Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:52 am Post subject: Princess Zahra Aga Khan
AMMAN (JT) — Her Majesty Queen Rania hosted the second joint annual meeting of the World Links Arab Region (WLAR) Advisory Council and Board of Directors at the Dead Sea on Monday.
Discussions covered the regional progress of World Links, a global learning network linking teachers and students via the Internet for collaborative projects, which allows them to develop education-focused resources and share their knowledge, perspectives, hopes and dreams with their peers.
"World Links' wires currently extend across much of the region... from Jordan, Syria, and Yemen and beyond... and several more countries have expressed interest in joining our neighbourhood network of knowledge," Queen Rania said.
WLAR was launched in 2003 and is expected to extend to Palestine, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia soon.
To date, WLAR has reached 600 schools, 3,450 teachers and 440,000 students with plans to reach five million Arab youth by 2010.
The network has created a robust virtual online learning community for teachers and students communicating across borders, countries and cultures.
Commending the project, the Queen said: "I have looked at the fruits of this project at Jordan's Creativity Festival and saw how children are working together across geographical boundaries," adding that she had personally interacted with the teachers and found them enthusiastic and rejuvenated by the programme.
At the festival last month, Queen Rania visited the Let Us Celebrate Our Differences website, which was created by students and teachers from Jordan, the Dominican Republic and the United States. The Queen invited everyone to look at the site, which paints a powerful picture of intercultural tolerance and respect.
At yesterday's meeting, the Queen welcomed the latest member of the advisory council, Her Highness Princess Zahra Aga Khan, who brings with her valuable experience from the Aga Khan Development Network .
Syrian Minster of Education Ali Saad, who was representing First Lady Asma Assad, Bahia Hariri, Elaine Wolfensohn, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khalid Touqan and WLAR board members attended the meeting.
WLAR was launched in Jordan in 2003 in 120 schools, seeking to improve educational outcomes, economic opportunities and mutual global understanding for youth in developing countries through the use of technology and the Internet.
The programme provides connectivity solutions, professional development for teachers and training programmes for both policy-makers and local communities interested in launching educational technology initiatives.
WLAR has trained more than 1,500 teachers in some 550 schools across Jordan since late 2003. The courses were centred on employing technology in the teaching process.
By the end of 2007, WLAR, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, will have trained a total of 5,000 teachers.
The increased presence of World Links in the Middle East allows for more dialogue between students of different nations. This student interaction leads to more content development in Arabic as the students continuously upload and update their projects,
By forming an Arabic learning network and supporting Arab teachers and students, WLAR helps teachers acquire the needed skills and knowledge to enable them to be better educators, and for youth to be innovative and critical thinkers.
Today, World Links is recognised as one of the most innovative and successful education programmes assisting developing countries in bridging the "digital divide."
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Asiya Sasykbaeva: "Kyrgyzstan attaches great importance to cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network"
Bishkek, October 17 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan attaches great importance to cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network. Vice Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament Asiya Sasykbaeva met with Princess Zahra Aga Khan.
A. Sasykbaeva noted that the Aga Khan Development Network provides assistance to projects in social sector, particularly in education and health care.
In turn, Princess Zahra Aga Khan told about the purpose of her visit to Kyrgyzstan and also touched upon the ongoing projects of the Aga Khan Foundation in Kyrgyzstan, including the construction of the University of Central Asia in Naryn.
At the meeting it was noted that these days the 10th anniversary of the Aga Khan School in Osh will be celebrated. MP Kanybek Imanaliev, who attended the meeting proposed to open a similar school in Batken oblast.
The sides also exchanged views on cooperation in culture, development projects and pre-secondary education, the press service of the KR reports.
Princess Zahra is the eldest and only daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan, the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Princess Zahra Aga Khan heads the AKDN’s Social Welfare Department with specific responsibility for health, education and built environment issues in the developing world. These include Aga Khan Education Services, an AKDN agency, which operates more than250schools and advanced educational programmes in South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East since the 1950s
The Aga Khan School, Osh celebrates its 10th anniversary
Bishkek, October 18/ Kabar /. The Aga Khan School – the first private school in Osh - today celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the presence of Princess Zahra Aga Khan.
Established in 2002, the school is part of a network of over 250 schools managed by the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) in East Africa, South Asia and Central Asia and provides close to 500 students with quality learning experiences in an environment which values diversity, and responds creatively to the educational needs of children.
