Online Course: Film Appreciation 101 – CEU Certificate #online #film #classes,


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Online Class: Film Appreciation

Course Description

‘Film Appreciation for Modern Audiences’ is intended as a journey through the world of film. It is a sampling of the thought and accumulated critical opinion that forms the basis of the modern stature of 100 years of film-making–as art or culturally important dramatic work.

If you love film, then this course will help you learn more about film analysis, film reviews and discussions, period genres and movements in film style, and more. It will provide you an informed opinion that will hopefully make your enjoyment of the film medium deeper.

This course may be useful for professionals who need to be informed and conversant about the film-industry; for the layman who wants to know as much as he/she can about the world of film for personal enjoyment; or for the student, hoping to become familiar with the ‘lay-of-the-land’ for film-criticism.

Lessons include discussions on the following:

  • How you can get real enjoyment from the films you watch, and why you should care
  • Early film-history
  • The process of film-making and how it relates to understanding the films you watch
  • A look at 100 years of film-styles, genres and movements
  • A discussion of film-psychology, and some fascinating aspects of the perception of films
  • A review of ‘films to watch’, taken in 20-year periods starting in 1900, and moving through 2007, featuring all the classics from each era
  • General ideas about film and art-theory as a consumer habit
  • Film composers to know
  • Film directors to know
  • How to get your twenty-dollar’s worth at the movie-theater
  • New ways to enjoy film and new audience technologies
  • And much more

Lesson 1: The Value of Film Viewing

This lesson asks the question, “Why do we enjoy watching movies?”

  • Lesson 2: Early Film History

    This lesson describes the evolution of filmmaking, the inventors, and early actors.

  • Lesson 3: The Filmmaking Process

    This lesson describes the different phases of the filmmaking process.

  • Lesson 4: 100 Years of Film Styles and Movements

    This lesson describes how technology, culture, and current events affect movie making.

  • Lesson 5: Film Psychology

    This lesson describes how writers and directors can get reactions from movie goers.

  • Lesson 6: Films To Watch:1900 — 1960

    This lesson explores the popular, classic, and well-made pictures of this era.

  • Lesson 7: Films to Watch 1960 — 2007

    With new technology, popular movies are changing. Here are some of the most popular.

  • Lesson 8: General Ideas on Art Theory as a Consumer Habit

    This lesson focuses on questions of art theory. What makes movies “art” or “classic?” What makes a picture “good” or “bad?”

  • Lesson 9: Film Composers to Know

    This lesson lists many of the most popular movie composers, and some of their greatest hits.

  • Lesson 10: Film Directors to Know

    This lesson lists influential film directors of the past and the present.

  • Lesson 11: How to Get Your Money’s Worth at the Movies

    This lesson examines how box office receipts are influenced by the reviews, and by consumer likes and dislikes.

  • Lesson 12: New Ways to Enjoy Film, Technology, and the Future

    This lesson examines some of the new technology available for watching movies.

  • Lesson 13: Personal Enrichment as a Film Audience Consumer

    This lesson provides insight into “reality” versus “big screen.”

  • Additional Course Information

    • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
    • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
    • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
    • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
    • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media

    Course Title: Film Appreciation

    Course Number: 7550484

    Languages: English – United States, Canada and other English speaking countries

    Course Type: General Education

    CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.

    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the value of film viewing.
    • Know early film history.
    • Know the filmmaking process.
    • Define 100 years of film styles and movements.
    • Define film psychology.
    • Describe general ideas on art theory as a consumer habit.
    • Describe new ways to enjoy film, technology, and the future, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

    Student Testimonials

    • “I appreciate the availability and the comments made on my work.” — Carlos G.
    • “I liked the summaries of the different film, directors,and composers. Some of the aesthetic principles were interesting also.” — Linda B.

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    Toyota Camry #toyota, #camry, #model #history, #past #history


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    Toyota Camry Models and Camry History

    The 1998 Camry featured new options that included two different sound systems and several new body colors. Subtle updates to upper trim levels, a slight horsepower boost for the four-cylinder models and upgrades to the interior, which included a new JBL audio system, climate control, and more marked the only changes for the 1999 Avalon. The 2000 Avalon offered basic updates to trim levels and a new Value Package that boasted all-powered accessories.

    A larger, quieter interior, upgraded safety features and improved drive were the notable changes for 2001. No changes were in store for 2002, with a new 3.0-liter V6 engine that offered 240 hp debuting for 2003, along with the Limited Edition Camry. An entry-level standard model was introduced in 2004 with all models getting a style update for 2005. New features for this model year include: new exterior style, new grille, updated head and tail lamps, new wheels, Optitron gauges, a new five-speed transmission, audio controls on the steering wheel and upgraded seat fabrics.

    The Camry would not see any updates for 2006. But in 2007, an all-new design was introduced, offering more interior room, more luxury features, a more powerful V6 engine that could make 268 hp and an available hybrid model. Following the major redesign, there would be no major updates for model years 2008-2009. In 2010, the Camry got a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base, an upgraded six-speed transmission, restyled tail lamps and front grille, Bluetooth integration for lower trim levels and stability control. 2011 would yield no changes, with a completely redesigned Camry issued in 2012. A new 6 touchscreen was the big update for 2013, standard across all trim levels. There would be no major changes for 2014.

    New and Used Camry Prices, Toyota Camry Model Years and History

    The Camry has long been a staple to the Toyota lineup because it delivers on reliability and features, and because it offers a hard-to-ignore entry-level price tag.

    The Camry has been a top pick for consumers for years on end for many reasons. Namely, it merges comfort and quality with modern amenities at a reasonable cost.

    The timeless Camry returns for 2015 as one of the most reliable midsized sedans in the U.S.

    The flagship Toyota vehicle, the 2014 Toyota Camry continues offering consumers quality, dependability, and safety.

    Consistently among the best selling vehicles, the 2013 Toyota Camry carries on a storied tradition of comfort, convenience, and now comes standard with a touch-screen audio system and Bluetooth.

    Complete redesigned for 2012, the Toyota Camry boasts improved fuel economy. 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, due to a reduced curbside weight.

