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Indonesian students in limbo as US restricts visas

first_imgThousands of Indonesian students in the United States are in limbo following a Trump administration policy that requires foreign students to leave the country if their schools move classes entirely online in response to the COVID-19 crisis.The Trump administration, through its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, announced the rule last week for holders of certain student visas if their courses went fully online in the fall. In the US, the first semester of the school year often begins in early September and runs until mid-December.“As we know, with the US government recently issuing the new policy regarding foreign students, basically, international students in the US cannot take a fully online set of courses and, instead, must have in-person classes or mixed classes,” Foreign Ministry director for citizen protection Judha Nugraha said last week. He said all six Indonesian representative offices in the US had assured the nation’s students that the Indonesian government would protect them.“Our representatives have also coordinated with various campuses regarding the US policy, including [exploring] the possibility of holding face-to-face or hybrid classes,” Judha said.The new ICE policy exempts students at schools with full-time, in-person instruction, as well as most students attending schools with a mixed curriculum of in-person and online learning, provided those programs are approved by ICE, Reuters reported.While there are fewer Indonesian international students in the US than those from other countries, American education remains an attractive option for Indonesian students seeking an education abroad. The US has consistently been in the top five most favored destinations for Indonesian students, along with Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and China.Alvinsyah A. Pramono, the chair of the Indonesian Students Association in the United States (Permias), said the new policy had taken everyone by surprise, forcing all representative offices, including the education and culture attaché, to seek clarification from US government agencies, particularly ICE, and campuses.“This policy has confused everyone. However, so far we have not seen any immediate action because, from the data we have obtained, most campuses have opted to have hybrid systems, meaning they will conduct some in-person lectures,” he said.Most of the 117 universities Permias surveyed have decided to use a combination of online and in-person classes to meet the requirements for the new school year this fall.Seventy-six schools confirmed that they would have hybrid systems, while 6 others had decided to hold classes entirely in person. Three institutions – Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and San Joaquin Delta College – are moving fully online for the semester, while the remaining 32 have not made a decision and will give further notice about their policies at a later time, the survey found.Despite assurances from most universities that they would use a mixed system, fears linger that policies will change along the way, as the US continues to report record-breaking daily increases in COVID-19 cases.Infections are rising in about 40 states, and the country broke global records by logging about 60,000 new cases a day in the four days prior to Sunday, Reuters reported.Alvin said some campuses that had previously opted for hybrid systems were now considering moving entirely online after the US holiday of Thanksgiving in November in anticipation of a second wave of outbreaks.“This means that if the new regulation is still in place, Permias and the Indonesian representative offices have at least three months to prepare contingency plans,” Alvin said.According to Permias data, 4,461 Indonesian university students are currently in the US, but the number affected could be higher if the regulation includes exchange students and students taking short courses in the US.Alvin, citing the latest update from the Indonesian Embassy, lamented the fact that ICE had yet to develop clear procedures on what would happen to students whose schools had moved entirely online.“We are not clear about this because [ICE] is also depending on the grace period,” he said.The grace period allows students to stay in the US for 60 days after they graduate, which will allow them to take care of certain things, including changing their visa status if they want to work in the country. Students who decide not to finish their studies get a 15-day grace period, while students who are expelled do not have a grace period.Some universities that previously announced they would move most of their 2020 classes online, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, asking a judge to temporarily block the rule and invalidate it, Reuters reported. They argued in the lawsuit that the new policy threw their operations, and the operations of “virtually all of higher education in the United States”, into chaos.Topics :last_img read more

