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Experts call for citizen engagement to help protect zoos

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There is a need to rethink the fundamental approach toward the animals, zoos and wildlife conservation, where animals should not be treated as an object but as species with some basic rights like other species of the planet Earth. In order to protect the zoos and wildlife parks, there is a need of enhance civil engagement and educating the public about the rights and importance of the animals for biodiversity and ecosystem.

Experts during a seminar titled “The State of Zoos in Pakistan: Searching for Humanity”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) said citizen involvement will help resolve the issues of poor management of zoos where citizen liaison committees can be instrumental in reporting the miserable situation directly to the authorities.

Dr. Nadeem Omar Tarar, Executive Director, Center for Culture and Development said animals are part of human habitat and same humanity must be extended to all species on the planet Earth. He said, unfortunately, there is general denial of rights of the animals, where animals are being treated as an object. He termed the zoos as prisons where animals are being kept as innocent prisoners. Inefficiency of the management, poor governance structure and lack of accountability mechanism are largely responsible for the miserable state of zoos in the country, he added. He urged the need for educating the general public about the rights of the animals and civil engagement to help protect the zoos and Wildlife Park in the country through citizen liaison committees to report on malpractices and mismanagement.

Dr. Imran Khalid, Head Climate Change Unit and Research Fellow SDPI while highlighting the history and evolution of zoos along with best global practices said zoos can serve to educate us about the value of biodiversity amid extinction of species all over the world as a result of climatic changes. He said environmental degradation and extreme weather events in the form of heat-waves and droughts are only negatively impacting the humans but also other species including animals, which need to be protected. The state of zoos in Pakistan is questionable on many fronts including capacity gape, lack of skill human resources, poor infrastructure and lack of security, he lamented. He urged the authorities to take the responsibility of conserving the zoos and wildlife as per international biodiversity conventions.

Dr. Ejaz Ahmed, Biodiversity Specialist said it is unfortunate that the state of the zoos in the country deteriorated over time, but zoos and wildlife parks has the important role to play in conservation of extinct species. He said the need is to educate the public and especially the visitors about the importance of the animal conservation and biodiversity for the ecosystem. However, the authorities need to take care of the animals’ food, health and provide a recreational environment as per international standards.

Katie Sipra, Scientific Officer, Bio Science Department, Comsats University stressed the need of conservation of animals in zoos through animal management, research, recreation and educational programs. She said Zoos should be taken care by highly trained individuals who are passionate about their profession. Zoos and wildlife parks should be accredited and must meet the international standards which include living environments, social groupings, nutrition, enrichments, veterinary programs, involvement in conservation and research, education programs, safety policies and procedures and physical facilities, she added.

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TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR ENDURANCE CROWN ON FIRST LEG OF QUADRUPLE TITLE BID

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24 Hours of Rouen winners chase decisive victory in Poland

Team Abu Dhabi’s pursuit of a quadruple world powerboat racing triumph switches to northern Poland this weekend as they look to clinch a first major title of the season.

Reigning Formula 1 individual champion Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate have the upper hand as they head into the decisive round of the World Endurance Championships in Augustów.

Victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago for the crew of Abu Dhabi 35 has put them in pole position for the Necko Endurance, which consists of two six-hour races on Saturday and Sunday.

The all-Emirati line-up of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi, who took Team Abu Dhabi 36 to third place in Rouen, will also be in the hunt again on the Necko Lake.

The two crews have been spending two days training in San Nazzaro, Italy this week under the guidance of team manager Guido Cappellini and Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, prior to the start of practice on Necko Lake on Friday.

With four powerboat world titles the outright target for the team this season, Torrente tops the UIM F1H2O World Championship standings while Rashed Al Qemzi leads the F2 title race after his recent victory in Lithuania.

Torrente hopes to have the world endurance crown in his possession before heading straight from Poland to Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship alongside Faleh Al Mansoori the following weekend.

“It’s one step at a time and we have to stay focused on the next race,” said the American who maintained his lead in this year’s F1 title race with second place in Sunday’s Grand Prix of France.

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SDPI, Chinese think tanks to promote green BRI policies

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Pakistan’s leading think tank ‘Sustainable Development Policy Institute’ (SDPI) and Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA), China and All-China Environment Federation (ACEF) have agreed to promote green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) policy and practices and improved communication between Chinese overseas projects with local stakeholders in Pakistan. They will facilitate implementation of higher Environment Social Governance (ESG) standards in Chinese Overseas Projects in Pakistan.

Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) is an independent, nonprofit, global campaigning organization and All-China Environment Federation ACEF is a nationwide non-profitable civil society organization (CSO) in the field of environment. A delegation from GPEA and ACEF recently visited SDPI to have a face-to-face talk with local stakeholders.
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI said the purpose of this collaboration with Chinese research institutes is to bridge the research communication gap between the two countries, especially in the areas of CPEC, energy and climate change. He said language is a major barrier in terms of research and publications, which can be bridged through translation of work in both countries. SDPI offered solutions on issues around CPEC, debt trap, trade and climate change. These are the areas where collaboration with Chinese think tank and civil society organizations can be fruitful. The way Chinese is leading the environmental conservation and climate negotiation, after backing out of Trump administration from the Paris-Agreement, is commendable, he remarked.

Ms. Li Ai Project lead, Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) said GPEA is working on fighting climate change, stop toxic pollution, ensure food security and defend the oceans. She said GPEA with the help of its partners is helping the Chinese government in promoting sustainable green development in their energy infrastructure projects, especially in the BRI projects. For that in 2018, GPEA and ACEF jointly initiated the ‘Green Belt and Road Environment Leadership’ project to promote the communication of green BRI policies and ESG implementation in Chinese overseas projects.
Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor Chemicals said SDPI explored the possibility of joint research proposals and programs in the areas of climate change, clean energy, environmental assessment of CPEC projects, sustainable development (inclusive growth), Chinese overseas investment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and environmental challenges including air pollution.

Mr. Wang Jiajia, Project coordinator (ACEF) said ACEF with its network of local civil society organization is promoting social environmental protection rights of the public and sustainable development in different Chinese projects in China and BRI countries. He said green BRI projects can help promote sustainable development in the region and the globe.
Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI said Pakistan and China has signed revised Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which not only liberalizes more tariff lines for both countries but also there is provision for environmental goods. This shows that both countries respecting the natural resources and environmental endowments in the region. He said SDPI has established a dedicated unit of China Study Center to help the government on both side in providing research support to promote green development in CPEC and BRI projects.

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Goldgenie gives 10% to charity in run up to Eid al-Adha week

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UK/Dubai based 24k Gold customisation and luxury Gift company, Goldgenie announces cash back offer for charity.

Goldgenie, a 24k Gold customisation and luxury gifts  company has announced for every sale from their shop  which includes 24k Gold Roses to a spectacular luxury iPhone XS range, they will either donate 10% of the sale to a charity of the customers choice, or give that same amount as a “cashback” to the customer to donate as they see fit in the run up to Eid al-Adha which starts on August 11th and ends August 15th 2019.

In 2009 Goldgenie launched “Bling with Benefits” which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Goldgenie founder Laban Roomes said “A lot of people will never be able to justify paying in excess of £3,000 for a 24k Gold iPhone but, if 10% of this amount can go to a charity that can help feed, clothe or provide invaluable medication to someone that is less fortunate than themselves then at the end of the day they have made a positive impact in someone’s life and hopefully without the guilt associated with purchasing a high value luxury gift for themselves or a loved one”.

The company which launched in Harrods after getting investment on the BBC hit T.V show Dragons Den show in 2007 from ex Dragon James Caan has gone on to supply luxury gifts for media giants Viacom, The Oscars and EMMY awards in Los Angeles not to mention the recent opening of their “must see” Goldgenie luxury gift retail store in Jumeriah, Dubai.

Laban Roomes goes on to say “The support from HNWI from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait not to mention the local Emirate people who we would like to especially thank has been overwhelming. We would like to give back 10% of the retail price of any purchase of our luxury customized iPhone XS models or our range of 24k Gold Roses from our website, to a charity of their choice. If there is no charity that comes to mind we will give them a 10% cash back to help bless someone they personally know, who may also be someone that is not as yet being recognised for the amazing work they are doing in their community.

you can visit Goldgenie website for more details.

About Goldgenie

Founded in 1995 by award-winning entrepreneur Laban Roomes, Goldgenie is the world’s premier gold customisation and luxury gift brand, invested in by James Caan, on the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den show in 2007. The company has established itself as the go-to customization service for a number of blue-chip organisations and celebrities – including Amex, VISA, HTC, BlackBerry, Lexus, Rolls Royce, The Beckhams, Will Smith, Usain Bolt and Elton John  – Goldgenie is also a global leader in support of ethical gold mining.

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Signing of MoU between Pakistan and the UAE in the field of Manpower

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The UAE and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster cooperation in the labour and human resources sector.

The MoU was signed by Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, the UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Tahir Hussain Andrabi, Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, on the margins of the ongoing 108th session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva, in the presence of senior officials of both countries.

The MoU aims to institutionalize the collaborative administration of contractual employment of Pakistani workers in the UAE, through use of information technology, the exchange of information and continuing studies in the area of labor.

Under the MoU, Pakistan and the UAE Governments have decided to undertake joint collaborative programs and activities, including pre-departure and post-arrival educational programs in pursuit of the objective of improving the administration of contract employment cycle.

