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         In the image below, you may see some of the nurses have to make the face mask for themself usage currently.

But there are over needing manufacturing nowadays.

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Nurses at work !!

Social Distancing !!

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Debates on US School Reopening Turn Emotional

July 11, 2020
FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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As coronavirus infection rates rise sharply in the U.S., the White House is pressuring schools across the country to reopen for the autumn term.

At a recent White House talk on school plans for the fall, President Donald Trump argued that some officials are keeping schools closed for political reasons, not because of health concerns.

And, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told governors during a recent conference call that she opposes plans by some school districts to limit in-person classes to only a few days per week.

Such pressure from the federal government adds to an already complex situation, as schools across America make difficult decisions about how to restart classes.

The “new normal” will include school buses taking fewer children, online learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine rules for infected children.

Plans for the coming school year are taking shape each day. They are different from district to district and from state to state.

Debates about such plans have been highly emotional, with anger growing among parents and administrators. They have been made more troubling by record numbers of COVID-19 cases reported each day.

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, a worker passes public school buses parked at a depot in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo, a worker passes public school buses parked at a depot in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

In Florida, some school districts want students back in the classroom in early August. But cases there have been rising. On average, Florida has been reporting more than 7,000 new cases a day. That is more than seven times what the state was reporting one month ago.

The state of New Mexico has been able to avoid major outbreaks. The state is planning a model that includes online and in-person learning.

Parents in New York State have demanded that schools reopen in the fall. In Maine, outdoor learning is planned.

Districts nationally are putting together rules for wearing face masks. Some districts want all students to wear them. Others plan to limit the requirement to older children.

Each of these decisions tries to balance health concerns with regaining as much normalcy as possible. Parents are tired and desperate for help after months of balancing full-time work and full-time home schooling. Children, separated from their friends, have a strong desire to socialize. Teachers remain concerned because so much is still unclear about the virus.

Districts are worried about being able to pay for added supplies — including masks and more buses. And school officials said the rise in virus cases could ruin reopening plans before they are even put in place.

“If we see large outbreaks happening across communities, it’s going to be very hard to keep schools open,” Dr. Ashish Jha told Fox News Sunday, a television program. He is director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Schools across the U.S. shut down suddenly this year as coronavirus cases first began rising. That led to a mix of distance learning, poorly planned homeschooling and, for some families, no schooling at all.

Districts are now turning their attention to how to create more structured environments. But the debates have been filled with uneasiness.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, students line up for school supplies, including pencils and books that were handed out at Riverdale Elementary School, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, students line up for school supplies, including pencils and books that were handed out at Riverdale Elementary School, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Near Rochester, New York, parents strongly supported fully opening schools. A group of them recently gathered outside a school administration building. They held signs that said, “No normal school? No school taxes!”

Christina Higley is a parent in the small city of Webster, outside of Rochester. She said she had started a Facebook group to demand answers from school officials and be part of the decision-making process related to changes at local schools. The discussions there launched a movement for reopening schools.

“There’s a lot of parents that are saying ‘Open our schools. Let us have the decision if we feel comfortable sending the children into them,’” Higley said.

The decisions are even more complex in districts where case counts are rising. In Manatee County, Florida, the working plan is for all younger students to return to school full time on August 10. Older students would depend on online learning while they are brought back into school buildings slowly over time.

But that proposal is not finalized because of a sharp rise in infections. The area recorded its highest number of new cases in a single day in late June.

If a student is confirmed to have the virus during the new school year, classrooms or whole buildings would need to be carefully cleaned, said Mike Barber, a district representative. Students and workers with confirmed infections would not be able to return until they had tested negative two times.

Medical experts have expressed concerns for children’s development and mental health. The American Academy of Pediatrics is a professional organization of children’s doctors. The group said it strongly supports the goal of students being physically present at schools.

