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The National Historic Fleet is a list of historic ships and vessels located in the United Kingdom, under the National Historic Ships register. National Historic Ships UK is an advisory body which advises the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and other public bodies on ship preservation and funding priorities. As part of this remit, National Historic Ships maintains the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV), which as of September 2014 listed over 1,000 vessels. The National Historic Fleet is a sub-grouping of this register, the vessels included on this list are distinguished by:

Being of pre-eminent national or regional significance
Spanning the spectrum of UK maritime history
Illustrating changes in construction and technology
Meriting a higher priority for long term preservation[1]
The National Historic Fleet may also include vessels from the National Small Boat Register which are a minimum of 50 years old and which fit the above criteria.

As of September 2014 there are 206 vessels on the register, including museum ships, those still in active or commercial service, and a number currently laid up. Some are being actively restored, others have an uncertain future.
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BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours, Special Educational Needs, Stammering, Starless Cars and No Brexit Content!
Special Educational Needs, Stammering, Starless Cars and No Brexit Content!
You and Yours
Special education needs, managing a stammer, cars that fail safety tests, why no Brexit?

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Bibliography – ELIZABETH M. HURST
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## THE LOST SOULS SERIES

Skilfully weaving a contemporary plot around a historical mystery, Elizabeth concentrates on a group of strong female characters and their individual challenges, romantic and otherwise. A dash of the supernatural brings heightened tensions to the stories, forcing each protagonist to approach their problems in a way that may be unfamiliar, often resulting in a somewhat unexpected conclusion.

 
### Siren Spirit (Lost Souls 1)

Emma McVeigh is emotionally adrift. Broken-hearted after her marriage breakup, she has escaped city life and sought solace in a quintessential English village. Allowing herself time to regroup seems like the best course of action in her life right now.

However, the picture-perfect thatched cottage she moves into hides a secret and is not the sanctuary she was hoping for.

Enter her dashing next-door neighbour, Lewis. Charismatic and confident, he seems to be everything Emma wants in a man and she’s very attracted to him. But after a drunken one-night stand, he turns out to be not all he seems either.

Can they each face their inner demons and, in doing so, solve the mystery of another lost soul?

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### A Friend in Need (Lost Souls 2)

 Selena Thornton wants a child, but she is haunted by tragedy and clinical depression. As a result, she won’t let her husband anywhere near, however hard he tries to be close to her. A rift has opened up between them and it threatens their marriage.

Over three hundred years earlier, against a backdrop of religious oppression, another woman laments the loss of her child, missing presumed dead.

A spooky encounter causes a shift in Selena’s thinking and she begins to view the world through different eyes. Who is the little girl in the Quaker house? And why does it seem like the most important thing in the world to solve her mystery?

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### A Letter of Lament (Lost Souls 3) – COMING IN 2019!
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IOP Public Lecture "Recreating the Big Bang with the World's largest machine - the LHC at CERN"
IOP Public Lecture "Recreating the Big Bang with the World's largest machine - the LHC at CERN"

Type: Lecture

Date: 11 December 2018

Time: 19:30-20:30

Location: Berrill Lecture Theatre

Speaker is Prof. David Evans, University of Birmingham

The 27km Large Hadron Collider (LHC), situated 100 metres under the Swiss-French border at CERN near Geneva, is the World's most powerful particle accelerator. In the LHC, protons (hydrogen nuclei) are smashed together at 0.999999991 times the speed of light recreating, for a tiny instant, the violent particle collisions which would have existed less than a billionth of a second after the Big Bang. For about four weeks a year, lead nuclei are accelerated and collided in the LHC producing the highest temperatures and densities ever made in an experiment and recreating the exotic primordial soup which existed at the birth of our Universe. Professor David Evans, from the University of Birmingham, will explain some of the physics behind the LHC and why it was built.

