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News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.topix.com

More than 750 solar panels have been fitted on the roof of Temple Sutton Primary School, in Eastern Avenue, with another 401 installed at Southend Adult Community College , in Ambleside Drive. Together the panels will provide 270,000kwh of electricity a year, nearly 60 per cent of their combined energy demand. Start the conversation, or Read more at Basildon Recorder.


CHENGDU, China, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, before the eighth Children's Day after the Wenchuan earthquake, Zhuwa Primary School in Pidu District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province and Nestle Company successfully held the 8th Art Festival of Zhuwa Primary School. More than 40 outstanding staff representatives of Nestle and its joint ventures together with the teachers and students of Zhuwa Primary School enjoyed the happy time. The theme of "Enjoying learning, staying health and growing up together" was followed throughout activities of the festival. Nestle employees participated in a variety of interactive activities with teachers and students in all classes to help children understand the world outside the school in multiple ways and dimensions. The students expressed the happiness and beauty they felt in study and life via clay sculpture, singing and dancing, vocal music and other talent shows. Painting and reading are indispensable good habits of children. To this end, Nestle staffs had made elaborate preparations for this art festival. "Spring Bud Club" spontaneously organized by Nestle staff actively encouraged their children to exchange paintings with children in Zhuwa Primary School, and Nestle trade union called on staffs to donate useful books to the children in Zhuwa and Nestle employees also wrote good wishes on the carefully selected books. The Art Festival invited Uncle Sihu, a children's literature writer to tell stories to the children. Uncle Sihu told the children a fairy tale "A Half Man" created by himself: a man was split into two people with exactly the opposite personalities and mentalities, how should he tackle such inner contradictions and conflicts? How should he face the troubles in growth? The children learned about the secret of developing a healthy personality and mentality in the laughter: to be open, tolerant, integrated and progressive. Many dietary experts had suggested that children should get involved in cooking to inspire their interest in food and encourage them to develop good habits of reducing picky eating and eliminating food-wasting. Therefore, the Art Festival specifically set up an open class "Small Chef Training Camp". Nestle invited Wu Jing, the head chef of Millennium Hotel Chengdu, and she led the children to make healthy and delicious salads with colorful vegetables. The simple production method was also very easy for children to use at home. A special link was arranged in this year's Art Festival: representatives of teachers and students from Zhuwa Primary School and Jiasikong Primary School in Daofu County, Sichuan Province jointly held the ceremony for "drinking healthy water". After the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, Nestle donated a set of water purification equipment to Zhuwa Primary School to meet the needs of teachers and students for drinking clean water after the disaster. Inspired by this, Zhuwa Primary School passed this love to Jiasikong Primary School this year. Limited by the conditions, teachers and students of Jiasikong Primary School had been drinking raw water. After learning this situation, Zhuwa Primary School donated the same type of water purification equipment to Jiasikong Primary School to improve their drinking water hygiene conditions. "Children are our future. As a leader in the field of nutrition and health, Nestle is committed to caring for the physical and mental health of children," said Mr. Rashid, Chairman and CEO of Nestle Greater China, "Over the past 150 years, Nestle has been committed to creating shared value for all the related parties and the society. The outstanding employees of Nestle and its joint ventures that came to the event each year can experience Nestle's business philosophy and become the witness and practitioner of 'creating shared value'. This year is the ninth year Nestle has helped Zhuwa Primary School and several hundred children have already become the families that Nestle employees are always concerned about. We are also very pleased to see that the children of Zhuwa Primary School can pass love to and care for others." During the Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, Zhuwa Primary School in Pidu District, Chengdu was seriously damaged, Nestle and its staffs generously donated money to help reconstruction of the main building of the school. Since then, in order to practice the concept of "creating shared value" as always, Nestle decided to support Zhuwa Primary School in the long term, and organized outstanding employees to participate in related activities in Zhuwa each year so as to effectively combine public welfare activities with employee motivation. In the past nine years, Nestle, along with leaders and teachers of the primary school, has carried out a series of support programs and incentive activities such as the annual Nestle Three Goods Scholarship and the Nestle Incentive Award, providing modernized teaching facilities and establishing nutrition and health room and so on. All these efforts not only let the children of Zhuwa Primary School always feel the greetings and care from the society, but also provide a platform for the Nestle employees to pay back the society. Now, Zhuwa Primary School has developed from an ordinary rural primary school to a "Level-A school of comprehensive assessment of education in Pidu District".


