Experts urge stronger action against wildlife poachers

Their recommendations on how to deal with the problem will be presented this week in Bangkok to the 13th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which seeks to ensure that global trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. UNEP staffs the treaty’s operations.The illegal trade in wildlife remains the second-greatest threat to the world’s endangered species after habitat destruction, the agency said. Many wildlife smugglers deal in products that are worth more, per kilogram, than cocaine or heroin. Shawls made from the fine wool of the Tibetan antelope, for example, can cost more than $15,000 each. The caviar trade is infested with organized crime networks.According to the 20-person group of law enforcement experts assembled by CITES, illicit trafficking of wildlife continues at high levels and increasingly involves organized criminal networks, sophisticated poaching and smuggling techniques, fraudulent trade permits, corruption and violence against enforcement officers.In addition, national authorities often lack the necessary resources and experience to meet the challenge, and there is not enough coordination and information sharing among various enforcement authorities. “We are in danger of losing the war against wildlife crime, especially for some very rare animals and plants, unless modern professional law enforcement techniques are directed against criminals who care for nothing but profit, who exploit some of the world’s poorest communities and take advantage of periods of civil unrest and instability,” said CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers.At the Bangkok meeting, experts will be calling for governments to recognize the seriousness of wildlife crime and a commitment by law enforcement authorities to give it a higher priority. They also urge an increase in the status, authority, training and quality of equipment of wildlife law enforcement personnel. read more

UN agricultural agency accord on illegal fishing set to enter into force

Collectively, the 29 countries and the European Union – which signed as a single party – that have formally committed themselves through their instruments of adhesion to the FAO Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) account for more than 62 per cent of worldwide fish imports and 49 per cent of fish exports, which were $133 billion and $139 billion, respectively, in 2013, FAO said in a press release. “This is the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing. By denying unscrupulous fishers safe haven and access to markets, the PSMA will drive the seafood industry towards greater sustainability and have significant ripple effects throughout the entire fisheries supply chain,” said FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. “Let no port State be known and targeted by [illegal, unregulated and unreported] IUU fishing operators as a shelter for non-compliance,” he added, urging more countries to ratify the treaty. Now that the required threshold has been reached, with 30 members having formally deposited their instruments of adherence, the agreement is set to enter into force on 5 June. Each year, illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is responsible for annual catches of up to 26 million tons, with a value of up to $23 billion, FAO said. How the treaty will work The new treaty requires that parties designate specific ports for use by foreign vessels, making control easier. Those ships must request permission to enter ports ahead of time, and provide local authorities with information, including on the fish they have on board. The ships must also allow inspection of their log book, licences, fishing gear and actual cargo, among other things, FAO said. The agreement calls on countries to deny entry or inspect vessels that have been involved in illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, and to take necessary action. To support this, the agreement also includes the obligation for parties to share information regionally and globally, regarding any vessels discovered to be involved in such fishing. The agreement applies to any use of a port, so even vessels that are just refuelling will have to comply with inspection requirements, FAO said. “Preventing unscrupulous fishers from landing their ill-gotten hauls makes it much harder for such catches to enter national and international markets,” FAO stressed. Support for implementationIn some cases, developing coastal countries and small island developing States, which often host some of the world’s most attractive fishing areas, face difficulties in implementing the agreement, the agency said. Accordingly, FAO said it has invested substantially in capacity-building projects to support the application of port state measures. FAO added that it is launching a series of national, regional and inter-regional initiatives, including a global programme on capacity development for implementation of the agreement. The following States and regional economic integration organizations are Parties to the agreement: Australia, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, European Union – Member Organization, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga, United States, Uruguay and Vanuatu. read more

