Author MAX HAWTHORNE Solves a 65-million-year-old “SEA MONSTER” Mystery.

Artist’s depiction of the 45-foot plesiosaur Elasmosaurus platyurus.

Artist’s depiction of plesiosaurs pursuing a school of fish.

Plesiosaur skeleton, from Plesiosaurs Neo, by Prof. Ryosuke Motani. Used with permission.

Has the bestselling indie author of the KRONOS RISING series answered the question: Why did plesiosaurs have such long necks?

NEW HOPE, PA, US, February 7, 2019 / — Max Hawthorne, author of the award-winning Kronos Rising novel series and a passionate fossil collector, believes he has solved a mystery that paleontologists have debated for over a century. “Plesiosaurs, and elasmosaurs in particular, have always stirred the public’s imagination,” Hawthorne said during a recent interview. “They had necks that sometimes stretched over twenty feet, but why? Was there an evolutionary advantage, weren’t they vulnerable to predators, and did this make them slow and clumsy swimmers?”

“There have been many theories put out for these serpentine necks, ranging from the feasible to the ambitious,” Hawthorne pointed out. “They sat on rocks near the water and used their necks like fishing rods, they dug deep into the bottom to search for food . . . one theory even suggested that they had organs in their necks like electric eels, and used them to shock passing fish.”

“I believe we’re dealing with an Occam’s Razor type of situation, meaning the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. It’s a matter of form and function,” Hawthorne said. Known as the “Prince of Paleo-Fiction” for his bestselling series of sci-fi/thrillers, which feature prehistoric marine life roaming free in today’s seas, he added. “We know from their teeth that most plesiosaurs were piscivores – they ate fish. But their small heads, relatively week jaws, and needle-like teeth prevented them from tearing apart large prey. They were limited to feeding on fish the size of their heads or smaller.”

“What most paleontologists haven’t focused on is the plesiosaur’s prey. Fish have a lateral line, a series of sense organs running along their bodies that detects movement and vibrations in the surrounding water. It keeps them from bumping into one another and helps them find prey and avoid predators, even in darkness. As a result, fish can sense the displacement wave caused by approaching objects, including plesiosaurs.”

“Small items, like other fish, would not frighten other members of a school. But a large animal like a shark, approaching from the rear, would set off alarms, causing the school to scatter or take evasive action.” Hawthorne, who does extensive research for his books, concluded, “This is how the elongated necks of plesiosaurs were advantageous. They could follow a school of fish along, keeping pace with them, and ‘graze’ like a meat-eating cow. They would clamp down on one of the slower, weaker fish at the rear of the school, drop back a few feet to gulp it down, and then repeat the scenario over and over.”

“If you think about it, it makes perfect sense,” Hawthorne pointed out. “The largest of long-necked plesiosaurs, like the 40+ foot Elasmosaurus, also had the longest of necks, with 72 vertebrae. Their huge size created the largest displacement waves, and required them to be further away from their prey in order to escape detection.”

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The emerging voice of free speech and rights of minorities

Editor in Chief The Eastern Herald; Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa

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Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa is the Editor in Chief of The Eastern Herald news journal.

