The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
By United Press International

Three children die in Hammond, Ind., house fire

HAMMOND, Ind., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Three children are dead and two others are hospitalized, along with their father, after a house fire in Hammond, Ind., officials said.
The Issue: Obamacare -- what deadline?

The Issue: Obamacare -- what deadline?

With the first of the year just days off, the full impact of healthcare reform is poised to kick in but whether it will achieve U.S. President Barack Obama's vision of affordable protection for all still is an open question.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners:

List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners:

Jenna Bush Hager gives birth to daughter 'Mila'

HOUSTON, April 15 (UPI) -- Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to a daughter this weekend, making grandparents of former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, the Bushes announced.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
By United Press International

Suspect dies from fire that killed woman, hurt two children

CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Chicago man suspected of setting a fire that killed his girlfriend and burned their two children has died from injuries suffered in the blaze, police say.

List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners:

List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners:

John Marburger, Bush science adviser, dies

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y., July 31 (UPI) -- John H. "Jack" Marburger, who served as chief science adviser to President George W. Bush, has died at his home in Port Jefferson, N.Y., officials said.

Cruise ship sued over toxic gas leak

MIAMI, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A 2005 leak of toxic gas in Los Angeles harbor which killed three crewmen has resulted in a suit against Royal Caribbean Cruises by a former ship captain.

Report: Michigan graduates fewest blacks

DETROIT, July 25 (UPI) -- Michigan has the worst rate in the nation for graduating African-American males from public schools, a national report said Friday.
Church rallies around controversial pastor

Church rallies around controversial pastor

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) -- The Chicago church of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has rallied around its retired pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose remarks have been repudiated by Obama.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008.
By United Press International
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John H.
Astronaut John H. Glenn, Flight Surgeon Dr. William Douglas and equipment specialist Joe Schmitt leave crew quarters prior to the Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission on February 20, 1962. Glenn carries a portable ventilation unit. (UPI Photo/NASA)

Dr. John H.A.L. de Jong graduated in General Linguistics, French and English languages from Leiden University and obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement from Twente University. He has published numerous articles and books on language acquisition and assessment and on educational measurement. He is specialised in the empirical scaling of language proficiency and promotes the development of internationally standardised reporting scales of language proficiency. He was involved from the start in developing the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

After teaching French for seven years John continued his career at CITO, the Dutch National Institute for Educational Management. In 2000 he set up a company, "Language Testing Services" (LTS), to provide advice and services in the areas of language curriculum development, language testing and assessment in general to national and international educational authorities, educational institutions and international business corporations. In September 2006 he joined Pearson Language Tests as Vice President Test Development and is close to finalising a brand new computer based test of academic English, PTE Academic

He has been appointed Chair in Language Testing at VU University Amsterdam, supervising research in the area of language testing & language proficiency modeling.

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