Forget Brexit Count Butterflies

The request for people to start counting butterflies and stop squabbling about Brexit came from Sir David Attenborough. The naturalist urged the British public to take part in the biggest every butterfly survey worldwide and to forget all the political drama of Brexit. He was gaining support from the European community for a nationwide project in with wildlife enthusiast are requested to record and spot the wide variety of different species of the most unique and exquisite wild insects they enjoy visiting their gardens.

As a 92-year-old he was urging people to turn their minds away from the negativity of Brexit and to focus on the beauty and positivity brought with butterflies as they quietly sit down in the sun and bring with them peace and tranquillity.

Butterfly Conservation

The major exercise is coordinated by the butterfly conservation and designed to create awareness and increase the knowledge around one of the most striking and unique insects. Sir Attenborough also promoted the butterfly conservation project on Radio 4 and urged people to reach out towards that what is good and forget the woes surrounding Brexit, to leave the negative part of politics in the past and to appreciate nature, the sun and the pleasures that can be found in each garden.

The naturalist also encouraged people to enjoy the opportunity that brings calmness to their spirit and soul and to just relax and take it easy. Butterflies flourish in the current weather conditions, and some of the most commonly seen species are the sky-blue butterflies. It is the 9th year of the big butterfly counting campaign since it has been going since 2010. Up to now, more than 60,000 wildlife devotees have recorded what they have found, and the organisers hope that this year would be the highlight.

The community has been requested to take note of seventeen species, which includes the common white, red admirals, common blue, and holly blue butterflies since most butterfly species have decreased in the past 40 years in the UK. With the warmer weather, the hope is to spot more of the winged wonders than in previous years as this is the weather they flourish in and with people looking for something positive to look forward to the butterfly conservation project could not come at a better time.

The greatest fear is that the butterfly special could further decline due to cold weather conditions, but hopefully this year will bring with it lots of good news as many UK citizens plan to take part in this out-door project based on the positive. Spending time in the garden is now not only for your pleasure but also to record the habits of the most striking insects and even if you not participating it is still a great way to remove all the negative and to just enjoy the calmness all butterflies represents. Maybe the call would not only be heard by the UK community but also make people from across the globe aware of just how unique butterflies are.

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Abandoned Railway Become a Hiking and Biking Trail

An interpretation of a deserted railway and how it could look after it has been converted into a linear park, the Ludlam Trail was what turned into reality when Miami-Dade commissioners, on the 14th of September 2018 approved $25 million for the purchase of the five-mile Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, Miami-Dade commissioners approved a $25 million purchase of the five-mile railway. It will be created into a hiking trail as well as a biking trail.

A New Hiking Trail and Biking Trail Approved

It is after a long journey that the purchase of Ludlam Trail park, that Miami-Dade was finally ready to agree to the purchase and with the approval of the purchase the abandoned railway of nearly six miles will finally be converted into a running trail, hiking trail, and biking trail that runs all the way from outside of the Miami International Airport to the Dadeland Mall. After a six-year struggle the unanimous vote marked the end, the deal with Brightline railway allows 57 acres of land to be transformed into a trail that runs through a dense commercial area and residential complexes

Concerns & Disagreements Finally at an End

In the past, the Ludlam project sparked concerns and disagreement between cycling enthusiasts and the park advocates as it would involve developments to the vacant land dividing several residential neighbourhoods. Rebeca Sosa who voted yes feels the approval will make history in Miami-Dade County as the deal is final and approved with Florida East Coast Industries.

Building the Biking and Hiking Trail to be completed in Several Phases

Now significant work involves building out the entire 5.6 miles of the linear park that was envisioned, it currently suffers from contamination to the soil, which must be fixed before it can be reopened for public use. In the $94 million price tag, Miami-Dade secured around $27 million for the Ludlam plan, this means that the new hiking and biking trail will emerge in several phases.

Ludlam to be One of the High-Profile Trails soon to be created by Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade hopes to create two high-profile trials the first Ludlam and the other the Underline. Planning both in the coming years the linear park is planned to be created mostly out of already existing paths under the elevated tracks of the Miami-Dade’s Metrorail system.

Underline first Tow-Mile Phase Approved

Even before the vote took place for Ludlam, the commission committee approved $14 million for the construction part of the first phase of the construction of the Underline. The footpath will be transformed into a mini basketball court, space for table games, landscaping and exercise equipment. Meg Daly the organizer of the Underline projects feels it’s a new world for the country and was hugely excited when the Ludlam project was also approved. Should the tracks ever need to be converted back to tracks, the federal law would require the owner to allow it, even though this scenario is unlikely it is still in existence.

