Issue number one hundred and seventy-six (September 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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This important report by Ian Funnell, Treasurer of AIUTA and member of Asia Pacific Alliance Steering Committee, clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Chinese Government to support its older generations. This major new facility also honours the part played by the founder, Professor Pierre Vellas and his son Professor Francois Vellas, the current AIUTA President. For a full report please click here >>>

Astonomy/Space Groups: There are plenty of YOUTUBE videos describing the "gee-whizzery" of putting humans on Mars, reaching Pluto, exploring the 67p comet, but the new opportunity opening up is one that is making rich men salivate and reach for their wallet to take part.

If MINING THE NEAR-EARTH ASTEROIDS technology described in YOUTUBE here is as easy and as cheap as they make it sound, then we are likely to see something like a gold rush in the next few years.

To download and show to your local group, first download a "screen-grabber" such as SNAGIT or ReplayMediaCatcher.

TheConversation website and newsletter is probably well-known to many Australians but deserves a wider audience and it is available in UK and USA versions. Their series of articles entitled "Democracy Futures" is particularly good. They describe themselves thus....

"The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.Our team of professional editors work with university, CSIRO and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. Access to independent, high-quality, authenticated, explanatory journalism underpins a functioning democracy. Our aim is to allow for better understanding of current affairs and complex issues".

For an excellent introduction to their style you can find no better than the piece entitled...
"An age-old problem: society fails to truly embrace its seniors"

TED talk - the driverless car of the future: This is the future of private driving and it's a lot more complex than just having a few cameras fore and aft and sideways - as you will see in this excellent video on "How a driverless car sees the road" .

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Economics and Current Affairs Groups: Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of The Internet of Things.

Rifkin's latest book is The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Greetings from Eugen Landeide, U3A Norway's webmaster. Links to 10 u3a-organisations in Norway can be found at The website also contains contact information to the majority of the other u3a-organisations in Norway.
Science/Technology Groups: Nothing hurts Americans more than chronic pain. It’s the single biggest health problem, affecting the lives of 100 million adults--more than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. And that figure, from a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, doesn’t even count kids in pain, veterans with devastating war injuries, or people in nursing homes.

Yet despite the fact that chronic pain is the primary reason Americans receive disability benefits, its one of the least understood afflictions. Medical schools teach doctors almost nothing about it, spending a median of nine hours on the topic over four years. The federal govern­ment puts absurdly few dollars toward research: $4 a year for every person in pain versus $2,562 for every person with HIV/AIDS. One big reason for the lack of resources is that there’s no objective way to confirm that pain exists.

The good news, finally, is that scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston have unveiled a new brain-scanning method that allows doctors to see chronic pain in exquisite detail for the first time.

Archaeology Groups: The Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network (Citizan) of the Museum of London is looking for volunteers to help create a team of people that will be able to survey and monitor archaeologically important sites. Learn more on their website.

"What we are trying to do is to train up, via archaeological societies, some people that have archaeological experience initially to become mentors so they can set up a small team in their area so then they can focus on a key site that they can survey and then monitor year-on-year, We are trying to embed an archaeological project in a particular locale, so its members will be able to recognise changes year-on-year. This project is about part of our heritage that is unprotected and is being destroyed. (For example) It was like when we had those terrible storms in the 2013-2014 winter, when crumbling cliffs were cut back and silt was stripped off parts of the intertidal zone and new stuff was exposed," he told BBC News.

Hello from John COWELL - Liverpool U3A - School for Seniors Inc.(Liverpool N.S.W. Australia )

During the past 3 years I have tutored for Liverpool U3A - School for Seniors Inc. My website contains a Page Titled FALL PREVENTION , I am 76 yrs. young , fully retired , and have qualification as a Fitness Personal Trainer ( T.A.F.E. ..... N.S.W. Australia ) , and if my knowledge / skills can be of benefit to others then that enhances the enjoyment of my day.

Should anyone be interested in benefitting U3a members by tutoring a FALL PREVENTION type class then that person can contact me at OR text me at PAGE = Contact Admin. (ABOUT 700 WORDS MAXIMUM ) ........ ANY OF THE CONTENT OF CAN BE COPIED AND PASTED FOR USE IF / AS REQUIRED BY A U3A TUTOR.

ANYONE CAN TEXT ME about questions / comments etc. at PAGE = Contact Admin. ( ABOUT 700 WORDS MAXIMUM )

Report from L.R. Garg, Editor of U3A Delhi Seniors Elderly News.
A very useful meeting took place with local officers of Delhi Police. A function was organised in association with them on 1.8.2015 at Greenfields School, in which students of 11th and 12th classes and lonely seniors interacted with each other and also offered moral support to lonely senior citizens. The members also suggested to have a monthly meeting at Head Office level and after three months at the level of DCP regularly. Further information here >>>

Australian members enjoy a Study Day at U3A Surrey, UK - report by Joan Yalden
Have you ever wondered how the large Monolithic stones were moved from Wales to Stonehenge around about 2,800BC? This was a burning question on my mind as Peter, my husband and I set off with our packed- lunch for one of the many regional Study Days organised by U3A Surrey during a recent visit to the UK. The tutor for the day was Professor Michael Parker Pearson, a fantastic speaker, Mike kept us enthralled all day with his stories from various ‘Digs’.

We were made very welcome by the chairperson for the day, Ian Funnell from the UK Third Age Trust and Treasurer of the International Association of Universities of The Third Age, France.

A.K. Malhotra, President of U3A Bhavana Lucknow, sends the following report:
"Our sixteenth Foundation Day function of’ U3A BHAVANA’was organized on Sunday, 23rd August, 2015 at Rai Uma Nath Bali Auditorium, Lucknow.

On this occasion, first installment of annual financial assistance of Rs 100 to 200 P.M was distributed to 120 Poor but meritorious students of Class 8 to 12. The students were also distributed useful gifts such as Tiffin box, Pen set & Wrist Watches, which were donated by members. Students were also given a booklet on “Hygiene & Health”.

Audience was informed of another program commenced by Bhavana of Imparting “ Informal Education to Street Children” since May this year. Four such centres are operating in lucknow. Program concluded with community lunch for all".

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