The Hague – Pro Impex http://proimpex.info/ Tue, 17 May 2022 18:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://proimpex.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png The Hague – Pro Impex http://proimpex.info/ 32 32 In a first human rights film festival to be held in the Netherlands https://proimpex.info/in-a-first-human-rights-film-festival-to-be-held-in-the-netherlands/ Tue, 17 May 2022 18:00:15 +0000 https://proimpex.info/in-a-first-human-rights-film-festival-to-be-held-in-the-netherlands/ For the first time ever, a human rights film festival will be held in The Hague from Thursday, offering filmmakers and attendees an opportunity to shed light on human rights issues in around the world, through the language of films. The event organized by a Dutch-based human rights organization, Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD), will […]]]>

For the first time ever, a human rights film festival will be held in The Hague from Thursday, offering filmmakers and attendees an opportunity to shed light on human rights issues in around the world, through the language of films. The event organized by a Dutch-based human rights organization, Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD), will see several films presented by various NGOs and filmmakers, keen to raise awareness of human rights issues. and awareness.

Global Human Rights Defense is an international non-governmental organization based in The Hague, the Netherlands. GHRD specifically focuses on the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. One of the films “From Xinyang to the Netherlands” tells the story of a woman’s journey, fleeing the concentration camps and the Uyghur genocide in China. Another film “Never Forget Tibet” brings human rights concerns in Tibet back to the table.

“Life in Darkness, Prosecution of Minorities in Pakistan” would also be one of the films shown at the event. Two short clips that will be screened use dance as a tool to highlight human rights concerns. Such are “Crash” and “Hope”. A final addition to the program will be “Light”, a tragic insight into the Kosovo war.

The screenings will be accompanied by a round table, which will be moderated by representatives of GHRD. Panelists will include Stefan Ziegler, a successful humanitarian practitioner, speaker and producer for Advocacy Productions; Giovanni Marotta, international legal adviser; Eva Smulders, development economist; and Vivek Bhatt, researcher in human rights and institutions. The panel is completed by Sarah McGibbon, professor at the University of Maastricht in international law and Mi Jung van der Velde, lecturer and researcher in human rights and gender.

“This event is aimed at young political activists and students around the world,” an official statement read. “Global Human Rights Defense strongly believes in the power and impact of future generations around the world who wish to make a difference! We hope to welcome students and young professionals from all universities in the Netherlands and beyond”, says the press release.

The festival will also create a platform for people in The Hague to connect, exchange ideas and discuss the interdisciplinarity of human rights work, the statement said. (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Retail concern: As Philippine trade intensifies https://proimpex.info/retail-concern-as-philippine-trade-intensifies/ Mon, 16 May 2022 03:18:18 +0000 https://proimpex.info/retail-concern-as-philippine-trade-intensifies/ MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 07: Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. waves a Filipino flag during his … [+] last campaign rally before the May 07, 2022 elections in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. Candidates for the May 9 presidential elections held their final campaign rallies two days before millions of Filipinos head to the polls to elect […]]]>

More than eighty percent of eligible voters turned out in the Philippines presidential election, and it looks like a landslide victory for Ferdinand (Bongbong) Marcos Jr.

As they complete the vote tally, several media critics are already trying to poke holes in Bongbong’s landslide victory. Some pointed to the excesses of his father’s diet (36 years ago), while others targeted his 92-year-old mother (Imelda). Some allege a closer friendship with China, but few have spent time examining the erosion of the Philippines’ love of America – an important analysis for a former American colony – where average citizens truly love America. .

Once upon a time, Capitol Hill pushed for closer ties with Manila but, sadly, former pro-Filipino hawks have long since left the building. With Bongbong now on the rise, the US government is taking a fresh look at ways to improve the relationship. As everyone knows, retail inflation and supply chain are big issues here, but there is pressure to reduce retail supply exposure to China, and more especially to find other locations to get retail products. Could the Philippines be an answer to the problem?

