Rakesh and Mei Sarna launch a new scholarship – “Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program 2021”

Teddy - our precious Golden Retriever

Teddy Sarna

Rakesh & Mei Sarna added a new scholarship in loving memory of Teddy, their beloved Golden Retriever

In loving memory of our beloved “Angel with a Tail”, Teddy, we would like to help aspiring vets achieve their goal to care for other people’s furry children with loving care.”

— Rakesh & Mei Sarna

MIAMI, FLORDIA, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rakesh and Mei Sarna are pleased to launch the Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program, offering scholarships of $1,500 to students currently enrolled in a veterinary school.

The Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine scholarship aims to provide students who are committed to becoming the next generation of veterinarians and are enrolled in a veterinary school that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the United States.

The Teddy Sarna Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program will be accepting applications from July 1st, 2021 to September 30th, 2021.

To be eligible for the scholarship program, applicants must submit an acceptance letter or other proof of current enrolment at a veterinary school, as well as a 500-word essay explaining why they are a deserving candidate and how they would utilize the funds.

Scholarships are for one year at a time and successful candidates will be able to apply every year, subject to maintaining adequate grades.

To learn more and apply, please visit:

About Rakesh and Mei Sarna

Rakesh Sarna has extensive industry experience in the hospitality industry and has gained valuable insights from his time spent working with Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer — International from 2007 to 2012 and Group President for the Americas from 2012 to 2014. From September 2014 to September 2017, Rakesh served as Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL). Rakesh recently completed his Master of Arts in Global Affairs from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami.

Mei Sarna is an undergraduate of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and recently completed her Master of Arts in Global Affairs from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University in Miami. Mei has extensive experience in the hospitality industry having spent close to twenty-five years in sales and marketing and service excellence disciplines in the United States, Oman, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and India.

Mei and Rakesh strongly believe that higher education is a vital component to personal and professional development and encourage young individuals to pursue their academic endeavors. They deeply appreciate the importance of higher education and try to find ways to help young people who need help with resources to achieve their academic goals through the Rakesh and Mei Sarna Scholarship programs as well as the Teddy Sarna Veterinarian Medicine Scholarship, named after their late beloved golden retriever.

Rakesh Sarna
Rakesh Sarna Scholarship Programs
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Economics, Natural History and Ecology Argue Against Flawed Klamath River Dam Removal Project

A drawing by engineer and dam builder  J.C. Boyle showing a natural dam 31-feet-tall holding back a lake in 1913

When dam builder / engineer J.C. Boyle arrived at Ward Canyon on the Klamath River, the present-day site of Copco 1 dam, he saw a series of natural lava flow dams, one of which was 31-feet-tall and holding back a lake called Clammitee Lake

Narrative and drawing of natural dam and lake on the Klamath River

Dam builder / engineer J.C. Boyle’s narrative and drawing of the lava flows and natural 31-foot-tall dam holding back a lake in 1913 at the present site of Copco 1 dam

Dam builder / engineer J.C. Boyle's narrative and drawing of the lava flows and natural 31-foot-tall dam holding back a lake in 1913

Department of Interior document citing narrative and photo of the lava flows and natural 31-foot-tall dam holding back a lake in 1913

A bright green frog is seen hiding along with fish fry in the aquatic vegetation of Copco Lake on the Klamath River

Copco Lake was created over an existing lake that existed for millennia. The myriad of species of flora and fauna in and around the critical habitat provided by the fresh water ecosystem of the lake is amazing. Photo: William E. Simpson II

Firefighting helicopter draws water from Iron Gate Lake on the Klamath River to fight the Klamathon Wildfire

Firefighters drew over 1-million gallons of water from Iron Gate Lake (one of the lakes behind the Klamath River dams) to fight the 38,000-acre Klamathon Fire that threatened Ashland Oregon and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – Photo: William E. Si

1913 drawings by J.C. Boyle reveal natural lava dam and lake – Salmon migration past this barrier unlikely

Salmon migration on the Klamath River was prevented beyond Ward Canyon by natural forces that have been in-play for millions of years, and right up until the time Copco 1 dam was built. ”

— Richard Marshall – President, Siskiyou County Water Users Association

YREKA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The big question surrounding the Klamath River Dams; why remove four water storage dams that are structurally sound?

The key reasoning being promoted for the removal of the Klamath River dams by minority stakeholders is, to restore a theoretical Salmon migration to the upper Klamath River basin.

Compelling new evidence argues such a migration was not possible beyond Ward Canyon.

Indisputable facts have just come to light suggest there was a migration. But, salmon did not get past the series of natural high dams that were formed millions of years ago. These lava flows, formed dams across the Klamath River at Ward Canyon, which impeded any fish migration. This is the site of the present-day Copco 1 dam.

