Students and professors united against the Dean
At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb, discussions have become heated in the escalating conflict between students and professors on the one side and current Dean Vlatko Previšić on the other. A solution has not yet been found. Escalation into violence became a danger after students and professors were denied entrance to the departmental building, which was placed under guard by security hired by Dean Previšić. Students have demanded his resignation since they are not satisfied with his leadership and the direction the Faculty of Humanities is going. A further consideration is that Dean Previšić will be 70 by the end of this week, and customary policies at the University would seem to hold that his employment should end once he reaches that age.
The University has now announced that his contract will be extended for another two years. Students are not satisfied with this decision, and future developments in this case remain unknown.
The end of segregating students in Macedonia?
The school year has not yet started for 250 students at the local gymnasium in Tetovo, Macedonia. Dissatisfied with current situation, they are staying home until a suitable solution is found. They are seeking to return to the gymnasium’s main building, from which Macedonians have been excluded since 2001, when this region was in armed conflict. There is an Albanian majority in Tetovo, and bad relations between Albanians and Macedonians have gone on for many years now. Since 2001, Macedonians and Albanians gone to school in segregated classrooms, with Albanians going to school in the main building while Macedonians study in temporary facilities. The authorities have promised that they will find satisfactory space for the Macedonians.
Mastercard’s annual ranking: Bangkok is the new most popular travel destination in the world
The Thai capital has been crowned as the world’s most popular travel destination, taking first place away from England’s capital, London. Bangkok, or the “city of angels”, topped the 2016 listing of 132 cities and became the city most visited by international travelers in the Mastercard Index of Global Destination Cities. Bangkok is expecting a record 33 million visitors this year, more than any other city, including places such as Dubai or Paris. “Bangkok is in a strong position to be the top destination city for a long time,” said Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Mastercard’s chief economist.
High speed transport – Moscow to London in 2.5 hours?
Could you imagine a service so fast that all the time spent waiting and finding luggage would no longer be a problem, and you could travel from Moscow to London in two-and-a-half hours? Ziyavudin Magomedov, lead owner of the Summa Group, has told the Financial Times about the prospects of high-speed travel between Moscow and London, to be based on Hyperloop technology, available in approximately 15 years. The Hyperloop project is an extra-fast service which will move passengers through a vacuum tube at speeds twice as fast as jet aircraft with minimum energy consumption.
It is that time of the year – the Aurora Borealis
The autumn is the best time of the year to observe this color spectacle, as witness this video, published by Sævar Helgi Bragason & Snorri Þór Tryggvason last night with a spectacular display of the Northern Lights. Bragason and Tryggvason took the video at Perlan, Öskjuhlid in Reykjavik.