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

The year 5 and 6 girls football team at Glebe Primary School, Rayleigh, have their first matching team kit, thanks to Southend based company, Swiftclean Building Services who have purchased 12 sets of kit for the aspiring young team.


News Article | April 28, 2017
Site: www.theguardian.com

At the Manchester Creative and Media Academy, six year 10 students have just done an environmental audit of their school. They conducted interviews with staff and other pupils, inspected what was already being done, and examined energy policies. From this they have planned campaigns on recycling and litter – with specific targets – to make their school greener, all while studying for their GCSEs. The academy is part of the Green Schools Project, a student-led programme that helps schools become more environmentally friendly. It provides guides, presentations and resources so that coordinators within schools can recruit students to set up successful and results-driven green projects. Rachel Pickering, a geography teacher and coordinator of the project at the Manchester school, says the scheme has helped her students develop a professional approach to making change. “After the audit, they were able to come up with a list of priorities to focus on and presented this to the senior leadership team,” she says. “For the girls, staying after school to present to staff was a big deal so it’s been really great. They know they’ll be able to put it on their sixth form college applications – it’s good they have taken ownership of a project. They are really determined to make it a success.” The Green Schools Project is the brainchild of Henry Greenwood, who headed the maths department at a secondary school in east London until the summer of 2015. After 12 years of teaching, he joined the legions of start-up entrepreneurs in the capital, launching his social enterprise in September of that year. The idea began during his previous role at Kingsmead School in north London. “I was frustrated by what I saw around me; lights left on, windows open with the heating on in winter, recycling boxes not being emptied and litter everywhere. There was just a lack of awareness among the students about environmental issues. It was covered a little bit in geography and science, but they didn’t really see the practical applications of how you involve it in everyday life.” Greenwood created a new role for himself as sustainability coordinator at Kingsmead. Using the Eco-Schools framework – which awards schools at different levels depending on how green they are – as a starting point, he recruited a group of students to start their own initiatives. “I knew it couldn’t just be me; it had to revolve around the students,” he says. “I helped them to lead the project but they came up with ideas of what they wanted to do around the school, and went into assemblies and gave presentations. It worked really well and they got a lot out of it.” The club was a success. Over a three-year period, the student’s energy-saving campaign saved £35,000 and got the whole school recycling. They installed solar panels, started a vegetable garden, held ‘walk to school weeks’, and before long had landed the highest Eco-Schools accolade – the Green Flag. Now more than 20 schools are signed up and actively running green clubs using the model devised at Kingsmead. Greenwood has been joined by Morgan Phillips, the former head of Eco-Schools England, as associate director, as well as an enthusiastic advisory board. For teachers at Northumberland Park Community School in Tottenham, the project was attractive for the transferable skills it offered students. “Sustainability is obviously one side of it. The other side is the soft skills such as communication and building confidence,” says Tom Parkin, a science teacher at the school. Students from Northumberland Park recently took part in a debate about what Brexit means for the environment, alongside MPs and experts in the field. “The students got so excited and really planned out what they wanted to say,” says Henry Finn, a science teacher who co-runs the school’s green club. “One of them spoke about a polystyrene cup campaign that they have been running. It was an amazing chance for them to practise public speaking and leadership skills.” There are also ways to get younger age groups involved. Year 6 pupils at Orchard Primary School in Hackney are once such example. “All of the planning comes directly from the children so they have ownership of what they want to change and how,” says teacher Claire Lee. “It’s great to see their pride when their initiatives are successful. For example, they ran a competition during switch off fortnight to see which class could save the most electricity and they have organised workshops to teach their peers how to create recycled crafts.” This month, the government launched a new litter strategy, which identified the Eco-Schools award as a key mechanism to educate children and young people about the impact of litter. While such recognition is welcome, some campaigners and educators would like the government to go a step further and make environmental issues something on which schools are inspected by Ofsted. History teacher Phil Bell runs the Green Schools Project at Alec Reed Academy in west London, and believes there should be an “inter-disciplinary approach to environmental issues”. He explains: “Students just don’t have the environmental literacy to discuss [green issues] in a meaningful way, which hinders them from developing a real interest. In English, for example, they should be reading poems about green issues. In history, the environment should be part the curriculum. There’s a gap in schools compared with the importance of global warming as an issue.” Getting schools to think green has been a challenge, Greenwood admits, despite the financial incentives energy saving can bring to cash-strapped schools. “Schools are just not looking in that direction, there are so many other pressures so it’s not a priority,” Greenwood explains. “Focusing on long-term savings when you have immediate budget problems is part of it, but schools are also just looking at academic results and Ofsted. I don’t think it should be an either/or, as this can help those things given how much the students gain from it.” Despite the challenges of operating in the current climate, the Green Schools project is growing and the resources have recently been adapted for a pilot in three primary schools. Greenwood believes the scheme will keep building. “I do sometimes feel like I’m pushing a ball uphill, but maybe we’ll get to a tipping point. There are enough teachers out there who care about this stuff – and definitely enough students willing to take on these projects.” Follow us on Twitter via @GuardianTeach. Join the Guardian Teacher Network for lesson resources, comment and job opportunities, direct to your inbox


