Days into the new school year, virtual classrooms have been disrupted by hackers and pranksters

CHICAGO — The first Chromebook wasn’t working, so Valerie Carroll went back to the school and got a new one. The replacement worked, but the first week of remote learning, her daughter’s class at Chicago’s Nicholson Elementary was derailed by images of pornography and guns.



a person sitting at a table using a laptop: Schools across the country have reported hacks that involve images of guns, pornography and other inappropriate photographs, video or language during virtual classroom sessions.


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Schools across the country have reported hacks that involve images of guns, pornography and other inappropriate photographs, video or language during virtual classroom sessions.

“The kids were in the class and all of a sudden you see porn, you see things that they shouldn’t see,” Carroll said. “They learned about porn, guns, and threats, when they should have been learning about science, math, literacy.”

From what Carroll has gathered, someone with access to the Google Meets link was able to get into the virtual classroom and take over the screen. Similar incidents have been reported at other schools this fall in

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COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Professional Gap Year Job Opportunity For Young American Special Education Teachers And Therapists

For over 12 years, Apex Social has matched European graduates in care professional fields such as education, therapy, and nursing with American and Australian host families. Now young American teachers and therapists can also benefit from this unique experiential learning job opportunity. The caregivers are fully integrated within their host families and the child’s interdisciplinary education or therapy team, which allows them to learn about new concepts and methods, which they will be able to utilize in their future careers.

“I’ve learned so much by being able to live and work with a child who has special needs on a daily basis, versus as a therapist, when I’d only see a client for thirty minutes once a week,” said Sabrina Kempkes, an Apex Social care professional from Germany currently living with a family in Los Angeles. “I’ve gained a greater understanding of how treatment can be incorporated into

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China’s TikTok, Douyin, says it created 36 million jobs in the last year, with lots of live-streamers



Live streaming has surged in popularity in a post-coronavirus China. Image: Screenshots from Douyin, Taobao


Live streaming has surged in popularity in a post-coronavirus China. Image: Screenshots from Douyin, Taobao

Short-video platform Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, says it created 36 million jobs domestically over the year-long period from last August in the video and live-streaming sector – one of the few areas where employment is flourishing in the nation’s challenging post-coronavirus labour market.

Among that total, about 20 million are individual content creators and live-streaming hosts, while 8.6 million came from their team members. The rest were from Douyin’s corporate accounts and multichannel networks that help manage and market multiple accounts, according to a report published on Wednesday by the company in partnership with Renmin University.

The report, the first of its kind from a short-video platform, shed some light on the country’s rapidly expanding live-streaming industry that has seen much stronger demand for new hires this year after the pandemic hurt both

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Maidstone’s new School of Science and Technology welcomes first cohort of Year 7s

A brand new secondary school in Maidstone opened its doors to its first ever cohort of pupils this morning.

After nearly two years of construction, the School of Science and Technology Maidstone (SST) welcomed 192 Year 7 pupils with a round of applause on the first day of term.

The School of Science and Technology Maidstone welcomed its first ever cohort of Year 7s this morning. Picture: VIAT
The School of Science and Technology Maidstone welcomed its first ever cohort of Year 7s this morning. Picture: VIAT

Part of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust’s (VIAT), the school on New Cut Road will specialise in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.



VIAT chief executive, Julie Derrick, said: “Seeing our brand new school open for students today was an absolutely fantastic experience for us all.

“Today is the culmination of six years of hard work and dedication, and I am confident that students, parents and staff will now reap the benefits.

“This is a hugely exciting time for the trust

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New scheme to help 300 mid-career PMETs enter biomedical science sector over the next year

SINGAPORE: A new professional conversion programme (PCP) has been launched to help mid-career professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) join the biomedical science sector, which is still seeing growth despite the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

The 18-month PCP for Advanced Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing Professionals and Executives is set to benefit 300 PMETs over the next year, said the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) in a joint press release on Wednesday (Aug 26).

The new scheme will replace the Attach-and-Train programme for biologics manufacturing – which was launched in November 2018 and has helped 185 people enter the sector so far – and go beyond biologics manufacturing to include specialisations in pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and cell and gene therapy.