Miserable interval performance set to end as theatre doubles lavatory capacity

Les Miserables’ West End home is to more than double its lavatory capacity, after it emerged that audience members are missing up to 10 minutes of Act II because of queuing at the interval.Planning permission has been granted to allow Cameron Mackintosh, owner of the Queen’s Theatre, to install up to 33 additional lavatories in the venue. It currently has 24.According to the planning documents, the proposed designs will alleviate the current situation of visitors needing to queue for lavatories “for up to 10 minutes into the second act of the play”.Some of the additional lavatories would be “super loos” – with a hand basin inside the cubicles, allowing customers to wash their hands before leaving them. This, the application states, means “congestion within the lobby is mitigated”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Nick Clark, features editor of The Stage magazine, said the document states that there is a need to “serve the patrons of the Queen’s Theatre”.“The three areas of additional toilet provision make the best use of unused or unkempt internal and external spaces, that meet this need,” it says, adding: “The proposals breathe new life into otherwise idle or worn spaces of the theatre.”Westminster Council’s planning applications list confirmed an application had been received for full planning permission and listed building planning consent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Clark tweeted that the theatre is having to “build a load more loos as punters keep missing the start of the second half.”The plans have been welcomed by the Theatres Trust, which said: “Takings during intervals are critical for the overall sustainability and viability of theatres, as is the need for audiences to have a positive theatre experience. Therefore, we support efforts to resolve such known challenges. More generally we welcome efforts by theatre owners and operators to improve their buildings and facilities.”Earlier this year, Mackintosh announced plans to close the theatre for refurbishment, with details yet to be revealed. read more

Brexit Day – heres what Irish businesses need to know

first_img Short URL Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire http://jrnl.ie/3312953 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff 23 Comments Share10 Tweet Email1 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieLonger term, it is possible that there could be restrictions, or at least more bureaucratic obstacles, for UK citizens to work in EU countries, and vice versa.Both Theresa May and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have said that they want no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, although it is unclear what will be introduced if the UK does end up leaving the customs union and common travel area.CurrencySterling plunged in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and is forecast to be relatively weak in the medium term.As a result, many Irish exporters, who will find it more expensive to sell their products into the UK, have been repeatedly urged to look at selling into other EU countries.However, plenty of businesses aren’t feeling the pain of the drop in sterling. According to a survey of its members by small business group ISME, just a quarter of respondents said more than 20% of their imports or purchases were sterling-denominated or from the UK.By contrast, just under half said that none of their exports or sales were sterling- denominated or to the UK.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Image: Niall Carson/PA Wirecenter_img 12,228 Views Take me to Fora THERE’S NO GOING back now. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke Article 50 this afternoon, formally starting the Brexit process.The notification to leave the EU will trigger a two-year negotiating period with the bloc that will involve the hammering-out of thousands of issues, large and small.At the moment, almost everything is up in the air, and no one knows for sure what will come out of the talks. However, what are the main issues that could affect Irish businesses? We take a look.Movement of goodsThe UK is Ireland’s most important trading partner and being able to easily sell goods into the market is crucial for Irish businesses.The Financial Times has said that a zero-tariff arrangement covering goods could be agreed between the two sides in the negotiations if there are difficulties over trade deal negotiations (more on that later).Under this deal, both sides would agree not to raise tariffs until a final free-trade deal was completed. This could keep things broadly the same for the movement of goods, at least for the immediate future. Theresa May signs Article 50 letter Source: Christopher Furlong/Getty ImagesTradeMany Irish companies don’t just buy and sell goods, they also trade in services. Free trade was guaranteed when the UK was part of the EU and its customs union, but it is less clear what will happen now.Theresa May has said that she will push for “full access” for UK companies to the EU, but the single market is highly regulated and the rules for accessing it are complex.The EU has taken a hard line on services, and seems unlikely to leave the UK much wriggle room if it does not accept EU rules and supervisory agencies.If a deal can’t be hammered out, the UK would fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and tariffs. Here’s what some of these tariffs would look like. Source: McCann FitzgeraldClick here for a larger imageHowever, even the UK’s membership of the WTO is bundled with the EU’s. WTO director general Roberto Azevêdo helpfully summed things up in a speech delivered just before the UK’s vote to leave when he said: “The only certainty is uncertainty”.TravelAs an EU member, UK-based airlines can fly freely within EU airspace, something important to many Irish companies which have staff who do a large amount of travel to and from the UK.The Guardian reported last week that many airlines with large operations in the UK will probably have to relocate some of their business to the EU.Bloomberg recently quoted Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr as saying that there may be a “transition period with likely disruptions” as the industry grapples with Brexit.This morning, Ryanair weighed in, saying that the UK would need to strike a new deal with the EU to keep flights to Europe open or face disorder after March 2019. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 2:45 PM Mar 29th 2017, 2:45 PM Brexit Day – here’s what Irish businesses need to know Companies here will be hoping that there is minimal disruption. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

