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Summer Exhibition 2014

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Royal_Academicians_by_Charles_BestlandLondon. The Summer Exhibition Committee for 2014 includes the following Royal Academicians: Hughie O’Donoghue (coordinator), Eileen Cooper, Gus Cummins, Richard MacCormac, John Maine, Chris Orr, Cornelia Parker, Eric Parry and Emma Stibbon.The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition heralds the start of the British summer season. As the world’s largest open submission exhibition it provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film. This year the Royal Academy received 12,000 entries, from which the hanging committee of Royal Academicians led by Hughie O’Donoghue, the coordinator of the Summer Exhibition 2014, will make a selection to hang on the walls of the Main Galleries in Burlington House. For the first time, artists have submitted their works digitally for the initial round of judging. Over 1,200 artworks will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by King George III in 1768. It has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. Its public programme promotes the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly – London W1J 0BD  Open to public: 10am – 6pm daily (last admission 5.30pm)  Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm)  Admission. Admission prices include the List of Works giving details on every exhibit in the show.
Adult ticket £13.50 (without Gift Aid donation £12); concessions available; under 16s go free. Friends of the RA go free.
Tickets  Tickets are available daily at the RA or by visiting http://www.royalacademy.org.uk.

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Animal advocates appalled by Government back-track on wild animal circus ban

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circus-animalsLeading animal protection groups The Born Free Foundation and The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) have expressed surprise and frustration that a Bill promised by the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses was notably absent in today’s Queen’s Speech. This, the groups say, means that their hope of Government fulfilling its repeated commitment to ban the cruel and unethical use of animals such as lions, tigers and elephants in circuses in England before the end of 2015 is all but gone. The move has been branded “at best, a missed opportunity; at worst, a betrayal of the public and animals” by the groups, who are now demanding answers from Government department, Defra.
The campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses – a practice which is already illegal in a number of countries around the world – has been running for many years in tandem with the RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association. Following significant stalling by Government, the mood changed to one of optimism when the Minister finally made the commitment in March 2012 to introduce a ban in England before the end of next year. However, in recent days, rumours began to emerge that the ban had been shelved until “after the General Election”; something which appears to have been borne out since there was no mention of the proposed legislative measures in this morning’s Queen’s Speech.Virginia McKenna OBE, cofounder of the Born Free Foundation said today: “Once again the Government has apparently betrayed the helpless wild animals in circuses. Whereas a year or so may be a short time for those decision-makers in Government, it will seem an eternity to animals in their beastwagons and in the ring”.Liz Tyson, Director of CAPS added: “This was the Government’s final clear opportunity to come good on its promise to do what the public want, what experts want and, most importantly, what is right for the animals. The likelihood of a ban now being introduced before the election next May is extremely slim. There have been claims that senior officials have suggested a ban will be introduced after the General Election but, of course, the current Government cannot possibly bind future administrations so such claims amount to little more than hot air”.The groups said that they would be pursuing the issue with senior officials and added that, with enough support, there may still be an opportunity to convince the Government to go ahead with the ban as promised, as there is room for additional legislation to be introduced even if it is not mentioned in the speech.

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International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict

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gender violenceLondon. Five Nobel peace laureates will be leading a delegation of almost 90 activists – including sexual violence survivors, grassroots women’s leaders from conflict countries and actor Danai Gurira (“Walking Dead”)—attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in London from June 10-13.
The delegation is organised by the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, the first and only global network of civil society organizations working to end sexual violence. This 700-member strong network brings together legal, medical and protection experts, as well as service providers and advocates.
“We applaud the UK’s leadership in bringing governments together to build stronger political will for ending sexual violence,” says Jody Williams, Nobel peace laureates and co-chair of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. “This is a turning point in our decades-long struggle as civil society to stop rape and other forms of sexual violence—and to address the urgent needs of survivors and communities directly affected by sexual violence in conflict.”
Williams (USA) will be accompanied to the Summit by her sister Nobel peace laureates Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Shirin Ebadi (Iran) and Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala).
The Nobel peace laureates, along with US actor Danai Gurira, will be hosting two key events at the Summit:
· Wednesday, June 11, 18h30 – 20h30: Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out, a multi-media exhibit with images by award-winning photographer Pete Muller and featuring the voices the women of Congo speaking about their work through films by Artefact Creative.
· Thursday, June 12, 12h30 – 13h15: Launch of Survivors United for Action, the first-ever global network of sexual violence survivors focused on rape & gender violence in conflict.

