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Encyclopaedia Britannica to celebrate 250th anniversary

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The iconic Encyclopaedia Britannica will commemorate its 250 years scholarly existence on December 10. During this quarter of a millennium of its existence, it has revolutions, world wars, scientific advancements and technological—all changed the world.

The encyclopaedia remained virtually the same, taking all the developments in its stride.

The anniversary also coincides with the 25th year since the launch of its online edition, Britannica Online, which was the first encyclopaedia on the Internet and one of the first major publications on the World Wide Web.

The preface to the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica

Britannica, as it is popularly called, was started in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1768, as a joint venture. The story begins when Andrew Bell, an engraver, and Colin Macfarquhar, a printer, appointed scholar William Smellie as Britannica’s first editor and asked him produce a practical reference work founded on the principle of “Utility,” with a goal of making knowledge available to the masses in a world where Latin was the language of intellectuals.

On 10 December 1768, a small section of the first volume of the encyclopaedia was published. What would eventually be a three-volume set was released piecemeal over three years, concluding in 1771. The founders supported the project through the 18th-century equivalent of a crowd funding campaign.

From there Britannica expanded to a 10-volume second edition beginning in 1777, and over the course of the 19th century and several new editions it would grow both in size and reputation to become one of the most trusted sources of information across the world.

Long known for multivolume print encyclopaedias, Britannica has, for the past four decades, been a leader in digital media, publishing the first digital encyclopaedia in 1981, the first multimedia encyclopaedia in 1989 (four years before Microsoft Encarta), and the first encyclopaedia on the Internet. The company’s publications have been primarily digital since the 1990s. Its iconic print set ceased publication in 2012.

 

Dan Brown’s words in his novel “Origin” capture Britannica’s ability to learn, adapt and evolve:

“The fax machine has gone the way of the dodo bird,” Edmond explained. “And the iPhone will survive only if it keeps outperforming its competition. Typewriters and steam engines died in changing environments, but the Encyclopaedia Britannica evolved, its cumbersome thirty-two-volume set sprouting digital feet and, like the lungfish, expanding into uncharted territory, where it now thrives.”

“Today, Britannica is focused on inspiring curiosity and the joy of learning both inside and outside the classroom, helping people cut through the clutter and find better information in the digital universe and transforming learning within schools,” said Karthik Krishnan, global CEO of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Group.

The Britannica Anniversary Edition will be published to commemorate the anniversary, which will offer insights from its past and present and perspectives on the future from leading scholars, writers and thinkers from the 18th century to today. The volume is a testament to human progress—how far we have come and how far we go from here.

 

Niji has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. Besides reporting industry headlines from all around the globe, Niji is also head of the content management team at Impressions Content Management, based in Kerala, India, which offers writing and editing services to clients around the world.

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Guignolée du Dr Julien raises funds

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Some of the participants from the December 15 Guignolée: Dr. Gilles Julien with Dr. Gaëlle Vekemans, Christian Bégin, Hélène (Sioui) Trudel, Jean-Charles Lajoie, Sylvain Arsenault, Ève Christian, Caroline Lafrance, ...
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Guignolée du Dr Julien’s fundraising drive this year, its 16th edition, has collected $1,000,642 so far. The figure includes only the funds collected by the Foundation’s three centres of expertise and training. It does not comprise the Guignolée’s fundraising activities for the other certified community social paediatrics centres in Quebec.

Dr. Gilles Julien, Clinical Director, Founding President and CEO of the foundation, said: “Once again this year we are deeply touched by the community’s generosity. On behalf of the Fondation’s three centres of expertise and training, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us and continues to do so. The ongoing support of the community is a crucial element that allows us to care for and empower these children and youths whose development has been compromised by the difficult life circumstances in which they are growing up.” The donations will be used to provide free care, tools and guidance to over 2,600 youths in the Hochelaga, Maisonneuve and Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhoods.

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CGI completes two decades on the NYSE

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CGI executives ringing The Closing Bell at the NYSE (CNW Group/CGI Group Inc.)
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CGI, an IT and business consulting services firm founded in 1976, has cinketed 20 years on the New York Stock Exchange. The executives rang The Closing Bell® at the NYSE, as part of the 20th year ceremony.

George D. Schindler, President and Chief Executive Officer of CGI, said “There has never been a more exciting or opportune time in our history to accelerate growth, both organically and through further consolidation. CGI has both the capacity and the intention to do so for the ongoing benefit of our clients, our consultants, and our shareholders. Since our founding in 1976, we have built a culture anchored around a Dream: To create an environment in which we enjoy working together and, as owners, contribute to building a company we can be proud of. CGI is built to grow and last, and we are just getting started.”

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Herbalife Nutrition contributes $30,000 for Winston-Salem YWCA’s Best Choice Center

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: Children from the Gateway YWCA Best Choice Center Program celebrate a $30,000 grant from Herbalife Nutrition to help replace an aging and damaged roof. Mark Evans, general manager of the Herbalife Nutrition Innovation and Manufacturing Facility
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Herbalife Nutrition, a top-notch nutrition company in the USA, has donated $30,000 to construct a new roof for the YWCA’s Best Choice Center in Winston-Salem. The roof was damaged sometime back. The contribution was made in Herbalife Nutrition’s long-lasting motto to make the world healthier and happier.

Mark Evans, general manager of the Herbalife Nutrition Innovation and Manufacturing Facility Winston Salem and senior vice president of the company’s Global Supply Chain, said: “The Best Choice Center is a key contributor to the transformative health and wellness of the community, and we are proud to be a partner in that positive change.”

The funding will take care of the cost for removing old roof shingles and turbines and repairing decking, creating a healthy environment for Best Choice Center employees and students.

“Since the company moved to Winston-Salem, Herbalife Nutrition has been a steady partner to the YWCA, especially the Best Choice Center,” said Christy Respess, President & CEO, YWCA of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. “They seem to anticipate our needs, and this challenge grant for the roof could not be more important after the hurricanes this past fall. We are so fortunate to be an Herbalife Casa.”

Evans added, “It’s important to us to support an organisation that is dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children to grow up and pursue their dreams.”

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