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The September Equinox is here, learn what it is

Equinox, the Sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west

The name equinox means "equal night" in Latin. There are two equinoxes every year - around 20 March and 23 September. Theoretically, it is the day of the year when all points on the earth's surface experience the same lengths of daylight and darkness - 12 hours of each. The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator - the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth's Equator - from north to south. Since the seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, equinox in September is also known as the Autumnal (fall) equinox in the northern hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the spring (vernal) equinox.

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How to Prepare Yourself for A US Visa Interview

mission against falsification of visas, passports travel documents

Before you prepare for applying non-immigrant visa, you must keep in mind that under the U.S Law, all applicants for non-immigrant visas are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. Therefore, you have to prepare yourself to show them that you have reasons stronger to return your home country than remaining in the United States. Your chances of success will greatly increase if you prepare yourself with necessary documents and convincing answers of the anticipated questions of the visa officer. Always remember that incomplete or improper documentation is the leading cause of visa failure. So prepare yourself with perfect documents, especially your property documents, bank statement, income tax returns, family photographs and make sure nothing is missing. If your application was ever rejected, and you intend to apply for a second time, must consider the fact that consular officers do keep earlier records and he will compare your new documents against the earlier documents.

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How to Increase Your Chance of Getting A US Visa

US Visa

An overseas trip should never impromptu. You should make a host of arrangement months before you actually plan to visit. The U.S visa approval always remains a matter of concern. Complete documents increase your chances of a visa approval provided you know the right type of visa you need. There are about 185 different types of U.S visas which could be grouped in two main categories: (a) Nonimmigrant visa - for temporary visits such as for tourism, business, work or studying; and (b) Immigrant visa - for people to immigrate to the United States. Here are some tips that can help you to increase the chance of getting U.S visa. As per U.S laws, consular officers view all non-immigrant applicants as potential immigrants until you can convince them that you are not. You have to convince them that you have reasons stronger to return your home country than remaining in the United States. So prepare with supporting documents like your identity proof, property documents, bank statements, tax returns, your ability to finance your trip, purpose and duration of your stay, your responsibility towards your family and dependants in your homeland, if any. You should also mention whether you are a business owner or serving some employer. If you cannot meet their expected financial capacity, the consular officer may ask you for sponsorship documents, the name and details of your sponsor in the U.S.

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History - September 18, 1792 - Second Civil Commission arrived in Cap-Francais

Cap-Haitian during government of Lysius Salomon

On this date, September 18, 1792, the Second Civil Commission, comprising Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, Polvérel, and Ailhaud, arrived in Cap-Français to execute the law of 4 April which was to restore order in the colony

Saint-Dominique was the richest French colony, because it was the center from where half of the world's sugar was produced and this was achieved with heavy exploitation of African slaves imported from Africa. Its history is inextricably linked to Haiti's colonial past and struggle for independence. In 1791, Cap-Haïtien was captured by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the leader of the slave rebellion and became the center of slave uprisings.

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Harvest Moon Is Tonight, Some Facts about September's Full Moon

The Moon is Earth's only permanent natural satellite

The full moons of September and October are called by the name 'Harvest Moon'. It is the full moon that occurs closest to the date of the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, which marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. During this time, the full-looking moon shines from dusk until dawn because the path of the sun, moon, and earth makes a narrow angle with the horizon at sunset. The moon officially turns full when it reaches the spot opposite to the sun. Although, full-looking harvest moon is not always a supermoon, but it is no ordinary full moon; it behaves in a special way. It is special because during the months around the autumn equinox, days close to the full moon, the time of moonrise becomes very close to the sunset time for several evenings in a row and there is an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. It shines brighter and more golden than during normal full moons and there is very little darkness between sunset and moonrise. The rising and setting moon looks bigger than we see it high in the sky. In other times of the year, on an average, the moon rises 50 minutes after the sunset. But, on September and October evenings, the moon rises 15 to 35 minutes later of the sunset depending upon the latitude of the location-- it rises only around 30 minutes in the United States and even less in Canada.

