New Delhi: Student activist associated with the student political wings from Jawaharlal Nehru University have claimed that they have been academically suspended for this semester, including the JNUSU President N Sai Balaji, and former president JNUSU Geeta Kumari.According to a student, Balaji and the rest of the JNUSU have been the target of the JNU administration for a while now since they have been attacking many of the management’s policies. The student also said that the suspension is a result of the fact that they stood up against the unfair policies of the administration. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe further said that the students were not allowed to register for the semester and the reason given was that they had been academically suspended by the Chief Proctor Office. “After blocking my MPhil Degree JNU VC has now academically suspended me along with other student activists. What is my crime? Fighting against online entrance exam scam, raising RSS-ABVP Murdabad slogans, marching with contract workers demanding Equal Pay for Same Work, fighting against 80 percent library budget cut and many more anti Student policies. 20 students along with many office bearers were also suspended” said NS Balaji, who is the research scholar with the Centre of International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament in the School of International Studies. Geeta Kumari also update the status at the Facebook while saying that just like any other semester, this year too, the VC had found a way to stall their education. “This semester it is not a fine but a suspension. The VC has never made it easy for us to be students,” she said.
Synagogues in four cities receive antiSemitic hate mailSynagogues in four cities receive antiSemitic hate mail
TORONTO – At least eight synagogues in four cities across Canada have received anti-Semitic letters calling for the death of Jews, B’nai Brith Canada said.Four synagogues in Toronto, two in Montreal, one in Hamilton and one in Edmonton have reported being sent the hate mail, the Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday.A photo on B’nai Brith Canada’s website shows the letter containing the words “Jewry must perish,” and a swastika scrawled onto a blood-soaked Star of David.“It’s really unfortunate that, at this time of year, with the Jewish community celebrating Hanukkah … you have a message of targeted hate that’s going out to religious institutions across the country,” B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said. “It’s sad to see and it’s actually quite terrifying for the individuals opening these letters with hateful genocidal messages.”Police in all four cities confirmed they were investigating the letters.Officers are “absolutely” treating the incidents as hate crimes, said Staff Sgt. Frank Partridge of 32 Division in north Toronto, where one of the targeted synagogues is located.“This is something that’s happening in real time — today, yesterday — it’s happening in (other cities) so there’s a linkage there,” Partridge said.“Starting tomorrow, I’m having my officers go out and pay special attention to the synagogues and other Jewish facilities… You’ve got to be proactive about this.”There were 1,728 anti-Semitic incidents reported throughout the country in 2016, according to B’nai Brith’s statistics. That’s a 26 per cent increase from 2015 and the highest number of incidents ever seen by the organization, which has been tracking anti-Semitism for 35 years.B’nai Brith does not yet have anti-Semitism statistics for 2017.Police across the country received more reports of hate crimes against Jews, than they did any other religious, ethnic or racial group in 2016, according to Statistics Canada data.“Unfortunately some (people) feel emboldened at this moment in history to express hate toward identifiable groups and Jews in particular,” Mostyn said, pointing to the high-profile neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this year, and a series of anti-Semitic posters put up on university campuses in Canada.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said that Statistics Canada data from 2015 on hate crimes was the most recent.
Over 800,000 Die Due to Suicide Every Year, WHO saysOver 800,000 Die Due to Suicide Every Year, WHO says
Marrakesh- The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its first report on suicide prevention, covering the years 2000 to 2012. According to the report, over 800,000 die due to suicide every year, and it is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 years old.For each adult who kills themselves, there are an estimated 20 who try and fail. The report says that restricting access to the means of suicide, such as firearms, pesticides, and medications may work in its prevention. Some suicides involve jumping off high places; bridges in the USA have recently started to install anti-suicide nets and restricting access to the bridges. Suicide prevention must be part of health care service, and removing the stigma of suicide and its criminalization may help as well. Support services like the Samaritan telephone service in the UK can also help to turn people away from suicide. Treatment for depression is also needed.The global financial crisis and debt problems have been the cause of a surge in suicides in the developed world. The report notes an estimated increase of 1,648 cases in Morocco in 2012, including 1,430 men and 198 women. The report suggests that there were 5-10 suicides per 100,000 in the population, with the majority by men, but exact figures are not available. One can determine that factors like high unemployment for the young urban population can affect youth suicides. There have been incidences of young people setting themselves on fire as protest against unemployment: many have occurred in Tunisia, where the impoverished and neglected industrial areas of Sidi Bouzid, Silania, Gabes, and Gafsa saw large numbers of suicides and immolations. There has been no declared list for the number of suicides.The number of unemployed in Tunisia reached over 700,000 for a population of just over 10 million. Local reports of suicides amongst young people protesting against unemployment have been widely reported in Algeria. There, the hydrocarbon industry does not provide enough jobs. Riots in 2011 and 2013 against unemployment in Rafla, Ghardia, and other towns in the region were widespread. It is likely that the suicide rate amongst young workers is far higher than in Morocco, but the figures do not exist to prove this.The WHO report also mentions suicide in the elder generation over 60, and one can cite lack of pensions as being a prime reason for this as well as poor hospital services and lack of medical insurance. Suicide is a global problem with some regions being affected more than others. Factors like family support are important. The Maghreb suffers from high levels of youth unemployment, which governments are trying to reverse, but this is not easy given the global economic situation. High levels of income disparity and poverty can cause despair for young people without an education, which can lead to suicide attempts.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is to submit his report to the UN Human Rights Council in September about his findings regarding these killings and recommendations for justice. “We are pleased about Sarath Fonseka’s commitment to answer to these mass killings and rape,” said TGTE’s Minister for International Affairs Manicka Vasagar. The TGTE is conducting a Million Signature Campaign in fifteen languages to “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court”. (Colombo Gazette) “If he really believes in his innocence, we challenge him to open himself to international investigation. As a first step, we urge him to muster the courage and avail himself to the UN’s Office of Investigation of Sri Lanka (OISL) and cooperate with them”“We also urge the current President of Sri Lanka Mr. Sirisena, who was the acting defense minister during the final weeks of these killings and rapes, to clarify his position whether he himself is ready to face International war crimes trials to clear his name” Manicka Vasagar added. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) led by V Rudrakumaran says it is pleased to hear of former Army Commander, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka’s interview to The Guardian newspaper that he would welcome a war crimes investigation to prove his innocence for the mass alleged killing of Tamils and rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Security Forces.“There were no rapes, no torture during my command during the war,” Fonseka said in the interview.