FILE - High school students hang out on a Brooklyn street corner, Friday, March 20, 2020 in New York. The city's public schools are closed due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - High school students hang out on a Brooklyn street corner, Friday, March 20, 2020 in New York. The city's public schools are closed due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Shael Norris said she is especially concerned about children who could face abuse at home and parents who risk losing their jobs to care for their children. Norris has two children who will attend high school in the fall and runs a nonprofit organization that fights sexual violence.

Maine has not had a major coronavirus outbreak. It is now reporting only a small number of new cases each day. Still, the state’s largest school district of Portland has left all choices on the table: a full reopening, a partial reopening or fully online learning.

The district sent a letter to parents that said it plans to use outdoor space when possible. But that solution can only work in Maine for a few months of the year because it can get extremely cold there.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has repeated that he has the power to decide when schools in his state will reopen.

Cuomo said, "We want kids back in school for a number of reasons, but we're not going to say children should go back to school until we know it's safe."

I’m Alice Bryant.

This story combines reports from the Associated Press and VOA News. Alice Bryant adapted them for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

Quiz - Debates on US School Reopening Turn Emotional

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Words in This Story

school district - n. an area or region containing the schools that a school board is in charge of

quarantine - n. the situation of being kept away from others to prevent a disease from spreading

outbreak - n. a sudden start or increase of disease

mask - n. a covering used to protect your face or cover your mouth

desperate - adj. very sad and upset because of having little or no hope

distance learning - n. a method of study where teachers and students do not meet in a classroom but use the Internet to have classes

comfortable - adj. not causing any physically unpleasant feelings

negative - adj. not showing the presence of a particular germ, condition, or substance

on the table - expression. When something is on the table, it's an option, especially one that could be negotiated.

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Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Is gaming a sport?

EPISODE 180621 / 21 JUN 2018

At a recent event in Australia over 18,000 people paid to watch an eSports match. Not to play – just to watch. What makes computer games so popular? Neil and Catherine discuss gaming as a sport, talk about the Fortnite phenomenon and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week's question:

In1950 Bertie the Brain was the name of one of the very first computer games. It played a simple game of noughts and crosses, also called tic-tac-toe. But how tall was this computer? Was it…

a)    one metre tall;           

b)    about four metres tall or

c)    about ten metres tall­?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary 

fortnight
a period of two weeks

competitively
playing against other people to win

to get into (something)
to become really interested in something

professional
someone who gets paid to do something

industry
area of business that is made up of different parts

scene
the world of a particular activity 

Transcript

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil
Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Neil. 

Catherine
Hello. I'm Catherine. 

Neil
And if I say to you, Catherine, fortnight, what do you think of? 

Catherine
Well, that’s easy, Neil. A fortnight is a period of two weeks. 

Neil
Well, fortnight, spelt f-o-r-t-n-i-g-h-t, is indeed a period of two weeks. But Fortnite, spelt F-o-r-t-n-i-t-e, is an online computer game that has become incredibly popular in a very short period of time. 

Catherine
As well as popular, it’s also very competitive. And you're soon going to be able to make big money playing it and you can even hire people to be your Fortnite coach. 

Neil
Well, before we hear a little more about this topic, it’s time for our quiz. These days we play computer games on our phones, we can hold them in our hands. In1950 Bertie the Brain was the name of one of the very first computer games. It played a simple game of noughts and crosses, also called tic-tac-toe. But how tall was this computer? Was it…

a)    one metre tall;
b)    about four metres tall or
c)    about ten metres tall­? 

Catherine
Well, if it was the 1950s, computers were huge, so I’m going to go for ten metres. 

Neil
OK. Well, we’ll find out if you’re right at the end of the programme. eSports or computer games competitions are now a thing. In some markets they are huge and they are even discussing including them in the Olympic Games. Kyle Jackson is a 13-year-old gamer who's been asked to join a team. How long does he say he's been playing video games? 

