Jill Robinson, internationally renowned champion of Asia’s Moon Bears tells a tragic tale of pain and abuse. These bears are kept caged for most of their life in inhumane conditions only for the farming of their bile. Through love and education Animals Asia is making a difference by saving these bears one by one and educating the world on the pointlessness and cruelty of this activity. Changes in the attitude of government and cultural will bring change over time. But it is the action of the individual that will be most immediate.
The Reading Tub is one of the two 501c3 literacy projects endorsed and supported by the Dreamblogue. The Library Project (Asia) and the Reading Tub (US) share the ad revenue generated by the blog of dreams.
The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. National Commission on Reading, 1985 60% of the kindergartners in neighborhoods where children did poorly in school did not own a single book. The Patterns of Book Ownership and Reading, D. Feitelson and Z. Goldstein, 1986.
The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student. Newman, Sanford, et all. “American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy”; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000.According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, 73 billion dollars is the estimated annual cost of low literacy skills in the form of longer hospital stays, emergency room visits, more doctor visits, and increased medication. “Toward a Literate Nation”, Luis Herrera, Public Libraries, Jan/Feb 2004.
It’s been a while ever since travellers can reach Tibet by sky-train, but it’s about time for feed backs on how to get there. In the past seven years, the Chinese government has laid 710 miles of track across western China and the Tibetan plateau, creating the highest elevated railway ever built. At its tallest point, the Tanggula Pass near the China-Tibet border, the Sky Train climbs to 16,640 feet.
The lowest level of accommodations is simply an uncushioned seat. The most luxurious option, soft-sleeper class, has flat-screen TVs and four soft bunk beds (with down comforters) in each cabin. In the hard-sleeper class, which is less private, consists of compartments with no doors. Three wooden bunks are stacked on both sides of the cabin, so the person at the top has to sleep nose-to-ceiling.
Unless you’re really into the scenery from Beijing to Tibet, I recommend flight. It’s quicker and more comfortable (or at least, the period of discomfort is reduced.) That’s how my mom and brother travel to Tibet every year anyway.
No matter which way you choose though, you would feel it’s all worth it once you reach Tibet. That’s a fact.
There is always a price to pay for things in life. Instead of price tags, Hong Kong fusion artist Cecilia Yu (余詠詩) and professional Scottish Artists are using art to convey the message. It is no secret that China is blooming, but do you want to know the twists of old & new behind it? Check out the exhibition hosted by ChinaNow! in Scotland.
“The slogan: ‘The price of prosperity’- provides the artists with unique reflections about living in the global economy with a focus on China’s economic boom.”
Check out “Floating” at Patriot Hall Gallery in Edinburgh from February 21 to March 5 Opening hours: 12 – 6pm.