Urban Meyer Buckeyes moving forward after win against Michigan State Dontre WilsonUrban Meyer Buckeyes moving forward after win against Michigan State Dontre Wilson
Fresh off a win that moved Ohio State into solo first in the Big Ten East Division, coach Urban Meyer met with the media to discuss the win against Michigan State and an upcoming matchup with Minnesota.Meyer praised the offensive performance against Michigan state, but added the Buckeyes have room to improve defensively as they prepare for a Minnesota team that gives “relentless effort.” He also addressed the play of a few particular Buckeyes and said one OSU sophomore made a big play on a broken foot during Saturday’s 49-37 win in East Lansing, Mich.He said sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson has a broken foot. “He actually caught a touchdown pass with a broken foot.”Wilson is “out for a few weeks,” Meyer said. Added he might have to have a pin put in his foot.He said the Buckeyes are “fortunate” and “blessed” to have both Barrett and injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller set to return to OSU next season.Meyer said the Buckeyes “played their best game” against Michigan State, but added there’s still a lot of room for improvement.Meyer said the players to grade as champions on defense were sophomore safety Vonn Bell, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and senior cornerback Doran Grant. Grant was the defensive player of the game.He said the players who graded out as champions on offense were senior wide receiver Evan Spencer, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein and redshirt-freshman offensive lineman Billy Price.Meyer on Spencer: “He’s my MVP, as far as just all around what we ask him to do.”He said the offensive players of the game were junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, senior wide receiver Devin Smith and sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott.Meyer said Devin Smith played his best game against Michigan State.Meyer said Spencer and redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith were the top special teams players. He said Corey Smith should be in the wide receiver rotation going forward.He praised Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and called him a friend. He added Minnesota gives “relentless effort” and is “very well coached.”Meyer on moving on from the win at Michigan State: “We’re done with the celebration part, now we’re learning from it. The players will receive their directive tomorrow, and now we’re moving forward.”Meyer on performance against Michigan State: “We didn’t play as well as we could on defense, and we expect to play much better.”He said Barrett has to be in the Heisman Trophy conversation statistically, but conceded he hadn’t watched many other players nationally.Meyer on the offensive performance against the Spartans: “It’s our best performance we’ve had since we’ve been here.”He said he’s “upset” that the Buckeyes haven’t found a strong rotation on the defensive line.Meyer said he’s very comfortable with redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall running the wildcat. Added the Buckeyes have “a couple passes ready for” Marshall.He said Barrett’s biggest improvement has come from his “understanding of the game.”Meyer: “Early in the season, we were not a great team.”“This is the most improved team I’ve been apart of,” he said.Meyer praised the play of OSU’s wide receivers, said he’s comfortable with that group for the first time in a long time.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.
Former Archbishop of Canterburys picture removed from Kings College London amid concernsFormer Archbishop of Canterburys picture removed from Kings College London amid concerns
A picture of a former Archbishop of Canterbury has been removed from a “wall of fame” at one of Britain’s top universities amid concerns about his views on gay marriage.Lord Carey of Clifton’s image has been removed from the “wall of fame” at King’s College London. It follows a campaign by a group of students who claimed his views on same-sex marriage were “offensive”.The student activists originally called for his image to be removed in 2012 after he was quoted as saying gay relationships should not be “put on the same level” as heterosexual ones.Last year, it was reported that Ben Hunt, leader of the college’s LGBT Liberation Association, met the principal to discuss setting up a committee to come up with a new list of alumni. Show more “The individuals were notified in advance and expressed themselves fully supportive.” Lord Carey said he did not wish to comment when contacted by The Telegraph.In an article published online by Times Higher Education, lecturer Niall McCrae and Rev Jules Gomes criticised the removal of the image.They wrote: “For a prestigious institution of Christian heritage to allow this campaign to claim victory is worrying.“Lord Carey is not homophobic, but his name has been tarnished by a ‘gay-stapo’ that refuses to acknowledge that a clergyman cares for all, while maintaining a traditional view of marriage.”It follows a series of cases where student campaigns have led to the removal of images or objects from university campuses.In 2013, two students wearing T-shirts with images of Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed on were ordered to cover up after student union officers said that it could constitute religious harassment against Muslims.Earlier this year, officials at Oriel College at Oxford University faced calls for a statue of Cecil Rhodes to be removed as student campaigners believed he should not be celebrated.A controversial bronze cockerel was also removed from a display at Jesus College, Cambridge University, after a group claimed it was looted during a raid in Africa in the 19th century. Lord Carey is not homophobic, but his name has been tarnishedNiall McCrea and Rev Jules Gomes Lord Carey ahead of his last service at Dagenham Parish Church Credit:BRIAN SMITH Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A spokesman for King’s confirmed that a number of static portraits, including ones of Lord Carey, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Michael Howard, were removed following a review into the university’s “window display policy”.The university said it had carried out the review before deciding some of the images did not represent the “diversity of our university community”. It did not comment on the campaign by students.A spokesman said: “The decision was taken that we should expand the breadth of content to include the achievements of our students and staff.”The first digital screens, launched in July 2016, now bring to life examples of research breakthroughs and student and staff successes, as well as the contribution of our renowned alumni.”In order to make space for the screens next to the prominent Strand campus entrance, a number of static portraits, including those of Lord Carey, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Michael Howard, were removed.
