To stop shootings, get metal detectors

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI heard a really good idea and thought I should pass it on.Put $500 metal detectors on every entrance to every school (TSA airport security level).Ken BressScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Government to revamp student assessment to improve PISA scores

first_imgFollowing a decision to cancel the national exam for elementary, junior high and high school students because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Education Ministry to seize the opportunity to overhaul the national evaluation system for primary and secondary education.Jokowi said that, while the latest report of the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed that Indonesia’s education system had become more inclusive in the past 18 years, it also showed that Indonesian students scored poorly in science, reading and mathematics.“The report that I received showed that [Indonesia’s] PISA score average in 2018 has decreased in three areas of competence, with the greatest decrease in literacy,” Jokowi said in a videoconference with Education Minister Nadiem Makarim on Friday. The triennial 2018 PISA report — which measures the ability of 15-year-olds in the three categories — shows that Indonesia ranked 73rd in mathematics, 74th in reading and 71st in science out of 79 assessed countries and territories.Read also: Not even mediocre? Indonesian students score low in math, reading, science: PISA reportIndonesian students’ mean reading score of 371 in 2018 marks a 21-point decrease from the 2015 score and puts Indonesians far below the OECD average of 487. In mathematics, meanwhile, the study gives Indonesian students a score of 379, a 7-point decrease from 2015, while the mean science score decreased slightly, dropping to 396 points from 403 achieved in 2015. Both scores were also significantly below the OECD average of 489. Jokowi said the PISA findings showed three main drawbacks in Indonesia’s education system the government must immediately address: a large percentage of students with low achievement, a high percentage of students repeating classes and high absenteeism.Nadiem told Jokowi that he had prepared five measures to address the problems and to increase Indonesia’s PISA score in 2024, one of which was to reform the assessments of student’s academic performance.That is in line with a plan the ministry announced last December that it would scrap the national exam in 2021 and replace it with a competency assessment and character survey. Read also: Nadiem grilled at House over new policy“This competency assessment is inspired by PISA and will be very similar to PISA,” Nadiem said on Friday, “The national exam [uses] local standards, but our new competency assessment [uses] international standards.”Nadiem’s five measures also include transforming school leadership, improving teacher education and introducing a flexible curriculum that is adjustable to the needs and learning progress of each student.“What we have now is a syllabus and policies that are so rigid that they prevent teachers from adjusting the learning material based on the student’s ability. […] Not every student must learn the same thing. In one class students should be able to do different homework or projects,” he said.The ministry’s new plan will also allow greater participation of various organizations in transforming Indonesia’s education system, with Nadiem saying all stakeholders should share the responsibility to help improve the education.“Communities and nonprofit organizations working in the education field, companies having a passion for education as well as education technology start-ups must all work together to improve learning outcomes,” he said.Education consultant Indra Charismiadji, while applauding the government’s commitment to improving Indonesia’s PISA scores, said the measures offered by the ministry are not groundbreaking but instead represent an incidental reactive approach.Indra said it was not the assessment standard that had to change but rather the qualification of Indonesian teachers.“But until today, the plan to improve teachers’ quality remains vague,” Indra told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “[The government] said communities and civil society organizations would be asked to help train teachers. But what kind of training? What are the standards and outcomes of the training? What kind of teachers will be produced? We have yet to hear such details.”“Not to mention the absence of a database [and thorough mapping on Indonesia’s teachers] to support the policymaking process. So, I’d say it is all empty rhetoric,” he said.Indra also said the study-from-home policy currently imposed to support physical distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a way to assess how prepared Indonesia’s education system was to face new challenges in the digital age.“Schools are now closed, and the learning process turns to online platforms […], but we can see that our teachers are not ready with digital learning. It [remote learning] is chaos, and there is no real solution yet,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in the City of York to fly at half-staff to honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable.Officer Alex Sable passed during training on May 9, 2018.“Frances and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Officer Sable’s family and colleagues, and all of our neighbors in York,” Governor Wolf said. “This has been a difficult year for the greater York public safety community, but we are reminded each day of the sacrifices they all make on behalf of their fellow citizens. We will be forever grateful for Alex’s service.”The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, May 10, 2018, through interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.center_img May 10, 2018last_img read more

