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Coalition Calls for Dolphinaria-Free Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 marzo 2015

DolphinariaBrussels. Today, whale and dolphin experts from across the world have launched a new initiative at the European Parliament to raise awareness about the exploitation of hundreds of captive whales and dolphins in Europe’s 33 captive facilities, located in 15 EU countries. The Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, consisting of 19 NGOs from 11 countries, are calling upon European citizens, Euro-Parliamentarians and Member State governments to end captive dolphin shows and interactive sessions which, they assert, exploit the animals and compromise their welfare. Daniel Turner, EU Policy Coordinator for the Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition and Programmes Manager for Born Free Foundation, explains, “In our view, the scientific evidence is conclusive. The keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity, where they are trained to perform unnatural behaviours, not only distorts the natural attributes of these highly intelligent, social animals, but is also known to compromise the animal’s physical and mental health. The Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition will provide an influential platform from where profound concerns and compelling evidence can be placed before EU Institutions, in the hope that our vision of a Dolphinaria-Free Europe can become a reality.”Keith Taylor, a UK Member of the European Parliament, and one of the co-hosts of the launch added, “I fully support the objectives of the Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition. To confine creatures such as whales, dolphins and porpoise which are used to roaming large territories to live in small pools – all in the name of public entertainment – is cruel. Denying these intelligent animals’ sufficient space and complexity causes them to develop abnormal behaviour and heightened aggression as, for example, shown in the film ‘Blackfish’. This is why I want to see an end to cetacean captivity.” In the EU, 32 of the 33 facilities are regulated by national zoo laws in the State where they are located and by EC Directive 1999/22, relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos (also known as “The Zoos Directive”), requiring all dolphinaria to makeDolphinaria1 demonstrable commitments to species conservation, public education and higher standards of animal welfare. A recent report, commissioned by ENDCAP entitled, Dolphinaria – A review of the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity in the European Union and EC Directive 1999/22, relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos (WDC, 2nd Ed 2015) highlighted the fact that 15 (out of 28 States that kept captive dolphins at the time of publication) contravened the terms of EU Zoos Directive and largely failed to meet their legal obligations under national law.Marco Affronte, Member of the European Parliament, who co-sponsored today’s event, said, “The dolphinarium in my home city of Rimini, Italy, has just been closed for failing to comply with national zoo law. There is really no excuse, if dolphinaria cannot adequately provide whales and dolphins with their physical and behaviour needs, there is no longer a place for these attractions in the European Union”, concluded Affronte. “Emphasis must be given to the protection of these animals in the wild, not their incarceration in captivity.”The Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition will be challenging the captive dolphin industry throughout Europe: investigating malpractice; exposing non-compliance; and seeking the closure of captive facilities that only exploit their animals as objects of entertainment in meaningless shows and interactive activities. (photo: Dolphinaria)

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The extreme right has hijacked Finland’s national symbols

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 settembre 2014

The same is also happening elsewhere in Europe. Now a new national identity is being designed for Finland by the neighbouring country Sweden. This goodwill initiative for a more open and positive Finland is called “Finland Redesign”. One of Sweden’s most influential designers Henrik Nygren is working on a new identity, which will be revealed in December at Eurobest, Europe’s biggest festival of creativity. Though Finland is just a small nation in the Nordics, good news are written about it every day. The Finnish education system is one of the best in the world, Finland is one of the world’s least corruptedcountries and the best place to become a mother. New innovations and scientific
discoveries are continuously created there – not to mention that Finland is home to some of the world’s most interesting new startups such as Rovio and Supercell.But Finland is facing the same problems as many other countries in Europe. It is hard for a normal citizen to show national pride as the right wing has hijacked the national symbols. This is the reason for the goodwill initiative “Finland Redesign”, started by Finnish creative agency Bob the Robot.“We wanted to create something concrete using creativity and design. So we decided to create a completely new identity for our nation – symbolizing a more open and positive Finland. That is why we needed a completely new perspective. So we turned to Sweden, our neighbours, who we strongly love and hate”, says Miska Rajasuo, CEO of Bob the Robot. How would you feel if your country’s new national identity was designed by your neighbours? What would happen in Germany if France would design their new
national identity? Or what about Canada designing a new one for USA? This has finlandnever been done before, so the whole project is way out of the box. After a long search, a perfect designer was found. Henrik Nygren, who is undertaking
the feat of redesigning the identity of Finland, is one of the most influential designers in Sweden. During the course of his career of over 30 years, he has designed stamps for a king, won the most prestigious design prize in Sweden, the Platinum Egg, and influenced the Swedish graphic design scene as an educator. His work has also been exhibited around the world from Stockholm to Tokyo. But this is the first time for Nygren to design an identity for a whole nation: “It is interesting in this profession how all projects are in a way the same. Big or small, close or far, they all need the same focus and hard work to be believable, stand out and tell a story. This project for Finland is no exception”, Nygren comments.The new national identity of Finland, designed in Sweden, will be presented during Europe’s biggest festival of creativity, Eurobest, in Helsinki in the beginning of December. The new identity will be freely available to use for any Finnish person or organization.