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

GRAND BAIE, MAURITIUS--(Marketwired - April 19, 2017) - Alphamin Resources Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AFM) ("Alphamin" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Alphamin Bisie Mining Project ("the Project") has commenced the construction of the mine box cut and upgrade of the access road following the mobilisation of two earthworks contractors to site, and the appointment of the mining contractor. Alphamin is also pleased to announce the appointment of two experienced directors, Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi, to the Company's Board. The appointments are subject to regulatory approval. The recent completion of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) program and associated Control Budget Estimate (CBE) by DRA Projects (DRA), the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, confirmed the robust economic metrics and potential of the Project, and its development into North Kivu's first commercial mine, and a new premier global tin producing mine. A comprehensive process for estimating capital costs was followed and the CBE results illustrated that the Project has the potential to remain strongly profitable at lower tin prices, as well as at increased prices for key consumables. The completed FEED and CBE increase proven and probable reserves to 4.67 Mt at 3.58% Sn containing 167.3 Kt of tin, while also increasing the life of mine (LoM) to 150 months or 12.5 years. The optimised process flow sheet resulted in 6% higher annual average plant throughput rates, and an increase in tin recoveries to 73%. The borehole drilling to prove the current reserves and provide mine planning has been carried out to a depth of 550 meters below surface and 720 meters down plunge. This results in a current planned life of mine of 12.5 years producing an average of 373,800 tonnes of Rom per annum. The Logistical challenge of locating a deep drilling rig on site restricted the evaluation of the resource to a proven reserve below this Level. The confidence of the drilling to date and the geological model indicates that the resource continues at depth. If this deep drilling is successful, management believes that it should allow for the current life of mine estimate for the Project to be increased. A cash margin of some US$ 11,040 per tonne of tin sold is foreseen, yielding a LoM annual average EBITDA of approximately US$ 110 million (constant 2017 terms), and robust economic performance indicators of a Net Present Value (8%) of US$ 402.2 million, a real, after tax, Project IRR of 49.1%, and a projected payback period of 17 months from first tin production. CONTRACTORS MOBILIZED, EXCAVATION OF BOX CUT AND UPGRADE OF ACCESS ROAD COMMENCED Alphamin has appointed Kongo River SA and VRSC SARL (VRSC) as the Project's earthworks contractors, and Reliant Congo SARL ("Reliant") as the Project's Phase I mining contractor. The appointment of these contractors followed a stringent due diligence process and evaluation of each potential contractor's safety records, submitted schedules, DRC experience, technical capacity and price. VRSC has worked on the construction of both Banro Corporation's mines in South Kivu & Kibali in the North-Eastern corner of the DRC. Reliant operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, and have a strong track record of safety and production. Reliant have worked for Glencore plc (Glencore) in the DRC & and continue to mine for Glencore in Zambia, and Vedanta Resources plc in India. Reliant are in the process of mobilising their equipment to begin developing the decline in early July 2017 in accordance with the project implementation schedule. "It is very encouraging that work has commenced, and subject to finalisation of the full funding solution, the Project is expected to be completed on time, and within budget by the end of Q1 of 2019." says Boris Kamstra, CEO of Alphamin Resources Corp. "Alphamin has appointed three contractors following an extensive tender process and the early works have commenced at the Alphamin Bisie Mining Tin project," explains Kamstra. "A total of 22 heavy earthmoving machines, their operators, management, and support have been deployed for work at the Mpama North site and on the access road. The work on the box cut and the continued upgrading of the 34km access road has already commenced, following the completion of the initial 9km of the access road upgrade to enable the carrying of normal traffic. The access road is expected to be completed by December 2017," states Kamstra. In addition, the return airway has advanced to 97m, and the orebody is expected to be intersected at 120m. The camps and associated infrastructure to house the project implementation team, has been completed. The development of the Project will be a catalyst for regional economic growth. "Alphamin is committed to contributing to the stability and economic activity in North Kivu, bringing significant benefit to the community and other stakeholders alike," says Kamstra. "We are cognisant of the importance of managing and delivering on community expectations. We have been careful in positioning ourselves as a catalyst for change, not as the source or sole reason for change," he says. "We are particularly confident that the recent establishment of the government committee, CAIMB, will help Alphamin in both the development of the project and addressing