India: agencies predict 30% drop in students going to Aus due to bank back up

Implementation of the new policy and introducing new ₹500 and ₹2,000 bank notes into circulation has put a strain on banks resulting in delays in processing education bank loans for overseas study. The backlog on granting loans affects students who are planning to enrol in an Australian university next month, according to AAERI. According to the association, up to three quarters of students choosing to study in Australia take out education loans to pay for the first semester’s tuition fees. “This has slowed down the process for bank loan sanctioning” In each intake, there…

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How USB charging works, or how to avoid blowing up your smartphone

The tech world has finally coalesced around a charging standard, after years of proprietary adapters and ugly wall-wart power supplies. Well, sort of: We’re already seeing some fragmentation in terms of the new USB-C connector, which could eventually replace USB, as well as what is thankfully turning out to be a short-lived obsession Samsung had with larger USB micro-B connectors for its Galaxy line. But aside from that, and with the obvious exception of Apple’s Lightning connector, micro USB has destroyed the industry’s penchant for custom ports. Ten years ago, you always had…

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Brewing up in Banff: tea with altitude at Lake Agnes Tea House, Canada

Enjoy a good pre-breakfast workout with a steep 3.5km trek to this secluded cafe in Banff national park, built in 1901 as a shelter for hikers. Starting behind the historic Fairmont Lake Louise hotel, the path winds through forest that opens up with spectacular vistas of snow-streaked crags. For brisk walkers, the journey takes about an hour; the less fit will find it verges more on two. Make sure to take a breather at the shimmering Mirror Lake before making the final ascent. In midsummer, the cabin swarms with hikers….

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Up near with Mini’s brilliantly bizarre automobile of the destiny

Mini has unveiled massive future plans for its tiny vehicle, which it calls the imaginative and prescient next a hundred. This car is a bag of thoughts that Mini envisions coming to lifestyles in the subsequent a hundred years, however the first-rate bit is that it without a doubt constructed a running prototype for 2016. beyond looking definitely barmy, the vision next a hundred automobile is all about personalisation. Or, as Mini layout chief Anders Warming places it, “developing a dating along with your automobile,” whether or not you’re controlling…

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Review: Miyo DAC/amp turns up the heat on handy hi-res music listening

The Miyo DAC/amp is like a multitool for audio listening, mixing and recording (Credit: Paul Ridden/Gizmag). View gallery (12 images) Just over a year ago, a bunch of audio nerds launched a Kickstarter to get a new digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp into the hands of fellow high resolution music lovers. The Colorado startup promised backers that the palm-friendly Miyo would deliver the same kind of audio quality and sonic detail found in a professional recording studio. The campaign proved successful and the aluminum brick has since started shipping to…

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UK follows Russia’s example to set up specialist sixth form maths colleges

First Sweden was the country to emulate, when former education secretary Michael Gove was enthused by free schools. Then attention turned to Shanghai, and an initiative to improve the standard of maths in primary schools by bringing Chinese teachers to the UK. Now, though, we are taking a leaf out of Russia’s book as ministers seek to improve the supply of top- quality mathematicians by setting up specialist maths colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds. The first specialist maths college was opened in the former Soviet Union about 50 years ago…

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International projects category: award winner and runners up

This year’s winner, King’s College London’s Sierra Leone Partnership, developed a strategy that helped save lives in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone Connaught Hospital staff and the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership team work through the night to transform part of the outpatients department into a 16-bed isolation unit. Photograph: Joanna Dunlop/KSLP Winner: King’s College London King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) has played a vital role in the Ebola response in Sierra Leone. The partnership has delivered projects to strengthen training, clinical services and policy in Sierra Leone. The work…

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Student experience category: award winner and runners up

The University of Hertfordshire’s Active Students programme saw previously sports-shy students try their hands at skiing, golf and other activities University of Hertfordshire students playing volleyball as part of the Active Students programme. Photograph: University of Hertfordshire Winner: University of Hertfordshire In partnership with Hertfordshire Sports Village, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Hertfordshire Students’ Union, the university developed Active Students, a three-year programme, funded by a grant of £359k from Sports England. The aim of Active Students was to contribute to the improved physical and mental health of University…

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First trans student to run for women’s officer stands up to backlash

Anna Lee, who calls herself a ‘queer trans disabled lesbian woman’, says online trolling and personal abuse highlight the importance of her campaign Anna Lee, giving evidence at a transgender equality inquiry in parliament last year. Photograph: Anna Lee The first “queer trans disabled lesbian woman” to run for women’s officer at the National Union of Students (NUS), Anna Lee, celebrated her birthday on Tuesday by giving herself a rest from interacting with online abusers, trolls and transphobes. Since announcing late last week on Facebook that she would run for…

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Nurseries afraid to put up fees, says report

Nurseries have resisted fee hikes for the first time in eight years, amid fears they will price parents out of the market, a report claims. Average prices rose by inflation only, as providers in Britain realised they had reached a “crunch point”, the Family and Childcare Trust report says. Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said government investment had boosted access to affordable childcare. But the author warns the fees “freeze” is not sustainable in the long term. The report says government reforms to wages and pensions will raise the…

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