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Matura or its translated terms is a Latin name for the secondary school exit exam or "maturity diploma" in various countries, including Albania, Austria and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. It is taken by young adults at the end of their secondary education, must be passed in order to apply to a university or other institutions of higher education. Matura can be compared to A-Level exams or Abitur; the official name is Matura Shtetërore, introduced in 2006 by the Ministry of Education and Science replacing the school based Provimet e Pjekurisë. The Matura is the obligatory exam after finishing the gjimnaz to have one's education formally recognized and to become eligible to enroll in universities. Vocational schools are part of the Matura with a somehow different exam structure; the Matura is a centralized affair, conducted by the AVA, in charge of selecting tasks, appointing national examiners, grading the sheets.

A second Agency modeled after the UK University & Colleges Admissions Service and the German Zentralstelle für die Vergabe von Studienplätzen is in charge for the admission to all Albanian universities the applicants have applied for. The two compulsory subjects to complete secondary education are Albanian language and literature and mathematics. For being admitted in a university students must take two additional exams which they choose themselves out of a list of eight subjects; the Matura exams take place in three separate days in the June/July period. The two first days are for each of the compulsory subjects; the basic marks range from 4 to 10. The State Matura and the MeP replaced an admission system conducted individually by each faculty/university, seen as abusive; the official term for Matura in Austria is Reifeprüfung. The document received after the successful completion of the written and oral exams is called Maturazeugnis. In the Gymnasium, which, as opposed to vocational schools, focuses on general education, the Matura consists of 3–4 written exams to be taken on consecutive mornings and three to four oral exams to be taken on the same half-day about a month later.

All examinations are held at the school. Candidates have the option to write a scholarly paper to be submitted at the beginning of the February preceding the final exams, which, if accepted, reduces the number of written exams by one, as the Fachbereichsarbeit is seen as an equivalent to a subject; this paper needs to be defended in the corresponding oral exam. The grading system is the one universally used in Austrian schools: 1 is excellent. In addition, a candidate's Maturazeugnis contains a formalized overall assessment: "mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg bestanden", "mit gutem Erfolg bestanden", "bestanden". Candidates who have failed may re-take their exams in September/October or February/March of the following school year. Compulsory subjects for the written finals are always German and Mathematics, as well as a foreign language. Schools with a focus on science may require their students to take written finals in Biology or Physics; the Austrian "Matura" used to be a decentralized affair, however since 2014 tests in the subjects:German and Mathematics, as well as a foreign language, are now centralized and held at the same day throughout Austria.

There is only one external examiner: Candidates are set tasks both for their written and oral finals by their own teachers. Formally, there is an examination board consisting of a candidate's teachers/examiners, the headmaster/headmistress and one external Vorsitzende a high-ranking school official or the head of another school. Oral exams are held publicly, but attendance by anyone other than a candidate's former schoolmates is not encouraged, indeed rare, it is possible for Austrians of all age groups to take the Matura. Adults from their twenties on are tutored at private institutions of adult education before taking their final tests, held separately before a regional examination board. In 2015, the old Matura system was replaced by a new concept called Zentralmatura. Graduation exams are now put together by bifie and every graduation exam in Austria is now held on the same day. However, the teachers still correct all the exams themselves using an answer sheet, included in the exam packages.

Students can still choose three written exams. When students choose three written exams, they will have to do another three oral exams; when choosing four wri

Steve Thornton

Steve Thornton is a Canadian-born British former professional ice hockey player. He is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League. Thornton was born in Ontario. Apart from playing junior hockey with the Gloucester Rangers, college hockey with Boston University and one season in the International Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen, Thornton's career has been played in Europe, he has single season spells in Austria with Klagenfurt and in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the Adler Mannheim before moving to the United Kingdom, spending five seasons with the Cardiff Devils. He had spells with the London Knights and the Belfast Giants where he won the playoff cup in 2003, he moved to Italy, spending two seasons with Val Pusteria Wolves and had spells in Switzerland and Sweden before returning to Britain, joined the Basingstoke Bison. On April 7, 2008, Thornton was confirmed as the new player/coach of the Belfast Giants, replacing Ed Courtenay and in two seasons in charge he guided the Giants to three trophies.

