Commission launches new tool to support digital teaching and learning in schools

The European Commission has today unveiled a new tool to help all schools in the EU, as well as in Russia, Georgia, and Serbia, to assess how they use digital technology for teaching and learning. In the EU, SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) will be offered to 76.7 million students and teachers in 250,000 schools on a voluntary basis. It is being launched in 24 EU languages with more language versions to follow. Any interested school (upper primary, secondary and vocational education schools) can sign up on the SELFIE platform and run the self-reflection in their school. The Commission’s goal is to reach 1 million students, teachers, and school leaders by the end of 2019.


The market can expect a minimum of 250 M&As annually from 2020. Singapore businesses that have achieved enough scale to graduate from the startup scene have been steadily maintaining the trend towards M&As as their main exit route instead of going public like their counterparts in US and China, proving that acquisitions continue to be the main growth engine of startup exits in Southeast Asia.  A minimum of 250 M&A’s are expected to take place in the region each year from 2020, reflecting a 500% increase i

Source: M&As seal the endgame for Singapore’s graduating startups | Singapore Business Review

Chronic pain conditions are multifactorial disorders with a high frequency in the population. Their pathophysiology is often unclear, and treatment is inefficient. During the last 20 years, genetic linkage analysis and association studies have made considerable strides toward identifying key molecular contributors to the onset and maintenance of chronic pain. Here, we review the genetic variants that have been implicated in chronic pain conditions, divided into the following etiologically-grouped categories: migraine, musculoskeletal pain disorders, neuropathic pain disorders, and visceral pain disorders. In rare familial monogenic pain conditions several strong-effect mutations have been identified. In contrast, the genetic landscape of common chronic pain conditions suggests minor contributions from a large number of single nucleotide polymorphisms representing different functional pathways. A comprehensive survey of up-to-date genetic association results reveals migraine and musculoskeletal pain to be the most investigated chronic pain disorders, in which nearly half of identified genetic variability alters neurotransmission pathways.

Source: Genetic predictors of human chronic pain conditions – ScienceDirect

“You have to be doing something you enjoy. That is a definition of happiness: Complete use of one’s faculties along lines leading to excellence in a life affording them scope. It applies to women as well as to men. We can’t all reach it, but we can try to reach it to some degree.”
/Jackie Kennedy

“Who everywhere is free from all ties, who neither rejoices nor sorrows if fortune is good or ill, he is a serene wisdom.”
/ Intro to Part 3, Chapter 1. Credit was given to The Bhagavad Gita.

“Remove the Curtain of your Heart and see the Beloved sitting inside yourself. Close your Ears to the Outside and hear the Cosmic Sound going on within you.”
/Intro to Part 2, Chapter 1. Credit is given to Mira, poet-saint of Rajastan.

“Remember you are everything, or you are nothing. If you are everything, then your heart is so big it can hold all of humanity within itself, you have no jealousy or narrowness. You are in the heart of every creature and every creature is in your heart. There is only bliss.”
/Intro to Part 2, Chapter 4. Credit is given to Swami Purna.