– Advertisement – There are also some changes noted in the interface, for instance, “Archived Chats” may be moved at the top of your chat list once Vacation Mode is enabled for better visibility. In this update, WhatsApp is also working to introduce the ‘Archived Chats feature with a new banner that reads, “Move chats you want to keep muted here’ adding, ‘Chats with new messages won’t return to main chat list. This hints that the behaviour of archived chats function will change for all chats archived. For now, the tracker says that these new tweaks haven’t been enabled for users even on the latest beta.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. WhatsApp is actively working on a ‘Vacation Mode’ feature to bring users the ability to keep archived chat in archive even when a new message arrives. Currently, WhatsApp unarchives chats when a new message comes in, and Vacation Mode looks to prevent that from happening. The latest WhatsApp for Android beta sees improvements to this Vacation Mode feature, and hints that WhatsApp is actively developing it, including UI tweaks to the Archived Chats section. The feature is still under development and hasn’t been enabled for public beta testing yet.The instant messaging platform has released the latest WhatsApp Beta for Android v184.108.40.206, and WhatsApp-watchers WABetaInfo dug into its code to see all the new features WhatsApp may be working on. The features tracker found WhatsApp is busy developing the Vacation Mode feature. This new addition, as mentioned, allows users to keep chats in the archive when new messages arrive. In the past beta updates, WhatsApp prevented muted archived chats to be automatically unarchived when new messages arrived, but this new beta release suggests that WhatsApp users need not mute chats to keep them in archive.- Advertisement –
Indianapolis, In. — Public comment is being sought on 10 projects that will be funded through the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) program administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).The HPF assists publicly owned or private not-for-profit properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places with grant money to undertake preservation and rehabilitation activities. The investment of HPF money means the projects are considered a federal undertaking, and public comment is being sought on those projects by June 30. Those projects are:— Henry County: Ball State University will receive a grant to conduct an archaeological survey of Summit Lake State Park. A Phase Ia investigation, an investigation that includes background research and fieldwork designed to define site boundaries of unsurveyed areas, will be completed. A geophysical survey of two possible mounds and a shovel test pit survey of approximately 30 acres surrounding each mound will also be conducted (a total of about 60 acres).— Henry County: Ball State University will receive a grant to conduct the second phase of an archaeological survey of the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area. This project will include a Phase Ia shovel test pit survey of about 52 acres of fallow agricultural land west of the Big Blue River.— Indianapolis: The McGowan Hall Knights of Columbus will receive a grant to replace the roof of McGowan Hall, constructed in 1922. The project will address the worst portions of the roof: the sections over the Grand Hall mezzanine and the Grand Hall entry vestibule.— Jeffersonville: The LifeSpring Health Systems organization will receive a grant to rehabilitate 41 windows and custom build eight storm windows for the arch top of the circa 1870 Sarkisian House.— Lafayette: Trinity United Methodist Church will receive a grant to stabilize and rehabilitate the north exterior masonry of the 1872 church.— Newburgh: The Town of Newburgh will receive a grant to rehabilitate the 1851 Preservation Hall, formerly known as Old Newburgh Presbyterian Church. The scope of the grant includes foundation, masonry, woodwork, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning rehabilitation and repair.— Peru: The Miami Nation of Indians will receive a grant to assist in replacing the roof of the former Peru High School’s gymnasium, Tig Arena. The building serves as the Miami Nation’s headquarters.— Ripley County: Ball State University will continue a Phase Ia survey of approximately 80 acres around historic homestead sites identified within Versailles State Park. A previous survey recorded 49 sites, and the project will attempt to verify the placement of the remaining 21 locations.— Rensselaer: The Jasper Newton Foundation will receive a grant to rehabilitate 63 historic windows, replace one double-hung window and preserve all the window-frame units in the Rensselaer Carnegie Library.— Saint Mary of the Woods: Saint Mary of the Woods College will receive a grant to rehabilitate the masonry, wrought iron gates, and lamp features of the 1918 main entrance gate for the Saint Mary of the Woods and Sisters of Providence campuses.These are fiscal year 2019 projects that are scheduled to begin in 2019. They must be completed by June 2020. Official grant offers have not yet been made, but DHPA anticipates having enough HPF funds to award them.To comment or make a request to be a consulting party for any of the projects, send a request to Indiana DHPA, Attn: HPF Grant Staff, 402 W. Washington St., Room W274, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or mvanaman@dnr.IN.gov. Include which project or projects you are requesting information for, and DHPA will provide scope of work, maps, and photographs.
The thrill of sand-bashing in a 4×4 SUV (sports utility vehicle), going up and coming down on steep gradients on hill-like sand dunes, making the vehicle do skid stunts and much more – the desert safari in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is certainly not for the faint-hearted.Though the whole of UAE is an open desert, the desert safari adventure can be experienced only in certain parts where the sand dunes provide an opportunity to put the SUV music as an OST (open source track) through a top-gear experience.At the Al-Khatam desert, about 50 km from UAE capital Abu Dhabi, one can get a real feel of the desert safari. The Toyota Landcrusier 4×4 SUVs, mostly in white, are the most commonly used vehicles for desert safaris trips.Once a desert safari trip, starting from AED 200 (Rs.3,800) per person is booked (AED 1,100 or about Rs.21,000 if you want the entire SUV for yourself), the Landcruiser (which can seat 7-8 people) picks you up around 4 p.m. from your hotel or any other place of stay to take you to the sand dunes. The drive normally takes 45 minutes to one hour.”It’s going to be a smooth ride to the Al-Khatam desert and then we will hit the sand dunes and the thrill begins,” the Landcruiser’s driver Arif told IANS, as the SUV zipped to the ‘real’ desert area.As you hit the sand dunes, the driver shows the mettle of the mean machine as it gets off the road and speeds up on the sand tracks. To add to the thrill, the SUV is driven in such a way to give you the experience of it skidding on the sand.advertisementJust before the SUVs hit the real sand dunes, all drivers reduce the air pressure in the tyres from 35 psi to about 15-20 psi. Full air pressure can make the ride very bumpy even with the seat belts on.The SUVs take on the sand dunes and the sand-bashing gives quite a thrill. The SUV driver takes the consent of the passengers on what kind of experience they want – from the light to moderate to the extreme one – on the sand dunes. The SUVs are able to easily tackle the sand dunes, going up and down the steep inclines. At times, the sand from under the wheels of the SUV hits the vehicles in the manner of a sea wave.”Most people prefer the light and moderate drive. The extreme one is the most thrilling as the SUV gives its best,” Landcruiser driver Anees Mohammed said.The SUVs and drivers are fully equipped, including with walkie-talkies, shovels and ropes to get the vehicle out even if it gets stuck in the sand.While the winter months – November to January – are the best time to enjoy the desert safari as the temperatures are better, tourists don’t mind the thrills even during peak summer months of June and July with temperatures hitting highs of over 50 degrees Celsius.The sand-bashing part lasts for about one hour, after which other experiences like seeing a camel park, riding a camel and standing on top of one of the highest sand hills – from where you can see miles and miles of sand dunes – are offered.The icing on the cake is, of course, the belly-dancing at a desert camp. Here, one can climb a sand dune and come down while sand surfing. The camp offers music, dance, shopping, drinks and food along with the belly-dancing.As the bright stars appear overhead, the nearly five-hour trip comes to an end with the drive back to civilization, bringing the rich experience of the desert safari to an end.