Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

BOSTON (AP) — Colleges and universities pushed back Wednesday against the Trump administration’s decision to make international students leave the country if they plan on taking classes entirely online this fall, with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filing a lawsuit to try to block it, and others promising to work with students to keep them on campus.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified colleges Monday that international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall. New visas will not be issued to students at those schools, and others at universities offering a mix of online and in-person classes will be barred from taking all of their classes online.

The guidance says international students won’t be exempt even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term.

In a statement, the U.S. State

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Inside the Internet Hate Machine

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE D uring the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech raising alarm about Donald Trump’s association with the “alt-right.” In Clinton’s telling, conspiracy theories and rank bigotry from “the dark, far reaches of the Internet” fueled Trump’s rise. But if Clinton correctly identified a new political movement growing on the fringes of the Web, she misidentified Breitbart and Alex Jones as its ringleaders. In the strange world of 4chan and “weird Twitter,” the anonymous posters who took credit for memeing Trump to the presidency call the shots.

Since 2016, academics and journalists have offered alternatives to Clinton’s simplistic characterization of these online communities. It’s no easy task: Cloaked in layers of irony and self-reference, they elude conventional analysis. The operating principle in the hodgepodge of gamers, anime fans, and reactionary ideologues that makes up the online far right is a love of chaos, as Angela Nagle

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Will Smith, Princess Diana & Ferrari Pics Among Lineup For Unprecedented Online Event

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The unprecedented Cannes virtual market is underway and there are a surprisingly large number of pre-sale titles on offer.

Big-canvas projects such as Will Smith starrer Emancipation and Michael Mann movie Ferrari will be on sale alongside action-thrillers like Gerard Butler movie Kandahar and Nick Jonas title The Blacksmith, adventure pics like Arthur The King, dramas such as James Gray’s starry Armageddon Time and genre fare like Elisabeth Moss movie Run Rabbit Run. There are a handful of intriguing prospects still to be announced and we’re also seeing recent deals being revealed for Cannes Official Selection movies.

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The large volume of pre-sale titles seems counter-intuitive amid coronavirus uncertainty and has taken many by surprise but the pandemic has meant talent have had time to read material and with schedules in flux, there may be opportunities for more

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An Inside Look at the US Fintech Company With Its Finger on the Pulse of Gen Z

It is 6:45 a.m. on an unusually warm late spring morning in the tony Lowry Hill neighborhood of West Minneapolis, and Charlie Youakim is already awake, sitting on his porch and sipping a frothy cold brew coffee. The blue light beaming off his laptop bathes his face as the first rays of sunlight manage to sneak past the horizon, around the surrounding structures and over his shoulder.

It was quite a stunning sight as a collage of orange, yellow and blue light basked Youakim in an effulgent, golden hue. An image of King Midas—the figure in Greek mythology known for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold—rushed into my head; I wished I had brought a decent camera; it would have been the perfect way to capture the man who some say has the ‘golden touch’ when it comes to tapping into and channeling the young consumer mindset.… Read More

How to get out of debt advice, according to an expert

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Photo credit: Chainarong Prasertthai – Getty Images

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Asking yourself the question ‘How do I get out of debt?’ can feel akin to walking on a tightrope, blindfolded, while balancing a piano on your back… seemingly impossible.

It’s a feeling many of us might recognise, as research from the Young Women’s Trust shows over a third of females aged 18 to 30 are in debt, with 40% of us struggling to make our money last until payday. You can get support and advice from your bank but help can also be found from those who have been there and (not) bought the T-shirt.

Clare Seal, the woman behind Instagram account @myfrugalyear, has become an inadvertent financial guru after finding herself £27,000 in debt. Here’s her debt advice for making the first moves.

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Budgets aren’t all about deprivation and saying no. “Now, I see them as

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How To Embroider Like A Stitching Pro, According To An Expert

Now more than four months into quarantine, you’ve likely tried many at-home activities, from learning how to tie-dye to working out to your mom’s old Jane Fonda tapes (if only for the ‘80s fashion inspiration). The latest one having a moment? Embroidery. 