One of these lava dams, a 31-foot-tall natural dam, was in place and holding-back a lake in 1911 when dam engineer J.C. Boyle arrived on-scene to begin the process of building the Copco 1 dam.

As an engineer building dams, accuracy was part J.C. Boyle’s trade. In a series of two drawings made by J.C. Boyle in 1913, accompanied by a narrative description, that skilled engineer depicted a natural dam that was 31-feet-tall holding back a natural lake named ‘Clammitte Lake’. (See Images).

An adult salmon has the capacity to jump a maximum of about 12-feet. So, breaching a 31-foot-tall dam was impossible. And the 31-foot-tall dam was standing in-place until Copco 1 dam was completed in 1918, which produced a larger artificial lake that covered the natural lake and its smaller dam.


Salmon migration on the Klamath River was prevented beyond Ward Canyon by natural forces that have been in-play for millions of years, and right up until the time Copco 1 dam was built.

Minority Stakeholder Conjecture Number Two: The dams serve no real purpose.

Is the beneficial use of 45-billion gallons of fresh water during a record drought and water crises an important purpose? Congress thought so when they passed the Klamath River Basin Compact Act.

It’s shocking that in the middle of the current record period of drought and ‘water crisis’, the governors of Oregon (Kate Brown) and California (Gavin Newsome) have arguably been duped into collaborating with Berkshire Hathaway’s profitable Pacific Corp, a shell-corporation called Klamath Basin Renewal Corporation (KRRC) and a relatively few minority stakeholders to circumvent established law, a Congressional Act, the Klamath River Basin Compact. And through their proposed dam removal process, wrongfully remove 4-dams providing water storage during intensifying record drought.

The proposed Klamath River dam removal process would deprive a super-majority of Americans of their ‘beneficial use’ and rights to the 45-billion gallons of water contained in Copco and Iron Gate Lakes for domestic and agricultural uses, recreation, wildlife, firefighting and more.

“In addition to circumventing the Act in an attempt to remove the dams without Congressional approval, this dam removal project arguably flies in the face of the Public Trust Doctrine (‘PTD’), which requires the ‘highest and best use’ of the public’s natural resources in the beneficial interest of a majority of Americans. Instead, this project seeks to deprive the overall majority of American voters of their democratic process in to favor the illogical demands of a small minority who are supported merely by money and power”; said naturalist William E. Simpson II

Three of the four Klamath River dams proposed for removal are in Siskiyou County, CA, where a referendum proved that 78.84% of voters were against the Klamath dam removal project.

In Klamath County Oregon, where one of the Klamath River dams is located, voters considered whether the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River should be removed. That vote proved 72% of voters opposed to the removal.

Endangered and threatened species reliant upon critical habitat provided by Copco and Iron Gate Lakes.

The lakes and shoreline-based ecosystems of Copco and Iron Gate lakes also provide critical habitat for both threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna. The eleven-miles of the Klamath River Canyon where these lakes are located contains an amazing diversity of wildlife, including 89 species of birds, dozens of reptiles and amphibians, several species of fish and 71 species of plants including trees, grasses and forbs. Some species of this localized flora and fauna are threatened or endangered.

These facts have been understated and obfuscated by dam-removal proponents.

The economics of financial doom and taxpayer liability:

In a March 4, 2021, a Capitol Press article by George Plaven, reported that a ‘maximum price’ for the cost of removing the Klamath River Dams has been set at $446-million dollars. That cost was promoted as being within the project’s budget by the shell corporation Klamath Basin Renewal Corporation (‘KRRC’).
KRRC was formed in 2016, and has no empirical experience in the operations or demolition of hydroelectric dams. KRRC was formed with the myopic mission to remove 4-dams; J.C. Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2 and Iron Gate Dams.

KRRC’s dam removal plan, which is unprecedented in scope and risk, has many moving parts, each of which are interdependent upon successful execution of major assignments by other contractors. Like dominoes, if one thing goes wrong, the succession of problems and costs will surely skyrocket.
Mr. Plaven’s article stated:

“The $446 million price tag is considered the “guaranteed maximum price,” including $199 million for Kiewit Infrastructure West, the project’s main contractor, and $78 million for Resource Environmental Solutions, which will head the environmental cleanup and restoration effort”.

“Funding for dam removal comes primarily from PacifiCorp ratepayers, who have contributed $200 million, and up to $250 million from California Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion statewide water bond that passed in 2014.”

Most of the cost projections for the Klamath River dam removal project budget were determined prior to and without a complete understanding of the recent major escalation in costs for materials, labor, fuel, logistics and the other cost-related impacts of COVID on the economy and construction related projects.

