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CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE & DENIALISM What Is The Real Impact Of What We Are Facing? HACKED OFF Why The Hacking Of Bezos Serves As A Wake Up Call


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‘If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves’. CARL JUNG

Welcome to London Suisse Luxe Magazine. After many years of publishing, I wanted to produce a magazine that included subjects that gave more – especially more discussion of the things that matter. I interview British spectacle designer Tom Davies and discuss how he embraces his ever-expanding business. I visit Hamburg where I talk with Christian Völkers the CEO of property empire Engel & Völkers and in London we connect with leading pioneers in the field of cancer treatments that are addressing ways advancing Proton therapies will be accessible to those who need it most. This decade I believe is the decade of change, change in our way of thinking, change to how we treat our planet, and change to the information available to us on how we can slow down serious issues such as climate change. We have covered subjects related to key areas affected by this change which include - Lifestyle, Business, Climate, and the future of Travel and the ways we should digest and implement the information we receive in the best possible way, enabling for a better future for each of us.   Each article is written with you, the reader, in mind. We hope you enjoy what we have prepared. Yours,

Dina Aletras. www.aletramediagroup.com


Contents 13. LIFESTYLE

37. BUSINESS

Tom Davies

Nicholas Serandour

Antonio Cecere

Hacked Off

The Vision Leader

The Many Facets of Diamonds

Wallace Chan

Defining Artistic Boundaries

Soul Survivor

Democratising Proton Therapy

Why The Hacking Of Bezos Serves As A Wake Up Call

Britain’s Farewell to The EU The Long Goodbye

Looking Beyond The Physical

Christian Völkers

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77. TRAVEL

Climate Change Science & Denialism

Travel Trends 2020

The Global E-Crisis

London Suisse Travel Guide

Protecting Planet Earth

24 Hours in Zürich

What Is The Real Impact Of What We Are Facing?

Where Does All The E-Waste Go?

Stephanie von Meiss COO of The Klosters Forum

Building An Intelligent Brand

To Infinity & Beyond

In Association With Winged Boots

In Association With Zürich Tourism


Our job is to connect you to the right channels. BUSINESS STRATEGY PUBLIC RELATIONS  CONTRACT PUBLISHING ADVERTISING & DESIGN MEDIA PLANNING & BUYING


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LIFESTYLE Tom Davies

The Vision Leader

Antonio Cecere

The Many Facets of Diamonds

Wallace Chan

Defining Artistic Boundaries

Soul Survivor

Looking Beyond The Physical


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IN 1996, BRITISH SPECTACLE DESIGNER TOM DAVIES BEGAN WORKING FOR A START-UP EYEWEAR FACTORY IN HONG KONG PRODUCING PRODUCTS FOR INTERNATIONAL BRANDS, SUCH AS TISSOT FROM THE SWATCH GROUP, SEIKO AND FOSSIL. BY DINA ALETRAS


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rom the beginning Tom identified a need to offer customers well fitted frames that were comfortable and made with meticulous craftsmanship. Fast forward to 2001 and the brand Tom Davies was created, soon establishing itself as one of Britain’s leading bespoke eyewear brands. In 2002 Tom began offering a bespoke service to private clients and by 2008 Tom had opened his own workshop offering a full custom service through his global network of exclusive opticians. Today Tom Davies is known for the skill of its designs and refined handmade artistry. Dina Aletras met with Tom to hear more about the man who has made glasses for A list celebrities such as Superman, Ed Sheeran and Heston Blumenthal. For many people glasses are something of an imperfection, an inconvenient necessity and as a hindrance to their looks (hence the popularity of contact lenses). You see them very differently? There are lots of reasons people hate their glasses. I can talk for hours on this subject. But the quick way to look at this is to ask “do you like your sunglasses?” The answer is that mostly people love to put on sunglasses. The key reason is that it brings symmetry to the face and so I design glasses that make a positive contribution to how people perceive you by working with your natural features.

You wear glasses yourself, even though you have great eyesight? What makes you so fond of them? When I wear glasses, I’m more handsome, generally more exciting and younger looking. That’s the power of a great frame. I know why people hate their glasses. They don’t fit them and promote asymmetry and they are so nervous about what they should buy that they often buy frames which are boring. Your early background was in art and design – what fascinated you about eyewear so much that you became an optical designer? At my first and only job interview my boss said “this is the most important area of design in the world. It defines you, it’s the first thing people notice about you and if you get it right you are a hero” something along those lines anyway. I was spellbound. Until that moment I’d not given glasses a second thought beyond “speccy four eyes” for eyewear as a general creative category. Obviously, glasses can be essential to someone’s appearance (in both a positive and negative way), how do you go about working out what shape, size and colour of glasses will suit someone? It’s all about the shape of the brow line.This is your natural frame. Any shape can work if you follow the brow line.