As research progresses and the Philippine trade rationale becomes more of an option, Chinese tariffs continue to weigh on the US economy on a daily basis. In addition, the Uyghur law on the prevention of forced labor (UFLPA) (targeting China) goes into effect next month, UFLPA includes a dangerous (rebuttable presumption) clause that warns retailers about deliveries from complex supply chains – shipments that must be “clean” of forced labor – or the importer will be found guilty until proven guilty The problem is that the government cannot answer the basic question that “if companies can’t make everything in America and China is so closely watched, where to get supplies? »

Looking at empty store shelves right now, it remains pretty obvious that America is currently unable to meet our consumer needs. With that in mind, the not-so-surprising revelation is that the Philippines is a logical partner, and the Biden administration should pave the way for a trade deal with a new Philippine government. Business logic sets in, but politicians wonder if Bongbong’s former English upbringing included a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that included the phrase, “How do I love you?” Let me count the paths. Philippine history students are scratching their heads and wondering why the media tries to label Bongbong an outlier, when anyone can just revisit Ms. Browning’s poem and realize that much of the history of the Philippines with the United States has been emotionally charged and eroded. the love we profess to have.

History tells us that the Japanese took control of the Philippines in 1942 when it was still an American colony. The Japanese were ousted by the Americans in 1945 and the nation was granted full independence in 1946. After 48 years of American colonial rule and control, love has often been hard since.

At the end of World War II, the US Congress passed the GI Bill of Rights which offered financial benefits to those who defended the United States. It has been documented that Filipinos fought side by side with American troops, but when the GI Bill was passed it included soldiers from sixty-six different countries and, surprisingly, Filipinos were left out. If veterans groups weren’t helpful in the Philippines, the US Navy wasn’t far behind. Filipinos served proudly – but they were restricted to being stewards until 1971, when the Navy finally realized the mistake and rescinded the decree.

Another distinguished group was the Philippine Scouts – which were formed in 1901 as a military unit, which lasted until the end of World War II. It was an honor to be a scout as they were considered a full US military organization under command. of commissioned American military officers. At the end of the war, Congress passed the “Recision Act” which denied Boy Scouts the benefits promised to veterans. It wasn’t until 1990 that Congress offered naturalization to veterans, and in 2003 health benefits were eventually extended to Filipino-American World War II veterans.

With respect to trade agreements, the US Congress passed the Bell Trade Act in 1946 and the Philippines seriously opposed the “Parity Amendment” which granted US citizens equal rights to Filipinos in certain business transactions. The Bell Act was replaced by the Laurel-Langley Act which lasted from 1955 to 1974. There has been absolutely NO new trade agreement between the United States and the Philippines since the Laurel-Langley Act expired there. is 47 years old.

The Philippines fell out of favor as a retail sourcing country when China became a member of the World Trade Organization in 2008. During that time – in the garment assembly industry alone – more 500,000 Filipinos lost their jobs. Today, many now believe the industry could easily be resurrected under a Marcos administration – especially if the US finally considers a much-discussed free trade deal between the two nations.

As for trade history, when the Korean War broke out, over 7,400 Filipinos fought alongside American troops during the war. South Korea entered into a free trade agreement with the United States in 2007 (called – KORUS). Korea was included as a new trading partner; the Philippines was not even mentioned.

When World War II broke out, more than 250,000 Filipinos fought alongside American troops during the war. While the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated under the Obama administration, Japan was to be included; the Philippines were not.

During the Vietnam War, more than 10,400 Filipinos were sent to participate in medical and civilian activities. As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was negotiated under the Obama administration, Vietnam had to be included; the Philippines were not.

China, for its part, included the Philippines in its latest trade negotiation called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) but, for now, the Philippine Senate is still deciding whether to join (or not). Philippine President Duterte wanted to “Build, Build, Build” the country’s infrastructure, and the Chinese were eager to help with financial aid from their Belt and Road Initiative. Many newly launched Philippine infrastructure projects were slowly launched and some may never be completed, but the intention was there and the Philippines was ready to accept help from China.

On the other side of potential infrastructure loans, the thorniest issue concerns the ongoing demand for maritime control in the South China Seas between the Philippines and China. In 2013, the Philippines filed a claim over China’s “maritime rights” with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In 2016, the tribunal in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines on the 15 submissions: “The tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources in the maritime areas. inside the nine-dash line.” China, for its part, did not accept the decision.

It’s easy to see why there’s no hard or fast answer as to what’s right or wrong in the US/Philippines relationship, and media critics should approach it fairly. The bottom line is that America can help the new administration or, if not, China probably will. The hope of a Marcos administration will be stability, prosperity, and a better relationship with the United States.