The ceremony was also attended by Speaker of Osh City Kenesh, Vice Governor of Osh Oblast, Vice-Speaker Asiya Sasykbaeva, Vice Mayor of Osh City as well as 200 guests including senior government officials, heads of diplomatic missions, international organisations, parents, students and alumni.
“It is with great pride and admiration that we are here to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of this young school,” said Princess Zahra speaking at the ceremony. She went on to speak about His Highness the Aga Khan’s ambitious goal for the Aga Khan School. ‘The ability to make judgments that are grounded in solid information, and employ careful analysis should be one of the most important goals for any educational endeavour. As students develop this capacity, they can begin to grapple with the most important and difficult step: to learn to place such judgments in an ethical framework. Therein lies the formation of the kind of social consciousness that our world so desperately needs.’
The celebrations at the Aga Khan School included student performances and a special awards ceremony recognising high performing staff, and outstanding students for their community service and academic excellence.
“Building on a century of leadership in educational development, the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) established the Aga Khan School in Osh Kyrgyzstan in 2002 to offer an education for success in the modern world. Since the first graduating class in 2007, all 246 graduates have continued their education at local and international universities. This is a significant achievement,” said Nakat Abdulofizov, Head of Education, AKES, Kyrgyzstan.
For the past decade, the Aga Khan School has become an integral part of the Osh City community offering innovative education approaches to both students and teachers. The school encourages students to master multiple languages, promotes the use of communication and information technology, as well as nurtures the love of sciences by conducting annual science fairs. It challenges the students to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious, preparing them to become confident leaders so they may contribute their knowledge to the development of their country.
Each year the school presents several scholarships and needs-based discounts to students from different districts of Osh Oblast to pursue a high quality education.
"I love spending my free time in the Learning Resource Centre, one of the best parts of the school,” said Nurkyz Abdykerimova, a grade 11 student. “The school provides students with everything they need. My parents are very proud that I am a student here. They are always excited to tell people that their daughter attends the Aga Khan School. Before, my parents wanted me to stay here, but now they are eager for me to study abroad. Thanks to my scholarship, my parents will be able to support my pursuit of post-secondary education at an international university."
Following its mission of promoting quality education, the Aga Khan School has become the first school to be awarded a license from the Ministry of Education to offer certified professional development programmes to government school teachers impacting over 3,000 students. Developed in collaboration with the Osh Institute for Teachers Professional Development, these programmes highlight subjects such as the sciences, information technology, languages and critical thinking skills and have become models of best practice in Osh Oblast.
“As a family we have always spent a lot of time on or near the sea, and it has always been the great love of my life,” says Princess Zahra Aga Khan. “I believe that it’s too late to reverse the molecular-level pollution in all the seas and oceans of our planet, but we can do a great deal to improve human behaviour, to reduce pollution and overfishing, and therefore to improve the habitat of ocean flora and fauna around the world.” Hence her commitment to “raising awareness about these crucial issues”.
Educated at Harvard and based in Geneva, where she was born, Princess Zahra works for her father, His Highness the Aga Khan, managing the health and education services of the Aga Khan Development Network, which oversees not-for-profit health and education programmes and institutions in 12 countries. But she spends what leisure time she has by, on, or better yet in the sea (she is president of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Sardinia).
“I started diving aged 15 and became a divemaster in 1991,” she says. “I have witnessed first-hand the degradation of the ocean environment around the world, with ever increasing visible and invisible pollution, dwindling fish populations, climate-affected reefs and man-made population swings.”
Time honoured family tradition of horse breeding and racing to continue, says Princess Zahra
17 February 2016
“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.
» Speech by Princess Zahra to the Asian Racing Conference on 26 January 2016
The history of Aga Khan horse breeding goes back a long way, noted Princess Zahra.
“In the late 19th century, my great-great-great grandfather was racing horses all over undivided India,” she recounted. “He had brought his stock from Persia, where the family had been breeding horses for many generations.”
Aga Khan horses are no strangers to the winner’s circle today; nor were they back then. Notable among them is Shere Ali — winner of the 1869 Arab Derby — and equally valiant contemporaries such as Khusroo and Maharaj.
In the 20th century, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah and Prince Aly Khan would carry this success to the most prominent races in France, India, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. “Included in those lots was Mumtaz Mahal, the ‘flying filly’, and her blood still runs in the veins of our families today,” Princess Zahra pointed out.
