Recommended for you TENS OF THOUSANDS TO SAY FAREWELL TO THE MUNROES; CREFLO DOLLAR INCLUDED Bahamas delegation lands this morning for four day Gospel conference in Provo Related Items:bfmi, Dr. Myles Munroe, farewell service, Pastor Dave Burrows, richard pinder. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Bahamas, 17 Nov 2014 – The farewell services of Dr Myles & Ruth Munroe and Pastor Richard Pinder are revealed as set for early December. A National Thanksgiving Service is December 3rd at a venue to be announced… an invitation only service for Dr Myles and his wife, RuthAnn is at BFMI for December 4th and Dr. Richard Pinder, who also died in that plane crash in Freeport eight days ago will be buried on December 2nd, 2014, also at BFM. The service will be streamed live… churches around the world are being encouraged to hold ceremonies at their sanctuaries simultaneously. Pastor Dave Burrows, a founding member of BFM has taken the lead at the ministry; he is named new Senior Pastor. The funeral service of the Parks family is set for this weekend. Deputy Premier attends state recognized funeral service for Dr. Myles Munroe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items:anti-money laundering, dwayne baker Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – The two day anti-money laundering conference not only drew a wide cross section of public and private sector professionals form the Turks and Caicos Islands, but from abroad. Magnetic Media spoke to Dwayne Baker, Director of the Financial Intelligence Agency who said the support was near capacity.“We’ve had wide interests from international participants; Trinidad and Tobago has brought a large delegation here, inclusive of their Attorney General, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis and some of our other Sister Territories, so the response has been quite fantastic.” Mr. Baker said there is a sincere willingness for those in TCI to follow regulations, even if there are some who deviate, the eighty participants and the type of interaction shown proves it. As far as whether the country is measuring up to standards globally; Baker said progress is good for the territory.“Well from the response this morning from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, it seems as if we are doing quite well… we are about to exit one of our review processes, that is the third round of evaluations and move into the fourth round which will look at the effectiveness of our systems.”Financial services contributes $2.3 million to government revenue. The Anti- Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Conference was jointly organized by the Financial Intelligence Agency, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force; we will hear from their executives next time… Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Nassau – WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT BEACHES MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. BOATERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESS.GENERAL SITUATION: A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MEANDER ACROSS THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA MAINTAINS BRISK WINDS OVER THE ISLANDS.SE BAHAMAS AND TCI SMALL CRAFT SHOULD NOT VENTURE FAR FROM PORT; SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS TODAY BUT INCREASING T0 20 TO 30 KNOTS BY TONIGHT OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET TODAY BUT BUILDING UP TO 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BY TONIGHT.SWELLS: NONEWEATHER: ISOLATED SHOWERS AND CHANCE OF A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY THROUGH TONIGHT.#Bahamasweather#MarineForecastBahamasandTCI
August 4, 2018 Posted: August 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:33 AM Man hospitalized after being run over during argument KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was hospitalized in San Diego Saturday morning after being seriously injured when he laid down in front of his friend’s car during an argument and was run over, authorities said Saturday.The incident occurred at 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 5800 block of Market Street in the Emerald Hills neighborhood, according to Officer John Buttle with the San Diego Police Department.The victim argued with his friend and in an attempt to get his friend’s attention, he laid down in the street in front of a car the suspect was driving and was run over, Buttle said.A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident and the suspect got out of the car and took the friend’s cell phone and told the 911 operator the victim had laid down intentionally in front of his car, then the suspect drove away from the scene, said Buttle.The victim was transported to a hospital with serious, but not life- threatening injuries, he said.The suspect’s vehicle is a 2001 burgundy Mazda 4-door with California license plate number 7XNW211. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Four of the magazine industry’s iconic editors—Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, Tina Brown, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter (left to right, above)—presented photographer Annie Leibovitz (center) with a general excellence Ellie—the first ever to be awarded to an individual, not a magazine.Wenner accepted Rolling Stone’s award for a profile of the late writer and novelist David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide last fall. “David won a National Magazine Award for a piece he did for us years ago,” Wenner said. “He was one of the true talents.”‘Chainsaw-Wielding’Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith delivered the best acceptance speech of the night, thanking everyone from George W. Bush and Karl Rove to “chainsaw-wielding murderers” and Willie Nelson, for making the job of covering the state of Texas an “easy” one. (Texas Monthly won for general excellence, 250,000 to 500,000 circulation.)Despite its elder demographic, AARP the Magazine won an Ellie for best interactive feature online, taking out National Geographic, Salon and Wired.com.After Bicycling won an Ellie, its editor, Loren Mooney, said: “Bicycling? Seriously?!?”There were few other surprises, albeit big ones: Field & Stream won a general excellence award (1,000,000 to 2,000,000 circulation), beating the New Yorker, Vogue and Popular Science.Reader’s Digest, nominated for the first time in 20 years, won a general excellence award (over 2,000,000 circulation), beating Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, National Geographic—which won three Ellies last year—and Time.Said editor Peggy Northrop: “This is for all of my friends who said I was crazy for taking this job.” SEE ALSO: FOLIO: Q+A with Northrop [PHOTOS: Steve Friedman] But unlike other years, given the seemingly endless waves of layoffs, magazine closings and reports of hemorrhaging ad pages that have rocked the industry in the last 12 months, this didn’t feel like a celebration.Backpacker, Esquire, Wired and the New Yorker led the awards field, winning three Ellies each.Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Late Night, presented the evening’s first two awards, for excellence online. Backpacker editor Jonathan Dorn, in accepting the Ellie for Backpacker.com, said he hoped it would allow him to keep his job for a year, “maybe two.”“This gives us air cover,” he said.Chris Anderson, accepting Wired’s third Ellie, apologized for his sudden ubiquity: “This is usually the part where [New York magazine editor] Adam Moss or [New Yorker editor] David Remnick start apologizing.”Anderson also thanked his boss at Condé Nast, Si Newhouse, for approving a cover he told Newhouse would “tank.” “Si said, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter.’” RELATED: FOLIO:’s Ellies Twitter Stream NEW YORK—The 44th annual National Magazine Awards—a normally boozy, raucous affair—were held during a gala ceremony at Jazz @ Lincoln Center here Thursday.
Shawn Mendes To Kick Off “MTV Unplugged” Reboot Email “MTV Unplugged” Returns With Shawn Mendes shawn-mendes-kick-mtv-unplugged-reboot Facebook The iconic MTV series gets a fresh coat of paint, with new episodes featuring today’s stars in interesting venuesNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 2:03 pm GRAMMY.comMTV has announced a reboot of their beloved “Unplugged” franchise for this fall. The network is not holding back on star power either, enlisting pop chart-topper Shawn Mendes for the first installment of the relaunched series.The show, originally conceived and launched in 1989 by singer/songwriter Jules Shear (who hosted the first 13 episodes) along with producers Robert Small and Jim Burns, drew on a late ’80s fad of rock bands performing acoustic versions of their hits at award shows and televised events.It soon became a staple of ’90s pop culture, hosting memorable stripped-down televised performances by the likes of Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, and many more.Clapton’s Unplugged album went on to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, with “Tears In Heaven” also taking Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, at the 35th GRAMMY Awards. Tony Bennett became the second artist to win Album Of The Year for an “Unplugged” album at the 37th GRAMMY Awards.According to Variety, the new series is looking to “mix things up this time around.””‘Let’s take it to cool locations’ was the thought,” said MTV’s Amani Duncan, who is heading the new launch. “Like where the artist played their first major show, or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.'”The reboot of “MTV Unplugged” featuring Shawn Mendes from the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to air Sept. 8.How Much Do You Know About Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged album? News Twitter
