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Botswana: More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes

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Botswana: More than 360 elephants die from mysterious causes

Some carcasses were found clustered around water holes, while others appeared to have died “falling flat on their faces,” according to Niall McCann, director of conservation at the National Park Rescue UK charity.

The living elephant that looks nearby looks physically weak, and one goes round and round, unable to change direction, observers say. Other species in the area do not appear to be affected by anything that bumps into elephants.

The Botswana government is testing samples of dead elephants, but has not yet determined the cause of death.

Unusual numbers of elephant carcasses were first recorded in early May, McCann said.

“It’s terrible – we need to know what’s going on,” he said, adding that he could not remember another time when so many elephants died from mysterious causes.

Botswana is home to 130,000 African elephants – more than any other country on the continent. The Okavango Delta, where the carcass was found, is home to about 10% of elephants in the country, McCann said.
Returning Botswana to elephant hunting will not solve the problem, the former president said
Last year, Botswana lifted a ban on elephant hunting that it imposed in 2014, sparking international outrage. McCann said hunting cannot be ruled out at this time, even though the tusks are still in the elephant.

“800 of them are lying around as magnets for criminals,” he added.

McCann said there were a number of possibilities for what could cause death, including elephant-specific parasites – or even Covid-19.

“What I want to emphasize is that this has the potential to become a public health crisis,” he said.

Whatever the cause, McCann said it was important to solve it because the loss of elephant life was “globally significant,” he said.

That African elephant classified as a vulnerable group on the IUCN Red List. The first Big Elephant Census, a pan-African survey conducted in 2016, revealed that in only seven years between 2007 and 2014 the number of elephants dropped by at least 30%, or 144,000.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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