Wednesday morning news briefing: Universities demand extra cash

Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn - Danny Lawson /PA
Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn – Danny Lawson /PA

Universities ‘will struggle to cope’ with student influx

After the A-levels climbdown, universities have told the Government they will need more money if they are to take more students this year. Vice-chancellors met officials for talks last night, as they attempted to thrash out a deal to secure thousands of school leavers their first-choice university. They asked for “significant” financial support so they could “scale up” places this year and next. It comes as the official in charge of Ofqual is under threat of the sack in the wake of the exam grades fiasco. Sally Collier, the quango’s chief regulator and chief executive, has not spoken publicly since the humiliating U-turn in which its algorithm was ditched in favour of teachers’ grades. In today’s cartoon, Blower imagines a particularly chaotic episode of University

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The Morning Rundown: Today’s top headlines

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured in the “colossal” explosion that swept through Beirut on Tuesday. Meanwhile, schools seeking alternatives to remote learning plan to move classes outside, and polarizing conservative Kris Kobach lost the GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.

Here’s what we’re watching this morning.

Beirut in state of emergency after blast as death toll rises

A huge rescue effort was underway in Beirut on Wednesday after much of the city was buried by rubble from a massive explosion Tuesday afternoon.

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Red Cross said. Those figures look set to rise with hospitals overwhelmed and victims still trapped underneath debris.

It wasn’t yet clear what ignited an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for six years without “preventive measures”

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I’m confused about whether I should eat before exercising or not. Will working out ‘fasted’ in the morning help me lose fat?

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Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.
Whether you eat a meal, snack, or nothing at all before working out is down to personal preference.


  • When it comes to fat loss, studies show that whether you eat before a morning workout or not is irrelevant — what matters is staying in a calorie deficit overall.

  • Having some food before exercise might give you more energy to work harder and thus expend more energy.

  • Ultimately it’s personal preference — there’s no one best routine for everyone, and training “fasted” doesn’t speed up fat loss.

  • If you decide to eat before working out, registered dietitian Shana Spence recommends you aim to eat some protein and carbs, and give yourself time to digest.

  • Read more Working It Out here.

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Dear Rachel,

I’m trying to lose fat and like working out in the morning, but am confused

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The Secret to Getting More Done? A Productive Morning Routine

Photo credit: oatawa - Getty Images
Photo credit: oatawa – Getty Images

From Oprah Magazine

Think that having a morning routine that’ll set you up for a productive day means meditating, running several miles, and reading the newspaper—all before 8 o’clock? Think again. “At the most basic level, a morning routine is anything you do most mornings,” says Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert and author of Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done. Chances are, you already have one—and if you’re like most people it probably consists of waking up, having breakfast, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, getting your kids off to school, and heading to work.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best one, especially if it feels more crazed than calm. “Your morning sets the stage for the rest of your day,” says Benjamin Spall, author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired.

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