1 Mar

Harvard, by the books

first_imgIt didn’t turn out at all the way they thought it would. Being asked to quickly leave campus and return home last month amid the mushrooming coronavirus outbreak was painful and disappointing. But the experience gave the students taking “The Harvard Novel” an additional personal, if unplanned, connection to what they were reading.The narratives in the course often “describe what happens after someone gets to Harvard, both the exhilaration and the disillusionment that can occur with the realization of a new set of struggles or challenges that confront a person once they have actually arrived,” said Beth Blum, an assistant professor of English who created the class this year. “That ties in to [the students’] own feelings of having their expectations subverted by this experience and trying to manage that.”Even before the evacuation there were already lots of touchpoints in the texts, which include Henry Adams’ 1907 autobiography “The Education of Henry Adams,” Elif Batuman’s 2017 novel “The Idiot,” and W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1960 essay “A Negro Student at Harvard.” Not so long ago students taking the course were living in the midst of landmarks such as Warren House, Widener Library, and the Adams House Senior Common Room, all of which served as settings for the literature they were studying about life at a storied University with a history of excellence and exclusivity.“One really special thing about taking the course on campus was that we could read a text as we were literally living in the settings of those stories, [and] it was easier to be in the headspace of a lot of those characters just by being on campus and seeing how interactions at Harvard sometimes mirrored or diverged from their literary depictions,” said Kristine Guillaume ’20, a joint concentrator in history and literature and African and African American Studies, who is taking the course. “From a distance, that’s not possible. But it certainly is a way to stay connected to campus even from all of our different locations, so I’m happy to have a class that situates me in Cambridge whenever I’m reading.”,Making that connection between how both readers and literary characters are touched by the geographic, historic, and cultural moment in which they live makes the narratives feel personal and universal, and that’s one goal of the course. During recent online class meetings, students were able connect their Harvard-centric syllabus to current events. They compared the racism experienced by James Lee, a character in Celeste Ng’s 2014 “Everything I Never Told You,” to the stigma Asian Americans now feel from being associated with the coronavirus in some popular media, and discussed technology’s role in enhancing and restricting human interactions, through the introduction of email in “The Idiot,” set in the 1990s, and the Zoom interfacing that is now an everyday thing.“It’s a cliché that the Harvard bubble feels unreal and removed from everyday life, and this experience has really exacerbated that feeling of unreality,” said Blum. “It’s really brought home a key concern of the course, which is how institutional dramas line up with broader-world historical crises, and how to balance an investment in the Harvard drama with a social conscience.”“We’ve gone, very quickly, from being anthropologists of Harvard’s literary history to feeling like living embodiments of this very historical moment in Harvard’s history,” said Beth Blum.Blum also worked with the Harvard Archives on a special class session on documents that tell real-life stories from the University’s history, including a class list featuring Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to receive a Harvard degree in the late 1600s, and the personal archive of Plenyono Gbe Wolo, who received a bachelor’s degree in 1917 and was the first Harvard College student from the African continent.The archive session supported some of the critical work done in the course to understand the experiences of Harvard community members who may have felt like outsiders.“We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the experiences of women in these stories, to the experiences of people of color, [and] the experiences of those who may not be the 1 percent,” both among faculty and students, said Guillaume, a Lowell House resident now living at home in Queens, N.Y.“My students are very incisive readers, and they’re very eager to find a good balance of appreciating the possibilities that being at Harvard enables and the great literary and aesthetic tradition that it’s produced, but without devolving into navel-gazing,” said Blum. “I think there’s a real desire on everyone’s part to balance appreciation and an eye for critique and improvement in terms of the history of Harvard.”The virtual archives visit was also one of many projects that situate Harvard in the global community. Students created a collaborative digital map of relevant locations around campus that feature prominently in course texts: the Faculty Club, where a female character in the murder mystery “Death in a Tenured Position” experiences discrimination; Charlie’s Kitchen on Eliot Street, a site for Lee’s fixation on “American” food in “Everything I Never Told You”; and a Harvard-bubble-breaking running route to Porter Square by the protagonist, Selin, in “The Idiot.”,During the pandemic, students are writing regular “Quarantine Diary” entries on Canvas that Blum plans to submit to the Harvard Archives as primary documents for future generations to read. And for their final project, students will write either a traditional paper or the first pages of their own “Harvard Novel.” Law School professor makes a case for Zoom How the Socratic method translates online Some running into minor hitches, but others finding surprising benefits “We’ve gone, very quickly, from being anthropologists of Harvard’s literary history to feeling like living embodiments of this very historical moment in Harvard’s history,” said Blum. “It’s something that I tried to channel into the course in a way that would actually allow us to record our own experiences and impressions of this moment, with an eye toward posterity and future interest in this time.”For Guillaume, the course was a chance to look back on the past four years, as well as understand how her own story fits into the broader themes of success and the American Dream that pervade the course texts.“Senior spring is a really reflective time, and seeing the campus depicted in these novels, and grappling with implications of being here and the experience of being a student, through literature, has been really valuable,” said Guillaume. “I grew up with two parents who are immigrants, and sending their daughters to top-tier colleges was a huge part of what it meant to achieve the American dream. I [like] grappling with the larger questions that I have about American achievement.” Early responses indicate shift to online classes going well overall Turning Harvard virtual How the information technology staff moved classes and operations online on a tight, coronavirus-threatened deadline Relatedlast_img read more

