Bob Dylan Allows Director To Use His 600+ Songs To Create Characters And Plots For New Show

first_imgWith over 600 songs to choose from, writer/director Josh Wakely has a lot of material to sort through. Bob Dylan has given Wakely a carte blanche of his repertoire, as the inspiration for an in-the-works series. So far, Lions Gate is on board to produce, and Amazon has expressed interest in the distribution.The show will take characters from the music and adapt them into a series, though Dylan himself isn’t involved creatively. The show is tentatively titled “Time Out Of Mind,” taken from Dylan’s Grammy-winning 1997 album of the same name. According to a report in the WSJ, the show will take place in the 60’s and 70’s, in Manhattan, with a main character’s backstory taken from “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown.”According to the report, two songs would be featured in each episode, helping to drive plot and character development while also providing a powerful soundtrack. Cover versions of Dylan’s songs may also be featured, depending on the scenario. Interestingly, however, the show may not actually be music based, just inspired by characters from the music.Wakely was also the creator of the Beat Bugs series that draws inspiration from The Beatles. That recently-announced cartoon series will premiere in August of 2016, and more information can be found here.We look forward to seeing what “Time Out Of Mind” can offer, as it is certainly an intriguing project.[Via WSJ]last_img read more

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Evolution at the Edge

first_imgAt Dell Technologies World this year, customers and journalists were curious about trends I am seeing in the marketplace and predictions for the future. I shared my views on the impact of 5G , how AI and IoT are continuing to intersect, and the need for businesses to have consistent, flexible infrastructure to quickly adapt. I also emphasized that the foundation of all these transformations is the shift to edge computing—and it’s our OEM & IoT customers across all industries who are leading this evolution.Location, location, locationAt this point, I should clarify what I mean by the edge. I’m talking about data being processed close to where it’s created, versus the traditional centrally-located data center. I like to think of the difference between the data center and the edge as the difference between living out in the suburbs and living in the city—where all the action is. Right now, about 10 percent of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. However, by 2023, Gartner predicts this figure will reach 75 percent. That’s a dramatic shift by any definition.Three whysSo, why is this happening? Three reasons. First, according to the latest research, the number of connected devices is expected to reach 125 billion by 2030, which will put about 15 connected devices into the hands of every consumer. It simply doesn’t make sense to move all that data to a traditional data center—or even to the cloud.The second reason is cost. It’s naturally more cost-effective to process at least some of the data at the edge. And third, it’s all about speed. Many use cases just cannot accept the latency involved in sending data over a network, processing it and returning a response. Autonomous vehicles and video surveillance are great examples, where even a few seconds delay could mean the difference between an expected outcome and a catastrophic event.Edge computing examplesAnd what kind of compute exists at the edge? Well, it helps me to visualize the edge as a spectrum. On the right end–what I call the far edge–is where data is generated. Picture millions of connected devices generating a constant stream of data for performance monitoring or end user access. One example is a fluid management system, where valves need to be automatically opened or closed, based on threshold triggers being monitored. If this is something that interests you (using IoT data to help customers better manage and troubleshoot control valves), I recommend looking into our joint solution with Emerson.Or, consider how the frequency of fridge doors opening in the chilled food section of a supermarket affects the fridge’s temperature levels, and ultimately the food. It would be crazy to send to the cloud such a massive amount of data simply indicating the binary safe/unsafe temperature status—the store manager only needs to know when the temperature is unsafe. So, the edge is the obvious choice to aggregate and analyze this kind of data. In fact, we’ve worked with a major supermarket retailer to implement refrigeration monitoring and predictive maintenance at their edge. Today, their cooling units are serviced at the appropriate time, and they’re saving millions of dollars in rotten food. If you’re interested in using data to help avoid food waste, check out our joint solution with IMS Evolve.Application-driven solutionsOf course, in the vast majority of cases, the application determines the solution. For example, speed in surveillance systems is critical, when you’re trying to find a lost child in a mall or identify and stop someone that is a known security threat from entering a football stadium. The last thing you want at the crucial moment is for a cloud environment to tell you that it’s busy searching.Thanks to the advent of 5G, carriers are addressing the need for higher data traffic performance by placing servers at the base of cell towers instead of at a regional data center. These are all examples where configuration capability, great graphics and high processing performance come into play. And this brings me to another interesting point. When edge computing started, dedicated gateways were the focus. While still important, that definition has expanded to include servers, workstations, ruggedized laptops and embedded PCs.The micro data centerAnother category of edge compute is what Gartner calls the Micro-Data Center. Many of the attributes of a traditional data center come into play here, such as the need for high reliability, ability to scale the compute as needed, and high levels of management. Conditions that don’t typically demand ruggedized products, but where space limitations are likely.In these scenarios, customers typically consider virtualized solutions. Remote oil rigs, warehouse distribution centers and shipping hubs are great examples. Just think about the speed of packages flying down a conveyer belt at a distribution center, being routed to the right loading area while the data is being logged in real time for tracking. Batch files are then sent back to a central data center for global tracking, billing, and record keeping. In effect, you have a network of micro data centers at the edge, aggregating and analyzing data, while feeding the most relevant information into a larger regional center.Looking aheadIn addition to all the practical benefits (such as faster speed, and lower cost), the edge is also driving fresh innovation. After all, the ability to glean immediate insights, experiment, respond in real time and deliver services on-demand are all important criteria in our ever-changing world. In my view, this dynamic will only accelerate with the advent of 5G. By increasing the speed of data analysis, 5G will inevitably increase edge adoption while, on the other hand, businesses using edge computing will experience the full benefit of 5G networks. Over time, I believe that this combination will inspire a slew of new and exciting applications for both the business and consumer markets.Did you know that Dell Technologies offers a differentiated portfolio that is delivering hardware and software solutions from the edge, to the core, to the cloud? Come talk to us – we would love to help you take advantage of the value that Dell Technologies provides! And join the conversation – I’d love to hear your comments and questions.Learn more about Next Generation OEM & IoT Solutions from Dell Technologies.Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page.Follow us on Twitter @DellTechOEM and follow me @BryanEJones.last_img read more

