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  • Gardeners’ World often cancelled in favour of snooker and football games
  • Fans of BBC Two show have now set up online petition calling for it to stay
  • Presenter Monty Don said he finds the hiatus over coming weeks ‘galling’
  • The show has run since 1960s, making it one of the longest-running on TV

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It is the 48-year-old gardening programme watched by millions that should be giving gardeners crucial tips ahead of spring.

But Gardeners’ World keeps being bumped in favour of snooker and football matches – much to the annoyance of its legion of loyal viewers.

Fans of the BBC Two show have set up an online petition demanding the BBC to stop cancelling the half-hour Friday night slot, especially as their gardens are just coming to life.

Fans of BBC Two show Gardeners' World, presented by Monty Don (pictured), have set up an online petition demanding the corporation to stop cancelling its half-hour Friday slot since it keeps getting bumped for sport

Fans of BBC Two show Gardeners’ World, presented by Monty Don (pictured), have set up an online petition demanding the corporation to stop cancelling its half-hour Friday slot since it keeps getting bumped for sport

Even the programme’s presenter Monty Don has joined in, telling his 26,500 Twitter followers he finds the show’s hiatus over the coming weeks ‘galling’.

Four years ago the Daily Mail reported that viewers believed the BBC was showing ‘breath-taking arrogance’ in ignoring loyal viewers to make way for live sport.

The show has been running since the 1960s, making it one of the longest-running gardening shows on television.

Valerie Corby, a retired lawyer from Taunton, Somerset told The Telegraph: ‘Thousands of us avid viewers of Gardeners’ World are up in arms with the BBC who, for the past few years, have entered into contracts to televise sports events which clash with it,

‘Viewers are incensed because it is only on for half an hour a week and the Spring is our busiest time in the garden; we look to Monty Don and his team for advice.’

A women’s Euro 2017 football qualifier was the cause of one cancellation, and there are a further two programmes being shunted aside in the coming weeks.

Heather Redhead, 57, a sonographer from Chester, said: ‘We gardeners are heartily sick of the one regular gardening programme aired by the BBC being repeatedly replaced by other programmes.

‘I really feel the BBC is taking no account of the numbers of people who garden.

‘I’m a long time member of the Royal Horticultural Society and as a passionate and experienced gardener, I also feel it is important to assist and encourage the newer gardeners.’

Monty Don has told his 26,500 Twitter followers he finds the BBC show's hiatus over the coming weeks 'galling'

Monty Don has told his 26,500 Twitter followers he finds the BBC show’s hiatus over the coming weeks ‘galling’

Mary Baillie, 50, a retired communications consultant from South Lanarkshire in Scotland added: ‘It is incredible that every Friday without fail when there is a sporting event being broadcast, the schedulers opt to cancel Gardeners’ World.

‘Scheduling aside, spring is the busiest time of year for gardeners.’

Nicola Brown, 31, an insurance claims advisor from Norfolk, said: ‘I am really disappointed with the constant weeks that keep being missed on Gardeners’ World for sports events.

‘I also cannot comprehend the reason behind not showing it for a week, leaving 14 days between episodes at this time of the year. This is a vital time in any gardener’s calendar, whether old or young, experienced or novice.’

Hundreds of devotees of the show have joined a Facebook group, while sevral more have complained to the BBC.

The broadcaster told the Daily Telegraph that ‘contractual commitments’ to air sporting events mean they are left with little choice.

A BBC spokesperson said: ‘Gardeners’ World is an important part of the BBC Two schedule and we do try to minimise disruptions but our commitment to live sport coverage, which is also enjoyed by BBC Two viewers, means that our schedule is occasionally subject to change.’ 

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An man stabbed a woman dining at a kosher restaurant in Amsterdam on Monday, Dutch AT5 reported.

Witnesses said the victim was stabbed in her arm.

The events leading up to the stabbing were so far unknown and police could not yet say whether the offender and victim know each other.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries, a police spokesman reported.

Police arrested the assailant who appeared to be a deranged man, according to the report. 

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Prince Constantijn opens the Startup Fest event. Photo: Frank van Beek Fotografie / HHPrince Constantijn opens the Startup Fest event. Photo: Frank van Beek Fotografie / HH

The Dutch government is to relax the employment rules for start-ups and scale-ups, dropping the requirement that owners pay themselves a salary of at least €44,000 a year.

Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp said on Tuesday that it is crucial the Netherlands remains a ‘breeding ground for new products, services and business models’.

As part of this, founders will now be allowed to pay themselves the minimum wage – around €19,500 a year – for the first three years of operation, Kamp said. This, he said, will free up more cash to invest in the company itself.

The government has also set aside €23m to invest in start-ups and small firms, in tandem with private investors, Kamp said.

The minister made the announcement at the start of this week’s Startup Fest – a week-long series of events across the country promoting the Netherlands as a hotbed of innovation.

Silicon polder

The event runs from the 24 to the 28 of May in thirteen Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven, and events are grouped around topics such as energy, high tech, mobile technology and smart cities.

The promotion of the Netherlands as a Silicon Valley style ‘west coast of Europe’ is one of the Dutch government’s aims during the Netherlands’ 2016 presidency of the European Union.

However, some people within the startup community in the Netherlands have their doubts about the government’s role. A source, with years of experience in the Dutch start-up circuit, told that ‘government-led campaigns like this are [never] anything more than a show.’


It’s an expensive show, too. The opening day in Amsterdam alone will set corporate visitors and tech entrepreneurs beyond the start-up phase back €990 before tax. Start-ups themselves were able to apply for a limited number of reduced price tickets.

This princely sum buys attendees the chance to hear Google’s Eric Schmidt, Apple’s Tim Cook and prime minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte talk about disruption, growth and competitiveness.

Most young entrepreneurs and fresh start-ups will find themselves excluded from the opening day’s main event however. Organised by Deloitte, the ‘Executive Edge CEO Session’, an intimate gathering where powerful CEOs will exchange business insights and discuss ‘founders spirit’, is an invite-only affair, restricted to ‘Europe’s leading CEOs’.

‘I don’t understand the choice of VIPs really,’ a source told DutchNews. ‘Tim Cook et al can’t really help Startup Delta [one of the event’s organisers] achieve its goals and they’re not going to offer to be mentors to the rising stars.’

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Facebook is adding the ability for Live broadcasts to be indefinite, but won’t let you save or share those streams.

A new Continuous Video API will make all of this possible, according to TechCrunch. It aims to host live feeds of nature, huge events and or just keeping an eye on your dog while you’re away at work.

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Ahead of this API, Live streams were capped at 90 minutes (though I can’t imagine wanting to watch a 90-minute feed of anything). Longer form videos can be set to end at a given timeframe, though.

You could stream a family gathering for a remote relative, but choose to have it shut off after three hours. Professional services can choose to supplement a feed with Facebook Live for sporting events or the like.

Because it’s an API, other services can tap into Facebook Live for use in their own apps and services. It also lets professionals use high-end equipment instead of relying on a smartphone.

That also means it’s not going to be ready immediately. An API takes time to implement, but expect Facebook’s Live partners to take advantage sooner rather than later.

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BALTIMORE, Maryland (CNN) –

Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero has been found not guilty of all charges for his part in the events leading to the death of Freddie Gray. Judge Barry Williams announced his decision Monday after a bench trial. Nero was charged with second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

[Original story published at 12:15 a.m. ET]

When a Baltimore judge on Monday decides the fate of one of six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, a city that seethed with unrest over the death of the 25-year-old prisoner will get its long-awaited first verdict.

The line of questioning by Judge Barry Williams during trial last week could signal the final outcome. He strongly challenged prosecutors’ claim that the takedown and subsequent arrest of Gray without probable cause amounted to a criminal assault.

The verdict in the bench trial comes more than a year after Gray’s death on April 19, 2015, became a symbol of the black community’s distrust of police and triggered days of violent protests. Gray was black. Three of the officers charged are white, three are black.

Closing arguments in the trial of Police Officer Edward Nero — the second officer to be tried — concluded Thursday.

Community leaders and elected officials have appealed for calm. The citizens of Baltimore had demanded justice, they said, and that process is playing itself out.

“Whatever may be Judge Barry Williams’ decision with respect to Officer Nero’s role in the death of Mr. Freddie Gray, that verdict will have as much legitimacy as our society and our justice system can provide,” Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings said last week.

“I join the mothers, the fathers, the children … of Baltimore asking not only for peace but respect for the rule of law.”