KRRC’s dam removal plan doesn’t have fixed costs. But it does have a fixed budget.

And now, some of the first analyses of COVID economics are coming available and paint a dire picture for the presumed Klamath Dams removal budget being pitched by KRRC at $446-million.

Moreover, the budget projections are based upon the best-case outcome of a massive and first-time project that is laden with numerous unprecedented risks of a magnitude never seen or engaged before.

Astoundingly, planners have allocated a mere 10% ($45-million) contingency fund, which would be collected from California and Oregon taxpayers should things go wrong.

Clearly, this is not a simple job like building a home, where a 10% contingency fund would be more in line with reality based upon what is seen in small contract over-run.

Given the magnitude of the risks of this unique dam removal project, $45-million doesn’t even begin to cover just the budget adjustments needed for pre-COVID inflation.

Recent astronomical cost increases (‘COVID economics’) are not built into KRRC’s projected budget!

It is not unreasonable to consider that in a ‘first-time’ project that is immense in scope, any number of things can, and do go terribly wrong. KRRC’s dam removal project could lead to an unprecedented environmental and ecological disaster that by some accounts could take a decade or more for the Klamath River to recover, if ever. Homeowners and property owners (about 300) around the lakes will suffer significant drops in property value if the lakes behind the dams are gone. In many cases domestic water wells will lose production or go dry, in which cases, property and homes without water are practically worthless.

Of course, anyone in business knows that if projected costs are based on a ‘best case’ outcome, and a mediocre, or worse yet, a bad outcome evolves, costs, damages and liabilities can escalate very quickly and steeply.

The Associated General Contractors of America has issued a report and graph-analyses showing the huge impacts that COVID economics (period April 2020 thru February 2021) has had on skyrocketing costs related to construction projects.

The Associated General Contractors of America study exemplifies the huge cost increases and long delays that occurred in the year since KRRC’s budget projections were estimated and later “guaranteed at $450-million”.

For the purpose of cost-impact analyses, the COVID economics study began in April 2020 thru February 2021. (https://www.agc.org/sites/default/files/AGC 2021 Inflation Alert – Ver1.1.pdf).

The Associated General Contractors of America report stated:

"The construction industry is currently experiencing an unprecedented mix of steeply rising materials prices, snarled supply chains, and staffing difficulties, combined with slumping demand that is keeping many contractors from passing on their added costs.

This combination threatens to push some firms out of business and add to the industry’s nearly double-digit unemployment rate. The situation calls for immediate action by federal trade officials to end tariffs and quotas that are adding to price increases and supply shortages.

Officials at all levels of government need to identify and remove or lessen any unnecessary or excessive impediments to the importation, domestic production, transport, and delivery of construction materials and products.

Project owners need to recognize how much conditions have changed for projects begun or awarded in the early days of the pandemic or before and to consider providing greater flexibility and cost-sharing. Contractors should become even more vigilant about changes in materials costs and expected delivery dates and should communicate the information promptly to current and prospective clients.

This report is intended to provide all parties with better understanding of the current situation, the impact on construction firms and projects, its likely course in the next several months, and possible steps to mitigate the damage.”

The Associated General Contractors of America report spells financial disaster for KRRC’s project. And the burden of that disaster will surely fall upon the shoulders of California and Oregon taxpayers.

History of smaller dam removal project cost over-runs – A red flag for a larger more complex dam removal project.

According to the Penninsula Daily News in Port Angeles Washington:

“The three-year Elwha River dams removal project will begin in 2012 and cost an estimated $308 million, plus or minus 15 percent, the National Park Service said.

The estimated cost of removing the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams from the Elwha River has increased from the $135 million price tag cited in its last comprehensive budget estimate in 2001.”

Another accounting of the ‘projected costs’ via Wiki, shows that the Elwha River dams removal project cost projections were escalating, even as projections were being made. This should be a big red-flag for the costs of the much larger and far more ambitious project and estimated budge of $450-million to remove four Klamath River dams:

“Removal of the Elwha Dam began in September 2011 and was finished in spring 2012, ahead of schedule. Removal of the second dam, the Glines Canyon Dam, was completed on August 26, 2014. The dam removal process was originally projected to last two and a half to three years. The estimated cost of removing both dams was $40 to $60 million. The total cost of the Elwha River restoration is approximately $351.4 million.” ~ Wiki

In the foregoing example, a smaller and simpler dam removal project compared to the four dams on the Klamath River, the costs were much more than estimated, and the project took longer than projected. And in the case of Elwha River dams, the potential for environmental, ecological and private property damages were far less.

Will Oregon and California Taxpayers be subjected to this boondoggle?