In order to ensure legal and risk free working environment for Pakistani workforce upon arrival in the UAE, it has been decided that Employment Job Offer will be signed by both parties prior to the worker’s departure from Pakistan. That Job Offer will clearly state the rights and obligations of the worker and employer. In addition, that Job Offer will provide the basis for the Employment Contract to be registered in the UAE.

Moreover, Article 6 of the MoU deals with the dispute resolution between the worker and his employer. As per the MoU, in case no amicable settlement is reached within 6 weeks of the complaint filed by the complainant, the complaint will be referred to the judicial authorities.

The two Governments have also agreed to establish a Joint Committee to implement this MoU. The Committee will meet regularly to monitor and evaluate/assess the implementation of this MoU.

This MoU is an important step forward in streamlining the contractual employment regime for Pakistani workers and protect their rights through institutionalized mechanisms.

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ArabClicks, Basma Media sign collaboration accord to establish largest Arab digital marketing network

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Aimed at launching wide prospects for collaboration between influencers, Arab publishers & regional and international e-commerce platforms

ArabClicks, the performance-based e-marketing platform, has signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement with Basma Media, the developer of OMNESMEDIA.com, to build effective relationships and foster business connections between publishers and social media influencers on the one hand, and various e-commerce platforms operating in the Arab world on the other hand, thus laying the foundation stone for the largest digital marketing network in the Arab region.

The agreement was signed by ArabClicks Co-founder and CEO Mauro Romano, and Nasser Al Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, at the latter’s HQ in Dubai Media City.

Basma Media is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art platform in the Arab region that offers users invaluable insights into a wide spectrum of multichannel media, advertising, PR and digital services, and connecting users with a global network of media industry professionals, experts and service providers.

According to the agreement, Basma Media will work with various publishers, media professionals and social media influencers in the Arab world to familiarise them with the mechanism employed by ArabClicks and then connect them to the Platform. The intent is to benefit from the media content provided by these publishers to promote commodities and products, marketed across Arab e-commerce platforms, such as Noon, Namshi, Sivvi, Java, eBay, Tajawal, and other e-commerce networks, and benefit from sales commissions resulting from the purchasing transactions conducted by the readers and followers of those media professionals and influencers of any of the products exhibited via their e-media content.

ArabClicks Co-founder and CEO Mauro Romano said: “We are delighted to partner with Basma Media to reach out to the largest segment of media professionals and influencers in the Arab world. Through the partnership, we seek to capitalise on the exponential growth of e-commerce which has become a key business sector in the Middle East, where ArabClicks is supporting and assisting various businesses in enhancing their market share of the steadily growing electronic sales in the region.”

“With its innovative marketing tools based on transforming web content into a potential source of revenue, ArabClicks provides assistance to e-commerce companies to enhance their reach to various segments of society and to grow in the Middle East market, therefore, helping publishers do business and make easy money through web links, seamlessly and without introducing any changes to the published content or disturbing site users in any way,” Romano added.

Nasser Al Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, said: “Over the past years, we have been investing in establishing integrated database and communication channels addressing both digital and traditional media. We offer a wide spectrum of multi-channel media services and connections with a large network of media industry professionals worldwide. Similarly,  ArabClicks is one of the groundbreaking ideas introduced in the field of e-marketing. We are proud of this partnership that is aimed to build the largest e-marketing network in the Arab world by fostering business connections between influencers and publishers and linking them to e-commerce platforms.”

“Over the past two years, we have been working at Basma Media to strengthen “OMNESMEDIA.com” platform with as many databases as possible for the benefit of media organisations and influencers. Today, the platform incorporates a database of more than 10,000 influencers and around 35,000 geographically diversified influential media people in addition to 3,000 free-lance gifted innovators working in various media production fields as well as 23,000 titles for various media products representing seven different types of mass media covering 35 countries all over the world, a record which makes us one of the key and largest media references on the Arab and international levels. And that’s the reason it would be easy for ArabClicks to deliver its message through OMNESMEDIA in a successful way to the benefit of all parties concerned, including influencers and publishers as well as brands & rights holders and e-commerce platforms,” he added.

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Activists pledge to make efforts for protection of human rights

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The Peoples Commission for Minorities’ Rights (PCMR) and Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) organized a training workshop on human rights advocacy & lobbying as part of a more extensive training program aimed at building the capacity of lawyers, journalists and activists on how to effectively undertake efforts for the promotion and protection of minority rights.
27 lawyers, journalists and activists affiliated with different non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media houses & law firms participated in the training – a sequel to an earlier training workshop focusing on human rights fact-finding, monitoring and documentation. Peter Jacob, Tanveer Jahan, Saroop Ijaz and Shakeel Ahmed facilitated the sessions, and shared their personal experiences of engagement with the decision-makers for protection of human rights.
Peter Jacob stated that affirmative measures in the area of legislation, policy making, awareness and implementation of court orders need to be taken to make equality of rights for the minorities possible. Saroop Ijaz stated that engagement at multiple levels is imperative to influence the decision-makers introducing legal, administrative and remedial mechanism for protection of human rights. Tanveer Jahan stated activists need to do context analysis and stakeholders analysis, and must develop research based evidence and a concrete advocacy plan in support of the human rights issue that want to address. Shakeel Ahmad stated activists must acquaint themselves with modern social media tools for effective advocacy and lobbying to improve implementation of human rights.

