This teacher uses the didgeridoo to help kids get through online classes, one breath at a time
SEATTLE — Beth Anderson, a mother of two, suddenly found herself back in middle school music class this fall.When school started, her sixth grade daughter Catelyn sat by her side while they learned and worked at the kitchen table. For the most part, Beth, an administrator at Seattle Colleges, tuned middle school out.But she couldn’t tune out Cuauhtemoc Escobedo, a 30-year Seattle Public Schools (SPS) veteran who teaches music and band at Eckstein Middle School. Through his virtual classroom, the tone of his voice, one that Beth said makes you sit down and listen, caught her ear. And “now I’m p...
The Seattle Times
QUAD members fight for interests with each other: Global Times editorial
Illustration: Liu Rui/GTThe Indian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that Australia has been invited to participate in the Exercise Malabar 2020 in the Bay of Bengal later this year. That the US, India, Japan, and Australia will take part in the drill is widely considered to be the latest update of the QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) alliance.Australia last participated in the Malabar naval exercise in 2007. India inviting Australia to return to the drill after 13 years is aimed at putting pressure on China. The US has always wanted to formally establish a QUAD alliance, turning i...
Malabar drill exposes India’s oceanic ambitions
Illustration: Liu Rui/GTThe Exercise Malabar 2020 will witness the participation of all four QUAD countries - the US, Japan, Australia and India. This piece of news came on Monday when New Delhi announced that it had invited Canberra to participate, with the latter immediately affirming it would join.Australia's participation is all about the Malabar naval exercise's vanity. It hardly establishes the QUAD's prowess as a formal military alliance. With the expansion of their military cooperation, the competition between the US and India over regional dominance seems to be breaking the surface.Wa...
Invasive species of jellyfish seen off three North Carolina beaches, experts say
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jellyfish native to the other side of the world have been seen off multiple North Carolina beaches, prompting some experts to tell beachgoers to kill the invasive species if the opportunity arises.White-spotted jellyfish were seen three times between Wrightsville Beach and Beaufort during a two-week span this fall, the nonprofit Science by the Sea said earlier this month.“Be on the lookout for this invasive species,” the group said in a Facebook post. “Feel free to scoop them out of the water and deposit on land if you see one. … This species has detrimental impacts to our lo...
The Charlotte Observer
Japanese municipalities to live-stream tourist spots on Facebook
SINGAPORE, NNA - The Japanese government's tourism promotion arm will introduce regional sightseeing spots to would-be travelers by live-streaming them on Facebook, starting this month, in preparation for the day when the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.The Singapore offices of the Japan National Tourism Organization and two prefectures, Shizuoka and Okinawa, jointly announced Monday the launch of the "Fun from Home" project calling for live-streaming on Facebook.The publicity blitz is targeted at more than three million followers of official Facebook pages operated by the Asia-Pacific of...
NNA Business News
Person to Person: How to avoid feelings of isolation from others
If you’re like most people, staying away from friends and family during the pandemic is getting tougher. We humans, by nature, are very social creatures. Relationships make us happy.If you live alone, you’re likely feeling vulnerable to depression, plus other odd emotions you can’t describe. It’s typical to feel hopeless at times.To get a grip on your emotions, ride out the storm of the pandemic, and get your mental health to a better place, try a few steps to create predictability. A routine, planned activities, and connection to specific people can help you regain your balance.These tips can...
Tribune News Service
Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.85%
Investing.com -Investing.com – Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the IT, Healthcare and Industrials sectors led shares higher.At the close in Sydney, the S&P;/ASX 200 added 0.85% to hit a new 6-months high.The best performers of the session on the S&P;/ASX 200 were Cimic Group Ltd (ASX:CIM), which rose 8.24% or 1.72 points to trade at 22.59 at the close. Meanwhile, Pro Medicus Ltd (ASX:PME) added 6.66% or 2.00 points to end at 32.02 and Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX:LYC) was up 6.34% or 0.170 points to 2.850 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were ...
Trade war theory arises out of Canberra’s own hostility
People rest in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)Following market concerns over a reported China ban on coal imports from Australia, fears that Australian cotton may become the latest casualty amid the China-Australia trade tension surfaced over the weekend.Unsurprisingly, Western media outlets, without official clarification on any of these market rumors, have been rife with speculation that China may be waging a "shadow trade war" against Australia. Such speculation may be aimed at accusing China of "economic coercion," but the underlyi...
Australian sexual assault victims blast Tinder dating app's safety practices
‘I saw you on Tinder’, Graffiti in Trastevere, Italy 2014 – Image courtesy Flickr user Itmost (CC BY 2.0)An investigation by Australian radio program TripleJ Hack has raised disturbing allegations about the way dating apps handle sexual assault cases.Triple J, a youth-oriented program that is part of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), aired ‘Tinder: A Predators’ Playground’ on ABC TV’s Four Corners on October 12.More than 400 people responded to a TripleJ callout about safety on dating apps and 175 respondents told the journalists that they had experienced a sex offense by someone ...
Embracing gay marriage will promote social stability and economic prosperity in Hong Kong
By Jerome YauMarriage is a prominent and cherished institution in human society. Across different cultures and civilisations, marriage is the ultimate expression of love and fidelity. It enriches society and serves as the foundation for a family.Same-sex marriage is nothing new. Records of same-sex unions can be found in Eastern and Western literature. Twenty-nine years ago, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. Today, 28 countries and territories say yes to marriage equality and the list is growing. Society hasn’t crumbled in those places: Armage...
Hong Kong Free Press