Idyllic school – The Idyllists Tue, 31 Aug 2021 04:33:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Idyllic school – The Idyllists 32 32 Lithium fuels hope for renewal on California’s largest lake Tue, 31 Aug 2021 04:31:18 +0000 CALIPATRIA, Calif. (AP) – Near the dying Salton Sea in Southern California, a canopy next to a geothermal power plant covers large vats of salt water left behind after drilling a very hot liquid in the basement to operate steam turbines. The tubs connect to tubes that spit out what looks like dishwater, but it’s lithium, a critical component of rechargeable batteries and the newest hope for economic recovery in the depressed region.

Demand for electric vehicles has shifted investment into high gear to extract lithium from brine, salt water that has been neglected and pumped underground since the region’s first geothermal power plant opened in 1982. The A mineral-rich by-product can now be more valuable than the steam used to generate electricity.

California’s largest, but rapidly shrinking lake is at the forefront of efforts to make the United States a major global player in the production of ultralight metal. Despite large deposits in the United States, Nevada has the only lithium plant in the country, and American production lags far behind Australia, Chile, Argentina and China.

Decades of environmental ruin and failed economic promises have left some residents of the remote shores of the Salton Sea indifferent or suspicious.

The Salton Sea formed in 1905 after a breakwater on the Colorado River broke and two years of flooding filled a sizzling basin. In the 1950s, the lake flourished as a tourist destination, attracting anglers, boaters and famous visitors, including Frank Sinatra.

But the storms of the 1970s destroyed marinas and seaside resorts. The floods destroyed many homes in the small and old resort town of Bombay Beach and, after the water dried up, left an almost apocalyptic atmosphere that has recently attracted artists.

The lake level peaked in 1995 but, with little rain, has since evaporated faster than the water from the Colorado River seeping into the farms can be replenished as farmers have conserved more water. .

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When will 2021 fall foliage peak in IN, KY, and IL? Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:55:41 +0000

Fall is by far my favorite season. I live for the fresh air, the fresh smoky smell of the air and the beautiful colors of nature. They really feed my soul. Even when I swim in a pool or lie on the beach on a hot summer day, I dream of fall.

I was fortunate enough to have traveled to Vermont and Colorado in the fall and believe me these two places have some breathtaking fall foliage. People travel all over the world to see the beauty of fall that covers parts of the United States. I had a sister-in-law who was traveling from Brussels, Belgium to see the beauty of FAll which we take for granted.

While I enjoyed the fall grandeur of other states, there is just something about fall in the Midwest and especially the Tristate. Maybe it’s because I grew up in rural Indiana and now live in Kentucky.

I think it’s the bonfires, the high school football games, the inspired fall festivals and the exceptional and breathtaking views from all angles of southern Indiana, western Kentucky and the south. from Illinois. We are so lucky to live in a place, on this earth, with so many amazing landscapes to celebrate fall.

My favorite time of year is almost here! Oranges, yellows, reds, purples and browns prepare for POP. What will fall foliage look like? Will it be boring and quick? Or, will it be vibrant and persistent for a while?

Well I have looked at the 2021 fall foliage forecast map and this is what we can expect.

It looks like between October 18 and November 1, we should be at our peak. Granted, this is only a forecast, but it is determined by the expected daytime and nighttime temperatures in September, October, and November. With that in mind, we should see some exceptional foliage.

To see the fall foliage forecast for the rest of the county, click HERE.

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Last call for slats | New Tue, 24 Aug 2021 22:37:00 +0000

For the past five and a half years, the little triangular patio on Main Street and the little cafe tucked away behind has offered much more than a menu. Any day it was a place to work, have a relaxed business meeting, or read a few pages of a good book. It was also a small grocery store: three avocados for five, organic bulk snacks, jars of crunchy chili. Perhaps more than anything, it was an invitation to human connection. Framed by a mural framed again by the mountains, friends hugged, chatted and sometimes cried. Strangers from all over the world connected. As toasts filled with nifty toppings and slats circulated, life unfolded.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Ghost Town will close its doors to the public for good, bringing the number of local restaurants closing that day to two, as Taco del Gnar previously announced it was closing on the same day. For owner Elena Levin, the decision to close the beloved local cafe was sad, but also present was a sense of relief.

The task of keeping the cafe in business as the housing shortage rose to acute levels and fueled the widespread struggle to hire and retain employees had simply become overwhelming. School-aged employees have returned to school. Other workers gave their notice, eventually overwhelmed by the daily tsunami of customers who became increasingly hostile and difficult throughout the pandemic, she said.

“It was just too much,” Levin said of the daily attack on herself and the employees.

While dealing with the situation with a friend, she said, her friend compared him to the Greek legend of Sisyphus, the mythical king condemned to endlessly rolling a huge boulder up a mountain, slipping and falling with every attempt. .

“There is a feeling of relief, along with the sadness and melancholy, that I don’t have to hold on anymore,” she said.

