Navisyo scheduled to launch its disruptive business model Summer of 2021

A much needed breath of fresh air for all boat owners and travelers within the Mediterranean region.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Miami, February 18, 2021 – Navisyo announces that the company is priming themselves to launch their marketplace and test selected pilot territories in Europe, more precisely in the Med, as early as this summer 2021. Following a phenomenal success with their Wefunder campaign – https://wefunder.com/closed – Navisyo seems to be financially set to officially introduce their innovative concept to the world.

“With the latest pandemic ravaging the world – the boating, hospitality and travel industries have taken a huge hit this past year and many have had to close down in the process” says Alexander Michaels, Ceo and co-founder of Navisyo – a U.S. based online booking platform which vouches to bring authentic and affordable boat offers to the international travel community.

“We, at Navisyo, believe that the timing of this crisis is pertinent to us all and offers a unique window of opportunity in addressing many of the challenges that this pandemic will leave behind. Our innovative revenue sharing business model and our post-pandemic customized solutions will not only open up the boating world to travelers, from all walks of life, but will also provide lifetime commission-based royalties to all of our members and participants” affirms Alexander.

As of today, the exact location of these pilot territories remains undisclosed, but Navisyo warrants that they are located in strategic and popular locations within the Mediterranean area.

So a big heads up to all of our fellow travelers looking for a different and safer 'get away’ for this summer – follow Navisyo’s progress and breaking news at www.navisyo.com.

About Navisyo

A peer-to-peer community based booking platform which unites boat owners, from all over the world, with travelers searching for more affordable and safer experiences on the water through 3 distinct categories – Floatel stays (accommodation with or without the boat hosts on board), Voyages (a boat journey from point A to Point B, with the boat hosts) and Events (fun alternative venues on the water).

Navisyo, above all, prides itself in creating the first online “revenue sharing” booking model which allocates lifetime commission-based royalties to all of its users and participants – Ambassadors, travelers, boat owners, marinas and travel agencies to name a few. For the first time ever, no one in the ‘booking process’ is left behind, making it a true win-win for all.

For more information on this revolutionary revenue sharing concept, please visit the Navisyo website at www.navisyo.com.

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Amid the global economic turmoil, Navisyo defies all odds in its successful partnership with Wefunder

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the COVID crisis continues to greatly impact the hospitality and travel industries worldwide, Navisyo, a new high tech startup, which connects boat owners to the international travel community, raises 160,000 dollars in an unexpected record-breaking campaign on Wefunder, one of the largest, U.S. based, crowdfunding platforms in the world – https://wefunder.com/closed

“Accessing this leading crowdfunding platform was a game changer for us” reveals Alexander Michaels, the founding father of Navisyo. “Following our official public launch, on December 18, 2020, in less than 3 weeks, over 183 private investors immediately jumped onboard the Navisyo journey and our initial fundraising goal was reached in record time” he further discloses.

Owing to its incredible kick-start success and stellar crowdfunding performance, Navisyo has now been approved and licensed, under the United States SEC, to raise up to 5,000,000 dollars per year. Consequently, the company will soon be resuming its public Wefunder campaign, offering further investment opportunities, throughout 2021, to business savvy investors who see and understand that the Navisyo concept is, in effect, ground-breaking and will play a leading role in the post-pandemic travel trends.

“Being able to gain financial independence so early on, without yielding equity, has offered the company a comfortable front seat position to launch its test pilot territories. Once fully tested, with ample capital, we will be ready to initiate its global expansion – without the need and support from institutional investors” Alexander explains.

Look out for this new up-and-coming high tech company, as today, the horizon looks brighter than ever for the Navisyo family.

About Navisyo

A peer-to-peer “revenue sharing” booking platform which unites boat owners, from all over the world, with travelers searching for more affordable and safer experiences on the water through 3 distinct categories – Floatel stays (accommodation with or without the boat hosts on board), Voyages (a boat journey from point A to Point B, with the boat hosts) and Events (fun alternative venues on the water).

