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Politics of the Cook Islands

The politics of the Cook Islands, an associated state, takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democracy within a constitutional monarchy. The Queen of New Zealand, represented in the Cook Islands by the Queen's Representative, is the Head of State; the Islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand and are responsible for internal affairs. New Zealand retains some responsibility for external affairs, in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent years, the Cook Islands have taken on more of its own external affairs. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and the islands' parliament; the judiciary is independent of the legislatures. The Constitution of the Cook Islands took effect on August 4, 1965, when the Cook Islands became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; the anniversary of these events in 1965 is commemorated annually on Constitution Day, with week long activities known as Te Maeva Nui Celebrations locally.

The monarch is hereditary. The cabinet is chosen by the prime minister and collectively responsible to Parliament. Ten years of rule by the Cook Islands Party came to an end 18 November 1999 with the resignation of Prime Minister Joe Williams. Williams had led a minority government since October 1999 when the New Alliance Party left the government coalition and joined the main opposition Democratic Party. On 18 November 1999, DAP leader Dr. Terepai Maoate was sworn in as prime minister, he was succeeded by his co-partisan Robert Woonton. When Dr Woonton lost his seat in the 2004 elections, Jim Marurai took over. In the 2010 elections, the CIP regained power and Henry Puna was sworn in as prime minister on 30 November 2010. Following uncertainty about the ability of the government to maintain its majority, the Queen's representative dissolved parliament midway through its term and a'snap' election was held on 26 September 2006. Jim Marurai's Democratic Party retained the Treasury benches with an increased majority.

The New Zealand High Commissioner is appointed by the New Zealand Government. The Parliament of the Cook Islands has 24 members, elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies. There is a House of Ariki, composed of chiefs, which has a purely advisory role; the Koutu Nui is a similar organization consisting of sub-chiefs. It was established by an amendment in 1972 of the 1966 House of Ariki Act; the current president is Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid. On June 13, 2008, a small majority of members of the House of Ariki attempted a coup, claiming to dissolve the elected government and to take control of the country's leadership. "Basically we are dissolving the leadership, the prime minister and the deputy prime minister and the ministers," chief Makea Vakatini Joseph Ariki explained. The Cook Islands Herald suggested that the ariki were attempting thereby to regain some of their traditional prestige or mana. Prime Minister Jim Marurai described the take-over move as "ill-founded and nonsensical".

By June 23, the situation appeared to have normalised, with members of the House of Ariki accepting to return to their regular duties. With regard to the legal profession, Iaveta Taunga o Te Tini Short was the first Cook Islander to establish a law practice in 1968, he would become a Cabinet Minister and High Commissioner for the Cook Islands. The 1999 election produced a hung Parliament. Cook Islands Party leader Geoffrey Henry remained prime minister, but was replaced after a month by Joe Williams following a coalition realignment. A further realignment three months saw Williams replaced by Democratic Party leader Terepai Maoate. A third realignment saw Maoate replaced mid-term by his deputy Robert Woonton in 2002, who ruled with the backing of the CIP; the Democratic Party won a majority in the 2004 election, but Woonton lost his seat, was replaced by Jim Marurai. In 2005 Marurai left the Democrats due to an internal disputes, founding his own Cook Islands First Party, he continued to govern in 2005 returned to the Democrats.

The loss of several by-elections forced a snap-election in 2006, which produced a solid majority for the Democrats and saw Marurai continue as prime minister. In December 2009, Marurai sacked his Deputy Prime Minister, Terepai Maoate, sparking a mass-resignation of Democratic Party cabinet members He and new Deputy Prime Minister Robert Wigmore were subsequently expelled from the Democratic Party. Marurai appointed three junior members of the Democratic party to Cabinet, but on 31 December 2009 the party withdrew its support. In May 2014 a new party was formed by Teina Bishop of Aitutaki "One Cook Islands" Party. Foreign relations of the Cook Islands Political status of the Cook Islands and Niue Constitution of the Cook Islands and amendments

