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100 Days Until Graduation

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:54

By Jude Haddad and Celina Abbas
Editor-in-Chief and Arts & Entertainment Editor
The Pawprint

 

Chlorine Attack In Syria

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:04

By Sebastian West
Staff reporter
The Pawprint

On 17 February, 2018, the United Nations (UN) human rights experts looked  into an alleged chlorine attack in Saraqib, Syria. The government targeted one of the last rebel anti-regime outposts in Eastern Ghouta, Saraqib, which is close to Damascus. Paulo Pinheiro, Chairman of the UN’s commision inquiry of Syria said that he has “deep concern” over the escalation of violence in rebel-held Saraqib

A volunteer rescue group in Syria, the White Helmets, also known as the Syrian civil defense, sent a team to help and rescue the civilians of the attacks. The organization reported that six of its members received injuries from chlorine. They posted images and videos of rebel soldiers and civilians suffering with coughs, and collapsing on the floors with no evident gunshot or shrapnel wounds. Two unnamed media activists from the nearby town of Kafranbel told reporters that the gas attacks seemed to be launched from helicopters over a precise area. Moreover, the media activists stated that they saw a helicopter being shot down by rebel soldiers – after which the pilot committed suicide in order to prevent his eventual capture.

The UK based Syrian observatory reported that 78 people, 20 of which were children, had been killed, and another 190 were injured. Russia, who were condemned for their involvement, defended the action by stating that they were targeting Al Qaeda members who were reportedly positioned there.

 

Cape Town’s Day Zero

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:37

By Jessica Loomes
Pawzfeed Editor
The Pawprint

In a race against time, Cape Town’s operation centre is busy drawing up a plan to shut off water accessibility to over four million people. As a result of climate change and lengthy droughts, Cape Town is the first city in the world that will be forced to turn off their water taps.

The plan being discussed will address preparation for Day Zero – the point in which the six dam reservoir systems fall to 13.5 percent of capacity.  The plan is being designed with the input of the military, emergency services and epidemiologists, After a three-year-long drought, officials say Day Zero will occur on June 4, 2018. In place of piped water, the city will establish an interim 200 water collection points, scattered around the city to ensure the legally required minimum of 25 litres per person per day. The ramifications of the collection points will cost the South African government millions. The government will be unable to charge for the water distributed at these collection points. Four million people will have to stand in lines armed by guards to collect rations of the regions’ most precious commodity; drinking water.

Citizens of Cape Town have been urged to drastically cut their water use. The South African government have implemented fines of $350 to citizens that exceed the water limit of 87 litres a day.  Despite fines, citizens have failed to meet the requirement. This has prompted the government to decrease the quota for water to 50 litres a day to further encourage citizens to decrease their usage. This is around as much water a 5 minute shower takes. The refilling of pools and washing of cars have been banned. With Day Zero just around the corner, the government has to immensely reduce the city’s  water usage – and fast.

Another reason as to why the city may run dry is a result of the government’s failure to increase water storage for their increasing population. The Cape Town population has increased by 79 percent  since 1995; whereas storage has only increased by 15 percent. This is straining the communities pre-existing reservoirs. Many fear that the crisis is only beginning, and water conditions will only worsen in future years. “We have stocked up on bottled water, hand sanitizers and wet wipes. You literally feel guilty when flushing” 32-year-old Cape Town resident, Wayne Ronne said. Population growth, climate change, and environmental concerns due to the increasing infrastructure, may disrupt the balance between water usage and supply in cities all over the world. Cities in India, Australia and Mexico will soon be at risk to a similar water crisis.

The ruling African National Congress and the Democratic Alliance, the opposition party that runs the city, each take some responsibility for maintaining and administering water. Both parties have falsely believed that this would be a short-term drought. It has only recently dawned on them that the demand for water will just keep increasing. Four new desalination plants are under construction and many water wells are being built and drilled. However, most projects are only half completed so far. South Africa is far from prepared for the looming Day Zero. The recent decision to declare the drought a national disaster means the central government, which is run by the African National Congress, will now take responsibility for relief efforts.

