SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students … [Read more...] about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
Paul Mandl, team leader of the ARISE Plus Programme (left) and Igor Driesmans, EU Ambassador to ASEAN It has been only a few months since the launch of the ACTS. How important is the ACTS in terms of regional trade flows and socio-cultural cooperation, and what other benefits will it provide? Igor Driesmans: The ACTS is a vital building block of ASEAN economic integration. It acts as a catalyst for the development of seamless and efficient transport flows among ASEAN member states, facilitating regional trade in goods through standardised and harmonised customs procedures. Thanks to its sophisticated and powerful IT system, the ACTS can track regional transit cargo movements from departure to destination. In addition, the digital network enables pre-arrival processing by customs at borders and destination, providing for advanced risk management for the protection of society. Major advantages are in place for reliable traders, permitting door-to-door loading and delivery … [Read more...] about ACTS eyes expansion to benefit from regional trade flows
Despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Xuan passionately implemented the project “Mot trieu ban tay cham toi Cello” (One million hands touching the Cello) in 2020. During last year, Dinh Hoai Xuan also launched her classical music products including the album “Ja vstretil vas” (I Meet You), album “Salut d’Amour” (Hello love) and the video “Giot nuoc mat cua Jaccqueline” (Tears of Jaccqueline). She granted an interview with Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper's reporter to share about her activities and plans. Q: Many classical music artists are selected to stay the host countries following their study abroad because they can easily develop their artistic careers. Whey did you return to the homeland? A: I think if I create a path for myself, I can develop my career wherever. Returning home, I have just conducted international projects as well as looking for harmony between Vietnamese folk music and Western classical music. This will bring domestic audiences closer to classical … [Read more...] about Optimism about classical music in domestic environment
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer has been arrested, accused of a murder-for-hire plot to kill her ex-husband and a child. Valerie Cincinelli (credit: NYPD 106th Precinct) Valerie Cincinelli, 34, is an officer with the NYPD’s Viper Unit, which monitors cameras in NYCHA buildings. READ MORE: Fordham University To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For Students Returning To Campus In Fall WEB EXTRA : Read the complaint (.pdf) Cincinelli appeared tearfully before a federal judge in Central Islip Friday afternoon. Prosecutors revealed she tried to hire a hitman to kill two people: An ex-husband and the daughter of another man for $7,000. Cincinelli has made headlines before: Two years ago she helped foil a bank robbery in Queens. Now the NYPD officer is making news for all the wrong reasons. Prosecutors say the evidence is overwhelming. She allegedly “hatched and carried out a plot” in her Oceanside home to “hire a hitman to murder” an ex-husband and … [Read more...] about NYPD Officer Accused Of Murder-For-Hire Plot Targeting Her Ex-Husband And A Child
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio spoke with MSNBC ' s Chuck Todd during an hour-long town hall at Florida International University in Miami on Wednesday night. The event took place on Rubio ' s home turf, less than a week before voters head to the polls in the state's crucial primary on March 15 . Below is a full transcript of the town hall event. ANNOUNCER: They want him to drop out of the race. They want to carry him to victory. Through all the insults — SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FL), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We cannot turn over the conservative movement to a con artist. DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The people of Florida can't stand him. He couldn't get elected (inaudible). ANNOUNCER: All the finger pointing. SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Marco supports citizenship for 12 million people here illegally. RUBIO: He's lying about all sorts of things, so now he makes things up. ANNOUNCER: Now, Marco Rubio is looking to win … [Read more...] about Full Transcript: Why Marco Rubio Isn’t ‘Looking To Be Anyone’s Vice President’