Private schools top Alevel grades drop to lowest level in eight yearsPrivate schools top Alevel grades drop to lowest level in eight years
Natasha Vincent, daughter of presenter Katie Derham, celebrates her A Level results Credit: Gareth Fuller Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Barnaby Lenon, chair of the ISC, is the former headmaster at Harrow SchoolCredit: PAUL GROVER One reason for the fall in private schools’ results is that many of the brightest pupils are entered for the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the Pre-U instead of A-levels, he added. “Some of our most selective schools – including Eton, Westminster, Charterhouse and Winchester – are doing the Pre-U on quite a big scale,” said Mr Lenon, a former headmaster of Harrow.“Independent school pupils have done incredibly well at A-levels, despite the fact that the cleverest pupils are doing the Pre-U and IB.”Devised by Cambridge University, the Pre-U launched a decade ago and is now offered at 92 ISC schools. It became a popular among teachers at some of the country’s most prestigious public schools who saw it as more testing than A-levels.Last summer, a series of disclosures by The Daily Telegraph about Pre-U cheating allegations at Eton and Winchester College led to the exams watchdog opening an inquiry into exam malpractice. The IB was introduced in the late 1960s to cater for internationally mobile students. Students study six subjects over two years and the focus is on breadth rather than depth of knowledge. Private schools’ top A-level grades have dropped to their lowest level in eight years, figures show, amid concern that they have suffered from the new “tougher” A-levels which do not permit re-sits. This year 17.7 per cent of privately education children were awarded A*s in their A-levels, which is the lowest since 2010, when the A* was introduced.There has been a steady decline in the number of children educated in the independent sector winning top grades at A-levels in recent years, according to data compiled by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).This summer was the second year that students sat exams in the new “tougher” A-levels, many of which have had coursework reduced or removed.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Modules have also been scrapped following concern that students were taking endless re-sits until they achieved better marks. Chris McGovern, chair of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “It is well known that in private schools that teachers or parents do the coursework. “Having endless re-takes and re-sits inevitably favours students with pushy, middle class parents. One can’t blame them for doing that, at the end of the day they do the best they can for their children.” Mr McGovern, a former Government advisor, added: “That is why getting rid of modules and coursework was a good thing. If we can remove some of the advantages for privileged children, it is inevitably fairer.”The proportion of private school students achieving A* and A has decreased by five per cent since 2010, from 52 per cent to 47 per cent. Meanwhile, the proportion of all students winning top grades has only gone down by 0.6 per cent over the same period. Lord Ralph Lucas, editor in chief of the Good Schools Guide, said that the drop in top grades at private schools is linked to improvements in state schools.“Ofqual [the exam watchdog] operates a system of comparable outcomes which effectively rations the number of top grades,” said Lord Lucas, a hereditary peer.“Because state schools are doing better, it means necessarily private schools have to do worse as there are only so many top grades to go round”.Originally bought in to curb grade inflation, the “comparable outcomes” system ensures that roughly the same proportion of children are awarded the top grades, year-on-year.Ofqual has said it will also mean that students are not disadvantaged for being the guinea pigs of the new A-levels. Barnaby Lenon, chair of the ISC, said that while it is “theoretically possible” that reformed A-levels have contributed to the decline in top grades, he has not seen any evidence to prove that this is the case.
NEW DOUBLE CROWN RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko win 22nd Championship trophy inNEW DOUBLE CROWN RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko win 22nd Championship trophy in
RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko celebrated 22nd title of the Slovenian champions! The best Slovenian team had no serious threat this season despite the fact that RK Gorenje Velenje had Championship’s ambitions at the beginning of the season. However, Celje PL beat Riko Ribnica 29:21 as the first follower in the Play-Off to ensure trophy two matches before the end.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RD Riko Ribnica 29:21 (16:8) RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 12 saves, Panjtar 1 saves; Vujović 2, Jurečič 4, Razgor 3/3, Suholežnik 1, Marguč 1, Grošelj, Slišković 6, Mitrović 1/1, Kodrin, Makuc 7, Anić, Dujshebaev, Mačkovšek 1, Mlakar 3; trener Branko TamšeRD Ribnica: Klarič 9 saves, Perovšek 5 saves; Horvat 3, Fink 1, Vujačić 4, Knavs 1/1, Heningman N. 2, Skušek 2, Koprivc 2, Pahulje, Nosan B. 2, Kovačič 1, Nosan M., Batinič 2/1, Setnikar 1, Košmrlj, trener: Siniša MarkotaResults:Krka : Koper 2013 24:29 (9:16)Gorenje Velenje : Urbanscape Loka 29:26 (16:11)STANDINGS:1. Celje Pivovarna Laško 8 – 45 Riko Ribnica 8 – 39Gorenje Velenje 8 – 37Koper 2013 8 – 33Urbanscape Loka 8 – 27Krka 8 – 27 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko ← Previous Story 78 SECONDS: Myrhol & Eggert storm over GOG Next Story → Karol Bielecki to leave PGE Vive Kielce immediately?
A new pilot language program to get more Victorian children speaking Greek in kindergarten was launched this week by the Victorian state government, which has allocated funding of $150,000 for kindergartens to deliver Greek language and culture programs in 2018. “I’m delighted to be giving early childhood services a boost so that more Victorian children can embrace Greek culture and language,” said Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos. “As a Greek speaker myself, I understand the value of language and how it can benefit all learning.” The minister presented the program to the Victorian Parliament, stressing that “the educational benefit in studying the Greek language is particularly significant given that one-third of English words are derived from Greek.” Making reference to 9 February being the International Day of the Greek Language, Minister Mikakos said that “Victoria’s Greek community has one of the highest language retention rates across successive generations compared to other languages taught in Victoria. It is also one of the top five languages spoken in Australian homes.” This investment (which is on top of the Andrews Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan) will roll out at the early learning centres at Oakleigh Grammar, Alphington Grammar, and Alpha Children’s Centre in Richmond, allowing them to employ new early childhood teachers to boost their existing Greek language programs and deliver new language sessions, and also to deliver the program in up to six other kindergartens in areas with large Greek populations, in collaboration with the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCOMV). The program will provide funding for all three centres to develop and distribute age-appropriate Greek language resources, including books, CDs, and games, and deliver cultural activities. “Oakleigh is the heart of Melbourne’s Greek community so I welcome the opportunity for more local kids to learn this important language,” said Oakleigh MP Steve Dimopoulos, expressing his pride in the success of the Greek community in Victoria. “It’s important we continue to support the delivery of language and culture programs so that we ensure our greatest strength – our diversity – continues to flourish.”For its part, the GCOMV issued a statement welcoming the opportunity to work with the Victorian Government to achieve this goal. “We will cooperate with centres located near our after-school hours campuses to develop a quality Greek language and culture program appropriate for this age group,” reads the statement.“Such a program will establish strong foundations in these children’s learning and will facilitate a smooth transition into our after-hours primary school programs or any other primary school programs in the area that offer Greek.”It is estimated that more than 110,000 Victorians speak Greek at home, which proves Melbourne’s status as home to the largest population of Greek speakers outside Greece. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Macedonia name dispute closer to reaching a resolution than everMacedonia name dispute closer to reaching a resolution than ever
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Negotiations between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) are closer to a resolution over the decades-old name dispute than ever before. But according to Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, it is now up to FYROM to make the next move.Referring to FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, he told TV station Kontra Channel on Sunday “The Greek government is waiting for Mr Zaev to make the decisive step to reach an agreement. The ball is in their court.”Mr Tzanakopoulos added that a date had yet to be set for the two prime ministers to speak on the phone, which he said would signal negotiations moving into the final stages, stating that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” at this stage.On Saturday Mr Zaev said that he was feeling “optimistic” about the negotiations, but that certain technical details still needed to be settled in a bid to reach a deal by late June.However Mr Zaev, not unlike his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, is in a tough spot. Facing hardcore opposition back home, thousands turned out in Skopje on Saturday evening to protest over the proposed changes to FYROM’s name.Organised by the conservative opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE led by Hristijan Mickoski, he declared that he was “against any change of the constitution with an aim to change our name,” reported Reuters, and has called for early elections.
