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RHEXIT! Black Rhino Leaves Europe For New Home

CZECH REPUBLIC & TANZANIAN – DHL, the world’s leading international express delivery provider, has completed another landmark transportation project with the delivery of a black rhino from its birthplace in the Czech Republic to its natural homeland in Tanzania. Three-year-old female Eliska was moved to a natural park in Tanzania as part of an ongoing conservation project run by the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, aimed at helping endangered animal populations to grow and prosper in their natural habitat.

Eliska’s move was overseen by an international DHL team, comprising around 40 specialists in areas ranging from ground transportation and aviation to customs clearance and certification across more than five countries. The 900 kilogram female was transferred from ZOO Dvur Kralove in the Czech Republic, where she was born in 2012, to the main DHL European Hub in Leipzig, Germany. She was then loaded on to a dedicated 28-ton Boeing 757-200 freighter, specially modified for animal transport, and flown more than 6,500 kilometers directly to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, from where she was transferred by truck to her new home. Along the way, she was accompanied and monitored by a team of support staff, including Dr. Pete Morkel, one of the world’s leading black rhino veterinarians. Five containers of food and water supplies were also loaded for the journey.

“We were delighted that DHL was able to support us with this project, as we were only prepared to entrust Eliska to partners who could absolutely guarantee a safe and seamless move,” said Tony Fitzjohn OBE, Field Director, The George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust. “Having the support of an experienced team of international transport specialists allowed us to focus without any distraction on the comfort and well-being of Eliska and to ensure that she had the best possible introduction to her new life in Africa.”

Eastern black rhinos are one of the most endangered mammal groups, with large-scale poaching in the late 20th century leading to a significant decline in black rhino populations in Africa. There are estimated to be about 800 in the world today.

Shows:

