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Day: 2 June 2022

Sky News US

'Everyday places have become killing fields': Biden calls for ban on assault weapons and gun purchase age to be raised to 21

US President Joe Biden has called for Congress to ban assault weapons, expand background checks and bring in a number of other gun control measures.Speaking from the White House after a number of recent mass shootings, Mr Biden asked how many more deaths would be needed to force change. He said "too many everyday places have become killing fields", adding: "For God's sake, how much more carnage are we willing to accept?"Among the changes Mr Biden has called for are:• Tougher background checks• A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine• Raising the minimum age to purchase guns to 21• Repealing the liability shield that protects gun manufacturers from being sued for violence perpetrated by people carrying their weapons Advertisement 'We can't fail the American people again' And he described opposition to debating changes to gun control legislation from Senate Republicans as "unconscionable", saying: "We can't fail the American people again." More on Joe Biden Related Topics: "This time we have to take the time to do something."I know how hard it is, but I'll never give up and if Congress fails, I believe this time a majority of the American people won't give up either."I believe the majority of you will act to turn your outrage into making this issue central to your vote." Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:34 Why only in America? Sky News asks Ted Cruz It comes after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas; 10 people were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York; and four people were killed at a medical building in Oklahoma - all in recent days.More than 18,000 people have died from gun violence in 2022The US has a higher rate of gun deaths than any other wealthy nation, with more than 18,000 people dying from gun violence so far this year (including in homicide and suicide), according to the Gun Violence Archive.The UK, Canada, and Australia all passed tough gun laws after mass shootings, but the US - despite many more deaths - has struggled to pass such legislation.A committee in the US House of Representatives is working on a bill that would toughen national gun laws, but it has little chance of passing the Senate.The Senate is split - 50 Democrats, and 50 Republicans - and a law must have 60 votes to overcome the filibuster, which means that a new law needs bipartisan support.The powerful gun lobby also backs many of the politicians who oppose gun control legislation.Christian Heyne, vice president for policy at Brady, a gun violence prevention group, said: "The only room in America where you can't find more than 60% support for universal background checks is on the floor of the US Senate."

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Administrative - UK Jobs

Assistant Head of International Student Team (IST) – Training and Compliance

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434. Role Summary Responsibility for processes to support auditing and monitoring of compliance in relation to Home Office Sponsor Duties. Leading on the delivery and maintenance of an intuitive, systematic risk register that supports stakeholders in managing their Sponsor Duties. Support the Head of Service to develop, implement and roll out of a risk-based audit schedule to ensure ongoing compliance with Sponsor duties. Lead on the creating and management of an institutional audit team from across the Colleges and Professional Services to support regular and routine auditing and spot checking of processes. Manage processes to collect and analyse data to build a picture of institutional compliance. Lead on conducting risk assessments and highlighting concerns which may result in non-compliance by the business, writing reports, and developing guidance materials. Lead on the development, delivery and review of standardised compliance processes across the University and implementing and communicating as directed. Responsibility for analysing data to provide regular information to support service management and planning of operational compliance planning, delivery and monitoring; Leading on Training and Compliance administrative responsibility for managing updates to the International Student Team (IST) Manual, intranet, web areas and any other processes and procedures. Develop and monitor processes with stakeholders to ensure that key compliance processes (e.g. Visa Assessments process) are working effectively. Managing the assessment of staff development needs specific to the teams compliance activities. Supporting the Service in the delivery of immigration matters for Welcome and Right to Study events. Conducting financial matters in accordance with University’s policies and procedures. Working flexibly to meet the needs of institutional compliance responsibilities. Promote equality and values diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture. Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the role.  Person Specification Educated to first degree level and/or have significant experience in customer service focused area. Demonstrable experience of working in a regulatory environment involving compliance or auditing. Demonstrable experience of managing Risk Registers and use of risk assessments. Knowledge of current issues and government policy impacting on international students, immigration and internationalisation issues in Higher Education. Demonstrable experience of engaging constructively and effectively with stakeholders and understanding their compliance needs, together with the ability to influence strategic decisions and work collaboratively on University-wide project developments. Experience and evidence of planning and delivering compliance support services and projects in line with business expectations and within an organisation’s policies and procedures and the law. Experience of delivering briefings or training sessions and developing advice, guidance or publicity materials. Demonstrable experience of staff supervision and/or line management responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, organisational and time-management skills, and the ability to provide high levels of professional judgement, diplomacy, creativity, cultural awareness, sensitivity and problem-solving. Informal enquires to Helen Eastham, email: [email protected] To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote the appropriate Job Ref in all enquiries, alternatively information can be obtained from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx Valuing excellence, sustaining investmentWe value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working