Running a business has never been easy, but the bond of influences that peaked this summer made the situation “radically different” for Levin. While the affordable housing shortage has been escalating for years, the beginning of the end has begun, for Ghost Town, with the pandemic. Domestic tourism to outdoor destinations has exploded, pushing small local restaurants like Ghost Town to capacity and beyond. The pandemic has disrupted the supply chain, making it an ongoing battle to source key items. As the urban, white-collar workforce of the United States moved away, many escaped city life and moved to idyllic small towns. Real estate has skyrocketed, pushing up rents and house prices.

Right now that tale might sound familiar, but the result for Ghost Town was: queues of potential coffee seekers pouring out onto the sidewalk every day, waiting times of 45 minutes for an order of avocado toast, the relentless chaos of workers pouring out coffee drinks with barely a chance to get a sip of water, let alone cultivating the kind of meaningful interactions previously common with customers. More and more customers got angry at the long waits, angry that they were asked to wear a mask. Tips have plummeted, as has worker morale.

“In this job primarily, I felt equipped to handle any issues that arose,” said Levin, reflecting on her five years in what she called her “dream job.”

“But it got to a point where doing my best just wasn’t enough. It wasn’t even a choice at one point, it was just a reality I had to struggle with.

August 28 is the closing day, she said, because it was the last day she could staff the cafe with enough people to keep it running.

“We don’t have the manpower to run the city at this capacity,” she said.

The factors that led to the closure, she stressed, did not include lack of community support or even financial hardship. Although Levin noticed that expenses increased in proportion to the increase in business, the cafe excelled both as a business and as a community center.

For manager Brandi Seeley, who started working in Ghost Town as a barista four years ago, the cafe was the place that weaved her into the fabric of the city and made the community come together. feels at home. It was a place people could hang out, a job where she could make toast for customers and then chat with them while they ate it. It all now looks like a distant dream.

Since the pandemic, she said, “I have never seen people be more rude, to the point of being verbally abusive. You ask people to wear a mask, they lose it. Previously, my interactions with customers were largely positive. Now a lot more people are impatient, demanding, or grossly rude and don’t tip.

Seeley found that she regularly felt angrier at work, where she was once happy.

“The constant demand has become too strong,” she said. “I am not an angry person. It was no longer fun.

Seeley and his partner have returned to work the summer season at Telluride for the past few years. Next year, she said, she thinks they just won’t come back.

For longtime client Stephen Burns, who helped implement the early coffee espresso program under Meghann McCormick’s foundation, seeing Ghost Town shut down sounds like a death knell.

“This is the community lounge,” he said of Ghost Town. “This is the place where you can go and sit and meet your friends, the county commissioner, the guy who shovels the snow that day. It’s such an inclusive place. You would go to Ghost Town, carrying a book to read, but knowing that you weren’t going to read any pages because you would end up talking with your friends. That was the beauty of this place.

Losing Ghost Town, he added, is heartbreaking. He and his fiancee also plan to move out of Telluride, the place they have collectively lived in for 10 years.

While Levin also expressed grief over the situation, she remained grateful for the experience of having a job she loved in a place she loved for the past five years.

“It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I was able to organize a space however I wanted and people liked it, ”she said with a laugh. “In the end, I’m grateful that I was able to keep it working for as long as I did.”

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NSW COVID cases increase, Victoria COVID cases increase, NSW lockdown continues, Victoria lockdown continues, NSW exhibition sites grow, Victoria exhibition sites grow Tue, 24 Aug 2021 05:34:36 +0000

Taking a closer look at the coronavirus cases in Victoria, the state’s COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said today that 34 of the state’s 522 active virus cases are being treated at the hospital, 23 of whom were under 40 years old.

“This includes an infant,” Mr. Weimar said.

Jeroen WeimarCredit:Joe armao

Nine people are in intensive care, seven of whom are on ventilators.

This underscores Premier Daniel Andrews’ comment earlier today that the virus is “relevant to all age groups.”

The state has registered 50 new cases of the locally acquired virus today. Of the 522 active cases of the virus detected in the state so far in the midst of this latest outbreak, 113 have 9 or less, 101 are between 10 and 19 and 92 are between 20 and 29, Mr Andrews said.


Andrews announced today that 16 to 39 year olds will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine from 7 a.m. tomorrow, using supplies purchased by the federal government in Poland.

People under the age of 40 with existing AstraZeneca appointments with state-run immunization centers would be offered a choice between Pfizer or AstraZeneca, he said, with the exception of those aged 16 and 17 years old who would only be offered Pfizer.

But he added that “I want to warn that there are 1.2 million people in this age group who we believe have not yet been vaccinated. There are 450,000 Pfizer images. In total, 830,000 appointments are open. Not everyone will be able to make an appointment tomorrow ”.

“There isn’t, at this point, enough for everyone to come forward and make a reservation, but if we can put those jabs in the arms in the next few weeks, we’ll hit our 1 million. [shots over five weeks]. We will probably do better than that.