Stay on target Good Vibes, Weird Hardware at the Game Devs of Color Expo‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Is Still Majestic in VR Finding cool new uses of Nintendo’s pre-designed Labo kits is one thing, but the real test of the toy was always going to be how far could users really stretch it? The Toy-Con Garage gives creators access to a robust straight-up programming language, writing code that can be shared with others. Combine that with the fact you can cut cardboard into whatever shape you want and we were left realizing there’s truly no limit to what somehow could conceivably create.ニンテンドーラボでIR光線銃つくってみた#NintendoLabo #NintendoSwitch #ラボ作品 pic.twitter.com/JXOWlQAob7— らん（なかしま） (@lox_ran) June 25, 2018And we saw those limits being tested with this Labo Laser Tag mod by user @lox_ran on Twitter. The faux Zapper guns may be full-on sturdy machine-cut wood instead of cardboard, but the laser tag is all powered by Labo. IR beams emitted by Joy-Con on the guns and received by Joy-Con on the players’ bodies register when shots hit their target. Two Switch tablets display health bars until one player wins. From a tech perspective, it’s not all that different from how actual laser tag works. Only here you can build it yourself instead of going to a weird mall.We don’t want Labo Laser Tag to be the coolest thing we ever seen made from Labo though. And we’re guessing Nintendo feels the same way. There’s a healthy official Labo presence on YouTube to help foster the community. And starting July 19th Nintendo is running a month-long Nintendo Labo Creators Contest encouraging kids to build the most buckwild cardboard gadgets they can think of. The top prize is this gorgeous custom cardboard-themed Nintendo Switch.This may just be spin from Nintendo, but I believe them when they say Labo is meant more to sell over time than in one big burst at launch the way video games typically do. It’s a toy. It’s meant to go under a Christmas tree in December, not be some random gift in April. By the time this holiday season rolls around Labo might even be bolstered by a third kit or the promise of a tie-in with a big upcoming Nintendo game, perhaps that cardboard Yoshi game.We’re delightfully surprised to see all this neat Labo stuff happening now just a few months after launch. But with a bigger user base the more opportunities there are for more awesome Labo creations to emerge. Someone make me my cardboard Bitcoin miner already!Buy it now!Buy Nintendo labo Variety Kit.Buy Nintendo Labo Robot Kit.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Just after reminding ourselves that Nintendo Labo is still a thing, Nintendo went ahead and announced a brand new cardboard kit for this fall. Check out the trailer for the Labo Vehicle Kit launching September 14. The set features constructable car, plane, and submarine controllers, with a nifty shared key, that lets players travel across what looks like a friendly open-world. Diddy Kong Racing meets Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts meets Wii Sports Resort.For many gamers their thoughts on Nintendo Labo has followed this rough trajectory. They were intrigued by the initial announcement in January. They got all the $69 cardboard on 4/20 jokes out of their system in February. They had forgotten about it in March. They watched some unboxing and construction videos when it launched in April. And in May they snickered at its weaker sales compared to a “True Gamer’s Game” like God of War.Even I, who still thinks Labo is very cool and stands by my initial very positive review, have basically stopped thinking about the toy/game for Nintendo Switch. I didn’t think that a childless adult was the intended audience. But I did hope that even if I packed up my Labo creations just days after building them other people, plucky kids and weird DIY grown-ups alike, would keep exploring Labo’s vast amount of creative potential. Fortunately, just a cursory recent reading of the internet has reconfirmed that Nintendo Labo is very much Still A Thing.Unsurprisingly, some of the most immediately impressive work being done with Nintendo Labo revolves around the keyboard, ludicrously feature-rich for an instrument made of cardboard. Using cut-out waveforms, swappable sounds, overlapping tracks, motion-controlled reverb, and plain old-fashioned piano-playing skills folks have been performing Nintendo Labo song remixes (like the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate theme) that are legitimately worth listening to. It has even made Jimmy Fallon seem almost tolerable. Just take a listen!
Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover VideoPentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video
The GRAMMY-winning a cappella quintet tackle the “We Found Love” singer’s evolution in new cover trackRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 3:56 pm Pentatonix have made a name for themselves cranking out mind-blowing a cappella covers of everything from Christmas favorites to Daft Punk, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, and so many more. On July 26 the group released their latest, an ambitious romp through Rihanna’s discography in the “Evolution Of Rihanna.”The quintet, comprising Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, run through some of Rihanna’s biggest career hits, seamlessly transitioning between “S.O.S,” “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Take A Bow,” “Rude Boy,” “Disturbia,” “Wild Thoughts,” and more in the nearly seven-minute video. This is the fourth such installment Pentatonix has released, following Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and a tour of music history.If this cover isn’t enough Pentatonix for you, then good news. The group kicked off their North American tour July 26 in Dallas and you can catch them live in additional cities such as Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Syracuse, N.Y., and Toronto before they wrap up in Tinley Park, Ill., on Sept. 16.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Watch: Pentatonix Cover Rihanna’s Discography pentatonix-trace-evolution-rihanna-new-cover-video Email Twitter News Facebook Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is likely to once again go tough with its arch enemy Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) after the verdicts in graft cases against its chairperson Khaleda Zia are pronounced.The ruling party insiders said the party would also start preparing for the 11th parliamentary elections after the verdict as the trial of the cases are at a final stage.AL senior leaders said they think Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman, also the BNP senior vice chairman, would not be able to avoid conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and that’s why the party will remain softer towards BNP until the verdict.The ruling party has planned to resist any move of the BNP to take to the streets after the verdict.Party insiders said the AL wants by any means to ensure victory in the next general elections scheduled to be held late 2018.The party thinks that the trial of the two top leaders of its arch rival BNP -Khaleda and Tarique – will be completed before the elections and then it will concentrate on the elections.The ruling party thinks that although Khaleda would be able to file an appeal against the verdict if she is convicted, her son Tarique wouldn’t as he is a “fugitive” and it would do everything needed to make the verdict credible to all.AL leaders said the party has now taken up a strategy of giving its rival some space for political programmes, albeit on a small scale, to make people think that the politics is taking its own course and the law its own.“Khaleda’s case is totally different from politics. There is no scope to mix these two things together. The law takes it own course and none can interfere in the course of law,” AL presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah told Prothom Alo.He said the BNP is preparing for joining the next polls. “This is positive. There is no alternative to it in politics.”Several leaders of the ruling party said the crisis over the 16th amendment annulment verdict and the resignation of the chief justice had put the ruling party in some sort of difficulty.In order to make people feel that the situation was normal, the party had avoided putting pressure on BNP and that’s why BNP could organise public gatherings during Khaleda’s visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and could organise a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital.Party insiders said the ruling party may not allow BNP to organise political programmes like a long march, road march or roadside rallies if it announces such programmes in future.A senior AL leader on condition of anonymity said Khaleda might be sent to jail for a brief period if she is convicted and then BNP would try to take to the streets.He said the government would get grounds to rein in BNP’s street agitation with a firm hand if BNP’s programmes turn violent.AL insiders said party chief Sheikh Hasina has engaged several agencies to survey her party’s popularity, with the next general elections in view. The outcome of some of the surveys is not positive.The surveys found the position of many ministers and MPs weak in their constituencies.In order to assess how the party would face the BNP against this backdrop, the party is weighing its strength at the grassroots.When contacted, Citizens’ for Good Governance (Shujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said he saw a positive change in political atmosphere.“But if you want to make this change sustainable, the mistrust and the lack of confidence between the two rival political parties over the next general elections must be removed fast,” he noted.He said if all the political parties reach a consensus on the next national polls, other issues will not matter.Former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been accused in five graft cases and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed all of the five cases during the military-backed emergency government from 2007 to 2008. All the cases are under trial now.Besides, Khaleda has been accused in several cases on charges of sabotage during the current and immediate-past AL governments.Of the cases, the trial of Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases is at final stage and Tarique Rahman is also accused in one of these two cases.Tarique is also accused in the 21 August grenade attack case which is also at a final stage.Besides, the High Court in 2016 cancelled the verdict of a trial court which acquitted Tarique of a money-laundering case and sentenced him to seven years in jail and fined him with Tk 200 million.The BNP senior vice chairman did not file any appeal against this verdict and he is absconding.An AL policymaker told Prothom Alo that it is almost certain that Tarique Rahman would not be able to take part in the next polls as he is convicted in graft cases.He said the Zia dynasty would fall in a trouble if Khaleda is convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases and if this can be projected among the people widely.He said there is little possibility of Khaleda being disqualified in the election as the election would be held before the completion of the final trial process in the higher court.The AL government is, however, planning to enact a law stipulating a provision that one will be disqualified only if he or she is convicted in the trial court.When contacted, Dhaka University’s former vice chancellor and political scientist Emajuddin Ahamed said in a parliamentary democracy, the parliament is dissolved before the general elections to pave the way for a level playing field for all and the trials of candidates are kept suspended.He said the cases against Khaleda were filed during the last military-propelled caretaker government. Such cases were filed against prime minister Sheikh Hasina at that time too, but those were withdrawn.“We can see a kind of message in Khaleda’s recent speeches that she wants to bring an end to the rivalry. If prime minister Sheikh Hasina too takes a liberal position, it will bring good to democratic atmosphere in the country,” noted the political scientist. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed
PlayStation 2 emulation is finally happening on PS4PlayStation 2 emulation is finally happening on PS4
According to Wikipedia, there are a total of 3,874 games released for the PlayStation 2. That’s a huge amount of content, and content you currently can’t play without owning the original machine or an early PS3 (before Sony removed backwards compatibility). So it’s good to hear that Sony is finally bringing PS2 game emulation to the PS4, and with it a number of enhancements to the visuals.Sony decided not to make a big deal about PS2 emulation, instead they quietly released four titles that utilize the emulator as part of the PS4 Star Wars bundle. The PS2 games included are Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.Digital Foundry released a video showing off the games running on PS4 using the emulator. Notice how good they look:Sony has confirmed since these games were made available that PS2 emulation is currently being worked on, but they won’t say what we can expect. Will we be able to put PS2 discs in a PS4 and have them run in an enhanced state? Or will Sony expect us to buy PS2, and by default PSOne games through PSN in order to play them.I suspect PS2 discs will be made to work. The reason? Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility feature on Xbox One. To not allow original PS2 discs to run on PS4 would be pounced upon by Microsoft’s PR team. They would note that Xbox One is capable of playing Xbox 360 games using original discs, but Sony can’t even get that to work for PS2 games. You can see how that would be a bit of a PR disaster for Sony.For now you can enjoy those four Star Wars games running at a native resolution of 1292×896 upscaled to 1080p and a bit of texture filtering. Let’s hope hundreds, if not thousands of other PS2 games get unlocked to use the same emulator soon.