the communities' concerns". Community development activities are implemented via the Lowa Alliance (a not-for-profit foundation funded by the Company's DRC subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining SA. (ABM) in collaboration with the Walikale local community) and include the recent inauguration of the flagship Luuka Primary School at Logu in February by the North Kivu Minister of Mines and the Deputy Ambassador of South Africa, and the commencement of a further 10 development projects for 2017 out of the 115 envisioned for the first five years of the Bisie Tin Project. Alphamin is also pleased to announce that significant progress has been made towards finalising the funding package for the Project. Funding will include a combination of debt, equity and an equity standby facility. It is anticipated that the total funding package will be finalised within the next four weeks, and further announcements will follow in this regard as appropriate. Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi, seasoned business executives with significant experience and expertise, have accepted invitations to join the Board of Directors of Alphamin, subject to regulatory approval. Charles Needham, Chairman of Alphamin Resources Corp. expressed his delight at the Board appointments, stating: "We welcome the new board members and look forward to their contribution. The calibre and top level experience of the two gentlemen will stand Alphamin in very good stead. Not only do they enjoy international business clout and respect, but their expertise will add value to the Board as it guides the Alphamin business into a prosperous future." Bernard Swanepoel holds a BscEng (Mining) and BCom (Hons) (FinManagement), and currently serves on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, AREP (a clean energy company), eXtract Limited and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. He is a partner in THINKspiration (a leadership and strategy consultancy), founder of To-The-Point Growth Specialists (active in the junior mining space), Chairman and managing partner of MMC, a privately-owned manganese value added producer, and recently created a R1bn resources investment fund in partnership with eXtract and other investors. He is also the Chairman and co-owner of the annual Joburg Indaba (SA's premier Mining conference), as well as President of the AHi (SA's SME Business Chamber). Bernard has over 30 years experience in local and international mining, and mining project development. He started his career at Gengold, moving to Rand Mines in the mid-nineties, where he remained as CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited until 2007. Paul Baloyi, the Industrial Development Corporation's representative on the Company's Board, holds an MBA (University of Bangor Manchester), MDP, AMP (INSEAD) and SEP (Harvard), and currently serves on the Boards of Old Mutual South Africa, Basil Read Limited (Chairman), Bidcorp Limited, ENX Group Limited amongst others. Paul has over 35 years of experience in the international finance sector, having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (including the DBSA Development Fund), Managing Director of Nedbank Africa, and holding senior positions within Standard Bank. He is a past member of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Directors. Paul Baloyi commented on his appointment to the Alphamin Board "I am very very pleased and excited for the opportunity to join the best team assembled on what is increasingly proving the be great project . I am looking forward to adding value on the development of the mine." Alphamin is a tin exploration and development company with the vision to be respected in the international tin sector by unleashing the full profit and potential of its world-class tin asset in North Kivu, DRC currently under development. Alphamin has the vision to become a premier tin producer by: Information in this news release that is not a statement of historical fact constitutes forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements contained herein include, without limitation, statements relating to costs of production, success of mining operations, the ranking of the project in terms of cash cost and production, economic return estimates, social, community and environmental impacts, and continued positive discussions and relationships with local communities and stakeholders. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable at the time such statements are made. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Although Alphamin has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: Alphamin's ability to secure sufficient financing to advance and complete the Bisie Tin Project, uncertainties associated with Alphamin's resource and reserve estimates, uncertainties regarding global supply and demand for tin and market and sales prices, uncertainties associated with securing off-take agreements and customer contracts, uncertainties with respect to social, community and environmental impacts, adverse political events, uncertainties with respect to optimization opportunities for the Bisie Tin Project, as well as those risk factors set out in the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis and other disclosure documents available under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release and Alphamin disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws."


