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Amzazi Proposes a Full Menu of Programs to Support Education

Rabat – The Ministry of Education is shifting its focus from the controversy over Darija (Moroccan Arabic) to combating drop-out rates.Said Amzazi, the minister of national education, vocational training, higher education and scientific research presented his strategy to King Mohammed VI on Monday, September 17.The focus of his address was based on the recent speeches of the King, which were delivered for Throne Day and the Day of the Revolution of the King and the People in the last two months. In his speeches, the King recommended that the government increase efforts to combat the causes of children dropping out of school.Amzazi emphasized that the new programs to promote education in Morocco take into account the recommendations of Morocco’s “Strategic Vision of the 2015-2030 Reform: for a School of Equity, Quality and Promotion.”The program will cover several axes that aim to ensure access to education for all youth.The program also wants to consolidate the “Tayssir Program” (Facilitation program) that seeks to provide financial support to increase student enrollment in primary school.Tayssir is set up to give parents cash payments to formally enroll children aged 6 to 15 in school.Amzazi also discussed the implementation of a program to generalize and develop preschools.Like Tayssir, the preschool program aims to increase school enrollment and reduce dropout rates to improve the education system.In July, Amzazi said that the development of preschool education requires an annual budget of MAD 3 billion.Through the generalization program, Amzazi says he wants to reach a school enrollment of 100 percent in preschool by 2027-2028.In his address before the King, Amzazi said that he wants to reduce the rate of school drop-outs from 5.7 percent in rural areas primary schools to 1 percent by 2024-2025.He added that he wants to also shift the number of drop out which is 12 percent in secondary schools in both rural and urban areas to 3 percent for the 20244-2025 school year.Amzazi also promised reforms in terms of training and youth employment in the education field. He proposed the creation of a new generation of vocational training centers. The centers, according to Amzazi, should meet the needs of economic actors while complying with regional development plans.Amzazi also urged all stakeholders and concerned parties to contribute to the projects as part of a collective and national effort to promote education and curb the ongoing crisis in the field.Monday’s education ceremony marked the participation of Morocco’s Princess Lalla Khadija in an official ceremony.The ceremony also marked the signing of three agreements with other government institutions, including the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT), and the Ministry of Sports and Youth. read more

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U.S.-based Devon Energy says it intends to exit Canadian oilsands sector

The Canadian Press Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CVE, TSX:MEG) CALGARY — Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets from its core business, a move that could include an outright sale or creation of a new company to own and operate them.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, with a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen, as well as conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce about 15,000 bpd.Other foreign companies that have reduced their exposure to the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.Jackfish is south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp.Devon says it is making the move to exit Canada (as well as from the Barnett Shale area in Texas) so that it can complete its “transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business.” read more

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Bird flu can infect cats but no evidence of sustained transmission –

As a precaution, FAO recommended that in areas where H5N1 has been found in poultry or wild birds, cats should be separated from infected birds until the danger has passed. On commercial poultry premises cats should even be kept indoors. But it advised against killing cats because there is nothing to suggest they are transmitting the virus in a sustained way. Moreover, removing them could lead to a surge in rodents such as rats, which are an agricultural pest and often transmit diseases to humans. Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January 2004, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. Unconfirmed reports that H5N1 has been detected in a high prevalence in cats in Indonesia have caused some alarm. The scavenging cats were sampled in the vicinity of poultry markets in Java and Sumatra where outbreaks of bird flu had recently occurred. This is not the first time that cats have been infected as previous incidents in Thailand, Iraq, Russia, the European Union and Turkey show. Cats can become infected by feeding on sick domestic or wild birds; they can develop severe to fatal disease and excrete the virus from the respiratory and digestive tracts. “This raises some concern not only because cats could act as intermediary hosts in the spread of the H5N1 virus between species but also because growth in cats might help the H5N1 virus to adapt into a more highly infectious strain that could spark an influenza pandemic,” FAO Assistant Director-General Alexander Müller said. But findings reported from Indonesia in January suggested that about 80 per cent of cats in outbreak areas have not been infected. “This is rather encouraging because it indicates that cats are unlikely to constitute a reservoir of virus infection. Cats are more likely to be a dead-end host for the H5N1 virus,” FAO Animal Health Officer Peter Roeder said. But they should be closely monitored. “Any unusual mortality in cats should spark a suspicion of H5N1. Infection in cats could be an early warning signal for the virus. The observation of cats should therefore become part of surveillance systems in affected areas,” Mr. Roeder added. FAO will start field studies in areas in Java where the H5N1 virus is prevalent and where cats have died to investigate their role in disease transmission. This research will be extended to other parts of Indonesia and elsewhere. “We also need experimental studies to better understand the biology of H5N1 infection in cats, including most importantly the duration of virus shedding by infected animals,” Mr. Roeder said. There have so far been 272 confirmed human cases worldwide, 166 of them fatal, the vast majority in South-East Asia. Indonesia has recorded the highest death toll – 63 out of 81 cases. UN health officials have been on constant alert to detect any mutation that could make the disease more easily transmissible in humans. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. More than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling in the current outbreak. 8 February 2007Cats can become infected with the highly lethal H5N1 bird flu virus but there is no scientific evidence at present to suggest that there has been sustained transmission in cats or from cats to humans, and they should not be killed as a control option, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. read more

