For 10 days each July, Calgary is transformed with an influx of 100,000 visitors per day, and when a natural disaster hit the city, the community rallied together to overcome a flood and play host to the 101st Calgary Stampede.
Michigan this year has launched a five-color rating system to assess schools' achievement -- a provision in its waiver from parts of No Child Left Behind. Some lawmakers are questioning whether the system is too difficult for parents and others to understand and recently heard testimony about the system by a state official and from Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation For Excellence in Education, who spoke about Florida's A-F letter-grading system.
When most Prince George's County, Md., schools posted lower scores on standardized tests, one elementary school's students are making gains on reading and math exams, including their best fifth-grade reading score since 2003. Educators attribute the school's success to a program in which students are offered incentives for improving their scores, such as game days in which they can bring a Nintendo Wii to school. "The kids love it," said fifth-grade teacher Theresa Dillard. "It is easy to teach them when they know they have these nice rewards."
Hoteliers should complement their technological offerings with tried-and-true strategies for attracting group business, Brenda Fields writes. Sizing up competitors, taking a proactive approach toward feedback and personalizing interactions are key to winning over meeting planners.
Amazon has introduced a pair of Kindle Fire HDX tablets and a less-expensive version of the Kindle Fire HD. The HDX models will feature more-advanced displays, lighter slates and batteries that last longer. A new "Mayday" service also offers users live customer support for the HDX models, Amazon said.
The government gave approval for THAI Smile Airways to operate separately from THAI Airways. The carrier will offer short-haul domestic and international routes, and lease 20 Airbus A320-200s from THAI Airways.