October data point to total of 175 mln yearly arrivals

first_imgThe impressive course of Greek tourism this year is continuing this month as well, as receipts from the some 1.5 million visitors to the country will range around 800 million euros, according to estimates.As a result, the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) anticipates that the total number of foreign tourism arrivals for 2013 will exceed expectations to reach 17.5 million, one of the best-ever records, while receipts will reach up to 11.5 billion euros.Hotels in popular destinations such as Crete and Rhodes have maintained a high occupancy rate this month, assisted by the continuing crisis in Egypt. Willi Verhuven, owner of Alltours, the fifth biggest tour operator in Germany, said his company’s growth was led by the 26 percent increase in bookings to Greece this year, followed by a 17 percent rise for Bulgaria, against a 75 drop in bookings for Egypt.Prospects for next year are even better, the head of leading tour operator Tui, Peter Long, said, estimating an increase by 300,000 of visitors to Greece for 2014. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le zinc secret du système immunitaire pour lutter contre certains microbes

first_imgLe zinc, secret du système immunitaire pour lutter contre certains microbesUne équipe internationale de scientifiques dirigée par des institutions françaises a découvert que les cellules du système immunitaire se servait de zinc pour éliminer des micro-organismes tels que le bacille de la tuberculose ou la bactérie Escherichia coli.C’est une découverte qui ouvre de nombreuses pistes quant au développement de nouveaux traitements antibactériens. Une équipe internationale de scientifiques menée par des chercheurs d’institutions françaises dont le CNRS, a réussi à mettre en évidence un mécanisme de défense naturelle encore inconnu. Celui-ci fait intervenir un élément bien particulier : du zinc, un métal qui s’avère toxique lorsqu’il est ingéré à fortes doses. Jusqu’ici, les scientifiques avaient déjà découvert que l’une des stratégies de notre système immunitaire pour détruire les micro-organismes consistait à les priver de nutriments essentiels comme les métaux lourds, notamment le fer. Or, ici c’est tout à fait le contraire qui se produit. Les cellules immunitaires mobilisent leurs réserves de métaux lourds pour les déverser sur les bactéries et les intoxiquer avec.  Plus concrètement, au cours de leur étude publiée dans la revue Cell, Host et Microbe, les chercheurs ont étudié des macrophages, des cellules du système immunitaire capables d’ingérer bactéries, champignons et débris cellulaires avant de les détruire. Ils ont ainsi mis en contact ces “éboueurs” avec plusieurs types de micro-organismes dont le bacille de la tuberculose et la bactérie E.Coli. Ils ont alors constaté que les cellules ayant absorbé ces deux microbes présentaient une accumulation rapide et persistante de zinc. Pour contrer cette intoxication, les agents pathogènes semblent fabriquer des “pompes” destinées à expulser le métal, mais si l’on inactive ces structures, ils deviennent alors particulièrement vulnérables, d’après les résultats de l’étude.  Des pistes de traitements À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Selon les chercheurs, malgré son potentiel toxique, le zinc serait donc bénéfique pour le système immunitaire, tout comme pourraient aussi l’être d’autres métaux comme le cuivre. Ainsi, cette découverte permet d’envisager de nouvelles stratégies thérapeutiques : par exemple, une complémentation nutritionnelle (ici en zinc) dans le traitement des malades ou encore le développement de nouveaux antibiotiques qui bloqueraient l’action des pompes microbiennes à métaux. Olivier Neyrolles, chercheur à l’Institut de pharmacologie et de biologie structurale (IPBS) à Toulouse et co-auteur de l’étude a d’ailleurs précisé à l’AFP : “l’étude a déjà permis de développer des nouvelles souches vaccinales atténuées qui sont en cours de tests comme candidats vaccins contre la tuberculose.”Le 16 septembre 2011 à 17:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Paige announces No 1 Contenders Tag Team Title Tournament that will start