ALL WELCOME! Light refreshments after the talk when you can meet the speaker.
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Rudy Giuliani Twitter typo sparks anti-Trump protest website | US news | The Guardian
Arizona web designer seizes on Giuliani mistake to promote site calling Trump a ‘traitor’

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Rudy Giuliani, who accidentally helped create a new anti-Trump protest website with his Twitter typo. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP
Rudy Giuliani has accused Twitter of allowing someone to “invade” one of his tweets to spread an anti-Trump message, after the veteran Republican sent a message with a typo.

On 30 November, Giuliani sent a tweet criticising Robert Mueller for issuing an indictment just as Donald Trump was heading to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Giuliani said Mueller had done similar in July as Trump left for a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and that the actions could have been easily taken earlier or later. “Out of control! Supervision please?” declared the former mayor of New York’s tweet.
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9 days ago
The Guardian view on May and parliament: a pattern of contempt | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
Editorial
Theresa May’s style of government is destined to fail in the absence of a Commons majority
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Theresa May speaks in the Commons on 4 December 2018 during the debate on the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images
The attorney general’s legal advice on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, prised from a clenched government fist by parliament, reveals no deficiencies in Theresa May’s plan that were not previously known. But the document, published today, does spell problems out in uncomfortably stark terms.

No one is surprised to learn that the UK would not have a power unilaterally to dissolve “backstop” arrangements designed to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland. That is what the backstop always meant. Still, it aggravates Brexiter displeasure to see the government’s own lawyer write that rule-taking alignment with the EU would “endure indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place”.
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9 days ago
Washington mourns George HW Bush as Trump gives cold shoulder to Clintons | US news | The Guardian
Trump does not greet the Clintons and George W Bush delivers an emotional eulogy at the state funeral of 41st president

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Former president George W Bush delivers his eulogy during a funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on Wednesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
It was a cold day in Washington. When Donald Trump walked in, the temperature plummeted a good deal lower.

In the front pew of the National Cathedral at Wednesday’s state funeral of President George HW Bush, Bill Clinton had been chatting animatedly with Barack and Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton had been in conversation with Jimmy Carter.

Then came the Trumps. First Lady Melania stood and cordially shook hands with the Obamas and Bill Clinton, and a little wave to Hillary, as her husband took off his coat. Trump plopped down into the end seat before shaking hands with Barack Obama, who nodded formally, and Michelle, who forced a smile and “Good morning”.
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9 days ago
Sensors For The Web!  |  Web  |  Google Developers
Sensors For The Web!

By Alexander Shalamov
Alex is an Engineer at Intel


By Mikhail Pozdnyakov
Mikhail is an Engineer at Intel
Today, sensor data is used in many native applications to enable use cases such as immersive gaming, fitness tracking, and augmented or virtual reality. Wouldn't it be cool to bridge the gap between native and web applications? The Generic Sensor API, For The Web!

What is Generic Sensor API?
The Generic Sensor API is a set of interfaces which expose sensor devices to the web platform. The API consists of the base Sensor interface and a set of concrete sensor classes built on top. Having a base interface simplifies the implementation and specification process for the concrete sensor classes. For instance, take a look at the Gyroscope class, it is super tiny! The core functionality is specified by the base interface, and Gyroscope merely extends it with three attributes representing angular velocity.

Typically a concrete sensor class represents an actual sensor on the platform e.g., accelerometer or gyroscope. However, in some cases, implementation of a sensor class fuses data from several platform sensors and exposes the result in a convenient way to the user. For example, the AbsoluteOrientation sensor provides a ready-to-use 4x4 rotation matrix based on the data obtained from the accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.

You might think that the web platform already provides sensor data and you are absolutely right! For instance, DeviceMotion and DeviceOrientation events expose motion sensor data, while other experimental APIs provide data from an environmental sensors. So why do we need new API?