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Elections for International Criminal Court judges set for tomorrow at UN

The Assembly of States Parties for the International Criminal Court (ICC) today resumed their initial session for one week, and tomorrow morning, the 87 States that have ratified the ICC’s Rome Statute will begin the very first election of the Court’s 18 judges. The judges elected this week will be sworn when the Court is inaugurated in The Hague on 11 March.The 18 judges will be chosen from a pool of 43 candidates, including 10 women. Six will serve for three-year terms, six for six-year terms and six for nine-year terms. Eventually, all judges will serve nine-year, non-renewable terms.Some of the judges must have a background in criminal law, and the others in international law. In addition, a special requirement is expertise on legal protection of women and children.In addition to professional qualifications under the Rome Statute, nominations for judges must fulfil gender criteria, with no fewer than 10 male and 10 female candidates, as well as regional criteria. States parties have submitted the names of 33 male candidates and 10 female candidates. The female candidates are from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Mali, Poland, South Africa and Switzerland.Following the inauguration ceremony in The Hague, the judges will hold their first organizational meeting to elect the presidency, which will establish a list of candidates for the Registrar. Based on this list, the Assembly of States Parties will make its recommendation during another organizing session to be held at the United Nations from 21 to 23 April. The judges will then elect the Registrar, and all the principal officers of the Court will be in place. The Court is expected to be operational by the end of 2003 and will be the world’s only permanent tribunal for prosecuting individuals responsible for war crimes, including genocide, and crimes against humanity, and, eventually, the crime of aggression. The Court will have jurisdiction only over crimes committed after 1 July 2002, when the Statute entered into force. read more

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Be sure to consider penalties as well as rate when shopping for

OTTAWA – Mortgage rates are near-record lows, but brokers say those shopping around for a loan should look beyond the rates they’re being offered and pay close attention to how much it will cost to break their mortgages.Divorce, a desire for a new and bigger home or an opportunity to move to another city for a new job — all may prompt people to want out of a five-year mortgage early, and the penalties vary depending on the type of mortgage they have and the lender involved.Greg Williamson, founder of the Canadian Home Buyers Academy, says nobody signs a fixed rate five-year closed mortgage thinking they’re going to have to break it, but a significant number don’t make it the full term.“It doesn’t really become a problem until two or three years down the road when I get divorced or whatever happens and I’ve got to break the mortgage and then I get absolutely whacked,” Williamson said.Whether you’re dealing with a mortgage broker or your bank when negotiating a mortgage, he added, you should have them walk you through the penalty calculation so that you fully understand how much it will cost if you need to get out of the loan early.Focusing on the rate may save you a few bucks on your monthly payment, but if don’t pay attention to the penalty fees, it could cost thousands more if you have to get out of the mortgage early, Williamson said.The penalty for breaking a closed mortgage is generally the greater of three months interest on the remaining balance or the interest for the remainder of the term on the remaining balance — all calculated using something called the interest-rate differential.While mortgage rates are at historical lows, the posted rates offered by the big Canadian banks have remained much higher. That means borrowers have received substantial discounts from the posted rates — but that can work against them when calculating the interest-rate differential when a big bank determines how much they’ll have to pay to break their mortgage.The interest-rate differential is meant to compensate the lender for having the loan paid early, but Frank Napolitano, manager partner at Mortgage Brokers Ottawa, noted the penalties differ depending on the lender — something to keep in mind when shopping around for a mortgage.Napolitano says smaller lenders that specialize in mortgages may offer better terms if you need to break your mortgage early, and that could save a homeowner thousands.“It could mean whether they get any equity out of the home after three years,” he said.Napolitano noted that penalty calculations are different if you hold a variable-rate mortgage. Getting out of such a loan will generally set you back three months’ interest, which is for the most part less than the cost to break most fixed-rate mortgages.But if that makes variable-rate mortgages seem attractive, borrowers need to be comfortable with the other aspects of such a loan, including the possibility that the interest rate you pay could go higher.“Don’t take a variable-rate mortgage just because the penalty is less,” Napolitano said. “You want to take a variable-rate mortgage because you think it is the right mortgage to have.” Be sure to consider penalties as well as rate when shopping for a mortgage by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 15, 2015 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Two arrested after soldier repeatedly stabbed at Aldershot barracks

