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Rolls Royce unveils “Bumblebee 5000” car based on 11-year-old girl’s winning entry to “Best Futuristic Concepts Competition”

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Rolls Royce unveils “Bumblebee 5000” car based on 11-year-old girl’s winning entry to best futuristic concepts competition

Rolls-Royce has unveiled what may be the future of motor transport – a car based on a bumblebee and powered by honey. 

The prestigious British car manufacturer brought to life a series of the best futuristic concepts.

This included the outlandish bee car which features wings and was designed by an 11-year-old schoolgirl identified as “Sofia”.

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More than 5,000 designs and blueprints were submitted by children across 80 countries as part of a competition during the lockdown. 

It was devised to provide a creative outlet for children aged 16 and under confined by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  

The firm’s design team at Goodwood, West Sussex, then used the same software they would for a real Rolls-Royce project to digitally enhance the drawings. The UK winner of the Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition was Sofia, 11, with her Bumblebee 5000+9

The UK winner of the Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition was Sofia, 11, with her Bumblebee 5000

The UK winner of the Young Designer Competition was 11-year-old Sofia with her Rolls-Royce Bumblebee 5000 which the CEO of Rolls Royce described as ‘quite extraordinary’. 

A delighted Sofia said: ‘The Bumblebee 5000 is the very best way to travel and to have parties in with your family and friends. 

‘Moving smoothly, it will take you wherever you want to go with style and having fun. 

‘With comfortable tables and chairs, a disco ball, the best surround sound system, WiFi, GPS, a hook for luggage and much more, it makes it the best option on the automobile market. 

‘You will never see anything else like it.’  The competition saw more than 5,000 designs and blueprints submitted by children across 80 countries during lockdown+9

The competition saw more than 5,000 designs and blueprints submitted by children across 80 countries during lockdown

CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars “Torsten Müller-Ötvös” agreed, saying: ‘The entries that stood out for us were those that showed a real depth of thought, effort and expression, and incorporated lots of different details. 

‘The best didn’t just draw “the nicest car”: they created amazing experiences that showed the freedom of their imagination, not hindered by physical, real-world constraints. The winning entry is quite extraordinary.’ 

Head of Bespoke Design Gavin Hartley added: ‘We were particularly drawn to Bumblebee 5000 because it’s all about sociability, having fun, sharing good times and having the finer things in life, which is exactly what Rolls-Royce is all about. 

‘It also reflected our own interest as a company in the natural world and bees in particular.The Bluebird II was designed by Chenyang, aged 13 from China, and won the technology category+9

The Bluebird II was designed by Chenyang, aged 13 from China, and won the technology categoryThe Capsule was designed by six-year-old Saya from Japan and won the environment category+9

The Capsule was designed by six-year-old Saya from Japan and won the environment category.

Sofia’s school is to have an electric car kit installed, enabling them to participate in future Greenpower motorsport events. 

She also won a chauffeur-driven ride to school in a Rolls-Royce with her best friend. 

There were no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain entrants and children could let their imagination run free, creating designs of richness, creativity and diversity. Florian, aged 16 from France, designed the Turtle Car which can transport passengers by sea, land and air. The entry won the fantasy category+9

Florian, aged 16 from France, designed the Turtle Car which can transport passengers by sea, land and air. The entry won the fantasy category For the fun category Léna, aged 11 from Hungary, designed a colourful vehicle called Glow+9

For the fun category Léna, aged 11 from Hungary, designed a colourful vehicle called Glow

The original deadline for entries was extended after the competition proved an instant success.  

There were four other category winners in technology, environment, fantasy and fun with winners from across the world and ranging in age from six to 16. 

The technology winner was Chenyang, 13 from China, who designed the Rolls-Royce Bluebird II while the environment category was won by six-year-old Saya from Japan for the Rolls-Royce Capsule design. 

The Turtle Car by Florian, 16 from France, which can transport passengers by land, sea and air won the fantasy category and Léna, 11 from Hungary, won the fun category for the Rolls-Royce Glow. 

Three entries came highly commended, including Bolt which was designed by Declan, aged 10 from the United Kingdom. 

