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Zegrahm Expeditions × Cheetah Conservation

Zegrahm Expeditions Announces Cheetah Conservation Fund Partnership

The pioneering expedition company is the headline sponsor of the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s 2020 education tour

Zegrahm Expeditions, the pioneer in small-group expeditions around the world, is now the largest sponsor of the Cheetah Conservation Fund<> (CFF)’s 30th Anniversary education and lecture tour, contributing significantly to the CCF’s research, education and conservation efforts that help to secure the survival of the cheetah and its ecosystem.

Throughout 2020 both Zegrahm Expeditions and the CCF are celebrating 30 years of existence, having followed similar paths of intense appreciation for the natural world for the past three decades.

“We are in awe of the enduring and unending habitat and ecosystem conservation efforts of the CCF and are honoured to be involved in this way,” says Robin Brooks, Director of Partnerships for Zegrahm Expeditions. “We see a close tie between the Zegrahm and CCF communities of conscientious explorers, wildlife enthusiasts, activists and people who have always celebrated our world to its fullest degree.” CCF founder Dr. Laurie Marker, whose work has been covered by TIME, Smithsonian, National Geographic and more, is still at the helm today as the fund’s Executive Director, working passionately to continue her life’s work in cheetah conservation.

CCF Founder Dr. Laurie Marker
“Support from like-minded entities like Zegrahm Expeditions is what makes action to save the cheetah from extinction possible,” says Dr. Marker. “We do live in a world where people and organizations care deeply about preservation, conservation and appreciation of the natural world, and that continues to inspire me.”

Backed by 30 years of research, education and conservation work, CCF is the longest-running cheetah conservation program in existence. CCF’s programs serve as the model for predator conservation programs everywhere.
Dr. Marker’s work has been awarded and recognized around the world and CCF’s programs provide a holistic conservation approach that carefully balances the needs of both people and wildlife sharing the same
ecosystems.Expedition Highlights

During Zegrahm Expeditions’ small-group, land-based expedition Namibia Under Canvas departing April 19, 2020, guests will visit CCF’s research centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, which has earned the title “Cheetah Capital of the World.” The centre is a world class research, education and conservation facility set on a private wildlife reserve. During this itinerary guests will have many opportunities to search both by vehicle and on foot for the elusive cats, and other rare species that call Namibia home.

The Zegrahm Expeditions and CCF partnership began December 19, 2019.

For more information about CCF, please visit www.cheetah.org. For a full list of other events in the CCF’s 2020 education tour, please visit www.cheetah.org/get-involved/ccf-events.

For more information about Zegrahm Expeditions, please visit www.zegrahm.com or call 1-866-327-9140.

About Zegrahm Expeditions
Celebrating 30 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.
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Pongo x “Uwa” Video

Angolan-Portuguese singer/rapper’s new EP ‘Uwa’ (out now on Caroline Intl) – arrives just ahead of her headline shows booked for next month.

Watch the ‘Uwa’ video HERE
Stream the ‘Uwa’ EP HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR INCL. LONDON EartH – APRIL 18, 2020

Angolan-Portuguese artist Pongo today releases the new video for her latest, 6Music play-listed single ‘Uwa’, the title track from her widely-praised new EP, out now via Caroline International. The new video – directed by French photographer Lou Escobar – arrives on the eve of Pongo’s appearance at this year’s 6Music Festival, where she will perform at London’s Dingwalls alongside Holy F and Ghum on March 5, 2020. The festival appearance will precede a second run of UK headline shows from Pongo, including her largest London gig to date, at EartH Hackney on April 18, 2020.

Escobar’s directorial debut, the vibrant, choreography-led video for ‘Uwa’ was filmed on location in Dakar. Poignantly for Pongo, the shoot marked the first time she’d returned to Africa since fleeing Anogla with her family as a child, to escape the country’s civil war. ‘Uwa’ itself takes its name from a word in Angola’s traditional language of Kimbundo meaning ‘step’. Used in the games of dodgeball played by children in the streets of Pongo’s Angolan hometown of Luanda, on ‘Uwa’ Pongo interpolates this nostalgia with the pulsating rhythms of the Kuduro genre to infectious effect.