first_imgMr Ferguson, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, was rushed to the major trauma centre at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, where he was treated for multiple stab wounds.He posted photos of his injuries on Facebook, along with updates on his condition which were greeted with messages of support from friends and family.In one post he wrote: “Thank everyone am doing fine had surgery now and have a subway so all is well”, later adding: “They said it was deep bloody lucky or what and patched up now.”The incident came after a 24-year-old soldier from Aldershot, which is known as the home of the British army, was arrested on Tuesday evening in connection with the deaths of two female joggers who were knocked down and killed on the main road outside the barracks.Stacey Burrows, 16, and Lucy Pygott, 17, were taking part in a run organised by their athletics club, which is based at the barracks’ military stadium.The soldier was released on bail and returned to the army base after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said that two men aged 19 and 22 had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack on Mr Ferguson.The spokesman said: “Hampshire Constabulary is investigating an assault at Mons Barracks, Princes Avenue, Aldershot just after 6.15am on Saturday, November 12.”A 26-year-old man is being treated for a serious injury at St George’s Hospital in London.”A 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both from Aldershot, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have been bailed pending further inquiries until January next year.”We did consider whether this was linked to events that happened earlier on in the week but there is no evidence to suggest that they are linked in any way.”A spokesman for the British Army said: “We can confirm a soldier was the victim of an assault and that he is undergoing treatment at hospital. Hampshire Constabulary are now investigating.” A security officer and guard dog outside the Aldershot Garrison (stock picture)Credit:Rebecca Naden/PA Wire Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a soldier was stabbed repeatedly in the back of the neck at Aldershot.David Ferguson, 26, was attacked inside the Hampshire barracks just after 6am on Saturday. Two men aged 19 and 22 are being questioned by police over the incident, which came just days after another soldier was arrested on suspicion of running over and killing two teenage joggers.Police have said that they do not believe the two incidents are linked. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A security officer and guard dog outside the Aldershot Garrison (stock picture)last_img read more

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Tom Watson expected to face calls to resign when extent of ties

