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Greening announces merger of education and skills funding

Education secretary Justine Greening The new, single funding body will be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It will be part of the Department for Education and start to operate from next month. The new agency will continue to carry out the roles of the Education and Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency and consequently it will be ... Read More »

Bored? No way. Ditching technology makes life complicated and beautiful

‘Gathering and chopping wood is more of a practical meditation than a chore.’ Illustration: Kirsty Alston Saturday 25 March 2017 05.00 EDTLast modified on Saturday 25 March 2017 05.02 EDT We are walking eyes half-open, half-asleep into a techno-dystopia even George Orwell couldn’t imagine. 1984 is starting to look primitive compared to what’s in store for us. Sex robots could soon make ... Read More »

The myriad effects of social media on the justice system

A screenshot from the Parker Police Department’s Twitter feed. My wife locked her classroom door, moved away from any windows, and sent me a text to let me know a man with a gun had been seen outside her school. The swift, professional reaction of teachers and staff at Sierra Middle School locked down the building and ushered students to ... Read More »

The week in real estate industry deals: March 20-24

While real estate agents chase leads and close deals on houses, there’s another level of deal-making that takes place within the real estate industry: mergers, acquisitions, integrations and partnerships. We’ll be recapping every week’s noteworthy deals that didn’t make it into print (and some that did) for your perusal. We missed you before! Halstead Property has been named the Official ... Read More »

Sex offender wrongly banned from Internet, court rules

A sex offender under lifetime supervision was wrongly banished from the Internet, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the high court ruled that the state Parole Board went too far when it imposed a total “Internet blackout” on a man who was convicted in 2003 of sexually molesting his young daughters and served two prison ... Read More »

Uber pledges to make drivers happier

Uber’s relationship with its drivers has become increasingly strained, the company admitted on Tuesday, as it vowed to improve its service. The ride-sharing firm told the media some of its policies were “unintentionally stacked against drivers”. In particular, drivers for the company will now have more ability to defend themselves against rider complaints and refunds. Uber also spoke about its ... Read More »

Calling 911 on a Mobile Phone

Q. I saw on the news that a bunch of cellphone users couldn’t connect to the 911 emergency number the other week because of an “outage.” Why is dialing 911 different on a mobile phone than on a landline? A. When someone dials the national 911 number, a nearby call center for emergency services (known as a public safety answering ... Read More »

Your gadgets are vulnerable to hacking

A hacking that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the broader risks that come with technology’s embedding into the nooks of our lives. Last week, a group of computer security researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina demonstrated ... Read More »

Global finance gathering struggles to define trade stance

BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance on trade in the face of the Trump administration’s insistence that cross-border commerce must be “fair” as well as “free.” Finance ministers from the Group of 20 powers comprising more than 80 percent of the global economy debated the wording of their ... Read More »

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

National K-12 and higher ed news came fast and furious this week. Here are our highlights to help you keep on top. The president’s “skinny budget” has cuts for education The biggest story of our week happened early Thursday morning when President Trump released his budget outline, historically known as a “skinny budget” because it has few details. The U.S. ... Read More »