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Studying in the UK? Travel for less than £40 this Easter break

The UK university academic year runs from September to June with a few weeks of break for Christmas and Easter.This year, Easter falls on 21 April, and UK university students enjoy a break of up to four weeks in the name of this Christian holiday.What better way to spend this time than to jet off for some unique travel experiences?If youve got a little cash to spare, here are our top picks for return flights (from who else, but RyanAir) that cost £40 or less:

1. London to Palma de Mallorca £30Grades dont matter hereat least for a while.Source: ShutterstockIn this Mediterranean city, April is the perfect month to explore the mountains inland or head for long walks along the sun-kissed beach. In this popular paradise, you can check out the best-known route from the Torrent de Pareis Gorge from Escorca to the sea, or if youre feeling more adventurous, head to a national park located on the small, uninhabited Cabrera Islands.For beaches, you cant go wrong with Playa de Formentor and Es Trenc.

2.London to Faro £30Fasinating cultural history meets old-town charm. Source: ShutterstockFaro is the gateway to Portugals alluring south coast.The capital of the Algarve is a vibrant city that offers something for everyone. Whether your mates are into Roman ruins or the regions shellfish gastronomy and unspoiled beaches, youll find it here in this seriously underrated European travel destination.

3. London to Budapest £36Beers on wheels.Source: ShutterstockIn true Jack Whitehall-style, this is the city where you can ride a beer bike (and try Unicum liqueur), find magic at the House of Houdini and take a boat down the river Danube all within one city!

4. Edinburgh to Copenhagen £35Rides, games, musicals, ballet, concerts and more! Source: ShutterstockTivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, opens again in early April after a long winter break.Get your adrenaline fix from its massive selection of rides, bask in its sumptuous architecture and relax in its gorgeous gardens. Copenhagen is also home to the oldest university and research institution in Denmark, and the second-oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia.A visit to some of its world-class museums is also a must!

5. Manchester to Ibiza £36Source: ShutterstockApril may not be the most obvious time to go ther but with winter firmly over and summer ready to take off, its definitely one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the island.
Though less bars, restaurants, boats and even the roads will be open, this is peaceful downtime that could do a lot of good for your tired soul after all the hard work this semester.

6.Manchester to Alicante £40Sun, sea and sand. Source: Shutterstock Every student needs a rejuvenating rest once in a while.
In Alicante, youll find a good dose of this with its long stretch of white, sandy beaches to while away the hours without a care in the world. If you have major cash to splash, head to the SHA Wellness Clinic for your pick of high-tech, whole-body wellness treatments.
Kick back and relax, whatever your budget. You deserve it!

7.Birmingham to Warsaw £30 Beautiful houses on the royal road in Warsaw. Source: ShutterstockPolands intellectual centre is perfect for those looking to get their brain juices flowing.Whether youre into history (Museum of the Warsaw Uprising or Laze in Royal Łazienki Park), urban beauty (UNESCO-listed Old Town) or culture and architecture (Palace of Culture and Science), here, you can have your cake and eat it too!8.Leeds to Dublin £30One colourful and lively street you shouldnt miss.

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Singapore officially submitted its hawker culture nomination to Unesco with celebratory photos and …

Singapore’s wholesome hawker culture, with humble hawker centres offering delectable yet affordable food, is something many Singaporeans hold.Singapore officially submitted its hawker culture nomination to Unesco with celebratory photos and videos – but some Malaysians arent too happy about itBySean Lim – March 29, 2019The Straits TimesSingapores wholesome hawker culture, with humble hawker centres offering delectable yet affordable food, is something many Singaporeans hold close to their hearts.So when Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced plans to nominate the city-states unique hawker culture for inscription into Unescos Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity last year at the National Day Rally, many were thrilled.And that has just become reality.

On Wednesday (March 27), Singapore officially submitted its nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore to the list.The nomination documents were jointly submitted by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and The Federation of Merchants Association, Singapore (FMAS) – the three organisations co-driving the Unesco nomination bid.The three organisations said in a statement: The submission of nomination documents is a milestone in Singapores Unesco inscription journey to better recognise and protect our intangible cultural heritage.It added: A successful nomination will demonstrate to the world how proud we are of Hawker Culture in Singapore, encourage greater appreciation for our hawkers, and show our commitment as a nation to safeguard hawker culture for generations to come.

