From molding young minds to sharpening skills later in life, teachers make lives brighter one lesson at a time. To celebrate the contribution of Filipino teachers to society, the National Teachers' Month (NTM) Coordinating Council slated activities dubbed "10 Acts of Gratitude." Among the perks for teachers is the "Teacher Day Out" where teachers will have educational tours in various museums for free. Participating museums are The Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Museo Orlina, BenCab Museum, and Museo Kordilyera. Teachers visiting the 39th Manila International Book Fair from September 12 to 16 will also get to enter for free at the Hall 1 entrance of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. An NTM Booth managed by the Metrobank Foundation will be set up where teachers can get a chance to win prizes. Around 150 teachers will get to attend a three-day lecture series covering various topics on cyber-education. This will be facilitated by … [Read more...] about News Educators in for a treat during Teacher’s Month
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By Chester Dawson The Wall Street Journal Sun., July 8, 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is trying a novel approach to get more American car owners interested in sharing driving data with auto insurers: $10 off an oil change. The Japanese car maker has debuted a game-like interface to entice more of its vehicle owners in the U.S. to sign up for a smartphone app that relays digital data on driving habits to insurers, starting last month with State Auto Insurance Companies. In return, drivers earn virtual “badges” for good road manners such as staying within speed limits and avoiding sudden stops over certain periods of time and miles travelled. Those badges can be exchanged for rewards such as discounts on car accessories and oil changes. By year’s end, the Japanese auto maker says it plans to expand to free cups of coffee and gift cards. Drivers using the app also may see their insurance premiums fall—or rise—based on their driving … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi bets people will reveal their driving habits to insurers — for a freebie
Special report from partners Voice of America Last month, the residents of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, felt a strong bump in the night. Their national leaders in Naypyidaw, the country’s thinly populated capital, were also stirred from their sleep. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck between the two cities, in the early hours of January 12. The Southeast Asian country is well accustomed to earth tremors but there are fears that the catastrophe of a major earthquake would overwhelm Myanmar’s already thinly stretched government and undo the fragile development gains of recent years. Myanmar’s key cities, Yangon, Naypyidaw and the northern hub of Mandalay, all sit close to the Sagaing Fault, which bisects Myanmar from northern Kachin State, through the central Dry Zone, and into the Andaman Sea. In addition, the country’s west is rattled by the continued subduction of the Indian Plate beneath the Burma Platelet. In the eastern highlands the Kyaukkyan Fault … [Read more...] about Getting ready for the big one
Following the death of Australian 70 year old businessman, Roger Hussey, in July and the subsequent investigation and promises for a ‘crackdown’ on the local parasailing industry, things appear to have settled back to ‘normal’. Again. We have nothing against good people doing business in their own country. Most of the people involved seemed quite pleasant. We’re just reporting what we witnessed. In a one hour period on a typical Saturday afternoon – not particularly busy on Patong Beach – we watched the parasail vendors ply their trade almost directly in front of Bangla Road. Over the hour from 5.15 to 6.15pm 26 people went up on a ride, that’s nearly one every two minutes. There was a 30 second turn around between one customer landing, being unclipped and the next ‘passenger’ being clipped in and being dragged off into the sky for their two minute journey. The entire system, run by five assistants, a few salespeople drifting … [Read more...] about 250,000 baht in a day. Patong’s para-sailing business.
The House on Tuesday passed a bill to fund the US government through March 23 and the Pentagon through the year. But Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a massive two-year spending deal. The Senate deal would extend government funding in the short term while paving the way for a broader budget deal. Some House members are wary of the early details of the Senate deal. Government funding must be extended by Thursday to avoid a shutdown. Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a massive bipartisan budget deal designed to end Washington’s cycle of short-term funding fixes. But it’s unclear how it will be received by each party’s rank-and-file members as leaders work to avoid another shutdown before Friday. The deal is expected to increase defense and domestic spending by just under $300 billion over two years, as well as provide billions of additional dollars in … [Read more...] about Congress just reached the mother of all budget deals of the Trump era — get ready for a wild 36 hours