NEW DELHI, DELHI, INDIA, February 7, 2019 / — Most of the Western policymakers may not have yet heard the name of the Eastern Herald or its editor-in-chief Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa yet, but they definitely should.
Since 2007 Mr. Ahmad, a member of the Ahmadiyya community in India, through his news portal has been vigorously writing against radical Islamic militancy groups such as ISIS, ISAL, Dayesh etc. This newspaper is also one of the most prominent platforms of promoting interfaith harmony as well as defending the rights of religious minorities.
But most importantly, the distinctive difference of the Eastern Herald with other contemporary news outlets in India is – this confronts anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial while it defends the State of Israel. For this particular reason, gradually this newspaper is becoming one of the trusted sources of information and opinion to those people who matter.
During his college years, Muzaffar Ahmad Bajwa was known for his commitment to interfaith harmony and spreading the message of brotherhood among all religious communities.
While talking to Mr. Salah Uddin Choudhury the Editor weekly blitz newspaper, Ahmad said, "Since my childhood, I wondered why other Muslims are so much against the Ahmadis. Later I realized it is not just Ahmadiyyas who are persecuted but other faith-based communities as well. In Pakistan, Ahmadis are prohibited from following Islamic rituations, traditions, and customs. They are restrained from calling their place of worship a mosque. The height of hypocrisy is this; an Ahmadi even cannot greet anyone with the Islamic greetings of Assalamo Alaikum (peace on you). Doing this would result in imprisonment."
“I was born in the state of Punjab in India. During my college days, I visited many communities and faced a harsh reality where religious minorities face persecution in a country like India, which is the largest democracy in the world. For this reason, I made a promise to myself of doing something in changing this cruel trend. That is why I have established the Eastern Herald in 2007” added Ahmad.
Ahmad is active on Twitter @MANooriBajwa and talks about some sensitive issues and sometimes talk about philosophy, life, love and a lot of things.
The slogan of Ahmad’s newspaper is – Promoting free speech and advocating minorities worldwide – which clearly reflects the editorial policy of this news outlet.
The Eastern Herald is the news outlets where everyone can write on any topic, which the so-called mainstream media may hesitate publishing. The news portal is not only against radical Islam, but it also opposes radical Hinduism and religious bigotries of all other forms. It also confronts anti-semitism and culture of hatred. This is actually the best platform to the religious minorities around the world.
During December 30 general election in Bangladesh, the Eastern Herald played a crucial role which had greatly contributed in the massive victory of Awami League under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Now it is focused on playing a similar role during the upcoming Lok Sabha (general assembly) elections in India.
Eyeing on the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the Eastern Herald is inviting journalists, writers, columnists, thinkers, policymakers and people of every walk of life to contribute articles on its new section titled ‘Through The Ruthless Mirror’. This truly is an excellent initiative of this very courageous man, and I do believe, it can have a significant impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in India.

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1962 Trip to Puerto Rico

A Teacher's Journey

The author unearthed a remarkably eventful soul – Katzen (originally Katzenellenbogen) was born in Siberia in 1911, the daughter of a respected medical doctor and virtuosic musician.”

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From Siberia to St. Kitts: A Teacher’s Journey
By Ira Sumner Simmonds

Former student chronicles the life and legacy of one extraordinary woman

Imagine a teacher devoted enough to personally secure funding for school supplies from an independent financier. Author Ira Sumner Simmonds documents the life of such a person in his new biography, "From Siberia to St. Kitts: A Teacher’s Journey". Zenaida Katzen, who met Simmonds while teaching him French on the island of St. Kitts in the 1960s, led a life worth reading about for a lot of reasons. A woman of the world, she had already lived in Siberia, China, France and Chile when she arrived on St. Kitts in 1961 and began to apply what she had learned to advance the lives of teenaged students on the island. She took a unique and comprehensive approach to teaching, often organizing activities and programs for her students outside the classroom.
Simmonds, a 25-year veteran of the New York City public school system, cites Katzen as his inspiration to become an educator. He shares, “I felt compelled to learn all I could about this extraordinary woman, putting five years of painstaking research into the biography.” The story includes photos of Katzen and her friends, family, students, and the places she traveled. One chapter features letters between Katzen and her benefactor, offering a unique perspective into how she carefully managed the financial, educational and extracurricular needs of her students.
Simmonds’ research for From Siberia to St. Kitts took him around the globe, tracking Katzen’s influence through Chile, Hong Kong, Shanghai, St. Kitts and France. Zenaida “Zina” Katzen was more than a language teacher, she was an educator who believed in providing students with an experience while they were learning. From Siberia to St. Kitts paints a beautiful picture of a brilliant, passionate educator who devoted her life to helping others learn.
From Siberia to St. Kitts has been hailed as an “unconventional but affecting biography” by Kirkus Reviews.

Ira Sumner Simmonds received a BA in French from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY and M.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. Before becoming a teacher, he spent 10 years working as a House Manager at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He worked in New York City public schools for 25 years as a teacher, assistant principal and acting principal. He currently works as an educational consultant in the NYC Metropolitan area. His hobbies include the theater, traveling, biking, birding, writing short stories and family genealogy.