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1:28 • See All Culture In the middle of a sprawling conference and festival like SXSW, Land O’Lakes is also one of many companies vying for the attention of folks looking for the next, large, colorful, interactive experience to duck into and maybe even snap some pics for Instagram.The Copernicus Project also let goers do things like see how they stack up in their perceptions of food issues. For example, they could take a small spool of yarn color-coded to their diet (vega, carnivore, omnivore, etc) and wrap it around pegs in order to indicate how much they think the average meal costs, or what the most pressing food challenge is: Scarcity? Food safety? Global hunger?And if attendees would consider adding bugs to their diet as a protein source, for example, they could have voted with a small yellow plastic ball. Share your voice The Copernicus Project reminds SXSW attendees they’re not the center of the food universe. Land O’Lakes At an interactive experience called The Copernicus Project by Land O’Lakes, South by Southwest festivalgoers got some food for thought.Tying art installations into topics like biodiversity and nanotechnology meant that attendees could stand inside a room with floor-to-ceiling LED screens to get facts about where our food comes from, or slide into a giant avocado ball pit while pretending to be a nanobot. “People learn when they touch things,” said Land O’Lakes CTO Teddy Bekele.The thinking behind the name of the installation, which ended Sunday night, comes from the idea that Nicolaus Copernicus said the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Similarly, Land O’Lakes wants folks to know humans aren’t the center of the food universe. Now playing: Watch this: reading • Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project: Humans aren’t the center of the food universe Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsules SXSW 2019 Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out Tags Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed SXSW 2019 0 Land O’Lakes’ Copernicus Project lets you get hands on… Post a comment
OnePlus 7 Pro prebooking offerAmazon.inOnePlus 7 is set to launch on the 14th of this month, but mere days before that we have a leak which confirms that price of the 6GB/128GB model of the OnePlus 7 Pro to be Rs. 49,999, whereas the 8GB/256GB version will cost Rs. 52,999. The top-end variant, with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, will be priced at Rs. 57,999.This information has come from Ishan Agarwal who’s been reliable with leaks in the past. How do these prices compare with phones already in the market? For starters, a recent Geekbench benchmark shows a OnePlus GM1917 featuring 12GB RAM and a Snapdragon 855 processor which scored 3551 on the single-core test and 11012 on the multi-core test. If the benchmark is to be believed, it can be assessed that the phone has a slightly better camera and memory bandwidth than the iPhone XR, which comes at an MRP of Rs. 91,900. However, it lags in single-core performance, with the latter taking a lead of over 1200 points.According to the benchmark, the OnePlus phone manages to leave the Rs. 80,000 Google Pixel 3 XL behind by a large margin. As we already know, OnePlus chose to forego IP rating certifications in favour of a lower price tag, something which will prove beneficial for the company as well as its customers. Furthermore, a DisplayMate rating of A+, the same as the Samsung S10, only boosts the marketability of the device. Here’s a detailed spec sheet for the two models:With a price tag that low and performance at par with luxury brands’ flagship phones, OnePlus might just pull it off this time as well.
Detectives arrested a suspected rapist-cum-killer in connection with the recovery of a four-year-old girl’s corpse from Badda on Sunday night, reports UNB.The arrestee was identified as Shipon, 35.Police recovered the body of Tanha, 4, daughter of Mehedi, from inside a toilet of a tin-shed house adjacent to Abul Hotel in Adarshanagar area on Sunday evening.Officer-in-charge of Badda police station MA Jalil said that the body bore strangulation mark on its neck and injury marks on both legs.Police sent the body to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital for autopsy, he added.Tanha. File photoThey are primarily suspecting that the girl was raped and later strangled to death, he also said.Meanwhile, briefing reporters at DMP media centre on Monday, joint commissioner (DB) Abdul Baten said the perpetrator reportedly raped the minor girl after alluring her with food.The detectives started shadow investigation alongside local police station soon after the incident came to light on Sunday evening. Acting on a tip-off, a Detective Branch special team arrested Shipon from Badda area on Sunday night, he said.Tanha had been residing at a rented house of Adarshanagar with her parents. Arrested Shipon was one of their neighbours, living in a rented room with his wife.Tanha’s mother. Photo: Abdus SalamShipon had been working as a day labourer, since recently being released from jail after five years. When Tanha was returning home on Thursday crossing Shipon’s room, he pulled Tanha inside his room alluring her with food, and then he allegedly raped her, the joint commissioner of DB said.As Tanha cried out for help, Shipon strangled her, and after the girl died, fled the scene throwing the body of Tanha into a toilet of the house, he said.Mehedi, the father of the ill-fated girl filed a case with Badda police station accusing the arrested Shipon, said Abdul Jalil, the OC of the police station.
