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News Article | February 21, 2017
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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 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 | November 10, 2016
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Richard Tersoo Mnenga relives the life, times and fight of “JS Tarka” (published by Xlibris UK), a man who occupies a unique place in the history of regionalism and nationalism in Nigeria among Nigeria’s historical greats: Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello and Zik; while also in a class of his own. Joseph Sarwuan Tarka, the father of the Middle Belt politics, while he lived, pursued the good of his people in every way he could. His belief in political alliance and unity were central to the unity of the North and its political domination of that historic era. Unity was his religion, what he lived, fought and died for. He was a great man whose contributions to Nigeria’s development were remarkable. It would be an understatement to say that JS was the founder of the National Party of Nigeria and was able to bring all the minorities in Nigeria within the party. The entire Western Nigeria was won by UPN, the East by NPP, and the far North by PRP and GNPP. Shagari’s presidency was decided by the minorities in Nigeria because of Tarka. About the Author Comrade Richard Tersoo Mnenga was born in Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State where both his parents were teachers. After his primary education at Anendah Memorial Nursery and Primary School, he proceeded to the famous St. Andrews Secondary School Adikpo for his post primary education, and thereafter, went to the Bayero University Kano where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science. His quest for higher education took him to the University of Basel, Switzerland where he obtained a masters degree in Peace and Conflicts Transformation with flying colours. He started active national politics when he joined other patriotic Nigerians to participate in the activities of Campaign for Democracy CD, a pro – democracy group that fought military dictatorship in Nigeria. As a result of the courageous manner at which Alhaji M.D. Yusufu challenged the military self-succession bid by coming out to contest the presidency against General Sani Abacha, he championed a forum, Youth Solidarity for MD Yusufu where he was the National Coordinator. Following the return of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, Mnenga joined forces with like-minds to form the Concerned Nigeria Democratic Youth Forum and was made National President. The forum organized numerous seminars nationwide encouraging Nigerians to participate in the electioneering process in the face of apathy by many who doubted the sincerity due to their previous experiences. In 2012, the Universal Peace Federation in collaboration with Youth Federation for World Peace bestowed on him the ‘’Peace Ambassador’’ award. The Mbaiwen traditional council of Nanev in Kwande Local Government also turbaned him as the ‘’Onov Ikyundu U Mbaiwen’’ in 2016. He is currently a member of governing council, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa state and resides in Kaduna - Nigeria. Xlibris Publishing UK, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving authors throughout the United Kingdom. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.co.uk or call 0800 056 3182 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisUK on Twitter for the latest news. ###


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.


News Article | November 2, 2016
Site: www.bbc.co.uk

The results of a schools experiment led by Tim Peake have been released. Six hundred thousand school children have discovered that seeds that have been in space grow almost as well as those that have stayed on Earth. It suggests vibrations during launch, temperature fluctuations, cosmic rays and microgravity do not prevent seeds from germinating and growing. The Royal Horticultural Society and UK Space Agency gave BBC News exclusive access to the results. Children from 8,600 schools and other children's organisations such as guide and scout groups as across the UK received seeds appropriately enough of the of the salad plant "rocket" that had been in space for six months. They grew them alongside rocket seeds which had remained on Earth. The findings indicated that, on average, the space seeds grew less well than seeds that had remained on Earth - but only very slightly. On average 4% more Earth seeds germinated 10 days after the seeds were planted. Just over 70% of the plants grown from Earth seeds were alive after 17 days - just slightly more than the plants grown from space seeds - just over 66%. The results indicate that there has been a slight biological effect on the space seeds. But according to Dr Hayley Jones, of the RHS, the main conclusion to draw is that rocket seeds - and probably other kinds of seeds that can be grown to provide food for astronauts during long duration missions are resilient to the traumas of spaceflight. "The results from this experiment provides further support that rocket seeds can be flown and stored on the International Space Station for six months without having any significant impacts on their ability to germinate and grow on Earth. "Of course, the environment and cultivation conditions are very different in space than on Earth, but this is the first step in knowing that astronauts have the potential to grow their own food for long duration space missions." According to Sue Biggs, who is the RHS's director general, the rocket science experiment "celebrates the creativity, curiosity and independent thinking of children and young people across the UK, as well the teachers and leaders who inspire them". The RHS collected comments sent in by schoolchildren and teachers involved in the experiment. Abi Spray, aged 13, from Cottenham Village College in Cambridge said: "Through the UK Space Agency, we learnt about scientific methods including randomisation. We like to think that (our school) has helped the growth of human knowledge about space travel and plant biology." Kiera Atherton, aged 9, from Fairway Primary School, Birmingham told the RHS: "It was really exciting to be in an experiment that no one has done before." The children's comments were borne out by teachers involved in the rocket science experiment. "It gets the children involved in real science that has implications for the future of our planet and its occupants," said John Teasdale, Martongate Primary School, East Riding in Yorkshire. Rachel Franklin, a teacher at Green Leaf Primary School in Walthamstow, in London, said: "It really has raised the profile and importance of science within school and children who normally wouldn't have been that interested in this subject have been really enthusiastic. "It has made lots of girls realise science is fun and relevant and they have seen themselves as real scientists." More than 320,000 individual measurements were collected - making the experiment scientifically robust and one of the most detailed of its kind ever carried out. The results will be useful to scientists trying to find ways of growing food in space.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hexion volunteers recently pitched in to create a new area designed to promote outdoor learning at Sully Primary School in Sully, Wales, UK. The new outdoor area includes a mural that combined the winning entries from a student contest. Located in close proximity to Hexion’s facility in Barry, Wales, UK, the school serves about 400 students. “As an important business partner with our stakeholders, we regularly support projects that benefit the communities where


