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Experts suggest math scores higher in Quebec because teachers are better trained

first_imgMONTREAL – Ontario needn’t look too far to find ideas on how to improve its students’ math scores after Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement Wednesday her government would begin public consultations to overhaul the school curriculum.Education experts in Quebec credit one main reason why students in the province consistently top the country’s math rankings: Quebec teachers are better trained.A bachelor of education in Quebec takes four years to complete, during which future teachers spend at least 700 hours in elementary or secondary classrooms.In Ontario, teachers often get a four-year undergraduate diploma before starting a two-year teaching degree.Before 2015 in Ontario, teachers received only one year of training — meaning most of the teachers in classrooms in that province have been trained one-fourth as long as their Quebec colleagues.Annie Savard, a professor at McGill University’s department of integrated studies in education, has just finished conducting research on how mathematics is taught in high schools across Canada.Ontario, she explained, has elementary school through Grade 8, while high school in Quebec begins in Grade 7 and ends in Grade 11.Therefore, Savard says, Quebec students in seventh and eighth grades are taught by “math specialists” while their peers in Ontario are instructed by elementary school teachers.“If we look at a Grade 7 teacher who was trained at the elementary level, who went to one year at teachers college, and you compare them to someone in Quebec, who had four years training … it’s clear we have two teachers who are completely different,” Savard said in an interview.Ontario’s poor and stagnant math scores correspond with assessments from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).It found eight of 10 provinces recorded statistically significant decreases in scores between 2003 and 2012.Only students in Quebec exceeded the Canadian average.Savard said another reason Quebec students perform well is due to their teachers’ understanding of “didactic,” which is a concept championed in French-speaking European countries.Quebec teachers are taught to differentiate between teaching and learning.Didactic teaching concentrates on learning conditions and making content easy for students to digest, she said.“Knowing the content of the course isn’t enough for teachers,” Savard said. “You need what we call didactic (teaching). You need to unpack the content to make it accessible to students.”Lucie DeBlois, a professor in the education department at Universite Laval, agreed didactic teaching is essential to proper teaching.“We study the conditions that allow students to learn,” she said.DeBlois added francophone teachers in Quebec also benefit from strong teacher associations.“The associations in math are particularly strong,” she said. “They regularly propose seminars, conventions. They are very structured organizations and it helps to motivate the troops, so to speak.”Quebec teachers are also exposed to French-language research papers that aren’t immediately accessible to those who can’t read French.“We read as much French as we do in English,” she said. “We are as up to speed on the best practices and the leading research on teaching in both languages.”And it’s not just math scores that set Quebec apart.If Quebec were an independent country, it would rank in the top five in the world for its students’ science scores, according to 2015 statistics by the OECD.last_img read more

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WHAT WENT DOWN AT TORONTO LIFES ANNUAL MOST INFLUENTIAL PARTY LAST NIGHT

first_imgAdvertisement Here’s restaurateur Patrick Kriss (number 24), chef and co-owner of Alo:ROM director Josh Basseches (number 36) was there:Condo developer Sam Mizrahi mingled with guests: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Last night, Toronto Life hosted a star-studded event to celebrate its annual list of the city’s most influential people. Over 350 guests gathered inside the Windsor Arms Hotel and toasted the 50 prominent Torontonians with a vast selection of libations, including Vieni sparkling wine, Grey Goose cocktails, Glenmorangie whisky, Lost Craft beer, Pommies cider and Foreign Affair Wine. Here’s a closer look at what went down at the party.Mayor John Tory (number three on the list):TIFF gatekeeper Cameron Bailey (number 22) was looking dapper as usual: Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Cree Nation cancels events over police assault allegations in Val dOr

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been a week since allegations surfaced of Quebec provincial police abusing Indigenous women in Val d’Or.The James Bay Cree have decided to cancel events in the Quebec city as an act of retaliation.But some people in the community feel they’re being unfairly targeted by the boycott.APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story.last_img

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Most of this Russian painter’s works have been inspired by the Himalayas

