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News Article | May 26, 2017
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This undated photo obtained by the Press Association on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, of Saffie Roussos, one of the victims of an attack at Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, which left more than a dozen dead on Monday. A suicide bomber blew himself up as concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande. (PA via AP) LONDON (AP) — The bombing at a Manchester concert on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. They include a teenage couple who died together and two mothers picking up their daughters. All left behind many fond memories for their friends and family. Lisa Lees was picking up her daughter at the Manchester Arena when the explosion happened. Her brother, Lee Hunter, confirmed on Facebook that the 47-year-old from Oldham had died. Lees was killed alongside friend Alison Howe, 45, who also was picking up her daughter at the end of the concert. Howe's stepson, Jordan Howe, described her as "a caring, beautiful mum and stepmother." Sheffield resident Kelly Brewster, 32, was attending the concert with her sister and niece, who were reportedly injured in the blast. Brewster's partner, Ian Winslow, wrote on Facebook that he had been overwhelmed by the messages of condolence and support he's received over the past days. "Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been, and we had so many things planned together," Winslow said. "My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated, like we all are." Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod loved music, from listening to Ariana Grande to playing the bagpipes with her band. Her family said the 14-year-old, from the Scottish island of Barra, was "vivacious and full of fun." Eilidh had attended the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, who was seriously injured and remains in the hospital. Their head teacher at Castlebay Community School said the attack had left the island community feeling numb from shock. Courtney Boyle and her stepfather, Philip Tron, attended the concert together and both lost their lives. Tron's family described him as a man with an infectious laugh. In a statement, the girl's boyfriend called her his soul mate, "an adventurer, a precious and joyous soul." Her father said: "I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life." Chloe Rutherford, 17, and her boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, were described as a perfect couple who "wanted to be together forever" — and now they are, their families said. The families said Chloe, who described herself as ditzy, was adored by Liam, who was a keen cricket player and was studying sport and exercise science at Northumbria University. In a statement, the relatives said: "On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not." Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, wanted to be an architect and go to Columbia University in New York when she grew up. On the night of the blast, her grandparents and mother had gone to Manchester Arena to pick her up. In a statement, her grandfather said his wife, Pauline, is in intensive care, while Sorrell's mother Samantha is recovering from surgery as she tries to make sense of her loss. The family said Sorrell wanted to study architecture to build hotels "with slides coming out of the rooms," and so she could "build her mum a house." Elaine McIver, a policewoman, always urged those she knew not to be cowed by fear tactics. McIver, who served with Cheshire Police, was at the concert with her partner, Paul, who was wounded in the deadly explosion. British media reported that her two children were also there and were also hurt. In a statement Thursday, her family said she was "the best we could ever have wished for," adding: "Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it." Michelle Kiss was a mother of three children, a loving wife, sister and daughter — and "family was her life," her loved ones say. In a statement, her family said: "She has been taken away from us and all that love her in the most traumatic way imaginable." The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Kiss attended Monday's concert with her daughter, who was reported to be safe and was photographed being hugged by a police officer. Her family said: "We hope to draw from the courage and strength she showed in her life to get through this extremely difficult time." Jane Tweddle, a school receptionist, had reportedly gone to Manchester with a friend to pick up the friend's daughter, who was attending the Ariana Grande concert. The South Shore Academy in the northern English seaside town of Blackpool, where she worked, said tributes had poured in from parents, students and colleagues describing Tweddle as "bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous." She said the mother of three daughters was "irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten." Teenager Nell Jones, who went to a school in the village of Holmes Chapel, south of Manchester, was described by a teacher as "a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive." Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College said police had confirmed Nell died at the scene of the bombing. Head teacher Denis Oliver said in a statement Wednesday that the school community was devastated by the news, and her schoolmates felt like "they have lost a sister not a classmate." Oliver also confirmed that another Year 9 student, Freya Lewis, was badly injured in the attack and needed 10½ hours of surgery. Freya's father, Nick Lewis, said: "Freya has been sewn, bolted, drilled and bandaged back together. It is going to be a long climb but we are on the first step." Martyn Hett, reported to be 29, was a PR manager who "loved life and celebrated it every day," his employer said. Hett had appeared on the reality TV shows "Tattoo Fixers" and "Come Dine With Me." His employer, Rumpus, said on its website that Hett had packed life "to the brim with his passions." The company says "he was taken from this world too soon, by forces we will never truly understand." Teenager Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who went to a school near Manchester, was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester with a friend who has since undergone surgery to treat injuries sustained in the explosion. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, who had been appealing desperately for news of Olivia online, wrote in a Facebook post early Wednesday: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon, go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much." In a vigil Wednesday, she tearfully asked those attending not to let the atrocity "beat any of us." Tottington High School in the town of Bury said the school community was "absolutely devastated and heartbroken." Saffie Roussos, 8, is the youngest victim identified so far. The schoolgirl had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire. They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said. In a statement, the head teacher of the Tarleton Community Primary School that she attended in the village of Tarleton, Lancashire, described her as "simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair." The head teacher, Chris Upton, said her death was "a tremendous shock to all of us." ''The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking," he said. Students and teachers held a moment's silence and sang "Don't Stop Believin'" to honor her Wednesday. A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters from the concert in Manchester are among the dead, Poland's foreign minister said Wednesday. Witold Waszczykowski said the daughters — one a minor, one adult — were unharmed. He did not give the couple's names but the daughter of Marcin and Angelika Klis searched publicly for her parents after the explosion. A Facebook page "Remembering Marcin Klis" says he lived in the northern English city of York, worked for a taxi service and came from the Polish town of Darlowo on the Baltic Sea. In his latest entry from March 21, he shared a link from a protest in York against Uber car services. Entries from 2015 show him vacationing with family in Egypt. Waszczykowski said another Polish citizen was wounded in the attack and had undergone surgery but "everything indicates that he will live." Georgina Callander, a student, was a mega fan of Ariana Grande, with a picture of the two circulating on social media as her name emerged as the first confirmed victim. Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, said Callander "was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to." The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. It said she died of wounds from the attack and described her as "a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff." Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, expressed "enormous sadness" at her death, saying Callander was on the second year of her health and social care course.


News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

This undated photo obtained by the Press Association on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, of Saffie Roussos, one of the victims of an attack at Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England, which left more than a dozen dead on Monday. A suicide bomber blew himself up as concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande. (PA via AP) LONDON (AP) — The bombing at a Manchester concert on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. They left behind many fond memories for their friends and family. Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod loved music, from listening to Ariana Grande to playing the bagpipes with her band. Her family said the 14-year-old, from the Scottish island of Barra, was "vivacious and full of fun." Eilidh had attended the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, who was seriously injured and remains in the hospital. Their head teacher at Castlebay Community School said the attack had left the island community feeling numb from shock. Courtney Boyle was at the concert with her step-dad Philip Tron, described by his family as a man with an infectious laugh, when both lost their lives. In a statement, the girl's boyfriend called her his soulmate, "an adventurer, a precious and joyous soul." Her father said: "I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life." Chloe Rutherford, 17, and her boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, were described as a perfect couple who "wanted to be together forever" — and now they are, their families said. The families said Chloe, who described herself as ditzy, was adored by Liam, who was a keen cricket player and was studying sport and exercise science at Northumbria University. In a statement, the relatives said: "On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not." Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, wanted to be an architect and go to Columbia University in New York when she grew up. On the night of the blast, her grandparents and mother had gone to Manchester Arena to pick her up. In a statement, her grandfather said his wife, Pauline, is in intensive care, while Sorrell's mother Samantha is recovering from surgery as she tries to make sense of her loss. The family said Sorrell wanted to study architecture to build hotels "with slides coming out of the rooms," and so she could "build her mum a house." Elaine McIver, a policewoman, always urged those she knew not to be cowed by fear tactics. McIver, who served with Cheshire Police, was at the concert with her partner, Paul, who was wounded in the deadly explosion. British media reported that her two children were also there and were also hurt. In a statement Thursday, her family said she was "the best we could ever have wished for," adding: "Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it." Michelle Kiss was a mother of three children, a loving wife, sister and daughter — and "family was her life," her loved ones say. In a statement, her family said: "She has been taken away from us and all that love her in the most traumatic way imaginable." The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Kiss attended Monday's concert with her daughter, who was reported to be safe and was photographed being hugged by a police officer. Her family said: "We hope to draw from the courage and strength she showed in her life to get through this extremely difficult time." Jane Tweddle, a school receptionist, had reportedly gone to Manchester with a friend to pick up the friend's daughter, who was attending the Ariana Grande concert. The South Shore Academy in the northern English seaside town of Blackpool, where she worked, said tributes had poured in from parents, students and colleagues describing Tweddle as "bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous." She said the mother of three daughters was "irreplaceable, much loved and will never be forgotten." Teenager Nell Jones, who went to a school in the village of Holmes Chapel, south of Manchester, was described by a teacher as "a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive." Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College said police had confirmed Nell died at the scene of the bombing. Head teacher Denis Oliver said in a statement Wednesday that the school community was devastated by the news, and her schoolmates felt like "they have lost a sister not a classmate." Oliver also confirmed that another Year 9 student, Freya Lewis, was badly injured in the attack and needed 10½ hours of surgery. Freya's father, Nick Lewis, said: "Freya has been sewn, bolted, drilled and bandaged back together. It is going to be a long climb but we are on the first step." Martyn Hett, reported to be 29, was a PR manager who "loved life and celebrated it every day," his employer said. Hett had appeared on the reality TV shows "Tattoo Fixers" and "Come Dine With Me." His employer, Rumpus, said on its website that Hett had packed life "to the brim with his passions." The company says "he was taken from this world too soon, by forces we will never truly understand." Teenager Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who went to a school near Manchester, was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester with a friend who has since undergone surgery to treat injuries sustained in the explosion. Her mother, Charlotte Campbell, who had been appealing desperately for news of Olivia online, wrote in a Facebook post early Wednesday: "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon, go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much." In a vigil Wednesday, she tearfully asked those attending not to let the atrocity "beat any of us." Tottington High School in the town of Bury said the school community was "absolutely devastated and heartbroken." Saffie Roussos, 8, is the youngest victim identified so far. The schoolgirl had been at the concert with her mother, Lisa Roussos, and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, in her 20s, from Leyland, Lancashire. They are both now in separate hospitals being treated for injuries, friends said. In a statement, the head teacher of the Tarleton Community Primary School that she attended in the village of Tarleton, Lancashire, described her as "simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair." The head teacher, Chris Upton, said her death was "a tremendous shock to all of us." ''The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking," he said. Students and teachers held a moment's silence and sang "Don't Stop Believin'" to honor her Wednesday. A Polish couple who had come to collect their daughters from the concert in Manchester are among the dead, Poland's foreign minister said Wednesday. Witold Waszczykowski said the daughters — one a minor, one adult — were unharmed. He did not give the couple's names but the daughter of Marcin and Angelika Klis searched publicly for her parents after the explosion. A Facebook page "Remembering Marcin Klis" says he lived in the northern English city of York, worked for a taxi service and came from the Polish town of Darlowo on the Baltic Sea. In his latest entry from March 21, he shared a link from a protest in York against Uber car services. Entries from 2015 show him vacationing with family in Egypt. Waszczykowski said another Polish citizen was wounded in the attack and had undergone surgery but "everything indicates that he will live." Georgina Callander, a student, was a mega fan of Ariana Grande, with a picture of the two circulating on social media as her name emerged as the first confirmed victim. Peter Rawlinson, deputy of the Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, where Callander was a former pupil, said Callander "was academically a very gifted student, very hard-working. Just lovely to speak to." The school posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and look smart in her school uniform. It said she died of wounds from the attack and described her as "a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff." Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, expressed "enormous sadness" at her death, saying Callander was on the second year of her health and social care course.