The economic hardship related to a more realistic $800-million+ price tag, coupled with increasing liabilities that the project would place on taxpayers of Oregon and California, combined with the devastation to the environment, habitat and loss of rare species of flora and fauna, along with real estate devaluation, demands that the Klamath Dam removal project be reevaluated top-to-bottom!

We must demand a halt to this reckless project while legislators in Oregon and California hold public hearings on the matter ASAP!

Richard Marshall
Siskiyou County Water Users Association
+1 530-468-4204
email us here
Visit us on social media:

CAL-FIRE Battalion Chief Mike Alforque discusses critical importance that water from Iron Gate Lake played saving the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

Source: EIN Presswire

Alaska Airlines Partners with AZOVA to Provide Ellume COVID-19 Home Tests & Video Observation for Safe, Healthy Travel

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Verification


AZOVA and Ellume provide travelers with a highly accurate result and a secure, shareable digital record of testing and vaccination status via smartphone

“We are excited to be working with our colleagues at Alaska Airlines and Ellume to introduce an easy and convenient way for travelers to get COVID testing for return travel to the United States. ”

— Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, CEO and founder of AZOVA

ALPINE, UT, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — AZOVA Inc., creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital health network for COVID-19 testing and vaccination management, and Ellume, the company to bring the first over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 home test to market, today announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines to provide its passengers with convenient, at-home rapid testing. The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test and AZOVA Video Observation service provide Alaska Airlines travelers with more accessible testing options while traveling internationally.

This convenient service will make it easy for travelers returning to the U.S. to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test with video observation for verification that meets U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requirements for re-entry. Testing options are currently available for U.S. residents traveling from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada.

“We love taking our guests to beautiful destinations to relax and explore, including internationally,” said Amber Simonsen, Director of Guest Product Delivery at Alaska Airlines. “We want re-entry to the U.S. to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. This easy and affordable testing solution gives our guests more flexibility to complete COVID-19 testing anywhere you can do a video-call.”

“AZOVA is dedicated to safely reopening the world to travel,” stated Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, CEO and founder of AZOVA. “We are excited to be working with our colleagues at Alaska Airlines and Ellume to introduce the most convenient, affordable and hassle free way for travelers to get COVID testing for return travel to the United States. The Ellume COVID 19 Home Test Kit with video observation from AZOVA is transforming reopening strategies across the globe.”

“As the pace of international travel accelerates, COVID-19 testing continues to be a critical step toward managing the spread of the virus and providing peace of mind to travelers,” said Dr. Sean Parsons, Ellume founder and CEO. “We’re delighted to partner with Alaska Airlines and AZOVA to make our Ellume COVID-19 Home Tests more readily available for U.S. travelers headed to Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. As the only over-the-counter rapid antigen test on the market that is authorized to provide both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals with a reliable result after just one 15-minute test, our test will be vital to ensuring safer travel experiences for everyone.”

Ellume COVID-19 Home Test – Results in 15 Minutes
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test is a rapid over-the-counter self-test, which detects the SARS-CoV-2 antigen in 15 minutes or less. With its patented, user-friendly nasal swab and protective child adapter, the test is suitable for adults and children ages 2+, with or without symptoms. Ellume’s test provides a highly accurate result in just one test and, unlike other rapid antigen tests, users do not need to administer a second test 36 hours later. Digital results are automatically transmitted to the user’s smartphone.

The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test and AZOVA’s accompanying video observation service are available for Alaska Airlines passengers for $50 USD. Once purchased, test kits shipped directly to travelers. Video observation appointments should be made at least one week in advance to ensure availability.

AZOVA COVID-19 Tests & Video Observation Services
Under current CDC requirements, travelers entering the U.S. must take a COVID-19 antigen test under video observation with ID verification. Once a proctor confirms test results, AZOVA sends a COVID Credentials™ Health Pass via SMS or email to view and share test and vaccination results via QR code, Credential ID, or PDF.

In addition to the convenience of the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, AZOVA also provides passengers traveling to select countries outside the U.S. with the ability to take convenient in-home RT-PCR saliva or nasal tests. Results are received electronically 12-36 hours after the lab receives the sample. The FDA authorized test has received an Emergency Use Authorization for at home and in office or in pharmacy self-administration. AZOVA adheres to the highest HIPAA, SOC2 and HITRUST standards to ensure healthcare data and COVID status is encrypted end-to-end.

More details about Alaska Airlines COVID-19 testing initiatives can be found at: www.alaskaair.com/content/next-level-care/covid-testing. Passengers can purchase the tests through AZOVA at: https://www.azova.com/alaska/.

The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by the FDA under an emergency use authorization. This product has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens, and is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner.

