Author Archives: Loknath Das

Reality Check: Is education spending at a record level?

The claim: The government is spending record amounts on education in England. Reality Check verdict: The absolute amount of money in the pot for schools in England is at record levels but once you factor in rising pupil numbers, inflation and running costs, schools will have to cut approximately 8% from budgets by 2020. Theresa May said at Prime Minister’s ... Read More »

Why Your Blog Must Have Visually Appealing Graphics

Do you read any blogs on a regular basis? Blogs can be invaluable resources to grow your business skills by gleaning the hottest trends and research in your industry. They can also be entertaining or just a big waste of time. Think about the blogs you follow on a regular basis. What initially attracted you to read them? Was it ... Read More »

Social media firms accused of ‘commercial prostitution’

Google did not take down a video with “malicious and hateful comments about Jewish people” CREDIT: ERIN LUBIN/ BLOOMBERG  Social media companies have been accused of “commercial prostitution” and having “no shame” after being grilled by MPs over their failure to take down abusive content. MPs condemned Google for not taking down a video by a former Ku Klux Klan leader ... Read More »

How to live a fulfilling life on the internet

We’re addicted to the internet, says New York Timescolumnist Ross Douthat. And our drug of choice is our always-connected devices. Searching for the little dopamine hits that come from new notifications, or likes, we become withdrawn in an ephemeral world in which we are constantly reminded of our own social status and its minute defects. So Douthat proposes a movement ... Read More »

McDonald’s, late to mobile ordering, seeks to avoid pitfalls

McDonald’s self-service kiosks are seen in a prototype restaurant housed in a warehouse in Chicago’s West Loop area, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Lisa Baertlein McDonald’s Corp this month will begin testing its long-awaited U.S. mobile ordering app with the goal of avoiding the kinds of service hiccups that have haunted digital debuts by companies such as Starbucks ... Read More »

Better mental health: Royals hear how single phone call saved ambulanceman’s life

Dan told them his story at a reception held to mark World Mental Health Day by Heads Together, the Duke and Duchess’s mental health charity.Dan was struggling to cope after a call-out to a child abuse victim. He contacted work partner Rich Morton and they had a heart to heart, which helped Dan, 31, conquer his demons. “I was getting ... Read More »

Nintendo Switch sales update, price news and games reveal

The top Nintendo Switch sales, price and games news from this week While the Switch faces a tough market, with the Xbox One and PS4 already firmly established and offering a big library of titles, it appears Nintendo have found a big niche. We already know that the console’s first weekend made it the fastest selling-hardware for Nintendo in that ... Read More »

Best travel gadgets 2017

IF YOU’RE AN international jet setter, regular train commuter or even more of an ‘I’ll just use my legs’ type, there are few journeys that aren’t made better with the help of some trusty gadgets. These days, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), gadgets are now both smart and portable enough to keep us entertained for hours while we ... Read More »

Kitchen gadgets review: silicone bagel moulds – holy snack heaven!

It’s a bit like cremating mini traffic cones. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian What? Lekue silicone bagel moulds are conical moulds with perforated bases. They hold dough in ring shape through rising, boiling and baking. Why? Who could passover homemade bagels? (Note to self – bagels contain yeast, so are not eaten at Passover. Idiot.) Well? The stakes feel ... Read More »

We need to rethink adoption in the social media age, says senior judge

Lord Justice McFarlane: ‘The difficulties facing adopters and adopted children have been made more difficult with the ever-increasing facility to trace and make contact via social media.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Too many children are being forcibly adopted against the wishes of their families and prevented from having any contact with their natural parents, a senior judge has suggested. In ... Read More »