Frenchman Returns High School Ring Of WWII American Veteran To Family After Being Lost For 80 Years

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Eighty years after he died in battle during World War II, an American soldier’s high school ring is being returned to his family.

Ronald and Robert Kuroda fought in World War II with other Japanese-Americans against Nazi Germany.

Two of the most well regarded units in the Army were Ronald’s 100th Infantry Battalion and Robert’s 442nd Regiment Combat Team.  “They were proving their loyalty to a country that did not quite trust them,” Staff Sgt. Robert Kuroda’s Nephew Kevin Kuroda said.

As a Staff Sergeant, Robert Kuroda was killed by enemy fire at Bruyeres, France, in October 1944.

“When you look at it now, it’s shiny. You can still see Farrington High School. You can still see the words that say, ‘Enter to learn. Go forth to serve,’” Kuroda said.

Sebastian, a French metal detectorist, discovered the class ring last November while out strolling in the woods near Bruyeres. For over 80 years, it lay buried eight inches below the surface.  “All he saw was Farrington High School, 1940, and on the inside, it had the initial R. Kuroda,” Kuroda said.

Sebastian explored the internet for months until he identified the family of Kuroda, who are incredibly appreciative for his efforts.  “He went out of his way, did the research, and wanted it returned to the family, and that’s what he did,” said Kuroda.

Kevin Kuroda and his family made the trip to Bruyeres a month ago in order to see Sebastian, to accept the ring, and to express their gratitude to him for his generosity. He led them into the jungle, where Sgt. Kuroda and his 442 fellow soldiers battled valiantly against the adversary.  “We actually went to the spot where he believes uncle Robert was killed.”

Ronald Kuroda was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in Europe during World War II.

The Kuroda family received a Medal of Honor from President Clinton in 2000 for Robert’s bravery.

A portion of land located close to the Hale Koa Hotel has been set aside as a memorial to Sgt. Kuroda.

The ring that he wore during his senior year in high school is another memento of him.  “It means the world to us. It means the world to us and our family,” Kuroda said.

In addition, it is more than just a precious possession for the family. In the words of the Kurodas, it is a look into the past, a generation of Nisei who placed America first and paid the ultimate price for their loyalty.

Facebook Has Announced The Launch Of “Metaverse Academy” Across France

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For the next school year, Facebook’s Meta and a French digital training provider will collaborate to develop the “metaverse academy.”

The term “metaverse” refers to an immersive digital environment with the goal of recreating real life via the use of augmented or virtual reality and transitioning the web from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional format.

Laurent Solly, Meta’s vice president for southern Europe, told AFP that the school’s first year’s objective is to teach roughly 100 students in two roles: specialized immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians.

Frederic Bardeau, the co-founder and CEO of Simplon, the French company partnering with Meta, said the education approach would be in-person and project-based, with an emphasis on 3D worlds and interactions in virtual realities.

Metaverse Academy will teach 20 students per city each year in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and other cities.

The importance of diversity will be emphasized throughout. Bardeau claimed he would not look at candidates’ CVs and endorsed positive discrimination, although Solly said the goal was to have 30% of the first cohort be female.

Meta said in October of last year that it planned to generate 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next five years in order to establish the metaverse, the new strategic goal of the US technology behemoth.  The purpose is coupled with forecasts that future employment skills will be strongly linked to the metaverse. According to Meta and Simplon, 80 percent of the occupations that will exist in 2030 have not yet been established, underscoring the need to develop training programs today.

Featured Image Credit: In this illustration photo taken in Los Angeles on Oct. 28, 2021, a person watches on a smartphone Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveil the Meta logo. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / Agence France-Presse)

France: French Ministries Sued By Family Of Murdered Teacher Samuel Paty

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Samuel Paty’s family is suing the French ministries of education and interior for “non-assistance of a person in danger” and “non-prevention of a crime” after he was murdered by a Jihadist in October 2020.

They charge that the intelligence agencies never really examined the possibility of an assault, and that the Versailles education authority failed to take adequate precautions.