AZOVA is a globally connected Digital Health System providing telehealth and digital health services through globally connected provider, pharmacy, and laboratory networks. AZOVA provides innovative COVID testing and vaccination solutions for employers, schools, government entities, airlines, the travel industry, and the consumer. AZOVA has created the world’s first truly connected global laboratory network to enable travelers to access COVID testing anywhere in the world. For more information, visit azova.com.

About Ellume
Ellume is a digital diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and commercializes high-performance, connected products for healthcare professionals and consumers. It is at the forefront of accurate, rapid and accessible testing that is integral to today’s COVID-19 response and will help ensure the world is prepared for the next infectious disease pandemic. Ellume’s key focus is on the detection of common infectious diseases which affect the global population across all diagnostic settings; at-home, point-of-care and in-laboratory. Ellume has a global consumer health partnership with GlaxoSmithKline, a global COVID-19 and latent TB partnership with QIAGEN, and a range of professional products under its ellume•lab brand. Ellume is committed to developing high-quality digital diagnostics that the world can rely on in a health crisis. Further information can be found at ellumehealth.com.


Azova Company Contact
David Bean, EVP Business Development
C: 602-819-6291
E: David.Bean@azovahealth.com

Azova Media Contact
TopSpin Communications
Joe Waldygo, President
C: 480-363-8774
E: Joe@topspinpr.com

Ellume Media Contact
LaunchSquad for Ellume
E: ellume@launchsquad.com

Joe Waldygo
+ +1 480-363-8774
email us here
Visit us on social media:

Source: EIN Presswire

Gear Up To Hike Ireland: Europe's No 1 Hiking Destination

Ireland Coast

Outdoor Life

Outdoor Life

Packing the correct clothing is key when planning a hiking trip in Ireland. Just remember – don't forget your waterproofs!

Outdoor Life wants all of their customers to feel confident and prepared when venturing into the great outdoors.”

— Outdoor Life Team

BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The island of Ireland has been ranked as Europe's best destination for hiking. The scenery, folk tales, and historic paths have created some of the best hiking trails. One of the best ways to explore the Emerald Isle is by planning a multi-day trip through the green hills, the stunning coastlines and the breathtaking cliffs.

All you need for your Ireland adventure is a pair of sturdy shoes, a rain jacket, some lightweight gear and you’re good to go. At Outdoor Life we have a range of hiking boots and clothing in different sizes and materials to choose from. No matter the adventure they have got you covered.

Preparing for a hike in Ireland can be a difficult task due to the unpredictable weather. The sun could be shining and the next minute you could be faced with grey skies and thunderstorms. The best time to plan your Ireland hiking trip is between April – late September. The summer months in Ireland are busy with tourists and prices of hotels and attractions could rise due to increased interest. If you prefer something a bit quieter you should visit in late spring or early Autumn.

Packing the correct clothing is key when planning a hiking trip in Ireland. Just remember – don't forget your waterproofs! They will prepare you for all types of weather and will keep you dry when faced with surprise showers. However, just because it is raining doesn't mean that you will be cold. This is where layers come in handy. Wearing layers will allow you to regulate your body temperature as you can add or remove clothing if you feel too hot or too cold. Outdoor Life has a range of clothing from waterproof jackets and lined fleeces to base layers and thermal accessories. No matter the time of year, they will help you to prepare for your trip so you can hike in comfort.

When preparing for a hiking trip across Ireland, it is essential that you purchase comfortable footwear. Hiking boots are one of the most important items of clothing you can wear. If you don't purchase the correct footwear you may experience foot pain, blisters, and you may not be able to finish your walk. The majority of hiking in Ireland is off-road and off-trail. This means that you could be walking through bogland, mucky fields or coasts without a clearly marked path. Outdoor Life has a range of hiking boots in different sizes, shapes, and materials to prepare you for all types of walking conditions.

One of the first things to consider when purchasing hiking boots is ankle support. Some of the walking trails across Ireland can be rocky and uneven. If you have weak ankles then full height boots will be the best option for protection against injuries. The next thing is to make sure that your footwear is waterproof. In Ireland, we can experience all four seasons in the space of one day. Waterproof hiking boots will help to protect your feet from the Irish weather, from a light rain shower to torrential storms.

Preparing for a hiking trip can be confusing. Your mind may be swimming with questions like ’What type of shoes do I need?’ or ‘What if I haven’t packed the right gear?’ However, with Outdoor Life by your side your Irish adventure will be a piece of cake.

Outdoor Life wants all of their customers to feel confident and prepared when venturing into the great outdoors. Their team is available to answer any questions you may have on hiking and how you can find the perfect gear for you. For more information get in touch with them today.