Mawlana Hazar Imam built upon this foundation, making the Aga Khan racing and breeding operation among the most successful in the world.
Princess Zahra was delivering the keynote address to the 36th Asia Racing Conference at the invitation of the Asian Racing Federation. The Federation is the region’s principal body for thoroughbred racing, promoting horse breeding and international racing across its 21 member countries.
For the Imam’s family, horse breeding is a tradition that goes back 250 years and maintains ties with Persian and Indian history, explained Princess Zahra. “Many of the families in our studbook have been with us since 1922, and they are old friends.”
However, “the ‘horse business’ was much more patient in the past,” noted Princess Zahra. “Today, breeders and owners expect rapid returns from their investment, but frankly, the breeding business cannot be rushed.”
She used the occasion to voice concern about the loss of genetic diversity in the thoroughbred breed, and worried about a horse market that pursues trendy bloodlines and favours unproven stallions.
“You will often see good Aga Khan mares visiting unfashionable and affordable stallions,” she said. However, the breeding industry seems to be galloping in the opposite direction. “More and more often, it is now driven by vogue.”
This could be dangerous for the future of the thoroughbred horse. If breeders continue to limit themselves to chasing only a few choice pedigrees, experience suggests that the entire race of these animals will become more fragile and eventually decline.
Although horse racing and breeding suffer the popular perception of being frivolous activities, they are in fact significant contributors to the rural economy, “employing millions of people around the world in areas of shrinking agricultural production.” While the modern world — dominated by technology and industrialisation — may have marginalised the horse, the long and impressive relationship between mankind and this animal cannot be ignored.
Quoting Mawlana Hazar Imam from an interview he gave in 2010, Princess Zahra said: “You can look at the horse in human life — in agriculture, in war, or as a vehicle for exploration — for hundreds of years. When you think about it, the horse is one of the most extraordinary phenomena we have.”
Princess Zahra recalled the vast contributions that Aga Khan bloodlines have made in India and the wider region — not only through the direct breeding and racing activities of Mawlana Hassan Ali Shah, Mawlana Ali Shah and Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in India, but also in the mares descended from Aga Khan families that continue to produce winners in India, as well as through chart-leading Aga Khan-bred stallions.
“We are proud and honoured to be associated with racing and breeding in India and around the world after so many years and so many generations,” she concluded, “and we intend to continue this time-honoured tradition.”
Maternal, child mortality have tremendously decreased – First Lady
By PSCU, Citizen Digital
Published on 28 April 2016
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has said Kenya is among countries that have witnessed an incredible decrease in maternal and child mortality across the world.
She said it is deeply encouraging that women are today receiving better ante-natal care, than at any other time in history.
“The rate of maternal and child mortality has decreased, and more children are being immunized today, than at the turn of the century,” said the First Lady.
“We must celebrate the success we as a country, as a continent and as a world, have realized. Much has been achieved, and our progress must inspire us to keep going because the work is not yet done.”
The First Lady made the remarks when she officially launched the landmark Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study Report: Understanding the Past to Impact the Future in Ending Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths at a Nairobi Hotel.
The First Lady said despite the milestones achieved in reducing maternal and child deaths across the world, there still remains too much disparity and inequity in access to health among some women.
“There are still too many hurdles that some women must leap to access the affordable care that is their right. And there is still death. One death, in giving life, will always be one death too many. One child’s death, which could have been prevented, is a heart-wrenching tragedy,” she said.
The Kenya Countdown report provides the much needed data to help policymakers and stakeholders with a roadmap that will help accelerate and provide answers to improve maternal and child health as well as achieve higher health targets.
Countdown to 2015 is a global movement established in 2003 as a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration, in response to a growing recognition that achieving the health-related MDGs would demand radical changes in scale and scope.
Countdown tracks progress in maternal, newborn and child health in the 75 highest burden countries to promote action and accountability, and follow through on commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
Kenya, like all other countries where similar work has been undertaken including China, is expected to translate the research to policy through country dissemination.
The case study in Kenya was undertaken by various stakeholders, chief among them the Aga Khan University and the Ministry of Health.
Aga Khan University Trustee Princess Zahra Aga Khan and the University’s President Mr Firoz Rasul were among the dignitaries who spoke during the launch.
The First Lady applauded the spirit of collaboration between Aga Khan and the other stakeholders in undertaking the landmark research and coming up with the report.