24 Sep

Mental Health Issues in Indiana Youth: Not the Typical Teen Angst

first_imgPresident and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz, says a high number of Indiana teens have contemplated or attempted suicide. (Photo: IYI)Hoosier children are facing a health crisis, experts say, with almost 20 percent experiencing mental health challenges.Many are not getting the care necessary to help them deal with those issues, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and chief executive of the Indiana Youth Institute. Even more concerning, he said, is that 19 percent of Indiana students have contemplated suicide – the highest rate in the nation.“Eleven percent of Indiana teenagers have actually attempted suicide,” he said. “That’s the second-highest rate in the country. So here in the Hoosier State, our teenagers are telling us this is a serious challenge that we need to be aware of.”Stanczykiewicz said the best prevention and detection of mental-health challenges happens through relationships at home, at school, and at community organizations. The State Commission on Improving the Status of Children listed undiagnosed and untreated mental illness as top concerns among Hoosier youth.Stanczykiewicz said parents and educators should watch for warnings signs including changes in behavior or attitude.“Young people who are overly despondent, overly sad for weeks at a time, not just the normal teen angst,” he said. “Kids who start giving their possessions away, start talking about not being around anymore. Kids who had favorite activities and they abruptly stop. Kids who had friends and they abruptly stop hanging out with those friends.”According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stressful life events such as death of a loved one, a relationship breakup, or school difficulties can increase the possibility of suicide. In addition, youth who identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.Stanczykiewicz said the key is to detect that a child has a challenge and get them the help they need. He said the family physician is a good place to start.“Physicians more and more are receiving specific training on mental illness,” he said. “Even if they are not an expert themselves, they have enough awareness to watch for the warning signs to detect where mental illness may be occurring and make the proper referral.”If the situation seems urgent, he said, people should call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.Stat Flight.News Servicelast_img read more

21 Dec

Queens Park Glass: Reliable and on-hand 24 hours a day

first_imgQueens Park Glass in Salusbury Road, NW6, has been carrying out mirror, glass and glazing work in London since 1946.Customers can visit the store for all glass and glazing work, including picture framing, custom-made mirrors, replacement windows and doors, glass furniture, patterned glass, secondary glazing and aluminium windows and doors.The company also specialises in security work, such as replacing broken glass, safety and security glass, repairs, anti-vandalism and anti-burglary supplies and emergency boarding up.Open seven days a week, there is a 24-hour emergency service, free quotations and no call-out charges.The company’s location and reliable reputation has led to Queens Park Glass becoming one of the main contractors for shop security and damage prevention during the Australian online casinos Notting Hill Carnival every August.All types of glass can be cut to order on site, including shower screens, toughened glass, patterned glass and Pilkington Glass and a full range of glass DIY tools and glaziers’ fixtures, fittings and materials are available in store.Queens Park Glass is at 99 Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park, London NW6 6NH.Tel: 020 7624 9377 or email [email protected] you’re interested in advertising with West London Sport, email [email protected]last_img read more