According to Patricia De Lille, a member of the Democratic Alliance and the mayor of Cape Town, “We can no longer ask people to stop wasting water – we must force them.”

RedFest DXB

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:30

Tahreem Niazi
Staff Reporter
The Pawprint

The chilly atmosphere, the huge red stage, the blue lights, and the excitement of the crowd, this year’s RedFest was filled with no more than power and energy.

People waiting in 2 hour lines since 5:30 pm just to get in, this year the festival was jam packed. Over 20,000 people showed up for the star performances

RedFest Day 1 singers (The Chainsmokers, Anthony Touma, Russ and Kelli Leigh) officially got this year’s RedFest DXB off to a fine start with their power-packed performances.

Anthony Touma was the first one to show up to stage. A Lebanese pop star, a former semi finalist on ‘The Voice’ in France, and winner of “Dancing With The Stars” Middle East, he performed his latest single Walk Away. He had a very unique essence and musical style to bring to the crowd in the first hour.

Kelli Leigh , known for performing backing vocals for Adele performed after Anthony Touma. She sang her hit songs “More Than Friends”, “For Love”, “Missing You” and her latest single “Do You Wanna Be Loved Like This”. Her enthusiastic performance not only brought the people on their feet but got them dancing like there is no tomorrow.

“ WE WANT RUSS” the crowd screamed as Russ was about to enter the stage. His performance got people cheering and dancing on his first song. He sang “ What They Want”, “ Ride Slow”, “ Wife You Up” and other fun-filled songs. The enthusiastic crowd kept requesting Russ to perform more songs, which resulted in his to be the longest performance of the night.

The American dance-music duo made their debut as they headlined the first night of the two-day RedFest at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. With their global hits #Selfie and Closer full of the ascending synth riffs and skyscraping choruses, The Chainsmokers released immediate adrenaline. At the end of their performance they played their latest single “Sick Boy” to the crowd. It received a great response as the crowd danced to their new beats.

RedFest DXB

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 13:26

Tahreem Niazi
Staff Reporter
The Pawprint

The chilly atmosphere, the huge red stage, the blue lights, and the excitement of the crowd, this year’s RedFest was filled with no more than power and energy.

People waiting in 2 hour lines since 5:30 pm just to get in, this year the festival was jam packed. Over 20,000 people showed up for the star performances

RedFest Day 1 singers (The Chainsmokers, Anthony Touma, Russ and Kelli Leigh) officially got this year’s RedFest DXB off to a fine start with their power-packed performances.

Anthony Touma was the first one to show up to stage. A Lebanese pop star, a former semi finalist on ‘The Voice’ in France, and winner of “Dancing With The Stars” Middle East, he performed his latest single Walk Away. He had a very unique essence and musical style to bring to the crowd in the first hour.

Kelli Leigh , known for performing backing vocals for Adele performed after Anthony Touma. She sang her hit songs “More Than Friends”, “For Love”, “Missing You” and her latest single “Do You Wanna Be Loved Like This”. Her enthusiastic performance not only brought the people on their feet but got them dancing like there is no tomorrow.

“ WE WANT RUSS” the crowd screamed as Russ was about to enter the stage. His performance got people cheering and dancing on his first song. He sang “ What They Want”, “ Ride Slow”, “ Wife You Up” and other fun-filled songs. The enthusiastic crowd kept requesting Russ to perform more songs, which resulted in his to be the longest performance of the night.

The American dance-music duo made their debut as they headlined the first night of the two-day RedFest at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. With their global hits #Selfie and Closer full of the ascending synth riffs and skyscraping choruses, The Chainsmokers released immediate adrenaline. At the end of their performance they played their latest single “Sick Boy” to the crowd. It received a great response as the crowd danced to their new beats.

RedFest DXB (Pre)

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:50

By Tahreem Niazi
Staff Reporter
The Pawprint

Redfest DXB is one of the biggest yearly pop festivals in the region. It is a 2 day music event which features some of the biggest music artists from the US. Over the last 3 years, Redfest has had artists such as Demi Lovato, Sean Paul, Mike Posner, The Script, Iggy Azalea, Tinie Tempah, Bastille, Rita Ora, Adam Lambert and Fifth Harmony. Closing set DJ’s included some of the world’s biggest, like Mark Ronson, Zane Lowe, Gorgon City, Wilkinson and Steve Aoki.

