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¨  Does the X-ray technician or the government health system pay for continuing education?
¨  Why do Canadian national weather reports mention some cities and skip more notable ones?
¨  I saw a huge crescent shape consisting of stars evenly spaced out. What was this?
¨  What course/college should I go in order to become a certified dermatologist?
¨  Where can I get George Winston's piano solo sheet music?
¨  How can I prepare to become a special effects makeup artist?

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Who pays for continuing education in Canada?  The X-ray technician or the government health system?  How many credits per year are involved?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 10 July 2007:
We have many radiology career related questions in our Q&A Archives at Imagiverse.ORG.  Please review the answers we already have and use links in those answers to find other information that may help in your research.  You can also contact directly the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists at: http://www.camrt.ca/  They may have an idea of employers' practices in matters of this regard.

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Claire, I'm wondering why, on The National, you never mention the weather for Kelowna, when less notable (non-tourist)cities with similar populations like Saskatoon or Regina, get mentioned every night?  Kelowna really is the tourist destination for the western half of our country!

ANSWER from Claire Martin on 10 July 2007:
You will notice that the forecast given on The National is accomplished under some quite severe restrictions, namely our allotted period of on-air time (we're usually given only 1 minute and 30 seconds) and that we have to cover the entire country in this very brief period.  Hence we have made maps that show all the provincial and territorial capitals, and then if spatially possible, the next biggest city.  BC therefore has Victoria and Vancouver placed on our maps.  As a point of note however, we do mention any place in Canada that has particularly interesting or dangerous weather on any one evening.  In the summer months this usually means that the Okanagan gets a brief moment of fame!  We also love hearing from viewers in our smaller cities.  If you would like a mention on The National please drop us a line at the CBC News Weather Centre by e-mailing us at weathercentre@cbc.ca

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On or about June 18th or 19th in the very early hours I looked out my window which faces south and saw a huge crescent shape consisting of stars evenly spaced out.  I’m sure I saw this, but now I'm beginning to wonder.  Can you help me clear this up?

ANSWER from Bonnie Walters on 9 July 2007:
Hmmm... I need more information from you.  I would need to know your latitude and longitude so I know what part of the Earth you are "looking from."  Remember, opposite sides of the Earth view different constellations.  Once I have that information it would be easier to try to figure out which set of stars you were looking at.  The time you were looking out your window would also help pinpoint the stars.  Some crescent shaped constellations (you did say huge so constellations jump to mind) are Corona Borealis, Scorpius and Orion's shield, all northern hemisphere. The Corona Australis is in the southern hemisphere.  There are more, no doubt, but pinpointing your area needs to come first.  If you do not know your latitude or longitude and do not know how to look it up go to http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~cvm/latlon_find_location.html  Look it up and let us know.

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I graduated with a business degree and I am now considering dermatology as my career change after working as a business executive for 3 years.  What course/college should I go in order to become a certified dermatologist?  Is it necessarily to be good in chemistry?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 9 July 2007:
A dermatologist is a medical doctor.  You will need to find out what the pre-requisites are for the medical school you wish to attend.  Generally, training requires approximately 12 years of under-grad and post-grad studies in the medical field.  You will also need to spend several years in internship and acquiring a specialization.  Dermatologists are also cross trained in many other areas because many diseases manifest themselves through skin conditions.  To become any kind of medical doctor, chemistry is definitely necessary so yes... you have to be "good" in chemistry and a variety of other subjects in the fields of math and science.  Your business degree may help you meet some of the requirements but you will probably need quite a bit of additional under-grad work to be able to get into medical school.  You can research this further on the Internet.  Good luck.

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Where can I get George Winston's piano solo sheet music?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 5 July 2007:
Unfortunately there isn't any available.  He does not have sheet music for his compositions.

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I'm 15 and I've decided that I want to be a Special Effects Make-up Artist when I grow up.  What is the best school in California to pursue my career choice?  How can I prepare?

ANSWER from Mark Vasconcellos on 26 June 2007:
I don't know of any actual schools, nor would I be able to recommend any.  Stan Winston [http://www.fandango.com/stanwinston/filmography/p117079] is a good one to follow.  Best bet is to find someone who is great in the art and work for them as an assistant.  Make that person your mentor and learn as much as you can and build a portfolio of any work that you do!  Show your portfolio to an agent and get some representation.  That is the best path.  Work with someone you admire and learn as much as you can under their guidance!  Go for it and don't give up!

ANSWER from Michelle Mock on 26 June 2007:
You can also volunteer to do make-up for theater productions at your school or in your community.  Volunteer in your neighborhood to do makeup for the neighborhood children on Halloween or special events.  Get books from the Library or book store that show how to do things like aging and other simple makeup techniques.  Practice, practice, practice!  Take photos of everything you do.  You will see improvements as you go along.  If you volunteer a lot, you may find that your name gets passed along to others and they will seek you out and pay you for your services.  Practice all sorts of makeup from princesses to monsters.  Volunteer to do face paintings at church or community carnivals.  Learn to work with fake hair for beards, moustaches and wigs.  Learn about the face.  Study how people age.  Study photos of birth defects, burns, scars, etc.  Learn how to make things look real.  As Mark said, find a mentor, someone who knows more than you, and learn everything he/she can show you.  For any kind of artist, it is good to learn to observe.  Break down what you see and practice reproducing it.  Have fun with it! Be sure to pay attention to your other studies.  Education can open doors and you never know what path that will take you on. We hope this helps!

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