She said the Beyond Zero Campaign and all its operations are undertaken through similar collaboration.
“Through the Beyond Zero campaign which I launched in 2014 – 4 marathons and 2 years later, the campaign has taught me one big lesson: the priceless power of positive collaboration—and I am so pleased to see that same kind of collaboration at play here today”, said the First Lady
The First Lady said the report now provides the country with the facts and recommendations of what needs to be done to close the remaining gaps in the health of mothers, children and newborns.
“We must remember that these numbers are people’s stories. We must be moved once again to a pledge to stand together to protect our mothers and to protect our children”, added the First Lady.
While addressing these health issues, she said, the country must also address and close the loop in the entire healthcare system and seriously tackle non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure that continue to claim many lives.
The First Lady congratulated the Aga Khan Hospital fraternity, not only for partnering in the research but its contributions in the training of healthcare professionals including doctors, midwives and nurses .
“I congratulate the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Nairobi for contributing towards the pool of physicians in family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and child health”, said the First Lady.
Others who spoke during the launch included World Health Representative Dr. Custodia Mandlhate who also represented the UN family, Aga Khan University Foundation Dean ( Medical College, East Africa) Prof. Robert Armstrong and the Founding Director, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the University, Professor Zulfiqar A, Bhutta.
Acting Director of Medical Services Dr.Jackson Kioko was also among the speakers.
During her three-day visit to Tajikistan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan has visited the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO).
On Tuesday April 25, Princess Zahra Aga Khan was met at the Khorog airport by GBAO governor Shodikhon Jamshed, senior representatives of the Khorog mayor’s office and other regional administrators.
While in Gorno Badakhshan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan has reportedly visited a number of programs and projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the region.
Yesterday, she, in particular, visited the Langar area in the Ishakshim district. Today, Princess Zahra Aga Khan is visiting the Gudara area in the Rushan district and the Khidorjev area in the Roshtqala district.
She is also scheduled to meet the GBAO regional administrators and representatives of the AKDN programs in the region.
Recall, Princess Zahra Aga Khan arrived in Dushanbe Monday evening for a three-day working visit.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan is the daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the AKDN. She is a member of the AKDN’s Board of Directors. She has policy and management responsibility for the health, education and social services agencies of the AKDN, and is also involved in policy and strategy matters relating to the other development institutions of the Network.
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network brings together individual agencies that operate in a range of areas – from economic development, education and rural development to cultural revitalization, health care and financial services. Together these agencies collaborate towards a common goal – to build institutions and programs that can respond to the contemporary challenges and opportunities of social, economic and cultural growth in Tajikistan.
Operating in Tajikistan since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. It works in all regions of the country and employs over 3,500 people through its operations and investments.
Ya Ali Madad:
Princess Zahra fascinates me with her grace,charm and beauty and the way she present herself.As seen by me she would have attended institutional event and meeting more than both the Prince's.
She has almost bought up and groomed Prince Aly Mohammed from his childhood.She is also co managing the stud farm business of MHI.
She is Lady of the first family of heavens (Ahle Bayt ).She is for me and most of us KHATOON E ZANNAT ,nothing less.
As I am not a historian,I wish to know.
Is is in our tradition for Imam of the time confer,award any title of khidmat/etc to members of Able Bayt
La principessa Zahra Aga Khan: “Salviamo il mare della Sardegna”
La figlia del fondatore della Costa Smeralda: “Facciamola diventare un parco”
Zahra Aga Khan, è nata a Ginevra nel 1970. Ha studiato ad Harvard e ora dirige il Dipartimento di Previdenza Sociale della Rete di Sviluppo creata dall’Aga Khan
Pubblicato il 07/08/2017
inviato a porto cervo (olbia)
Finché non squilla il telefono sembra un incontro tra amici: all’ora del tramonto, al termine di una caldissima giornata di mare. Sorrisi, risate e persino qualche battuta. Poi, all’improvviso, ecco la chiamata inaspettata, quella che riporta tutto su un piano diverso. «Sua altezza ci aspetta tra quindici minuti, dobbiamo essere puntuali». Tutti lo avremmo chiamato semplicemente papà, e magari gli avremmo confessato di essere clamorosamente in ritardo, ma il padre di Zahra è un principe vero. E lei è quella principessa che non ti aspetti: sguardo amichevole e dolcezza malcelata, abbigliamento da spiaggia, abbronzatura perfetta e una certa sofferenza di fronte alla riverenza di collaboratori e segretari. Il padre, in quest’isola, è uno che ha davvero cambiato la storia, è l’uomo che ha trasformato una fetta di campagna vergine nel paradiso internazionale del turismo. Ha immaginato le vacanze a cinque stelle dove c’erano solo pascoli e macchia mediterranea ed è riuscito in un miracolo che probabilmente neppure lui si aspettava così. Lei ha studiato ad Harvard e ha girato il mondo, ma è cresciuta qui, nella vecchia Monti di Mola cantata da De Andrè. Dove il giovane Karim Aga Khan ha progettato alberghi, strade, un aeroporto e una compagnia aerea e dove il Karim con i capelli bianchi ha deciso di vendere tutto (o quasi), abbandonando il sogno di ampliare e rendere ancora più bello il suo gioiello.