first_img Google+ Facebook Smackdown Live this Tuesday night from Evansville will feature the beginning of a new No. 1 Contenders Tag Team Title Tournament.WWE Smackdown Live General Manager Paige announced the tournament on her Twitter.  Four blue brand teams will face off over the next three weeks, with the winning team earning the opportunity to challenge the Bludgeon Brothers for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships at SummerSlam on August 19 in Brooklyn.You can view Paige’s Twitter video announcement regarding the tournament below:Finished dog mom responsibilities and got an idea for the tag team division of #SDLive. That’s right, I’m always working for you! pic.twitter.com/4OejvimYkJ— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 21, 2018Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown Tuesday beginning at 8:00PM ET Pinterest WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte center_img Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri Jorginho arrive in London ahead of Chelsea move

first_imgBoth Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho have now reportedly arrived at London ahead of confirmation of their moves to Chelsea from NapoliWhether both their moves are finalised today remains unclear, but it appears that things are finally beginning to happen at Chelsea following months of uncertainty.Sarri has been linked with the managerial post at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season and had been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli ahead of his expected move.However, despite no longer working for the Italian club, Sarri was still under contract with a €8m release clause, which Chelsea were unwilling to pay for due to the fact that Antonio Conte would also have to receive a big pay-out after being released from his contract.But it appears that the Blues have reached an agreement with Napoli and they announced today that they have relieved Conte of his duties as head coach.After being reported to have boarded a private jet earlier, Sarri has now arrived at London as reported by the Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson.Am told #Sarri took a flight to London this morning and has arrived in the capital #cfc— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) July 13, 2018Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Meanwhile, Jorginho is surprisingly set to join Chelsea after being linked with a move to Manchester City for months now.Despite the player’s and the agent’s best attempts, nothing came of the move with City boss Pep Guardiola having decided against it amid fears over the 26-year-old’s commitment.Having learned this, Chelsea went ahead to pursue their own interest in Jorginho and it appears they got their man with Sky Sports having reported that the Italy international has also arrived at London ahead of a £57m move.BREAKING: Jorginho has arrived in London ahead of a potential £57m move to Chelsea – Sky sources. #SSN pic.twitter.com/cFsnNLMUZa— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 13, 2018last_img read more

Planet Fitness adds Hazel Dell location

first_imgWhat: Fitness club that offers resistance and cardiovascular workout machines, showers and locker rooms, tanning beds and hydro-massage beds in a no-frills (no day care and no instructors) atmosphere.Who: Taj Group LLC.When: Soft opening Friday; Grand opening, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.Where: 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave., Vancouver.Employees: 14.Membership fees: $10 to $20 per month.Web: www.planetfitness.comA new fitness center is opening in Hazel Dell.Planet Fitness will open its second Vancouver location on Friday at 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in the Northgate Village Shopping Center, next to Grocery Outlet. The company’s first Clark County gym opened in 2011 in the Garrison Square retail center off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Garrison Road. The Hazel Dell location is the third for husband-and-wife business partners Kalpana and Octavio Lubrano, owners of Taj Group LLC, which bought the franchise rights to bring Planet Fitness to the Portland-Vancouver metro area. The Lubranos also own and operate a Planet Fitness facility in Portland’s Rockwood Plaza shopping complex at Southeast 182nd Avenue and Division Street. The Lubranos said they were approached by regulars at the Garrison Square gym who asked them to add a second Vancouver location. “Our current members wanted Planet Fitness to come north and we saw there was really a need for it,” said Kalpana Lubrano.Planet Fitness centers offer a no-frills workout atmosphere geared more toward general fitness and less on bodybuilding and power lifting. The new 17,000-square-foot gym will be equipped with nearly 100 cardio workout machines, including treadmills, elliptical, stair-climbers, arc trainers and stationary bikes. The gym also will feature the PF360 system, which is used by contestants on “The Biggest Loser,” a reality weight-loss show on NBC. The second runner-up from the show’s recent season, David Brown, who lost 222 pounds, will be at the new Hazel Dell Planet Fitness from noon to 8 p.m. Monday.last_img read more