1 Dec

Olive Ridleys arrive in Odisha for mating season

first_imgOlive Ridley turtles have begun to arrive at Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam for their annual mass mating season that precedes the mass nesting that takes place here. Rushikulya rookery is a major nesting site for the Olive Ridleys along the Indian coast.Despite the congregation of large numbers appearance of large congregations for the mass mating season, the turtles Olive Ridleys had not appeared preferred for the mass nesting here at this coast in 2019.However, in 2018, there was double mass nesting was reported on this coast in February and April, with the total nesting figures reaching over 4,73,000.A few mating Olive Ridley pairs were spotted at sea by a patrolling boat of Forest officials, at a distance of around six kilometres from Purunabandha near the Ruhsikulya river mouth, on Tuesday afternoon. “Our patrolling team located three to four mating pairs at a single spot, while some singular mating pairs were located near by,” said Khallikote Forest Range Officer, Dilip Kumar Martha.According to the Forest officials, hundreds of Olive Ridleys have started to congregate for mating in deep sea, beyond the spot where the mating pairs were found. Usually, the mass mating of Olive Ridleys picks up in December and continues till the month of January. After this period, mating male turtles return while the females remain for the mass nesting season.Meanwhile, the Forest Department has started the groundwork to keep the beach prepared to welcome the marine guests for mass nesting in February, next year. A 10-member team from the Forest Department is patrolling the sea near Rushikulya rookery to ensure the safety of the arriving Olive Ridleys and to also check the entry of fishing trawlers in the area.The Forest Department has set up six on-shore camps in the five kilometre stretch of the mass nesting beach, from Purunabandha to Prayagi near the Rushikulya river mouth. Two persons have been deployed at these camps to regularly document the condition of the beach, protect the surrounding area, inform of any debris deposited by the sea, restrict the entry of predators like stray dogs and search for possibility of turtle carcasses that float to the coast.With the help of the locals and various social organisations, this stretch of the mass nesting coast is being cleaned every alternate day, Mr. Martha said.last_img read more

16 Nov

Wayne Rooney shines as he makes MLS debut at a club in need of a boost

first_imgEngland Read more For the first two weeks of his new life in America, Wayne Rooney lumbered sheepishly though his DC United press events, mumbling the usual banalities. But then came Saturday night, and his MLS debut, which was also United’s first game in their new stadium. He stepped on the pitch in the 59th minute and suddenly it was obvious to everyone that he was anything but ordinary.Rooney is nearing the end of his career and came to the United States straight off a vacation, yet he was the best player in DC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. He sprayed passes to his teammates with such precision and velocity that they sometimes seemed surprised to see the ball coming. He lunged past defenders to fire shots at goal. A flicked header forced the Vancouver goalkeeper, Brian Rowe, to make a desperate save. And when the game was over, with Rooney having helped create two goals, the United players realized they had something they had never seen before. “To be honest I’ve never played with players the caliber of Wayne,” said United midfielder Paul Arriola, who scored those two goals initiated by Rooney. Forgive the DC players if they weren’t sure exactly what they were getting. Rooney’s transfer from Everton last month smacked of a PR stunt by a club desperate for a big name with which to unveil their gleaming $400m stadium with views of the Washington Monument and US Capitol. The history of worn-out overseas superstars desperate for one last payday is a long one in American sports and given that Everton appeared to not want him anymore, those in Washington had to wonder if they were getting an aloof, wobbling replica of a once-great Wayne Rooney. The Rooney who arrived, however, had none of the arrogance they might have imagined. “Humble” is the word Arriola kept using. The team’s head coach, Ben Olsen, was more direct Saturday night: “A high-quality, elite soccer player.” Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Everton US sports Share on Twitter Share via Email Why Wayne Rooney is joining MLS’s worst club, DC United Topics MLS Share on Pinterest DC United Wayne Rooney Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Rooney made little about himself in his first match here. He did make the players around him better, however. His impact was immediately obvious. The United held a 1-0 lead but seemed lethargic when Rooney finally entered to faint cries of “We want Rooney” from the capacity crowd of 20,504. Seconds after he stepped into the match, DC were awarded a free kick. Rooney snatched up the ball, confidently lining it up as he had done hundreds of times before. It was a bold move, perhaps, given the circumstances, but he is Wayne Rooney and the determination with which he set up the kick seemed to ignite something in his teammates. The night felt like it was divided into two parts: the game before Rooney entered and the game afterwards. “It’s great to have young players around you and also I feel like I can bring a lot of experience to help them, which I felt very strongly in the last 30 minutes,” Rooney said in his post-match press conference.If Everton didn’t want him anymore, which he has implied in his public comments since arriving in Washington, United need him. His arrival comes at a tricky time for the franchise. Once, one of the MLS’s most-dominant teams, with four championships in their first nine seasons, United have struggled in the years since. They came into Saturday’s game bottom of the Eastern Conference, a record partially blamed on the fact the fact they played all but two of their matches on the road, while they waited for Audi Field to be completed. Even the stadium’s opening has been controversial. United’s most vocal supporters group, Barra Brava, protested outside, angry about a new team policy that named a mostly-white suburban fanclub as the team’s primary supporters over Barra Brava’s heavily Latino membership. Without Barra Brava, the crowd was noticeably quieter than in United’s old home, RFK Stadium, which felt odd because the biggest selling point of the new stadium is that it was built to generate noise.It almost seemed as if Rooney is not only being asked to adopt to a league whose quality is far below the one he has left behind, he is also expected to mentor a young team and heal a fractured fanbase. A lot to ask of any star player but especially of one who has never seemed comfortable with being the face of any endeavor. Still, he has gone to every public speaking engagement, visited with fans and posed for pictures. He has been, so far, the leader United hoped for. “I’ve said since I came here two weeks ago I want to win,” Rooney said. “I’m vocal on and off the pitch. Vocal with the coach. Vocal with my teammates. We speak about which is the best way to win a football match. And next week might be completely different. I think the most important thing is communication, both with myself and with the players.”He said this with the hint of a smile. He had tried to make Saturday as normal a match-day as possible, lying in bed watching England in the morning, taking a midday walk, preparing to play. He seemed happy. Fulfilled. This could have been awkward for him, England’s all-time leading goalscorer far removed from his country’s best World Cup in a quarter of a century. He shook his head.“A great tournament for England as a country and for the fans,” he said. He was still wearing his DC United shirt, one that still looks strange on him. Washington is a long way from Moscow. It’s a long way from Manchester and Liverpool, too. DC United need him. It turns out he may need them too. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