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

CHENGDU, China, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 18th, Kazakhstanian singer Dimash Kudaibergen finished his first public welfare show in Chengdu. Dimash participated in the "Trip to Chengdu" program as the first "Trip to China" ambassador. He made close interaction with pandas, felt local folk culture in Kuanzhai Alleys and tasted authentic Sichuan food. Dimash arrived in Chengdu on schedule in the evening of February 17th. Having stayed up all night to record the HNTV program, Singer, he seemed a bit tired. Although he was yet to start his trip in Chengdu, the young singer indicated sincerely that fans in Sichuan had deeply moved him; he was very thankful for their care and support and hoped there would be more chances for him to be in Chengdu and meet them. As the first "Trip to China" ambassador, Dimash went to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on February 18th and realized his years-long dream to see pandas with his own eyes. Accompanied by breeders, Dimash got a chance to hug a panda and feed it with apples and steamed corn bread. One remarkable thing was that Dimash was given special permit into the "Moon Maternity Ward" to see the panda cubs closely. Later, a representative of the Base presented a souvenir to Dimash. He said excitedly that it was an unforgettable trip in which he not only got to see and interact with baby pandas, but also learned a lot about panda breeding. He called on people to care for and protect giant pandas and other endangered animals. After visiting the panda base, Dimash hoped to see more of China, the mystical and great civilization. Dimash then went to the Kuanzhai Alleys to feel the local culture and folk music of Chengdu. Deep in the alleys, Dimash was surprised to meet the "happy couple", Mr. Bao Guo'an and his wife who once appeared on the stage of the program "Dream of China" and were then singing and playing musical instruments. The performance of students and teachers from Chengdu Paotongshu Primary School astonished Dimash. He interacted with the students at the time. As a gift to the lovely kids and fans, he offered to sing a song for them, which caused a burst of applause. Dimash was crowned as the "No. 001 Ambassador" of the "Trip to China". At the first stop of the program Chengdu, Dimash got the honor to be the first "Ambassador" of the "Trip to China and Find Beauties of Sichuan" activity jointly recommended by the Organizing Committee and the Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People's Government and received the certificate from the Organizing Committee. According to Dimash, it was a great pleasure for him to be the "First Ambassador of Trip to China" in the world. "I like China very much. Thank you, Chengdu, for giving me such precious memories of interacting with pandas closely. I hope that I will have opportunities to visit more places in China. I love China," said Dimash. "I'm in China!" With the theme of "Sharing the Beauty of China with the World", "Trip to China" is a promotional activity, guided by the External Promotion Bureau of the State Council Information Office of the P.R.China, supported by the Sichuan Provincial Commission of Tourism Development and jointly held by the China Intercontinental Communication Center and associated organizations. By broadcasting the experience of foreign stars, internet celebrities and volunteers through TV, internet and media platforms at home and abroad, this program aims to enable the world to know more about China in terms of its history, culture, landscape, folk customs, development and multi-ethnic culture. In this trip, Dimash not only felt the cultural characteristics of Chengdu but also got a deep understanding of Chinese culture. From the experience, Dimash has drawn many inspirations. He told us that he would do more meaningful things for the music cultural exchange between Kazakhstan and China in the future. Sichuan, located in the hinterland of southwestern China, is of a long history, beautiful landscape and profound Bashu culture and is reputed as the "Land of Abundance". The giant panda, the "friendly ambassador" of China, has actively promoted the friendship and mutual understanding between China and foreign countries. Therefore, Sichuan was selected as the first stop of the "Trip to China" as it is the home of giant panda. The opening ceremony of the "Trip to China and Find Beauties of Sichuan" was planned to be held in Chengdu on Friday, Feb. 24. A series of affiliated activities will be successively carried out in other cities to fully demonstrate the charm of China to the world. SOURCE The Organizing Committee and the Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People's Government


