As school gets going, a lingering anxiety

Elementary schools will open their doors and welcome students back over the next few days, and middle and high schools are getting into the groove of remote and in-class learning. Planning by administrators and teachers has been underway for months. 

Still, many worry that all the planning in the world won’t be able to anticipate the challenges and changes that the public school system will have to face in the coming weeks and months. There are just too many families with too many unique circumstances, along with a virus that is still killing people every day.

According to state health officials, as of Monday, Sept. 28, there have been 208,248 people in North Carolina who have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,445 have died. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 868 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, down from 1,290 the day before.

Four more deaths were

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Free online coding and web development platform launches for SA learners

Non-profit organisation Code for Change has launched a free coding and front-end web development training platform for high school learners in South Africa as part of its CodeJIKA programme.

The platform is available online and is optimised for both desktop and mobile devices. It teaches youth the foundations of coding, as well as website development and computer science.

Both teachers and learners can access it for free.

The CodeJIKA programme originally launched in 2017 to help local learners and teachers develop coding skills. However, in 2020, the programme has launched an online platform that students can use outside of school.

“Created primarily for under-resourced, offline, mobile-oriented schools and communities, the CodeJIKA programme aims to create a generation of African digital entrepreneurs,” Code for Africa said in a press release.

The platform aims to help learners access critical digital skills development. The pandemic has made these skills even more essential for

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South Africa’s auto industry highlights the social and employment cost of innovation

In South Africa, local operations of international motor manufacturing companies must constantly innovate to meet global demands and offer competitive value. The way work is done is constantly changing.

The current technologies adopted in the workplace are ever smarter than those that went before.

This trend, driven by economic forces, does not always lead to social improvements. Automation and the use of robots in manufacturing, combined with new working methods and systems, can have negative social impacts on workers.

Job automation in South Africa

There has been an increase in technology in South Africa’s automobile sector since 2003. Most of the work in vehicle manufacturing has been automated, which makes manufacturing easier, faster, and more productive. More units of cars are produced daily. Companies used to manufacture only 20 units of cars hourly. Now they are manufacturing over 100 units an hour using the same number of autoworkers.

Our study

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What Are The Best Jobs To Become A Digital Nomad?

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that nearly all jobs can be done remotely. As businesses have been coerced into improving their digital infrastructure, they are also fast realizing the sheer amount of money saved with online meetings and a remote workforce.

Unlike the 2008 recession however, the nature of most online work is mandated by local directives and health and safety, rather than pure cost cutting.

So for those who are dreaming of making this a permanent feature in their lives, what careers could become of this? In this post I list out the ‘best’ jobs to become a digital nomad, taking into consideration the flexibility of the work, the availability of work and also the money you can make.

For some this post may act as a springboard. Also take into account your preferences on the sociable aspects of work – do you like working in solitude

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Gestalt Announces Availability of Comprehensive Education Module for Digital Pathology

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Now Available! Gestalt Diagnostics announces availability of their Education Module. This robust module is a continuation of the modules and applications built upon their Digital Pathology Platform, PathFlow®.  PathFlow historically focused on the specific needs of the clinical pathology lab and workflow for digital pathology. The addition of the Education Module increases the scope, interoperability and breadth of functionality for laboratories, hospitals, integrated health networks and academic facilities.

This module supports multiple teaching needs – from corporate to classroom.  It provides organizations with the ability to create classes, curriculum, select images and case information, share images, screens, annotations, etc. simultaneously.  Gestalt’s education module also supports individual testing, instructor/participant collaboration, test results, class history and certificates.  It enables refreshers for participants deemed to need retraining on any given area to improve accuracy and efficiency and for training on specific clinical trials and algorithm

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Online firearms educational tool receives funding for development and implementation – News

A $1.95 million grant will allow UAB researchers to develop an online tool to help educate children on firearms safety.  

Mother an son using laptop at homeResearchers received a new grant to develop an online tool to educate children on firearms safety. Firearms injuries present a major pediatric public health challenge to our country, killing more than 800 children under the age of 15 annually and leading to lifelong disability among over 1,000 survivors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one-third of firearms injuries to children under age 15 are due to unintentional causes rather than suicide or homicide.

Researchers in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences were awarded $1.95 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and evaluate ShootSafe, an innovative and educational website accessible by smartphone, tablet or computer that engages children to learn firearms safety.

“Our intention is to design

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AAAS announces new Science Partner Journal: Journal of Remote Sensing

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Science Partner Journal, Journal of Remote Sensing, published in affiliation with the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIR-CAS).

The Journal of Remote Sensing‘s mission is to promote high-quality publications that benefit the earth observation community. The scope of the journal will focus on the theory, science, and technology of remote sensing, as well as interdisciplinary research with earth science and information science.

Professor Yirong Wu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, from the Aerospace Information Research Institute, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Remote Sensing. The Journal is currently open for submissions and will publish under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

“Remote sensing (RS) is a fast-growing and emerging interdisciplinary subject. Although RS journals currently exist, there are not enough to

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Factbox: New faces, new jobs in Poland’s conservative government

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a reshuffle of his nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government on Wednesday, streamlining jobs and appointing an arch conservative to the influential education ministry.

FILE PHOTO: Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski wears protective mask as he attends the Polish Parliament session to debate new limits on abortion and sexual education, in Warsaw, Poland April 16, 2020. Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS

PiS chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski took up a post of deputy premier, in what Morawiecki described was an effort to make the three-party coalition govern more effectively.

Only one ministry went to a woman, compared with four in the previous lineup.


As a founding head of PiS, Kaczynski is seen as the main arbiter on policy and government jobs in Poland, even though he has held no executive posts since a conservative government

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Candidate Profile: Adam Bierman, Princeton Board Of Education

PRINCETON, NJ – The Princeton Board of Education elections this year is a hotly contested one. Eight candidates are vying for three open seats.

Princeton resident Adam Bierman, 60, is running to make education accessible and affordable for students. A teacher at the state Division of Children and Families in Trenton, Bierman is also a producer and TV host of Breezin With Bierman on Princeton TV.

Bierman lives in Princeton with his wife Sandra, daughter Rachel and their two dog. He said he was inspired to run for office after watching his parents work for the community. Bierman has a BA and MA from Rutgers University, and a social studies certification from the College of New Jersey.

Read below to learn more about Bierman and his platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Why are you seeking elective office?

My family has a deep devotion to public service and

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Voters to decide on two Owatonna school funding ballot questions | News

The Owatonna school district is asking taxpayers for continued funding and a phased-in increase this election.

Voters will see two referendum questions requesting funding for Owatonna Public Schools on their Nov. 3 ballot.

The district is calling the funding requests a “renewal” and “reinvestment” in the schools.

“Strong schools truly do make stronger communities,” Owatonna Superintendent Jeff Elstad said.

The community approved bonds to build the new high school in 2019, but those funds can only be used for building projects and not operational costs. Elstad addressed questions posed by the community during last week’s State of the District address. While thanking the community for their support of the bonds, Elstad pointed out that approving these requests is crucial.

“It takes the learning, or levy, dollars for use to continue to offer the quality programming that our community has come to know and expect,” Elstad said last week.

The first

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