A long-delayed free trade agreement between the two countries would certainly be a good start – as it would benefit both countries.

The poem still rings true: “How can I love you? Let me count the paths.

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S (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Failure) [2022] EWHC 214 (family) https://proimpex.info/s-a-child-1980-hague-convention-failure-2022-ewhc-214-family/ Sat, 14 May 2022 01:54:20 +0000 https://proimpex.info/s-a-child-1980-hague-convention-failure-2022-ewhc-214-family/ S (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Failure) [2022] EWHC 214 (family)(Family Division, Peel J, February 1, 2022) Abduction – Hague Convention – Return order – Prompt return – Timed return order – Power of court to impose conditions, adjourn proceedings or suspend order. The Family Division issued, among other things, an order for the child’s return to Portugal, suspended until the mother obtained a visa […]]]> S (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Failure) [2022] EWHC 214 (family)

(Family Division, Peel J, February 1, 2022)

Abduction – Hague Convention – Return order – Prompt return – Timed return order – Power of court to impose conditions, adjourn proceedings or suspend order.

The Family Division issued, among other things, an order for the child’s return to Portugal, suspended until the mother obtained a visa to return to Portugal.


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This judgment was rendered in private. The judge authorized the publication of this version of the judgment on the condition that (regardless of what is contained in the judgment) in any published version of the judgment, the anonymity of the children and their family members is strictly preserved. Everyone, including representatives of the media, must ensure that this condition is strictly observed. Failure to do so will be in contempt of court.

Neutral citation number: [2022] EWHC 214 (family)

Case no.: FD21P00445 and FD21P00447

AT THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

FAMILY DIVISION

IN THE MATTER OF THE CHILD ABDUCTION AND CUSTODY ACT 1985 IN THE MATTER OF THE SENIOR COURTS ACT 1981

IN THE BUSINESS OF S (a boy, born on 04.09.2020)

Royal courts of justice

Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: February 1, 2022

Before :

Mr. JUSTICE PEEL

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3rd responder

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Edward Bennett (taught by Dawson Cornwell) for the plaintiff

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants appeared in person

Court Dates: January 26-28, 2022

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Approved judgment

I direct that pursuant to CPR PD 39A, paragraph 6.1, no official stenographic notation be taken of this judgment and that copies of this version as rendered may be deemed authentic.

Judgement: S (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Failure) [2022] EWHC 214 (family)

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The 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor will begin in Durban on Sunday May 15 – International https://proimpex.info/the-5th-world-conference-on-the-elimination-of-child-labor-will-begin-in-durban-on-sunday-may-15-international/ Thu, 12 May 2022 10:30:11 +0000 https://proimpex.info/the-5th-world-conference-on-the-elimination-of-child-labor-will-begin-in-durban-on-sunday-may-15-international/ Durban, South Africa (May 9, 2022) – The 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor will be held in Durban, South Africa, from May 15-20, 2022. The conference, organized in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO), is taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center and will include in-person and […]]]>

Durban, South Africa (May 9, 2022) – The 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor will be held in Durban, South Africa, from May 15-20, 2022.

The conference, organized in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO), is taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center and will include in-person and online participation.

It comes at a critical time. Despite progress in many regions, the number of children in child labor is rising and the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undo years of progress.

According to global estimates on child labour, published jointly by the ILO and UNICEF last year, 160 million children are working today. Without a breakthrough in the African region, the UN will not achieve target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal.

The conference represents an opportunity to assess progress towards the achievement of Target 8.7, discuss good practices implemented by different actors across the world and identify gaps and urgent actions needed to accelerate the elimination of child labor and forced labour.

More than 2,000 attendees are registered for the in-person event, with another 5,000 expected to follow and engage through the online platform.

In Durban, representatives of governments, trade unions, the private sector, civil society, regional and international organizations, think tanks, universities, young people and children from around the world will organize plenaries, presentations and parallel events. Participating stakeholders include UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Bank.

While only invited delegates will travel to Durban, the hybrid format means that a large number of people will be able to participate remotely. Some side events and presentations will be 100% virtual.

At the end of the conference, delegates will draft a Durban Call to Action – a commitment to take the necessary steps to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and eliminate child labor in all its forms by 2025 .

