Saving African Elephants One Comic at a Time

Knowledge is power. With so much misinformation about endangered species it’s important for the world to understand the facts. Ivory Ghosts is an informational comic about the real issues behind the ivory trade. Although there is an international ban on ivory trade, poaching is still a crisis. Elephants continue to suffer horrendous fates as their populations dwindle.

Publisher Debbie Lynn Smith, along with writer Dr. Caitlin O’Connell, inker Laurie Foster, colorist Leizl Buenaventura, and letterer Saida Temofonte have all teamed up to create a work of art. Ivory Ghosts is the first comic book in a series that is not only mysterious and entertaining but also an excellent tool for educating people about what is currently happening in the illegal ivory trade.

Protagonist Catherine Sohon is tasked with conducting an elephant census in Caprivi Bushveld, Namibia. Soon she discovers that the threat to elephant lives is more complex than she could have imagined. Poachers, politics, and corruption all play a part in the declining population, while a quadruple homicide raises the stakes. The stunning artwork and breathtaking depictions will completely immerse you in the adventure.

Ivory Ghost is bringing awareness to real life issues. It is spreading knowledge of the illegal ivory trade in a unique and powerful way. You can truly feel the passion of the writer and the urgency of the situation as you page through and are transported to another world by the beautiful artwork. Ivory Ghosts is a must read for elephant lovers and conservationists everywhere. 

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Why Pets Can Reduce Entrepreneurs’ Stress & Anxiety

Pets are considered to be a man’s best friend. This statement is extremely true and can be proven through various facts. Take for example a person who comes back from a long day of work. The way that your pet greets you with enthusiasm actually does help to relieve most stress. This case is particularly true for hard-working entrepreneurs.

Being a successful entrepreneur is not an easy job. It requires a lot of blood, sweat and hard work. This is why a pet can play an important role in helping to relieve some of the stress as well as anxiety that many entrepreneurs deal with on a daily basis.

Generally, there are other techniques such as yoga and meditation which do help in relieving stress from our day to day lives, but a pet is also a very effective solution. While our human friends do provide social support, our furry and feline friends can help us in regard to dealing with stress and anxiety.

Pets can play a big part in reliving  entrepreneurs’ health. Some of the major benefits of owning a pet in terms of reducing stress and anxiety include the following:

Improving Your Mood

One of the simple ways that your pet helps to relieve stress is because when you see your pet after a day’s work your mood automatically improves. It is actually more psychological and there are various studies which actually prove this point.

“When you see the happy look on your pet’s face it psychologically impacts your mind in such a way that you automatically become happy. Having a pet on the other side of your door can quickly aid a stressful day,” says Jake Braun of ChopperExchange.

There is a study which discovered that people suffering from aids actually suffered less from depression if they owned a pet. The mood improvement can be substantial.

Providing Unconditional Love

Another way that an entrepreneur’s pet can help reduce stress and anxiety is by showing their owner unconditional love. A pet can be there for you in any situation, at any time, which can be helpful in the event that one lives alone or doesn’t have a lot of friends.

“Pets are known to offer companionship and give unconditional love to their owners, which can help to change one’s mood almost instantly,” says Luqman Khan, founder of Wireloo. They are known to be excellent cuddlers as well, with research showing that a pet is the best anecdote to combat loneliness. Another study has shown that residents of nursing homes find it less lonely if there are pets present.

Pets Reduce Stress More Than People

Another way that your pet helps entrepreneurs is by reducing stress much more than people. Pets are good listeners, which might sound a bit ridiculous, but many experts say that talking to your pet is relaxing and can be more beneficial than speaking to a human.

Usually, entrepreneurs are busy in their day to day activities — seeking out someone to talk to isn’t always a top priority. This is where pets come into the picture. “Having a pet as your best friend can help reduce stress and anxiety, as you literally have a support system willing to listen at any given time,” explains Christopher VanDeCar, CEO of Optimally Organic. Sometimes just talking out what is frustrating you can help, even if you are speaking to your pet. Simply getting it off your chest helps.

Controls Blood Pressure Better than Drugs

An entrepreneur’s life, especially one that is just starting out, can be very hectic. The stress of work will often cause blood pressure to rise. This is where pets come into the picture. “There are scientific studies which actually prove that pets do help in controlling blood pressure and are a much better option than taking any kind of medication or drugs,” says Darryl Howard of Boca Raton Med Spa.

There might be drugs which actually help in reducing blood pressure, but they are not that effective when it comes to controlling spikes in the blood pressure due to tension and stress. There was a study conducted on people who owned pets and the ones who did not, and the study conclusively proved that people having a pet had lower heart rates and blood sugar than compared to the ones who did not have pets.

 

“Comfort Women” Dealt with a blow After South Korean Court Rejects Damages Suit

On Friday a South Korean Court threw out a damage suit that had been filed by the former women group that sought compensation of approximately $91,000 for each victim.

