Whats in Palestines first ever education law

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ratified the first Palestinian Law for Education and Higher Education on April 6, after the Cabinet submitted it on March 7 to replace the applicable Arab laws in the Palestinian territories (the Jordanian law in the West Bank and the Egyptian law in the Gaza Strip). The Ministry of Education and Higher Education hopes the new law will bring about “a significant shift in the education system, promote educational development and boost the role of the local community and its institutions in this…

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Carlson breaks new ground with first Sri Lankan hotel

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has broken ground on its first ever property in Sri Lanka. The company held a ceremony recently to mark the start of construction work on the Park Inn by Radisson Colombo. The event was attended by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga, and Thorsten Kirschke, Carlson Rezidor’s president for Asia Pacific. Located on Galle Road, in the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, the new midscale hotel will offer 199 rooms, a swimming pool, fitness centre, F&B outlets and function space. It is expected…

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Graduate sues Oxford University for £1m over his failure to get a first

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career. Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose College, told the high court he believes he would have had a career as an international commercial lawyer if he had been awarded a first rather than the 2:1 he achieved 16 years ago. If he wins, the case could open the floodgates to similar claims from students complaining about inadequate teaching, unsuitable…

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Alibaba Scores Record Growth And Beats Estimates As Mobile Revenue Soars, Topping Desktop For The First Time

Alibaba recently unveiled its Q2 2016 results, with the marketplace showing tremendous growth as revenue from its mobile users surpassed that of desktop users. The e-commerce vendor’s revenue rose to RMB 32.2 billion ($4.8 billion), placing it 59 percent higher than last year. The growth itself is formidable, being the highest since Alibaba initiated the largest U.S. IPO in history when it started public trading in September 2014. The blooming business model is even more commendable as China’s economy contracted during the last year. Alibaba’s marketplaces in China managed to…

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First look at Virgin billionaire’s luxury holiday home

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to holiday like a billionaire, here’s your chance. This is the first look at Sir Richard Branson’s stunning Son Bunyola Estate in Spain, the latest addition to the Virgin founder’s private collection of award-winning retreats. The estate is more than 700 acres, with buildings dating back to the 1800s. It’s located on Mallorca, a mountainous island in the Mediterranean Sea, with established grape vines, olive groves, and orchards. There are two brand-new luxury villas to choose from. So how much will it set you back? With…

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Manchester City sign first e-sports player

Manchester City Football Club have signed a new young player – but one who will never set foot on the pitch. Instead 18-year-old Kieran “Kez” Brown joins the club as its first e-sports player. He will represent the club at e-sports tournaments, playing popular computer game Fifa. Premier League rivals West Ham signed their first Fifa player, Sean “Dragonn” Allen, in May and many other top flight clubs are keen to get involved. “It’s exciting, it’s something new for the club and it’s something new for me,” said Mr Brown….

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Vistara to launch first island flights

Vistara will release its first flights beyond the Indian mainland later this yr, connecting to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. effective 30 September 2016, the airline will begin offerings from Delhi to Port Blair, the capital of the Indian island territory, thru Kolkata. Flights will function day by day, departing Delhi at 0720 and arriving in Port Blair at 1230, which includes a forty five-minute prevent in Kolkata. The go back services will then go away Port Blair at 1325 and arrive back in Delhi at 1850, with a forty-minute…

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The Venice synagogue at the heart of the world’s first ghetto

The 16th-century Schola Grande Tedesca is worth a visit for its extraordinary interior but, as the arts writer discovers, also for what it reveals about the history of the Jewish community in Europe The interior of the Schola Grande Tedesca This is one of the oddest spaces I’ve ever been in. The geometry is unique: it is a trapezoid tapering toward two windows, softened above by the elliptical women’s gallery which Silvia, our guide, tells us was added in a later restoration. I’m on a tour of some of the…

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On board Ryanair’s first luxury jet: did it make me feel like a VIP?

As corporate jet services go, this was more prosecco class than champagne but it might take off with groups of sport fans Hen parties are among the target market for the £4,000 an hour service. Photograph: Fintan Clarke/Ryanair There is no scrum at the boarding gate and enough legroom to tap dance in. This is Ryanair, but not as we know it. With the tap of plastic champagne flutes, the Irish airline’s new corporate jet service embarked on its maiden voyage on Tuesday, with a short hop from London Gatwick…

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First trans student to run for women’s officer stands up to backlash

Anna Lee, who calls herself a ‘queer trans disabled lesbian woman’, says online trolling and personal abuse highlight the importance of her campaign Anna Lee, giving evidence at a transgender equality inquiry in parliament last year. Photograph: Anna Lee The first “queer trans disabled lesbian woman” to run for women’s officer at the National Union of Students (NUS), Anna Lee, celebrated her birthday on Tuesday by giving herself a rest from interacting with online abusers, trolls and transphobes. Since announcing late last week on Facebook that she would run for…

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