Traditionally, the conference takes place every four years. This year marks the first time an African country has hosted the event. Previously, it was held in the Americas and Europe: in Buenos Aires in 2017, in Brasilia in 2013, in The Hague in 2010 and in Oslo in 1997.

Learn more: https://www.5thchildlabourconf.org/en

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US justice refuses to lift sanctions against Radovan Karadzic’s brother https://proimpex.info/us-justice-refuses-to-lift-sanctions-against-radovan-karadzics-brother/ Mon, 09 May 2022 16:01:58 +0000 https://proimpex.info/us-justice-refuses-to-lift-sanctions-against-radovan-karadzics-brother/ Luka Karadzic. Photo: EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKY. The US District Court in Washington DC has ruled against Luka Karadzic seeking the lifting of sanctions imposed on him in 2003 by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), while his brother, the Serbian political leader Bosnian wartime Radovan Karadzic was on the course. The court said […]]]>


Luka Karadzic. Photo: EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKY.

The US District Court in Washington DC has ruled against Luka Karadzic seeking the lifting of sanctions imposed on him in 2003 by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), while his brother, the Serbian political leader Bosnian wartime Radovan Karadzic was on the course.

The court said in its decision, which was handed down on Friday, that “several years ago, Luka [Karadzic] asked OFAC to remove those sanctions because, he said, the reasons it sanctioned him no longer apply. OFAC refused.

Luka Karadzic went to court, arguing that he saw no reason to maintain the sanctions after his brother’s arrest and conviction.

But the district court rejected that, saying Luka Karadzic had ‘recently made statements in support of his brother which warrant continued sanctions’.

In March 2019, the UN tribunal in The Hague sentenced Radovan Karadzic to life in prison for the genocide of Bosnians in Srebrenica, the persecution of Bosnians and Croats throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, the terror of the population in Sarajevo during the siege of the city and the taking of UN peacekeepers hostage.

Lawyer Peter Robinson, who defended Radovan Karadzic in The Hague Tribunal and now represents his brother Luka in the US case, told BIRN he was put on the sanctions list in 2003, when the international community pressured Radovan Karadzic’s family. , who was in hiding at the time, in an effort to arrest him and bring him to justice.

Luka Karadzic asked in 2018 to be removed from the sanctions list, claimed he “had nothing to do with the crimes for which his brother was convicted and has never been charged with any crime stemming from the war in the former Yugoslavia”, the court mentioned.

He also claimed that he did not support his brother while he was hiding from justice in The Hague, nor did he offer him financial support.

But the US Treasury Department denied the request, citing Luka Karadzic’s public statements criticizing the court in The Hague and expressions of support for his brother during the trial and appeals process. The case was then taken to the High Court for decision.

Robinson said he was disappointed with the decision.

“In my view, the decision went against democratic principles, including freedom of speech, which the United States says it promotes around the world. We are unlikely to complain, as judicial practice gives the judge a full discretionary right to comply with the decisions of executive authorities in the field of foreign affairs,” he said.

Robinson explained that the sanctions make it more difficult for Luka Karadzic to maintain his bank accounts, even in Serbia, “because banks have to deal with the American banking system and fear the consequences if they allow someone on the sanctions list to have an account in their bank.

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Sons of former dictator and Hague investigator are favorites in Philippines election – News Release India https://proimpex.info/sons-of-former-dictator-and-hague-investigator-are-favorites-in-philippines-election-news-release-india/ Sat, 07 May 2022 18:52:17 +0000 https://proimpex.info/sons-of-former-dictator-and-hague-investigator-are-favorites-in-philippines-election-news-release-india/ Posters in Manila featuring election propaganda by Bongbong Marcos, the BBM, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and leader in the polls for President of the Philippines| Photo: EFE/EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA Everything in the Philippine presidential election, which will be held next Monday (9), refers to the past. The dispute between Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known […]]]>

Posters in Manila with election propaganda by Bongbong Marcos, or BBM, filho do ex-ditador Ferdinand Marcos e líder nas pesquisas para presidente nas Filipinas

Posters in Manila featuring election propaganda by Bongbong Marcos, the BBM, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and leader in the polls for President of the Philippines| Photo: EFE/EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Everything in the Philippine presidential election, which will be held next Monday (9), refers to the past. The dispute between Ferdinand Marcos Jr., known as Bongbong Marcos or BBM, and Leni Robredo repeats the fight for the vice-presidency of the country in 2016 (in the Philippines, the presidential and vice-presidential elections are separated), won by the lawyer and activist from 57 years old.