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Your hair is almost always following these lines, whether you planned it or not and so to make a frame look good on you, it must have a relationship with your brow line. You designed the glasses for Henry Cavill to wear in Superman. Taking on such an iconic piece of eyewear must have been a challenge? How did you approach it? I was approached initially because like most people, normal frames do not fit the actor that easily. Plus, something this iconic needed perfection. But I really threw myself into the challenge and wanted to also look at the psychology of the frame Clark Kent would wear. The actor has such a chiselled handsome face that the style which would have looked good on him as a general frame would have made him look like a cool Superman. The design needed to change how he would be perceived. A disguise system which is opposite to the usual superhero mask. The materials, colours, textures and shape all played a massive part in making him NOT look like Superman when he had the frames on but still looked fantastic. You’re an incredibly influential designer, but you’re also known for your sound business sense. What advice would you give someone with a big idea like yours, but no business knowledge? I suggest getting a great mentor, an excellent accountant and being willing to listen to them is very important. Then, be tough, take outrageous risks and love what you do. Then the business part will fall into place. You’re known for the fine materials you use in the manufacture of your eyewear, such as pure titanium, buffalo horn and 18 carat gold. How do you source your materials? There are several key suppliers for these materials around the world which most people like me know. But when you want to set up something new, like the horn or the gold, I must visit the suppliers myself. It’s important to know the full supply chain as you rely on this heavily when if you order bespoke glasses tomorrow, the race is on to make and deliver the frame. We cannot hold unlimited materials, so I need to know my suppliers are ethical, environmentally sound, have good quality raw materials and good quality control procedures. Although I’ve got 200 staff, this is one of the things I still do myself. You have many famous clients and have helped many people with their looks and their feelings about their eyewear by creating bespoke glasses for them. Do you ever see people, in person, or in the media, and think they’ve made the wrong choice of

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eyewear/wish you could help them enhance their looks with a good pair of glasses? Ha ha… all the time. But its not limited to celebrities. I sometimes sit on the train or tube and have to hold myself back from giving advice. I’m not sure if it is because I’m obsessed or if it’s the natural salesman in me but I’m constantly “helping” people come to my stores to buy new glasses. The thing is, I know I can change their lives. You’ve recently moved your manufacturing base to Brentford, after years in Asia. Why is this? It was time. I’d wanted to do it back in 2007 but I couldn’t afford it and didn’t have the expertise to do it. I had a lot of contacts in Asia and friends who could help me set up a factory. The problem here is that there is no supporting business for eyewear in the UK. No hinge makers, tool makers, plating companies, material suppliers or the skills to use eyewear equipment. So, I needed to become a master first, so I can import it all back in. Besides, I’m fed up of all the flying! As well as your bespoke service, you also have a ready-to-wear collection. Whilst they’re beautiful, it must be harder to ensure that people make the right choice when buying ‘off the shelf ’? I’d say that bespoke is in my DNA. Most people who are my customers will tell you that even my ready to wear fits better than their old glasses. The relationship between the size of the bridge, the lens and arms, the design and the head shape, is all considered in the creation of each style. I don’t design in default sizes. At the heart of your designs is bringing symmetry to your clients’ faces. How much of it is also based on current fashion trends or other designer influences? Nothing. I can make any frame or style look good on you if we follow my symmetry rules. In terms of fashion trends, they move very slowly in eyewear. The only trend I really see these days is that anything goes. It’s all about the individual. What’s next? What do you have planned for the future of your business? I want to launch a few new brands from the House of Tom Davies and I’m working on new branding concepts. I am still a way away from my original mission set back in 2000 which was to be the largest eye wear brand in the world. So, the future is building a great company with a strong foundation and aiming for the stars.

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The many facets of diamonds. FROM VIA MONTENAPOLEONE TO OLD BOND STREET, JEWELS SPARKLE UNDER DISPLAY IN THE HAUTE JOAILLIERS AND AT THE AUCTIONEERS ALIKE; TODAY, JEWELLERY, WATCHES AND MOREOVER PRECIOUS GEMSTONES TRANSCENDED FROM BEING CONSUMER GOODS TO A COMMODITY STATUS.