Nearly 10,000 students from China's rural villages took a virtual tour of the Fredeiksborg Castle Museum, which was led by Ms. Mette Skouggard, the museum's curator, Chinese representative Gao Yimeng and CCtalk contract teacher Dr. Henry Guo graduated from Oxford University who translated all of the content. "Our Danish partners understand the great importance of this event. They closed the renowned Treasure House for 3 hours just for us to do the live broadcast," said Guo. The live event not only linked curious children to the far-away land, but also interconnected their experiences among distant Chinese provinces. Student representatives from two schools in Gansu (northwestern province of China), and Henan (middle eastern province of China) could raise questions in response to each other using CCtalk's two-way video tool. Most of the children who participated in the live broadcast have never taken a step out of their hometowns. After the event, Sun Dongqiang, principle of Lianzhuang Primary School in Hebei Province, said, "Children in the village really need courses like this, not only to broaden their horizons, but to help increase knowledge as well." Ms. Mette Skougaard said in a prior interview with China Central Television, "It is very important to promote cultural blending, but it is not easy to organize Danish students to go to China." But soon, Danish students will also be able to virtually travel to China and "walk inside" places such as Prince Kung's Mansion in Beijing as a part of the "Aim at the World" Museum Children's Education Project, which was initiated by China's National Culture and Arts Foundation, the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of the Ministry of Culture, the Frederiksborg Castle Museum and Hujiang EdTech. With the use of panoramic live-broadcasting, two-way video, VR and other technologies, children in classrooms worldwide can learn world history, experience foreign cultures and gain a better understanding of other civilizations. "Through the combination of high technology including VR, AI and big data and education, we hope to facilitate learning and make knowledge more available to a wider range of audience and build a bridge for cultural exchange worldwide," said Arnold (Cairui) Fu, Founder & CEO of Hujiang EdTech. According to the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of China's Ministry of Culture, besides the Frederiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, it is very likely that in the future, more and more world-class museums will offer similar experiences in collaboration with CCtalk. Courses covering the arts, nature, history, and technology will be available soon. This project will enhance the educational resources available to local schools. To guarantee successful communication and interaction between students and foreign experts, multi-lingual simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the live streaming. Founded in 2001, Hujiang EdTech stands out from the booms and busts of the tech scene in China by offering solid answers to two questions: How can technology change the education industry? What is an educational technology platform, really? Started as an online BBS community offering online courses and now China's leading online education company, Hujiang EdTech strives to make high-quality education more accessible and enjoyable through mobile learning applications, online courses, and its interactive online teaching platform. Serving over 140 million users (including 110 million mobile users) in China, Hujiang EdTech offers a wide range of online educational programs, including international & domestic examination preparation, foreign language learning, professional skills training, and more.