Owen McGlynn

Owen McGlynn was an architect who practiced in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania at the end of the nineteenth century and at the beginning of the twentieth. He designed including the classical and Gothic revival, his built works included numerous banks and churches. McGlynn was born at Pennsylvania on March 28, 1878, the son of Daniel and Bridget McGlynn; the father immigrated to the United States in 1866 and worked as a coal miner, the son was educated at St. Mary's R. C. School in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In the 1900 census at Wilkes-Barre, McGlynn gave his age as his occupation as architect. Around 1900, McGlynn formed a partnership with Ben Davey, Jr.. That year, they completed the new St. Aloysius R. C. Church in Lee Park, near Wilkes-Barre, to which they each donated a stained glass window. McGlynn married Elizabeth MacDermott on October 17, 1900. After Davey died in December 1901, McGlynn took over full ownership of the practice. McGlynn died in 1918. Among the completed works of Owen McGlynn are the following: Rubinsky Building, Market Street Luzerne, Pennsylvania.

C. M. Schwab School, Pennsylvania, begun September 1901 and dedicated on September 19, 1903. St. Ann's Monastery, Pennsylvania. 27 South Main Street Office Building, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Nanticoke High School, Pennsylvania. School and Convent, St. Mary's Church, Washington St. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Convent, St. Vincent's Church, Pennsylvania. Dwyer Building, 171 East Main Street, Pennsylvania. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. St. Mary's School, conversion of church to school, Pennsylvania. First National Bank, Pennsylvania. First National Bank, Pennsylvania. First National Bank, Pennsylvania. Addition to Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church and Residence, Pennsylvania. Town Hall, Pennsylvania. St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Pennsylvania. Washington Avenue School, Pennsylvania. Courtright Avenue School. Church of the Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Pennsylvania. St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church, McAdoo, Pennsylvania.

James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Citizens Bank, Pennsylvania. Architecture of Plymouth, Pennsylvania Owen McGlynn at Find a Grave

C├ęgep de Chicoutimi

The Cégep de Chicoutimi is a post-secondary institution in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located in the Chicoutimi borough of the City of Saguenay, it is one of four CEGEPs in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. The Cégep de Chicoutimi has 3,000 students and 600 employees. In addition to providing educational training, it serves as a social and cultural complex with community services such as a physical training centre. Founded in July 1967, while the CEGEP network was being established, the Cégep de Chicoutimi was formed through the merger of the Séminaire de Chicoutimi, the École des infirmières de l'Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Vallier, the Institut familial de Chicoutimi, the Institut de technologie de Chicoutimi and the École de Commerce de Chicoutimi, it was the first CEGEP in Quebec to obtain its letters patent. Since 1996, the Cégep de Chicoutimi has been affiliated with the Centre d'Études de Forestville, located in the Haut-Côte-Nord region; the Cégep de Chicoutimi invested over $100, 000 on July 1, 2016, to update furnishings and IT equipment at the Centre d'Études de Forestville.

In 1997, the Cégep de Chicoutimi became affiliated with the Center for Geomatics of Quebec, which offers Research and development, technical support and training services to businesses. The CGQ is recognized by Quebec's Ministry of Education and Higher Learning as a College Centre for the Transfer of Technologies; the Cégep de Chicoutimi has been affiliated with the Quebec aeronautic training centre since 1968. The CQFA is located at the airport in the city of Quebec, it offers a three-year aviation program in conjunction with the Cégep de Chicoutimi. During their first year, students are asked to choose among the three offered specializations: multi-engine airplane and seaplane; the CQFA is the biggest in Canada. At the end of the three-year program, students obtain their professional piloting license in their chosen specialization along with a diplôme d’études collégiales. On September 21, 2009, Quebec's Ministry of Economic Development and Export Trade, together with Industry Canada, awarded the Cégep de Chicoutimi 5.7 million dollars.

