Becoming an English Teacher Abroad

I was working in an office building, doing the same old job day after day. I wanted something new in my life. I felt that my life was being wasted in that cubicle in the office and wanted to do something that would let me see the world and live a fulfilling life. I heard about teaching English around the world, and thought it would be exactly what I needed. I signed up for TEFL Academy online so I could become qualified to teach English in foreign countries.

By taking the online courses, I would be able to learn what I needed to be ready to teach English, and I would be approved by any organization on the planet that accepts English teachers.…

The Law in South Africa

The primary sources of South Africa law were Roman-Dutch mercantile law and personal law with English Common law, as imports of Dutch settlements and British colonialism. The first European law in South Africa was brought by the Dutch East India Company and is called Roman-Dutch law. It was imported before the codification of European law into the Napoleonic Code and is comparable in many ways to Scottish law. This was followed in the 19th Century by British law both common and statutory. Starting in 1910 with unification, South Africa had its own parliament which passed laws specific for South Africa, building on those previously passed for the individual member colonies.

Roman Dutch law is a legal system based on Roman law as applied in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th century. As such, it is a variety of the European continental Civil law or Ius commune. While Roman Dutch law ceased to be applied in the Netherlands themselves already at the beginning of the 19th century, Roman Dutch law is still being applied today by the courts of South Africa and Sri Lanka.

While Roman law was mostly forgotten in the early middle ages, interest in the doctrines of Roman jurists returned when – around the year 1070– a copy of the digest of Emperor Justinian I was found in Italy. Scholars in the emerging university of Bologna started to study the Roman texts and to teach law based on these texts. Courts gradually started to apply Roman law –as taught in the university of Bologna (and soon elsewhere) because the sentences felt that the recognized legal concepts of Roman law were more apt to resolve complex cases than the Germanic laws, which had been in use before Roman law was revived. This process (the reception of Roman law) took place in Italy and then in the rest of continental Europe.

In 15th century, the process reached the Netherlands. While Italian jurists were the first to contribute to the new science of law based on the Roman texts, in the 16th century, French lawyers were most influential. In the 17th and 18th century, the leading rĂ´le was passed on to the legal science in the Netherlands. Members of the so-called school of elegant jurisprudence included Hugo Grotius, Johannes Voet, Ulrich Huber and many others. These schools managed to merge Roman law with some legal concepts taken from the traditional Germanic customary law of the Netherlands, especially of the province of Holland. Thre resulting mixture was predominately Roman, but it contained some features which were characteristically Dutch. This mixture is known as Roman Dutch law. The Dutch introduced the legal system of their state to their colonies. In this way, the Dutch variety of the European Ius commune came to be applied in South Africa and Sri Lanka.

In the Netherlands, the history of Roman Dutch law ended, when the kingdom of the Netherlands adopted the French Code civil in 1809. However, Roman Dutch law was not replaced by French …

CDL Jobs

Sure, you may have a $ 70,000 a year salary but how much do you actually get to keep after taxes? Driving a truck with a CDL enables you to keep more of your earnings compared to most other occupations due to incredible tax breaks for CDL Drivers.

Truck drivers can deduct almost anything and everything they purchase because it is all work related. Some items included in the list for CDL truck drivers: Laptop computers, internet service, satellite radio and subscription, cell phones and bills, all toiletries and cleaning products, uniforms and boots, tools, topped off with a $ 52 dollar a day per diem for meals.

The list of tax breaks for truck driver jobs goes on and on. Put it all together at tax time and a truck driver with a CDL keeps almost every penny he earns. This gives a truck driver with a commercial drivers license more buying and investing power over a job with a similar gross income. It's not how much you make that counts, it's how much you actually keep that important. CDL Truck drivers keep more!

If you are in the market for a career change, you may want to give getting a CDL some serious thought. There are truck driver jobs in this industry that pay $ 65,000 + and you can be home everyday. You can be home with more of your earned income to do the things you like and can afford to do.