Hermes faces legal action over couriers employment status

first_imgLogistics organisation Hermes is facing legal action over its couriers’ employment status and entitlement to employment rights, such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage.The legal action started on Monday 30 April 2018, and has been brought by trade union GMB on behalf of eight couriers, currently labelled as ‘lifestyle couriers’ and treated as self-employed.The case will argue that couriers at Hermes should be classified as workers rather than independent, self-employed contractors. The couriers would then be entitled to employment rights that self-employed contractors do not have access to. This includes receiving holiday pay and the national minimum wage.Tim Roache, general secretary at GMB, said: “GMB’s courier members do a tough job, working long hours with unrealistic targets. They make a fortune for [organisations] like Hermes, the least they should be able to expect in return is the minimum wage and their hard fought rights at work.“[Organisations] like Hermes and Uber hide behind terms like ‘flexibility’ to wriggle out of treating the people who make them their money with the respect they deserve.“Guaranteed hours, holiday pay, sick pay, pension contributions are not privileges [organisations] can dish out when they fancy. They are the legal right of all UK workers, and that’s what we’re asking the courts to rule on.”Hermes was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Naresh Goyal makes another attempt to check into Jet offers Rs 250

first_imgJet Airways has defaulted on its repayment of the loans for several times in the pastCredit: ReutersIn the latest twist, Naresh Goyal, the founder of Jet Airways, has now offered to inject Rs 250 crore into the beleaguered airline which has been grounded due to the dearth of funds. In a communication to Jet Airways’ employees, Goyal said that the funds are now available to banks controlling the airline. Financial daily, Mint reported that Goyal who was forced to step down from the Chairmanship of Jet Airways has offered to invest funds from Jetair Pvt. Ltd where he has the controlling stake.In the letter to Jet employees he wrote, “Since stepping down from our respective positions, Neeta (Goyal) and I have had no role at Jet Airways after having made every possible sacrifice and commitment to ensure that the best interests of our Jet Airways family are served.” Last month Goyal had given his consent to offer the airline Rs. 250 crore as loan collateral. His latest bid to conciliate with the banks comes after the consortium rejected his proposed bid to regain control of the carrier highlighting the non-eligibility conditions. The Jet Airways flight coming from Dubai hit a parked catering vehicle [Representational Image]SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty ImagesNotably, under huge pressure from the existing investors, Goyal was forced to give up his controlling stake in the airline he had started in the early 90s. Jet Airways is reeling under a debt of $1 billion, defaulted on payments several times and died a slow death on April 17 when all of its aircraft were grounded. The grounding of Jet Airways’ aircraft resulted in the severe shortage in flight in the domestic market which prompted the government to intervene.To mitigate the crisis, the Ministry of civil aviation has allotted the slots of Jet at domestic airports to other airlines for a period of three months but the immediate shortage of aircraft is likely to remain. Meanwhile, the consortium of banks has again thrown open the bidding contest to find a possible new investor. The process is likely to get over in the June quarter. Etihad Airways PJSC, India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund and private equity firms TPG Capital and Indigo Partners has been finalized to place binding bids for the airline.As per the bidding eligibility conditions, strategic bidder planning to invest into Jet should at least have a minimum net worth of Rs 1,000 crore or at least three years of experience in the aviation sector. Similarly for financial investors, minimum asset under management of must of Rs 2,000 crore or Rs 1,000 crore in committed funds for investment in Indian firms or assets.last_img read more

