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Homeschooling during a pandemic lockdown

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Social distancing means online social connections and learning

I am now homeschooling my children. But mainly my 7 year old. I thought I’d be doing this for a week or two, but now six Bay area counties have “ordered” residents to “shelter in place” for the next three weeks.  

For those new to online schooling, like me, here are some things I’ve collected that might be good ways to keep your kids engaged. Many may feel this is a vacation. But for me, my boys (7 yrs old, 13, 17) are going to school at home.

They make their beds and put their phones on the kitchen counter. For my older boys, they have five hours without their phones and in that time they’re reading a book, writing, meditating. There’s also some online resources, such as IXL, which is a comprehensive online curriculum for K-12. For my youngest son, he has a full day sans digital entertainment, but with recess and lunch breaks.  

Here’s some apps that were recommended by his school teacher and suggested by friends.

Outschool — This is one of my favorite apps because you can sign up for an online class with friends and family. Like a web conferencing tool, all the kids can see one another with the teacher in the middle. The classes can be expensive, like this one called Beginner Multiplication Facts for $180 for 10 weeks. The classes are also limited. Here’s one for architecture for 6 weeks and it costs $121. American Government for 13-18 yr olds is for 16 weeks and cost $215.

FB Messenger for Kids — Admittedly, I was skeptical when a friend asked us to have my son Branson Race (7) sign up. But I went ahead and signed him up under my account. And firstly, it’s relatively easy. Secondly, he can only connect with people I allow him to connect with and they’re typically my friends on Facebook. It’s best that your child has his or her own iPad or device. The nice thing for me is that he’s too young to have a phone. But with an iPad he can connect to WiFi and then contact his cousins, aunts and uncles. You can also create a chat room and connect your child’s classmates or a group of cousins or friends and have conversations. 

Storylineonline.net — This is free! This non-profit service is offered by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation featuring actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations. Some actors include James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Costner. Reading aloud to children improves reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration.  

Getepic.com — This is for $7.99 a month, you can get access to a number of popular books, like National Geographic books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Super Fly Guy. As of today, Epic is being offered free until June 30 2020. This is by teacher invitation. No credit card needed! 

Raz-kids.com — This is free with school! This is one that my 7 yr old is on. This is part of the school apps provided for his school St. Philip Neri in Alameda. This is a great learning resource for students to proactively engage with. Each book allows students to hear the book read to them with words highlighted as it is read out loud; they then get to read the book and then take a quiz. Kids receive points for each book they read and quizzes they take.

Abcya.com — This is free! Here you can find word, math, skill and strategy games for Kindergarten to 6th grade. 

Mathplayground — This is for $5.99 a month. There are a number of fun math games, puzzles for 1st to 6th grade. 

National Geographic for Kids — This is free! It’s one of my favorites. Kids can take quizzes. Even personality trait quizzes. There’s fun sections, such as “Weird but true” things about the history of water. Not surprisingly there are tons of videos about different types of animals. It’s like Wild Kratts, but only two minutes long.

Farfaria — This is $4.99 a month or $99 for a lifetime. But starting today, using “Happy50” you can get half off any subscription — even the $99 for life. Sounds like a good deal. This reading app is for pre-school to 4th grade. Kids get access to more than 1000 books read to them with words highlighted as they’re being read. The titles include favorites, such as David and Goliath, and originals. 

Here’s a couple of podcasts for kids.  

Brains On — This appears to be free. This is a science podcast for kids. My son just finished listening to Understanding Coronavirus and How Germs Spread. Next, my son is excited to hear about Bigfoot, Unicorns and Dragons.

The Show About Politics & History — This is a podcast by a 9 yr old. These are 15 minute interviews about how American politics work. These podcasts include “The Supreme Court”, “Too young to vote”. These podcasts are hosted by 9-yr-old Nate who is joined by reporters, such as Leon Neyfakh, who hosts Slate’s podcast Slow Burn. He also spoke with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.   

You can see a larger list of podcasts for kids from Ali Wilkinson, which was listed on Sonia Arrison Senkut’s Facebook thread after she asked for homeschooling tips. Thanks, Sonia!

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MOHAWK INDUSTRIES INVESTIGATION INITIATED BY FORMER LOUISIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Mohawk Industries, Inc. – MHK

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NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into Mohawk Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MHK).  