Zhara è diventata grande insieme alla Costa Smeralda e oggi sfoglia le pagine dei ricordi. Non lo fa volentieri, anche per non correre il rischio di essere tradita dalla commozione. «Queste spiagge, quando io ero piccola, erano tutte ricoperte da migliaia di gigli bianchi: ce n’erano tantissimi, erano ovunque, ora sono spariti. Sulla riva, a due passi dal mare, pascolavano le vacche».
Cosa vede ancora oggi della Sardegna di allora?
«Poco o nulla. È davvero tutto cambiato. Anche il mare non è più quello di un tempo. Il colore è un altro. Oggi sono stata vicino alla spiaggia di Spalmatore e ho rivisto un luogo molto diverso rispetto a quello che ricordavo».
Insomma, non è vero che l’isola è rimasta un’oasi incontaminata?
«Nessuno si offenda, ma tanti anni di poco rispetto del mare hanno lasciato tracce anche qui. E poi l’isola non è mica indenne agli effetti dei cambiamenti climatici. Il colore dell’acqua lo dimostra».
La figlia del creatore della Costa Smeralda, dunque, sogna la Sardegna come un grande parco?
«Gestire un parco non significa vietare tutto. Nel mondo ci sono modelli di parchi naturali che funzionano molto bene. Sarebbe il momento che la Sardegna pensasse a copiare uno di quei modelli, con un vero piano di protezione dell’ambiente. Con una gestione vera. Non bisogna fare un parco totale, il mare non vive così. Un esempio? Da 30 anni, nelle zone in cui davvero tengono all’ambiente, in tutte le secche sono state piazzate le boe che impediscono l’avvicinamento delle barche e la devastazione dei fondali. Perché qui non si fa nulla?».
Se è vero che questo non è più tesoro naturalistico, in che modo è stato compromesso?
«Il problema principale è la non gestione. Lo scorso anno ho parlato con una dipendente del parco nazionale de La Maddalena incaricata di riscuotere la tassa di ormeggio tra i proprietari delle barche. Le ho chiesto come venissero utilizzate quelle risorse e mi ha detto che non ne sapeva nulla. E allora? Questo ci dimostra che non ci sono idee».
Come nasce il suo impegno per l’ambiente? Come mai proprio lo Yacht Club diventa il paladino della natura?
«Tanti soci sono coscienti del cambiamento del pianeta. È un cambiamento evidente: ieri a Cagliari c’erano 51 gradi e a Dubai la settimana scorsa erano 55. Lo sappiamo tutti che siamo di fronte a un processo di degrado continuo. Forse possiamo fare qualcosa. Certo, non sarà il nostro club a riuscire a fermare un fenomeno così grande. Però vogliamo coinvolgere anche gli altri club e mandare un segnale ai governi, che siglano patti per l’ambiente e poi non fanno nulla di concreto. Noi, di certo, non vogliamo fare gli struzzi».
Ma proprio la nautica è spesso sul banco degli imputati: sotto processo per il poco rispetto del mare. Non può sembrare una contraddizione?
«La nautica sportiva non ha un impatto sul mare, almeno quel tipo di imbarcazioni che utilizziamo noi. E da qui vogliamo partire per lanciare il nostro messaggio: il sogno è quello di contagiare la gente di mare con la nostra voglia di salvare il pianeta».
