Letter to Editor: Where Are You Dining on Saturday?

first_imgTo the Editor: Veal parmigiana and rigatoni at Nonna’s Trattoria and Pizzeria in Ocean City, NJ.It’s the off-season again, which means it’s time for me to brush up on my dining etiquette and enjoy some of the great food Ocean City has to offer.You may recall last year I did “Dine Out Friday,” when I committed to increasing my support of Ocean City businesses by sitting down and eating a meal at an Ocean City restaurant every other Friday — in addition to my normal level of support of area businesses. My schedule has changed since then, so it’s going to be the same commitment this off-season, except now it is every other SATURDAY.Since it was the first Saturday, four weeks ago I did TWO meals, a late breakfast at Ready’s and dinner at Nonna’s, then two weeks ago breakfast at Frankie’s by the Bay. This Saturday, I will be doing a nice lunch at Romeo’s on Eighth Street. I will be posting a picture of my meal on OCNJ Daily’s Facebook page. I hope to see other people dining out in Ocean City and posting pictures tomorrow, too!Ed SheppardOcean Citylast_img read more

Remote learning hampered by lack of student-teacher interaction, KPAI survey finds

first_imgStudents throughout the country have complained about a lack of engagement from their teachers after classes were forced migrate online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent survey by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has found.According to the survey – conducted between April 13 and 21 and involving 1,700 students and 602 teachers in 54 cities and regencies – 79 percent of student respondents reported little to no interaction with their teachers in virtual classrooms, saying their instructors used digital communication platforms only to assign homework.About 77 percent of the students polled said their teachers had assigned them more homework than usual with unreasonably tight deadlines, resulting in learning fatigue. About 76 percent of the student respondents said they were not enthusiastic about online learning.“In remote learning, teachers have only focused on providing cognitive education and have overlooked affective aspects related to character-building,” KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said in a statement on Saturday.She said that many teachers failed to accommodate students who were unable to afford the electronics or reliable internet connections that were essential for remote learning.“About 42 percent of students said they [could not afford] internet packages, making it difficult for them to make video calls,” Retno said, adding that the current learning methods effectively discriminated against students from low-income households.The KPAI called on the Education Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry to formulate an “emergency curriculum” in an effort to improve education during the ongoing public health crisis.The organization said that the emergency curriculum should consist only of core lessons and should do away with complex subjects that required direct assistance from teachers.“An emergency curriculum is needed […] so that students won’t fall victim to ambitious education policies that neglect their rights,” Retno said.Topics :last_img read more

Close call on tough negotiations

first_imgAuctioneer and agent Alistair Macmillan works the crowd to try and secure a sale. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Mr Macmillan said the sellers were interstate and found it too hard to buy in Melbourne in 2008.Their solution was to instead get a piece of Brisbane, and take advantage of the equity gain when the time was ripe.One potential buyer, Sydney Milton, was hoping to become a first-time homeowner in the area.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe’s looking for an entry level holding that’s north of the river and close to the CBD, but they’re not easy to find.“It is hard work. I’ve done a lot of research and there’s just not much around so you’ve got to be patient,” Mr Milton said. Tough negotiation skills were on display at the auction of 28 Grove St, Albion today. Photo: Mark Cranitch.It’s been advertised as a magnificent opportunity in an inner-city suburb, but all parties stood their ground at today’s auction of 28 Grove St, Albion.The house has all the makings of a great entry-level prospect in a blue-chip position.It’s a 405 square metre lot improved with a mid-set, timber-and-tin workers cottage — a classic design for the suburb. The home is comfortable enough to live in straight away, but there’s heaps of opportunity to renovate and gain more equity.Before the event, agent and auctioneer Alistair Macmillan of Ray White Wilston was excited by the interest.“We had over 70 inspections of the property in four weeks,” he said.“If you’re a buyer and you want to get close to the city in a house on a block of land sub-$850,000, they’re few and far between.” The audience is raring to go at 28 Grove St, Albion. Photo: Mark Cranitch.The crowd of approximately 30 filled the front yard with nine registered bidders all ready to go.An opening offer of $500,000 wasn’t going to last long and with bids at $50,000 increments, it only took a moment for three very active parties to reach the $750,000 mark.Things started to slow and once the price reached $800,000, Mr Macmillan was on the phone to the out-of-town owner to seek instructions.A bit of to-and-fro ensued and the auction was reopened with highest bidder, Patrick Daniels, raising his offer to $805,000.It still wasn’t enough and the home was declared ‘passed in’.Mr Daniels said he’s keen on the area at the right price, although house hunting isn’t his favourite was to spend his days off.“A bit painful to be honest. Giving up your weekends to come and do this isn’t my idea of fun.”Mr Daniels said if he did eventually buy the home, he’d happily live in it while considering options for adding value in the future.As at the time of publication, the property has been relisted on realestate.com.au for $839,000.last_img read more