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Sky News world

Russia controls about 20% of Ukraine, Zelenskyy says as war enters its 100th day

The war in Ukraine has entered its 100th day, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy admits that Russia now controls about 20% of the country.Mr Zelenskyy was speaking to the parliament in Luxembourg when he said that the area controlled by Russia was larger than Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg combined, adding that "tens of thousands" of people have died in the war so far. "This is what it means, in fact, to characterise this war as full-scale, and this is why we are calling the world for their support," he said."If we win this war, all Europeans will be able to continue enjoying their freedom.""But if this one person who wants to destroy any freedom in Ukraine and Europe prevails, then dark times will come for everyone on the continent," he added, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Advertisement Having failed to take the Ukrainian capital Kyiv earlier in the war, Russia has been focusing on the southeastern Donbas region, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk, where it has been backing separatist fighters since 2014. Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Thursday that three civilians were killed there, and nine people were injured. More on Russia Related Topics: Mr Kyrylenko said Russian forces are also trying to advance towards the cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in Donetsk. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:38 What weapons are going to Ukraine? The strategically-important city of Severodonetsk in Luhansk is largely in ruins after days of intense fighting and, if that and the nearby city of Lysychansk fall, Russia will control all of the province.Key developments• UN aid chief Martin Griffiths will meet officials in Moscow to discuss how grain and other food can be exported from Ukraine. Russia has been blocking Ukraine's ports, worsening a global food crisis• UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace promised an unspecified number of M270 launchers for Ukraine• 243 children have been killed in the war, 446 have been wounded and 139 are missing, Mr Zelenskyy said, adding that 200,000 children are among the Ukrainians who have been forcefully taken to Russia• European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it's in the European Union's strategic interest but also "our moral duty" to help Ukraine join the 30-nation blocIn his nightly address, Mr Zelenskyy said: "The entire temporarily-occupied territory of our state is now a complete disaster zone, for which Russia bears full responsibility."But he said he was expecting more weapons from allies, with recent contributions from the US and Sweden. Follow the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts,  Google Podcasts,  Spotify, SpreakerThe Kremlin has warned that the new $700m weapons package promised by the US is adding "fuel to the fire".The package includes an advanced rocket system with a range of up to 50 miles, but US President Joe Biden has said Ukraine has promised not to use it on targets in Russia.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "Pumping weapons into Ukraine does not change all the parameters of the special operation."

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Step back into the world of ‘Tokyo Vice’

Based on a memoir of the same name by Jake Adelstein, one of the first foreign journalists to work for a major Japanese newspaper, “Tokyo Vice” is a Japanese-American crime drama about Tokyo’s underworld set in 1999. Though not so distant, it’s a world that many living here today might not recognize. That is what an exhibition organized by Tokyo Location Box, which supports productions filming in the capital, aims to remedy.“1990’s ‘Tokyo Vice’ no Jidai” is scheduled to show from June 1 to 7 at the Sanagi Shinjuku Event Space (Shinjuku 3-chome, 35-6). There, visitors will be able to learn more about the show and to enjoy a photo exhibition of what the city was like over 20 years ago. Admission is free.“Tokyo Vice” is playing on HBO Max in the United States and on Wowow in Japan.https://bit.ly/3NKMi0c

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Business & Management Studies - UK Jobs

Lecturer in Computing

£35,654 - £40,105 per annum Permanent / Full time Ref: R6666 The Department of Computer Science is seeking to recruit a highly qualified Lecturer in Computing. The person appointed will have an undergraduate degree and a PhD in Computer Science (or a related area) and will have postdoctoral experience. Candidates must have a track record of high-quality peer-reviewed, international outputs. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of successful undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in computing with expertise in one or more of the following themes: System modelling and simulation, Internet of Things, cyber physical systems. Computer organisation and architecture, operating systems, networks, web services. Databases, data analytics, statistical modelling. User experience design, information architecture, software engineering. A familiarity with the industrial IT environment is desirable. The ability to travel abroad to deliver teaching in overseas partner institutions is also desirable. The post-holder will have effective communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, be committed to the development of themselves and others and supportive of equal opportunities. They will be able to work as part of a team and interested in contributing to novel approaches to research and teaching. The School of Computing and Engineering promotes research development and provides a research- supportive environment. Collectively, the School has secured over £25M in external funding from UKRI and Horizon 2020. Research in the Department of Computer Science covers an international portfolio and is headed by world leading researchers working within a number of research centres, including the Centre for Planning, Autonomy and Representation of Knowledge (PARK), the Centre for Cyber Security (CCS), the Centre for Industrial Analytics (CIndA) and the Centre for Mathematics and Data Science. The Department of Computer Science holds a framework agreement with CERN (https://home.cern/about), the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which facilitates working together on world-leading research projects, including the development of specific Artificial Intelligence technologies for edge processing of scientific data in real time. The department has opportunities for academic staff and PhD students to conduct research in this area. For further information please contact Dr George Bargiannis, Subject Area Leader (Computing and Information Systems) [email protected] For further details about this post and to make application please visit: http://hud.ac/mfv Closing date: 16 June 2022 Working for Equal Opportunities. Innovative University. Inspiring Employer