Nero is charged with second-degree assault for allegedly touching Gray during an arrest that prosecutors said was illegal; and with two counts of misconduct; and reckless endangerment for not putting a seat belt on Gray when he put the prisoner in a police van.

Gray died from spinal injuries after being shackled without a seat belt in the van.

Williams last week aggressively questioned prosecutors about their assertion that Nero and other officers assaulted Gray by touching him without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.

Prosecutor Janice Bledsoe argued that searching and handcuffing Gray constituted an assault.

“You are saying an arrest without probable cause is a misconduct-in-office charge — is a crime?” the judge asked. “So you say if you arrest someone without probable cause, it’s a crime?”

“Yes,” Bledsoe responded.

Williams at one point said: “If you touch someone, it could be assault, it could be a hug.”

Michael Schatzow, chief deputy state’s attorney, later told the judge that “not every arrest that occurs without probable cause is a crime.” But he added that arrests in which the actions of the officer “are not objectively reasonable” are criminal.

The prosecutor said Nero and his partner turned a routine stop based on reasonable suspicion of a crime into a full-blown arrest requiring probable cause.

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The Big Android BBQ Europe 2016 has been officially announced, and will take place at the CASA400 Conference Hotel in Amsterdam between August 14-16. Developers are invited to register now to take part in the event which promises great grilled foods, and a chance network and build on their coding abilities.

With Android N about to launch, along with Google’s Daydream VR capabilities, this could be one of the most important coding/networking events to date.

Developers are able to register now, and choose from a number of different ticket options. The Bronze ticket costs €75 and gets you access to daily sessions, the Monday night after-party with an all-you-can-eat BBQ, an event t-shirt and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday. Silver and Gold tickets cost €150 and €225 respectively and get you access to more networking events, reserved keynote seats and more.

There is also a platinum ticket, a comical ‘Unubtanium’ ticket and a Code Kitchen ticket. The latter is a €25 ticket that gets you access to the Code Kitchen event on Sunday, August 14th. This event offers developers the chance to show off their new coding skills and win prizes.

To find out more about (or to register for) BABBQ Europe, head on over to the official website.

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VIENNA TWP., MI – Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge will headline this year’s High Times magazine Cannabis Cup.

The two-day event is scheduled for June 11-12 at Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, in Vienna Township. It includes vendors, instructional seminars, and a Saturday-night concert from Etheridge.

Etheridge, a cancer survivor, is a cannabis advocate and businesswoman, owning her own line of marijuana-infused wines. Etheridge told Fortune Magazine that she turned to marijuana to combat the side effects of chemo treatment.

“It needs to be legalized across the board,” she told the magazine. “Who draws the line of what’s medicinal? If a hardworking person comes home and they want to enjoy cannabis, who’s to say that it’s not medicine? It helps in many medicinal ways.”

Etheridge has won two Grammy Awards and one Academy Award. Her 1993 hit album, “Yes I Am,” went six-times platinum.

Previous musical acts during Cannabis Cup events at the Vienna Township speedway have included Grammy-winning artist Wyclef Jean in 2014 and Iration, a California-based reggae group, in 2015

High Times held its first Cannabis Cup at Auto City Speedway in August 2014, just four years after hosting its first such event in America. The Cannabis Cup event was started in Amsterdam in 1988, where it still takes place on an annual basis.

Other 2016 Cannabis Cup events are set to take place in San Bernadino, Calif., Broomfield, Colo., and states where recreational and medical marijuana has been legalized. 

Those hoping to attend the event must be 18 years old and up with a valid photo identification that have been classified as a medical marijuana patient.

Those who have not been classified as a medical marijuana patient may apply to become certified for a fee at the event. Tickets will be available on-site at the speedway box office.

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Tom Bennett explores what the recent EEF findings mean for teachers and research- and offers a researchED perspective


The irony. 

So, I’m in the taxi on my way to researchED Melbourne, an event we’ve been planning almost since last year’s researchED Sydney in 2015. Jet-lag and host jitters are making stormy seas out of my groggy Pom cortex, but my mood, like my fives and my drama, is high. Like a junkie I rock out my phone, because six quid a megabyte still isn’t enough to deter an addict and never will be. 

