A Kentucky teenager who sued his school last month for banning unvaccinated students has come down with a case of chickenpox.
Jerome Kunkel, 18, took legal action against his high school after the Northern Kentucky Health Department said unvaccinated students had to stay at home amid an outbreak that left more than 32 students sick, according to the BBC. Kunkel, who is unvaccinated, was barred from playing basketball as part of the ban.
In April, a judge ruled against the teen, whose lawsuit argued that the vaccine is “immoral, illegal and sinful.” The teen’s father said that he opposed vaccinations because some are derived from cells from aborted fetuses, according to the BBC.
The Catholic Church issued a statement in 2017 saying that it is morally justifiable to use vaccines. Some vaccines are derived from two fetuses aborted in the 1960s.
The teen’s lawyer, Christopher Weist, said Kunkel started developing chickenpox symptoms last week, but he does not regret declining to be vaccinated, according to the BBC.
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“These are deeply held religious beliefs, they’re sincerely held beliefs,” Wiest said, according to the BBC. “From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it.”
About 350,000 Americans get chickenpox — which causes fever and itchy rashes — every year. The illness was very common in the U.S. until the FDA first approved a vaccine for the highly-contagious disease in 1995. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year vaccinations prevent 3.5 million cases and 100 deaths in the U.S. [...]
KANGAR (Bernama): A hostel warden who was suspected of sodomising and molesting students at a tahfiz centre here is believed to have fled to Ipoh, Perak. [...]
The Education Ministry encourages students, especially those experiencing colds and coughs to wear masks to avoid infecting other students. — Reuters pic
PUTRAJAYA, May 3 — The Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Pantai Sepang Putra, Selangor has been ordered to stop conducting school assemblies in the near future after 18 of its students were infected with influenza B.Education director-General Datuk Dr Amin Senin in a statement, said the Ministry of Education (MoE) through the Sepang District Education Office (PPD) issued the directive following a report that the students were infected with the illness.“MoE also urged parents or guardians to report immediately to the school if the pupils under their care have been infected,” he said.Amin said MoE also encouraged students at the school, especially those who were experiencing colds and coughs to wear masks to avoid infecting other students.The Sepang PPD and Selangor State Education Department were also asked to monitor the situation as well as assist the victims and to comply with existing standard operating procedures.However, he said, presently there was no need to close any schools following the spread of Influenza infection.Accordingly, all schools were also asked to follow the instructions and recommendations issued by the Health Department, he said.In April, a total of 101 pupils and a teacher at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Star), Ipoh were reportedly diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1). — Bernama [...]
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): SK Taman Pantai Sepang Putra, Selangor has been ordered to stop conducting school assemblies in the near future after 18 of its pupils were infected with Influenza B. [...]
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman attend the launch of the Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) at Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur May 3, 2019. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — The Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) was created according to the principle of the Japan Future Leaders School but adapted to the Malaysian landscape, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.The prime minister said the programme is aimed at instilling leadership qualities and good values among the youths in order to strengthen and harness their potential to be great leaders in the future.“What determines success is the adoption of good values by someone or a race until it becomes a way of life for a race.“Our hope is that by instilling good values while they are still young they will practise it and make it their way of life,” he said when launching the MFLS at Universiti Malaya here tonight.Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.The prime minister said values of the Japanese people would be inculcated through MFLS to mould future leaders with strong personality in the aspects of integrity, inclusiveness, excellence, volunteerism, responsibility, competitiveness and community spirit.“For example, workers in Japan are very meticulous in carrying out their duties for the sake of producing high quality products or services. This ‘meticulous’ culture has become part of their daily life and is not only reflected in their work,” he said.“The recipe for success for the Japanese and South Koreans is based on discipline, loyalty to the country, priority for society, emphasis on quality, and the regular practice of positive values in their daily life.Dr Mahathir said as such, the Look East Policy is still relevant although it was introduced 37 years ago in 1982.He said the shaping of mindsets and inculcation of values among the youths today were very different from that for the previous generation because then the sources of the values were traditional and conventional, like parents, teachers, religious education and civics lessons.“Today, the sources of values are diverse. Apart from the traditional sources I mentioned, the rapid development in information technology has opened up various avenues and penetrated the minds of all strata of society, especially the young generation.“Some among the younger generation prefer to refer to the internet and social media without the need to do some research first,” he said.He also admitted that young people nowadays are fond of playing online games which can influence them and shape their personality.Therefore, MFLS was introduced as a way to respond to the challenge of Industrial Revolution 4.0 to ensure that youths could use and handle modern technology positively and effectively, he said. — Bernama [...]