In 2015, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was made Unesco World Heritage Site. But this will be Singapores first submission in the category of intangible cultural heritage.By July, the nomination documents will be available for viewing on Unesco, NHB, NEA and FMAS websites.One of the nomination documents is a series of photographs, which include contributions by the public via social media, and entries to the #OurHawkerCulture photography contest organised by the National Geographic and the Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI).

Here are some of the stunning photographs that depict the uniqueness of Singapores hawker culture.This photo shows an Indian-Muslim hawker cooking briyani Brian TeoAccording to the authorities official statement, this photo depicts people from diverse age groups, genders, ethnicities and religions dine in and socialise at a hawker centre – captured by Terence Tan Peng Hor, a contestant of #OurHawkerCulture Photography Contest 2019.Terence Tan Peng HorNEAA photo of a father enjoying chendol (a local dessert) with his children at a hawker centre – taken by David Sim, another contestant in the #OurHawkerCulture Photography Contest 2019.David SimA few letters showing community support and revolving around Singapores hawker culture theme were also submitted.

An art piece by Jeileeana Glehsa Magbatoalog from Riverdale Secondary School.Jeileeana Glehsa MagbatoalogThis picture was drawn by Ling Jia Ci, another student at Riverdale Secondary School.Ling Jia CiThree other students of Riverdale Secondary School – Kristen Teo, Ngu Yi Xuan and Muhammad Dani Mirza – also wrote poems about Singapores hawker culture.Kristen Teo, Ngu Yi Xuan and Muhammad Dani MirzaMs Isa from Jurong Pioneer Junior College was credited for a piece showing the words Singapores Hawker Culture surrounded by hashtags of hawker centre food and drinks.

Ms IsaThere are also pledge tags written by the public in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil in support of Singapores hawker culture nomination.Mrs NgA few videos were also submitted as part of Singapores nomination documents – including one titled Unesco Nomination Hawker Culture in Singapore, which runs for roughly 10 minutes long.NHB, NEA and FMAS said in their statement that the video was created to give the Evaluation Body and the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage – which will be assessing Singapores submission – a better understanding of Singapores hawker culture.While Singaporeans are celebrating its hawker culture nomination, neighbouring Malaysia – with street food similar to that in Singapore – isnt sharing the joy.
Malaysians were already riled up when PM Lee first made the announcement last year. And Singapores official nomination submission brought those feelings back, it seems.

Read also: Malaysians comment on Singapore’s decision to nominate hawker culture for Unesco listing – here’s what they have to sayThe majority of comments left on a post by Malaysian news site The Star pointed out that Malaysias hawker food is superior to Singapores.User M S Sonny Rajamoney wrote: Malaysia’s hawker food second to none in the world! Hands down!Chong Mee Lings comment read: No matter how they do their food is not as good as Malaysian food because of their seasoning.

For instance, the roaster chicken, duck and pork. Even the ice kacang or cendol also no good.Many Malaysian netizens have even said that Singapore likes to claim everything as theirs.User Hulkamania Hulkamania wrote: That small island likes to claim everything as theirs.
Hope one day they will claim the 1 trillion debts of Malaysia as theirs and settle it for us. #fullofkiasucrapWhile Tan Yokechua wrote: Singapore also claimed Mou San Wang durian as theirs.You wont be surprised that one day they will say the water they drink is also from Singapore.Jimmy Lees comment read: You dont have to prove anything to anybody, the customers will know whos who, whats what the origin.Somebody is trying to steal the show.Others are treating this issue in a more objective way.Murali Blurzs comment read: Malaysia definitely has a larger variety of food and number of hawkers. then why our (government) can’t do what Singapore just did? Why need to wait until Singapore does something before we start making noise.Singapore was part of Malaysia hence no way we can say that they too don’t have the hawker culture.

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Singapore submits Unesco bid to recognise hawker culture

The Republic’s nomination to inscribe hawker culture in Singa-pore on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.The nomination includes letters, photographs and videos demonstrating community support for the bid, the organisations behind the attempt said in a joint statement yesterday.

The photographs feature an Indian Muslim hawker preparing briyani, a Chinese hawker demonstrating a chicken rice recipe, and a father and his children enjoying the chendol dessert, among other snapshots.A 10-minute video was also produced to give a 12-member Unesco evaluation body – including six experts qualified in various fields of intangible cultural heritage – a better understanding of hawker culture in Singapore.The nomination documents, to be available for public viewing from July, were submitted jointly by the three organisations driving the bid. They are the National Heritage Board, the National Environment Agency and The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

Using the evaluation body’s assessment and recommendation as a guide, a 24-member intergovernmental committee will then decide on the suitability of inscribing Singapore’s hawker culture.The results will be announced at the end of next year.UNESCO Nomination – Hawker Culture in SingaporeMr Low Hock Kee, 50, a second-generation hawker and co-chairman of the hawker sub-committee of FMAS, believes that if the inscription is successful, the profile of the country’s rich cultural heritage will be boosted. “The nomination also helps elevate the status of hawkers and affirms our role in Singapore.