On Saturday, nearly 200 middle school students from 20 regional schools competed in the largest Junior Solar Sprint competition in California history. The Junior Solar Sprint is an international competition where fifth through eighth grade students work in teams to build and compete model solar-powered cars that are judged on design, originality, construction and fastest time. San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power, who has been sponsoring this event locally since 2009 in collaboration with IBEW Local 569, donated 300 solar kits to regional schools. Students from Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine claimed the official Southern California Junior Solar Sprint title, which took place at Flora Vista Elementary School in Encinitas. The winning team, “Dan II,” will be sponsored by Sullivan Solar Power to attend the national competition in Orlando, Fl. on June 21. Second place went to “Team Chevy” of the Child’s Primary School in San Diego and third place went to “Fusion” from Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Carlsbad. “I helped in the classroom when the kids built these cars and you could tell that the students were over the moon just to be participating in the Junior Solar Sprint. They didn’t have to win, but they were out there having fun, and that’s when they want to come out and do it again,” said Chris Loarie, the father of a student with the winning car “Dan II,” who competed the car “Dan” last year, “This is how you inspire kids to do these types of engineer endeavors in the future.” Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Baird and Flora Vista Elementary School Principal Chris Juarez spoke at the event about the importance of getting children today excited about science, technology, engineering and renewable energy to be the future leaders we need as a region and nation. Certificates were provided to participating students from California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher. Hundreds of people attended the event, including local principals, teachers, parents, kids and the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego. “The only way we’re going to have the energy we need to move into the next century is to use renewable energy like solar power,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “There’s enough power that hits our Earth to power our needs, it’s just a matter of harnessing it and giving kids a taste of what it can mean for the future, which is very important for our society to move forward.” Sullivan shared that his employees happily volunteer their time for this event since they see the importance of helping kids understand solar technology, and how it can transform the way we generate electricity. “Because of the Junior Solar Sprint, I’ve learned how a solar panel works and more about engineering,” said the eighth grade winner, Hayden L., from Joan MacQueen Middle School, “It’s a very fun contest. You get to learn a lot, and you get to compete with other people, having fun while you create something.” Many local science teachers were the behind-the-scenes champions who signed up the students for the event and worked with the students to build their cars in the classroom. “With the challenges we face today with pollution and climate change, it’s important to open up the kids’ minds to the clean energy sector,” Jeff Talsky, a science teacher at Challenger Middle School in San Diego. His team of four students placed fourth overall. The winners by category from Saturday’s competition are as follows: For more information about the Southern California Junior Solar Sprint, and to follow team Dan II in Orlando, Fl. next month, visit www.juniorsolarsprint.org.


News Article | May 24, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Children who attend the book reading will be able to enter a drawing for a free copy of Hopkins Goes to the Beach, and Hultz will sign winners' books. Hultz's book was inspired by her family's dog of the same name. In solidarity with Hopkins, the Humane Society of Eastern Tennessee will bring rescue dogs to the events. Adults who come wearing pajamas may enter a drawing to win a new mattress set. "We've worked hard to open the Sleep Outfitters stores in Knoxville," said Kim Knopf, Chief Executive Officer for Sleep Outfitters. "Now we're ready to celebrate by throwing a fun, family-themed community party with book readings, rescue dogs, music, food and maybe even a friendly pillow fight." Additionally, Sleep Outfitters has partnered with Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Wesley House and Farragut Primary School to establish Little Free Libraries so children have greater access to books. Sleep Outfitters will donate the libraries, which will be installed this summer. The public is invited to bring gently used children's books and young adult books to the pajama parties to help stock the libraries. About Innovative Mattress Solutions Innovative Mattress Solutions (iMS), headquartered in Lexington, is the parent firm of Sleep Outfitters, Mattress Warehouse and Mattress King. Founded in 1983 in South Charleston, W.Va., by CEO Kim Knopf, the company operates 160 retail locations in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama. iMS stores feature pillows, mattress protectors and adjustable bases, as well as mattress sets from Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic. For more information about iMS, visit www.sleepoutfitters.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sleep-outfitters-to-throw-pajama-parties-for-knoxville-store-openings-300463351.html


