Month: September 2020

‘Startups should develop teaching aids for blended learning’

Startups should develop aesthetically appealing teaching aids for teachers to enable blended learning in the post-Covid scenario. There should be more apps to make the job of teachers and administrators’ easier while reducing the dependence of students on gadgets and devices, according to educational experts at the 63rd Rajagiri Round Table conference held via Zoom Meet on the topic “ How Edu-startups can help schools with blended learning”.

Suma Paul, Principal of Assisi Vidyaniketan and CBSE ICT award-winning teacher, said that edu-startups can develop a variety of solutions to enable teachers to correct pronunciations and grammatical errors in vodcasts . What is required is customised solutions not to readymade software. Startups can focus on providing support to teach coding, develop virtual labs and augmented reality solutions. “Each teacher has a different pedagogy, and they need to impart individual learning experience for students,” she added.

Loyola Antony, Principal of St Christopher

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GM Leads In Shipping Jobs To Mexico; Company Shifting Focus To China

General Motors
is still shipping jobs overseas, President Trump’s Make America Great Again wishes be damned. The automaker was the number one company to ask for retraining assistance from the government due to jobs lost to offshoring, or imports, in 2019.

“What stands out to me from a study of the 2019 Trade Adjustment Assistance data is that a very large number of companies are offshoring production and jobs to other countries, even as their businesses were doing well,” says Jeff Ferry, chief economist for the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), a DC think tank and

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Address To The General Assembly | 22 September 2020


In a world turned upside down, this General Assembly Hall is among the strangest sights of all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our annual meeting beyond recognition.

But it has made it more important than ever.

In January, I addressed the General Assembly and identified “four horsemen” in our midst — four threats that endanger our common future.

First, the highest global geo-strategic tensions in years.

Second, an existential climate crisis.

Third, deep and growing global mistrust.

And fourth, the dark side of the digital world.

But a fifth horseman was lurking in the shadows.

Since January, the COVID-19 pandemic has galloped across the globe – joining the four other horsemen and adding to the fury of each.

And every day, the grim toll grows, families grieve, societies stagger, and the pillars of our world wobble on already shaky

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Bahamas: New $5 banknote released as part of second series of CRISP Evolution technology

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The Central Bank of the Bahamas has released (23rd September) their newest $5 banknote (U.S. $5.00), which is the seventh denomination in their CRISP Evolution family of banknotes. The new note replaces the previous issue released in 2007. The Central Bank’s latest $5 note release combines modern design perspectives with innovative security features to create the new and current banknotes. Part of the new creative perspective is the reverse side which like all other denominations in the new series is designed with a vertical format. This banknote, like the $1 released in 2017 under the CRISP Evolution concept, is printed on durable Hybrid™ substrate, a product developed by banknote and security printers Giesecke + Devrient in Munich, Germany. The product, which is a cross between cotton-based paper and micro-thin polymer film coating that allows the notes to remain in circulation longer with a lesser degree of wear

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6 Things that Can Take Down Your Website

It’s pretty well understood that if your website takes too long to load your customers will become impatient and venture elsewhere. An estimated 15% of visitors will leave after a mere two seconds!

Consider how little time two seconds really is. Think about a site that will not load at all. Now, you understand why a website crashing just isn’t an option for an online business presence.

Let’s visit some of the reasons why your website might crash or go offline and how you can fix them, or maybe even avoid them altogether.

Website Viruses

Virus attacks are common and can bring down a website instantly. While some attacks come from actual people, most are bots crawling all over the internet searching for websites they can access and compromise.

If your website is vulnerable, the bot can access your code and take your site down in a flash. Bots are

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I tried a hand sanitizer-spraying watch and have never felt less clean

The coronavirus pandemic has made hand sanitizer a precious commodity — difficult to obtain, but necessary for the comforts of modern life. While it’s not a perfect solution, and no substitute for a hand-washing, it can help tide you over between soapy clean-ups when you inevitably have to touch door handles or stair railings, etc. So it’s natural that hand sanitizer-based gadgets will have sprung up to offer new ways of dispensing this liquid gold. The WatchOut, a wrist-mounted sprayer, claims to be the first hand sanitizer wearable.

While this is one of the more… low-tech products I’ve ever been given, I’m not opposed to giving a product like this a fair shake, and given the current state of the world, it might be very useful to some. So I tried it out for a couple of weeks, to see if it improved my life at all.  The WatchOut, which

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How to manage your privacy and other settings in Microsoft Teams

You can review and tweak key options in Teams from the Settings screen. Here are the steps.


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Microsoft Teams offers a variety of settings through which you can configure your privacy, notifications, permissions, and other options. You can enable different themes, set the app to automatically start, turn on read receipts, set up notifications for different events, test your video and audio, configure your voicemail, and do much more. Let’s take a tour of the settings in Teams to see what you can do and how.

SEE: Video teleconferencing do’s and don’ts (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

Open the Microsoft Teams app on your computer. From any screen, click your member logo at the top and then select Settings.

The General section of Microsoft Teams

In the General section, you can first choose your preferred theme among Default, Dark, or High Contrast.

Next, check the box to “Auto-start application,” if

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Eugene’s urban reserve options, high-speed Internet in Springfield

Eugene City Council & Lane County Board of Commissioners

The multistory corridor between the Lane County Courthouse and the Lane County Public Service Building. [Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard] -

The multistory corridor between the Lane County Courthouse and the Lane County Public Service Building. [Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard] –

Details: 5:30 p.m., Monday, joint Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners work session, (Attend online:;

What: The joint work session Monday will provide the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners with an update on planning work for urban reserves, which involves identifying land for potential future expansion of urban growth boundaries. The joint meeting sets up October meetings for the governing bodies in which staff will be given direction on preferred urban reserve options to bring into the formal adoption process. The two bodies have joint project decision-making authority.

The Eugene Planning Commission made its recommendation on Aug. 17, choosing an option that reserves enough land to meet the projected needs

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Grain Surfboards’ New GreenRail Technology Enables Eco-Friendly Boards at More Affordable Prices

Based in Maine, the master craftsmen behind Grain Surfboards have been building wooden surfboards since 2005 as well as teaching workshops and producing surfboard-making kits for the DIYers among us. This summer they launched their GreenRail construction, combining their traditional wood building techniques with 100% recycled PET plastic. I sat down with Mike LaVecchia, founder of Grain Surfboards (virtually of course), to hear a bit more about their process for building a surfboard and what this new GreenRail construction is all about.

Mike said the material they use in all of their boards is Northern White Cedar.

“We actually design the process around cedar as it’s a nice stable, rot-resistant, weather-resistant material,” says LaVecchia. “As well as the fact that it’s kinda local and we know where it’s coming from, and it’s being managed at sustainable levels is all pretty important to us.”

It also works beautifully with the simple

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Having a professional-looking website is essential for any business in the best of times. As people spend more time indoors these days, however, it’s especially important to have a powerful web presence.

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