Washington, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): The 19th annual 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, also called the Parade of States, would be held on Saturday, Aug. 31 on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
The National Book Festival will showcase the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories.
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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the chief sponsor of this Book Festival will demonstrate how libraries are reaching out to include all people from their communities. Information about different programs it funds in libraries across the nation, as well as the important role of state libraries is also provided by IMLS.
Every year, the affiliated Centers for the Book choose a book to represent the literary heritage of their state or territory to encourage festival attendees to read books that connect to their own state as well as other states.
Following are this year’s 53 Great Reads About Great Places. Have fun learning about all the states!
Toronto, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): World Elephant Day is observed on 12 August annually to raise awareness among people the importance of preserving and protecting the elephants from extinction, as they are critical for maintaining the biodiversity of rain forests, media reports said.
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Elephants are on the verge of extinction. Poaching and habitat loss, ignorance as well as negligence of the people about the threats that elephant faces such as elephant rides, trading elephants for ivory are some of the common causes of their poor health.
The first international Elephant Day was celebrated on Aug 12 August, 2012. Since then, it is observed annually by more than 65 wildlife organisations and several people around the world.
Back in 2011 Michael Clark and Patricia Sima, two filmmakers from Canada and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand decided to celebrate World's Elephant Day in 2011.
African elephants are listed Vulnerable and Asian elephants as Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list of threatened species. The best way to observe this day is to educate yourself and others about elephant and raise raise awareness about the issues faced by them through social media, encouraging people to watch documentary to better understand the health hazards of elephants. Donations should be made to the foundation dedicated to protecting elephants from poachers or relocating them to locations better suited their needs.
In the year 1997, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) by Resolution 10.10 adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties established MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) programme to stop killing of elephants.
Around 28 sites participating in the MIKE programme in Asia which are distributed around 13 countries. India has 10 sites which are followed by two sites each in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, and one site each in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Toronto Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): 100th birth anniversary of Indian scientist and innovator Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, considered as the father of India's space program, is being celebrated across India today by Google, the search engine giant with a doodle on its homepage, media reports said.
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Sarabhai is being honoured today by Google Doodle with an illustration by Mumbai-based artist Pavan Rajurkar.
Google's homepage is often decorated with doodle to mark special events, days and birth anniversaries of important personalities.
"Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar, celebrates the 100th birthday of award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai, remembered by many as the father of India’s space program. Beyond his personal interest in cosmic rays, rockets, and satellites, Dr. Sarabhai believed in using science and technology as “levers of development," read the Google Doodle website.
ISRO, called earlier as the Indian National Committee for Space Research, was established by him in 1962. This led to the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India, with its first successful launch on November 21st, 1963. He realized his dream of an Indian satellite when Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975.
Born in Ahmedabad in 1919 on this day, Sarabhai had earned his doctorate from Cambridge University.
Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad was founded in 1947 by Sarabhai, after his return to India at the age of 28. He also founded the Indian Institute of Management, and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. He also was a chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission.
A crater on the moon was named in his honour in 1973. ISRO also launched the Chandrayaan-2 this year and the Vikram lander is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7.
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Washington, July 30 (Canadian-Media): The full schedule of author presentations and book signings for 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival (LOCNBF) in Washington on Saturday, August 31 has been released, reported by Library of Congress (LoC).
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complete schedule — sortable by time and by Festival Stage — can be checked at the National Book Festival website
A new tool “Add to calendar” link to each presentation and signing has been added to the website that lets you add your desired events to your personal calendar on your computer or phone.
LoC would be updating National Book Festival App next month to make things exciting and easier.
The 2019 LOCNBF, sponsored by the generosity of sponsors, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 31 is free for everyone.
LoC says you can get up-to-the-minute news, schedule updates and other important festival information by subscribing to this blog.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Washington, July 30 (Canadian-Media): The 2019 Asian American Literature Festival (AALF), co-hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (SAPAV), along with the Library of Congress (LoC) Poetry and Literature Center and the Poetry Foundation, would be held at the LoC Friday through Sunday, August 2–4, 2019, media reports said.
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Established in 1997, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (SAPAC) is a migratory museum that shares Asian Pacific American (APA) history, art, and culture through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the U.S through the Smithsonian Institution's work.
SAPAC seeks to improve, through exhibitions, programs, research, and collaboration, the public's appreciation of the roles of APAs in the history of the nation. APAC also empowers APA communities' sense of inclusion into the national culture.