Fan enlarges Skyrims towns with a mod thats three years in theFan enlarges Skyrims towns with a mod thats three years in the
As you can see from the videos above, each of these towns has been painstakingly redone, with new interiors, elongated buildings, and even new books in the towns’ libraries which were written by the modder. There are also a number of smaller new settlements which have been added to the game.The modder does advise those who want to try the mod to do so by starting a brand-new game after installing it. Holds is a whopping 4GB and could cause unforeseen glitches and bugs with game saves from existing playthroughs that now have to take all of the altered locations into account. It’s best to avoid that altogether by just starting from scratch.You can try out the mod yourself by visiting NexusMods. Despite having a massive open world with countless locations for players to explore, even the most hardcore Skyrim junkie will admit that the game’s various towns are a bit on the skimpy side. Thanks to a fan-created mod called Holds: The City Overhaul, some of Skyrim‘s most notable settlements have been given a drastic overhaul that has enlarged and expanded them to a point where they are essentially brand new areas.This mod took creator Galandil over three years to develop. Since November 2012, he has dedicated at least two hours of each day to working on it. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion had the “better cities” mod, and Galandil expected Skyrim to get a similar one as well. After waiting a year since Skyrim was originally launched, he decided to take matters into his own hands and got to work on this endeavor.AdChoices广告
Seagate Plans To Unleash A 16TB Hard Drive In 2018Seagate Plans To Unleash A 16TB Hard Drive In 2018
Stay on target Seagate wants to make sure you never run out of space to store whatever data it is you’re warehousing. They’re gearing up to launch a 16TB hard drive within the next 18 months.To be clear, this is not some chunky, multi-drive 16TB external unit. Seagate is talking about a standard-issue 3.5-inch SATA drive. Standard, you know, except for the ridiculous capacity.The company is currently testing a 12TB drive, and CEO Stephen Luczo says that initial feedback has been very positive. There is also a 14TB model in the works.You probably won’t be surprised to hear that all three drives will be helium-filled, keeping with the trend established by both Seagate and Western Digital over the last couple years.Even though SSD prices continue to slide rapidly, there’s still a thriving market for good ol’ platter-filled hard drives. Folks like the crew over at Backblaze is probably anxiously waiting to get their hands on Seagate’s 16TB beast.Using Seagate’s comparatively dinky 8TB drives, BackBlaze crammed nearly half a petabyte (480TB, to be exact) into the 2016 version of their Storage Pod. The same unit with 16TB drives… well, that’s just shy of a petabyte in a 4U rackmount case.These drives won’t be cheap when they arrive, of course. The initial supply will get snapped up by organizations and individuals with voracious appetites for data. The ones that aren’t willing to pay whatever Seagate plans to ask for their batshit crazy 60TB SSD when they finally offer it up for sale (possibly before the end of this year). Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Unveils a Monstrous 20TB External Hard Drive
Find a range of tie and dye, khadi, ajrakh, bagru and dabu prints, laheriya, ikats and weaves in sarees, dupattas and fabrics at the three-day exhibition of textiles for summer. KAIRI 2018 is an initiative of Delhi Crafts Council to provide marketing assistance to skilled weavers and printers from across the country.The exhibition will go on until March 17 at the Aga Khan Hall, New Delhi.Sarees, dupattas, stoles and fabrics will be available at the exhibition including a range of Khadi, Ajrakh, Bandhani, Banaras weaves, Laheriya, Ikat, Kota, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bagh prints, Tribal weaves from Bastar, Andhra weaves and Prints from Jaipur amongst a huge variety of traditional techniques. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibition showcases a wide variety of traditional techniques ranging from Abdul Rahim’s vegetable dyed Ajrakh sarees, master craftsman Shyamji Vankar’s intricate Gujarat weaves, Brocade and woven fabrics from Benares and Hari Shankar Meher’s Odisha ikats.Biren Basak’s presents delicate Jamdani’s from Bengal and Rashid has ethereal printed fabrics from Jaipur. Sajid Khatri, Sridevi Handlooms and Badshah Miyan present a collection of Bandhani, Ikat and Lehariya respectively that are perfect for the summer. Bagru bring vibrant prints, Salma Khan with Chikankari and Malkha’sunique range of Khadi fabrics are also part of the exhibition.Other exhibitors showcasing their collections at Kairi include Batik by Shunya Batik, Chitrika’s Andhra weaves and Sajid Khatri’s Bandhej and Shibori from Kutch.Self-help groups are well represented by Tana Bana with beautiful weaves from Maheshwar and Kantha by Street Survivors.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 13, 2019 “Ideas worth spreading.”That’s TED’s tagline, and the organization — originally launched as a convergence of the technology, entertainment and design industries — has done its best to stick to that mission since 1984. Talks cover everything from how to recover from activism burnout to quantum computing explained in 10 minutes. Every second, 17 people watch a TED Talk, on average, and the organization’s videos have garnered well over one-billion views.If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, here are six of the most compelling talks of 2019 so far, with key takeaways.3 Psychological Tricks to Help You Save Money (Wendy De La Rosa)There’s a reason saving more money ranks in the top five New Year’s resolutions each January: We all want to do it, but it’s easier said — or written down on a resolution list — than done. Behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa aims to change that in her TED Talk, teaching three psychological strategies for overcoming our propensity to spend-not-save.One preliminary thing to keep in mind: “It’s not about how smart you are or how much willpower you have,” said De La Rosa. Instead, she said, it’s about the environment in which you think about saving. Exhibit A: In one of De La Rosa’s studies, subjects who were shown their income on a weekly basis were able to budget better than people who were shown their monthly income total, she said.As for the three tricks? Number one is to “harness the power of precommitment,” said De La Rosa. We tend to see two versions of ourselves, our past selves and our future selves, and our future selves are perfect; they’ll have the motivation to wake up earlier, exercise more, save money and more. But we often forget, said De La Rosa, that the future self is the exact same person as the present self. We can use this potential shortcoming to our advantage by forcing ourselves to make saving decisions in advance through an app or automatic account deposits. In another of De La Rosa’s studies, one group of subjects received the following text in February: “If you get a tax refund, what percentage would you like to save?” The average answer: 27 percent. But when another group of subjects was asked — just after receiving their refund — how much they’d like to save, they chose an average 17 percent.De La Rosa’s other strategies: Use transition moments to your advantage — New Year’s, birthdays, a job change, a move — and get a handle on small but frequent purchases (for most people, eating out is at the top of that list).Why Working From Home Is Good for Business (Matt Mullenweg)Matt Mullenweg’s employees live all over the world, from California to New Zealand. He’s the cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, which has a 100 percent distributed workforce of close to 800 employees. Why? In his TED Talk, Mullenweg said he believes that “talent and intelligence are equally distributed throughout the world, but opportunity is not,” and that the most diverse perspectives inherently come from people living and working in countries different from your own.