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Japan, UNESCO agreement on Job Creation for Youth in Mosul

The Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Hashimoto Naofumi (pictured), and Representative of UNESCO to Iraq, Mr. Paolo Fontani, on Tuesday 3rd of March 2020 signed an agreement in Baghdad in support of the project to support job creation for youth in Mosul. The project aims to foster sustainable job creation for youth supporting the return of IDPs through quality TVET training for skilled construction workers. The project will be implemented in synergy with other UNESCO activities under the umbrel...
Tags: Japan, News, Iraq, Eu, Unesco, Un, Iraq Business News, Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Hashimoto, Hashimoto Naofumi, Paolo Fontani, Spirit of Mosul, UNESCO Iraq Office


Oil Price War News: #Saudi Aramco Cuts Barrel Costs U.S., Asia - Bloomberg

Oil Price War News: Saudi Aramco Cuts Barrel Costs U.S., Asia - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia kick started an all-out oil war on Saturday, slashing official pricing for its crude and making the deepest cuts in at least 20 years on its main grades, in an effort to push as many barrels into the market as possible.The cuts in monthly pricing by state producer Saudi Aramco are the first indication of how the Saudis will respond to the break up of the alliance between OPEC and partners like Russia. Talks in...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Vienna, Middle East, Saudi Aramco, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Asia Bloomberg, Iman Nasseri


Bone-Appetit - Parmesan Rosemary Dog Bone Biscuits!

It's Mr Teddy Elliott's first birthday today and what better gift to give him than the gift of snacks! These parmesan, rosemary dog bone biscuits are simple (and human grade) and use wholemeal flour, freshly grated parmesan, parsley, rosemary and stock and they're dog-gone delicious!
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Exploring the Maasai Mara

Slept very well up ready to leave for the Maasai Mara at 730am with a packed lunch and joined by Wilson who was going to help Simba find us a leopard On the way out of camp we passed a dikdik and once in the
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Shale Oil, OPEC+ Fight: Putin, MBS and U.S. Fracking Industry - Bloomberg

Shale Oil, OPEC+ Fight: Putin, MBS and U.S. Fracking Industry - Bloomberg:At 10:16 a.m. on a wet and dreary Friday morning, Russia’s energy minister walked into OPEC’s headquarters in central Vienna knowing his boss was ready to turn the global oil market upside down.Alexander Novak told his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman that Russia was unwilling to cut oil production further. The Kremlin had decided that propping up prices as the coronavirus ravaged energy demand would b...
Tags: Travel, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Vienna, Kremlin, Mohammed bin Salman, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Alexander Novak, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman


Crisis-hit #Lebanon to default on $1.2 billion loan payment

Crisis-hit Lebanon to default on $1.2 billion loan payment:Lebanon’s prime minister said Saturday the government will suspend payment of $1.2 billion in loans, marking the crisis-hit country’s first-ever default on its sovereign debt amid ongoing popular unrest.Hassan Diab made the announcement in a televised address to the Lebanese people, saying the country will seek to restructure its massive debt. The $1.2 billion Eurobond matures on Monday.The default marks a new chapter in the crisis and c...
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Flying over Africa Europe

Up early ate my breakfast egg sandwich and drank my orange juice as I threw my night clothes into my case. My leg felt itchy so I shook out my trousers and a hairy caterpillar fell out Just what I needed I put some antihistamine cream on my leg hoping i
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Mt Kenya the highest campsite...

As we felt ok with the altitude with the help of Diamox we skipped the acclimatisation day and instead used this day to hike the 5km up to the next hut which would significantly cut down the night hike tomorrow morning. Whilst holding the dodgy toilet d
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Mt Kenya through the Vertical Bog above the treeline

We packed our bags and had a tasty cooked breakfast in time to set off at 7am for our hardest day of uphill. We started by retracing our steps from yesterday afternoon up the track then turned off onto a footpath through the Hygenia forest and then out on
Tags: Travel, Kenya, Hygenia


First drive in the Maasai Mara

Packed up bags and tent and ready to leave by 8am for the long drive down to the Masai Mara. Moses had to leave us today to take another tour group to Meru National Park as he knows it best so on route we met up with Simba and transferred our bags to his
Tags: Travel, Maasai Mara, Simba, Meru National Park, Masai Mara Moses


Ol Pejeta to Mt Kenya

We had an early breakfast at 6am before setting off for a morning game drive whilst the sun was still below the horizon. It was rather chilly standing in the minivan with the roof up but watching the sunrise over My Kenya was spectacular. As was coming ac
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Moving Mountains

