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Hampus Sethfors

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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.
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Accessibility Scotland 2018 - Accessibility Scotland


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).


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

Vasilis Van Gemert
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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 (PDF)
Via :- https://theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/16/uk-austerity-has-inflicted-great-misery-on-citizens-un-says#

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
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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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

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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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


9.30 – 10.15 Registration, Tea/Coffee

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome
- Professor Hanifa Shah, Executive Dean, Faculty of Computing,
Engineering & the Built Environment
- Phil Richards, JISC Chief Innovation Officer

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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Microsoft AI lab
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May, 7 2018

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Source Code

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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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Yes, there is an alternative. These people have shown how to ‘take back control’ | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
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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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The former first lady recalls falling in love with Barack and reveals their darkest hour in the White House

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Michelle Obama on being the first African American first lady: ‘I was ‘other’ almost by default.’ Photograph: Teresa Crawford/AP
In her memoir, Becoming, Michelle Obama:

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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Four things to know for the week ahead - BBC News
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This is what the international prototype of a kilogram looks like

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
From top: Ryan donated a kidney to Ben, whose dad Steve donated a kidney to David, whose wife Martha donated a kidney to Lee, who is Ryan’s best friend Photograph: David Yeo and Robert Seale for the Guardian
A year after their life-changing surgery, we bring together six people in a kidney donor circle for the first time

by Rachel Williams

Sat 10 Nov 2018 10.00 GMT Last modified on Sat 10 Nov 2018 10.03 GMT

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

Vice-Chancellor's ExecutiveNewsIn conversation with Professor Dev Kodwani
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:

Transcript accessible here:

Professor Devendra Kodwani on his journey from refugee camp to VCE table

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From Refugee camp to VCE table / The Open University / Intranet
05 November 2018

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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This is the Quiz of the Week, but what's the Word of the Year? - BBC News
This is the Quiz of the Week, but what's the Word of the Year?
9 November 2018
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It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world during the past seven days?

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The Acosta affair: An unpopular opinion - BBC News
The Acosta affair: An unpopular opinion
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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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9 days ago
Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. It is functionally similar to Dropbox, although Nextcloud is free and open-source, allowing anyone to install and operate it on a private server. Wikipedia


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10 days ago
8 IKEA Shopping Tips From A Former Employee
8 IKEA Shopping Tips From A Former Employee

Last updated: July 6, 2007

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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I’m completely over the moon that Luna Loves Library Day has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal!
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13 days ago
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?

** https://github.com/saclark/jekyll-multipost

LyndisCealin commented on 20 Aug 2017 •
as @saclark mentioned, he has written this plugin: https://github.com/saclark/jekyll-multipost

** https://github.com/jekyll/jekyll/issues/6948 -- Jekyll 4.0 Ideas #6948
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17 days ago
The Resurrection of Bookmarklets
The Resurrection of Bookmarklets
• Illegitimi non carborundum

• 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:
(Bug 866522 - Bookmarklets affected by CSP (Content Security Policy))
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18 days ago
Bookmarklet - Wikipedia

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18 days ago
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Loop Over querySelectorAll Matches | CSS-Tricks

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:

the MDN article
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20 days ago
Lone Working and Personal Safety Policy -- Red Cross (PDF)

9 pages.

Lone working and personal safety policy Version Number: 3
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23 days ago
First aid apps -- Red Cross
With our British Red Cross apps you’re only two taps away from learning how to help someone in a first aid emergency.

The apps allow you to learn simple first aid skills at a time to suit you and keep your knowledge refreshed.

First Aid app
Our free app features simple, easy-to-learn skills for a range of first aid situations, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.

With videos, interactive quizzes and simple, step-by-step guides, it’s never been easier to learn first aid.

The information you need is all hosted on the app itself, which means no internet connection is needed, making it fast and easy to access.

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23 days ago
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.

GitHub Pages

## 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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25 days ago
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wordfilter - npm
wordfilter.blacklisted('this string has zebra in it')  # True 
This is a word filter adapted from code that I use in a lot of my twitter bots. It is based on a list of words that I've hand-picked for exclusion from my bots: essentially, it's a list of things that I would not say myself. Generally speaking, they are "words of oppression", aka racist/sexist/ableist things that I would not say.
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26 days ago
radio FM4 - TEDx Vienna / Tony Giles
Dear all I wanted to share a little of the TEDx conference in Vienna,
20th October, where I spoke!
Follow the links and Enjoy!