Navisyo, above all, prides itself in creating the first online travel revenue sharing platform which allocates lifetime commission-based royalties to all of its users and participants – Ambassadors, travelers, boat owners, marinas and travel agencies to name a few. For the first time ever, not a single person in the ‘booking process’ is left behind, making it a true win-win for all.

For more information on this revolutionary revenue sharing concept, please visit the Navisyo website at www.navisyo.com.

Alexandre Michaels, CEO and Founder
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People Over 65 Lead the Wave in New Travel Bookings According to Matthew Keezer

Matthew Keezer

Matthew Keezer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, travelers worldwide have been wondering when they will get an opportunity to revisit their favorite destinations. Now with COVID-19 vaccines available, more and more people are being inoculated and many of them are feeling brave to travel again. However, Matthew Keezer, the founder, and CEO of Momentum Ventures, noticed a new trend on the rise – most of the travelers are people over the age of 65.

In numerous countries, including the United States, older people have been the first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Travelers who have already received the second dose of the vaccines are leading a wave in new travel bookings. The destinations vary from person to person; some are focusing on short distances; others are choosing to go big to make up for all the lost time in the previous year.

According to Fernando Diez, the owner of Quasar Expeditions, a luxury cruise operator in the Galápagos Islands, the reservations for future trips have been constantly increasing lately. In December, frontline health care workers were among the very first Americans to receive vaccines. Diez points out that he received numerous requests for trip information from doctors and nurses right after the vaccinations.

However, the situation has now changed slightly. Since January 1, 70 percent of his booking inquiries have come from guests over the age of 65. As Diez points out, this number was closer to 40 percent in the previous years. Most inquiries are for travel from June onward. Lauren Bates, founder, and owner of Wild Terrains, a women-only tour operator with itineraries in Mexico, Portugal, and Argentina, was stunned when she started receiving numerous bookings in December and January for trips beginning as soon as May 2021. The number of bookings in January 2021 was 40 percent higher than bookings in January 2020. Three-quarters of the women booking the trips are over the age of 55, and Lauren points out that there are many women in their 60s and 70s.

Even though the vaccine proved effective, Matthew Keezer warns all those who have been immunized and plan to travel to stay cautious. Even if they have received both doses of Covid shots, people should still respect masking and social distancing recommendations. "The vaccine proved to be effective but we're not sure to what extent. The virus still surrounds us, so it is good to be careful even if you have been vaccinated," Matthew points out.

Matthew also recommends choosing a destination that takes COVID-19 measures seriously and a vacation spot with proper sanitation and social distancing measures. "Social distancing is still very important. It is still not proven whether the vaccine protects people from acquiring the disease completely or just ensures people don't get sick. So, the vaccine makes it safe for you to travel, but what about those around you? You may have the virus without knowing it and endanger people you come across if there are no proper social distancing measures," Matthew explains.

Finally, Matthew recommends all travelers to research the situations in hospitals. Ideally, travelers should choose destinations where the pandemic has not overburdened hospitals. They may not need to go to the hospital because of COVID-19, but they still may have to visit it because of other non-Covid-related health issues.

Even though nobody was optimistic about travel in 2021, things are undoubtedly starting to look better. Even though the tourism industry is still battered by the pandemic, it is already getting a much-needed boost after the vaccinations. Hotels, resorts, and cruise operators are receiving more bookings than before the pandemic outbreak and are readily embracing the fresh wave of brand-new traveler groups.

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Clark County Commission to Vote on Resolution to Condemn Wildlife Killing Contests

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On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Clark County Commission will vote on a resolution to condemn Wildlife Killing Contests in Nevada.

This resolution conveys the values of not only the Clark County Commission but the will of the people of our community, who want to keep our public lands free from these dangerous contests.”

— Commissioner Justin Jones

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the Clark County Commission will vote on a resolution to condemn Wildlife Killing Contests in Nevada. The resolution was brought for discussion in early February by Commissioner Justin Jones and received broad support from all members of the Commission. The AWA-sponsored measure also earned support from the Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter and the Center for Biological Diversity.