Hughes: Badger frontcourt looks promising for 2012-13

first_imgIt’s no secret to anyone who’s paid any attention to the Wisconsin men’s basketball team this season that the offense has had to undergo a somewhat bumpy transition in the frontcourt.Unsurprisingly, Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren haven’t been able to replicate what Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil (along with Tim Jarmusz) were able to produce on the frontlines last year.On an individual level, all three of UW’s current bigs have experienced periods of affluence and streaks of nonfulfillment. Collectively, they’ve been a part of an offense that, at times, has looked dysfunctional — where good looks are passed up for a hopefully better look and hot potato ensues.But give this unit some postseason experience and another offseason to fine tune things, and what the Badgers could have on their hands come next November is a well-rounded frontcourt where one or two of them could produce double-double numbers every night.In an interview last week, UW assistant coach Lamont Paris referred to it as the “elusive double-double,” since the Badger players had only managed the feat twice so far this season (two games later, that stat remains true).All season long, the trio has been flirting with double-doubles, and I can’t help but think it represents the shell these rookie starters are playing under – which can be broken once they come around for their senior seasons.Bruesewitz, who achieved a double-double against Ohio State, has also come one three-pointer away from the accomplishment against Penn State and needed seven more points against Minnesota. Those games, by the way, are three of UW’s last four.Berggren fell three rebounds shy against Iowa, one free throw away in the second game against Nebraska, and notched 10 rebounds and one point on the road versus Penn State.Evans, who earned Wisconsin’s other double-double, has come closest to achieving the elusive feat the most. He needed two more baskets against Michigan and three more rebounds against Michigan State. Against the likes of Northwestern, Indiana and Penn State, he needed just one more rebound.Now I know you’re going to lock onto a few of Bruesewitz and Berggren’s numbers I put forth and point out that they hadn’t even come halfway to reaching double-digit point totals. But what’s important to remember is that both of them have the ability to score. In conference games, Bruesewitz has the team’s third-best shooting percentage, and Berggren averages 8.6 points per game and 10.5 on the whole season.So while we know all three can score in double-digits (Evans averages 11.1 points in conference games), we can figure that, due to Jordan Taylor’s departure after this season, the scoring dynamic will place increased emphasis on the frontcourt.Taylor’s absence will leave Josh Gasser and Ben Brust to man the backcourt. After nearly two full seasons as a starter, Gasser has yet to prove he can be a consistent scorer. Even on this team, where he has the second-most starting experience, Gasser is fourth in scoring. There’s not much reason, at least right now, to think he’ll light up scoreboards next year.Meanwhile, this was supposed to be Brust’s breakout season as a marksman, but once Big Ten play arrived, that prophecy now looks premature (he’s shooting .349 from the field and .286 from downtown).That’ll leave Wisconsin with three seniors with previous starting experience in the frontcourt, two of whom show a much larger nose for the basket than Gasser.That’s where the points are going to come from.And without Taylor, Wisconsin’s offense will have no excuse dilly-daddling for an entire possession. There will be no Taylor for the Badgers to fall back on, no Taylor to offer up shot-clock-beating heaves or last-second drives to the rim.With Taylor gone, someone will have to take charge, and that responsibility will most likely fall on the three seniors at the frontline.Thus, the three should consistently score more than they do now. And as seniors with plenty experience, cleaning the boards should become more of a habit.Evans (4th) and Bruesewitz (10th) are currently in the Big Ten’s top 10 in rebounding. Of the other eight players, two will graduate, and Jared Sullinger will likely enter the NBA Draft, bumping these two even higher up the conference’s rebounding food chain.The last few games seem to portray Evans as someone on the verge of turning into a double-double machine. If Berggren can learn to hit more of his shots out of the post, and if Breuesewitz attempts more shots next year, then these three could, collectively, put up double-double figures on a regular basis next season.It’s all just a work in progress at the moment, but come next season, expect the return of a sturdy Wisconsin frontcourt.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think about the growth of Wisconsin’s frontcourt this season? Let him know at [email protected] or tweet @BHeraldSports.last_img read more

SBTech sets out ‘go’ live process for WLA member hat-trick

first_img Related Articles Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Submit Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share SBTech said that the process of getting new operators live via its sports betting solutions is something that it “refuses to take lightly”.James Coxon, VP of Commercial at SBTech, added that it prioritises getting “fully under the hood of exactly what they want as a business”.He was speaking at last month’s Betting on Sports conference in response to the company scoring a hat-trick of World Lottery Association (WLA) member wins in 2019.“Once the contract gets signed, we have a kick off workshop – usually in Sofia – where we invite their project team inclusive of their IT sponsors, sportsbook sponsors and product sponsors to fully scope and spec out the solution requirements,” explained Coxon.“We don’t take that process lightly, getting fully under the hood of exactly what they want as a business unit. And then we move into the development process itself, so we have multiple sections that we go through from our development teams.“We work with agile methodology and with a complete testing environment to make sure that every product solution, every version, every release is fully tested to the nth degree before it is released to the customer for UAT. And once that’s completed we sign it off as a joint business and we move forward to go live.”The third leg of this WLA hat-trick came last month through a multi-channel sportsbook partnership with Svenska Spel, which followed wins with Veikkaus and The Oregon Lottery.At the time, it was reported that the procurement team at Svenska Spel was impressed with proprietary features including Yourbet – a bet builder tailored specifically for the country’s marketplace which allows players to customise bets across popular regional sports.Coxon admitted that SBTech is particularly excited to see ‘Yourbet’ in action on Svenska Spel, one of Sweden’s former gambling monopolies.“It’s going to be huge,” he said. “For us, having these product innovations going live with some of the biggest businesses in the world – specifically some of the most recent contract awards – is incredibly exciting for us as a business. “We have a fantastic team of developers, a wonderful product team. For them to see these products live in new jurisdictions with tier 1 WLA members is incredibly exciting for our business.” StumbleUponlast_img read more