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Another Campus Shooting: At least 10 Dead

Oct 02, 2015 - 2:10 AM - by beachbound
Oregon shooting: Initial reports of 10 dead at Umpqua Community College

(CNN)Preliminary information indicates 10 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, said Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate.

Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice told CNN that the shooter is in custody. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter was injured.

"We arrived to find multiple patients in multiple classrooms. Law enforcement was on scene and had the shooter neutralized," Douglas County Fire Marshal Ray Shoufler told CNN.

He said that two patients died while being transported to a hospital.

ATF agents were also on the scene and canine teams are en route to search for explosives, fire arms casings and ammunition, a spokesman said.
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Microwave baking

Sep 29, 2015 - 1:08 PM - by outbound
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Seeing as it looks like I will be having a staycation I want to do some more cooking. Decided on the staycation to save the coins for Budapest. I'd rather have a weekend in a European city near Budapest,anyway. Anyone had success with microwave baking? Also interested in no bake cooking. I'm not really is a position to be buying on oven when I am leaving the country early next year. Strikes me as a waste of money?
  56 Replies | 1,089 Views

Pay Yourself First

Sep 30, 2015 - 7:52 AM - by tomcat
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...one way to achieve a measure of financial security, even in the swamp:

A financial planner says the best strategy to grow your wealth is something you can start doing today
Libby Kane (Business Insider)

If you ask the pros, growing your wealth isn't about picking the next big stock, or getting a high-paying gig as a CEO, or inheriting a windfall.

According to certified financial planner Neal Frankle, the best thing you can do to increase your net worth is something anyone can do and something anyone can start doing today.

"The absolute best advice I can provide for anyone who wants to start growing their net worth is to automate their deposits into their investment account," Frankle tells Business Insider.

"By 'paying yourself first' you almost guarantee success. At least, you are much more likely to hit your savings goals compared to those who only invest if there is money left over at the end of the month."

"People who approach investing that way typically don't have money left over so they find it very hard to leave the starting block," he explains. "Investing for the future should not be relegated [to the end of the list] it should be a priority. By investing first and only spending what's left over, you regulate your spending and put that money aside for your future thereby killing two birds with one stone. I can't think of any better advice."

By "investment accounts," Frankle means anything from retirement funds to mutual funds. When asked by a friend's son how to invest like a rich person, Frankle writes on his site Wealth Pilgrim that he... [Read More]
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Introduction & Positive Feedback on Site Content

Oct 01, 2015 - 9:50 AM - by Jefe
Hi everyone.

I will go by my nickname of Jefe here.

I found this forum doing due diligence on a recruiting company and got what I was looking for. I did note the name/shame restriction and the posts did not violate that rule. It was quite helpful and corroborated other information I had found, so thank you.

I am retired and have lived abroad 16 years. I have sworn off 18 hour days and intend to continue to travel the world, but to do so with time to enjoy it in my retirement. I am an experienced instructor, just not in English, although studying other languages as a student certainly helps give perspective.

I am finishing my BA in Legal Studies along with my TESOL Certification and finishing these online so I can travel as I do it.

Thailand is definitely an area of great interest for me. Even better, I have a retirement income and after 8yrs as a Paratrooper, do not need the Hilton hotel and am quite happy with basics. I do need to stay busy, but not 18 hours a day busy!

So thank you for allowing me to join your forum. While no experience with Thailand, I will study what info is on here. Maybe I can offer some general overseas living type information that will help in an ancillary way to try and earn my keep.

Thank you again. I look forward to getting better acquainted with some of you.
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Teaching Unplugged and then getting unplugged from your job

Oct 02, 2015 - 5:26 PM - by stfranalum
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I enjoy reading about teaching techniques and lately, some in-vogue methods have cropped up. Some very well intentioned and well thought out ideas.