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks to reporters at the Parliament lobby in Kuala Lumpur March 14, 2019. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
PUTRAJAYA, April 19 — Twenty-two new cases suspected to be Influenza A (H1N1) were detected at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR), Ipoh, Perak until yesterday, said Minister of Health Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.This made the cumulative total reported at the school at 102 people including a teacher who had a respiratory infection such as fever, sore throat and cough, he said.According to Dzulkefly, another STAR student was warded at a private hospital currently and was still waiting for laboratory report while the student was reportedly stable.‘’A total 51 students were still isolated at the school’s hostel and monitoring over them is ongoing,’’ he said after a launching the Nutrition Month Malaysia here yesterday.Yesterday, the media reported four samples from 79 students, who were detected experiencing a fever and cough cluster at STAR, were confirmed positive with Influenza A H1N1.Prior to this, allegations of a mysterious disease threatening the students were viralled on the social media.Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry also gave health education including coughing ethics and continuing the monitoring of the school.‘’Disinfection activities of the hostels are conducted since Monday. Active case detection is continued daily until the plague ends,’’ he said.He also advised the public not to worry because the situation was under control under the monitoring of the Perak Health Department. — Bernama [...]
PUTRAJAYA, April 17 — A four-year-old boy who was reported missing while in the custody of a nursery in Precinct 3 here was found safe on a school bus in Cheras this afternoon.Putrajaya District Police chief ACP Rosly Hassan said the nursery’s staff realised the child was missing after his 40-year-old mother said she could not locate her son at the premises.“At about 4.50pm, the mother of the victim who worked as an administrative assistant went to kindergarten to fetch her son, but could not find him.“We were told that the children had been by the kindergarten to the Agrobank Field in Bangi for a sports day rehearsal,” he said when contacted today.He said following the incident, the police interviewed all the teachers at the kindergarten to assist with investigations.“The investigation found that the child was involved in the rehearsal with 87 other children at the Bangi Agrobank Training Centre. The students were taken there using three hired school buses.“The students were accompanied by a total of 11 teachers. The bus the child was in had three teachers. The interview also revealed that the teachers had done a head count before returning from the centre and at the time, all the students were accounted for,” he said.He said escorting teachers also checked on the number of students while the bus was on the way back and found that everyone was on board, however, upon arriving at the kindergarten, a check was not done to confirm if all the students had alighted.“All students were then directed to enter their respective classes. At about 3.20pm, one of the class teachers realised that the student was not in the class, but his school bag and mattress were still there.“The teacher thought the student had been fetched by his parents but later found out that the child was not at the kindergarten. The staff searched all over the premises but could not find the student,” he said.He said the owner of the kindergarten contacted the bus driver at 7.05pm to conduct a check and the child was found sleeping on one of the chairs,” he said, adding that the complainant will be filing a report to inform of the child’s discovery. — Bernama [...]
A popular New Jersey high school principal died Sunday after donating bone marrow to a young boy in France, his family confirmed to news outlets.
Derrick Nelson, who was the principal at New Jersey’s Westfield High School, never recovered after falling into a monthlong coma following a bone marrow donation procedure at a Bergen County hospital, his father told NJ.com. Nelson died Sunday at age 44, though the exact cause of his death was unclear, his father said; he told ABC News that his son may have had a heart attack.
