‘Other Aguilar’ Raymond earns Cone’s praise in Ginebra win over SMB

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: Why the Warriors aren’t stressing about James Harden

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Whenever the Rockets are done embarrassing themselves by leaking reports that they were robbed in last year’s Western Conference Finals, perhaps they’ll get to the business at hand: this year’s second-round playoff series.Kevin Durant and the Warriors will be waiting.Lost amid Houston’s lamentable on-court histrionics and off-court cries of a vast league conspiracy is the fact that the Warriors’ star …last_img read more

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Diatoms: A Case Study in Darwinian Explanation

first_imgSome of the most beautiful, elegant, and vital organisms on earth demand a better explanation than ‘stuff happens over and over.’Your life depends on tiny glass architectures that were not even visible until the invention of the microscope, except in vast numbers in certain geological formations. These creatures are microscopic algae called diatoms. There are 100,000 species of diatoms, says an open-access paper in Nature Scientific Advances, distinguished by the exquisite glass ‘houses’ they build. The eight authors of this paper now have demonstrated that the glass structures called frustules, that fit together like two sides of a pill box, actually protect the cells’ DNA from damage by ultraviolet light.….Diatoms are single photosynthetic algal cells populating the oceans and waters around the globe. They generate a considerable fraction (20–30%) of all oxygen from photosynthesis, and 45% of total primary production of organic material in the sea. There are more than 100,000 species of diatoms, classified by the shape of the glass cage in which they live, and which they build during algal growth. These glass structures have accumulated for the last 100 million of years, and left rich deposits of nano/microstructured silicon oxide in the form of diatomaceous earth around the globe. Here we show that reflection of ultraviolet light by nanostructured silica can protect the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the algal cells….We saved the opening and closing of that paragraph for consideration separately. So far, we have learned that these are absolutely vital to the health of the biosphere. We’ve read that there is a tremendous variety of them. We’ve learned they exist in vast numbers, forming thick deposits of diatomaceous earth, even though the date of 100 million Darwin Years we would dispute. New to this paper, we’ve seen that the glass has a function of protecting the cells’ DNA from UV light.Now, let’s supply the opening and closing:The evolutionary causes for generation of nano and microstructured silica by photosynthetic algae are not yet deciphered….  Here we show that reflection of ultraviolet light by nanostructured silica can protect the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the algal cells, and that this may be an evolutionary cause for the formation of glass cages.Diatoms (Mark Armitage)Surely the eight Darwinian biologists can demonstrate the evolution, can’t they? An investigation of the paper says, ‘No.’ First, we learn that evolutionists have puzzled over this question for over a century since the fraud Haeckel illustrated some of them.Since the time of Ernst Haeckels elegant illustrations of diatoms in his Kunstformen der Natur, the evolutionary causes for the existence of the nanostructured glass cages, frustules, confining diatoms have been discussed. Special proteins, the silaffins and cingulins, extract silicates from water and build the frustules along a chitin-based scaffolding network in geometries specific for different species. The open structure allows material transport but with some limitations; therefore, filtering has been suggested as a reason for their existence. It has also been suggested that the frustule gives mechanical protection from predators; experiments have verified that mechanical strength can be improved.Some of the causes that have been suggested sound like intelligent design:In more recent times, it was noted that the somewhat periodic 10–100 nm patterns of holes, slits and ribs, are reminiscent of the geometries of photonic bandgap structures…. It has also been noted that the frustules may act as small spectrographs, focusing photons into specific volumes inside the diatom, possibly for absorption in chlorophyll and other chromophores.Others have hypothesized that the frustules are lenses, or act as photonic structures. These authors focus on a different view: “Protection from UVR may be a reason for the evolution of frustules.” If they had simply said, “A reason for the frustules,” nobody would likely dispute the suggestion. The scientists do, in fact, establish that the shells are good at filtering out UV light. But can the Stuff Happens Law suffice as a cause for them?Diatoms (Mark Armitage)In their Conclusion, the Darwinians add to the fallacy by saying that stuff happens repeatedly:We suggest that the redistribution of UVR due to SiO2 frustules is an important evolutionary cause of the presence and evolution of frustules in diatoms, by decreasing the rate of UVR-induced degradation of DNA inside the cells. This will improve the energy budget for the photosynthesizing cell, as well as reduce mutations. These weak effects may be sufficient to help explain the surprising number of different diatom species with varying geometries generated by convergent evolution.A basic course in philosophy of science should render such statements illogical. First of all, evolution is causeless, so “evolutionary cause” collapses to a sophoxymoronic phrase. Darwinian evolution is by definition unguided, aimless, and purposeless. One cannot look at existing function and say evolution “caused” it, any more than one can say an “accident caused” a golf ball to land in a hole without a golfer. Causation implies direction that is predictable. If evolution had been the predictable cause in the case of diatoms, then why didn’t all microbes, cells and plankton evolve glass houses?Also illogical is the notion that evolution caused diatoms to reduce mutations. In neo-Darwinian theory, mutation is the seed-plot of innovation. Reducing mutations would seal the fate of diatom evolutionary progress, leaving the first glass-protected species unchanged for millions of Darwin Years, not diversifying into 100,000 species. One would expect a single species locked in its un-evolving genome, or degrading and going extinct by other means of DNA decay besides UV light.Finally, “convergent evolution” (Darwin Flubber) is not a cause able to generate anything. It’s an empty after-the-fact phrase that assumes evolution (circular reasoning). And even if it were a ’cause’ able to generate new species, why would it generate varying geometries? The geometry of a diatom frustule has little or nothing to do with UV protection; otherwise, the best UV protecting geometry would flourish, and the others would go extinct. The 100,000 vibrant species demonstrate that almost any geometry is successful at UV protection.The authors, therefore, have explained nothing about diatom ‘evolution.’ They have only exposed the sad truth that vacuous ‘explanations’ can still get published in the world’s most prestigious journals.We’ve got to stop them. Darwinians are leading the public down the primrose path to stupidity, pretending to explain things by cause and effect, when actually embracing the opposite of causation (“stuff happens”). Their bad storytelling habit is bad for science in many ways. Here are two of them: (1) it misleads the public into thinking that Darwinism ‘explains’ everything in nature, when it explains it away with hot air, and worse (2), it distracts attention from the really important aspects of diatoms: the exquisite beauty, wonder, and variety of some of God’s most elegant creations that not only serve the biosphere but showcase His glory and creative genius. We’ll keep quoting Romans 1:19-22 till these pseudoscientists see their reflections in its mirror: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools….There’s causation and explanation for you. (Visited 1,008 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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8 Surprising Startup Lessons: What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

