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Dartmouth Medical School Drops Cheating Charges

Dartmouth’s medical school is dropping charges against students whom they accused of cheating by looking up course materials online during closed-book remote exams, according to The New York Times.

In March, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine charged 17 students on the basis of a review of online activity on Canvas, a popular online course management system. Outside technology experts conducted a software review that found that the students’ devices could automatically generate activity on Canvas, even when no one was using them, The New York Times reported.

The school dropped seven cases after students argued that administrators mistook automated activity for cheating. Now the school is dropping the remaining 10 cases, which could have led to expulsion, suspension, course failure, or misconduct marks for some students.

“I have decided to dismiss all the honor code charges,” Duane Compton, the medical school dean, wrote in an email to the Geisel community on Wednesday.

Compton said the students’ academic records won’t be affected, the newspaper reported.

“I have apologized to the students for what they have been through and believe dismissal of the charges is the best path forward,” he wrote.

Compton said the reversal came “upon further review and based on new information received from our learning management system provider,” according to the Associated Press (AP). A Dartmouth spokesman told The New York Times that the school couldn’t comment on the decision to drop the charges. The agreements between the school and the students aren’t yet final, the newspaper reported. The students didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In a virtual town hall meeting in April, Compton said the investigation began after a witness reported that students appeared to be using Canvas during exams, the AP reported. In Wednesday’s email, Compton said the medical school will review a proposal for open-book exams in preclinical courses, hold in-person exams for all students during the next academic year, and improve communication between the administration and students.

The investigation at Dartmouth drew widespread attention, spurring conversation among educational experts and technology specialists. Although universities use special software to lock down devices during remote exams, Geisel also used Canvas to track student activity, The New York Times reported. Technology experts said the software isn’t designed to work in a forensic way and to distinguish between automated and human activity.

The post-accusation procedures also drew criticism, The New York Times reported. Some of the students said they had less than 48 hours to respond to charges, that they did not receive complete data logs of their activity, and that they were advised to plead guilty. Compton denied these claims during an interview with the newspaper in April. In this week’s email to the Geisel community, he took a more conciliatory tone.

“As we look to the future, we must ensure fairness in our honor code review process, especially in an academic environment that includes more remote learning,” he wrote. “We will learn from this and we will do better.”

Carolyn Crist is a Georgia-based journalist specializing in health, medicine, business, and education.

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Stacey Solomon: Loose Women star drops baby news in surprise pregnancy announcement

Stacey is planning to wed her partner Joe later this year after the pair shared their engagement news in December.

The couple welcomed their first child – Rex – in May 2019.

Stacey is already a mum to Zachary and Leighton, while Joe is dad to son Harry from a previous relationship.

The Loose Women panellist had her first son Zachary, as a young mother at 17.

Her pregnancy wasn’t planned and she didn’t realise she was pregnant until after the first trimester.

Her second son Leighton was born 4 years later from another relationship.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

One Direction reunion: Liam Payne drops get together hint following Harry Styles call

Liam Payne has been apart from the rest of the One Direction members for almost ten years at this point. After splitting in 2015, fans of the band began questioning when or if the quintet would ever get back together. Liam recently had a live Q&A with his fans where he confessed he has been speaking to Harry Styles.

Liam said: “Yeah, I did speak to Harry, and it was really lovely.”

Giving further context to the call, Liam said: “He called me because he has a sixth sense for if I’m struggling or if one of us is in trouble, I feel like.”

The 27-year-old has recently been in the headlines following the split with his fiancée, Maya Henry.

He added that he had a “really lovely catch-up” with Harry.

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Liam continued: I’ve got a lot of love for the man. He’s great, he’s really, really great.

“It’s hard in this position sometimes, you’re watching people’s stories from afar that you used to know so well.

“That can be difficult when you feel like a piece of you is missing with them at that point, I guess. And I think we’ve all felt this at different times, me and the boys.”

The Strip That Down singer added: “It’s almost like missing a very dear friend a lot of the time. Everyone’s so busy and you have to be understanding of that.”

Niall Horan was recently asked about the possibility of a reunion, prompting him to respond: “I don’t know… no one really talks about it.”

He went on to add: “[I] still talk to them all the time. There’s a couple of little babies from them lads. Everyone’s having their own success on their own. I’m enjoying what I’m doing.”

He went on: Of course, if everyone wanted to do it, I’d be down for it.

“You kind of need to all get in the same room and have the chat, but I don’t know when that would be.”

Despite Niall’s comments, the odds are stacked in the favour of the band’s reunion before the end of 2021.

