Azrou – Throughout their school years, twin sisters Salma and Soumaya Al Ahmadi were known for their excellence. As expected, the day of their baccalaureate exam, both girls scored high in all subjects— with the exception of philosophy.Recognizing suspicious patterns in the two’s scores in the philosophy section of the test, the scorer assigned them a score of 0/20. Consequently, the sisters were prohibited from taking the makeup test.Salma and Soumaya disagree with the decision and it will mean that they will have wasted an entire year of their education if it stands. They brought their case to court, which issued a ruling in their favor. But to the twins’ dismay, the Ministry of Education refused to implement the court’s ruling. In an interview with Medi1 TV, the twins’ lawyer Morad Zerzori claimed the Ministry’s refusal to implement the court’s decision is unjustified and based on unsound facts. He had expected the Ministry to comply with the judicial ruling and allow the twins to retake the test instead of repeating the academic year. However, the Ministry’s actual decision forbids the sisters from taking the baccalaureate exam for one year.While the exam administrator claims that the twins exams contain matching ideas, Morad Zerzori notes that the sisters’ introductions and conclusions were completely different. The similarities lie in the analyses and citations, which is permitted under the exam laws. Morad Zerzori adds that as twins, Salma and Soumaya Al Ahmadi live under the same roof, use the same books, and refer to the same reference materials to prepare for exams. Their lawyer adds that the twins have consistently earned similar grades, the difference never exceeding a half-point.The Ministry of National Education has confirmed in a statement that changes in decisions regarding cheating are not possible. Only the Regional Academy for Education and Training has the authority, under Article 105 dated 6 May 2014, to reverse decisions made against those accused of cheating.The Ministry also highlights that during the correction process, the scorers found matching answers on the twins’ answer sheets. The Regional Academy for Education and Training indicated that exams undergo correction anonymously.The Ministry’s decision has failed to put an end to the twins’ case as protest amongst the twins’ supporters continues to heighten. In response to the protest, the Ministry replied that their verdict ensures the credibility of the results, as well as equal opportunity for students. The Ministry reported that they will not address grievances that are incompatible with the morals and educational values that Moroccan schools seek to consolidate in society. The Ministry confirmed the Regional Committee’s decision to prevent the twins from participating in the retake session.Salma and Soumaya have reached out to their supporters through YouTube claiming that given tightly controlled exam room conditions, it would be impossible for them to copy from each other. Moreover, the sisters state that they always prepare for exams together from the exact same references and that their writing style is almost the same. The twins even share a Facebook account and a single cell phone. The two sisters provided, as proof, copies of their previous exams in philosophy in which the analysis and ideas were similar.The two sisters are distraught since they hoped to achieve high scores on the baccalaureate and continue their studies at the best schools available to them. Salma and Soumaya are convinced their only crime is that they are twin sisters.Edited By Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
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The Ohio State athletic department warned fans in need of tickets to OSU football’s homecoming game against Nebraska to beware of counterfeit tickets. The warning urged fans to purchase tickets from The Ohio State Athletics Ticket Office, OhioStateBuckeyes.com or Ticketmaster, the only authorized sellers of OSU athletics tickets. Tickets to the Nebraska game as well as all remaining home games can also be purchased through the Buckeyes TicketExchange at OhioStateBuckeyes.com/ticketexchange. TicketExchange is the only official ticket exchange site of OSU athletics and the only resale source that can guarantee the exchange of valid tickets, according to the Tuesday release. According to the message, fans that use any other source risk purchasing tickets that are “counterfeit, stolen or otherwise void, and as such will not allow the ticket holder admission into the event.” Dan Wallenberg, OSU athletics spokesman, said there have been no reports of counterfeit tickets this season, but there were some circulating toward the end of last year’s basketball season. “We realize it’s a big game and we’re just being proactive, making sure fans are aware that this could happen and to be wary of the possibility,” Wallenberg said. “Realizing the night game, the national TV, the demand for tickets for this particular game, we just wanted to get out in front of it.” OSU police chief Paul Denton did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Tuesday evening request for comment regarding counterfeit tickets.
The Big Ten conference has submitted a set of recommendations to the NCAA — including redefining the cost of education and providing improved medical insurance — that it says would improve the college experience for student-athletes who are in “good-standing” with their respective universities.The release is in response to the NCAA’s new autonomy structure that was announced in August which allows the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific 12 and Southeastern conferences to make their own rules concerning scholarships, full cost of attendance and health care for student-athletes.The release by the Big Ten listed four main suggestions its made to the NCAA includingCost of education: Make sure full grant-in-aid meets a student-athlete’s cost of education, as determined by the federal government.Multi-years Scholarships: Guarantee all scholarships so even if a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, there won’t be an impact on a university’s commitment to provide an undergraduate education — no matter what the reason is that student can’t compete.Lifetime educational commitment: Ensure that scholarships don’t have an expiration date, so if a student-athlete leaves a university for a professional career before graduating — whether the career materializes, and regardless of its length — the scholarship will be honored after his or her playing days are complete.Medical insurance: Provide improved and consistent insurance for student-athletes.The release added that Big Ten athletic programs provide almost $200 million in direct financial aid to student-athletes on 350 teams in 42 separate sports.
