Delhi govt to archive oral history of locals

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Monday signed an MoU with Ambedkar University and launched an “Oral History Programme” to record historical events from the memories of Delhiites — elites and commoners alike. Delhi Archives, in collaboration with the Ambedkar University, will record 100 interviews of the city’s senior citizens in two years.To fill unwritten maps of history and make knowledge more inclusive, the project in its first phase will include author-historian RV Smith, photographer Raghu Rai, musician and head of Dilli Gharana Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, and journalist Salma Sultan. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the project will offer much to the country owing to the city’s composite culture. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe said the first phase of the initiative will map senior citizens’ connect with Delhi. “The elderly are a treasure trove of stories and the custodians of our history. Through common experiences and shared histories, people might realise we have more in common than what those wanting to polarise our society would want us to believe,” he said in a statement. “It is also essential to disseminate oral history as it will help tackle constant attempts to manipulate our past to advance a particular narrative,” Sisodia added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSpeaking at an event held here, Abhinandita Mathur, cultural advisor to the Delhi government, said archiving oral history should solve issues as there are more similarities than differences. “While talking to elders, my community members and people belonging to different communities, I realised that their experiences were more similar than different,” she said. “And I think in today’s time it’s a really important lesson. Delhi can boast of a composite culture but what it actually means is not very clear to someone young. When we live in a city we have common experiences,” Mathur added. A panel discussion was held on “Oral History in the City: Potential and Possibilities”. Noted historians S Irfan Habib and R V Smith, professor at Ambedkar University Denys Leighton, archivist Usha Purie and researcher-historian Sohail Hashmi also attended the event.last_img read more

Multiple injuries aboard Air Canada flight after plane hits turbulence

first_imgMONTREAL — Nearly three dozen passengers sustained minor injuries Thursday when an Air Canada flight travelling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, ran into severe turbulence, prompting an emergency landing in Honolulu.The airline says Flight AC33, which made a scheduled stopover in Vancouver Wednesday night, was about two hours past Hawaii over the Pacific Ocean when the conditions triggered a turnaround, resulting in 35 injuries.The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, had 269 passengers on board, some of whom received medical assistance on arrival at Honolulu airport.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

YOUTUBE ORDERS NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FROM TEAM DOWNEYS ROBERT

first_img“We are excited to be in business with the incredibly creative minds behind this innovative new series,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “There is so much to discover, and this series will take us on a fascinating journey as we explore the exciting developments in the world of A.I. and glimpse into the future.”“Robert and I share a curiosity for A.I., a complicated and often polarizing subject. Our aim is to explore A.I. through a lens of objectivity and accessibility, in a thoroughly bold, splashy, and entertaining way. We’re thrilled to bring this project to life along with Network Entertainment, Sonar, and YouTube Red,” said Susan Downey.Downey is represented by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, L.L.P. Network Entertainment is repped by UTA.YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.About YouTubeLaunched in May 2005, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.About Team DowneyTeam Downey is an entertainment company founded by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey that produces film, television, and digital properties. Team Downey is currently producing Universal Pictures’ THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE written and directed by Stephen Gaghan and starring Robert Downey Jr. Other features currently in development include an adaptation of the Reply All Podcast MAN OF THE PEOPLE that Richard Linklater is writing and will direct for Annapurna, and the third installment in the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise for Warner Brothers. In television, Team Downey has several high profile projects at various networks including PERRY MASON at HBO and an adaptation of Karen Russell’s novel SWAMPLANDIA! at HULU.About Network Entertainment* Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their endearing legacy. Our films have featured a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Our productions are consistently embraced by both popular and critical acclaim garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird and TMN. Our work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, The Emmys, Realscreen Awards, The Gemini’s, The Leo’s, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, VancouverInternational Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caAbout SonarSonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes content for global audiences. Our financial strength and independence provides us with the freedom to fund development and productions on a global scale and partner with the most innovative storytellers in the industry. Sonar Entertainment premium scripted series include Mr. Mercedes, written by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King, with the AT&T AUDIENCE Network for DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse; The Son, starring Pierce Brosnan for AMC; and Das Boot, an eight-part series inspired by the acclaimed movie, for Sky. Sonar Entertainment also distributes internationally, outside the UK, Taboo, for FX and BBC One, starring Tom Hardy and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Factual and lifestyle series include Texas Metal for Discovery and Food’s Greatest Hits for Scripps. Sonar Kids and Family series include Counterfeit Cat, airing on Disney XD in the US, Teletoon in Canada, on Hulu and in over 200 countries worldwide; and Go Away, Unicorn! for Disney.*For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.caNeither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking InformationExcept for historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the Company not obtaining required TSX Venture Exchange approval of the Transaction and the Transaction not being completed as proposed or at all. These statements are necessarily based upon management’s perceptions, beliefs, assumptions and expectations, as well as a number of specific factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management of the Company as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies that could result in the forward-looking information ultimately, perhaps materially, being incorrect. All forward-looking information in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of the Company and may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Except as required pursuant to applicable securities laws, the Company will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Robert Downey Jr. will bring his genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject to the screen, narrating the series and uncovering insights from researchers and leading experts who will share their unique perspectives. The series will explore the impact of A.I. and how it is transforming the way we live and work — both now and in the future.The Untitled A.I. Series will be executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, through their production company, Team Downey, with Team Downey’s Emily Ford also serving as executive producer, and Evan Mooreoverseeing the project. Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski of Sonar Entertainment will executive produce, while Derik Murray and Paul Gertz of Network Entertainment will produce the series. VANCOUVER, May 17, 2018 – Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. (“Network” or “the Company”) are pleased to report that YouTube announced its order for an expansive new series on artificial intelligence that will be executive produced by Team Downey partners Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, Network Entertainment’s Derik Murray and Paul Gertz, and Sonar Entertainment’s Jenna Santoianni and Tom Lesinski. The series will feature the brightest minds in science, philosophy, technology, engineering, medicine, futurism, entertainment and the arts to tell the dynamic story of A.I. The 8-episode hour-long series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2019.last_img read more

Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Young Womens Night program launches Sept 26

The Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre is launching a drop-in Young Women’s Night for youth approximately 14-19 years old.It will begin Friday, Sept. 26 from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.The drop-in will happen every Friday evening from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at its downtown location (31 Ontario St., St. Catharines). It is facilitated by the Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre trained staff and volunteers.All women are welcome, and this program is not specifically for survivors of sexual violence, though it does also offer support services.“All youth need a safe, welcoming and comfortable space and we want to help provide it to them,” program co-ordinator Jami Coughler said.For detailed information on the Young Women’s Night program, visit www.ASaferBrock.org/Youth. read more

New climate change measures agreed at UN conference in Nairobi

A series of measures designed to help developing countries adapt to the effects of global warming will soon be put in place thanks to an agreement reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which concluded in Nairobi today.The Nairobi agreement will enhance decision-making on adaptation action and will improve assessment capabilities of vulnerability and related factors. Countries also agreed on the management of the Adaptation Fund under the Kyoto Protocol to support concrete activities in developing countries.“The Conference has delivered on its promise to support the needs of developing countries,” said Conference President, Kenyan Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment Kivutha Kibwana.“The spirit of Nairobi has been truly remarkable,” he said. “Let us now use the momentum of this Conference to carry this spirit forward and jointly undertake the kind of concerted action we need for humankind to have a future on this planet.”Countries also agreed on a plan to work toward future commitments for industrialized countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for post-2012 under the Kyoto Protocol, which set legally binding emission reduction targets for 35 industrialized countries during the 2008-2012 period.“The 166 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol heard in Nairobi that global emissions of greenhouse gases have to be reduced to very low levels, well below half of levels in 2000, in order to avoid dangerous climate change,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“The fact that Parties now have a concrete workplan means that they can move ahead with addressing issues fundamental for agreement on future commitments, such as the level of emission reductions that is required and the ways in which they can be achieved,” he added.The conference was attended by some 6,000 participants, among them more than 100 ministers, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and two heads of State, and marked the first time that a climate change convention was held in sub-Saharan Africa.Adaptation to climate change – the ability to respond to the impacts of climate change, such as increased flooding, droughts, sea-level rise or an increase – was a major focus of the Conference, and the agreements it reached are expected to facilitate and expedite projects in developing countries.The Adaptation Fund will draw on proceeds generated by the clean development mechanism, which permits industrialized countries, which have emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol, to invest in sustainable development projects in developing countries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby generate tradable emission credits.Countries recognized, however, that considerable barriers stand in the way of increased projects in many countries, in particular in Africa. To address this situation Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the launch of the “Nairobi Framework” through which several UN agencies will provide additional support to developing countries to successfully develop projects for the clean development mechanism.“We are seeing a revolutionary shift in the debate on climate change,” said Mr. de Boer. “From looking at climate change policies as a cost factor for development, countries are starting to see them as opportunities to enhance economic growth in a sustainable way.”The development of carbon markets can help mobilize financial resources for a global response to climate change and “give us a future agreement that is focused on incentives to act,” he added.The next round of negotiations under the Kyoto Protocol and talks under the United Nations Climate Change Convention will be held in Bonn, Germany in May 2007. read more

