There are certainly more efficient ways to get from Los Angeles to Seattle than sitting in a metal box for 34 hours. But Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train wasn’t designed for people who are in a rush. Perhaps you’ve come across this train on Instagram, YouTube or TikTok, where people rave about its gorgeous observation cars — called “sightseer lounges” — boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and cinematic views of the Oregonian forest. (“10/10 would recommend the Coast Starlight for the views alone,” one TikTok creator noted , showing off the flowers they drew while gazing at the scenery.) But much of the viral footage of the train — which leaves L.A. every day around 10 a.m. and gets to Seattle the following night around 8 p.m. — was taken by travelers who were riding it for a short stretch, or those staying in the sleeper cars, which have beds, private bathrooms with showers and access to the restaurant-style dining car. These “roommettes” and bedrooms, which can run upwards of … [Read more...] about 34 hours on America’s most scenic train. Is it as dreamy as it sounds?
Small town mottos
He never talked much about it, but my guess is that my father was a fan of Andres Bonifacio. Else, why would he choose to name a private college he helped found in Alaminos, Pangasinan the “Great Plebeian College”? “Great Plebeian,” we were told, was one of the titles bestowed on Bonifacio, founder and leader of the Katipunan. And the decision to adopt Bonifacio’s title for the institution was, so relatives tell us, designed to emphasize that the college was to serve the children of the poorest, most disadvantaged families in Alaminos and environs. Shortly after moving his family to my mother’s hometown, joining my other maternal relatives who repaired to the ancestral home after being scattered around the country before and during World War II, my father Ernesto felt the urgent need to set up a college in the town, since most young folk could not afford to study in Manila, or even in Baguio, Lingayen or Dagupan. My cousin Lulu Garcia, who now heads the college, tells that after … [Read more...] about ‘The Great Plebeian’
Private schools contribute an annual £16.5billion to the economy and provide as many jobs as Asda , Sainsbury’s and Co-op combined, according to a report out this week. It estimates the economic footprint as the same as a city the size of Belfast, with £5.1billion of tax contributed a year – enough to fund 150,000 nurses. The report from the Independent Schools Council comes amid fears that hundreds of independent institutions could close under Labour plans to put VAT on fees. Labour confirmed at the weekend that Keir Starmer would retain Jeremy Corbyn ’s policy of scrapping private schools’ charitable status, which exempts them from the tax. Pupils make their way to class at Harrow School, an independent school for boys situated in the town of Harrow, in north-west London, on September 16, 2015 The move would put up to 200 sites at risk of going out of business because of families being priced out and leaving. Yesterday the ISC said many were small regional … [Read more...] about Private schools add £16.5bn to the economy and £5.1billion in tax contributions, analysis shows
close Video Meghan Markle leaves Indianapolis on a private jet Meghan Markle uses the Indianapolis Colts team hanger to get a jet after flying into town for just three hours. (Credit: Backgrid) Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was photographed Tuesday boarding a private jet in Indianapolis after headlining a female empowerment conference . Markle was seen exiting an SUV before boarding the plane located at an area hangar also used by the Indianapolis Colts professional football team, according to video footage obtained by Fox News Digital. Markle had arrived just three hours earlier to speak at an event hosted by the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. Markle and her husband Prince Harry, meanwhile, have been vocal environmental activists . The pair committed through their private organization in November 2021 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. "As global leaders convene for COP26 to commit to solutions for our climate crisis, … [Read more...] about Environmental activist Meghan Markle seen boarding private jet following female empowerment event