I read about and have practiced, though still working my way through, using student language in a meaningful way in the classroom. That is, not just working with errors, but using their talk as a platform for more talk and teasing out larger issues for them to chew on. Its a knack, to work with their language. It requires on-the-spot thinking and its a delicate balance. It's taken me some time, years really, to feel comfortable with my own language to be able to pinpoint specific features and even, know in advance, what the problematic areas are for my students.

Confidence, namely, the teacher's confidence as it shines from them, is huge. When students feel your confidence, they not only open up and talk more, and are receptive to some criticism (correction) but they assume the best in you. So that, when you free-form the lesson, going off of their language, they trust that this is going to work out. In fact, that trust is everything. One can take the same language and same approach, but in a teacher who cant sell it well, and it will fail miserably because the students will barrage the teacher with countless questions, not feeling secure in their understanding, or lack thereof.

So what I wanted to say was that taking learner language and exploring it in depth is huge. But you need to have a good deal of confidence about not only what their language is, but where to go from there. You cant teach it all. Having said that, there is a point, where the lesson needs to move on. This is why some of the in-vogue trends like a paper-free... [Read More]
  31 Replies | 966 Views

Obama warns Russia's Putin of 'quagmire' in Syria

Oct 04, 2015 - 2:02 AM - by russellsimpson
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You couldn't make this shit up.................



U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a "quagmire,"


"An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire and it won't work," Obama said.

"Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength, but out of weakness because his client Mr. Assad was crumbling and it was insufficient for him to send arms and money," Obama said.
He played down international support for Moscow's strategy, saying it paled in comparison to the number of countries backing U.S. air raids on Islamic State.
Obama..........what a disaster, eh.

fucking unbelievable.....................
  27 Replies | 637 Views

Crossing the Hills of Central Myanmar

Oct 04, 2015 - 2:44 PM - by Joko
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Short as it was, I think it will be one of the most memorable journeys of my life. Across the Pegu Yoma to Taungdwingyi and back (mind you, the 'and back' part is yet to come).

I've been hooked on motorcycle touring ever since I was in Thailand. Riding a motorbike through the roads of a developing country can be tiring at times. Perhaps even a little dangerous. It's worth it. Getting away from where the foreigners usually are allows me to see the country more as it really is, as opposed to how it's presented.
As I've said before, having the motorbike has been the best part of moving to Naypyitaw; motorcycles are banned from the city streets of Yangon. My travel companion Chris and I were planning our first multi-day journey. The goal was to visit Taungdwingyi, a small city about 100 miles west of Naypyitaw, visit the ruins of 2000 year-old city called Beikthano, get a hotel there and then drive back via a different route the next day.

...read the rest of the blog here.

For my first time ever: GoPro video!


Lovely toll booth workers!

... [Read More]
  22 Replies | 735 Views

Find a job in Canada

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:52 PM - by anttan01
How can I find a job in Canada?
  19 Replies | 825 Views

don't fence me in

Sep 28, 2015 - 3:40 AM - by rob onthe run

I have long considered the EU to be one giant fascist state, slowly revealing itself. So now, seeing all the fences going up on its external borders, I am a little concerned that they may not be solely aimed at keeping the immigrants out (ok, asylum seekers). I hope my degree certificate turns up soon, before they finish building the barricades and then close all the airports, or I may end up having to steal a boat.

The pearl, perhaps ?
  16 Replies | 830 Views

Another gem from CNBC

Oct 09, 2015 - 8:00 AM - by buddahas
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Urban Outfitters asks employees to work for free

With the peak shopping season approaching, Urban Outfitters is asking its employees to pitch in a bit more on the weekends. But there's a catch: they won't get paid for it. In an email obtained by Gawker this week, the Philadelphia-based retailer told salaried employees that it was looking for weekend volunteers to help "pick, pack and prepare packages" for wholesale and direct customers. Urban Outfitters, which operates its namesake brand along with Anthropologie and Free People said it would be a great "team building activity." Employees can sign up throughout the five weekends during the busy month of October. The company will offer transportation and lunch to those willing to show a little team spirit.