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

CHENGDU, China, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 18th, Kazakhstanian singer Dimash Kudaibergen finished his first public welfare show in Chengdu. Dimash participated in the "Trip to Chengdu" program as the first "Trip to China" ambassador. He made close interaction with pandas, felt local folk culture in Kuanzhai Alleys and tasted authentic Sichuan food. Dimash arrived in Chengdu on schedule in the evening of February 17th. Having stayed up all night to record the HNTV program, Singer, he seemed a bit tired. Although he was yet to start his trip in Chengdu, the young singer indicated sincerely that fans in Sichuan had deeply moved him; he was very thankful for their care and support and hoped there would be more chances for him to be in Chengdu and meet them. As the first "Trip to China" ambassador, Dimash went to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on February 18th and realized his years-long dream to see pandas with his own eyes. Accompanied by breeders, Dimash got a chance to hug a panda and feed it with apples and steamed corn bread. One remarkable thing was that Dimash was given special permit into the "Moon Maternity Ward" to see the panda cubs closely. Later, a representative of the Base presented a souvenir to Dimash. He said excitedly that it was an unforgettable trip in which he not only got to see and interact with baby pandas, but also learned a lot about panda breeding. He called on people to care for and protect giant pandas and other endangered animals. After visiting the panda base, Dimash hoped to see more of China, the mystical and great civilization. Dimash then went to the Kuanzhai Alleys to feel the local culture and folk music of Chengdu. Deep in the alleys, Dimash was surprised to meet the "happy couple", Mr. Bao Guo'an and his wife who once appeared on the stage of the program "Dream of China" and were then singing and playing musical instruments. The performance of students and teachers from Chengdu Paotongshu Primary School astonished Dimash. He interacted with the students at the time. As a gift to the lovely kids and fans, he offered to sing a song for them, which caused a burst of applause. Dimash was crowned as the "No. 001 Ambassador" of the "Trip to China". At the first stop of the program Chengdu, Dimash got the honor to be the first "Ambassador" of the "Trip to China and Find Beauties of Sichuan" activity jointly recommended by the Organizing Committee and the Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People's Government and received the certificate from the Organizing Committee. According to Dimash, it was a great pleasure for him to be the "First Ambassador of Trip to China" in the world. "I like China very much. Thank you, Chengdu, for giving me such precious memories of interacting with pandas closely. I hope that I will have opportunities to visit more places in China. I love China," said Dimash. "I'm in China!" With the theme of "Sharing the Beauty of China with the World", "Trip to China" is a promotional activity, guided by the External Promotion Bureau of the State Council Information Office of the P.R.China, supported by the Sichuan Provincial Commission of Tourism Development and jointly held by the China Intercontinental Communication Center and associated organizations. By broadcasting the experience of foreign stars, internet celebrities and volunteers through TV, internet and media platforms at home and abroad, this program aims to enable the world to know more about China in terms of its history, culture, landscape, folk customs, development and multi-ethnic culture. In this trip, Dimash not only felt the cultural characteristics of Chengdu but also got a deep understanding of Chinese culture. From the experience, Dimash has drawn many inspirations. He told us that he would do more meaningful things for the music cultural exchange between Kazakhstan and China in the future. Sichuan, located in the hinterland of southwestern China, is of a long history, beautiful landscape and profound Bashu culture and is reputed as the "Land of Abundance". The giant panda, the "friendly ambassador" of China, has actively promoted the friendship and mutual understanding between China and foreign countries. Therefore, Sichuan was selected as the first stop of the "Trip to China" as it is the home of giant panda. The opening ceremony of the "Trip to China and Find Beauties of Sichuan" was planned to be held in Chengdu on Friday, Feb. 24. A series of affiliated activities will be successively carried out in other cities to fully demonstrate the charm of China to the world. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dimash-kudaibergen-visited-chengdu-as-the-first-trip-to-china-ambassador-300410553.html