USUE Spirit Squad to Hold Second Auditions

USUE Press ReleaseUtah State Eastern Spirit Squad will be holding second auditions for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year after completing the first round last week. The second auditions will be by video submission only.For complete information about the second audition, including what is required, please click here.If you have any questions about the audition, please contact USUE Spirit Squad DIrector Brandi Johansen at usuespiritsquad@usu.edu.

Barrick upgrades Fourmile project from a target to a discovery

first_imgBased on further positive drill results, Barrick has upgraded the Fourmile exploration project from a target to a discovery. Located approximately 2 km north of Goldrush in Nevada, drilling continues to intersect high grade results, confirming the continuity of mineralisation in the project area, “and increasing our confidence that Fourmile and Goldrush form part of a seven-kilometre-long mineralised system.”Recent drilling has encountered high grade mineralisation across a number of stratigraphic horizons in multiple holes covering an area 600 m in length by 200 m in width.Assay result highlights from the second quarter include 13.9 m grading 56.8 g/t of gold, 16.6 m grading 71.6 g/t of gold, and 16.8 m grading 57.9 g/t of gold. “Based on the success of our 2018 drilling campaign to date, we are allocating an additional $10 million to Fourmile exploration this year, increasing the total number of planned holes from 30 to 47. Further infill and wide spaced step out drilling will continue for the remainder of 2018.”last_img read more

Son who killed own mother suffered from bipolar for years

first_imgShocking details behind the murder of Violet Tamvakis were finally revealed in a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday. According to a report by the Herald Sun, the 75-year-old was in the process of changing her will in a bid to stop her son Socrates Tamvakis from selling the family home, when she was allegedly murdered by him.The incident took place in the family home in Bentleigh, where the beloved mother and grandmother lived with her son, in the early hours of 26 April 2016, when police allege the 45-year-old beat his mother with a rolling pin and stabbed her to death.Mr Tamvakis appeared in court on Tuesday, and despite pleading not guilty, was charged with the murder of his mother. The youngest of three siblings, his elder sisters revealed to the committal that he had been suffering from bipolar for some 25 years and had a history of verbally abusing their mother. While Mrs Tamvakis’ second daughter Dimitra Kotsabouikis described the pair’s relationship as “love-hate”, she said that she had never witnessed her brother be physically violent towards her.“Socrates has said many times he was going to kill mum, but I never thought he’d do it,” Mrs Kotsabouikis told the court.The sisters said that their mother was in fact changing her will, but that it was her intention to allow Mr Tamvakis to continue living in the house for the entirety of his life, but to stop him from selling it after her death.An electronics technician, Mr Tamvakis has a long history of mental illness. Diagnosed with depression at the age of 20, he had since been admitted to psychiatric clinics involuntarily some 30 times.The 45-year-old will stand trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria on 31 January. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Guardiola hails incredible Phil Foden

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lauded youngster Phil Foden after he scored his first goal for the club in their 7-0 win against Rotherham.18-year old Phil Foden was among the goals when City ran riot at the Etihad on Sunday with a 7-0 emphatic victory against Championship side Rotherham.Speaking after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola spoke highly of the teenager and why he picks him in games.“Today he was there and his movement was incredible,” Guardiola told the club’s website.“Of course the pass from Gundogan (for Foden’s goal) was incredible but these kind of balls are so difficult to defend.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The 90 mins for his experience and self-confidence, but of course he must improve.“He lost three or four balls but that’s normal, he is 18-years-old! He will learn in the future and play better!“If he plays it’s because we believe he can play, not because he’s a City fan or a nice guy – we believe he can play!”last_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts Africa Trade Team for Workshop Industry and Farm Visits

