Litary Thu, 17 Nov 2022 03:18:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Litary 32 32 Screening of the hard-hitting French film “Happening” scheduled for November 19 in Saranac Lake – Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:35:41 +0000

SARANAC LAKE, NY—The Adirondack Abortion Access Committee Voters for Change is proud to present a second screening of the award-winning feature film “Happening” at BluSeed Studios, located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, on November 19 at 7 p.m. -Best-selling French film that debuted in the United States last spring and won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the prestigious Venice Film Festival last year. It is based on a true story and is set in the early 1960s, when abortion and contraception were illegal in France and anyone who had an abortion (or helped someone else to have an abortion) risked prison.

The screenplay is based on the book Event by Annie Ernaux who has just received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2022 for all of her work. Anne’s story is very relevant now that the Supreme Court has overturned its own groundbreaking Roe v. Wade – a decision made nearly 50 years ago that guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion. A round table will immediately follow the screening. The panel will consist of Dr. Eve Burns, Dr. James Pate, Katie Ramus of Planned Parenthood of the North Country, NY, and Ms. Shir Filler, local educator. Dr. Dorothy Federman will serve as moderator.

In French with English subtitles, “Happening”, which is unrated and contains adult content, is intended for mature audiences only. Masks will be optional. The requested donations of $10 will be used to help provide access to abortion in restrictive states.

Photo above: Original poster for “Happening,” a hard-hitting French film premiering at Lake Flower Landing in Saranac Lake on August 2, 2022. A second screening of the film is scheduled for November 19 at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. Photo provided by Frédérick Balzac.

Do you have a poor credit history? Certain student loans may still be consolidated Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:56:09 +0000

A consolidation is an option for decreasing the amount of work involved in the process of repaying student loans if the borrower has many service providers for their loans. This might also result in a reduction in the amount of money that is owed on a monthly basis. The term “student loan consolidation” refers to the process of combining several student loans into a single loan, notwithstanding the fact that individual loans may have different interest rates and repayment terms right here on

According to Tate Law, despite having poor credit, students still have the opportunity to combine their student loans since the United States Department of Education does not do a credit check on applicants when they submit their applications. However, private lenders are required to abide by stringent lending regulations when it comes to the consolidation of student loans and the refinancing of existing debts.

Which of the following is the most effective method for consolidating federal student loans?

When you apply for a federal student loan, the Department of Education will review your account to ensure that you are eligible for loans and that you will not be subject to having your wages garnished or having a judgment entered against you in the event that you default on a federal student loan. If the Department of Education finds that you are not eligible for loans, they will not approve your application for a federal student loan. This is what Tate Law has to say about it.

The vast majority of federal student loans, with a few notable exceptions, are eligible to be consolidated.

  • A single loan from the federal government, although this loan is really a consolidation loan from the federal family education loan program.
  • A shared spousal consolidation loan.
  • A debt for which a judgment has already been issued and a wage garnishment is now in effect.

Visit the website to learn about your options for consolidating your federal student loans. After signing into your account, choose “Manage My Loans” and then “Consolidate My Loans” from the drop-down menus. During the application process, you will be walked through each step, and you will have the opportunity to choose which debts you would want to combine into one payment.

Choose a suitable repayment strategy, as well as a loan servicer, so that you may get assistance with consolidating your loans. Through the use of the Department’s Loan Simulator, you will be able to investigate the different repayment strategies available to you in the event that you are unsure of which one to choose.

When you have finished submitting your application to the Department, you will see that it claims it will take about six weeks for the applications to be processed. You may also get in touch with the company that is servicing your loan to find out the status of your application and ask any questions you may have. An email with a link to your Loan Summary Statement will be given to you by the loan servicer two weeks before the date on which the payment for your new consolidation loan is due.

Consolidate Private Student Loans

Students who have excellent credit, a long credit history, consistent income, and a debt-to-income ratio that is lower are more likely to be approved for student loans via private lenders. In the event that your credit score is lower than 600, Tate Law suggests that you may need to investigate a variety of financing possibilities, such as the following:

  • Consolidate your debt with a cosigner who has strong credit and lower your monthly payments.
  • Find a credit union that offers its members credit with a cheap interest rate. Loans on a personal basis for the purpose of paying off the debt.
  • Find a lender that is willing to work with students who have credit ratings that are below average.

Even if you have poor credit, it is still feasible to combine your student loans; however, it is unlikely that you would be offered interest rates that are more favorable. It is in your best interest to postpone consolidating your student debts until such time that your credit score has improved enough to make it possible for you to make a more informed decision.