Obaidul Quader, Mahbubey AlamAbout the suspicion of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal physicians that she has suffered a mild stroke, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said she fell sick for low blood sugar level, reports UNB.Meanwhile, the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, also echoed Quader saying Khaleda’s physicians were “spreading it just to get court sympathy”.”I’ve talked to the home minister and IG prisons over the matter. Though Khaleda’s physicians said she might have suffered from mild stroke, the physician of the jail said it is because of fall in her blood sugar level. It’s not a mild stroke,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.Obaidul was talking to reporters while visiting Dhaka-Tangail highway at Chandra of Gazipur.”We don’t support any negligence in Khaleda’s treatment and she has been requested to go abroad for treatment and undergo medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital,” claimed the minister.Talking about the road condition and Eid journey, Quader said the four-lane Chandra-Elenga road will be opened to traffic on 12 June, aiming to ensure the smooth journey of homebound people.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the road after Eid, he said.Addressing a press briefing at his office after the High Court adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda seeking bail in a Cumilla arson case, attorney general Mahbubey Alam dismissed Khaleda’s personal physicians’ claim.”It’s not true that she [Khaleda] had a mild stroke. It’s also not true that she became senseless or remained senseless. She had dizziness following a fall in her blood sugar level.” The BNP chairperson’s four personal physicians on Saturday met Khaleda at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road.”Khaleda Zia collapsed on the ground on 5 June but she cannot recall anything of the incident. We think she suffered a mild stroke,” professor SM Siddique of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s medicine department told reporters.”I talked to the Inspector General (Prisons) before going to court today when he told me that Khaleda Zia’s sugar level dropped just before iftar on 5 June. But it’s not true that she became senseless. She had just giddiness. Instantly, she was fed with chocolate,” said the attorney general.”The IG (Prisons) and the Civil Surgeon would have been informed surely had she become senseless. They (BNP) are trying to mobilise public opinion using the issue,” he said.Mahbubey Alam smelt something fishy in physicians’ visit to the BNP chief just one day before the hearing on a case. “It’s shameful that physicians who should not be involved in politics are saying that she [Khaleda] remained senseless for 7-8 minutes,” he added.Meanwhile, law minister Anisul Huq and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be sent to BSMMU for medical tests following her personal physicians’ claim of mild stroke.
Jute mill workers put barricade on the rail tracks of Khulna for the second consecutive day of their strike. UNB file photoFor the third consecutive day on Thursday, workers of the state owned jute mills in Khulna are continuing the 72-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand including implementation of the wage commission, reports UNB.The agitating workers took positions on several places including Natun Rasta, Shonadanga Bus Stand and Atra industrial area around 6:00am, halting traffic movement on Khulna-Jashore road.Productions in nine state-owned jute mills remained suspended following the strike since Tuesday morning.However, they also put up barricade on the rail tracks, halting train services of Khulna with other part of the country creating immense suffering to commuters.Manik Chandra Sarkar, station master of Khulna Railway Station, said, “No train left the city or arrived here since 6:00am Thursday.”No long route buses left from the district.Earlier on Tuesday, the jute mill workers started their 72-hour strike by blocking roads and rail routes from 8:00am-12:00pm to press home their nine-point demand.Production at nine jute mills in the region remain suspended from Tuesday following the strike.The workers resumed protests from 31 March as their demands were not fulfilled by the government within their stipulated time.
Karu Jayasuriya, speaker of the parliament of Sri Lanka, attend a party leaders and members meeting at the parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2 November 2018.Photo: ReutersSri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament.President Maithripala Sirisena fired the sitting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on 26 October and appointed Rajapaksa in his place, sparking a political crisis.Wickremesinghe has denounced his dismissal as unconstitutional and vowed to remain prime minister until parliament votes him out.”The majority of members are of the view that the changes … are unconstitutional and against traditions,” the speaker of parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, said in a statement.Sirisena suspended parliament after he appointed Rajapaksa, raising concern among political parties at home and among Sri Lanka’s traditional allies such as India, the United States and European Union.Rajapaksa is known as a Sri Lankan nationalist, while being close to China.He is seen as a hero by many among Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority but has been accused by diplomats of serious human rights abuses in the war against rebels from the Tamil minority, which ended during his tenure as president, in 2009.He has denied abuses and said in a statement after he was sworn in he wanted to end religious and ethnic divisions in the country of 21 million people.Jayasuriya said most members of parliament had called on him not to accept the changes.”I will have to accept the status quo prior to the changes” until a majority in parliament accepted them, he said.On Friday, 118 members of the 225-seat legislature met the speaker and called for the reconvening of parliament. On Sunday, Sirisena said parliament would be recalled on 14 November.Jayasuriya said it was difficult for him to remain silent when the norms of democracy and the rights of a majority of members of parliament had been violated.Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama told a news conference Jayasuriya was not being impartial.The European Union warned last week it will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on human rights, amid worries stoked by the appointment of Rajapaksa.The United States and Japan have put some aid to Sri Lanka on hold because of the political crisis, Sri Lankan government officials have said.Sirisena has said Wickremesinghe was removed after his cabinet was dissolved in line with the constitution, but Wickremesinghe loyalists say it was unconstitutional.