Tony Giles blind solo traveller, author of Ebooks:

*Seeing The Americas My Way*
An emotional journey (2016)
Available from
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Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/seeing-the-americas-my-way
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26 days ago
Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy – Open Textbook
Professional Web Accessibility Auditing Made Easy
Subtitle: Essential Skills for Web Developers, Content Creators, and Designers

Authors: Digital Education Strategies, The Chang School

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Book Description: Digital accessibility skills are in high demand, as the world becomes more aware of barriers in digital content that prevent some people from participating in a digital society. These are essential skills for web developers, and essential knowledge for organizations that want to ensure their web content is reaching the broadest audience possible.

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27 days ago
Tabbed interfaces - Access & Use
Access & Use (en) Components Tabbed interfaces

Tabbed interfaces

Tabbed interfaces can stack up information, like in a stack of index cards. Selecting a tab shows the corresponding card (the tab panel).

The tabs in a tabbed interface are usually arranged horizontally, sometimes vertically.

A tabbed interface in action
The following video shows a typical tabbed interface in action. The screen reader NVDA is turned on to show what non-visual users experience.
europe  accessibility  project  research  TimCoughlan 
27 days ago
Compare - Funka

COMPARE stands for Comparing peer accessibility ratings in evaluation. It is an Erasmus Strategic Partnership between DIAS (Germany), Funka (Sweden) and BrailleNet (France).

The need for an accessible society
Today, access to online information and services has become a critical requirement for successful inclusion in society. But many digital resources are still not accessible to people with disabilities. An aging population means the share of people with disabilities is rising. This, and the digitisation of all parts of society, makes inclusive digital content and services more important than ever.
accessibility  research  project  europe  TimCoughlan 
27 days ago
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1054324785319198720
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27 days ago
mdn/browser-compat-data: This repository contains compatibility data for Web technologies as displayed on MDN
This repository contains compatibility data for Web technologies as displayed on MDN https://developer.mozilla.org


This data can be used in documentation, to build compatibility tables listing browser support for APIs. For example: Browser support for WebExtension APIs.

npm Build Status Twitter Follow

Maintained by the MDN team at Mozilla.
browser  javascript  mozilla 
27 days ago
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1054298079296405504
Actually gutted about this. has been the soundtrack to my life for, well, far longer than I c…
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27 days ago
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1054296436467220480
Some of the abuse she has had here has been appalling. Support for a show is one thing, assaulting the dignity of a…
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27 days ago
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1054296434625990661
One other thing. Maybe it needs to be said, maybe not but so there is no room for argument I’ll be clear. I’ve love…
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27 days ago
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
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<head><title>BBC Radio Podcasts</title>
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OPML  podcast  BBC  audio  commedy  radio  XML 
4 weeks ago
Wheelchair backflipping teen among BBC R1 award winners - BBC News

Wheelchair backflipping teen among BBC R1 award winners

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Image copyrightLILY RICE
Lily Rice, 14, has spastic paraplegia and uses a wheelchair.

She also became the second female in the world to perform a wheelchair backflip last year.

Now the Welsh teenager has been given a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award for helping children like her access her sport, wheelchair motorcross or WCMX.

She's one of three teenagers to be recognised for their outstanding dedication to others in the Teen Hero Awards.
newsbeat  disability  dis-ability  sport 
4 weeks ago
I woke up unable to speak English - BBC News
I woke up unable to speak English
By Beth Rose
BBC News
17 October 2018
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Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon. It's not a routine she chose to adopt - but something her brain requires her to do. It all started with a cycling accident.

Her partner Andrew Wilde was halfway up a mountain in the US state of Montana when he received a baffling text from Hannah.

He understood only two words - "dog" and "hospital" - but knew instinctively something was wrong.

The text was in German, a language Hannah had grown up with, but Andrew didn't really understand. They only ever communicated in English.
bbc  news  health  disability  language  cycling  mental 
4 weeks ago
kuncajs/Less-Appcache: Framework which enables to create dynamic HTML5 appcaches (in style like LESS enhance CSS).
Framework which enables to create appcaches in style like LESS.js enhance CSS. Allows dynamic creation of application manifests.

It is distributed under Apache licence.

Application manifest
Every offline web application concentrates on a cache manifest file. The manifest file is a list of all the files the application has to download and store and also a set of rules how the application should behave when it reaches an unavailable resource.

How it works?
It is an extension of the language of manifest files and also a processing tool capable of parsing these files and generate proper appcache manifests completely written in Java SE 7. Files should use .lesscache extension to determine extension of .appcache/.manifest file.