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At Mount Washington, Instead of Crying, Couple Seeks to Transform | South Berkshire Sun, 22 Aug 2021 09:00:00 +0000

MOUNT WASHINGTON – A New York couple, dressed in matching white shirts in memory of their son, have left East Street here, in an unfamiliar town. Their transmission has downshifted for the long, steep journey down a rugged dirt road that leads to an idyllic 1,000-acre summer camp their son is said to have run over.

Their son, Scott Beigel, was 35 in 2018, when a gunman walked into a high school in Parkland, Fla., And started shooting.

As alarms went off and screams echoed through the stairwell from the lower floors, Beigel quickly brought more than 30 students to the safety of his classroom where he was teaching geography. When the 19-year-old shooter, a former student, emerged on the third floor, he spied on an easy target.

From 5 feet away, he fired six rounds from a semi-automatic rifle into the body of Scott Jeffrey Beigel. A beloved son, a cross country trainer, a brother, a grandson, a boyfriend, Beigel collapsed at his classroom door.

His last words were a lie. He told the shooter that there was no one inside.

He was one of 17 people killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that day, Valentine’s Day.

“I have no problem talking about it,” said her mother, Linda Beigel-Schulman, as she sat on a wooden bench at Camp Hi-Rock here on Mount Washington. “I like to talk about my son.

Linda Beigel-Schulman and Michael Schulman, during their Monday visit to Camp Hi-Rock.

Linda Beigel-Schulman and Michael Schulman, during their August 16 visit to Camp Hi-Rock on Mount Washington. “I have no problem talking about it,” Beigel-Schulman said of her son’s death in the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. On Valentine’s Day in 2018. . “I love to talk about my son.”

A boy who loved the camp

Scott was 7 when his mother first put him on a bus and sent him to a camp to sleep.

The odds of a bet between family members were that the shy, skinny boy wouldn’t get on the bus. Yet he did. The door closed behind him, and he was taken from his Long Island, New York home to the woods of Pennsylvania, where he was transformed.

From that first summer, a puny kid in a lower bunk, Scott would spend every summer for the rest of his short life going to summer camp, as a camper and then as an instructor.

Within days of Scott’s murder, his mother, Linda, had come to a conclusion. She would refuse to spend the rest of her life irreversibly shaken by grief and bitterness. Instead, she would strive to honor her son by promoting one thing that is dear to her: helping underprivileged children have the same experience he had as a child.

With a clear goal and no clear way to achieve it, Linda and her husband, Michael Schulman, founded the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund to provide an overnight camp for children who could not afford it, especially those who live in neighborhoods affected by gun violence.

Much to the couple’s relief, they were introduced to the Astoria, NY-based SCOPE group. [Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education], who has been engaged in the same mission for 30 years now.

The fund raised $ 92,000 in 2019, which enabled 54 children to attend three camps in upstate New York. In 2020, with camps closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fund donated $ 25,000 to support a virtual camp program.

For this year, through appeals and events in New York and Florida, Scott’s parents raised $ 217,600, enough to send 165 children to camp. Three of the camps are in New York. Two are in New Jersey. And the sixth is this, Camp Hi-Rock.

On August 16, Linda and Michael visited the campers and staff here.

Campers enjoy the fun of summer at Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington.

Jonah Thomas, left, of Stratford, Connecticut, and Julien Beliard, of Stamford, Connecticut, enjoy the summer fun at Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington.

They met 11-year-old Jonah Thomas from Stratford, Connecticut, a city on Long Island Sound that struggles with poverty and crime. At Camp Hi-Rock this summer for a period of four weeks, he slept in the woods and tasted s’mores, both for the very first time.

“They taste so good, “he said.” When I get home, I’m going to show it to my sister. … We can do them.

They met Julien Beliard, also 11, of Stamford, Connecticut, who has a new love: paddleboarding.

“This camp is: whatever you want to do, you do it,” he said. “Summer here is the best.”

Adrianna Beliard, 15, at Camp Hi-Rock on Mount Washington.

Adrianna Beliard, 15, grew up to enjoy paddleboarding, zumba, and the arts and crafts at Camp Hi-Rock in Mount Washington. “They have so much to do here that I can’t do at home,” she said, “and I’ve made so many friends here, and they teach you to express yourself and be more of me. -same. They just make us feel special.

They met Julien’s sister, Adrianna, 15, who has grown to love paddleboarding, Zumba, and the arts and crafts.

“They have so much to do here that I can’t do at home,” she said, “and I’ve made so many friends here, and they teach you to express yourself and be more of me. -same. They just make us feel special.

Jessica Speer-Holmes, executive director of Camp Hi-Rock, which is part of the YMCA, said about 30% of the 200 campers here this summer have benefited from scholarships such as those paid by the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund. She said that for many campers, this is the first time they’ve been exposed to people of other races and backgrounds.

“Children learn that people who may be different from them are not the enemy,” she said. “They come here, and they all become children together.”

Linda and Michael were all smiles as they toured the camp.