 

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Ministers can and must accelerate action against global warming during UN climate talks

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global warmingGovernments are taking the unusual step of scheduling two days of ministerial meetings to kick off two weeks of United Nations climate talks in Bonn. The intention is to build momentum towards concluding an effective global agreement against climate change by the end of 2015. Martin Kaiser, Head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said: “The top priority for ministers is to end the waiting game and reverse the downward spiral of inaction on climate change. They should be spurred on by recent political signals from the two biggest carbon polluters – the United States and China – about their intentions to curb emissions. Ministers must also act on scientific conclusions that their governments have accepted from the UN IPCC about the need for a fundamental transformation of the energy system, and replace dirty fossil fuels with clean energy.” China last September introduced an air pollution control plan containing tough and unprecedent measures that mark a historical change in China’s coal policy. Earlier this week President Obama unveiled measures to cut carbon emissions from US coal-fired power plants by 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels. Given Europe’s energy security concerns, the European Union must adopt ambitious and binding targets for 45% of its energy needs to be provided by renewable energy, and for 40% energy savings by 2030. By this date, Europe’s climate target needs to deliver at least a 55% reduction in carbon emissions. Martin Kaiser emphasised the need for a two-pronged, national and international approach to combating climate change: “National action can ratchet up international ambition. China, the EU and the US can and must do more by prioritising investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Other governments need to get on board with their emissions cuts so that dangerous global warming can be held below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The current absence of an ambitious global agreement does not prevent governments from ending subsidies to coal, oil and gas, and ensuring that development banks no longer finance coal-fired power plants. Urgent, tangible steps such as these would cut emissions and increase the chances of reaching an effective global agreement.”
Future steps on the road to a new global climate agreement include a one-day Summit for Heads of State, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in September 2014, and UN climate Convention summits to be held in Lima and Paris in December 2014 and 2015, respectively.

 

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Christie’s impressionist

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Christie's impressionistLondon 24 June. – The strength of demand for the very best Impressionist and Modern Art has been demonstrated at Christie’s in 2014 with the record breaking London Evening Sale in February, which set the highest total for any art auction held in London and the stellar New York Evening Sale in May, which achieved the highest total for the category in New York since May 2010. Both auctions attracted deep, international bidding and high sell through rates of 86% by lot and 96% by value, and 89% by lot and 96% by value, respectively. Christie’s London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale  on 24 June will continue to meet current market tastes with a rich offering of 60 avant-garde and modern works by the towering greats of the 20th century, many of which are being offered at auction for the first time.A group of four masterworks by Alberto Giacometti from an important private collection presents the market with one of the most significant collections of works by the artist to come to the market in many decades. The star lot is Giacometti’s iconic sculpture La Main, conceived and cast in 1947, which was in the New York exhibition that launched Giacometti’s Post-war international career (estimate: £10-15 million). The wealth of highlights from other private collections also include Composition A, with Double Line and Yellow, 1935, by Piet Mondrian which is among the property being offered from the  Rudolf and Leonore Blum Collection (estimate: £5-8 million); L’artiste et le modèle nu, 1921, by Henri Matisse (estimate: £7-10 million); and arguably the most important work by Kurt Schwitters ever to come to the market, Ja – Was? – Bild (‘Yes-What?-Picture’), 1920, which is one of only three early large reliefs from this first revolutionary Merzbilder series to remain in private hands (estimate: £4-6 million). It is offered from the Viktor and Marianne Langen Collection; this follows the sale of works from the collection at Christie’s New York in May which was 100% sold and realised $79,829,000. With estimates ranging from £200,000 up to £15 million, the pre-sale estimate for the Evening Sale is £96,350,000 to £141,450,000. Select highlights from the sale will go on view for the first time between 13 and 17 June during Christie’s free five-day public exhibition ‘Open House 2014’ which will showcase timeless international masterpieces of the summer auction season. (Christie’s impressionist images)

 

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Il fondamento della giustizia