first_imgTrade team visiting Jerry Gaffner’s farm. Credit: WISHHThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program brought participants from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Senegal to the U.S. last week for a program titled “Applications of Soy Proteins in Meat Extension, Meat Replacement and Structuring Technologies for Enhanced Carcass Utilization in the Meat Industry.”The activity was funded by the USDA’s Global Broad Based Initiative (GBI), Market Access Program (MAP) and the Cochran Fellowship Program. This week, the team visited with Tom Mertle and other staff at DuPont Nutrition & Health. While at DuPont, the team learned about the wide variety of products they offer and how to use them in meat and other food applications. On Tuesday, the team traveled to Illinois to visit Jerry Gaffner’s farm.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Feb 4 2019

first_imgLegislature still at reduced capacity as budget deadline loomsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauIt’s been three weeks since the Legislature gaveled in, but the House still doesn’t have a speaker.Dunleavy’s candidate screening process under scrutinyAssociated PressGov. Mike Dunleavy’s process for screening candidates for government work is under scrutiny after three people picked for prominent positions quit or declined roles.Trump’s pick for Interior secretary has worked for Alaska and energy industryLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump has nominated David Bernhardt to be the next secretary of Interior, to replace Ryan Zinke.Teen arrested after trying to take control of a flight from Napakiak to BethelAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelIn Western Alaska, law enforcement officials have arrested a teenager after he grabbed the controls of an airplane in flight from Napakiak to Bethel, causing the plane to shoot towards the ground. With the help of a passenger, the pilot took back control of the aircraft, and no injuries were reported.Credit agencies paying close attention to state amid budget discussionsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauBut Alaskans aren’t the only ones who are waiting to see what’s on the chopping block — the credit ratings agencies are watching too.Fairbanks City Council holds additional meetings on anti-discrimination ordinance Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks City Council is conducting three more meetings this week to continue work on a controversial ordinance that’s intended to prohibit discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community and other groups.Shutdown cripples, but doesn’t sink ocean science symposiumJohanna Eurich, KYUK – AnchorageThe federal shutdown made waves last week at a major conference on Alaska’s marine research that may have repercussions for the coming research season. While the conference took place after the government workers were back on the job, it was too late for them to get authorization to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.Gatt, Moore and Sass in early Yukon Quest lead into Dawson CityLex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksIt’s two days into the 2019 Yukon Quest, and a group of past champions are duking it out at the front of the race.Aleknagik boys’ basketball team hits the court for the first time in 32 yearsIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamThe last time the Aleknagik Lakers tipped off was in 1987. Now, the five-player team is tackling their first season. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

End of Rishabh Pant Shikhar Dhawan Virat Kohli drops big hint about

first_imgThe Indian side led by Virat Kohli performed consistently good for two matches in the ongoing T20I series against West Indies. They have now sealed the series with another win in Florida in the second T20I.Captain Virat Kohli said post the win that new players in the side would not get an opportunity to prove their mettle in the upcoming match.”Winning is always going to be a priority. But sealing the series gives the chance to bring few guys in. Idea is always going to be to win first. But winning the first two games gives the cushion,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.After the America sojourn, the teams will now head across to Guyana for the final match, which will be played at Providence Stadium on Tuesday.A number of young faces are waiting in the wings Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesThere are a number of young faces who could be given a chance in the final match. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could find a place in the side. Chahar can replace Ravindra Jadeja.After the twin failures, there will also be pressure on Rishabh Pant to keep his place as Kohli could include KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper.One of the biggest advantages for India has been the form of young Washington Sundar. He has been frugal at the top of the order and has chipped away at the wickets. He has also impressed captain Kohli with his fitness and then with his batting ability. Virat KohliGetty images”Starting with the new ball, the way Sundar has bowled against guys who come hard at the ball, he’s done a tremendous job. The composure he’s shown has been outstanding. He’s become fitter, leaner and is very handy with the bat as well. He is definitely going to be a factor for us,” Kohli said.The Indian side will play a 3-match ODI series after the T20I affair and hence, the fresh faces in the side need to be given a go-ahead as they could be important cogs in the middle order as well as in the bowling department.The management also needs to keep in mind workload management of different senior players in the side and rest or play them accordingly.last_img read more