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iamonds are not simply just the centrepiece of a jewel, but a physical asset. We discuss the merits of this complex relationship of intents with Antonio Cecere, President of Geneva Diamond Exchange, Chairman of GDE PrivĂŠe and Founder of Monaco Diamond Exchange. What are the primary functions of Monaco and Geneva Diamond Exchange? Both are non-profit associations listed under UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. They monitor compliance in the diamond trade to ensure that ethical sourcing and international trading regulations are met. How do you define ethical sourcing in the diamonds sector? Typically, ethical sourcing in the diamond sector refers to the provenance of a diamond and how the revenue generated by its sale is employed by the beneficiary. Specifically, if the sale of a rough diamond finances rebel actions against a sovereign state or the country itself is embargoed by United Nations, then trading such diamonds is forbidden. Which regulations are in place that govern the diamond trade? Diamond Standards Organization provides ethical certification for polished diamonds, whether they are

mounted on a jewel or as loose stones; this compliance scheme is designed to inform consumers on ethical sourcing so that customers are reassured on the impact that their purchase has on the communities where diamonds are unearthed. Kimberley Process Certification Scheme instead focuses on rough diamonds and it is the voluntary compliance system that is incorporated in most international trade regulations. Every year they apprise the list of countries that are eligible or forbidden to trade in diamonds or if they are under observation. Mines and governments in the countries of origin are issued certification and it gives unequivocal guidance to regulators and compliance officers around the world. Can you describe the journey of a diamond? A diamond starts its life in the rough state when it is mined; once unearthed, say for example in Guinea, it is sold by the miner to a trader, either locally in Conakry or internationally; from there our rough diamond is at a crossroad, it can either be securely stored for example in New York and placed in a fund or sold to traders in Dubai or Antwerp from where it continues its journey to a cutter, let’s say to Tel Aviv or Surat. Once cut and polished it is ready to be sold as an investment or set onto jewellery by an Italian artisan or a Rhode Island factory. From there our shiny polished diamond, mounted on a ring, finds its way to a boutique in Rue de la Paix, ready to meet its new owner.


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Diamonds are considered to be a vessel of wealth, how so? Diamonds are indisputably the value carriers of excellence. From colourless to fancy colour, no other physical asset can hold as much worth per gram. Most crucially, at Geneva Diamond Exchange we are interested in its ability as collateral; we observed that a standardized approach to lending was a crucial step towards the process of commoditization of diamonds. Therefore, incorporating GDE PrivĂŠe to coordinate asset-based lending, was a logical, organic consequence. Fundamentally, it is an alternative to a precocious forced liquidation; owners can release some of the equity of the assets they own, whether it is a watch, a jewel, fine art, or any other physical asset, by leveraging it and not sell it unfavourably. How does this impact traders, investors, and private owners? The traders can unlock some of the value of their stockpiles and finance their activities and expansion. The collectors, as the investors, have the opportunity to grow their portfolio organically because they can leverage their existing assets to expand their portfolio. Generally speaking, for private owners it is important to know that they can have immediate access to finance built on a structure designed to preserve their wealth. Diamonds can be set in a ring, placed in a fund and they can be leveraged for financing. What is their function in the digital currency segment? Diamonds have been used as a form of collateral by a number of stable coins. Undeniably, diamonds are the ideal collateral for digital currencies, and we see a proliferation of similar initiatives. What for us remains key is to

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ensure compliance to the regulatory systems because it directly benefits the credibility of the token and the investors’ confidence. How does ethical sourcing positively impact diamond producing countries? The importance of conflict free diamonds is not just in what they do, but in what they do not do. Conflict free diamonds offer jobs to the communities, therefore health and education; what they do not do is finance violence and by doing so they deter criminal activities and contribute to peace by cutting the funding supply. The difference that Kimberley Process has made so far is measurable and 81 governments around the world incorporated their directives in their trade regulations. Geneva & Monaco Diamond Exchange are media partners of London Suisse Luxe Magazine. genevadiamondexchange.com

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They are feather-like jewels carrying messages of the past to become the heritage of the future. WALLACE CHAN SCULPTS WITH A DELICACY OF TOUCH THAT DEFIES BOUNDARIES AND USES LIGHT AS THE LEITMOTIF FOR HIS COLOURFUL, SENSUAL JEWELS. HIS CREATIONS REFLECT HIS ZEN PHILOSOPHY AND REVEAL UNIQUE CRAFTSMANSHIP INVENTED BY HIS PERSISTENCE IN INNOVATION. BY NAG MANI