Nelson was donating bone marrow to supply stem cells to a 14-year-old boy in France with an undisclosed illness, he told Westfield’s student newspaper before the procedure. “If it’s just a little bit of pain for a little bit of time that can give someone years of joy, it’s all worth it,” Nelson said during the interview.
In that interview, he also said he had sleep apnea and a blood trait related to sickle cell anemia — two conditions that complicated doctors’ plans for the donation procedure. It was unclear from media reports if the donation procedure was ultimately successful.
Students and public officials alike are publicly mourning Nelson, who was reportedly engaged to be married and had a six-year-old daughter. In a letter sent to students and parents, according to NJ.com, Westfield School District Superintendent Margaret Dolan wrote that, “Dr. Nelson touched us all with his kindness, compassion, integrity, and endlessly positive attitude. We hold him and his family in our hearts as we grieve this loss together.”
Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle called Nelson “a man of immense character and kindness,” and said her family was “devastated” by his death.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wrote that Nelson “embodied all that makes New Jersey great,” adding that “his final act was one of selflessness.”
Community members have even started a Change.org petition to rename Westfield High School in honor of Nelson, and have collected nearly 15,000 signatures. Nelson’s funeral is scheduled for April 16. [...]
While hanging out at malls during the school holiday is a great way to escape the heat, there’s nothing like outdoor fun to bring the family closer together. But chances are the usual popular haunts will be packed during this period.
OYO Hotels Malaysia has come up with some relatively hidden gem suggestions for both parents and kids. Whether you’re looking to rough it out at the waterfall or cool down at a waterpark, it’s all about fun with the family during the school holidays.
99 Wonderland Park, Selangor
This once abandoned lake has been transformed into a 9.3ha recreational park decked with LED lights. From the walls and trees to the railings and fountains, you can be sure there’s plenty of glittering lights here.
The view and scenery at the park at night will stimulate your imagination. The park also houses a variety of birds and animals. Kids will be delighted at the chance to feed, pet and take photos with some furry friends.
Families looking for adventure should certainly pay a visit to the Sungai Pisang Waterfall. – OYO Hotels Malaysia
Sungai Pisang Waterfall, Selangor
Located in Gombak, this cascading waterfall offers a refreshing environment for some abseiling. The flying fox can be the next challenge to take on after you are done with waterfall abseiling.
For seasoned adrenaline junkies, the flying fox here offers a different spin as you will be passing by the waterfall from one end of the ride to the other. The area here also offers a relatively easy hiking trail for visitors. The trail will lead you past lush foliage as well as clear rivers.
Hutan Bandar Recreational Park, Johor
Within the vicinity of Johor Baru is a space that can be regarded as a one-stop recreational centre. Here’s where you can find a swimming pool, jogging tracks, playground, cycling lane, a lake and water games – all within the perimeter!
The kid-friendly park is also well landscaped with a great selection of beautiful flowers. So if you ever need a family photo with a floral backdrop, you know where to go.
Galeri Wayang Kulit Melayu Tradisional Kelantan, Kelantan
Immerse yourself in a wayang kulit performance in Kelantan. – OYO Hotels Malaysia
Ditch the mobile devices and introduce some traditional art to the kids at this gallery. Located in Tumpat, the venue highlights the history and practice of the wayang kulit (puppet shadow play).
Pak Dain, who started the gallery in 2008, is a wayang kulit master with over three decades of experience. Children will be enthralled by this performance. The gallery also offers visitors a chance to delve deeper into the history and art form of this uniquely Malaysian cultural heritage. [...]
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As usual, this year across Malaysia there will be 4 school holiday periods. Plenty of time to whisk the kids away on a family vacation where they can play and learn, out in the world. And the parents get a treat too, of course.
The two term breaks in March and August are suitable for a 1-week family vacation. The mid-year school holidays lasts 2 weeks from late May – early June – a good time to travel a little further. The year-end school holidays in Malaysia are of course the best time to travel with the kiddies free from school for a whole month. You could anywhere in the world!