“The Clark County Commission is on the verge of passing an important resolution to condemn inhumane Wildlife Killing Contests in our state,” Annoula Wylderich, said Nevada director of Animal Wellness Action. “This is the biggest jurisdiction in our state and it’s my hope that every county in Nevada takes action to root out this form of needless cruelty to wildlife.”

“Residents and visitors to Clark County use our extensive public lands for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities that require a healthy environment, and the activities of killing contest attendees pose a threat to their safety and well-being,” Shelbie Swartz, a Nevada-based wildlife advocate for Animal Wellness Action. “These killing contests are an affront to anyone who cares about wildlife in our state, whether you are an avid hunter or a devoted animal welfare activist.”

“This resolution conveys the values of not only the Clark County Commission but the will of the people of our community, who want to keep our public lands free from these dangerous contests and protect our wildlife from these cruel competitions,” Commissioner Jones said. “With this resolution, we send a signal to the Nevada Department of Wildlife that we support them if and when they choose to stand against these contests and uphold scientifically-based wildlife management programs.”

Nevada’s neighboring states have banned these contests in recent years, which has driven contest participants and organizers to flock to Nevada, one of the last states in the Southwest that allows these contests to persist. In these contests, teams of two or single shooters head out at dawn to kill as many coyotes, fox, rabbits, bobcats, or other small mammals as they can, to win prizes such as belt buckles, guns, or monetary awards. They typically throw away the animals and leave lead ammunition strewn on public lands for other wildlife to ingest. The spent lead ammunition courses through the food chain, poisoning and killing abundant and endangered wildlife alike.

In the past few years, more than 24 wildlife killing contests have occurred in Nevada, including in and around Clark County, with four hosting their weigh-ins and “celebrations” in Las Vegas and Henderson. The killing happens across the entire state, with participants encouraged to kill on public lands such as BLM and USFS lands. Recently, competitions have migrated to an app-based system where a virtual check-in system allows for “anyone with a smartphone” to compete, allowing killing to occur anywhere.

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Governments and Corporations are Responsible for the Life and Death of Small Business

No More Excuses: Small Business Needs Support, Not Lockdowns and Unfair Restrictions

When we complain about a problem and do nothing, we are worst than the problem itself. Canada has always been a country that defined itself on social responsibility. That is what Canadians do!”

— Edward Henry

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — How many small businesses throughout Canada have struggled and closed while many large corporations have flourished and taken bonuses for themselves? Bonuses they have been able to afford because they are subsidizing employee wages and expenses with government contribution.

How many small businesses have been shut down due to health concerns without any data that suggests these same businesses are a greater risk than the large box stores? Why is small business on lockdown while other large essential corporations have been able to operate with almost no restrictions?

When will all business have equal rights?

When will a small business that can operate safely have the same privileged rights of the large corporations and be permitted to stay open?

The bottom line on this entire argument is that classifications of essential and non-essential are discriminatory to small businesses. Most small businesses have made greater efforts to protect their customers than many of the “essential” companies that have been allowed to operate freely with minimal restrictions. Big box stores that often violate capacity and social distancing limits and have only recently been investigated for violations.

The government has made health determinations with little logic, data, or explanation on why retail businesses outside of box stores are unfairly restricted to less capacity.

After two lockdowns and still no plan, there has been no discussion regarding fair treatment for small businesses. Everyone knows that small business is working from an unfair position. Many small business owners have had to take government loans to survive. Current data released by CFIB states that small business owes more than $135 billion. This amount requires repayment to the very government that is locking them down after adjustments they have made to their businesses to become compliant to guidelines that are ambiguous. The data from various departments are conflicting and inaccurate.

It is time for the government to balance the scale. Large corporations should be in partnership with small businesses, not sending businesses out of Canada. Businesses that have been unfairly treated deserve greater tax breaks and loan forgiveness based on the financial struggles that have been exacerbated by the continued mismanagement of poorly thought-out restrictions.

