The novel coronavirus has shattered education in America, leaving millions of parents struggling to cope with childcare and remote classes. Naturally, tech billionaires have taken it upon themselves to fill the void.
But while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pledged $6 million to education projects, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave $10 million to provide devices and connectivity to students in California, Elon Musk is helping launch an online school targeted at the relatively wealthy.
The online Astra Nova School, which is slated to open its virtual doors in September, would succeed an ultra-exclusive school that operated out of Musk’s SpaceX rocket factory until recently and had many of the same staff. It’s a model experts on the intersection of education and inequality said was not exactly in keeping with the most urgent needs of this pandemic moment.
Starting in 2016, Ad Astra
Just last November, PortMiami was bustling with construction workers bringing to life five new cruise terminals and two cruise company headquarters. Future cruise business was all but guaranteed: Fiscal year 2020 was set to break the port’s 2019 record of 6.8 million passengers, up 22 percent from 2018.
The county agreed to pay $700 million toward the projects, and the cruise companies — Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises and Virgin Voyages — agreed to repay the county $5.8 billion over the next 20 to 62 years.
In November, port director Juan Kuryla described the deals as “iron clad.” When asked by the Herald what would happen to the promised return on investment if for some reason cruise ships were only half full or if the ships did not to come to Miami at all, Kuryla said the companies would still be on the
Netflix (NFLX) has been named the best value for money streaming service, while Disney+ is best for kids, research suggests.
Online streaming platforms are all currently in high demand, but a new report reveals that not all of them are created equal.
The study by savings site VoucherCodes analysed 270 of the top-rated movie titles and cross-referenced their availability across six popular streaming services to determine a cost per title based on monthly subscription prices.
It found Netflix to be the best value-for-money streaming service, with the most movies and TV shows from the list of 270 top titles — 67. This equates to only £0.09 ($0.11) per title based on a basic package, costing £5.99 per month.
This is less than half the price of the next cheapest cost per title, available on Apple TV+ at
Colleges are racing to create ‘a new sense of normalcy.’ Will new rules, COVID-19 testing be enough?
SAN DIEGO — When students arrive at the University of California San Diego in August, they will find coronavirus testing stations strategically planted throughout campus.
To determine if they’ve been infected, they’ll take a swab, dab it with nasal slime and leave the sample in a collection box. Bar codes with the packets will be linked to their personal medical records and cell phone numbers.
Within a day, students can expect results via text message. For those who test positive, it will set in motion a huge response system that includes medical care, isolation and contact tracing.
Robert Schooley, chief of the infectious diseases division at UC San Diego Health, said the reopening plan, dubbed Return to Learn, has multiple scenarios for campus life and surveillance results will dictate which one administrators deploy. Researchers will even pull manhole covers to check campus sewage for coronavirus levels.
“We want to be
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