Beneath the playground of the Victoria Primary School—located in Edinburgh, U.K.—workers uncovered the remains of what archaeologists believe is a 500-year-old criminal or pirate. Situated close to Newhaven’s harbor, the Victoria Primary School is the oldest working primary school in the U.K. The remains were uncovered last year while survey work was being completed for a new addition to the school. “The pupils thinks it’s fantastic that a skeleton was found deep underneath their playground,” said Laura Thompson, the school’s head teacher. “The archaeologists will hold a special lesson with some of the children about how they have used science to analyze the remains and it will be a good learning opportunity for them.” Originally, archaeologists believed the remains dated back to the Bronze Age, as they were in poor condition and discovered near 4,000-year-old shards of pottery. However, through carbon dating, they discovered the remains dated from the 16th or 17th centuries. “Archaeologists now know that the skeleton was likely to have been a murder victim—and quite possibly a pirate,” said Richard Lewis, the culture convener for the City of Edinburgh Council. “It’s fantastic that through the Council’s archaeology and museum service, we were able to investigate such discoveries and add to our understanding of Newhaven’s heritage.” According to the City of Edinburgh Council, an execution device known as a gibbet was positioned near the edge of Newhaven’s docks around 600 years ago. The unceremonious burial site—which is close in proximity to three other graveyards—indicates the person had no relatives or friends in the area. “It is believed the man was likely killed before being displayed in plain sight of ships to deter fellow pirates,” according to the council. AOC Archaeology and forensic artist Hayley Fisher created a facial reconstruction from the skull. They believe the man was in his 50s when executed.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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A former sergeant of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and an officer in the Australian Army Reserve, Lisa Ride was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and found that life took her in a new direction. The result is a book of 22 poems titled “A Little Spot of Poetry” (published by Xlibris AU). Uniquely Australian, this book tells Ride’s story through bush poetry. Her poems introduce readers to life in the country town of Albury on the beautiful Murray River in New South Wales. Surrounded by wineries and the breathtaking bush of the high country, they will learn about barramundi, currawongs, towneys and more. Along the way, Dottie her cartoon character comes too. Ride’s quirky take on life is artfully interwoven through her poetry, in the same way the bush poets of times gone by would do. An excerpt from the book: I put it in a safe place, I know I put it there When I went to find it, it had vanished in thin air It’s like I’m in the Twilight Zone; I can’t seem to get things right And it really doesn’t help me that I toss and turn all night An insightful and rewarding read, “A Little Spot of Poetry” is a snap-shot of one woman’s view of today’s society and gives comment on many levels. The author hopes readers will find this book a journey they can enjoy. “A Little Spot of Poetry” By Lisa Ride Softcover | 8.5x11in | 62 pages | ISBN 9781514494080 E-Book | 62 pages | ISBN 9781514494097 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Lisa Ride was born in the capital of Australia, Canberra, in 1962 and was a student at both Garran Primary School and Canberra Girls Grammar. A former uniformed police sergeant with the Australian Federal Police (AFP 1981-1995) and an Army Reserve officer (1981-2016) she has a background in public relations and has been a media liaison officer for the AFP, Australian National University and Defence (Army). She was a Marriage Celebrant for ten years (2004-2014) on the border town of Albury NSW. She is a quilter and makes quilts of soldiers deployed overseas; she loves singing (alto) and is an avid collector of many things. Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit xlibrispublishing.com.au or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.


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
Site: co.newswire.com

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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