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Mary Michael Patterson to Succeed Sierra Boggess in Phantom

first_img from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows Star Files View Comments The angels of music are switching things up on the Great White Way! Mary Michael Patterson will succeed Broadway.com Audience Choice award winner Sierra Boggess as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Boggess will play her final performance on September 6. New cast member Kaley Ann Voorhees will replace Patterson as the Christine alternate, while Norm Lewis will continue in the role of the Phantom through January 31.That’s not all! Patterson is set to remain with the production through December 13. From December 15, Julia Udine, the current star of the Phantom National Tour, will take over from Patterson. And Kara Klein, who went on maternity leave last December, will return to the role of Meg Giry beginning September 22, succeeding Deanna Doyle.Continuing in the longest-running show on Broadway are current co-stars Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Ellen Harvey as Madame Giry and Christian Šebek as Piangi.Check out Lewis and Boggess’ rendition of the title song below. Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

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Camp Daniel Boone Fire 80% Contained, Cals Creek Fire 90% Contained

first_imgThe cause of both fires remains under investigation. We are in spring wildfire season, and fire danger is expected to remain high across Western North Carolina this week. Due to these extended hazardous fire conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning for 32 Western North Carolina counties. Photo from Getty Images Firefighters continued to make progress containing the Camp Daniel Boone Fire in Haywood County and the Cals Creek Fire in Macon County. Firefighters are monitoring the fires, which are 80% and 90% contained. Unless conditions change, no additional fire activity is expected on either fire. This will be the last update on the Camp Daniel Boone and Cals Creek fires. The Camp Daniel Boone Fire remained at 72 acres and is now 80% contained. The Lake Logan VFD provided 19 volunteers and a variety of firefighting equipment to protect numerous structures for the first 24 hours. The assistance of these dedicated volunteers is critical in the success of US Forest Service firefighting efforts. The Cals Creek Fire remained at 90 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire started on Friday, April 3, and is burning on US Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest east Otto, NC. 30 firefighters remain on scene. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and are extinguishing any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. Firefighting resources to contain the Cals Creek fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as fire crews from The Nature Conservancy. center_img The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire operations but are expected to reopen later in the week. For updates on these closures, contact the Pisgah Ranger District, (828) 877-3265. Firefighting resources to contain the Camp Daniel Boone Fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as the Lake Logan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The burning ban went into effect on April 3, and will remain in effect until further notice. The fire started Friday, April 3 on private property off Little East Fork Rd. and burned into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. 10 US Forest Service firefighters remain on scene to monitor the fire and patrol for any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. For more information, visit https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm. The US Forest Service urges the public to practice caution as they visit the national forests. Visitors are asked to follow guidance under the burn ban and consider postponing their camping trips. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures.last_img read more