first_imgHow to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… It takes more than a big idea and a thorough business plan to start a new business. Most entrepreneurs aren’t quite sure what else it takes until they’re well underway, and many are shocked to discover important elements of startup success that they simply hadn’t considered at all.To find out what startups learn they really need but never though of, we asked eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) for their input. The results may surprise you as much as it did these startup founders: 1. AdaptabilityDuring the early days of our startup, we were bringing on people with very specific experiences and skill sets who had previously worked at larger organizations that were more structured and reliable. We soon realized that a better fit for us was to hire employees who were highly adaptable and open to – and able to – constantly change their roles and responsibilities depending on the needs of the business. The people who thrived and really made a significant impact to the success of our startup were those who could evolve and roll with the punches. They were comfortable with the relative lack of stability that you typically experience at a startup as it begins to ramp up. – Ben Rubenstein, Yodle 2. The Ability To Say “No”Many startups focus intensely on growth—sometimes to a fault. When I dove into real estate, I found myself exploring and experimenting with every possible revenue-generating activity. At the time I thought I was being thorough and productive, but I was really straining our company’s resources and physically draining myself. While it’s extremely important to experiment, every company should have a clearly identified core focus and mission. This helps you analyze opportunities that arise along the way and decline those that aren’t best aligned with your goals. It took me a while to realize it, but saying “no” is equally as important as green-lighting certain initiatives. The most productive, and ironically, sustainably innovative businesses I know are also very good at saying “no.” —Kent Healy, The Uncommon Life 3. LogisticsAfter raising our angel round of funding, my company decided to greatly increase our marketing and advertising spend. We sponsored 11 conferences throughout the year in major cities across the US. I tried to organize everything myself, but scheduling flights, hotels, car rentals and sponsorship passes was an absolute nightmare for me. Luckily, the account manager on my team was very organized and loved logistics. He took the lead and turned my nightmare into a happy dream. I focused on closing client deals while our new logistics and operations manager took care of all of the logistics. —Jun Loayza, Tour Woo 4. ImplementationThere’s no shortage of great ideas and vision in the excitement of a startup, but without implementation, it falls flat! Having a team in place and members who excel at follow-through and implementation is key to taking the vision and putting it into action. Most entrepreneurs are quick starters and big dreamers, so details become tedious and bothersome. If you’re not strong at follow-through, partner with a business manager or create automated systems that ensure things get done! —Kelly Azeved, She’s Got Systems 5. Avoiding Growth For Growth’s SakeWhen my partner Lev and I grew InsuranceAgents.com to #24 on the Inc. 500, we did it by growing for growth’s sake, not smart growth. Any revenue-generating opportunity we came across, we automatically said, “Yes!” The end result was a massive collapse of the company in 2009. However, through sheer effort and tons of luck, we managed to save it at the last second. Lesson learned: never grow for growth’s sake. It’s critical to slow down, take a deep breath, and ask yourself if your company can honestly support the strain that comes along with that new revenue stream. —Seth Kravitz, Technori 6. Time ManagementI know, it sounds boring. But as an entrepreneur, you are naturally dealing with limited resources, and you need to maximize your productivity. Specifically, you need to prioritize your activities so you are focusing your time, money and energy on activities that will bring you closer to your goals. If you don’t have a system for managing your time effectively, youíre squandering your most precious resource. If you want some great productivity tips, check out the book, No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy. —Pete Kennedy, Main Street ROI 7. Sales Is For EveryoneWhen starting a business, it is quite easy to put different hats on your team—“I will be sales, you lead our tech, she’ll be marketing and he’ll be in charge of operations and administration.” The reality of startup life is that everyone needs to build skills in selling the idea. This does not mean that each employee should treat every person they meet as an opportunity for a cash transaction. However, when you are involved in a startup, every person you meet might be of value, whether as a customer, adviser, partner or simply a brand advocate. Knowing your idea and being able to discuss it clearly and passionately will help the business uncover critical resources from everywhere. Every team member’s informal development plan should include a goal of improving communication and sales. —Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches 8. Don’t Ignore Your HealthThis might sound silly, but hydration is super important to keep my mind strong while in startup mode. We are all attached to our desks, cranking away on computers, and in business meetings. When do we have time to drink water? I’m serious—sometimes our health is ignored in our business, but in fact it enables our personal and business health. Stay hydrated! —Erica Dhawan, Erica Dhawan Inc. and GalahadsThe Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment. Tags:#start#startups How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts center_img AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… scott gerberlast_img read more