On July 25, 2019, after a series of prior negative financial revelations, the Company disclosed that sales for its Flooring NA segment were down 7% due to “lower demand” for certain products resulting in excess inventory that had impacted its sales and margins.

Thereafter, the Company and certain of its executives were sued in a securities class action lawsuit, charging them with failing to disclose material information during the Class Period regarding improper revenue recognition, demand and inventory levels as well as fraudulent channel stuffing, among other things, violating federal securities laws. The case remains ongoing.

Then, on July 13, 2020, the Company disclosed it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to the above issues.

KSF’s investigation is focusing on whether Mohawk’s officers and/or directors breached their fiduciary duties to Mohawk’s shareholders or otherwise violated state or federal laws. 

If you have information that would assist KSF in its investigation, or have been a long-term holder of Mohawk shares and would like to discuss your legal rights, you may, without obligation or cost to you, call toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or email KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn ([email protected]), or visit https://www.ksfcounsel.com/cases/nyse-mhk/ to learn more.

About Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

KSF, whose partners include former Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., is one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms. KSF serves a variety of clients – including public institutional investors, hedge funds, money managers and retail investors – in seeking to recover investment losses due to corporate fraud and malfeasance by publicly traded companies. KSF has offices in New York, California and Louisiana.

To learn more about KSF, you may visit www.ksfcounsel.com.

Contact:
Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC
Lewis Kahn, Managing Partner
[email protected]
1-877-515-1850
1100 Poydras St., Suite 3200
New Orleans, LA 70163

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MegaFans and IGDA Foundation Partner for Charity eSports Tournaments Series

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MegaFans (Mobile eSports Gaming Fanatics), a San Diego area-based mobile-casual eSports platform, has partnered with the International Game Developers Association Foundation again to produce a series of charity fundraising events using MegaFans eSports tournament platform and mobile-casual eSports games. The first tournament runs September 1 – 30, 2020 and is featured on the popular mobile eSports puzzle game, Candy Boo – Tournament Edition. The eSports tournaments are being promoted to raise awareness and funds to go toward the IGDA Foundation’s Diversity Initiative, to improve lives of game developers around the world.

The inaugural tournament in the series is being played on the popular, massive multi-player game, Candy Boo eSports Tournament Edition with over 100,000 downloads. Candy Boo Tournament Edition games are available on both the Apple and Google Play Stores and can be found at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/candy-boo-esports-tournament/id1447419350 and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.megafans.candyboo&hl=en_US respectively. MegaFans is offering virtual and real prizes to the first 76 winners of the tournament. There is a live leader board inside the game that allows players to see their position. 

The IGDA Foundation eSports Tournament is fun, challenging and easy to enter: Download the game, register with an email address or mobile phone number and make in-app purchases for tokens to play the game. Revenue from the token purchases go to the IGDA Foundation as donations and are tax deductible. Prizes will be matched with donations to the IGDA Foundation. Players and supporters are also encouraged to make direct donations outside the eSport tournament to the Camp Pendleton USO, by visiting https://igdafoundation.org.

Previously, MegaFans worked with the IGDA Foundation on the Stay in the Game Relief Fund which raised over $100,000 and MegaFans was the third-largest publicly active contributor.

About MEGAFANS Inc.

MegaFans Inc. is a mobile casual eSports gaming platform company that develops, publishes and manages turnkey, integrated software solutions for mobile games, enabling them to offer a competitive eSports tournament environment for the audience which increases retention, monetization and community growth through this novel approach. MegaFans delivers an inclusive, richer experience for the 2.5 billion mobile casual gaming community globally.

About IGDA Foundation

The IGDA Foundation advances a diverse workforce and ecosystem for the video game industry to better reflect the millions of passionate players enjoying video games worldwide. 

The IGDA-F focuses on promoting a game development community representative of, and welcoming and inclusive to, every person who wants to make games. The IGDA-F garners support for diversity and inclusion in the video game industry with initiatives such as its IGDA Scholars, Velocity and Next Gen Leaders programs, with others in the pipeline.

The IGDA Foundation is a public charity, registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States.

To find out more about the IGDA Foundation’s initiatives visit http://igdafoundation.org.