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Paraguay to Host Fuerzas Comando 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 25, 2017 For the second time since its founding, the Paraguayan Armed Forces have hosted the top soldiers from across North and South America, who competed for one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious military trophies: Fuerzas Comando. The special forces of North and South American partner nations have been participating in the military exercise every year since 2004. For 2017, the competition’s slogan was “The Force that Brings Us Together.” From July 17th-26th, around 500 personnel, including military, police, special agents, and civilian personnel from 20 countries gave it their all in tests at various Paraguayan Army units, including the Infantry Training School (in Vista Alegre), the Special Forces Facilities (in the department of Presidente Hayes), and the Artillery Command (in the department of Paraguarí). Paraguay organized Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2006. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and run by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). It promotes relationships between military members, increases interoperability, and improves regional security. “Thanks to the excellent coordination and the joint work of our armed institutions and SOCSOUTH, partner armed forces are participating in a competition involving demanding military skills that strengthen the preparedness of special forces in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and all these crimes that have a connection to each other,” Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Héctor Alfredo Limenza Ríos, the general coordinator of Fuerzas Comando 2017, told Diálogo. “The competition allows the participating teams to obtain recognition as elite forces representing their country,” U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, the deputy director of training and exercises for SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. He is in charge of the U.S. delegation participating in the competition. “Also, they acquire knowledge that benefits all members of the region so they can work in a more integrated manner to address regional security challenges.” On this occasion, commandos from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay “are competing in ground and environmental conditions that they have never dealt with before, including obstacle courses that challenge members of each team with physical and mental tests and tests of teamwork, as well as tests that require a high level of technical skill,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. Brazil rejoined the competition after a two-year hiatus. Each command is composed of four troops of an assault group, two snipers, and an alternate. The combined assault groups compete in physical fitness tests, a confidence course, combat, a march, an aquatic event and an obstacle course. The sniper teams face each other in a series of events including marksmanship and mobility tests, transfers in hostile territory, hostage-rescue simulations, obtaining photos, stress tests, and obtaining distances based on data from the operations center. The most grueling military competition The premier special forces troops are getting ready mentally and physically for different tests established by SOCSOUTH. “The competitor goes to the competition prepared and ready to carry out tasks in events that simulate uncommon and unexpected situations in an unknown, risk-filled environment,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “With the goal of obtaining the best results in our most strenuous military competition, we train in an intensive, progressive manner on techniques and procedures that should be followed in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and guerrilla organizations,” First Lieutenant Joel Velázquez, Paraguayan Army Special Forces Course instructor, told Diálogo. This is his third time participating in the friendly event. The main challenge for the competing elite commandos is to react and obtain the highest level of proficiency, and the highest scores in the tasks assigned to them during events that are, for the most part, unknown to the competitor up until only a few seconds before the test begins. “The most stressful test is the 20-kilometer off-road march with a rucksack of approximately 30 kilograms, along with aquatic exercises, and an obstacle course,” 1st Lt. Velázquez said, vividly recalling experiences from previous competitions. “Because it doesn’t just put the soldiers’ [physical] resistance to the test but also their psychological resistance and spirit; it requires a lot of willpower to finish.” To ensure a fair competition, the assigned tasks are scored and evaluated by judges from each participating country. These judges competed in previous editions and subjected to the same tasks. The series of evaluations will conclude with an airborne operation test, also known as a friendship jump. Goals with a minimum of errors “In any competition, a winner emerges. The country that obtains the Fuerzas Comando trophy not only wins pride and prestige but also the responsibility to redouble their efforts and training for the next competition,” Brig. Gen. Limenza said. Colombia holds the record for having won the hemisphere’s military competitions eight times. “Competition is always healthy, we all win,” 1st Lt. Velázquez stressed. “The tests also allow the participants to identify how to improve their collaboration with each other and to reach their goals in a more effective way and with as few errors as possible, thus developing their internal methods for a more effective performance of their work,” Lt. Col. Martínez added. The force that brings us together While the teams measure their knowledge and skills, senior military commanders and government representatives from the competing countries simultaneously conducted a seminar called the “Distinguished Visitor Program” (DVP) in the capital city of Asunción. The special meeting was geared towards issues concerning how to counteract current transnational and transregional threats in the Americas, according to the website of the Paraguayan Ministry of Defense. The DVP program focused on improving military and political relations and multinational military cooperation. “In addition, and maybe much more valuable, are the relationships that are established and strengthened among participants from across the hemisphere, who share a common goal of being prepared to protect the stability and security of our hemisphere,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “This is the force that brings us together to improve our cooperation, mutual trust, training, our recruitment levels, and the capability that the special forces across the Americas can have, since the crimes that plague us are transnational,” Brig. Gen. Limenza added. “What happens today in Paraguay or in another partner nation also has an influence in other places,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Welcome to your credit union