UK roundup: Tesco vs Texan firemen, PPF, Monarch, Greybull Capital

first_imgIn other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has acquired a 10% share in airline Monarch as part of a deal to rescue the company.The airline has attracted a £125m investment from Greybull Capital, granting the private equity company a 90% stake.The agreement will also see the underfunded Monarch Airlines Retirement Benefit Plan fall into the UK lifeboat scheme, which the company said had a deficit of £158m.Alan Rubenstein, chief executive at the PPF, welcomed the deal, which has been signed off by the Pensions Regulator.“We have been in lengthy and detailed negotiations with the numerous interested stakeholders for some time to ensure the interests of members and levy payers are protected,” he said.“It is very important to us that pensions liabilities are treated seriously and properly on any restructuring. We are pleased that those involved with the Monarch case understood this fundamental point.” UK retailer Tesco is being sued by a US pension plan after an accounting error caused it to overstate its profit.The supermarket chain, which disclosed last week that it had overstated profits by £263m (€334m), is being sued by the $181m (€143m) Irving Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund over “significant losses” incurred due to the error.The Texan pension fund claimed in a filing seen by Bloomberg that it acquired the retailer’s shares at artificially inflated prices.Tesco’s share price has been in gradual decline over the last year, standing at more than 371 pence in late October last year, but falling to 168 pence by Friday closing.last_img read more

Bill to stop forced marriages has unanimous support

first_imgNewsHub 8 June 2017Family First Comment: This law change makes sense. But it’s interesting that a 16-17 year old needs help when deciding to marry, but doesn’t need any help when having an abortion!A Bill that protects teenagers from being forced into marriage has passed its first reading with unanimous support, and is on its way to becoming law.When it is in law, 16 and 17-year-olds who want to marry will have to apply to the Family Court and a judge must grant permission.The marriageable age is 18 and marriage under 16 is illegal.However, 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with parental consent. It happens on average about 80 times a year.Ms Hayes said forced marriage occurred in New Zealand, and young women were often brought into the country for that purpose.“There’s no doubt it’s a horrific cultural practise,” she said.“Forced marriage, child marriage, sickens me and we have to stop it happening in New Zealand.”The Bill defines a forced marriage as one where one or both of the people do not or cannot consent to the marriage.“The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical or emotional and psychological,” the Bill states.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

IPC adapting to cash flow issues caused by Tokyo 2020 postponement

first_img “Of course we have less income in 2020 due to the postponement.” Parsons added that the IPC had not requested any financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to combat the cash flow issue, saying the organisation would seek to solve the issue internally. He confirmed that although there were cash flow issues, the IPC had no plans to let staff go. The IPC President also said the organisation were in contact with National Paralympic Committees (NPC) to address issues they may experience during the pandemic or due to the postponement of the Paralympic Games. Several NPCs have paid entry fees and for hotel accommodation at events, which have been impacted by cancellations or postponements. Parsons said the organisation were hopeful that NPCs which have already paid for accommodation for Tokyo 2020 could see their agreement remain in place for their rescheduled Paralympic Games in 2021. “Cancelled events and changed plans come at a cost to our members, who are normally not big and rich organisations,” he said. “They are not immune to the financial problems that come with COVID-19. “Some have already paid entry fees, hotels and tickets for events that have been cancelled so we are helping them with that and liaising with the local organising committees on how some of this money can go back to the National Paralympic Committees. “The best-case scenario is that the hotels where there is already an agreement for this year can offer the same service next year without having to charge a penalty fee.” Parsons thanked athletes and NPCs for their support during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen more than 1.4 million cases worldwide and over 84,000 deaths. read also:IPC invite nominations for Athletes’ Council elections He said the Paralympic Games, now scheduled for August 24 to September 5 in 2021, could be a “sporting and humanitarian triumph”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Parsons said the organisation were currently reviewing 150 contracts related to the Paralympic Games, which were rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 earlier this month. He said the IPC had already identified more than €1 million (£877,000/$1 million) in savings, roughly five per cent of their 2020 budget, as they adjust to the postponement of the Games and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC 2018 financial report showed a budget of €24 million (£21 million/$26 million). Parsons said broadcast and commercial partners had been supportive of the decision to postpone the Paralympic Games, while adding that he understood why some had asked to delay payments. He stressed that the IPC would not lose money due to the postponement, but admitted the postponement had created a cash flow issue. “Like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Parsons said on a media teleconference today. “One immediate aspect of the Games postponement is a change in the cash flow of the IPC. “This week we have nearly completed an exercise reviewing more than 150 contracts that are Games related and we are embarking on negotiations to best resolve these changes. “One example is the broadcasters. “Some of them have already asked if they can delay final payments to 2021, which we can understand as the product will be delivered in 2021. “All of our partners have been hugely supportive, we had a call with our commercial partners where they asked what they could do to help us and the athletes. “It was really positive to hear this attitude, with the relationships that we have been building for years. International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Andrew Parsons, has acknowledged the organisation faces cash flow issues, with some broadcasters seeking to delay payments due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

