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In this American online learning platform, you learn various skills through watching educational videos. Skillshare arranges course catalogue in different fields including writing, advertising, design, publishing, entrepreneurship, technology, business, fashion, design, media, film, video editing, lifestyle, photography, creative arts, cooking, music, gaming, etc. All of these online courses have been designed as self-paced including learner response, technical tutorial, etc. Therefore you can take these courses at your own pace complying with your own convenient timing.
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Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller founded Coursera in 2012 with a view to unlock the door of massive open online courses (MOOC), specializations, and degrees to general people worldwide. This American online learning platform gives you the golden opportunity to learn from great mentors from any corner of the world.
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A range of top-ranked universities around the world took the responsibility of designing courses for Coursera, which makes it a great professional online learning platform. On completion of course in this platform, you will get a certificate from a renowned university and not just a “Coursera degree”. Many Coursera courses are offered at free of charge. But you need to pay a nominal fee if you want to receive the official credential.
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A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes.
Construction would begin at the pipeline's border crossing in Montana, said TC Energy spokesman Terry Cunha. That would be a milestone for a project first proposed in 2008.
The announcement came after the company secured $1.1 billion in financing from the Canadian provincial government of Alberta to cover construction through 2020 and agreements for the transport of 575,000 barrels of oil daily.
Despite plunging oil prices in recent weeks, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province's resource-dependent economy could not afford for Keystone XL to be delayed until after the coronavirus pandemic and a global economic downturn have passed.
"This investment in Keystone XL is a bold move to retake control of our province's economic destiny and put it firmly back in the hands of the owners of our natural resources, the people of Alberta," Kenney said.
A spokeswoman for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said he had been in contact with Kenney to raise concerns over an estimated 100 workers coming into the state for the line's construction. Bullock said that could further strain rural health systems facing the coronavirus.
"TC Energy holds a tremendous responsibility to appropriately manage or eliminate this risk and we will continue to monitor the plans for that response," Bullock spokeswoman Marissa Perry said.
There was only one confirmed infection as of Friday from eastern Montana counties along the line's route, but the virus has been spreading in rural areas in recent days.
Company representatives said they would follow the guidance of government and health authorities to determine the best way to keep construction crews and the public safe.
The pipeline was rejected twice by the administration of President Barack Obama over worries it could make climate change worse. President Donald Trump has been a strong proponent of the $8 billion project and issued it a permit that environmentalists say was illegal.
A court hearing in the permit dispute is set for April 16 before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls. Morris has previously ruled against the project.
The company has previously said it also plans in April to begin work on camps where pipeline construction workers would live in Fallon County, Montana and Haakon County, South Dakota.
The company said the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometer) pipeline would start sending oil to the U.S. in 2023. It's designed to move up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily at from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would connect to other pipelines that feed oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Opponents in January asked Morris to block any work. They said clearing and tree felling along the route would destroy bird and wildlife habitat. Native American tribes along the pipeline route have said that the pipeline could break and spill oil into waterways like Montana's Missouri River.
The judge in December had initially denied a request from environmentalists to block construction because no work was immediately planned.
TC Energy filed reports with court in recent weeks declaring its intentions to start work.
"At this time, we are continuing with our planned activities and will adjust if it becomes necessary," Cunha said.
The remaining $6.9 billion in construction costs is expected to be funded through a $4.2 billion loan guaranteed by the Alberta government and a $2.7 billion investment by TC Energy.
Once the project is complete, TC Energy expects to buy back the Alberta government's investment and refinance the $4.2 billion loan.
"We thank U.S. President Donald Trump and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as well as many government officials across North America for their advocacy without which, individually and collectively, this project could not have advanced," TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling said in a statement.
A representative of the Sierra Club said the decision to push forward with the project amid the coronavirus pandemic was "a shameful new low" for the company. Pipeline opponents contend workers could inadvertently spread the virus to rural areas with limited health care services.
"By barreling forward with construction during a global pandemic, TC Energy is putting already vulnerable communities at even greater risk," said the Sierra Club's Catherine Collentine. "We will continue to fight to ensure this dangerous pipeline is never completed."
Opposition to another pipeline built through the region several years ago, the Dakota Access Pipeline, culminated in months of protests, sometimes violent, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota state line.
Lawmakers in some states have sought to curb the possibility of similar protests against Keystone XL.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem successfully pushed a legislative measure to revive the state's criminal and civil penalties for rioting and inciting a riot, drawing demonstrations from groups opposed to the pipeline. The law she signed last week enacts criminal and civil penalties for people who "urge" force or violence.
Noem said she spoke with TC Energy on Monday and did not expect construction to begin in South Dakota until the summer.
Another oil pipeline in TC Energy's Keystone network in October spilled an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in eastern North Dakota.
Critics have said a damaging spill from Keystone XL is inevitable given the length of the line and the many rivers and other waterways it would cross beneath.
PRAN-RFL group, a local business corporation, has prepared an isolation unit at the Amjad Khan Chowdhury Memorial Hospital to provide treatment of coronavirus or COVID-19 infected patients in Natore.