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will host a unique month-long exhibition of paintings by famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich in June.Roerich, who was an archaeologist, theosophist and philosopher, has spent a reasonable time of his life in India and the beautiful Himalayan landscape has been the canvas for his numerous paintings. Nineteen of his paintings that will be showcased will be brought from Allahabad Museum. “Among the Russian painters, the work of Nicholas Roerich is not only unique in the context of Russian art but also a different kind of expression of the intuitive mind. His paintings are the manifestation of his internal experience while he was moving from Europe to America to Asia absorbing the auras of diverse peoples and making pilgrimage to remote places gaining wisdom. Central Asia, Mongolia and the Himalayan belt have been portrayed in many of his paintings,” said Rajesh Purohit, the director of Indian Museum. Roerich travelled to India and met many Indian scientists, artists and writers in the twenties and thirties. Following his first visit to India in 1923 he undertook an expenditure to the unknown tracts of Chinese Turkestan, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet where he studied the religion, the customs and the language of the people and also delved into the lifestyle of the inhabitants. In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi visited his home in Kullu. They discussed the fate of the new world. Gandhi would later recall about several days spent together with Roerich’s family. Roerich breathed his last on December 13, 1947 at Naggar in Himachal Pradesh. He was highly inspired by the Eastern religions specially Buddha Maitreya. He was also influenced by Krishna, which is evident from his portrayal of the Slavic folk hero Lel holding a flute amidst sheep in place of Lord Krishna’s cows. The exhibition titled “In Search of the Mystic World: Revisiting the Roerich’s collection from Allahabad Museum,” signifies his quest for both the inner and the outer world as well as the mysticism that is entwined in the tangible and intangible world. “While analysing his works it invoked in me a kind of mysticism. The metaphor and vivid symbolism in his works suggest that his mystical or spiritual experiences are directly inspired by the path followed by Jesus Christ who too had such deep experiences. So, he spent months painting church interiors in his native Russia,” Purohit said. Apart from Allahabad Museum, his collections are found only at the Bengaluru High Court in India. The highest collection of his work is in Boston Museum.last_img read more

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Group ‘ASWAT’ Condemns ‘Secret Arrests of Homosexuals’ in Morocco

Rabat- As the International Day Against Homophobia gets closer, “ASWAT”, a group for sexual minorities, denounced “the secret arrest of homosexuals and lesbians” in Morocco.The group posted a communiqué on its Facebook page criticizing what they called “the continuous arrest of people because of their sexual orientations.”“There are certainly arrests and trials taking place in secret without the public knowing about them,” says the Aswat communiqué. The group said that two people (a Moroccan and a Senegalese) were sentenced to four and eight months in prison and were fined 500 dirhams and 1,000 dirhams respectively on February 26 in Marrakech.Less than twoweeks before the International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, the group, whose motto is “Love is not a crime”, calls for the protection of the rights of homosexual minorities in the kingdom.The group demanded the abolition of Article 489 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes “licentious acts against nature with an individual of the same sex.”Under Article 489 of the Moroccan Criminal Code, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by between six months and three years in prison.Despite their religious tolerance, the overwhelming majority of Moroccans still hold conservative views regarding homosexuality.According to a survey conducted last year by the TNS Foundation for Moroccan magazine Telquel, 83 percent of Moroccans hold negative views on homosexuals. read more

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Morocco Strongly Condemns Cairo’s Terrorist Attack

Rabat – Morocco has strongly condemned the coward terror blast that targeted on Sunday a Coptic Cathedral in Cairo.“The Kingdom of Morocco strongly condemns this criminal terrorist act which runs counter universal human values and the principles of heavenly religions,” said a statement from the ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.Morocco, which extends its condolences to the victims’ families and the brotherly Egyptian people, reaffirms its solidarity with Egypt in countering terrorist acts, regardless of their origins or their motives, which aim at undermining the unity and the stability of the country. Morocco calls for coordinating efforts at the international level to face the scourge of terrorism that threatens international peace and stability and which should not be associated with any culture, religion or civilization, the statement said.A bomb blast at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral has killed at least 25 people on Sunday, state media said. read more

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Communication means innovation