Here are some of the best places to visit for a fun-filled family vacation in 2019, and why they kids would love them.
Best Destinations for a Family Vacation in 2019
1) Osaka, Japan – Good for June School Holidays
“Japan’s Kitchen” needs little introduction to travellers as Osaka is one of the most visited cities in Japan.
City Buzz, Good Food and Shopping
It’s best known for its mouth-watering cuisine and glitzy neon-lit neighbourhoods. You can go shopping along pedestrian-friendly Shinsaibashi and Namba throughout the day followed by street food sampling, from okonomiyaki to cheese tarts, along Dotonbori after dark.
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Once your luggage and tummies are filled, it’s time to revel in all the fun at Universal Studios Japan! The best time to visit this wildly popular theme park is in June due to the warm weather and prolonged daylight.
Universal Studios Japan has all your favourite movie and television characters like Shrek, Spiderman, Jurassic Park and even the lovable Minions. Grab a two-day pass so you can fully enjoy the roller coaster rides, 4D shows and street performances without any rush or fear of missing out.
Potterheads will also want to make a stop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the only Harry Potter theme park in Asia. Test your mettle on the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff” rides and let a magical wand choose you as its rightful owner at Ollivanders Wand Shop.
Finally, grab a butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks in a stunningly perfect recreation of Hogsmeade Village for a job well done!
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2) Perth, Australia – School Holidays Anytime of the Year
If you are looking for a different kind of outdoor adventure, Perth has it all.
Gardens and Parks
This resplendent garden city is a very family friendly holiday destination, with parks and trails fit for a stroll or a cycle. Elizabeth Quay, Hyde Park and Kings Park are all located within the city centre and are great for kids to run around the playground and splash about in the water play area. You can have a nice little picnic at these parks since Perth’s weather is pleasant all-year round.
Beach lovers can also take a ferry to nearby Rottnest Island with over 70 different beaches and bays. This island is best covered as a day trip just lounging around beaches and taking a dip. Places like Little Salmon Bay and The Basin have shallow waters suitable for toddlers and even infants to wade in.
Rottnest Island is also home to quokkas, giant rat-like marsupials inhabiting this island for centuries. These cute and furry creatures found throughout the island are really friendly and photogenic so you can go up close to them and even take selfies! Be careful to zip up any bags because these cheeky quokkas tend to unashamedly rummage for food.
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3) Koh Samui, Thailand – Good for March and August School Holidays
Koh Samui is the right-size island getaway for families as it is accessible throughout the year except the October to December monsoon season.
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Family-Friendly Island with Affordable Beach Resorts
Most resorts are located alongside sprawling palm trees, azure waters and spotless beaches.
There are plenty of family-friendly resorts around Koh Samui but Centara Grand Beach Resort in Bo Phut tops the rest.
Centara is an affordable five star resort designed in a contemporary Thai manner that looks familiar but given a local touch. The resort has a huge seafront infinity pool to splash around all day and even a few water fountains to play in. Centara is also near Bo Phut so you can explore the town and grab some local food and indulge in some shopping.
The kids will definitely enjoy playing at the Baan Ling Noi Children’s Club with its sandpits, trampolines and slides at the outdoor area and a room full of movies, games and toys. The children’s club is the most action-packed club with up to four activities every day like coconut leaf weaving, Thai boxing and cookie baking!
4) Dubai, UAE – Best During Year-End School Holidays
Dubai can be seen as a rich people’s playground but it still has many attractions suited for family travellers.
You can spend the first half of your trip hitting Dubai’s massive shopping malls like Mall of the Emirates with its very own indoor ski resort and Dubai Mall’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Then, make your way up to the clouds by ascending Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world standing tall at 828 meters.
You can then escape the air-conditioned metropolis for an overnight desert safari!