They filed a formal complaint today (April 6).

Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Russian immigrant of Chechen ancestry, stabbed and beheaded history and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) on October 16, 2020.

Anzorov was later killed by police. 

Mr Paty was accused by the 18-year-old of exhibiting Mohammed drawings in class.

Mr Paty was accused by the 18-year-old of exhibiting Mohammed drawings in class.

He claimed responsibility for the murder in a Russian audio message, thanking himself on having “avenged the prophet.”

Covid: Half Of France’s Schools Expected To Close As Teachers Strike

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France faces one of its biggest education strikes in decades on Thursday, when about 75% of teachers are expected to walk out, forcing the closure of half the country’s primary schools in protest at the government’s handling of Covid-19 measures in the education sector.

French ministers have made keeping schools open a priority, despite a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, fuelled by the Omicron variant.

Teachers say Covid rules in school are confusing and constantly changing.

The nationwide strike could be the biggest in decades as 11 unions representing teachers, parents and other school staff vent their anger at the government’s Covid policies.

“The exhaustion and exasperation of the entire educational community have reached an unprecedented level,” the 11 unions said in a statement.

The unions said the government and the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, were to blame for what they called a “chaotic situation” in schools.

The main trigger for the strike was France’s health protocol, which has been changed a number of times since December.

Parents and children have faced long and often bewildering queues outside pharmacies to be tested in order to keep up with the requirements for pupils in a class where there has been a positive case. Testing rules for children have changed several times since the start of January. France’s prime minister, Jean Castex, finally announced this week that a series of home tests could now be used to determine whether a student can return to school.

Children over the age of six must wear masks in French schools.

Teaching unions said the government was failing children by a disorganised approach that provided inadequate protection against infection for staff and students alike, and failed to ensure replacement cover for teachers falling ill while leaving schools acting as a form of test-and-trace managers.

“Students cannot learn properly because attendance varies wildly, and a hybrid of in-house and distance learning is impossible to put in place,” the SUNipp-FSU said, adding that absent teachers were not being replaced.

Unions are also demanding the government provides the more protective FFP2 face masks for staff, and CO2 monitors to check whether classrooms are sufficiently ventilated.

“Not only does the current protocol not protect students, staff or their families, it has completely disorganised schools,” the union said, claiming that classes have effectively been turned into “daycare centres”.

In a rare move, France’s largest parents’ group, the FCPE, supported the strike, encouraging parents to keep their children home on Thursday. The group said France needed more saliva testing within schools, rather than lateral flow tests at home; a proper strategy to ensure distance learning; and to replace absent teachers. “Just keeping the school’s doors open isn’t enough,” Rodrigo Arenas, the co-president of the FCPE, told Le Monde.

The strike “demonstrates the growing despair” among teachers, the Snuipp-FSU union said.

But the government has defended its policies, which it says are necessary to keep schools open.

“I know it’s tough, but a strike does not solve problems. One does not strike against a virus,” the education minister, Mr Blanquer, told BFM TV.

Wife and Former Teacher of French President Macron plans to sue over false claims she is transgender

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The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron is launching legal proceedings over the spread of false claims that she is a transgender woman who was born a man, her lawyer has said.

The rumors appeared to have originated in a March Facebook post before spreading in mid-October when a far-right outlet published an article on the supposed “mystery of Brigette Macron.”

The unfounded gossip circulating on social media says Brigitte is a transgender woman whose name at birth was Jean-Michel Trogneux.

The hashtag #JeanMichelTrogneux has trended on Twitter in France in recent weeks.

The claims emerged as her husband gears up for elections next year, although President Macron has not yet officially declared he is running.

Brigitte, 68, now intends to file a legal complaint to sue over the disinformation, her lawyer, Jean Ennochi told AFP.

“She has decided to start procedures, it’s in process,” Ennochi told the news service.

The French president first met his wife when he was 15 and she was a 40-year old drama class teacher.

The couple has faced accusations concerning their relationship in the past.

During Macron’s successful 2017 campaign for office, he was forced to deny claims that he had a gay affair.