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Which are the Best Schools in Auckland?

Which are the Best Schools in Auckland?

Auckland Grammar failed the cut, but Mt Roskill Grammar outshone wealthier rivals in Metro magazine’s investigation to find the top 25 high schools in Auckland.

Metro editor Lauren Quaintance says, “I expect this list to bring out strong feelings. But we felt that parents should not make such an important decision without being able to weigh up some very pertinent and new data.”

Senior writer Gilbert Wong consulted education experts to devise a novel ratings system that let Metro help provide the answer to one of the most important questions in your son or daughter’s education: which high school is best?

“If you want to know how your local school does compared to the one down the road, you won’t get an answer from the Ministry of Education,” says Wong. He gained access to a variety of databases including university entrance rates, teacher turnover and student suspensions and stand-downs that enabled Metro to rate the job schools are doing.

The Metro ratings system compares private with public, NCEA with Cambridge and comes up with a list of the 25 top performing schools across the region.

Those that made the cut include a mix of private and public, high and low decile schools. Under Metro’s criteria some so-called beacon schools like Auckland Grammar and Kings College did not perform as well as comparable schools.

Mt Roskill Grammar, a decile 5 school was discovered to be producing better results than a clutch of decile 10 high schools.

The Best Schools issue of Metro with in-depth information on the 25 top schools in the region is on sale on Monday (July 31).

The top 25 schools list:

1. St Cuthbert’s College
2. Diocesan School for Girls
3. Epsom Girls Grammar
4. Carmel College
5. Baradene College
6. Rosmini College
7. Westlake Girls” High
8. St Kentigern College
9. Kingsway School
10. Takapuna Grammar School
11. St Mary’s College
12. Rangitoto College
13. Dilworth School
14. Wesley College
15. Pakuranga College
16. Howick College
17. Glendowie College
18. Marist College
19. Mt Roskill Grammar
20. Sacred Heart College
21. St Dominic’s College
22. Sir Edmund Hillary College
23. Western Springs College
24. Liston College
25. Auckland Girls Grammar

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11/10/2017

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Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors – Scars With Beautiful Tattoos


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Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors Scars With Beautiful Tattoos

Mastectomies, or surgical removals of all or part of a breast, can be life-saving procedures for people suffering from or at risk of developing breast cancer, but the scars they leave behind can be both physical and psychological. For some women, tattooing their post-mastectomy breasts has become a powerful way to reclaim what was lost.

A website called P.Ink has helped tattoo artists connect with women who want to tattoo their mastectomy scars. One such tattoo artist, David Allen, had inspiring things to say about the process; What was clinical became beautiful again we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.

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08/10/2017

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How to Identify Circumcision Damage in the Adult Male #circumcision, #circumcise,


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How to Identify Circumcision Damage
in the Adult Male

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The risks of newborn circumcision are
an underreported and ignored factor in this argument.
Most often a poor surgical result isn’t recognized until years after the event.
The adverse long term consequences of infant circumcision
on the sexual health of American men must be recognized
by physicians, parents, and legislators.
James L. Snyder, M.D. Past President, Virginia Urologic Society
The Problem of Circumcision in America

Many circumcised men are unaware that they have been harmed by circumcision because they do not understand how the intact (non-circumcised) penis functions and/or they do not know how to identify their circumcision damage. Many circumcised men fail to recognize their own circumcision damage and assume that peculiar things about their penis are ‘normal’ or ‘a birth defect.’

NOHARMM documents evidence of how males have been harmed by circumcision. After reading this page, we encourage you to complete a confidential Harm Documentation Form and submit it to NOHARMM. Some individuals may be able to take legal action against their circumciser, especially those who initiate action within one year after first realizing their damage or, in the case of minors, within one year of turning age 18. We can refer you to an appropriate attorney .

This page illustrates some of the physical consequences of infant circumcision, as they appear in the adult male:

For a discussion of circumcision’s sexual and psychological consequences affecting men,
please read Long-Term Consequences of Neonatal Circumcision .

Below: This photograph shows the lack of skin mobility during erection of a circumcised penis. Note the dark scar where the foreskin was amputated.

This tightness and the unnatural dryness of the penile shaft and head causes some men (and their partners) pain, abrasion, and bleeding during sex. Breaks in the skin are an effective way to transmit and contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

Below: These five photographs show how the shaft skin of
an intact (non-circumcised) penis moves during sexual activity.

Range of skin movement marked by point A is several inches back and forth.
Note how point B moves and the end of the foreskin widens to accommodate
the head of the penis. Notice the smooth texture of the head of the penis.
The moist mucosal surface of the foreskin and glans is similar to that
of the female labia and vagina.
NOTE:Retraction is normally not possible or desirable in infants and young children.

Explore the severity of your circumcision or the amount of foreskin you have using the Coverage Index

The glans (penile head) is normally an internal organ protected by the moist mucosal tissue of the prepuce (foreskin). Without the foreskin, the glans is exposed to the outer environment (air, soap, clothing, sun, etc.). The glans dries out and develops several extra layers of skin (keratinization). 1 Compare the dry, cracked appearance of the glans of a circumcised penis (upper right) with the moist mucosal end of the glans of an intact penis (lower right). The unnatural dryness of the circumcised penis can cause abrasion and bleeding during sex, whereas the moistness of the intact penis makes sex more comfortable, especially during penetration. For women with circumcised male partners, the problem of ‘vaginal dryness’ during sex may also be partly attributable to the unnatural dryness of the circumcised penis.

