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Every year America celebrates the National Teacher Appreciation Week during the first full week of May. The National Education Association defines the National Teacher Day which is on Tuesday as a great opportunity to honor teachers for their contribution to our lives.

The history of celebrating began in 1944 when political and educational leaders started the very first discussion. Then, 9 years later, Eleanor Roosevelt convinced the 81st Congress to establish the first National Teacher’s Day. The NEA kept being celebrated on the first Tuesday of March till the National PTA established the National Teacher Appreciation week. Right after that, the NEA Representative Assembly voted to make the Tuesday of that week a National Teacher Day.

As a part of the celebration, the NEA had a little chat with several teachers and asked what they want this year. Thus, here is a list of teacher’s desires. First of all, the teachers would like to be treated and get paid like professionals, who they really are. Unfortunately, many of parents and politicians underestimate the work teachers do, so they want more respect and trust in their qualification and knowledge, knowledge of students psychology among other things. And, in the end, the simple thank you could be good enough in some particular cases.

This year the NEA encourages everyone to join in the fight for school funding, professional pay and better learning conditions for their students. You can show your solidarity by wearing something red this Wednesday and posting the photo of yourself on social media explaining the reasons for wearing #REDforED.

Let’s thank and support our teachers all together!

 

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New York Chinese Lantern Festival improves walkways, offers indoor entertainment

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When you drive by the New York State Fairgrounds at night this week, it will be glowing.

But it won’t be the Ferris wheel. There are more than 1,000 Chinese lantern sculptures – from warriors and pandas to massive lotus archways. They will glow six nights a week through the beginning of July.

The New York Chinese Lantern Festival is back, starting Friday. The event runs Tuesday-Sunday through July 1.

This is the second year for the event, sponsored by Advance Media New York, the parent company of Syracuse.com.

Organizers have made several changes to improve the show.

The set up has been made easier for people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Instead of a crushed gravel path, the entire walkway is paved. It is now near and inside the International Pavilion and Horticulture Building (you can sneak a peek at the new building while you’re there)

The stage for all of the acts is inside the International Pavilion instead of outside, to deal with Syracuse’s unpredictable spring weather. There are also more places to sit down. And there are three shows Fridays and Saturdays, instead of just two.

Beer and wine are available and all of the restrooms are indoors this year.

The lanterns are from Tianyu Arts in Zigong, China. The company brings 30 craftspeople with the show to assemble and maintain the lantern sculptures.

The majority of the artists come from Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province. The region is known for its spicy food and giant pandas. Lantern making is a family tradition there.

Lanterns were first used in China thousands of years ago, during the Eastern Han Dynasty, to celebrate Buddha’s ability to bring light in times and places of darkness. Later, the lanterns were used to celebrate spring.

The performances this year include traditional Chinese acrobatics, plate spinning and face changing.

Tickets are less if you purchase them ahead of time online: kids (5-16) $12.50; seniors (60 and older) $14, adults (17 and older) $15.50. Parking is free. The parking lot opens at 5:30 and the gates open at 6 p.m. The festival is through Gate 2 at the fairgrounds.

There is no wheelchair, scooter or stroller rental available at the event.

Source: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/new_york_chinese_lantern_festival_improves_walkways_offers_more_indoor_entertain.html

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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS.

A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the awards, opened the show in honor of the 10 people who died Friday at Santa Fe High School, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening. She said she was asked to hold a moment of silence, but chose instead to call for “a moment of action.”

“Once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died … I’m so sick of moment of silences … it’s not working,” she said Sunday, almost in tears. “Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school.”

Shawn Mendes and Khalid were joined onstage by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Show Choir for the song “Youth,” a performance occurring three months after 17 people were killed at the school in Parkland, Florida.

Mendes and the choir members wore sweaters that read “Youth,” while Khalid’s shirt read “Protect Our Guns Children” with “Guns” crossed out.

The show wasn’t all somber though: Jackson rocked the Billboard Awards with an energetic and powerful performance of her past hits in an epic week that included her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking “janet.” album.

In a glittery gold sweater-dress and thigh-high boots, Jackson sang “Nasty,” ”If” and “Throb” as audience members such as Ciara and Tyra Banks danced along at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance to introduce the singer, who earned the Icon Award.

Jackson used her speech to pay tribute to powerful women.

“Women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind,” she said onstage.

Another highlight came when BTS, who won top social artist Sunday night, performed onstage.

Clarkson sported huge, puffy earmuffs as she introduced the K-pop group, who easily earned the loudest applause from the audience throughout the night. Whenever their name was mentioned, or when the camera panned to the band members, the audience erupted — some even holding fan made signs.

The seven-member group danced slickly onstage as they sang “Fake Love,” the single from their album “Love Yourself: Tear,” released Friday.

Ed Sheeran, who didn’t attend the show but performed from Dublin, won the night’s biggest honor — top artist — besting Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

But Swift didn’t leave empty-handed: She won top female artist and top selling album for “reputation.”