Another reference to the past is the candidacy for vice-president of Sara Duterte, daughter of the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, who by law cannot be re-elected.

2022 The deepest reference, however, is BBM’s ancestry: supported by Sara in the presidential race, he is the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the country between 1965 and whose legacy is a wound open in the public life of the Philippines.

In addition to leading a repressive regime, Marcos was known for his corruption: it is estimated that he embezzled up to $10 billion from public coffers during her time in office, and the gigantic collection of shoes that the First Dame Imelda Marcos (BBM’s mother) amassed when much of the population was living in poverty became a source of joke/outrage around the world.

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Meghan Markle ‘won’t take advice’ on how to do projects ‘That’s the problem’ | royal | News https://proimpex.info/meghan-markle-wont-take-advice-on-how-to-do-projects-thats-the-problem-royal-news/ Mon, 02 May 2022 23:08:05 +0000 https://proimpex.info/meghan-markle-wont-take-advice-on-how-to-do-projects-thats-the-problem-royal-news/ Meghan Markle, 40, family series ‘Pearl’ was dropped by the streaming platform on Sunday as it reviewed animated content. The abandonment of several projects, including that of Ms. Markle, was part of strategic decisions on the production of animated series, the company said in a press release, without providing further details on its decision. Royal […]]]>

Meghan Markle, 40, family series ‘Pearl’ was dropped by the streaming platform on Sunday as it reviewed animated content. The abandonment of several projects, including that of Ms. Markle, was part of strategic decisions on the production of animated series, the company said in a press release, without providing further details on its decision. Royal biographer Angela Levin has since claimed that Meghan will not listen to advice from others on future plans.

Speaking to TalkTV, Ms Levin said: “You can’t just use people for your own ends.

“You actually have to approve things when a lot of money is involved with a big company.

“They’re not stupid, they’re only going to wait so long.

“They were incredibly patient and they decided, among other things, to just cut the trash, really.

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“What you see and what you show, but also Meghan won’t take advice.

“She thinks she knows and that’s the problem.

“She’s very proud and it’s all gone to their heads.”

Archewell Productions, the company formed by Markle and her husband Prince Harry, said last year it would executive produce “Pearl.” The series was to center on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl inspired by influential women in history.

Netflix said Archewell Productions remains a valued partner and they continue to work together on a number of projects, including the documentary series Heart Of Invictus.

The show follows people competing at the Invictus Games, and a film crew was seen near Harry and Meghan during their stay at the event in The Hague, Netherlands, last month.

Speaking of Pearl’s announcement last July, Meghan said: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is discovering herself as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.

“I am delighted that Archewell Productions, in partnership with the powerful platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, bring you together this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”

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Schiphol expects even bigger crowds on Sunday https://proimpex.info/schiphol-expects-even-bigger-crowds-on-sunday/ Sun, 01 May 2022 06:35:00 +0000 https://proimpex.info/schiphol-expects-even-bigger-crowds-on-sunday/ Schiphol estimates that there will be even more people on Sunday than on Saturday. It is asking airlines to take more drastic measures to reduce the number of travelers at the airport, including canceling flights. On Saturday, Schiphol aimed to reduce the number of travelers by 3,500, while on Sunday the airport is aiming for […]]]>

Schiphol estimates that there will be even more people on Sunday than on Saturday. It is asking airlines to take more drastic measures to reduce the number of travelers at the airport, including canceling flights.

On Saturday, Schiphol aimed to reduce the number of travelers by 3,500, while on Sunday the airport is aiming for 5,800 fewer visitors. “We are not there yet,” admitted operational director Patricia Vitalis of Schiphol. However, she said KLM no longer requires cancellations. The airline has already announced that it will cancel 47 flights for Saturday and Sunday.

But other airlines that normally transfer lots of people to Schiphol might be able to use other European airports, says Vitalis. Just like on Saturday, some flights will also transfer to Rotterdam The Hague Airport on Sunday. For now, this only concerns two flights, one from Transavia and one from Corendon.

