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  • Masters of Jazz Performing at International Jazz Day Concert
    Cultural appeal of jazz and poetry expand across the globe (part 2 of 3)
    Just as many of the celebrations for National Poetry Month are centered on iconic literary figures, so are observations of jazz appreciation during April based on the recognition of notable musicians.In fact, part of the reason April is such an...
  • 2015 World Book and Copyright Day
    2015 World Book and Copyright Day
    2015 World Book and Copyright Day is Thursday, April 23, 2015. At the 1995 General Conference of U.N.E.S.C.O. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), that agency of the United Nations proclaimed April 23rd to be World...
  • The Balkan Odyssey: A seven-nation journey through history
    The Balkan Odyssey: A seven-nation journey through history
    Check out a map of southeast Europe, and you’ll find the Balkan Peninsula (known as “the Balkans”) covering a bunch of countries running parallel to Italy down the east side of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and stretching inland...
  • Vietnam's Imperial City of Hue
    Sacred ground: Vietnam's Imperial City of Hue
    All respectable Vietnamese buildings based on Confucian design principles have an entrance gateopening onto a small space backed by a freestanding wall – the Spirit Wall. To enter the courtyard one simply walked a short distance to the right...
  • Travel + Leisure readers name Jade Mountain top resort in the Caribbean
    Travel + Leisure readers name Jade Mountain top resort in the Caribbean
    What’s the best resort among all those absolutely breathtaking properties in the Caribbean? Readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine again – for the third time -- gave the annual nod to (drum roll, please) the Jade Mountain...
  • Virunga National Park
    Gorillas in the midst of war and critical losses score a victory
    Today, 6/11/2014, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced a victory for one of the last habitats for critically endangered mountain gorillas. The oil exploration company, Soco International PLC, has pledged to stop exploring for oil in Africa...
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    Local jazz vocalist to appear at International Jazz Day performance in Japan
    Bakersfield's Grammy winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will be taking part in the International Jazz Day concert from Osaka, Japan this Wednesday. Porter will be sharing the stage with such jazz heavyweights as Esperanza Spaulding, Wayne...
  • Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Chances are you don't know much about Cesky Krumlov. Like most Americans, probably nothing. So you might be surprised to learn this tiny town in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic is fast becoming a big draw for tourists from all...
  • UNESCO vs The Truth
    UNESCO act suggests that truth is negotiable
    What is peace? Is it more than the absence of war? Jewish tradition seems to assign peace a far higher value than the lack of belligerence. Indeed the term for peace, shalom, is used in a variety of ways. Shalom bayit, family peace; shalom olam,...
  • Tuscan spa offers walking, biking, wellness
    Tuscan spa offers walking, biking, wellness
    Imagine yourself hiking around the rolling hills and the charming old-world villages and vineyards of the Italian heartland. Or bicycling through all this on countryside trails straight off the travel posters. And at the end of the day, jumping...
  • Thrills in Canada: Walking with gorgosaurus
    Thrills in Canada: Walking with gorgosaurus
    Attention dinosaur fans: Here's a chance to chum around with giant prehistoric beasts in one of their favorite stomping grounds. It's all yours – even if you can't tell a troodontidae from a gorgosaurus -- during a one-time-only...
  • Exhibition examines impact of Italian paper on the western world
    Exhibition examines incredible history of Italian paper in the western world
    Washington, D.C. --- A new exhibition at the Italian Embassy,Fabriano 1264, examines the important role papermaking has played in western history. This exhibition celebrates the 750thanniversary of papermaking inFabriano, a city in the Marche...
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany
    UNESCO World Heritage Germany
    You may not know that there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites spread across the beautiful countryside of Germany. With all these sites it is almost impossible to imagine that would not be at least a few that would be of interest to almost all of...
  • Climate Change in Sahel
    New UNESCO report calls for social scientists to lead climate change fight
    A new report released on Nov.15 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)General Conference in Paris stresses the role of social scientists to combat climate change to avoid social ills, especially in the...
  • Alamo
    Is the United Nations set to take over the Alamo?
    A report that says the Alamo and other Spanish missions in San Antonio, Texas, would be added to the United Nations' World Heritage List, prompted reports saying the global body is set to take over the iconic landmark. Those reports went viral...
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