“In Silicon Valley, you have the big tech companies fishing from essentially the same small pond or bay,” said Mullenweg. “By making the company distributed, we can fish from the entire ocean.” A distributed workforce also offers unprecedented flexibility for employees: They can choose the food they eat at their office, noise level, temperature and more.If you’re looking to skew your own office towards a distributed workforce, the first step is to document everything and leave a trail of your thought process in making different decisions, said Mullenweg. It’s not just efficient for people in different time zones; it’s also helpful for any company over time as people leave and join up.Mullenweg sees the future of work as being completely decentralized. “I think that companies will evolve to be ‘distributed first,’ or that they’ll be replaced by those that are,” he said.How to Make Applying for Jobs Less Painful (Priyanka Jain)If the idea of sending in a resume and cover letter makes you inwardly (or outwardly) groan, you’re not alone. According to a January TED Talk, about 75 percent of people who applied to jobs using various methods in the past year said they never heard anything back from the employer, and 46 percent of people get fired or quit within the first year of starting their jobs.“For the first time in history, we have more open jobs than unemployed people — and to me, that screams that we have a problem,” said Priyanka Jain, who’s featured in the TED Talk and is the head of product at Pymetrics, a company pairing neuroscience with recruiting.Jain believes that a single piece of paper is the heart of the problem. Resumes can showcase someone’s past achievements, she argues, but they fall short when it comes to someone’s potential — especially in a quickly changing economy, where jobs of the future may require skills no one has yet.As for the solution? Jain said multi-measure tests, powered by AI algorithms, can help potential employers gauge your memory strengths, levels of attentiveness and other traits. The key, she said, is to make them scalable (which, of course, is what her company Pymetrics aims to do). During her presentation, Jain showcases a brief example of a multi-measure test, in which viewers are asked to clap when a circle turns red and refrain when it turns green. Your results could inform potential employers of your strengths and weaknesses — e.g., if you clap late after the red circle appears but correctly never clap on green, you likely score high in attentiveness and restraint, similar to successful project managers and accountants. If you clap immediately upon seeing a red circle but sometimes incorrectly clap on green, you may skew towards impulsivity and creativity like some top-performing salespeople.The caveat: If companies like Pymetrics use current industry top performers and their traits to train algorithms, that could lead to bias against women and minorities. It’s vital for diverse teams of people to monitor and review these tools before they’re rolled out on any large scale.8 Lessons on Building a Company People Enjoy Working for (Patty McCord)Patty McCord always wanted to be an HR professional, to speak the language of management — but after her decades-long career in HR, including a 14-year stint as Netflix’s chief talent officer, she’s learned none of the HR jargon really matters and that many companies treat their employees like children. “In fact, I’ve learned ‘best practices’ usually means copying what everyone else does,” said McCord in her TED Talk.The job of management isn’t to control people; it’s to build great teams. The metric we should be using is customer happiness, said McCord, not arbitrary metrics like whether someone came to work on time or how many vacation days they used. Everyone in the company should understand the business, how it makes money and what success looks like there. And encourage your employees to get excited about change, said McCord: “Beware of the smoke of nostalgia.”Everyone in your company should be able to handle the truth, said McCord, and if you find it difficult to give employees feedback, it’s likely because you don’t practice enough. “What else do you do in your whole life that you’re really good at that you only do once a year?” she said. “Here’s what I’ve found: Humans can hear anything if it’s true.” Make it a priority to tell people the honest truth about what they’re doing right and what they’re doing wrong — while they’re doing it. One more thing to keep in mind: Careers are journeys, and it’s rare for someone to want to work towards the same goal for their entire lives. “What if we created companies that were great places to be from,” said McCord, “and everyone who leaves you becomes a great ambassador for not only your product, but who you are and how you operate?”How to Lead a Conversation Between People Who Disagree (Eve Pearlman)We’re living in the Information Age, but some feel it’s never been harder to find the truth. Political divides grow deeper, technology seems to create more rifts than it mends and, from sea to shining sea, it’s growing increasingly more difficult for people to talk to each other in a calm, respectful, open way.Journalist Eve Pearlman wanted to change that, so she spearheaded Spaceship Media, a company prioritizing “dialogue journalism” — journalism-supported open discussions between people who disagree — and explained it in her TED Talk. After the 2016 election, she brought together 25 Clinton supporters from California and 25 Trump supporters from Alabama to talk about hot-button issues. The first question: What do you think the other side thinks of you? After getting those stereotypes out of the way, participants discussed guns, immigration, race and education. “What we found, remarkably, is that real dialogue is, in fact, possible — and that when given a chance and structure around doing so… many of our fellow citizens are eager to engage,” said Pearlman.Our current state of discord doesn’t benefit anyone, said Pearlman, and people often appreciate the chance to engage curiously, openly and respectfully. They want “a chance to put down their arms.” Many of Spaceship Media’s Facebook groups have spun off into member-run groups, individual friendship and, most of all, real human connection across difference.“We do our work in direct challenge to the political climate in our country right now, and we do it knowing that it is difficult, challenging work to hold and support people in opposing backgrounds in conversation,” said Pearlman. “We do it knowing democracy depends on our ability to address our shared problems together.”How to Spot a Pyramid Scheme (Stacie Bosley)In 2004, a new company called Vemma Nutrition started offering anyone, regardless of education or experience, the opportunity to earn part-time income for full-time work. The only requirements to get started: Spend $500 to $600 on a product kit and recruit two more members to do the same, explains economist Stacie Bosley in her TED Talk. By 2013, Vemma Nutrition had expanded globally and brought in $200 million per year. But it turned out that most members earned less than their initial deposit, and Vemma was charged with operating a pyramid scheme.So how do you identify — and avoid — a pyramid scheme? The primary red flag: A founder solicits an initial group of people to buy into the company and recruit other members, with the promise they’ll earn a commission for each new person who joins or invests. The founder also takes a share. The catch: “As a pyramid scheme grows, it becomes increasingly difficult for new recruits to make money,” said Bosley. For example, the founder recruits an initial group of six, who then recruit six people each (adding up to 36), who then, in turn, each recruit six others: a total of 216. By the twelfth recruiting round, the 2.1 billion new members would be tasked with recruiting over 13 billion others — more than the world population — in order to turn a profit, said Bosley. In this example, over 80 percent of the scheme’s newest participants lose everything they paid in.As for the difference between pyramid schemes and “legitimate” multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunities? Bosley said it’s a question of whether members primarily earn compensation from selling a product or service or from recruiting new members. If you’re considering taking on a new opportunity, keep an eye out for red flags, as many pyramid schemes disguise themselves as legal MLMs. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 11 min read