“If successful, hawker culture will join 429 cultures of other countries which have been inscribed since the list was established in 2008. These include Belgium’s beer culture, Indonesia’s bamboo musical instrument angklung, China’s shadow puppetry, and kimjang, or the making and sharing of kimchi in South Korea.Unlike the evaluation of world heritage sites, assessments of intangible cultural heritage do not require evaluators to make site visits.Countries whose bids are not successful can reapply in subsequent Unesco evaluation cycles. Singapore’s first such submission in the category of intangible cultural heritage comes after the Botanic Gardens was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2015.Singapore’s hawker culture bid has drawn some criticism from across the border.

Some Malaysians have claimed their country is a street-food paradise, and that Singapore’s hawker version is not that special.However, the list is not intended to define the origins and ownership of cultural practices.For instance, both Arabic coffee and Turkish coffee were inscribed in the Unesco list. Related StorySpirited debate on hawker culture shows investment in its survival:

National Heritage Board Related Story 14-member committee set up to oversee Singapore’s hawker culture nomination Related StoryHawker culture to be nominated for Unesco heritage list: 8 famous stalls in Singapore Related StoryExperts hope Unesco bid will increase support for hawkersInstead, Singapore’s attempt will be assessed based on the criteria of meeting Unesco’s definition of intangible cultural heritage; how the potential inscription will increase awareness of Singapore’s intangible cultural heritage; how the existing and future safeguarding measures promote the continued practice of the culture; whether the nomination involved the community; and whether it is part of the country’s intangible cultural heritage inventory.

The country’s inventory, comprising 70 elements so far, includes pilgrimages to Kusu Island and Malay weddings, and was established last April.In a joint statement, the organisations driving the bid said the attempt has received overwhelming support from Singaporeans since it was announced last August.They noted that apart from hawker associations, more than 850,000 pledges of support and over 31,000 messages were registered across various platforms.Their social media movement, they added, generated 810,000 likes and comments in support of hawker culture.

The statement said: “A successful nomination will demonstrate to the world how proud we are of hawker culture in Singapore, encourage greater appreciation for our hawkers, and show our commitment as a nation to safeguard hawker culture for generations to come.”They added that the submission of the nomination documents is a milestone in Singapore’s Unesco inscription journey to better recognise and protect the island’s intangible cultural heritage.

The nomination documents took into account input from a nomination committee, comprising representatives and stakeholders from various sectors, including hawker representatives, academics, community partners, non-governmental organisations and government agencies.There are more than 100 hawker centres in Singapore and some 6,000 hawkers who each serve about 150 to 200 affordable meals daily.More than 80 per cent of the population visit hawker centres at least once a week.Messages written by Singaporeans in support of the bid note that hawker centres serve as spaces where “a variety of multicultural cuisines” can be found under one roof, and where “people of all races gather to eat together”.

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International Mother Language Day: Time To Celebrate Linguistic Diversity

International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 around the world. It’s a day to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity.The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day will be indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation.

World | Edited by Richa Taneja | EMAILPRINTCOMMENTS International Mother Language Day: A day to celebrate multilingualism around the world.New Delhi:International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 around the world.
It’s a day to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity. The world has more than 7,000 languages and the multilingualism is celebrated through this day.
International Mother Language Day reminds us how words connect us, empower us and help us communicate our feelings to others. India alone has about 22 officially recognized languages, 1635 rationalized mother tongues, 234 identifiable mother tongues, according to Census 2001.
International Mother Language Day was first observed in 1999 by UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations that stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day for nearly 20 years and aims to promote mother tongue-based multilingual education.
Every year, there are different themes to celebrate International Mother Language Day.Since 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day will be indigenous languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation.Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said, “Indigenous peoples number some 370 million and their languages account for the majority of the approximately 7,000 living languages on Earth. Many indigenous peoples continue to suffer from marginalization, discrimination and extreme poverty, and are the victims of human-rights violations.”On the need to preserve mother-tongue language, UNESCO said, “Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand,”The multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way, it added.

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