Small Business is Essential is an initiative created by Edward Henry Company and Social Distance Management. Our goal and function are to advocate on behalf of suffering small businesses due to the lack of support and unfair treatment from various government restrictions. The interest expressed by many small businesses throughout Canada, and even the United States for Small Business is Essential to help struggling small businesses has evolved to become more than a cause. It has now become an organization that will be on the front lines to fight for the rights of small businesses.

It is time for Canadians to be socially responsible and ensure that fairness is included in the metrics that we are using when governing through these difficult times. It is time to give small businesses support and allow them the same rights that have been allotted to large corporations for over a year.

The restrictions put on businesses should reflect the health and safety threat, the business’ ability to manage their space and people, and the quantified rate/metric of spread in a specific region.

We are currently raising finances for businesses that are complying with health and safety recommendations and guidelines to stay open. We are advocating to keep business in Canada and to support small businesses. Edward Henry Company will be donating 50% of the proceeds from its recent new book release Cut The Bullsh*T to Small Business is Essential of Canada. Small businesses across Canada are done paying the price. Small businesses are going to unite and stand up to the government and big business, because SmAll Business is Essential.

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Matt Keezer on Simplifying Travel Requirements with 'Covid-19 Passports' – Is it a Model That Will work?

Matt Keezer

Matt Keezer

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — We catch up with Matt Keezer to discuss a “vaccine passport” and we were surprised to hear his thoughts. When the pandemic hit, it seemed like the whole world had stopped. Countries and cities around the globe entered lockdown – schools and non-essential businesses were closed, cultural and sports venues were canceled. The world tried its best to adapt to the newfound circumstances.

In the beginning months of the pandemic, international travel declined by around 90 percent. That was mostly because the world's governments tried to limit the spread of Covid-19 by restricting the flow of people in and out of their countries. Now, one year after, with the appearance of the vaccine, it looks like the world will finally regain its footing, and people's lives will go back to normal. Borders will open, and people will be free to travel wherever they want once again. Those who are still crossing the borders started to encounter a novel concept – Covid-19 passport – a mobile platform that contains proof that the traveler has a negative coronavirus status.

A covid-19 passport, also called a health passport, proves that a person who wants to travel into a country meets all requirements to gain entry, such as having a negative coronavirus test or receiving the coronavirus vaccine. Matt Keezer notes that Although they are not the official documents granted by governments, some countries and airline companies began to accept them.

Being vaccinated against communicable diseases as a condition to enter the country is not a new concept. Years ago, World Health Organization designed the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, commonly known as the Yellow Card. It is an internationally recognized document that contains a record of a traveler's required vaccines and booster shots.

"Having proof of vaccination for entering a country is not a new concept," says Matt. "Many countries relied for decades on the Yellow Card to check if the person that is trying to enter the country is inoculated against diseases like rabies, yellow fever or tuberculosis." Health passports, at their core, are digital passes issued by mobile apps. It is a novel concept that aims to increase the ease of travel by digitalizing the paper-based proof that the traveler is not the coronavirus
carrier.

Matt Keezer further explains, "Walking around with a paper-based proof only slows down the time required to pass through the checking gate. The officials have to check the data manually, but it's only a matter of a quick scan of barcode or QR code from mobile phone screen with the digitalized version. That way, the traveler would be able to store and certify their information via their phone with ease." Although the Covid-19 passport seems like an excellent solution, in theory, there are some rising concerns about privacy and equity in practice. "Billions of people don't have access to digital devices, and even more don't have access to digitized health care. It's hard to make a system that will contain records of all travelers. First-world countries can do that with ease, but what about third-world countries that still rely on paper-based records? Those people won't be able to travel at all," Matt says.

The world is still adapting to the pandemic and will continue to adapt, as experts predict that the

pandemic will end in 2022. It seems like the paper-proof will remain the norm for a long time, but who
knows what the future may bring.

