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Mormon Missionary Training Center: An Elite Boot Camp

PROVO, Utah (RNS) The 35-acre campus is an island of young people, where teens and 20-somethings outnumber grown-ups by 10-to-1.

The place is awash in fresh-faced students, and even the workers -- from the cafeteria to the copy center, the mailroom to the bookstore -- and most of the teachers are under 30.

It's no "Animal House," though, with raucous frats, food fights and binge drinking. This is Mormonism's elite Missionary Training Center, where the men wear white shirts and ties, the women don modest skirts and dresses and everyone is expected to heed the rules.

It ranks second among the nation's largest on-site language schools, behind only the U.S. Defense Departmen

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Vrouekarakters in enkele prosawerke van C.M. van den Heever. (Research Articles).


The role of women In some prose works of C.M. van den Heever

Re-reading the C.M. van den Heever "classics" Somer

(1935) and Laat vrugte (1939) within the framework of Van den Heever

criticism through the years, one becomes aware that central themes in

his oeuvre are acted out by women. The beautiful young girl Linda in

Somer embodies the sadness of the transcience of beauty and happiness.

Through Ouma Willa, Betta and Johanna--three women from three

generations in Laat vrugte--the theme of the endurance of the memory of

love and passion beyond decay and death is expressed. A cursory examination of other

3 days ago

South Africa And The 2010 World Cup: In The Eye Of The Storm- Rise of the Second Revolution Against the ANC Government

Since the announcement by FiFA that the 2010 World Cup Finals between 32 countries will be held in South Africa, the euphoria has ebbed with the events characteristic of South Africa. The poor majority saw themselves enriched,with that announcements, and they had high hopes that better times have come to South Africa, at last. The newly democratically elected ANC(African National Congress), egged the people on about the importance of having the World Cup in South Africa.

Deals were cut with many people in the government bureaucracy and private sectors and entities. All sorts of promises were heaped upon the unsuspecting poor and sick multitudes regarding the coming World Cup which wil

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South African Airways Announces New Non-Stop Service from New York JFK to South Africa

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--South African Airways has announced that it will operate new non-stop

service from New York JFK to Johannesburg beginning May 1, 2009. Flight

SA204, which will now depart at 11:35AM and arrive in Johannesburg at

8:45AM the following day, opens up a host of online connections, taking

more travelers to more of Africa through SAA's Johannesburg hub.

The same-day connections feature flights to Botswana, Gabon, Kenya,

Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As

an African airline with global reach, SAA's unmatched African network

will now make it possible to leave New

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5 Chic, Under-The-Radar Hotels You'll Want To Live In Forever

There are hotels that look like hotels -- rooms with bland Costco art, curtains that weigh as much as the bed, a minibar with a $7 bag of nuts -- and there are hotels that make you feel like you're staying with a friend who has impeccable taste.

Take Anna Bern's Nest Inn, in Narrowsburg, New York, for example. The art director-turned-shopkeeper and hotelier had so many people tell her that they wanted to live in her boutique, Nest, that she eventually bought a house around the corner and turned it into a two-room inn, furnished with the same merchandise she finds on her worldwide travels and sells in the shop.

The following hotels span the country and range in price, location,

1 week ago

Best Pix Of The Week

Best Pix Of The Week

From the tragic train derailing in the Bronx, N.Y.,to the fireworks over Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon during the annual lighting of a floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, here are the most arresting photos of the last seven days.



A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday. (

2 weeks ago

The Importance of Setting in a Fiction or Nonfiction Book

Setting is where the story and each scene take place, which you know. But do you grasp that setting can set the tone and mood readers experience, and can reveal and or trigger characters' moods? You want to give enough (not too much) description for each scene to set the appearance, atmosphere, and mood for readers so they are clear enough in their own minds about the general or specific image you intend for them to have. It may help to create a list or essay description for your scenes (like a character sketch) and keep these handy so you stay consistent throughout the scenes and story.

Give readers something that helps them form an adequate image in their minds and sets mood and atm