SINGAPORE - As students of all levels returned to school this past week, it was announced that home-based learning (HBL) is here to stay. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said recently that online learning is set to become routine, suggesting that HBL could be held once a fortnight, for starters. Amid the coronavirus pandemic , HBL was rolled out nationwide after schools shut in April. After the circuit breaker to stem the spread of Covid-19 ended on June 1, most students in primary and secondary schools alternated between being physically in school and HBL, on a weekly basis, for a month. Now that the weekly rotation is over, it is timely to assess what lessons were learnt from the big HBL experiment and its chief benefits that can also be reaped in the physical classroom. Educators interviewed by The Straits Times say virtual and classroom learning are two distinct beasts, but there are useful synergies between the two, which, when combined, could lead to students ... » Learn More about Home-based learning: What have we learnt from the great HBL experiment?
LONDON: Britain's health ministry said on Thursday (Apr 17) there were no plans to halt rapid coronavirus testing, after the Guardian newspaper reported the programme may be scaled back in England because of concerns about false positives. "With around one in three people not showing symptoms of COVID-19, regular, rapid testing is an essential tool to control the spread of the virus as restrictions ease by picking up cases that would not otherwise have been detected," a ministry spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. "Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, and figures show that for every 1,000 lateral flow tests carried out, there is fewer than one false positive result." READ: UK trial on switching COVID-19 vaccines adds Moderna and Novavax shots READ: Britain says it has offered COVID-19 vaccine to all over-50s Citing leaked emails, the Guardian reported on Thursday that senior officials were considering scaling back ... » Learn More about Britain has no plans to halt rapid COVID-19 testing: Health ministry
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, GUGU Chicken has emerged as a rising star in the fried chicken market. Having opened up multiple branches during the pandemic, it has captured the attention of Korean fried chicken enthusiasts all over Thailand. Celebrating the one-year anniversary of its establishment, GUGU Chicken entered the Thai market on 19 April 2020. Since then, the brand has seen remarkable success, with at least 2500 orders being prepared and sold from its branches each day. The founder, Mr. Jungsuk Suh, explains the reasons behind the brand’s popularity. Firstly, he cites its authenticity; the chicken is prepared based on an original Korean recipe, with the ingredients themselves being imported from Korea and the recipe for the brand’s signature sauce being devised by a Korean chef. Knowing this, it is undeniable that GUGU Chicken is genuine Korean fried chicken. Service-wise, all branches are compliant with international standards of quality. With an emphasis on ... » Learn More about GUGU Korean fried chicken takes flight
THE Philippines has set a 75-percent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and avoidance target by 2030, according to the Department of Finance (DoF). In a statement on Friday, the DoF said the goal was set following President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the country’s first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which is part of the Philippines’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “The Philippines is submitting an ambitious NDC target of 75-percent reduction of GHG emissions by 2030 in the name of climate justice. The NDC will be our tool to upgrade our economy by adopting modern and low carbon technologies and approaches that would help mitigate the climate crisis and make our economy more resilient and our growth sustainable,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd was quoted as saying. Dominguez is also the chairman-designate to the Climate Change Commission, which facilitated the NDC formulation process. The finance department explained the NDC ... » Learn More about PH sets 75% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions