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    Skiing with artificial intelligence. Here is the invisible master who guides you from the boots

    At three thousand meters high, at the top of the Hintertuxglacier in Austria, the best skiers in the world practice to prepare for winter competitions. It is mid-October, and there is still a long time before any traditional ski resort opens the facilities. So, they come up here to train, with multicolored suits that animate a landscape almost monochromatic, made of rock and ice, much higher than the limit of the trees. Teams from Canada, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands and many other countries line up alongside the ski lifts and at the beginning of the slopes, waiting for their shift to come down through the slalom gates. Watching them there is a whole battalion of austere coaches in duvets, with radios and binoculars hanging around their necks and pocket computers in their hands.

    5000 information in 1.5 seconds on the server in Frankfurt
    All these skiers, all these coaches … And yet, the skier followed more closely on top of this mountain is me. I’m skiing alone, without anyone paying me the slightest attention. I wear an old padded black hooded jacket and a woolen hat instead of a shiny helmet with national colors. In truth, to keep my every movement under control, from the angle of the ski laminae to the relative pressure exerted by every finger of my foot, there is the first IA teacher in the skiing world.Inside the boots,

    almost hidden, are inserted two insoles full of sensors that communicate via Bluetooth with my smartphone closed in the pocket of the anorak, which in turn reports all information to a server in Frankfurt. At every turn, I throw a splash of snow and a cloud of data into the air. In recent years, apps for smartphones that have registered the speed reached and the distance traveled on skis have multiplied and become common. Carv, however, does something completely different: on average, a curve lasts 1.5 seconds during which this technology collects and analyzes more than five thousand information. In freeskiing mode it records in absolute silence all the performance so that, while you go back up with the ski lift, you can take the mobile phone out of your pocket and check, for example, the minimum angle you have maintained compared to the maximum or in what exact point of the curve you started applying pressure on the skis.

    Every ski comes down a score: IQ
    If all of this on the whole seems fanatical, leave the phone in your pocket and a computerized voice will simply tell you your “Ski: IQ”, the total score assigned to your descent, a sort of new “skiing skill quotient”. Recording and assigning scores, however, is only the beginning. Choose one of the exercises provided by your training and the app will communicate with you while you are skiing– via wireless headsets – giving you suggestions, encouragement and a vote for each curve.

    A happy sound (Pac-Man comes to mind when he devours a ghost) recompensates a nice curve, a dark sound marks a mediocre curve. “Instead of just limiting ourselves to numbers and addressing a small niche of busy skiers, we decided to create an instructive experience that will actually be able to teach the average man to ski much better. And this, without a doubt, is a much more complex problem, “says Jamie Grant, CEO of Motion Metrics, the company that has developed the entire system. One could imagine that such a company is affiliated to a large ski or boot manufacturer or perhaps, with some extra effort,

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    Resort in the Maldives for children: in the Banyan Tree Hotels adventure programs and packages for families

    Ready to conquer your passport from little Rangers overcoming exciting adventures, maybe immersed in a nature that leaves you breathless? Then start packing, you leave … destination Maldives ! The Banyan Tree and Angsana Hotels have in fact developed a special program dedicated to children aged 4 to 11 who, through games and creative activities, tries to convey their love and respect for the environment.

    The program is called Rangers’ Club and begins already at check-in: the young aspiring explorers are given a special passport where r can be received 5 stamps , which correspond to as many adventures organized by the Club staff. Children can try their hand at activities multisensory that stimulate their curiosity, will be able to know nature closely and learn how to take care of it, also addressing important issues such as sustainability and environmental protection . Of course, once all five timbres have been collected, there will be a special reward!If you feel like organizing a holiday in one of these spectacular Maldives resorts with children,know that Angsana also offers an ad hoc package for families: it’s called  Live for Family , and offers young guests accommodation, meals and fun activities free.

    The best Beach Clubs for families are found mainly on the south coast, like the Riva Beach Club : hidden in a corner of coastline on Palm Jumeirah – one of the artificial stylized archipelagos of a palm tree – it is characterized by a Mediterranean atmosphere, and It has a children ‘s pool , a sheltered beach and a high-quality Italian restaurant . Ideal for families is also the Fairmont The Palm (also in Palm Jumeirah) that in addition to swimming pools, water sports and private beach offers an area with water games , a small house for children and fun walls for climbing .