This year, the festival was back again with the most amazing music artists line-up.

On Day 1:
The Chainsmokers (An American DJ/production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song “#Selfie”, which was a top twenty single in several countries.). Russ (an American hip hop recording artist, singer-songwriter and record producer known for his singles “ What They Want” and “Losing Control”). Kelli-Leigh (a singer and songwriter from South London best known for being the uncredited vocalist in the UK number one singles “I Got U” by Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones and “I Wanna Feel” by Second City, as well as the credited vocalist in the UK top 10 single “More Than Friends”). Anthony Touma ( A Lebanese pop star and a former participant on ‘The Voice’ in France, with his latest single Walk Away.)

On Day 2, we had:
Kesha (is an American singer, songwriter, actress and rapper with the hit singles, “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R” as a solo artist, “Timber” as a featured artist and many more. She returned to music in 2017 with the release of her third studio album, Rainbow, and its lead single “Praying”; both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.) Bebe Rexha (an American singer, songwriter and record producer is best known for her collaborations with other artists, such as G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself & I”, David Guetta’s “Hey Mama”, Martin Garrix’s “In the Name of Love” and featuring on songs by Cash Cash and Louis Tomlinson). Marshmello (an American electronic dance music producer and DJ with the recent hits Summer, Alone, Silence and Wolves). Craig David (an English singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer who rose to fame in 1999, featuring on the single “Re-Rewind” by Artful Dodger. He returned to music in 2018 with the hit single “I Know You”).

RedFest DXB took place on the 8th and 9th February in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Weapons of death: US gun laws are not enough

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:16

By Samantha  Loomes
Opinion Editor
The Pawprint

For too long America has allowed its people to succumb to their violent desires, it is time the fascination with guns ends along with the violence it brings. Crime and terrorism rates are at an all-time high with on average a murder a minute and frequent mass shootings. Just yesterday, 17 high school students were brutally murdered in a school shooting. This is the 18th episode involving gun death or injury at a US school this year alone.

The most deadly mass shooting was the shooting on October 1st, 2017 in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding another 515. The war on guns and the violence they bring needs to be taken more seriously and it starts with making stricter laws. According to a 2017  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) survey, about 40 percent of Americans say they own a gun or live in a household with one. Additionally, the rate of murder or manslaughter by firearm in America is the highest in the developing world. There were more than 11,000 deaths as a result of murder or manslaughter involving a firearm in 2016.

As Martin O’Malley, JD, former Governor of Maryland so aptly put it, “It’s time we called this what it is: a national crisis.” The ease at which guns of all calibres are sold in the US is alarming, to say the least, mental health screening for gun buyers in the United States is inadequate and often unjust.

A new standard must be developed that focuses on the danger a person poses—or whether or not that someone has a mental illness. The copious amounts of background tests for buying guns conducted in the United States take only minutes with a 2% rejection rate because of a disqualifying record in the shopper’s personal history, The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) being the people who vet potential buyers. There are those however that somehow manage to pass these checks despite a history that should prevent them from doing so. The gunmen in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting, Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre, and Virginia Tech rampage each had a history that banned them from owning firearms. Yet none were stopped, because of omissions and loopholes in the system.

The government should limit the types of guns a person can possess; semi-automatic, military-style firearms are designed for one purpose: to kill people in large groups, and quickly. They have no place in the US where they are nothing but a threat to law officers and citizens. The Colt AR-15, a gun frequently used in mass shootings, is a gun that is available for purchase in the US about 5 million American citizens already have. The gun can be purchased from anywhere between $350-$8000. The AR-15 can fire up to 400 rounds a minute. That’s 400 dead bodies in only a minute.