The safari begins with some dune bashing in a 4WD that takes you to camp. There, you can go on camel rides, sand boarding and quad bikes until the sun sets. Feast on a barbeque dinner while be entertained by live shows like belly dancing, puppet show, tanura dance and fire show before returning to your tent for a sound sleep under the starry desert night.
Dubai is best visited from November to December when the weather is much cooler and the desert is not scorching hot!
5) Cotswold, England – Perfect for Mid-Year Family Vacation
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A notice being put up in front of SMK Pasir Putih to announce the temporary closure of the school due to toxic fumes from chemicals dumped into the nearby Sungai Kim Kim, March 7, 2019. — Bernama pic
JOHOR BARU, March 12 — Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian expressed regret that hazardous fumes from river pollution here again caused two schools in Pasir Gudang to close yesterday.He said the incident was unexpected and regrettable. SK Pasir Putih and SMK Pasir Putih both closed following a reoccurrence of fumes from the Sungai Kim Kim yesterday afternoon.“I have asked the District Disaster Relief Management Committee (JPBBD) to ensure that schools near the river were temporarily closed until the situation was really safe for students and teachers to continue their learning session,” said Osman in a statement here early this morning.His statement, the first concerning the incident that started last Thursday, was also uploaded on his official Facebook account at midnight.Last Thursday the two schools were ordered to be evacuated and closed due to air pollution following methane and benzene fumes emanating from illegally dumped chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang.Following the clean-up, the two schools reopened yesterday morning after an air assessment confirmed it to be safe, but after about five hours later the hot weather triggered fumes from the residue.By noon, many students and teachers from the two schools complained of breathing difficulties and nausea. A total of 61 people have since been treated at the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) since late yesterday.National news agency Bernama reported the number of those affected as reaching 207 people at 11pm yesterday.Osman said the Department of Environment (DoE) together with the Fire and Rescue Department are in the midst of conducting cleaning-up works to ensure the environment and air quality are safe from any form of contamination.He said the agencies will also identify the sources of pollution in order to prevent a repeat of the incident.Osman, who is also the Kempas assemblyman, also pointed out that he has been informed that three suspects, comprising two factory owners and an employee, have been arrested by authorities and will be charged in connection with illegally dumping of chemical waste into Sungai Kim Kim.“The Johor state government, through relevant agencies, will take firm action against those responsible for illegally disposing chemicals into rivers, resulting in pollution that affects the environment and also local residents,” he said. [...]
Models present creations by Japanese designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae as part of his Fall/Winter 2019-2020 women's ready-to-wear collection show for fashion house Issey Miyake during Paris Fashion Week in Paris March 1, 2019. — Reuters pic
PARIS, March 1 — Issey Miyake turned a school gymnasium into a catwalk for Paris Fashion Week today, presenting women’s winter wardrobes in a kaleidoscope of colours.Designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae sent out models in a mainly dark palette of grey and black coats, jackets and dresses, at times printed, before apple green, purple, yellow and aquamarine creations burst onto the runway.The brand is known for its pleats as well as use of technology and Miyamae played with volumes and textures in the Autumn/Winter 2019 line, making tops, skirts and coats seem multi-dimensional.Show notes said the creations were made with a new resin printed “Blink” fabric, meant to resemble a kaleidoscope-like pattern of colours.“One of the characteristics of this new fabric...is that it starts from something two-dimensional but then when someone wears it, something 3D-like goes into the clothes,” Miyamae said backstage. “So it starts to move and change shape according to someone’s movement or body shapes.”Prints came in abstract patterns with geometric shapes and swirls, which Miyamae said were inspired by everyday sensations.A mouldable “Dough Dough” fabric, which can be styled and shaped by the wearer, came as a softer, wool-like version in the collection.Colourful printed coats as well as long-sleeved tops had large or high loose collars. Trousers were loose, legging-like or cropped above the ankle.“I wanted to achieve this mixture of colour, that you sometimes get by chance. For instance, this morning, it was raining quite heavily, but later it became really sunny, so the quality and colour of light keeps changing,” Miyamae said.“I wanted to get this particular instance of lighting, in creating colour layers and express what is almost like serendipity, that I get this amazing colour like a montage.”Paris Fashion Week, the last leg of the month-long catwalk season which began in New York before moving to London and Milan, runs until March 5. — Reuters [...]