FileZilla Secure encrypt FTP login details by Martin Brinkmann on November 15, 2016 in Software – Last Update: June 15, 2017 – 5 commentsFileZilla Secure FTP Client is a fork of the popular ftp program for Windows and other devices that improves security by adding master password support.FileZilla is a great cross-platform FTP client that is offered as a client and server version. The software is open source, and provides you with an impressive set of features.The program supports more than just FTP though, as you can use it for FTPS and SFTP on top of that as well.Check out our review of FileZilla for a feature rundown and additional information.Update: FileZilla supports master password protection as well now. It is no longer needed to run FileZilla Secure instead.One of the shortcomings of FileZilla, at least according to some of its users, is that saved accounts and connection data is not protected.This means that anyone with access to the computer may look up, copy or transfer the information. The camp that is against adding master password protection argues that all is lost if someone gains unauthorized access to the PC. The proponents of master password protection argue that more protection, optional in this case, can never be a bad thing.FileZilla Secure FTP ClientThe author of FileZilla Secure decided to take matters into his own hands after attackers managed to steal FileZilla login information from his computer.FileZilla Secure is in most regards an exact copy of the FileZilla client. You may use it for the same purpose as FileZilla.In fact, there are only two differences to Filezilla. You will notice the first right on first start of FileZilla Secure, as you are asked to enter a new master password.This master password is used to encrypt the stored FTP login details on the local system. As is the case with all master passwords, there is no option to reveal it once it has been set. This means that you will lose access to the FTP database if you forget the password.You are prompted to enter the master password set on first run whenever FileZilla Secure is started. The dialog offers an option to change the master password should you want to change it.All login information are stored in the encrypted file filezilla.dat.FileZilla Secure ships with another difference: the author has increased the maximum number of transfer threads to 1000. This enables users of the software to increase the number of threads beyond the hard coded 10 of Filezilla.Closing WordsFilezilla Secure is a fork of FileZilla that improves security by adding master password support. It may also improve downloads provided that servers support more than ten simultaneous download threads.The program is an alternative to FileZilla, especially for users who want more security. It remains to be seen whether the program is updated regularly by its author and how fast that happens though.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 13 votes Software Name Filezilla SecureSoftware Category Internet Advertisement
Checking in with Chelsea Hotel Toronto Summer savings and a QAChecking in with Chelsea Hotel Toronto Summer savings and a QA
TORONTO — Chelsea Hotel, Toronto wants to make it easier for clients to explore the city and soak up the sun in the summer months.The centrally-located hotel, just a five-minute walk from the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and close to scores of other downtown attraction, is offering 20% off the hotel’s Best Available Rate of the day when guests stay for two or more nights with the Hello, Summer! Sale. Terms and conditions apply.Plus, with the hotel’s popular Show Your Key and Save program, guests can get discounted tickets to some of Toronto’s top attractions, like the Toronto Zoo and Canada’s Wonderland.Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is also a family-friendly playground, with separate kid’s check-in, the only 130 ft. indoor waterslide in downtown Toronto, a lounge for teens and a dedicated space for its Kids Centre.There’s also an adults-only pool and fitness centre with panoramic views of the city’s skyline from Deck 27. And anyone looking for a new patio spot in Toronto should check out the Chelsea Patio, a hidden oasis in the heart of downtown with $6 drink features Mondays through Thursdays.The hotel also connects guests to Blue Jays games at Rogers Centre, with shuttle service from the hotel to the game, available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for a nominal fee.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAnd in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA’s free concert series, Play the Parks will include two free concerts on the Chelsea Patio: Lindsay Brohan (July 18 at 5 p.m.) and Stereoflavor (Aug. 15 at 5:00 p.m.).Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is Canada’s largest hotel with 1,590 guest rooms. The hotel offers a variety of services and facilities for travellers of all ages and with various travel needs, including accessible guest rooms and a guest accessibility package.Travelweek checked in with Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Tracy Ford about what makes the hotel a perennial top choice for both the leisure and corporate markets.Q. What makes Chelsea Hotel such an ideal option for families, for March Break, the summer months or any time of year?A. “During March Break and the summer months, we go the extra mile for our guests with complimentary evening activities. This also includes lobby engagement activities, like our robot ‘CT’, face painting and popcorn. Often one of our ‘Show Your Key and Save’ partners will join us and offer something interactive for our guests.”Q. In recent years the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto went through a major refresh. Can you tell us the highlights?More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthA. “From 2013 to 2014 we renovated the lobby, two restaurants, meeting/function spaces, all balconies and the Club Lounge (27th floor). In 2015 and 2016 we refurbished all guestrooms in the south tower.”Q. The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is a magnet not just for leisure travellers, but for business travellers and convention-goers too. What is the hotel’s leisure/corporate split?A. “Corporate travel/MICE is 20%. Leisure travel is 60%. Other (such as airlines) accounts for 20%. We offer an adult-only pool and fitness centre and that’s appealing to our corporate travellers. We also have a loyalty program, ‘1865’, which has its own check-in desk.”Q. Above all else, what do you want travel agents to know about the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto?A. “Great location, Family Fun Zone and adults-only pool/fitness centre, three arrival desks, security 24/7 and it’s the friendliest hotel in downtown Toronto! The hotel’s location is a significant asset. We are steps from public transit, shopping, amazing attractions and dining options.”More information is at chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732). Checking in with Chelsea Hotel, Toronto: Summer savings and a Q&A Travelweek Group Thursday, July 18, 2019 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Chelsea Hotel, Toronto