May 02, 2023
Beach closes for up to seven weeks to help protect adorable newborn seal
A beach is closed to the public for seven weeks while a newborn seal finds her flippers. The birth of Hawaiian monk seal Kaiwi is great news for conservations and pinniped enthusiasts. There are just 1,600 of the species left in the world, meaning any new arrivals are treated with an extra dose of excitement. The seal has been spotted lolloping around Kaimana Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, prompting environmental teams to rope off parts of the sandy shores. The public has been told to stay away for between five to seven weeks while the young female pup matures. Tourists spotted teetering on UK cliff edge despite warnings of recent collapses The public have been urged to stay clear of the young pup ( Image: AP) She is the third female pup of 12-year-old Kaiwi, the fifth known child, and the second to be born on Kaimana Beach. Humans should stay away from seals whenever they are spotted on the beach, but particularly if they're with their young. "We strongly recommend using any of the other numerous nearby beach locations for swimming and other ocean recreation activities," a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration read. "Mother seals can be very protective of their young and may bite if they view you as a threat." NOAA advises people to stay at least 150 feet away from the seals generally. Due to the importance and age of the pup, the Kaimana Beach area will be monitored 24 hours a day. The popularity of HAWAII has increased the pressure on species like the monk seal breed, which is only find around the island chain. More than 700,000 visitors travelled to Hawaiian in February 2023 alone, a 19.5% increase on a year before. If you're hoping to spot a seal, then the good news is you don't need to travel all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The warning is in place for five to seven weeks ( Image: Audrey McAvoy/AP/REX/Shutterstock) Horsey beach in north Norfolk recently set a record for grey seal pups , whose big eyes and fluffy fur are enough to melt the hardest heart. Since the start of this season 3,796 babies have been born along the ­five-mile stretch of sand, getting on for double the previous count in 2019-20 when the total pup ­population was 2,069. Numbers have been steadily rising – 20 years ago only around 50 seals were born here – thanks in a large part to 383 local volunteers whose work keeping the area secure ensures females want to keep going back there to have their babies. The only problem is that after weaning their pups the mums take to the sea again, leaving the curious, and often mischievous, little seals to their own devices. With nearly 4,000 to keep an eye on this year, the wardens say they’ve had their work cut out. Sue Cowie, one of the volunteers from Friends of Horsey Seals, has been standing next to the pup in the puddle for several hours this morning. As it blows more bubbles, Sue says. "I've had teenage kids and now teenage grandkids, and it’s no different. Once their mums aren’t around it’s like, yippee, let’s get into some trouble." Read More USA to drop last of Covid vaccine rules later this month for tourists Read More 'I'm sick of having to take constant photos of my gorgeous wife when we're on holiday' Read More Inside the UK's best seaside town with ‘super soft sands’ and Hollywood filming location Read More Owners face hefty £1,000 fine for BREAKING dog beach bans from today Read More Sunbed wars begin as frantic tourists battle to reserve pool loungers before 8am
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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