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27Feb/17

Rio’s elite samba schools begin world-famous parades in Sambadrome

Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools compete in the Sambadrome parades.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) – With a bright fireworks display lighting up the night sky, Rio’s top samba schools stepped to the beat as they began their renowned parade competition in the Sambadrome.

The energy was high as Tuiuti School started the parade with drums beating and costumes aflutter.

At least one participant was overcome by the heat and weight of the costume, and was quickly whisked away by emergency officials.

The nationally televised annual parades featuring up to 5,000 dancers each and near-naked Carnival queens are a serious competition for the top samba schools, and are judged on choreography, atmosphere, organization and singing, among other points.

Representing a particular neighbourhood, each samba school functions as a social club with dancers and musicians practicing all year to bring their pageantry to the public.

A disorganised wing or a faulty float can cost a school the title and bragging rights over the next year.

Each school has its own colours, a flag and many life-long supporters who eagerly attend rehearsals and watch the night’s show, rooting for their school.

Over 70 samba schools will compete this year during the five-day festival, with schools ranked in the top division competing on Sunday and Monday.

Each school chooses a central theme or story for its entry.

Flavio Rocha of the Calida Samba School explained how his costume fit into the story.

“It represents a passenger arriving as the sun sets and he is going to go to a favela,” he said, referring to the slums that lie on the outskirts of the city.

This year, the Rio Carnival spectacle plays out as Brazil seeks to emerge from a two-year recession, its worst on record, and political volatility that last year led to a presidential impeachment.

With crime sharply up since the city hosted the Olympics last August and the state suffering an intense fiscal crisis, Rio remains deeply indebted and can barely maintain basic services like police, hospitals and schools.

Despite all that, the annual party, as always, goes on.

The festival, whose roots lie in a tradition of carnal indulgence before the austere Catholic season of Lent, officially ends next Wednesday.

Rio de Janeiro expects Carnival to draw more than 1 million visitors and generate about $1 billion for the local economy.

17Feb/17

UK and Zambian teachers forge professional partnerships

EIN News (press release)- Speaking at the Professional Partnership Conference for teachers under the connecting classrooms project in Lusaka today, British High Commissioner to Zambia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, said: Access to the right kind of education is very important in ensuring our children are able to thrive in today’s globalised world. Continue reading

05Feb/17

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11Dec/16

Nobel laureate Satyarthi questions world’s stand on children education

Indian child rights activist and laureate Kailash Satyarthi questions the world’s stand on children’s education, saying the countries around the globe were spending money on weapons and wars instead of investing in education.

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28Nov/16

Uganda orders closure of schools backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg

Ugandan authorities order the closure of a chain of Bridge International Schools, a for-profit international chain of schools backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over concerns about poor sanitation and curriculum.

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15Nov/16

Kenya’s travelling telescope brings Supermoon even closer

On Monday (November 14) Kenyan astronomer, Susan Murabana set up her telescope at a remote village in the Rift Valley to see the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades. Murabana takes her telescope to various parts of the country to teach people about the stars and planets. Her initiative is also aimed at getting more children interested in science.

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09Nov/16

High school students in the U.S. protest Trump win

High school students in California and Washington stage protests against the election of Republican Donald Trump.

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