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National Award-Winning Publication Honors the Best Contributors of 2018

My lifelong mission is to help special needs parents, like myself and my husband, overcome the challenges of raising a child with a disability, while having a good life for themselves”

— Deanna Picon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, US, February 6, 2019 / — Deanna Picon has been named the recipient of the 2018 Top Parental Advice Writer Award by Autism Parenting Magazine, a national award-winning publication. Deanna Picon is also the founder of Your Autism Coach, LLC and author of The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life.

“Deanna's passion and commitment is inspirational as she lovingly guides families affected by autism on their journey together. Her realistic and uplifting articles provide the reassuring support so many parents with special needs children seek on a daily basis. Deanna is a real asset to the autism community,” said Amy KD Tobik, Editor-In-Chief, Autism Parenting Magazine.
“I’m deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Deanna Picon. “My lifelong mission is to help special needs parents, like myself and my husband, overcome the challenges of raising a child with a disability, while having a good life for themselves.”

In her groundbreaking book, magazine articles and work with parents of special needs children, Picon emphasizes that parents must learn to care for themselves and each other, as well as their sons and daughters.

“It may be the hardest thing a parent will ever do, since it always feels like your child should be the priority. However, special needs parents like us must give ourselves permission to have a good life, with fun and relaxation thrown in now and again,” said Picon. “If you don’t take care of yourself and your marriage, you won’t be able to take care of your child in the long term.”

Deanna Picon’s widely acclaimed book, The Autism Parents’ Guide To Reclaiming Your Life, is available through Her unique perspective on the challenges of parenting special needs children include the following tips for parents:

•Remember who you are. It’s very easy to allow an all-encompassing challenge like raising a child with a disability to define you. Like any parent, much of your life is going to be centered on your children, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon the hobbies, events and activities you enjoy doing, even if it’s once a month.

•Don’t isolate yourself. Your family and friends don’t like or love you less because you have a special needs child. In fact, they probably admire and respect you more than ever after seeing how challenging it can be to raise a child with a disability. Don’t shut these people out of your life. Being with those who care for you will make you feel good and recharge your batteries.

•Ask for help when you need it. There will be times when all the challenges and stress get on top of you, and you just need an extra pair of hands to help you through. There’s no shame in asking for and accepting help from family and friends. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a sign of weakness. It’s actually a sign of strength and courage to share your needs with others.

•Give yourself permission to have some fun. Don’t feel guilty for having a good time occasionally. Ask a relative or close friend to watch your child for a few hours, so you can do something you like but rarely get the chance to. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi or go to the billiards hall to shoot some pool. It’s beneficial to unload the weight of your responsibilities for a short time.

•Manage your health. It’s important to take care of yourself, especially with everything on your plate. Try to get at least six hours of sleep a night, eat properly and get some exercise.

•Reward yourself. Do something nice for yourself, each week, no matter how small. It could be as simple as setting aside 30 minutes to read your favorite magazine, watch television or call, text or email a friend.

•Celebrate you! Know you’re amazing. If anything, you’re an even stronger and better person for having stepped up to the challenges of life with a special needs child.

Your Autism Coach, LLC provides personalized guidance, comprehensive support programs and seminars that address the issues and concerns of special needs parents. Now on Twitter (@yourautismcoach), look for the latest parenting tips and advice from Deanna Picon.

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You Gotta Be Kitten Me!

Indie Recording Studio in Utah Claws up Audio Book Industry

ST. GEORGE, UTAH, UNITED STATES, February 5, 2019 / — The Fur is Flying!
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What is going on in the audio book industry? Why does an indie recording studio in Utah keep bump kissing the legs of HarperAudio and Blackstone Publishing? And what's up with the “Big Love” meets “South Park” style comedy Adele Park keeps cranking out?

For the third time in four audio book releases, Straight to Audio Productions, a recording studio just a holler away from Zion National Park, is once again a Finalist for an Audie Award. Splat! A Quirky Cat Audio Book by Adele Park has pounced into the 2019 Original Work category along with four other well known audio books (perhaps with a little less catitude!).

Listen to what the cat dragged in:

In the opening lines of Splat! A Quirky Cat Audio Book, Skitters the Cat gets up in the listener's grill with claws extended. It doesn't take long for Skitters to insult cat owners, dog owners, and people with no pets. Don't even get Skitters started on polygamists, especially when his girlfriend, Harriet, turns out to be one.