Comparing to the existing interfaces, Generic Sensor API provides great number of advantages:

Generic Sensor API is a sensor framework that can be easily extended with new sensor classes and each of these classes will keep the generic interface. The client code written for one sensor type can be reused for another one with very few modifications!
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9 days ago
Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour 1kg | Sainsbury's
Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour 1kg
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A blend of naturally gluten free ingredients, use this flour as an alternative to self raising flour made from wheat. Follow one of our gluten free recipes or adapt a traditional recipe by adding a little extra liquid.
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12 days ago
South Cornwall | Grand Designs
South Cornwall

Tom and Danielle Raffield’s lifelong passion is steam bending wood into extraordinary curvy shapes.  They’ve spent much of their lives using the technique to make small-scale furniture and lighting, but now they’re taking their craft to the next level.

Desperate to escape the tiny 44 square metre gamekeeper’s lodge they currently live in, Tom and Danielle decide to build a spectacular wavy wooden house for themselves and their two children in a wood in South Cornwall. Their new home will have curvy steambent cladding, twisty hand made furniture and interior walls covered with a smorgasbord of naturally-weathered timber from their woodland.

With just a 100k budget to play with, they get stuck into building as much of their bendy home themselves as they can. At first they just about cope with Danielle project managing and looking after the kids while Tom keeps their business running in the workshop.  However when business suddenly takes off and they’re inundated with orders, then there’s news of a third child on the way, they’re soon close to being overwhelmed…
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16 days ago
(1) Our Journey - YouTube
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16 days ago
git - How to delete the last n commit on Github and locally? - Stack Overflow
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To remove the last two commits locally I'd suggest using:


git reset --hard HEAD^^


Rebase is a completely different operation that won't help you here.

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16 days ago
The Irish Border on Twitter: "The people who had the idea of Brexit but were too incompetent to actually organize it have now had the idea of staging a coup against their own idea but are too incompetent to actually organize it"
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17 days ago
Average Vehicle Age - SMMT
2018 AUTOMOTIVE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
Average Vehicle Age

The average age of a car at scrappage in 2015 reached 13.9 years, which is on a par with the 2014 performance. The lowest scrappage age, 13 years, was recorded in 2009, a result of government’s scrappage scheme.

Furthermore, the average age of a vehicle on the road has increased, from 6.8 years in 2003 to 7.8 recorded in 2015. This reflects both slower fleet renewal and the increased longevity of vehicles. This trend works against the uptake of new vehicles, which would bring greater environmental benefits. Newer vehicles also incorporate  more advanced occupant and pedestrian safety features.

Challenge 1
The automotive industry has co-operated with the recycling industry to ensure vehicles have become one of the most recycled products on the market. New vehicles are being designed to meet CO2 targets, in some cases resulting in the introduction of new materials.
All vehicles continue to be designed to be 95%recoverable at the end of their lives.
The introduction of new materials provides both challenges and opportunities for further development of the recycling markets.

Challenge 2

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17 days ago
• Average age of cars in the UK, 2000-2016 | Statistics
Transportation & Logistics›Vehicles & Road Traffic›Average age of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK), 2000-2016

Average age of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2000 and 2016*

Average age
7.117.11
7.017.01
6.886.88
6.786.78
6.696.69
6.76.7
6.736.73
6.796.79
6.936.93
7.067.06
7.257.25
7.447.44
7.597.59
7.77.7
7.87.8
7.87.8
7.77.7

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2002
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2004
2005
2006
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This graph shows the average age of cars on the road in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2000 and 2016, including projections for 2015 and 2016. It can be seen that before the recession the average age of cars in the UK was falling, however, since the recession the average age has risen drastically and will probably continue to rise.
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17 days ago
- Symfony
Home » symfony 1.x » Legacy Documentation » The Reference Book
1.4