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ILLUSSO CREATES JOBS AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AMIDST COVID-19

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New hospitality solutions company to support recovery of boutique five-star hotels around the world

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Driven by the pandemic’s severe impact on hospitality and unprecedented industry job losses, Illusso, Inc. today announced the launch of its sales and marketing services to support five-star independent boutique hotels and resorts through these challenging times. Illusso – derived from ‘il lusso,’ the Italian words for luxury– provides affordable representation to increase brand awareness in the U.S. for premium properties around the globe and create jobs for industry colleagues affected by the pandemic.

“Hospitality continues to struggle because of the unprecedented effects of COVID-19,” said Jennie Hoffman, President/CEO and an accomplished industry leader with more than 30 years of luxury hotel experience. Hoffman’s background includes senior leadership roles at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, and the Montage Hotels and Resorts.

“Hotels have had to adapt quickly and reduce staffing, while those fortunate enough to keep their positions now have to wear multiple hats in areas outside of their core capabilities. Determined to be part of our industry’s recovery, we have created opportunities for colleagues who experienced job losses themselves. We’ve assembled a highly experienced, dedicated team to help properties rebound and thrive through cost savings, profit maximization and increased visibility in the U.S. market.”

Illusso is the only company offering a wide range of services tailored exclusively for five-star properties, with flexible terms enabling hotels to pick and choose based upon the type of support needed. Specialties include Social Media Management, Graphic Design, PR/Marketing, Service Culture Training, and Delphi consulting.

“Our team has strong relationships with influential travel professionals and hard to reach decision makers who can shift share and move the needle,” Hoffman said. Illusso’s team has more than 75 years of combined hotel experience in the luxury segment, representing both major brands and independent boutique brands.

“Luxury is not only our expertise, it is our passion. We have close, long-standing relationships with the clientele our hotels are looking for,” said Maria Pineda, Executive V.P. of Business Development whose experience includes the Mandarin Oriental Group, The Plaza New York, The St. Regis New York and most recently, New York’s iconic Essex House. “We act as an extension of the sales team to ensure our hotels receive the exposure they need. Our top priority is providing measurable results and ROI, with the exceptional service that five-star hotels come to expect.”

Illusso also offers revenue management services to drive profitability and market share. Through supporting sales tactics and identifying new opportunities, the company’s competitive knowledge helps properties develop and maximize profit through topline revenue optimization.

“Whether you need a second opinion, expert advice or additional help full or part-time, we work towards the same goal — profitable returns for ownership,” said Sandy Chun, Chief Revenue Officer. “Now more than ever, this is the time to simplify all the data, go back to basics, and rediscover the strategies that work.”

Chun has worked with Kimpton Hotels, André Balazs, Design Hotels, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. She has travelled extensively to train revenue management teams around the world.

Illusso hotel members will receive additional exposure through social media and PR.

“It’s never been more critical for hotels to be out there and proactive about their messaging,” said Melissa Braverman, Senior VP of PR/Marketing. “We can help identify, refine and create your story to get people excited about your brand. Our media relationships and knowledge of the U.S. market will bring you front and center to the audiences and consumers you want to reach.”

Most recently, Braverman served as Associate Director of Marketing for New York’s iconic Pierre Hotel. Her experience also includes marketing at Starwood Hotels, agency-side PR and journalism.

For more information about Illusso, visit the company’s website and follow Illusso on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. #Illusso

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About Illusso
Illusso is a subsidiary of Endervision, a social media and web design company designed for the hospitality industry with a strong focus on luxury hotels and restaurant outlets in the United States. A group of high-level industry professionals have come together to create Illusso in response to the pandemic’s devastating impact on hospitality and unprecedented industry job losses. Illusso provides a wide range of services designed to help five-star independent boutique hotels get through these challenging times. The company is led by industry partners with leadership backgrounds in Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management, and PR at various iconic hotels in the United States. Illusso offers sales representation for properties around the world to increase brand recognition in the U.S. market and connects hotels with elite travel professionals. Other services include Revenue Management, Social Media, Graphic Design, Culture Service Training, and Delphi Consulting, all led by well-regarded experts in the industry with a proven track record.