Black Students More Likely to Face Discipline Less Likely to Receive Treatment

first_imgjhunter@afro.comTwitter: @hunter_jonathan Black students face harsher punishments than their peers and are less likely to receive mental health attention for their problems, according to new research.According to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Black students are expelled and suspended three times more often than White students. And a new study published in the journal Sociology of Education found that school districts with large Black populations were less likely to consider offering counseling services compared to predominantly White school districts. School districts in which a large portion of the students were Black would usually report incidents to law enforcement officers—not the case in majority White school districts.The study, entitled “The Social Structure of Criminalized and Medicalized School Data” examined how “district level racial/ethnic and socioeconomic compositions” affect the method of discipline implemented on students.  The study was conducted by David Ramey, an assistant professor of sociology and justice at Penn State University. Ramey examined data from 60,000 schools in more than 6,000 school districts, and concluded that that the increased incarceration rates in minority communities results in a criminalized view of students when they misbehave.According to the study, unlike White parents, the families of Black children are less likely to blame their behavior on medical or psychological causes.“The legacy of the Tuskegee experiments has left many Black families skeptical of medical and mental research, particularly contested and controversial issues like ADHD,” Ramey wrote in his report.Ramey also noted that research suggests that teachers view Black boys’ misbehavior as the result of bad parenting and cultural deficiencies, and are less likely to attribute minority students’ acting up to a behavior disorder.“White kids tend to get viewed as having ADHD, or having some sort of behavioral problem, while Black kids are viewed as being unruly and unwilling to learn,” said Ramey.According to The Daily Best, Black students with learning disabilities are three times more likely to be suspended than White students with learning disabilities. Ramey suggests that the current discipline structure of American schools is flawed.“There’s been a real push toward school safety and there’s been a real push for schools to show they are being accountable,” he wrote. “But, any zero-tolerance policy or mandatory top-down solutions might be undermining what would be otherwise good efforts at discipline, and not establishing an environment based around all the options available.”last_img read more

Destiny glitch allows players to skip a large portion of new Raid

first_imgDestiny: Rise of Iron was released last week with an all-new Raid to challenge players. Not surprisingly, some gamers managed to beat Wrath of the Machine in a little over two hours. That is certainly impressive, but a new exploit has been discovered that will make it possible for players to beat this mission even faster.A Redditor named NotTheLoneWolf posted a video that shows how to skip the Siege Engine portion of the Raid. During this part, a massive engine will come at players like a giant Zamboni to smash them into a barrier. Players have to stop the massive machine and then use it to destroy a second barrier. However, users can bypass both barriers by jumping through a specific spot in the environment.This isn’t exactly easy to pull off, but if you have good platforming skills (and buddies ready to revive you if you should fail) you should be able to make it. There is an exotic loot chest that players get after crossing the second barrier, and thankfully, it will spawn even if someone uses this glitch to skip the Siege Engine. However, the normal loot chest cannot be accessed when crossing the barriers this way.I haven’t played the Raid myself (because I’m too low level to even play Rise of Iron) but the general consensus among the Destiny community is that this is one of the better, if not the best Destiny Raid yet. This exploit is certainly good if you want to complete the Raid as quickly as possible, but considering how this will be the only new Raid for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t make much sense to make it even shorter for oneself. But for those who want to set any records for finishing Wrath of the Machine quickly, I suggest doing it now before this glitch is inevitably patched out of existence by Bungie.last_img read more