FORMER JUNIOR MINISTER Ivor Callely has appeared in court charged with six counts of presenting fraudulent receipts to claim expenses.Callely, who served as a junior minister between 2002 and 2005, was released on bail after appearing before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court this lunchtime. He will appear in court again next Thursday, April 25.The 54-year-old former Fianna Fáil minister has been under investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation for two years in relation to the alleged falsification of receipts presented to the Oireachtas authorities.The charges relate to four receipts allegedly submitted by Callely in November 2007, with dates between 2002 and 2006, with the letterhead of Business Communications Ltd – a company which had actually ceased trading in 1994.He is also charged in relation to alleged falsified invoices from ‘In-Tech Ireland Ltd’, dated February 2008, and ‘Allstat Ltd’ dated September 2009.All six invoices have been allegedly submitted contrary to Section 26 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.Persons convicted of offences under that section are liable to a fine, or up to 10 years in prison.Comments have been disabled as court proceedings are now underway.
11,917 Views Monday 13 Feb 2017, 8:21 PM Short URL Feb 13th 2017, 8:21 PM Russia orders prison inmate on hunger strike to pay his own medical costs Andrei Krekov said he went on hunger strike after being placed in solitary confinement. File photo Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn http://jrnl.ie/3238339 File photo Share40 Tweet Email By AFP RUSSIA HAS ORDERED a prisoner to pay his own medical costs after he went on hunger strike over jail conditions, his lawyer said today, a move that could curb protests against poor treatment of convicts.The prison service is forcing Andrei Krekov, 36, a lawyer from the northwestern Arkhangelsk region, to cover costs of some 50,000 roubles (€813) resulting from a 27-day hunger strike last year.Prisoners in Russia have little recourse to draw attention to abuses and often resort to hunger strikes as a way of highlighting their plight.High-profile detainees in Russian jails who have held hunger strikes include the Pussy Riot punks, former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.“We have huge doubts about the legality of this lawsuit,” said Alexei Fedyarov, a lawyer from Sitting Rus, an organisation that campaigns for prisoners’ rights, who has taken up Krekov’s case.“The lawsuit and the decision on it will set a precedent,” he said, warning that hunger strikes “could simply die out.”Krekov is serving a sentence of 2 years and 8 months in a penal colony after being jailed in 2015 for allegedly biting a policeman on the leg, a charge he says was fabricated after he reported a police beating.Krekov’s partner Viktoria, who asked not to give her full name for fear of repercussions, told AFP he launched a hunger strike after being placed in an isolation cell as punishment for allegedly making an unsanctioned phone call.At the end of his hunger strike his health deteriorated and he was hospitalised for nine days.While Krekov is entitled to free state hospital treatment, he was given private treatment for reasons that are unclear, and the prison service is suing him over the medical costs of 28,917 roubles (€470.15), arguing he deliberately damaged his health.In addition he is being ordered to pay 21,616 roubles (€351.44) for costs including convoy guards and even petrol.A magistrates’ court has upheld the payment demand and Krekov has taken the case through numerous appeals, running up legal bills of 500,000 roubles (€8,129), his partner said.- © AFP 2017Read: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiersRead: Trump insists he doesn’t know Putin – or have any deals in Russia 40 Comments Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s campaign.Trump made no mention of Comey’s role in the Clinton investigation, which she has blamed in part for the election result. But in announcing the firing, the White House circulated a scathing memo, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton.Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the bureau’s Trump-Russia probe, Rosenstein has been in charge.This is only the second firing of an FBI director in history. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.
Starting Friday, state troopers will be issuing $190 tickets to drivers who fail to slow down — and move over one lane, if possible — when they see the flashing lights of fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, tow trucks and vehicles operated by state Department of Transportation employees stopped up ahead on the side of the highway.At the start of this year, a law took effect that created a 200-foot emergency zone behind and ahead of official vehicles whose drivers are dealing with car crashes, medical problems, felony arrests and other emergencies.The emergency zone includes the lane nearest the one where emergency officials are parked.A WSP video on YouTube says it’s easy to avoid a ticket: “Ease off the gas and ease over if it’s safe.”For example, the video shows, if the emergency vehicles are all stopped on the right shoulder, drivers are required to at least slow down and, if possible, move out of the far-right lane — to create a safety zone for the firefighters, police, paramedics, tow truck drivers and other first responders.During January, February and March, troopers focused on educating the public about the new emergency zone law, but ticketing starts Friday.The new law was created for a reason, the bulletin said: “Between 2006 and 2009, the Washington State Patrol alone had 80 collisions involving passing vehicles striking trooper vehicles parked alongside the highway. The major contributing factors in these were speeding or driving too fast for (road, weather and traffic) conditions, followed by DUI.”