The ‘Uwa’ EP – also featuring 6Music & 1Xtra-supported single ‘Quem Manda No Mic’ – follows Pongo’s debut EP ‘Baia’, which has been streamed over 6 million times and counting, also spawning remixes from 20syl and Anoraak (the latter issued via Kitsuné). It’s the latest chapter in an again-the-odds trajectory that has seen Lisbon-based Pongo struggle with various personal upheavals. Settling with her family – aged just 8 – in Portugal in a city just north of Lisbon with a very small African-immigrant population, she experienced prolonged racist abuse whilst completing her schooling in the area. Already seeking solace from a disturbing present tense by retreating into the music, dance & slang words of her former life in Luanda, Pongo’s route to becoming one of Kuduro’s fastest-rising young stars was completed when she encountered the Denon Squad, a group of boys practicing kuduro dance on the streets of one of Lisbon’s largest African communities. Soon rapping over their routines – in defiance of her father, himself a kuduro dancer back in Angola – a tape of Pongo’s recordings made its way into the hands of Lisbon-based club night turned kuduro collective Buraka Som Sistema. Aged just 15, Pongo (taking her artist name in tribute to feminist Congolese singer, M’Pongo Love) then went on to make her debut on their ‘Black Diamond’ album, alongside the likes of M.I.A. and Kano.

LIVE
5 March LONDON – Dingwalls 6Music Festival
15 April NORWICH – Norwich Arts Centre
16 April BRISTOL – Jam Jar
17 April BRIGHTON – Patterns
18 April LONDON – EartH Hackney

In the Press
“An aural Vitamin D shot” – Guardian
“In a pretty hopeless era, her imminent breakout looks perfectly timed” – Observer One To Watch
“Pongo’s songs are a punchy, self-assured take on the musical style known as Kuduro, blending frenetic African rhythms with blaring techno beats and rapping” – New York Times
“Bold super-positive pop” – Metro Sounds of 2020
“Her invitation to the dancefloor is easy to accept” – Pitchfork
“Blending her penchant for dancehall and Kuduro she’s proving herself as one of the most inventive and exciting performers around right now” – NME
“100 Essential New Artists,” “Multi-disciplined artist Pongo has a rich cocktail of musical cultures behind her” – Complex
“An eclectic mix of sounds and genres that defies classification” – The Line of Best Fit
“Wastes no time in kicking into high gear” – The Fader
“Charismatic & eclectic to the bare bone, Pongo is the name circulating on everyone’s lips.” – Clash
“African rhythms melding upbeat electronic sounds and Pongo’s lush vocals” Indie Shuffle
“A thrilling, hands-in-the-air invocation” – the Quietus
“The concept is Pongo’s most raw and honest” – Mixmag
“Pongo’s music is a carnival celebration of belonging” – Dork

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Angama Mara x Tented Camp

Angama Mara the award-winning safari lodge overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has announced the July 2020 introduction of Angama Safari Camp, a seasonal sole-use tented camp situated in a remote wilderness region of the southwestern Mara Triangle.

The team that created Angama Mara has reunited to launch the new Safari Camp with Jan Allan‘s tent design and interiors by Annemarie Meintjes.

Comprising four tents, sleeping up to eight guests, the camp will offer absolute privacy in the midst of the mega herds of the migration and abundant resident wildlife. “The design, quite unlike any other mobile tented camp, will be fresh, light and uncluttered, making for easy living while echoing many of the most loved elements of its older sister. There will be Fermob and Vogel furniture, there will be red and blue. As with the Angama Mara lodge, Angama Safari Camp will have the very best of everything, but also just the right amount of everything,” adds owner of Angama, Nicky Fitzgerald.

The tents are unprecedented in design with a distinctive look created through a playful and unusual roof shape. Below the roof sits a landscape-oriented inner tent, allowing for the bedroom, dressing room and bathroom to open up onto the view. Designed for maximum cross-ventilation, the tents also have a four-layer roof system to help keep them cool. Inside, the guest tent beds will be extra-length king and can be made up as a double or twins. The ensuite dressing room, double bucket shower room and private toilet offer the same high levels of comfort as Angama Mara.

Tucked away in a forest below the towering western wall of the Great Rift Valley, guests will have access to extraordinary wildlife experiences right on their doorstep and can tailor-make their safari days, leaving the Safari Camp as early as 6am and returning after sundown at 7:30pm. Aside from the migration, the region of the Mara Triangle where Angama Safari Camp is located is home to cheetah, resident prides of lion, large elephant herds, buffalo and abundant plains game.