The live event not only linked curious children to the far-away land, but also interconnected their experiences among distant Chinese provinces. Student representatives from two schools in Gansu (northwestern province of China), and Henan (middle eastern province of China) could raise questions in response to each other using CCtalk's two-way video tool. Most of the children who participated in the live broadcast have never taken a step out of their hometowns. After the event, Sun Dongqiang, principle of Lianzhuang Primary School in Hebei Province, said, "Children in the village really need courses like this, not only to broaden their horizons, but to help increase knowledge as well." Ms. Mette Skougaard said in a prior interview with China Central Television, "It is very important to promote cultural blending, but it is not easy to organize Danish students to go to China." But soon, Danish students will also be able to virtually travel to China and "walk inside" places such as Prince Kung's Mansion in Beijing as a part of the "Aim at the World" Museum Children's Education Project, which was initiated by China's National Culture and Arts Foundation, the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of the Ministry of Culture, the Frederiksborg Castle Museum and Hujiang EdTech. With the use of panoramic live-broadcasting, two-way video, VR and other technologies, children in classrooms worldwide can learn world history, experience foreign cultures and gain a better understanding of other civilizations. "Through the combination of high technology including VR, AI and big data and education, we hope to facilitate learning and make knowledge more available to a wider range of audience and build a bridge for cultural exchange worldwide," said Arnold (Cairui) Fu, Founder & CEO of Hujiang EdTech. According to the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of China's Ministry of Culture, besides the Frederiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, it is very likely that in the future, more and more world-class museums will offer similar experiences in collaboration with CCtalk. Courses covering the arts, nature, history, and technology will be available soon. This project will enhance the educational resources available to local schools. To guarantee successful communication and interaction between students and foreign experts, multi-lingual simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the live streaming. Founded in 2001, Hujiang EdTech stands out from the booms and busts of the tech scene in China by offering solid answers to two questions: How can technology change the education industry? What is an educational technology platform, really? Started as an online BBS community offering online courses and now China's leading online education company, Hujiang EdTech strives to make high-quality education more accessible and enjoyable through mobile learning applications, online courses, and its interactive online teaching platform. Serving over 140 million users (including 110 million mobile users) in China, Hujiang EdTech offers a wide range of online educational programs, including international & domestic examination preparation, foreign language learning, professional skills training, and more. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hujiang-edtech-launches-online-museum-project-in-copenhagen-to-promote-global-cultural-exchange-300464904.html


COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hujiang EdTech ("Hujiang"), China's leading online education company, through its interactive online teaching platform CCtalk, launched the Cultural Exchange - "Aim at the World" Museum Children's Education Project ("the project") at the Frederiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. This live interactive broadcast is one of Hujiang EdTech's initiatives to link China and the rest of the world. The company intends to introduce exhibits and other content from world class museums to children worldwide through Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Nearly 10,000 students from China's rural villages took a virtual tour of the Fredeiksborg Castle Museum, which was led by Ms. Mette Skouggard, the museum's curator, Chinese representative Gao Yimeng and CCtalk contract teacher Dr. Henry Guo graduated from Oxford University who translated all of the content. "Our Danish partners understand the great importance of this event. They closed the renowned Treasure House for 3 hours just for us to do the live broadcast," said Guo. The live event not only linked curious children to the far-away land, but also interconnected their experiences among distant Chinese provinces. Student representatives from two schools in Gansu (northwestern province of China), and Henan (middle eastern province of China) could raise questions in response to each other using CCtalk's two-way video tool. Most of the children who participated in the live broadcast have never taken a step out of their hometowns. After the event, Sun Dongqiang, principle of Lianzhuang Primary School in Hebei Province, said, "Children in the village really need courses like this, not only to broaden their horizons, but to help increase knowledge as well." Ms. Mette Skougaard said in a prior interview with China Central Television, "It is very important to promote cultural blending, but it is not easy to organize Danish students to go to China." But soon, Danish students will also be able to virtually travel to China and "walk inside" places such as Prince Kung's Mansion in Beijing as a part of the "Aim at the World" Museum Children's Education Project, which was initiated by China's National Culture and Arts Foundation, the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of the Ministry of Culture, the Frederiksborg Castle Museum and Hujiang EdTech. With the use of panoramic live-broadcasting, two-way video, VR and other technologies, children in classrooms worldwide can learn world history, experience foreign cultures and gain a better understanding of other civilizations. "Through the combination of high technology including VR, AI and big data and education, we hope to facilitate learning and make knowledge more available to a wider range of audience and build a bridge for cultural exchange worldwide," said Arnold (Cairui) Fu, Founder & CEO