* Introduction
* The YAML Format
* Configuration File Principles
The settings.yml Configuration File
The factories.yml Configuration File
The generator.yml Configuration File
The databases.yml Configuration File
The security.yml Configuration File
The cache.yml Configuration File
The routing.yml Configuration File
The app.yml Configuration File
The filters.yml Configuration File
The view.yml Configuration File
Other Configuration Files
Events
Tasks
What's new in symfony 1.3/1.4?
Upgrading Projects from 1.2 to 1.3/1.4
* Deprecations and removals in 1.3
* Appendix A - License

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18 days ago
symfony1 - Dynamic page titles in Symfony 1.4 - Stack Overflow
I personally like using the yml files, it separates 'configuration' from code

To deal with dynamic titles I do the follow:

in apps/frontend/config/app.yml

```yaml
all:
title_separator: ' - '
title_default: 'TITLE'
in apps/frontend/config/view.yml

default:
metas:
title: %APP_TITLE_DEFAULT%
```

If you need to have data from your actions put into the title, create file lib/myActions.class.php with the following content:

<?php
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18 days ago
Broadcasting and the Open University - Scupham - 1970 - British Journal of Educational Technology - Wiley Online Library
Scupham, J. (1970), Broadcasting and the Open University. British Journal of Educational Technology, 1: 44-51. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.1970.tb00516.x

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.1970.tb00516.x
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18 days ago
The Open University : report of the Planning Committee to the Secretary of State for Education and Science / - The Open University
Great Britain. Open University Planning Committee. (1969). The Open University : Report of the Planning Committee to the Secretary of State for Education and Science /. London :: HMSO.
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18 days ago
Twitter
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Brexit: What will happen if MPs reject Theresa May's deal? - BBC News
By Ben Wright
Political correspondent, BBC News
23 November 2018

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It feels like Westminster is tumbling towards a political crisis without modern precedent.

Soon, perhaps in the second week of December, the House of Commons will debate and then vote upon a government motion to approve the EU withdrawal agreement and accompanying political declaration. The terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

But at the moment, it looks as if Theresa May faces an incredibly hard job getting it passed.

She leads a government with a working majority of just 13. Only seven Tory rebels are needed to defeat it.

EU won't offer 'better deal' on Brexit - May
DUP may revisit Tory deal says Foster
Brexit vote will be honoured, says Abbott
But according to the latest number-crunching by BBC researchers, 81 Tory MPs have said they object to the deal Mrs May hopes to sign off with EU leaders on Sunday.

With Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and even perhaps the DUP set to vote against the motion too, the withdrawal agreement looks set to be torpedoed in the Commons.

Between now and then Theresa May will exhaustively insist the deal is in the national interest and the only way of ensuring Brexit happens.

But if the withdrawal agreement is defeated, what happens then?
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22 days ago
In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 - BBC News
In Pictures: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

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A shocked squirrel has scooped the overall prize in this year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

Out of thousands of entries from around the world, Mary McGowan, from Tampa, Florida, won the overall prize with her photo titled Caught in the Act.

Other entrants included an exasperated bear, a smiley shark and a rhino appearing to wear a tutu.

Here is a selection of some of the hilarious winners and highly commended entries.

Winning photos


Mary McGowan's photo of a shocked squirrel was the overall winner, as well as taking the People's Choice and Creatures of the Land awards
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Shane Keena won the Creatures of the Air prize with this photo of an owl apparently playing peek-a-boo
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24 days ago
Major new report showcases OU projects in International Teacher Education and Development
Major new report showcases OU projects in International Teacher Education and Development

19 November 2018

Three of the six case studies in a major new report showcase OU projects in International Teacher Education and Development, delivered by the Faculty for Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) and the International Development Office (IDO).

Education Development Trust (EDT), a leading education charity, has published a report which explores the potential of technology in enhancing the professional development of teachers globally.  ‘Technology supported professional development for teachers: lessons from developing countries‘ cites TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, www.tessafrica.net), TESS-India (www.tess-india.edu.in) and English In Action (EIA, www.eiabd.com) as examples of good practice. The report also highlights the OU's expertise in using technology and open education resources to support sustainable changes in teaching practice in developing contexts which ultimately leads to improved learning outcomes for children.