Editor’s Note: Access Awareness Week is a yearly celebration to highlight the importance of accessibility and the many ways that it impacts our lives. Each day of this week we will feature an article looking at accessibility in its many forms.At Brock University it’s understood the more discussions we can have about the interrelationships of rights, the more the application of accessibility and inclusion will become part of our unique culture as an institution.Throughout this week we have been highlighting different attributes of accessibility and briefly linking them to human rights, but we would like to answer the question, what is the long-term effect of this on us as part of the Brock Community?To begin, Brock sets a high standard for the application of accessibility. This is due in part to the legal landscape of the province, but it is also largely due to the ambition of the University to become a leader. The foundation of becoming a leader in the area of accessibility is providing open and respectful lines of communication, and this comes to us in the form of consultation and feedback processes.Consultation and feedback processes are important because this is how we can develop our own evidence about what policies and activities should look like. When maintained correctly, these become an invaluable tool that can assist in developing better and more resounding approaches to inclusion.From an accessibility standpoint, consultation and feedback processes are important because they provide for implementation of accommodations and analysis of accessibility. From a standpoint of human rights, they’re also important because the general information held within requests for accommodation can assist an organization in planning barrier free access by employing universal design.In terms of forward movement it’s great to see that mechanisms which allow for community involvement are being recognized as vital. The Ontario Human Rights Commission creates policy for new and developing trends which are designed to tweak the ear of organizations, allowing them to make an interpretation that will allow for a broadening concept of inclusion. The reason why the Ontario Human Rights Commission is able to do this is because they have a preternatural ability to collect intelligence on rights that can work to an organization’s favour.Incorporating these two facets of accountability into our own infrastructure manoeuvres us towards the same sort of innovation. At the Marco level, consultation and feedback processes are two key ingredients to be used when developing a rights-based approach to the operations of an organization wanting to become even more accountable to its constituents.What we have seen in Ontario is the re-negotiation of what decision making looks like and the possibilities of pushing this even further, allowing us to re-imagine what the potential operations of an organization might look like 10 years down the road when the role of the AODA is eclipsed by sheer home grown innovation.• This article was written by Chris Lytle and Alana Sharpe read more

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Football Fourstar 2018 inside linebacker prospect KVaughan Pope commits to Ohio State

Ohio State gained its 17th member of its 2018 recruiting class when four-star inside linebacker K’Vaughan Pope committed to the Buckeyes Friday evening.https://twitter.com/Pop3Bad_81/status/893610280378347521The Dinwiddie, Virginia, native is the 168th-ranked player nationally in the class, according to 247Sports composite rankings, and ranks seventh in the country at the position.The Buckeyes received Pope’s pledge over other top programs such as Florida, Clemson and Alabama.The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Pope is the No. 4 ranked player in his state. He joins fellow inside linebacker and Virginian Teradja Mitchell in Ohio State’s 2018 class, which is the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation. read more

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No 5seeded Buckeyes seeking postseason success

The Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) begins postseason play Friday night with a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. For the No. 5-seeded Buckeyes, the first hurdle of defending its back-to-back championship titles and boosting its NCAA Tournament résumé will be No. 4-seeded Iowa (22-7, 10-6). OSU and Iowa split their two regular-season encounters. In the teams’ first contest of the year, the Buckeyes lost, 89-76, Jan. 8 in Iowa City, Iowa. OSU then redeemed itself with an 81-67 win against the Hawkeyes on Jan. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. Iowa has aspirations for postseason success as well. Entering the tournament as the No. 24-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Hawkeyes boast a five-game winning streak. Both teams have an intimate knowledge of each other, and Buckeye coach Jim Foster spoke after practice Wednesday about the threat Iowa poses for his team. “They really spread the floor,” Foster said. “Their guards are very good off the dribble. They’re a good basketball team.” Foster said Hawkeye senior guard Kachine Alexander is someone who could play a major role in the game. “Alexander is unique,” Foster said. “She’s a 5-foot-(9) player that can get double-digit rebounds. That’s unique talent.” But Foster said he can expect a strong offense from his team every night. “From an offensive perspective,” he said, “(we’re getting) great ball movement and taking care of the ball and timely shots.” With the Buckeyes riding a six-game winning streak into the tournament, Foster said other conference teams are considering OSU a threat. “Once we figured it out, I really liked the stretch of games,” he said. “I think there’s people in our league looking at our stretch down the end and saying they’re in trouble.” Senior center Jantel Lavender said OSU’s current streak proves the Buckeyes are “a good team.” “Even though I don’t think we had a great start, I still think that teams knew we were a team to be reckoned with,” she said. “It has started to really show.” The ultimate measure of the 2010–11 Buckeyes’ season, Lavender said, will be how well the team performs in the postseason. “I think it’s obvious that we have to make a run in the postseason,” she said. “I think we can make a run and show the world that we’re a great team.” Sophomore guard Tayler Hill might have summed up her team’s outlook best. “We’re getting better,” Hill said Wednesday, “and I don’t know if a lot of teams can say they’re getting better.” OSU’s Friday game against Iowa will tip off about 8:30 p.m. read more