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he art of jewellery making is always believed to be a highly individualistic journey. It reflects the unique vision of a person who finds absolute pleasure in creating nothing ordinary but only exquisite pieces of jewellery women love and often seek to own as per their sophisticated taste. In that case, the designs created by a renowned Hong Kong-based artisan designer Wallace Chan really stand out for that exceptionally high attribute whenever connoisseurs of jewellery come across his work. Chan’s love of jewels became obvious when he started learning the craft of gemstone carving at the age of 16. The first stone that he found himself in contact with was a piece of malachite known for its healing wonders. From here on, his incredible journey began rolling. “My curiosity increased through time, and I started to explore the properties of different kinds of gems. Nurtured in the generosity of Mother Nature, gemstones often tend to narrate stories of the universe’s past and present,” he says. What makes Chan’s success story even more riveting is that he didn’t attend any prestigious design school because his family couldn’t afford a formal education. He spent only a few years in school showing a steely determination to change the challenging circumstances to his favour. “My study on Western sculptures began when I showed my courage and entered a bookshop one day,” he says. “The first book that came my way was a book on Michelangelo’s sculptures. I was overwhelmed by the dramatic expressions of light and shadows, the tensions of muscles and the compelling contours.” Moreover, what he discovered in them was way too different from the Chinese carvings he was familiar with. In order to find more about Western sculptures, he did the insanely impossible when he spent some nights sleeping in the cemetery just to observe the marble sculptures there. By and large, he finds solace in the colours, crystal structures, textures and forms of gems as they reveal the invaluable relationship between humankind, nature and the universe. “Be it carving, sculpture or jewellery, gemstones are the best medium that I love to use to interpret life, express resonance and get in touch with the future. They inspire my creativity from ideas and forms to craftsmanship and inventions. I like to embrace the flow of constant changes in my path,” he says. “This entire thing is an exciting journey for me as it keeps motivating me to explore the various facets of the unknown.” While there are so many established brands competing head-to-head to entice the consumers with their products, he doesn’t feel fazed by it. Rather he proudly supports the imminent competition and says gently, “I’m delighted that my designs happen to draw in a lot of people. That’s good to know. I find it really rewarding.”

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According to Chan’s clear-cut insight, people who collect jewellery art pieces are cultivated personalities highly knowledgeable in the field. Artistic values and refined craftsmanship appeal to them immensely. They also prefer pieces that are unique. “The way I see it, they aren’t confined by the so-called hyped traditions and trends, but they do feel engaged with pieces that contain stories and have deeper meaning Today he holds such a big influence in the world of fine jewellery simply because of his one-of-a-kind technique “Wallace Cut” that is often talked about by the industry. It’s a carving technique which creates an illusion in transparent materials by combining medieval 360-degree intaglio into 3-dimension engraving. The resulting quintuple reflection unifies these features with precise calculation and angle casting and forms a 3-dimension and multi-line reflection. Chan achieved this milestone not in days or months. It took him eight years to master the technique constantly experimenting on titanium. “I invented a gemstone-setting technique. In order to minimise the appearance of metal claws, this technique uses gemstones to function as claws. In simple words: Function is beauty. Titanium is light, hard, colourful and bio-friendly, but it’s also stubborn. It takes a long time to communicate with titanium to tame the right way,” he says. “To be able to use titanium the way I wanted to has solved a lot of obstacles, thus expanding the canvas for my creativity, and it also allows me to create jewelry pieces that are ergonomically correct.” His creations are designed and adorned with utmost attention to detailing to make sure women wearing them feel on top of the world. This is when Chan tends to focus on visualising a woman’s figure. “A jewellery piece should not only be wearable, but it should also be comfortable. This conviction frequently leads me to study the human figure and understand how the bones, muscles and skin work in tandem,” he says. “It’s not intuition, but a lot of hard work involved. But through constant practice you start to believe it’s intuitional. I

try my best to make my pieces universal, so they aren’t confined by a particular body type, and they’re able to accommodate all happily.” Always pushing the envelope to enhance a woman’s beauty, his muse can only be someone special — a cultivated and confident soul who is passionate about life and arts. Chan’s multiple works speak volumes about his engaging philosophy to be reckoned with at the international level and for that reason he is graciously invited by TEFAF (the world’s leading art fair) to show his collection there every year. “I feel absolutely honoured to be invited to participate at TEFAF. When art lovers of different cultural backgrounds gather at a high-profile event like this, it’s not just cultural exchanges that take place but also, I get a chance to establish mind-to-mind connection with different individuals. I take this in my stride as a process of art practice,” It comes as no surprise that all his pieces are inspired by his experiences from different periods of his life journey, including his reflection on the mysteries of life. While Asian jewelry especially from India and China is the most sought-after style in the world and it has had great influence on the West, inspiring jewellery creators who travelled far into the East and studied the history of the East, it would be wrong to say that there is one culture more unique than the other as he puts it, “Today, the world is so globalised that cultures inspire and borrow from one another, creating an environment where soon it may not even be necessary to distinguish jewelry pieces geographically anymore.” However, Chan takes pride in ancient Asia jewelry as it tells us about the emotional functions of gemstones. All these materials have become a source of inspiration at present. “In the Middle Eastern culture jewellery commands a lot of respect and because of it I’m always fascinated by the colourful stories emanating from this region as a whole,” Chan says. He has certainly blown everybody away with one of his creations titled “Fish’s Whisper” which is shaped in the form of a bangle. To bring it to life, he used intaglio