After lunch, Adrianna left for a creative writing class.

“Let’s try something new,” she said, before running off.

For the Schulmans, for SCOPE, the crucial point is that the summer camp is not just a unique experience. Rather, camp should be something children want to go back to every year.

“There is nothing not to like,” said Linda. “You can leave the house. Some of these children have never learned to swim until now. It’s the first time they’ve seen a real horse. They come to a place where the stress is gone. They don’t have to act hard. They don’t have to join a gang.

“They come and they learn that there is another way,” she said. “They learn kindness. They learn to take care of themselves and others and to be trustworthy. They learn that there is a whole amazing world out there. And the thing is, they take it home. They take it all home. It changes everything. “

The camp changed Scott.

She knew it would.

Letters home

Professor Scott Beigel, shown in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yearbook.

Scott Beigel, pictured in the yearbook for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he taught geography and coached cross country. He was one of 17 people killed in the attack on the school.

One of the biggest challenges getting him on the bus that summer when he was 7 was the camp’s requirement that all children write a letter home once a week. Scott didn’t want to have to write letters at home. So Linda developed a creative workaround.

She herself addressed eight stamped envelopes for the eight weeks he would be absent. She provided him with eight sheets of paper, one for each week. Each sheet of paper had the same list of questions to be answered. Such as: FOOD IS… CHILDREN ARE…

All he had to do was fill in the bubbles, GOOD or BAD or HORRIBLE. Etc.

And that is what he did. He dutifully filled the bubbles, folded each sheet in thirds, stuck it in the envelope, and sealed the envelope closed. Ended.

Scott returned from camp changed: confident and outgoing. Each year, he returned home to Dix Hills on Long Island, a little more caring for others, a little more attentive to his responsibilities. He was careful to make friends with the quietest in the school, those who ate alone in the cafeteria.

He ultimately chose to become a teacher for the simple reason that he might have summers off to continue as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania.

The son who dreaded the idea of ​​having to write home became a young man who went to see his mother almost every day.

In early 2018, she found a stack of these original letters he had sent from the camp. She gave them to Scott, just for a laugh. He loved them.

The day before Valentine’s Day, she received a letter from him. He had sent her one of the original letters from the camp, but this time he had added handwritten responses, such as “Camp is great” and “The food is edible” and “I like not being home. and be laughed at by my sister ”.

And he signed it, “Love, Scott.”

The next day, at 2 p.m., Linda had not heard from Scott. She knew something was wrong.

She and her husband, Michael, work at the same law firm. But, on Valentine’s Day, Michael was sick at home. When he learned that there had been a school shooting in Parkland, he called Linda and asked her to come home.

On her way home, she heard on the radio that one of the victims was a geography teacher.

At Scott’s funeral on February 18, 2018, at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla., Linda arrived with the bright blue lunchbox she had given Scott when she sent him to camp for the first time. She was the last to speak to the full house – the whole family together, including Scott’s sister, Melissa; Scott’s friends and colleagues, including former campers and camp leaders; to Scott’s girlfriend, Gwenn Gossler; and many of those 31 students whose lives he saved in room 1256 of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Linda told the mourning rally that when she learned of Scott’s death, she texted him anyway. She wrote how amazing he was and that “everyone you touched will never be the same”. She ended the text with: “Please let me know where you are. Mom.”

While walking around Camp Hi-Rock, greeting happy campers, Linda said she knows where her son is.

“He’s there.”

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Decisions matter – Tue, 10 Aug 2021 15:56:20 +0000

Matt Damon stars as “Bill” in director Tom McCarthy’s STILLWATER, a Focus Features release. Credit Jessica Forde / Focus Features


Matt Damon stars as “Bill” in director Tom McCarthy’s STILLWATER, a Focus Features release. Credit Jessica Forde / Focus Features

By Paul Hall

As a parent, you only want the best for your children. You want them to be happy, healthy and successful, but most importantly, to have a better life than the one you have known.

In Still water, the new film from director Tom McCarthy, this path takes a detour from Oklahoma to France and back.

Bill Baker (Matt Damon) and his daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) haven’t had the most idyllic lives. Growing up in small town Oklahoma, Bill rebounded from job to job and didn’t play the most active role in his daughter’s life. Allison traveled to France for school and only occasionally visits her father.

While Bill believed for years that his daughter was destined for an experiment at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Allison makes the decision to travel to France for her studies. This is where life changes for Allison, her father, and everyone they both love.

Allison was jailed in France, charged and convicted of the murder of his girlfriend. His father is his support system, traveling frequently to visit him and bring him supplies. When Allison entrusts her father with the task of delivering a message to her, she is a little worried that he will finish the task. It’s a simple note to those who stood up for her: She has new evidence that she wants them to investigate who might release her.

Still water is a film that balances mystery, suspense, and the relationships that are affected by a life-changing event. He manages to keep the audience off balance throughout and never really knowing what’s coming next.

