Reading contests challenge children; Prizes offered as state tries to stop ‘summer slide’

Reading contests challenge children; Prizes offered as state tries to stop ‘summer slide’

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The state and several community partners are offering a variety of prizes as part of a summer reading contest designed to encourage and improve New Mexico children’s literacy. Gov. Susana Martinez last week announced the launch of four “Summer Reading Challenges.” The reading challenges are designed to stop the “summer slide,” during which students often lose a portion of their reading proficiency while out of school and must catch up on their skills when they return to school in August, according to the state Public Education Department. “Learning to read well at an early age is critical to academic success and, ultimately, to success in the workplace and in life,” said Martinez. “I am incredibly excited by the tremendous community involvement and partnerships that we have developed in creating and…
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How To Help Your Child Overcome His Fear Of His Sleep Apnea Mask

How To Help Your Child Overcome His Fear Of His Sleep Apnea Mask

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Helping your child overcome his fear of his sleep apnea mask is key to the success of the treatment. Without proper and consistent use of the CPAP mask, your child will continue to suffer the effects of sleep apnea, which may end up being life-threatening. It’s estimated that over 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and that half of them don’t even know it. Symptoms in children are more difficult to recognize that they are in adults. While snoring is a common symptom in children, many children without the disorder snore as well. Other symptoms may include enlarged tonsils or adenoids, problems sleeping or restlessness, mouth breathing, excessive daytime sleepiness, problems paying attention, aggressive behavior and hyperactivity, and a failure to thrive. Obstructive sleep apnea is more and more…
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Making Ice Fishing Tip-Ups

Making Ice Fishing Tip-Ups

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Most winter anglers have better things to do than hold a pole while they're ice fishing---like putting their hands in their pockets to keep warm. That's why ice fishing tip-ups are handy. Just slip the fishing line over one end of the tip-up and wait for a strike. When it comes, a signal flag tips up to alert you that it's time to get busy reeling in a fish. Follow these steps to make a few tip-ups for your next outing on the ice. Things You'll Need: Two wooden dowels, each 24 inches long (one 1/4-inch diameter, the other 1/2-inch) Narrow strip of bright-colored cloth or plastic tape Braided fishing line Tube of superglue Scissors or pocketknife Two wooden dowels, each 24 inches long (one 1/4-inch diameter, the other 1/2-inch)…
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Here’s Why Investing In Portable Hammocks Is A Great Idea

Here’s Why Investing In Portable Hammocks Is A Great Idea

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There are a number of reasons the demand for portable hammocks are in high demand. While there are a number of hammocks available in the market, the 2 person hammock comes in very handy. Since these hammocks are portable, they are foldable and light weight that make it easy to carry. This means you can pack them up and travel with them without increasing the weight of your luggage. When you plan to camp in the open, all you need to do is set up the hammock and you do not need to sit on the floor. You can also use it to relax and read a book out in the open. Mattresses go old over a period of time and this makes the sleeping experience go downhill as well.…
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Tin slump seen cutting Indonesian exports by 30%

Tin slump seen cutting Indonesian exports by 30%

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Tin exports from Indonesia, the top supplier, will probably plunge this quarter to the lowest in more than a year after prices declined and as the government moves to impose stricter rules on exports. Futures rose. Overseas sales may drop 30 percent to 16,000 metric tons from 22,825 tons a year earlier, the median of estimates from one analyst and six smelters compiled by Bloomberg showed. That’s the biggest fall since the three months to March and the smallest amount since the quarter ended Sept. 30 last year, Trade Ministry data show. Tin futures have slumped 15 percent from a six-month high in April on concern that slowing economic growth may curb demand in China, the biggest consumer of industrial metals. Prices dropped even as exports from Indonesia declined about…
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S&P; downgrades Molycorp, again

S&P; downgrades Molycorp, again

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Standard & Poor’s has lowered its corporate credit rating for troubled U.S. rare earths producer Molycorp from ‘CCC+’ to ‘CCC’ with a negative outlook. “The downgrade reflects our view of the company’s deteriorating liquidity position,” said S&P in making its second downgrade of Molycorp in less than a year. “The negative outlook reflects our view that it is unlikely to have cash on hand to meet operational and working capital needs, interest, and capital spending over the next year,” the ratings agency observed. “In our view, the company’s capital structure is unsustainable, and we believe that the company’s sources of liquidity may not be sufficient to cover operational and working capital needs, interest, and capital spending over the next year,” said Standard & Poor’s Credit Analyst David Kuntz. “We believe…
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Remembering the Analog Days

Remembering the Analog Days

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Back when I was a teenager, you used a rotary phone to dial a friend, you used a typewriter to write term papers and prayed you didn’t mess up, you listen to music on cassette tapes until you accidentally caught the ribbon on something pulling it out into yards of mess! The camera.. well, was somewhat similar yet the finished product nowadays is much clearer and more amazing than anything we could have imagined. People often say… in the simpler days, things were this and that… yet, truth be told none of these items were simpler… simplistic perhaps, but much more hassle for sure. Anyways, these analog postcards will remind of days long ago, give your children a glimpse into your past, and be a familiar and welcome site to…
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California Wine Country Activities

California Wine Country Activities

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Wine regions are perfect places to spend a relaxing weekend with your significant other or a group of friends. The scenery is breathtaking, the wine is superb and the fun is endless. While the main activity in California wine country will always be tasting wines, there are many other ways to appreciate the beauty and culture these regions have to offer. Make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for all your wine country activities, both formal and informal. Visiting the Wineries From touring the grounds to photographing the vineyards, from learning about the wine-making process and tasting the results, wineries offer fun and education. You'll enhance your experience by arming yourself with a little information on its particular wine, history or location, But even if you're haven't done any research,…
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About Snorkeling in Destin, Florida

About Snorkeling in Destin, Florida

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Destin, Florida, welcomes around 3.6 million tourists each year. The once-small fishing village boasts ocean access and hot, sandy beaches. The best snorkeling conditions are when something of interest can be seen close to the surface of the water. Destin hosts many snorkeling tour companies, making snorkeling an easy and fun activity. Age There are no age requirements, though the snorkeler must be able to swim. Two places accessible from land are the Destin jetties and Crystal Pier pilings. Equipment Most often, the necessary gear such as snorkels and masks are provided through tour companies that take the snorkelers out on boats. Many tour companies in the area, such as Kokomo Snorkeling‎,‎ have easy access stairs to enter or exit the water. 415 Flamingo Drive Destin, FL‎ 32541 (850) 837-9029…
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Social Media And Word Of Mouth Marketing May Not Be The Same But…

Social Media And Word Of Mouth Marketing May Not Be The Same But…

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Slightly altering my thinking, I now think social media and word of mouth marketing may not be the same per se but... they are related for sure. Not like Uncle Earl who gave you socks instead of toys when you were a kid; no social media and word of mouth marketing a lot closer than that on the marketing family tree. This is a follow up to an article I wrote back in July Social Media Marketing And Word Of Mouth Marketing Are Now The Same in which I espoused my theory that social media marketing and word of mouth marketing are now one and the same. I made what I thought was a strong, compelling case as to why I believed these two "entities" if you will, were in…
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