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    Air Europa news for children, because flying is always a game!

    An air travel completely captures children’s attention, almost like magic. Landing and taking off are super adrenaline, while during the flight you can relax admiring cities that seem tiny, lakes and mountains, or getting lost in the soft white clouds. But this is only the beginning, because the Spanish airline Air Europa has several interesting kids friendly news in store .

    Would you like to entertain your children, even small ones, with funny little songs in English or interactive videos ? On long-haul Air Europa flights it is possible, thanks to an educational program designed for children from 2 to 8 years and provided by Lingokids , the leading platform for learning English for children, with contents designed by experts and with the support of Oxford University Press (contents are accessible through the Streaming service ). Not only. Even meals on board become an opportunity for fun, thanks to the nice kids menu composed of tray,colored stickers, sheets and colors to draw so the waiting, especially in long routes (the menus are available on long-haul flights departing from Madrid and in the Business Class of European connections and must be requested at time of booking). 

    These innovations are added to the other entertainment services already offered by the company, such as the streaming service , recently extended to short and medium-haul routes , which allows free accesson their mobile devices to thematic channels, TV series, games and news. Simply by connecting to the “Air Europa On The Air” wifi network in air mode you can select the preferred content from the home page of the site.

    Useful information

    Air Europa is a young Spanish airline that offers modern services and attractive prices for those who choose Spain as their destination (with prices that for example, for the route Rome Madrid, start at 116 euros return) and for those who want to go in Latin America or New York (with prices of 300 euros return from Rome to the Big Apple or 530 from Milan to Buenos Aires, just to give some examples). To know all the routes and their fares, you can visit the aireuropa.com website .

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    Boston and Massachusetts: travel to the places of Little Women and books for children

    Even if you visit Boston , the capital of the state of Massachusetts, with children in tow, the best way to get the big picture of this beautiful city with a typically European charm is to follow the Freedom Trail , the path of freedom. This is the famous red route that connects the various stages of the American Revolution. So you have a first taste of the city admiring the historical buildings and the buildings that date back to the end of the 18th century.

    Once the journey is over, you are immersed in the world of stories and fantasy. An obligatory stop at the Boston Public Garden where the famous opera Mallard and her eight ducklings is located . The sculpture represents mum ducks with her eight ducks, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack and is inspired by Robert McCloskey’s children’s book written in 1941 “Make way for the Ducklings” . The storytells the story of a family of ducks, Mr and Mrs Mallard, who lived on an island in the middle of the Charles River. When the eight ducks were born, mom and dad started looking for a better place to raise the puppies. And so they arrived at the Boston Public Garden where they stopped. And where they can still be seen today, represented in the sculpture by Nancy Schon. After having climbed the children on ducks, bring them on a Swan Boat , one of the small swan-shaped boats that have floated on the pond for 130 years.

    Let’s go back to the story, that of the Boston Tea Party , one of the episodes that helped unleash the revolution. In protest against the recent laws of commercial taxation, on December 16, 1773 a large number of tea cases were overturned in the sea. To remember that episode a visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is a must in which each visitor at the entrance is given the name of a true fighting patriot. You can board an identical copy of the vessels of the age and children can actually throw the tea from the ship. A new museum that looks fun and educational, a great way to get into American history. Finally, we suggest a link to discover all the main attractions of Boston .

    We remain in the historical theme pushing forty miles north of Boston to Salem , a city founded in 1626 that at the end of the seventeenth century became the scene of an important persecution of witches (the only American witch hunt). In 1992, 19 alleged witches were hanged. Hence the nickname of the city ​​of witches , a place full of charm for little travelers. We start with a visit to the museum village Salem 1630 , a pioneer village at the entrance to the city, the first open-air museum in America where you can experience history and immerse yourself in the seventeenth century. 