Other benefits of getting a commercial drivers license include Job security. There is a truck driver shorter that is growing larger each year there are always CDL jobs available. Truck drivers can live anywhere they want and moving to an area where the cost of living is cheaper is one more benefit a CDL driver has over a normal type job.

There are plenty of CDL training schools available for reasonable prices. I would advise you to investigate exactly what type of truck driver job would fit you best and gather as much information as possible before getting your CDL. Your goal should be to get the highest paid truck driver job in the fastest time possible! Good Luck! …

My Teen's Hobbies Scare Me

A recent study at Indiana University showed a direct relationship between playing violent video games incessantly over an extended period of time and a consequent change in brain regions associated with cognitive function and emotional control.

So how do we help teens make better decisions in the hobbies that they choose , the amount of time they spend on each one and who they spend the time with?

5 Rules For Healthy Hobbying.

1. 33.3 – 33.3 – 33.3 – Divide the time into thirds.

One third should be whatever they want (within reason).

One third should be something you decide together (something generative; ie music, dance, comedy, martial arts, a book club, public speaking, etc.)

One third should be something outdoors; scouts, walking, hiking, being with the pooch … something physical and electronics free.

2. Let them make these decisions.

Think of your concerns. Write them down. "Sell" it to them and if it does not work find an argument they will agree with: if you do x and y you can do z and I will not give you any justification for the 33.3% of your time. They have to buy in to this program for it to work.

3. Be their parent. Most of my student clients tell me what they want most of their parents is not a friend or a judge or jailer but a sounding board that is there when they need them, who lets them make mistakes and learn from them (within reason) and believes in them to figure it out.

4. Set Limits . The parents laws should not be broken but a child should be allowed to rise above the law. In one of my classes a "fun" exercise was getting long in the tooth for me but the students loved it. I suggested that we do it once in a blue moon. A few weeks later one of the students raised his hand and said: "This is the second moon of the month", so we did the exercise. I also pointed out that he had followed my rules and used them to get what he had wanted.

5. Do not sweat the studies . If we worry about every potential danger ahead of us, we will never leave our house and most kids today do not, so what message are we sending them? Do not sweat the friends. If you follow rule # 1 they will find a wider selection of friends outside of the scary stuff. Nothing makes an undesirable friend more interesting than your approval.

A parent was voicing his concern to me again about his child and a habit he thought my client had continued, a habit that I had not put on the list above. I asked my client what his thoughts were about his Father's concerns (we knew he was no longer indulging that habit at that time); His reply was " I can not be responsible for the fears of my parents ".

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Effects of Technology on Education

Education has changed significantly in the last twenty years. One of the main reasons education has undergone so many changes is because of technological development. In 1990, computers and other forms of technology served a minimal role in the classroom. Today, many if not most college students attend class with a laptop. I am writing about some of the biggest advantages technology gave to education.

Technology has made research much easier. Before online Encyclopedias, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and other online research tools were available, students were forced to spend numerous hours in the library. With the new tools, students can conduct research faster in the comfort of their homes. With Google and other search engines, students can find relevant information faster and more efficiently. Also, there is no more need for intensive memorization as information is more readily available.

New also technology allows for a faster, more efficient, and more interactive classroom experience. With Powerpoint presentations and projectors, there is no need for blackboards and whiteboards. With clickers, students can take quizzes during the classroom.

These developments also help improve tutoring services. Online tutoring programs are becoming available. One-on-one in-home tutoring programs are also being aided these developments. Tutors can bring laptops to sessions allowing them to look up information, and show examples to the student more easily.

Wi-fi technology allows students to study in more comfort and a more ergonomic setting.

New mathematical software such as Maple and Mathematica allows students to make a computer algebra computations more easily. Software like Matlab and Scilab allows students to make numerical computations more easily. There is no more need for a line rule. Advanced Texas Instrument and Casio calculators allow students to solve equations and produce graphs. Online software such as Webassign allows students to submit mathematics assignments online with instant feedback.

The internet allows students to read books and educational supplements at home. There is no need to go to a bookstore or library. Since many of these sources are open source or funded by advertising, students can access these materials for free. Wikipedia, Wikibooks are good examples. Students can learn more without leaving their house.

