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By NewsGram Staff Writer

US  island territory of Guam has passed a bill wherein sex offenders will be chemically castrated before release on parole.

The “Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders Act” would establish a four-year pilot program that would allow authorities to require anti-androgen treatment, which lowers the patient’s sex drive, as a condition of parole for qualifying inmates, USA Today reports.

“This is a good day for the island of Guam,” said Republican Senator Brant McCreadie, who introduced the bill.

At least nine U.S. states including California and Florida have tried chemical castration as an option for sexual offenders, with varying procedures.

But it also has side effects, such as osteoporosis, changes in cardiovascular health, blood fat levels, blood pressure and symptoms that mimic women’s menopause.

 

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Facebook Introduces Free Online Education Programme in The US

The "We do" module lets educators and students learn together. And the "You do" is designed to help students practice their new skills

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Facebook has launched in the US free online education programme CodeFWDTo to increase the numbers of underrepresented and female students interested in pursuing computer programming.

“We’re working on a number of initiatives like CodeFWD to widen the pipeline of diverse talent studying computer science so the next generation of tech innovators reflects and incorporates diverse perspectives, building a future that benefits us all,” Lauryn Ogbechie, Education Partnerships Director at Facebook, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Created in partnership with connected toys maker Sphero, CodeFWD by Facebook, has been designed for both English and Spanish speakers.

It is a three-step programme where educators and organisations introduce computer programming to 4th to 8th grade students.

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With the first module “I do”, CodeFWD prepares educators to introduce the basics of computer programming to their students, even as they may be discovering the concepts themselves.

The “We do” module lets educators and students learn together. And the “You do” is designed to help students practice their new skills.

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“After completing these three steps, educators who want to continue developing their students’ coding skills using a tangible, hands-on product can apply to earn a free classroom set of programmable robots from our partners at Sphero,” Ogbechie said. (IANS)

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