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Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Data Science

£41,303 - £52,280 per annum Permanent / Full Time Ref: R6665 The Department of Computer Science is seeking to recruit a highly qualified and experienced Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Data Science. The person appointed will have an undergraduate degree and a PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science (or a related area) and will have postdoctoral experience. Candidates must have a track record of high-quality peer-reviewed, international outputs. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of successful undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in mathematics and data science with expertise in two or more of the following areas: Probability Theory and Statistical Analysis Scientific Computing Data Mining and Analysis Big Data Business Intelligence Operations Research Supply Chain Optimisation We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience of course leadership. The post-holder will have effective communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, be committed to the development of themselves and others and supportive of equal opportunities.  They will be able to work as part of a team and interested in contributing to novel approaches to research and teaching. The School of Computing and Engineering promotes research development and provides a research-supportive environment. Collectively, the School has secured over £25M in external funding from UKRI and Horizon 2020. Research in the Department of Computer Science covers an international portfolio and is headed by world leading researchers working within several research centres, including the Centre for Planning, Autonomy and Representation of Knowledge (PARK), the Centre for Cyber Security (CCS), the Centre for Industrial Analytics (CIndA) and the Centre for Mathematics and Data Science. The Department of Computer Science holds a framework agreement with CERN (https://home.cern/about), the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which facilitates working together on world-leading research projects, including the development of specific Artificial Intelligence technologies for edge processing of scientific data in real time. The department has several opportunities for academic staff and PhD students to conduct research in this area. For further information please contact Dr George Bargiannis  [email protected] For further details about this post and to make application please visit: http://hud.ac/mfu Closing date: 16 June 2022 Working for Equal Opportunities. Innovative University. Inspiring Employer

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Sky News politics

'Complete and utter nonsense' returning to imperial measures, Asda boss warns

Asda's chairman has described a government consultation seeking to bring back imperial measurements to shops across Britain as "complete and utter nonsense".The supermarket's chairman and Tory peer Lord Rose said the consultation, which launches on Friday, would only please a "small minority who hark for the past". In 2000, the European Union weights and measures directive forced UK traders to use metric when selling packaged or loose goods such as fruit and veg.They can still use pounds and ounces but must also list grams and kilos, except for a few items.But the 12-week consultation - trailed by Whitehall sources earlier this week - will examine how this rule might be changed to give traders more freedom. Advertisement It could see fruit and veg being priced just in imperial - or in pounds with a less obvious metric equivalent. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said reviewing "overbearing EU rules" would restore "common sense" following Brexit. More on Brexit Related Topics: Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 1:28 Imperial measures give 'greater choice' It denied it would mean extra costs for businesses and insisted firms would not be forced to make changes.Businesses, trade associations and consumer groups are among those that will be involved in the consultation."While we think of our fruit and veg by the pound, the legacy of EU rules means we legally have to sell them by the kilo," said business minister Paul Scully."Our consultation today will help shops to serve customers in the way their customers want." Image: Asda chairman Lord Stuart Rose of Monewden in 2016 Boris Johnson claims imperial measures are an 'ancient liberty'The potential revival of imperial comes after the prime minister's appointment of Jacob Rees-Mogg earlier this year as Brexit opportunities minister with a brief to slash Brussels red tape.But, as far back as the 2019 election campaign, Boris Johnson promised a new "era of generosity and tolerance towards traditional measurements" and claimed measuring in pounds and ounces was an "ancient liberty".In a policy paper entitled "Brexit Opportunities" last September, the Cabinet Office vowed to "review the EU ban on markings and sales in imperial units and legislate in due course".Then Brexit minister Lord Frost declared: "Overbearing regulations were often conceived and agreed in Brussels with little consideration of the UK national interest. We now have the opportunity to do things differently."

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