Us the team were all picked up from Meru Bandas at 7am after watching a beautiful dawn and driven down the track through the bamboo and hardwood forests and out of the National Park
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Ol Pejeta

We headed north out of Nairobi early the next day heading to Ol Pejeta Conservancy home of the worlds two only surviving northern white rhinos. We had a brief stop to get some water peanuts and other to
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Lakes Nakuru Naivasha

We left the lodge at 7am for another game drive around Lake Nakuru taking a packed lunch from the lodge with us. We started by going down to the lake shore where because there were fewer people the flamingos were much closer.FlamingoBee
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Lake Nakuru

After breakfast and admiring the little redrumped birds that were flitting about the lodge grounds we set off driving past the Aberdares. We had originally wanted to visit the Aberdare National Park and it did look beautiful but we saw similar habitats w
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Mt Kenya Point Lenana sunrise

Up at 415am to pack get breakfast in time to leave at 515am to hike the few kilometres up Point Lenana 4985m. Very steep and had to do a lot of scrambling over rocks with the help of steel cables this is the highest via ferrata in the world It w
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Visiting a Maasai village

19thFeb maasai village NairobiA very lazy start for us with breakfast at 8am and leaving the camp at 845 after saying goodbye to Peter Patrick and the others. We also gave one of the older villagers a lift to a local town to save him
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Hells Gate Olkaria Spa Lake Naivasha

A bit of a lazier start since we didnt have to pack up our gear then out at 8am to hire a couple of bikes on the road to Hells Gate National Park. As Hells Gate doesnt have any re
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Final day of safari in the Maasai Mara

Up a bit earlier today and leaving camp with Wilson at 650am to get to the park gates soon after 7am for a full day in the Mara. We spent much of the morning driving to and fro across the Mara following sightings of a leopard. The first we missed so had a
Tags: Travel, Maasai Mara, Wilson, Mara


Nairobi Giraffe Centre

I said goodbye to the left African Bat Conservation team including honorary additional Patrick at 7am and was taken to Lilongwe airport to catch my flight to Nairobi. I was a bit miffed that the lady at security confiscated my spare AAA batteries in spi
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Un voyage de dernire minute... l'Argentine pour un mariage... Un viaje de ltimo momento... Argentina para una boda

Para el castellano por favor usar el boton traducir.... Et oui... cela nous arrive aussi.... Si bien nous organisons facilement et bien l'avance la plupart de nos voyages... cette fois c'est tout autre chose... Fin dcembre je rentre d'une agenc
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Attaining a Different 2020 Perspective In Europe

OOPS NO PICTURESA couple of years ago my childhood friend Gary provided me with the motivation to make the decision to actually begin planning a 2021 trip to Europe instead of just considering it and the death of my nephew Jim in Summer 2019
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We made it to Victoria Falls

We got up early as always and started the 4 hour drive to Livingstone where the might Victoria falls lies as well as the airport we were to pick up Warwick from. The drive went well but unfortunately yet another speed trap lay in wait and this time Toby
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Not the most exciting day again

We had a leisurely morning and enjoyed the Zambesi resorts pool and generally stunning views. Toby got to wish Mel a happy 40th on the phone and then we headed in the direction of Livingstone. The driving was easy and we were carefully to watch
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Hippos on the left right forward and aft. Oh and mind the crocs

This was our rest day so I got up early to wash nearly everything I bought. If I said I got it to a less dirty state that would be fair clean and sparkly less so.After breakfast we headed to go on a canoe trip down the lower Zambesi we thought there
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Buenos Aires

Wednesday 4 March 2020Our 12.40pm flight was delayed back to 2.45pm which was inconvenient to say the least because it meant we missed our Air Canada connection in Santiago. We were rerouted to a flight 2hrs later but we had to scramble
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Evolution of Spring Training

There was a time when Spring Training was little more than players playing practice games getting ready for the season and signing autographs for the kids. Now Spring Training is big business ticket prices have shot up hotels are gouging us and any
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Stockholm Tyres

Dear AllGreetings This is my third and final blog entry for my wonderful mini midwinter trip to Sweden in February. So far I have written about my explorations in Stockholm and nearby Uppsala. In this one I plan to relate my amazing final full day in
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Wacky Arizona

I always thought Arizona was a little different. Let's see why. The first McDonald drive through opened back in 1975 revolutionizing fast food eating on the road and that awful smell in your car for weeks The London Bridge is here owned by the city o
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Ten Fun Things in Scottsdale

I wrote this back in 2009. Let's see if Scottsdale has changed much in a little over ten years. On a budget but have plenty of time Tired of golf fine dining and mall shoppingltbr stylewebkitfontsmoothing antialiased gt ltbr sty
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