00:00:00 Eliska in safari park enclosure

00:01:23 Eliska in safari park enclosure

00:09:00 Eliska in enclosure eating leaves

00:17:11 Safari park building

00:20:03 Close up of safari park sign

00:22:07 Elephant in safari park

00:27:04 Antelope in safari park

00:30:24 Eliska with handler

00:36:05 GoPro of Eliska being led into crate

00:47:17 Handler feeding Eliska in crate

00:51:18 Eliska in crate behind bars

00:59:00 Eliska in crate from behind

01:05:10 Crate being sealed shut

01:09:05 GoPro of crate being lifted onto forklift

01:12:17 Crate being lifted into lorry

01:16:23 Crate in lorry

01:19:01 Handler feeding Eliska in lorry

01:29:17 Transport lorry driving from behind

01:34:11 Driving past transport lorry

01:41:06 Wide of DHL building

01:45:14 Wide of DHL plane

01:48:00 DHL plane tail fins

01:53:01 “Rhino Crew” at airport

01:59:09 DHL “Protecting Rhinos” plane fuselage

02:04:13 Rhino Crew on crane

02:08:07 Eliska being loaded on to plane

02:16:19 Eliska on plane with Rhino Crew

02:24:19 GoPro of Eliska’s crate on plane

02:32:02 GoPro of Pete the vet on plane packing equipment

02:44:22 View of Tanzania from plane

02:48:10 Cockpit view of plane landing

02:51:14 Wide of plane landing

02:56:03 Plane on runway

03:01:11 Rhino Crew moving crate inside plane

03:05:03 Rhino Crew unloading crate from plane

03:10:02 Crate loading on to platform

03:14:07 Close up crate being pushed

03:17:05 Crate being handled on runway

03:20:03 Crate getting loaded on to truck

03:22:21 Crate getting loaded on truck

03:28:05 Crate secured to truck

03:31:08 Eliska in crate

03:34:22 Close up of Eliska in crate

03:38:04 Door on crate being closed

03:42:04 Drive-by of local farmers with cattle

03:46:02 Eliska’s truck driving

03:51:04 Mkomazi National Park roadsign

03:53:20 Mkomazi National Park sign

03:56:02 Eliska’s crate lifted off truck at park

03:59:07 Crate being lowered

04:01:20 View of crate

04:05:02 Inside view of crate, Eliska opening door

04:12:24 Inside view of crate, Eliska walking out

04:19:14 Eliska walks into new pen

04:23:22 Eliska drinking

04:30:14 Eliska eating leaves

04:38:16 Slow pan of Tanzania landscape

04:48:15 GV of Tanzania

04:51:06 GV of Tanzania

04:54:01 DHL sign

04:57:17 Eliska resting in new home

05:07:11 Eliska being brushed

05:17:10 Eliska walking around pen

05:20:16 Tanzania National Parks and DHL signs

05:25:15 DHL signs on park gates

05:29:21 Close up of Tony

05:35:16 Tony talking to Pete

05:42:09 IV Roy Hughes

06:42:10 IV Jiri Hruby, Rhino Curator

06:58:18 IV Pete Morkel, Wildlife Veterinarian

07:37:12 IV Phil Couchman, CEO DHL Express UK & Ireland

08:33:18 IV Tony Fitzjohn, Conservationist

ENDS

Jun, 30, 2016

 

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update

REDMOND, USA – June 29, 2016 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to Windows 10 devices for free on August 2.

Windows 10 continues to be the fastest growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; all new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom.

* Windows Ink: an all-new experience that brings the power of Windows to the tip of your pen, enables people to write on a device as they would do on paper. Integration with Office and other applications like Microsoft Edge and Maps bring the power of inking everywhere.

* Improvements to Cortana: the world’s most productive personal digital assistant gets even better with access above the lock screen, more ways to remember with the ability for Cortana to save and recall information, and synchronize across devices.

* An even better gaming experience: With Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can buy a game once and play on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and share achievements. Cortana is also now available on Xbox One to help gamers find great new games, see what friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, and turn on Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” if using Kinect.

* Increased power efficiency, extensions and accessibility with Microsoft Edge: The Anniversary Update includes even more power-saving improvements in Microsoft Edge, minimizing the impact of background activity on battery life.

* New Innovations for the Modern Classroom: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update also brings new innovations for the modern classroom, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly.

* More security features in the Anniversary Update for the most secure Windows: The Anniversary Update brings two new security benefits for enterprise customers. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, designed to detect, investigate and respond to malicious attacks through expert advanced threat protection, including a team of security researchers at Microsoft; and Windows Information Protection to protect businesses from accidental data leaks by separating personal and organizational data where ever it goes.

Additional security improvements include Windows Hello secure and password-free sign-in to apps like iHeartRadio and websites using Microsoft Edge; and Windows Defender antimalware improvements with option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, providing summaries when scans are complete and notifications if scans find any threats. Additional assets can be found at Microsoft News Center and www.windows.com.

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Wayne Gretzky Visits Sydney Zoo

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The greatest ice hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, has taken in the sights of Sydney visiting the city’s Taronga Zoo to get up close with some of New South Wales’ native animals.

Wayne Gretzky is making his first visit to Sydney, secured exclusively by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Since touching down in the harbour city, Gretzky has taken to the ice on a custom rink on the harbour foreshore, built specially to welcome him to the state, as well as meeting with Aussie Rules football club, the Sydney Swans, for a ball kicking session.

Gretzky will lace up his skates and take to the ice prior to the USA v Canada match today at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales to showcase the skills that saw him hold or break an astonishing 60 NHL records throughout an illustrious career spanning 20 years.

Jun, 25, 2016

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Michael Kors Announces New Lifestyle Partnership With McLaren-Honda F1

LONDON, UK — June 22, 2016 — Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS), a global luxury lifestyle brand, is delighted to announce a new partnership with McLaren-Honda, becoming the official lifestyle partner of the world championship Formula 1 team. Both McLaren-Honda and Michael Kors celebrate design and speed, with the partnership strengthening and amplifying both brands’ embodiment of a fast, jet-set lifestyle.

“Michael Kors and McLaren-Honda are pioneers in their respective spaces, and we firmly believe that McLaren-Honda is the right partner for our entry into the Formula 1 racing world,” says John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Michael Kors. “This is an exciting moment for us, especially as we continue to grow as a men’s lifestyle brand.”