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Juanin Garcia scores 2000 goals in ASOBAL

ASOBAL’s match between F.C Barcelona and Granollers 27:22 had an historical moment – 200th goal of Barca’s left wing Juan Garcia Lorenzana (36)! Former Spanish NT wing showed TOP class in this match, scored 7 goals and crossed the fantastic border, which could be only a dream for most of the players…22 – Granollers: Gonzalo (Pérez p.s.), Malasinskas (3),Adrià Pérez (1), Campos (1), Solé (1), Puig (4), Grundsten (2) – equipo inicial – Pujol (),Blanxart (1),Capdevila (-), Arnau García (3), Salinas (5), Marc Garcia (1), Raigal (-).27 – Barcelona: Saric , Noddesbo (1), Juanin (7), Tomás (3), Sorhaindo (-), Gurbindo (-), Morros (1) – equipo inicial – Entrerrios (2), Montoro (2), Rutenka (8),Stranovsky (1), Rocas (1), Aguirrezabalaga (1).photo: ehf ← Previous Story Despite 15 years of Larvik HK domination, Byasen still the best Norwegian team! Next Story → Polish Wisla denies Bombac and Eilert transfers 2000 handball goalsJuanin Garcia read more

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RED CARD Shameful act by Juan Carlos Pastor

juan carlos pastorMVM VeszpremPick Szeged Spanish hot blood, once again! Two years ago Talant Dujshebaev attacked Manolo Cadenas during Vive Tauron Kielce – Wisla Plock clash, while yesterday we had something similiar between Juan Carlos Pastor and Xavi Sabate at the end of Hungarian Cup Final. PICK Szeged coach made something unforgivable afterwards Sabate ended on the floor…Take a look… ← Previous Story CSM Bucharest win first Cup trophy! Next Story → ITALY: Serie A: Bozen, Romagna and Fasano qualified for the Semi-Finals read more

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Jamaica Office of the Contractor General OCG receives Forensic Equipment from US

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 14, 2017 – Kingston – The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has received Forensic Recovery of Evidence Data Center (FREDC) devices and supporting equipment valued at US$134,000 to boost its operations.   The donation, from the United States (US) Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will aid the OCG in expediting its core functions of investigating and monitoring matters of national interest, thereby enhancing its investigative processes, which are critical to the findings and completed reports.Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Eric Khant, handed over the equipment to Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, at the OCG’s offices in Kingston on November 9.   Mr. Harrison, in his remarks, said the equipment will enhance the office’s overall information and communications technology capacity and investigative functions.“We at the OCG applaud the support and partnership through this very generous donation, which will cause the OCG and the new dispensation of the Integrity Commission to reach and maintain international best practices as we investigate acts of impropriety and our perceived acts of corruption,” he said.He informed that over the last 10 months, OCG staff members have received training overseas through the US Embassy, in the areas of effective interrogation statement analysis; major case management; economic crime investigations; contract and procurement fraud; and obtaining, managing and searching electronic evidence.   He added that very shortly, other members of staff will travel to Texas for training in principles of fraud investigation.Mr. Khant said the US Government spends about $1 billion annually to fight corruption and to promote good governance.“In Jamaica, the US Government spent, through the USAID, approximately $9.2 million in the last five years to fight corruption, (so) that comes to a total of $12 million that we spent under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative for Jamaica to fight corruption and to promote good governance,” he noted.He said the equipment will allow the OCG to extract data from computers and smartphones.“With this new capability, your office will be able to analyse electronic evidence more effectively.   We know you will put this equipment to good use, and, as I see it, this donation can’t go to a better organisation,” he said.last_img read more

