Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

A petition to stop US President Donald Trump’s UK state visit has gathered more than a million signatures. Numbers of signatories have been rising rapidly since a US clampdown on immigration came into effect over the weekend, causing anger worldwide. PM Theresa May announced the visit during her recent US trip. Downing Street has rejected calls for it to be cancelled as a “populist gesture”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn urged the PM to postpone the visit. The petition is now the second-most popular on the government’s website. MPs will discuss it…

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Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as the world’s biggest carmaker

Volkswagen has overtaken Toyota to become the world’s best-selling carmaker, the first time the German company has held the position. Japan’s Toyota, which had topped sales for the past four years, sold 10.175 million vehicles globally in 2016. That fell short of the 10.31 million sales which VW reported last week. The milestone comes despite VW’s scandal over emissions tests cheating, which sparked a global backlash and multiple lawsuits. Volkswagen, which makes the Audi, Porsche and Skoda brands, saw a 3.8% increase in sales buoyed by demand in China. And…

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‘Madras university ignored professor recruitment norms’

CHENNAI: The evaluation of the quality of professors recruited as well as those who have gone through the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) at University of Madras in the past 4-5 years remains a question mark. This is, replies to a RTI application show, because the university has failed to adopt key University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations formulated to maintain a particular standard while appointing academics. The regulations, framed in 2010, say every university should draw a comprehensive list of nationalregional level journals of high quality in every subject as well…

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JIHADISTS SAY TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN GREAT FOR RECRUITMENT

Global groups celebrated US President Donald Trump’s recent ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim nations, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The ban, extremists said, supported their perspective that Islam and the United States are at war. On pro-ISIS social media accounts, jihadists speculated that the ban would convince Muslim Americans to become extremists, hailed Trump as “the best caller to Islam” and predicted that Trump would start a new war in the Middle East. One poster called Trump’s order a “blessed ban,” and compared it to America’s “blessed invasion” of…

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LATE-START ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE AT LAMAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

While traditional classes have already begun, Lamar Community College offers three additional late-start sessions of online courses for busy individuals looking to fit education into their current schedules. The online sessions are offered in six and ten-week formats, allowing students to get the information they need and complete classes quickly.  Two six-week sessions are available, running from February 6 through March 18 or March 27 through May 6.  The ten-week session begins February 27 and ends on May 6. There are currently over 130 CCCOnline courses students may add to…

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DU to recruit 378 permanent teachers across departments, first major recruitment drive after 7 years

Delhi University has finally started recruiting permanent teachers as vacancies mount up to around 4,500. For the first time in more than seven years, the university has announced it would be hiring 378 posts of permanent teachers across departments. DU teachers have been protesting against the hiring freeze for a long time. According to the TOI reports, the sources said the HRD ministry had asked DU to fill up most vacancies by the end of this year, following which the university has sought rosters from its colleges. While the current hirings…

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4 Dangers of Cheating Services for Online Courses

I remember a middle school history teacher stepping out of my classroom during an exam. It remained quiet for the first minute. But before long, students began peaking at crib notes, glancing at each other’s tests and eventually whispering back and forth. It’s human nature. It’s not difficult to imagine the many ways online students might cheat – and all the smart reasons not to do it. Without the watchful eye of a professor or proctor, many online students might be tempted to have a friend take their exam or…

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Online classes: Dental instructor reaches those who can’t come to campus

You might say that online education runs in Robin Williams’ family. Williams started teaching online courses at Great Falls College MSU in 2004, but her father’s history with online education goes back even further. He was the first director of Montana State University’s Master of Science in Science Education when the online program launched in the late 1990s. It was because of her dad’s stories about teaching online that Williams signed up to become an online instructor. “I’ve just always thought it’s a really nice way to reach out to…

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Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration. A source said a rejection would be a “populist gesture”, adding that the invitation had been accepted and scrapping it would “undo everything”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said PM Theresa May would be failing the people if she failed to postpone the visit. A petition to stop it has gathered more than 900,000 signatures since Saturday. Only 100,000 signatures are needed for Parliament to consider debating a petition.…

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Silicon Valley lashes out at Trump ban

For months, Silicon Valley seemed to be heeding the advice of one of its most powerful figures, billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who said President Trump should be taken “seriously, but not literally”. But at the international arrivals gate at San Francisco airport at the weekend, things were getting very literal, very quickly. What the tech industry had feared might happen, was happening. The impact of President Trump’s immigration ban on tech companies has been immediate. And one by one, the major firms and personalities in this part of the world…

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