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As US Secretary of State Blinken Call for Action on Sri Lanka – He was Asked to Help Refer to Int’l Criminal Court -ICC

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

"A Civil Society Group from Sri Lanka have sent a letter to Secretary Blinken, urging him to help refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC)"

Current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed.

— North-East Civil Society Forum

JAFFNA, SRI LANKA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ —

Secretary of State Blinken in his maiden speech to the UN Human Rights Council on February 24th, called on UN Human Rights Council member countries to support a Resolution on Sri Lanka.

" We encourage the Council to support resolutions at this session addressing issues of concern around the world, including ongoing human rights violations in Syria and North Korea, the lack of accountability for past atrocities in Sri Lanka, and the need for further investigation into the situation in South Sudan." said Secretary Blinken during his address to the Council.

A Civil Society Group from Sri Lanka have sent a letter to him, urging him to help refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"We are writing to thank you for calling upon the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the Resolution on Sri Lanka for accountability for past atrocity crimes in that island." said the letter, written by North East Civil Society Forum.

"As you may be aware, the current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by Core-Group on Sri Lanka does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed in Sri Lanka."

"We urge you to use your good offices to persuade Core-Group Countries consisting of the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, and North Macedonia to include in the Zero draft to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC)."

"Due to the serious nature of the situation, Tamils unitedly sent a letter to the Core-Group on January 15, 2021, urging Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was validated by tens of thousands of Tamils in a recent rally called Pothuvil to Polikandy (P2P) which was organized by the North-East Civil Society." letter continued.

"Not referring Sri Lanka to ICC will not only open the doors for abusers of atrocity crimes to escape justice, but it will also embolden Sri Lankan political leaders and Security Force leaders to commit international atrocity crimes against Tamil people without any hesitation, knowing well that they will not have to face justice. We strongly urge you to seriously consider this risk Tamil people will face if Sri Lanka is not referred to International Criminal Court (ICC)." cautioned the letter.

"Furthermore, the current High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her Report dated 27th January 2021 urged UN Human Rights Council Member States to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

"Also, twenty former senior UN officials, including four former UN High commissioners of human rights, nine independent UN experts, and all members of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka jointly issued a statement on February 18, 2021, titled “Sowing the Seeds of Conflict” has called on Sri Lanka to be Referred to International Criminal Court (ICC)."

BELOW, PLEASE FIND THE LETTER:

February 25, 2001

Antony J. Blinken
Secretary of State
United States of America

Dear Honourable Secretary of State,

We are writing to thank you for calling upon the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to support the Resolution on Sri Lanka for accountability for past atrocity crimes in that island.

As you may be aware, the current Zero draft Resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by Core-Group on Sri Lanka does not urge Sri Lanka to be Referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for past accountability for atrocity crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

We urge you to use your good offices to persuade Core-Group Countries consisting of the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Montenegro, and North Macedonia to include in the Zero draft to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Due to the serious nature of the situation, Tamils unitedly sent a letter to the Core-Group on January 15, 2021, urging Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was validated by tens of thousands of Tamils in a recent rally called Pothuvil to Polikandy (P2P) which was organized by the North-East Civil Society.

Not referring Sri Lanka to ICC will not only open the doors for abusers of atrocity crimes to escape justice, but it will also embolden Sri Lankan political leaders and Security Force leaders to commit international atrocity crimes against Tamil people without any hesitation, knowing well that they will not have to face justice. We strongly urge you to seriously consider this risk Tamil people will face if Sri Lanka is not referred to International Criminal Court (ICC).

Furthermore, the current High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her Report dated 27th January 2021 urged UN Human Rights Council Member States to take steps toward the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Also, twenty former senior UN officials, including four former UN High commissioners of human rights, nine independent UN experts, and all members of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka jointly issued a statement on February 18, 2021, titled “Sowing the Seeds of Conflict” has called on Sri Lanka to be Referred to International Criminal Court (ICC).