This year's festival's theme, “Care + Caregiving,” focuses on how care and caregiving are reimagined in literature, and how reading and writing, individually and communally, can serve as care practices.
The opening of the AALF at the LoC would be by 'Poet's Peace Breakfast' at Franklin Square Park, Washington (U.S.) 9:00 am on Aug 2, 2019.
Four events hosted by LoC celebrating Asian American literature during the city-wide, three-day festival are listed below:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Novelist Monique Truong gives a personal tour of Asian American literature through a mix of social/intellectual history, anecdotes, and short readings by writers.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Poets Jennifer Chang and Cathy Park Hong uncover the work of lesser-known senior poets responsible for shaping Asian American literary culture followed by mini-lectures by readings of poets’ own work inspired by these secret histories.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Poet Arthur Sze gives a personal tour of Asian American literature through a mix of social/intellectual history, anecdotes, and short readings by writers.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Poets Kazim Ali and Ching-In Chen uncover the work of lesser-known senior poets who importantly shaped Asian American literary culture followed by mini-lectures by readings of poets’ own work inspired by these secret histories.
#viralhepatitisawareness; #sexuallytransmittedandbloodborneinfections; #AcceleratingourResponse:GovernmentofCanadaFiveyearActionPlanonSTBBI;
Ottawa, July 28 (Canadian-Media): The following statement was issued today by Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the Federal Minister of Health to observe World Hepatitis Day, media reports said.
Today, in Canada and around the globe, people are raising awareness about viral hepatitis.
The Government of Canada is committed to the global goal of reducing the health impact of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) by 2030. This includes viral hepatitis. We recently released our Action Plan – Accelerating our Response: Government of Canada Five-Year Action Plan on STBBI – which lays out our priorities and the principles that will guide us as we work with partners in Canada and globally to prevent these illnesses and to provide care and support to those who are affected.
Reducing stigma and discrimination, engaging people with lived experience, and relying on evidence to guide us in implementing the Plan are central to our approach.
Being well-informed about viral hepatitis is the first step. Hepatitis A and B are types of viral hepatitis that are preventable by vaccination. Speak with your health care provider to make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. Hepatitis C, one of the leading causes of infectious disease deaths in Canada, can be cured with highly effective treatment. Have a conversation with your health care provider on prevention, testing and treatment.
Reliable information is a powerful resource when it comes to viral hepatitis.
This World Hepatitis Day is an important occasion to get informed.
Join the global awareness raising effort and let’s beat hepatitis.
In December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/71/90, declaring 30 June International Asteroid Day in order to "observe each year at the international level the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on 30 June 1908, and to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard."
International Asteroid Day aims to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard and to inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat.
The General Assembly’s decision was made based on a proposal by the Association of Space Explorers, which was endorsed by Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
Washington, July 25 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by the Library of Congress (LoC) today that a yearlong series of events -- to be known as National Book Festival Presents -- would be included in the LoC National Book Festival featuring high-caliber authors, their books and related Library treasures beginning this fall, following the signature daylong festival on Aug. 31, LoC reports said.
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“With the incredible success of the National Book Festival, we aim to engage even more readers of every age all year long with timely programs that celebrate storytelling, books and creativity,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “National Book Festival Presents will feature a wide variety of subjects for diverse audiences and will highlight groundbreaking works in the humanities and science to fuel our ideas and imaginations.”
LoC, the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States and extensive materials from around the world -- both on-site and online -- is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Founded in 2001, the Library’s National Book Festival (LNBF) would be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020 and will continue to host the signature daylong festival each year,
Author events at 'National Book Festival Presents' will be free to the public, though registration will be required.
More information on Email updates on ticketing and book sales, which will be announced in August will be available at loc.gov.
The first three authors featured in the new series 'National Book Festival Presents' at the Library in September will be: Neil Patrick Harris, Edwidge Danticat and Joy Harjo.
Neil Patrick Harris, Edwidge Danticat and Joy Harjo will be the first three authors featured in the new series National Book Festival Presents at the Library in September. Photos by Mark Veltman, Mark Dellas and Shawn Miller, respectively. Credit: Library of Congress
Authors will be featured in conversation during special evening programs at the Library. Some children’s events may also be held on Saturdays in the future.