Urban Outfitters told CNBC it "received a tremendous response" from employees."Many hourly employees also offered to pitch in an offer which we appreciated, but declined in order to ensure full compliance with all applicable labor laws and regulations," a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Urban Outfitters agreed to phase out and eventually end on-call shifts in the state starting in November. As a part of that agreement, Urban Outfitters also agreed to "provide employees with their... [Read More]
  10 Replies | 225 Views

Living in a Jet Plane

Oct 03, 2015 - 10:11 AM - by tomcat
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...well, at least they're out of the rain:

  10 Replies | 316 Views

TV Weekday News Bulletin

Oct 02, 2015 - 4:25 PM - by Joko
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I'm sure some of you have seen this in your in-box. What do you think?

Rather professionally done, if you ask me.

I wonder if we could do something like this?

  10 Replies | 377 Views

Batten Down The Hatches. Mujigae is Coming.

Oct 04, 2015 - 7:20 PM - by beachbound
Any of you feeling the effects of Mujigae, yet?


BANGKOK: -- Tropical storm Mujigae has developed into a typhoon at about 4 am on Sunday as it is approaching the eastern side of Hainan island of China with about 140 km/hour strong wind, said Mr Wanchai Sak-udomchai, director-general of Meteorological Department on Sunday.

The typhoon is moving westward at a speed of about 20 km/hour and is expected to hit landfall in Vietnam today or Monday, he said, adding that the typhoon will bring more rains and heavy rains in upper North and northeastern region.

Most parts of the country are cloudy and will have rains today. 70 percent of the areas in the central and eastern regions, 60 percent of the Northeast and 40 percent of the northern region are expected to be lashed by rains from moderate to heavy. In the South, 40 percent of the eastern coast and 30 percent of the western coast will have rains.

In Bangkok and peripherals, widespread rains cover 70 percent of the areas with heavy rains in certain areas.

Meanwhile, the Public Disaster Mitigation Department on Saturday issued a warning of heavy rains and possible flash floods in 32 provinces nationwide as a result of storm Mujigae which has already developed into a typhoon.
  7 Replies | 323 Views

Anyone living in chiang Khan on the Mekong river

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:41 PM - by alanr

just wondering anyone live in the town called chiang Khan that sits on the river Mekong

just need a little infomation

kind regards
  6 Replies | 228 Views

Question for Buoyo

Oct 09, 2015 - 6:56 PM - by buddahas
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I'm a Serb and I eat a lot of bread. White, good smelling bread, but I think I suddenly became gluten intolerant.

So, I want to try and eliminate gluten.... but I absolutely need to have bread.

So, this afternoon at Tops I bought Gaba rice bread. I have no clue what it is, but it looked healthy

Where should I look for a gluten free bread? Actually, I should probably just buy gluten free flour and make it myself?

Advise please.
  5 Replies | 144 Views

Joined to help improve the TEFL industry in Thailand!

Oct 10, 2015 - 3:44 PM - by teacherhayley
Hi, I'm new to the forum and it certainly looks like there is a wealth of information on here! Having worked as a TEFL teacher in Thailand I am familiar with some of the joys and struggles discussed on this forum and this influenced me to start a PhD where I have been conducting research into why people teach in Thailand and what they do in the classroom and in their free time. I decided that this research was important because there are so many different types of TEFL teachers- the career focussed, the people that are doing it to fund their travels, permanent expats and gap year travelers etc. Although I can absolutely empathize with many of the points you guys make in this forum, I can't base my PhD on my opinions! So I am hoping that some of you might be willing to help? I have a survey to collect information about your experiences that only takes a few minutes to complete. My research will help to make the TEFL industry in Thailand the best that it can be and to improve on some of those areas that we all complain about so often! If you are willing to help please drop me a message and I will send you a link to the survey! Thanks so much in advance and happy teaching!
  4 Replies | 73 Views

Winning Lottery Numbers Now Available!

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:13 AM - by tomcat
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...submit a prayer, light a candle, go to sleep and voila!: say good-bye to paddy drudgery...

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