“….the fact is that Sri Lanka has made its justice institutions unavailable to its own victims. We, therefore, echo the High Commissioner’s recommendations to work with victims and their representatives to pursue justice through universal or extraterritorial jurisdiction. Existing international avenues for accountability such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) should be considered” said the report.

SOME EXAMPLES OF INTERNATIONAL ATROCITY CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST TAMIL PEOPLE BY THE SRI LANKAN STATE:

1) According to the March 2011 Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka stated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during the final stages of the armed conflict and around 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

2) According to the November 2012 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, over seventy thousand (70,000) Tamils were unaccounted for during the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

3) Several were killed when Sri Lankan forces repeatedly bombed and shelled an area designated by the Government as No Fire Zones (Safe zones). Even hospitals and food distribution centers were bombed. Several also died of starvation and bled to death due to lack of medical treatment.

4) International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) in February 2017 handed over details to UN of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil women are being held as “sex slaves.”

5) According to UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office report on April 2013, there are over 90,000 Tamil war widows in Sri Lanka.

6) Thousands of Tamils disappeared including babies and children. UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances stated that the second-highest number of enforced disappearance cases in the world is from Sri Lanka.

HISTORY OF FALSE PROMISES BY THE SRI LANKAN STATE ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL CRIMES:

We also would like to bring to your attention that successive Sri Lankan Governments have failed to implement any of the UNHRC Resolutions, including the ones they voluntarily co-sponsored.

The previous Government not only failed to take any meaningful steps to implement the Resolution that it co-sponsored, on the contrary, the President, Prime Minister and senior members of the Government have repeatedly and categorically stated that they will not implement the UNHRC Resolution.

The current new Government went one step further and officially withdrew from the co-sponsorship of the Resolutions 30/1, 34/1, and 40/1 and walked away from the UNHRC accountability process.

Furthermore, as a snub to UNHRC, the only soldier who was ever punished and sentenced to death for killing civilians including children were pardoned by the current President.

Also, several senior military officials who were credibly accused of committing war crimes have been given promotions and treated as “war heroes.” One officer who was named in UN reports as a suspected war criminal was promoted as a four-star General.

We would appreciate if you could urge Core-Group countries on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council to include referral to International Criminal Court (ICC) in their Zero draft Resolution.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

North East Civil Society Forum

Thavaththiru Velan Swamigal (Organiser)

S.Sivayoganathan (Organiser)

Rev.Fr. Kandiah Jegathas (Organiser)

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Tel: +94 77 761 4121, +94 77 906 0474, +94 77 438 4882

Email: northeastcivilsocietyforum@gmail.com

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Fort Mose Historic State Park celebrates Black History Month with launch of Flight to Freedom Trail initiative

Interactive, educational signage will bring trail to life

Fort Mose is an incredible example of the history that lives in Florida’s state parks. ”

— Shawn Hamilton, DEP Deputy Secretary

TALLAHASSEE, FL, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In celebration of Black History Month, Fort Mose Historic State Park has partnered with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to launch a self-guided educational tour experience along the Flight to Freedom Trail, bringing to life the rich history of the park year-round.

The initiative was announced today at Fort Mose by Gil Ziffer, President of the Florida State Parks Foundation. “It is very fitting that this new self-guided tour in this historic park is being announced during Black History Month,” he said. “The Foundation is proud to be a part of this important initiative – bringing to life the story of Fort Mose.”

“We thank Florida Power and Light and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida who are proud supporters of the Flight to Freedom trail initiative and the significance it will have for generations to come,” he added.

“We are delighted to invest in making the Flight to Freedom Trail even more compelling with these enhancements,” noted Nina Waters, president, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. “By building on the work already done by Fort Mose’s leadership and volunteers, we can further educate our community about the rich history of African American individuals in St. Augustine.”

“FPL joins The Community Foundation as a proud supporter of the Flight to Freedom trail initiative and the significance it will have for generations to come,” said Jim Bush, area external affairs manager at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). “We’re passionate about supporting the initiatives our communities care about the most- and this historic park is a shining example of that. This is one of the many ways that FPL works with the communities it serves to help make Florida an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first free black community in what is now the United States and can date its roots back to 1687. It is a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO Slave Route Project and is on the National Register for Historic Places and the Florida African American History Trail.