Ladbrokes have given the band 1/5 on getting back together this year.

Alex Apati commented: “The odds suggest there’s a strong chance Directioners will be celebrating reunion news before the year is out.”


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

NOW TV drops prices and adds more content for free in major streaming shake-up

NOW, formerly called NOW TV, has announced a major shake-up that will give some customers a cheaper monthly bill and more content to watch without paying anything extra. Revealing the news exclusively to Express.co.uk, NOW has confirmed that it’s dropping the price of its Cinema Membership to £9.99 (was £11.99) and will be bundling the Kids selection of channels for free to all customers who pay for the Entertainment Membership.

That means those who subscribe to the Entertainment bundle can now get a bunch of extra shows including Cook With Buddy, SpongeBob Square Pants, Pip & Posy, The Adventures of Paddington, and The Thundermans.

Unfortunately for sports fans, NOW is keeping prices the same for Sky Sports customers with a 24-hour Sports Membership now staying at £9.99 and month-long access costing £33.99.

There’s more good news for existing customers as NOW is also adding some extra features to its optional “Boost” add-on. This extra service now lets you to stream shows and movies on more screens simultaneously (handy in busy homes with multiple TVs or smart devices) and beam footage to your TV in full HD resolution.

Starting next month, Boost will also get the addition of ad-free viewing when watching via on-demand, 5.1 Surround Sound and all sports channels will get a 50fps makeover for a silky smooth picture quality.

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It’s worth noting that new NOW customers will have to pay £5 for Boost rather than the current £3 a month, however, anyone who already subscribes won’t be hit by this increase.

NOW is also giving all existing Entertainment members with a Kids Membership access to Boost without seeing anything added to their bill. Of course, if you want to drop your monthly outgoings, you can pay for a standard Entertainment subscription and get Kids shows for free. However, if you’re happy paying the same, NOW will unlock the Boost features on your account (so you’re essentially paying for Boost now that Kids is free).

There’s plenty to like about these changes, but there are a couple of things to be aware of. Firstly, the standalone Kids pass is now being removed, so new customers will need to sign up to Entertainment to watch shows aimed at a younger audience.

NOW is also dropping the number of devices users can stream to simultaneously from two to one. If you want to watch a boxset on an iPad upstairs while younger members of the family watch one of their shows in the living room, that’s no longer possible without paying for Boost.

If you use NOW, you’ll get a message from the firm in the coming weeks explaining what the changes mean with the update coming into effect from July.

Speaking about the shake-up, a NOW spokesperson revealed to Express.co.uk: “At NOW, we constantly evaluate and invest in our content and product offering to meet the evolving needs of our members. Having recently relaunched our brand, we are continuing this transformation by taking the opportunity to simplify our membership options providing more value for our members.

“The new NOW offering will make it easier for members to access the world’s best entertainment, with the flexibility to choose the package that suits them, whilst avoiding price increases to the core content membership proposition.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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PS5 UK restock LIVE ALERTS for GAME, John Lewis, Smyths, ShopTo, ASDA and more stock drops

UPDATE: It looks like GAME and John Lewis PS5 restocks will take place later this month.

GAME is expected to restock the PS5 either on the morning of June 9 or June 10, while John Lewis is tipped to take place on June 16.

Either way, keep checking back for updates, because you never know when PlayStation 5 stock will drop.

ORIGINAL: PS5 consoles will once again be available to purchase from UK retailers this week.

If you’re a PS5 customer living in the UK, then retailers such as GAME, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO, ASDA and Smyths should be on your radar.

Stock drops are expected to take place throughout the week, beginning with John Lewis and GAME.

According to PS5 UK Stock – Instant Updates, GAME will restock the device by Wednesday, June 9 at the latest.

GAME typically drops stock between 9am and 10am BST, so check back for the latest live alerts if you want to secure a console.

John Lewis is also rumoured to drop today, although it looks like the restock is now planned for next week instead. It’s worth checking the website throughout the day, although drops typically take place by 9am BST at the latest.

Elsewhere, ASDA & Shopto are likely to restock the PlayStation 5 in the middle of the week, most likely on June 9.

Smyths is tipped to restock the PS5 on Thursday, June 10, while AO is also said to have a stock drop planned for the week ahead.

PlayStation 5 consoles are available at the following links: AmazonCurrysSmythsGAMEArgosShopTo

In the meantime, to give yourself the best possible chance of securing a PS5, it’s worth bookmarking some of the more popular stock checker accounts.