Harvey Proctor arrives at the sentencing of Carl BeechCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Carl Beech AKA Nick Gloucestershire Police custody photoCredit:Police handout Victims of Beech’s lies – that include the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor – are expected to call for Mr Watson to step down as Labour’s deputy leader when the Henriques report is finally published. It was written in 2016 but Scotland yard police suppressed it, making public only a very heavily redacted that makes no mention of Mr Watson. Carl Beech AKA Nick Gloucestershire Police custody photo Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Harvey Proctor arrives at the sentencing of Carl Beech Mr Watson has tried to distance himself from Beech, who was widely known as ‘Nick’ until a court order allowed him to be identified.In a statement after Beech’s conviction, Mr Watson insisted “I met the man I knew as ‘Nick’ once” and that he encouraged him to take his allegations to Scotland Yard. Mr Watson neglected to mention in his statement that he remained in email contact with Beech Beech later told police that “Mr Watson formed part of the little group supporting me and putting my information out there to encourage other people to come forward”.It is understood that Sir Richard’s report, commissioned by the Metropolitan Police, after a public outcry, will suggest that Mr Watson’s involvement in Beech’s case influenced their decision to take his claims seriously.Beech, 51, had claimed in interviews with police he had witnessed the murders of three children by a VIP paedophile ring whose members included Lord Brittan, the former home secretary, the ex-prime minister Sir Edward Heath, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, and the former heads of MI5 and MI6. Police said Beech’s claims were both ‘credible and true’.A second report written by Sir Richard will underline Mr Watson’s alleged interference in a separate historic abuse claim made by a woman known only as ‘Jane’. The woman had claimed she was raped by Lord Brittan in the 1960s.Police concluded there was no evidence to support her claim and found glaring inconsistencies in her account. But Mr Watson was accused of deliberately undermining the first inquiry, writing to the Director of Public Prosecutions to complain police had dropped the case. The case was reopened and Lord Brittan was questioned under caution in June 2014, seven months before he died, but was never told that he was not to face charges. Tom Watson is set to face calls to quit as Labour’s deputy leader in the wake of a damning report into the catastrophic police inquiry into a Westminster paedophile ring.Mr Watson has attempted to minimise his contacts with Carl Beech, a fantasist now serving 18 years in jail for perverting the course of justice, fraud and paedophile offences.But a report written by Sir Richard Henriques, a retired High Court judge, will suggest that police were heavily influenced by Mr Watson’s pursuit of historic sex abuse allegations. The Henriques report is understood to express concern that police may have felt under pressure as a result of Mr Watson’s links to Beech.The 150-page report is due to be published within a fortnight – although victims of Beech’s lies fear the Metropolitan Police may try to slip it out on a day dominated by Brexit, in order to minimise its impact.The report will be devastating for Scotland Yard and raise serious questions over its senior officers who were in charge at the time. It is not clear if a second part of the report into ‘Jane’s’ false claim of rape will be made public but there will be clamour for that to be released as well.Both reports, when pieced together, are said to be very damaging for Mr Watson and will raise serious concerns about his judgment.Mr Watson has denied he was involved in any form of support group for Beech and that he made no judgment on whether he believed his claims, which were exposed in court as fantasy.But when Lord Brittan died in January 2015, Mr Watson – quoting an email from Beech whom he described as a ‘survivor’ – wrote in a tabloid newspaper column: “Yesterday, one survivor said to me that … that Brittan was ‘as close to evil as a human being could get’.”Lord Brittan’s widow has told friends of her disgust at Mr Watson’s attempts to distance himself from Beech. Lady Brittan said: “It is too late for Tom Watson to apologise but his attempt to distance himself from the false allegations of Carl Beech in the wake of the guilty verdict is disingenuous and untruthful.” read more

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Major HSC Chemistry module update from Outotec

first_imgOutotec, the global supplier of sustainable minerals and metals processing technology, has announced a major update to its HSC Chemistry software. HSC 8.0 – the latest version of the world’s leading thermodynamic calculation software – has 18 completely redesigned modules, two new modules, an updated database containing more than 28,000 compounds, and numerous other new features.HSC 8.0 also introduces significant improvements to the user interface and reporting quality, as well as support for 64-bit Windows 7 and 8 operating systems. The software has been rewritten using the latest Microsoft .NET 4.5 environment, which “enables seamless interaction between all modules, and harmonisation of formats, settings, and other user-defined functions.”Outotec states that HSC’s extensive set of tools and databases can be used to improve existing processes and develop new ones, while uniquely integrating these to quantify the sustainability and resource efficiency of reactors for complete system solutions. “Its modelling and simulation platform is a valuable tool for process research, development, design, and digitalisation, as well as for estimating variables such as process efficiencies, yields, and environmental footprints – all of which form the basis for Opex and Capex estimation. The software makes it possible to test new process ideas and apply established optimal process conditions for laboratory and pilot-testing campaigns.”The modules and databases are accessed via a new dynamic main menu that can be customised by the user. HSC also brings improved calculation routine accuracy, adds a common chart tool for all modules with 3D features, and expands the capabilities and performance of the built-in Excel emulator. The simpler and more intuitive interface will enable deeper process and sustainability analysis of metallurgical, energy, water, and material-flow systems based on HSC’s proven thermochemical modelling capabilities.HSC now also provides unique new environmental functionalities such as the new Exergy module, which enables easy calculation of material stream exergy to support life-cycle assessment (LCA) environmental footprint estimates of complete flowsheets. The updated Sim 8.0 module with improved dialogues and interfaces includes tools such as LCA environmental footprint calculations and interfaces to LCA software. The completely new Benson estimation module makes it possible to estimate the H, S, and Cp values of organic compounds based on the molecular structure using easy graphical user interface.Outotec states: “These are just a few examples of the new and updated functionalities that can be found in HSC 8.0. The new HSC Chemistry will support engineers and scientists with an interest in developing a sustainable, closed-loop infrastructure for the 21st century. HSC 8.0 will be available October 2014. The HSC 8.0 license also covers HSC 7, which is available now, as well as free update to HSC 8.1.”last_img read more