Princess Zahra Aga Khan: "Save the Sea of Sardinia"
The daughter of the founder of Costa Smeralda: "Let's make it a park"
Zahra Aga Khan was born in Geneva in 1970. She studied at Harvard and now heads the Social Development Department of the Aga Khan Development Network
Posted on 07/08/2017
Sent to porto cervo (olbia)
As long as the phone rings, it looks like a meeting between friends: at sunset, at the end of a hot day of the sea. Smiles, laughs and even a few jumps. Then, suddenly, here's the unexpected call, the one that brings everything to a different plane. "Your height waits for fifteen minutes, we must be timely." We would all just call him Daddy, and maybe we would have confessed to being loudly late, but Zahra's father is a true prince. And she is that princess you do not expect: a friendly look and unhappy sweetness, beachwear, perfect tanning, and some suffering in the face of the reverence of collaborators and secretaries. The father, on this island, is one who has really changed the story, is the man who has transformed a virgin country slice into the international tourism paradise. He imagined the five-star holiday where there were only pastures and Mediterranean scrub and he succeeded in a miracle that he probably did not expect so. She studied at Harvard and filmed the world, but grew up here, in the old Mola Mountains sung by De Andrè. Where young Karim Aga Khan has designed hotels, roads, an airport and an airline and where Karim with white hair has decided to sell everything (or almost), abandoning the dream of expanding and making his jewel even more beautiful.
Zhara has become great along with the Costa Smeralda and now browse pages of memories. He does not do it, even if he does not run the risk of being betrayed by emotion. "These beaches, when I was little, were covered by thousands of white lilies: there were a lot of them, everywhere they were gone. On the shore, near the sea, they graze cows. "
What do you still see in Sardinia today?
"Little or nothing. It's really all changed. Even the sea is no longer that of a time. Color is another. Today I was close to the spreader beach and I have seen a very different place from what I remembered. "
In short, is not it true that the island has remained unspoiled oasis?
"No one is offended, but many years of little respect to the sea left traces here too. And then the island is not bad for the effects of climate change. The color of the water shows it. "
So the daughter of Costa Smeralda's creator dreams of Sardinia as a big park?
"Managing a park does not mean to ban everything. In the world there are models of natural parks that work very well. It would be time for Sardinia to think of copying one of those models, with a real environmental protection plan. With real management. You do not have to make a total park, the sea does not live like this. An example? For 30 years, in areas where they really keep the environment, booms have been placed in all the ditches, preventing boats from approaching and devastating the backdrops. Why is nothing done here? "
If it is true that this is no longer naturalistic treasure, how has it been compromised?
"The main problem is non-management. Last year I spoke with an employee of La Maddalena National Park charged with charging the mooring fee among boat owners. I asked her how to use those resources and told me she did not know anything about it. So? This shows us that there are no ideas. "
How is your commitment to the environment born? Why is the Yacht Club becoming the paladin of nature?
"Many members are aware of the planet's change. There is a clear change: yesterday in Cagliari there were 51 degrees and in Dubai last week were 55. We all know that we are facing a process of continuous degradation. Maybe we can do something. Of course, our club will not be able to stop such a big phenomenon. However, we want to involve the other clubs and send a signal to governments, who sign agreements for the environment and then do nothing concrete. We, of course, do not want to make the ostriches. "
But just nautical is often on the bench of the defendants: under process for the little respect for the sea. Can not it seem a contradiction?
"Sports boating has no impact on the sea, at least those kind of boats we use. And from here we want to start to launch our message: the dream is to conquer the sea people with our desire to save the planet. "
Princess Zahra Aga Khan attends institutional dinner in Pakistan
On 11 December, 2017, during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan, the Ismaili Council for Pakistan hosted a dinner in honour of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University. The dinner was attended by Princess Zahra along with other trustees and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network and Jamati institutions.
In his welcome address, President Hafiz Sherali remarked that the presence of both Mawlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra Aga Khan was truly significant.
“It invokes hope, trust, and confidence for all of the volunteers working with AKDN and Jamati institutions,” Sherali said.
Addressing the guests at the dinner, Princess Zahra expressed how proud she was in celebrating the achievements and steps taken every day by the institutions in the development of Pakistan and other countries. Acknowledging the diverse representation of institutions, Princess Zahra emphasised the importance of all the pieces of what she called a “mosaic”, working together.
