Lack of Teacher Training Hampers UK Programming Education

An anonymous reader writes: The UK government recently introduced a new computer curriculum to the school system in order to get more kids into programming. Unfortunately, they’re running into a serious problem: one-third of the secondary schools tasked with teaching these programs have not spent any money training their teachers on the requisite knowledge and technology. The government has provided £4.5 million for this training, and a number of schools have spent their share and more. But it’s clearly not filtering down to every school, and that harms the children enrolled in these schools.

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Muslim migrants are converting to Christianity in droves at this German church

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BERLIN — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”

“Yes,” Zonoobi fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptizes the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

Mohammed is now Martin — no longer Muslim, but Christian.

Zonoobi, a carpenter from the Iranian city of Shiraz, arrived in Germany with his wife and two children five months ago. He is one of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in a leafy Berlin neighborhood. Read more…

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Persistent Cyber Spies Try To Impersonate Security Researchers

An anonymous reader writes: Rocket Kitten, a cyber espionage group that mostly targets individuals in the Middle East, has been spotted attempting to impersonate security researchers. “We feel fairly certain that Rocket Kitten’s prime targets are not companies and political organizations as entire bodies but individuals that operate in strategically interesting fields such as diplomacy, foreign policy research, and defense-related businesses. We believe the espionage factor and political context make their attacks unique and very different from traditional targeted attacks,” researchers noted in a recently published new paper (PDF).

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Rock Cats’ Carle shuts down Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — Shane Carle worked eight scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, leading the New Britain Rock Cats to a 3-0 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the series opener Friday night at Hadlock Field. After throwing 17 pitches in the first inning, Carle …

Rock Cats’ Carle shuts down Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — Shane Carle worked eight scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, leading the New Britain Rock Cats to a 3-0 Eastern League baseball win over the Portland Sea Dogs in the series opener Friday night at Hadlock Field. After throwing 17 pitches in the first inning, Carle …

Kelly wins his seventh straight for Red Sox

BOSTON — The new and improved Joe Kelly won his seventh straight start to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Fenway Park. Kelly, banished to Triple-A in June with a 2-5 record, has returned as a different pitcher and Friday …

Edward Little scores late TD — twice — to stun Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — The Edward Little of Auburn football team thought its 2½ hour trip to Cameron Stadium had gone unfulfilled in the final minute of play Friday night. A go-ahead touchdown pass from Matt Verrill to C.J. Jipson had been erased after the fact, the result of a late …

Self-Driving Cars Are Smarter Than Their Human Counterparts

I got a good laugh from a recent story in the New York Times (September 2) about the tribulations of Google’s experimental self-driving cars. It seems that the automated automobiles are too smart for their own good. Self-driving cars are miracles of modern technology, able to navigate the highways and …

This guy is having the best 1995 ever

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Dancing in public leaves even the best dancers vulnerable to potential embarrassment. Up the awkward with dance moves ripped straight from ’90s MTV

YouTube user Kyle Levo spent a good chunk of his day dressed in a neon windbreaker suit and dancing for the masses. Armed with a boombox and the right attitude, he covers the hits, from Digital Underground to Jennifer Lopez.

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Easton Girls Soccer 1 at Washburn 0

At Washburn, Izzy Morin scored a goal with 90 seconds left in the first half to give Easton the winning edge. Washburn goalkeeper Taylor Howe finished with 21 saves on 32 shots and Easton’s Blake Bradley made 13 saves on 22 shots.