    A mid-size family sedan, the 2011 Camry is everything a driver could want in an affordable and practical package.

    The best selling sedan in the United States in 2008, the 2010 Toyota Camry is back for more with a few slight exterior revisions and a new base four-cylinder engine.

    Spacious and comfortable, the 2009 Toyota Camry midsize sedan is a family favorite for its fuel economy, ride quality, high crash test scores and good resale value.

    The gold-standard in the mid-size sedan category, the 2008 Toyota Camry carries over from a redesigned 2007 model and depending on the trim, can achieve 28 – 31 mpg on the highway.

    Redesigned inside and out, the mid-size 2007 Toyota Camry sedan now benefits from more powerful and efficient engine options.

    A five-passenger mid-size sedan, the 2006 Toyota Camry is available with a four-cylinder engine capable of 33 mpg on the highway.

    Slightly smaller than the Avalon, the 2005 Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan which has become the standard for the category and seats five passengers comfortably.

    A mid-size five-passenger sedan, the 2004 Toyota Camry is a well-equipped passenger car with a 33 mpg highway fuel-economy rating.

    The 2003 Toyota Camry is a five-passenger mid-size sedan that has added features to the list of standard equipment for the new year.

    Totally restyled for the new year, the 2002 Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan that seats five passengers and is available in many trims that all feature a great list of options and standard amenities.

    The 2001 Toyota Camry is a best-selling mid-size sedan with seating for five passengers and standard safety features which include multiple airbags and ABS.

    A mid-size sedan that has come to define the category, the 2000 Toyota Camry seats five passengers comfortably and is capable of over 30 mpg on the highway.

    The 1999 Toyota Camry is a mid-size, five-passenger sedan that is available with a choice between two fuel-efficient engines.

    A mid-size, five-passenger sedan, the 1998 Toyota Camry is available with a choice between two fuel-efficient engines and either a manual or automatic gearbox.


    28/09/2017

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    Virginia – U #masters #history


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    Virginia

    Introduction

    One of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was the first part of the country permanently settled by the English, who established Jamestown on the banks of the James River in 1607. The home state of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers, Virginia played an important role in the American Revolution (1775-83). During the Civil War (1861-65), the city of Richmond, Virginia, became the capital of the Confederacy, and more than half of the conflict s battles were fought in the state. Today, many government institutions are headquartered in Virginia, particularly in Arlington, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. In addition to eight presidents, famous Virginians include singer Ella Fitzgerald, tennis star Arthur Ashe, actress Shirley MacLaine and authors Willa Cather and Tom Wolfe.

    Cumberland Gap 3min

    Civil War Reenactment 3min

    Date of Statehood: June 25, 1788

    Did You Know?

    Four of the first five presidents were Virginians: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe.

    Population: 8,001,024 (2010)

    Size: 42,775 square miles

    Nickname(s). Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents; Mother of States; Mother of Statesmen; Cavalier State

    Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis (“Thus Always to Tyrants”)

    Tree: American Dogwood

    Flower: American Dogwood

    Bird: Northern Cardinal

    Interesting Facts

    • Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech before the second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church (formerly Henrico Parish) in Richmond on March 23, 1775.
    • On October 19, 1781, following three weeks of continuous bombardment, British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia, essentially bringing the American Revolution to an end.
    • Virginia’s borders have expanded and contracted numerous times since its inception as the first of the 13 original colonies. In 1792, nine counties known as the Kentucky District of Virginia entered the union as the state of Kentucky, and in 1863, western counties of Virginia were approved to enter the union as the state of West Virginia.
    • The Arlington National Cemetery, one of America’s most renowned military cemeteries, was originally built in the early 19th century as a mansion by George Washington’s adopted grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. Robert E. Lee, who married Custis’ daughter, Mary Anna, lived in Arlington House at various periods until 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union and the couple vacated the estate. On June 15, 1864, the property was established as a military cemetery.
    • Virginia was the birthplace of more U.S. presidents than any other state: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.
    • The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the nation’s second-oldest institution of higher education, after Harvard; King William III and Queen Mary II of England signed a charter for its creation on February 8, 1693. At the persuasion of Thomas Jefferson, the first law school in America was established there in 1779.

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    13/09/2017

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    Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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    Latest Content

    The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

    Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

    Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

    RIP Kawashima Naomi

    Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

    Japan Zone Content Selections

    STORE

    If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

    Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

    POLITICS

    Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

    So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

    SPORT

    So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





    10/09/2017

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    How do I obtain my CLUE Report? #clue #report, #lexisnexis, #credit,


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    How do I obtain my CLUE Report?

    C.L.U.E. is a registered trademark of LexisNexis Risk Solutions (who acquired it from ChoicePoint in 2008).

    C.L.U.E. stands for comprehensive loss underwriting exchange and is a database that allows automobile and homeowners insurance providers to exchange information – without notice to you – about claims for loss of property.

    Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (known as FACT or FACTA), you are entitled to receive one free C.L.U.E. Auto and C.L.U.E. Personal Property report every 12 months.

    Start now by finding car insurance companies in your area

    You can obtain your C.L.U.E report by LexisNexis Services at 1-866-312-8076. The LexisNexis site also tells you how to order a copy of the report through the mail or, easiest of all, view the report online. They are the providers of the report, and are the only company that discloses this report.

    Here’s a simple example of how the exchange system works:

    • On a monthly basis, insurance companies feed information about property loss claims, even inquiries about coverage, into a central database.
    • The database is maintained by an information vendor, not another insurance company.
    • If you file a claim for loss against your car insurance policy, for example, the insurance company adds this information to the national database.
    • If you compare insurance companies and apply for homeowners insurance or car insurance with another company, the new insurance company can access the central database and learn of your past claims.
    • The consumer report shows the new insurer information about any claims you filed under your previous insurer’s policy. C.L.U.E. reports also include information about inquiries you made, even if a claims were never submitted or paid.

    When you or your insurance company requests a C.L.U.E report, it will include all losses reported within the past seven years from the date of the request. The basic information given is the date of loss, loss type and amount paid, along with general information such as your insurance company name, policy number and claim number.