JULY• Subaru hits milestone of 1 million vehicle imports through Port of Vancouver.• Main Street Marijuana becomes the county’s first recreational marijuana retailer.• Uber quietly launches ride-sharing service in Vancouver, raising city concerns.AUGUST• Tesoro-Savage release economic impact study for proposed oil terminal.• The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council extends study of Tesoro-Savage proposal.• Longshore union approves new contract with grain terminal operators.SEPTEMBER• County’s jobs expansion continues to top state, regional growth trends.• Vancouver’s RS Medical parts ways with CEO, announces at least 28 layoffs.• Portland’s Menashe Properties buys downtown’s Main Place office building .This year’s third quarter was a time of beginnings, with marijuana offered for legal sale to recreational users for the first time, and endings, with the drawn-out labor dispute at the United Grain terminal finally coming to an end.The July-through-September quarter also was a time of delay and deliberation regarding the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, which inched forward in a review process that now will extend into next year, and probably beyond. While struggling RS Medical announced another 28 layoffs, on balance the quarter was a time of steady but cautious economic recovery for most businesses and residents. The county’s strong job growth and shrinking unemployment provided solid reasons for optimism. In the past 12 months, the county has added an estimated 6,400 jobs, a 4.2 percent one-year increase. The job growth rate far exceed that of the nation, the states of Washington and Oregon, and the overall Portland metropolitan area. Every major employment category added jobs. Longer term, an analysis by Employment Security Department regional economist Scott Bailey found that the number of high-wage jobs — $26 per hour and above — was on the rise since the economic downturn, but the median hourly wage for the county has been more or less stuck at $20 for more than a decade.Grain impasse endsEasily the most welcome story during the quarter was the end in August of an 18-month lockout of Longshore union workers at the United Grain terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The tally was 88 percent in favor of an agreement with United Grain, Louis Dreyfus Commodities in Portland and Seattle, and Columbia Grain Inc. in Portland that is in effect through May 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /44:42 On Monday’s Houston Matters: There’s a heat advisory in effect today in the Houston area as temperatures are expected to once again hover close to 100 degrees. But what good is a heat advisory if you’re forced to remain in a building without working air conditioning? That’s what had apparently been happening recently at a Beaumont prison until a federal judge intervened. We discuss this latest development in what has been a five-year battle over the conditions in which inmates are held.Also this hour: We explore new laws affecting children across the state with the help of the organization Children at Risk.Plus, local veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers listener questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Bolpur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed to launch a massive campaign to inform the farmers that the state government will pay their entire premium of crop insurance. Banerjee was addressing the administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium here on Wednesday afternoon.The decision to pay the crop insurance was taken a few days ago, after the Chief Minister found that the Centre is taking the credit of paying the premium of crop insurance for Bengal farmers, by paying only 20% of the amount. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUtilising the situation, the state BJP was telling farmers that the Centre was paying their crop insurance premium. “We pay 80% of the premium and Centre pays only 20%. Give advertisement in newspapers, go to the farmers and tell them the actual story. We do not want Centre’s help. We will pay the entire amount,” Banerjee said. Banerjee expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the district administration to procure paddy directly from the farmers. District Magistrate Moumita Godara informed the Chief Minister that the district administration has procured 1 lakh metric tonnes of paddy against the target of 3.5 lakh metric tonnes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee asked the district administration to start disbursing cheques among the farmers directly from January 5, under the “Give your paddy and take your cheque” scheme. The state government will open an additional 2,000 centres so that the farmers won’t have to travel far to sell their paddy. She asked the district administration to take stringent measures against errant drivers. Speed should be restricted on some stretches of highways and police vigil should be intensified, she said. She asked the district administration to implement ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ programme seriously. “It is often seen that various types of crimes along with incidents of reckless driving take place during late night and early hours and police vigil in the vulnerable areas should be intensified,” she said. Banerjee said she had the information that often some truck drivers ask the khalasis to drive the vehicle while they take rest. “Conduct surprise checks and taken stringent action against the khalasis,” she said, adding: “Ensure that drunken driving is totally stopped and ensure that no one talks on cell phone while driving as well.” She asked the people’s representatives to go to the people to oversee the distribution of rice at Rs 2/kg under Khadya Sathi project and distribution of houses under Bangla Abas Yojana.