Crowds expected at airport for Memorial Day travel

As the busy Memorial Day travel weekend approaches, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport warn that the busiest day is expected to be this Friday, when more than 85,000 travelers are expected to pass through security checkpoints. The airport aims to keep wait times under 20 minutes, but during peak times the lines are longer. Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials say travelers should get to the airport two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights. Hartsfield-Jackson has expanded the main security checkpoint queuing area to reduce the…

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Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Boosting Augmented Reality Market: eMarketer

Augmented reality is seeing strong gains among Americans thanks to social networks like Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, a market research firm said Monday. A new report by eMarketer said some 40 million Americans will engage with augmented reality monthly in 2017, up 30 percent over last year. Virtual reality is also growing, but at a slower pace, according to the researchers. The report said growth in augmented reality is being fueled by Snapchat Lenses, Facebook Stories, and Instagram Stories, while virtual reality usage is driven by 360-degree videos on social…

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Top Education Department official resigns

The head of the Education Department’s student financial aid office has resigned after more than seven years on the job following an apparent dispute with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over his scheduled testimony before the House Oversight Committee. James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, “submitted his resignation to the department last night,” effective immediately, the agency said in a news release. Runcie had been slated to testify on Thursday before the House Oversight Committee regarding the department’s rising improper payment rate for federal student…

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World Health Organization spent more on plane tickets and hotels than AIDS and malaria

The World Health Organization reportedly spent more money last year on traveling around the globe, than they did on actually combating the world’s illnesses. The health agency spent approximately $200 million on plane tickets, hotel accommodation and other travel expenses—more than its combined spending to tackle AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to an investigation by the Associated Press on May 21. The organization may be a global entity, but it is funded by taxpayers via states’ contributions to the United Nations. The allegations around WHO’s travel spending are hard…

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Six Nations Polytechnic launching technology academy

Six Nations Polytechnic is launching an innovative academy that expects to offer students the ability to earn high school and college diplomas focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The STEAM Academy will be based out of the school’s Brantford campus on Elgin Street and is accepting 50 Grade 9 students to start in September. Graduates of the free six-year program will leave with a high school diploma and are expected to earn a software engineering technician diploma from Mohawk College. “It’s a unique setup,” said the school’s principal,…

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Educational disparity in the playground

I saw the “privileged few” on Monday. Picture the scene: a beautiful sunny day in a village, near Northampton, all the primary school children ran the Race for Life for Cancer Research. Having only a small playground, they were allowed to run on the extensive playing fields of the private school opposite, while their children played cricket and rounders. I am afraid that my afternoon was somewhat spoilt by the contrast. No losing of valuable teachers and school lunches for them! Well done, everyone. Marilyn Turner Crewe, Cheshire • In 1937…

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Apple Blames Third-Party Batteries for Case of Exploding Beats Headphones

In a new development, Apple has reportedly refused to grant any compensation to a women whose Beats headphones were said to have exploded mid-flight. Apple claims that the explosion was due to a defect in third-party AAA batteries, and not the headphones. In February, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, faced burns on face and hair when her headphones caught fire during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The headphones in question were Apple’s Beats headphones running on AAA batteries. When the explosion happened, the woman was asleep, and…

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Travel diaries: The cities where you can find luxury, for less

Istanbul, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam have been identified as some of the international destinations where travellers can sleep like a king, on a pauper’s budget. After crunching the numbers from 2016, online booking site Hotels.com has come up with a list of the destinations where travelers can find luxury for less. That is, stay in five-star hotels for $150 (approx Rs 10,000) or less. Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) and Old Town Tower, the most beautiful bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. (Shutterstock) A scan of the top…

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3,800 Mumbai parents protest against fee hike, write to CM demanding refund

Stepping up their attack against schools flouting norms pertaining to fee hike, parents wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday and demanded it roll back claiming that it violates the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Regulation of Collection of Fee Act, 2011. They also demanded refund of the amount already paid. Parents staged a day-long protest at Azad Maidan on Sunday against the exorbitant fee hike by schools for the upcoming academic session. This is the second protest by parents in the past two months. Though it saw a low turnout…

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Cash-strapped World Health Organization slammed for high travel costs

JEROME DELAY/AP L ONDON — Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country’s president in celebrating the world’s first Ebola vaccine. After praising health workers in West Africa for their triumph over the lethal virus, Chan spent the night in the presidential suite at the beach-side Palm Camayenne hotel. The suite, equipped with marble bathrooms and a dining room that seats eight, has an advertised price of 900 euros ($1,008) per night. Some say such luxurious accommodations send the…

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