He was replaced by Doug Christiansen. On Monday 28 April 2014, Thornton returned as coach of the Belfast Giants, under taking the wider role of Head of Hockey Operations upon the departure of, Belfast Giants General Manager, Todd Kelman. Thornton has acquired British citizenship. Thornton was a real estate agent with Paul Rushforth Real Estate in Ottawa, Ontario. Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

Fairfax Hall

Fairfax Hall known as Brandon Hotel or Fairfax Hall School, is a historic building located at Waynesboro, Virginia. It was built in 1890, is a 2 1/2-story long and rambling resort hotel building in the shingled mode of the Queen Anne style, it has an irregular symmetry with towers at either end of the facade, a one-story porte cochere, a distinctive octagonal belvedere and cupola, glassed in first story porches. On the property is a contributing gymnasium, built in 1926 in the European Renaissance style, it was occupied by the Brandon Hotel resort. The Brandon closed in 1913 but the building reopened as a school. In 1920 the school became a junior college and preparatory school for girls. After the school closed in 1975, it was leased by the Virginia Department of Corrections as a training academy but purchased and reopened as a retirement home, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Former students of the college and preparatory school for girls include film star Martha Hyer, musician Nikki Hornsby and politician Julia Brownley.

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Fox Lake, Illinois

Fox Lake is a village in Grant and Antioch townships in Lake County and Burton Township, McHenry County, United States. The population was 10,579 at the 2010 census; the village was incorporated on December 15, 1906, certified by the state on April 13, 1907. The area was first explored during the 17th century by the French. In the late 19th century, it was known as Nippersink Point. Early in the 20th century, there were but a few hundred residents. During the summer season, the population would reach an estimated 20,000 people, at its peak, the area had 50 hotels and 2,000 cottages. Infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone is reported to have utilized an establishment now known as the Mineola Hotel and Restaurant as a hideout, although this has never been documented. In 1979, the Mineola was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and may be the largest wooden frame structure in the state. Many Chicagoans have established summer homes in Fox Lake; the village is situated among the Chain O'Lakes, where swimming, jet skiing and boarding are popular activities.

In 2006, there were an estimated 28,000 boats registered on the lake system. Boating accidents are prevalent in today's society, number of accidents on Fox Lake have decreased in part to stricter regulations on boating under the influence and other factors. Fiscal year 2010 had death by boat; that number rose in 2015 to 1 injury and 1 death. The two fatalities in 2015 were caused by drowning due to alcohol use. In September 2015, Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was found shot to death, the subsequent manhunt for the shooters impacted the entire community. Thousands of civilians gathered for a memorial procession of hundreds of supporting officers, to show their support for police fatalities. After a two-month investigation, authorities released information to the effect that Gliniewicz committed "a staged suicide", that he had been involved in financial malfeasance related to his job. "Fox Lake incorporated under a Village form of government, with an elected village president, six trustees, a village clerk.

The village president is recognized as the mayor." The table below is a list of mayors from the village's inception in 1907 to present. Fox Lake is located at 42°24′12″N 88°10′58″W, 55 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles west of Waukegan, Illinois; the village center is located on the south shore of Pistakee Lake, Nippersink Lake, Fox Lake, three connected water bodies that form part of the Chain O'Lakes system, flowing southwest via the Fox River to the Illinois River. The village limits extend north in a sinuous manner all the way to the Wisconsin border. According to the 2010 census, Fox Lake has a total area of 9.942 square miles, of which 8.12 square miles is land and 1.822 square miles is water. Wilmot Road State Park Road Grass Lake Road U. S. Route 12 Grand Avenue Illinois Route 173 Rollins Road Big Hollow Road Nippersink Road As of the census of 2000, there were 9,178 people, 4,046 households, 2,330 families residing in the village; the population density was 1,249.1 people per square mile.

There were 4,652 housing units at an average density of 633.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 95.49% White, 0.76% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.80% of the population. There were 4,046 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.4% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.98. In the village, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $46,548, the median income for a family is $58,843. Males have a median income of $42,009 versus $29,063 for females; the per capita income for the village is $24,350. 6.4% of the population and 4.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. Grant Community High School Fox Lake Grade School District #114 Stanton Middle School Big Hollow Elementary School Big Hollow School District 38 Saint Bede School Gavin Elementary School Billy Klaus and third basemen for six Major League Baseball teams, his brother, Bobby Klaus, was a Major League Ball Player. Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret Olsson, singer, dancer Once lived in Fox Lake, she is related to former mayor. Alexander Joseph McGavick, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of La Crosse Village of Fox Lake