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to carve two pairs of fish on the inside of the crystal, following the curve of the bangle. One gets an illusion of the fishes as if they’re looking out at us from a bowl. “The world they see and the world we see are both twisted, and we tend to assume each of our versions of the twisted world as something close to reality. Nothing is real, and nothing is unreal. Everything is a matter of perception,” “But I feel that it’s a bit heartrending for the fish to live in a bowl, so I created jewelled corals for them; where they’re entitled to feel contented in their own universe.” This time, Chan has gone one step further by doing the impossible. He has developed 20 pieces which are crafted in porcelain, a material five times harder than steel. As a patent to his pioneering invention, this method has been named “The Wallace Chan Porcelain.” Although women lust after his remarkable designs sold at mindboggling prices, many collectors of his great work are men too and they’ve been wearing his collections

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with fervor for quite some time. “Whenever they wear the designed pieces of mine, they appreciate the pieces’ sculptural, carving or other qualities,” he says. “Many of my collectors are not celebrities. I look for collectors who appreciate the spirit of my work. We need to share the same vision. Resonance is the key word in our friendship.” As the world gets hooked on his breathtaking jewels and art installations, Chan plans to have more exhibitions in years to come so that he can bring his creations to a wider audience and promote the spiritual values of jewellery art. It’s no wonder why his night time appears to be so enigmatic. “Every night when I go to bed, I imagine myself going through rebirth, and when morning comes, I’m a newborn person again, curious about everything I see or sense. I’m constantly inspired, and I absorb like a sponge,” he says. wallace-chan.com

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Condividere 'TO SHARE'

FEDERICO ZANASI IS THE HEAD CHEF OF CONDIVIDERE, MEANING ‘TO SHARE’. BASED IN TURIN AT THE ICONIC NUVOLA LAVAZZA HQ HE HAS SUCCEEDED IN GAINING A MICHELIN STAR IN JUST OVER A YEAR - WHICH BY ANYONE’S STANDARDS IS MAGNIFICENT.

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It has been a very exciting year for you, how does it feel to be acknowledged with a Michelin star so quickly? Needless to say, I was very happy! But I must admit that feeling such great affection from all over Turin was the greatest satisfaction. Condividere or ‘to share’, is not only the name of the restaurant, it’s a way of life. Over the past few months we have taken this phrase and tried to make it become a reality. You must be very proud to have the backing of legends such as Ferran Adrià and Lavazza to lead the ‘Share by Lavazza’ campaign, but also have felt a lot of pressure to get things right? How has it been so far? Ferran Adrià is a true guru. Being able to collaborate with him makes me very proud and he inspires me every day. The concept of sharing was an idea I learnt from him. I thank the Lavazza family for the trust they’ve shown me. Both vice-presidents, Giuseppe and Marco Lavazza, believe in the project and have told me that they consider it a perfect synthesis of gastronomic talent and Piedmontese and Mediterranean cuisine. Do you have a favourite or signature dish that you love to prepare?  There are many dishes I love to prepare. Among them are the Parmesan ice cream homage to Bob Noto, the spherical olive and the gachas waffles. My favourite dish is the Modenese brioche, which the people of Turin have come to love. At Condividere the cuisine we offer is contemporary, varied and versatile. The creation of our dishes is never banal. For example, one of Condividere’s typical dishes, “Gofri di farinata, is a traditional type of flatbread made from chickpea flour. It takes the typical form of the “gofri”, a Piedmontese street food dating back to the nineteenth century, inspired by French waffles.  It is cooked on a waffle plate, which gives it the typical grate-shape, and makes it extremely crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.

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This dish was conceived through a series of steps. First, we decided on the ingredients and then we thought about how we could enhance the dish by incorporating a technical application invented by Ferran Adria: the cast iron plate. Ferran learned this technique abroad and it has enabled us to improve the traditional Italian recipe. It is a creative process in continual evolution. Ferran’s technique and methodology are not interpreted and implemented for the sole purpose of innovating, but also for improving and enhancing the vast wealth of recipes that we have in Italy, even the most traditional ones. Images © Andrea Martiradonna