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George HW Bush wanted to have a word in Thatchers ear

first_imgTHE THEN-US Vice President, and eventual President, George H.W. Bush was keen to interject in Anglo-Irish relations, but timing disallowed it.State Papers from 1983 show that when Bush was making a short visit to Ireland, a member of his staff expressed regret that Bush could not have ‘a word in the right ear’ of then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.A briefing note sent from Washington DC to the Department of Foreign Affairs by then-Irish Ambassador Seán Donlon shows that a conversation between the embassy and the Vice-President’s staff expressed regret that Bush would be in Britain before he came to Ireland.Had it worked the other way round, Bush would have spoken to Thatcher about the Irish Government’s reconciliation policies. The note further reveals that the visit itself was ‘an afterthought’. The Vice-President was invited to Ireland by the staff of the US Embassy here, with Ireland’s contribution to UN peacekeeping suggested as a reason for the visit.Further papers reveal that the Taoiseach’s Department planned to use the Cold War to drum up support for Irish reconciliation efforts.It was suggested that Bush could be made aware of growing Soviet support for the IRA in an attempt to persuade him to join the Irish corner in contentious talks with the British.Read: George H.W. Bush spokesman apologises in Mandela ‘death’ gaffelast_img read more

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Video Behind the scenes look at Triple H checking on Tegan Nox

first_img WWE has posted a video clip (above) featuring Paul “Triple H” Levesque checking on Tegan Nox after she suffered an injury during the Mae Young Classic.Nox suffered an injury to her knee during a dive to the outside in a quarterfinal match against Rhea Ripley, something Nox illustrated in a drawing on Twitter.Triple H spoke with ESPN not long after the injury took place, noting the ACL tear that Nox experienced last year and how heartbreaking her latest injury was.“To come here tonight and be in a position to where, let me just say, it couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking for her. Emotionally, just couldn’t have been any more heartbreaking. I don’t know, at this point, what happened. She landed funky on a dive and hurt herself. The doctor looked at it, and it was so painful at the point that he couldn’t manipulate the disk to see if it was an ACL.”WWE uploaded a clip of the injury taking place, which aired last night. Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardylast_img read more

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Two arrested for Canadian American visitors death in Belize

first_img Related Items:#couplefoundstrangledinBelize, #DrewDeVoursney, #FrancescaMatus, #magneticmedianews Photo Credit: ABC News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBelize, May 8, 2017 – Corozal – In news from Belize, two people have been detained over the death of an Ontario woman and her boyfriend.   Police officers say their bodies were found Monday evening in a sugar cane field, located in Chen Chen, a village six kilometers outside Corozal.  The development comes one day after autopsy results revealed Francesca Matus, age 52, and 36 year old U.S. citizen Drew DeVoursney, had been strangled.   Police said their bodies were found in a state of decomposition with tape around their right wrists, classing the case as a murder investigation.  The couple had been reported missing since leaving a bar in the coastal town of Corozal on April 25 late at night — one day shy of Matus, who is a mother of two, was scheduled to fly back to Canada.   It is reported that when a friend went to her home in Belize to drive her to the airport, she was nowhere to be found.#MagneticMediaNews#FrancescaMatus#DrewDeVoursney#couplefoundstrangledinBelizelast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Melanie Folk Graduates From Missouri University Of Science  Technology

first_imgROLLA, MO — Nearly 800 candidates, including Melanie Folk, of Wilmington, received degrees during Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Missouri University of Science and Technology.The university awards bachelor of sciences, bachelor of arts, master of science, and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) degrees.Founded in 1879 as the University of Missorui School of Mines and Metalurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a research university of more than 8,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System.Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 degree programs in 40 areas of study and awards bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts.For more information about Missouri S&T, visit http://www.mst.edu or contact the admissions office at 800-522-0938.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Missouri University of Science & Technology.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduated From University Of Rhode IslandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kristen Luise Graduates From University Of New HavenIn “Education”last_img read more