EasyJet has no plans to change its flight schedule at Schiphol Airport, a spokesperson for the low-cost airline said on Saturday evening. “Although we are not considering canceling flights in advance, we are in discussions with Schiphol on other solutions,” he said. It is unclear what possible solutions are involved.

According to Vitalis, Schiphol is concerned about the safety of passengers and staff in the terminal. It’s so crowded that security “unfortunately” can’t handle the crowds.

On Sunday, she expects around 70,000 departing passengers to pass through security barriers, up 10,000 from Saturday. Meanwhile, all incoming and outgoing passengers, including connecting passengers, will further increase these numbers.

“It was very crowded this morning and there were long queues at check-in counters,” says Vitalis. “People sometimes had to queue for two hours to get through security.”

A look at the departure boards revealed that flights had also been delayed. Schiphol employees tried to steer passenger flows in the right direction as much as possible, and firefighters distributed water to waiting passengers. However, the worst of the crowds passed by late afternoon.

Vitalis recognizes that the situation is “very distressing for travelers”. But she does not rule out the possibility that Schiphol will ask airlines to cancel flights more often this year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airport is suffering from a significant staff shortage. People have lost their jobs during the pandemic due to less theft for almost two years and not everyone has returned to their old jobs.

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What does the Invictus Games have in store for us in Whistler? https://proimpex.info/what-does-the-invictus-games-have-in-store-for-us-in-whistler/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 20:45:00 +0000 https://proimpex.info/what-does-the-invictus-games-have-in-store-for-us-in-whistler/ At Whistler and Vancouver in 2025, Whistler’s adaptive sports program has been the key driver for touchdown games Whistler will continue its legacy as a mountain host for major winter sporting events and expand its reputation as a disability-friendly sports destination when it hosts the first-ever hybrid Invictus Games in 2025. Prince Harry, Duke of […]]]>

At Whistler and Vancouver in 2025, Whistler’s adaptive sports program has been the key driver for touchdown games

Whistler will continue its legacy as a mountain host for major winter sporting events and expand its reputation as a disability-friendly sports destination when it hosts the first-ever hybrid Invictus Games in 2025.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, announcement the event would be held in Whistler and Vancouver during the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands on Friday, April 22. A flagship sporting event for wounded, injured and ill service members, the 2025 edition will be the inaugural Hybrid Summer-Winter Invictus Games, featuring adaptive winter sports like Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, skeleton and wheelchair curling.

“Whistler shares a commitment to inclusion and diversity and our winter sports hosting roots run deep, so including winter sports in the Invictus Games for the first time is a great choice and it It’s exciting to imagine the Invictus Games on snow,” said Whistler. Mayor Jack Crompton at the April 26 council meeting.

The Games will be held in Whistler and Vancouver throughout February 2025.

In the works for years, the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP), with the support of Vail Resorts and Whistler Sport Legacies, was instrumental in securing the Games for the resort.

“It’s actually an idea we came up with in 2015. We met with the Invictus Foundation and pitched the idea of ​​winter games,” explained WASP executive director Chelsey Walker, who added that he had taken a few years for a candidacy group to arise. the idea – in this case, the True Patriot Love Foundationa Toronto-based charity dedicated to supporting service members, veterans and their families.

The charity pioneered the concept of Hybrid Games and initially three Canadian cities were considered, before narrowing down to Whistler and Vancouver. In January, the offer was finalized and submitted to the Invictus Games Foundation, which approved the proposal last month.

Five hundred athletes from 20 nations are expected to compete, and in Whistler, Walker said organizers plan for up to 600 athletes, coaches and support staff to use local facilities, many of which are legacies from the 2010 Winter Olympics .

“I think it will be great to showcase the infrastructure that we have, thanks in large part to 2010,” said Christine Cogger of Whistler, who served as the medal ceremony producer at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando and at the 2017 Games in Toronto. “We have so many great facilities which, in my humble opinion, are underutilized, and I would love to see us attract a different variety of events, whether local or international. I think we have a lot of potential. »

Whistler is set to host skeleton, as well as Nordic skiing and alpine snow sports. Walker said the Games are an opportunity to increase the resort’s reputation as an adaptive sports destination.