These funds were used to build new facilities for the Centre for Geomatics of Quebec and to renovate existing infrastructure. Construction on the CGQ building was completed in 2011; this building is LEED-certified and includes offices and conference rooms. From 2001 to 2004, the Cégep de Chicoutimi offered a program in human resources training in Djibouti. In 2010, the Cégep de Chicoutimi launched an electrical program in Senegal, with $300,000 in funding from the Government of Canada; these funds were made available through the Canadian International Development Agency's Skills for Employment Initiative. The Cégep de Chicoutimi's campus is composed of several wings: with the exception of wing G, all of these wings are connected to one another. In wing A are the offices for various student services, including financial aid and counselling, along with the psychology department and the pre-university programs. Wing B houses the library, IT support services, the English department, the French writing centre.

Wing C consists of classrooms and laboratories for physics, health sciences, the IT administration programs. BRICC, an architectural and renovations consultation service offered to the public by the architecture program, is located in wing C; the dental hygiene program is located in wing E, while wing F contains the literature department and other classrooms, multipurpose rooms and auditoriums, as well as the art gallery Bang! Centre d'art actuel. Wing H includes classrooms and laboratories for several departments: chemistry, geography, physical education, mathematics. Located here are the cafeteria, student centre, COOPSCO student co-op, the student radio station and first aid office, photocopying services, the Theatre Banque Nationale. Various athletic facilities, such as the swimming pool and weight-training room, are located in wing H. Wing T is the Tremblay residence building, which houses the social sciences department, the philosophy and religious studies department, it is where the offices of the teachers' union and the Quebec Student Sports Federation are located.

Wing L is the Lemieux residence building. The two residence buildings have a total of 185 rooms; the Cégep de Chicoutimi offers 20 pre-university and technical programs. It is the only public CEGEP in Quebec to offer an aviation program recognized by the Ministry of Education and Sports, it does so via the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique, located in Quebec. Cégep de Chicoutimi official website CGQ website

Windermere Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory School is a private, coeducational PK–12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, within the Orlando metropolitan area. Established in 2000 and in proximity to the Town of Windermere, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, International Baccalaureate World School, it is a part of the Nord Anglia Education network. The school opened on September 5, 2000 using temporary classrooms, with an enrollment of 184 students and 25 teachers. Today, that enrollment has grown to 1,520 students including day and boarding on a 48-acre campus on Lake Cypress. Windermere Preparatory School opened on September 5, 2000, with an enrollment of 184 students housed in 12 portable classrooms, taught by 25 faculty members. In the last thirteen years the school has grown to 1,400 students. Presently, WPS employs over staff. In 2016 it had 1,200 students.

Windermere Preparatory School offers PK3 – Grade 12 education, plus boarding for Grades 7–12 under the Nord Anglia Education Family of Schools. In 2016 the school announced that the cafeteria would be expanded and that there would be a new two story theater. Think like a champion with Windermere Prep Athletics. Windermere Prep competes in Florida High School Athletic Association's Legislative Division 16; the school's athletic teams are called the Lakers, the school colors are red and blue. We encourage our students to discover their passions in a diverse range of activities, gain skills in recreational and competitive play and find their spot in the athletic world. Windermere Prep offers over 60 competitive teams in 20 different sports in high school. Our athletes are able to train year-round plus with a full-time strength and conditioning coach to work with daily; the school sponsors the following sports:Fall, Cross Country Football, Swimming VolleyballWinter, SoccerSpring, Archery Baseball, Lacrosse Softball, Track, WeightliftingIn 2007, a player on the boys golf team won the FHSAA Regionals, went on to finish 31st at the FSHAA State Finals.

The Windermere Prep Blue basketball team came in second place and the Red Team came in 1st place in each of their leagues. In 2016, the Windermere Prep Boys Varsity Basketball Team won the Florida State Championships and the city of Windermere named March 8, 2016 "Windermere Prep State Championship Day." From 2013 to 2015, an individual distance runner won 6 state titles in both cross country and track & field. Won the state championship two years in a row at cross country, 1600m run, 3200m run. WPS has a robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. In 2006, Team 1649, aka Team EMS, won the FIRST Florida Regional, it won the FIRST Florida Regional in 2009, went on to finish as semifinalists in the international FIRST championships, ranking 18th worldwide. Along with regional champion awards, the team has been recognized with other awards such as the Rookie All Star Award, Innovation in Control Award, Judge's Award, most the 2011 Florida Regional Creativity Award. In 2010 and 2011, the girls golf team won back to back FSHAA State Championships led by Shannon Aubert, the individual winner of the state championship.

