TL;DR: WEEK OF 17 JUNE

Written by Millegram

MON: WILL I GET AN ‘A’, PROF?

The A-grade giveaway by Professor Harney to 169 students at SMU has prompted MOE to clarify that bell-curve grading is not used for any national examinations in Singapore. Of the six autonomous universities here, only NUS and NTU use it for certain modules to prevent grade inflation or deflation. School-based assessments and national examinations are based on absolute standards to gauge individual candidates’ mastery of subjects.

The Full Story @
Reddit – Free version of The Straits Times article with more details on MOE’s statement
Mothership – Article about the SMU A-grade giveaway
The NUS Provost Contemplates – Blog post by NUS Provost on the workings of the bell-curve

 

TUES: HEY YOUTUBE, THAT’S INAPPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN! 

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice (FTC) and Google, YouTube’s parent company, has been breathing down YouTube’s neck about the platform’s video recommendation software redirecting viewers to violent, disturbing or conspiratorial content. YouTube is considering changing its content management for children: from preventing auto-playing of another video after one video ends, to moving all children’s videos onto a new platform called YouTube Kids. Some concrete steps have already been taken, such as imposing restrictions on minors live streaming and updating their hate speech policy.

The Full Story @
CNN Business – Elaboration on pressures faced by YouTube
The Washington Post – More details on the new measures put in place by YouTube

 

WED: THE FORCED ORGAN HARVESTING OF CHINA’S DETAINEES

An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded “beyond doubt” that state-sponsored forced organ harvesting from prisoners had taken place throughout China on a significant scale. The Falun Gong practitioners have been identified as the main victims of the organ harvesting and torture. The tribunal’s findings were also “indicative” of genocide but were not clear enough to make a positive ruling.

The Full story @
The Guardian – More details on the story
Evolution News – Responses from the international community

 

THURS: MINUTES FROM WAR – TRUMP ORDERS, THEN RETRACTS MISSILE STRIKE ON IRAN LAST MINUTE

In response to Iran shooting down a US-owned unmanned drone, US President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Iran, targeting radar and missile batteries. Trump called off the strike 10 minutes before launch after a general told him that 150 people would likely have been killed. The US and Iran continue to disagree on whether the drone had violated Iran’s airspace as everyone else calls for the two countries to please chill.

The Full Story @
The New York Times – Full details of Trump’s retraction
Al Jazeera – Summary of US-Iran tensions

 

FRI: LARGEST LPG FIRE IN SINGAPOREAN HISTORY RAGED OVER JURONG

10 to 20 thunderous explosions, 120 firefighters, and over two hours later, SCDF managed to put out what they described as the “largest” liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fire they “ever had to combat”. The fire, which happened at an LPG facility in 43 Jalan Buroh, left two Chinese nationals injured and one dead. SCDF is investigating the cause of the fire.

The Full Story @
CNA – Videos of the fire
The Straits Times – Status of the victims

 

SAT: HONG KONG POLICE GIVEN ACCESS TO INJURED PROTESTERS’ INFORMATION

Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority has been accused of facilitating the arrest of hospitalised protesters by providing a secret backdoor for patient information to the police. A leaked video revealed how patient data in Hong Kong public hospitals can be accessed by any user without needing a password. Concerns mount that injured protesters will avoid treatment to escape apprehension.

The Full Story @
Shanghaiist – More details on the story
SCMP – Calls by medical and legal professionals for officers to ‘behave’
SCMP – Use of force was ‘necessary and lawful’, says former police chief

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