“It’s huge because the reach of the Games is global,” she said. “One of the things we’re really looking to do is reach out to different nations and find people who might never have considered winter sports as an option. Maybe you come from a sand country and you don’t realize you can still Nordic ski on a mountain board. Or that you can do biathlon with an echolocation rifle.

“It’s great to reuse these [Olympic legacy] facilities and our programming to benefit another segment of the adaptive community, namely ill and injured service members and women.

In addition to its existing adaptive programs and facilities, Whistler has made major inroads into the military community through hosting alumni groups like Soldier On, a program that helps serving and retired Canadian Forces personnel suffering from or permanent or chronic injury to stay active, as well as Vail Resorts Military Epic Pass.

Walker believes the Games will only promote military tourism to the station.

“This is a big testament to Vail Resorts’ commitment to the military community,” she said. “The familiarity and support that is already there for the military community will certainly be tremendous.”

More importantly, like the Olympics before it, Invictus should help spur investment in infrastructure and adaptive programs.

“For us at Whistler Adaptive, we’re not just focused on accessible sport… It’s really about developing sport and creating more opportunities for people to participate in sport long-term,” Walker said. .

Billed as “the most innovative and accessible Games ever”, Invictus will also be co-hosted by Whistler and the Vancouver First Nations, Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, “so you’ll see a great Indigenous participation in these Games,” added Walker.

The Invictus Games in The Hague held from April 16-22 were originally scheduled for 2020 but were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-eight Team Canada athletes participated.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to return to UK, royal family https://proimpex.info/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-plan-to-return-to-uk-royal-family/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 03:45:47 +0000 https://proimpex.info/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-plan-to-return-to-uk-royal-family/ It was four simple words, dropped in a high-profile TV interview – but Prince Harry might have revealed more than he bargained for. When it comes to indulging their whims at great expense, the British royal family stands their ground. The Queen spends a literal fortune on her racehorses, Prince Charles is believed to have […]]]>

It was four simple words, dropped in a high-profile TV interview – but Prince Harry might have revealed more than he bargained for.

When it comes to indulging their whims at great expense, the British royal family stands their ground.

The Queen spends a literal fortune on her racehorses, Prince Charles is believed to have parted with some serious dough to acquire the jewels his great-great-grandfather Edward VII gave to his mistress Alice Keppel, who was his wife Camilla, the Grand Duchess of Cornwall -grandmother, and someone paid for the commercial quantities of hairspray that Princess Anne receives.

Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have long since flown for all the vitamin D and paid whatever checks they can get their hands on, but they’re not immune to the habit special royal.

For two people now making millions of their own, albeit offering a list of pale streaming rates, they’re oddly willing to keep paying rent on their home in the UK, Frogmore Cottage even though they’ve only had one lonely night there since 2019.

For years now, they’ve made California their home: first living in Tyler Perry’s borrowed $24 million bolthole in Los Angeles, then getting their own mansion in Montecito, an area about an hour and 45 minutes north of Los Angeles.

With 16 restrooms, a koi pond, a designer chicken coop perfect for totally spontaneous TV moments, and their own mortgage, they clearly saw their future in the United States.

Which is why he was curious when it was revealed in February this year that they had agreed to renew their paid lease on Frogmore Cottage.

Now we have a big clue as to why they agreed to keep shelling out for a house they never use: Harry might just want to come back into the royal family.

Last week, while in the Netherlands for his hugely successful Invictus Games, Harry was doing his bit of PR for the event and sat down for a TV interview with the American Today programme.

True to form, he managed to stray from the safe territory of anodyne comments about the bravery and healing power of sport to hit this family in Blighty.

Host Hoda Kotb asked about her recent plane visit with the Queen.

“Being with her was awesome,” he said. “It was so nice to see her. You know, she’s in great shape. She’s always had a great sense of humor around me and I just make sure she’s protected and has the right people around her.

Immediately, his “protected” comment sparked a multi-day media storm given that this same man so determined to “protect” his grandmother is also the same person who spent the last year telling the world how it was negligent, institutionally racist and general. the palate is rotten.

But lost in the hype, he said another thing to Kotb, who was throwing softballs at him like a nervous Under-3 T-ball coach. “You make her laugh, that’s what she always says. Did you do it again?” she asked.

Rather than just taking the question and using it to paint himself as grandson number one, again, he managed to get into a serious non-sequence.

