NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Norristown Police want you to share these photos of three older teenagers who they say brutally beat the 56-year-old owner of a local pizzeria after she confronted them about stealing from her restaurant. The victim’s family spoke about how she’s doing and their message to the attackers. READ MORE: CBS3 Legend Pat Ciarrocchi Tells Ukee Washington Her Most Personal Story Ever -- Her Own Brain Surgery The victim’s family says that more than two weeks later, she’s still in a lot of pain and they are asking those responsible to turn themselves in. Surveillance video captured the brutal attack of a Norristown pizza shop owner, 56-year-old Ying Ngov, outside Mama Venezia’s Pizzeria on East Marshall Street on Feb. 19. The confrontation began after the men allegedly took items without paying. The victim chased the crowd, and at one point, picked up a shovel from her neighbor’s yard. But the men soon swarmed her. Video shows them punching and throwing … [Read more...] about Norristown Police Searching For 3 Teens Accused Of Brutally Beating 56-Year-Old Pizza Shop Owner
THIS is the dramatic moment a quick-thinking mum saves her toddler from choking to death - as the family’s TV night takes an unexpected turn. A family of five was captured on CCTV footage while sitting watching TV in their lounge room, when the toddler, who was sitting on the floor, appeared to put something in his mouth. The young boy can then be seen putting his hands over his mouth, at which point his mother springs into action, realising that something isn’t right. The mum stood him up and leant him over, while tapping his back. The object appears to be released from the toddler’s mouth, and he miraculously stops choking. The video was shared by Tiny Hearts Education , an Australian organisation running first aid courses for new parents, as a cautionary message for parents about the dangers of children choking on small objects. “This is hard to watch, but this is real life,” the caption read. “Because this Mama knew basic first aid, she could spring into … [Read more...] about Dramatic moment quick-thinking mum saves toddler from choking to death as family watched TV
SINGAPORE: Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung recently announced this week in Parliament that the current approach to streaming will be phased out . From 2024, students entering secondary school would no longer carry the labels of Normal Technical, Normal Academic or Express. Instead, they will move forward unencumbered by fears of being pigeonholed or labeled a failure, and be free to focus on learning at their own pace in each subject. The traditional stigma associated with these labels will be removed. Such broad-brush streaming – that assumes that a child who is low performing is unable to perform across all subjects – will be replaced by full subject-based banding, where students will take a combination of subjects at three different levels based on their PSLE scores: General 1, General 2 and General 3 (G1, G2, G3), with the latter being the highest level. When the new system kicks in, lower secondary school students will be allowed to take more subjects at a higher … [Read more...] about Commentary: Streaming out. Subject-based banding in. How are parents reacting?
SINGAPORE: After MOE's announcement about reducing testing at certain educational milestones, many tuition centres have stepped forward to address parental concerns that the lack of testing would make it harder for them to assess how their child was doing in school. Singapore families spend a staggering amount of money on education including tuition. An HSBC survey sets the figure at around S$96,000, from primary school all the way to the undergraduate years. We rank third in such spending, after parents in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. The drivers behind this trend are diverse, though most parents would say they want to ensure their children keep up in a rigorous education system. Some also want their children to accelerate their learning, believing that this would either help them to nail the Direct School Admission selection or simply pave the way to a brighter future. The basic instinct behind these could be fear. Parents are fearful that they are not … [Read more...] about Commentary: What is lost when we spend more on tuition
SINGAPORE: The Life Beyond Grades campaign serves as a timely reminder to many parents not to pursue grades relentlessly to the detriment of our children’s health. It is a worthy effort, as the education system moves towards imbuing creativity thinking and a lifelong culture of learning, and away from the focus on grades. At the same time, it has been criticised as a tad frivolous, particularly to families who are banking on their children’s academic success to lift them out of dire straits. While we don’t want to chase grades at all costs, the reality is that grades do matter, as long as employers look at educational qualifications as a signal and shorthand for hiring, and grades provide the only standardised way of sorting people. Idealism needs to make room for the pragmatic. For many of us, our PSLE scores actually paved the way for our growth in both the academic world and the real one. This three-digit score opens some doors and shuts others. Thus, I worry that … [Read more...] about Commentary: Life Beyond Grades a worthy cause but be careful not to trivialise failure