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- The students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks
- The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person
- Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way
New Jersey, June 3, 2017: Adorning the attires of living ‘wax’ figures, the third graders at Secaucus’ Huber Street School helped in resurrecting the bygone times.
Various students from schools like Kelly O’Connor, Anna Critelli, Stephen Mastro and Karen Celebrano’s classes impersonated the historic figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana in the second annual Living Wax Museum.
The reality of these figures augmented when each student gave a 20- to 30-second history of the person they illustrated with the push of a “press here” button, mentioned nj.com report.
Only those figures were chosen for representation which influenced the world in a positive way by playing a pivotal role in the history.
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Intense dedication of the students to the project impressed Mastro and won his heart. He said, “the students were super excited and parents told us they were talking about the project for weeks.”
Students created a docket of the person’s life and major accomplishments and presented a speech during the Living Wax Museum event. These speeches were made with the help of a display board and props that contained photos and information about the current or historical person they were portraying.
“The students put a lot of effort into this project and it shows,” Celebrano said. “This interactive learning made a big difference in the children’s interest level.”
The wax museum was visited by many visitors that day including the student’s Parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members and other non-participating students. It is interesting to note that there were more than 76 lifelike displays to view.
Apart from being an entertaining and amusing activity, it imparted knowledge to the students and the visitors. Praise Malapile who portrayed Oprah Winfrey said that it was a lot of fun to work on that project. He further added: “I learned that Oprah Winfrey best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.”
Jadan Toribio was enthusiastic about portraying Einstein because “I got to dress like him and found out he discovered the theory of relativity.”
Some of the other historical figures depicted at the Living Wax Museum included Helen Keller, Michelle Obama, Lionel Messi, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln.
O’Connor concluded the event saying: “Over the years children have learned about history, but it’s never been real to them.”
– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)