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Full Show Lessons For Houston From Superstorm Sandy Sept 22 2017

first_img 00:00 /50:48 Listen X On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters: Earlier this week, Houston City Controller Chris Brown talked with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Why? To discuss best practices learned from Superstorm Sandy, which hit the northeast in 2012. We talk with Controller Brown about what he learned and other measures his office has taken in Harvey recovery efforts.Also this hour: How has the federal response to Hurricane Harvey compared, so far, to the government’s response following Sandy? Reporter Charles Lane is asking those exact questions. He’s a reporter for WSHU in Fairfield, Conn., and his work on this subject has appeared on WNYC and NPR. He joins us from New York to compare the response to Harvey with the response to Sandy.Plus: Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of this week’s news. And we learn the forgotten story of how the Astros’ iconic rainbow uniforms came to be.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more

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Texas Airports Cancel Hundreds Of Flights

first_imgSevere weather in the Houston area has resulted in numerous cancellations and delays of inbound and outbound flights at William P. Hobby Airport. The Houston Airports advises all passengers to contact their carrier for more detailed flight information.— Hobby Airport (@HobbyAirport) January 16, 2018 Share Severe weather in the Houston area has resulted in numerous cancellations and delays of inbound and outbound flights at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston Airports advises all passengers to contact their carrier for more detailed flight information.— Houston Bush Airport (@iah) January 16, 2018 Citizens needing cold related assistance or transport to a warming center should call 311. Please only use 911 for emergencies. #HouNews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 16, 2018 Photo via Twitter @smartauraHundreds of flights have been canceled in Texas, where frigid temperatures have left runways — and roads — dangerously icy.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Houston area on Tuesday and is warning mariners of gale-force winds along the Texas coast. Sleet and freezing rain are forecast for parts of the state.Flights into Houston, San Antonio and elsewhere have been canceled. Houston is enduring 21 degrees (-6 Celsius) and San Antonio stands at 30 degrees (-1 Celsius).Police in Austin say highways in the capital are iced over and several counties opened emergency operation centers to coordinate emergency response.The cold front also brought snow to parts of North Texas, where the wind chill pushed temperatures into the single digits.We will always lean toward safety first for all Houstonians as we decide when to lift weather warnings. #HOUTX— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) January 16, 2018last_img read more

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Superintendents Office Opens Doors for DC Residents

first_imgOn Dec. 3, 88 residents were awarded an upgrade, District of Columbia State Diploma from the city’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), at a graduation ceremony. The ceremony at the Ira Aldridge Theater at Howard University in Northwest D.C. was attended by 200 people.2017 OSSE graduates. (Courtesy Photo-Fred Lewis of OSSE)The master of ceremonies was Antoinette S. Mitchell, the assistant superintendent of Postsecondary and Career Education for OSSE. She was joined by Jennifer Niles, the District’s deputy mayor for education; D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large); D.C. State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang; and two D.C. State Board of Education members, Mary Lord (At Large) and Kamili Anderson (Ward 4).Kang told the graduates that they should be proud of what they accomplished. “You got this diploma while taking care of your families and working,” Kang said. “You should take a minute to celebrate what you have done but tomorrow you should continue your interest in professional learning. There are opportunities with the University of the District of Columbia and apprenticeships, and we at OSSE will support your career and college dreams.”On Jan., 20, the D.C. State Board of Education approved OSSE’s request to award a state high school diploma to the city’s adult learners who have passed the GED exam successfully or filled the requirements for the National External Diploma Program (NDEP) since January 2014. Those GED holders before January 2014 aren’t eligible to participate in the upgrade.Since the ruling went into effect, 550 residents have been issued a state diploma. The state diploma allows residents to qualify for all accredited U.S. colleges and universities and they are eligible to participate in job training programs that mandate the credential.One of the graduates was Haneef Davenport, the first resident to qualify for the D.C. state diploma in 2014. “This is very exciting and I have worked very hard for this,” she said. Davenport was presented the Harvard Book Award by Carolivia Herron. The award, created in 1910, is generally given to the top-performing students in the nation and it was decided that the state diploma program would be added to the list.She said she will continue her education through online courses to become a writer. Her classmate, Melvin Larker, also has a compelling story. Larker is visually-impaired and had to endure physical and bureaucratic hurdles to get his state diploma. “Many of the places weren’t equipped to help me move forward with my education,” Larker told the AFRO. “I managed to do it with perseverance. This diploma will open doors for me.”last_img read more

