SELECTED: Katrina D'Aquin, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Bethany College, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long senior leadership academy.
D'Aquin will participate in two seminars, one in Portland, Ore., this fall and one in Washington, D.C., next summer. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014-15 academic year.
D'Aquin joined the Bethany College faculty in 2006, became director of first year studies in 2007 and assistant vice president for academic affairs in 2012.
She received a bachelor of arts degree from Siena College and master's degree and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
ZIPPO 'Blu's: Zippo and the nation's third-biggest tobacco company are battling over the Blu brand name being used for both Zippo lighters and a hugely popular electronic cigarette.
Zippo, based in Bradford, Pa., says it owns the Blu trademark for a line of blue-flame butane lighters and is asking the court to prevent Lorillard from using it. Zippo first filed for the Blu trademark in 2005 and began selling the product in 2007.
Lorillard, based in Greensboro, N.C., acquired the Blu brand in 2012 and Blu now accounts for almost half of all e-cigarettes sold. It is asking the court to order the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to dismiss Zippo's challenge.
Zippo Manufacturing Co. and a subsidiary of Lorillard Inc. have both filed complaints in U.S. District Court in California.
algerian shale: Algeria's Cabinet has announced it will move forward with the exploitation of the country's large shale gas reserves.
The statement carried by the state news agency gave the green light to finding foreign partners to exploit the reserves.
According to a 2013 report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Algeria is third globally after China and Argentina in technically recoverable shale gas reserves with 707 trillion cubic feet of reserves.
It has yet to be determined if the reserves are commercially viable. The state said 11 wells will be drilled over the next seven to 13 years.
Algeria's once rich oil and natural gas reserves have been declining in recent years.
NO TO VIMEO: Video sharing site Vimeo has written to the Indonesian government asking that it reconsider the block it has put on its platform.
Indonesia began blocking the site last week, saying it was acting on complaints that it contained nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material.
The letter sent to the government and shared by Vimeo with journalists on Thursday says it prohibits pornography and tries to remove it when it does appear.
The spread of the Internet has limited the control that countries used to have over access to media, causing unease among some religious and political leaders, including in Indonesia.
In 2008 Indonesia temporarily blocked YouTube because of videos considered objectionable to Islam.
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