Battle of the Banned Books: The author of a book on the “to destroy” list visits Rapid City Tue, 17 May 2022 20:59:25 +0000

RAPID CITY, SD — Earlier this month, five books were placed on Rapid City-area schools’ list of surplus property to be destroyed.

In a statement, the district said it was because the books contained “explicit and inappropriate sexual content.” Those who oppose it say it is a group of people trying to legislate morality.

Students, teachers and parents have since spoken out, saying the books weren’t mandatory and their removal was a blatant attempt to limit diversity.

“As a senior myself, I felt really, fair, disrespected being told what I can and can’t read because maybe it’s too mature for my age,” Colton Porter said. , senior at Central High School. “I just got angry, just upset, because it became clear that the people who were advocating the destruction of these books didn’t understand what these books were being read for.”

Porter says he could see where “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” might be questionable — based on district politics — but doesn’t understand why the other four are objectionable.

Many gathered outside Mitzi’s Books in the Shops at Main Street Square on Monday evening for a community conversation. The event was standing room only. Several students spoke of the impact these books had on them, making them feel less alone and learn more about themselves at this pivotal time in human experience.

“Just in general, books tell us about the world; just teach us about different aspects of the world, about different people, about different things people go through,” says Nancy Swanson, chair of the South Dakota Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. “It’s so revealing.”

The five books marked for destruction: “The Circle”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Girl, Woman, Other”, “How Beautiful We Were” and “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”

Others said that as young adults, about to be released into the world, it was important that they were as prepared as possible for the challenges ahead.

Some asked why people tried to legislate discomfort.

“Honestly, anyone can probably walk into a library and find something that offends them,” says Shari Theroux, president of the South Dakota Library Association. “But, you know, you have the freedom not to read it, and everyone has the freedom to read whatever they want to read.”

One of the authors whose book is withdrawn says there is nothing more un-American than the destruction of literature.

“This is a country built on freedom of thought and intellectual freedom for all,” says author Dave Eggers, whose book, “The Circle,” is on the to-destroy list. “As we stand 25 minutes from Mount Rushmore, these four stone-hewn heads would weep knowing that books were not only being pulled from shelves – depriving young adults – but destroyed.”

The school district says they are still investigating, but Porter says the books are missing from the library.

Journalist: “Do you think you would feel differently if they were banned or destroyed?”

“For me, there is no difference. Because anyway, no matter the outcome, I can’t read them,” Porter says.

Porter and many others – including Shari Theroux and Nancy Swanson – agree that the decision to read or not to read a title should be a family affair. Porter says a group of people shouldn’t come to the board to “unilaterally ban” titles just because they themselves don’t agree.

Proving that the action taken to remove these titles could have the opposite effect.

“When you challenge books, it’s usually going to get into the news and that sort of thing,” Swanson says. “Really what it does is bring more attention to these conversations that we probably should be having anyway.”

Eggers also read letters from other authors whose books are withdrawn. One wrote, “Which society has profited from the burning of books? As a student of history, I can tell you that there is none.

Eggers himself saying, “You don’t want to be in the company of book burners.”

Rapid City-area schools community relations officer Caitlin Pierson said in a statement that district attorneys are “investigating the contents of these books” to see if they could be sold or destroyed.

The item does not appear for discussion on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s school board meeting.

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The Harry Potter book with the worst film adaptation according to fans Mon, 16 May 2022 20:41:00 +0000

In a “Harry Potter” Reddit thread, u/BoneyRL ranked “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as the worst film adaptation, citing its “disappointing” storytelling. Other users concurred with this assessment, condemning the film for its truncated narrative. Like u/Genealogy-1 wrote: “I agree, the best are the ones where they really stick to the book, the costumes (especially the uniforms) and the sets. [That’s] why I like the first two. I really felt like I was in the world.”

For many fans, his omission of critical plot points from the book weakened the film’s internal logic. An user pointed to the film’s failure to portray the essential backstory of Voldemort’s mother, which laid the groundwork for Tom Riddle’s villain’s slow regression to his current soulless incarnation. Other Redditors have condemned the main set’s portrayals, particularly in regards to their budding romantic relationships. Like u/Myble said, “Not to mention the very awkward and forced romantic interactions between Harry and Ginny, making their whole relationship super weird without the context of the book.”

For some users, the adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” extinguished the magic of the whole series. U/erin_bex revealed, “I’ve seen every movie in theaters…and stop watching after this one. The books were iconic and they destroyed the source material.”