16 Oct

Alicia Silverstone Wishes Duchess Of Cambridge A Beautiful Blissful Pregnancy

first_imgFollowing the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child, actress, author, and long-time PETA supporter Alicia Silverstone has sent the royal a copy of her book The Kind Mama, which highlights the benefits of a plant-based pregnancy.“Embracing this kind way and getting your body as healthy as possible will allow you to enjoy a smoother and more enjoyable pregnancy — helping to ward off the symptoms that take away from it (fatigue, nausea, swelling, heartburn, sleeplessness, mood swings) — have a sweeter birth and post-partum experience, and be the healthiest, happiest mama,” says Silverstone.last_img read more

29 Sep

Baseballs 20Something Sluggers Are Saving The Sport

22Rafael Devers98Ozzie Albies97Yordan Álvarez94 21Ronald Acuña Jr.99Bo Bichette84Carter Kieboom3 11Michael BrantleyHOU325.3 18Clayton KershawLAD314.1 Some of this onslaught of young star power was to be expected, such as with Trout and Christian Yelich — a pair of former MVPs — or Alex Bregman, who became that kind of player last season. Even Acuña, whose full-season breakout seemed apparent from the beginning of the year, could be included on that list. Some of it has involved precocious young players maturing quickly, as in the cases of phenoms such as Tatís and Juan Soto, or midseason call-ups like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Yordan Álvarez. Others still have either improved themselves to truly dominant levels (Bellinger, Marcus Semien) or seemingly emerged out of nowhere to become borderline MVP candidates (Ketel Marte, Pete Alonso). All have combined to give us the most potent group of under-30 position players the game has ever seen.WAR is adjusted for the league’s run environment and the overall value of various statistics, so this isn’t just a matter of today’s players seeing their value pumped up by record home run rates. There are always only so many WAR to go around in a given season, and this crop of young batters are grabbing a greater share than any of their historical counterparts. This is “Generation OPS,” and they’ve bent the game to their will. Instead of moaning about those changes, we should take a moment to appreciate the historic nature of what they’re doing.Of course, since WAR is a zero-sum game, other player groups have suffered at the expense of these bright young hitters. One cohort whose struggles aren’t all that surprising is older (age 30 and up) position players, who now account for just 13 percent of all the value produced in MLB. That’s the lowest share they’ve had since 1901, breaking the old record of 14 percent set last season and a far cry from the 28 percent mark which 30-and-over hitters achieved 20 years ago, at the height of the steroid era in 1999.Although the effect of performance-enhancing drugs on 1990s power numbers may have been overstated, one of the underrated effects of those chemical enhancements was the extension of productive careers beyond the normal aging curve. Now that those anomalies seem to be a thing of the past, aging hitters are less valuable — and less desirable — than ever before.A group whose struggles are perhaps more surprising, on the other hand, is the current batch of young pitchers. Pitchers under age 30 this season account for just 24 percent of all major league WAR, their smallest share since 2001, and the subgroup of pitchers age 25 or younger have produced only 7 percent of WAR, their smallest share since 1996.Some stellar young pitchers have bucked this trend. Atlanta’s Mike Soroka, 22, is having one of the best seasons ever by a starter so young, and the crop of slightly older hurlers — which includes Lucas Giolito of the White Sox, German Marquez of the Rockies and Shane “Don’t Call Me Justin” Bieber of the Indians — have been lights out. But as a whole, pitchers age 25 or younger have put up only 17 percent of pitching WAR leaguewide and have logged only 20 percent of all innings across baseball — the lowest share of innings pitched since 1947.Ancient pitchers (age 35 and older) aren’t in great shape, but they’ve nearly tripled their share of pitching WAR from last year.3Going from 3 percent in 2018 to 9 percent in 2019. And prime-age or slightly old hurlers (between age 26 and 34) are doing great, recording 74 percent of pitching WAR4Trailing only 2017 for the largest share since 1996. and eating 73 percent of innings — the third-most ever for that age