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Qatar to Homeland Security: Come Audit Our Airport and Lift Electronics Ban

LE BOURGET, France Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker wants a U.S.-government audit of his home airport s security to convince Washington to lift a ban on the use of some in-flight electronic equipment imposed in March.

The U.S. imposed the ban on inbound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S….

Homeland Security Developing New Airport Security Standards

An expanded ban of carry-on laptops on international flights could extend to flights headed to the U.S. from 71 airports around the world, a top security official told lawmakers on Wednesday. But Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly also said that the agency is trying to develop security standards that airports could meet to avoid the ban on laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. The secretary, who spoke at a House…

Valley Tech sends off Class of 2017

By Christian Yapor Daily News Staff

WORCESTER – Donning purple caps and gowns, Blackstone Valley Tech seniors cheered after switching their purple and gold 2017 tassels from the left side of their caps to the right during the school’s graduation ceremony Thursday night.

“I can’t believe I am actually graduating, it’s been a short four years,” said Rutger Murphy, 18, of Mendon. Cheering family members filled up the seats of the Hanover Theater on both the main floor and the the balcony seating as the seniors walked down the aisles and onto the stage. Murphy said his BVT education and his experience in the manufacturing and engineering technology program have equipped him with necessary professional skills required for the real world. Apart from working closely with one of the school’s 18 different trade programs, students also received close instruction on how to write cover letters and resumes, as well as how to stand out in a job interview.

“I have become more professional,” said Murphy. “When you are at BVT, you learn how each industry runs.”

Murphy said he chose to attend BVT because it opened a variety of options for him, whether he chose to pursue his trade or not. After graduation, Murphy said he plans to attend Norwich University in Vermont, where he will study either engineering or cyber security. To help him with the cost of his education, Murphy received a $163,000 U.S. Army ROTC scholarship. Murphy said his father and sister are affiliated with the U.S. Army, so he wanted to keep the legacy of the Army in his family. After a few years of active duty in the Army, Murphy said he plans to transfer to the Army National Guard.

Murphy said he will miss the sports teams and the supportive staff most of all. Each year during his high school career, he played on both the lacrosse and football teams. Murphy said he plans to continue playing these sports in college. As for the BVT staff, Murphy said, “I love how the teachers are always willing to help you, and they are always there after school if you ever need help.”

For advice to underclassmen or incoming BVT students, Murphy said, “Keep trying and put your best foot forward, never give up.”

“I plan to come back quite a bit, and hopefully eat at the school restaurant,” said Murphy. “I love this school, and I am going to miss it.”

Christian Yapor can be reached at 508-634-7521, or at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ChristianYapor.

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