    Besides the C.L.U.E report, which is maintained by LexisNexis, there is also a property loss database is maintained by Verisk Insurance Solutions. This database is called the Automated Property Loss Underwriting System, or A-PLUS. Because The LexisNexis report dominates the insurance risk market, reports of property loss have come to be known generically as CLUE reports.

    As with the C.L.U.E. report, you can receive one free A-Plus report in any 12-month period. If you need a copy of an A-plus loss-history report, you can call the A-Plus consumer report request line. This report is sent only by mail.


    09/09/2017

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    Air Force One Has New Defensive Systems, Antennas #what #is #ptsd,


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    Air Force One Has New Defensive Systems, Antennas

    Plans for a new presidential aircraft by the end of the decade have been set aside, but the current flying White House is constantly being upgraded and has been observed with new communications and defensive systems.

    A new aircraft was once expected sooner. We have recognized for several years now that the Air Force One replacement is out there in our future in the late teens, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said in September 2011. But since then, the recapitalization plan has been put on hiatus.

    The tail cone of Air Force One bristles with defensive systems at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June 2012. Photo and annotations by John Gourley

    President Barack Obama famously criticized Detroit automobile executives for using business jets to fly to Washington for a Capitol Hill appearance. That, plus a simple absence of funding, means that what the Air Force calls Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) is going nowhere. In the past the Air Staff quoted a target date of 2017, and later revised it to 2019. More recently, officials say a new plane for the commander-in-chief is still farther away.

    The Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 have been named as possible candidates to replace the existing presidential Boeing 747s. In 2009, Airbus s parent company said it would offer a candidate to any competition for a new Air Force One.

    There appears to be no issue of structural fatigue with the presidential 747s. As of 2009, the last year for which figures were released, each aircraft had flown about 6,500 hours and was expected to log 450 hours per year. A 747 airliner of the same vintage, kept in the air far more often, would have at least ten times as many airframe hours on its structure.

    Bumps and Bulges

    Multi-purpose conformal antennas are almost flush against the fuselage side of this VC-25A presidential aircraft at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June 2012.
    Photo and annotations by John Gourley

    Air Force One is the radio callsign for any Air Force aircraft with the president aboard. The term is used conversationally to refer to two VC-25As, or Boeing 747-200s (serial numbers 86-28000 and 86-29000) that have pulled presidential transportation duty since 1990. George H. W. Bush was the first president to fly on one of the 747s.

    The aircraft are flown by the Presidential Airlift Group (PAG), and belong to Air Mobility Command s 89th Airlift Wing, based at Andrews AFB, Md.

    During a stop at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June, aircraft 86-29000 was seen to be equipped with various items that help keep the president in touch and provide security.

    Not new to the VC-25A:

    • About five AN/ALQ-204 Matador infrared (IR) countermeasures devices are located at the tail and behind the four engines, Previously used on the VC-137C (Boeing 707-320B) presidential aircraft and on airliners and executive aircraft, the device emits pulsed IR signals to foil attacks by heat-seeking missiles.

    Thought to be new or recent additions to the VC-25A:

    • An AN/AAR-54(V) missile launch warning receiver located at the tail is intended to report and track missile threats by zeroing in on their ultraviolet exhaust signature. The receiver is also in use on special-operations warplanes like the MC-130H Combat Talon II.
    • The AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM) system, which can be directed by the AAR-54, fires pulsating flashes of IR energy that confuse a missile s guidance system.
    • Conformal antennas: the VC-25As have been retrofitted with multi-purpose conformal antennas adaptable to satellite communications systems and other purposes. They resemble Band-Aids or patches but are, in fact, antennas that appear to have no effect on the aerodynamic performance of the 747.

    Robert F. Dorr is an author, U.S. Air Force veteran, and retired American diplomat who.


    03/09/2017

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    History Graduate Jobs #history #graduate #programs #online


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    Graduate jobs with a history degree

    What can a History graduate do?

    The career choices available to History graduates are broad. The proficiencies gained during a History degree are applicable across a wide range of sectors, including Finance. Management, Retail and more—which means it is up to graduates to decide which kind of career they want to pursue.

    While History degrees are typically non-vocational, with no direct career path after graduation, they do provide graduates with a host of versatile and useful skills, such as cross-referencing, writing and research techniques. The key is to know how to sell these competencies in CVs, covering letters and interviews.

    Graduates should think about how best to highlight their areas of expertise. They can begin by closely reading job descriptions and thinking of examples from their own experiences during their studies which demonstrate that they have the desired skills.

    Taking Stock of Skills

    History graduates have a wide range of skills to offer employers:

    Analysis – Reading historical texts helps graduates develop the ability to comprehend large amounts of information and extract key details to apply to specific situations, an approach which is useful in almost any profession.

    Communication – Good communication is vital for employment. History graduates excel at writing and presenting to a high standard, indicating that they are able to come into a new work environment and articulate themselves in a professional and appropriate manner. This is relevant across many fields, from Consultancy to Management to Sales.

    Intelligent Insight – History graduates are able to take a large amount of data and compile thoughtful and intelligent reports, presentations or recommendations. This is a valuable skill across many sectors, where the ability to notice and highlight trends or anomalies, and provide insight on them, is essential.

    Research – Research is important for many jobs, and after three years of independent study, History graduates are especially strong in this regard. Graduates should not underestimate the value of their ability to conduct research and work independently.

    Prioritisation – The ability to balance different avenues of work, and recognise each individual part and its effect on others, is a talent which History graduates should be proud they have mastered. Whether it is working through a list of tasks or compiling work, the ability to prioritise is something which makes History graduates stand out.

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    21/08/2017

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    Family History Research AAS #history #online #courses


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    Family History Research AAS

    Genealogy is a rapidly growing industry as countless people around the world seek to learn about their ancestors and family roots. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been a world leader in genealogical research for years and BYU-Idaho is excited to have partnered with The Church in developing the courses for this program.

    This degree is ideal for those seeking to increase their skills and knowledge in the expanding field of family history research. Students will gain internet and computer research skills and practical experience in research methodologies and client report writing and will learn the fundamental skills needed to become capable family history researchers and to even establish a successful research business.