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Some of the worst New Car-Buying Mistakes

New Car-Buying Mistakes

Buying a new car may be one of your biggest financial investments you will ever make. There is a lot at stake, including time, money and your family's driving happiness for years to come. Here we have compiled some common car buying mistakes to help ease your anxiety. Just avoid these missteps to have a successful car buying experience.

(1) Never neglect to research online;

(2) choosing the wrong car for your need;

(3) Failing to do a thorough test-drive;

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September 12, U. N. Day for South-South Cooperation

Sommet CARICOM-USA i la Jamaïque

"South-South Cooperation (SSC)" is a term to describe the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries themselves, with active participation from public- and private-sector institutions, non-governmental organizations and individuals. Such countries are also known as countries of the Global South. The Global North is comprised of North America, Western Europe followed by the developed countries of East Asia, whereas the Global South encompasses Africa, Latin America, and the developing economies of Asia and the Middle East. SSC can take place on a bilateral, regional, subregional or interregional basis. It emphasizes horizontal and mutual cooperation than vertical donor-recipient approach to aid giving. With the first growth of the developing countries, SSC has more responsibility to deliver towards the future of international development. The North with one-fifth of the world population controls over four fifths of the global world economy.

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Timing, very important on a decision to buy a car

New Car-Buying Mistakes

When you are looking for a new car deal, you should keep in mind that timing can have a big impact on your decision. A change in time can save you money, according to car-buying experts. Getting a good deal on a new or used car often depends on the time of year you buy it. Most show rooms remain quieter on weekdays. On Friday, they remain keen to meet their weekly targets and it could be a good day to meet them. Make your offer later in the day.

The time around Labor Day when new models jostle for space on dealers' lots, the outgoing models could be the target of bargain hunters. Bank holidays are traditionally a time for getting some great deals on new cars and Boxing Day is an excellent example of this. The beginning of a month may not be a good time for buying a new car and for the very same reason you should buy a car at the end of the month when even dealers remain under pressure to meet monthly targets. Historical statistics say, springtime is not the best time to buy a new car. Because it is the time when the winter weather clears and people come out with pockets full of tax refund checks.

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Did you know that Online education is available in Haiti?

Children in school in Boucan Carre

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Hotel Montana, in the presence of the Ambassador of France, Elisabeth Béton Délègue, Haiti launched its first indigenous online teaching platform THESS (Hybrid Technology for Education, Science and Knowledge). This program has been developed by the "École Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti" with an objective to increase youth employment opportunity by facilitating access to university education. The students and professionals can learn the program through a "student kit" which includes a tablet computer, an internet connection and a subscription to the digital library Cyberlibris. The program is supported by the Embassy of France in Haiti and by the AUF. THESS is a platform that integrates multiple services: online education, university governance, educational management, collaborative tools (forum, chat). It is open to all members of the universities of the Conference of Rectors and Presidents of Universities of Haiti (CORPUHA).

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School for Students with Disabilities in Haiti Brings Hope

Institute Monfort school for the deaf and blind in Haiti

The Montfort Institute, a school for sensory disabled children was founded in April 1957 by the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom. When the main building of the institution was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, the deaf and mute children were shifted to under makeshift tarps and tents. World Vision, a non-governmental international organization, with Korean funding of over US$ 1 million, founded a new 24 classroom building. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities. The organization works worldwide, so that the challenging children can reach their full potential. The school now provides sustainable educational opportunities for 350 deaf and mute students. World Vision also extends financial assistance to four other rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities in Haiti. In Croix-des bouquets, the motto of Korean-funded World Vision School is, like every other child, children with special needs should also have access to improved quality holistic education. The aim of their Rehabilitating Schools and Facilities for Students with Disabilities project is supporting education for life for all Haitian children. Since 1978, World Vision, the non-government organization, after establishing its office in Haiti, has supported long-term development programs focused on child well-being and community development. The organization has also provided relief supplies and assisted with recovery from major natural disasters including 2010 earthquake.

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