Derby boss Paul Clement keen on James Wilson

first_imgDerby head coach Paul Clement has confirmed he has enquired about Manchester United striker James Wilson. It has been reported that more than 20 clubs have enquired about the 19-year-old, who has yet to feature this season for Louis van Gaal’s team, and Clement has revealed the Rams are one of those. “It is a possibility but not a certainty,” said Clement. “We have shown an interest. He is a very talented player and a number of other clubs have shown an interest as well. “We are waiting to hear back from Manchester United.” Former Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid coach Clement became the second Sky Bet Championship boss on Thursday to publicly confirm his interest in Wilson, after Bolton’s Neil Lennon did likewise. MK Dons and Wolves are also understood to be among the whole host of clubs monitoring the situation. Wilson has been frustrated by a lack of opportunities in the past year despite making a breakthrough under caretaker Ryan Giggs towards the end of the 2013-14 season. A series of niggling injuries have also stunted his progress. He has played just 17 minutes of first-team football since February and United recognise he needs more competitive games to develop. Wilson came off the bench to score the winning goal for the England Under-21 team against USA U23s in their 1-0 friendly victory at Deepdale on Thursday. Press Associationcenter_img Despite selling Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen and allowing Adnan Januzaj to join Borussia Dortmund on loan, United look likely to allow Wilson – one of only four recognised forwards at Old Trafford – to leave on loan. The £36million purchase of teenager Anthony Martial from Monaco appears to be a factor in the decision. last_img read more

The Latest: De Groot wins US Open women’s wheelchair title

first_imgSame stadium, much bigger stage Saturday. Osaka and Azarenka will meet in the U.S. Open women’s final, with the winner earning her third Grand Slam singles title.Osaka, the No. 4 seed from Japan, won her first major title two years ago at the U.S. Open. She went on to win another in 2019 at the Australian Open, a title Azarenka won twice. They arrived at a chance to win another with three-set victories in the semifinals, where Osaka outlasted Jennifer Brady and the unseeded Azarenka rallied past Serena Williams. They are both unbeaten during this lengthy stay in New York, where the Western & Southern Open was played preceding the U.S. Open. Azarenka won that tournament, normally held in Ohio but moved because of the coronavirus pandemic, when Osaka had to pull out of the final with a hamstring injury. 5:25 p.m.Naomi Osaka has forced a third set in the U.S. Open women’s singles final against Victoria Azarenka.Azarenka easily won the first set 6-1, but the 2018 champion steadied herself in the second and won 6-3.Osaka committed 13 unforced errors in the first set and fell behind 2-0 in the second but was much cleaner from there. She had 16 winners against just five unforced errors in the second set. It’s the first time the women’s final at Flushing Meadows has gone to a deciding set since Angelique Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in 2016. The players will be greeted by sunny skies and a breeze after having to play their semifinal matches Thursday with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed because of heavy rain.___More AP tennis: and Azarenka has also won two majors but is winless in her two U.S. Open finals, falling to Williams in 2012 and 2013.Osaka walked onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was killed by police in Cleveland in 2014. ___3:30 p.m.Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka were supposed to play two weeks ago in Flushing Meadows. 6:10 p.m.Naomi Osaka has won her second U.S. Open title, rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.Osaka, just 22, won her third Grand Slam title by turning around the match after playing poorly in the first set. Azarenka fell to 0-3 in U.S. Open finals, all in three sets. She lost to Serena Williams in both the 2012 and 2013 final. ___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___6:50 p.m. The unseeded Azarenka has won two Grand Slam titles but is 0-2 in the U.S. Open final.___4:20 p.m.Naomi Osaka is trying to keep her perfect record in Grand Slam championship matches intact as she faces Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open women’s final.Osaka is 2 for 2 in the major finals, beating Serena Williams to win the 2018 U.S. Open title and following that by winning the Australian Open title to open the 2019 season.center_img Azarenka has lost a pair of three-setters in the U.S. Open final, falling to Serena Williams in 2012 and 2013.___ 4:45 p.m.Victoria Azarenka easily moved within a set of her first U.S. Open women’s singles title, leading Naomi Osaka 6-1.Azarenka broke the fourth-seeded Osaka’s serve three times and took advantage of the 2018 champion’s surprising shakiness. Osaka had 13 unforced errors, 10 more than Azarenka. Diede De Groot of the Netherlands won the U.S. Open women’s wheelchair singles title, beating Yui Kamiji of Japan 6-3, 6-3.The No. 1 seed took advantage of an opportunity it appeared she and the other players wouldn’t have. The U.S. Tennis Association originally planned to scrap the wheelchair and some other events as a way to reduce the amount of people onsite amid the coronavirus pandemic.But the organization changed plans after discussions between wheelchair athletes and the International Tennis Federation.The men’s final is Sunday.___ The Latest: De Groot wins US Open women’s wheelchair title Associated Press September 12, 2020last_img read more