cohort.5Trailing only 1920 and 1938. Despite longstanding evidence that fastball velocity and overall pitching effectiveness peaks in the early 20s and declines progressively with age, the list of 30-something pitchers having great seasons this year is incredible, especially when juxtaposed against how few batters can say the same: 10Zack GreinkeHOU355.4 23Cody Bellinger100Alex Verdugo93Adalberto Mondesí91 27Mike Trout100Christian Yelich99Jeff McNeil96 16Whit MerrifieldKCR304.2 26Matt Chapman98Mookie Betts98Javier Báez98 20Fernando Tatís Jr.98Juan Soto98Vladimir Guerrero Jr.92 28Marcus Semien98Max Muncy96Nolan Arenado94 8Charlie MortonTBR356.0 1Lance LynnTEX327.8 AgeFirst placeSecond placeThird place 19Mike FiersOAK344.0 29Anthony Rendon98George Springer97Freddie Freeman94 6Justin VerlanderHOU366.2 *WAR is prorated to 162 team games.Ages are as of June 30.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 4Jacob deGromNYM316.6 rkPlayerTeamAgeWAR* 2Max ScherzerWSN347.6 12Carlos SantanaCLE334.8 7DJ LeMahieuNYY306.2 20Cole HamelsCHC353.9 17Brett GardnerNYY354.2 This year’s best old players are almost all pitchersMajor League wins above replacement (WAR) leaders for 2019 players age 30 or older, with pitchers highlighted in gray 9Stephen StrasburgWSN305.4 If you believe many media stories about the present (and future) of baseball, the sport is doomed. The current crop of young players are ruining the game: They aren’t famous enough, strike out too much and hit too many home runs. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, indeed.This is, of course, mostly just nostalgia-tinted silliness. We’re really going to complain that there are too many home runs? Really? Even if you do take offense with the prevailing style of baseball in 2019, it shouldn’t obscure the fact that today’s up-and-coming stars are objectively awesome. From Cody Bellinger and Ronald Acuña Jr. to Mookie Betts and Fernando Tatís Jr. — to say nothing of Mike Freaking Trout, who is only 28 years old — MLB is awash in young talent just begging to be properly appreciated, if we bothered to take the time.The truth is, this particular season might contain the best group of young or prime-age hitters there has ever been, which is saying something in a sport whose history runs back to the 19th century. According to wins above replacement,1Using our JEFFBAGWELL metric to blend WAR from Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. position players age 25 or younger (as of June 30) have produced 17 percent of leaguewide value — the 25th-largest share in any season since 1901 — and those between age 25 and 30 have accounted for 28 percent of all WAR — the fifth-most ever, and second-most2Behind only 1995. since 1917.Added together, under-30 hitters are producing roughly 45 percent of all WAR in baseball this season, the highest share in modern history. Trout alone accounts for 1 percent of that (!) — his greatness is a whole story unto itself — but he’s not the only 20-something position player who’s shining in 2019. Here are the best players by WAR at each age and the percentile rank for their season, relative to other seasons at the same age in baseball history: 13Nelson CruzMIN384.5 Today’s young batters are historically greatPercentile rank in wins above replacement (per 162 team games), relative to historical* seasons at the same age, for 2019 batters under age 30 15Eduardo EscobarARI304.4 14Josh DonaldsonATL334.4 3Mike MinorTEX317.4 24Pete Alonso97Yoan Moncada96Bryan Reynolds95 5Hyun-Jin RyuLAD326.4 As good as those older pitchers are, however, their value still pales in comparison with the young sluggers who step into the batter’s box against them every night. Amid MLB blaming its own players for not being more famous and all the complaining about Three True Outcomes, it can be easy to lose sight of how exciting this young crop of stars is. But don’t be fooled by older generations pining for a version of baseball that doesn’t exist exactly the way they want it to anymore. The game now belongs to players like Bellinger, Acuña, Tatís and Soto — and it’s going to be greater for it.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (Aug. 14, 2019, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly identified German Marquez’s team. He plays for the Colorado Rockies, not the Oakland Athletics. 25Ketel Marte99Alex Bregman99Jorge Polanco96 *Since 1901.Ages are as of June 30 of a given season.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs read more

