Day: August 12, 2020

Your guide to times, grades and next steps

what time A-level results day 2020 when clearing start
what time A-level results day 2020 when clearing start

Not sure what to expect on results day? Here’s an idea of how it will pan out, plus Clearing tips, by former student Sophie Foster

Make sure you have the following ready:

  • Your UCAS Track login details 

  • Your mobile phone (with camera for selfies) 

  • The contact details for your university choices 

  • The web address of both Clearing and Adjustment UCAS pages 

  • If you won’t be available on results day, give someone nominated access so they can speak to UCAS on your behalf. Check UCAS for details 

  • Details of any conditional offers and Clearing phone numbers for universities of interest 

  • If you suspect you’ll need Clearing, a contingency list of courses you’ve researched beforehand (Clearing technically opened 6 July, so you can already see courses available) 

  • Your personal statement 

  • Your GCSE results


The UCAS social-media team will be online to answer

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Where will Bubba Wallace be better off in 2021?

As Bubba Wallace weighs offers from Richard Petty Motorsports and at least Chip Ganassi Racing, the key issue is where will Wallace be better off in 2021.

Asked Wednesday what’s important to him, Wallace noted the family atmosphere at Richard Petty Motorsports but also said: “Obviously you want to be competitive. I came into this sport wanting to win races and be a household hame on the track, so we have a lot of work to do as a team and together to get there.”

While COVID-19 has made this season unlike any other in NASCAR’s history and Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 team had a driver change in April and a crew chief change in August, statistically, the No. 42 car and Wallace’s No. 43 car are even over the past three months.

The No. 42 with Matt Kenseth has a 20.11 average finish since the season resumed in

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DePaul University shifts ‘vast majority’ of classes online, closes residence halls to most students

DePaul University will move the “vast majority” of its fall classes online and limit its residential halls to students with exceptional circumstances in response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, the university announced Wednesday.

“We do not believe that currently there is a reasonable way to open the campus to the full extent we originally had planned and continue to effectively manage the potential health risks to the university and local community,” DePaul administrators wrote in emails to students, faculty and staff. The university hopes to welcome more students back to campus in the winter term if health conditions allow, the emails said.

The change is a marked retreat from the university’s reopening plan to “deliver as many classes as possible safely on campus this fall” that was announced mid-May. Classes will now be delivered via remote formats with “few exceptions for pedagogical reasons.” Students enrolled for on-campus classes will receive

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Pediatricians Reveal If They Want Their Kids’ Schools To Reopen This Fall

It’s the question weighing on every parent’s mind: Given the ongoing threat of the coronavirus, is it a good idea for my kid to return to the classroom? 

As of last week, 17 of the nation’s 20 largest K-12 school districts were preparing to start the academic year with online-only instruction, according to Education Week magazine. One major exception is New York City; despite criticism from teachers and parents, the nation’s largest school district plans to do hybrid learning, where students would physically go to the classroom part-time. 

Colleges around the country are largely opting for online learning. 

The reason many parents favor remote learning is pretty clear: The U.S. is still dealing with a resurgence of the coronavirus in many parts of the country. And the pandemic could get worse before it gets any better. 

School districts that have already reopened have paid a price for it. A Mississippi

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‘This is a life-or-death thing’

Teachers apprehensive about returning to school amid the coronavirus pandemic are exploring their end-of-life options to protect their loved ones as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to climb across the U.S.

Although more than 97,000 U.S. children tested positive for COVID-19 in the second half of July, states and districts are forging ahead with individual fall school plans. Some, such as districts in Mississippi and Indiana, have already hit roadblocks as positive cases triggered quarantine protocol. And in Georgia, where viral photos of maskless students swarming hallways at one school led to a teen’s temporary suspension, over 800 students and staff quarantined after about 40 positive COVID-19 cases were reported in another district.

“While educators are worried about the social, emotional and academic development of children, we are also worried about death, which is why teachers are writing their wills,” Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association,

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Scenes from ‘The Crown’ Season 4 Weren’t Filmed Due to the Coronavirus Shutdown

From Harper’s BAZAAR

After The Crown Season 3 arrived on Netflix last fall, fans have been eagerly looking forward to its fourth season—and the long-awaited arrival of Princess Diana. As the royal family enters the 1980s, fans can expect to see more of the Princess (and Prince) of Wales and the queen’s dynamic with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming episodes. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 thus far.

1 | Season 4 reportedly began filming in August 2019.

Olivia Colman revealed during the 2019 Oscars in February that Season 4 would begin filming that August, per Yahoo. Additionally, Backstage, a career resource for actors, had a notice on its site about Season 4 filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

Additionally, an announcement on The Crown‘s Twitter page on Thursday, April 11, confirmed Season 4 of the series would begin filming later in 2019.


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Oakland County Names Winners Of Online Coronavirus Safety Contest

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI — Four Oakland County residents this week were named winners of the ‘Oakland Together’ COVID-19 Safety Video and Art Contest.

The winners were chosen by a public vote and created videos and art projects that delivered the message that everyone should do their part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Oakland County is so fortunate to have such wonderfully talented artists and story tellers in our midst,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Their collective message is simple and to the point. We have an obligation to our families, those we care about, our coworkers, classmates and friends, and even those we don’t know to wear a facial covering to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

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The contest

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Race Is a Parenting Issue, Which Makes It Fair to Talk About in Online Parenting Groups

Across America, the issue of racism has come to the forefront of discourse in many different formats. If you are a parent and have social media, chances are you might be a member of an online parent group or forum. As a member of a few groups myself, it has become apparent to me that many administrators are grappling with how to address the Black Lives Matter movement and antiracist rhetoric.

Some admins in the groups I’m in have characterized the issue as political, calling it a topic too controversial to be discussed on their pages. This begs the question whether racism is a parenting issue or a political one. Discussion about the former is, of course, allowed in parenting groups. Discussion regarding the latter is usually banned – but I don’t think it should be.

By framing racism as a political issue and discouraging parents from discussing it, I

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How to prepare and what to wear, according to pros

It's different from a regular job interview. But there's a lot that's the same too. <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Job interviews are always stressful.

Now throw in a global pandemic, record unemployment and the potential technological pitfalls of a video call. If you’re on a job hunt, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of an interview over video chat.

It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. And you don’t even have to worry about hitting traffic or finding the right address.

Take a few deep breaths, then read on to learn how to nail your next Zoom interview. (Full disclosure: Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is an investor in Zoom.)

What to wear

You might be showing up to your work meetings in your pajamas at this point, but this is an occasion to

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Try this simple hack to make a surgical face mask fit better

Surgical face masks appear to be one of the best ways to stop the spread of respiratory droplets. They can also be problematic when it comes to a snug fit, with wearers often noticing gaps on the side of their faces.

Enter a simple hack to improve the fit.

Two viral videos from two dentists demonstrating the same technique during the coronavirus pandemic have received millions of views online.

Dr. Olivia Cui, a dentist in suburban Calgary, Alberta, posted her tutorial on TikTok:

Dr. Rabeeh Bahrampourian, a dentist New South Wales, Australia, showed the hack on YouTube:

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Start with clean hands — always wash them before handling a new mask (and after taking off a used one).

  • Fold the mask in half, lengthwise, so that the bottom and top strip are edge-to-edge.

  • Take one ear loop and make a knot as close as possible

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