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Criticisms Over The Cancelled Classes And Postponed Exams After The Presidential Elections

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Professors at Penn and other schools cancelled classes and postponed exams after Donald Trump was elected as the US president. Several students all the over the US were distressed with some deeply agitated over the results. However, there were some conservatives and critics who were wondering whether Penn classes will be suspended and exams postponed if Hilary Clinton won instead of Trump?

The choice of suspending or moving classes is under the control of individual professors but sometimes, their decisions draw a lot of criticism from the public. An accommodation to the midterm scheduled for November 9 at Yale University received national coverage with an article on Fox News labelling the students as “snowflakes.” At students were described as “unprepared to cope with reality.”

Beth Winkelstein, vice-provost for education suggested that faculty should take into account the importance of understanding the needs of students following the election results. Undergraduate deans must be sensitive to students and be flexible in considering their requests regarding assignments and in reminding them of the school resources available on campus to support them.

Students with colour were scared and emotionally charged with Trump’s election. A vicious and racist series of attacks through GroupMe messages targeted black freshmen days later. The messages came from people using pseudonyms like “Daddy Trump” which was linked to students from Oklahoma.

Regardless of their political affiliations, the students who were interviewed believed that scheduling assignments or exams near significant events may be met with problems. It is irresponsible to schedule exams after an election because if the school authorities want students to be involved, they should not be required to study.

A critic thought it was in bad taste to postpone exams and cancel classes. There is a problem if students cannot function because their candidate lost. The results however had a critical significance to their sense of self and safety.

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Construction Of Family Dream House Halted By Construction Problems

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Greece, NY — April 13, 2015 — Everyone dreams of the perfect home where they can settle in and grow old. Some people’s dream homes have already been built and they would only need to look for homebuilder’s display homes for sale. Most people, on the other hand, would want to have their dream houses built so that they could put every detail they want into it.

But what happens when you do decide to get your dream house built but in the midst of its construction, problems with the contractor led you to decide to stop the building the process when you have already spent too much on it?

This is exactly what happened to a family who hired a contractor to build their dream house in Greece.

Paul Lonnen had only wanted to build the home of his dream where he and his family could happily live. Unfortunately, that all became a big mess when he decided to hire the wrong contractor.

He and his wife had hired a builder last spring to build the house of their dreams but months after the finish date, the house has still not been completed. Paul said that he had been very generous with time even though they had their suspicions at first; they still gave the contractor some time.

Unfortunately for the contractor, Carl Webber of the Webber Enterprises, Paul Lonnen backed out of the project when he finally realized that their house was never going to be built.

Now the biggest issue here is that Lonnen wants Webber Enterprises to return the money he had given for the construction which is about $30, 000 but Carl Webber refuses to do so.

There was an intervention from the Rochester Home Builder’s Association through its vice president, Rick Harmon. Harmon went to the property and a code inspector posted a violation for outdoor storage of junk and debris from the town of Greece.

Harmon contacted Webber and he admitted that there was a problem with their investor that is why they couldn’t resume the construction and they plan on filing for bankruptcy. Webber Enterprises and Development was officially out of business.
Through Harmon, Webber had finally spoken to Lonnen and he promised to return the money for the orders that hadn’t been bought yet.


Airstrikes Rain Down On ISIS Held Tikrit

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The battle against ISIS has continued to heat up. Recently, US led fighter planes continue to hammer on ISIS stronghold in Tikrit. The battleground was described by the Iraqi Prime Minister as the difficult grounds/ targets. He sought help and intervention from the international bodies to reclaim the embattled city of Tikrit.

Special Forces coming from the United States and its allies announced that it did massive airstrikes in the city. Seventeen deadly bombs were dropped at three checkpoints, two staging areas, road blocks, two bridges and other areas that were deemed to be a stronghold of the militants.

The airstrikes were a crucial effort in paving way for Iraqi military to take control of the city. The commanding general from the US Forces stressed that the airstrikes in Iraq set the tone for the offensive action of the military. It is to be expected in the next few days that Iraqi officers will swarm the city in hopes of taking back the stronghold from the rebels.

The city was conquered by the Islamic State terrorist group June of last year. Since then, Iraqi military forces have attempted to raid the area and gain back control. In all those attempts they have failed.

Now, the government has been resolved to make that big push in conquering the city. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered early this month to retake the city however perilous it may be and whatever the cost of such exploit although he cautioned his men to proceed with the mission with utmost care. The militants who are holding the ground in Tikrit have experienced heightened pressure of the government’s military closing in on them. According to analysts, the terrorist will continue to hold this city as long as they could since they consider this an important sanctuary. The battleground is the birthplace of the former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. His place of birth is located only 160 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

The ISIS responded on the attack by strategically moving around the city and finding good positions to hold the government back. This movement by the terrorist group halted the military efforts of the government since pressing on to attack would mean heavy casualties for the military and civilians as well.