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BREAKING: University returns paused until “at least 25 January” for most students

first_imgHowever, Donelan also stressed the importance of ensuring that “those students who have remained at university or who have compelling reasons to return are given appropriate support and access to study space”. Appropriate reasons for return cited within the letter include international students without alternative accommodation, students without access to study space or appropriate facilities in their vacation or home accommodation, students who remained in their university accommodation over the winter break, those requiring additional support (including for reasons regarding mental health) and those on placements. Michelle Donelan, the Universities Minister, has released a letter to universities in England with new instructions for returning to university next term, stating that “we will shortly be updating the Spring 2021 guidance to reflect the decisions set out below”. Cherwell has contacted the University for comment to discover how this will impact Hilary returns. Previous college policies can be found here. In the letter, the students who are able to return in the first tranche (from 4 January) are restricted to Medicine (and subjects allied to medicine or health), Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Education (in particular, initial teacher training), Social Work and courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments or activity which is scheduled for January and cannot be postponed. Donelan continues that “all remaining courses should continue to be offered online from the beginning of term. Given the rising infection rates, the return of all other students should be paused until at least the week commencing 25 January. The government will review this decision and provide further communication to providers in the week commencing 18 January. On the basis of this review, we will ask providers to plan for the staggered return of further students, prioritising those who will most benefit from in-person provision. We will work with the Office for Students and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education to discuss the impact of these measures”.last_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” FEBRUARY 7, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that earlier this week the Vanderburgh County Commissioners unanimously approved (3-0) an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with American Structure Point so they can start designing the new addition to the Vanderburgh County Jail? …this MOU releases $500,000 to AmericanStructure Point so they can start the Architectural and Engineering work on the new addition to the jail?  …that AmericanStructure Point has approximately 120 days to finalize a mutually agreed upon jail design? …yesterday the Vanderburgh County Council also approved this funding request?  …It’s great to see a consensus among the County Commissioners and County Council in the funding request to begin the design work on the new addition to the Vanderburgh County jail? …we also would like to thank Vanderburgh County Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Jeff Hatfield, Sherriff Dave Wedding, and the Vanderburgh County Building Authority Director, Dave Rector for the outstanding work they have done on this project so far? …we also commend all parties for agreeing that American StructurePoint should do the Engineering and Architectural design work on the new addition on the jail?IS IT TRUE last year it was announced that the National Gridiron League newest addition will be the Indiana Firebirds from Evansville, Indiana?  …it was also announced that the Indiana Firebirds of Evansville Indiana will play there indoors arena football home games at Ford Center beginning in March of 2019?  …that last year Scott Schoenike, the Executive Director of the Ford Center told the Courier and Press; “that he has been in conversations with several leagues during the past few years but waited for the right match.”  that Schoenike also said; “that the city believe they have found one in the National Gridiron League”? ….that a lot of people are looking forward to watching Arena Football at the Ford Center?….we wonder why we haven’t seen any advanced marketing effort by the Ford Center in promoting the Evansville Indiana Firebirds first home game in March 2019 at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE that there was recently a patronage article online about the value that the downtown Doubletree is reportedly creating?…there is strength in numbers and just because some of the supporters of the subsidized edifice are cheerleading does not mean the numbers are working?…when real numbers showing over 65% occupancy at paying rates of $125 per night are made public, the downtown Doubletree will have proven to be a viable unsubsidized hotel?…until then articles touting its potential are nothing but fluff?…the same meaningless cheerleading went on with the Ford Center until it became blatantly obvious that the “it will pay for itself from day one” claims were nothing but hot air from aspiring former Mayor seeking a higher office?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the former owner of the Evansville Iceman Hockey didn’t send Mayor Winnecke a thank you note to him for forcing him to leave town? …it’s obvious that the Evansville Thunderbolts are losing money and Ron Geary’s Jacksonville, Fla. IceMen is doing extremely well financially? …that the Jacksonville IceMen home games average attendance is around 6,000 patrons per game and are ranked 3rd in attendance out of the 27 teams in the ECHL?  …the Evansville Thunderbolts home game attendance count is somewhere in the 2,000 range?   …when the Evansville IceMen played at the Ford Center they paid around $10,000 a game and it’s been reported that the Evansville Thunderbolts pays a $1,000 for each home game?IS IT TRUE that on page 2 article 5 of the federal indictment of Stephanie Tenbarge for stealing from Echo Housing it clearly states that all checks over $600 required two signatures?…that the signatures required for checks over $600 would be Stephanie Tenbarge and a member of the Echo Housing Board of Directors that was not named?…this begs the question about how many checks were written for over $600 and who was the second signature on those checks?…any board member who signed such checks for goods, services, or real estate taxes that assisted Ms. Tenbarge of allegedly defrauding Echo Housing should submit to questioning?  …attached is the link of the Federal indictment of the former ECHO HOUSING Director Stephanie Tenbarge Indictment.IS IT TRUE that the ECHO HOUSING spin doctors are working overtime to convince the general public that all is well since the former Executive Director has been indicted for fraud? …we wonder how the ECHO HOUSING Board of Directors is going to replenish the $150,000 plus of missing money from the agency coffers?  …we predict if the  ECHO Housing Board of Directors try to collect money from the insurance company who carries their employee fraud insurance policy they will quickly realize that everything isn’t as rosy as their spin doctors are telling people?IS IT TRUE that Bryan Bennett is doing the marketing and social media work for the Alex Burton campaign for 4th Ward City Council?IS IT TRUE that our GOP “Mole” tell us that the local Republican party may have a contested primary race in the At-Large City Council race? …we are told that the party movers and shakers are really upset with the possibility of having a contested race in the Republican primary?IS IT TRUE that the Political Director of Mayor Winnecke was recently arrested for driving under the influence?  …he has been fired by the Winnecke For Mayor campaign manager?  …recently the head coach of the Evansville Thunderbolts was also arrested for driving under the influence but was not fired?  …he was suspended from coaching for one week? …we always been told that “What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander?”IS IT TRUE we been informed that a candidate for the Evansville City Council has had the crime-fighting “Guardian” van sitting right in front of his apartment for a while?  …a friend of the individual running for City Council tells us that his buddy has no idea why the Evansville Police Department decided to park the “Guardian” van in front of his apartment because he has no knowledge that his area has a problem with crime?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Did the Mayor make a major mistake when he didn’t do everything in his power to convince the Evansville IceMen to stay in Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. 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News story: New drone safety partnership with business launched as government sets out plans to limit drone misuse

