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Susquehanna Valley CSD 7th and 8th graders go remote

first_imgOfficials say in-person instruction for middle school students will resume on Monday, Oct. 26. All other grades will continue their regular instruction. CONKLIN (WBNG) — The Susquehanna Valley Central School District announced middle school students will be taught remotely until Friday, Oct. 23. According to the school district’s website, officials say they received notification of two middle school students and one high school student that tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, they say any parent who would like to pick up five, four, or three days worth of meals for their 7th or 8th-grade students may do so between 1 and 3 p.m. at the athletic wing entrance of the high school on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Thursday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 21.center_img The district says it will continue to work with the Broome County Health Department and provide updates when necessary. As a result of the cases and due to the number of faculty and staff impacted in the middle school, all 7th and 8th-grade students will be taught remotely from Wednesday, Oct. 14, to Friday, Oct. 23.last_img read more

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Jakarta’s air pollution returns as activity resumes

first_imgAir quality in the capital has not improved significantly, largely because the “new normal” habits that the government is promoting put an emphasis on preventing the spread of COVID-19 rather than controlling emissions, said Greenpeace Indonesia campaigner Bondan Andriyanu.He urged the government to take corrective measures such as improving national air quality standards to be on par with WHO provisions and coordinating with neighboring provinces to control pollution spillover.“The government must soon conduct routine emission checks and make inventories so it can figure out the source of emissions, monitor their movement through geographical space and add more sensors to present a more accurate picture of air quality in Jakarta,” Bondan said.The government has said that air quality has improved compared to the same period last year.According to Environment and Forestry Ministry data taken from a weather station at Gelora Bung Karno in Central Jakarta, the period between Jan. 1 to June 8 saw a slight increase in air quality compared to the same period in 2019.The yearly average particulate level for 2020 as of June 8 was 24.33 μg/m3, lower than the 2019 average of 28.57 μg/m3.According to Government Regulation No. 41/1999, the threshold standard for yearly national particulate levels is 15 μg/m3 for PM 2.5, compared to the WHO’s average of 10 ug/m3.The Jakarta Environment Agency also recorded that the sixth, seventh and eighth weeks of PSBB showed improved air quality compared to the same period last year.Jakarta’s air quality between May 18 and 24 was 31.02 μg/m3, 27.88 percent lower than the previous year’s level, while in the seventh week of PSBB it was 29.76 μg/m3, down 31.02 percent year-on-year (yoy). In the eighth week it was 32.31 μg/m3, down 24.88 percent yoy, according to data from the Bundaran Hotel Indonesia weather station.“This is proof that when activities, including in the economy, were on hold, the overall environmental quality improved, including the air,” said Jakarta Environment Agency head Andono Warih said at an online discussion earlier this month.Reduced pollution levels were the result of the work-from-home policy and lower-than-normal traffic during Idul Fitri, he said. Limited public transportation also discouraged people from leaving their homes.However, Ahmad Safrudin of the Committee for the Phasing Out of Leaded Fuel (KPBB) said the return of traffic congestion and its associated air pollution must be anticipated.“Whether we want it or not, we have to be strict in anticipating people who use private vehicles because of [limited options for] public transport,” he said.With one of the worst air pollution problems in the world, Greater Jakarta is lacking in tough policies to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, which contributes between 70 and 80 percent of all emissions, surveys show.Worldwide, air pollution causes around seven million premature deaths every year, according to the United Nations.The most deadly forms of pollution come from burning fossil fuels, which is also the main driver of global warming.Topics : The respite of bluer skies and slightly fresher air that Jakartans enjoyed during the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) has given way to smog as activities resume in the capital. But air quality during PSBB, while it was generally better than other periods, was still not ideal.Data compiled by Greenpeace Indonesia from ambient air sensors at the United States embassy buildings in Central and South Jakarta show that the capital did not have a single day of “good” air quality from the beginning of PSBB to June 4, when it began gradually easing restrictions.“Good” air quality occurs when the air quality at a given location does not exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 25 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) for particulate matter 2.5, measured on a six-grade air quality scale. Not a single day of healthy air was logged in the period between March 14 and April 9. Air quality was rated “moderate” for 19 days in Central Jakarta and five days in South Jakarta; “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for eight days in Central Jakarta and 17 days in South Jakarta; and “unhealthy” for five days in South Jakarta.The period between April 10 and June 4 was also without healthy days. Central Jakarta reported moderate air quality for a total of 30 days and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for 26 days. The South Jakarta sensor recorded three moderate days, 37 days that were unhealthy for sensitive groups and 14 days of unhealthy air quality.After June 4, Jakarta rejoined the ranks of the world’s most polluted cities, according to the World Air Quality Project’s Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI collects data from national meteorology departments, including Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).From June 5 to 16, Central Jakarta’s air quality was “unhealthy for sensitive groups” for 10 days and “unhealthy” for two days, while South Jakarta logged four and eight days in each category, respectively.last_img read more

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A job advert suggests the “eNFL” could be next

first_imgThe National Football League (“NFL”) has posted a job advert that may suggest the “eNFL” or something similar is on the way. Madden, the American Football sports simulation title has a somewhat nascent esports scene which is run by EA Sports, but with the governing body for the sports league now looking for someone to run the esports side, it’s easy to assume that a collaboration is on the way.We’ve already seen news of the inaugural NBA 2K League which will get underway shortly, and just last week the MLS confirmed the “eMLS” which will see a structured system for EA Sports game FIFA 18 involving the MLS clubs. There is already a competitive scene for Madden, and a content series around it too, so the scene is already there and ready to be developed.The NFL season is heading towards an end currently, with the playoffs taking place as we edge closer to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl attracts a huge audience undoubtedly and it could not be long until part and parcel of the entertainment package is some sports simulation esports. For now, though, it’s all speculation. The job itself is for a person with significant experience. It specifies that a minimum requirement is ten years of work experience, and at least seven in “gaming or a related sector”. The overarching job description reads as follows: “The NFL’s Head of Gaming & eSports will lead the strategic planning, partner management and execution of the League’s gaming efforts across all platforms, including console and mobile games, eSports/competitive gaming and new business development. This person will drive a number of the League’s key franchises, including NFL Madden, towards achieving commercial and fan engagement objectives.” Esports Insider says: More sport simulation news and this is most definitely big. Although at the moment nothing has been released, with the recent MLS news it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see an eNFL emerge. We’re backing the Seahawks.last_img read more

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