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1 hour 54 minute

Expo 2020 Dubai’s interactive Opportunity Pavilion to engage millions of visitors to play their own role in human development

Dubai - MENA Herald: Millions of people from around the world will have the chance to make meaningful contributions to global development goals at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity Pavilion, the final major design element to be unveiled ahead of the next World Expo. Complementing Expo 2020’s two other Thematic Pavilions, which are inspired by the subthemes of Mobility and Sustainability, the Opportunity Pavilion will form a key part of the immersive visitor experience. It has been designed to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate global progress towards achieving the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development....
3 hour 53 minute

The best magazine covers ever?

As a teenager in 1960s Belfast, I fell in love with magazines. They introduced me to a community beyond family and school. They were seductive and aspirational. I remember seeing for the first time in a Belfast boutique in 1968 while wondering if I could afford a Ben Sherman shirt. It was a revelation, voicing a cultural shift that I only hazily understood but knew I wanted to be part of. I bought the magazine, not the shirt. Little did I know, its co-founder, , would be my boss 24 years later. Read more Like any business, a magazine’s first...
4 hour 33 minute

Travel Review: Avani+ Luang Prabang, Laos

Here at Ahlan!, we’re no strangers to Southeast Asia. We’ve made countless trips to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam – arguably the region’s most famous destinations. But when we were invited to experience lesser-known Laos, admittedly we had to Google its location.  Nestled between Thailand and Vietnam, you will find the lovely country of Laos. Here, the pace of life is much slower than that of its Asian neighbours. While tourism in Laos is well established, it’s not yet on the mass-tourism map. Laos has kept its traditional way of life and blended in growing tourism. The people are hugely diverse...

18 hour 21 minute

Kefalonia massacre: Revisiting a Nazi war crime in Greece

The Greek island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea is considered a vacation paradise by many, including Germans. Dream beaches and turquoise water attract tens of thousands of tourists each year. The architecture is a reminder that Kefalonia belonged to Venice from the 13th to the late 18th century. To this day, the island is a mix of Italian and Greek influences. But the island's two cultures are also connected by trauma.  Far away from the holiday beaches, on a hill in the capital Argostoli, is a memorial to one of the bloodiest episodes in the island's history. In 1943,...
1 day 1 hour

4th SAWA Museum Academy hosts international participants

SHARJAH, 22nd September, 2018 (WAM) -- Sharjah Museums Authority, SMA, has recently welcomed international students and young museum professionals from the Middle East and Germany to participate in the annual SAWA Museum Academy cross-cultural exchange programme. Each year, SMA invites a group of young professionals to Sharjah to work alongside its team of experts and museum staff. Now in its fourth edition, participants in this year’s SAWA Museum Academy will study four main modules during their time in Sharjah. These include, museology, collecting and documenting, curating, and museum communication. During their time with SMA, the students will learn about the...
1 day 3 hour

Emirates A380 to fly to St Petersburg

Emirates airline will operate an A380 between Dubai and St Petersburg, temporarily replacing a Boeing 777 aircraft currently operating on the route. From October 25-28, in advance of the school holidays in Russia, flights EK 175/176 between Dubai and St Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport will be operated by an Emirates A380. Flight EK175 will depart Dubai at 3:45pm and arrive in St. Petersburg at 8:50pm, while the return flight, EK176 will leave St Petersburg at 11:55pm and arrive in Dubai at 6:55am the following day. During this period, passengers departing from St Petersburg will have the opportunity to experience the...

1 day 5 hour

China treats Uighur kids as ‘orphans’ after parents seized

ISTANBUL: Every morning, Meripet wakes up to her nightmare: The Chinese government has turned four of her children into orphans, even though she and their father are alive.Meripet and her husband left the kids with their grandmother at home in China when they went to nurse Meripet’s sick father in Turkey. But after Chinese authorities started locking up thousands of their fellow ethnic Uighurs for alleged subversive crimes such as travel abroad, a visit became exile.Then, her mother-in-law was also taken prisoner, and Meripet learned from a friend that her 3- to 8-year-olds had been placed in a de facto...
1 day 5 hour

Pope to honor Baltic martyrs amid abuse crisis

VILNIUS: Pope Francis kicks off a Baltic tour in Catholic Lithuania on Saturday where he will honor victims of the region’s Nazi and Soviet occupations as the Church reels from fresh clerical abuse scandals.The four-day trip to the northeastern edge of the European Union and NATO alliance brings him geographically close to Russia, where Vatican diplomats have been trying for years to arrange a papal visit.The pontiff will also visit mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday and secular Estonia on Tuesday as all three Baltic states mark 100 years of independence this year.But the celebrations risk being overshadowed by a fresh...
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Hollande fuels Rafale fighter jet controversy in India

NEW DELHI: Former French president Francois Hollande has fueled controversy over India’s multi-billion-dollar 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, saying that France was given no choice on the Indian partner for manufacturer Dassault.His comments on Friday stoked debate over a subject which has gained significant traction in India in recent weeks, since the opposition Congress party accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of favoring a private conglomerate over a public company in the aircraft deal.The party alleges Modi gave preferential treatment to industrialist Anil Ambani, the billionaire chairman of Reliance Group, to the detriment of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).Officials...

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Capitalism-weary Pope Francis visits free market-loving Baltics

"Christ Jesus, our hope." In an unorthodox fashion that is typical of Pope Francis, the motto of his upcoming visit to the Baltic states deliberately puts first the word "Christ" (Greek for "the anointed one" or "savior") instead of the more usual "Jesus Christ." The pontiff will take his core message of simplicity and sincerity in faith as well as his man-of-the-people style to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia during a four-day visit that starts on Saturday. The two days he will spend in Lithuania make up the longest and most important stage of the tour. At 2.8 million it is...
1 day 10 hour

Code-cracking WW2 Bombe operation recreated at Bletchley

Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park.A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was used to decipher a message scrambled by an Enigma machine.Held at the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the event honoured Polish help with wartime code-cracking.Ruth Bourne, a former wartime code-cracker who worked at Bletchley and used the original Bombes, oversaw the modern effort.Broken messageEnigma machines were used extensively by the German army and navy during World War Two. This prompted a massive effort by the Allies to crack the complex method they employed to scramble messages. That effort was...
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How scientists captured a stunning, hellish menagerie of half-dissolved creatures

A new imaging strategy is responsible for capturing a hellish menagerie of creatures: a skeletal frog that’s crawling out of the frame, a dead red fish that stares back at you, and a crouching shrew with a cavernous, empty ribcage. How did scientists take these shots? By making them glow red and by essentially embedding some of them, like the fish, in Jell-O. Scientists have been imaging skeletons for decades by stripping dead creatures of their flesh, staining the bones red and the cartilage blue to highlight them, and snapping a picture. Studying the anatomy can help researchers figure out...