    The coursework in this degree program will give students a solid foundation in family history research and the completion of this degree will start them on the path to obtaining a professional certification or accreditation.

    CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

    STUDENTS WITH THIS DEGREE ARE SUITED FOR CAREERS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

    • Genealogy Companies
    • Small Businesses
    • Professional Researcher
    • Educational Institution

    TAKE THESE COURSES:

    Introduction to Family History

    Introduction to Family History Research, Part 1: Record Groups and Methodology

    Introduction to Family HIstory Research, Part 2: Analysis of Research Evidence

    Internet and Computer Skills

    The Family and Society

    Research Methodology, Part 1

    Research Methodology, Part 2

    Genealogy as a Business

    Capstone: Professional Research

    COMPLETE ONE EMPHASIS:

    U.S. REGIONAL RESEARCH:

    FHGEN 251 (A, B, C, or D)

    Geographic Specialization Course 1: Part 1

    FHGEN 252 (A, B, C, or D)

    Geographic Specialization Course 1: Part 2

    BRITISH ISLES RESEARCH:

    GSC 1: British Isles Research, Part One

    GSC 2: British Isles Research, Part Two

    GSC 1: German Research, Part One

    GSC 2: German Research, Part Two

    GSC 1: Scandinavian Research, Part 1

    GSC 2: Scandinavian Research, Part 2

    DEGREE OVERVIEW

    The AAS in Family History Research degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete 17 credits of required Foundations courses, 38 credits of major courses (listed below) plus 5 additional elective credits to reach a total of 60 credits. Students may also choose to do a minor or concentration in Family History Research. Review the course list below or check the University Catalog for specific degree requirements. Check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

    Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life, so the time it takes to complete it varies for each person. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round, or take a semester off when needed. Students have up to eight years to complete a program.

    BYU-Idaho Online Courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

    Students who meet the admission requirements can apply directly to an online degree program to begin the next semester. Once admitted, students can begin immediately working on program requirements. Students who did not come through the Pathway gate are encouraged to take GS 111: Introduction to BYU-Idaho in their first semester. This one-credit block course prepares students to succeed in the online environment as well as charting a course to graduation.


    15/08/2017

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    Thanksgiving – Facts, Origin, Pictures & Videos #history #of #online #education


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    History of Thanksgiving

  • Stuffing, Dressing and Filling: Thanksgiving Across America

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  • Abraham Lincoln and the Mother of Thanksgiving

  • Thanksgiving by the Numbers

  • Native American Cultures

  • Exploration of North America

  • The Real Story of Black Friday

  • Did Florida Host the First Thanksgiving?

  • The First Macy s Thanksgiving Parade

  • Presidential Turkey Pardon: A Brief History

  • How many people were at the first Thanksgiving?

  • Why do Americans watch football on Thanksgiving?

  • The Story of Pumpkin Pie


    13/08/2017

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  • Online history class #online #history #class


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    08/08/2017

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    Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Dominican Republic

    President: Danilo Medina (2012)

    Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

    Geography

    The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

    Government

    Representative democracy.

    History

    The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

    Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

    President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

    A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

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    Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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    Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

    Lilliputian Royal Court

    Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

    The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

    There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

    All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

    Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

    Lilliput House

    Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

    Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





    25/07/2017

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    Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #no1 #travel

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    Tibet Travel Guide

    Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

    Abbreviation: Zang

    Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

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    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    14/07/2017

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  • Downtown Franklin TN – America’s Favorite Main Street! #america, #tn, #historic,


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    Since its founding in 1984, the Downtown Franklin Association has spearheaded the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. We’ve done it by following the four-point program of the National Main Street Center of the National Trust for Historic Preservation: Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.

    Working in partnership with property owners, preservationists, city and county government, local businesses and merchants in our historic retail district, the Downtown Franklin Association has helped create one of the nation’s Main Street success stories. We’ve earned national recognition as an authentic, eclectic place that offers something for everyone in an atmosphere that reminds locals and visitors alike of a simpler time in our history – a place where community matters.

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    13/07/2017

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    Columbia College Online Campus – Course Schedule #columbia #college #online #campus,


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    Course schedules – Online

    The following schedules are available for courses at the Online campus. New session schedules will be posted as they become available. For graduate schedules, please see the graduate course schedules. For previous schedules, please see the course schedules archive.

    Early Summer Session: (term 16/55)

    Session dates: Monday, May 01, 2017 – Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Late Summer Session: (term 16/56)

    Session dates: Monday, June 26, 2017 – Saturday, August 19, 2017
    Registration dates: Monday, April 03, 2017 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
    Late registration dates: Monday, June 26, 2017 – Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Early Fall Session: (term 17FALL1)

    Session dates: Monday, August 28, 2017 – Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Registration dates: Monday, July 31, 2017 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Late registration dates: Monday, August 28, 2017 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Late Fall Session: (term 17FALL2)

    Session dates: Monday, October 23, 2017 – Saturday, December 16, 2017
    Registration dates: Monday, July 31, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017
    Late registration dates: Monday, October 23, 2017 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Early Spring Session: (term 17SPRG1)

    Session dates: Monday, January 08, 2018 – Saturday, March 03, 2018
    Registration dates: Monday, November 27, 2017 – Sunday, January 07, 2018
    Late registration dates: Monday, January 08, 2018 – Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Late Spring Session: (term 17SPRG2)

    Session dates: Monday, March 05, 2018 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
    Registration dates: Monday, November 27, 2017 – Sunday, March 04, 2018
    Late registration dates: Monday, March 05, 2018 – Wednesday, March 07, 2018

    Early Summer Session (term 17SUMR1)

    This schedule is not yet available online.
    Session dates: Monday, April 30, 2018 – Saturday, June 23, 2018
    Registration dates: Monday, April 09, 2018 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
    Late registration dates: Monday, April 30, 2018 – Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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    11/07/2017

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    Travel, Trips, World, Journey, Explore, History #travel #agency #uk

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    Los Angeles Fun Facts!

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    The City of Angels is one of the most famous in North America, well known for its weather and for being the centre of the film industry.