“Yeah I did. I had tea with her,” Harry said. -United. And it also feels good.

See what he slipped in there? “For the time being.”

How I would like to imagine the Queen muttered, pausing in the middle of a slice of richly buttered marmalade toast at her breakfast table and in her impeccable, very interesting French.

It’s the first clear public indication Harry has given that he and Meghan might – and a very strong emphasis on ‘could’ here – be open to spending some real time in the UK one day.

Remember, after all, it was their original plan when they first dropped their nuke from an Instagram post announcing Megxit in January 2020, writing, “We now plan to balance our time between the Kingdom United and North America.”

The sticking point here, and with their do-it-yourself semi-royal plans, was that the couple had concocted this royal restructuring over their own cups of oat milk chai tea, away from Windsor and without the Queen’s consent.

What followed was the nonagenarian monarch put her little foot down and read them the riot act: they could be in or they could be out but they couldn’t have their Battenberg cake and cash in Netflix checks too.

So they sped off into the sunset to seemingly spend their days doing… god knows what. Aside from Invictus, the duo managed to not release any major charity or professional projects in two years.

For Harry, this exit from official working royal life came at a high price, namely the formal withdrawal of his honorary military titles as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commander, RAF Honington, and Commodore in Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command in January 2021. The loss of those links hurt, with a source telling the Time at the time, “He’s very upset to be in this place.”

“His military work is one of the most important things to him.”

The tantalizing question now is whether Harry has a more substantial return to Britain on his vision board?

Over the past few months, there have been a few crumbs supporting this idea.

This month, Harry and Meghan made this fast and furious trip to see his family on their way to the Netherlands, meeting his father, Prince Charles, as well as the Queen. Although the visit appears to have been measured in hours, not days, it was the first little green shoot we’ve seen in terms of the transatlantic fault that has overshadowed the palace for years now.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Shaheed Fatima QC, who is representing Harry in his legal approach to the Home Office over his withdrawn official protection, said: ‘This is and always will be his home. (Okay, that argument over his protection is a sticking point, but surely could be settled right away if the Sussexes indicated they were considering returning to Britain part-time.)

Then there’s Harry himself, as it increasingly seems like being so isolated and disconnected from his family and friends has taken its toll. How long has it been since you saw a picture of him laughing or looking like the ginger equivalent of a thundercloud? For a man who has ostensibly “found freedom,” he doesn’t look like someone who revels in the joy of emancipation.

In 2020, legendary primatologist and Sussex family friend Jane Goodall revealed that Harry “finds life a bit difficult” while late last year a source close to Celia Walden confirmed Telegraph that “he had lost contact with many of his friends in the UK”. ”.

Given this situation, it would make sense that Harry would still have hope that one day some of the transatlantic ice could melt and the Sussex family could spend some time in Windsor.

There is another situation, much sadder, which could see the return of the prodigal duke.

Society insider and quintessential royal biographer Tina Brown recently said she believes when Her Majesty dies, “Harry will really want to come home then.

“He won’t want to be sitting in Montecito while the whole of the UK is in mourning. I think he’ll feel hugely left out and sad if he can’t play a part in that and I think that it will be up to Charles and William to use this moment to retrieve it.

However, before we all get our eyes cloudy imagining this harrowing scenario, there are a few hurdles to overcome, the biggest being what the Duke himself is up to right now. Later this year, Harry will publish his memoir which, according to some reports, could see him painting targets on the backs of Charles, his mother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and his brother Prince William.

No matter what dirty laundry he decides to air, telling it all in exchange for a check for $27 million obviously wouldn’t help the intrafamily get-together become more cordial or pave the way for the show Harry ‘n’ Meghan to make any kind of real return to the UK.

(There’s also the pesky fact that his cousin Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank and their little son August now call Frogmore Cottage too. Yet, with over 140 Royal Houses of Grace and Favor on the Crown’s books, I’m sure this situation can be resolved quite easily.)

Still, I find something affectionate in Harry’s “for now” line. Does anyone else have a palpable hit of decided nostalgia in their words? Even HRHs who can’t actually use their HRHs can feel homesick.

So here’s what I think: Hope is eternal, as are the 40 direct flights from LAX airport in Los Angeles to Heathrow.

Daniela Elser is a royal pundit and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of top media titles in Australia.

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