READ: Why more Singaporeans are making a mid-career switch to a new job

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The wider

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Jobs creation in India to remain subdued for at least a year; salary growth nosedives in Q1



a group of people walking down the street:  The use of technology to substitute labour would increase, reducing the demand for labour.


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The use of technology to substitute labour would increase, reducing the demand for labour.

The job creation in the country may struggle in the coming months as the Indian economy is expected to take more than a year to revive. It is also expected that the use of technology to substitute labour would increase, reducing the demand for labour, said a report by Care Ratings. The employment growth number for FY21 is likely to contract for several industries, especially in the services segment. In contrast, IT, banking and finance will continue to be the job creators as they have been less impacted by the coronavirus-led lockdown, the report added.  

The revival in demand will largely determine the growth in employment for consumer-oriented industries while investment trends may drive the same for the capital goods related industries. Employment condition in the country was already daunting

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Top NYC Education Department officials quit as city braces for unprecedented school year

As the city attempts to pull off a school year full of unprecedented challenges, top Department of Education officials are heading for the exits.

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Ursulina Ramirez is stepping down as the DOE’s chief operating officer next week. Earlier this summer, Cheryl Watson-Harris quit as first deputy chancellor. Tomas Hanna, who was chief human capital officer, also jumped ship.

While Mayor de Blasio named a replacement for Watson-Harris last month and there’s another official acting in Hanna’s role, it wasn’t immediately clear how Ramirez’s vacancy will be filled — and whether the departures will hamper efforts to keep kids safe as in-person classes start Sept. 21.

“All of the mayor’s glossy plans and all of his glossy announcements — they’re nothing without key staff to operationalize them,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), who chairs the Council’s Education Committee.

He said the loss of Ramirez — who helped oversee plans

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Jobs outlook for central Ohio much weaker than a year ago



A help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store last week in Uniontown, Pa. [Gene J. Puskar/ASSOCIATED PRESS]


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A help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store last week in Uniontown, Pa. [Gene J. Puskar/ASSOCIATED PRESS]

Manpower’s quarterly jobs outlook for central Ohio this fall is much weaker than during the same period last year.

Blame the coronavirus pandemic and the damage it has done to the economy.

The survey, released Tuesday, shows that 15% of employers expect to hire in the final three months of 2020, while 10% say they’ll cut staff. Of the rest, 72% will keep staffing where it is and 3% are unsure.

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The five-point spread between hiring and firing is 26 points below where it was a year ago, when central Ohio had the strongest hiring outlook in the country among the 100 biggest metro areas and the weakest outlook among Ohio’s big metro areas.

Dayton has the strongest outlook with a

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Co-op supermarket plans green expansion of its UK stores this year

  • The Co-op is opening, or extending, 65 stores in the UK as part of its move to focus on local convenience retail.
  • The new stores will run on 100% renewable electricity.
  • Though it’s expanding its physical stores, in August the Co-op became the most widely available supermarket on Deliveroo in the UK.
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Britain’s sixth-largest grocer will create 1,000 new jobs with a plan to open, or extend 65 stores by the end of the year that will all run on 100% renewable electricity. 

As well as extending some existing branches, the Co-op said it will also overhaul more than 100 of its 2,600 stores as part of a £130 million ($172.8 million) investment plan.

Up to 12 new Co-op franchise stores will also launch by the end of 2020 with many on university campuses. This is part of the chain’s move to focus

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Commentary: Guarantee funding for school year

Communities, families and teachers throughout Texas are having the same conversation: What does back to school look like this year, and how do we balance students’ learning and parents’ need for child care with health and safety?

We know there are no easy answers. But we do know that every solution, in every part of our state, will require steady and reliable school funding. We also know that current Texas Education Agency policies put that funding at risk. As we talk about the start of the school year, we also need to talk about how the TEA plans to allocate money for our schools. Its current plans threaten that funding. We need to act now to ensure every Texas school has the money it needs.

In the weeks ahead, 5.4 million Texas students are expected to start the new school year in some form. Navigating this moment will require flexibility

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