News / UK and world by Press Association December 15, 2018, 9:52 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Freezing rain can quickly glaze an area with ice and leave roads and pavements in a dangerous condition, but fortunately it is relatively rare in the British Isles. What is freezing rain? According to the Met Office, freezing rain occurs when rain falls through sub-zero temperature air to become supercooled water that freezes “almost instantly” when it hits a cold surface. Supercooled water droplets can exist in a liquid state below zero degrees, and occur in clouds in winter time. Freezing rain typically starts life as snow, ice, sleet or hail which falls through a layer of air above zero degrees and melts into liquid water. If these water droplets then pass through a zone of sub-zero air just above the ground, they become supercooled. When supercooled droplets eventually strike cold ground they freeze on impact, … [Read more...] about What is freezing rain and how common is it in the UK?
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DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek has ended a legal fight to get records from a government entity that likely will become part of her office soon. Kaczmarek was a candidate when she filed a lawsuit against the DuPage County Election Commission to obtain the serial numbers of optical scan voting machines the agency received as part of a settlement with a former vendor. At the time, the Glen Ellyn Democrat said she wanted the serial numbers to track the origin of the "antiquated, castoff machines" the commission got from Liberty Systems LLC.But in November, Kaczmarek won her first term as clerk.And with the county board expected to vote as soon as January to merge the election commission into the clerk's office, Kaczmarek will get access to the information sought in the lawsuit. So she voluntarily dismissed the case Dec. 7."I chose not to waste any more tax money on information I will have soon enough," Kaczmarek said in an email. "In the future, I will make such information … [Read more...] about New DuPage County Clerk drops lawsuit to get records from election commission
Tornadoes aren’t common where Gerry Collins used to live. He’s from Albuquerque, N.M., which doesn't get severe weather often. Collins moved to Texas in 2013, and he quickly learned about the potential dangers of severe storms.“In Albuquerque, I never worried about severe weather,” Collins said. “[Now] I constantly monitor the weather when storms are forecast.”His concern over tornado risk was so great that Collins had two above-ground shelters and a 6-by-20 underground bunker installed on his property in Lucas. Collins recently moved to McKinney and has an above-ground shelter there.Collins wanted to know: How likely is it that a tornado will hit a large urban area? So he reached out to Curious Texas for an answer.His question is part of an ongoing project from The Dallas Morning News that invites you to join in our reporting process. The idea is simple: You have questions, and our journalists are trained to track down … [Read more...] about How likely is it that a tornado will hit a large urban area? Curious Texas investigates
Q: WE'VE been trying for a baby for two years and I'm not pregnant. How easy will it be for me to get IVF, and will we have to pay for it? A: Aileen Feeney, chief executive of Fertility Net[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: How easy is it to get IVF treatment and will we have to pay?
A major part of the problem is that students take too many classes or ones that aren't needed as prerequisites for their majors. While core courses taken at community colleges are required to transfer to a public university, they don't have to count toward a degree plan. Standardizing core classes and narrowing options across the state could help, Paredes said. For example, he noted that the state is already working on building a "field of study curriculum" for the top 25 majors that outlines specific course sequences and guarantees that they'll be applicable for those degree plans at any public college or university. But also complicating matters is that students aren't getting enough - if any - advising on exactly which particular core class is needed for which degrees, the experts said. An electrical engineering degree would require a different type of science sequence than a biology degree, for example. "They have to pick from literally hundreds of courses, and sometimes they make … [Read more...] about How tough is it to transfer college credits in Texas? Harder than it should be, experts tell lawmakers