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Rest in Vinyl – A Company Will Press Your Ashes into a

first_imgDavid Bowie released Ashes to Ashes on vinyl in 1980. Though the Thin White Duke was ahead of his time, even he couldn’t have foreseen how prophetic the release was… a radical way of treasuring departed loved ones is proof of this. Should someone be musically inclined, or just want to be remembered in style, then there’s a quirky option which ensures their remains are not only seen but heard.If you have the money you can press your ashes into a vinyl record, at the rate of a teaspoonful per disc. The company providing this offbeat service is And Vinyly. It was formed in the Noughties by music producer Jason Leach from Scarborough, England.Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust Tour from 1972–73. Photo by Rik Walton CC BY-SA 2.0A combination of family accidents involving “cremains”, a sense of his own advancing years (he’s middle-aged) and his mother working in a funeral home helped Leach come to the conclusion that vinyl was the answer.“It was not intended to be a business,” he told the BBC in 2017. “It was the result of having a bit of fun with what at the time felt like a shocking and disconcerting inevitability.”As the name suggests, And Vinyly takes a light-hearted approach to the Grim Reaper. Their slogan is “Live on from beyond the groove!”Manufacturing vinyl records in 1959Back in 2010, Wired described the business of manufacturing the discs, which “involves a very understanding pressing plant.”The remains “must be sprinkled onto the raw piece of vinyl (known as a ‘biscuit’ or ‘puck’) before it is pressed by the plates. This means that when the plates exert their pressure on the vinyl in order to create the grooves, the ashes are pressed into the record.”It isn’t a flawless procedure and the ashes can make their presence felt on the recording as the needle moves over them. But for Leach it’s all part of the magic. He said in his BBC interview “There will, of course, be some extra pops and crackles resulting from the inclusion of ashes — but we like these, as this is you.”Vintage black and white photo from the sixties of a young woman looking at vinyl records.The content of the 7 – 12-inch can range from the standard greatest hits, specially-composed tracks, audio of the deceased person’s voice, or even just plain silence so families can really hear their loved ones crackle!Like any kind of end of life arrangement, the price tag isn’t cheap. The minimum cost is £900 ($1,160) and with luxury features such as RIV artwork, the price can rise to around £3,500 (about $4,600).“There will, of course, be some extra pops and crackles resulting from the inclusion of ashes — but we like these, as this is you.”What is RIV artwork? It stands for “Rest In Vinyl” and involves having a portrait of the formerly-breathing client painted by James Hague of the National Portrait Gallery. The ashes are blended with the paint so it becomes a rendering of the subject in every sense.Should a customer wish to remember their pet as a vinyl treasure, the company are agreeable to that also.Mental Floss wrote that Leach had found “a major untapped market in people who aren’t content with standard afterlife traditions.” This extends beyond vinyl grooves and into all manner of commemorative areas.There is a growing trend for non-traditional ways of paying tribute to our loved ones.Ashes can be turned into other desirable items, such as diamonds, or pottery. Gone are the days when remains would be scattered across the ocean with a prayer against windy weather.Businesses like And Vinyly are breaking from the norm to create a loving tribute that could last forever. For Leach, a key part of the enterprise is a legacy.Read another story from us: The Contents of Queen Victoria’s Coffin Showed Her True Love for Prince Albert“This is about as close to time travel as I’m going to get,” he said to the BBC. By hitting the turntable every now and then, the producer can make his presence felt down the generations. For him, that’s the very definition of groovy.last_img read more

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German man drowns at Playa del Carmen beach after midnight swim