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Benedetto XVI.di Georg Gänswein «Nella storia, gli ordinamenti giuridici sono stati quasi sempre motivati in modo religioso: sulla base di un riferimento alla Divinità si decide ciò che tra gli uomini è giusto. Contrariamente ad altre grandi religioni, il cristianesimo non ha mai imposto allo Stato o alla società un diritto rivelato, mai un ordinamento giuridico derivante da una rivelazione. Ha invece rimandato alla natura e alla ragione quali vere fonti del diritto — ha rimandato all’armonia tra ragione oggettiva e soggettiva, un’armonia che però presuppone l’essere ambedue le sfere fondate nella Ragione creatrice di Dio». Questo passaggio del discorso pronunciato il 22 settembre 2011 al Bundestag di Berlino è giustamente tra i più noti. In esso è racchiuso il cuore del pensiero di Benedetto xvi sul contributo che la religione offre al dibattito pubblico e, in particolare, alla costruzione dell’ordine giuridico. Qui si evidenzia l’originalità del cristianesimo in rapporto alle altre religioni, un’originalità che spesso passa inosservata non solo ai commentatori laici, ma anche ai cristiani stessi: non la rivelazione, ma «la ragione e la natura nella loro correlazione costruiscono la fonte giuridica valida per tutti» afferma poco più avanti Benedetto xvi nel medesimo discorso. Similmente, il 17 settembre 2010 a Westminster Hall analogo concetto era già stato proposto in questi termini: «La tradizione cattolica sostiene che le norme obiettive che governano il retto agire sono accessibili alla ragione, prescindendo dal contenuto della rivelazione. Secondo questa comprensione, il ruolo della religione nel dibattito politico non è (…) quello di fornire tali norme, come se esse non potessero essere conosciute dai non credenti — ancora meno è quello di proporre soluzioni politiche concrete, cosa che è del tutto al di fuori della competenza della religione». Con queste affermazioni Benedetto xvi sgombra il campo da un equivoco persistente nella cultura contemporanea, che ha condizionato e condiziona tuttora il dibattito sul rapporto tra religione e ragione. L’equivoco si basa sull’idea che il cristianesimo e, in particolare, la Chiesa cattolica, intervenendo nei dibattiti pubblici si appellino a un principio di “Autorità” nella decisione sulle questioni giuridiche e politiche. È tuttora opinione dominante ritenere che, in una democrazia degna di questo nome, sarebbe inaccettabile dare spazio al discorso religioso in quanto tale, perché esso si baserebbe su un’Autorità che vanificherebbe ogni tentativo di dialogo con gli altri. Intervenendo nel dialogo democratico sulla base di dogmi autoritativi, le religioni violerebbero la regola di ogni democrazia deliberativa — il dialogo tra le diverse posizioni — e agirebbero come ostacolo, snaturando irrimediabilmente la dinamica democratica. Si paventa il timore che l’autorità religiosa possa contendere alle autorità civili la capacità di produrre le norme giuridiche: di qui un’incompatibilità tra le due fonti di autorità. L’inevitabile conclusione che se ne trae è che «è proprio l’esilio di qualsiasi Autorità dalla scena dell’argomentazione pubblica, l’ostracismo di tutte le fedi, che garantisce il terreno comune del dialogo e la reciproca eguaglianza di tutti in quanto concittadini», con la conseguente necessità che l’intera sfera pubblica sia privata di Dio affinché sia mantenuto un terreno neutrale di dialogo. Questo esilio di Dio dalla sfera pubblica muove dalla premessa che l’intervento del fattore religioso nella dialettica democratica si configuri come una serie di comandi o di comandamenti derivanti da una volontà superiore, eterna e indiscutibile: un’Autorità appunto. Tuttavia, è difficile immaginare qualcosa di più distante dal pensiero di Benedetto xvi. Il cristianesimo che egli propone non permette ai fedeli di esimersi dalle fatiche, né consente loro di privarsi dell’uso della ragione, nascondendosi dietro un principio di autorità o trincerandosi dietro precetti o comandi religiosi. Per la fiducia che nutre nella possibilità che il divino, come Lògos, possa essere incontrato nella ricerca razionale della verità, Benedetto xvi non esita a esigere dai credenti che essi entrino nel dialogo pubblico democratico con strumenti universali e accessibili a tutti: ragione e natura, nella loro interrelazione. In questa prospettiva, parlare di religione nella spazio pubblico non equivale, come erroneamente si presume, a introdurre un principio fideistico nel dialogo democratico, né implica attingere meccanicamente a precetti religiosi come fonte per la regolazione dei problemi sociali, politici e giuridici. Il primo e fondamentale contributo di Benedetto xvi è il richiamo al fatto che le fonti ultime del diritto sono da ricercare nella ragione e nella natura, non in un comando, di chiunque esso sia. L’originalità della posizione di Papa Benedetto quanto alla presenza dei cristiani nella sfera pubblica si radica in una visione del cristianesimo come religione universale, rivolta a tutti, che confida nella possibilità che la ragione trascenda le capacità stesse della ragione, che Egli assevera con le parole di san Paolo: «Quando i pagani, che non hanno la Legge, per natura agiscono secondo la legge, essi… sono legge a se stessi. Essi dimostrano che quanto la Legge esige è scritto nei loro cuori, come risulta dalla testimonianza della loro coscienza» (Romani, 2, 14ss). La proposta di Benedetto xvi risolve il problema alla radice, laddove afferma che la fonte delle norme giuridiche non è la rivelazione, ma la ragione e la natura nelle loro interrelazioni.

