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A total of 400-450 new CAO offers will be made arising from the Leaving Cert calculated grades computer coding debacle.

The figure covers offers at both Level 8 (honours degree) and Level 7/6, and up to one in four will be for places in Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).

The Central Applications Office (CAO) will issue the offers to Leaving Cert 2020 candidates on Thursday, in tandem with other Round 4 offers.

Full details of the places will not be known until then but there are quite a number for teaching-related courses.

On the other hand, it is understood that the upgrades will not lead to a surge of offers for Medicine.

The maximum number of new offers for any single course will not be more than eight to 10.

Individual colleges are now working through their capacity to make offers for the current year, but it is understood that

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Others received higher grades, and according to media reports in Ireland, colleges may need to create space for as many as 1,000 additional students.

According to The Irish Times, the government bypassed the normal tender process in awarding the lucrative contract to the Ottawa software firm, saying there was “insufficient time” to run a full procurement process.

The Irish government employed a provision reserved for cases of “extreme urgency” to award the contract, according to a Department of Education statement.

Polymetrika International Inc. was initially awarded a contract in May valued at 71,500 euros (approximately $110,000 CAD) for 65 days of work, which according to reporting by The Irish Times was for statistical services as a contingency in case final exams were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Times, the Ottawa company was paid at a rate of 1,100 euros ($800) per day on

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  • A hacker published grades and personal information of thousands of Las Vegas students after school district officials refused to pay a ransom in exchange for the information.
  • The leaked information included students’ names, social security numbers, addresses, and some financial information, and were published on an online hacker forum this week, a cybersecurity analyst told Business Insider.
  • Las Vegas’ Clark County School District announced earlier this month that some of its files were compromised by a hacker using ransomware and that law enforcement was investigating.
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Last month, Las Vegas’ largest public school district announced that a hacker compromised some of its files using ransomware and was holding the files hostage while demanding a ransom payment.

Now, a hacker has published files containing students’ grades and personal information after school district officials refused to pay the ransom.

Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity

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