This isn’t the first time that the art of stitching has seen a rise in popularity. Following Donald Trump’s win in 2016, a feminist stitching movement commenced, with women like Diana Weymar — an artist from British Columbia, who founded the Tiny Pricks Project to keep physical records of the ludicrous things that the President says and tweets — Shanon Downey — a Chicago-based needleworker of embroidery website Badass Cross Stitch — and more putting needle to fabric to air grievances and make their positions known.

It makes sense, not only is it extremely cathartic to jab at fabric with a needle a couple thousand times when angry

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Furlough became redundancy, now what? How to make yourself more employable again

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The UK is opening up after the coronavirus lockdown but the financial impact of the virus, including the country facing its worst outlook for jobs for 30 years, and the economy contracting faster than after the 2008 financial crash, means the downturn is far from over.

More than a quarter of workers are now on the government’s furlough scheme, with those in the leisure, retail, and hospitality sectors some of the worst affected. It has so far cost the Treasury around £20bn. Some will have already lost jobs but many others will have their position at risk as the scheme begins to be phased out.

Although the furlough scheme runs till October, many businesses might start to look at forecasting and realise positions which they hoped to bring back, they simply cannot afford to have.

In a statement to the House of Commons on

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Coronavirus is revolutionizing scientific practices and communication. Here’s how.

MILWAUKEE – In June 2019, a team of scientists and editors launched an online server where medical researchers could submit articles. The team’s goal was to help the medical community more quickly share research findings and learn from one another. 

By the end of the year, the team was receiving about 75 submissions per week.

Then COVID-19 appeared. 

Now, nearly that many submissions come in each day.

“I’m thrilled, I’m really thrilled!” said Harlan Krumholz, one of the founders of the server, medRxiv (pronounced “med archive”). “It’s really speeding the ability for scientists to be able to communicate with each other and understand what each other is doing.”

Just as everyday life has been affected by COVID-19, science itself has changed.

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Faced with a brand new, incurable and deadly disease, scientists have had to learn how to produce meaningful information

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JCB electric digger wins top MacRobert engineering prize

Quiet machine: The 19C-1E in a reading room in London's Caledonian Club
Quiet machine: The 19C-1E in a reading room in London’s Caledonian Club

An electric digger from JCB has won this year’s MacRobert Award, the top prize in the UK to recognise engineering innovation.

The Staffordshire company’s 19C-1E vehicle is the world’s first volume-produced, fully electric digger.

JCB’s machine beat shortlisted products from Babcock’s LGE business and Jaguar Land Rover to claim the £50,000 prize.

The MacRobert Award, run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, has been celebrating UK innovation since 1969.

JCB claims its current fleet of electric diggers has saved the equivalent of 15,100kg in CO2 emissions across 5,616 hours of work.

Prof Sir Richard Friend, chair of the academy’s judging panel, lauded the 19C-1E digger’s environmental credentials.

“The digger is more than a great bit of engineering,” he said. “It has the power to be the catalyst for change in an industry that is responsible for around 10%

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Third of Britons say they may not take coronavirus vaccine as anti-vax misinformation spreads online

Almost a third of Britons definitely will not or are unsure about whether they will take up a COVID-19 vaccine. (PA)
Almost a third of Britons definitely will not or are unsure about whether they will take up a COVID-19 vaccine. (PA)

Almost a third of Britons say they may not take up a vaccine for coronavirus, a poll showed, as researchers warned about the amount of anti-vaccine content circulating online.

In the study carried out by YouGov for the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) research group, 6% of those polled said they definitely would not get vaccinated for COVID-19.

A further 10% said they would “probably not” have a vaccine, while another 15% said they did not know, meaning a total of 31% will not have one or are unsure about it.

Researchers also warned about the large amount of anti-vax misinformation spreading on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

The survey polled more than 1,600 people in Britain, and found 38% said they would “definitely” have a coronavirus vaccination

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