V McGeehan
+442890730466 ext.
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

The Central African Republic Offers a Simple, Fast, and Easy Online Process to Apply for an eVisa

Central African eVISA Application

Central African eVISA Application

The Central African Republic Offers a Simple, Fast, and Easy Online Process to Apply for an eVisa

OMAN, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Central African Republic is easily one of the most beautiful places on earth; it’s a landlocked country located in the heart of Africa and is home to several species of wildlife, vegetation, rainforests, and more. However, because of its political history and poverty, it’s not a popular tourist destination.

In recent years, the country's situation has improved, and it’s opening doors for tourists to boost the economy. To make things easier, the Republic for Central Africa has launched a website to apply for an e-visa. It’s fast, easy, and simple.

Using this website, tourists can learn more about the Central African Republic and see if they are eligible to apply for a visa –some countries don’t need one—to enter the country. The process is straightforward as people only have to select their visa type, enter their details, and make online payments. Once the process is complete, people receive an email confirmation and can keep track of the application.

A representative of the company said, “It’s heartbreaking to see that the Central African Republic doesn’t get a lot of tourists, although the country has so much to offer. It’s truly a gem. People can go for safaris, interact with nature, sit with locals to learn about their customs and traditions, and visit rainforests.”

The representative continued, “To facilitate people and to save them the hassle of standing in line for long hours, we have introduced e-visas. From selecting the type of visa to waiting for the arrival, it only takes about three days to receive your visa."

The website also gives people information relating to visa requirements, fees, exemption, duration, and other important guidelines. People can also find their payment and refund policies in another section.

People worldwide making plans for their summer vacation can visit their website to learn more about the visa process of the Central African Republic or by sending them an email. The contact information is given below.

The website is controlled by the Al Madina Group, based in UAE, and helps make the CAR visa process easier for those interested in visiting the country. It also allows applicants to track their visa application status and offers easy and secure payment options.

Website: https://rcaevisa.com/en/Home/Contact

Al Madina
AL Madina Group
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

House Reef Protects Marine Environment at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli

OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Green Globe recently recertified OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli for the second consecutive year.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli is a luxury all-inclusive tropical island resort comprised of 116 villas complete with spacious open air bathrooms. The resort is situated in a world renowned dive location on Helengeli Island in the North Male’ Atoll in the Maldives.

Green Globe recently recertified OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli for the second consecutive year.

According to The OBLU Helengeli Vision, “Green Globe Certification offers the world’s most recognized and longest running program allowing us, as one of the green leaders in the travel and tourism industry, to confidently promote our environmental credentials along with our commitment to the people and prosperity of our location.”

Both management and staff are committed to the property’s Sustainability Management Plan which guides the property’s daily operations in a sustainable manner and takes into consideration environmental, socio-cultural, quality and health & safety issues.

Environmental Protection
OBLU Helengeli works in collaboration with TGI Maldives to protect and maintain the marine environment, primarily its house reef, which is rated as one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the Maldives. Yearly checks of the health of the reef are conducted confirming that biodiversity is maintained at a high level. Furthermore, the resort has started a program to catalogue all the marine species found in surrounding waters to aid conservation and education efforts.

Design and Construction
Minimizing environmental impacts is at the forefront of planning in this pristine location.
Renovations and repairs completed at the property include sustainable and energy-saving methods that will be durable over a long period. Refurbishments re-use as much of the original structure as possible and incorporate local design and architecture such as kajan roofing and dhoani shaped masts along with environmentally friendly materials like coir, wood and bamboo.

Regional Development
OBLU Helengeli actively contributes to community development in line with Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts’ CSR policy. The resort provides educational opportunities for interns from local educational establishments to undertake vocational training and skill development in tourism and hospitality. In addition, OBLU Helengeli supports health initiatives aimed at enhancing the well-being of local community members. The property also purchases food from local producers and local fishermen to stimulate regional economic activity.

New Tourism Market for The Maldives
The Maldives reopened its borders on 15 July 2020, the first Asian destination to reopen for tourism since the start of the pandemic lockdowns. Massive growth was seen in the number of tourists visiting the Maldives from India, an unprecedented YOY growth of 105% as compared to other global businesses that have experienced a downturn in overall visitor numbers. Historically, India is not a top volume generator for Maldivian resorts however, travel restrictions impeding traditional tourism markets contributed to this turnaround.

Bradley Cox
Green Globe
+ +1 3103373000
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG: A Role Model for Sustainable Trade Fair and Event Catering

Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG

Green Globe recently recertified Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1971. The German company is a subsidiary of of NürnbergMesse and provides catering services for all events that take place at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center.

Green Globe recently recertified Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG. The company was first certified by Green Globe in 2011.