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Erickson Inc. und Bell Textron Inc. geben unterzeichnete Verträge zum Beginn der Übertragung von Musterzulassungen für die Hubschrauber Bell 214st und B/B1 bekannt

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PORTLAND, Oregon, 5. September 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Erickson Inc. und Bell Textron Inc. haben die Unterzeichnung von Verträgen bekannt gegeben, um die Übertragung der Musterzulassungen für die Hubschraubermodelle 214 ST und B/B1 an Erickson Incorporated einzuleiten. Die Übertragung wird durch die US-Luftfahrtbehörde FAA bearbeitet und der Abschluss wird für das Ende des Jahres erwartet. 

Die Verträge ersetzen den vorigen Vertrag über Lizenz und Produktsupport, der von den Firmen 2015 unterzeichnet wurde. Erickson ist einer der größten Betreiber des 214ST und macht sich an den nächsten Schritt, die Leistungsverbesserung und betriebliche Nachhaltigkeit der 214-Plattform zu unterstützen, wie man es für die 1992 erworbene S-64-Plattform getan hat. Erickson wird mit Bell an der Übertragung der entscheidenden verbleibenden Funktionen und Verfahren arbeiten, um die volle Unterstützung der Musterzulassungen zu ermöglichen.

„Der 214 ist eine sehr gute Drehflügel-Gebrauchsplattform. Wir sind zuversichtlich, unseren innovativen Geist und unsere betriebliche Erfahrung dafür einzusetzen, für diesen Hubschrauber eine Zukunft zu gestalten, wie wir es in den letzten 30 Jahren bereits für den Helikopter S-64 Air Crane® getan haben. Die 214-Modelle sind eine willkommene Ergänzung des Portfolios unterstützter Luftfahrzeuge von Erickson.” – Doug Kitani, CEO

INFORMATIONEN ZU ERICKSON
Erickson ist ein führender globaler Anbieter von Luftfahrtdienstleistungen mit Fokus auf Verteidigung und nationale Sicherheit, Fertigung, Wartung/Reparatur/Überholung (MRO) und Dienstleistungen für den zivilen Markt. Zu den Herstellungs- und MRO-Diensten von Erickson gehört der Bau des Helikopters S-64 Aircrane® als Erstausrüster (OEM) und man ist ein wichtiger Zulieferer für zahlreiche OEMs der Luft- und Raumfahrt. Zu den kommerziellen Luftverkehrsdienstleistungen gehört der Betrieb von 20 S-64 Aircrane® Helikoptern in Besitz und Betrieb von Erickson, die für die Brandbekämpfung, den Bau von Hochspannungsleitungen, die Holzernte, Klimatechnik und spezialisierte Schwertransporte für die Branchen Öl und Gas eingesetzt werden. Erickson wurde 1971 gegründet und hat seinen Hauptsitz in Portland im US-Bundesstaat Oregon, mit Niederlassungen in Nordamerika, Südamerika, Europa, dem Nahen Osten, Afrika, dem Raum Asien-Pazifik und Australien.

INFORMATIONEN ZU BELL TEXTRON INC.
Wir denken weiter und weiter hinaus. Seit mehr als 80 Jahren denken wir die Erfahrung des Fliegens, und wo es uns hinführen kann, neu.

Wir sind Vorreiter. Wir waren die ersten, die die Schallmauer durchbrachen und einen kommerziellen Helikopter zur Zulassung brachten. Wir haben an der ersten Mission der NASA zum Mond teilgenommen und modernste Schwenkrotorsysteme auf den Markt gebracht. Heute definieren wir die Zukunft der On-demand-Mobilität.

Das Unternehmen ist eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft der Textron Inc. und hat seinen Sitz in Fort Worth (Texas) mit strategischen Niederlassungen weltweit. Fast ein Viertel unserer Belegschaft hat in der Armee gedient und wir engagieren uns dafür, unsere Streitkräfte zu unterstützen, ihre Aufgaben zu erfüllen.

Vor allem aber liefern unsere bahnbrechenden Innovationen unseren Kunden herausragende Erfahrungen. Effizient. Zuverlässig. Und stets mit der Sicherheit als Priorität.

WEITERE INFORMATIONEN ÜBER UNSERE PRODUKTE UND DIENSTE ERHALTEN SIE UNTER ERICKSONINC.COM

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