Angama Safari Camp will welcome its first guests in early July and will operate until the end of September, with October on request. There is a minimum three-night stay and children of all ages are welcome. “Angama’s little camp will delight our guests by capturing the essence of the glorious adventure of the Golden Age of the African safari – romance, privacy, unconstrained freedom, stories shared around the campfire, dinners lit only by starlight, gentle Kenyan service, the nights either wrapped in silence or filled with sounds of hyena and lions calling, surrounded by a million migrating wildebeest,” concludes Fitzgerald.

ABOUT ANGAMA MARA
High above the Maasai Mara where some of the most romantic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, Angama Mara comprises two separate and intimate camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites. Built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley on one of the most sought-after sites on the continent, this lodge offers heart stopping views as far as the eye can see. The lodge, helmed by industry veteran Nicky Fitzgerald (formerly of &Beyond), boasts outstanding game viewing 12 months of the year, with private access to the reserve. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air,’ Angama Mara floats 1,000 feet above the Maasai Mara, where, every morning, hot air balloons sail past the 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling glass fronts of each suite.

In addition to consistently excellent game viewing, including Africa’s Big Five, guests enjoy walking safaris, garden-to-table lunches in the shamba, editing their images in the Photographic Studio a fitness center, a 40-foot-long swimming pool, a curated gallery of African art, clothing and jewelry, and a sun-filled studio where local Maasai women work at beading bespoke items. Angama Mara was named #1 Safari Lodge in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2018.

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Gucci, 360 MAGAZINE, lion's share fund

GUCCI × LION’S SHARE FUND

Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. 

Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “This partnership with Gucci marks the continuing evolution of this innovative fund, which provides a unique opportunity for brands across all industries to join forces and help preserve and protect biodiversity across the globe. Wildlife populations are half the size they were just 50 years ago, and their habitats and ecosystems are destroyed at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple – and it makes a real impact on wildlife conservation.”

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.” Bizzarri continued “In a similar way, since 2018, Gucci has been totally carbon neutral across our supply chain and we offset our remaining emissions every year through REDD+, which protects critical forests and biodiversity around the world.”

Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia.

Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.

For more information, visit TheLionsShareFund.com.


Inua Partners in Hope

Judith A. Burnett, PhD, associate professor of counselor education at Stetson University, has been helping youth who are impacted by HIV/AIDS in Naivasha, Kenya in the Rift Valley Province, which is located northwest of Nairobi, collaboratively as a team member of Inua Partners in Hope for the past three years.

The nonprofit organization is a faith-based ministry that works to expand the opportunities of orphaned and vulnerable youth. Many of the youth have lost their parents to HIV or AIDS. Inua, which means to lift together, raise up or elevate in Swahili, helps them overcome poverty, malnutrition and illness in order to become self-sufficient and achieve long-term sustainability.

Youth are enrolled in the two-year Inua Partners in Hope program, which includes mentors and embraces the well-being of the whole child by focusing on life skills and the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional wellness, physical wellness, social wellness, occupational wellness, spiritual wellness, intellectual wellness, environmental wellness and financial wellness.

Mothers who are infected with HIV or AIDS can transfer the disease to their children. The program provides the youth with reproductive health information as part of their life-skills training, so they can receive education about the subject, medication and support if they are infected with the disease.

Dr. Burnett is an expert in reproductive health and felt her background and research could make a difference with the Kenyan youth.

Discussing reproductive health is a challenging subject, but Dr. Burnett is in the process of developing training that is culturally meaningful and relatable to both men and women.

In August, clinical mental health master’s student Joey Lynn Jachec, who is the project’s research assistant, delivered to the Kenyan team the collaboratively-designed mentor training curriculum and had an opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony. The opportunity was a life-changing experience where she was able to hear the graduates’ success stories and learn how Inua Partners in Hope provided them with the tools for success that helped them find a career and become self-sufficient.

There were 200 youth who participated in the program during the last youth program cycle. At the end of the program, 181 completed the graduation assessment.

Since the Inua Partners in Hope program began nine years ago, 437 youth have graduated and more than 2,000 youth have been impacted, which includes the graduates’ siblings and children.

Dr. Burnett and Joey Lynn discussed their Inua Partners in Hope involvement and the mental health curriculum for youth in Naivasha, Kenya during a presentation at the Webster Vienna Private University in Vienna, Austria in October. The presentation was well-received during the conference, which was hosted by the European branch of the American Counseling Association.

