SINGAPORE: The COVID-19 pandemic created much tumult. There will surely be more when the new semester begins in August in some Singapore universities. But while the rush to online teaching was a nasty shock in March, universities all over the world have since had considerable time to prepare for the next semester. Sadly, most have made poor use of this time. Many universities are going completely online, but few instructors will take advantage of this opportunity to change their instructional style. Most will deliver the same lectures in the same monotones, only they will be facing a webcam instead of a classroom of students. Most students will watch the same lectures as their predecessors, but at home, on a screen, and at twice the speed. They will absorb less material, interact less with each other and have a far inferior experience. LISTEN: Home-based learning: Good, bad, terrible ... but mostly good? READ: Commentary: Home-based learning is strange, new ground. … [Read more...] about Commentary: How ready are Singapore universities to start the new term as COVID-19 rages on?
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — University of Maryland, College Park students have been told to sequester-in-place after a spike of COVID-19 cases last week. While students were supposed to be staying in their dorms, one student tells WJZ some aren’t following the rules, and the university isn’t enforcing them. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Soggy But Mild Weekend In Store “Since this semester has started, the partying, the people at bars, the non-mask wearing on Baltimore Avenue in large groups of people, it’s been really bad,” the student, who wishes to stay anonymous, said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The student says they feel the university is not doing enough to enforce COVID-19 measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus. “Yesterday I looked outside my window, sitting inside, following the rules and there were people with no masks … [Read more...] about University Of Maryland College Park Students Are Supposed To Be Sequestering Due To COVID-19. A Student Says They Aren’t
A mum who was diagnosed with stage four cancer during the pandemic has said the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift has been vital in her access to care over the past year. Judith Neptial, 49, said she will struggle to attend medical appointments from April when the Chancellor withdraws emergency support. Neptial is one of 100,000 cancer sufferers who have struggled to afford food, rent and bills in the past year due to their inability to work. The total number of people struggling, according to charity Macmillan Cancer, is half a million in the UK. The figures come as the Chancellor prepares to withdraw the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift introduced as a lifeline for millions of people last April. Judith is currently living with Stage 4 bile duct cancer. The mum-of-one from London was forced to give up her career as a psychotherapist due to her illness. She said the government's £80 a month Universal Credit uplift has helped her attend crucial treatment during the … [Read more...] about Mum who lost job after cancer diagnosis says £20 Universal Credit is “vital” support
LOS ANGELES: Cinemark Holdings Inc has reached a deal that will allow Comcast's Universal Pictures to offer its films in US homes as soon as 17 days after they debut in theatres, the companies said on Monday (Nov 16). The multi-year agreement is similar to one that Universal made earlier this year with AMC Entertainment Holdings, the world's largest theatre chain, embracing a major shift from traditional movie release patterns. Under the new agreement, Universal could offer movies for sale via premium video-on-demand after they have played for at least three weekends in theatres, a statement from the companies said. That would shrink the exclusive window a movie plays in cinemas to as short as 17 days rather than the roughly 90 days that has been common practice. Movies that open with more than US$50 million at box offices would be exclusive to theaters for at least five weekends, or 31 days, before they could be offered on demand. That would likely include Universal's big … [Read more...] about Universal, Cinemark agree on earlier home release for movies
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Temple’s basketball game at the University of Central Florida on Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Temple program. The American Athletic Conference made the announcement just hours before the game was scheduled to be played. Men’s Basketball Game at UCF is Canceled https://t.co/eN7ZUMoXc9 READ MORE: Police: 1 Woman Dead After Double Shooting At Lehigh County Walmart — Temple Men's Basketball (@TUMBBHoops) February 27, 2021 READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Warmer Temperatures On The Way As Meteorological Spring Begins Monday MORE NEWS: EXPLAINER: What Can, Can't You Do With Cannabis In New Jersey Now? The game will not be made up. … [Read more...] about Temple-University Of Central Florida Basketball Game Canceled Due To Positive COVID-19 Cases