Often referred to as “the Oscars of the audio book industry,” the Audio Publishers Association sponsors the Audies as a way of recognizing distinction in the spoken-word industry. Splat! A Quirky Cat Audio Book is narrated by a full cast of actors who tip the cradle all the way over in this quirky comedy.

Waste a few minutes at work watching this quirky cat video:

Which audio book will nab a prestigious Original Work Audie? Find out March 4 when the Audio Publishers Association lets the cat out of the bag during a glitzy ceremony in New York City.

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Women's Health Leader Dr. Victoria Mondloch Returns to CUTV News Radio

WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES, February 5, 2019 / — CUTV News Radio today announced it will feature Dr. Victoria Mondloch in a 10-part series hosted by Doug Llewelyn and Jim Masters every Thursday from February 7th to April 11th at 12pm ET.

Menopause, in the medical definition is when a woman has stopped having periods for a year. Of course, this begs the question for both the patient and the physician: when is that? It's different for every woman.

Dr. Victoria Mondloch is a practicing physician with over 30 years of experience specializing in women’s health, family medicine and preventive health and wellness. An OBGYN by training, today Dr. Mondloch describes herself as a wellness physician, partnering with her patients to deliver the best healthcare possible.

Dr. Mondloch is the author of Full Bloom: Perimenopause, Menopause and Beyond, where she explores and debunks the myths of these years, revealing the science behind it all.

“Most women are told by their doctor, ‘Oh, you're strong. You just have to tough it out and you'll come out on the other side better for it.’ That doesn't sound like science,” says Dr. Mondloch. “Menopause has only been here 100 years, because the life expectancy back then was often before menopause happened. We are just beginning to understand what living beyond menopause does to our organ systems. We have all these modern inventions of medicine, but the only area we haven't touched is women's health. That's why I'm writing these books.”

According to Dr. Mondloch, the foundation of health is hormonal balance, which traditional western medicine too often ignores, overlooks or outright dismisses. Dr. Mondloch says hormones should be the first thing we examine.

“When we say menopause and beyond, most people think menopause is when you have symptoms, like hot flashes and night sweats both those are not the only symptoms and they are only relevant to estrogen deprivation. There are other symptoms relevant to progesterone deprivation and testosterone excess. There’s short-term memory loss, dry skin, muscle aches, migraines, bladder incontinence, painful intercourse, low libido, worsening of your esophageal reflux.”

"If I can tell you that taking hormone is going to give you a 32 percent reduction in coronary heart disease and a 39 percent reduction in total mortality, does that sound worth it to you?" says Dr. Mondloch. “I want to educate every woman in this country. I want a paradigm shift in medicine back to the patient-centric model of teaching and empowering the patient on the best ways to get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy.”

Dr. Mondloch’s first book of the series, Blossoming: Becoming a Woman, A Daughter–Mother Guide is available at Amazon.

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Retired Educator and Author Rita Cameron to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

FORT WASHINGTON, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, February 5, 2019 / — One of the most prolific contributions we can make to this world is helping one another to develop and grow. Books are undoubtedly one of the most imaginative creative ways to communicate and profoundly learn from one another life lessons that can transform us and touch our very souls.

Rita Cameron is a retired educator, former teacher, principal, and supervisor of instructional materials in Washington D.C. and Maryland. She is author of Let's Learn about Maryland; The School House Encyclopedia of Educational Programs and Activities, and various travel articles and safety programs for The American Automobile Association. Dr. Cameron is the founder of School House Global Enterprises which contains over 80 educational materials for students in grades 4 through 9. Her most recent book, published in 2014, Letters to Billie A Love Story, is a salute to her late husband, Vaseleos Colevas.

“My style of teaching is to teach written content materials as reading lessons,” says Rita. I also believe in hands on learning. A teacher’s guide accompanies all classroom set of projects. The guide assists the teacher in this process.

At the age of 20, Rita first began teaching in the District of Columbia public schools. The curriculum office initiated a program for gifted students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Rita’s school was in a financially deprived area, and although these remarkable children, of above average intelligence, lacked opportunities. Most could not read the adult level books that were provided to them. With determination to help these students, Rita began rewriting materials and teaching them as reading lessons.

“As a result of my duplicated little books, we were able to accomplish success. By the end of the year students were able to read on a ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade level.”