No enthusiasm among people about polls Fakhrul

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the ruling Awami League is hatching various conspiracies to win the election without people’s vote, reports UNB.“There is no election atmosphere in the country and enthusiasm among people over the election as the election commission has failed to ensure a level-playing field,” he told an election rally at Saidpur in Nilphamari.Fakhrul also sought vote for Nilphamari-4 constituency BNP candidate Amjad Hossain.Fakhrul termed the current election commission is worthless and helpless one as it can do nothing except observing everything silently. “So, a fair election won’t be possible under the EC.”The BNP leader said that they (AL) have got alienated from people and are making various evil designs as they know they won’t be able to win the election with people’s vote.Fakhrul urged the voters to guard the polling stations on 30 December until the vote counting ends.The BNP leader further said, “Don’t leave the voting centers without the end of vote counting. You’ll return home wearing the garland of victory.”Fakhrul reminded that the 11th national election is very crucial for the nation as it will determine whether democracy will prevail in the country or not.He urged the law enforcement agencies to play a neutral role in ensuring a fair and peaceful election. “You don’t belong to any party as you’re the servants of the republic. So, it’s your duty to ensure an atmosphere where people will be able to go to polling stations and cast their votes in a peaceful manner.”last_img read more

Dark Souls or Pokémon Which is more messed up

first_imgThe Dark Souls series is one of the most metal games ever. It’s a violent, dark, bleak world that takes broad strokes (and very blatant imagery) from the most metal manga ever, Berserk. Most of the really dark and horrific things are explained in item descriptions, because there’s very little dialogue or outright exposition in the Dark Souls games. FromSoftware’s trilogy isn’t alone, though. There’s another series that uses flavor text to paint a world of nightmares. I’m talking about Pokémon.The world of Pokémon is bright, cheery, and friendly, but underneath its kid-friendly exterior is a beastiary of horrors. To prove it, here’s a quiz. I’m going to describe something from either Dark Souls or Pokémon, and you should guess which series it comes from. I’ll toss in some Bloodborne, too, since it’s basically pseudo Victorian Dark Souls, but faster and without a shield.Also, the image mashups don’t reveal the answer, don’t worry. They’re just for your personal enjoyment — maybe even for you to frame and tastefully arrange on the wall in your stairwell. 1) A ghostly, tendril-covered orb kidnaps children it tricks into thinking it’s a toy1/10Dark Souls or Pokémon? Pokémon. Meet Drifloon, the ghost/flying type Balloon Pokémon. Its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Y says, “These Pokémon are called the ‘Signpost for Wandering Spirits.’ Children holding them sometimes vanish.”<><>last_img read more