Dr. Nadine Cauers-Lehrieder, CEO at the company said, “I am pleased and proud that we have been a pioneer in sustainability for 10 years. We are very happy to be recertified by Green Globe and recognized as a role model as a trade fair and event caterer for visitors.”

Addressing and implementing green strategies is particularly important to Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG and sustainability runs like a thread throughout the company’s corporate philosophy.

Climate Neutral Company
Since 2018, Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG has offered climate neutral events to visitors. The company records, calculates and compensates for all CO2 emissions produced. Various climate protection projects undertaken include a Hydropower Project in Uganda, the Wind Power Project at Jaibhim by SIIL in India and the Félou Regional Hydropower Project in Mali.

The company also aims to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions when considering the logistics of its delivery services. Short and efficient routes are taken by its vehicles and all available loading space is also used in efforts to reduce distances travelled by trucks and the number of trips required for transportation.

Energy Savings
Electricity procurement, machinery and systems are managed by the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. However, to increase energy savings, Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG company employees are instructed in various operational procedures to reduce energy consumption. In addition, the company has invested in new energy efficient cooking appliances – convection ovens for the kitchens and a sandwich toasting machine – in the past two years.

Waste Management
In line with its waste management strategy, Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG is progressively transitioning to the use of dishes and utensils made from renewable, biodegradable raw materials such as bamboo, wood and palm leaves. From 2021, paper cups are no longer used at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, the ÖkoCup which is reusable is now offered to clients instead. Furthermore, the packaging material used for food such as salad bowls and fruit cups is completely sustainable. After an event is held, organic waste is fed into a biogas plant and the remaining waste is separated into plastic, glass, metal and paper for recycling.

For further information about Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG’s Sustainability Policy please click here.

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit www.greenglobe.com


Nadine Sokoll
Assistant to the General Management
Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG
Messezentrum 1
Nuremberg 90471
T: +49 (0)911 8606 6573
E: sokoll@lehrieder.de
W: www.lehrieder.de

Bradley Cox
Green Globe
+1 310-337-3000
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Comprehensive Anti-Horse Slaughter Transport Amendment Passes U.S. House by Voice Vote

Anti-Horse Slaughter Amendment

Anti-Horse Slaughter Amendment

Ending Transport of Horses Across State and National Lines Will Have the Effect of Banning the Trade, Notes Animal Wellness Action

The verdict is in and the House closest to the American people has declared that the tipping point has arrived, and horse slaughter will soon become a thing of the past.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tonight, an amendment led by U.S. Reps. Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., John Katko, R-N.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. and conceived by Animal Wellness Action to H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST) Act, cleared the full U.S. House by a voice vote in a bloc of amendments. The measure bans the transport of equines across state lines or to Canada or Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. This amendment, if enacted into law, would prevent a cruel and predatory trade that claims the lives of tens of thousands of our nation’s horses and burros every year at foreign abattoirs.

The amendment picked up additional cosponsors, including Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Vern Buchanan, the lead authors of the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (the stand-alone anti-horse slaughter bill); Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky., (co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus); and Reps. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., Donald Payne, D-N.J., Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., and Jerry Nadler bringing the total cosponsors to 7 Democrats and 6 Republicans.

“Horses aren’t bred for food, and Americans don’t want them bought under false pretenses, forced into overcrowded trailers, tormented on a thousand-mile journey, and then prodded to slaughterhouses,” said U.S. Rep. Troy Carter, D-La., a tireless champion for horse protection who led the amendment. “This range of support only happens because it’s something Americans agree on. It’s time to turn that agreement to action and fully ban the transportation of horses for slaughter.”

“The passage of Rep. Carter’s anti-horse slaughter transport amendment provides a pathway to stop the mass butchering of American horses.” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, who was recently honored by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, II for his work to protect horses. “The verdict is in and the House closest to the American people has declared that the tipping point has arrived, and horse slaughter will soon become a thing of the past.”

“We’ve watched tens of thousands of horses endure a horrible passage to Canada and Mexico every year and then get slaughtered at foreign abattoirs for foreign consumers in Asia and Europe,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy. “We are reaching a national consensus on this issue, and it is time for a national policy to stop this predatory industry from continuing to victimize American horses and burros. Shedding equine slaughter is the right policy for North America.”

“Having witnessed the devastating reality of perfectly healthy horses being shipped to slaughter across our borders for profit— I am elated that Marty Irby and these members of Congress have shepherded such a critical bill, said Ashley Avis, director of Disney’s new Black Beauty Film. “It’s well past time to end these cruel, antiquated practices, and usher in a new era of awareness.”