first_imgMy first financial relationships after graduating from college were with a local bank in the community where I lived and the credit union where I worked. There was great similarity in the operation of the two institutions. Not only did they provide me with the financial services I needed, but the CEOs of both listened to what I told them and responded with sound options. As a result, I developed a long lasting relationship with both and experienced what has now become a lost art.Small financial institutions, both banks and credit unions grew in size and stature because they knew how to treat their customers and members. They took a real interest in every person who walked through their doors because they understood that if they treated that person right, they would be forever loyal to them.  It was important that a bond be created between the person and the financial institution. Every meeting was looked upon as an opportunity to create a strong, lasting relationship that would enable the institution to become the primary financial provider for that person and their family. For an individual, the financial institution that took an interest in them, that listened to their needs, and that provided them with advice was the one in which they would place their confidence. They were comfortable discussing their financial needs as well as their dreams of what they would like to achieve in life. They could talk about a home of their own, a new car, a vacation, money for Christmas, or an education for their children. If times became difficult and they lost their job or took a reduction in salary they knew they could walk through those doors and when they left, things would be better.Times changed, institutions got bigger, CEO’s got busier; the age of computers came upon us and on-line banking and no-teller transactions became the way business was conducted. Personal contact, a one-on-one meeting, listening to what was said, and providing direction slowly faded away and became the exception rather than the rule. And today, in the midst of the worst financial crisis the majority of our citizens have ever experienced, we need the rule back.Credit unions have always championed themselves as being there for their members. They proudly boast about how they began and their dedication to putting members first. People helping people has been their philosophy since day one. Credit unions have experience in dealing with difficult times. When manufacturers closed their facilities the employer sponsored credit union would merge with another so that their members would be taken care of and not lose the services they needed. When tragedy would strike a community, the credit union would step up and provide the help that would make things whole again. When a family had an unexpected event that would change their lives, their credit union was there to help.Now, more than ever, members of credit unions need consideration, counseling, and confidence during these difficult times. Over the next twelve to twenty four months, individuals may experience financial problems that will require individual attention and specific solutions. It is the responsibility of each credit union to uphold the solid reputation they have built of being there when needed. They must bring back the personal touch. When a member walks through the doors, the credit union must make sure they feel and know they have come to the right place. They are in the financial institution where the member always comes first.Credit unions can and must make it happen, again. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

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Humble Guardiola hails Liverpool, vows to learn from mistakes

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool and manager Juergen Klopp on winning their first league title in 30 years, but was left ruing some earlier results that gave the Reds the chance to end their drought.Needing a win to keep their extremely slim chances of retaining the Premier League title alive, Guardiola’s side lost 2-1 away to Chelsea on Thursday despite a superb free-kick goal by Kevin De Bruyne.”Congratulations for Liverpool fans, the manager, the players. Well deserved, good champions,” Guardiola told a news conference at Stamford Bridge. “This season we dropped points at the beginning, some unfairly and some because we made mistakes like today. We’ve got to be more consistent,” the 49-year-old explained as he looked back on the season.”Two seasons ago we were 25 points in front of Liverpool and the next season they recovered. Now we’ve got to recover.”Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the lead and they secured the win through a Willian penalty after Fernandinho was sent off for handling the ball on the goal-line.”It is not easy to attack Chelsea with their physicality in their team. Unfortunately we conceded mistakes and at this level against this quality it is difficult. We played until the end with a huge personality,” Guardiola said.The Spanish coach added that he was proud of his side, who will host newly-crowned champions Liverpool in their next league game on July 2, and that they would learn from their mistakes.”We can now say the last ten competitions we played, we won eight titles. That’s never happened before in this country. You cannot win all the time,” he said.”We have to take a little bit of perspective, be humble and say we can’t win all the time. We have to learn to avoid this situation again.”  Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19 task force urges regional poll candidates to campaign online