 

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Bce. Longobardi (Unimpresa), misure importanti ora banche aprano rubinetti prestiti

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banca europea“Le misure appena annunciate dalla Bce, che ha tagliato il costo del denaro, portato in terreno negativo i tassi sui depositi bancari e annunciato nuove operazioni di finanziamento a lungo termine per le banche, rappresentano importanti segnali per l’economia. Ci aspettiamo sia la crescita dell’inflazione, giunta al livelli bassi e preoccupanti, sia una significativa ripresa del mercato del credito”. Così il presidente di Unimpresa, Paolo Longobardi, commenta le decisioni assunte oggi dal direttivo della Banca centrale europea. “Dalle banche – aggiunge Longobardi – ci aspettiamo una risposta rapida e incisiva: ora non hanno più scuse, devono riaprire i rubinetti dei prestiti sia alle imprese sia alle famiglie”.

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Fecondazione eterologa: Nasce la prima associazione italiana per la donazione altruistica e gratuita di gameti

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fecondazioneDopo la sentenza della Consulta, arriva il primo passo concreto verso la fecondazione eterologa: l’Associazione Italiana per la Donazione Altruistica e Gratuita di Gameti (AIDAGG), la prima associazione nel nostro Paese che nasce con l’obiettivo di promuovere, in primo luogo tra le persone fertili, la cultura della donazione gratuita ed altruistica di gameti per la riproduzione umana. L’Associazione si propone, inoltre, di sensibilizzare la popolazione, i medici e i pazienti con attività di informazione e formazione.
Oggi l’annuncio, durante il convegno “La tutela della salute per le coppie infertili e sterili dopo le sentenze della Corte Costituzionale”, in corso a Roma nella sala Aldo Moro di Palazzo Montecitorio.“La donazione di gameti è un’azione di alto valore sociale e morale”, sottolinea Laura Volpini, Presidente AIDAGG. “È il fondamento della fecondazione eterologa. Si tratta di una scelta consapevole di ‘condivisione’ di un crescente problema sociale, l’infertilità, che oggi può essere finalmente affrontata con la fecondazione eterologa anche in Italia, consentendo, alle coppie che non hanno altre possibilità procreative, di veder rispettato anche per loro il diritto alla genitorialità”.
Un passo importante, dunque, dopo la sentenza della Corte Costituzionale del 9 aprile che ha eliminato il divieto di fecondazione eterologa e che attende pubblicazione in Gazzetta Ufficiale. Gli operatori del settore attivi da anni nel campo della Procreazione Medicalmente Assistita (PMA), così come i pazienti stessi, sottolineano che non esiste un vuoto normativo post sentenza, da più parti evocato con il solo scopo di allontanare il momento di piena operatività della fecondazione eterologa. L’eliminazione del divieto è stata possibile, infatti, proprio perché esiste già una disciplina normativa in grado di regolamentare questa tecnica di PMA: la legge 40/2004 stessa e i decreti legislativi 191/2007 e 16/2010 in materia di donazione di organi.

