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first_imgIcardi is no longer the captain at Inter (Picture: Getty)Mauro Icardi was reportedly stripped of his skipper duties by Inter Milan because of issues between his agent and the club.The striker, who has worn the armband for Inter since 2015, is in the midst of a contract stand-off with the Italian giants.Chelsea are one of a host of clubs linked with a transfer move for Icardi, who would fetch a monster fee for Inter as one of the best forwards in the world.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityInter want Icardi to sign a new deal, while the player’s agent, and wife, Wanda Nara has publicly insisted there is no need to pen a fresh contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTVarious Italian outlets have declared Nara’s conduct and comments to the press are the reason Icardi has been stripped of the captaincy.Gianluca Di Marzio claim it is not the contract talks which has forced Inter to demote Icardi, but the player’s reluctance to speak out against his agent. Advertisement (Picture: Getty)The decision was taken by head coach Luciano Spalletti and the club, and it was also confirmed on Wednesday that Icardi would not travel with the rest of the squad to Austria to take on SK Rapid Wien in the Europa League.La Gazzetta Dello Sport claim Spalletti and the club bosses have been enraged by Nara’s recent comments and were unimpressed to hear the football agent weigh in on Ivan Perisic’s potential move to Arsenal.That transfer did not happen as Inter rejected Arsenal’s loan approach, but Nara’s suggestion ‘personal issues’ were behind the forward’s desire to leave prompted the club to name Samir Handanovic as their new club captain. Spalletti has been angered by Inter’s agent and wife (Picture: Getty)It is also claimed Icardi has grown increasingly distant from the squad in recent weeks, which has raised doubts about whether he is able to carry out his captain duties.Icardi, 25, has spent his entire senior career in Italy and joined Inter from Sampdoria as a 20-year-old, and has a contract with the club that does not expire until 2021.The Argentina international has been a prolific goalscorer in an Inter shirt, with 119 goals in 210 appearances for Inter.MORE: Chelsea and Manchester United enquire about frustrated Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic Commentcenter_img Coral BarryWednesday 13 Feb 2019 4:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Mauro Icardi stripped of captaincy by Inter Milan for personal reasons Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHowever, as former UK minister for universities David Willetts declared in a speech at the conference, education is thankfully not going down the online monopoly route that we have seen with Facebook and social media. After social security, health and education account for the two largest items in UK government expenditure – and figures are likely similar elsewhere.Technology has the potential to be transformational in both cases. With healthcare, it is not just through the use of technology to make administration more efficient – with mixed success so far in the UK, which still lacks seamless access to medical records between doctors, hospitals and clinics. Excitingly, technology is also emerging in areas such as the use of artificial intelligence to better diagnose medical imagery. The metrics for success are clear in healthcare, although data protection remains a concern.‘Edtech’ – the trendy term for technology applied to education – has the potential to radically change education in both developed and emerging countries. To what extent it will eventually do so is perhaps less obvious than in healthcare.The EdTechX Europe 2018 summit, held last week in London, was full of exciting start-up companies led by dynamic management teams that saw themselves as providing transformational businesses. Oxford University, UKOxford and Cambridge, at the apex of the UK’s higher education system, offer courses that are expensive to create with individual or small group tuition together with lectures. The collegiate system also means there are physical limits to how many new places can be created.On the other hand, MOOCs offered by such entities may address the issue of disseminating information and teaching – but online courses cannot reproduce the university experience, or indeed the prestige of being admitted to such institutions.Yet there must be alternatives that can utilise the almost-free resource of online courses together with some minimal campus teaching that would not result in students facing large debts at the end of three years. The technology for such offerings is there already but, so far, there has not been a synthesis of online and campus teaching that produces radically cheaper but acceptable alternatives with mass appeal.Edtech has immense potential, but the path to success requires much more than just technology.center_img Could online courses replace university teaching?Online university courses have been around for a number of years, and free massive open online courses (MOOCs) are available from eminent institutions such as Harvard, MIT and Microsoft. At EdTechX entrepreneurs were offering new variations on this theme, including the creation of at least one new online university.Teacher-less teaching?Technology is also arriving in the classroom throughout developed countries. However, some of the initiatives on show at EdTechX suggested that innovation was likely to be far more transformational for isolated communities in poor countries. For example, distributing tablets to provide access to specifically designed courses without school teacher involvement is likely to have far more of an impact than tweaking teaching aids in the developed world.One presentation, for example, related to the Global Learning XPRIZE, a global competition with a $15m (€12.8m) prize purse provided by Tesla founder Elon Musk. It challenges teams around the world to develop open-source and scalable software to enable children with limited education access to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 15 months. Field testing of five finalists is already underway in villages in Tanzania.At the other extreme, initiatives such as EtonX are subsidiaries of well-known institutions that leveraging their credibility to attract a worldwide audience.For investors, there is a cornucopia of opportunities in edtech, but deciding what is likely to be a winner may be much more difficult than in healthcare.With healthcare, it is clear that a technological solution that, for example, substantially improves detection of breast cancer from scans would have immediate applications and relevance, and the technology with the best performance would likely be the most successful.Edtech offerings are more problematic. There are many competing offerings in the same space without necessarily any differentiator in terms of quality – and, in many cases, they may be competing with free offerings from highly regarded institutions.  Challenging the traditionalThe rise of online learning opportunities does raise the issue of how traditional universities should be structured in response. David Willetts argued that, unless they are able to meet the demand for more places, universities will be increasingly sidelined as educational institutions while remaining as research entities.last_img read more