    Then continue with the Salem Witch Museum, the museum of witches that sheds light on the period of persecution. Also in Salem it is possible to follow the red route that runs through the historical center leading the visitor to the House of Seven Gables (the House of the Seven Domes) inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne for his novel. Hawthorne, one of the three great classical authors of American literature with Melville and Poe, is best known in Italy for “The Scarlet Letter”, the subject of sorcery that returns. Still on the subject of witches, you can visit the Witch Dungeon Museum

    The city, witches or not, is a small jewel of American history. Thanks to the intense post-revolutionary commercial exchanges, it was for a long time the most active and important port in America. And clearly, as in any self-respecting port, pirates were not lacking. After a walk along the quaysides of the sea, the Derby Wharf , it is a must to please the budding Blackbeards with a visit to the Pirate Museum . And after having thrilled emotions, including witches and pirates, visit the beautiful lighthouses distributed along the coast (some seem haunted) or go for a whale-watching excursion , one of the must-do experiences in Massachusetts.

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    Travel to Greece: secure with these 8 tips

    1. TAKE CASH

    Everywhere in the world you will always have a daily limit to withdraw from ATMs and in Greece there could be more problems. We advise you to bring enough money with you from Italy , so as to avoid inconvenience and long queues on the Greek island that you visit. If you are afraid of bringing too much money with you during your holiday, you can always leave it in the safe in your hotel room.

    If you have an Italian credit or debit card, you should have no problem paying with that, but a little cash is always good to have it with you.

    * Greek banks will be closed until July 7 for the implementation of capital control measures imposed by the government.


    Expect queues a little longer than usual at ATMs , but after all you’re on vacation, do not rush! Remember that you are there on holiday and that for you it is a temporary discomfort, but that for the locals is something to deal with every day. Take an example from the Greeks and … take it philosophically.


    It is quite possible that in these days there are large demonstrations in the center of Athens , and it is more likely that these will be concentrated around the Greek Parliament area and the famous Syntagma Square. If you can avoid, not to find yourself in the fray.


    Forget the big international chains, eat local ! This is the best way to get in touch with the best of Greek cuisine and to support the inhabitants of the island.


    Spend, but helping Greek companies and local small businesses. Such as? Hire a guide,take a walking tour of the city, or an excursion organized by a local company .

    Little tip: Even though most monuments and museums function normally, it can not be ruled out that at some point of the day they can close or strike. Make sure this is not the case, before moving from one place to another in the city and also planning tours around neighborhoods.


    All public transport in Athens will be free until July 7 : buses, trains, subway and trams. You will return to pay for tickets from 7 July, when Greek banks will reopen.


    Support local crafts, producers and creative people , not only will you have done something good for Greece, but you can take home a unique memory of your holiday.


    This is a good rule to be observed every time you are on vacation, or visiting a foreign country, especially if you are a little distressed. Pickpockets and unfortunates could be there, you have to be careful. Do not show off, travel light and enjoy a wonderful country!

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    Emigrate to CANADA: how to find a job and live abroad


    For those aged between 18 and 35 years, the International Canada Experience for Italian citizens is available , allowing you to travel and work in Canada for a maximum period of six months . The ideal time to take advantage of to create the basis for something longer and lasting.

    Calls for scholarships in Canada are periodically published . The page is updated frequently, so we advise you to consult it and take a look at it from time to time.

    Attention : from 15 March 2016 to travel to Canada as tourists for a period not exceeding 6 months it is mandatory to obtain the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). You request online at this page , it costs 7 Canadian dollars and has a duration of 5 years, or until the expiry of your passport if this takes place before 5 years from the issuance of the ETA.

    If you want to go to Canada for reasons other than simple tourism … read on and find out all the information you need!

    Click on the picture and find out what documents are needed to move to America and find work in the USA


    A visa is required to move and work in Canada. Here are the two ways you can request one and get it in a reasonable time:

    1) already have a work contract or a job promise issued by the local company;

    2) do not have a work contract, but be qualified and have specific requirements.

    If you have a work contract : a work permit is issued that is valid only for a specific job and for a limited period of time. Some professions do not need a work permit. In this regard, a list of the professions that do not require a work permit is available . If the work to be carried out is not on the list, it will be necessary to apply for a work permit .

    You will also need to have written confirmation from HRSDC , which will attest that the employer can hire the foreign worker. The document is known as the labor market opinion or LMO and it is up to the employer to request and obtain this written confirmation.

