Day: September 14, 2020

Indonesia’s education minister on Covid’s effect on students’ learning

SINGAPORE — There’s not enough discussion globally about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on students’ learning as schools are closed to prevent further spread of the virus, Indonesia’s Education Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim told CNBC on Monday.

“A lot of people keep mentioning about the health crisis and about the economic crisis that’s caused by the pandemic but not enough people are talking about the educational crisis, the learning crisis that is happening all around the world, not just in Indonesia,” the minister told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia.”

“So we really have to find the right balance between … the health crisis as well as the educational crisis as leaders,” he said ahead of the virtual Singapore Summit happening this week.

Students from a school in Surabaya, Indonesia’s East Java province, attend in-person lessons under strict health protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northeastern University Dismisses 11 Students for Breaking Virus Rules but Keeps Their Tuition

In one of the harshest punishments imposed to date against students for violations of coronavirus safety protocols, Northeastern University dismissed 11 first-year students this week and declined to refund their $36,500 tuition after they were discovered crowded into a room at a Boston hotel serving as a temporary dormitory.

About 800 students are staying in two-person rooms at the hotel, the Westin, which is less than a mile from Northeastern’s Boston campus.

Two university staff members making rounds on Wednesday evening discovered the gathering, which violated university rules against any “guests, visitors or additional occupants,” the university said in a news release.

In addition, the students were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, in defiance of university requirements, a university spokeswoman, Renata Nyul, said.

Northeastern’s move comes as colleges across the country are struggling to figure

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UAE AI University, Weizmann Inst. sign MoU to collaborate on AI research

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and Weizmann Institute of Science have agreed to work together. It is the latest step marking developing relations between the countries.The memorandum of understanding signed between the institutes follows the UAE’s decision a month ago to normalize relations with Israel. Both countries have said they hope normalized ties will bring economic and technological benefits.The MoU is the first signed between Israeli and UAE higher education bodies, UAE state news agency WAM said. The intention is to “advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress.”The memorandum covers a range of opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions, including student and postdoctoral-fellow exchange programs, conferences and seminars, various forms of exchange between researchers, sharing of computing resource and the establishment of a joint virtual institute for artificial intelligence.The collaboration will advance the Weizmann Institute’s flagship
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Marcell Ozuna has five-hit night in loss to Nationals

Marcell Ozuna strengthened his bid for a second straight National League Player of the Week honor as he tallied a career-best five hits for the Braves in a 8-7 loss to the Nationals in 12 innings on Friday night at Nationals Park.
Ozuna highlighted his five-hit performance in the eighth,

Marcell Ozuna strengthened his bid for a second straight National League Player of the Week honor as he tallied a career-best five hits for the Braves in a 8-7 loss to the Nationals in 12 innings on Friday night at Nationals Park.

Ozuna highlighted his five-hit performance in the eighth, when he hit his 14th homer, putting him one behind Fernando Tatis Jr.’s NL-leading total. The Braves’ designated hitter also plated a pair of runs with the two-out single he produced during Atlanta’s game-tying three-run ninth.

But when Ozuna came to the plate to face rookie reliever Kyle Finnegan with

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Newton mayor relays concerns about rising COVID-19 cases to Boston College officials

“They need to act now to protect the health of their Boston College community and all of our Newtonians,” she said.

“Boston College community members are integrally connected with Newton — they live, shop, dine & drink, play sports, work and recreate amongst our community,” she said in an e-mail to Newton residents later Saturday evening. “When COVID-19 spikes within the Boston College community, this impacts all of us in Newton.”

The concern comes after a notable increase last week in the number of positive cases at the college, especially among athletes.

So far 104 people have tested positive at the college, including 67 in the past week, according to testing numbers published Saturday by the university. Thirty of the college’s 750 varsity athletes have tested positive, BC spokesman Jack Dunn said Saturday.

Many of the student-athlete cases are linked to an off-campus gathering, where students watched a basketball game

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