As American school officials debate when it will be safe for schoolchildren to return to classrooms, looking abroad may offer insights. Nearly every country in the world shuttered their schools early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have since sent students back to class, with varying degrees of success.
I am a scholar of comparative international education. For this article, I examined what happened in four countries where K-12 schools either stayed open throughout the pandemic or have resumed in-person instruction, using press reports, national COVID-19 data and academic studies.
Here’s what I found.
Israel: Too much, too soon
Israel took stringent steps early on in the coronavirus pandemic, including severely restricting everyone’s movement and closing all schools. By June, it was being lauded internationally for containing the spread of COVID-19.
But shortly after schools reopened in May, on a staggered schedule paired with mask mandates and social distancing
(Bloomberg) — Stocks set a fresh four-month high in Europe and German equities erased losses for the year after leaders agreed on a landmark recovery plan.
Microsoft Corp., Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. advanced in U.S. pre-market trading. S&P 500 Index equity futures pointed to more gains on Tuesday after a blistering rally that sent the Nasdaq 100 Index to its best gain in almost three months.
Markets across Europe have given a vote of confidence to the 750 billion-euro ($860 billion) stimulus package that also tightens the region’s financial ties. A gauge of risk in Europe’s investment-grade debt dropped to the lowest since February. The dollar fell with Treasuries. Silver extended its rally toward $21 an ounce.
Stocks are marching higher globally on the back of more government stimulus and a seemingly unstoppable advance in technology companies that benefit from online shopping during the pandemic.
The tech-heavy gauge is
(Bloomberg) — European stocks climbed to a four-month high and German equities erased losses for the year after leaders agreed on a landmark recovery plan.
Markets across the region are giving a vote of confidence to the 750 billion euros ($860 billion) stimulus package. Italy’s stock benchmark added 2%, leading gains among local exchanges. A gauge of risk in Europe’s investment-grade debt dropped to the lowest since February. The euro steadied after a recent rally.
Norway’s Adevinta ASA surged 29% after agreeing to buy EBay Inc.’s online classifieds business for $9.2 billion, ending one of the largest auctions of the year. Silver extended gains above $20 an ounce.
Stocks globally are marching higher on the back of more government stimulus and an unstoppable advance in technology companies that benefit from people shopping more online due to the pandemic. U.S. equity futures pointed to more gains on Tuesday after a blistering
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, like many school systems throughout North Carolina, have not yet begun summer workouts for high school sports.
With school activities on pause, some area student-athletes are still finding ways to get into the game this summer, in part to fight boredom, stay sharp and to find new ways to get recruited for college.
For the past several weeks, for example, some of the area’s best high school basketball and football stars have participated in 7-on-7 football and travel basketball events in South Carolina. There’s also been live baseball and track events in the area. Sunday, VTO Sports is expecting more than 150 football players for its Elite 100 Showcase Camp at the Matthews SportsPlex.
For 17-year-old Olympic High football player D.J. Bradford, there’s no question about participating, even during a pandemic.
“My whole household has been worried about the COVID thing,” Bradford said, “but I’ve got to take
Heavyn Lee would start her day at 5 every morning to begin her journey to Miami Beach Senior High.
She would get up, take a swig of chocolate milk and run to catch the 183rd Local, the Miami-Dade bus that would take her from her Miami Gardens home through North Miami Beach, Skylake Mall and Biscayne Boulevard before making its final stop at Aventura Mall.
From there, she’d catch the county bus to Beach High, a two-hour journey to get to school by the 7:20 a.m. bell.
Getting home was even more difficult, as she had a two-and-a-half hour swim practice every day. And, in her junior and senior years, she took dual-enrollment courses at Miami Dade College, getting her home often past 10 p.m.
“My mother made education a priority, so I think it’s only appropriate that I follow suit,” said Heavyn, 18, who graduated from Beach High with
By Kate Holton
LONDON (Reuters) – Two of the biggest names on the British high street said they would cut more than 5,000 jobs on Thursday after conceding that customers were unlikely to return to their old ways after the COVID-19 crisis upended retail.
Health and beauty chain Boots, owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance <WBA.O>, said it would cut 4,000 jobs and close 48 optician stores after shopper numbers plunged 85% in April at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.
John Lewis, middle England’s favourite department store, said it would close eight stores and lose a possible 1,300 jobs after it predicted that online sales would make up to 70% of its total sales this year and next, from 40% prior to the crisis.
“Closing a shop is always incredibly difficult,” said Sharon White, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. “However, we believe closures are necessary to help us secure
Current Volume Level Is Likely Unsustainable, But Just How High Can We Expect Throughput To Be Post-Fourth?
This week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 55 (Carriers)
Last week’s DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index: 50 (Balanced)
Three-month DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index Outlook: 60 (Carriers)
The DHL Supply Chain Pricing Power Index uses the analytics and data contained in FreightWaves SONAR to analyze the market and estimate the negotiating power for rates between shippers and carriers.
Volumes have continued to burst all around the country this week. Carriers are rejecting loads at rates only seen during the March panic-buying spree buildup. Spot rates have been bid up above 2019 levels in many markets around the country, but this trend is unlikely to continue given typical seasonality. However, volumes are so high currently that a significant decline could still keep OTVI above 2018/2019 comparables.
The Pricing Power Index is based on the following indicators:
Load volumes: Absolute levels and momentum positive for carriers
Outbound tender volumes
Nobu Shiozawa is determined to get customers his restaurant’s homemade tofu and sushi without using delivery apps such as Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.
That’s not easy these days. Thanks to COVID-19, New York City banned restaurant dining in March. So Shiozawa, who owns and manages in New York City, uses his own small crew to avoid high commissions from the apps, usually .
“If I start using the food delivery service providers during the pandemic, the number of orders and the amount of sales would be increased,” he admitted.
But then he would have to hire more workers to handle the extra orders, which was hard for him to justify with the high fees and the fact he cut more than 60 percent of his staff after the pandemic started.
Image: Nobu Shiozawa
From football games to lunchroom fights to ruthless competition for the title of prom king or queen, high school is filled with enough angst and Hollywood-level theatrics to keep things interesting year after year—and movie after movie. Who doesn’t love watching a coming-of-age melodrama filled with actors who are not-so-secretly well above the legal drinking age? Makes me wonder where all the guys with chiseled jawlines and good style were when I was in school, but that’s beside the point.
Sure, some high school movies tend to be a little, shall we say, larger than life—I mean, how many high schoolers just happen to find out they’re royalty à la Princess Diaries? But who cares! Watching all of those extremely complicated friendship (and romantic) dynamics play out on the big screen is like a familiar (albeit slightly triggering) hug. From oldies like Sixteen
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unfolding around the globe, people who are at higher risk for severe disease need to take special care.
COVID-19 appears to cause mild to moderate symptoms in most people who are infected. And some people seem to have no apparent effects from the virus.
But the older you are, the greater your risk for hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, being placed on a ventilator, and death, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For instance, people in their 50s are at higher risk than those in their 40s, and those in their 60s and 70s are at greater risk than those in their 50s, the CDC says. People 85 and older are at the greatest risk. (In the U.S., about 8 in 10 deaths from COVID-19 are