‘Teachers do not have time to learn about research evidence, studies find,’ says an article online. Edugeek Twitter has already found it. ‘Depressing reading,’ says one. And on the surface it is. The EEF funded two pilot programs (Research into Practice and Ashford Teaching Alliance Research Champion programme) to look at the ways schools can engage with research, and what impact it has. The findings were actually pretty predictable (but no less important for that- good research is designed to challenge what we think is intuitively true): research champions (get with it daddio, all the schools too cool for themselves are calling them research leads these days) can help cascade research into schools, but find it harder to make the jump into the classroom; teachers need time to engage properly with research in schools; senior staff are important brokers for these cultures; properly done, teachers can start to see the benefits of research, and attitudes towards research can change. I couldn’t disagree with any of that. The headline was more gloomy than the research, I think. 

James Richardson’s commentary seems to bear this out. A chief analyst at the EEF, he notes that:

It would seem that structured and bespoke support for teachers, focusing on specific actions for implementation and in-class support is a necessary (if not sufficient) condition for making sure research has an impact. Importantly, the independent evaluations noted that the engagement of senior leaders in Research into Practice was critical to its success; they noted that time constraints affected teachers’ ability to commit to the Research Champion model.


It’s important to note that the two studies are pilots; feasibility studies for further investigation, not conclusive research projects:

Pilot programmes are designed to test the promise of an idea and the feasibility of trialing it on a larger scale. Their reports have no effect sizes or security padlocks so we don’t expect to draw robust conclusions by evaluating them. But this can make their findings and messages difficult to communicate.

So these studies are an interesting and useful commentary; the devil, as always for educators, is to  stop pretending every piece of research is either the definitive last word on a subject, or worthless. Since starting researchED I’ve found that this has become one of the most difficult hurdles. I call it the Magic Mirror; once a piece of research is released from the slab in the lab, it turns into a monster. By the time it reaches the practitioner it often barely resembles the subtle, nuanced think piece it started as. Ask Dylan Wiliam. What happened to his sensible research into formative assessment is the reason he’s now bald.  

The Irony and the RCT

And the irony is that with researchED we’ve seen an extraordinary appetite for research engagement that is unparalleled in my time as a teacher, and I suspect at any time before that. Our national conferences, with anything up to 1000 people on the day, sell out long before the curtain rises. We’ve just had to close ticket sales on researchED Oxford Maths and Science, and researchED York for the same reason. Most of our events in the UK sell every ticket, and some have waiting lists for months. Melbourne had hundreds of educators and teachers, as did Amsterdam, Sweden, New York….It might be that some teachers aren’t engaging with research, but clearly, many others are.

The elephant in the classroom will always be workload, and for most teachers, research engagement is a distant goal after many matters more practical. That’s no surprise. In an average teaching day my capacity to brush up on Johnson and Johnson or cognitive load is also pretty minimal. Which brings me to five baseline observations that I’ve made:

  • Most teachers don’t have time to engage substantively with research
  • Many teachers can’t see the point (and I don’t blame them; my own unfamiliarity initially led me to sceptical rejection of all research as pointless)
  • A lot of educational research isn’t actually aimed at teachers
  • Most teachers are unfamiliar with the language of research, or how to assess research
  • Research, like everything else, is frequently used as a political cudgel; ‘do this because the research says.’ Teachers often mistrust it, but lack the language to critically interpret it.

Which leads me to seven further observations derived from my work with researchED:

  • Some teachers are very interested in research; and many researchers are very interested in talking to them about what they do
  • Putting these groups together is very easy to do because they are essentially an online dating match
  • These groups may be in the minority of their communities, but they are vocal, digitally literate and energetic, which gives them a disproportionately loud voice in public forums
  • When we survey attendees, they routinely score their ‘takeaway’ very highly for utility, and similarly their intentions to use this takeaway are also high (this is self-reported, and impact isn’t assessed, so there’s nothing hard about this evidence, but it’s interestingly consistent)
  • From the relationships and conversations I develop through the researchED communities, my experience is that research literacy in these super adopters is increasing, and that they cascade it back into their schools. The higher the formal position of the super adopter, the greater the whole-school impact. 
  • Attendances are increasing at our events, and we’re running more and more to cope with demand
  • I notice that the research conversations at our events are becoming more mature, as many adopters are also early adopters and have developed complex relationships with research and research generators. 