To download the full report here. 
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26 days ago
Open.ac.uk - Is Open University Down Right Now?
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26 days ago
Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN Charter - Equality Challenge Unit
Athena SWAN Charter
Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
professional and support staff
trans staff and students
In relation to their:

representation
progression of students into academia
journey through career milestones
working environment for all staff
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26 days ago
Disability Standard | The Open University Equality and Diversity
Disability Standard
What is the Disability Standard

The Disability Standard is a tool developed by the Business Disability Forum (BDF) to monitor the accessibility of a business across the entire organisation, covering all aspects including products and services, recruitment and facilities.

According to the Business Disability Forum, this tool helps organisations measure and improve their progress towards becoming disability-smart.

The OU attains Disability Standard Bronze status
In April 2016, the OU participated in the Disability Standard and attained Bronze on its very first assessment.

Executive Dean Mary Kellett, VCE Champion for Disability, said she was excited that the OU has been officially recognised for its great work in the area of disability and went on to say,
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26 days ago
Media: Audio and video content: New features and sample video
New features and sample video
The restricted player, used prior to 17E modules, offers the following features:

closed captions (subtitles)
transcripts
audio descriptions
When working on a new OSEP-themed website with the full media player (post 17E), you can also make use of:

timing text overlays on the poster image
interactive transcripts
timing markers for navigation e.g. by marking chapter divisions, key points and topics
annotations
text descriptions
playlists (of external material)
presentation of material in multiple languages
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27 days ago
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Speakers - Accessibility Scotland
SPEAKERS
Hampus Sethfors

Hampus smiles at the camera whilst holding two fingers up in a peace gesture.
Hampus Sethfors @hampelsuken is originally a UX (User Experience) designer but has specialised in accessibility the last 5 years of his career.

He is the founder of Axess Lab in Stockholm, Sweden and believes that travelling to Scotland in November is the ultimate display of his passion for accessibility!

Have you tried to dab some coconut oil on your spine?
People with disabilities often get tips on how to “cure” their disability. Let’s focus on curing the inaccessible environment instead. In this talk, you’ll get some top-notch tips on designing accessible interfaces and learn why many design trends exclude people with disabilities.
a11y  accessibility  conference  UK  2018 
4 weeks ago
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Accessibility Scotland 2018 - Accessibility Scotland
ACCESSIBILITY SCOTLAND

BACK AGAIN IN 2019

HOME ABOUT SPEAKERS SCHEDULE VENUE CONTACT
ACCESSIBILITY SCOTLAND 2018
One day of talks. Friendly, open discussion about accessibility. An opportunity to network and learn. #a11yScotland came back for the third time on the 9th of November in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

Speakers

Hampus Sethfors
Have you tried to dab some coconut oil on your spine?


Vasilis Van Gemert
Exclusive Design Principles.
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4 weeks ago
Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (PDF)
Via :- https://theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/16/uk-austerity-has-inflicted-great-misery-on-citizens-un-says#

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Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations

Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
London, 16 November 2018

## Introduction

The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy, it contains many areas of immense wealth, its
capital is a leading centre of global finance, its entrepreneurs are innovative and agile, and
despite the current political turmoil, it has a system of government that rightly remains the envy
of much of the world. It thus seems patently unjust and contrary to British values that so many
people are living in poverty. This is obvious to anyone who opens their eyes to see the immense
growth in foodbanks and the queues waiting outside them, the people sleeping rough in the
streets, the growth of homelessness, the sense of deep despair that leads even the Government to
appoint a Minister for suicide prevention and civil society to report in depth on unheard of levels
of loneliness and isolation. And local authorities, especially in England, which perform vital
roles in providing a real social safety net have been gutted by a series of government policies.
Libraries have closed in record numbers, community and youth centers have been shrunk and
underfunded, public spaces and buildings including parks and recreation centers have been sold
off. While the labour and housing markets provide the crucial backdrop, the focus of this report
is on the contribution made by social security and related policies.