    If you do not have a job : you need to be a skilled worker, that is to have a certain education, an appropriate work experience and, of course, the knowledge of English (preferably also French). The Canadian Government has a list of workers it needs, known as the list of NOCs , periodically updated.

    If you have the minimum requirements, you will need to apply for a temporary job visa in Canada where, on the basis of 6 selection factors , you will need to obtain a minimum score of 67 points. These selection factors are: age, education, language skills, work experience, adaptability and the availability offered for different types of jobs once they arrive in Canada.

    The costs to be able to apply are approximately € 335 .

    If you do not want to do everything online, you can submit your application to the Visa Office of the Embassy of Canada , via Zara n. 30, 00198 Rome. The Embassy does not accept payments by credit card, but only in cash and with the exact sum paid in person.

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    5 Low-cost holidays in luxury places

    CALIFORNIA: in camper vans for the National Parks

    Are you ready for an on the road trip to conquer the National Parks of the West ? If you are adventurous and it does not bother you to grind kilometers the perfect place is California . Here you will enjoy great spaces, country atmosphere and unique landscapes in the world … In order not to lighten up your wallet, we recommend 3 moves to do. First of all, buy the ticket on time (6 weeks before, according to a study by Arlines Reporting Corporation ): from November to March, excluding holidays, you will pull off a good price. If you are traveling as a family or group, rent a camper to reduce fuel and accommodation costs, stock up on food and get the National Parks Passat the price of 80 $. With the card, savings are guaranteed!

    COSTA RICA: between cheap hostels and tree houses

    A biodiversity paradise, Costa Rica is a true tropical Eden, beautiful to hurt and within everyone’s reach. First of all, when to go? Try from May to November, with the rainy season the prices are lowered but the security remains: the country is rarely affected by the passage of the hurricanes that usually transit north of the Caribbean. Fly on Tamarindo and opt for a hostel stay , “cheap but young” : there are accommodations that offer beds at $ 10 a night , like the delicious Pura Vida to be booked early because it is often full. Or give yourself ecotourism and rent a tree house for a unique experience face to face with the wild nature. Ready to have breakfast in the company of monkeys and raccoons?

    MALDIVES: call for 5 stars, all in the guest house!

    Unbridled luxury by the sea? Maldives ! This archipelago of the Indian Ocean is the destination of the dreams of all the travelers of the world. That destination to be experienced once in a lifetime, to dive into emerald waters, stroll on tongues of white sand and let yourself be pampered by the sun’s rays. They are prohibitive for accommodation and travel, but possible if lived away from palafitte from nababbi and extra-luxury spa. Since 2012, local authorities have given the green light to the premises to open family-run guest houses : take advantage of them! One of these is Kuri Inn in Omadhoo , in the South AriAtoll . Arrive on a flight to Male, board a ferry boat (around € 3) and book the b & b formula(from $ 75 in double). Here is the dream becomes reality …

    CUBA: do-it-yourself tourism and case particulares

    Although it is still far from the standards of the Caribbean , Cuba offers a high tourism. It is fantastic, with the capital rich in history, the coast with the heavenly colors, the hinterland with the tobacco plantations … but certainly not cheap. Once you have booked your flight (stay away from high periods like Christmas and Easter ), opt for your stay in the particulares houses , those of the premises, which will allow you to spend much less than the 5-star villages of Varadero. The price is around $ 25 per person per day excluding meals, which must be agreed with the landlord. Only caution: be wary of “illegal” houses, cheaper but less secure because they are not regulated by the state. How to recognize the right ones? From a blue and white dot on the front door. Here the offers for hotels in Cuba

    CANADA: from April to October, nice season and low cost flights

    This is one of the most scenic and safe countries in the world , which in recent years has been taken by both hit and run tourists and those who intend to change their homes. The reason? The high level of life . The Canada -scale the world rankings for livability yet those spending is very expensive! If you intend to visit it, we advise you to leave when the temperatures return to normal and the inhabitants begin to live on the Earth’s surface (do you remember Toronto and its brilliant underground city?). From April to October you can take advantage of the incredible prices of the airline company Air Transat , which offers direct flights toMontreal, Toronto and Vancouver starting from € 400 round trip!