College applications and job applications can now be complete online. Students can deliver important paperwork to universities and employers at a much faster rate.

Online education allows more students to get an education. Handicapped students, students that have to travel a lot, and students with jobs can now complete their degrees wherever they go with a flexible schedule and often at their own pace. Due to its lower costs, online education also benefits lower-income students.

Technological development allowed the creation of new IT jobs and improved economic development in general.

Not all effects of technology on education are positive. Technology also allows students to cheat more easily. However, new technology allows instructors to detect plagiarism. Technological developments can also discourage critical thinking since answers are more readily available. Technology also encourages students to spend their time doing other activities such as playing video games …

Modeling Agencies

Modeling agencies play a very big and important role in every model’s career. The agencies act like a link between the model and the fashion industry. There are different types of modeling agencies depending on the kind of model you want to be. There are agencies for male and female models, kids and baby’s models, editorial print models, commercial models, promotional models, plus size models and many other s.

The first step you need to take when looking for a modeling agency is to identify your category. Outline your career goals and then match them to the agency. For instance, if you want to be a plus size model, look for agencies that specifically represent plus size models. If you find the wrong kind of agency, they may turn you away or try to get you to cut down weight. Get an agency that will represent you as you are.

Once you identify your category, start searching for modeling agencies in your area. You can look for agencies from referrals in case you know other models or conduct an online search.However, ensure that you select a legitimate agency. There are many fake agencies running scams so you have to be very careful. Never contact agencies that have posters in public areas or adverts in the classifieds trying to get models. There are many hopeful models in America and so if an agency has to go and look for models; probability is that, it is not legitimate. Most modeling agencies get regular walk-ins.

You can get professional photos to submit to the agencies although if you are a parent trying to sign up your kid or baby, agencies can accept snapshots. Once you have your photos ready, mail them to at least three different modeling agencies with an attachment of your resume. If you know agencies that have open casting calls, go in person; you may get quick feedback if you visit the agencies in person rather than mailing them your applications.

Once you submit your application to the modeling agencies, you will be called back for a meeting before getting signed on for any jobs. If an agent tells you that they have managed to get you a job before meeting you, be very wary of that. Probability is that, the agency is running a scam and they may ask you to pay some drummed up charges for the jobs. During the meeting, the agency will give you the terms and conditions for your representation; ensure you get all these on paper. Read your contract very carefully before signing it, if you have any enquiries about the clauses; ensure that you ask your agent for a clarification.

It’s not so easy to get signed by a modeling agency, sometimes models get turned away from one agency to another. Some agents may tell you that you are too fat, too thin, too tall, and too commercial or they may find other faults to turn you away. You need to be determined …

Seeing The Face Of Jesus In A Potato

Every so often, someone comes up with a story about the miracle of seeing an image of the Virgin Mary or Jesus appearing in a frying pan, dirt on a window, a cloud shape, or some other unilaterally object like a tree or a potato. When the object is put on display, it is pretty difficult for some people to figure out how anyone could have put together a divine image from such a blurred smear. The first thing that usually strikes me about these stories is why someone would sit around staring at a potato long enough to have some kind of image pop into their brain. The second thing that occurs to my curiosity is how this kind of activity may be spilling over to create errors in other aspects of our interpretations of what we can observe.

The human mind is a magnificent machine that works to constantly interpret the sensory information that comes flooding in on a daily basis. We focus our brains on whatever captures our attention, and start working to put things in some kind of order. Unfortunately, if we focus on the task of finding a pattern buried in the folds of a random and chaotic shape, our brains tend to reject chaos, and invent a recognizable pattern from it. If we repeat a process enough times, and receive a similar result in the recognized pattern of the output, this approach becomes part of what we rely on as scientific method.

