Saudi Arabia seeks to tame powerful cyber armies
Online armies of self-styledSaudipatriots riding a wave of state-led nationalism attack critics and what they call "traitors" of the kingdom - but their growing clout has left the government uneasy.Their rise has coincided with the ascent ofCrown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has overseen Saudi Arabia's shift from austere religion towards hyper-nationalism as he pursues an ambitious transformation of the petro-state.Trolls distorting political discourse are common in manycountries, but Saudi Arabia's so-called cyber "flies" - feisty defenders of state policy who often choose pictures of Saud...
Another Australian university criticized for censoring voices supporting Hong Kong's human rights
The University of New South Wales received criticism for removing an article calling out the decline of human rights in Hong Kong. Photo from Flickr page of Sompop S (CC BY 2.0)In the latest of a string of incidents sparking national debate over undue Chinese influence on Australian university campuses, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) was criticized for its decision to delete an article published on its website that urges the international community to put pressure on China to “wind back recent infringements on human rights in Hong Kong”. The article was written by a member of UNSW's ...
'You can sense it. You can feel it.' A closer look at the Bears quarterback competition and the dynamics for 2020
CHICAGO — As the Chicago Bears conduct an unusual training camp in Lake Forest, the Chicago Tribune takes a closer look at the quarterback competition.———— QBs currently on roster: 3.— QBs projected on final roster: 2.— Roster locks: Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.— Practice squad candidates: Tyler Bray.— Biggest offseason developments: The Bears let backup quarterback Chase Daniels’ contract expire, then traded a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for Nick Foles. … They declined the fifth-year option for 2021 on Trubisky’s rookie deal. … They hired John DeFilippo as their new quarterbacks coach ...
5 alternative school options parents are weighing as more districts opt for remote learning
CHICAGO — Laura Reber, founder and CEO of Chicago Home Tutors, has been fielding calls from nervous parents around the clock in recent weeks, as uncertainty over fall schooling sent many searching for alternative options.Reber, whose firm of 100 tutors has served Chicago-area students for eight years, said she understands parents’ frustrations. Her reassurances to them focus on the fact that, while it might not be an ideal year for education, their students — and their peers across the country — will get through it.“The whole nation is going to be in the same boat,” she said. “Not that that’s ...
Thinking of home schooling? Here's how to do it
Families across the U.S. will be getting yet another taste of home schooling this fall, as many school districts opt for some degree of remote learning due to risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.But others are thinking about untethering from traditional schools altogether, adopting their own, more flexible curricula that can be better adapted to parents’ schedules and children’s needs.Indeed, interest in home schooling — which first gained traction among religious families over the past few decades — has spiked since the pandemic began. Taking responsibility for your children’s education, how...
Shark Week 2020: 8 fin-credible specials we want to see
Much of our summer has been a great big bummer, thanks to the pandemic. But at least we still have Shark Week.Yes, one of TV’s biggest annual events — the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will — returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday and continues through Aug. 16. With more than 20 hours of programming on the docket, Discovery is promising “bigger sharks and breathtaking breaches,” along with plenty of celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith, Snoop Dogg and Adam Devine, among others.But why do sharks get their own week, you ask? Because Sperm Whale Week doesn’t sound near...
The Mercury News
Calif. student social experiment goes terribly wrong in 'Invisible Line'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The subject was the Nazi regime.Yet, a classroom full of students at the old Cubberley High School in Palo Alto in 1967 were having a hard time understanding how German people could have possibly accepted and endorsed the horrific plans and actions of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis leading up to and during World War II.So, their history teacher Ron Jones organized a class project designed to demonstrate the appeal of fascism.And the resulting social experiment — known as “The Third Wave” — would go very, very wrong.“I should never have carried out the experiment and put my class...
The Mercury News
Diane Bell: San Diego-area colleges are going to pot
Higher education is getting even higher.The legalization of marijuana for medicinal use in 33 states and for recreational use in 11, including California, is giving birth to a cannabis cottage industry and with it a new educational field.Last August, the University of California, Davis, known for its agricultural curriculum, added a Cannabis and Hemp Research Center that assembled experts in marijuana law, business, cultivation, medicine, psychiatry and veterinary treatment. It also offers courses in hemp breeding, seed production, genetics and pharmacology.Tiny Pacific College of Health and S...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sivagangga cluster sees 12 new infections, including 10 in Perlis
CORONAVIRUS | There are 25 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, 12 of which are linked to the Sivagangga cluster.This includes 10 new infections in Perlis, one in Kedah, and one in Penang.Overall, the Sivagangga cluster now has 43 cases in total, with 883 people who have been screened and are waiting for results.Meanwhile, there were also two cases in Perak which presented with influenza-like illness, and one case in Kuala Lumpur from screening, making it 15 local Malaysian infections overall, today.There was only was non-citizen case, an undocumented migrant detainee in Johor.Health director...
Jeff Seidel: NBA players hated the food inside the bubble, so they called in some help
DETROIT — All heck was breaking loose.Several NBA players were complaining on social media about the quality of food after entering the NBA “bubble” in Orlando, Fla.So the NBA turned to someone who could fix it — chef Shawn Loving, the department chair of Schoolcraft College’s Culinary Arts program.“I got a call from Sean Ford, who operates USA Basketball and he told me the NBA folks were interested in connecting with me to see if I could support the food efforts down in Orlando,” Loving said.The answer came quickly.“Absolutely,” Loving replied. “I’d love to help. I’m not sure how I can, but I...
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