Gaywood River

Gaywood River is a tributary of the River Great Ouse in the west of the county of Norfolk. Its source is 11 metres above sea level, northwest of the village of Gayton in Derby Fen, Map Reference TF 705 209, it runs for 6.7 miles to its outflow into the River Great Ouse in the town of King's Lynn. Derby Fen is the remnant of a valley fen system once found in these parts; the remnant supports a range of habitats from dry calcareous to damp acidic grasslands and heath which all rely on the river. From Derby Fen the stream runs under Leziate Drove and along the southern side of Sugar Fen after which the river passes into the open countryside. In recent years, attempts have been made to restore the river to its original meandering course in the section of the river. With these improvements there have been recordings of water vole, otter sightings; the river has a small trout population although only the lower reaches of the river support any coarse fishing. Just north of the village of Bawsey the river passes under a disused railway track bed and crosses the countryside westwards and skirts to the north of the ruins of St. Mary's church which stands on the small hill to the south of the river.

The river passes under the A149, King's Lynn to Hunstanton road. Now in the lower reaches and entering the outskirts of King's Lynn the river banks have been the subject of much flood defence work. Skirting the southern side of South Wootton the river passes under the A148 and turns southwards alongside a residential street called Riverside for a short distance before running along the eastern boundary of sports fields close to King’s Lynn Leisure Centre, it is now in the district of King’s Lynn called Gaywood and here the river runs alongside River Lane before it dog-legs west towards the town centre along Swan Lane. From Swan Lane it passes through some open land and the allotments to the south before changing direction south again by Kettlewell Lane, it was on the bend at the top of Kettlewell Lane that the mill once stood and was known as King's Lynn Kettle Watermill. The first record shows it as being a building housing lepers. Kettle Mills does not appear to have been a manufacturing mill.

However, at one point during its rich and varied career it was driven by the waters of the Gaywood. Kettle Mill was so called because the mill in the area was horse powered and was in operation by the beginning of the 15th century, its purpose being to draw water from the river to supply the town's freshwater conduits. One of the earliest of which ran from the Kettlemill down Damgate to Gresemarket, with a connection south to the Saturday marketplace; the inventor of this system is said to have been one Peter Morrys, a Dutchman, his system was adopted not only in King's Lynn, but in Hull and other large towns and London where several of the wooden pipes were dug up in the area of Marble Arch, elm being the favourite wood as it was more capable of standing up to conditions and pressure than cheaper timbers. This system would be found to be wasteful and dangerous to health as the pipes and pits were near to cesspools and drains. Several of these tree pipes have recently been unearthed in New Conduit Street dated early 19th century.

Kettlemill was used as a coal-fired electricity plant but was demolished to make way for the offices of the Local Drainage Board. At the southern end of Kettlewell Lane, the river passes under the A148, Littleport Street heading south, it passes through a culvert underneath the main railway lines to King’s Lynn station. Past the railway culvert, the river curls through the gardens and parkland of what is known as the “Walks”. In this parkland remnants of the town wall can still be seen. In this vicinity it is thought there was another watermill for corn called the Oyle Mil; the river now heading westwards again reaches London Road where it is thought once stood another watermill called Town Mill. The mill stood at the top of the Millfleet near the almshouses; the mill was a single-storey stone building with the two-storey miller's house adjacent and stood on the same site as the earlier Swagges Mill. The mill was demolished to make way for the London Road in the 19th century. At this site the watercourse enters another culvert which passes under the length of Millfleet and Stonegate Street.

At the western end of Stonegate Street, the river leaves the culvert and in a short distance, at the southern end of the South Quay, it outfalls into the River Great Ouse

Kate Hanna

Kate Hanna is an Australian field hockey player. Hanna made her international debut for Australia in a test series against China. Kate Hanna was born in New South Wales, she attended Catherine McAuley Westmead, where after graduating she was awarded a one-year development scholarship with Australia's national hockey team, the Hockeyroos. Hanna plays the position of forward in field hockey. At 16 years old, Hanna was named to the New South Wales hockey team for the first time,competing for the Australian Hockey League national title, her team won the national title in October 2014. She made her official debut with the Hockeyroos in April 2015, she was part of the 2016 Olympic training squad. That same year, Hanna was part of Australia's bronze medal winning team at the 2016 Junior World Cup. Hanna was chosen for the Hockeyroos team at the 2017 Hawke's Bay Cup where the Australian team finished in third place. Kate Hanna on Twitter