The science of "seeing is believing" can have some rather intriguing implications. Current scientific methods are based on the philosophy of Newtonian physics and mathematical theory. The business of science has not always placed its trust at the feet of Isaac Newton. Prior to Newtonian physics, the world revolved around the scientific explanations founded by the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. When Aristotle's ideas rule the forum of observational science, there were lots of things that sounded perfectly plausible to most scientific minds of the day, but those pesky open questions associated with Aristotle's explanations kept a few people busy trying to find a better explanation. The work of Isaac Newton created such a huge contrast with the concepts put forward by Aristotle, the scientific community was originally forced to jump the fence, and start seeing science through the eyes of Newton.

Today, Newtonian physics is certainly persuasive when brainiacs explain the reasons why everyone should categorically believe in the validity of anything rising from modern scientific methods. Newton's science is loaded with mathematical calculations, formulas, and proven observations that absolutely refute the earlier observations of Aristotle's explanation for how things work. Although society has advanced significantly after the change over to Newton's methods, there are still some of those pesky open questions associated with Newton's explanations that remain without resolution.

Despite what comes from the hallowed halls of science, the practices and conclusions currently on the table are not as absolute as our educational processes would have us believe. The closer a person …

Online Business Degrees For Success

American employers are increasingly turning to job candidates who have solid business training to help build profitability in a competitive landscape. Even government agencies are looking for candidates who hold business degrees. If you're looking to develop keen skills and instincts, online business degree programs can help you write your own ticket to a rewarding career.

The advantages of pursuing an online business degree are exceptional: you can dovetail your learning with your existing work and family life without compromising them. All you need is Internet access, the drive to succeed, and you're on your way. Some employers may even pay full or partial tuition for employees attending an online business school.

Business Degrees and Careers

For those just entering the professions, an undergraduate online business degree in finance, or accounting can help launch your career. Classes for two- and four-year programs are available 24/7 from your desktop. Gaining a general, thorough understanding of business practices, principles, and software can make you an attractive candidate in most every industry.

You may even choose to specialize in emerging fields of eCommerce, international trade, global management, entrepreneurship, consulting, and change management, pursuing a graduate degree or online MBA that prepares you for organizational leadership.

Management analyzes and personal financial advisors are among the fastest growing growing groups in the nation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that new jobs for personal finance advisers should grow by an astounding 37 percent during the 2006-2016 decade, with positions for management analysts rising by 22 percent. Both positions have high earnings upsides, but do require post-graduate training.

Thriving in Sales or Marketing

You can also profit from online business school training if you're planning on entering the sales or marketing verticals. You can earn an online business degree with a concentration in sales. The BLS reports that sales managers who combine a degree with key experience took home a median salary of $ 94,910 in 2007.

Marketing managers should find a healthy 12 percent growth in jobs between 2006 and 2016, according to the BLS. Jobs for graduates can be found in finance, banking, manufacturing, healthcare, and the tech sector. In 2007, marketing managers earned a median income of $ 104,000.

Business Degrees: Other Fields to Pursue

You can also pursue online specializations in human resource management, working as a recruiting or benefits as a specialist in the corporate or government sector – or work as an independent head-hunter and consultant. The BLS predicts a 17 percent increase in jobs for HR professionals between 2006 and 2016. You can get started in the field with as little as an associate's degree, although most companies are looking for bachelor's or MBA degrees.

Business training can improve your value in the workplace as well as prepare you for working as an independent, opening your own small business, or partnering with another entrepreneur. If you're already working in a niche career, adding online business training can help you advance within the company. …

Image Algebra Homework Help – Why Kids Are Afraid of Algebra

If you will gather a bunch of college students and ask them what their least favorite subjects are then most likely algebra will be among the top answers. Indeed, there is something about algebra that makes students cringe in fear. Combine this fear with the general pressure of college life then you have got yourself a student that will most likely find it hard to absorb algebra lessons in school. This is the reason why college algebra homework help is usually needed.

What parents must know is that getting good grades is very much important to colleges students. But the fear of failing takes over them most of the time and affects their general ability to learn. And when it comes to subjects such as math and algebra, the pressure doubles or triples.

