University Lecturers Told Don't Use Caps as It Frightens Students
Staff at Leeds Trinity's school of journalism have also been told to "write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions". Some blasted the move as "more academic mollycoddling" of the snowflake generation. An "enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement" memo lists dos and don'ts - with "do" and "don't" among words frowned upon.
From "The Daily Express"
For the First Time, Researchers Say Facebook Can Cause Depression
It's possible — even likely — that lonely and depressed people use sites like Facebook more because they are seeking social connections, says Hunt. The new study suggests that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat aren't just popular with the lonely and depressed: They're also making people more lonely, and more depressed.
Macron Says Strong Europe Needed to Prevent Global 'Chaos
Since a Franco-German joint cabinet meeting on Europe in June, challenges have piled up with Brexit nearing and a budget conflict escalating between Brussels and Italy. Macron also addressed German hesitation on major reforms such as a large common budget for the eurozone, saying that "this new stage is scary". He said it would require giving up some decision-making powers and pooling funds but asked pointedly, "is it better to remain locked in standstill?" The meeting came as both leaders are politically weakened, reducing the traditional driving power at the heart of the bloc.
California Wildfires Leave at Least 66 Dead With More Than 600 Still Missing
California Gov. Jerry Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire on Wednesday with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The government leaders visited the firefighters still battling the blaze, which has burned an area of 141,000 acres and obliterated the city of Paradise, ravaging nearly every home in the bucolic community of 30,000 people. "This is one of the worst disasters I've ever seen in my career, hands down," Long said at a news conference Wednesday in Northern California.
From "ABC News"
Gsu Mandates 'All Students' Take 'Diversity and Inclusion' Courses
"At this time we are looking to build into both the first year and second year experience courses diversity and inclusion modules that are integrated with an array of other assignments embedded throughout both courses," GSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carl Reiber told Campus Reform. "We would like to integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the curriculum to reinforce the importance of this at many levels of the curriculum. Not just a single course."
From "Campus Reform"
Clemson Invites Students to 'Create Your Own Gender'
"As soon as you wake up, think about all the things you do to prepare to walk outside of the house. You have all these clothes, all these products that you bought, all these different things that you use to create your identity and by default you use to create your gender expression: your blend of masculinity and femininity," Americo explained. "So, we're gonna do it right now. We're gonna create something. Are there only two genders? Is it just male and female? Or are genders infinite...and can we create infinite genders based on our emotions and our feelings for today?"
From "Campus Reform"
With New Egypt Capital Being Built, What Becomes of Cairo?
The new capital — a proper name has yet to be found — is the $45 billion brainchild of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the biggest of the mega-projects he launched since taking office in 2014. He contends the projects, ranging from new roads and housing complexes to a Suez Canal expansion, attract investors and create jobs.
From "Fox News"
Cdc: Suicide Rates Increasing Among American Workers
Suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is one of three leading causes that are on the rise, the CDC said. Overall, suicide rates are on the rise in almost every state in the U.S., according to a CDC report earlier this year.
From "The Hill"
Gene-Edited Food Is Coming, but Will Shoppers Buy?
By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA "edited" are expected to begin selling. It's a different technology than today's controversial "genetically modified" foods, more like faster breeding that promises to boost nutrition, spur crop growth, and make farm animals hardier and fruits and vegetables last longer.
From "Associated Press"
Bulgaria Latest EU Nation to Snub UN Migration Pact
Bulgaria has become the latest country to join the ranks of a growing number of EU nations opposed to a United Nations pact that aims to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide. The UN's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) was approved in July by all 193 member states except the US.
California Wildfire Becomes Deadliest in State's History as Toll Hits 42
Survivors told how they fled California's apocalyptic wildfires as the soles of their shoes melted, celebrities returned to find their multi-million dollars homes in ashes, and the state's governor warned "our whole way of life" was under threat. As the fires continued to rage at both ends of the Golden State the death toll around the incinerated northern town of Paradise rose to 42 on Monday night, making it the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. Two more dead have perished near Malibu in the south of the state.
From "Yahoo/The Telegraph"
Alarm Over Talks to Implant Uk Employees With Microchips
Jowan Österlund, the founder of Biohax and a former body piercer, told the Telegraph that his microchips, which cost £150 each, could help financial and legal firms improve security. "These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever."
From "The Guardian"
Scotland Wants Schools to Teach Lgbt+ Issues in 'World First'
The government said schools would be required to adopt an "LGBT+ inclusive" curriculum, including tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting awareness of the history of LGBT+ movements.
From "Thomson Reuters"
Before and After Images Show Damage From California Fires
Photos show the devastation from the Camp Fire, which has destroyed more structures than any other in the state's history.
From "USA Today"