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WHAT: Capitol Hill briefing to discuss access to education for the world's refugees and displaced people. WHO: Hosted by: Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Global Campaign for Education - United States Featuring: David Robinson, Executive Director, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (moderator) Dean Brooks, Director, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Nina Papadopoulos, Team Lead, Education in Crisis & Conflict, USAID Alex Palacios, Chief of Staff, Global Partnership for Education MEDIA ACCESS: Click here to RSVP. Opportunities for photos and interviews will be available. Please contact Sarah Carroll, scarroll2@jesuits.org at 412-951-1886 to learn more. About JRS/USA: The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) is to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced persons. JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, psycho-social and emergency needs of nearly 750,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons regardless of race, ethnic origin or religious beliefs. Click here to learn more. About GCE-US: The Global Campaign for Education, U.S. (GCE-US) is a broad-based coalition of U.S. organizations. The mission of the GCE-US is to promote education as a basic human right and mobilize to create political will in the United States and internationally to ensure universal quality education, which is at the core of all human development. Click here to learn more. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-crisis-unfolding-jrsusa-and-gce-us-host-capitol-hill-briefing-on-access-to-education-for-refugees-300462621.html


— Established expert in housing market and faithful philanthropist, Kenny Slaught advocates for scientific research development and technological advancement to enhance global health treatment methods in response to urgent international development calls in a timely and most effective manner. Having earned a degree in business and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Slaught has served on the UCSB Foundation Board of Trustees since 1996. The prominent real estate developer has recently praised the University on his blog at KennySlaught.com, as the notable institution was announced the Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner last year in May. David Low, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage”. Low’s research focuses on a new way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants. They will engineer different versions of the T2 lytic bacteriophage that bind multiple different regions of the BamA protein found on the surface of several pathogenic bacteria, which will ensure they only infect these target bacteria. They will test the different phage for capacity to kill pathogenic E. coli and Shigella, and whether they cause resistance. Kenny Slaught notes that Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how the humanity approaches persistent global health and development challenges. GCE is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was launched in 2008. More than 1,186 projects in over 61 countries have received GCE grants. Anyone from any organization can apply for the GCE grant program. There is a short two-page online application and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. A successful project has the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million. “These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.” Where human lives are concerned, Slaught is convinced medical research and practice need expanding horizons for timely and holistic global health interventions. Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes. For more information, please visit http://www.KennySlaughtNews.com


News Article | November 7, 2016
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An e-report on the situational writing component of the GCE O Level English exams has been launched, and it is promising to be a road map to success in the O Level Paper 1 exam. According to Lee Lin Cher – lead contributor to the information website The Cher – the e-report will clear the fog of confusion surrounding Section B of the English Paper 1 exam. “Singapore students taking the GCE O Level exams have no problems understanding what they will be tested in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Additional Mathematics. However, when it comes to English, they are somewhat clueless about what they will be tested in the exams,” Lee explained. To address this problem, Lee has produced an e-report detailing the different situational writing formats they need to familiarise themselves with in order to ace Paper 1 of the Singapore version of the GCE O Level English examinations. To download the e-report, click here. The 44-year-old tutor who conducts group tuition classes on the weekends attributes the confusion to a general misunderstanding of the English language as an examinable subject. To him, the problem only arises because students believe that they cannot reasonably “study” for the English language, since there is “no fixed content” for the subject. “Nothing can be further from the truth,” Lee refuted. “A syllabus and structure – together with accompanying content – must exist if you are going to be tested for the exams. The examiners can’t just set the paper based on their whims and fancies. Knowing what will be tested is a good step towards excellence in the GCE O Level English exams.” The e-report that Lee has authored will take the first step in orienting Secondary 4 students to what they will be tested in the O Level English exams. The report, entitled ‘P1 Situational Writing Formats: The Report’ is available for download at http://www.thecher.xyz/gce-o-level-english/different-situational-writing-formats…. TheCher.Xyz is the brainchild of Mr Lee Lin Cher, an ex-teacher who currently teaches the English language on the weekends. An avid reader and a prolific writer, TheCher.Xyz is a personal effort on his end to inform, educate and perhaps entertain. The website covers topics on health, wealth and education, and promotes items that appeal to specific segments of the market. Readers will find TheCher.Xyz to be refreshing, weird and downright irreverent. For more information, please visit http://www.thecher.xyz. For more information, please visit http://www.thecher.xyz