Within five years, Rita won a National Teacher’s Contest. She became the youngest principal in Maryland. She continued her writing for several publishers of educational materials.

After receiving her doctorate, Rita began her own educational publishing company. As her company grew, she was doing two full time jobs – running her large school, and developing and marketing her materials. After several more years, she left the school system to spend full time on School House Global Enterprises. The company grew to the point where it was offering most subjects taught in grades 4 through 9. She was presenting to councils of Social Studies throughout the United States. Her program title was “How to Turn Any Material Into a Reading Lesson-And Why You Should.”

When Rita met her 2nd husband, they became world travelers, and in many ways world ambassadors. They spent twenty-seven years together until he passed away in 2013. She was inspired to write Letters to Billie A Love Story as a tribute to her beloved and their life together.

The book covers eighty five of their magnificent adventures. Every page is filled with beautiful photographs which actually helped the author remember details of their lives together. Letters to Billie touches the heart in so many ways. The reader is taken along and becomes part of these wonderful stories.

“My years with Billie were the happiest of my life,” says Rita. “The loss of a deep loving relationship is one of the most painful things to endure. Readers of this book who have suffered loss in their lives will acquire solace and much needed comfort.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Rita G. Cameron in an interview with Doug Lewellyn on Tuesday February 5th and February 20th at 1 p.m. EST.

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Maureen Jennings, William Deverell, Cathy Ace to Headline 200 International Mystery Authors


VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, February 4, 2019 / — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Though it might be a mystery to you, British Columbia has a vibrant mystery writing community. As a result, BC authors will be well represented among the attendees at Whale of a Crime, Vancouver’s presentation of Left Coast Crime, a crime fiction conference hosted annually by a different city in Western North America.

Not only is Vancouver itself a big attraction, but this is the first time in the conference’s nearly 30 year history that a Left Coast Crime will be held in Canada. Vancouver is proving to be a big attraction because early registrations are at record highs. Over 80 per cent of attendees are coming from outside of Canada. Of the 700 people expected, about 200 of them will be mystery authors.

Another big attraction will be Maureen Jennings, author of the Murdoch Mysteries, internationally bestselling in book form, but also well loved through the long-running CBC television show.

Jennings will be Guest of Honour at the conference, headlining a distinguished group of authors of crime fiction, including Vancouver’s own Arthur Ellis award winner, and local legend, William Deverell. Attendees can expect to rub shoulders with several other Arthur Ellis winners, including Barbara Fradkin, Rick Mofina and Vancouver’s own Sam Wiebe.

Three local authors have been shortlisted for a Lefty, a prestigious award given annually by Left Coast Crime, the parent organization of the conference. AJ Devlin and JG Toews have both received nominations for Best Debut Novel, and Iona Whishaw has been nominated for Best Historical Mystery.

In addition to current year nominees, the list of local authors attending the conference is extensive and filled with names both illustrious and well-loved. Conference goers can expect to see Cathy Ace, Marty Allen, Anne Barton, Liz Bass, Dave Butler, Bernadette Calonego, Miriam Clavir, Eileen Cook, Amber Cowie, Marion Crook, R.E. Donald, Sarah Fox , Kathryn Jane, Owen Laukkanen, Mark Leiren-Young, Debra Purdy Kong, Linda L. Richards, Merrilee Robson, Robin Spano, Loreth Ann White and others.

Left Coast Crime is a much loved conference among mystery writers but especially for their fans, who will be spending quality time with some of their favourite authors while attending panel discussions on many mystery related subjects. There will also be great opportunities to meet them personally at breakfasts, readings, dinners and special author and publisher sponsored lunches and coffees.

Day registrations and full conference packages are available on the web site:

Hollywood North

Ever wanted to write a screenplay? Local award-winning journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and occasional performer, Mark Leihren-Young will be conducting a workshop that focuses on adapting work for the screen. Hollywood North with Mark Leihren-Young takes place on Wednesday the 27th, the day before the conference begins. Prior registration is required.

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Equatorial Guinea is last port for H.R. 1242 Resilience Project

Don Victor Mooney takes refuge at White Marlin Marina in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Joaquin was nearby.