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Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King Go Live With Q’Viva

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 aprile 2012

Los Angeles (PRNewswire) Q’Viva! The Chosen is getting ready to go on stage, as the show turns live from May 26 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. After 30 million viewers across North and South America tuned in to watch ‘Q’Viva!’ when it debuted in March, the grand finale has now concluded and the live premiere is waiting in what marks an incredible achievement for Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King. The three producers of the show, who created Q’Viva alongside American Idol creator Simon Fuller, have created the biggest new international TV hit of the year. Simon Fuller commented: “Q Viva is one of the first network shows ever to broadcast simultaneously throughout the Americas in three languages. With over 30 million viewers in total already and more than 4 million people watching in the US in both English and Spanish language, this has been an extraordinary experiment. The Que Viva story will continue to grow throughout 2012 as more and more countries sign up to broadcast the show.”
Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment is one of the most dynamic and influential forces in the global entertainment business, with a staff of fifty executives based in offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. He is certified by Billboard as the most successful British manager of all time. American Idol, the multi-billion dollar TV format created and executive produced by Simon Fuller, continues to break records for audience size and interaction. 122 million votes were cast in 2011’s American Idol Finale. Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment manages Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls, Lisa Marie Presley, Carrie Underwood, Will Young, the winner of 2011’s American Idol, Scotty McCreery, and is in partnership with iconic couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony for their latest production Q’Viva! The Chosen! In sport, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment manages the career of David Beckham, world tennis No.3 Andy Murray and the 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Beyond music, TV and sport, XIX Entertainment’s interests in fashion include a joint venture with influential designer Roland Mouret, and a flourishing partnership with Victoria Beckham whose award winning and critically acclaimed ready to wear collections have become a multi-million dollar business.

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Victor Pinchuk: The World’s Most Influential People

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 Maggio 2010

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is proud to announce that Victor Pinchuk is listed as one of  the “2010 Time 100 – The World’s Most Influential People” in Time Magazine, published on April 29, 2010. Mr Victor Pinchuk is listed in the “Thinkers” section, among the most influential thinkers in the world — along with Apple founder Steve Jobs, Minister Mentor of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew, newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and designer Zaha Hadid. Time Magazine’s world-renowned list comprises an exclusive group of highly distinguished international leaders and innovators. Victor Pinchuk, as a non-partisan philanthropist and businessman, is the first Ukrainian private citizen to be thus distinguished. In 2005, then-President Viktor Yushchenko was the first Ukrainian on the list.  For over 12 years Mr. Pinchuk has implemented philanthropic projects in Ukraine; in 2006, he consolidated them under the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the largest private Ukrainian philanthropic foundation.With his foundation, Victor Pinchuk has sought to serve and support the Ukrainian people in a non-partisan approach and to trigger change in the country in areas like healthcare, education, art and international relations. The foundation’s projects include a network of neonatal centres, Cradles of Hope, the largest private nation-wide stipend program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the largest contemporary art centre in Eastern Europe, PinchukArtCentre, and the international network Yalta European Strategy (YES) to support Ukraine’s European integration.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation ( is an international, private, non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. It was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow. To achieve this, projects are developed and partnerships are built in Ukraine and globally. The Foundation invests in three main areas: Investing in people, to boost human capital; Investing in society, to promote social responsibility;Investing in the world, to foster a more integrated world. The projects of the Foundation include a programme for creation of neonatal centres, Cradles of Hope, the largest private nation-wide national stipend program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the largest contemporary art centre in Eastern Europe, PinchukArtCentre, and the international network Yalta European Strategy (YES) to support Ukraine’s European integration.   The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and of the Ukrainian Grant Makers Forum. The foundation cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative and other leading non-governmental organisations. (victor)

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