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Giornata Mondiale contro il Lavoro minorile

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child_labourRoma giovedì 12 giugno 2014 p.v. dalle ore 10.00 presso la Sala Livatino del Ministero della Giustizia (Via Arenula 70, 1° piano) a Roma, si terrà una conferenza stampa di presentazione dei dati preliminari della nuova indagine di Save the Children sul lavoro precoce e il rischio di devianza minorile. L’iniziativa è in collaborazione con il Ministero della Giustizia-Dipartimento per la Giustizia Minorile. Alla conferenza parteciperà Andrea Orlando Ministro della Giustizia. Interverranno: Valerio Neri Direttore Generale Save the Children Italia, Raffaela Milano Direttore Programmi Italia Europa Save the Children Italia, Katia Scannavini e Francesca Arancio Esperte ricercatrici Save the Children Italia, Furio Rosati dell’ Organizzazione Internazionale del Lavoro (ILO), un rappresentante del Dipartimento per la Giustizia Minorile.
Save the Children opera da anni in Italia e nel mondo per garantire a bambini e adolescenti opportunità di crescita e sviluppo e prevenire il rischio di sfruttamento e violenza. In questo contesto si colloca la prima indagine nazionale sul lavoro minorile, realizzata nel 2013 da Save the Children e l’associazione Bruno Trentin allo scopo di iniziare a colmare un annoso vuoto di dati ed evidenze in materia.
L’indagine 2014 sul lavoro minorile – che sarà presentata giovedì 12 giugno – ha inteso in particolare approfondire il rapporto tra il lavoro precoce e il coinvolgimento dei minori in circuiti illegali e anche la percezione che del lavoro hanno i ragazzi e le ragazze all’interno del circuito penale: se sia considerato uno strumento positivo, in un’ottica “rieducativa” e di emancipazione da comportamenti illegali e devianti.
La ricerca si basa su questionari somministrati a 900 minori nel circuito penale, focus group con operatori, una ricerca partecipata e interviste approfondite di alcuni ragazzi con esperienze di lavoro minorile e attualmente nel circuito della giustizia minorile. Durante la conferenza stampa saranno riportate alcune testimonianze di minori che hanno lavorato in età precoce.

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Daniele Buetti. It’s all in the mind

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BUETTIBUETTI1Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt Römerberg  Frankfurt Germany 22 May – 31 August 2014 Pounding. Needle-sharp. Theatrical. The sound installation by Swiss artist Daniele Buetti in the SCHIRN rotunda will be based on an approximately twenty-five-minute audio experience which engages the visitors directly by way of hypnosis techniques. Through an act of speech, the listener will gain access to a spiritual dimension that helps him recharge his intellectual and spiritual resources. At the core of the work will be a so-called “color cleansing” – a guided meditation free of burdensome feelings and thought patterns. The visualization of various colors – orange, yellow, green, blue, etc. – with the aid of language will be as strongly suggested by Buetti’s hypnosis as is its psychological impact. In this purifying, consciousness-raising ceremony, the phenomenon of color will operate as a proxy or thing on which a person is capable of focusing without regard for semantic differences or cognitive misunderstandings. Ultimately, all that counts is the word, the sound, the effect. Curator: Matthias Ulrich (SCHIRN) (buetti images)

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CEC Governing Board meets in Brussels

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BruxellesThe Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) held its third meeting since the 2013 Assembly in Budapest. The meeting took place in Brussels, Belgium, from the 2nd to the 5th of June 2014.The meeting was opened by CEC President, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill. First on the agenda was the issue of transitional arrangements, which included substantive discussions on the legal aspects of the upcoming merger of CEC and CSC later in the year. To mark the launch of the new combined CEC, a high profile public event will be held in Leuven on 3rd December this year.The presence of the Moderator and General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) was welcomed by the Governing Board as an encouraging testament to the on-going negotiation process. The Governing Board reaffirmed the vital work of CCME and expressed its hope for a fruitful outcome of the dialogue between CEC and CCME.The Governing Board were pleased to see a positive financial outcome from 2013 and underscored the essential aspect of stewardship which needs to undergird the finance work of CEC. A second round of discussion on the Standing Orders as mandated by the Budapest Assembly also took place.To commemorate the centennial of the start of the First World War later this year, the Governing Board approved a declaration to be disseminated to CEC member churches and partners reaffirming the vital role of churches as agents of peace and reconciliation. A number of activities are also being planned to commemorate this watershed in the history of Europe and the world. This declaration may be viewed here.The Governing Board expressed its concern for the situation in Ukraine and took note of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A conference to commemorate the latter is planned for 2015.As we commemorate, today, the 70th Anniversary of the Allied Landing on the beaches of Normandy and are reminded of the fragility of peace in Europe, the Governing Board calls on its members and organisations in partnership to join them in prayer for the people and leaders of Ukraine and asks that all those involved in CEC, CSC and CCME are also held in prayer at this time of transition.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches, partner organisations and national councils of churches from all over Europe. Its vision: A humane, socially just and sustainable Europe at peace with itself and its neighbours. Its mission: To promote and empower its members, sharing their spiritual life, strengthening their common witness and service, seeking reconciliation and fostering the unity of the Church. CEC was founded in 1959 and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg. http://www.ceceurope.org