The results? 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are
more than 50% below the poverty line,1 and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic
essentials.2 The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty
between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%.3
For
almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain is not just a disgrace,
but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one.
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4 weeks ago
UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, UN says | Society | The Guardian
Poverty envoy says callous policies driven by political desire for social re-engineering

• ‘I’m scared to eat sometimes’

• Women reveal impact of cuts

• Children tell UN: ‘It’s unfair’

Robert Booth and Patrick Butler

Fri 16 Nov 2018 13.48 GMT First published on Fri 16 Nov 2018 12.00 GMT
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The UN report said: ‘Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so.’ Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, levels of child poverty are “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.

About 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials, he said, citing figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He highlighted predictions that child poverty could rise by 7% between 2015 and 2022, possibly up to a rate of 40%.
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4 weeks ago
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The houses represent the main categories of AI technologies, including Conversational AI, AI Services, and Machine Learning. Conversational AI house focuses on building intelligent bots. AI Services house focuses on weaving intelligence into your existing or new apps with Cognitive Services. Machine learning house focuses on all the ways you can create your own custom AI models and then use them in your apps.


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Intelligent bots have become an intuitive way to enable interactions between people and apps. The learning paths in this house will guide you through how to build these intelligent bots, and incorporate features like natural language processing and intent recognition, as well as other features to create delightful bot interactions in your apps and other channels.

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Microsoft AI/Bots to enhance education in HEIs (PDF)
Microsoft AI/Bots to enhance education in HEIs

Friday 16th November 2018
Birmingham City University, Curzon Building C502/503

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9.30 – 10.15 Registration, Tea/Coffee

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome
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10.30 – 10.40 Higher Education – Digital Engagement really matters
Professor Robert Pritchard, Co-Founder and Visiting Professor

10.40 – 11.00 Keynote – Developing the workforce of the future with AI/Bots
Mark Mcmanus, UK Education Cloud Lead

11.00 – 11.30 Demonstration of AI/Bots applications
Sam Spilsbury, Data & AI Solutions Specialist

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Using chatbots to enhance education | Jisc
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Late last year the US government released more than 34,000 pages related to the assassination of JFK. Like everyone in the country we were curious to know what’s inside them, but it would take us months to read through these. The files consisted of mixture of typed and handwritten pages that were 60 years old which were scanned into PDF files as well as scanned evidence photos. How could we make sense of all this unstructured information in a way that would grow with the continual flow new documents that the government continues to release?

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Sight reading is an essential skill for all musicians at every level and in every discipline. The ability to sight read well enables the musician to learn new music much more quickly. 
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Recalls falling in love with Barack Obama. At first she was sceptical of the local hype around him. “In my experience, you put a suit on any half-intelligent black man and white people tended to go bonkers.” His photo had a “whiff of geekiness”, she noted, but once she got to know him, she was attracted to “this strange mix-of-everything man” and felt “a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder”.
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What's happening?

From this week, the kilogram may no longer weigh a kilogram. Sort of.

Why does it matter?

There are few certainties in life, but you would have thought this was one of them.

It turns out what we think of as a kilogram has been based, for all this time, on a Perfect Kilogram, the Kilogram To End All Kilograms, that is made of platinum and iridium and kept in a nice jar in Paris.

Unlike us humans though, the thing known as the International Prototype Kilogram has been losing weight as it has been getting older (as you will know if you read this viral Twitter thread earlier this month). <https://twitter.com/MaxFagin/status/1058062583511404545>

It's been losing only a tiny amount, but it's not really clear why, so now scientists are to meet this week to discuss a new way to accurately define what a kilogram is, using electromagnetism.