This followed a bilateral agreement between South Korean and the Japanese governments. The suit had been filed in 2016 at a Seoul District Court. The group was demanding compensation for what they termed as mental and financial damages that they had suffered as a result of the agreement between the two governments back in 2015.

The agreement which was lauded internationally was meant to officially and permanently resolve the issue of South Korean women that were forced to work in Japan’s military brothels during the war.

Despite rejecting the damages suit, the court acknowledged the fact that the agreement made in 2015 between South Korea and Japan was shallow and it did not address all the issues faced by the comfort women group. Nonetheless, the court defended the government saying that the entire agreement cannot be quashed because of the flaws that it exhibits. It said that the efforts made by the government were positive and that the two governments still had an opportunity to address the pressing issues that were pending.

“The ruling made by the District Court today has legitimized the 2015 agreement between South Korea and Japan despite the comfort women testimonies and we clearly understand why. We are definitely going to contest this decision in the court of appeal” said the plaintiff’s lawyer.

The women also criticized the decision by the District courts judged saying that it went against an earlier ruling in 2011 by South Korea’s constitutional court. The constitutional court had downplayed the 2015 agreement between South Korea and Japan declaring it unconstitutional since it did not resolve the major issues that the comfort women had raised. The Court in its decision said that the women victims had not been adequately compensated and that the Japanese government had not shown any tangible measures of doing so.

The agreement which was signed in 2015 and witnessed by foreign ministers from both Japan and South Korea had sought to mend relations between the two countries for the sake of social and economic cooperation in the region. Although there was some resistance especially among civil rights groups in South Korea, many people and leaders around the world lauded the agreement terming it as the beginning of a new chapter of peace in the region.

Under the 2015 deal, Japan apologized the suffering South Korean comfort women had undergone in the hands of its military and pledged to pay up to $8.8 million as compensation to a South Korean Foundation that supports the victims. This agreement had been reached out by the two governments with the aim of restoring good relationships between the two countries that had greatly deteriorated over the years. The Japanese government expressed remorse for the victims and said that it regrets the actions the South Korean women had undergone.

The agreement has however not been fully implemented due to partial opposition from the victims and a section of the South Korean public. The victims allege that the agreement signed in 2015 did not take into account their grievances and was rushed through by a few people.

The lawsuit had been filed by the comfort women with the support of a civil rights group that has been fighting for the rights of comfort women stories. The civil groups and Korean comfort women, however, say that the ruling made by the court has not dampened their spirits to pursue justice. However, the two governments are determined to bring lasting relations between South Korea and Japan.

Pastor Chris Had a Successful Conference in the Middle of the World Cup

The SSE Arena in Wembley, London has hosted numerous games over the years, but July 14 and 15 the stadium hosted one of Pastor Chris’ most successful conferences with religious leaders from around the world.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has been the leader of a growing ministry for years. He is a well-known and respected member of the Christian community. His ministry, Christ Embassy, and the Believers LoveWorld helped secure the stadium in Wembley for this meeting between religious leaders.

The two-day conference was a major success despite taking place at 3 pm during important days of the World Cup 2018. This tournament involves several countries around the world and England was one of those countries. This only takes place every four years, so it is a very important tournament, which worried the organizers of this event.

Some were worried that they were going to have a hard time securing attendance, but all of those worries were set to rest during the two-day conference. The organizers worked to ensure attendance since every seat was filled. Pastor Chris and many of his followers saw this as a success not only for their marketing team but for the Holy Spirit who stirred the soul of those who attended.

Thousands of people attended Pastor Chris’ two-day event. The stadium was full of other pastors, partners, and spiritual leaders from places like Africa or North America just to name a few. The international group of attendees made the organizers of the event even more worried about attendance since the chances of one of their national teams playing that day was higher.

The conference was called the Leaders and Partners Conference, but all the organizers pointed out that this was simply the first of many programs that they are planning. Pastor Chris has many similar conferences planned, and he is calling 2018 the “Year of the Supernatural” because he knows that his teachings are going to help bring forth a new spiritual awakening.

One thing that makes Pastor Chris an effective leader in the faith is his beliefs and his convictions. Perhaps this is one reason why his sermons have always had an electrifying element to them. Those who attended said that Pastor Chris’ was able to connect to the attendees easily. Many of those who heard his teachings said they were were impressed and knew that his words were going to live with them for years to come.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has been excited to see all the changes that the Holy Ghost has brought to the Christian family. He is so thankful that God has given him an opportunity to be a part of his master plan. The Pastor said that “we are taking things to another level,” which is happening by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Pastor Chris pours his soul into every sermon because he knows that those who attend his programs could be enlightened and shown a path to a new pedestal of faith.

There is no doubt that this past event was a success for all the organizations involved and for Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It is clear that the conference was facing stiff competition because the World Cup is considered the biggest sporting event in the entire world, but the power of the Lord truly shined. The pastor and his partners were happy to see that the likelihood of their conferences being a success is high.

Those interested in finding out more information should visit http://pastorchrisonline.org/  because information on upcoming events will be posted there.