Gun supporters and enthusiasts alike have always praised and advocated the second amendment, and their right to bear arms “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Unfortunately, what they don’t realize is that the second amendment was created in a time when weapons were not nearly as advanced as they are today. James Madison was the original brains behind the Second Amendment. He proposed this law shortly after the Constitution was officially accredited as a way to provide more weapons to state militias. They champion an amendment that was written in a time far different to the one we are living in.

The second amendment was introduced on December 15, 1791, to the Bill of Rights. The fact that the second amendment was created in 1791, 227 years ago and that we still adhere to it, is ridiculous. We have changed and evolved from a time where the guns were muskets and flintlock pistols. We now have M134 General Electric Miniguns and AK rifles. Our weapons have evolved, they have become increasingly more dangerous. It only seems logical that laws should change with them. The unfortunate truth? The number one reason gun laws won’t change is because of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the people that support them. These people being Republican lawmakers in congress, every year the NRA donates millions of dollars to these lawmakers and in return, they all fall under the NRA’s control. They do their bidding and block every proposed gun control legislation that the NRA doesn’t approve of. The reason blood will continue to be shed is because lawmakers, the people intended to keep you safe are essentially accepting legal bribes. Since 2011 over 100 gun control proposals have failed in Congress because of these corrupt lawmakers.

Perhaps if these trigger happy gun lovers walked through the streets where children have to dodge bullets, where gangs run rampant and where violence is the norm, maybe then they would realize… The American people cannot keep burying their loved ones before their time is up. They cannot allow guns to be put into the hands of people who decide who lives and who dies. Action must be taken. Japan, for example, is the country that comes closest to a “zero tolerance” on gun ownership which has directly translated to extremely low rates of gun crime. The 1958 Japan gun law states the following, “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.” There are of course exceptions, but all of these exceptions have very strict restrictions, the kind that would cause outrage in America’s gun-crazed society.

Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, PhD, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, states that, “it is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms.” I agree with Al-Hussein completely and would have to ask, how many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers — how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation?

Gun-crimes are not a concentrated illness they are an endemic that has swept through this nation leaving the seeds of evil behind.It is widespread and ever-present. The US is an infected nation in desperate need of a cure.

Kurdish terrorists ‘strike deal’ with Syrian army

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:14

In a bizarre twist of events the troops of the PKK(Kurdistan Workers’ Party) in north-western Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive. The Syrian government in Damascus has not offered any confirmation.Turkey had launched a major offensive against them last month.There is currently no Syrian military presence in the area. A senior Kurdish official, Badran Jia Kurd, told Reuters that government soldiers could enter the Afrin region within days and that they would deploy to some border positions.

23 passengers removed from cruise ship in Australia after brawls

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:09

Violent brawls and disruptive behavior on a 10-day Carnival cruise in the South Pacific led the ship to dock early and remove a large family of 23 people. Cellphone video from the ship shows passengers on the Carnival Legend tussling with each other and security officers amid shouting and screams from alarmed onlookers. “We have a zero tolerance approach to excessive behavior that affects other guests,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement. “About 1.30 p.m. (Friday), six men and three teenage boys were removed from the ship at Twofold Bay, Eden,” the police statement said. “A further 14 passengers, including women and children, also left the ship. The group were transported to Canberra where other travel arrangements were made.”

Florida school shooting students will march on Washington

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:08

Student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas School announced their March for Our Lives campaign as a result of the shooting at their school on Wednesday. The shooting left 17 students and faculty members dead, and is the deadliest school shooting in the United States since 2012.  A march on Washington is planned to take place on March 24. The students are hoping that similar protests occur simultaneously in other cities. This march will aim to pressure politicians to take action on gun control. Students demand that children and their families become a priority to the President of the United States and lawmakers.

Jacob Zuma Resigns

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:08

South African president, Jacob Zuma stepped down last week Wednesday, as the country’s leader after enormous pressure from his own party.

The African National Congress (ANC) was Jacob Zuma’s party who got him to where he is today but are also the people who told him to step down. They warned him that he would either formally resign or be forced to face a vote of no confidence in parliament. In the 75 year olds resignation speech he acknowledged that he would step down effective immediately but said he disagreed with his parties decision. Zuma came into power in 2009 and has since faced multiple counts of corruption, thus far he has managed to escape any real conviction. However, he has no real protection now and Zuma will have his day in court.

