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Jungle Babbler Series: International Women's Day Video by Novoto

Welcome to our new  Jungle Babbler Series.   In this series, we look at highlighting wilderness-focused travel companies, charitable organisations & individuals, who have an insight into the wilderness, the communities they associate or work with, and programs. The main objective is to know how they plan on sustaining the future with the work they are carrying out and the ways in which they give back something to communities living there.  Enjoy  Jungle Babbler.   Our first post looks at highlighting a volunteering travel company based in the UK called Novoto. We highlight a video by Novoto made on International Women's Day and also the work they are doing and engaging with the women's movement.   Let’s change our perspective! While celebrating this year’s Women’s Day, let us take a moment to appreciate all the women around the world working in the travel industry, who make our adventures so memorable.  In a post-pandemic world, let’s reciprocate their hard work! Women empo

Having a disability & being a parent carer during Lockdown

  This pandemic has certainly changed the way we live lives and how we care for people and family around us that are vulnerable and living with any long-term medical condition.  As a family, It all started around the middle of February 2020 for us as we knew things were not going well from this new virus called COVID 19 and that it had hit many parts of the world and especially with people dying in  China and Italy. To protect our daughter, my wife & me went into a total no contact and shielding from the end of February 2020.  So this meant no going out to shops and staying at home and shielding one another. It was difficult to start with it but as time got on we came to terms with this new life and knew who to rely on for help and assistance.  Sad this got many of the health services to come to a halt that was caring and supporting our daughter and for over two months we had no help. We were in crisis as we needed something for our own sanity and health - as caring for our dau

Prof. Sanjay Sisodiya giving an Overview of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC)

  An Overview of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) by Sanjay Sisodiya Professor of Neurology UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and Medical Advisor of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC UK) Charity. Thanks to Owen Cant for making this video. Year of recording: 2020 About Prof. Sisodiya Sanjay Sisodiya is a professor of neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology and an honorary consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Epilepsy Society . Sanjay studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital and trained in Neurology in Oxford and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He was awarded a Ph.D. for working in brain magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy. His key interests are in epilepsy, difficult-to-treat epilepsy, epilepsy genetics, and treatment-response genetics, and translational neurology, which are also his key research interests. He runs epilepsy and specialist epilepsy genom

COVID 19 & Multiple Sclerosis Q/A with Dr. Maria Gaughan

Thanks to MS Society Ireland for organising this webinar and to Dr. Maria Gaughan for talking about how COVID 19 can affect patients with multiple sclerosis.  I am attaching her webinar for you all to have a look at and understand how COVID 19 can affect you and having MS.  Thanks to Aoife Kirwan (Advocacy & Research Officer at MS Society Ireland) for sending me the link and I had to post this on my blog for other msers to view -     Please leave your comments below:  Video Link via MS Society Ireland

Green Chat on CNN-IBN with Abhishek Behl - Will Tiger Tourism Help Conservation?

I am reposting an old chat that I did on my blog. This was taken by CNN-IBN News Channel when I was the Director of TOFT India (2008) Green Chat with Abhishek Behl Will tiger tourism help conservation? PROJECT TIGER TOURISM: Some experts are touting wildlife tourism as a viable method for wildlife conservation. As tiger populations crash across the country, a vital question is can tourism pump in the much-needed money into wild habitats and local people in a responsible manner to help in the conservation of the tiger? That’s the question we are asking in this month’s Green Chat of the Month with Abhishek Behl of Travel Operators for Tigers . TOFT is a campaign that works closely with the tourism industry round the country. It aims to aid better communication and knowledge within the wilderness and to ensure that wilderness tourism plays a beneficial role in the long-term future of wildlife and India’s wilderness. Abhishek Behl comes armed with an MSc degree in Conservation & Tour

Trophy hunters become the latest recipients of a coronavirus bailout - Tracy Keeling

There aren’t many upsides to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But one of the few that do exist is that animals which hunters  planned to gun down  this year have received a brief respite. Botswana’s government, however, has just snatched that reprieve from the elephants in its country. Because the authorities have announced an extension to the hunting season. For hunters and safari companies set to profit from the massacre, it’s  welcome news . For the elephants concerned, it’s a death sentence. Saving the elephants’ skins Botswana  banned  trophy hunting in 2013/14. As wildlife economist Ross Harvey recently  pointed out  in the  Revelator , one of the reasons the country introduced a moratorium was because “excessive trophy hunting was considered among the potential causes of the decline” of the numbers of wildlife species.  Due to the ban and other policies, such as arming anti-poaching units, the country became one of Africa’s  last safe havens  for these magnificent creatures.