If you could eat at any restaurant in the world (apart from your own), where would you go? Without any doubt, I would love to eat at: Pujol by Chef Enrique Olvera, a Mexican haute cuisine restaurant in Mexico City, In Tokyo at Ryu Gin by Chef Seiji Yamamoto, which is currently considered the leading exponent of Japanese avant-garde cuisine The third will have to remain a dream: I would have liked to go to Fäviken Magasinet before it closed – chef Magnus Nilsson’s famous restaurant in Sweden. condividere.com

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survivor DEE WELDON BIRD IS AN EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN, WHO EXPERIENCES THE WORLD IN A UNIQUE WAY. SHE SEES ‘BODY’ (THE ENERGY, THE PHYSICAL BEING) AS SEPARATE FROM ‘SOUL’ (AN ESSENTIAL ESSENCE THAT CONNECTS TO AND ENABLES THE PHYSICAL TO EXIST). BY JO WALKER

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he sees the connection between the two as vital to life itself - a body can’t exist without a soul, but a soul is a thing separate to physical life and chooses a body to exist with, creating a kind of symbiotic relationship where each affects the other, and – vitally - where life experience can block access to the essential spiritual influence of the soul. Whilst the physical body will eventually perish, the soul that chose to connect with it will remain immutable and eternal, forever in its place within an infinite universe. She therefore provides Soul Readings (where she connects with people’s souls and explains what they are saying and why people are here) and Soul Transference (where she enables people directly engage with their souls – she describes this as swimming in a soul pool) to communicate this connection and help people to make sense of themselves and of their lives. Before meeting her via Skype, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In my years as a writer, I’ve spoken to psychics, a Shaman, a Buddhist Monk and many others who experience life in a spiritual way that people would consider ‘alternative’ to conventional religion. I was used to speaking to people who experience the world in a different way to most people, but having read Dee’s website (www.deeweldonbird.com), I felt unsure of myself – I didn’t quite understand where she was coming from. I needn’t have worried. From the moment we said ‘hello’, she put me at my ease, and I felt that I’d met a friend, someone utterly sincere and completely committed to helping me, through explaining what she could see. I wasn’t sure I understood exactly how she saw things, but

all I experienced was kindness and honesty. She gave me a soul reading. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Dee helped me to relax and, whilst I’m not sure what she did, afterwards I felt somehow cleaner, more settled, more ‘me’, more able to take on the world.  Vitally, something thing that had always been at the forefront of my mind, dominating my thoughts and actions (to my annoyance) was settled somewhere comfortably in the past.  I felt less haunted, more focused on my future and what life could bring. It was an experience that I can’t quite explain, but it was profound. Speaking to Dee, it’s clear that all she wants to do is to use her gifts to help and communicate, but she also knows that others might not understand what she sees and says, and she is keen to try and explain and communicate her insights.  She’s encountered skepticism and hostility and feels she has had to prove herself for her entire life, explaining that she spent her first thirty years working as a medium proving that she wasn’t fake. As a result when describing what she sees when she does a soul reading, she seeks to explain her insights in every way she can - she explains them in words, she draws them, she physically enacts what she means, she’s written five books. She explains her work this way: “You have the physical path and your soul path.Your physical path is trying to remember your soul path. It includes everything physical stuff you have picked up on route that maybe don’t belong to you and has caused you to look at your life distorted. By having a soul reading it reveals and discloses your soul map and highlights your physical path if you have focused

