30 April 2008
Young Arab Leaders and Junior Achievements Sign MOU to Boost Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship
The Young Arab Leaders (YAL) UAE chapter, the foremost development platform for business, public sector and civil society leaders in the Middle East, announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Junior Achievements Argentina (JAA), a non-profit educational organization aiming to educate and infuse young people with true entrepreneurial spirit.
29 April 2008
Ninja Gaiden II is Back with a Vengeance on Xbox 360 this June
Microsoft announced the release date of the highly anticipated Ninja Gaiden II, designed by revolutionary game designer Tomonobu Itagaki of Team Ninja. Exclusive to Xbox 360™, Ninja Gaiden II will be available in the Middle East from 5th June for an estimated retail price of AED 249.
Ryu Hayabusa returns in this blockbuster action-packed sequel to ‘Ninja Gaiden’, on a mission to avenge his clan and prevent the destruction of the human race. Universal themes of vengeance and honour are played out from Tokyo to New York and to the netherworld as a series of dramatic events create a truly compelling story.
Players must become the ninja, utilising a revolutionary combat system that demands skill and mastery of a massive arsenal of weapons. “Ninja Gaiden II” features unique acrobatic combat, tooled with brutal new primary weapons and enhanced version of old favourites, and Obliteration Techniques allow players to finish off opponents with devastating speed and style, representing a true evolution of the highly popular franchise.
The franchise’s distinctive gameplay is accentuated by a new auto-healing system featuring semi-permanent damage restored at save points. In addition to this, extensive story mode and multiple levels of difficulty make for an experience that is easy to play, but hard to master – accessible to novices and the most fanatic of gamers alike.
For more information, please visit the Ninja Gaiden II official website at www.xbox.com/ng2.
Dubai American Academy hosts BOTBALL competition
Students from five local high schools will put their robots to the test in the BOTBALL competition to be on Saturday, April 26 at the GEMS Dubai American Academy. Participating schools include, Dubai American Academy, Al Mawakeb School-Al Barsha, Al Mawakeb School-Al Garhoud, International School of Arts & Sciences, and the American Community School of Abu Dhabi.
Teams have been busy designing, building and programming their Lego© Mindstorm robots for the past seven weeks in preparation for the competition.
BOTBALL is a U.S.-based organisation that introduces robotics to high schools. Student teams are equipped with a Lego© Mindstorm robot, along with instructions on how to program it to move autonomously through a course. Towards the end of the programming sessions the teams are pitted against one another to see whose robot completes the course. The winning team also must demonstrate the work they have done in order to program their robot.
The top two teams from the UAE will go on to compete in the Regional BOTBALL Championship on May 24 at the Diplomatic Club in Doha. These teams will square off against the top two teams from the BOTBALL competitions in Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt
“BOTBALL is an initiative that gives students a chance to use creativity in technology as they design, build and operate robots to solve real world problems; it also puts their analytical skills into use, “said Dan Young, Superintendent, Dubai American Academy.
The winning team of the May 24 final will receive a trip to Norman, Oklahoma, USA to attend the 2008 Global Conference on Educational Robotics and meet middle school and high school students, educators, robotics enthusiasts, and professionals from across the world.
BOTBALL Robotics Program is a hands-on learning experience in robotics designed to engage young students in learning the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The BOTBALL Program was developed in 1993 in the U.S. by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). The goal of the KISS Institute program is to get high school and middle school students interested and excited about the fields of science, information and engineering as they design, construct and program an autonomous robot. The BOTBALL program gives teenagers an activity where they learn from the program on the Internet and develop engineering and programming skills through hands-on experience with robots. It also builds important community ties between schools, educators and local high technical organizations. For more information about BOTBALL, please visit: http://www.botball.org/
GEMS manages a growing network of 75 high quality international schools around the world. GEMS network of schools provide a unique brand of holistic education to 75,000 students from over 120 countries, employing over 6,000 education professionals, specialists and staff from over 50 nationalities. Supported by a network of eminent, international advisors in the field of education, GEMS global network of multi-skilled specialists and in-house experts provide invaluable support and guidance in all areas related to schools, delivering world class standards of education. ‘GEMS Education’ offers total school management solutions. From project inception and planning to ongoing operations of schools, GEMS offers a total solutions approach to the management of new school projects and existing schools. Information on the company and its portfolio can be found at http://www.gemseducation.com/.
21 April 2008
Global Village Delights Children of Dubai Center for Special Needs with Mickey Mouse Visit
Dubai: 21 April 2008 - Global Village, a member of Tatweer, enthralled children of the Dubai Center for Special Needs with an exclusive presentation of master magician Mickey Mouse, ahead of the highly acclaimed Disney Live! presents Mickey Magic Show’s debut in Dubai.
The initiative that came as part of Global Village’s corporate social responsibility also gave away complimentary tickets to the children for the musical that is set to raise its curtains on 15 May for 33 performances through a 12-day run at the Dubai Airport Expo.
Priced upwards from AED65, tickets for Disney Live! presents Mickey Magic Show have gone on sale and will be available until the last day of the show (26 May) at http://www.boxofficeme.com/ or at Box Office Phone (04.367.6699), as well as in all Spinneys, Hallmark and Cellucom outlets in Dubai.