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    The Coolest Cemeteries in the World

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    Cemeteries play an important role in our culture and can offer amazing insight into our pasts. Check out some of the world’s coolest cemeteries!

    Paris Fun Facts!

    For hundreds of years, Paris has been a centre of fashion, art, and deep thinking. Read on Kidzworld to learn some fun facts about this wonderful c.

    Children’s Museums Around the World

    There are some amazing children’s museums all around the world. Whether you want to learn about science, art, or history, there’s something for eve.

    A World of Time Zones

    How can it be today here, and tomorrow there? The world is divided into standardized time zones. Read on to find out more on Kidzworld!

    Take a Staycation!

    Not going anywhere special this summer? Good news! You can make your staycation fabulous by following these tips!

    A World of Street Food

    Sure, you’ve tried a hot dog from a street vendor, but have you ever searched the city of Hong Kong for the perfect curried fish ball? Read on to f.

    Extraordinary Travel Destinations in the United States

    Understanding Islam

    Kidzworld is celebrating the month of Ramadan by taking a look at Islam — the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity. Check it out!

    History of the Eiffel Tower

    You may know the Eiffel Tower as one of the most famous manmade monuments in the world, and you’d be absolutely right! Read on to learn about the h.

    Road Trip Checklist

    Road trips are a fun and exciting way to travel – you feel free as a bird, follow your own schedules, and stop at sights and restaurants whenever y.

    Must-See Sights in London

    One of the world’s most famous cities, London, England truly does have something for everyone. From the glam West End theaters to Buckingham Palace.

    Handy Traveling Phrases

    When traveling in a foreign country, especially one in which English isn’t the first language, it can be daunting. So it’s important to learn a few.

    Monuments in Europe

    More than any other continent, Europe is known for its wide selection of manmade historic monuments. Kidzworld lists the top 10 must-see monuments.

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    07/07/2017

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    Major Harris of West Virginia Enters College Football Hall of Fame


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    Major Harris of West Virginia Enters College Football Hall of Fame

    This past weekend, Major Harris, one of the greatest players in Mountaineer history, was forever enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    For those of us who followed his remarkable football career, the memories are still bittersweet.

    For those of you too young to remember Major’s outstanding collegiate career, I urge you to check out some of his highlights on YouTube. They are incredible.

    Major’s abilities on the gridiron took West Virginia to a prominence in college football the university had never known.

    Unfortunately, his early departure left many with a bad taste in their mouths.

    In the 1988 football season, Major took the Mountaineers to the mountaintop, playing Notre Dame in the national championship game.

    A year later, coming on the heels of West Virginia’s Gator Bowl loss to Clemson, Major announced his intention to enter the NFL’s first draft of underclassmen.

    Coming out of Pittsburgh’s Brashear High School, only West Virginia and Arizona State were willing to sign the City League star as a quarterback. Apparently, Don Nehlen and John Cooper were the only college coaches willing to adjust their offenses to complement the unique set of skills Major could bring to the table.

    Major’s ability to both run and throw the football was groundbreaking for the time.

    “You get a guy like Major Harris,” former Mountaineer assistant Dwight Wallace told me, “you’ve got to rebuild your whole offense with Major. You put him at quarterback, is he going to cause problems for the defense? For sure! That’s why I give Don Nehlen a lot of credit.

    “Don allowed us to bring the offense to Major,” Wallace continued. “I don’t think the pro guys—at least at that time—they weren’t ready for Major.”

    Taken in the 12th and final round of the NFL draft, his pro career seemed doomed from the outset. The Raiders immediately sent Major to Canada. He only played one season there, starring in the final game as the British Columbia Lions beat Saskatchewan.

    Major was magnificent in that game, passing for a couple of touchdowns and running for a couple more. The game was vintage Harris.

    Unfortunately, Major chose to leave Canada after only one season, entering the Arena League. From there, his love of the game would find him traveling around the country, playing minor league football, never finding his way back to the pros.

    It was a tragic end to an otherwise promising career.

    “I’m not bitter about how my career went,” Major said, “because every time I was given an opportunity to play, I delivered.”

    Dwight Wallace also added some insight into Major’s failed professional career.

    “I just felt his skill level was not a good match for the pro game and the mentality of the coaching staffs at that time,” Wallace said. “But I will tell you, if they’d ever given him the ball, he would have found a way to win, I think. He was just an unbelievable competitor.”

    Major’s long overdue enshrinement in the Hall finally recognizes his unique contributions to the game. His skills paved the way for a host of college and pro quarterbacks who would eventually follow him.

    As the first college quarterback to ever pass for over 5,000 yards and to rush for 2,000 more, Major certainly earned his place in the Hall of Fame.

    Perhaps Mountaineer broadcaster Tony Caridi actually said it best: “He’s got that special innate quality that all the great ones have. All he cared about was winning! Major was oblivious to his numbers. He just loved to play the game.”


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    Educational Technology #engaging #activities,high #school #(grades: #9-12),language #arts,middle #school #(grades: #6-8),professional


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    CATEGORY: Educational Technology

    Posted May 2, 2017

    Sure, adolescents spend too much time “glued to their screens,” but why not turn that to your advantage — and theirs? Students love of technology can be a powerful force in language arts classrooms thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling. Students’ beloved smartphones can be essential tools for sharing their unique thoughts and experiences

    Posted November 14, 2016

    Long gone are the days when high school seniors filled out individual applications online to each of their choice schools — and further gone are handwritten applications mailed out individually with enough time before the deadlines. For the past several years, prospective college students have been able to apply to their choice schools in a

    Posted October 31, 2016

    While PowerPoint remains an industry standard for creating effective and engaging presentations, several new and innovative options enable students and teachers alike to create presentations for in-person and virtual audiences. Presentation options used to be much more limited. Either we needed certain software or a specific computer type, or the cost was prohibitive. That’s all

    Posted September 13, 2016

    Today’s education models tend to focus on a child’s achievement deficits — if students aren’t reading at grade level, for instance, then teachers try to get them caught up. Mindprint Learning flips this model, using cognitive tests to identify children’s strengths and engage them in ways that compensate for their weaknesses. The goal: Let kids