Quality Over Quantity in Background Checks

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 09:06

By: Kaya Derin Ozkan
The Pawprint
News Co-Editor

One of the biggest debates across the United States is over the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms. Many people believe that all guns across the United States should be banned, whilst others believe that a total ban on all weapons is not necessary, that the solution is more efficient background checks. A large percent of school shooters and mass murderers have been reported to have socio- or psychopathic tendencies, which have been completely overlooked by government checks.

An example of the need for more efficient background checks would be the the most recent school shooting in Florida, Parkland High School. The shooter even before he was hauled into a jailhouse hearing room on Thursday, head bowed and shackled at the wrists and ankles, Nikolas Cruz had been causing trouble as long as anyone could remember. Neighbors said patrol cars were regularly in his mother’s driveway. More recently, Mr. Cruz, 19, had been expelled from his high school. He posted pictures of weapons and dead animals on social media. He was under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as he commented “I am going to do what he did” under a video titled “Texas University Clock-tower Sniper 1966” as well as commenting “Im going watch them sheep fall f**k antifa i wish to kill as many as i can” and “Iam(I am) going to kill them in the future”. The username wasn’t under a false alias either, it was his name, “Nikolas Cruz”. If this doesn’t prove the fact that this entire situation could be avoided by more efficient background checks, I don’t know what will.

At this point the only people to blame for allowing this massacre is the FBI, they were warned and they failed to take action. Could it have been more blatantly obvious? The suspect admitted that he was going to “shoot-up” his school, under his own name, a troubled student, that was suspended, this kid basically had a massive red arrow on him saying “School Shooter” and somehow, the FBI had two tips about this guy and the FBI still failed to act upon all the evidence.

Another example of why gun limitations won’t work is because there are too many guns already in the United States, all this would do would increase the amount of straw buying, which is an illegal act of where people who are legally able to purchase guns buy a gun then sell them to people who weren’t able to purchase the weapon. The U.S. has the highest rate of gun owners, as they rank #1 globally with 112.6 guns per 100 residents. Many people on the left-side of the political spectrum advise that a full confiscation of all firearms is an appropriate solution. But that would not work, even in Australia where the “full” confiscation of all firearms occurred, only ⅓ of the country actually gave up all there firearms, whilst ⅔ still own all their weapons. Even still some people still believe a full confiscation will work despite the Australian ambassador, Joe Hockey, saying this was a naive idea, he states “I was in Govt. that changed Aussie gun laws. Guns are more pervasive & cultural here in USA. We all ‘wish’ for change but it’d be a miracle.” and just to further prove this point, he also stated “Australia and the United States are completely different situations, and it goes back to each of our origins. America was born from a culture of self-defense. Australia was born from a culture of ‘the government will protect me.’ Australia wasn’t born as a result of a brutal war. We weren’t invaded. We weren’t attacked. We weren’t occupied. That makes an incredible difference, even today.” Even if a full confiscation of firearms took place this event would not happen as calmly in the United States, as this action will cause tensions to rise indefinitely, and many people would keep their weapons illegally, and what many people don’t consider is the more restricted and harder to obtain something is, the higher the value of it in the Black Market, and the more restricted and taboo it is to own a gun, the more people would want it. For example in Portugal, until 2001 they Portuguese government were fighting a war on drugs. What did they do? As alien as it may seem, they decriminalized all drugs, heroin, cannabis, cocaine, you name it. Through this approach over the last 17 years deaths from drug overdoses dropped substantially, and Portugal itself is doing far better than it was doing in 2001. This goes to prove that the less taboo something is, the less people will want to do it.
Overall, all of these prove that the US needs another viable solution for all these massacres and horrific events would be more efficient background checks as currently the NICS(National Instant Criminal Background Check System), only disqualifies one from the ability of purchasing a gun through any felony conviction, any offense designated as a “crime of violence” can result in a firearm ban. “Crimes of violence” include: murder; first- through fourth-degree assault, first- through fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct; robbery; and kidnapping. These checks only stop people who have committed crimes, but not people that might commit them in the future. So some further checks must include a full scanning of all of one’s social media accounts, and three affidavits from people that are not from family stating that this person, can legally purchase a gun. These additional checks and steps will make sure that people like Nikolas Cruz will never hold a legally owned firearm again.