(DANNON)RED

(DANNON)RED Fruit on the Bottom Strawberry is a high-quality, low-fat yogurt that provides an excellence source of calcium. It is also a perfect treat for those on-the-go or looking to whip up a new recipe to share with family and friends. Every purchase of the transformed (DANNON)RED yogurt will contribute 20 cents to fight AIDS with (RED), enough money to provide one day of life-saving medication to those impacted by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa – up to $100,000. That medication not only enables someone living with HIV to keep themselves alive and healthy, it also prevents mothers living with HIV from passing the virus to their unborn babies.

Available starting November 12th online at Amazon.com/Fresh as well as in select US grocer locations. This holiday season, feeding the family and helping save lives has never tasted better.

Yamen Sanders, 360 MAGAZINE

YAMEN SANDERS

Yamen Sanders hails from Los Angeles and has lived in various stations in the world. At the early age of 7, he was fluent in Italian. During Yamen’s travels, he has engaged in many community service events and has performed community outreach in Africa. Growing up in an athletic family, Yamen has been in competitive sports his entire lifetime, thus leading to a collegiate and professional football career. After football, Yamen began modeling and has accumulated a great career in a short span. He has operated internationally with brands such as Apple, Gatorade, and Nike.

Most recently Yamen was on CBS’s reality TV show Love Island in which he created a huge splash with his contagious personality and humor. True to his TV persona, Yamen prides himself on being relatable, inspirational and truthful to himself.

Family Members of Deadly Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Victims Seeking One Billion Dollars in Damages From Boeing

Ribbeck Law Chartered, which represents the majority of families of the victims of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, and Global Aviation Law Group, recently filed additional lawsuits against Boeing, in U.S. federal court in Chicago. This is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits filed against Boeing in the aftermath of two fatal crashes in less than five months.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, killing all 157 people on board, from more than two dozen countries. The flight impacted a farm field at nearly 700 miles per hour, which created a crater 90 feet wide and 120 feet long. The force of the crash caused wreckage to be driven into the soil up to 30 feet deep.

Manual von Ribbeck of Ribbeck Law Chartered stated, “The filings today are on behalf of the families of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 specifically.” “It has been nearly 10 months since the deadly crash of Lion Air flight 610 and 5 months since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines 302, and it does not appear that Boeing is interested in any out of court settlement.” “The families we represent are seeking what they are entitled to under the law, nothing less, nothing more.” Mr von Ribbeck adds, “We had hoped that based on the over whelming evidence against Boeing that Boeing was going to be reasonable and finally give some closure to the families, but it is not the case. We basically had no other choice but to file more lawsuits.”

Currently, Ribbeck Law Chartered represents families of passengers from America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Basin, and is litigating in American Courts representing victims from airplane incidents that occurred in North America, Asia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

ZEITZ MOCAA

25 AUGUST 2019 – 23 MARCH 2020

EXHIBITION OPENING

The largest exhibition to date by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge opens on 25 August and will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation. 

Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings To Work, will be staged at Zeitz MOCAA and will cover over 40 years of artistic production in drawing, stop-frame animation, video, prints, sculpture, tapestry, and large-scale installation. The title references Kentridge’s primary practice of drawing, and how this core activity informs and enables his studio practice.

The exhibitions will be accompanied by a series of events and public programmes with the artist, and leading voices in the cultural sector.

 

These include:

 Bronze, Silver and Gold members’ opening evening events on 24 August;

Public opening on 25 August (with priority queuing for museum members);

Daily members-only tours of the exhibition in the first week;

Performances, lectures and a Virtual Reality exhibition in September;

A two-day symposium with the artist and other leading cultural figures  in October;

A children’s holiday workshop programme in December;

Lectures and panel discussions in February 2020;

Late-night museum performances in March 2020.

Museum members enjoy free year-round access to Zeitz MOCAA and programming. Bronze, Silver, and Gold members enjoy further eventing benefits. For non-members, standard admission prices apply.

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NOBUKHO NQABA – IZICWANGCISO ZEZETHU… 
1 AUGUST 2019 | LEVEL 2

EXHIBITION OPENING

This exhibition is an autobiographical reflection of Nobukho Nqaba‘s childhood home and upbringing. It highlights the precariousness of daily life within an informal settlement in Grabouw, a town in the Western Cape.