The other two highly commended entries were nine-year-old Tim from Germany for Prosperity and six-year-old Alisa from Russia for House of Esperanto. The Pinnacle of Intergalactic Space Travel: Ten-year-old Declan's design Bolt was highly commended by the judges+9

The Pinnacle of Intergalactic Space Travel: Ten-year-old Declan’s design Bolt was highly commended by the judgesNine-year-old Tim from Germany was also highly commended for his design Prosperity+9

Nine-year-old Tim from Germany was also highly commended for his design Prosperity Alissa, aged six from Russia, designed the House of Esperanto vehicle, which can communicate with every creature and combines house and car, was highly commended+9

Alissa, aged six from Russia, designed the House of Esperanto vehicle, which can communicate with every creature and combines house and car, was highly commended

Mr Müller-Ötvös said: ‘On behalf of myself and everyone at Rolls-Royce, I would like to thank every single Young Designer who entered the competition, and for all the thought, hard work and creativity that went into their designs. 

‘There is some amazing talent out there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our entrants went on to work as car designers one day – perhaps even at Rolls-Royce.

‘The most important thing I’ve learned from this competition is that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to create amazing things, because our imagination is always free to fly. 

‘I hope the children who took part will recognise this, too, and that it will be something positive they can take from their pandemic experience.’

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Biden’s administration aims at having most U.S. schools reopen within the president’s first 100 days in office.

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The Biden administration is aiming to have most U.S. schools reopen within the president’s first 100 days in office.

Nearly half of the nation’s elementary schools were open for full-time classroom learning as of last month, but the share of students learning in-person has varied greatly by region and by race, with most nonwhite students learning entirely online, according to results from a national survey conducted by the Biden administration.

For the White House, the survey results, released Wednesday, mark the starting line for President Joe Biden’s pledge to have most K-8 schools open full-time in his first 100 days in office. But they also show that he never had far to go to meet that goal.

Image: Student attends online classAmong schools that enroll fourth graders, 47% offered full-time classroom learning in February, while for schools that teach eighth-graders, the figure was 46%. The data suggested that at least some students weren’t opting in.

The Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says Schools should be 100 percent open by fall. In total, about 76% of elementary and middle schools were open for in-person or hybrid learning, according to the survey, while 24% offered remote learning only.
The percentage of students spending at least some time in the classroom has likely increased since February, when coronavirus rates were just coming down from a national surge.

“The data collected by the survey are essential for beginning to measure and understand the pandemic’s impact on American students,” said Mark Schneider, director of the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Education Department.

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The administration plans to update the initial data set each month to show how many U.S. schools are teaching in-person, online or through a combination. The federal government did not previously collect information on the topic, making it difficult to track progress on reopening schools.

The new findings are based on a survey of 3,500 public schools whose student bodies include fourth graders, along with 3,500 schools that serve eighth graders. A total of 44 states agreed to participate, while six states declined to take part. The survey asked schools about their teaching methods as of February but gathered other data as of January.

The survey casts new light on a period of particularly bitter debate in the school reopening process. In January, officials in California, Chicago and other locales were still locked in stalemate with teachers over reopening plans, with vaccines often arising as a sticking point.

Since January, however, the push to reopen has gained steam in many areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a roadmap to reopening in February, and this month the agency relaxed guidelines around social distancing in schools. Amid pressure from Biden, dozens of states are now focusing on giving COVID-19 vaccines to teachers and other school staff.

As more schools invite students back to the classroom, many parents are conflicted, according to a separate poll from The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It found that a majority of parents are at least somewhat concerned that in-person instruction will lead to more people being infected, but a slightly larger share are at least somewhat concerned that their children will face setbacks in school because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to tracking school teaching methods, the new federal survey also tracks how many students have enrolled in each type of learning.

In January, the survey found, 38% of fourth graders enrolled in full-time, in-person learning, compared to 28% of eighth graders. Larger shares of students were entirely remote, with 43% of fourth graders and 48% of eighth graders learning away from school. It was not clear what share of students were learning online by choice and how many were in schools without in-person options.

The survey does not include high schools, which weren’t included in Biden’s reopening promise and pose additional challenges as they work to reopen. Younger children are less likely to get seriously ill from the coronavirus, and education experts say they have the greatest need for in-person learning.

The Education Department said it will issue updated data from the survey each month through July. The information is published on a dashboard on the agency’s website.

