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Taxishare – Fab App or Pushing the Legal Boundary?

Students from the University of Hong Kong have recently launched a cheeky yet money-saving app to combat the soaring inflation rates in Hong Kong.

An app called TaxiShare detects other pedestrians that are waiting for taxis within 250 metres of you so that you can split the fare. The app was only made available on 5 October and can be downloaded free of charge on iPhone, iPad and Android phones.

Students strongly believe that it is a money-saving tool given the rise in public transportation in Hong Kong. This is particularly true if you aim to travel long distance, say from Hong Kong Island to the New Territories. The app may save passengers up to 80% of the fare if five passengers are travelling instead of one and are heading to the same destination.

Surprisingly, only passengers have the say of who they want to share a taxi with. If taxi drivers use this to attract passengers, they will actually be falling foul of the law; in Hong Kong, taxi drivers are not allowed to choose customers based on distance and race as part of their code of conduct.

By | October 24th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Settling in Westminster

Now that you have begun your life as an international student in London, it’s time to get around more. London is the place where things happen first in art, music and fashion – and the Universities there take their cue from this lively environment. Because the city is one of the main art and music capitals of the world, there are always new events and club nights popping up, ensuring that there’s always something fresh to experience! You can look for plenty of events to take part in on the What’s on tab of www.visitlondon.com.

A lot of practical information about studying and living in London is available on the website of the University of Westminster. There is a section dedicated to international students, which includes useful links, such as the UK Council for International Student Affairs and contact details for the International Student Adviser (ISA).

The University of Westminster welcomes students from over 140 countries around the world, offering a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. The website provides country specific information, such as the scholarships that are available, details on visas and access to an information sheet in your mother tongue. Among others, you can find the pages for China and Japan. Good luck with your exciting new experience! If you need your diplomas to be translated, ask SanTranslate, your translation service provider.

By | October 23rd, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Indian Art under the spotlight in the Big Apple

Wonder of the Age – Master Painters of India, 1100–1900. This is the name of the exhibition about the story of India’s greatest painters, on display from the 28th of September 2011 to the 8th of January 2012 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This major loan exhibition is devoted to the lovers of Indian painting, with some 220 works of 40 of the greatest Indian painters. Each artist will be represented in the exhibition by five to six seminal works. Last week’s issue of The Economist published an article about this exhibition and some photos of the paintings.

Indian painting has a very long history despite the seasonally humid Indian climate making it difficult for the long-term preservation of paintings. Indeed there are far fewer survivals of other forms of Indian art.

Indian paintings can be broadly classified as murals and miniatures. Murals are large works executed on the walls of solid structures, as in the Ajanta Caves and the Kailashnath temple. Miniature paintings are executed on a very small scale for books or albums on perishable material such as paper and cloth. The Palas of Bengal were the pioneers of miniature painting in India.

Many works in the exhibition are small and exquisite, made to be held in the hand and admired at leisure. But some are as large as two-and-a-half by five feet. A 17th-century miniature of the Persian-trained Farrukh Beg as an old man is one of only a handful of self-portraits from theMughal period and is consequently very valuable. Mughal painting represented a fusion of the Persian miniature with older Indian traditions and from the 17th century its form was adopted across Indian princely courts of all religions, where each developed a local style.

The paintings come from the Met’s own collection and the Rietberg Museum (link: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/kultur/en/index/institutionen/museum_rietberg.html) in Zurich (where the show originated), as well as from a number of other public and private collections. Curated by John Guy of the Met with the Rietberg’s Jorrit Britschgi, this show celebrates the efforts of a small group of passionate scholars who several decades ago, started the hard task of identifying individual painters.

Preserving and promoting art preserves and promotes the culture and the traditions related to it: this is also the aim of preserving languages (link: http://www.santranslate.com/languages/).

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By | October 21st, 2011|Blog|0 Comments
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