TAT Mumbais 3rd edition luxury road show draws regional TAT office participation

first_imgIn keeping with the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) global focus on quality versus absolute numbers, TAT Mumbai tied up with Thailand’s most exclusive standalone and chain hotels for the event titled Amazing Thailand Luxurious Pleasure Road show.Kittipong Prapattong, Director, TAT ASEAN, South Asia & South Pacific Market Division, who travelled to India especially for the event, defined TAT’s luxury strategy globally and in India. “We want to attract travellers who are looking for a higher quality of experience in Thailand. This doesn’t mean an exclusive focus on the niche HNI segment. Even the middle class qualifies as our target audience if they are at incremental spends towards an extraordinary experience in Thailand that might not be accessible (even with extra investment) in many other parts of the world,” he said, going on to offer an example. “Yacht vacations in most parts of the world are out of reach except for the world’s HNIs. In Thailand, the experience is an expensive, luxurious proposition but would still be within reach for many. Luxury implies high spenders as well as those looking to have authentic experiences in Thailand.”Prapattong summed it up as, “The idea is to promote the luxury of EXPERIENCING (this calls for more investment but also more time, effort, involvement…all characteristics of a more mature traveller) rather than the less involved experience of simply SEEING things.”Over a dozen suppliers, including hotels and destination management companies, were present at the event. The added benefit for invitees to the closed-door event was the participation of regional TAT offices from parts of Thailand that are nascent but growing in popularity for the well-travelled, discerning Indian. Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand – Mumbai office said, “TAT representatives from our regional offices in Chiang Rai, Koh Samui and Trat joined the delegation. Their participation was definitely an opportunity because they were able to share the intricacies of travel planning and execution in these destinations. Each of them experienced tremendous interest from attending travel trade.”Isra Stapanaseth, Director, TAT Chiang Rai said, “We get about 1,000 Indian travellers a year and this is encouraging because Chaing Rai is brand new for India. Chiang Mai, our more popular cousin came up only a few years ago and now Chiang Rai’s popularity is on the rise.”Saiphayom Somsuk, Chief of Koh Samui Coordination Centre, TAT Samui said that the island destination welcomes about 10,5000 Indians a year. “What is interesting is that they are amongst the highest spenders in Koh Samui. Over 70 travel agents visited our booth at the roadshow, showing special interest in adding the area’s famous Full Moon Party to their itineraries. This is in keeping with our strategy of opening up Koh Phangan (the island where the party takes place every month) to the Indian market.”The idea of the roadshow was also to open up entirely new destinations. Wanaphapar Suksombul, Director, TAT Trat shared, “63 agents approached us at the roadshow, of which only seven even knew where Trat is. Trat is brand new for India. However we have already prepared ourselves to welcome Indian travellers. Trat recently opened up for Indian groups and as such Indian food is easily available at our island destinations.” She said that she expects the Indian honeymoon segment to enjoy Koh Mak and Koh Kood while the Indian family segment is likely to be drawn to Koh Chang.Homchuen said that TAT Mumbai is looking forward to strengthening its position as a luxury destination. “We have definitely seen a firm shift as a direct result of our luxury-oriented initiatives in this market – from advertising to media and trade FAMs and of course, the important deals inked during earlier editions of our luxury roadshow. We have put special effort into bringing in brand new, hitherto unseen hotels and experiences to India for this third edition and I am certain that the travel trade has benefitted from the sellers they met at the roadshow”Among branded chain-linked hotels, the delegation included the Minor Hotel Group, the Conrad Koh Samui, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (A Luxury Collection Hotel) and Sofitel Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort.Among standalone hotels, attendees found novelty value in Keemala, which is all set to bring ultimate luxury to barefoot chic accommodation concepts such as tree houses, when it opens in December. Iniala, a 10-room villa (made famous by Kim Kardashian’s month-long family vacation in Phuket prior to her wedding to Kanye West) was part of the delegation and invited great interest from the attending travel trade.Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways were part of the delegation with the goal of inking special agreements with attending travel agents and destination management companies AM Interservice and Travstore brought logistical expertise that Mumbai’s travel trade will require in order to sell new destinations to India’s high flyers going ahead, especially as the peak travel season rounds the corner. Thailand Elite Card, a programme that promotes repeat travel through discounts and privileges extended to card-holder showcased their product at the road show.last_img read more

Keralas new tourism policy to accentuate on Adventure Tourism

first_imgWhile inaugurating a one day workshop organised by the department to give shape to its tourism policy, the Minister said that the need and time has come for the tourism department to evolve itself to cater to the needs of activity and adventure based tourism from now on.“Sensing the immense and innumerable possibilities of promoting Kerala as a destination for ‘Adventure and Activity based Tourism’ the state tourism department is focusing on developing new projects to utilise the same,” said Kadakampally Surendran, Tourism Minister.While the primary focus at the workshop had been to find new possibilities to take adventure tourism forward in the state, the Minister has stressed on the need to work closely and in coordination with the Forest Department to realise the goals in the adventure tourism sector.Speaking at the workshop, Dr Venu Vasudevan, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism opined that the cooperation and coordination with the Forest Department is of paramount importance for the growth of adventure tourism in the state and that this could be achieved without violating any of the existing environmental laws.Kerala Tourism is currently planning to rebrand itself and find new avenues to take the sector forward in order to double the tourist arrivals by 2021. Keeping this in mind the department will now start a new ‘Tourist Circuit’ based out of North Kerala and will shift focus from areas it had been concentrating all this while to specifically give thrust to Adventure Tourism with the sole aim of attracting more youngsters to the state.P Bala Kiran, Director, Kerala Tourism said that for the first time in the history of Kerala Tourism the numbers of the inbound foreign tourists have rise beyond one million and that domestic tourists arrivals have touched 1.38 crores.last_img read more