“The growing list of supporters from the horse industry sends a strong message, not only to our legislators but to those individuals who profit off the backs of America’s horses,” said Staci Hancock, proprietor of Stone Farm in Paris Kentucky where three Kentucky Derby Champions have been raised. “By banning the transport of horses to slaughter, this strategic initiative would effectively put an end to horse slaughter in the U.S, once and for all. These equine athletes and companions were never intended for slaughter and Amendment 187 of the INVEST Act will put an end to those who profiteer from this cruel and predatory trade.

“Thanks to the diligence and perseverance of Reps Troy Carter, John Katko, Dina Titus, Brian Fitzpatrick and the Congressmen that are spearheading this long-term goal of mine to shut down the extortion and abuse filled “kill pens” and their horrific treatment of slaughter bound horses,” said Crawford Farms CEO Michelle Crawford. “This is an unfamiliar event to many outside of the equine industry and they have brought this dark and intolerable system of horse transport across the border to light in hopes that we can raise awareness to the rest of the world in how our beloved horses are discarded after their careers are over and sold for meat prices to become a delicacy in other countries.”

“The advancement of the Carter-Fitzpatrick amendment brings renewed hope that we will finally end the slaughter of American equines,” said Allondra Stevens, founder of Horses For Life Foundation. “Our gratitude goes out to the Congressional leaders that have championed the cause, the tireless efforts of the advocacy community, and to all those who have fought for more than two decades to end this horrific industry. It’s time for the United States to truly honor our nation’s wild and domestic horses by enacting a federal law that prohibits their transport to slaughterhouses.”

"This is a short amendment from Troy Carter, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Katko, Dina Titus and several other congressmen that will have a huge impact, more than in than past 20 years, on sustaining horse racing, as well as putting kill buyers and individuals who profit from transporting equines to slaughter out of business,” Freddie Hudson and Susan Arrington, U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association. “It will end an inherently abusive system of American horses transported for slaughter that U.S. citizens are now fully backing."

“The Carter-Fitzpatrick slaughter amendment can’t come a moment too soon for the horses,” said Debbie Coburn, founder of Four Corners Equine Rescue. “Everyday horses are shipped across the border to be slaughtered for human consumption. We must stop this cruel and predatory industry once and for all. Our wild and domestic horses deserve no less.”

The measure was been endorsed by more than 229 animal and equine protection and advocacy groups, organizations, rescues, and businesses in the U.S., including The Jockey Club; The Breeders’ Cup, New York Racing Association, which operates The Belmont Stakes; Pimlico Racetrack, which operates The Preakness Stakes; the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization; U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association; Claiborne Farm; Stone Farm, where three Kentucky Derby winners were raised; Crawford Farms; West Point Thoroughbreds; Nick Zito; Pin Oak Stud; the Texas State Horse Council; Winterstone Pictures; the Horses for Life Foundation; the Animal Wellness Foundation; and Center for a Humane Economy, to name a few.


Horses and other equines are revered and cherished in the United States, and 80 percent of Americans oppose their slaughter for human consumption. As public awareness has grown of the inherent cruelty involved in the horse slaughter industry, calls for a federal response have grown louder, especially as the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been implicated in a suspect adoption plan that is allowing “adopters” to rake in profits by selling unprecedented numbers of federal-protected wild horses and burros to slaughter.

Transport of horses for slaughter is unsafe and has caused multiple serious accidents on American highways. The list is long of serious accidents on American highways involving trucks loaded with horses bound for slaughter. Most of these involve horrific injuries to and deaths of horses on the trucks. As recently as October 2020, 14 horses were killed and 11 badly injured when a truck driving the animals to slaughter flipped on a highway in Franklin County, Missouri. Similar accidents have happened over the years, and in most, motorists had to avoid the accident and, in some cases, encountered terrified and injured horses running loose in the lanes of traffic. Similarly, in 2017, a truck belonging to the infamous kill buyers who own one of the nation’s largest horse slaughter holding facilities in Bastrop, Louisiana, was involved in a terrible crash that led to the deaths of 19 horses.

While horse slaughter does not currently occur on U.S. soil due to a de facto ban achieved through the congressional appropriations process, tens of thousands of domestic and wild horses are shipped to Mexico and Canada each year to be slaughtered for human consumption in those countries, Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Stand-alone legislation that would permanently ban both the transportation of slaughter-bound horses and slaughter itself – the SAFE Act – was recently introduced, but despite the passage of a similar bill fifteen years ago, and the majority of House Members cosponsoring the measure in the 116th Congress, enactment of the legislation continues to be an uphill battle due to industrial agriculture interests and pro-slaughter Members of Congress.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Marty Irby
Animal Wellness Action
+1 202-821-5686
email us here
Visit us on social media:

Source: EIN Presswire