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Twelve people so far have walked on the moon; only four have ever rowed from North America to Hawaii

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 giugno 2014

vessel39-year old Brit, Daryl Farmer from East Grinstead, West Sussex, will set off in his boat, ‘Bojangles’ on a 2,400 mile single-handed row from Monterey in California to Honolulu through one of the most dangerous oceans in the world. He is competing in the Great Pacific Race, a challenge organised by legendary British rower, Chris Martin, which will see 13 boats in total try and complete the journey in solo, pairs and fours teams. International singer, song writer, TV presenter, reality TV star, and New York Coffee Club owner, Peter Andre, whose Foundation will benefit from funds raised by Rowing4Reefs, has even rowed a short distance in ‘Bojangles’ himself. See Peter Andre Channel footage of Peter and Daryl here http://entr.ag/18nkgTv and http://thepeterandrechannel.com/please-try-and-support-daryl-its Serendipity played a part in Daryl and Peter’s mutual support of each other. In 2013, on the first Mother’s Day after losing his mother to kidney cancer, Daryl was in an aquatic supplies shop when the Australian star just happened to walk in. They got talking, Daryl ended up installing his fish tank for him, and the two became friends. So when Peter subsequently set up his foundation in memory of his own brother, Daryl’s choice of charity was clear. Peter Andre, speaking about Daryl’s challenge, said: “I just want to say that I think he is doing an amazing thing by rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean to raise funds for my Foundation and Cancer Research UK. This cause has now become dear to my heart so I support him all the way.” Daryl is facing the prospect of up to 90 days or more rowing day and night with short sleep breaks in-between and with only his mascot, ‘Jerry the mouse’ and ‘Wilson’, a football with face (a la Castaway) donated to him by a well meaning friend to give him someone else to talk to. Daryl will mostly be rowing naked as he has been advised that this is the best way to avoid chafing and salt sores. As a committed ocean conservationist who has protested regularly against shark finning, whaling and the dolphin slaughters in Japan, and who shares many people’s concerns about ocean pollution, he is also using the race to raise funds for marine conservation organisation, Earthrace Conservation. Daryl and ‘Bojangles’ will be at the mercy of notoriously variable Pacific weather and ocean conditions varying from flat calm to huge storms, as well as the potential hazard of meeting much larger cargo vessels, cruise liners and a variety of large marine animals also crossing the Pacific at the same time. Whilst the route will be followed by support boats, should anything go wrong, the nearest help may be several days away. >From Monterey where he is in final preparations for the race, Daryl said, “I’m hoping the biggest challenge was getting to the start line after my boat was held up at US Customs until today. After all that stress, I think I deserve some plain sailing from here to Hawaii. I’m looking forward to getting out on the ocean now and can’t wait to start. I expect to see lots of incredible marine life out there including some sharks with any luck, and whilst I’m definitely expecting the unexpected, I feel very ready to take on the Pacific whatever it decides to throw at me.”Daryl was inspired to take on this amazing endurance challenge by hearing stories from other adventurers like single-handed rower Roz Savage MBE (who is one of the race organisers), and James Cracknell, OBE. Rob Hamill from New Zealand, another of the world’s legendary rowers, said: “Doing the race solo is a fantastic endeavour, one that will challenge Darryl to his very core. The success of his campaign will not only depend on his preparation but, more importantly, his ability to cope under the most extreme pressure, to be able to respond accordingly and to have the resolve to carry on no matter what difficulties he might face. And, apart from the self-development aspect that will come with this experience, his purpose in raising funds for Earthrace is admirable.”Pete Bethune, founder of Earthrace Conservation and current world powerboat speed record holder for circumnavigating the globe, said: “What Daryl is taking on is jaw-droppingly brave. I not only had a bigger boat with engines, but also three other people. To do this on your own under your own power and through such dangerous waters will be a true test of courage, strength and determination but I have absolutely no doubts that he will be saying ‘aloha’ to everyone very soon in Hawaii”.

 

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