Kamruzzaman Kamal, Marketing Director of PRAN-RFL group, said “We have already completed all the preparation of the isolation unit. The patient will get the treatment from the hospital free of cost.”
“We have already sent a letter to the Directorate General of Health Services for permission and hope we will get it by this week.”, he added.
Dr Rajib ul Islam, Coordinator of the hospital, said that a special medical team comprising of doctors are ready to give the treatment while Civil Surgeon of the district will supervise the isolation unit.
“Primarily, we have prepared 20-bed isolation unit. ICU facility will be available for the serious patient.”, he said.
“We have arranged all necessary medical equipment for treatment and personal safety of doctors and nurses. The isolation unit is established in a separate building to avoid hampering treatment of patients with other ailments.”, he added.
Inflation in the 19 countries that use the euro currency sagged to 0.7% in March from 1.2% February as the virus outbreak and an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia rippled through the economy.
A key factor in the officials figures published Tuesday was volatile energy prices, which plunged 4.3% from the previous month.
A decline in oil prices since the start of the year has been accelerated by Saudi Arabia's decision to increase production and preserve market share after Russia balked at joining in common cuts among members of the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries.
The virus outbreak has led to a wide-ranging decline in economic activity as a wave of business closures and social distancing measures swept over Europe.
Global shares were mostly higher after China reported strong manufacturing data, extending an overnight rally on Wall Street.
France's CAC 40 added 1.5% in early trading to 4,443.47. Germany's DAX gained 2.5% to 10,063.41, while Britain's FTSE 100 jumped 2.2% to 5,685.74.
U.S. shares were set to drift higher, with Dow futures edging up 0.6% to 22,460.20. S&P 500 futures also rose, by 0.7% to 2,645.18.
Still, it was a welcome sign of resilience.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose in morning trading but reversed course to dip nearly 0.9%, finishing at 18,917.01. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 also fell back, losing 2.0% to 5,076.80, while South Korea's Kospi picked up 2.2% to 1,754.64. Hong Kong's Hang Seng stood at 23,603.48, up 1.9% and the Shanghai Composite inched up 0.1% to 2,750.30.
India's Sensex jumped 3.6% to 29,467.39. Shares rose in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
An official survey showed China's manufacturing rebounded in March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen. But an industry group warned Tuesday that the economy has yet to fully recover.
The purchasing managers' index issued by the Chinese statistics bureau and an official industry group rose to 52 from February's record low of 35.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing.
The overnight rally on Wall Street tacked more gains onto a recent upswing for the market, which is coming off the best week for the S&P 500 in 11 years, albeit after falling into bear market territory. Optimism is budding that the worst of the selling may be approaching, but markets around the world are still wary as leaders work to nurse their economies through the pandemic. The S&P 500 remains 22.4% below its record set last month, and oil tumbled to an 18-year low.
"Despite some respite for markets overnight, uncertainty remains as the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues," said Zhu Huani at Mizuho Bank, warning against too much optimism.
"Central banks and authorities continue to step up measures to support the economy."
Sentiment was brightened by news of potential developments in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Johnson & Johnson leaped 8% after saying it expects to begin human clinical studies on a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 by September. Abbott Laboratories jumped 6.4% after saying it has a test that can detect the new coronavirus in as little as five minutes.
Stocks jumped last week after the Federal Reserve promised to buy as many Treasurys as it takes to get lending markets running smoothly and Capitol Hill reached a deal on a $2.2 trillion rescue package for the economy.
"The market wants to see everything line up, and last week everything lined up," said Nela Richardson, investment strategist at Edward Jones, referring to the unprecedented aid from the Fed and Congress.
Now, she said, President Donald Trump also appears to be in sync with health experts about the need to restrict the economy to slow the spread of the virus. Trump on Sunday extended social-distancing guidelines, which recommend against group gatherings larger than 10, through the end of April. Earlier, he had said he wanted the economy open by Easter.
"Now that message is in line," said Richardson. "All these things line up coming into this week, and that's why you saw strong performance last week continuing today."
Economists expect a number of weak reports on the economy to come in through the week. The lowlight will likely be Friday's jobs report, where economists expect to see the steepest drop in the nation's payrolls since the Great Recession.
The number of known infections around the world has topped 780,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has the highest number in the world, more than 160,000.
Most people who contract COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause pneumonia and require hospitalization.
More than 37,000 have died worldwide due to COVID-19, while more than 160,000 have recovered.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added $1.10 to $21.19 a barrel. It fell 6.6% to $20.09 a barrel on Monday, after touching its lowest price since 2002. Oil started the year above $60 and has plunged on expectations that a weakened economy will burn less fuel. The world is awash in oil, meanwhile, as producers continue to pull more of it out of the ground.
Brent crude, the international standard, picked up 72 cents to $27.14 per barrel.
CURRENCIES: The dollar was trading at $108.34, up from $107.76 on Monday. The euro was little changed, at $1.0996 from $1.0995.