Many people migrated to this community with bundled up ambitions and modest possessions all packed tightly into chequered plastic bags, commonly known as China bags. They moved in hope for better work; jobs that would eventually require them to dress in sweat-stained blue overalls.

The exhibition’s Xhosa title, Izicwangciso Zezethu means we make plans. We may plan our lives, but we have no control of the outcome. It is a game of chance.

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WOZA FRIDAY – LATE NIGHT OPENING
2 AUGUST 2019 | THROUGHOUT MUSEUM

ARTIST PERFORMANCE | ADULT DRAWING WORKSHOP | DISCOVER MOCAA

Enjoy late-night and half-price admission on WOZA Friday on 2 August.

Catch a performance by artist, Nobukho Nqaba, and Shariffa Ali, which will highlight the themes of Nqaba’s new exhibition, Izicwangciso Zezethu… 

Make your way through the galleries with Discover MOCAA, an interactive scavenger-hunt on levels 2 and 4, using clues to find key artworks in the Afrofuturist exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday

Artist Ralph Borland will also be doing a performance with musicians, Nick Birkby and Brian de Goede, at the Dubship I – Black Starliner sculpture in the BMW Atrium.

Or join our Adult Drawing workshop taking place on level -1. No prior experience required. 

Azuri Technologies X Energise Africa Launch UK Crowd Campaign

Azuri Technologies, a leader in pay-as-you-go solar in Africa and crowdfunding platform Energise Africa today announced the latest phase of debt financing from UK impact investors to deliver affordable, clean energy and help solve the energy crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Azuri and Energise Africa collaboration plans to raise £2.5 million for pay-as-you-go-solar and help more than 100,000 off-grid people in Sub-Saharan Africa access clean, affordable energy.

The investment will support low-income families in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania.

More than 600 million people across Africa live without access to electricity – limiting their life chances of achieving economic prosperity and improved quality of life. Universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services is one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and can only be met with access to sufficient investment.

Crowdfunding has emerged as a powerful way of financing the off-grid solar industry and is leading the way in increasing investor interest in the market.

Through Energise Africa, individuals in the UK can invest from as little as £50 in bonds, issued by solar businesses, to provide clean and affordable energy access, while targeting annual returns of 6%. Capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed.

Azuri is a leader in pay-as-you-go solar technology and since 2012 has been supplying affordable solar home systems and products to the millions across Africa living off-grid without access to mains electricity.

In 2018, Azuri and Energise Africa raised £1.7 million from hundreds of UK investors to deliver clean, affordable energy products to more than 16,000 families in sub-Saharan Africa.

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Azuri said: “Azuri is delighted to extend our partnership with Energise Africa and their community of UK-based retail investors to finance off-grid solar projects. With this innovative financing, thousands more households will be able to access modern solar energy for the first time.”

Lisa Ashford, Managing Director Energise Africa said: “Through Energise Africa, we are committed to providing UK based people with easily accessible opportunities to invest directly in sustainable businesses that can tackle climate change, create long-term social and environmental impact, and also deliver a potential financial return. We’re looking forward to the prospect of working with Azuri Technologies again to help accelerate the achievement of UN SDG 7.

Energise Africa has been developed by Ethex and Lendahand – two of Europe’s leading impact investing companies and is also supported by UK aid, Virgin Unite, Good Energies Foundation and P4G.

Over the past 20 months the Energise Africa community of investors has generated over £7.57 million for 12 solar businesses to provide 312,000 people in 10 African countries with access to clean energy, which has prevented almost 70,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions entering the atmosphere annually and also repaid almost £1.8 million back to investors.

Investing in Energise Africa projects via the www.energiseafrica.co.uk site involves risk, including the loss of all of your invested capital, illiquidity (the inability to sell assets quickly or without substantial loss in value), and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio.

The investment opportunities on www.energiseafrica.co.uk are not an offer to the public in any jurisdiction and are available only to registered members of the platform who have certified that they are eligible to invest. Any person who is not resident in the United Kingdom who wishes to view these investment opportunities must first satisfy themselves that they are eligible to do so under the securities laws and regulations applicable to them. This site does not constitute an offer of, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities to any person in any jurisdiction to whom or in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful.

In respect of its regulated activities, Lendahand Ethex Ltd is an appointed representative of Share In Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 603332).