Privacy concerns arise as DAA implements new internet policy

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:45

By Rishi Sharma, Tahreem Niazi, and Deepakshi Rawat
News Editor and Staff Reporters
The Pawprint

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has taken DAA by storm. The installation of a Mobile Device Management (MDM) software called MaaS360 will be required in order to stay connected to the BYOD. This software allows the school’s IT office to reserve access to data on the device on which the software is installed. This gives birth to many privacy concerns among students and parents at DAA.

The DAA student body has made a petition in the hopes of abolishing the new internet policy; teachers and students embrace this trend with equal vigor, leaving it to the IT department to try and catch up with the school’s security issues and privacy concerns.

Most of the students will be participating in the BYOD program. By installing the software, we are unwittingly permitting the IT department to perform an assortment of actions, such as installing apps, wiping data, monitoring usage and collecting personal information.

According to Robert Sheldon, a technical consultant and freelance technology writer, any MDM system requires at least some access to user’s personal information, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine that the school can access contacts, installed applications including social media, and browser history.

That is not to imply that the IT department, or anyone in the school, necessarily wants to access users’ personal information. In many cases, management and legal departments are just as interested as teachers and students in keeping users’ personal information private because of possible legal ramifications. For example, if a school were to discover that a student was involved in an illegal activity, would the school be required to take action?

Mrs. Tammy Murphy, DAA’ superintendent, spoke to The Pawprint and said, “The primary motive behind implementing the MaaS360 software is the security of our campus. We can definitely enable security and antivirus on our servers but with the different types of devices and viruses that are created everyday it is difficult to ensure complete safety of our servers from infected devices that join our network using the Unsecured Guest Wi-Fi.” She added, “An MDM solution allows us to see if a device is infected with malware, ransomware or antivirus and we will be able to isolate and disable network access for this device. This will also ensure that our network remains safe and also it won’t let the virus infect other devices on our network.”

The major concern for the majority of the student body is that the new WiFi system that is being implemented legally allows the school to track the internet activity of connected devices both at school and at home.. Many students see this as a privacy breach. Prior to moving into this campus, the school used a WiFi system that required students to use a specific ‘ID’ that is special for each student. Though this allowed the IT administrator to view one’s internet activity, it could only be done when the student is connected to the school’s WiFi network. As a result, being connected to any other WiFi immediately restricts the IT administrator to further view the student’s internet activity. In that case, the privacy of the student is secured when they’re at home, at Starbucks, or quite literally every place other than the school. Moreover, MaaS360 does not just track internet activity, but it also reserves access to all files stored on the device, which was another element that was not present in previous ‘ID’ WiFi system.

Due to these various privacy concerns, it is clear why students are hesitant on the thought of this software. However, DAA’s IT administration has listed some features of the software that may be beneficial for students.

  1. Effortless Device Management – MaaS360 grants an uncomplicated device management to a company’s IT department. With the software, all the devices can be monitored from one place and overseen remotely from the air. And because of this MDM, schools can support BYOD, allowing their employees and students to work on any device they want. This raises their productivity, as they are able to perform tasks on devices they are most familiar with without compromising security.
  2. Rapid App Deployment – With MaaS360, schools are able to manage applications. They can encourage the use of selected apps, dispense those among users, and update them when needed. In addition, this app ensures that school data is encrypted and kept separate from other apps.
  3. Secure Solution – Since the MDM looks at the activity of the students, the app can tell about unusual activities. For example, if a student bullies someone through the means of the internet, the MDM application can quickly help find out who the student was and the teachers can take strict action against that student.
  4. Location Tracking – MaaS360 allows the IT administrator to monitor the location of the device it is installed it. Although this does not sound appealing, this feature can be very helpful if a device is lost. Considering how expensive some devices may be, this may be a useful tool. Note that feature is optional, i.e. students can disable this feature if they want to.
  5. Remote Wipe – As stated before, MaaS360 can manage applications and reserve full access to personal data on the device. If the device is lost, students have the option to request the IT administrator to wipe all data from the device, thus securing the student’s privacy.

