Poll 2.0: Playing it out successfully on gadgets

Even as politicians are sweating it out on ground zero to woo people, the 4G-era voters are ‘playing’ with them on their mobile and laptop screens, virtually. The hordes of mobile phone games and app on desi politics are helping the gaming enthusiasts in fighting the ballot battle on their own. Giving a gaming twist to the ongoing poll fight, these political games having prominent leaders as main characters are in great demand. These include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BSP chief…

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Roll out of revised education system to begin in May

The new education system developed to replace the discredited 8-4-4 could finally be implemented in May on a pilot basis in lower primary schools, documents seen by the Sunday Nation reveal. The system, which places emphasis on continuous assessment tests (CATs) over one-off examinations, will then be rolled out in January next year covering nursery, Standard One, Two and Three. The revelation comes ahead of a major conference on the curriculum scheduled for January 30 that will discuss the proposed system and schedules. In 2019, the system is expected to…

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School’s out: Inside Donald Trump’s extremest education agenda

Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency left education policy experts at a complete loss to explain what this would mean for the nation’s schools. During his campaign, Trump gave few clues about what would inform his education leadership, only that he had some antipathy for the Department of Education, he was no fan of Common Core and he would advocate for more “school choice.” After his election, experienced education journalists at Education Week predicted Trump would embrace conservative Beltway think tanks and state education policy leaders who had bristled under the rule of…

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Republicans: you have to pass our health care plan to find out what’s in it

The most ill-advised remark of the fight to pass Obamacare arguably came from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said. That “fog of controversy” bit — which is usually dropped from recitations of Pelosi’s quote — reveals what she was actually saying, which was that once the fight over the law’s passage died down, the American people would find there was quite a lot to like in it. But Republicans…

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Limerick city food bank runs out of supplies and turns over 100 people away

Update 7pm: The food bank at St John’s Pavilion in Limerick has run out after handing out 2,500 food bags to struggling families and individuals today. More than 100 people were turned away. “We ran out of food and we had to turn 150 people away,” said Lorraine Moroney, St Vincent de Paul. “We’re trying to organise a team to pack and distribute 300 more hampers tomorrow from 12pm-1pm,” she added. Earlier: Hundreds of people struggling to find money to feed themselves and their families queued in the cold and…

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The Stuff Gadget Podcast episode 5: the gang pours one out for Pebble

On the one hand this has been a bit of a sad week in gadget land, what with Pebble going the way of the dodo, but on the other hand it’s been a great week for gaming news and reviews. So join us for this emotional rollercoaster of a podcast! We fight over the relative merits of Super Mario Run, The Last Guardian and The Last of Us Part II, plus the amazing update in development for BT TV customers, and the downright hottest coffee machine we’ve ever laid eyes…

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From LG V20 to OnePlus 3T, all the upcoming gadgets to look out for

LG V20 LG’s new flagship features dual cameras as well as a dual screen setup. It has a 5.7-inch IPS display (2560 x 1440 pixels) and a secondary 2.1-inch display (1040 x 160 pixels). Hardware includes a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,200mAh battery. It has 16MP + 8MP rear sensor with laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation, a 5MP front camera, microSD slot, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 4G with VoLTE, USB Type -c and runs Android 7.0 .. OnePlus 3T The OnePlus 3T is an…

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Worried if your toddler is allergic to peanuts? Here’s how you can find out

Infants might be allergic to peanuts which make parents perplexed about when and how to introduce peanut-containing foods to them. A recent study that offers guidance on this topic will definitely help out parents without going “nuts.” “The first step is determining if your child is at high-risk for peanut allergy,” says Amal Assa’ad. “Before introducing peanut-containing foods to a high-risk infant, the infant should be seen by their primary health care provider who will determine if referral to an allergist for testing and/or in-office introduction is needed.” According to…

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Is Skinny Fashion On Its Way Out?

It seems that after a decade of embracing skinny jeans, jeggings, bodycon dresses, and all manner of stretchy and slim-fit clothing, we’re collectively outgrowing skinny fashion and headed in a more voluminous sartorial direction. The signs have been all around us. The Wall Street Journal predicted the phasing-out of skinny jeans back in October 2014, when it ran a piece about the rising popularity of roomier denim styles, such as the classic Levi’s 501s and other “boyfriend” fits. Vintage pairs were spotted on influencers during Paris Fashion Week that year, and the publication reported that…

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‘Sex’ out of sex education

One word (and its derivatives) must be taboo for any policy document on sex education for teens, the NDA government believes. That word is “sex”. The human resource development ministry has forced an expert panel to condense its recommendations on adolescent education to just one sentence because the original draft mentioned the word “sexual” twice. The final document was submitted in May this year, when Smriti Irani headed the ministry. The BJP has always been cagey about the adolescent education programme since its introduction in schools. A 2009 report by…

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