Share Photo: NASA/Bill IngallsVeteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa is retiring as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). This photo shows her accompanying Vice President Mike Pence during a tour of the JSC in 2017.Veteran astronaut Ellen Ochoa is retiring on Friday as director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) after a five year tenure that has included improvements in how the JSC works in more adaptive ways, an increase of diversity in the workforce and involvement in missions to the International Space Station.Ochoa joined NASA in 1988 as a research engineer at Ames Research Center and moved to the JSC in 1990 when she was selected as an astronaut. She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993.Ochoa started as JSC director in January 2013, becoming the center’s first Hispanic director and its second female director. She helped maximize use of the International Space Station and develop the Orion spacecraft for future missions.Ochoa also emphasized the importance of the JSC workforce including initiatives on diversity and inclusion.Under her leadership, the JSC started the so-called JSC 2.0, with the goal of advancing human space flight by being lean, agile, and adaptive to change.JSC 2.0 resulted in the Class 1-E Certification Process, which allows employees to move very quickly through the flight certification process and deliver custom-built hardware only 10 months after receiving project approval.This process has allowed astronauts to benefit from hardware flown to the space station within months instead of years.The first one-year mission on the International Space Station of Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko was completed in March 2016. The mission provided valuable information for future human space exploration.Additionally, with support from the JSC, Space Center Houston opened Independence Plaza in January 2016, showcasing the original Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, carrying the space shuttle replica Independence.Veteran NASA engineer Mark Geyer will replace Ochoa.
What will Google bring to the project? Google will work on core platform development. Google’s Dan Clancy, Director of Research, said Tuesday, “We are taking our learnings from Course Builder and applying them to Open edX” for the latter’s new platform.By Course Builder, Clancy is referring to the open source experimental platform that Google started in 2012 with the similar spirit of support for online learning, providing the tools for those who want to create an interactive online course. Though it was Google’s first step into this kind of project, Course Builder attracted a community of education-focused people around the world. In 2014, however, the edX alphabet soup is going to have a key main ingredient, yet another catchy phrase to watch, called MOOC.org. This will go live in 2014 with courses.”We look forward to contributing to edX’s new site, MOOC.org, a new service for online learning which will allow any academic institution, business and individual to create and host online courses.” said Clancy. For those involved in Course Builder, questions remain as to what next year’s MOOC.org means for them. Google’s Clancy said Google will provide “an upgrade path to Open edX and MOOC.org from Course Builder.”According to the Course Builder site, in a notice titled Hi Course Builder community, “As we transition our focus to Open edX, we will minimize Course Builder feature development. However, we are committed to providing support to current and future Course Builder users in the interim.” For anyone who has customized Course Builder, “we cannot guarantee that these will transfer to Open edX. However, Open edX has a customization framework called XBlocks that may address some of these needs. Additionally, as an open source platform, Open edX can be customized at the source code level.”Meanwhile, Anant Agarwal, president of edX, welcomes the Google move because of the opportunity to work with Google’s world-class engineers and technology, which “will enable us to advance online, on-campus and blended learning experiences faster and more effectively than ever before.” The new site is to invite contributions not only from schools but businesses and individual course authors and instructors. MOOC is shorthand for Massive Open Online Courses. (Phys.org) —Free online courses continue to be a work in progress as the next upheaval in education. Google will be advancing progress momentum, based on Tuesday’s announcement from Google Research: Google is joining the Open edX platform. To get some of this lingo soup out of the way, we start with Open edX, which is a platform for creating courses that can be taken by anyone with Internet access. Behind this open source learning platform is edX, a group of 28 institutions, the xConsortium. Founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX is dedicated to transforming online and campus learning. A nonprofit, edX distributes online courses for free. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More top universities to offer free online courses Citation: Google engineers to pump up MOOC.org website from edX (2013, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-google-moocorg-website-edx.html More information: groups.google.com/forum/?fromg … announce/vtW1KiK5_Kcmooc.org/index.htmlgoogleresearch.blogspot.com/20 … en-edx-platform.htmlcode.google.com/p/course-builder/