Issue number one hundred and seventy-seven (October 2015) from the U3A Asia Pacific Alliance and WorldU3A Service. Sent on the first day of every month to U3A members and kindred groups anywhere in the world.
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LEBANON: Prof François Vellas, President of AIUTA, recently visited Byblos (Lebanon) for a meeting to set up a new U3A in Byblos on the initiative of the American University of Technology. This new U3A will join AIUTA.


BULGARIA: Mr Georgi Stankov, on behalf of the Minister of Education of Bulgaria participated to the Lublin Conference. He deliver a speech to the AIUTA Governing Members on the new policy in Bulgaria to set up a development of Universities of Third Age in the Country.

MOZAMBIQUE: Eduardo Chiziane from University Eduardo Modale Maputo Mozambique participate for the fisrt time in AIUTA event. He delivered a speech to the Governing Board Members in Lublin last september 17th on new developement for U3A in his country


POLAND: Madame Borczyk, President of the Polish Association of University of Third Age gave a presentation at the Lublin international Conference on the development of U3A in Poland. Madame Borczyk could discuss with AIUTA President, Prof François Vellas on cooperation berween AIUTA and The National Association of U3A in Poland

Malgorzata and Izabella organised a trip visiting a traditional house from Poland and a musical dinner at the closing of AIUTA GB and International Conference hosted by Lublin University of the Third Age


UKRAINE: Prof Artur HORBOVYY from University of Livv in Ukraine came with a delegation to meet Prof François Vellas President of AIUTA and GB AIUTA members at Lublin GB and International Conference.

New cooperation with AIUTA is to be developed next year with participation of Livv University to AIUTA

Monaghan University of the Third Age (U3A) announce a Conference on 'Climate Change and Climate Justice' “WHAT DO WE TELL THE CHILDREN WHEN THEY START TO ASK US WHY?”
Friday 23 October 2015 -- for further information click here >>>

From J R Gupta of the Indian Society of U3As comes this report.
"The U3A AGM today, elected Shri J.R.Gupta, ex.Chairperson. Now U3A India is under dynamic & able leadership of Shri Gupta ji. The AGM unanimously elected him. Now he is national chairperson of ISU3A, representing U3A India world over. Congratulations to all members of senior citizens council of Delhi".

Current Affairs Groups: This UK government-funded study is following the lives of people in 40,000 households and providing valuable evidence about 21st century life in the UK. Understanding Society data and research is used by a range of audiences. Primarily, it is used to produce research to inform, influence and check the success of social, economic and health policy and practice in the UK and abroad. For more information click on >>>

The editor of SIGNPOST would be interested to hear from any U3A members taking part.

Book and Reading Groups: The Online Books Page at University of Pennsylvania lists more than two million free books online. Many of them are available in the form of scanned page images maintained by the HathiTrust, which began in 2008 as a collaboration of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository to archive and share their digitized collections.

The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives.

Cooking and Food Groups:
Is it possible to poach eggs in the microwave? The FOOD website has 195 videos on the subject of "poached eggs" alone, with hundreds more interesting ideas on the preparation of food than you can possibly imagine. Not to be watched when hungry.

Archaeology Groups: The discovery of 'Homo naledi' is the single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa. The fossils, which have yet to be dated, lay in a chamber about 90 meters (some 100 yards) from the cave entrance. So far, the team has recovered parts of at least 15 individuals of the same species, a small fraction of the fossils believed to remain in the chamber. “With almost every bone in the body represented multiple times, H. naledi is already practically the best-known fossil member of our lineage,” Berger said.

The most comprehensive description of the recently discovered species is to be found at The University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg website. Some excellent videos are available here >>>

In the UK installing solar PV scams are targeting the retired.
You may be one of the half a million or so Brits that has a solar PV system installed on your home and you are hopefully enjoying lots of free electricity. In many cases, when solar PV is correctly installed, you should be generating quite a decent return – because you can use the electricity you produce in the home and you earn money from the Government’s feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.

If you hold money with the banks and building societies you may only be earning a measly 1% on your investment. Solar PV on the other hand guarantees you an income for 20 years and all these payments are index linked and adjusted for inflation. Coupled with the expected electricity saved an average solar PV system can yield anywhere between 6-8% pa, which is much more favourable than holding money in a banking deposit.

But Beware! Marketing companies and unscrupulous door-to-door salesmen have taken these benefits and exaggerated them to such a point that they are exploiting vulnerable consumers – particularly the elderly and retired. For more information about the FiT scheme check with the Energy Saving Trust website.

Request for 'twinning' arrangement: This is a newly-formed U3A group under the chairmanship of Bahadur Linga Reddy, centre front on the left of the Hon Secretary, Tom Holloway. We are actively seeking to establish a "twinning arrangement" with a UK group, for the purpose of exchanging photographs and emails, and in time an exchange of visits between the two groups. If interested, or for more information, please email the Hon. Secretary,

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