S.D. education secretary holds pandemic calls each week with K-12 school superintendents

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Weekly talks with heads of South Dakota’s K-12 districts about COVID-19 are open to a state panel that sets regulations for the school systems, the state education secretary said Monday.

Ben Jones told the state Board of Education Standards at its meeting in Aberdeen that approximately 140 to 190 superintendents and others participate in the calls each Thursday. He said the calls had been daily last spring.

The board’s president, former teacher Jacqueline Sly of Rapid City, said board members would like to be able to answer more than “I don’t know” when people ask about South Dakota schools during the pandemic.

“We can certainly do that,” Jones said. He said it was good to have students back in the classrooms taking courses face to face with teachers this fall semester. Classrooms shut down in March and schools switched to online courses to finish spring semester.

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UMD Men’s Basketball Holds In-Person Youth Skills Camp

The Bulldogs held their first in-person skills camp of the season on Saturday morning after doing virtual camps all summer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the past few months, we’ve seen most things take place virtually, including a lot of sports camps. The UMD men’s basketball team put out multiple video series over the summer to help young players sharpen their skills. Now, they’re finally returned to the court for some in-person training.

The Bulldogs held their first in-person camp on Saturday morning for kindergarten through eighth grade players. The camp was split up into pods of 12 with every UMD player working with a group, and they utilized both Romano Gym and the Field House to maintain social distancing.

The camp is mostly working on skill development and they aren’t holding any 5-on-5 competition. Despite having a ton of success with the virtual camps this summer, the Bulldogs are happy

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G20 Holds Onto Protection of Jobs

The G20 Labor and Employment Ministers have stressed the importance of protecting jobs and acknowledged the value of technology and a human-centered approach including by using Behavioral Insights in employment policymaking.

The Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, Eng. Ahmed Al Rajhi, said during the virtual meeting held by the ministers that “the COVID-19 crisis has created renewed impetus to safeguard labor markets and adopt social protection policies that secure people during and after crisis.”

“We are working with G20 countries to realize sustainable labor market recovery,” he told the meeting held under the G20 Saudi Presidency.

“This year, COVID-19 has brought an unprecedented global challenge with significant human costs. Fighting and overcoming the pandemic remains our highest and overriding priority,” said the ministers in their closing statement.

“We recognize the importance of protecting and promoting decent jobs for all, especially for women and youth, within our domestic

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FOREX-Dollar holds tight ahead of key U.S. jobs data

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

* Analysts are bearish on U.S. dollar

* Aussie supported by retail sales data

* Traders await non-farm payrolls

By Stanley White

TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against major currencies on Friday as traders awaited key U.S. jobs data that will shed light on the strength of economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.

The euro was in focus before data on German industrial orders, which could provide more clues about the health of the euro-zone economy.

The greenback has managed to halt its recent slide, but analysts warn sentiment remains weak due to concern about the strength of U.S. economic growth and speculation that the Federal Reserve will keep rates low for a very long time.

“The dollar has rebounded against the euro and could continue to rise a little further,” said Junichi Ishikawa, senior foreign exchange strategist at

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White House OSTP Holds Joint Commission Meeting with Australia on Science and Frontier Technologies

Aug. 12, 2020 — The Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios on Tuesday led the American delegation for the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue with Australia to further strengthen our research relationship. The Honorable Karen Andrews, Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, led the Australian delegation.

The JCM included discussions and next steps in advancing partnerships in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), oceans exploration and mapping, and the integrity of the international research enterprise. As part of this dialogue, the United States welcomed Australia’s National Computing Infrastructure and Pawsey Super Computing Centre to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium. The Consortium provides COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful HPC resources to accelerate the fight against the virus.

“Cooperation between

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