At Nauticus Maritime Museum in Norfolk, Virginia Don Victor Mooney is welcomed, given rest, and updated on local water conditions,

Dr. Rev. Herbert Daughtry, House of the Lord Church, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, and H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba welcome Don Victor Mooney home at New York’s Brooklyn Bridge.

Faces of resilience, commemorative plaques, book, and a resilience tour to Africa will commemorate 400 Years of African American History in the United States.

It's my prayerful hope, that each state in the United States, and it's territories will send a delegation for the Resilience Tour. Our diversity is America's greatest strength.”

— Don Victor Mooney

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 4, 2019 / — H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, Inc. launches a commemoration for the 400 Years of African American History with a social media campaign sharing faces of resilience, commemorative plaques, book release, and a four-hundred delegation resilience tour to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal, and Equatorial Guinea from December 1 – 10.

It's my prayerful hope, that each state in the United States and its territories will send a delegation for the Resilience Tour to Africa. Our diversity is America's greatest strength, said Don Victor Mooney.

With a historic signing, President Donald Trump penned H.R. 1242 bill on January 8, 2018, which established the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400 anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. This bipartisan bill was introduced by Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA) and Senators Tim Kaine (VA) and Mark Warner (VA), with numerous co-sponsors and support from advocacy groups.

The African American History Commission Act calls attention to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African Americans since 1619 to the United States. In alignment with the commission mandate, H.R.1242 Resilience Project, Inc. will unveil commemorative plaques along the Inter-coastal Waterway, Virginia Inside Passage, Eastern coastline leading up to New York's Brooklyn Bridge, and other locations upon request. This initiative will recognize the resilience of Don Victor Mooney, (53), from Queens, transatlantic row, that endured ten years, five boats, four attempts, and three rescues at sea, a first for an African American.

The timing H.R. 1242 Resilience Project announcement is two-fold. It also allows me the opportunity to convey prayers and solidarity to the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo visit to New York this week, as the country began chairing the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council on February 1, said Don Victor Mooney. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Mooney was decorated by President Obiang on February 3, 2016. He joined his family as they all received nationality and was gifted a home in Oyala.

Mooney's Brazilian built rowboat, Spirit of Malabo, was sponsored by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and it would carry him five-thousand miles plus from Las Palmas, Canary Islands, an archipelago located off the coast of West Africa to New York's Brooklyn Bridge. His goal was to bring attention to the global AIDS crisis and honor the countless number of his African ancestors that died during The Middle Passage and worked on plantations in America's as slaves. Mooney is a descendant of slaves that was owned by George Washington, first President of United States.

Mooney's contribution to the United States went beyond the oar. Through his pursuit to cross the Atlantic Ocean, he was pivotal in bridging the gap between Muslim and Arabic countries and the United States; thereby fostering co-existence and tolerance with this population for the global fight against terrorism and the continuity of world peace. Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul would give Mooney a blessing at the Vatican on December 1, 2004 – World AIDS Day for his mission.

The Goree Challenge success was realized with support from U.S. Department of State, Members of Congress, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Procter & Gamble, UPS, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Lowes, Maersk Shipping, West Marine, Friends of the United States, National Park Service, the general public and many others.

Suggested Donation for commemorative resilience plaques:

$2,500 includes shipping costs, design inscription content to recognize local sponsors.

$5,000 includes all the above + Don Victor Mooney's appearance for H.R. 1294 Resilience Plaque unveiling ceremony. Travel cost from New York not included.

10-day Resilience Tour to Africa (December 1 – 10, 2019)

On December 1, 2019, four-hundred passengers will depart from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on a chartered flight to take part in a once and a lifetime visit to Africa. This initiative will culminate America's 400 Years of African American History highlighting the arrival of 20 and odd Negroes in Point Comfort, Virginia during 1619. The resilience tour will revisit three departure points for Goree Challenge, which all played a role in transporting Africans to the Americas and Caribbean.

Itinerary: Goree Island/ Dakar, Senegal (2 days/ 2 nights), Las Palmas, Canary Islands (2 days/ 2 nights), Praia, Cape Verde (2 days/ 2 nights). At each stopped a commemorative resilience plaque will be mounted at an appropriate space in cooperation with local authorities. The group will explore culture, heritage sites, and more. Chartered air-conditioned buses will transport guests around. Package includes hotel accommodations. Alcoholic beverages excluded. U.S. passport holders are exempt for visas to Equatorial Guinea, Canary Islands, and Senegal.