The problem with algebra and other math subjects is that they tend to intimidate students. There are also instances when students fail to grasp the importance and practicality of the subject. There is a better chance that students will value algebra-related concepts better if they are made aware of its use in everyday life. It is therefore essential that algebra be introduced to students in such a way that they would feel the necessity to learn the subject. By viewing algebra as a natural part of life, they would be less intimidated by it. Maybe they would even develop an interest to it.

Another important thing to keep in mind about algebra is the fact that its lessons are connected to one another and actually builds on each other. This means that there must be continuity if college students are to retain the lessons in algebra. Again, continuity is achieved if they will see the relevance of algebra in everyday life. If they are aware of algebra's relevance then they will be able to relate real events to the algebra lessons they have just learned. This way, algebra is transformed from being a subject that they just encounter when they are inside a classroom to something that is actually an indispensable part of everyday living. …

Kids Science Project Ideas Made Simple and Fun

Kids science project ideas are numerous, depending on the category of science. Experiments can be done just about everywhere, such as in your backyard, kitchen, local park, classroom, and so on. Kids are naturally curious and like to experiment to see how things work. There are many ideas for science projects, but it is important to pick one that suits your child's age so they can get as much enjoyment out of it as possible and be proud of their results.

One fun kids science project is to see what sort of items will float or sink in a water, vinegar, and baking soda mixture. You can do this kids science project with your kids right in your own kitchen. All you need is a clear plastic or glass container, water, vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, and some items like raisins, rice, dried fruit, and broken bits of spaghetti to test whether they will float or sink.

The first thing you will need to do is fill the container with three parts water and one part vinegar. Be sure to leave some room at the top of the container. Very slowly, add one teaspoon of baking soda. If you add too much at one time it will bubble over the top. You might want to keep a towel handy. Once the bubbles have settled down, slowly add another teaspoon of baking soda. When the bubbles settle down after the second teaspoon, add a few drops of food coloring. Next comes the fun part. Get the kids to gather some items to drop in the mixture and guess which will float and which will sink. Have them write down their hypothesis. Drop in a few of the first item and see what happens, then continue with the other items. Record your results. …

Freelance Writing: A Career From Anywhere

An island in the Mediterranean. A beach in Africa. The east coast of New Zealand. What do all these locations have in common? A recent call for assistance from freelance writers elicited replies from every one of these locations. In each of these and in many other remote places, I know of writers who are freelancing with a fair degree of success. Indeed it is possible for freelance writers to work from anywhere.

Consider my own recent experience. As the editor of the Worldwide Freelance Writer web site, I publish a newsletter that goes out to thousands of freelance writers around the world. I can recall one particular issue in the middle of 2002. I started planning the newsletter in the heat and humidity of Hong Kong. When the first draft came together I was in Indianapolis, in the United States. And by the time I completed the final copy and pushed the send button I was at a lakeside cottage in Ontario, Canada, with snow lightly falling outside.

Maybe you are interested in a freelance writing career but you worry about whether you live in a suitable location. Well, think again. Freelance writing is a job you can do from anywhere. It is true that if your home is near New York's editorial offices you may be able to use your proposal to some advantage. But many, many freelance writers are working successfully from more distant locations, and in many cases enjoying a better lifestyle in the places where they live.

Take Ron Irwin, for example. An American, Ron freelances from a small house on the beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The majority of his work is still for North American markets. Consider Vella Corinne, a native of Malta in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. From this island steeped in history – the Order of St John was based here and the temples are thought to be older than the pyramids – she writes travel and lifestyle features.

Writers in locations such as these, far from being at a serious disadvantage, can actually enjoy a number of benefits. For a start, these writers are in an excellent position to write about their own locations, the people and the culture. Also, the living costs are often less expensive than for reporters in major cities. And if that is not enough, how about fresh, clean air?

Writers working from remote locations typically live in a cleaner, more peaceful environment, and may live closer to outdoor and recreational activities. Vella reveals how she enjoys the warmer days: "Once I pack up my computer, I just head to the beach. my own time in a way that I could not if I lived in a busy city. "

Twenty years ago writers in remote locations were often frustrated by the slowness of communicating with editors on the other side of the world. It would always take months to receive a reply from an editor. Waiting for a response to a query …