The girls team has produced many college golfers that went on to compete at schools like Stanford, Georgetown and Rollins. In 2010, the boys golf team won the district and regional championship earning the schools first team bid to the state championship; the team repeated this accomplishment in 2011 reaching the state championship for back to back years. The stage is yours at Windermere Prep. Visual and performing arts form the creative cornerstone of Windermere Prep's teaching philosophy. We believe that every child is a creator at heart, we strive to unleash expression and unlock the passions of all our students in our new state of the art Cypress Center for the performing arts. Our collaborative approach with The Juilliard School comes to life in public showcase of student work, combined with evaluations by peers and faculty. We offer classes in visual arts, media arts and dance to all students. Our Fine Arts program offers IB certificates or IB Diploma in Dance, Visual Arts, Music. Spencer Pigot, auto racing driver

Morley Kare

Dr. Morley Richard Kare was a physiologist and biologist. Morley Richard Kare was born in 1922 in Manitoba, he received his bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1943, his master’s in nutrition from the University of British Columbia in 1948 and his Ph. D. in physiology from Cornell University in 1952. Dr. Kare taught physiology at Cornell University, North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Although his early research focused on muscle biochemistry and metabolism, he became interested in the senses of taste and smell and how these senses contribute to nutrition and food choice across species. Kare is best remembered for founding the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a multidisciplinary basic research institute devoted to the science of taste and smell, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he served as the Center’s first Director from 1968 until his death in 1990, at which point Dr. Gary Beauchamp took over. In his memory, the Monell Center created the Morley R. Kare Fellows Fund in 1990.

The Fund helps support scientists beginning careers in the chemical senses. In 1977, Dr. Morley Kare, with Dr. Michael Naim studied the "effect of oral stimulation on the cephalic phase of pancreatic exocrine secretion in dogs" In 1987, Dr. Morley Kare contributed to an investigation of umami taste, with Dr. Michael Naim and Dr. Ikuo Ohara

Danubian Flat

The Danubian Flat translated as Danubian Plain, is the south-western, part of the Danubian Lowland in Slovakia. The border with the Danubian Hills runs approx. Along the line BratislavaSenecSereďNové ZámkyPatince, it has been formed by the southern Váh, Nitra and Žitava rivers. It is filled with huge layers of other rivers of the area; these Danubian gravels are covered with loess and other fertile soils. The Danube forms here a unique continental delta system of dead arms; the area between one of those arms called Little Danube and the Danube is known as the Žitný ostrov, the biggest river island in Europe. The Žitný ostrov is an area with natural lakes and artificial lakes; the drainage system of the southern area was changed by the construction of the Gabčíkovo Dam on the Danube. The Žitný ostrov has been a "Protected Water Management Area" since 1978; the area is rich in forest glades and marsh fauna and flora. It has rich subterranean water reservoirs; those in Žitný ostrov are among the largest in Central Europe.

Warm springs can be found in Štúrovo and Patince. The area has the driest climate in Slovakia. This, the fact that it has fertile soils, make it the ideal place for agriculture. Wheat, sugar beets, sweet corn and tobacco are grown here. Fruit and vine growing are important; the most important towns of the area are the Slovak capital Bratislava, Sereď, Dunajská Streda, Komárno, Nové Zámky. The area features many small-scale protected areas, such as Ostov Kopáč in Bratislava or the Vlčianske mŕtve rameno, Čičovské mŕtve rameno. Protected marshes are for example the unique Šúr area in Svätý Jur; the area of Zlatná na Ostrove provides an extensive habitat for great bustards. Excellent opportunities for summer recreation are provided by the lakes Zlaté piesky in Bratislava and the lakes Slnečné jazerá in Senec, or by thermal swimming pools in Dunajská Streda, Veľký Meder and Diakovce