This relationship can’t be forced. You can’t make someone a research champion or lead; you can’t force a school to be research engaged if they don’t have time, inclination or a baseline of understanding of what research represents. researchED people are often outliers, mavericks, freaks and geeks, prophets, hermits, punk rockers, agitators, reactionaries, uber-trads and neo-progs. They are the coolest nerds I have ever known. 

So what do we do now?

Happily I have another list for you:

  • Teachers need to be formally and critically exposed to research earlier, preferably in ITT (which was one of the recommendations of the Carter report) so that they have a basic grounding about what research means, where they can access it, how to appreciate it, and how to critically assess it. That way the language is imbedded intheir whole careers
  • Schools should pay some attention to being research aware, by advertising the post of research lead, funding and securing protected time for it. As the EEF pilot suggests, it’s important that teachers are shown ways that it can be relevant to their classrooms. If it remains an abstract, it will never change anything. 
  • Teachers who are interested in pursuing it further should be supported in doing so: allowing them to attend research conferences, or hosting their own; forming journal clubs; continuing professional development focussed on clear professional needs; forming partnerships with existing research institutions, or taking part in large scale research with existing projects. 
  • If teaching is ever to be seen as a true profession, it needs to be more engaged with evidence and less terrified of having its cherished assumptions challenged. 

Teaching is a profession heavily reliant on craft, or practical wisdom. But like everything it can be augmented by evidence, and that evidence can take many forms; RCTs, case studies, literature reviews and so on. These all have their strengths and their weaknesses, and there is nothing to be feared from understanding this. The intersectional soil where craft and evidence meet is where the flower of professionalism will bloom. I’m so proud of my colleagues in teaching, and colleagues in other educational communities for what together we’ve been able to achieve through researchED; and with zero capital, and no profit. We’ve done it with no money at all, breaking even as we roller coaster along. People who cared about education made it happen because they wanted it to happen. We’re fuelled by ambition, hope, and a handful of either fairy dust or pocket sand. 

I reckon the headlines will start to get better. I have no evidence for that, but plenty of faith in teachers. 


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The intensity of concern depends a lot on the extent of metal soap damage and its location on a painting, she adds. For example, sometimes free fatty acids migrate to the surface of a painting, producing a whitish haze known as efflorescence. Although disturbing and often recurrent, efflorescence can often be removed by conservators with standard cleaning techniques. More problematic is when free fatty acids meet metal ions at a painting’s surface. When this happens, metal soaps tend to crystallize into hard, dark crusts that can’t be removed with cleaning solvents. In recent years, conservators have had success using metal chelators to dislodge the metal ions from the crust, says Aviva Burnstock, at the Courtauld Institute of Art, in London. With the metals gone, gentle cleaning can sometimes remove the dark crusts, she adds.

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One of Amsterdam’s top destinations for left-field side of the dance music spectrum, Dekmantel, is readying their 2016 edition with another 3 days full of electronic culture.

Held during the day in the sprawling nature of Amsterdam Bos, Dekmantel’s brand is as synonymous with the Dutch capital as it is for quality curation. With International dates, a renowned label, and some of the most committed followers in the game, the 4 – 7 August event will surely see its name uttered on the lips of artists and fans alike for the coming months.

See also: Festival Report: Dekmantel 2015

This year, the eclectic lineup (see full lineup and day by day breakdown below) brings back favorites like Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon, DJ Harvey, Moddymann, and Jeff Mills, while also welcoming very special performances from James Holden Camilo Tirado (Outdoor Museum of Fractals), Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, dub pioneers Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Adrian Sherwood, and post punk band ESG.

For us, looking down the lineup, our eyes catch the likes of Smart Bar’s The Black Madonna, NYC’s famed Bunker favs. Bryan Kasenic Derek Plaslaiko, Japan’s DJ Nobu, 2015 Dekmantel hero Motor City Drum Ensemble, electronica pioneer The Orb, and computer music artist Holly Herndon (to name a few).

Besides “the Bos” hosting daytime events, Dekmantel will virtually take over the city for their pre-festival events and complimentary Melkweg Nights. On Thursday, 4 August, the IJ river will play host to several events spread along its banks, including The Eye Film Museum, the majestic Muziekgebouw, and the Bimhuis.

3-day festival tickets are now SOLD OUT, but Opening Concert/ Night festival/ Single Days tickets are available at the link below.


4 – 7 August | Demkantel Festival 2016 | Tickets | Amsterdam, NL

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