New York City Is Poised to Close Schools

first_imgIn Bellevue, Wash., a small group of parents and students rallied to protest school shutdowns. “I want my teachers to know I’m struggling in school and I need help,” one 15-year-old said. A good read: When students at Loyola University New Orleans, test positive, they get a call from a fellow student. A team of eight student-employees are responsible for calling infected peers to conduct contact tracing. Now, cases are spiking. “It has been absolute chaos,” one student tracer told Emma Ruby, at The Maroon. “It went from four to five calls a day to 26 or 27 calls. I have been working for 15 minutes and called 11 people.” A good read: The pandemic is ripping education apart. Erika Christakis, an early childhood educator, writes in The Atlantic that remote learning is exposing problems with in-person education that have been hurting students for years. Detroit’s public schools have stopped all in-person classes as cases rise. “That NYC’s public schools may have to shut down because the city and state felt they just had to let people dine indoors and workout at a gym says all we need to know about how much our society values public education,” our colleague Nikole Hannah-Jones wrote on Twitter, “particularly when it comes to low-income Black & brown kids.” New Jersey does not yet plan to close its 3,000 schools, the state’s governor said on Thursday. But some individual districts will suspend in-person learning until 2021. Others have had to shift to remote learning because so many staff members are in quarantine. After weeks of cases in the single digits, West Virginia University reported more than 60 positive test results over a three-day period this past weekend. Social gatherings and coronavirus fatigue are to blame, Duncan Slade reported for The Daily Athenaeum. The nation’s largest school system is on the precipice of closing classrooms as coronavirus cases rise.New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, has far lower rates of community infection than most of the country, but the numbers are quickly climbing. On Friday, the seven-day test positivity rate rose to 2.8 percent. If that rate reaches 3 percent, schools are supposed to close, and Mayor Bill de Blasio said that could happen as soon as Monday.- Advertisement – There are no easy solutions to the dilemma. Teachers are understandably worried about contracting the coronavirus at work. Their unions stand firm on holding the city to its promise to close down schools if virus rates cross a threshold.But officials also have to balance the livelihoods of restaurant and other service industry workers, many of them who are low-income and people of color, against attempts to save lives during the pandemic. Officials also have to weigh the survival of today’s economy against the education of a generation of children, as Eliza and our colleague Sharon Otterman reported today.Nevertheless, Eliza and Sharon wrote, “The city appears headed toward a discordant new status quo, asking hundreds of thousands of children to learn in front of their laptops even as New Yorkers are still making indoor dinner reservations.”The takeaway: New York City may soon crack down on children’s movements and ability to learn, even though it’s adults who are spreading the virus. “Ending in-person instruction right now would be a mistake,” The Times editorial board wrote this week in an editorial titled “New York City Must Hit Pause on Indoor Dining.”The cost: Online learning has had severe consequences for students’ academic progress and mental health, for the lives and livelihoods of their parents, and for the pace at which cities and countries could begin to recover from the health and economic catastrophes the virus had unleashed.The global context: Many countries in western Europe have prioritized keeping classrooms open rather than bars and restaurants, even as cases surge. NPR wrote a smart analysis of how Europe has done it. In Boston, students at four public schools may be able to return to classrooms on Monday, although the teachers’ union has not yet signed off on the plan. We’d love to keep featuring student reporting. Please email Amelia with links.K-12 update Parents tell of woes and joysOur colleague Dani Blum asked parents across the country what raising kids has been like during the pandemic. The health crisis started when Cece Flores’s son was 4 months old. Since then, they’ve barely left their neighborhood in Montreal.“From the second I wake up to the moment my son goes to sleep, I am just all hands on him,” she said. “I don’t really get a lot of moments to myself. It’s just 100 percent parenting.”Sign up here to get the briefing by email “The move — which is now regarded by some City Hall officials as a question of when, not if — would be perhaps the most significant setback yet for the city’s recovery,” wrote our colleague Eliza Shapiro, who covers the New York City schools.Hundreds of thousands of parents (including Adam, who has two young daughters in public school) have cobbled together ways to send their kids to classrooms during this fractured school year, even for a few days a week. Rising cases in Minnesota have kept teachers from classrooms. Now, schools are struggling to find substitute teachers, though in-classroom transmission is lower than experts had feared. “I felt like I was trapped in my own little house and everyone was far away,” Aya Raji, a 14-year-old student in Brooklyn, told our colleague Emma Goldberg. “I was so alone. All the sad things I used to brush off, I realized I couldn’t brush them off anymore.”Before the pandemic, she attended class, hosted movie nights for friends and practiced kick-flips with her skateboarding club. Then, when schools closed, she stayed home. Nothing could distract her from the bleak news, as she stared at her laptop for hours during virtual class. She stayed awake until 4 a.m., her mind racing with anxiety.“A lot of adults assume teens have it easy,” she said. “But it’s hitting us the hardest.”A recent study found that nearly one-third of 3,300 high-school students reported feeling unhappy or depressed in recent months. Warning signs include severe risk-taking behavior, significant weight loss, excessive use of drugs or alcohol, and drastic changes in mood, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.A college perspective: “Students in desperate need of mental health resources during a global pandemic were left in the dark,” Bridget Early and Andrew Favakeh, student journalists at Butler University, wrote in an opinion piece about the mental health effects of quarantine. “You are less likely to encounter somebody with infection in a school than you would be outside the school, and not just by a little but by a lot,” Dr. Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior adviser for public health, said last month.And the evidence that indoor dining is a high-risk activity has steadily grown. Restaurants, gyms, cafes and other crowded indoor venues that cater to adults most likely accounted for some eight in 10 new infections in the early months of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic, according to a new analysis that used cellphone mobility data from 10 U.S. cities from March to May.But in New York City — and in other cities across the country that have closed schools or delayed reopenings — restaurants, bars and gyms remain open.- Advertisement – Chronic absenteeism has surged 89 percent among elementary students in 11 California districts, compared with this time last year, The 74 reported. For many, the looming reversal is a gut punch. Schools have posted exceptionally few infections and positivity rates far below the city average. And, as regular readers of this newsletter know, experts say that children, especially those of elementary school age, are not at high risk of spreading the virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