Key features
add resources dynamically by regular expressions or globs
use @import to create modules to make offline just parts of your complex applications offline
checks whether resources really exist and warns user if they do not, that a typo might occur
create version comment based on last modified file of listed resources
checks syntax and errors in appcache (multiply defined namespaces in fallback and more...)
html5  github  thesis  performance 
4 weeks ago
Application Cache is a Douchebag · An A List Apart Article
by Jake Archibald May 08, 2012

Published in Application Development, HTML, JavaScript

Good morning! Over in “castle Lanyrd” we recently launched our mobile site, which caches data on events you’re attending for viewing offline. I’ve boiled the offline bits down to a simple demo and posted all the code on Github. But before we delve into the code, let me tell you a true story. Totally true.

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Brief books for people who make websites.

An Event Apart:
3 days of design, code, and content for web & UX designers & devs.

I was at a party, one where the guests were mostly strangers to one another. I was part of a little huddle that was awkwardly trying to make introductions. A rather pretty lady turned to one of the shyer members of the group, introduced herself as “Dev,” and asked “So, what do you do then?”

“Oh, I’m the LocalStorage” he replied, shuffling uncomfortably. “I provide a scripting interface for text storage maintained across pages and browser sessions.”

“Yeah, he’s basically a shelf!” interrupted another. The group tittered at LocalStorage’s expense. I stayed silent, as I’d come to know this guy pretty well.

Another member of the group piped up. “Hi, I’m ApplicationCache,” he said, as he reached over to shake Dev’s hand. “I turn your offline experience from sucks-ass, to success. Just one extra file, and bosh! It works. No fuss, no ‘scripting’ necessary.” Yes, he did finger-quotes while saying ‘scripting.’ I’m gritting my teeth at this point, because I know he’s greatly exaggerating his abilities and the others don’t see it. However, if I call “bullshit” on it I’ll seem like the jerk.

I felt bad for not doing anything on that completely real evening. It’s painful to see articles that praise ApplicationCache’s ease of use, written by people who’ve clearly only met him in passing. I must set the record straight: I’m here to tell you ApplicationCache is a douchebag.
ala  alistapart  html5  tips 
4 weeks ago
Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so

Aditya Chakrabortty
The fund reports that Britain’s finances are weaker than all other nations except Portugal, and says privatisation is to blame

Wed 17 Oct 2018 06.00 BST Last modified on Wed 17 Oct 2018 13.34 BST

‘Pundits will say that neoliberalism is about markets and choice – tell that to any commuter wedged on a Southern rail train.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Columnists usually proffer answers, but today I want to ask a question, a big one. What price is paid when a promise is broken? Because for much of my life, and probably yours, the political class has made this pledge: that the best way to run an economy is to hack back the public realm as far as possible and let the private sector run free. That way, services operate better, businesses get the resources they need, and our national finances are healthier.

It’s why your tax credits keep dropping, and your mum has to wait half a year to see a hospital consultant – because David Cameron slashed public spending, to stop it “crowding out” private money. It’s why water bills are so high and train services can never be counted on – because both industries have been privatised.
guardian  news  UK  politics  economics 
4 weeks ago
Man to be removed from UK so ill Home Office will send four medics on flight | UK news | The Guardian
Balachandran family fear for father’s life as he prepares for removal despite three strokes

Diane Taylor

Sat 13 Oct 2018 06.00 BST Last modified on Sat 13 Oct 2018 07.57 BST

The Balachandran family faces deportation on Monday. Sangarapillai, right, was headhunted by UK company in 2007. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian
The Home Office is so concerned about the health of a man who faces removal from the UK this Monday that four medics will accompany him on the flight in case he has a stroke.

Sangarapillai Balachandran, 60, a Sri Lankan Tamil with Australian citizenship, is due to be flown to Australia with his wife and three children. He has had three increasingly serious strokes over six years. He says that all three occurred during periods of stress in his dealings with the Home Office over his family’s immigration case.

Balachandran, who fears he could die on the flight, takes medication for high blood pressure. When his blood pressure was taken a few days ago to assess his fitness to fly it was 160 over 105 – normal blood pressure range from 120/80 to 140/90. A neurologist who treated Balachandran after his third stroke said it was likely to have been caused by “a combination of hypertension and ethnic factors”.
guardian  news  UK 
5 weeks ago
Shocking dashcam videos released by police - BBC News
Shocking dashcam videos released by Norfolk and Suffolk police

Examples of crashes and astonishing near-misses caught on drivers' dashcams have been released by police to discourage erratic driving.

Forces in Norfolk and Suffolk said they received about 150 videos a month from the public - double the amount from last year.

About 75% of footage has led to drivers being warned, sent on driving courses or dealt with through the courts.

Watch the full story on Inside Out at 19:30 BST on BBC One in the east of England, on Monday, 15 October.

14 Oct 2018
bbc  news  video 
5 weeks ago
The Tories’ obscene joke: shred the safety net, then toss people into it | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
From bedroom tax to universal credit, vulnerable people are being forced into crisis by May’s policies. And she’s gutted the system supposed to help them

Thu 11 Jan 2018 08.00 GMT Last modified on Thu 11 Jan 2018 08.16 GMT

Councils are setting aside thousands of pounds to help food banks support universal credit claimants. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
“If you make a mess, at least clean it up yourself” is a lesson most children learn – but it’s one that Theresa May and her chaotic cabinet increasingly seem to be struggling with. The year has started with local councils across the country having to put aside emergency funding for the poorest residents as they switch to the disastrous universal credit system.

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From this month, Barking and Dagenham council has set aside £50,000 to help those struggling to pay their bills, while Tower Hamlets, another east London council, is budgeting £5m over the next three years. Grimly, Shropshire council has earmarked £20,000 to help food banks to “diversify the type of help they are able to give specifically to suit universal credit”.

It’s shameful that low-income families are being forced into crisis by the very system meant to help them – a chalice filled with such poison that even Conservative ministers are now resigning from government rather than taking it on. Worse still, as the government plunders, it’s cash-strapped local authorities that are being left to pick up the pieces – the same local authorities who are unable to afford children’s centres, respite care, libraries, or environmental services and transport. But what’s happening with universal credit is not unique. Council budgets are repeatedly being used to alleviate the suffering being caused by government policies.

guardian  news  money  benefits 
5 weeks ago
OU Supported Browser Categories | Digital Governance
It is proposed that we have 4 categories of support, much in the same way that systems are managed within the architectural governance structure.

These categories are defined as:
Strategic Deprecated Contained Retired
OU  browser  support 
5 weeks ago
Evaluate information | Library Services | Open University
Quick evaluation

If you’re using Internet explorer you can view the video Evaluating information: knowing what to trust on the Library videos page.

A quick way of judging the quality and relevance of information you find on the web is to ask: Who? Why? When?
OU  library  ouplayer 
5 weeks ago
Open Arts Objects | Open Arts Archive
** Multiple videos !!

This project from the Open University explores a series of vivid objects from ancient times to the present, showing how each is not merely a seductive or beautiful artwork or artefact, but can also reveal fascinating histories and connections. In short films on selected objects, members of the department showcase their innovative research to the public. The objects explored include paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, architecture and design, film and video, and installation and performance art. These films shed light on some of the unsolved mysteries of material objects, exploring what is left out of standard art history textbooks and they teach viewers how to look closely—a critical tool for Art History. We have also collaborated with curators in museums across the UK in order to bring the museum into the classroom. In these select films, a curator brings to life a work from their collection within the space of the museum.
ouplayer  OU  art  archive  video 
5 weeks ago
Are dark kitchens the satanic mills of our era? | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian
Tue 9 Oct 2018 06.00 BST Last modified on Tue 9 Oct 2018 08.41 BST

Illustration by Nicola Jennings

They are known as “dark kitchens”: cramped boxes, usually plonked in city centres, in which cooks prepare meals that are ordered and sent out via food-delivery apps. Britain is reckoned to have at least 70, most of which are owned and run by the delivery giant Deliveroo under the brand name Deliveroo Editions. The food that comes out of them is sold in the name of established restaurants, and innocent customers might assume it somehow still comes from their high-street premises. But no: this is a new reality of “virtual branding”, in which all that sits behind this or that logo are the bare essentials – a couple of ovens, a handful of chefs and couriers frantically delivering what they cook.

A report last year by my Guardian colleague Sarah Butler focused on a dark kitchen site near Canary Wharf in London, and vividly evoked what went on there: “The boxes have no windows and many of the chefs work with the doors open … Working in the metal boxes is either hot or cold, depending on the weather and whether they are cooking or prepping. In one kitchen, there is only a small fan heater for cold days. Another houses a pizza oven that takes up more than a third of the space and makes it extremely hot.” Online ads for jobs in such places offer hourly wages of between £8.50 and £9, and roles best suited to people who are “reliable”, “hard working”, and have “two years’ experience in [a] fast paced kitchen”.
guardian  news  uk 
5 weeks ago
(187) The stolen island of Diego Garcia - YouTube
Duration: 12:28.

The stolen island of Diego Garcia





Sav Muni
Published on 5 Jul 2018

The stolen island of Diego Garcia
chagos  YouTube  video 
5 weeks ago
(187) Stealing a Nation - How the UK/US Stole the Diego Garcia Island - YouTube
Duration: 56.40.