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throughout these years. The cover on this route. If your more of her first book, From Both connected with your soul, then Sides of The Fence the Gifts in it will highlight your soul path. If U, features a haunting picture of you have soul transference, then it a twilight fence, the only splash strengthens your connection with of colour in the picture is a heart your soul and gives you a chance shaped red balloon. Dee describes to let go of anything from your this as her love balloon – the love physical route that you no longer she held onto from her father. I need. This is how soul readings are think this is striking and gets to life changing. Once you connect the heart of who Dee is – despite with your soul without your everything she sees and wants physical self getting in the way to communicate love. She finds there is no going back living in that love in our souls and in the physical distortion. “ infinite universe. She had what most of us She explains that she could would consider a traumatic see and speak to people’s souls childhood and yet, despite as a child and not knowing that this, she talks about love. Her not everyone else saw things mother was ill (she suffered with as she did. As she grew up, she schizophrenia), and as a result says she was seen as a ‘bit of a was separated from Dee for long weirdo and a freak’ and describes periods of time, and when Dee how she initially tried to suppress her was with her, she was abusive towards “Words do not exist to explain my her (and yet Dee still talks about her experience with Dee! It was beyond psychic abilities in order to fit in and be accepted, but that they wouldn’t go with compassion and understanding). this world – a truly life changing away and she continued to live in the She loved her father very much, but meeting. There is no shadow of a he passed away when she was just doubt I saw my soul and it was such dual reality of physical and soul. She two. She found her mother dead a beautiful unforgettable time! Dee has continued to live this way into just eighteen months later. She then your power is magical, and you have adulthood. This hasn’t always been easy, people tend to be afraid of what they ended up living a nomadic life, with a gift which in turn gave me the various foster carers, where the abuse biggest gift of my life and for that I don’t understand, meaning that she has encountered hostility, but she is living continued. am forever grateful! “ her truth and remains committed to it. She explains that this horrific For Dee, the physical and the soul transmit to us on start to life, strengthened her ability to connect with her different frequencies. For most people the physical takes soul. Saying that as a result of this unstable childhood, the over and stops us talking to and understanding our soul. Universe brought her up. She describes the moment that She says that some of us experience our souls as ‘gut she found her mother dead as the moment she walked instinct’ a kind of sixth-sense guidance that our physically through her own soul – a moment where physical grief dominated selves frequently choose to ignore. For Dee and confusion introduced her to her soul. A moment most of us are more connected to and dominated by our where, in the pre-verbal world of childhood, at a time physical selves and pay scant attention to our soul. This where experience is all, she experienced pure soul. She explains childhood as a time where it’s easier to experience creates a fundamental disconnect with who we are, and this is where Dee comes in – she enables people to reconnect soul and sees the physical as becoming more engrained as with, to listen to, to speak to and to experience their we mature, and as we acquire language. She describes the soul. When Dee talks to a person, she most horrific abuse in a very factual hears what the physical is saying, but way and describes how her connection connects with what the soul is saying with her soul enabled her to distance – seeing through someone’s assertion herself from the physical and emotional that they’re ‘ok’ and understanding abuse she suffered. She explains that the deeper truth, and the pain or the the physical abuse made her separate sorrow that’s behind the cheerful from her physical body and become face – the truth that the soul is pure soul. communicating to her. Astonishingly, despite this She talks about space – space in traumatic childhood, she talks about the universe, space between breaths, love as the thing that she held onto - 34 -


“Dee has a gift unlike any other. She shines a light on parts of yourself that you know but have yet to discover. Because of this, my reading with her changed my life.”

space between words -and how there is space between the frequencies that the soul and the physical transmit on. She sees the physical as covering the five senses. The soul is the sixth. The sixth sense can cover the five, but the five senses can’t encompass the sixth. Therefore we need to tune into the sixth sense, to our soul in order to live a complete life. She explains that, because of the space around them, you can’t merge the transmissions from the physical and the soul, and that therefore you need to tune in separately to listen to and understand your soul. Describing this as trying to listen to two radio stations at once, she makes clear that both parts of ourselves transmit on different frequencies. Dee sees and experiences the world very differently from most people, and I think this is what makes her the person she is. Dee is a force of nature, but a kind, loving one, and someone who is committed to using her gifts to help people.  She explains: “I’ve always lived by my heart and truth, even if people hate me. I’m not here to be liked, I’m not here to be loved, but I’m here to speak the truth.” The one thing that I took away from my meetings with Dee was love. Dee is a woman with lots of love to give and lots of love to share. I think I’ll leave the final words of this article to her: “Love is in everything you do – everything you think – everything you see – everything you feel – everything you know – love excludes from nothing – love is within you and gives you energy to experience and face everything in your life – love has no preference. Knowing you are love – it is up to you what you do with it – whether you like it or enjoy it or not love is behind everything” deeweldonbird.com

“I recently experienced a soul reading / transference with Dee, and it was a magnificent experience! It’s incredible how much you can change perspective about your life once you have your session. Specially about your authenticity and the reason why you are here. I ended the session and started a more serene life, sure that everything I needed was already in my hands. It was also very peaceful to be completely in my soul. I never experienced such peace & serenity before. Thank you, Dee, for letting me experience my own soul!” - 35 -


United Nations - Geneva


BUSINESS Nicholas Serandour

Democratising Proton Therapy

Hacked Off

Why The Hacking Of Bezos Serves As A Wake Up Call

Britain’s Farewell to The EU The Long Goodbye

Christian Völkers

Building An Intelligent Brand


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HACKED OFF WHY THE HACKING OF BEZOS SERVES AS A WAKE UP CALL BY JOSEPH SULLIVAN

‘It is highly unlikely that this is the first time Bezos has been subject to hacking, given his status as a high profile target’.

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On the 1st May 2018, the world’s richest man opened a WhatsApp message sent from the account of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and future king.