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 27, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Another day, another warning of potential password pitfalls. Is it just us or do the days of handwritten letters and carrier pigeons seem to be increasingly appealing?We recently wrote about the fact that people are still using terrible passwords. The passwords themselves are just the beginning. A new infographic compiled by password-management firm Meldium shows some interesting (read: frightening) statistics on how our online behavior is leaving us vulnerable to cyberthieves.Related: Does President Obama’s Bid to Bolster Cyber Security Go Far Enough?Did you know, for instance, that 90 percent of employee passwords can be cracked in six hours? That’s less than a full work day! Moreover, nearly two-thirds of people use the same password for their many different accounts. Imagine if whomever you shared your Seamless account password with also had your online banking password. Not a pleasant thought.The infographic below offers a look at the common ways of keeping track of various passwords, and how often people forget the magic word or phrase for a site.Click to EnlargeRelated: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Register Now »
Fast-moving monopoles likewise pump out this light, and so do the comparatively massive, slowpoke monopoles — but for a different reason. These monopoles, borne of the early Grand Unified era of the Big Bang when three of the fundamental forces were joined as one, would possess a vestige of the extreme energy density where the differences between Standard Model particles and forces disappear. “The Grand Unified monopole contains in its tiny heart a little bit of the Big Bang, when all the forces were equal,” says Pinfold. When a proton in ice is exposed to this core of a monopole, where elementary particles’ differences disappear, the proton decays, with its constituent quarks transforming into other particle types including positrons, which can generate detectable Cherenkov light.As of 2015, when they issued their most recent major report on the topic, researchers hadn’t found any monopoles with IceCube, based on two years’ worth of data. But again, patiently waiting could yet pay off.A Magnetic FutureIf magnetic monopoles ever do show up in Earth’s vicinity, or the detritus of particle collisions, we will know it. And should someone, somewhere, indeed manage to unambiguously nab one of the little rascals, then the real fun begins. Wrangling monopoles could be easy, bending the particles to our will just by applying common electromagnetic fields. Monopoles might flow as magnetic, instead of electric currents, paving the way for “magnetronic” technologies involving “magnetricity,” perhaps in ultra-compact data storage or totally reimagined computer architectures.As for science experiments, working with a new particle could finally deliver on those Grand Unified Theories and even theories of everything. Getting to that new realm of physics would likely require the brute thrill of smashing monopoles’ heads together. “If we can find them,” Rajantie says, “ultimately what we particle physicists would like to do is have a collider where we collide monopoles with other things and see what comes out.” Who knows, maybe the LHC could give way to an LMC — a Large Monopole Collider.And finally, Pinfold and those like him who have wondered why magnets cannot splice into solitary north or south poles would have an answer.“The magnetic monopole runs through the development of modern theories of the universe like a golden thread,” says Pinfold. “If we do see something, it will be a very big deal.”
Facebook Comments Related posts:Forget Lollapalooza; this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago is way better Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new album Q&A with Robyn Hitchcock: He began in the punk era but landed in Nashville Pop icon Prince dead at 57 The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline Chicago’sLollapalooza festival, it was announced last Wednesday, as the alternative rock greats complete work on their first album in five years.The July 28-31 festival in Chicago, which is marking its 25th anniversary, also said that Radiohead would perform, in the latest date for the acclaimed British arthouse rockers whose small arena tour sold out within minutes.See: Radiohead announces 2016 world tour ahead of possible new albumRed Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis last month told a radio station that the band had written “two dozen songs” and was “in the home stretch” of selecting and recording them for the new album.Band members have said they were in the studio with longtime Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich as well as Danger Mouse, a diverse producer with a background in hip-hop who worked on the latest albums by Adele and U2. Lana Del Rey attends her “Freak” music video premiere at The Wiltern on Feb. 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope/AFPThe album, whose release date and title have not been revealed, will be the first since the Chili Peppers’ 2011 “I’m With You,” which brought in new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.The Chili Peppers emerged in 1980s Los Angeles as they brought funk elements into punk rock.Each of the band’s albums has entered the top five on the U.S. chart since “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” which came out in 1991 during a surge of interest for music outside the pop mainstream.Lollapalooza was launched that year by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, who envisioned a traveling festival to celebrate music and alternative culture.The festival declined as fans increasingly found it too commercialized, but was reborn in 2005 as an annual event in Chicago’s Grant Park.Lollapalooza has since expanded internationally, with editions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Germany, with a Colombian version to debut in October.For the 25th anniversary, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days in Chicago, one day longer than usual.Other performers include LCD Soundsystem, the influential New York electronic act that is reuniting for April’s Coachella festival in California, as well as rappers J. Cole and Future, the wildly popular Lana Del Rey, and many others.