Damon plays a rather different role than most of his past endeavors. Bill is straightforward but determined and searches for a variety of things, from ways to help his daughter to her own goal in life. The varied storylines allow Damon to disappear into his role, which he takes full advantage of in his performance.

Although Still water is a bit messy in the structure of the story, the supporting cast do their best as the story progresses through some tough times. Breslin and Camille Cottin are sometimes hard to believe in the way they are portrayed. I loved Cottin as a French Virginie who takes Bill under her wing and develops a mutually beneficial relationship.

Visually, I was drawn to the look of the variety of French culture and the juxtaposition with the Oklahoma landscape. The crowded streets of France’s poorest neighborhoods stand in stark contrast to the dusty nature of Oklahoma.

I loved Still water. It is the journey of a thinking man through the relationships, life and intersections of the two. Our decisions matter, no matter where you are physically or mentally.

Paul’s Note: A-

Still water
To classify
Actors: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin
Director: Tom McCarthy

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Search for missing kayaker continues at Whitney Point Reservoir Mon, 09 Aug 2021 14:23:49 +0000

It seems that another person drowned in our community. Last week we reported a drowning in Lake Canadarago which occurred when a man lost his life trying to retrieve his boat which had drifted off an island in the lake.

This time, a man drowned in the Whitney Point Reservoir on Saturday night, New York State Police said. A 57-year-old man from Pennsylvania whose name has not been released was kayaking with another person when his boat overturned and he has still not been found. State Police conducted a helicopter search and dispatched an underwater recovery team to no avail. Broome and Chenango County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with K9s, several fire crews and even volunteers, searched the surrounding land and found nothing. The investigation is ongoing.

Police did not say whether the missing kayaker was wearing a life jacket.

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NU Announces Admissions for B.Tech, 3 Year BBA and 4 Year Integrated MBA Programs – India Education | Latest Education News | Global education news Mon, 09 Aug 2021 07:07:23 +0000

New Delhi : Established with the vision to be the model of learning, research, innovation and sustainability for the knowledge society, non-profit organization NIIT University (NU), announces admissions for its 4-year programs in B.Tech.(Computer science and engineering, electronics and communication, biotechnology, communication and computer engineering, data science and cybersecurity), 4-year integrated MBA (Marketing & Marketing Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance Banking & FinTech, Business Analytics, Communication & Media studies, Digital & Social Media Marketing), and 3-year BBA (Finance, Banking & Insurance, Digital Marketing, Business Analytics, Family Business).

To apply for NU programs, please visit:

NU’s degree program is designed to prepare students for successful careers today and provide them with exceptional employment opportunities. Since its inception, the university has proven itself 100% locations for students who have opted for the same. In addition, with more than 700+ investments and industry partners, the highest CTC had been 25 lakhs per year Last year. Students have already been placed in leading organizations like Coca-Cola, Cognizant, Infosys, and TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), to name a few.

The NU Admissions Interaction Process (AIP) is now conducted online. This process involves communicating with the candidate and his parents about the programs and positioning of the University, as well as helping NU better understand the aspirations of the candidates. Due to COVID, this interaction process has been completed entirely online, allowing students and their parents to secure admission in the security of their own homes.

Parimal Mandke, Acting President, NIIT University noted “With a firm belief that universities and industry must work in tandem, we have offered industry-aligned education since our inception, to help our students build successful careers in the evolving knowledge economy. We have a mandatory industry internship program that exposes our students to the real world of work even as they graduate. Some of the best names in the industry are our placement partners, helping us find challenging roles for NU alumni in the industry.

Conceptualized as an institution of excellence, NU provides education, firmly based on its four core principles of providing industry-related, technology-based, research-driven and transparent education. NU is well positioned to meet the emerging needs of the knowledge economy by focusing on building strong links with industry and a research-driven approach. During the final semester of any NU program, a minimum of six months of Industry Practice (IP) is required. Many NU students have completed their IP in famous organizations in India and abroad.

About NU:

Established in 2009, NIIT University (NU) is a non-profit university covered by section 2 (f) of the UGC law and notified by the government of Rajasthan. As the premier institution of higher education and research, NU seeks to create original thinkers who will lead the knowledge society of the future. The university inherits four decades of rich expertise and global know-how from the NIIT group.

Nurtured by some of the nation’s foremost thought leaders and business practitioners, the multidisciplinary university focuses on emerging areas of technology and management. NU is part of a 100-acre campus in Neemrana, Rajasthan, 90 minutes from Delhi Airport.

Nestled in the hills of Aravalli, the fully residential green campus provides an idyllic and intellectually vibrant environment for pursuing graduate studies and research. Created with the vision to be the model of learning, research, innovation and sustainability for the knowledge society, NU is dedicated to building great careers and securing great employment opportunities for all of its students. It was developed as an institute of excellence to provide exceptional education based on its four core principles that make learning industry-related, technology-based, research-driven and transparent.