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ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

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ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

ASUU Strike: Federal Government sets up new committee to renegotiate 2009 agreements

The federal government has inaugurated a new committee to renegotiate the 2009 agreements with lecturers and others, as part of its effort to end the eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that the lecturers who are currently on strike are demanding for funding for the revitalization of universities, earned allowance, the constitution of visitation panels, payment of shortfall in salaries of lecturers, and a stop to the use of the payment platform, IPPIS, for payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers.

The committee which will re-negotiate the 2009 agreement between the federal government and the university-based unions, will be headed by Professor Munzali Jibril and is categorised into substantive members, advisers and observers.

Members of the committee are the Pro-Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nimota Akanbi; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ikwo, Nimi Briggs; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, Lawrence Ngbale; Pro-Chancellor, FUT, Minna, Femi Odekunle; Pro-Chancellor, University of Calabar, Nkechi Nworgu, Pro-Chancellor, Kaduna State University Shehu Abdullahi and Pro-Chancellor, Kebbi State University, Mamman Magoro.

The advisers are  Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC); Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund); Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC); Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of State-owned Universities; Chairman, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU); Secretary, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU); Chairman, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU), and Secretary, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU).

The observer category is composed of representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning, Federal Ministry of Justice, Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, and Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Adamu said;

“It has also become necessary and urgent that all hands must now be on deck to restore the confidence reposed in university education by students, parents and the general public.

“As you are quite aware, the federal government and relevant stakeholders, in the past months, have been neck-deep in several meetings with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others, to resolve the outstanding issues that led to the current industrial action in public universities.

“Government, like other stakeholders, is also worried about the vicious cycle over the years of the myriad of industrial actions by one staff union or the other.

The cumulative effect has been the obvious loss of productive and precious
man-hours direly needed by the universities to fulfil their tripod mandates of teaching, research and community action.

“The terms of reference of the team are to re-negotiate the residual issues in the 2009 Agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the university-based unions, towards a workable and implementable agreement between both parties, such that will facilitate repositioning of Nigerian universities for greater responsibilities in national development.

“Propose and prescribe short, medium and long-term measures for the
sustainable funding and management of federal universities, in order to
restore lasting peace, stability, harmony and progress in the Nigerian
university system; and make any other recommendations.”

 

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FG Set to Resolve 8 Months ASUU Strike Next Week

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FG Set to Resolve 8 Months ASUU Strike Next Week

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The Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the prolonged strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be resolved by next week.

Gistflash gathered that a team from the Federal Government will meet with the union leaders again next week for strike resolution.

Ahead of the scheduled meeting, FG has vowed to explore the provisions in the labour law and other channels to call off the strike.

Recall that FG had previously appealed to the ASUU to call off the strike.

ASUU on March 24, 2020 embarked on an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action between them as well as the lingering disagreement over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System that ASUU rejected.

Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Television, the minister said the government had met six of the union’s nine demands and that they would meet again next week with the hope of ending the prolonged strike.

According to the Minister “Even if countries go to war, at the end of the day they come to the negotiation table. I’m inviting them (ASUU) next week. We are doing side meetings on our part and we are collating everything. I’m collating responses from the Accountant General of the Federation’s Office and everybody who has something to do with this matter.

Reacting to a question if it meant that the lecturers may not return to the classrooms in the next one or two weeks, Ngige said “I’m not looking at that (long) period. I’m an optimist on this matter. By next week, we will conclude this matter. There are so many options left. We have the labour laws and I have options left to me in the labour laws. I have other channels.”

The minister, who said his children had also been at home as a result of the strike, explained that government had agreed to give the University Transparency Academic Solution, the payment platform proposed by ASUU, a trial.

He, however, said the feedback he got from the National Information Technology Development Agency, the agency mandated to follow-up the trial with ASUU, showed they had just concluded the first phase and that the second phase to assess the functional requirement of UTAS had not been done.

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He added, “UTAS has yet to be ready but government will not discourage them. And we have told them there is no need using the same old method of strike to make demands since such had been deployed since 2017.”

On the revitalisation fund, he said the government had agreed to release N30bn out of the N40bn demanded by the union as the payment for November 2019 and September 2020, adding that the remaining N10bn would be staggered.

“A committee that looked into the Needs Assessment of universities held a workshop on how funds could be generated came up with the recommendation that other things could be done to raise funds, because revitalisation cannot be done through the budget, especially when the country is running a deficit budget,” Ngige further stated.

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