Star dancer born into war grows up to inspire

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Her big brown eyes are framed by mascara-coated lashes to cover their whiteness stemming from the vitiligo skin disorder. Tiny wisps of white curls peek through the dark brown hair pinned into a bun. Her wide infectious grin turned strained as she chatted about her childhood.“I lost both my parents, so I was there (the orphanage) for about a year and I wasn’t treated very well because I had vitiligo,” she said Monday. “We were ranked as numbers and number 27 was the least favorite and that was my number, so I got the least amount of food, the least amount of clothes and what not.”Michaela said she walked shoeless for miles to reach a refugee camp after word came that the orphanage would be bombed. Elaine DePrince, who adopted Michaela and two other girls, Mia and Mariel, from the orphanage, said she met the girls in Ghana in 1999. Michaela was 4.“They came to me sick and traumatized by the war,” DePrince said. “Michaela arrived with the worst case of tonsillitis, fever, mononucleosis and joints that were swollen.Michaela said the war and her time in the orphanage affected her for years.“It took a long time to get it out of my memory. But my mom helped me a lot and I wrote a lot of stuff down so I could recover from it,” she said. “Dance helped me a lot. I had a lot of nightmares. “ Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “I would like to say that, if she has any relatives alive in Sierra Leone they should know that she has been extremely well cared for and loved, and we have put our hearts and souls into making her dreams come true,” DePrince said.DePrince and her husband Charles have adopted nine children, and had two biological sons. Two of Michaela’s brothers died before she was born, and a third died when she was young. Their deaths were a result of HIV contracted from a manufactured plasma product that was used to treat the hemorrhages associated with hemophilia.DePrince said the family has worked hard to develop all their children’s dreams.“She says she would have not had this dream come true if she had not become Michaela DePrince” by adoption, DePrince said, adding that none of the three girls adopted from Sierra Leone have expressed interest in finding their biological family.But Michaela said she does eventually want to return to her birthplace to open a school for dance and the arts.“I hope to inspire a lot of young children,” Michaela said, “no matter what people tell you, you should focus on your goals and you should do what you want to do, especially if you want to be a ballet dancer.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Michaela’s presence “shakes and rattles the whole idea that ballet is not for black people and shows it’s for all people,” said Dirk Badenhorst, CEO-designate of South Africa Mzansi Ballet. “Brilliance is colorblind and it really is proved by Michaela.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Michaela, Mia and Mariel were among children whose adoptions became controversial in Sierra Leone.In 2010, some parents of 29 children left at the Help A Needy Child International center, known as HANCI, stormed the office of Sierra Leone’s social welfare minister demanding help finding their sons and daughters. They claimed many did not know their children would be adopted.HANCI maintains the parents consented and said it arranged the adoptions through a U.S. agency that placed 29 of the children with American parents. DePrince confirmed three of her daughters were adopted through the U.S. agency.In April, Sierra Leone police opened an investigation into the adoptions.The adoptions took place as the West African country suffered a decade-long war that ended in 2002. Rebels burned villages, raped women and turned kidnapped children into drugged teenage fighters. Tens of thousands of civilians died. Countless others were mutilated by rebels who hacked off hands, arms or legs with machetes.Michaela said her father, a trader, was shot dead by rebels and her mother starved to death. It is unclear if she has family left in Sierra Leone. While Mia told her mother that many parents visited their children at the orphanage, Michaela didn’t get visitors. From the misery of the orphanage “I saw hope in it. And I ripped the page out and I stuck it in my underwear because I didn’t have any place to put it.”Now Michaela’s the one inspiring young Africans: She escaped war and suffers a skin pigmentation disorder that had her labeled “the devil’s child” at the orphanage. She’s an African dancer in the world of ballet that sees few leading black females. She was adopted and raised to become a ballerina in the U.S. _ a country where she believed everyone walked around on tippy toes.On July 19, Michaela performs in her first professional full ballet, dancing the part of Gulnare in Le Corsaire, as a guest artist of South Africa’s two biggest dance companies, Mzansi Productions and South African Ballet Theatre.Her ascent to stardom in the ballet world has been fast, if not typical. At 17, she’s already been featured in a documentary film and has performed on TV-show “Dancing With the Stars”. She just graduated from high school and the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and will go on to work at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her family recently moved from Vermont to New York City to support her dance career and her sister’s acting and singing. Michaela said she has been offered many opportunities to dance with companies in Europe and in the U.S. Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina _ an image in a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone’s civil war. It showed an American ballet dancer posed on tip toe.“All I remember is she looked really, really happy,” Michaela told The Associated Press this week. She wished “to become this exact person.” Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Michaela counts many African American ballet dancers among her role models: “They all have conquered something in the dance world because they were black and they’ve slowly broken down barriers.”When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”Her story, her technique, her focus, is set to inspire other young black and African girls who face hardship to pursue their dreams. Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Air Partner on standby to keep clients in the air