The Formula 1 audience is a new one for Michael Kors, providing a prime opportunity to familiarize the European consumer with all facets of the Michael Kors world. Additionally, the legendary McLaren-Honda brand and its renowned Formula 1 drivers are an exceptional representation of the Michael Kors man—sophisticated, international and successful, with an appreciation for living life in the fast lane.

“We’re delighted to announce a brand-new partnership between McLaren- Honda and Michael Kors, the world-famous award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear apparel,” says Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman and CEO McLaren Group.

He continues, “Like McLaren, which has raced in Formula 1 all over the world for the past 50 years, Michael Kors is also a truly international company, operating stylish and successful stores in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

“Moreover, I firmly believe that the corporate cultures of both McLaren and Michael Kors encompass a common dynamism and adventurism, as well as a shared commitment to a similarly relentless pursuit of perfection, and as such the two brands are extremely well suited to a long-term partnership. That brand fit is very important to both of us: both companies have built their reputations on being the very best at what they do, and, as we now march forward together, we’ll both become stronger still.”

As the team’s official lifestyle partner, Michael Kors branding will feature prominently on both the driver overalls and the McLaren-Honda MP4-31 car.

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, Michael Kors has created a limited-edition men’s leather jacket. The 50 specially produced black leather jackets will be sold exclusively on the men’s floor of the new Michael Kors London flagship store, while supplies last. The jackets feature both the Michael Kors and McLaren logos, as well as a limited-edition plaque with each piece’s unique production number.

“This partnership is about the convergence of style and speed, which is inherent to both the Michael Kors and McLaren- Honda DNA,” says Michael Kors. “There is an energy, sophistication and confidence to both of our brands, and we wanted to create a limited-edition piece that spoke to that.”

About Michael Kors

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under Michael Kors Collection, MICHAEL Michael Kors and Michael Kors Mens, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, ready-to-wear and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

About McLaren Technology Group

McLaren is globally renowned as one of sport’s most successful competitors and as one of the world’s most illustrious high-technology brands.

The McLaren Technology Group has grown to encompass much more than just motorsport: today it houses McLaren Applied Technologies, which supplies electronic systems to the entire Formula 1, Indycar and NASCAR grids and creates cutting-edge solutions for a wide variety of high-tech industries. McLaren Automotive has established itself as a successful global company having launched the internationally acclaimed 12C, 650S and McLaren P1™ high-performance cars.

McLaren-Honda campaigns the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with the driver pairing of two-time (2005, 2006) world champion Fernando Alonso and 2009 world champion Jenson Button. They drive the McLaren-Honda MP4-31.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about Michael Kors and McLaren. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environment of each company, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond such company’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning each company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may”, “will”, ”should”, ”believe”, ”expect”, ”anticipate”, ”intend”, ”plan”, ”estimate” or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that each company has made in light of management’s experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although each company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. These factors are more fully discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Michael Kors Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 2, 2016 (File No. 001-35368), filed on June 1, 2016 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Shows:

GVs of Press Conference highlights (including sound bites with Ron Dennis, John Idol, Michael Kors at the press conference)

IV with Michael Kors

IV with John Idol

IV with Jenson Button

IV with Fernando Alonso

GVs red carpet arrivals at Michael Kors store, Regent Street

VIP guest soundbites at the store as follows:

Michael Kors

Gwyneth Paltrow

Jessica Chastain

Stoffell Vandoorne

Natasha Poly

Steve Jones

On A Fin & A Prayer, Shark Tale Testament To True Miracle Of Mother Nature

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA – Cleo is no ordinary leopard shark, in fact she’s a shark that defies what most people know about the laws of nature.

She was born at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville, home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Cleo’s Mum is a leopard shark called Leonie, and here’s the surprise of biblical proportions; Cleo doesn’t have a father.

“Here at Reef HQ we’re so excited about it. It raises a lot of questions. Does this happen in the wild? Does it happen more often than we realize?” asks Hamish Tristram, Senior Aquarist, Reef HQ.