first_img It is illegal to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment. Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe. The CAA’s Dronecode provides advice on how to fly your drone safely and follow the rules. you can see it at www.dronesafe.uk Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Aviation, Europe and technology media enquiries The government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have today (20 February 2019) announced a new partnership with the retailer Jessops, as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones. Working with the CAA, the government is dialling up a campaign to help educate the public about responsible drone use, including issuing a digital toolkit to airports to help them raise awareness of the new rules.Following on from new laws last year restricting the use of drones and bringing forward a new drone-users register, today, the government also announced new legislation to extend the ‘no-fly’ zone around airports, banning drones from flying within 5km of runways.The new exclusion zone will be increased by several kilometres, including banning drone flight within 5km of runway ends. The enlarged zone will better protect the UK’s airports from those misusing drones, and will come into force on 13 March 2019.Work to progress a new Drones Bill is also underway and will be introduced in due course. It will give police officers powers to stop and search people suspected of using drones maliciously above 400ft or within 5km of an airport — helping them to tackle disruption such as that seen at Gatwick in December. It will also give additional new powers to the police to clamp down on those misusing drones and other small unmanned aircraft — including the power to access electronic data stored on a drone with a warrant.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Ian Savage, Head of Retail and Academy Training at Jessops, said: Drones are one of the most exciting ways of capturing stunning aerial photos and videos, and with prices more affordable than ever they are within reach of any budding photographer and videographer. Many are intuitive and simple to operate, making them ideal for beginners, while the more sophisticated models now offer features such as full manual control of the camera and stunning 4K 60fps video, that help advanced photographers take their shots to the next level. Along with the pleasure drones bring comes a responsibility for the user to ensure they are flying their drone safely and legally. As one of the leading drone retailers Jessops is committed to ensuring it communicates the new laws to all its customers, and it will be doing this through extensive training from our dedicated drone specialists Connor Keenan and Jon Dick. The CAA’s ‘dronecode’ provides advice on how to fly your drone safely and follow the rules at all times. More information on the rules for drone users can be found at www.dronesafe.uk The law is clear that flying a drone near an airport is a serious criminal act. We’re now going even further and extending the no-fly zone to help keep our airports secure and our skies safe. We are also working to raise awareness of the rules in place. Anyone flying their drone within the vicinity of an airport should know they are not only acting irresponsibly, but criminally, and could face imprisonment. extended ‘no-fly zone’ banning drones and model aircraft from 5km of runways to come into force next month government to give police new anti-drone misuse stop and search powers new partnership with retailer as part of a national campaign ahead of new law The Home Office is also reviewing the UK’s approach to countering the malicious use of drones, and will consider how best to protect the full range of the UK’s critical national infrastructure — including testing and evaluating technology to counter drones.The Home Office will also extend stop and search to people suspected of carrying corrosives substances in a public place, which will help prevent acid attacks. Currently, they must be suspected of intent to cause injury. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Tim Johnson, Policy Director at the CAA, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Extending stop and search to include drones will help police tackle disruption like the recent misery we saw at UK airports, when travel was ruined for thousands of innocent passengers, and bring those responsible to justice. Police are clear that stop and search is one of the most powerful tools they have to target and disrupt crime and I remain committed to giving them all the support they need to protect the public.last_img read more

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