NU offers the full spectrum of academic programs. For school leavers after class 12, it offers BTech (computer science and engineering, electronics and communication, biotechnology, communication and computer engineering, data science and cybersecurity), 4-year integrated MBA (marketing and marketing analytics, entrepreneurship , banking finance & FinTech, Business Analytics, Communication & Media studies, Digital & Social Media Marketing), integrated MSc in 4 years (IT), integrated MTech in 5 years and BBA in 3 years. For those with a graduate degree, NU offers 2 years MTech (educational technologies and geographic information systems). NU also offers PhD programs and manages many industry related programs leading to MBA, PGDBA, M Tech, etc.

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Great Escapes: Wonders Under Rome’s Radar Fri, 06 Aug 2021 19:02:00 +0000 Archaeological wonders, old-fashioned charm, cosmopolitan flair: few cities in the world are as impressive as the magical city of Rome. The capital of Italy, located on the Tiber in the central western part of the country, dates back more than 28 centuries. And it is no wonder that it has been dubbed the “Eternal City”, because much of the remains of this ancient civilization can still be found today in what has become a veritable open-air museum.

Now that American vacationers are allowed entry into Italy under EU Green Certificate requirements, now is the perfect time to go, as you can see the city without the usual summer crowds. Museums, cultural sites and restaurants are open. Many require a reservation, so it’s best to check in in advance. Masks outside are not required in town (although they are on public transport), but you should expect to maintain a distance from other people. US travelers must provide proof of vaccination, a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours of arrival.

Most major US cities offer easy direct flights to Rome Fiumicino International Airport, Rome’s largest hub, whose city center is about an hour’s drive away. Although the views along the way are not very beautiful, once all the roads lead into the heart of the city and the ruins and historical monuments start to rise against a backdrop of modern life, it is a breathtaking spectacle.

The most famous finds – the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican, the Pantheon – are also among the most visited in Rome, and for good reason. Each historical gem is a rare glimpse of the past in the present. While it’s easy to come back to Rome’s greatest attractions time and time again, discovering something new with each visit, there are also a plethora of off-the-beaten-path attractions to excite all the senses.


The view from the terrace of the Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese.

Abacapress / Donja Pitsch

Traveling on foot is the best way to familiarize yourself with the terrain and discover hidden gems around every turn. And since covering as much ground as possible is the goal, where you stay versus large sites matters. For a centrally located hotel, consider the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, just up the Spanish Steps and minutes from the Trevi Fountain and Villa Medici. In light of the pandemic, the hotel offers contactless check-ins, comprehensive safety and health training for employees, and the spacious design of public spaces helps guests keep their distance.

The property is located on a quiet side street of what was once a 19th century Roman palace where artist Caravaggio is said to have been hiding in the stables now occupied by the hotel’s ground floor. The five-star boutique hotel was recently redesigned by French architect and interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and the result is an elegant fusion of modern French and Italian luxury mixed with old-world charm. Discover the indoor-outdoor restaurant Settimo, an idyllic place to enjoy fine Roman cuisine.

For more intimate accommodation just steps from the Colosseum, the recently refurbished Mercure Rome Colosseum Center offers quaint, modernist accommodation right in the heart of the capital, with all rooms offering Colosseum views. From May to September, the hotel opens its poolside terrace and bar so you can really soak up the sights while sipping cocktails.

If you prefer a quieter location, Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts offers an elegant stay about 15 minutes from the city center, with round-trip shuttle service. Perched atop Monte Mario with panoramic city views, amenities include an outdoor pool, several restaurants, and a spa.


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You can easily grab a delicious slice or bowl of pasta at almost any local pizza place or small wine bar. To truly discover the art and flavors of Roman cuisine, a lunchtime cooking class is the best way to immerse yourself. Trustevertastes offers intimate sessions for small groups with instruction from experienced chefs. Located in a charming apartment with a professional kitchen in the historic Piazza Santa Maria in the Trastevere district, the school offers hands-on education. Get ready to roll up your sleeves handling delicacies like ricotta and mushroom ravioli and homemade sweet grape focaccia. Then you sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor in the dining room accompanied by a flowing wine and a view of the Santa Maria Basilica across the street.

After wandering the streets of Trastevere, a charming cobbled region full of authentic Roman shops, cafes and historic churches, you will no doubt whet your appetite. Satisfy your taste buds at Enoteca Ferrara, a chic and cavernous restaurant, osteria, wine bar and birreria off Piazza Trilussa, near Via del Moro. Here you will taste a mix of Roman and regional dishes accompanied by the best of Italian wines. The underground cellar houses an impressive collection of 26,000 bottles and 1,300 different labels to choose from.


Rome is perhaps best known for its ancient empire, but it also has a surprising literary past worth discovering. The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers a guided walking tour with Imago Artis to explore 19th century Rome and its famous author inhabitants. You’ll explore the former residences of some of the century’s most famous writers who made the city their home.