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Paco Lopez Levante proud to beat Barcelona with or without Messi

first_imgLevante manager Paco Lopez says he is proud of his team’s performance as they defeated Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg on Thursday night.Levante dominated control in a match where Barcelona star player Lionel Messi was not listed to play a part and many soccer followers suggest Barcelona’s decision to rest key players accounted for the outcome of the Match.Lopez has now played down such claims and feels the victory was no less commendable even in the Argentine’s absence.“For a team like ours, defeating Barcelona is always based on merit and I am not going to take anything away from it.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“We are aware that the best player in the world was not present, but I am very proud of my team, very proud,”  Lopez told Marca.Levante made some changes to their lineup as eight new faces played a part in the game.Barcelona look set to concentrate on LaLiga title race.last_img read more

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UBM Tech Launches Industry Education Site

first_img“This will be the bridge between them,” he says. “We were getting subsets on each site where some users have an affinity to a specific site. The best thing to do was to create a superset of education and training and have it in one central place.”Bolstered by a single sign-on feature and a growing events sector, 30 percent of UBM Tech’s existing audience now accesses more than one network site on a regular basis. That number is up from about 10 percent two years ago.As practiced before the launch of TechOnline, each independent site will continue to maintain its own educational content section. Beginning in January, the material will migrate to TechOnline, however.One of the new site’s main navigational features is the TechOnline Directory which contains links to more than 2,000 company-specific pages maintained by the site’s editorial staff. Each page holds educational materials from each company, along with links to editorial content from around the network and products on Datasheets.com.The directory allows relevant tech firms to participate on a free or paid basis. Three levels of paid membership will offer leads, promotion and certain content additions.While Pearson declined to specify the number of sponsored pages TechOnline had sold so far, he did say response has been limited. UBM Tech will be reaching out to more potential buyers in January after the site is fully integrated into the rest of the network, however.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! UBM Tech has consolidated educational materials from across its growing network into one website.The new site, TechOnline (pictured), will serve as a centralized learning and training resource for professionals in the electronics design industry. Educational content—webinars, tech papers, courses, videos, etc.—will be pulled from sister titles EE Times, EDN, Embedded and Test & Measurement World, in addition to e-commerce links from UBM Tech-owned Datasheets.com.Brent Pearson, CIO of UBM Tech electronics, says the new site is a way to strengthen the bond between brands within the network.last_img read more

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Congress Moves To Strengthen Trade Ties With Mexico In Teeth Of Trump

first_img Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly said he’ll pull the U.S. out of NAFTA, unless Mexico agrees to renegotiate the trade deal. But one Texas senator is working to strengthen it.The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to improve trade flows along the Texas-Mexico border, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn. In a conference call with reporters, Cornyn responded to a question about whether he was in a rush to get the measure to President Obama before Trump takes office.“I do think there’s been a lot of loose talk about trade,” Cornyn said. “We in Texas, I think, believe, by and large, that NAFTA has been a net positive, and that trade with Mexico, which supports about 6 million American jobs, we view that as something very important.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection has had a tough time staffing and repairing infrastructure at ports of entry along the Mexican border, due to tight budgets. Cornyn’s bill would let the agency form public-private partnerships to help raise the needed funds.The measure now moves to the House, where it has the support of border congressmen, including Republican Will Hurd and Democrats Henry Cuellar and Beto O’Rourke. Cornyn says he’s confident the lower chamber will pass the measure by the end of next week. 00:00 /01:04last_img read more

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Rs 1 crore in cash seized in Asansol two arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two persons, one of whom claimed he was a personal assistant of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, were arrested from Asansol railway station on Monday, following the seizure of unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1 crore from their possession, railway police sources said. Gautam Chattopadhyaya and Lakshmikant Shaw were intercepted by the railway police at Asansol station, when they were trying to board a train to Kolkata, they said. Chattopadhyay, after his arrest, said he worked as an assistant to Ghosh. “They were carrying a huge bag with them and were moving suspiciously at Asansol station when the officers spotted them. When we searched the bag, we found cash amounting to Rs 1 crore,” they said. During interrogation, both admitted that they were taking the cash to Kolkata, the sources added. A couple of days ago, the state police had seized over Rs 1 lakh from BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s vehicle.last_img read more