Will this redefinition change all our lives?

No, but it's interesting.
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One day. Six operations. Three kidneys. The story of an organ donor chain | Society | The Guardian
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On the morning of 13 September 2017, Martha Myers was being prepared for surgery at north London’s Royal Free hospital. Stayin’ Alive was playing in the background. The anaesthetist had asked what she would like to hear, and she’d requested the Bee Gees – calming, “happy music” that took her back to her youth in Colombia. Meanwhile, 130 miles north, in Nottingham City hospital, Ryan Mace grappled with a pair of green surgical stockings, worrying that his gown would reveal his bottom as he walked to theatre. He’d wanted to do something like this since he was a teenager and now that the moment was here, he was ready. Back in London, south of the river at St George’s hospital, Steve Abbott had woken up feeling anxious. But his was a good ward to be on, full of high-spirited football chat that kept his mind off the day ahead. When the time for the operation finally came, he squeezed his son Ben’s hand before being wheeled away.


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Martha, Ryan and Steve were in perfect health. But over the course of the morning, surgeons at the three hospitals tussled gently with fatty tissue and chopped through blood vessels to remove a kidney from each of them. The organs were packed in ice and whisked down corridors, then handed to couriers eager to get on the road.
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In conversation with Professor Dev Kodwani | Vice-Chancellor's Executive
In conversation with Professor Dev Kodwani

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Professor Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law, has the OU mission coursing through his veins. Dev not only knows the transformative power of education, he, like many OU students, has experienced it.

To find out more about Dev's journey from refugee camp to VCE table, watch the interview below:



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Professor Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL), has the OU mission coursing through his veins. Dev not only knows the transformative power of education, he - like many OU students - has experienced it. 

Born and raised in a refugee camp in Gujarat, India, Dev's desire to learn has seen him pursue an academic life in various institutions across India before completing his Doctorate in Manchester and joining the OU in 2004. Now as Executive Dean in FBL, 14 years after first joining the faculty, he is justifiably proud to work with colleagues celebrating 20 years of teaching law at the OU. And even prouder at joining VCE where collaboration and an appetite for growth across the OU are on the top of his list. 

If you want to find out more about Dev as well as what 10,000 hours of training can do, you can watch here. A full transcript of the interview is available here.
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We were on our way to the White Press press conference yesterday morning - when we got redirected. Disappointed at the time, I am now relieved we were.

There is only one memorable moment from that press conference - and that was a one minute 20 seconds fight between the president and the CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta. No other question really got a look in.

I watched the whole thing live, of course. It unsettled me.

And here's why: when you look at the clips that have been running today, and the responses on social media, Jim Acosta emerges as the hero of the hour. The Man Who Stood Up To Trump. The Fighter for all our press freedom.

I don't know Jim. He seems like a good guy. But I feel the episode needs context which is sorely lacking.
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8 IKEA Shopping Tips From A Former Employee
8 IKEA Shopping Tips From A Former Employee

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A former IKEA worker tells us how some tips for making your jaunt through furniture Legoland more enjoyable and efficient.

1. IKEA lives on add-on sales, and where they make their money. The stores are designed to get you though every department, but there are shortcuts. Use them liberally; ask for the fastest way to where you need to go. There’s a ton of cheap stuff along the way for you to grab, and it adds up fast. Before you check out, evaluate what’s in your cart and if you really need/ want it and you’ll save a good chunk of cash. Also, in the first showroom area, avoid what’s called the ‘open the wallet’ area- tons of small, cool, cheap stuff you can grab- it gets you in the buying mood, and ‘opens your wallet’. Everything there is duplicated later on, so if you see something really cool, write it down and look for it later.
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Proposal: multiple formats per page using layouts · Issue #3041 · jekyll/jekyll
Floppy commented on 30 Oct 2014

As far as I can tell, it's not possible to have two output formats for a single page/post at the moment.