The first stop is the Keats-Shelly House, where the famous English Romantic poet John Keats died in 1821 at just 25 years old. The house has become a museum and library with one of the most comprehensive collections of romantic literature in the world, with works by Keats. , PB Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley, and Lord Byron among others.

You will continue on the nearby Via del Corso to visit the house where the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lived in Italy. Today it is a gallery containing art, books and letters surrounding his stay in Italy. The tour ends with a coffee at the Canova Tadolini Museo Atelier, which is located in the former studio of neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova and his protégé Adamo Tadolini. Sip an aperitif or a cappuccino amid a fascinating world of plaster sculptures, busts and life-size figure shapes that line every inch of this museum-turned-restaurant.

Just outside the city walls, in what is known as the Parco Regionale dell’Appia Antica, is one of the oldest and most important roads in ancient Rome, the Appian Way. Built in 312 BC by Appius Claudius Caecus, the road once stretched 350 miles from the Roman Forum to the port city of Brindisi at the heel of the Italian boot. Here the original basalt stones are still standing and the path is popular for cycling. Along the narrow road are the archaeological remains of mausoleums and tombs of some noble families in Rome, including Emperor Maxentius and his family as well as Cecilia Metella, whose tomb later became a medieval fortress.

Also located along the route are the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, an underground labyrinth of tombs stretching for miles. Take a guided tour of the cave system, where you’ll descend into the depths of the earth beneath the basilica and make your way through narrow corridors where hundreds of thousands of people have been buried in shelves lining the walls.


Built in the mid-1600s, Palazzo Bonaparte, a historic Baroque building in Piazza Venezia, is an example of an artistic encounter building. The palace was once the home of Napoleon’s mother, Maria Letizia Ramolino, who resided there until 1836.

Although the house features richly appointed rooms with impressive stucco, frescoes, neoclassical fireplaces, and the original Venetian terrazzo floor preserved under glass, it is now an art gallery. Recent exhibitions include Impressionisti Segreti, which showcased 50 Impressionist masterpieces by big names, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro and Gauguin, against the splendor of the mansion’s decor.

Castel Sant’Angelo is another historic mansion turned into an art gallery. Overlooking the Tiber near Vatican City, the cylindrical building was built in AD 139 by Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for his family. In the Middle Ages, it became a fortress for the Vatican where the popes could escape through an underground corridor.

On the five floors of the castle you will find prison cells, weapon collections, works of art and a rooftop terrace with one of the best views in the whole city. The building also houses special exhibitions from time to time, such as, Bulgari, History, The Dream, featuring heirloom jewelry owned by Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Ingrid Bergman as well as vintage couture fashion.

The writer was the guest of the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese.

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The flood of the century in Germany cripples tourism | DW Travel | DW Fri, 06 Aug 2021 10:09:24 +0000

The Ahr valley in the Eifel region has always been aware of the best way to market itself – like this text from a tourist brochure: “The idyllic wine villages along the Ahr are strung like pearls on a precious necklace. through a strange rocky landscape … a Mediterranean climate offers the grapes of the Ahr valley – the contiguous northernmost red wine region of Germany – optimal conditions. “

This region and its small villages became a bastion of wine tourism in the 1960s and 1970s, especially during the wine festivals that saw the coronation of the wine queen, when tourists came here in specially organized trains.

Later, many day trippers from Cologne and Bonn came to travel the red wine route from Altenahr to Bad Bodendorf above the romantically situated Ahr river. Then the hikers tasted a glass of wine around the villages of Dernau and Mayschoss.

Since the great flood of July 14, when the Ahr turned into a raging river, the romantic atmosphere of the wine region has abruptly ended – at least for now.

The wine village of Mayschoss destroyed by floods

A spectacle of devastation

A good three weeks later, Mayschoss still looks like a bomb hit him – even though a lot has already been cleaned up. Some even speak of a “zero hour”. Destroyed houses, a musty smell in the air, dust and garbage in the streets. Some of the 950 inhabitants of the town are thinking of giving up. This is also the case with Siedentopp, a retired couple. Their family vacation home, which had just been renovated as part of the village’s renovation program, is completely ruined.

“At first, the house was not accessible because of the 20 cm of oil sludge on the aisles and blocked doors,” says Claudia Siedentopp. “When we entered we were presented with a picture of devastation. Everything had been thrown all over the house.” It has since been emptied.

The oil tanks in the basement are on display. The kitchen floor that covered them is gone. Only a few planks placed allow people to balance themselves on it. The beams of the historic listed house with its neat half-timbered facade are starting to mold.

The Siedentopps do not yet know whether they should continue. Like most villagers, they were also not insured against damage caused by flooding.

Interior of a house damaged by flooding in the Eifel, Germany

This place was once a sauna and a shower in the house of the Siedentopp family

Internet helps boost sales

Those who stay do everything to keep morale up while working. “You can’t get bogged down. Until you think about it, you’re fine,” says Alina Sonntag, marketing manager of the world’s oldest winegrowers’ cooperative (WG), which is over 150 years old. old woman.

