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Abbey Library – Photos

The Abbey Library in St.Gallen is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world.

Above the library door, two cherubs bear a banner with the Greek inscription “Psyches iatereion”, freely translated as   “soul apothecary”, inviting visitors to enter. The library is intended to offer “mental support” to visitors and users and provide a “sanatorium for the soul”.


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Spelman College Jazz Ensemble

Since its inception, the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble has established an eight-to-ten city tour, gathering new fans and teaching old ones that jazz isn’t a man’s world after all. Spelman College Jazz Ensemble’s unique combination of vocalists, wind instrumentalists and rhythm section has thrilled and excited audiences across the country with their innovative and soulful sound.


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Built between 1712 and 1732, the Long Room at Trinity College’s Old Library holds the collection’s 200,000 oldest books.

The distinctive and beautiful barrel ceiling was added in 1860 to allow space for more works when the existing shelves became full. Marble busts of famous philosophers and writers line the central walkway of the nearly 200-foot-long room, created by sculptor Peter Schemakers beginning in 1743.

The enormous collection housed in the long room includes a rare copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the 15th-century wooden harp in the library which is the model for the emblem of Ireland.

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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Celebrating those who harbor vulnerability. Seeking out those who carry the creative flame. Yearning for those who call deep on their courage to march, impatient, and full of action. Pioneers! And we honor the cause that there is more to live, to do, to experience, and to discover than what is known today.


Join leading thinkers, activists, artists, philosophers and entertainers from the Baltimore area. TED conferences bring together the world’s leading thinkers and doers for a series of talks, presentations and performances. TED events have been called “a clearing house of free knowledge and inspiration,” “you can’t return to the real world thinking the same thoughts you thought before, ” “the ultimate forum for blue-sky thinking,” and “a holiday for the mind.” What can you expect to see? Speakers at TED events – some of the world’s most fascinating, innovative and influential individuals – are challenged to give “the talk of their life” in 18 minutes or less. Sharing and connection happens from the stage or in the lounge. It’s the conversation that will change your life. TEDxBaltimore celebrates the power of ideas to positively change the world; we aim to build community by bringing together like-minded people who believe in this mission.


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A look ahead at the eLearning Papers topics of 2014

Tapio Koskinen, Director of the Editorial Board of eLearning Papers, has announced the research topics that will be covered by the online journal in the coming year.

 “We just completed a very successful year for eLearning Papers. We have very big audiences; some of the articles had close to 150.000 hits,” said Koskinen.

 eLearning Papers is an online journal that enables the timely exchange of information on open education, open educational resources (OER), and ICT in education in Europe. The Editorial Board has already selected the themes for the upcoming issues of the journal:

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A staggering 27 million children are out of school in South Asia

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Children from grade 2 attend outdoor classes at Bairy Harin Mary Government Primary School at Palashbari, Gaibandha on 5 September 2013.

Kathmandu, 28 January 2014 – A new study released today by UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) finds that a staggering 27 million children between the ages 5-13 are out of school in four countries of South Asia.

The “Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children – South Asia Regional Study covering Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka” shows there are 17 million primary school-age children who are not in school in these four countries. Another 9.9 million lower secondary school-age children are also not attending school bringing the total to 27 million.

Despite such figures impressive achievements in improving basic school enrolment rates have been seen in these countries over the past decade, notably in Sri Lanka where there are only 70,000 children out of school.

The study is part of the global initiative launched in 2010 by UNICEF and UIS. The goal of the initiative is to make a significant and sustainable reduction in the number of children out of school around the world.

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Winter books preview: From Nancy Horan to Robin Roberts

Celebrity books are coming from Rob Lowe, Robin Roberts and Chelsea Handler.

It’s a new year, and time for a crop of new books to entice readers. USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurghighlights 10 noteworthy titles heading our way January through April.

1. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan(Ballantine, fiction)

A sneak peek: Novel explores the marriage of Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island) and his strong-willed American wife, Fanny, an artist and divorcee 10 years his senior.

FYI: This is Horan’s first book since her best-selling 2007 novel Loving Frank (as inLloyd Wright), which launched the “women behind the famous men” book craze.

On sale: Jan. 21

2. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Knopf, fiction)

A sneak peek: A novel about the infamous Dreyfus affair in 1890s France, in which a Jewish officer was wrongly convicted of treason.

FYI: Harris has brought his thriller-writing skills to best sellers such as Fatherland andThe Ghost Writer.

On sale: Jan. 28

3. Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (Random House, fiction)

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