…Ellis expected to proceed on leave this weekOne of the victims who were preyed upon by Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson related that head teacher Winifred Ellis was aware of the teacher’s predatory behaviour, but did nothing to address it.Bishops’ High School Head Teacher Winifred EllisSources close to the institution related that the head teacher was expected to proceed on leave this week.“My partner made a complaint to the headmistress asking that she investigate the matter. A week later, Coen Jackson called me five times. He asked if I was the one pushing the matter, he told me he had admitted what went on between us to the head teacher as he had no choice, he said my partner and him had Facebook quarrels and he was taking it too far, he said there was going to be a hearing and asked if I was going to come out against him,” Cris Smith said in a viral Facebook post.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s – including Smith.Ellis came into the spotlight after she berated female students for not defending Jackson after the allegations hit social media. The Education Ministry on Friday concluded its investigation and found that Ellis was culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01, Section 35 “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which comes with a first warning. The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonIn relation to Jackson, the committee handed over his file to the Police for further investigation. The Police investigation is ongoing and they are compiling statements from victims.Smith, in her Facebook post, said that she was not conspiring against the teacher.“As a teenager I suffered from depression. I was an easy target for someone I’ve now come to recognise as a sexual predator. From the time I was 15, I spent the rest of my years of my life up until now normalising indignity after indignity so much that when it finally ended, I felt barely human to myself. I couldn’t tell anyone everything that happened to me because the most relatable thing I could say was that I was betrayed; I was also forbidden to speak about it by the offender. Betrayal is easy to swallow and take pity on,” she wrote.“For one year after it ended, I could not sleep properly, I had anxiety attacks that made my chest hurt and I was in pain every day. I could not tell anyone what happened to me, because I was ashamed at what I had allowed,” Smith added.On Tuesday, The Bishops’ High School Old Students’ Association held an extraordinary general meeting to address the incident after calling for Ellis to be sent on administrative leave to facilitate an independent investigation.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Siregar says the country has become more independent in producing medical gear and other health equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.He said this was achieved within about three months of the novel coronavirus outbreak hitting the country.”Now we have [health equipment] producers in every part of the production line, from supplying raw materials to manufacturing finished goods. The products also adhere to the international standards from the World Health Organization,” Mahendra said in a virtual discussion on Wednesday. He said the country recorded in May its lowest non-oil-and-gas exports for the last ten years.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) previously announced that the country’s export plunged 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$10.53 billion, the lowest since July 2016, due to falling shipments of coal, coffee and palm oil. Oil and gas exports were down 42.6 percent yoy at $650 million.”The World Trade Organization has predicted that the world will face a 6 percent economic recession due to the pandemic, deeper than previously predicted. Global trade is also expected to drop 25 to 30 percent this year. We already feel the impact,” said Mahendra.The deputy minister said he was still sure the country could manage to recover from the current crisis, as it had done to recover from the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis.“The crisis was severe at that time, because it hit not only the economy. However, Indonesia managed to turn the crisis into opportunities. I’m very sure we can do the same this time,” Mahendra said.Topics : He added the pandemic had disrupted global value chains for health equipment and PPE because most countries depended on very few other countries producing them. Mahendra called it “an unacceptable risk” that resulted in a global shortage of PPE and medicine.“Thanks to joint efforts between the government and businesspeople, we have managed to [build upstream and downstream industries] for health equipment.”Read also: Govt revokes export ban on PPE amid oversupplyThe deputy minister said he remained optimistic that the pandemic would also create new opportunities, even though COVID-19 had hit the country’s economy hard.
A range of technologies designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 is being deployed across Europe, from tracking apps to infrared cameras, posing a threat to individual digital rights and privacy, a report warned on Tuesday.Using such tools, despite the urgency surrounding the pandemic, calls for proper oversight and should not be rushed, said the report by Germany’s AlgorithmWatch, a digital rights group, and Bertelsmann Foundation.The research traced technology in use across 16 European countries, including telephone apps to track viral contacts, facial recognition systems that scan social distancing in crowds and infrared cameras that measure body temperature. Thermal imaging technology designed to detect fevers also is prone to error, yet such scanners are rapidly being put to use in European supermarkets, stadiums and museums, said the report by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsman.In France, infrared cameras are being used in public schools and city halls to measure the temperatures of passersby, while the Italian city of Como has installed dozens of facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds for social distancing violations, it said.And sports spectators in Spain are being scanned by a system that detects anyone with a body temperature above 37º C (98.6 F), it said.Some European governments are not heeding recommendations by the World Health Organization that COVID-tracking technology be voluntary, it also said.In Poland, for example, citizens are forced to download a government app that uses geolocation and facial recognition to enforce quarantine orders. The report also cautioned against proposed “immunity passport” systems, in which people would be able to obtain a certificate or demonstrate to an app that they are virus-free.Such systems, being tested in Britain and in Estonia, could lead to discrimination and exclusion, especially if authorities or employers could have access to the content of the passports, it said.”Technologies are no panacea in themselves,” said Sarah Fischer, project manager at Bertelsmann, in a statement. “Securing public health can and must be compatible with democratic checks and balances,” said Fabio Chiusi, project manager with AlgorithmWatch, in a statement.” may be used to justify the uncritical adoption of tools and policies that risk undermining human rights,” he said.Many tools being touted as weapons in the battle against the virus have not been rigorously tested, especially for use in a pandemic, the report said.Error rates in facial recognition systems spike by 50% when they involve people wearing facial masks, according to a recent study by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Topics :
Before listing for spring make sure you check everything is working, including the smoke alarms.A FEW simple things before listing could spell the difference between selling your house in spring or having it languish on the market.According to Archicentre Australia spring is the perfect time to do some maintenance on your home whether you are thinking of listing or not.While it was important for all homeowners and renters, Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, said it was vital for those considering selling their property during the spring selling season.Clean up any mould around the house.He said experts should be involved when it came to big jobs like checking balconies, decks, stairs, fire protection measures, insulation, poor ventilation and dampness.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoBut he said owners could do other things including ensuring smoke alarms and batteries worked.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring Fever: Sellers Tips00:50“Surfaces inside and out should be cleaned and painted if necessary,’’ he said.“Most plaster walls will crack in time but provided the footings and foundations are sound, often all that is required is to patch cracks when repainting to improve appearances.’’Mr Georgiev said brick homes should be checked for rising damp and mould should be removed from items such as evaporative coolers, stoves, range hoods, clothes dryers and showers.Simple home maintenance can make your house a lot more appealing to buyers.“Windows should be cleaned inside and out while insect screens need to be checked and replaced if damaged,’’ he said.Mr Georgiev said doors and windows should be checked to ensure they opened and closed properly as any jams could be caused by structural issues.“Floor coverings should be cleaned and slip or trip hazards identified and remedied.’’
Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has started the feasibility study into the development of tidal power in Muskeget Channel off Massachusetts.The study, being conducted with the town of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard island, will seek to determine if an adequate tidal resource exists in the Muskeget Channel.If the survey confirms that there is an adequate resource in the channel, a model will be created to see what potential output there would be for up to 5 tidal turbines, MRECo informed.This model along with preliminary estimates of the costs of permitting and grid interconnection is expected to provide more precise power output estimates which will then be used to determine the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) for a project of that scope.MRECo is a nonprofit corporation that aims to foster the sustainable growth of marine renewable energy, including wave, tidal, and offshore wind sectors of New England.[mappress mapid=”42″]