The final itinerary for the resilience tour will be in Equatorial Guinea to celebrate the Spirit of Malabo opening reception for permanent exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art Equatorial Guinea on December 8, 2019. A workshop on workplace/ supplier diversity is being planned at Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf. In Equatorial Guinea, the islands of Bioko and Annobon were important landing sites for the slave trade. A special forum will also coincide to strengthen cultural, educational, and economic partnerships in the administrative capital city of Oyala, which will promulgate the country's new Single Business Window initiative that will help entrepreneurs with the creation of new companies, through the provision of integrated services for processing and business consultancy.

Guests will be pampered at The Grand Hotel Djibloho, that's located in the heart of the Equatorial Forest and visit The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mongomo, often called the Vatican of Africa by tourist. Ecotourism, golfing and more activities will be available on this trip.

The Grand Hotel Djibloho

Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf

Equatorial Guinea – (4 days/ 4 nights)

Cost: US $7,000 per person (based on double occupancy)

Travelers from outside the United States are strongly encouraged to join in this historic trip.

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Mooney rows in Dismal Swamp, which was built by slaves

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Thousands of ARVR Classroom Lessons are Now Available in Arabic Language with VRXOne

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with VRXOne

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Creating Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic

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Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with VRXOne

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with VRXOne

VRXOne Launched Largest ARVR Content Library in Arabic Language

The total number of students in the GCC education sector is projected to reach 14.5 million in 2022.”

— Alpen Capital Research

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 4, 2019 / — With the first month of the new year already underway, the biggest programme for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in Education, VRXOne is launching a host of education features with Expeditions. The changes comprise some big revamps and enhancements in the application to benefit more students and now with Arabic support, the Arabic language is the sixth most spoken language globally. According to Alpen Capital Research Report, The total number of students in the GCC education sector is projected to reach 14.5 million in 2022 using Arabic as their 1st language in public schools.


The latest edition platform has poised to reach millions of students for better access to education for all. A step in the direction is opening access to a bigger audience by introducing lessons in 6 new languages including Arabic. On a regional level, educators will haul this move as a window for widespread adoption of the technology in classrooms. This also comes as a means to prolifer culture through a language native to hundreds of millions across the globe.

In addition, it will allow Arabic teachers to use Expeditions as an extended classroom tool and take an important step toward immersive learning. VRXOne has been taking 1 million students on VR-based expeditions. Hence, they have already touched the lives of a million students. The new update will enable an effective touch point between the Arabic language and Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Furthermore, the most popular lessons will be available in Arabic for an enriching experience to the students. This will support and motivate them to enjoy learning in their own language; a language they are well-acquainted with.


One of the top requests from educators had been the ability to create their own Virtual Reality lessons. This new feature was introduced in 2018 and since then, available with VRXOne.

But now, the teachers can do even more with their VR devices. VRXOne now enables them to share the expeditions with the students in a Classroom Format. The lessons created by the teachers can be experienced by the students. The students can be guided in Virtual Reality Expeditions by the teachers using VRXOne.

Many Arabic trainers can also encourage their learners to create their own virtual lessons, share, and enjoy the experience in the classroom.


Noteworthy to mention, Google was one of the first organizations to realize the potential of Virtual Reality when it pioneered the bandwagon in 2016 through Expeditions. VRXOne is a groundbreaking platform to introduce VR and AR field trips and facilitate an extraordinary metamorphosis of EdTech Developments. The Expeditions app, available for Android and iOS users, takes the students on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer. The teacher who is the guide of the session can moderate the entire experience and has multiple controls to usher their learning.

VRXOne facilitates expeditions globally and students can choose from over 1000 VR lessons in History, Science, Arts & Culture, Languages, and more. In 2017, Expeditions in Augmented Reality were introduced and 100s of AR experiences were added to the Expeditions library.