first_imgThe National COVID-19 task force has urged the election organizers to prohibit direct campaign rallies in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections and turn to online or broadcasted campaigns instead to curb the coronavirus transmission during the elections slated to take place on Dec. 9.Taskforce chief Doni Monardo said the hardest task during the elections was to prevent crowds.[Regional elections] are a celebration of democracy that brings people together. The KPU [General Elections Commission] has limited rallies to a maximum of 100 people, but some candidates have violated this,” he said on Tuesday during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission VIII, which oversees social affairs. “Some of our recommendations to reduce crowds are making the candidates campaign virtually and utilize public television broadcaster TVRI and radio RRI.”In addition to banning campaign rallies, the task force would also recommend voters to use gloves and hand sanitizer on voting day and limit the number of people allowed at each polling station as well as the voting time.Read also: Regional races ‘can’t wait until the pandemic is over’: State Palace says amid criticismDoni, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said the task force would finalize its recommendations and present them to Home Minister Tito Karnavian and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD.He added that the public should be wise in selecting regional candidates by also looking at their compliance with the COVID-19 health protocols, noting the need for unity to protect each other as the pandemic had shown no signs of ending anytime soon.“There’s not an inch of land that is safe in a country where people are still exposed to COVID-19. This ping-pong pattern will occur when there are areas [with infected people]. There’s no territorial boundary for COVID-19. It will definitely spread if we can’t guard ourselves,” he said.The Home Ministry and election organizers on Monday agreed to revise a KPU regulation that allows candidates to hold rallies and concerts during the campaign trail, as it is deemed counterproductive to the country’s efforts to curb COVID-19 transmission. The KPU said it would also increase the number of voting booths and polling stations for December’s regional elections.Topics :last_img read more

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Boskalis Continues Subsea Push as VBMS Stays Busy

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminister is proceeding with a plan set out earlier this year to boost its presence in the subsea services market, after posting solid results in the segment in the third quarter of 2017.In the Corporate Business Plan 2017-2019, Boskalis stated that strengthening its market position in the area of subsea services is an important objective, towards which the company took the first step with the acquisition of subsea survey specialist Gardline mid-August.Additionally, Boskalis recently acquired the diving support vessel DSV Constructor and is currently in negotiations for the purchase of the existing SAT DSV.The company reports that subsea services utilization levels remained stable in Q3, with vessels also being deployed internally on offshore wind farms and unexploded ordnance clearance projects.Regarding the more project-related activities, VBMS and its cable-laying activities can look back on another busy period in which they made a substantial contribution to the division’s results, Boskalis said.At the end of October, VBMS won the Borssele Beta export cables installation contract valued EUR 70 million.Overall, Boskalis said that the company’s offshore energy results in the third quarter of 2017 were in line with expectations.The revenue and the segment results were lower compared to previous quarters, which Boskalis sees as a result of poor conditions in the oil and gas sector.last_img read more

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Antique seeks to extend use of schools as quarantine facilities

first_imgThe Sibalom National High School in Sibalom, Antique is currently being used as a patient care center for Antiqueños who are required to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao requested to the Department of Education to allow local government units extend their use of schools as coronavirus disease 2019 isolation facilities. SIBALOM LGU VIA PNA League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique Chapter president and Libertad town mayor Mary Jean Te said the request has been officially made on May 19 through a letter sent by the office of Gov. Rhodora Cadiao to DepEd secretary Leonor Briones. “The request was made due to the fact that there are still Antiqueños who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine after coming home from other places, said Te. “Our school board this year 2020 has only about P500,000 as fund,” Said Te. Meanwhile, Te admitted she feels a bit scared with the proposal of DepEd to start the enrollment already on June 1. Teachers in this province already need to prepare their classrooms prior to the enrollment period. According to Te, there were 578 Antiqueño sugar migrants working in Negros Occidental who arrived in this province on May 19.“There are still more sugar migrants coming home aside from the other Antiqueños who are from Manila and other places,” she said. For her part, DepEd Antique Division superintendent Dr. Felisa Beriong said the initial request for the use of schools as quarantine facilities was from April 23 to May 31 only. “There are 44 DepEd schools right now in this province that were approved as isolation facilities but only until May 31,” said Beriong,The previous request was only approved by the regional director, she added.According to Beriong, Briones will be the one to approve the request made by the provincial government, considering there will already be a month-long enrollment on June 1 to 30. “Some barangays in Libertad already have internet connections, but not all have access yet,” she added. She said the enrollment and the eventual start of classes in August could expose the students to COVID-19.“It would be quite difficult for the pupils to observe safe social distancing, especially when they have classes already,” Te said. Libertad – fifth class municipality with 19 barangays – is the adjacent town of Pandan, which until now has confirmed cases of the virus. Te said DepEd Antique Division’s plan to provide modular session to students, however, would be a good alternative since their Libertad LGU could not afford to provide the students the needed computer sets. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to allow local government units (LGUs) to continue using the public schools as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  isolation facilities for until June 30. Under modular learning, students would be required to go to school two or three times a week only. The rest of the days will be for them to work their activity sheets prepared by the teachers.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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