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Bargains below 5 sunny south of the equator escapes

first_imgThere’s so much to see and do in Buenos Aires, you’ll have constant FOMO, so it’s a good idea to plan your days around some must-sees. Head to the main square, Plaza de Mayo, and take snaps of the Italian-style Casa Rosada (pink house) government building, then delve into BA’s maritime history at portside La Boca, with its colourful painted houses. And escape the bustle of the city at the Japanese Gardens, at their most glorious in spring. The Western Cape is home to the UNESCO-recognised Cape Floral Kingdom, a biodiversity hotspot covering 550,000 hectares that is bursting into bloom right now. Vast swathes of wildflowers cover the fields and mountains and are best admired at Table Mountain National Park and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, known as Africa’s most beautiful garden. If that’s not enough to tempt you, try pristine beaches – 72 in all – that are still relatively empty yet beautifully balmy by British standards, not to mention world-class wineries. The Constantia Valley is just 20 minutes away from the city and includes Groot Constantia, the country’s oldest wine farm, which has been producing since 1685. Search flights to Buenos Aires With spring in the air, Cape Town’s jaw-dropping natural wonders and Insta-gorgeous city sights seem to shine all the brighter. The only problem is knowing where to start. To get your head around the city, take a sightseeing tour, then take advantage of the weak rand with a slap-up dinner – a mid-range three-course meal for two will cost around £26. All prices are as of date of publication on 2 October 2018 and are subject to change and availability. Editor’s hotel pick: a double room at the three-star b Hotel Bali & Spa costs from £21 per night in November. With the nights drawing in and memories of balmy evenings spent sipping rosé fading, most of us are dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. Good news: we can turn your world upside down with the best budget-friendly destinations south of the equator where spring has most definitely sprung. We’ve found affordable places to stay and even had a play with the Skyscanner things to do tool – in fact, we’ve mentally packed our bags…. Search flights to Cape Town As the island’s peak period is July and August, air fares become more palatable in autumn (£556 return in November) and there are fewer tourists to clog up the beaches by September, too. There’s still plenty of sun and even during the rainy season, which gets going in November, downpours are often refreshingly brief. You’d be forgiven for assuming a holiday to this Indonesian beach paradise will cost the earth – with a flight time of 16.5 hrs, long-hauls don’t get much longer – but Bali’s enticing beaches, emerald rice paddies and tropical jungle landscapes are more accessible than you think. Even better news is that Auckland’s biggest draw comes for free – those views. And as the city is perched on top of a volcanic field, there are plenty of vantage points from which to enjoy them. At 196m high, Mount Eden offers arguably the best panorama from the edge of its huge crater, while One Tree Hill has extensive grounds to explore, including the beautiful Cornwall Park. Search flights to Auckland Editor’s hotel pick: a double room at the four-star aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites costs from £65 per night in October. Food means steak in BA but you needn’t spend a fortune in swanky restaurants. You can find cheap eats and robust reds at neighbourhood parrillas (steakhouses) in less trendy areas such as the corner of Alvarez Thomas and Avenida de los Incas. There are local pizza joints on every street corner and you can soak up all those caipirinhas with tasty takeaway empanadas just about anywhere for about £1.50 a piece. Many people opt for all-inclusive to keep food costs down, but eating out is cheap and cheerful in Bali. Sample freshly grilled seafood on the beach at one of the local cafés known as warungs or treat yourself to a fancy three-course meal, which should cost around £40 for two, including wine. Make time for a day trip to one of the Hauraki Gulf’s stunning islands. A big favourite is Waiheke, which boasts 30 boutique wineries, stunning coastal walks and quirky galleries and shops. Back on terra firma, stroll around the bustling Waterfront where you can admire the city’s Harbour Bridge, delve into history at the Maritime Museum and refuel at stylish restaurants and bars. As the evenings warm up, the streets come alive with revellers ready to tango the night away. Nightlife