying to universities until they … [Read more...] about All you need to know about Clearing and how it works
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The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate governs most aspects of public life in the northwestern anti-regime bastion of Idlib. Raising income from key trade crossings, it rules over the affairs of three million people with a civilian government, a security apparatus, and religious courts. Sometimes described as an "Al-Qaeda emirate", the area has drawn comparisons with the now defunct "caliphate", the proto-state once run by the Islamic State group. Here are some key aspects of the de facto statelet's governance: - Eight ministries - Since 2015, Syria's then Al-Qaeda affiliate and a myriad allied or rival factions have controlled different parts of the northwestern region of Idlib, forming local councils to control its towns and villages. These councils were managed and received funding from the exiled political opposition's so-called "Transitional Government" based in Turkey. In 2017, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham -- renamed after renouncing ties with Al-Qaeda … [Read more...] about Syria’s Idlib enclave: how does it work?
FACEBOOK is launching its own cryptocurrency next year with plans of allowing people to move money from their smartphone. But what is cryptocurrency, and how will Libra work? Here's what you need to know. What is Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra? Facebook is launching the cryptocurrency next year that will allow people to move money from their smartphone. The currency is known as Libra, which the social network says it has "no special role" in governing and will manage the reserve equally with a group of big companies. Experts have branded the move a dangerous power grab that marks Facebook's "most invasive and dangerous" form of surveillance yet. So far, Facebook has enlisted 28 firms, including Spotify and Uber, who each had to invest a minimum of £8million to be a founding member of the Libra Association, an independent not-for-profit membership organisation. It wants to attract 100 businesses in time for launch, which it is aiming for the first half of 2020. Libra is supported … [Read more...] about What is Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and how does it work?
‘We cannot change the past, but nor should we seek to hide from it,’ says university vice chancellor. The University of Cambridge will examine how it may have "contributed to, benefited from or challenged" the Atlantic slave trade during the colonial era, the university announced Tuesday. Two postdoctoral researchers from the university's Centre of African Studies will conduct an "evidence-led" study of how the institution may have benefited from slavery and coerced labor between the 18th and early 20th century. The two-year inquiry will also look into the extent to which Cambridge scholarship "reinforced and validated race-based thinking" during this time. "We cannot change the past, but nor should we seek to hide from it," said Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope. "I hope this process will help the University understand and acknowledge its role during that dark phase of human history.” The news of the study comes amid a push from students and faculty to … [Read more...] about Cambridge University to study how it benefited from slavery
Israel will hold general elections on April 9. Here are some facts about the process: Dozens of parties Israel's system of proportional representation allows small parties a chance of getting a seat in the 120-member Knesset, Israel's parliament. There is however a barrier to the very smallest, as a party must win at least 3.25 percent of total votes cast to enter the legislature. This leads political minnows to band together in tactical alliances giving them a better chance of breaking the barrier. This year 41 alliances or individual parties are competing for the attention of just over 6.3 million eligible voters, according to the central elections committee website. Israeli citizens aged 18 and over can vote. Turnout in the 2015 election was 72.3 percent. Each contending group lists its candidates in order of precedence, decided either in party primaries or by an internal committee. The number of seats allocated to each list is calculated according to the percentage of votes won. … [Read more...] about The winding road to power in Israel: How elections work