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Check out a Down Under IoT solution to environmental quality

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air quality#Australia#environment#environmental health#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#smart city According to the head of an Australian environmental consulting services company, the first part of improving environmental quality is tracking it, overcoming regular methods that only capture a few locations and focus on basic displays of real-time data.Robin Ormerod, the Managing Director of EnviroSuite, says, “Often, the information displayed lacks context, and it is difficult for decision makers to use when managing environmental quality.”See Also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall“While much of the smart city focus tends to be on features such as high-speed networks, intelligent control systems and efficient transportation options, there are opportunities to go even further. Increasingly, smart city projects are also including objectives to improve the health of its citizens, based on systems that monitor and manage environmental factors, such as air and water quality,” explains Ormerod.EnviroSuite also provides environmental tracking software with the same name. Ormerod is focused on using the large amounts of sensor data being generated to make big improvements.“Collected data can range from the air quality on city streets to the water quality and levels in streams and rivers. Other sensors can measure wind conditions, temperatures, and ambient noise levels. Most importantly, when combined in a clever way, these different sources can be used to predict problem areas, or provide early warnings of potential environmental problems, so that these issues can be avoided with efficient action, “Ormerod says.Oremerod continues, “For example, if air quality is poor (or predicted to be poor), traffic levels could be dynamically managed to improve air quality. This is much more efficient than the strict bans on vehicles that have been imposed in some cities. Citizens could also be sent automated notifications advising them of the best course of action to improve air quality, with targeted messages to different types of vehicles that contribute most to the issue. Meanwhile, data collected by water quality sensors (or predicted by high-accuracy rainfall forecast) can alert the city to changing conditions. For example, runoff after heavy rain might cause localized flooding, issues for swimmers or water treatment plants. Alerts could be issued to citizens or treatment plant operators, with follow-up notices as soon as the sensors determine that conditions have improved.”Easy to implement?Ormerod doesn’t believe that implementing a city-wide environmental tracking system has to be a complex process, stating that he thinks the systems needed could be stored in cloud-based data centers and run with inexpensive hardware“The sensors themselves can be located on existing infrastructure such as light poles, bus shelters, building exteriors and water pipes. Once in place, they require little or no maintenance and most can be powered by solar cells. The data they produce can be fed back for analysis via an existing network or 3G/4G networks,” he continues.This system will be most useful once the monitoring and forecasting of environmental data is interpreted and communicated in a real-time format that allows decision makers to implement smart city solutions that can improve the quality of life in the cities they manage. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Amanda Razani How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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Ceres-Negros slays Bung Karno demons

