SINGAPORE: It was a Math Olympiad puzzle for 14-year-olds here that went viral in 2015: The question about “Cheryl’s birthday”, which stumped grown-ups and made headlines round the world. Aarushi Maheshwari solved it at the age of nine.“I got really excited because it was a perfect mix of logic and maths,” said Aarushi, now 11.That flush of excitement over such problems, however, comes only occasionally to her – the downside of being a maths marvel. She added matter-of-factly: “In maths, I find myself often bored.”This, noted her mother Sulata, is “always a challenge” to deal with, for any school.When Aarushi was two and a half years old, she could “fluently” go through Oxford Reading Tree books for four- to five-year-olds, Mrs Maheshwari told the programme On The Red Dot in its series on Wonder Kids. (Watch the episode here.)At four or five, Aarushi started showing interest in maths, … [Read more...] about The 11-year-old maths marvel who craves a challenge
By Martin Regg Cohn Ontario Politics Columnist Mon., April 9, 2018 Campaigns matter. They test the major party leaders under stress and duress, forcing them to face voters, supporters and reporters. A leader’s tour requires dexterity and clarity — and scrutiny. Leaders tour the province day after day to deliver their message — not always on message — and a leader who fails to measure up does not deserve to be premier. Voters are judges, but how to exercise judgment if you cannot bear witness by attending any campaign events, let alone all of them? That’s why reporters shadow the leaders — to bear witness, hold them to account, question their claims, and report the news. Against that backdrop, last week’s news that Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has cancelled his party’s chartered media bus for the campaign is as revealing as it is concealing. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, … [Read more...] about How press proximity provokes Doug Ford
Skilled labour shortage in tourism & vocational education, digital TV advertising revenue soars & two very strange cases of poor people losing their property. Hotel receptionists, one job in the tourism sector that requires skilled labour. EDUCATION Skilled labour shortage in tourism & vocational education Thailand is facing a shortage of skilled labour in the cash-generating tourism industry. The workforce cannot keep pace with growth. Statistics, in fact, show the number of tourists and employees serving them running in opposite directions. The country welcomed 16 million visitors in 2010 when 6.5 million people worked in the sector. But the number of workers dropped to 6.2 million in 2013 while tourist arrivals jumped to 26.5 million. The tourism sector generated 1.4 trillion baht in revenue for the country last year, accounting for about 10% of gross domestic product (GDP). The shortage of trained workers could eventually affect the quality of service offered. here … [Read more...] about What’s new in business news: June 19, 2015
MARLEN V. RONQUILLO GET a map of the Visayas and Mindanao. Better yet, get a geological profile of the provinces in the two regions ravaged recently by Typhoons Urduja and Vinta. Ask the geologists from the academic community not tied up to logging and mining interests to make a realistic analysis of the vulnerability of these provinces to killer landslides and killer floods. Ask them to answer this question without fear or without bias. Were the mass deaths in the two regions from the two recent typhoons related to man-made folly in the form of reckless and indiscriminate mining and logging? Yes will be the answer. An unqualified, unequivocal yes. Logging and mining, or rather human and corporate greed, have been the drivers of massive Christmas-season deaths in the Visayas and Mindanao. The newspaper accounts on the massive death toll and massive destruction of property did not say so. It is a known folly and greed—induced calamities is accepted as a fact of life. Logged-over … [Read more...] about Geological plunder leads to Urduja, Vinta
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.