    Posted April 6, 2016

    Stackup is a Chrome browser extension that measures students’ time learning on the Internet. “Teachers use Stackup to make free reading fun and accountable,“ said Nick Garvin, the company’s CEO. Browser extension measures the time students spend learning online by subject or website Students can use the browser extension to research subjects that interest them,

    Posted August 27, 2015

    Early childhood arts-based learning is suffering at many schools. Despite recognizing the benefits of art instruction, teachers have less time for creativity and fun during class time. School budgets for visiting artists are tight as well. Cutbacks appear to be nationwide and beyond. Canadian schools, for instance, are dealing with the same budgetary realities,” said

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math

    Posted September 2, 2014

    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job

    Posted August 11, 2014

    One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to include multimedia in lesson plans. Audio, video and interactivity in lessons tend to keep students interested and help them retain the material better. That’s the idea behind the popular BrainPOP collection of educational websites, programs and animated movies. Since 1999, BrainPOP curriculum-based content

    Posted August 6, 2014

    For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources

    Posted March 21, 2014

    When Rod Powell’s school went one-to-one, giving a computer to every student, he was thrilled with the opportunity for professional development offered by the North Carolina school district where he teaches history. But he knew he wanted to learn about more than the machine. Powell wanted to know how to bring technology into his students’

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Melissa Techman is a librarian who knows her tech. And she’s willing to share. The Broadus Wood Elementary School’s librarian expands her reach beyond her home district in Virginia. She is on Twitter, Diigo, Symbaloo and Pinterest as mtechman, sharing tech tips and tools for educators. Techman first used technology in her library when she

    Posted December 19, 2013

    With the days of dusty card catalogs long gone, school librarians are taking a leading role in bringing technology into K-12 education. Promoting the importance of technology in education is just one of librarians’ many roles in schools. By serving as role models for technology use and demonstrating how technological resources serve students’ learning aims,

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Some exciting education technology trends appear poised to influence the classroom in new ways. They could give teachers access to a broader range of education options while helping students better prepare for the world they will face. Mobile apps Veteran teachers, new teachers and those training to become teachers are probably all familiar with mobile apps .

    Posted November 1, 2013

    With the costs of education skyrocketing, students can t pass up a chance for a free online textbook. Whatever the subject matter, these textbooks allow teachers to pass the cost savings on to their students and parents. Textbooks can be found for elementary students just beginning their education as well as for college students in specialized

    Posted July 29, 2013

    If you really want to integrate technology into the classroom, asking which apps are best for math or science is the wrong question. “There’s tons of great math apps if you are trying to skill and drill , but there’s more to technology than that,” said Jon Samuelson, best known as iPadSammy from his blog of

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Education is continuously changing, and so are the techniques. The visual literacy classroom is becoming a priority to keep up with digital technology trends in learning. The capacity, comprehension and communication of current students differ considerably from the student of 10 and even five years ago. The classroom environment must adapt to the students learning

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Education technology is at the forefront of discussions about how education will look in the future. Gaming technology and digital badges may play a significant part of that process. While there seems to be a growing reluctance to keep score in youth sports, a new way of tracking wins and losses may just be what’s

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    17/06/2017

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    Czech Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Czech Republic

    President: Milos Zeman (2013)

    Prime Minister: Bohuslav Sobotka (2014)

    Land area: 29,836 sq mi (77,276 sq km); total area: 30,450 sq mi (78,866 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,627,448 (growth rate: 0.17%); birth rate: 9.79/1000; infant mortality rate: 2.63/1000; life expectancy: 78.31

    Geography

    The Czech Republic’s central European landscape is dominated by the Bohemian Massif, which rises to heights of 3,000 ft (900 m) above sea level. This ring of mountains encircles a large elevated basin, the Bohemian Plateau. The principal rivers are the Elbe and the Vltava.

    Government

    Parliamentary democracy.

    History

    Probably about the 5th century A.D. Slavic tribes from the Vistula basin settled in the region of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. The Czechs founded the kingdom of Bohemia and the Premyslide dynasty, which ruled Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th to the 16th century. One of the Bohemian kings, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, made Prague an imperial capital and a center of Latin scholarship. The Hussite movement founded by Jan Hus (1369? 1415) linked the Slavs to the Reformation and revived Czech nationalism, previously under German domination. A Hapsburg, Ferdinand I, ascended the throne in 1526. The Czechs rebelled in 1618, precipitating the Thirty Years’ War (1618 1648). Defeated in 1620, they were ruled for the next 300 years as part of the Austrian empire. Full independence from the Hapsburgs was not achieved until the end of World War I, following the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

    A union of the Czech lands and Slovakia was proclaimed in Prague on Nov. 14, 1918, and the Czech nation became one of the two component parts of the newly formed Czechoslovakian state. In March 1939, German troops occupied Czechoslovakia, and Czech Bohemia and Moravia became German protectorates for the duration of World War II. The former government returned in April 1945 when the war ended and the country’s pre-1938 boundaries were restored. When elections were held in 1946, Communists became the dominant political party and gained control of the Czechoslovakian government in 1948. Thereafter, the former democracy was turned into a Soviet-style state.

    Nearly 42 years of Communist rule ended with the nearly bloodless velvet revolution in 1989. V clav Havel, a leading playwright and dissident, was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Havel, imprisoned twice by the Communist regime and his plays banned, became an international symbol for human rights, democracy, and peaceful dissent. The return of democratic political reform saw a strong Slovak nationalist movement emerge by the end of 1991, which sought independence for Slovakia. When the general elections of June 1992 failed to resolve the continuing coexistence of the two republics within the federation, Czech and Slovak political leaders agreed to separate their states into two fully independent nations. On Jan. 1, 1993, the Czechoslovakian federation was dissolved and two separate independent countries were established the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.

    In Aug. 2002, severe flooding caused 70,000 people in Prague and 200,000 nationwide to be evacuated.

    Next: Havel Leaves Office After 13 Years as President





    12/06/2017

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    Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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    Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

    Lilliputian Royal Court

    Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

    The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

    There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

    All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

    Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

    Lilliput House

    Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

    Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





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    Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Dominican Republic

    President: Danilo Medina (2012)

    Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

    Geography

    The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

    Government

    Representative democracy.

