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Current Awareness Archive: Dec14/Jan15

What is Current Awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up your search profile) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

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Website of the Month

December's website of the month is:

99 Interesting Facts About The World To Blow Your Mind

Learn more about the amazing world around you with ninety-nine interesting facts bound to blow your mind!

About the Monthly Current Awareness Page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

December 2014 /January 2015

Selected Noteworthy Days in December 2014 /January 2015:

Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures

The internationally acclaimed exhibition Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures, will run in Krugersdorp from 2 December 2014 to early 2015.

Africa Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness, 

This musical theatre tours the US during December 2014 / January 2015, and tells the tale of South Africa, its people and their song in over 50 countries worldwide. The creators are Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, who were part of Ipi Ntombi. It includes the Venda Snake Dance, fury of the Traditional Zulu tribal dancing, the story of  Sophiatown, the adventure of the gold miners and their intense gumboot dancing, and current sounds and dancing of Kwaito.

1 December: World Aids Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.

5 December: Anniversary of the Death of Nelson Mandela

On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela, the first President of South Africa elected in a fully representative democratic election, died at the age of 95

Bells will be rung and vuvuzelas blown to mark the one year anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela's death, during an official government commemoration at Freedom Park, in Pretoria, on Friday.

16 December: Day of Reconciliation

With the advent of democracy in South Africa 16 December is celebrated as a public holiday with the purpose of fostering reconciliation and national unity.

25 December: Christmas Day

Stylized Christmas tree

Christmas is an annual religious and cultural holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25 by billions of people around the world. Traditions include displaying Christmas decorations and trees in houses and shopping centres, and exchanging gifts and cards. 

26 December: Day of Goodwill

In South Africa, the day after Christmas Day, 26 December, every year is designated the Day of Goodwill. It is set aside so that South Africans may extend the spirit of Christmas to all the people in the country.

1 January: New Year's Day

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire since 45 BC.

1 January: The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

This colourful parade takes to the streets of Cape Town, and here, the Cape Minstrels (Kaapse Klopse), dressed in their finest, colorful costumes, dance to the beats provided by the marching bands. 


In the Media

Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work promoting young people's rights. Watch her Nobel prize speech.

Plans for anniversary of Mandela's death unveiled | News24 

The commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of former president Nelson Mandela will start with a wreath laying ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 5 December.

Aid group closes Afghan office after deadly Taliban attack - The Japan Times

Church mourns pastor and children killed by Taliban suicide ... - ChristianToday

WHO Revises Ebola Death Toll, Lowers Numbers of Deaths In Liberia - The Huffington Post

SA has capacity and experience to contain Ebola - BDlive

The World Bank has revised downwards its 2014 GDP growth projections for the three nations worst hit by the current Ebola outbreak - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - BBC News Africa

Namibian presidential election won by Swapo's Hage Geingob The candidate of Namibia's governing party, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, has won the country's presidential elections, taking 87% of the vote - BBC News Africa

E-toll opponents divided on panel's report - ITWeb

Remembering the night the Berlin Wall went up — and when it came ... - USC News

HIV May Be Evolving To Become Less Contagious And Deadly ... - TIME

Apple tumbles as much as 6 pct in unusual trading - Reuters 

Malaysia Airlines MH17 wreckage to be reassembled in Netherlands for investigation - Reuters 


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Looking for Upcoming 2014 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2014's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:

Golden Oldies

Prospects for space tourism, by DM Ashford, Tourism Management, Vol. 11, Iss. 2, June 1990, pp 99–104

The first manned spaceflight was more than a quarter of a century ago! Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in the spacecraft Vostok 1 in April 1961. Since then, more than 200 men and women have been to low Earth orbit in manned spacecraft.

This article examines the work carried out to date on the prospects for space tourism. The first passenger flights to space could begin 10 years from the start of serious development.