31 Aug

Demand for new hostel CMCH students continue agitation for fifth day

first_imgKolkata: Some MBBS students at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) continued their demonstration for the fifth consecutive day, with the demand of a new hostel.The CMCH authorities on Friday categorically mentioned that they will not be able to fulfill the demands of the agitating students. Some of the representatives of the medical students taking part in the agitation met the principal of CMCH and held a prolonged discussion in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that senior officials of the CMCH had urged the students to lift the agitation which they turned down. According to the students, the agitation will be continued till the demands are met.The incident, however, had no impact on the health services of the hospital. It may be mentioned that a section of medical students at CMCH continued their demonstration so that their various demands are met, including setting up of a new hostel. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus, demanding a new hostel for them.The move was made after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the CMCH authorities.The students taking part in the agitation alleged that the hostel meant for them is not in a good condition. The hostel rooms are not up to the mark. The students had also submitted a deputation to the CMCH principal on Tuesday, placing their various demands. These students have alleged that the hostel rooms are unhygienic and one cannot stay there for too long. The matter was taken up with the CMCH authorities but they are yet to take any step in this regard.They also said that first year students have got a new hostel, while the second, third and fourth year MBBS students have been deprived.CMCH principal Uchhal Bhadra urged the agitating students to stop the demonstration, which they refused to do. The students also threatened to continue the agitation until anew hostel is being allotted to them.last_img read more

31 Aug

State Forest Development Corporation to boost ecotourism

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) is taking a slew of measures for the development of eco-tourism in the state and at the same time will be incorporating as many as 15 eco-tourism centres spread across the state in its booking portal from January 2019.”We have chalked out an elaborate plan to promote ecotourism and also giving a major overhaul to infrastructure development in areas where we have our eco-resorts,” said Ravinder Pall Saini, managing director, WBFDC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the WBFDC currently runs eco-tourism resorts in 19 locations of which 13 are located in North Bengal and six in South Bengal. In north Bengal, the WBFDC has nature resorts at Jaldhaka, Murti, Paren, Rasikbil, Suntalekhola, Loleygaon, Lava, Kalimpong, Mongpong, Samsing, Barodabri, Rajabhatkhawa and Lepchajagat, while South Bengal has resorts at Garpanchakot, Mukutmanipur, Jhargram, Lodhashuli, Tajpur and Garchumuk. The WBFDC in coordination with the state Tourism department is also working on developing home stay tourism in Bengal. From January 2019, we will be gradually bringing as many as 15 eco-tourism centres on our booking portal that includes Hatibari in Jhargram, Susunia in Bankura, Chatakpur in Darjeeling, Panjhore in Gorumara, Mendabari under Jaldapara National Park, Nemati under Buxa Tiger Reserve, Bonnie in the Sunderbans to name a few. It may be mentioned that all the 19 resorts under the WBFDC has online Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedbooking facilities The WBFDC will be taking up thematic development of various sites and will set up watch towers wherever there will be availability of space. “We are also making arrangements for live demonstration for tourists regarding zoos, arboretum, bambusetum, orchidarium to develop awareness. We want to spread the message that an eco-resort is not like a conventional hotel and they have to adhere to certain rules while staying in it,” a senior official of the WBFDC said. The tourist amenities that are being provided include waiting lounges, reception centre, exhibition of local cultural activities and a scientific plan for solid waste management. “A blend of natural surrounding and local traditional style will be put in place while creating accommodation,” the official added.The general principles that will be followed include — use of indigenous and ecologically sustainable resources for tourist accomplishments and most importantly working for economic welfare and improved livelihood for local villagers. It may be mentioned that the WBFDC has roped in some local villagers from Panijhora to work at its Murti Resort in Dooars. According to a senior WBFDC official, these villagers not only do cooking and other activities for tourists but also guide them about the best time for animal sighting during jungle safaris.last_img read more