    History

    The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

    Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

    President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

    A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

    Next: Freely-Elected President Balaguer Witnesses Withdrawal of Foreign Troops





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    Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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    Latest Content

    The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

    Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

    Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

    RIP Kawashima Naomi

    Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

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    If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

    Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

    POLITICS

    Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

    So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

    SPORT

    So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





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    Galapagos Natural History – Photography Tours #travel #search #engines

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    Longer Natural History Tours of the Galapagos Islands

    O ur trips are different. Most of them spend 11 days in the Galapagos Islands. About half a dozen expeditions each year spend 15 days in the islands. These are the longest regularly available tours of the Galapagos.

    It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality than they are hurried from it.

    Charles Darwin, 1845

    Our trips are educationally-oriented and are accompanied by a Tour Leader / Biologist in addition to a local Naturalist Guide. The tours are oriented to the passenger who wants to observe and learn as much as possible about the Galapagos – the animals and plants – on land and in the water.

    The tours are also oriented to photographers (although you don’t have to be a photographer to get full value and enjoyment from our trips). We do offer some light photographic advice and, more important extensive, unique, and excellent photo opportunities.

    Our trips are different than most, for several reasons:

    1. Most important is that we allow you to maximize and get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel experience. Our Workshops provide an in-depth orientation to the islands beyond the scope of most vacation- type tours.
    2. We spend a longer time in the islands than most tour groups. We feel that 11 days is the minimum time necessary to see most of the important Visitor Sites (including the outer islands) and be assured of a maximum viewing opportunity of the significant plant and animal species. We include 3 days in the volcanically-active western islands, where we whale-watch, see penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises in the wild. For maximum enjoyment and wildlife viewing opportunities, we recommend our 2 weeks in Galбpagos program, incorporating an additional 4 days at key central islands.
    3. In addition to the legally-required Naturalist Guide, we provide a Tour Leader/ Biologist who gives daily lectures on natural history. The Guide’s role is to escort people on shore, to provide some wildlife interpretation, and to make sure the rules of the National Park are enforced. Having a Tour Leader adds a serious educational orientation to the trip.
    4. Our two daily island visits are longer (2-4 hours each) than most tours. We also go on shore earlier in the day (typically landing between 6 and 7am. vs. 8am for most other vessels) to enhance viewing and photographic opportunities.

    We have each been to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands numerous times and we get tremendous pleasure out of sharing the Galбpagos with a relatively small number of people each year. We look forward to answering your questions and hope we can share the Galбpagos with you as well.

    Saludos!

    Mark, Julie, Debbie





    22/04/2017

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    Greece, Travel, Economy, History #israel #travel

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    Learn about the History and Culture of Ancient and Modern Greece

    by greek.com

    ​Greece is the birthplace of democracy and a land full of culture and a rich history that offers travelers a great variety of vacation options. The entire country of Greece is a paradise for tourists who are interested in the history of art, culture and literature.

    From mainland Greece with its famous archaeological sites, to the Greek islands with their own unique flavors, Greece’s set and setting provide the ultimate vacation destination for all types of travelers. In fact, Greece has been a popular vacation spot for many centuries. From touring the ancient historical sites in Athens to the sunny Greek islands of Santorini, Crete, Corfu, and Rhodes, Greece is first on the list of anyone’s ultimate Mediterranean vacations. Ancient Greece gave us fantastic architecture and the Olympics, but today travelers go to Greece for the social life and shopping opportunities as much as they do to visit the Acropolis and Mount Olympus.

    greek.com is dedicated to maximizing your vacations and holidays in Greece and the Greek islands. Let us help you organize and plan your travel to one of Europe’s favorite holiday destinations where you will learn more about the most popular attractions in Greece and the surrounding islands. greek.com also delivers up-to-date info on hotels and accommodation suggestions as well as many other travel-related services including online hotel booking, island tour packages, cruises, car rentals, tours and scuba diving services. The best way to experience the unique beauty and culture of Greece is to tour both the mainland and the islands of this incredible Mediterranean vacation destination. In addition to Athens and Delphi on the mainland, spending a few nights at each island will allow you to fully experience each unique island on its own.

    Greece is a mountainous country located in southeastern Europe, bordered by Albania, Turkey and Bulgaria. The nation is surrounded by more than a thousand small islands, only 200 of which are populated. The history of ancient Greece gores all the way back to the powerful Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations that flourished around 3000 BC. Greece was also the site of the powerful city-state of Athens, which was the high-point of Greek civilization in 800 BC.

    Today, Greece is a modern European country, with a strong democratic government, and a developing economy. The Greek government is a parliamentary republic guided by a Democratic Constitution and the president of the republic is the head of the state, while the prime minister is the head of the Greek government. Most of the people in Greece are concentrated in the major urban areas, with Athens containing nearly a third of the country’s population. The country has always been a seafaring nation and that tradition has continued throughout its history until the present day with the Greek merchant shipping fleet being one of the largest world-wide. Greece currently owns one-seventh of the world’s shipping fleet in terms of total tonnage and is the second largest in the world behind Japan and just ahead of China and Germany. In 2000 Greece adopted the Euro as the official currency to help solidify its position as a global shipping leader.

    If you thinking of traveling to Greece, let greek.com help you plan, book and organize your ultimate Mediterranean vacation all in one convenient location. U.S. and Canadian citizens visiting Greece for any period of less than three months need only a passport for entry and there are no immunizations required either. Those wishing to spend more than three months in Greece can obtain the necessary permits at the Greek Embassy in their country of residence.





    22/04/2017

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    Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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    Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

    Lilliputian Royal Court

    Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

    The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

    There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

    All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

    Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

    Lilliput House

    Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

    Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





    21/04/2017

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    Tibet Travel China: Tour, Cities, History, People, Map, Festival #travel #packages

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    Tibet Travel Guide

    Chinese Name: 西藏 (xī z ng)

    Abbreviation: Zang

    Admin. Type: Autonomous Region

    Namtso

  • Tashilhunpo
    Monastery
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    Tibet Introduction

    Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR for short) attracts people of all persuasions every year from both home and abroad. It rewards every visitor with an unforgettable experience of the land, the people and the mysticism!