The following authors would be featured in 'National Book Festival Presents' in the in fall 2019:
Sept. 11 – Neil Patrick Harris an accomplished actor, producer, television host, author and magician, will kick off the new series at the Library on Sept. 11 with his new book, “The Magic
Misfits,” a bestselling series that is his debut for middle school children.
Sept. 19 – Joy Harjo, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, with her Native American identity at the centre of her work, begins her formal duties as the new U.S. poet laureate with an inaugural reading of her work at the Library, including from her new book of poetry, “An American Sunrise.”
Sept. 24 – Edwidge Danticat, a prominent Haitian-American writer, speaks on her new book, “Everything Inside: Stories.” as well as numerous books, including “The Art of Death,” “Claire of the Sea Light” and “I’m Dying.”
Oct. 11 – Dav Pilkey on his new book, “Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls.” Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide, and his series for children emphasizes ethics and civic engagement. His latest creation, “Dog Man,” is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling series.
Oct. 15 – Malcolm Gladwell, the author of five New York Times bestsellers, speaks on his new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.” He has also been included in the Time 100 Most Influential People, among other honors.
Oct. 24 – Alexander McCall Smith, born in Zimbabwe, and at present a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, is a leading writer of contemporary mysteries and known for placing women in the role of detectives speaks on his new book, “To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series.”
Nov. 6 – Karen Armstrong, the author of numerous groundbreaking works on world religions and a speaker of often on how faith shapes civic conversation, speaks on her new book, “The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts.”
Nov. 8 – Brad Meltzer, speaks on the launch of his new PBS series, “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” based on his books for children, “Ordinary People Change the World.” The PBS series focuses on discovering fun artifacts that connect children to historical figures.
Nov. 13 – André Aciman, would highlight on the launch of his new book, “Find Me,” the sequel to his bestselling “Call Me By Your Name,” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film.
#WorldYouthSkillsDay; #UNESCO; #UNEVOC
New York, July 15 (Canadian-Media): UNESCO and the UNEVOC Network will join the global celebrations to mark World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on July 15 and raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development!
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Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults (UN)and continuously face the challenges of greater labour market inequalities. The aim of WYSD is to advocate for skills as an important factor to improve young people’s transitions to decent work, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing today’s most challenging global issues.
This World Youth Skills Day, let us emphasize the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in providing youth with the opportunities to develop their competencies and accelerate their transition to work.
To raise awareness about WYSD, the following events will be held at UN Headquarters in New York:
How can you support World Youth Skills Day?
UNEVOC Centres are encouraged to host their own events and take part in the photo competition and story series to celebrate World Youth Skills Day.
In our downloads section, you can find printable material to display at your WYSD workshop, meeting, or event. Let us know how you are celebrating by tagging us on Twitter and Facebook or by submitting information about your event to unevoc.skills(at)unesco.org.
Do you have plans for WYSD? Tell us about them by filling up the online form.
UNESCO-UNEVOC will provide a brief overview of UNEVOC Centres’ WYSD activities at UN Headquarters in New York on July 15. The more you can share before this date, the better! We will also follow-up with you after July 15 to request a brief description of your successful activities.
United Nations, Jul 6 (Canadian-Media/UN): At a time when income inequality is rising around the world, it is good to be reminded that solutions to inequality do exist. The co-operative model is foremost among these solutions, since it contains aspects of sustainable development at its core and is based on ethical values and principles, UN reports said.
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The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement that takes place on the first Saturday of July since 1923. Since 1995, the United Nations and the International Cooperative Alliance have been setting the theme for the celebration of #CoopsDay through the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions that champions and supports people-centred and self-sustaining cooperative enterprises as leaders in sustainable development. The International Cooperative Alliance is a founding member.
The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement to resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations and to strengthening and extending the partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors.
2019 theme: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK
On 6 July 2019, join us as we celebrate a future in which human development and social justice are priorities. Through #CoopsDay, local, national and global policymakers, civil-society organizations and the public, in general, can learn how cooperatives contribute to a decent working environment. Cooperative employment is far from a marginal phenomenon.
According to a recent estimate, cooperatives around the world employ or are the main source of income for more than 279 million people—almost 10% of humanity’s total working population.
Beyond these numbers, different studies have confirmed that, by comparison with employment in other sectors, cooperative jobs: tend to be more sustainable over time; show a smaller gap in earnings between higher and lower-paid positions; are more evenly distributed between rural and urban areas