Author Archives: Loknath Das

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to roll out school choice plan in Indianapolis

Betsy DeVos (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Before she was picked by President Trump to head up the U.S. Department of Education, Betsy DeVos was the chairwoman of the American Federal for Children, a pro-school choice lobbying group. When she visits Indianapolis Monday night, Secretary DeVos will address a sea of friendly and familiar faces at the ... Read More »

Florida man tries to kiss rattlesnake; gets bitten

A Florida man who tried to kiss a rattlesnake, only for it to snub his advances and bite him, is recovering in hospital. The snake was found by Charles Goff, a resident of Putnam County, in the north-east of the state, on Monday. A day later, a neighbour, named by a local CBS channel as Ron Reinold, started playing with ... Read More »

Fines await motorists using gadgets while driving starting May 18

A delivery man speeds past a traffic sign warning motorists against using their mobile phone while driving, displayed on a sidewalk in Manila on January 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE Motorists who will be apprehend for using electronic gadgets on the road while driving will be slapped with penalties starting on Thursday, May 18, as authorities implement the ... Read More »

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

Donald Trump, then president-elect, stands with Betsy DeVos after a meeting in November 2016. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to ... Read More »

6 local schools featured in technology showcase

David Nelems Submitted A retrofit for a school bus that will enable buses to collect solar power and sell it back to a power company. Art created by using a welding simulator. Robotics, 3-D puzzles and site-surveying drones. Sound like the latest episode of “Shark Tank”? It’s actually just a sample of the work and innovation happening right now at ... Read More »

Ukraine to block access to Russia’s social media websites

In another round of sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday ordered the blocking of access to Russia’s most popular social media websites and search engines. Poroshenko’s office on Tuesday published the decree that he signed a day earlier, freezing the assets and banning the operations of hundreds of Russian companies in Ukraine. ... Read More »

‘Thank God for Apple’ and other tech stocks — they’re propping up the market

Many S&P industries are performing poorly, but outsized gains in tech stocks are making the market look better than the underlying trends reveal, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon told CNBC on Tuesday. The S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq composite on Monday closed at record highs, while the Dow Jones industrial average broke a four-session losing streak and rose to within ... Read More »

‘Dude fires people’: How the chaotic Trump news cycle confuses and misinforms the public

Why do we need the White House briefing anyway? After President Trump fired FBI director James Comey, his communications team went to work explaining the decision and ended up contradicting what the president said on national television. The Post’s Margaret Sullivan looks at whether or not we even need a daily White House briefing. (Erin Patrick O’Connor/The Washington Post) Journalism ... Read More »

Modern radio, communication gadgets for police in Kisumu, Eldoret

President Uhuru Kenyatta is shown a police communication equipment when he visited Beijing, China, on Saturday/PSCU Police in Nakuru, Kisumu and Eldoret will be equipped with modern radio communication systems like those in Nairobi and Mombasa. Chinese tech group Huawei Technologies announced the donations at a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at their headquarters in Beijing yesterday. The equipment includes ... Read More »

Education Briefs — May 15, 2017

Albany’s Kelsey Jones earns journalism fellowship ATLANTA — Albany native Kelsey Jones was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. Jones is a junior at Spelman College and is on the staff of The Carolinian, a National Newspaper Publishing Association member newspaper. The Albany native realized her passion for journalism in high school and ... Read More »