BEIJING: From hiring ghostwriters and forging sports credentials to generous 'gift-giving', admissions middlemen in China are advising wealthy parents to take an array of 'shortcuts' to secure places at foreign universities.The service comes with a hefty price tag, often running into tens of thousands of dollars, but nonetheless the industry is booming.The lengths to which some are willing to go to were highlighted in the admissions scandal that shook US universities this year, where prosecutors found one Chinese family had given US$6.5 million to an admissions agent to get their daughter to Stanford, while another had coughed up US$1.2 million for entry to Yale.The case saw dozens of people - including Hollywood stars and CEOs - plead guilty to using bribery to ensure places at prestigious schools, but education experts in China say it's not unusual to advise such practise to families keen on foreign universities."In the admissions world, it's called gift-giving instead of bribing. … [Read more...] about China’s Ivy League dreams fuel lucrative admissions industry
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WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE CASH TO PAY FOR BIG-TICKET ITEMS, WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE? Between replacing your worn-out aircon, switching out a broken-down fridge, repairing your car, and renewing your gym membership, there will be more than a few occasions when you'll need to pay for a big-ticket item. With an array of perks, credit cards are the preferred way to pay for large purchases. However, you should always pay back the amount spent within the statement cycle, lest you incur hefty interest charges. But what if you need to make an expensive purchase, but don't have the money available to pay it off at once? Or if the shop you are buying from a shop that doesn't accept plastic? Don't fret, there are still several alternative payment methods you can use, each with their own pros and cons. To help you make the right choice, here are 4 methods for paying off big-ticket items, ranked in order from best to worst. 1. CREDIT CARD 0 PER CENT INSTALMENT PLAN: RECOMMENDED FOR MOST PURCHASES … [Read more...] about What are the best ways to pay for big-ticket items in Singapore?
Back to school for DOH immunization program Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - July 4, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) declared yesterday that the so-called Dengvaxia scare is “over,” citing the renewed public interest in vaccination. According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, “confidence in vaccination has increased primarily because of the outbreaks of measles” that occured in some parts of the country in the past few months. “The confidence in vaccines had plummeted after the Dengvaxia case... (But now) I really would like to believe that the scare is over,” Duque said at a press conference for the re-launching of a school-based immunization kick-off activity at Signal Village National High School in Taguig City. Duque maintained the vaccination rate had dropped to 32 percent, but this has already improved. The health chief … [Read more...] about Back to school for DOH immunization program
Back to school for 27.2 million students (Philstar.com) - June 3, 2019 - 11:53am MANILA, Philippines — Over 27.2 million students returned to schools all over the country as classes for school year 2019-2020 officially opened Monday. In a statement, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones said this year’s Brigada Eskwela—the weeklong schools maintenance activity—helped the agency provide a “safe and motivating” learning environment for students. “As you troop to your respective schools, bear in mind that it took the whole community—parents, teachers, local government units, national agencies, non-governmental organizations, parents from the public and private sectors and other stakeholders—to prepare you on this journey,” Briones said. She said the department is continuously reviewing the curriculum, developing learning resources including teachers and … [Read more...] about Back to school for 27.2 million students
FORT MYERS, United States: Jerry Cooper says he endured torture and cruelty that were everyday things for decades at a reform school in Florida, turning him into something horrible. As authorities prepare to investigate a possible new set of unmarked graves on the school grounds after dozens were found a few years ago, apologies are finally coming in. But 60 years after he was abused, Cooper says they are not enough. “I was a kid when I went there. I was no kid when I got out. I was a monster. I mean, a monster,“ Cooper, now 74, told AFP. “Violence breeds violence. And that’s all we knew. Total violence, 24 hours a day. Either mentally, sexually, or physically,“ he added. And he is still not over it, saying he has a short temper and is on medication for it. The Florida School of Boys, or Dozier as it was called, was a reform school that stretched over 567ha in Marianna in northwest Florida – the same area hit by Hurricane Michael in October of last … [Read more...] about Scars of torture at US reform school for boys won’t go away