“As part of this mosaic of AKDN, I would say that one piece alone is not in itself an institution. It is the assembly of all the pieces that is greater than the whole. This mosaic that we all contribute to and work for is a wonderful thing,” she said
Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Board of Trustees during his Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan. He also inaugurated the Aga Khan University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME), a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals.
2018, April 13th and 14th, Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Trustees Visit UCA:
The Board of Trustees of UCA visited Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
in their first official visit to UCA since their appointment to the
Board of Trustees in November 2017.
My Song and Savannah victorious at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
10 June 2018
Porto Cervo, Italy: Sardinia put on her best show today, providing sunshine and a mistral wind for the final day of the 11th Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of title sponsor Loro Piana.
My Song triumphed in class A and Savannah, on her debut in this regatta, took victory in class B.
As scheduled, at 11.30 a.m. on the waters off Porto Cervo the Race Committee, led by Peter Craig, began the starting sequence starting for the coastal race of about 31 miles around the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago.
A mistral wind was blowing at 22 knots which fell slightly to 20 knots over the course of the race. The superyachts started from Porto Cervo, circumnavigated the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena to port and left the Secca di Tre Monti to port before leaving the Monaci islets to starboard and returning to Porto Cervo.
There was a spirited battle in Class B, where the ‘little’ Savannah, an elegant Spirit of Tradition yacht of 27 metres, scored a hat-trick, beating the 46-metre Ganesha once again, this time by just 33 seconds.
"It's great to win, it's a wonderful regatta and the best location in the world." commented Savannah's owner, Hugh Morrison. "We had very good breeze today, very good conditions, flat seas and it was really very impressive to see all the other boats catching up with us." Third place in class B went to Escapade.
Ganesha crossed the finish line first in real time followed by My Song by just 1 minute and 53 seconds, who had started 15 minutes behind Ganesha due to being the fastest boat in the fleet and therefore the final one in the starting sequence.
Class A also saw a hat-trick as My Song notched up her third victory today while her direct rivals suffered various problems and equipment failures. The 148-footer Saudade withdrew just minutes from the start due to a problem with her foresails, while Inoui remained in port. Highland Fling, which yesterday collided with a submerged, unmapped rock, today sailed for Palma de Mallorca for the necessary assessments.
In class A, My Song was joined on the podium by Marco Vogele's Inoui and Saudade, owned by Albert Buell. The Silver Jubilee Trophy, reserved for the top superyacht from both classes over 100 feet long, went to My Song, which also claimed the award for the top placed yacht owned by a YCCS member.
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2018 ended with the prize giving in Piazza Azzurra attended by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, President of the YCCS and One Ocean Boards of Directors. Yesterday, on World Oceans Day, the Princess took part in the YCCS Clean Beach Day, removing refuse from the Tre Monti beach together with school children from Arzachena and Cannigione.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan declared: "This year we started the One Ocean foundation which is one of the most recent additions to ocean conservation. There are many people doing this already but we thought we'd add our little contribution to maintaining the health of the marine environment.
“Thank you all for being here, sailing is so representative of a clean, healthy approach to living on and honouring the sea."
YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo stated: "We had to wait a few days, but in the end the typical mistral wind and the Sardinian sunshine made this final day of the 11th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta unique.
“Warm congratulations go to our member and friend Pier Luigi Loro Piana for his win and to the team on Savannah, who took victory in their class on their debut at this regatta. I would like to thank all the participants, the Race Committee and the YCCS staff together with the title sponsor Loro Piana who has worked alongside us for years on this exclusive event which represents the perfect combination of sporting action and social events."
Pier Luigi Loro Piana, owner of My Song: "Almost paradoxically I'm sad because such a great event has come to an end. Sardinia in this season is always fantastic, and today has made up to everyone present for the uncertainties of the first few days.
“I'm also sorry for the many owners who were unable to be present for this edition, and I would like to take this opportunity to invite them here for the next one. Finally, I want to thank my crew for the great job they did on tuning the boat, they deserve the credit for this victory."
The next event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will be the Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge from 21 to 23 June.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan sets example cleaning beach with school children in Sardinia. (Photo: Lorenzo Camillo). Porto Cervo, Italy: Sardinia - Princess Zahra Aga Khan declared: "This year we started the One Ocean foundation which is one of the most recent additions to ocean conservation. There are many people doing this already but we thought we'd add our little contribution to maintaining the health of the marine environment. “Thank you all for being here, sailing is so representative of a clean, healthy approach to living on and honouring the sea."
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