Many local and government school teachers have supplemented their teaching with diverse, creative and robust visual aids of VRXOne. Moreover, Associates of the Ministry of Education in Dubai and Riyadh have recommended the use of the platform. Global and regional leaders, alike, have lauded the Virtual Reality ‘Go to School’ Programme by VRXOne. This VR drive delivered 1 million expeditions to students in the region. Above all, the program extended support to students in third-world regions, with special education needs, and those experiencing physical disabilities.
VRXOne explores how improvements in classroom aids, mediums of learning, and distraction-free immersion has a significant impact on the quality of education. The relentless drive to overpower inhibitions to learning is ongoing. VRXOne’s vision of reimagining education speaks for itself.


Augmented Reality has become a go-to classroom tool of thousands of teachers across the region. Teachers are imbibing Augmented Reality as a prominent utilization tool in educational settings. Experiences in AR overcome a lot many factors like budget constraints, equipment, and safety risks, which can hinder learning.

Teachers are using inventive approaches with Augmented Reality, which is changing the reality of these situations. Another factor which has made practical learning through AR more appealing is the wide variety and ease of conducting experiments.

VRXOne is privileged to be a game-changer in bring these experiences to the Middle East. It is the first-ever educational platform to bring VR and AR experiences in the region. With AR lessons through VRXOne, teachers are able to demonstrate over 3 Million 3D models from 100s of AR lessons. The platform has made practical demonstration an accessible option for intricate topics in every subject.


Another raging technology revolutionizing education is Artificial Intelligence. Ai gives the extra educational assistance that the teachers have been looking for. Oftentimes, Ai takes a lead role in infiltrating the classrooms and giving students the autonomy to explore. Artificial Intelligence keeps the student interests foremost, imparting a high degree of personalization to every student's learning.

The confluence of student progress history and personalization has led to various features to the benefit of the students. Using VRXOne to try Ai the students are able to benefit from the adaptability of the technology. The fact that it identifies places where the course needs improvement is a great plus. Learners are able to freely interact with the technology and resolve their doubts. Today's creative thinkers are the independent decision-makers of tomorrow. The teachers who benefit from the introduction of Ai in school processes are also leveraging it to exhibit creativity and perceptiveness.

The most amazing part is that Artificial Intelligence is everywhere around. The technology has created ripples of development in all fields which makes it appealing and accessible.


Learning a new language is the gateway to understanding a new culture. And when you are in Virtual Reality, it is exactly like entering the real and authentic environment that conduces this learning. It is easy to learn a new language with VRXOne. VRXOne prepares a user in language skills so they can thrive as a global citizen. What may appear as challenging, becomes fun to learn.

Practicing realistic conversations, getting the on-point pronunciation, enriching the vocabulary for a native language experience – Virtual Reality is the new way to be linguistically adept. While one can experience expeditions to a place in AR and VR, they can also learn the amusing, new language.


Next in the list of important educational reforms in the region is STEM. The Middle East has laid special emphasis on increasing enrollments in STEM courses, providing valuable careers in the fields, and providing resources to develop STEM and Immersive Learning. However in some, the adoption of STEM starts even earlier. VRXOne has been raising awareness about the benefits of distraction-free, immersive learning where a student can experience the many scenarios of science, technology, and math learning. Many government teachers deem the platform as optimal for understanding the STEM subjects. VRXOne is an all-inclusive tool that provides exclusive access to STEM libraries and content. Using classroom tools to facilitate immersive learning and STEM education has made learning enriching and blissful – for the teachers and students, alike.


Besides laying a special focus on bringing immersive experiences to underprivileged students and students with special education needs, VRXOne has trained and created awareness among many teachers about the benefits of education technology. Consequently, leading educators and policy-makers have confirmed that educational reforms add value and introduce students to new possibilities of the future.

The ongoing support of these teachers has facilitated the mass VR drive of demonstrating 1 million VR expeditions to students in the region. The teachers themselves have benefitted from intense personal development and grooming. Talking about the diverse ways of harnessing VRXOne, a school teacher says, "I was pretty overwhelmed with the multiple technologies it offers. While investing in a good classroom tool, it is important to evaluate the affordability, versatility, and customizing ability of a device, VRXOne is triumphant all the parameters.” In 2017, about 8,000 teachers learned about immersive education and only two years later, i.e. in 2019, 25,000 more teachers experienced the tools. A whopping 96% of the teachers are keen on introducing mixed reality and Ai in the classrooms, given the ease of moderation, easy operation and big returns on investment that they bring.

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