We have a case where we'd like to generate an iCal file for each post, as well as the HTML version. It seems to me that a nice way to do this would be to allow multiple extensions for each layout, and generate a file for each extension in the specified layout.

For instance, if we had a post 2014-10-30-hello-world.md, and two layouts, _layouts/post.html and _layouts/post.ical, you would end up with output in both /2014/10/30/hello-world.html and /2014/10/30/hello-world.ical.

I'll have a go at this when I find time, but I was wondering if anyone could highlight any fundamental reasons why this wouldn't work, or problems that might be encountered when writing it?

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as @saclark mentioned, he has written this plugin: https://github.com/saclark/jekyll-multipost


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The Resurrection of Bookmarklets
The Resurrection of Bookmarklets
 
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• Friday, May 8, 2015 – William Donnelly

NOTE: Apparently there is a CSP ability to stop inline scripts from executing. I have not come across any sites that use that feature and/or the browser I am using does not support it. (currently Pale Moon 25.4.0) So this is not an "absolute" fix. Unfortunately, CSP is taking away too much of the user's power and control over their browser use. (unless the browser creators somehow come up with a work-around — they need to develop a security model that works for everyone involved without crippling the (power) user)

The increased implementation of Content Security Policy (CSP) in websites has been heralded as "The End / Death of Bookmarklets". I created a solution in 2015 that resurrects the ability to use (library-based) bookmarklets on CSP and https:// websites using a Greasemonkey userscript.

You can find more info about this issue here:
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=866522
(Bug 866522 - Bookmarklets affected by CSP (Content Security Policy))
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Loop Over querySelectorAll Matches | CSS-Tricks
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Loop Over querySelectorAll Matches
You can loop over Arrays easily in JavaScript with forEach, but unfortunately, it's not that simple with the results of a querySelectorAll.

/* Not Reliable */
document.querySelectorAll('.module').forEach(function() {
/* Only works in Blink browsers and Firefox 50+
no Safari or IE/Edge support */
});
That's because what you get back from querySelectorAll isn't an array, it's a (non-live) NodeList, and not all browsers support forEach on NodeList's

Here's a quick way to iterate over all the found elements:

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Lone Working and Personal Safety Policy -- Red Cross (PDF)
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Lone working and personal safety policy Version Number: 3
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First aid apps -- Red Cross
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The apps allow you to learn simple first aid skills at a time to suit you and keep your knowledge refreshed.

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RawGit
RawGit has reached the end of its useful life
October 8, 2018

RawGit is now in a sunset phase and will soon shut down. It's been a fun five years, but all things must end.

GitHub repositories that served content through RawGit within the last month will continue to be served until at least October of 2019. URLs for other repositories are no longer being served.

If you're currently using RawGit, please stop using it as soon as you can.

## What you should use instead

The following free services offer fantastic alternatives to some or all of RawGit's functionality. You may like them even more than RawGit.

jsDelivr
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CodeSandbox
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## Why this is happening

RawGit has always been a small hobby project. I've never been able to spend more than a handful of minutes a week on it, but it achieved a degree of popularity I could never have imagined.

Last month alone RawGit served over 4.2 billion requests and consumed more than 176 terabytes of bandwidth. Those numbers are simply unfathomable to me. They're almost too huge to be real.

Unfortunately, RawGit has also become an attractive distribution mechanism for malware. RawGit was meant to improve people's lives, but jerks are increasingly using it to hurt people.

Since I have almost no time to devote to fighting malware and abuse on RawGit (and since it would be no fun even if I did have the time), I feel the responsible thing to do is to shut it down. I would rather kill RawGit than watch it be used to hurt people.

## Thank you!

To everyone who has contributed to RawGit over the years, or who has said nice things to me about it, or who has just used it without being a jerk: thank you. I've learned a lot, and I've mostly enjoyed it. I hope you have too.

— Ryan Grove (@yaypie)
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