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Iran condemns US for taking group off terror list

first_imgThe MEK was removed from the European Union’s terrorist list in 2009.___Associated Press writer Ali Akbar Dareini contributed from Tehran, Iran.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the claims, saying the program is peaceful and is intended for electricity generation and scientific research.The State Department said the MEK hasn’t committed terror for more than a decade. The group has also complied with demands that over 3,000 of its once-armed members abandon their base in Iraq near the Iranian border for a camp outside Baghdad, an essential step to ending their decades-long presence in Iraq.The group claims it is seeking regime change through peaceful means, aiming to replace Tehran’s clerical system with a secular government.However, a senior State Department official suggested that removing MEK from the U.S. terrorist list does not translate into a shared common front against the Islamic Republic. The official said Washington does not view MEK as an opposition movement that can promote democratic values in Iran. The official on Friday briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.In a rare interview on Friday, Rajavi said “the most important impact … will be seen inside Iran.” PARIS (AP) – Iran condemned on Saturday the Obama administration for taking an Iranian militant group formerly allied with Saddam Hussein off the U.S. terrorism list, saying it shows Washington’s “double standards.”The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which began as a guerrilla movement fighting Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, helped overthrow the monarch in 1979 then quickly fell out with the Islamic Republic’s first leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It fought in the 1980s alongside Saddam’s forces in the eight-year Iran-Iraq war but disarmed after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “The balance of power is going to change. For example, the first message for the Iranian people will be they won’t fear increasing their activity and increasing their demonstrations,” she said. The fear “will evaporate … and that will lead to the expansion of anti-regime activities within Iran.”Iran says MEK is responsible for the deaths of more than 12,000 Iranians over the past three decades, including senior government officials.The MEK spent huge sums of money over years lobbying for removal from the U.S. terror list, holding rallies in European capitals and elsewhere that featured luminaries like former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from the administration of George W. Bush. Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was among those recently welcomed by the MEK to Paris.The group was protected in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, but its members are disliked by the new Iraqi government, dominated by Shiite Muslims like those in Iran.The United States had insisted the MEK’s members leave Camp Ashraf, their home in Iraq, as a condition for removal from the terrorist list. All but several hundred militants are now located in Camp Liberty, a former U.S. base outside Baghdad, looking for placement in third countries. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The State Department delisted the group on Friday, meaning that any assets the MEK has in the United States are unblocked and Americans can do business with the organization. On Saturday, at their Paris headquarters, MEK members gathered to celebrate, tossing flower petals and displaying photos of members killed in the past 15 years.“We call on the international community to respect the will of the Iranian people for a regime change in Iran,” Maryam Rajavi, the Paris-based head of the exiled opposition group, said Saturday.Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement that the delisting of MEK was “a violation of America’s legal and international obligations” that could threaten U.S. interests. The decision “will bring U.S. responsibility for past, present and future terrorist operations by this group,” the statement also said.Iranian State TV criticized the decision, saying that the U.S. considered the MEK “good terrorists” and claims Washington is using the group to work against Tehran. State radio said the move highlights President Barack Obama’s anti-Iranian sentiments.“There is much evidence of the group being involved in terrorist activities. Delisting them shows America’s double standard policy on terrorism,” state TV said. The U.S. distinguishes between “good and bad terrorists” and the MEK are now “good terrorists because the U.S. is using them against Iran,” the report also said, adding that Washington and Israel use the group to spy on Iran’s nuclear program. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders prior to last season for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection.In his first year with Arizona, Palmer started all 16 games, completing 362-of-572 passes for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing 22 interceptions.In 2014, Palmer has thrown for 1,385 yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions as the Cardinals have gotten off to a league-best 7-1 start.Palmer missed three games this season due to a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, but in his time as the Cardinals’ starter has guided the team to a 15-6 record, including a 12-2 mark over his last 14 starts. In 142 career starts, Palmer has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 35,124 yards, 224 touchdowns and 154 interceptions.Chris Mortensen of ESPN has more info on the financial particulars of Palmer’s new deal.Carson Palmer’s extension has $20.5 million in guaranteed money thru ’15. No guarantees for ’16 & ’17. Average salary range 15.9-16.6 mil— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 7, 2014 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have seemingly cleared up any cloudiness surrounding their immediate future at quarterback by signing Carson Palmer to a three-year extension.Various reports indicate the deal is worth $50 million.“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” said General Manager Steve Keim in a statement. “When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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