Education Minister Maszlee Malik speaks during a press conference at its ministry in Putrajaya February 14, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUCHING, Feb 20 — The federal government has agreed that an RM1 billion loan repayment from the Sarawak government will be used to repair dilapidated schools in the state, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said today.He said the federal Cabinet has given its approval for the loan repayment to be utilised to fix dilapidated schools in Sarawak.“This decision followed an agreement reached between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg and myself during a courtesy yesterday, during which issues that would benefit 436,000 students in Sarawak were discussed,” Maszlee said in a statement this evening.He said a special committee, with members from the Education Ministry, Finance Ministry and Sarawak government, will be formed to ensure that the management of the fund is clean and a transparent process can be implemented.“At the implementation stage, the Sarawak Public Works Department has been entrusted as the implementing agency,” he said.Maszlee said the federal Cabinet has also agreed for the fixing of dilapidated school projects to be closely monitored to ensure that the RM1 billion will be used in the most efficient manner and benefit all the students and teachers of the schools involved.“I would like to the federal government and the Sarawak chief minister for agreeing with me to ensure that access to quality education is a reality in future for all the children in the state,” he said.Last year, Sarawak offered to loan RM1 billion to the then Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government to fix dilapidated schools in the state.However, the loan offer was rejected by the new Pakatan Harapan federal government.The state government had also suggested two years ago for it to use its outstanding loans to fix dilapidated schools or build new ones, instead of repaying the federal government.State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin had said there were 1,020 dilapidated schools in the state, of which 415 were considered critically dilapidated.He had also said 371 schools did not have electricity supply and were fully dependent on generator sets, while 428 schools lacked treated water supply.In addition, he had said 721 schools did not have proper road access, including 200 which were only accessible by river or sea. [...]
Kaiser Permanente’s new medical school will be free to attend for its first five graduating classes, the school announced Tuesday.
The newly formed Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will begin accepting applications from prospective students in June 2019, following the receipt of primary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Kaiser announced in a release. The school, which will be located in Pasadena, Calif., will welcome its first class of students in the summer of 2020. Those students, as well as the four following classes, will attend the school for free for all four years of their medical education.
“The school will help shape the future of medical education and train physicians for medical excellence and the total health of their patients,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson in a statement. “The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will also reflect our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion by training diverse physicians to serve the needs of society.”
The school will take advantage of Kaiser’s network of hospitals and clinics to teach students in a hands-on environment, focusing on three pillars of medical education: foundational science, clinical science and health systems science, according to the announcement. Population health, health equity, health care quality and diversity will be emphasized in students’ learning, the medical school says.
“Our students will learn to critically examine factors that influence their patients’ health in their homes, workplaces, schools, and communities — and become effective health advocates for their patients,” said founding Dean Dr. Mark Schuster in the statement.
Kaiser’s medical school follows in the footsteps of New York University’s School of Medicine, which in 2018 began waiving tuition fees for all students in an effort to ease both student debt and the ongoing physician shortage. Separately, NYU also announced Tuesday that it will open a three-year medical school on Long Island. NYU Long Island School of Medicine will focus on training primary care physicians — who according to a new study are becoming less common on a per-capita basis in the U.S. — and will also be tuition-free.
As of 2017, 76% of medical students graduated with education debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Total costs for a student residing at a private U.S. medical school averaged nearly $60,000 in 2018-2019, according to the AAMC. [...]
MIRI: (SK Ulu Sungai Arip in Selangau district in central Sarawak has shut down temporarily due to floods on Thursday morning (Feb 14). [...]