Ultimately, while the “Harry Potter” franchise arguably remains a historic feat in literature and film, its adaptations will likely inspire heated debate for generations to come.

The A1 Tutor app for all secondary and A-level students Tue, 03 May 2022 18:48:56 +0000

Have you always wanted to prepare for the baccalaureate without going to a physical lesson? Need to keep your wards and kids studying without having to carry physical books? The A1 Tutor app may be available to resolve these issues.

Tutor A1 is a learning platform for secondary and A-level students – a platform that aims to make learning fun, interactive and easier for students.

The app promises users to access their well-designed video lessons, quizzes, online/offline CBT mock tests, and past questions and solutions, and has over 20,000 downloads on playstore and Apple Store.

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About Tutor A1

The app was launched in January 2022 by Olanipekun Paul Kayode, who said in an interview:

“From my experience of working at different levels of teaching and learning in Nigeria, I have observed a shift in the way we learn over the past decade. Previous generations prided themselves on their ability to read large texts while Gen Z are digital learners who tend to stick to their gadgets. My main goal is to bring learning to a medium where learners can be engaged to learn with enthusiasm.”

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What the app promises

A1 Tutor app promises easy and accessible learning to its users, learning without distraction. Users can also set the pace of their learning and can take as long as they need to understand a lesson on any topic, before moving on to other lessons or topics.

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The app promises to be designed to be a user-friendly and reliable learning tool.

A1 Tutor app claims to have over 20,000 quizzes, mock tests, lecture notes, instructional videos, all specially and carefully designed for students in Primary School, Junior High School, Middle School senior secondary, core university curricula (A’ levels) and examinations. Preparation in accordance with the approved curriculum.

Performer analysis, expert trainers and live tutor chat are features available on the app.

A1 subjects

What users say

Michael Anthony

Wow! what an exciting app. It taught me a lot and improved my college life by making me more interested in my studies, and I couldn’t see any errors while using the app, but the only problem I have is Watching the videos while the tutor is tutoring if by any chance you pause the video for just a few seconds, you will find out that the video will no longer be able to play except you will start from scratch, so do something about it.

Jerome Okoro

Guy, this app is just a great job! Little by little the difficult things become simple! (especially only if there is data 😞) . But unfortunately, I didn’t see “calculation”, in math. I would like to deepen the calculation.

Rebecca Oluwoye

I have no problem with the app only that most of the things I have trouble with especially chemistry are not in the app every time I try to play the video it just says coming soon and it’s pissing me off because I’m getting ready for jamb so please let it come sooner please I beg you.

Esther Fave

So far I haven’t had any issues with the app and it’s the first education app that to my surprise works as it should, and the video lessons are very explanatory. I really enjoy using the app and I promise to recommend the app. to my younger friends and siblings🥰😊

Rosemary Danison

The app is nice, I love it, I would have given it five stars, but the problem is that most of the video lessons are not played😥 Please try to fix this problem.

Does the app keep its promises?

The first impression one gets from the app is that the user interface is impressive.

An impressive feature observed is that the lessons on the app once downloaded can be viewed offline.

But, the lessons on the app are not all free, but are affordable with a 3-tier subscription plan.

A1 payment plan

Anyone with a good phone and data subscription can have access to a number of lesson videos that can be downloaded to listen to as much as the student needs.

The app offers two categories which are High School (SS1-SS3) and A levels (Cambridge, IJMB, JUPEB).

In the high school category, seven subjects are currently available on the app, including English language, general math, English literature, government, physics, chemistry, and biology.

Another feature is the forum where users can ask questions or even discuss any part of their lessons.

Talk to a Tutor

what we think

The A1 Tutor app may be over-promising.

It does not offer any subjects for lower secondary students. Courses for senior students only include seven subjects with no business subjects such as economics, business or accounting available on the app.

The A’ levels segment has even fewer subjects available, including general mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology which are purely science subjects.

Another observation is that while the subject tutors speak clearly enough, there is still room for improvement in the pronunciation of some of the instructors.


The A1 Tutor app has great potential as an online learning platform, but there is room for improvement.

We recommend:

  • an increase in the subjects offered;
  • Include lessons for junior high

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The LA Times Festival of Books returns to USC as an in-person event this weekend Thu, 21 Apr 2022 07:01:37 +0000

For the first time in three years, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will step outside the virtual limits imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation’s largest literary and cultural festival returns to USC’s University Park campus April 23-24. The event marks his 27th year and 12th at USC.