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Brave Dogs Almaty organises charity photoshoots, seeks to expand

ASTANA – Brave Dogs Almaty sponsored its third charity photoshoot in an Almaty mall Oct. 8 to advocate for animal shelters. The event attracted more than 2,000 guests and the community of Northern breed dogs and their owners says the event is only the beginning. “This photoshoot was very different from …

Mother’s House gives hope to single mothers

ASTANA – ANA UYI (Mother’s House), a social project sponsored by Kazakh businesspersons, helps single mothers overcome difficulties to prevent leaving children in orphanages. Pregnant women or those with newborns abandoned by their boyfriends or lacking families receive support and find understanding and compassion in these warm places. “It...

French artist incorporates renewable energy concept into Nur Alem sculptures

ASTANA – Contemporary French artist Mickael Obrenovitch created five amazing sculptures for the giant Nur Alem sphere at EXPO 2017. Many visitors saw the works, but few know the ideas and processes behind them. “My goal was to create accessible and attractive artwork that can talk to anyone simply with a relative...

We celebrate life, learning and success every day, says QSI Astana director

ASTANA – With the new school year in full swing, The Astana Times interviewed Quality Schools International (QSI) Astana director Jay Loftin about mastery learning, teaching in multicultural classrooms and why accreditation matters. Founded in 2005, QSI International School of Astana offers a mastery-learning programme with a curriculum similar...

Kazakh government needs to continue consolidating its strategy of attracting more foreign investment

Nearly a decade after the 2008 global financial crisis, the global economy is improving. The most recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast, issued in July, projected global growth at 3.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2018, up from 3.2 percent in 2016. Unemployment in the world’s biggest developed economies has been falling. Despite…

Kazakhstan’s Rukhani Janghyru programme unveiled at UNESCO

PARIS – Rukhani Janghryu (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity), the programme unveiled by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in April, was officially presented Oct. 17 at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters in the city. In her welcoming remarks, Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Social and Human Sciences,...

Kazakh Senate Chairman, Uzbek President praise bilateral relations

ASTANA – Kazakh Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and a parliamentary delegation met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during a Sept. 25-27 official visit to Tashkent. Tokayev praised bilateral relations and said parliamentarians from the two countries could work to implement initiatives presented by the two presidents at their meeting...

Kazakhstan’s economy expected to grow at least 3.4 percent by year’s end, says minister

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s economy retained a 4.3-percent growth rate from January-September and is expected to grow 3.4 percent by the end of the year, said Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov at an Oct. 17 government meeting. Macroeconomic stability, investment activity and favourable conditions in foreign markets influenced the...

Kazakh chess player wins international speed tournament

ASTANA – Kazakh chess player Zhansaya Abdumalik was the victor Oct. 16 in the Almaty Chess Players Union President’s Cup international tournament. The contest involved 54 players from nine countries, including nine male grandmasters and nine international masters. Belarussian grandmaster Kirill Stupak, winner of the Almaty Open, was among...

Young Kazakhs perform at UNESCO headquarters

ASTANA – Eight young Kazakhs performed at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO headquarters in Paris as winners of the nation’s second Children in the Rhythm of the World Creative Youth Festival. More than 2,000 children from all regions submitted videos of their performances this summer. Twenty-four...

Expedition to Zhetysu’s sacred places documents history, promotes tourism

ASTANA – To raise awareness of the sacred and cultural sites of the Zhetysu region – and the tourism potential they represent – an expedition travelled one by one to the significant sites in the region between Sept. 18 and Sept. 23. “he rector of Zhetysu State University Kuat...