first_imgAir Partner on standby to keep clients in the airThere is widespread air travel disruption across Europe this week, as French air traffic controllers in Brest, Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence take strike action until Friday 10th March. Hundreds of flights have already been delayed or cancelled, with the UK, Spain, Italy and Ireland believed to be the areas most affected aside from France.This is just the latest instance of industrial action in a recent run that has thrown travel plans into disarray for individuals and businesses alike. In this instance, scheduled carriers are being asked to cut schedules in the affected airspace by 33% – leaving thousands of passengers stranded miles from where they need to be. At Air Partner, we are on full alert at such times, ready to help our clients find alternative aviation solutions at a moment’s notice.While privately chartered flights can also be affected by air traffic control strikes, we have the flexibility to respond to disruption in a much more effective way than scheduled airlines. For example, we can change route plans at short notice in response to flow controls, or arrange for a flight to fly to or from a smaller airfield where there is less congestion. Flying privately also means you can skip the queues and general chaos at the main hubs – which can save you more time than you think. All these factors mean that we can get our clients to their end destinations within their desired timeframes.As always, our Ops24 team and European offices are keeping a close eye on the situation and are on standby to assist anyone caught up in this latest industrial action. Our broking division has extensive experience in dealing with short-notice requests, and in times of travel uncertainty, we pride ourselves on sustaining our world-class service while providing clients with timely alternatives.No matter where they are in the world, or whatever the time, we make sure clients’ aviation needs are met – which is why so many turn to us when the unexpected happens. Whether you are trying to get home from a business trip, or need a cargo shipment urgently delivered, private air charter can make it happen.About Air Partner:Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group that provides worldwide solutions to industry, commerce, governments and private individuals. The Group has two divisions: Broking division, comprising air charter broking and remarketing; and the Consulting & Training division, comprising the aviation safety consultancies, Baines Simmons and Clockwork Research. For reporting purposes, the Group is structured into four divisions: Commercial Jets, Private Jets, Freight (Broking) and Consulting & Training (Baines Simmons and Clockwork Research). The Commercial Jet division charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Aircraft Remarketing, which is formed within the Commercial Jet division, provides comprehensive remarketing programmes for all types of commercial and corporate aircraft to a wide range of international clients. Private Jets offers the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Baines Simmons is a world leader in aviation safety consulting specialising in aviation regulation, compliance and safety management. Clockwork Research is a leading fatigue risk management consultancy. Air Partner is headquartered alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. Air Partner operates 24/7 year-round and has 20 offices globally. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is ISO 9001:2008 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.Source = Air Partnerlast_img read more

West Bengal poised to become the most preferred tourist destination

first_imgWith tourism being the priority area of the present government, there has been an overall effort to give the Tourism Department a makeover. In the first step, West Bengal Tourism revealed its brand new identity ‘Experience Bengal’. The use of the logo is associated with a new tagline ‘The Sweetest part of India’, not only to remind Bengal’s fame and glory for sweets, but to highlight the humility and sweetness of the people in front of the international and domestic tourists.After launching the new logo, West Bengal Tourism has developed completely new sets of artworks for print, outdoor and FM jingles which are in sync with the new logo. Also a new promotional film featuring Shahrukh Khan with shorter edits for television are in the making.The tourism board also participated in the TTF west series and organised a roadshow on the sidelines of TTF Ahmedabad.Rajat Kumar Bose, Director Tourism, Government of West Bengal, informed that the government has come up with a Tourism Policy, 2016 which has laid down the action plan for development of tourism in the state. The policy has laid down six primary tourist circuits in the state namely- Darjeeling Himalayas, Dooars foothills, Bengal Heritage, Coastal Bengal, Kolkata and Sundarbans mangrove within which six  primary products have been identified.Efforts are on to make the official website of the Department more clutter free, visually appealing and contemporary in look for synergy. The website in its new form will be launched before the Festival season.The budgetary allocation for tourism department has increased manifold over the years, from a meager Rs 44 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 257 crore in 2015-16.To attract more private investment in the hospitality sector, the new West Bengal Incentive Scheme, 2015 has been launched with some special benefits like Floor Area Ratio (FAR) relaxation and extension of Tourism promotion assistance @75% of VAT for 5 years in respect of Mega projects.As the concept Homestay is gaining ground, government is in the process of framing a Homestay Policy taking all the aspects of registration, booking, services, safety standards etc. Emphasis has laid on improvement of infrastructure, amenities, development of PPP model and MICE tourism.As per the MoT statistics of 2015, West Bengal has scaled up one point to become the 8th preferred destination among the domestic tourists and 6th preferred amongst the international tourists. In 2015 West Bengal recorded a tourist footfall of 7,16,82,950 as against 5,04,15,685 in 2014.last_img read more

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