Laura Coulton, Reef HQ Aquarist, who’s known as the mother of sharks says “It is a very unique occurrence and it’s particularly interesting with the case we have here, because we’ve got a female which we know has been able to reproduce using normal sexual reproduction and now something’s changed and she’s been able to switch to this completely different method.”

Cleo was born from a process called facultative parthenogenesis, otherwise known as a virgin birth.

Far from being able to walk on water, Cleo will only ever swim in it, and while her amazing arrival can be explained by science, the fatherless shark pup and her siblings are causing a stir in the marine research world.

“The interesting bit of research that we want to find out in the future is whether the offspring are reproductively viable as well. So we’re certainly going to be keeping the first of our pups, Cleo, here at Reef HQ just to see and explore a little further her ability to produce viable offspring,” says Fred Nucifora, Director, Reef HQ.

As if this story wasn’t incredible enough, it seems leopard shark Mum Leonie may soon become a grandmother, without having a son in law. Her eight-year-old daughter Lolly, who does have a Dad, has also started producing eggs on her own, leading scientists to question genetics.

“Within the last year (Lolly) has been laying eggs and there’s signs of little embryos developing. Now she’s never been housed with a male so there’s every chance she’s decided to follow in Mum’s footsteps – or Mum’s tail swish – and has decided to produce offspring through parthenogenesis as well,” says Laura.

Leopard sharks are prized for their distinctive colouring, so breeding programs like the one at Reef HQ are vital to prevent them being caught in the wild.

In 2013 the experts at Reef HQ decided to separate the male and female leopard sharks to ensure there was no more hanky panky in the fish tank!

After a year of childfree bliss, Leonie however had other ideas and much to the surprise of everyone at Reef HQ produced Cleo who is only four months old and 50cm. But Leonie wasn’t finished, Cleo was followed by Gemini and CC, a cute 28cm at birth. Her carers believe there may just be another baby on the way.

Like all children, Cleo and CC have very different personalities according to Aquarist Laura, “Cleo is….the more laidback of the two, (while) CC is definitely the greedy guts. We’ve noticed this pattern before with clutches of leopard shark eggs; the first one tends to be a bit more relaxed, enjoys their food just as much as anyone…whereas the second one seems to think if they don’t eat all the food in the world they will never see it again.”

Leopard sharks are typically ocean floor dwellers; they’re slow swimmers and generally pose little risk to humans. Their diet is mostly made up of invertebrates like crabs, octopus and prawns. The somewhat shy sharks are found in tropical waters around the world including Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

While there may be 70 vertebrate species such as lizards and snakes that can have virgin births, to have a mother and daughter duo doing so in the same aquarium at the same time is astounding.

 

Shows: Townsville, North Queensland, Australia (June 20, 2016) (Tourism & Events Queensland – Access All)

0:00 Visitors at Reef HQ walking through aquarium.

0:11 Close up vision of fish inside aquarium shot through glass.

0:27 Shot of ‘Leonie’ the leopard shark swimming through aquarium, shot through glass.

1:24 Turtle swimming in aquarium, shot through glass.

1:31 Shark laying at bottom of aquarium, shot through glass.

1:39 Underwater vision of shark swimming at the bottom of the aquarium.

2:27 Shot of ‘Lolly’ laying at the bottom of aquarium, shot through glass.

2:57 Vision of ‘Cleo’ and ‘CC’ (CC on the bottom).

3:24 CC, then alternates between Cleo and CC thereafter.

3:40 Vision of shark (small) being fed in aquarium, shot through glass.

4:05 Vision of shark (small) swimming and being fed in aquarium, shot through glass.

4:41 Vision of staff feeding shark in aquarium.

5:09 Underwater vision of ‘CC’ and ‘Gemini’ swimming and being fed in aquarium.

5:34 Underwater vision of one of this years pups from Leonie prior to hatching in aquarium.

5:49 Underwater vision of one of this years pups from Leonie prior to hatching in aquarium, shining torch to show shark pup.

6:01 Underwater vision of one of this years pups from Leonie prior to hatching in aquarium, showing shark pup head.