Besides removing the densely nerve-laden foreskin, circumcision removes 50% of the penile shaft skin and associated nerve endings. 2 The exposed glans then keratinizes, causing further loss of sensation. Many circumcised men in the Awakenings survey 3 reported that desensitization caused them to abandon or bypass the subtler pleasures of genital foreplay in favor of immediate intercourse, which would offer them greater stimulation. They often hurried through intercourse, however often needing extraordinary and sometimes violent thrusting to obtain sufficient stimulation for both pleasure and orgasm. Other men reported frequent reliance on behaviors offering more stimulation than vaginal sex (e.g. oral sex, anal sex or masturbation) or compensating for diminished quality of sexual response with quantity (sexual compulsivity).

Eventually, keratinization occurs even after adult circumcision. It can also occur in intact men with short foreskins or those who habitually wear their foreskin in the retracted position.

Imagine how different female sexual response would be if the clitoral hood (female foreskin) and the labia were removed. Exposure of the clitoris to the constant effects of the outer environment would approximate the effects of male circumcision.


23/09/2017

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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

“We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

“This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

“In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

Weighty Decision

DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

“The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

“We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

Antitrust experts said the regulator’s demand to sell large swathes of R editing by Robin Emmott/Keith Weir/Sriraj Kalluvila

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10/09/2017

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Welcome to the Counseling Center: Texas State University #lonely, #lonliness, #txstate,


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Welcome to the Counseling Center

END OF THE SEMESTER SESSIONS

Each semester, when the Counseling Center has no more capacity to add new clients seeking ongoing counseling, we replace initial consultations (ICONs) with one-time sessions for the remainder of the semester. As of Monday, July 31 st the Counseling Center will begin offering one-time sessions. These one-time sessions are an hour in length and focus on problem solving more immediate issues. If students are in need of further services, we will help them connect with additional resources outside of the Counseling Center.

Counseling Center services are free, confidential, and provided by trained professionals to currently enrolled Texas State students while classes are in session.

Counseling Center Services include brief individual, group, and couples counseling, consultation and crisis response, and workshops about coping with stress and other mental health topics.

Individual counseling is also available on a limited basis at the Round Rock campus. Click here for details.

CONCEALED CARRY IS PROHIBITED IN THE COUNSELING CENTER

Effective August 1, 2016, concealed carry of a handgun by license holders is allowed on Texas public university campuses subject to the restrictions imposed by statures and by the University President. Concealed carry is prohibited in some buildings on Texas State University Campuses, please see www.txstate.edu/campuscarry


05/09/2017

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U. S. issues travel warnings for Lebanon and Turkey #responsible #travel

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U.S. issues travel warnings for Lebanon and Turkey

Warnings come after drawdown of non-emergency government personnel.

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    State Department issued warnings because of possible attacks Agency has warned against traveling to many parts of the Middle East Situation in Lebanon portrayed as especially dangerous

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The U.S. Department of State has issued warnings against traveling to Lebanon and Turkey because of the possibility of attacks against U.S. citizens.

The Friday warnings come after a State Department order for a drawdown of non-emergency government personnel and their families in Beirut, Lebanon, and Adana, Turkey.

So far this summer, the State Department has issued several warnings for travel throughout the Middle East, including to Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

The warning for Lebanon says “all travel” should be avoided because the potential for a “spontaneous upsurge in violence remains.” The warning for Turkey says U.S. citizens should avoid the southeastern part of the country. It does not specifically mention Istanbul, a popular destination in northwest Turkey.

John Rendeiro, vice president of global security and intelligence for International SOS, which provides assistance to travelers abroad, says the State Department seems to be making preparations for possible U.S.-led military intervention in Syria.

“This is sort of preparing in the event that there is a military strike and some kind of action in Syria that will lead to retaliation by Syria and its allies,” he says. “If they are taking measures warning their own employees about the threat, they have to notify the public about that.”

The State Department portrayed the situation in Lebanon, which shares a border with Syria, as especially dangerous for U.S. citizens.

Lebanese government authorities, the State Department warning says, can’t guarantee the protection of visitors if violence should break out.

“Access to borders, airports, roads and seaports can be interrupted with little or no warning,” the warning says. “Public demonstrations occur frequently with little warning and have the potential to become violent. Family, neighborhood or sectarian disputes often escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with little or no warning. The ability of U.S. government personnel to reach travelers or provide emergency services may be severely limited.”

The State Department says that a number of extremist groups operate in Lebanon, including Hezbollah, which the U.S. government has designated a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah and other paramilitary groups have been known to detain foreigners for “political motivations as well as for interrogation – sometimes for hours or longer,” the warning says. Kidnapping is also a problem.

Travelers should particularly stay away from the border regions between Lebanon and Syria because the conflict in Syria has led to incidents there that have resulted in deaths in some cases, the warning says.

Lebanon’s conflicts with Israel can also pose a problem for travelers.

“Rocket attacks from southern Lebanon into Israel have occurred in the past and remain a potential threat,” the warning says. “These attacks frequently provoke a military response from Israel. The rocket attacks and responses occur with no warning.”

As for Turkey, the State Department says that there have been no direct attacks on U.S. citizens but that travelers should still avoid demonstrations and large gatherings because they can escalate into violence.

The State Department says anyone who has to travel to the two countries should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates and make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to stay in touch.

U.S. citizens traveling to Lebanon, in particular, should “keep a low profile, assess their personal security and vary times and routes for all required travel,” the warning says.

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12/07/2017

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