‘Saturday Night Live’ To Air Show, Observe Social Distancing

first_imgPhoto: NBCLOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules.The comedy sketch show will include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members, NBC said Thursday.The material will be produced remotely, the network said, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the pandemic’s fallout was a shutdown of movie and TV production that included “Saturday Night Live.” Its last original episode aired March 7.“SNL” is known for its guest hosts and musical artists, but NBC didn’t immediately address whether anyone outside the show’s cast would be be part of this Saturday’s episode, which will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. “Saturday Night Live” suffered a blow this week with the death of veteran producer and music supervisor Hal Willner. He had not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but his symptoms were consistent with those caused by the coronavirus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jamaican opposition urges UWI to allow exams

first_imgThe People’s National Party (PNP) Saturday urged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to allow final year students faced with outstanding arrears to sit their exams due to begin this week.“These students are not asking for a hand-out. All they are asking is for the university, and by extension, the Government of Jamaica to let them sit their exams, hold their grades and diplomas until full payment of outstanding fees are cleared. This would avoid any disappointment of wasting their study and money already invested,” former education minister Rev. Ronald Thwaites said in a statement.Students facing de-registrationThe students are facing de-registration because of non-payment of fees and Thwaites, the PNP shadow education minister, said it has long been the party’s policy and practice to facilitate students, especially those from working class and unemployed families, to have the opportunity of tertiary education.He noted that very recently, Education Minister Ruel Reid had made a similar commitment on behalf of the government. He quoted Reid as saying, “Only final year students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona who have been deemed needy by the university and the Guild of Students or have applied for help through the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) or Jamaica Values and Attitudes (JAMVAT) program will receive special relief to clear outstanding arrears.”UWI’s “lenient” policyIn a statement earlier this week, the UWI said it had formulated and instituted the new “lenient” policy regarding examinations with outstanding tuition fees to give students ample time to get their affairs in order. It said that with this policy, non-finalizing students can sit their examinations on the condition that they have no balances for previous semesters but can have a balance for the current semester, while final-year students must clear all balances before sitting examinations.The university said that the policy was first communicated on June 9, 2017 and indicated a deadline for tuition payments of April 13 for finalizing students, with five reminders between June 2017 and April 7, until a further notice was issued on April 23, extending the deadline to April 27.In his statement, Thwaites said he was urging Reid “to intervene with UWI to save the students who are experiencing this challenge of pending deregistration.”last_img read more