This includes Digital Foundry DealsStock InformerPS5 UK Stock – Instant UpdatesPS5 UK Stock and Express Gaming – the latter of which will have live updates throughout the week.

Some of the accounts mentioned above have Discord groups for PS5 customers, while some have live streams and alerts on sites like YouTube.

Customers are generally encouraged to have multiple devices open when trying to purchase a PlayStation 5, and to sign in to retail accounts when available.

Finally, keep playing the video below with the sound on for audio stock alerts the second consoles become available.

If you do manage to grab a PlayStation 5 console, then new release Returnal should be top of your wishlist.

The game takes place on a mysterious planet full of hostile alien lifeforms. Furthermore, lead character Selene is stuck in some kind of time loop.

Developer Housemarque describes the game as a rogue-like third-person shooter with bullet-hell elements.

It’s a departure from the studio’s previous releases, which include Resogun, Super Stardust, Matterfall, and the excellent Nex Machina.

Of course, the aforementioned games are also playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility, so you should definitely check them out.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

PS5 UK restock dates: GAME, Argos, Smyths, Very, John Lewis June stock drops


In its latest update the @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter account revealed when the GAME PS5 restock could be.

The account said GAME could be releasing more PS5 stock on June 8 or 9. This stock drop would be the delayed June 3 restock.

The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter posted: “Update: GAME, the gaming retailer was originally set to drop #PS5 bundles on Thursday (9-10am) however, due to already existing PS5 and Series X orders being packed/fulfilled, they had to delay the drop. We expect GAME to drop either 8th or 9th June.”

The account also previously gave some “expected” PS5 restock dates for June.

However, the caveat is these dates are “calculated based on previous restock patterns alongside some insider information”.

The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter account warned these “dates could change as we get closer to the restocks”.

Here are the “expected restock dates”…

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

New Elden Ring trailer getting Summer Game Fest reveal? Keighley drops tease

Elden Ring is one of the most highly anticipated games on the horizon, despite not much being known about it. Since being revealed at E3 2019 word on Elden Ring has gone quiet, with no further official trailers being showcased by FromSoftware or Bandai Namco. We have seen a leaked trailer emerge earlier this year, but this is yet to get officially showcased.

However, all of this could be about to change very soon.

Rumour has it Elden Ring could get showcased at Summer Game Fest, with fans piecing together the clues that hint at a major update.

Back in December of last year a tweet about The Game Awards from Twtter account @9_volt_ went viral.

The tweet, which had over 5,000 retweets and more than 37,000 likes, shows Keighley looking like he’s trapped inside some sort of sci-fi cage.

It’s just a lighting trick, with red outlines of a shape surrounding him.

But alongside the image the @9_volt_ Twitter posted: “geoff keighley in gamer prison after mentioning elden ring on stage without showing any gameplay”.

And now this tweet has come back to gamers’ attention as in the run-up to Summer Game Fest Keighley tweeted a cute GIF of a baby panda in a crib trying to get out of a cage,

Alongside this was the caption: “I WILL BREAK FREE!”

While Keighley also retweeted a tweet from the Earthskyscience Twitter account discussing a solar eclipse on June 10 – the same day that Summer Game Fest kicks off.

The tweet said: “On June 10, 2021, the rather distant new moon gives us an annular – ring of fire – solar eclipse. A bright annulus, or ring, will surround the moon silhouette”.

Fans have also taken this tweet about this “ring of fire” to be another subtle nod to Elden Ring appearing at Summer Game Fest.

Elsewhere the Elden Ring News Channel appears to be hinting at a Summer Game Fest update.

The YouTube channel’s Twitter account posted a tweet, eight days before Summer Game Fest kicks off on June 10, that said: “Everyone, I got hopeful today. Do all you see?”

And the tweet was arranged so that the first letter preach lined spelled out ‘Eight days’.

But the clearest indication yet that a new Elden Ring trailer could be showcased at Summer Game Fest comes from Jeff Grubb.

In a recent stream the VentureBeat journalist discussed why they were confident Elden Ring would make an appearance during June.

And explaining his reasoning, Grubb said “Keighley has” the Elden Ring trailer.

It’s expected the new Elden Ring trailer could be showcased during the Summer Game Fest opening event which kicks off at 7pm BST on June 10.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling drops again today after two month 'lows' last week

The pound to euro exchange rate has not seen much change since the bank holiday weekend, with sterling struggling to increase. Sterling “saw some downside” yesterday, according to an expert, and it is not expected to move much today.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX, spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about sterling’s further drop today.

