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15 global challenges that cannot be addressed by any government acting alone

  The 15 Global Challenges  from t he Millennium Project, a global participatory think tank. 1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all while addressing global climate change? 2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict? 3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance? 4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes? 5. How can decisionmaking be enhanced by integrating improved global foresight during unprecedented accelerating change? 6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone? 7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between rich and poor? 8. How can the threat of new and reemerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced? 9. How can education make humanity more intelligent, knowledgeable, and wise enough to address its global challenges? 10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terroris

First Certificate of Bookstart Book Crawl

We have a mobile library instead of a local library in this area.  The librarian let Brenda collect stickers on on each visit. She gave Brenda a Collectors' Card, which has four slots for four stickers. When Brenda collects four stickers, she can exchange those stickers for a certificate. Ten normal certificates can can exchange a golden one, the librarian said. This is a quite good incentive for children to establish a library habit,  we have been taking her to library since six months old, though, once every four weeks, and she loves reading books. This scheme is called the Bookstart Book Crawl , which is a library-joining incentive for children age 0-4 years. Bookstart also provides a free book pack for every baby in UK.

Sir Henry Fowler's Funny moustache

This is Sir Henry Fowler , an engineer of Midland Railway, he regarded himself as the "Father of the Club", meaning he regarded himself as the founder of Derby Railway Engineering Society. This picture has been scanned from a book titled Derby Railway Engineering Society 1908 - 2008, by Anthony J. Broughton , this book is for the celebration of the century of one of the oldest railway engineering societies in Great Britain. It's Sir Henry Fowler's moustache attracted my intention, rather than the railway, to be honest, it's so funny! More funny moustache, here you may find.

Golden Star of the Week

Another Golden Star of the Week for "been working very hard in phonics ", well done.

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day card A parents/carers assembly has been held in the Junior hall in Brenda's School today to celebrate Mother's Day,  it is a chance for the children to thank mum for the love and support they give them.  Their teacher let them make a greeting cards,  paint their mums to show off in the assembly, and made them chanting a poem and presenting flowers to their mum, too. From those we love around us, Because we are still small. We need a lot of love and help, to help us grow up tall. Hugs and kisses we give back, and flowers and presents too. Lovely smiles to light you day, are specially made for you! When the children finished reciting, several mums started to wipe their wet eye. Brenda's Mummy

Heating bills: it's burning money!

In Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol , Scrooge is a miser, see how he kept the smallest coal fire to save heating bills: Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was very much smaller that it looked like one coal. but he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Where fore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of as strong imagination, he failed. Alice says, her colleague stays two hours longer in office instead of going home after working. Even at weekend, he goes to his office to save heater bill. He share a house with other three house mates, I wonder how they divide their heating bill. Alice seems to carry on a Guerrilla warfare with me on gas heating, or a tug of war, or a seesaw of war whatever. She always turn down the gas heater to

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