2G Robotics’ Equipment for Royal Norwegian Navy Hugin AUVs

first_img2G Robotics has been selected to supply AUV-based laser scanning, stills imaging, and illumination solutions for Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy. The AUV systems will be delivered by Kongsberg Maritime under the agreement with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA).2G Robotics will supply ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner, SeaShot imager stills camera and the SeaShot LED panel – the illumination package designed for AUV integration.2G Robotics’ dynamic underwater laser scanning solution will be integrated into four Hugin AUV systems and will assist with the detection, classification, and assessment of mines by combining accuracy with real-time data acquisition.last_img

Donald Trump, national anthem & best prop bets for the College Football Playoff championship game

first_imgAdditionally, Trevor Lawrence will likely be the favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy over the summer, so it would be a shock to not hear Heisman mentioned at least two or three times.Will President Trump predict a winner before kickoff? Yes +400 / No -700The 45th President of the United States loves sports, and he confirmed that he will be attending this game in person earlier in the week. The POTUS was in Tuscaloosa for the LSU-Alabama showdown back in November, and he has cordial relations with both Ed Orgeron and Dabo Swinney. That’s why it’s unlikely for Trump to pick a winner before the game, but the winning coach can certainly expect a call from the POTUS after the game. Will President Trump tweet during the game? Yes +300 / No -500Trump loves social media more than any other politician, but he has tamped down his Twitter usage over the past year. He is not as active on the social media platform as he was earlier in his presidency, and he doesn’t usually tweet during important political or sporting events. The oddsmakers were sharp with the line for this one. All eyes will be on New Orleans on Monday night when the LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers face off in the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship game. LSU is currently favored by 5.5 points over Clemson, and the total is one of the highest in the history of national title games at 69.5. There are sure to be plenty of fireworks, and in addition to betting on the game itself, you can bet on player props and more exotic options. Fans can bet on whether famous alumni of both schools will be shown on the air, and there are multiple wagering options regarding President Donald Trump.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider College Football Playoff championship game prop betsDonald Trump prop betsProp’Yes’ odds’No’ oddsWill Trump be shown on broadcast?-500+300Will Trump wear a red tie?-1000+500Will Trump predict winner before kickoff?+400-700Will Trump sing along to national anthem?-200+150Will Trump tweet during game?+300-500Will Trump congratulate winning team on Twitter?-1000+500Celebrity appearancesProp’Yes’ odds’No’ oddsWill Drake be shown on broadcast?+300-500Will James Carville be shown on broadcast?+400-500Will Jarvis Landry be shown on broadcast?+170-250Will Odell Beckham Jr. be shown on broadcast?+170-250Will Shaq be shown on broadcast?-200+150Will “Refrigerator” Perry be shown on broadcast?+500-1000Broadcast prop betsPropOddsTotal times “Heisman” will be said on broadcastOver 1.5 (-220); Under 1.5 (+155)Total times “Tigers” will be said on broadcastOver 3.5 (-150); Under 3.5 (+110)Will “29 in a row” be said on broadcast?No (-200); Yes (+150)Will “home field advantage” be said on broadcast?Yes (-140); No (+100)Player will kneel during national anthemNo (-2000); Yes (+1000)All prop bets and odds via BetOnline.agJoe Burrow over/under 369.5 passing yardsAt this time last year, no one would have believed that Burrow would have such a lofty passing total in a title game. However, Joe Brady brought LSU’s offense into the 21st Century with schemes and route trees he learned at New Orleans under Sean Payton, and Burrow has smashed dozens of school records as a result.Burrow has thrown for over 5,200 yards this season, and he is on pace to set the NCAA single season completion percentage record. He has completed at least 71 percent of his passes in every game, averaging 372 YPG through the air. Clemson has the best scoring defense in the country, but the Tigers from South Carolina haven’t seen a quarterback like Burrow in 2019.Trevor Lawrence over/under 284.5 passing yardsLawrence has been night and day from the first half of the season to the second half. Clemson’s star quarterback tossed eight interceptions in the team’s first seven games, and the defending national champions appeared unlikely to repeat after a slow start.The sophomore quarterback is back to his old self now though, and he hasn’t thrown a pick in seven straight games. He overcame a shaky start to lead Clemson past Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, showing a willingness to tuck it and run with the game on the line. Lawrence is likely to use his mobility often again, but the early action on this prop bet is on the over. MORE: Full betting preview for LSU vs. ClemsonWill Odell Beckham Jr. be shown during the broadcast? Yes +170 / No -250Odell Beckham Jr.’s reunion with former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry did not pay off as everyone expected this offseason. Cleveland was the favorite per the NFL futures odds to win the AFC North for much of the offseason, but the Browns could only manage to go 6-10.OBJ loves the spotlight, so he might relish the chance to see his former school play in the national championship after a dismal season. There are similar odds for Landry to be shown on television during the broadcast, but OBJ is more likely to be picked out of a crowd and highlighted by ESPN. How many times will “Heisman” be said during the broadcast? Over/Under 1.5 times The safest prop bet on Monday night is on the announcers to say the word “Heisman” at least twice during the broadcast. Everyone has raved about Burrow all year, and it’s only natural to call LSU’s quarterback the reigning Heisman Trophy winner or mention that he won the Heisman Trophy multiple times in one facet or another.last_img read more