News Article | February 18, 2017
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Prologic Technology Systems, Inc., a K-12 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software developer, announced today that Palestine Independent School District (PISD) has selected the TEAMS ERP solution as an integrated platform for Finance, HR/Payroll, and Student Information Systems for their district. Palestine ISD is home to Palestine High School, Palestine Junior High School, Story Intermediate School, Southside Elementary School, Northside Primary School and Washington Early Childhood Center. Palestine ISD CFO, David Atkeisson stated that they decided to move forward with TEAMS because of “the cloud-based system, electronic workflow, substitute assignment capabilities, digital documentation and storage options, and the all-in-one database. It was also appealing that TEAMS is concentrated on Texas Districts only, at a reasonable price point. We’re looking forward to having all of our data in one place, in a user-friendly platform.” “Palestine ISD’s selection of TEAMS is affirmation that our focus on user-centric, automated solutions are providing high-level efficiencies to districts all over Texas,” stated Jeff Pepper, President of Prologic Technology Systems, Inc. Prologic is the first advanced technology solution for K-12 school district administration and student management. Prologic’s Total Education Administrative Management Solution (TEAMS ERP™) seamlessly bridges the silos of finance, human resource and student information into a single, cohesive database capable of real-time reporting and simplified collaboration among district teachers, students, administrators and parents. TEAMS ERP is ideal for school districts requiring a robust, yet easy-to-use system that is highly scalable and configurable. Prologic has been solely focused on delivering intelligent software solutions to the K-12 market since 1992. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.


Brian Clay of Greater Memphis Media and others will read to students at Little Flower Primary School and donate the book "Chocolate Me" by actor Taye Diggs


News Article | February 15, 2017
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With children as young as 9 addicted to drugs, the town of Heidedal, South Africa, came together to create a drug-free community. The town of Heidedal’s 2016 Man of the Year Gregory Werner launched a Truth About Drugs campaign January 20-23 to take aim at drug abuse and save lives. “Children as young as 9 are already addicted to drugs,” says Werner. What’s more, police report a nearly 10x increase in drug-related crime from 2005 to 2016. Looking for a way to tackle this issue, Werner contacted the Foundation for a Drug-Free Africa in Tschwane (Pretoria) and organized a weekend of drug prevention activities for maximum impact. The finale was drug education lectures delivered to some 1,300 students of Heide Primary School. More than half the town’s population was reached by the campaign message over the weekend, and the community has mobilized to make Heidedal drug-free. Foundation for a Drug-Free World is one of the humanitarian programs supported by Scientologists and the Church of Scientology. The Church makes the Foundation’s Truth About Drugs materials available free of charge for anyone wishing to use them to help raise awareness of the dangers of drugs. In his research, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard discovered that “the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.” Read the article on the Scientology newsroom.

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