Moroccan Critic Said Yaktin Wins Sheikh Zayed Award in Arts

Abu Dhabi – Moroccan critic Said Yaktin has won the Sheikh Zayed Award in the category of “arts and critical studies”‘, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Foundation announced Wednesday in a statement.The award, which celebrates this year its tenth anniversary, was awarded to the Moroccan intellectual for his book “the Arab literary thought: structures and formats”, published in 2014 by Difaf in Beirut, Dar Al Amane in Rabat and Al Ikhtilaf in Algeria.According to the Foundation, this book analyzes the concept of the Arabic literary thought within an approach involving arthroscopy and application. This literary work is characterized by the precision and commitment of the author in the treatment and analysis of the subject, in addition to the academic rigor and diversity of references in Arabic, French and English, and the excellence of their exploitation on many levels, as well as the richness of the approach used by the author for the critical treatment of his subject. OR.With MAP read more

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US home construction fell 9 per cent in September

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2016 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home construction fell 9 per cent in September WASHINGTON – Homebuilders pulled back on construction for a second straight month in September, with a plunge in apartments offsetting gains in single-family homes. Building activity was weak in all parts of the country except the Midwest.Construction tumbled 9 per cent in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million units, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the slowest pace in 18 months. Construction had fallen 5.6 per cent in August.The weakness last month reflected a 38 per cent drop in construction of apartments, which overshadowed an 8.1 per cent rise in single-family construction.Despite the two months of declines, home construction has been one of the bright spots in the economy this year. Builders have been scrambling to keep up with rising demand amid continued strong job gains and low mortgage rates.The September performance was weaker than expected. Analysts had been forecasting a rebound. But they noted that the smaller apartment segment of construction is often volatile from month to month.“Given the volatility of the multifamily sector, there is not enough in this report to suggest the steady uptrend in housing starts is changing yet,” economists at Contingent Macro Research said in a research note.Applications for building permits, a good sign of future activity, posted an increase of 6.3 per cent in September. It was the biggest one-month gain since last November, pushing activity to an annual rate of 1.22 million units.By region of the country, construction starts rose 6.6 per cent in the Midwest, the only region showing a gain. Construction fell 31.5 per cent in the Northwest, 15.6 per cent in the South and 4.4 per cent in the West.A survey of builder sentiment on Tuesday showed that builders’ confidence about the future eased back a bit this month after surging to the highest level in nearly a year in September. read more

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TAs celebrated for a job well done

As Monica Louie reflected on what she has achieved over the past year, she recognized that her success was not a solo effort.It was with the support and guidance of Brock staff that the 24-year-old Master of Education student was able to excel in her role as a teaching assistant (TA). Her efforts were lauded on Tuesday, April 9 when she received the Novice TA Award at the TA Reception at Pond Inlet.The 22nd annual event, hosted by Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) and the Office of the Provost, recognized the accomplishments of the University’s seminar leaders, lab demonstrators and teaching assistants.The University relies on hundreds of teaching assistants, who aid students in Brock’s seven Faculties each year.Alongside Louie, other TAs recognized Tuesday included Master of Economics student Yihong Bai with the International TA Award, Psychology PhD student Caitlyn Gallant with the Graduate TA Award, Master of Psychology student Jennifer Roters with the Graduate TA Award and Master of Applied Health Sciences student Nicholas Gadea with the TA Award.In addition to the honours, 78 certificates were handed out to 63 recipients who completed various workshops to enhance their abilities as TAs.Louie said the support she received from CPI while completing a certificate program proved invaluable.“CPI has been very supportive,” she said. “The Saturday workshops were great, and I have learned so much from the expertise of staff, who helped guide me as a teacher and a learner.”Though she spent time working in an elementary school classroom during her undergraduate studies, Louie found that TAing allowed her to expand her teaching scope for a post-secondary audience of learners, who in turn valued her commitment.“I had a good grasp of teaching younger children, but being able to work with adults has tested what I have learned in a more dynamic way,” she said. “I am able to actively share my perspective with them. I believe in open and honest communication and showing who I am as a person through my teaching.”Providing an inclusive environment proved particularly important during Louie’s TA duties in the Faculty of Education’s Diversity Issues in Schooling course.“We talked about many diversity issues in education and within society, such as sexism, racism and homophobia,” she said. “I structure my seminars to help my students understand the concepts and see how they have experienced or never experienced these issues, as well as how they plan to navigate them in the classroom and daily life.”Lianne Fisher, CPI’s Educational Developer, said it’s important to celebrate Brock’s accomplished TAs, who support the University’s ongoing commitment to teaching and learning.“Our TAs are so willing to give their time and expertise to work with each other and their students,” she said. “They form an incredible community that the entire University benefits from.”For Louie, the award highlights the beginning of what she hopes will be a lifetime of teaching.“It was very exciting, but also incredibly humbling to receive,” she said. “Putting together the dossier needed for the award nomination allowed me to reflect and appreciate what I have done so far. Thanks to the lessons I have learned from CPI, I have seen my teaching abilities grow, and I am able to continue learning to be the educator that I have always wanted to be.”For more information about the TA awards, visit the CPI website.Brock’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and the Office of the Provost celebrated the contributions of the University’s teaching assistants, seminar leaders and lab demonstrators during the 2018-19 TA Reception on Tuesday, April 9. read more

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