Kyle Jackson, gamer
I’ve played video games all my life, basically. I started playing competitively when I was around nine or ten. I got into like Halo, Call of Duty, games like that. And I just… I realised that I could probably like go to a pro (professional) level, if I keep playing at the level I am 

Catherine
He said that he's been playing computer games all his life. Now that might be a little exaggeration, but he’s probably been playing them ever since he can remember. When he was nine or ten he started playing competitively, which means he started playing in competitions against other people. 

Neil
He talks about a number of games that he got into. This is a good expression. If you are into something you are very interested in it and to get into something describes the process of becoming interested in that thing. 

Catherine
In Kyle's case, it was computer games and he got so good that he's thinking about playing at a professional level. Doing something as a professional means that it's more than a hobby or pastime. It’s something someone pays you to do because you are really good at it. 

Neil
George Yao is a former gaming champion who is now Director of Media of Team Secret. Team Secret are like a regular sports team. They have a group of players who play matches and competitions against other teams. Except these are not regular sports. These are eSports and they are big business. Here’s George Yao. 

George Yao, Director of Media of Team Secret
It’s becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry: just games, production of games, publishing of games and the eSports scene. So it's not just one thing now, it’s a whole industry. 

Catherine
So George Yao says that online gaming is becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry. We usually think of industry as factories and manufacturing. But it can also apply to other areas as well that involve a lot of different elements that come together to make a business. 

Neil
Different elements that he mentions as part of this industry are creating games, publishing games and the eSports scene. The word here scene here refers to the world of eSports: the events, the competitions and the players. And many people want to be part of that scene. Right, now, let’s get the answer to our quiz question about the size of that 1950s computer game. Was it…  a) one metre tall; b) four metres tall or c) ten metres tall? What did you say, Catherine? 

Catherine
I went for ten metres, Neil. 

Neil
Well, unfortunately it was four metres. 

Catherine
Still quite big though – imagine you couldn't get those in your pocket, could you? 

Neil
I'd rather not! But I would like to review today's vocabulary. 

Catherine
We started off with the word for a period of two weeks - a fortnight. But with a different spelling, Fortnite is also a very popular video game. 

Neil
Multi-player video game competitions which people pay to go and watch are known as eSports. Playing against other people is playing competitively. Do you like to play multi-player video games, Catherine? 

Catherine
I've never really got into them even though I've tried one or two. And that was one of our other expressions, to get into something – to become really interested in something. 

Neil
Same here, I enjoy playing a little bit but I could never be a professional. I couldn’t get paid to do it as a job. 

Catherine
Of course not, you’re already a professional broadcaster, Neil. An area of business that is made up of different parts can be described as an industry. The video game industry is a multi-billion-dollar business. And we also talk about, for example, the fashion industry and the movie industry

Neil
And finally there was the word scene. This noun is used to describe the world of a particular activity. 

Catherine
So the eSport scene, for example, is the world of eSports. The games, the teams, the competitions, the audiences. It’s all part of the scene. 

Neil
Well, that’s all from the 6 Minute English scene today. Do join us again, but if you can’t wait, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and of course on our website bbclearningenglish.com. Thanks for joining us and goodbye. 

Catherine
Goodbye!

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
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The private sector has been shaken by upheaval in the Prayut government, after four ministers credited with running the economy resigned from the ruling Palang Pracharat Party.

The board also urged the government to set up a centre for economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting the prime minister head the new organisation which should collaborate with the private sector for more agile operations.

Kalin Sarasin, the chamber’s chairman, added that the government should maintain remedial measures to help SMEs with their costs until the end of this year. The measures have been running for the past three months.

Meanwhile, he suggested that tax collection should be reviewed for cases outside the system. He added that social security contributions collected from employers should be reduced from 4 per cent of their revenue to 1 per cent.

The chairman also advised the government to reopen more border checkpoints closed amid the Covid-19 crisis and update relevant laws.

Finally, he urged the government to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020 


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