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Covering Concepts Hosts Yoga And Well-Being Retreat For UAE Residents

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Celebrating International Day of Yoga; the free to attend retreat will include yoga sessions and activities focusing on overall well-being

To commemorate International Yoga Day, Covering Concepts will host its second edition half a day Yoga and Well-being retreat on June 20, 2019 at their studio at Dubai Design District (9 – 2 pm) – with an aim to promote happiness, physical and mental health, and productivity.

The half a day retreat will include five sessions from well-known international yoga and well-being experts – Maria Paz, Rajeev Daswani, Zarine Dadachanji, Basma Saimua and Meetu Singh. The sessions will feature techniques on how to de-stress; cope with depression / anxiety; Sound journey; Celebrate Love and Life; and an interactive talk on creating a positive workplace culture.

In addition, Eupepsia Wellness Clinic will provide analysis on hair and skin, body physiotherapy assessment and diet management sessions. The sessions will conclude with a quick massage by Altitude Spa leaving participants completely rejuvenated.

Jay Vasu, Director – Covering Concepts said, “Dubai is the first city in the world to commemorate the International Day of Yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to approach an individual’s health and happiness.  We would like to invite everyone to participate and adopt a more holistic approach towards life.”

Held in collaboration with A Happiness centre, Miss Palatable, Altitude Spa, Nab Drinks, Pistachino, Eupepsia and Jackfruit 365; the free to attend retreat will be held at Studio# 107, Building 5, Dubai Design District.

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Shopping fiesta and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotion awaits residents for summer Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) sales

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Line Investments & Property LLC managed malls to offer incredible deals across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Line Investments & Property LLC this week launches the ‘Mall Millionaire’ activation, a mega shopping fiesta with incredible deals across eight malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from June 18th to 3rd August 2019 as part of the summer offers in collaboration with Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD).

Highlight of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ competition will offer shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales with other instant prizes.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “Our retailers are looking forward to participating in the popular summer RAD promotions that provide incredible offers, rewards and discounts for UAE residents and visitors alike. Summer Is when most people spend indoors and our malls ensure there are enough events, shows and activities to indulge in for visitors of all age groups.”

The malls under the Line Investments & Property portfolio will further enhance the 47-day long summer sales with exceptional shopping experiences combining action packed entertainment shows, back to school offers, mall events and attractive prizes.

The participating malls in the 47-day festival include the Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Souk Madinat Al Zayed in Abu Dhabi plus the Barari Outlet Mall and Al Foah Mall in Al Ain.

To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers who spend AED200/- in the mall can present their receipts to the customer service and their entries will be sent to them digitally via email and SMS.

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Popular UAE Radio Host Gaggan Mudgal to ignite Dubai stage with laughter and comedy

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“Radio Dekkh”, a crack up comedy written and directed by Gaggan Mudgal depicts the funny world of Radio and the life of RJs at a radio station

Gaggan Mudgal, the veteran UAE Radio Host is all set to tickle Dubai audiences with his dose of comedy through his upcoming live performance “Radio Dekkh”. Scheduled to take place on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Emirates Theatre, Emirates International School, Jumeirah, Dubai, the show with its funny take on situations faced by RJ’s in their day to day lives will have audiences cracking up all throughout.

Speaking about the comedy, Gaggan said, “It’s my attempt to present the amusing life in, on and around radio in the funniest way – its routine, challenges, situations and also the various aspects of the life of an RJ through this comedy act. It is fresh, fun and full of laughter and audiences are sure to have a great time”.

Engaging the viewers with his fascinating mix of theatre and standup, Gaggan Mudgal’s show presents 14 characters depicting the life of RJs at a radio station. Through various acts they present what goes in the studio during the programme, after and during their free time. There are mainly four spaces where the acts are placed and these include: studios where the RJs go on-air from; reception area where contestants come to receive prizes; recreational area where RJs chill out and gossip; changing space which depicts the listener’s side or a back-story of an RJ amongst other hilarious situations.

The event is organized by the entertainment app VIU which is available for free on playstore and Appstore.

Tickets for the event are available at https://dubai.platinumlist.net and starts from AED 49

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