The Royal Palace of Caserta: Here’s why you must see its waterfalls and fountains

Many of Europe’s parks and gardens were created at the request of the kings, queens, princes and princesses who once ruled over the Old Continent. Some have exceptional qualities or stunning styles that put them on the map for visitors vacationing in Europe, such as the park of the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy. The Fountain of Ceres in the gardens of the Royal Palace . (Parco della reggia di Caserta) *The royal connection: The Bourbon King Charles III is known for making 18th century Naples one of the…

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Oxford University’s Balliol College gets its first woman master

Dame Helen Ghosh is to leave her job as director general of the National Trust to become the first woman master of Balliol College, Oxford . She will join 11 other women who currently head Oxford colleges, under the leadership of the university’s first female vice-chancellor, Prof Louise Richardson. The announcement came as a surprise to colleagues at the National Trust, where her tenure has not been without controversy. During her leadership, the trust found itself drawn into debates about fracking and windfarms . Earlier this year it also found…

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Why dogs are friendly – it’s written in their genes

Dogs evolved from wolves tens of thousands of years ago. During this time, certain genes that make dogs particularly gregarious have been selected for, according to research. This may give dogs their distinctive personalities, including a craving for human company. “Our finding of genetic variation in both dogs and wolves provides a possible insight into animal personality, and may even suggest similar genes may have roles in other domestic species (maybe cats even),” said Dr Bridgett vonHoldt of Princeton University. The researchers studied the behaviour of domestic dogs, and grey…

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Head to Cambodia now. Its temple complex is a UNESCO world heritage site

The UN cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, is home to numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal. “Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” UNESCO said on its website. UNESCO said the…

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It’s raining: Avoid these trekking destinations in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra

While making trips during the monsoon season, you need to be careful where you are heading and take the necessary precautions for certain areas. On the other hand there are certain places which need to be completely avoided, as it may end up being a bad idea heading out if ultimately due to some weather conditions you end up getting stuck, ruining your holiday. 1) Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon   Exits from Nainital in Uttarakhand are often blocked in the…

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How to download iOS 11: Apple releases the first public beta of its new software

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 less than a month since the grand unveiling at this year’s WWDC 2017. Highlights include person-to-person payments using Apple Pay, a new design for the Control Center and a completely overhauled App Store. But it was iOS 11 on iPad that received the most significant updates, showing once again Apple is keen to turn the iPad into a genuine alternative to a laptop. As with all iOS releases, registered developers have been trialling the software since WWDC to iron out any initial…

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Volkswagen limits the GTI badge to its hatch-back range of cars only

Volkswagen has history of making thoughtful cars for the masses. The manufacturer’s name itself means ‘people’s-car’ in German. However, Volkswagen has also catered to the enthusiast by offering a little more in their cars which carry the GTI badge. In fact, the Polo GTI (in the global market), launched as the Volkswagen GTI in the Indian market, offers a crazy amount of oomph! However, according to a recent statement made by the Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess, the GTI range of cars are unlikely to get any more additions. Volkswagen boss…

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NetApp Launches Its First Startup Accelerator in Bengaluru

US-based storage and data management company NetApp on Wednesday announced the launch of the NetApp Excellerator programme in Bengaluru, the company’s first startup nurturing initiative in the country. The programme was launched at the new 15-acre NetApp campus in Bengaluru in the presence of IT expert Mohandas Pai, partners, venture capitalists, startups and customers. “The tech industry is going through a transformational shift with data right at the centre. Through the NetApp Excellerator programme, we would like to encourage and support start-ups and provide them with an opportunity to graduate…

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Iraq must invest in education to secure its future

Even though 200,000 people – 85,000 of them children – continue to be trapped in the violence raging in west Mosul’s Old City area, work is ongoing to re-open 47 schools in the areas of west Mosul that were retaken from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) by Iraqi forces. I visited east Mosul, which was fully recaptured by Iraqi forces in January this year, after the violence wound down. I spoke to many parents; their one request was for schools to re-open…

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YouTube Go for Android Review: Delivers on Its Promise

We first heard about YouTube Go last year, when Google announced the offline-first YouTube app, and then a few months later YouTube Go entered Beta. It’s designed to work in areas with low connectivity or no network – there is a lot of focus on downloading videos instead of streaming, and it even shows you the size of video files before you even play something, so you know just how much data you’re going to use at any point. At Google I/O 2017 last week, with the focus on the…

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