Regardless of the benefits that come along with the new policy, there is more worry than joy in the minds of the students. Out of a 158 high school students surveyed, only 1 student was in support of the policy. Santiago Suarez, a senior, says “I think one of the main problems with this is that all the pros are mostly for the school, as in the staff. But all the cons are for us. I agree that some features are beneficial, but on the grand scale, I value my privacy over all those other features.”

As far as the school is concerned, they do not really need to intrude upon the students’ privacy.. They, however, do reserve access to doing so, which is essentially the source of worry for the students. What do you think about this policy? Let us know in the comments below.

MESAC Season 2 Positions

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:26

By Rishi Sharma

News Editor

The Pawprint

 

The Pawprint would like to congratulate all athletes and coaches that took part in this year’s MESAC Season 2. We are proud to announce that the teams secured seven medals overall. In addition to the athletic teams, DAA’s Senior Fine Arts crew also put up a spectacular display of talent in the fields of art, choir, band, and drama, collaborating with students from other schools. The video to the band and choir’s performance can be found here.

 

Following are the positions of DAA’s Season 2 teams:

Season 3 Tryouts

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:10

After a very successful season 2, season 3 tryouts are approaching quickly. Season 3 sports include baseball(for boys), softball(for girls), badminton, track and field, and forensics. Sign up for a sport with this link: http://bit.ly/2E7ChHe. Track and field tryouts already start on Feb 14th at 6am. Softball, badminton, and baseball start on Feb 14th Wednesday after school.

A Palestinian High School is threatened by Trump funding cuts

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:08

Palestinian teenagers at Beirut’s Galilee Secondary school are studying in very crowded, untidy classrooms. Last month, the US administration denounced to the UNRWA, UN Relief and Work Agency, that they will cut the funds for Palestinian refugees. The UNRWA provides education and healthcare systems to thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Syria. Palestinian students are angry by the move of the US administration and the UNRWA Lebanon director claimed that they really hope for that the decision will be reversed. Some people have said that this decision is a violation of  human rights.

Canada takes team figure skating gold

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:07

The Canadian team finished 7 points ahead of the closest competitor, Russia, to take home Canada’s first gold of this winter olympics. The team competed in 3 events; Women’s Free skate, Men’s Free skate and the ice dance. Gabrielle Dalemans performance guaranteed Canada gold as her whopping score of 137.14 added 8 points to Canada’s cumulative score, leaving Russia and the United States trailing behind. Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were unstoppable, confirming the nations top spot with a beautiful performance and score of 118.10 bringing the Canadians total score to 73, well ahead of the competition.

Mexican Woman Trying to Illegally Cross into US Falls off a Cliff

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:06

A 22 year-old Mexican woman fell off the cliff, trying to cross the US border illegally. The US Border Patrol spotted a man walking near the border in a surveillance camera on February 9, 2018 and immediately made contact. The man was a 44 year-old Mexican, trying to get attention from passersby to save his girlfriend who fell off a cliff. The Border Control agents called emergency rescue authorities and she was brought to a nearby hospital. The MRI results revealed that she broke her spine in the fall, and her medical status is unclear. Once she wakes up, she will be sent back to Mexico, according to the border control agents.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in DAA gymnasium

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:05

The renowned astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, famous for his series “Cosmos” and his podcast StarTalk, along with his many books, came to DAA on the evening of February 11th to talk to the students and teachers about everything from physics to innovation . He discussed things such as his claim that a private industry would never be on the frontier of space travel. In addition, he claimed that high school students should graduate with the ability to “think the right way” and an urge to still learn whatever they can.. Many students had the opportunity to have questions answered.

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