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. – A man of German decent was found floating in the sea outside a hotel in Playa del Carmen.A security guard from the Riu Hotel at Playacar in Playa del Carmen was shocked when he saw the floating body of a man off the shore of the beach. Upon approaching the body, he realized the man was deceased.The man, who was a visitor to the area, has been identified as 58-year-old Frank Hifmaister. Authorities say the man left his room at about midnight to go for a swim. Staff said that the man failed to return to his room.He was discovered at 7:30 a.m. the following morning by security personnel from the Riu Hotel.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Syrian Kurds nearing IS border stronghold thousands flee

first_imgIn this Friday, June 12, 2015 photo, fighters from the Shiite Badr Brigades militia patrol at the front line, in Kessarrat, (70 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Despite concerns over heightened sectarian strife, Shiite militiamen continue to pour into Iraq’s Anbar province with the hope of recapturing the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State group. As the U.S. prepares to send an additional 450 trainers to Iraq, the Iranian-backed militias say that coalition assistance only hurts their efforts, contradicting statements by the Iraqi government that more international support is needed. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures from the Salahuddin province attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists.Iraqi forces, backed by Shiite militias and U.S.-led airstrikes, have been struggling to regain control of the vast areas lost to the Islamic State group during its stunning blitz last year.___Yacoub reported from Baghdad. Associated Press writers Berza Simsek in Akcakale, Turkey and Zeina Karam in Beirut contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A statement by the main Syrian Kurdish fighting force, known as the YPG, said its fighters have encircled the Islamic State-held town of Suluk, a few kilometers (miles) southwest of the strategically important town of Tal Abyad.It said IS militants have “lost control” over Suluk and Kurdish forces were advancing toward Tal Abyad. It also said the road linking Tal Abyad with Raqqa was under YPG control. The report could not be immediately confirmed. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds were less than 10 kilometers (six miles) away from Tal Abyad.The loss of Tal Abyad would be a major blow to the IS group.The border town is a major avenue for commerce for the extremist group — through which it smuggles in foreign fighters and sells black-market oil. The city is also a key link between Turkey and the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate.In Syria, a country now split mostly between Islamic militants and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, the U.S. has found a reliable partner in the country’s strongest Kurdish militia, the YPG. They are moderate, mostly secular fighters, driven by revolutionary fervor and deep conviction in their cause. Since the beginning of May, they have wrested back more than 200 Kurdish and Christian towns in northeastern Syria, as well as strategic mountains seized earlier by the IS group. They have recently pushed into Raqqa province, a stronghold of the Islamic State group. Along the way, they have picked up ammunition, weapons and vehicles left behind by the jihadis.At the Akcakale border crossing, an Associated Press team witnessed hundreds of Syrians, many of them with suitcases and other belongings, standing on the other side. At one point, a group of armed, masked men — likely IS militants — approached them and ordered them to return to the town. Fearful, many of them turned back, only to return after about 15 minutes.Capturing Tal Abyad would open a direct line between Kurdish-controlled territories along the border with Turkey, linking up Kurdish-controlled areas in Hasaka province to the west with Kobani to the east.Such a move is likely to anger Turkey, which sees the YPG as part of the Kurdish PKK movement that has waged an anti-government insurgency in southeastern Turkey.The Islamic State group still holds about a third of Iraq and Syria, including Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. IS fighters continue to battle Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen for territory north and east of the capital, Baghdad. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In Iraq, coordinated Islamic State suicide attacks targeting Iraqi government security posts killed 13 people Saturday north of Baghdad, as security forces repelled more suicide attacks by the extremists in Anbar province, authorities said.Four suicide bombers driving explosive-laden cars rammed into two security checkpoints and a military headquarters in the al-Hajaj area within a 15-minute span, killing 13 Shiite militiamen and troops and wounding 24, police said.Al-Hajaj lies on the road between Beiji and Tikrit in Salahuddin province. The key refinery town of Beiji has been the scene of fierce fighting between Islamic State militants and government troops, backed by Shiite militias, who took control of the town’s center a few days ago.The suicide bombings were claimed by the radical IS group on its twitter account, which said the four attacks were perpetrated by British, German, Kuwaiti and Palestinian militants.The statement, which was translated by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, said the men targeted the posts for Iraqi army and Shiite militias. Pictures of the alleged suicide bombers were shown in the statement.Meanwhile, police said security forces repelled Islamic State suicide attacks near the town of Garma, east of militant-held city of Fallujah. The attackers used four suicide cars in the assault that left no casualties among the government forces, they said. Recently received U.S. anti-tank missiles were used to destroy the suicide cars, police and military officials there said. 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