“Fort Mose is an incredible example of the history that lives in Florida’s state parks,” said Shawn Hamilton, DEP Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation. “More than 300 years ago, Fort Mose served as a beacon of hope for enslaved people in what would become the United States. We’re excited and honored to have a new tour experience that will help visitors make meaningful connections with the people who traveled to, settled and lived there.”

Fort Mose hosts an annual three-day Flight to Freedom event for over 2,000 students and the public, where reenactors set up stations along the trail. They tell the story of what it was like for the escaped slaves to make the treacherous journey from the Carolinas to this free settlement. New, interactive educational signage along the ¾-mile trail will allow this reenactment and history to be experienced all year long. The signs will include QR codes for visitors to scan, launching videos of the reenactors telling their story.

'We launched the Flight to Freedom reenactment in 2009,” said Charles Ellis, President of Fort Mose Historical Society. “Since that time, thousands of park visitors of all ages have stepped onto the Trail, encountering freedom seekers, slave catchers, a Yamasee chief, and helpful friars and guides. Now, thanks to this generous donation, we will be able to offer this unique 'living history' experience to park visitors at all times.”

The Florida State Parks Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.

It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy. The volunteer Board of Directors represents private and public sectors as well as local and statewide interests.

Julia Gill Woodward
Florida State Parks Foundation
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GRABER REALTY GROUP NAMED “TOP LUXURY REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY LEADERS” IN MIAMI MAGAZINE

Shane M. Graber, Top Miami Real Estate Broker

Shane M. Graber, Top Miami Real Estate Broker

Shane Graber, Broker of GRABER Realty Group has background in global luxury marketing, finance and real estate.

Broker Shane Graber has background in global luxury marketing, finance and real estate.

GRABER Realty Group named “Top Real Estate Industry Leaders”

Proprietary Valuation Matrix, Industry Leading Marketing, and Personal Touch Drive Success for Clients

We believe in preparation and it pays off, as we routinely sell at three to ten percent higher than other realtors.”

— Shane M. Graber, Broker, GRABER Realty Group

MIAMI, FL, USA, February 25, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — GRABER Realty Group was selected as “Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leaders” in the latest edition of MIAMI Magazine, the premier lifestyle luxury publication in the region.

“We are honored to have been invited to this exclusive group of top real estate professionals in Miami,” said Shane M. Graber, Broker-Owner of GRABER Realty Group. “This is proof that hard work pays off, and we appreciate being listed among some of Miami’s most legendary and successful brokers and realtors.”

This is the first time the magazine has featured a “Top Luxury Real Estate Leaders” section. The magazine selected 13 real estate brokerages—both established and up and coming stars in the luxury market.

“Real Estate in Miami is splashy and special—just like the city!” said Nancy O’Reilly of MIAMI Magazine. “Throughout the years, MIAMI Magazine has promoted both individuals and teams to aid our readers with ideas and referrals. We decided it was time to celebrate the elite individuals who drive this industry and help make home buyers here achieve their luxury home dreams, “ added O’Reilly.

In four years, GRABER Realty Group has gone from conception to being one of the county’s top real estate teams, closing more than a quarter of a billion dollars in sales by helping more than 500 clients. This was achieved with dedication and laser-focus, commented Graber. He set out to form a next-generation brokerage that is client-centered. “We take this business personally,” Graber shared. “Our motto is: ‘The Real Estate Experience. Made Personal.’”

Graber leverages his extensive background in global luxury marketing, finance, and real estate investing. He developed a proprietary valuation matrix to optimize home sales value and a reverse engineering model to help buyers purchase at the appropriate price. Graber also invests in high-end marketing for every property. He and his team lead clients through a signature property preparation plan and have a concierge approach that includes an Accredited Staging Professional® and team of trade professionals. “We believe in preparation and it pays off, as we routinely sell at three to ten percent higher than other realtors,” explained Graber.

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