TOMS takes part in “From Activism to Action” series

first_imgOn Tuesday, the USC Institute for Global Health invited TOMS Director of Social Innovation and Impact Shira Shafir to speak about the concept of the “One for One” business model, which vows to deliver a free pair of shoes to a child in need for every sale a business makes, as part of the organization’s “From Activism to Action” lecture series.Shafir is a faculty member in the department of epidemiology at UCLA and has been at TOMS for the last 13 months.The institute partnered with USC’s Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab to put on the event, which emphasized social entrepreneurship. To coincide with the lecture event, the Institute also presented the results of their USC Global Health case study competition.Heather Wipfli, associate director  the Institute, opened up the event by recognizing the winners. This competition challenged students to tackle a critical global health issue, requiring them to come up with realistic and innovative solutions within five days that they were given a case.Each team had to represent at least three USC schools, thus emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach. The winning team of the competition incorporated local Cameroonian arts of song, dance, and storytelling to educate the community about sanitation, water quality and shoe-wearing.As part of their reward, the team was invited to participate in The Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.Wipfli then spoke about social entrepreneurship and multi-disciplinary approaches within the philosophy of TOMS to segue into Shafir’s lecture.She began her lecture by supplying the audience with some numbers that illuminate the history of TOMS, beginning with the company’s inception in 2006. Since then, TOMS has sold and hence given 35 million pairs of shoes in more than 70 countries with 100 different partners.“It used to be that we go to these organizations and say, ‘Please consider implementing and integrating [these shoes] into your programs,’” Shafir said. “Now, we have programs and partners who are coming to us instead so we can choose the best partners to work with.”Shafir also introduced the company’s “Giving Model,” which begins when consumers make a purchase. TOMS’s supply chain team will then work together with partners who are knowledgeable about needs of different countries to allocate where the shoes go. The company’s “giving” team will work with various resources to further distribution. There is also a fund called the “Last Mile Contribution” to support the costs of such processes, including the costs of freight, vehicle rentals, fuel, storage and labor to deliver the shoes to more remote locations.Demonstrating her background in epidemiology, Shafir emphasized the importance of shoes in context of its significance in disease prevention. According to Shafir, the simple act of wearing shoes can help prevent diseases such as podoconiosis.“If children wears shoes, it creates a physical barrier that prevents contact from the soil, and it decreases their risk for devastating diseases,” Shafir said. “If you provide a child with a pair of shoes, it can be a life transformative experience.”In addition to the existing “One for One” program, which sells eye care and supplies water to areas in need, the company now also sells glasses and coffee. In addition, Shafir introduced the company’s newest “One for One” initiative — selling bags to consumers in order to support maternal and infant health and to tackle the issue of infant mortality.When Shafir opened time for questions, she received various questions regarding how TOMS’s corporate component might harm the company’s role in giving, especially after the company sold a 50 percent stake to a private equity firm.“That was critical in the conversation and was actually insured in the contract — that the giving [program] would be protected,” Shafir said. “And in terms of missions and values, those are already hardwired in company culture.”Natalie Mata, a junior majoring in global health, commented on how impressed she was with TOM’s program.“I didn’t know how expansive TOMS’s “One for One” program was,” Mata said. “I didn’t know they were getting involved in optical care and now maternal and child health. These initiatives are really awesome.”[Correction: A previous version of this story misattributed the quote in the last paragraph. It was Natalie Mata, not Shira Shafir, who said the quote. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]last_img read more

Sharapova appeal decision to be announced in October

first_imgMaria Sharapova will discover the result of her appeal against a ban from the sport in 3-weeks. The Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce its decision on the matter in the first week in October. Sharapova was handed a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in January.last_img