is a big deal in BA and, as the clubs don’t get going until 2am, sleep should be low on your agenda! There’s plenty of action at Puerto Madero, a vibrant marina with cafés, bars and nightclubs galore. But for a truly authentic experience book ahead at a milonga (tango club). Some places, such as Oliverio Girondo in the artsy barrio Villa Crespo, even let learners have a go! Buenos Aires Search car hire in Cape Town The city itself is a melting pot of Arab, African, Asian and European cultures, which can be seen in the mosques, temples and ancient buildings of the Old Town. Take your camera and explore its narrow alleyways, as the intoxicating scent of spices wafts from the local market. Try some of the fusion cuisine at one the many cafés then head to Fort Jesus, a 16th century Portuguese fort and Mombasa’s most famous landmark. Kenya’s second largest city after Nairobi, Mombasa is the gem of East Africa’s Indian Ocean coastline. Boasting some of Kenya’s most idyllic palm-fringed beaches, a vibrant mix of cultures and of course, plenty of sunshine, this place ticks all the boxes. Add to that the fact the cost of a return trip in November comes in at £473 and it’s a no brainer. Search flights to Balicenter_img Editor’s hotel pick: a double room at the four-star Centuria Hotel Buenos Aires costs from £30 per night in November. Editor’s hotel pick: a double room at the Waldorf St Martins Apartments Hotel costs from £64 per night in October Auckland Search car hire in Auckland Argentina’s most sultry city is at its most beguiling in springtime. With the jacaranda flowers painting the town lilac and the temperature neither too hot nor too cold, it’s a glorious time to wander the winding streets and wide boulevards with their grand European-style buildings. These far-flung wonders are by no means out of reach, though. The New Zealand dollar is at a two-year low, meaning you can effectively double your money when booking and once you’re there. With hotel prices down by 9% too, it’s a great time to head down under. The beaches around Mombasa are powdered-sugar perfect and long hot days are only occasionally interrupted by short rains in November, often in the morning and evening. Soak up the rays at popular Diani Beach, south of Mombasa, or nearby hippie enclave Tiwi Beach, go snorkelling or take a dolphin-spotting tour on a traditional dhow. New Zealand’s largest city is a belter. Situated between two harbours, to the west is the Tasman Sea and to the east, the sparkling islands of the Hauraki Gulf give way to the Pacific Ocean beyond. And just an hour’s drive out of the city, rainforests, thermal springs and wineries await the lucky visitor. Bali Go now and you’ll catch the end of whale watching season too, as the southern right whales migrate to calve and nurse. Whales often come within metres of the shoreline at Hermanus, an hour and a half’s drive south of the city. But if you don’t want to venture far, there are plenty of vantage points along False Bay too. Hotels range from five-star to budget-friendly and with a return trip in November costing as little as £469 (that’s 13% less than the average flight in other months), there’s really no excuse to miss out on this South American gem. Make sure you check out Ubud, Bali’s spiritual centre made famous in Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. A hippie hotspot, it’s packed with yoga retreats and luxe spas. The sacred Monkey Forest is well worth a visit, too. Editor’s hotel pick: a double room at the New Palm Tree Hotel costs from £34 per night in November. An embarrassment of riches in terms of just about everything you’d want from a holiday destination, we’d struggle to come up with reasons not to go to Cape Town. But springtime here offers some particularly compelling selling points, not least competitive air fares (£569 for a return trip). South Bali is a surfer’s paradise, so why not try a lesson at a surf school, such as at the famous Kuta Beach. If exploring is more your bag, there are more than 20,000 Hindu temples scattered across the island. Visit Tanah Lot which is perched on an outcrop just offshore. It’s particularly stunning at sunset. If you’re fine with forking out an entrance fee, head to the Sky Tower, where adrenaline junkies can take the SkyJump from an observation deck or strap on a harness and walk around the narrow pergola nearly 200m above ground. Mombasa also makes an affordable base for a safari, with many companies offering dawn-to-dusk or two-day options that won’t break the bank. Seeing lions, giraffes, rhinos and elephants up close is well worth the 4am wake-up call! 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