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BIGO LIVE: Setting Up Trend of Free Education through Live Streaming

India's young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo

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The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually. Pixabay

In a bid to expand its user base in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in India, Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel.

The channel has already initiated English and soft skill training classes through live streaming and aims to expand in other subjects gradually, BIGO said.

“India’s young and aspiring population presents an exciting opportunity for tech companies to disrupt the status quo and provide innovative solution for transforming education. Free live streaming education content on BIGO LIVE is an industry first in India,” Nagesh Banga, Deputy Country Manager, BIGO LIVE, said in a statement.

“The key to this endeavour is its two-way live engagement and instant feedback natural synergy,” Banga added.

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Singapore-based live streaming platform BIGO LIVE on Tuesday announced the launch of a free education channel. Pixabay

The platform plans to leverage the potential of live streaming and BIGO LIVE existing technological infrastructure to create a unique teaching pedagogy accessible to all.

The company is expecting that the audience in tier-2 and tier-3 cities seeking good education platforms along with English and soft-skill training will be particularly benefited through this education channel.

The firm has already hired over 70 teachers for the English programme and aims to raise the count to around 200 by June-end.

The channel can be accessed free of charge on BIGO LIVE App.

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The app is available for both Android and iOS users, BIGO LIVE said. (IANS)

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Education is the Key to Reduce Underage Vaping: Experts

The FDA and the UK's Royal Society of Public Health have published studies showing higher levels of toxins are released by conventional cigarettes compared with e-cigarettes and other non-combustion devices

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Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking.

Given the increase in adolescents’ use of tobacco products, especially electronic cigarettes, experts have called for education “based on facts and not on emotions” and increased regulation on retailers to curb the menace of vaping.

The group of medical professionals at the healthcare meet also came down heavily on advertisers of such products. Vaping is blamed for 37 deaths in the US, where the problem is spiralling with nearly 1,900 other people having suffered from vaping-related ailments.

Eighty per cent of those affected are under 35, and 16 per cent are younger than 18.

Carrie Wade, director of Harm Reduction Policy for the R. Street Institute, a think-tank based in Washington, told Efe that in the US, e-cigarette advertising campaigns “make these products look fun”.

Participants at the Medicine 2040 – Rewriting the Future of Healthcare event in Tel Aviv agreed on Tuesday the necessity of giving people accurate information on any matter related to public health.

Research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that in all of the cases so far, vaping products had been mixed with THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

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Researchers have found that e-cigarette usage may impair fertility and pregnancy outcomes in young women. Pixabay

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a report that shows 27.5 per cent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, up from 20.8 per cent in 2018 and 11.7 per cent in 2017, the Efe reported.

Wade says it’s necessary to review federal regulations and create “a greater barrier between students and adults”, by raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 and requiring sellers to request identification.

In the UK, one of the countries with the toughest restrictions on tobacco, the National Health Service NHS says on its official website that electronic cigarettes can aid in quitting smoking, but are not a comprehensive solution.

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The British government has set an objective for 2022 of reducing the proportion of smokers from 8 percent to 3 percent among minors and from 15.5 per cent to 12 per cent among, Dr. Vicki Myers-Gamliel said.

To achieve that goal, “it is better to have regulations and studies based on the harm, instead of leaving everything in the hands of free choice without information,” Israeli physician Dov Gavish said.

The FDA and the UK’s Royal Society of Public Health have published studies showing higher levels of toxins are released by conventional cigarettes compared with e-cigarettes and other non-combustion devices.

“We know that some people do not want to quit smoking, it would be best if they did, but if not, we must find solutions that are less risky,” Gavish said. (IANS)