of Hujiang EdTech. According to the Prince Kung's Mansion Management Center of China's Ministry of Culture, besides the Frederiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, it is very likely that in the future, more and more world-class museums will offer similar experiences in collaboration with CCtalk. Courses covering the arts, nature, history, and technology will be available soon. This project will enhance the educational resources available to local schools. To guarantee successful communication and interaction between students and foreign experts, multi-lingual simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the live streaming. Founded in 2001, Hujiang EdTech stands out from the booms and busts of the tech scene in China by offering solid answers to two questions: How can technology change the education industry? What is an educational technology platform, really? Started as an online BBS community offering online courses and now China's leading online education company, Hujiang EdTech strives to make high-quality education more accessible and enjoyable through mobile learning applications, online courses, and its interactive online teaching platform. Serving over 140 million users (including 110 million mobile users) in China, Hujiang EdTech offers a wide range of online educational programs, including international & domestic examination preparation, foreign language learning, professional skills training, and more. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hujiang-edtech-launches-online-museum-project-in-copenhagen-to-promote-global-cultural-exchange-300464904.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Floral tributes, messages and candles are left in Manchester in tribute to the victims of Monday's attack at a concert venue in the city (AFP Photo/CHRIS J RATCLIFFE) London (AFP) - At least 22 people died in Monday night's bombing attack on a Manchester pop concert, including an eight-year-old girl and several parents who had come to pick up their children. Here is what we know so far about the victims of the terror attack, the deadliest in Britain since the 2005 London bombings: Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos from Leyland, a town in Lancashire, northwest England, is so far the youngest named victim. She attended the concert with her mother and older sister. Friends said they were both being treated for their injuries in hospital. Chris Upton, headteacher at the Tarleton Community Primary School, described Saffie as "a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word". "She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair," he said. "The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking." Charlotte Campbell spent the hours after the attack desperately searching for her 15-year-old daughter Olivia, but on Wednesday she confirmed that she had died. "RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon," she wrote on Facebook, alongside a picture of her daughter. "Go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much." She had earlier appealed in the media for any news of the teenager, who had been at the concert with her friend Adam. He was being treated in hospital. Charlotte Campbell said they had spoken at about 8:30pm, two hours before the blast, adding: "She'd just seen the support act and said she was having an amazing time and thanking me for letting her go." Nell Jones was in year nine, which is usually for pupils aged 13 and 14, at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College in Cheshire in northern England. "Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive," her form tutor David Wheeler said in a statement. Her fellow students feel "like they have lost a sister, not a classmate," he said. The school also issued a statement on behalf of the family of Freya Lewis, another year nine pupil, saying she had been "badly injured" in the attack. "Freya has been sewn, bolted, drilled and bandaged back together," said her father, Nick Lewis. "It is going to be a long climb but we are on the first step." The death of Georgina Callander, believed to be 18, was confirmed by her school, the Runshaw College Sixth Form Centre in Lancashire, northwest England, where she had been studying health and social care. Her former school, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, brought together students to pray for her and remember her life. "Georgina was a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school," it said. Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 47, from Oldham, near Manchester, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their daughters, The Daily Mirror reported. The girls, both aged 15, are believed to be safe. Howe's stepson Jordan Howe confirmed her death on Facebook, writing: "They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all x love you loads Alison Howe xx." The paper said Lees's brother, Lee Hunter, also confirmed her death. A Polish couple living in Britain were also caught in the explosion as they went to collect their daughters, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said. Polish media identified them as Angelika and Marcin Klis. "The parents went to pick up their daughters after the concert and unfortunately this morning we received news that they did not survive the explosion," he told Poland's RMF Radio. Waszczykowski said their daughters were not harmed. John Atkinson, 26, from Bury in Lancashire, was named by friends as one of those killed. His Facebook account has been "memorialised" -- a process made possible only by verified family members contacting the website directly. John was "one in a million and loved by so many," wrote Hayley Turk, who organised an online fund for his family.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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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".

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