— California’s notable real estate investor, Kenny Slaught continues to support the notion of robust empirical research and its critical impact on public health policies and practices. Driven by his passion for learning excellence and empowering communities through education, he has been an active member and supporter of UCSB Foundation, who recently posted on his blog at KennySlaught.com that “The University of California Santa Barbara announced on May 26, 2016 that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner.” David Low, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage”. Low’s research focuses on a new way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. According to Kenny Slaught, “He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants”. David Low was awarded his bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego, his master’s degree in microbiology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from UC Irvine. As a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University he conducted research in molecular microbiology in the lab of Stanley Falkow, now a professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology. Low joined the UCSB faculty in 1998 after 13 years as a professor at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2013 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. In 2011, Guillermo Bazan, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was one of the winners of the GCE grant. Bazan’s award was for the study of how semiconducting molecules that penetrate the membranes of living organisms can facilitate the conversion of wastewater into energy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was interested in the possibility of using this technology to alleviate the emerging world’s problem with sanitation, which presents a significant health hazard and negatively impacts people’s dignity. Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes. For more information, please visit http://www.KennySlaughtNews.com


News Article | December 4, 2016
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SANTA BARBARA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 5, 2016 / UCSB Foundation's avid supporter, Kenny Slaught has recently congratulated the school on receiving the distinguished award on his blog at KennySlaught.com by posting, “The University of California Santa Barbara announced on May 26, 2016 that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner.” David Low, a professor in UCSB's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled "Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage". Low’s research focuses on a new way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. According to Kenny Slaught, “He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants." David Low was awarded his bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego, his master’s degree in microbiology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from UC Irvine. As a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University he conducted research in molecular microbiology in the lab of Stanley Falkow, now a professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology. Low joined the UCSB faculty in 1998 after 13 years as a professor at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2013 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. In 2011, Guillermo Bazan, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was one of the winners of the GCE grant. Bazan's award was for the study of how semiconducting molecules that penetrate the membranes of living organisms can facilitate the conversion of wastewater into energy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was interested in the possibility of using this technology to alleviate the emerging world’s problem with sanitation, which presents a significant health hazard and negatively impacts people’s dignity. Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes. SANTA BARBARA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 5, 2016 / UCSB Foundation's avid supporter, Kenny Slaught has recently congratulated the school on receiving the distinguished award on his blog at KennySlaught.com by posting, “The University of California Santa Barbara announced on May 26, 2016 that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner.” David Low, a professor in UCSB's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled "Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage". Low’s research focuses on a new way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. According to Kenny Slaught, “He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants." David Low was awarded his bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego, his master’s degree in microbiology from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from UC Irvine. As a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University he conducted research in molecular microbiology in the lab of Stanley Falkow, now a professor emeritus in microbiology and immunology. Low joined the UCSB faculty in 1998 after 13 years as a professor at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2013 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. In 2011, Guillermo Bazan, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was one of the winners of the GCE grant. Bazan's award was for the study of how semiconducting molecules that penetrate the membranes of living organisms can facilitate the conversion of wastewater into energy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was interested in the possibility of using this technology to alleviate the emerging world’s problem with sanitation, which presents a significant health hazard and negatively impacts people’s dignity. Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.


News Article | November 15, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt University headed by Stevenson Professor of Chemistry David Wright has designed a new kind of rapid diagnostic test for malaria that has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant which is designed to support innovative global health and development research projects. It is one of 56 such grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The innovative aspect of the "Origami Diagnostics to Accelerate Malaria Elimination" project is its use of "paper microfluidics" to produce a malaria test that is one hundred times more sensitive than commercially available tests while retaining the low cost and simplicity required for real world application. "In order to eradicate malaria, we must be capable of detecting the individuals that carry the malaria parasite but don't show any symptoms," said Wright. "Current commercial malaria tests are not capable of doing this. That is why we have engineered our origami test with the sensitivity required to identify these individuals. At the same time, we have designed it so it will be extremely inexpensive to make and so it will be as easy to operate as current lateral flow detectors like the pregnancy test." One of the factors that limit the sensitivity of current rapid malaria tests is the small amount of blood that they can process: a single drop. To address this problem, the origami detector consists of a relatively large well that is capped with a porous membrane. The membrane has a special coating that selectively catches proteins produced by the malaria parasite, called biomarkers. Users dilute a few milliliters of blood in a special liquid and pour it through the membrane, which snags the biomarkers as the mixture percolates through. This allows it to collect a much larger number of biomarkers than commercial tests. Once that is done, the users detach the well and throw it away. Then they fold the membrane onto an attached sheet of paper printed with special inks. These inks contain sensor molecules that change color when they bind with parasite biomarkers. Next they wet down the membrane/paper sandwich with a special liquid that releases the biomarkers from the membrane so they will come in contact with the sensor molecules, causing them to change color. To receive funding, Wright and other Grand Challenges Explorations winners described a "bold idea" in a two-page online application in one of six critical global heath and development topic areas. Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Founded in 2008, over 1,228 projects in more than 65 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million. The foundation will be accepting applications for the next GCE round in February 2017.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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— With research and technologies growing in popularity like never before, scholars and practitioners see innovation solutions combined with knowledge management as the key to improving global health care and human wellbeing. California-based entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kenny Slaught, acknowledges the value of scientific innovations in addressing international development needs. Having earned a degree in business and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he has served on the UCSB Foundation Board of Trustees since 1996. The prominent real estate developer has recently praised the University on his blog at KennySlaught.com, as the notable institution was announced the Grand Challenges Explorations grant winner last year in May. David Low, a professor in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage”. Low’s research focuses on a new way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are becoming resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants. They will engineer different versions of the T2 lytic bacteriophage that bind multiple different regions of the BamA protein found on the surface of several pathogenic bacteria, which will ensure they only infect these target bacteria. They will test the different phage for capacity to kill pathogenic E. coli and Shigella, and whether they cause resistance. Kenny Slaught notes that Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how the humanity approaches persistent global health and development challenges. GCE is a $100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was launched in 2008. More than 1,186 projects in over 61 countries have received GCE grants. Anyone from any organization can apply for the GCE grant program. There is a short two-page online application and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. A successful project has the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million. “These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed.” Where human lives are concerned, Slaught is convinced medical research and practice need expanding horizons for timely and holistic global health interventions. Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes. For more information, please visit http://www.KennySlaughtNews.com


LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio market research analysts forecast the global oxygen therapy devices market to grow at a CAGR of close to 11% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global oxygen therapy devices market for 2017-2021. The report also lists oxygen therapy equipment and oxygen therapy consumables as the two major product segments of which the oxygen therapy equipment segment accounted for 58% of the market share in 2016. Technavio’s sample reports are free of charge and contain multiple sections of the report including the market size and forecast, drivers, challenges, trends, and more. Technavio healthcare and life sciences analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global oxygen therapy devices market: Global vendors in the global oxygen therapy devices market are implementing innovative marketing strategies such as offering continual awareness and application training to healthcare professionals and organizing their sales teams around the physician specialties. This helps them create strong relationships with physicians and other end-users, which enhances their ability to cross-sell complementary products. Companies like Philips Respironics organize promotional activities to educate their end-users about their products. Companies like Chart Industries are focusing on attracting the home oxygen therapy (HOT) consumers by offering them attractive loans and monthly installment schemes. These innovative strategies will drive the global oxygen therapy devices market during the forecast period. It is estimated that nearly two billion people will be aged 60 years or over by 2050, and this growing number is expected to increase the demand for oxygen therapy devices in the market. The prevalence of chronic lung disorders such as COPD and pneumonia is high among the elderly population as the strength of the respiratory muscle decreases with progressing age. According to Barath Palada, a lead analyst at Technavio for medical devices research, “Moreover, there has been an increase in the incidence of chronic disorders among the global population owing to changes in lifestyle and rise in environmental pollution which has led to a spike in the incidence of COPD, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. All these factors will lead to an increased demand for oxygen therapy, during the forecast period." By 2030, air pollution and airborne allergens in the US are projected to increase, worsening the asthma scenario. Also, emerging countries in APAC, Eastern Europe, and Latin America with high air pollution show strong potential for the growth of oxygen therapy devices market. The healthcare industry has witnessed a paradigm shift in the last decade with more and more patients opting for home healthcare over hospital care. Modern medicine and improvement in healthcare services have helped improve patient outcome and reduce healthcare expenditure by allowing many people with chronic diseases to receive home-based medical care. “HOT devices are suitable for people with mild to moderate respiratory disorders like COPD and asthma,” says Barath. Global vendors like Philips Respironics and emerging vendors like GCE Healthcare are also focusing on launching portable oxygen concentrators for HOT. Also, companies like Inogen are also strategizing to maximize their revenue from the HOT market by strengthening their direct to consumer sales and rentals. Therefore, this emerging trend is expected to have a positive effect on the growth of the market. Become a Technavio Insights member and access all three of these reports for a fraction of their original cost. As a Technavio Insights member, you will have immediate access to new reports as they’re published in addition to all 6,000+ existing reports covering segments like patient monitoring devices, urology devices, and vaccines. This subscription nets you thousands in savings, while staying connected to Technavio’s constant transforming research library, helping you make informed business decisions more efficiently. Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies. Technavio analysts employ primary as well as secondary research techniques to ascertain the size and vendor landscape in a range of markets. Analysts obtain information using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches, besides using in-house market modeling tools and proprietary databases. They corroborate this data with the data obtained from various market participants and stakeholders across the value chain, including vendors, service providers, distributors, re-sellers, and end-users. If you are interested in more information, please contact our media team at media@technavio.com.


News Article | November 30, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

Technological advancements in the medical gas analyzers market, with new and advanced products coming through the pipeline of major players, along with growing awareness of patient safety and monitoring among the healthcare service providers around the world, especially in the emerging economies, are some of the key drivers that are fuelling the growth of medical gas analyzers market. However, changing guidelines regarding calibration standards of analyzers, increasing burden of reimbursements on governments resulting in various organizations declining reimbursements for respiratory therapies, are some factors that are restraining the growth of medical gas analyzers in the global market Based on equipment, vacuum systems contributed the largest share of the medical gas analyzers market in 2015, followed by monitoring systems .Based on application type, cardiovascular diseases segment dominated the global medical gas analyzers market. According to the American Heart Association, in 2015, cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of deaths, with around 17.3 Mn deaths per year globally, followed by respiratory diseases. In 2013, according to World Health Organization (WHO), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders (COPD) resulted in around 3 Mn deaths worldwide. Growing number of geriatric population, has resulted in an increase in cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disorders, and other age related diseases. Also, increasing air pollution and number of smokers, are some factors responsible for the growth of the global medical gas analyzers market. On the basis of regional presence, global medical gas analyzers market is segmented into five key regions viz.  North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to lead the global medical gas analyzers market for due to advanced healthcare infrastructure, higher adoption of technologies, and availability of reimbursement policies. Asia Pacific market is anticipated to grow at the fastest growth rate during the forecast period, owing to factors such as increasing air pollution especially in countries such as China, Japan, and India. Growing medical tourism industry in these countries, is likely to attract patients from across the world. Request TOC (desk of content material), Figures and Tables of the report: http://www.persistencemarketresearch.com/toc/12277 Some of the major players in global medical gas analyzers market are Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., The Linde Group, Air Liquide, Matheson Tri-Gas, Airgas, GCE Holding AB, Messer Group Gmbh, Praxair, Inc., Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp., Novair Medical, among others. New technologically advanced products and systems being launched in the global market, along with expansion in the emerging markets, and greater focus on patient care and monitoring, have been the major strategies adopted by major players in the global medical gas analyzers market.


News Article | December 21, 2016
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The time for festivities might be here, but amidst all the forthcoming celebrations, a lone voice in the wilderness is calling upon teens taking the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level examinations in 2017 to take the time to think, reflect and chart the course for the new year ahead. Lee Lin Cher – sole contributor to education and information website, The Cher (TheCher.Xyz) – has just published a blog post calling on students to do all they can to excel in the all-critical exams in the year ahead. Entitled “Why You Should Make It a Chinese New Year Resolution to Do Really Well for the GCE O Level Examinations 2017”, the post explains why students must be mindful of the limited time ahead, and zeroes down to one important motivation that all students must possess in facing the O Level hurdle in the year ahead. When asked about his reasons for publishing such a post, Lee waxed lyrical about the intentions behind his most recent piece: “Countries in Asia where there is a significant Chinese population tend to come to a standstill in the months of December to February. By the time the festivities are over, there are only 8 months left for everyone to achieve their goals for the year.” To Lee, this forced “shutdown” of Chinese-dominant societies not only takes a toll on institutions and businesses, it also lulls the common man into a false sense of security, where everyone begins thinking that they still have a lot of time to accomplish what they want. “For students taking the GCE O Level examinations in October 2017, this can be a massive disaster,” Lee added. To read the blog post, click here. Other than stressing the need to start early for the coming national examinations, Lee also tried to remind students why they would have to work hard for the GCE O Levels, even when they neither feel the need nor the urgency to do well for the exams. “It is about the unsung heroes in our lives; the people who make sure that we are well-taken care of. To know what I am talking about, do make sure to watch the video entitled ‘Rubber Boy’,” Lee advised. The Cher, or TheCher.Xyz, is the brainchild of Mr Lee Lin Cher, an ex-teacher who currently teaches the English language on the weekends. An avid reader and a prolific writer, TheCher.Xyz is a personal effort on his end to inform, educate and entertain. The website covers topics on health, wealth and education, and promotes items, services and products that are deemed beneficial to visitors of the site. Readers will find TheCher.Xyz to be refreshing, weird and downright irreverent. Contact Info: Name: Lee Lin Cher Email: llc@gmspl.xyz Organization: The Cher (TheCher.Xyz) by GMSPL Pte Ltd Address: 14, Robinson Road, #08-01A, Far East Finance Building, Singapore, 048545 Phone: +6566844261 For more information, please visit http://www.thecher.xyz

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