He said: “Sterling saw some downside against the euro yesterday, breaking beneath the 1.16 handle once more, in what appeared to be a flow-driven move, rather than anything more fundamental.

“Today’s calendar is barren, hence it will be interesting to see whether or not the bears can maintain yesterday’s momentum.”

Yesterday, Mr Brown commented on sterling’s struggle to increase since last week.

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He explained: “Sterling starts the holiday-shortened week broadly where it ended the last, trading just shy of 1.1650.

“The market seems to have little impetus to move prices further higher.”

Mr Brown continued to say there are Purchasing Managers Index surveys due to be released this week.

However, they are unlikely to cause changes in the exchange rate.

Britons may not be allowed to travel to France quarantine free this summer, but there are a number of countries on the UK’s green list.

These include Portugal, Gibraltar, Iceland, Australia, and New Zealand.

When it comes to exchanging travel money, some travel money experts are warning customers that “preparation is key”.

James Andrews, senior personal finance editor at Money.co.uk, said: “Once there has been an official green light given on our planned summer trips, there are ways to ensure you can stretch your summer spending money as far as possible by sticking to the following tips.

“Do not exchange your money last minute at the airport, the rates are generally much less favourable than online or high-street alternatives, so preparation is key.

“If you find yourself acting on impulse, booking a last-minute break and needing to collect your euros upon your departure date, try to order them for collection in advance of your travel dates to take advantage of the best possible rates.

“For the best rates, take out a travel money card now. It doesn’t fully replace having currency in hand when you land, but once there you can use these at no cost for spending or withdrawing from a cash machine.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Bitcoin price crash: Cryptocurrencies plummet over bear market fears – Ethereum drops

Bitcoin fell from $ 37,156 at 6.30am BST to $ 34,800 at 2pm BST. This was a fall of over five percent in just a few hours.  

Separately the value of Ethereum declined from $ 2,565 at 6.15am BST to $ 2,398 at 2pm BST.  

Bitcoin has had an unstable 2021 with its value fluctuating between $ 30,000 and $ 65,000.

It followed a year of huge growth in the virtual currency’s value in 2020.

Earlier this month the value of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin fell sharply following new regulations in China.

Beijing has cracked down on Bitcoin mining after controversy about the amount of electricity it uses.

There is speculation US lawmakers may attempt to impose financial oversight over the unstable market.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior Swissquote analyst, predicted a busy weekend of crypto trading.

He commented: “Looking at the unrest across the crypto market, there is a chance that we see another hectic weekend trading in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”

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“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.

“Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin and we intend to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to a more sustainable energy.”

Crypto advocates have stepped up their environmental efforts after Mr Musk revealed his concern.

A number of miners have signed up to the Crypto Climate Accord, an effort to make the industry carbon neutral by 2030.

Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak + Co, said: “If the market continues to see wild swings based on Elon Musk tweets, it’s going to be a big set back for this asset class.

“The fact that it sees such wild swings to the tweets from one person takes away the legitimacy of the asset class.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Finance Feed

Bearish signals grow as Bitcoin price drops to $35K and traders ignore the dip

The cryptocurrency market faced a new wave of selling pressure on May 28 as Bitcoin (BTC) price dropped to $ 35,100 and traders seem generally disinterested in buy the dip ahead of the weekend.

Despite the downside moves seen across the market over the past couple 2 weeks, institutional investors have for the most part held firm in their resolve to stay committed to cryptocurrencies but the absence of ‘we bought the dip’ announcements have retail traders wondering if Bitcoin price is in for further downside.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

While some analysts see the possibility of Bitcoin falling as low as $ 20,000 as the worst case scenario, the overall price trajectory of BTC remains skewed to the upside with the weekly trend of higher lows still intact.

Altcoins take a tumble alongside Bitcoin

Altcoins also pulled back sharply on Friday as market uncertainty ahead of the Memorial Day weekend led to a low volume and the current risk-averse environment diminished the impact of significant announcements like Polygon (MATIC) integrating its datasets into Google Cloud technology.

Despite the market-wide pullback, there were a few tokens that managed to rally. Helium (HNT) surged 28% to a new all-time high at $ 23.01 following a tweet announcing that the project had surpassed 45,000 active hotspots worldwide that provide decentralized wireless coverage for internet of things (IoT) devices.

MaidSafeCoin (MAID) also saw a 20% rally to hit an intraday high at $ 0.52 after the launch of its v2 testnet and Zcash (ZEC) gained 5% and now trades at $ 159.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $ 1.567 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 42.8%.

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