Interview with Laura Coulton, Reef HQ Aquarist

6:27 It is biblical proportions – it’s what we call parthenogenesis which literally means virgin birth. So it’s producing an offspring without an egg actually being fertilized.

6:39 We’ve been working really closely with a researcher at the University of Queensland who came up and did a genetic sample of Cleo as well just to confirm our suspicions. And when the results came back from that – that it is definitely an example of parthenogenesis – that was incredible.

6:58 Cleo is – I think – the more laidback of the two, so she’s very cruisey, very laid back. She just came into the world expecting things to be nice and easy. CC is definitely the greedy guts out of the two, we’ve noticed this pattern before with clutches of leopard shark eggs. The first one tends to be a bit more relaxed, enjoys their food just as much as anyone but calmly so. Whereas the second one seems to think if they don’t eat all the food in the world, they will never see it again.

7:27 So the food they’re getting at the moment are things like squid strips, they’re getting little bits of fish so they’re moving on to those tougher items. So when they’re first born they’re getting prawns but with all the shell removed so its nice and small little pieces. So they’re working their way back to get up to the prawns. But with the shell, just gives them more enrichment in terms of the food but obviously introduces more of the nutritional requirements for. And they can get the things like calcium from those skeletons when they can get onto the larger items as well.

7:58 It is a very very unique occurrence and its particularly interesting with the case we have here because we’ve got a female which we know has been able to reproduce using normal sexual reproduction. And now something’s changed and she’s been able to switch to this completely different method as well and the other very exciting thing here is her younger daughter who is on display with her, who is eight years old this year, she actually started reproducing eggs for the first time just when she was alone in the tank with Mum. She’s never been kept with a male before and we’re seeing signs that she might actually be reproducing using parthenogenesis as well. So we have two potentially unique stories. We have one who has reproduced sexually and has swapped and one that has never produced sexually-produced offspring but has chosen right out of the gate to produce offspring on her own.

8:48 Obviously we’ve got Leonie who’s successfully gone through and reproduced these offspring all by herself. But now one of her daughters who is now eight years old this year who has only just started laying eggs within the last year has been showing these similar signs. She has been laying eggs and there’s signs of little embryos developing. Now she’s never been housed with a male, so there’s every chance she’s decided to follow in Mum’s footsteps – or Mum’s tail swish – and has decided to produce offspring through parthenogenesis as well.

Interview with Hamish Tristram, Senior Aquarist, Reef HQ Townsville

9:20 Here at Reef HQ we’re so excited about it. And in fact we’re going to become a huge story and a lot of scientific interest in what’s going on. And it raises a lot of questions – does this happen in the wild? Does it happen more often than we realize?

Interview with Fred Nucifora, Director, Reef HQ

9:32 The interesting bit of research that we want to find out in the future, is whether the offspring are reproductively viable as well. So we’re certainly going to be keeping the first of our pups Cleo here at Reef HQ just to see and explore a little further her ability to produce viable offspring.

09:54 ENDS

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Tom Hanks & Irrfan Kahn Joined By Ron Howard At “Inferno” Photo Call & Red Carpet

SINGAPORE – Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (The Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno”.

Actors Tom Hanks and Irrfan Kahn were joined by director Ron Howard at a photo call at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore to celebrate the upcoming release of “Inferno” later this year.

This package includes;

Trailer – 01′ 44″

Tom Hanks soundbites- 00′ 52″

Ron Howard soundbites – 01′ 18″

Irrfan Kahn soundbites – 00′ 33″

Red Carpet B-roll – 03′ 36″

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (The Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, “Inferno,” which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present in association with LStar Capital, a Brian Grazer Production, “Inferno.” Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ben Foster and Sidse Babett Knudsen. Directed by Ron Howard, with a screenplay by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Executive Producers are David Householter, Dan Brown, William M. Connor, Anna Culp and Ben Waisbren. Director of Photography is Salvatore Totino, ASC, A.I.S. Production Designer is Peter Wenham. Edited by Dan Hanley, ACE and Tom Elkins. Costume Designer is Julian Day. Music by Hans Zimmer.

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