She said that before she created “reputation” she “felt really misunderstood by a lot of people.”

“Thank you for making me feel understood again,” Swift said to her fans.

Luis Fonsi was passionate when he picked up top Hot 100 song for “Despacito,” the biggest hit of the last year which also included Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.
“Thank you, guys, so much for embracing a mostly Spanish song,” he said. “This goes out to my Latino brothers, the immigrants … to all of those when they say ‘Speak English,’ this goes out to you.”

Before presenting the award to Fonsi, the Chainsmokers and Halsey remembered Avicii, the DJ-producer who died last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers also paid tribute to Avicii when the duo won top dance/electronic artist.

“We want to dedicate this award to Avicii,” said Andrew Taggart, adding that the Swedish musician “inspired all of us, influenced our music.”

“He will be missed,” Taggart said. “I hope you found peace.”

Camila Cabello won the chart achievement award and also won over the crowd with her performance of “Havana,” as audience members Mila Kunis and Rebel Wilson sang along and danced happily.

Cabello’s former Fifth harmony bandmate, Normani, was fierce as she performed “Love Lies” alongside Khalid; Grande followed Clarkson’s emotional words with an energetic performance of “No Tears Left to Cry”; and John Legend’s performance ended with a photo of his new baby boy displayed on the large screens at the arena.

Salt-N-Pepa closed the show with high-energy, performing the hits “Push It” and “Whatta Man” alongside R&B group En Vogue and even Clarkson.

Source: http://www.hastingstribune.com/janet-jackson-ariana-grande-bts-set-for-billboard-awards/article_d718632c-b703-5f60-99a0-897574d4d27c.html

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From pubgoers in pajamas to merrymakers in finery at a posh hotel, Americans cheered and teared up Saturday as they watched Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry in a royal wedding with trans-Atlantic resonance.

People gathered at wedding watch parties — some before dawn — at a Hollywood pub and New York’s swanky Plaza hotel, in oceanfront towns in Florida and spots in the Rocky Mountains, to see an American of mixed race heritage become part of Britain’s royal family.

If the U.K. and the U.S. have long enjoyed a “special relationship,” this gave it a whole new meaning.

“It was a real-life fairy tale,” said Erin Massa, 34, who watched at a Minneapolis pub. “If someone my age from America can suddenly become a princess, essentially, anything really is possible.”

About 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away at a home in Burlington, New Jersey, Paula Jackson gasped when Markle emerged from the Rolls-Royce that brought her to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the British royals’ longtime home.

“I’m just so happy for her,” said Jackson, dressed in a jeweled blazer and tiara. “She will be an example for our young, African-American women.”

At gatherings around the U.S., viewers admitted Markle’s beauty and naturalness. But they also marveled at the boundary-breaking union between the 33-year-old prince who has been open about how grief shadowed his life for decades after the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, and the 36-year-old American actress who has spoken out about coming to terms with her biracial identity as the daughter of a black mother and white father.

Some viewers wiped away tears as they watched the wedding from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Markle’s alma mater.

“It’s all my family can talk about,” said 15-year-old sophomore Daniella Bueno, who got up at 3 a.m. to join dozens of students, parents and staffers for the event. “She’s representing our school in such a beautiful way.”

Across the country, Varinda Missett and Ellen Polkes donned hats, gloves and bejeweled high heels and went to the Plaza early in the morning because they “wanted to see a California girl become a princess,” Missett said.

A crowd in fascinators and tiaras gathered for the storied hotel’s first royal wedding viewing party, which came complete with deviled eggs, black pudding, Earl Grey tea butter biscuits and cake pops with champagne and flower liqueur.

“We love a great love story,” said Maureen Farley, the hotel’s director of hospitality. “This surely is one of the best.”

If there was a certain historical irony in Americans celebrating British royalty nearly 242 years after the Declaration of Independence, it had little sway Saturday over Americans who say they were simply rallying around love.

“I think this is a wonderful new way to be royal,” said Ralph Campbell, 67, who donned a three-piece dark suit and bow tie for a watch party at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. He called the ceremony “a global wedding” and added: “I think it will only help the cause of peace in the world.”

Another guest at Brit’s Pub, British native Victoria Rylee, had no problem with an American marrying a British prince. After all, “I married an American,” Rylee, 71, said with a laugh.

At a pajama-and-viewing party at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood, California, British-born actor Craig Young was happy to watch a woman from his adopted hometown join the royal family in his homeland. It was something “we never thought would happen, and which we’re very excited about,” said the actor, 44, who wore a bathrobe and Prince Harry mask.

For Meghan Woods, who was at the Plaza’s fete in New York, the takeaway was simple.

“There are so many terrible things going on in the world that when there’s something like this— love bringing people together, a reason to celebrate,” she said, “why not?”

Source: https://auburnpub.com/entertainment/americans-fete-royal-wedding-in-pubs-hotels-and-homes/article_db05c085-b33b-5c0c-aec4-73b29ffe472e.html

 

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