460 members of Mayschoss, Altenahr and Walporzheim are united under its roof. Of these, half are winegrowers who cultivate a total of 150 hectares of vines. “We are now focusing on the harvest,” says Sonntag. “Right now it’s actually the busiest time of year due to plant protection and foliage work.”

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Volunteers collect the bottles of wine that are still intact

Winegrowers from the Palatinate and the Moselle came to help with labor and equipment. Meanwhile, in front of the WG building, two dozen volunteers formed a chain to retrieve the intact bottles from storage. Outside, they can be rinsed and then sold. “Many customers don’t worry if the labels are damaged,” says the woman who has once been declared queen of wine at a wine party. “They want to support us by buying the wine. Internet distribution is now the only long-term sales opportunity.”

Demolition or reconstruction

The bar, the wine museum, the exhibition center where the wine festivals were held in the fall, the four hotels and ten restaurants – except for two – were destroyed. There is no longer even a baker or butcher.

Instead, it’s currently crowded with strangers helping out. Among them are the THW (German Federal Technical Relief Agency), the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), the police, traders trying to run water and electricity, and engineers and structural experts scoring with green crosses the houses that are to be demolished.

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A place where people can speak the “vine” in front of the old school

The question that is currently preoccupying everyone is: will they be allowed to rebuild the demolished houses? And if so, under what conditions? Concern is also spreading among residents that in a few months they will be left alone with their problems. Many of them meet in the old school. Here, they can discuss, exchange ideas, take comfort.

The old school is also the meeting place of the crisis team, led by Gerd Baltes. As a retired police officer who served in Albania and Afghanistan, he saw a lot. But he never expected a flood like this. “At 2.20 meters, the firefighters are officially alerted. Here, they were already active before this point was reached. It all started in a fairly harmless way with a heavy downpour,” explains Baltes.

During the 2016 flood, the Ahr had already risen 3.71 meters above its banks, says the man from Mayschoss, “but this year it was 8.06 meters. After the night of the flood, seventy people had to be opened up on Thursday. ” Those who have lost all their belongings are partly accommodated in holiday homes in the village or in other accommodation nearby.

Due to the fact that three bridges are broken and the roads have been destroyed by the flooding, only a temporary asphalt road leads from a hill through the forest to the village, which is fed entirely from the outside. “It will certainly take a few years to get the infrastructure back to something like it was,” predicts the crisis manager, adding: “Of course, state funding is also absolutely necessary for this.”

Hike instead of an idyllic half-timbered house

Another city, another site. The small town of Kall in the Euskirchen district, 60 kilometers to the west, was also affected by the storm. Rail services have been suspended, and the new station forecourt, inaugurated just a few weeks ago, has been completely devastated.

Sidewalk slabs have been piled up, the freshly planted saplings are lying on their side. All the shops on Bahnhofsstraße were flooded; they have already been emptied and are empty, like the glacier which only opened this spring – “post-pandemic”. Garbage piles up everywhere in the streets of the small town not far from the national park.

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The destroyed square of Kall station

Kall is home to the Nordeifel Tourismus-GmbH, which among other things markets this gem with its 240 kilometers of hiking trails. Tourism in the northern Eifel normally generates an annual turnover of just under 390 million euros. But if there were already fewer guests last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will likely be even fewer this year. “On the one hand, we are concerned about the further increase in the number of infections,” said Chief Executive Officer Iris Poth. “On the other hand, many customers currently associate the Eifel with a ‘disaster area’.”

Indeed, municipalities like Gemünd, Schleiden and Bad Münstereifel have been hit hard and it will be difficult to restore charm, especially to half-timbered towns with their large-scale listed and protected buildings, which come with many requirements, explains. the tourism expert. .

“But beyond the valley, where rivers and streams overflowed, there are still the hotspots that provide reliable tourism with their hiking and biking trails.” For example, the former Nazi estate of Ordensburg Vogelsang, which is now part of the national park, picturesquely located on the Eifelsteig hiking trail and above the river Urft.

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Hiking is possible ̶ especially at higher altitudes, like here on the Eifelsteig trail near Einruhr

Getting there is a real challenge

“What we’re waiting for is a stimulus package. Federal or state government grants, so that we have something that we can help businesses with at all,” Poth explains. Emergency aid of 5,000 euros for entrepreneurs is currently easy and unbureaucratic to obtain through municipalities, he says. “However, these only cover the most essential cleaning jobs,” Poth explains.

The biggest hurdle for the region right now is getting there. Road closures on the A1 and A61 motorways near Erftstadt hamper access. And the train, which crosses the Eifel between Cologne and Trier, can currently only be served by replacement buses. Eighty stations and six hundred kilometers of track were damaged by the storm, according to Deutsche Bahn. It will also take years to restore this infrastructure.

On the website of the Mayschoss-Altenahr wine cooperative, in exchange for a flood relief donation, you can receive a limited “surprise package” including bottles of wine that have been rescued from the debris of the flood.

This article was translated from German.

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