    It is the gateway of southwest China. Its land mass is about 1/8 of the territories of the country. The history of Tibet began about 4,000 years ago, when living was simpler. Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural and religious center with abundant cultural relics, like the world s highest palace complex, the Potala Palace built over 1,300 years ago.

    Geography and Natural Scenery

    This place is called Roof of the World and the Third Pole of the Earth . Five mountains exceed the altitudes of 8,000 meters (26,240 feet) and most rise to 7,000 meters (22,960 feet), making them a natural challenge for mountaineers. The world s highest peak, Mt. Everest is situated in this region. The vast land is also the river source for the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Indus, and the Ganges. Its lakes: the Heavenly Lake Namtso, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Lake Manasarova set the region apart as an exceptional scenic place.

    Religion

    The area is synonymous with devout religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon. In the 16th century, every family produced a member in the holy orders: a quarter of its population. It has been built into the culture with 1,700 Buddhism monasteries in the country. The Bon comes second with 88 Bon religious places of worship. Religious festivals are celebrated like national holidays. You come across religious artifacts year round there.

    People Life

    The people living in this vast land are mainly Tibetan, an ethnic group with bold and uninhibited characteristics. They take beef, mutton and dairy products as staple food, which protect them from severe cold. The locals grow crops under harsh climatic conditions. The main grain crop grown here is the barley. The popular zanba and barley wine are made from it. Traditional local clothing are usually thick, warm and loose with wide waist and long sleeves and skirts. Hada, a ceremonial scarf, is highly regarded. People here usually present Hada as a mark of esteem when holding celebration parties, welcoming visitors, visiting the elders or seeing someone off. This land is reputed as the Sea of Dances and Songs , where people enjoy these pursuits. People here also engages in wrestling, horse racing and archery on Tibetan festivals. You have an opportunity to do home visits and learn more.

    Tips

    You can reach the land by air, by road or by train through the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At high altitudes the air is thin and one is exposed to strong ultraviolet radiation as well as huge temperature variation between day and night. Thus, visitors should make good preparations before and during the travel. Visitors are also advised that summer is the preferable season for a visit. As a guest coming from abroad you need to visit in groups with a Tibet Travel Permit. For more tips including weather, mountain sickness, etiquette, taboo and more, please go to to Tibet Travel Tips .

    Highlights :

    Intreresting cultual highlights including the custom of sky burial, Thangka, Tibetan medicine and the local opera.





    13/04/2017

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  • Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Dominican Republic

    President: Danilo Medina (2012)

    Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

    Geography

    The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

    Government

    Representative democracy.

    History

    The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

    Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

    President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

    A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

    Next: Freely-Elected President Balaguer Witnesses Withdrawal of Foreign Troops





    19/03/2017

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    Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Dominican Republic

    President: Danilo Medina (2012)

    Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

    Geography

    The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

    Government

    Representative democracy.

    History

    The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

    Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

    President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

    A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

    Next: Freely-Elected President Balaguer Witnesses Withdrawal of Foreign Troops





    19/03/2017

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    Czech Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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    Czech Republic

    President: Milos Zeman (2013)

    Prime Minister: Bohuslav Sobotka (2014)

    Land area: 29,836 sq mi (77,276 sq km); total area: 30,450 sq mi (78,866 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 10,627,448 (growth rate: 0.17%); birth rate: 9.79/1000; infant mortality rate: 2.63/1000; life expectancy: 78.31

    Geography

    The Czech Republic’s central European landscape is dominated by the Bohemian Massif, which rises to heights of 3,000 ft (900 m) above sea level. This ring of mountains encircles a large elevated basin, the Bohemian Plateau. The principal rivers are the Elbe and the Vltava.

    Government

    Parliamentary democracy.

    History

    Probably about the 5th century A.D. Slavic tribes from the Vistula basin settled in the region of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. The Czechs founded the kingdom of Bohemia and the Premyslide dynasty, which ruled Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th to the 16th century. One of the Bohemian kings, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, made Prague an imperial capital and a center of Latin scholarship. The Hussite movement founded by Jan Hus (1369? 1415) linked the Slavs to the Reformation and revived Czech nationalism, previously under German domination. A Hapsburg, Ferdinand I, ascended the throne in 1526. The Czechs rebelled in 1618, precipitating the Thirty Years’ War (1618 1648). Defeated in 1620, they were ruled for the next 300 years as part of the Austrian empire. Full independence from the Hapsburgs was not achieved until the end of World War I, following the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

    A union of the Czech lands and Slovakia was proclaimed in Prague on Nov. 14, 1918, and the Czech nation became one of the two component parts of the newly formed Czechoslovakian state. In March 1939, German troops occupied Czechoslovakia, and Czech Bohemia and Moravia became German protectorates for the duration of World War II. The former government returned in April 1945 when the war ended and the country’s pre-1938 boundaries were restored. When elections were held in 1946, Communists became the dominant political party and gained control of the Czechoslovakian government in 1948. Thereafter, the former democracy was turned into a Soviet-style state.

    Nearly 42 years of Communist rule ended with the nearly bloodless velvet revolution in 1989. V clav Havel, a leading playwright and dissident, was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Havel, imprisoned twice by the Communist regime and his plays banned, became an international symbol for human rights, democracy, and peaceful dissent. The return of democratic political reform saw a strong Slovak nationalist movement emerge by the end of 1991, which sought independence for Slovakia. When the general elections of June 1992 failed to resolve the continuing coexistence of the two republics within the federation, Czech and Slovak political leaders agreed to separate their states into two fully independent nations. On Jan. 1, 1993, the Czechoslovakian federation was dissolved and two separate independent countries were established the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.

    In Aug. 2002, severe flooding caused 70,000 people in Prague and 200,000 nationwide to be evacuated.

    Next: Havel Leaves Office After 13 Years as President





    18/03/2017

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    Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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    Latest Content

    The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

    Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

    Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

    RIP Kawashima Naomi

    Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

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    STORE

    If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

    Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

    POLITICS

    Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

    So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

    SPORT

    So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





    17/03/2017

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