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess It took a comeback for the ages from the country’s top club, Ceres-Negros, to finally exorcize some old ghosts at Bung Karno last Tuesday night.READ: Down 2 goals, Ceres-Negros completes jaw-dropping turnaroundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFacing the mighty Persija Jakarta and an intimidating crowd of almost 35,000, the Busmen pulled off a 3-2 victory over in the AFC Cup.It wasn’t just the win, but the manner it was hammered out that made the feat even more remarkable. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ceres-Negros pulls off stunning comeback at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Photo from AFC Cup WebsiteJAKARTA—The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium right in the middle of the business district here has not been kind to Filipino football teams over the past two decades.Although they’ve improved in recent years, the Azkals have not won in the 80,000-capacity stadium against their Indonesian counterparts in three meetings. A 13-1 beatdown suffered at the hands of the hosts in the 2002 Southeast Asian football championships remains one of the worst results of the Philippines in the international stage.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The Busmen will be looking to build on the win as they have virtually sealed their spot in the knockout stage of the competition.“The win only helps build the character of the team,” said Ceres captain Martin Steuble.“When you’re 2-0 down and you come back at this stadium, in this country, in this team with incredible fans, it’s great.”Schrock said “great teams” are built facing these types of challenges. “It’s just unbelievable,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Down 0-2 after conceding twice early in the second half, the Busmen showed grit and resilience, battling back and taking maximum points, thanks to goals from substitute Miguel Tanton, Bienvenido Maranon and Mike Ott, who fired home the match-winner in the 92nd minute that kept Ceres’ record perfect in the group stage.The win on Indonesian soil turned out to be the latest milestone for Ceres, which won the first AFC Asean zonal title two years ago, before pulling off a massive upset against Australian club Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League last year.READ: Tough battle up for Ceres Negros“These type of matches is why you play football,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock, who provided the assist to Maranon and Ott’s goals. “Right in front of a big crowd, really passionate fans when you are supposed to be underdogs. You just wish you had that type of crowd in the Philippines.”Schrock was aware of the national team’s woeful record in the stadium, but he was more fired up by comments from Indonesian fans that he and other foreign-born Filipino players represent the country because they have gone through the process of naturalization.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES View comments Despite 1-3 deficit, Fuel Masters not throwing in the towel just yet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Financing Your MBA Part 4

first_imgFinancing Your MBA, Part 4 About the AuthorJeanette BrownView more posts by Jeanette Brown In our previous post on financing your MBA, we covered loan programs for MBA students from the United States. Today, in Financing Your MBA, Part 4, we’ll take a look at loans through the lens of international students. These applicants may face some different restrictions but are also eligible for special programs tailored to their unique requirements.By law, federal loans can only be distributed to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This means that international students must put extra work into finding financial aid and loan programs to support their education if they choose to pursue a U.S. MBA program.International students should research their own countries’ options for financing studies abroad, and schools’ financial aid offices are also useful resources in this regard. For instance, MIT Sloan lists 16 scholarships or fellowships geared towards international students. Private Lenders for International StudentsInternational students can also consider U.S.-based private loans, but they should recognize that many of these loan programs require a U.S. co-signer. Understanding that this can prove a hardship for those without a U.S. connection, some schools offer internal options for international students. For instance, Harvard Business School has partnered with the Harvard University Employees Credit Union to offer private educational loans that do not require a U.S. co-signer. NYU Stern also features a list on its website of loan providers that don’t require international students to have a U.S. co-signer. Consulting with your target schools’ financial aid offices is a great way to learn about available loan options.International students should keep in mind that U.S. lenders are typically not allowed to issue loans to students from countries on the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions list.  The Treasury Department encourages prospective students to check this list with some regularity, as it is frequently updated.Also addressing the need for non-co-signer loans, companies like Prodigy Finance have entered the market in recent years. Founded by INSEAD alumni who faced funding challenges themselves as international MBA students, Prodigy offers loans using an innovative community-financed model in which alumni, institutional investors and qualified private investors fund the next generation of MBA students.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 by Jeanette BrownFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedFinancing Your MBA, Part IAs more and more of you are receiving your admissions results from all your hard work during the MBA application process, we wanted to turn our attention to how you’ll manage financing your MBA. If you’ve got a spare couple hundred thousand dollars in your bank account, then you can probably skip this…March 29, 2017In “Advice”Best LA MBA Programs for Financial AssistanceWhen you have to come up with almost $200,000 over two years, there’s no doubt that funding your MBA is of vital importance. Unless you have a spare couple hundred thousand dollars in your pocket, scholarships, loans, grants, and teaching assistantships are necessary to help you graduate with your MBA…May 6, 2016In “Admissions Tips”How Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBAEarning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants. So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living,…March 7, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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