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Yale to resume requiring standardized test scores for applicants

Yale to resume requiring standardized test scores for applicants

Yale University announced Thursday that it will resume requiring prospective students to the Ivy League institution to submit standardized test scores when applying for admission. The New Haven, Connecticut-based university said “research and reflections” have shown that testing can “highlight an applicant’s areas of academic strength” and can help add diversity in the classroom. It switched to a test-optional policy nearly four years ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Let’s start with what we know to be true: every standardized test is imperfect and incomplete. No exam can demonstrate every student’s college readiness or perfectly predict future performance,” Yale officials said in a news release. “Yale has not, does not, and will never rely on testing alone to assess student preparedness.” The change will be required for all first-year applicants beginning in the fall of 2025. It will also allow prospective students to include Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores in place of the ACT or SAT, Yale said. Earlier this month, another Ivy League school, Dartmouth College, announced a similar change to its …

Canada: Surge in people requiring ER and developing mental health issues due to Marijuana usage

Canada: Surge in people requiring ER and developing mental health issues due to Marijuana usage

The government of Prime Minister Trudeau legalized the recreational use of Marijuana in Canada in 2018, based on the premise it’s a safe drug. However, researchers from Canada’s University of Ottawa are reporting that there has been an alarming increase in the number of people developing mental health issues after using cannabis, the Daily Mail reports. The report found that not only is there an increasing number of people showing up at hospital emergency rooms because of Marijuana-related health issues, but it also found that a third of those who did develop “mental health issues within three years.” This compared to only 5.6% for the remainder of patients using hospital ERs for non-marijuana-related issues. The Daily Mail adds: Researchers warned that men and younger people, aged 10-24 years, were at a greater risk of developing mental health problems, which can range from anxiety to full-on panic attacks.  Dr Daniel Myran, a University of Ottawa researcher, said pot use has rapidly increased in Canada these past 15 years.  His report is a wake-up call for those who believe …

Kentucky House Committee Passes Bill Requiring Moment of Silence in Schools

Kentucky House Committee Passes Bill Requiring Moment of Silence in Schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Wednesday instructing public schools to set aside time for a moment of silence at the start of each school day. The measure easily cleared the House on a 79-17 vote and moves on to the Senate. Republicans have supermajorities in both chambers. Under the bill, the moment of silence would last one to two minutes at the start of the first class each day in public schools across the Bluegrass State. Students would decide how to use that time, and school personnel would be prohibited from instructing them on their silent reflection. Parents would be notified of the policy and encouraged to offer guidance to their children on how to spend that time. Every student would be expected to remain seated and silent during that time. During the House debate, Democratic Rep. Tina Bojanowski said she sees the bill as “a way to push prayer into public schools,” adding that it raises constitutional concerns. Photos You Should See Public schools were barred from …

Tennessee House Republicans Defend Requiring Tickets for More Than Half of the Public Gallery Seats

Tennessee House Republicans Defend Requiring Tickets for More Than Half of the Public Gallery Seats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House Republican leaders went on the defensive Thursday after surprising people who showed up to watch their lawmakers kick off this year’s work by asking some of them if they had a ticket to get in. The new and previously unpublicized requirement has only fueled lingering criticism that the GOP supermajority is unfairly flexing its ability to silence those with differing political views. In Tennessee, members of the public have traditionally been free to sit on either side of the House chamber while lawmakers in session. The public galleries allow family members, constituents, interns, lobbyists, and any other interested parties to watch debate and discuss policy. Yet it’s not uncommon for some to hold up signs, and when observers stage a protest or become unruly, state troopers swiftly remove them. However, earlier this week, House GOP officials confirmed that the west side of the public galleries would now require tickets. Each House member — 99 in total — would be given one ticket to distribute to a person of their …

US FAA requiring inspections before some Boeing 737 MAX 9 flights can resume

US FAA requiring inspections before some Boeing 737 MAX 9 flights can resume

It is not clear if the FAA directive will mirror the Alaska inspections. Alaska cancelled about 100 flights on Saturday, or 13 per cent of scheduled operations, according to FlightAware. Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson said the union “supports the FAA’s quick and decisive action to ground certain 737 MAX 9 Fleet that do not meet the inspection cycles specified in the Emergency Airworthiness Directive. This is a critical move to ensure the safety of all crew and passengers, as well as confidence in aviation safety”. Senator JD Vance, a Republican on the committee that overseas the FAA, said “the FAA has assured me the 737-MAX is safe – last night’s near catastrophe calls that determination into question”. He added every American deserves a full explanation from Boeing and the FAA on what has gone wrong and on the steps that are being taken to ensure another incident does not occur in the future. Source link

Meta will start requiring disclosures for political ads manipulated with AI

Meta will start requiring disclosures for political ads manipulated with AI

In 2024, Meta will begin requiring advertisers running political or issue ads on its platforms to disclose when their ads are “digitally created or altered” through the use of AI. Facebook and Instagram ads about elections, politics and social issues will soon require the extra step, which advertisers will handle when they submit new ads. Advertisers will need to make the disclosures when an ad “contains a photorealistic image or video, or realistic sounding audio” that falls into a handful of categories. Meta’s new rules are designed to rein in deepfakes — digitally manipulated media designed to be misleading. The company will require disclosures on ads that were either created or manipulated to show a person doing or saying something they didn’t. The other special cases requiring disclosures include ads depicting photo-realistic people that don’t exist or events that look realistic but never happened (including altered imagery from real life events) and ads showing “realistic event[s] that allegedly occurred” but that are “not a true image, video, or audio recording of the event. Meta makes …