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to step down and focus on philanthropy

Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba, has announced he will be stepping down on Monday. Ma is the third richest man in China and plans to focus his energies on philanthropy. Ma stated that he will vacate his positon as executive chairman but will retain his position on the board of directors. He added that he will focus his philanthropy towards education. It is unknown if that will be focused in his native China or other areas throughout the world.

Alibaba was founded in 1999 and has gone onto to become one of the most successful online retail companies in the world. They now have a market value of around $400bn and include cloud computing, film production and online selling.

Ma’s interest in education began early in his career as an English teacher. Ma’s love for education is well documented and he stated that retirement is not ending an era but is the beginning on one. That teaching career began in the city of Hangzhou at one of the universities, and it while teaching that he started Alibaba.

Alibaba’s Increase in Sales

The announcement and chosen date being Monday was significant as this is Ma’s 54th birthday. He has a personal wealth of $40bn, and that puts him as the third richest in China, a remarkable achievement in under 20 years and testament to the company he has built.

Earlier in the week while being interviewed by Bloomberg TC, Ma stated that he plans to create a foundation similar to that of Bill Gates. He added there is much he can learn from Gates and hopes to follow in his footsteps.

Ma stated,

“I can never be as rich, but one thing I can do better is to retire earlier. I think some day, and soon, I’ll go back to teaching. This is something I think I can do much better than being CEO of Alibaba.”

About Alibaba

Alibaba Group is a multinational Chinese holding conglomerate that specializes in retail, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and technology. The company was formed in 1999 and provides a variety of different services online including retail, payment services, cloud computing and shopping search engines. Its holding include a wide range of businesses located throughout the world and is one of the most admired Fortune companies.

Alibaba has operations on more than 200 countries and has grown to be the world’s largest online retailer. They also are one of the largest investment corporations and venture capital firms in the world with sales that surpass those of eBay, Amazon and Walmart.

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National Wildlife Protection Themed Campaign Launched by the British Embassy

On the 10th of August 2018 is the day on which the British Embassy officially launched the Wildlife Protection Campaign of the United Kingdom government in China. Intended to raise awareness among the public regarding the global effects of (IWT) the Illegal Wildlife Trade, the campaign titled “End Wildlife Crime” include several events across China over several months. The eight scheduled events are a build up to the fourth IWT conference taking place in London, this October.

The launch taking place in Beijing Fang in August was in partnership with the UK Government and the IFAW International Fund for Animal Welfare. The “End Wildlife Crime” campaign could not come at a better time. It is already a crucial time when it comes to the affected human activity has on wildlife, forests, oceans and nature.

End Wildlife Crime Campaign Launched as Expanding Cities Deprive Wildlife of Habitats

Wildlife is deprived of their natural habitats by expanding cities, and excessive deforestation and many species are poached for illegal trading. Shockingly in just the last decade elephant numbers have declined by almost a third, and still, every year over 20,000 are slaughtered due to ivory demands globally. The fourth global IWT Conference thanks to the continued commitment of the United Kingdom in protecting wildlife takes place in October to assemble more than forty different countries, which means the world is tackling this important challenge in union.

Beijing Wildlife End Crime Campaign

Initiated by the British Embassy, the wildlife protection campaign in Beijing ceremony was unveiled via several film screenings. An exceptional wild-life themed exhibition of photos and salon sharing session in the promoting of several upcoming events arranged across China. All the events taking place in Chine now is part of the efforts leading up to the upcoming London Conference focussed on preventing Illegal Wildlife trade, which takes place in October. This will see over forty countries including China to discuss, find ways and agree on the best options available to tackle the wildlife crime crises with joint forces.

Prince William and David Beckham Campaigned Against the Purchasing of Rhino Horn and Ivory

When royals and sports icons join forces to help stigmatise the purchasing of Rhino horn and ivory the world pays attention. Prince William feels enough is enough and that it is time to choose between criminals killing endangered species for money or preserving these magnificent animals for our children. With a massive photo of a gorilla and a strong sports themed slogan of Whose Side Are You On, the campaign focussed on highlighting and ending the slaughtering of thousands of animals, yearly.

Finally, the world is paying attention to the slaughtering of tigers, rhinos and elephants that urge in the last decade, driven by crime and the lucrative illicit trade that is estimated to be worth up to 20 billion per year.

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