Renegade History

Published on 20 Mar 2014

Stealing a Nation is a 2004 Granada Television documentary written and directed by John Pilger, produced and directed by Christopher Martin and with reconstruction footage directed by Sean Crotty. The documentary is about the expulsion of Chagossians from the
chagos  youtube  video 
5 weeks ago
Bedbugs and dirty room - Review of Mayfair Hotel, Shanklin - TripAdvisor
Review of Mayfair Hotel
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile
I had paid for 2 rooms at the Mayfair hotel, while ours was okay, my daughter and her fiancée's room hadn't been cleaned properly. They found a flipflop and a tag from a school children under the bed. We dropped the luggage off and went for a meal. It was about 11pm when we returned. My daughter came to my room saying there were bed bugs on the wall. I had a look- and had to agree after a Google search it was indeed bed bugs. The night receptionist tried to blame my daughter, implying the bugs had come in through the open window. They were eventually moved to another room. The next day nothing was said- but when my daughter asked at the desk, they confirmed it was bed bugs...but no apology was given. We contacted them when we returned- but no apology has ever been given. It's simply the worst hotel I've stayed in!
isleofwight  review 
6 weeks ago
World Mental Health Day: Have you booked a session yet?
World Mental Health Day: Have you booked a session yet?
03 October 2018

Remember, Wednesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. 

There are dozens of events taking place across all OU sites.  Spaces are still available to book for:

Online Peer Support for Health
Online Staying Motivated at Home
Mindfulness sessions at Walton Hall (14.00pm to 15.15pm, and 15.30pm to 16.45pm)
Rachael Troughton talk: Arch 2 Arc at Walton Hall (14.30pm to 15.15pm)
Anxiety and Depression workshop at Walton Hall (10.00pm to 12.00pm)
Moroccan Dancing taster session at Walton Hall (12.15pm to 12.45pm)
Walk around Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes (12.30 to 13.45pm)
Yoga taster session at Walton Hall (13.10pm to 13.40pm and 13.40pm to 14.10pm)
Nordic walking taster session at Walton Hall (12.00pm to 13.00pm and 13.00pm to 14.00pm) 
What to watch out for:

The Big White Wall, a new online support site for students
Watch the judging of the Bake your Research competition
Listen to an engaging talk by Rachael Troughton the first woman to complete the Enduroman Arch 2 Arch ultra-distance triathlon
Listen to a webinar by Cathy Lovell, Careers Consultant ‘Let's talk about mental health' https://learn1.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=100172
 Time has run out for booking the following as they're now fully booked:

Manga drawing
Online Mindfulness
Online Desktop Yoga 
You can book your place on an event by emailing: HR-ER-and-Engagement@open.ac.uk

Remember to take a look at our Wellbeing+ Intranet site for full programme details and a variety of other information about wellbeing matters. 
OU  OpenUniversity  OpenU  event  mental  health 
6 weeks ago
Sustainable English Language Teacher Development at Scale: Lessons from Bangladesh: Ian Eyres: Bloomsbury Academic
Sustainable English Language Teacher Development at Scale
Lessons from Bangladesh

Editor(s): Ian Eyres, Tom Power, Robert McCormick

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Published: 06-09-2018
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 296
ISBN: 9781350043473
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations: 50 bw illus
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £90.00
Online price: £81.00
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OU  IDO  book  OpenUniversity  international  asia  teach 
6 weeks ago
The OU in Bangladesh: from intuition to REF impact
The OU in Bangladesh: from intuition to REF impact

Type: OU Events

Date: 03 October 2018

Time: 12:30-14:00

Location: Christodoulou Meeting Room 01 (ground floor)

Come and find out about a decade of OU work in Bangladesh – helping front-line workers improve their practice.

The English in Action (EIA) project challenged the OU to change the way that millions of children and young people in Bangladesh learn communicative English.

How did we approach, innovate and evaluate a new teacher development programme? And what did we learn and what was the impact on teachers and learners?

The WELS International Teacher Education and Development (ITED) Group, in collaboration with the International Development Office (IDO), have grappled with this over the past 10 years.

This story is being told in:
• A new book Sustainable English Language Teacher Development at Scale (published by Bloomsbury Academic)
• Forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact case study: The Use of Mobile Learning to improve English Language Teaching in Bangladesh

On Wednesday 3rd October you can come and experience a slice of our learning from Bangladesh – In the words of a teacher: ‘Through EIA … we are well equipped … we have developed our own skills, everything is within us!’
Feel free to bring your lunch and stay as long as you can!
IDO  OU  news  event 
6 weeks ago
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