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here would have likely been little reason for Jeff Bezos to treat the message with any suspicion, having met the Saudi monarchy’s heir on multiple occasions, and attending a dinner with him just weeks before. The message appeared to be part of a friendly exchange, yet little did Mr Bezos know that the file was encrypted with malware, a malicious piece of code which infiltrated his iPhone X and extracted large amounts of his data within a matter of hours. The precise details of the message and its content remains unclear, as does the nature of the data accessed by the hackers, however, it is highly unlikely that this is the first time Bezos has been subject to hacking, given his status as a high profile target. The precise motive is also unclear; however, it is considered that the relations between the pair soured prior to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi status quo and had written several articles for The Washington Post, a publication owned by Bezos, which would have undoubtedly angered Riyadh.The Saudi’s meanwhile deny any wrongdoing, with claims of bin Salman’s direct involvement dismissed as “absurd”. Many details remain unknown, complicated by the fact that the Amazon founder’s privacy was compromised further after intimate communications between him and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez were leaked to the National Enquirer, allegedly by Sanchez’s brother. The issue of online privacy is a particularly sensitive one. In this truly digital age, just how much control do we have on the information stored on our devices? From personal messages to pictures, documents to online banking services, millions of us willingly store confidential and sensitive material on our mobile phones. As such, we are all vulnerable to the consequences when our digital behaviours are exploited. The Bezos case is a fine example of this, and the fact that this happened to the wealthiest man on the planet, a multi-billionaire likely afforded the highest levels of protection should serve as a wakeup call. Simply put, if the privacy of one of the world’s most influential businessmen can be compromised, anyone’s can. Rightly or wrongly, Mobile phones are an integral part of our lives. Beyond the rapid changes these devices have made to the nature of communications, advances in mobile technology have revolutionised the way we consume media, conduct business, and make transactions. The devices are increasingly complex, with a vast array of applications & functions supported by millions of lines of code. Our voluntary submission of personal data helps paint a picture of our daily lives, from the trivial and mundane, to the sensitive and intimate. A multitude of third parties now have an unparalleled opportunity to access the wealth of personal details typically stored on a device, often to optimise their functionalities, or say the targeting of their advertising.

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Equally, this presents an opportunity for those with more nefarious intentions, with a heightened risk of hacking by both criminal and surveillance operators. There are myriad threats to our data and content beyond a phone being directly hacked, and sadly, there are no quick fixes. For instance, diligently deleting sensitive communications from your device does little to reduce the risks. Should the person at the other end fail to clear the content, it is still very much available for the hackers to access & exploit. This is also true of cloud storage services, which store data, messages and media files as a backup across many devices and can be easily infiltrated. Significant weaknesses exist in various components of the devices; signals for instance can be exploited by surveillance devices known as ‘stingrays’, mimicking mobile phone towers and tricking devices into transmitting their location and user identities. Meanwhile, sim cards are particularly vulnerable to ‘hijacking’, whereby criminals can take over a mobile number and impersonate another user. This method is common in instances of bank fraud, with mobile numbers commonly being used as a means of conducting and authenticating transactions. Another security concern lies in the collection and usage of geolocation data, which is routinely gathered and stored by mobile phone manufacturers, applications and networks, as well as law enforcement agencies. For many, the notion of government actors monitoring our movements unbeknownst to the public will sound downright Orwellian.The usage of geolocation data was controversially brought to the fore after The New York Times revealed how Google stores location data for hundreds of millions of devices, its records stretching nearly a decade as part of its Sensorvault database. Such detailed records make it relatively simple to track the physical movements of an individual, which has been hailed for its potential application in a law enforcement context. It does however present a risk of innocent people being caught up in such investigations and raises questions of morality and the suppression of certain freedoms. Additionally, whilst law enforcement is somewhat constrained in the ways it uses geolocation data by legislative instruments such as warrants, there are no such parameters to prevent criminals and spies exploiting it to target an individual’s movements. Privacy aside, more troubling is the potential for geolocation targeting to be applied in a military context. In 2014, reports surfaced from a former US drone operator that the National Security Agency (NSA) routinely uses SIM card geolocation data as a means of precisely targeting drone strikes and assassinations in its anti-terrorism operations. This report was supported by NSA documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and is perhaps the most disturbing example of how the information stored on mobile devices could be utilised. With human lives at stake, there is zero margin for error.

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NICOLAS SERANDOUR IS CEO OF ADVANCED ONCOTHERAPY PLC, A COMPANY NOT ONLY AT THE FOREFRONT OF DEVELOPING A NEW PROTON BEAM THERAPY SYSTEM, BUT ALSO AT THE HEART OF A MOVE TO MAKE THIS TREATMENT AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD NEVER NORMALLY HAVE ACCESS TO IT. BY JO WALKER

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urrently, cancer is treated in three ways: medication, surgery and radiation therapy. Radiation is the most commonly used form of treatment - used either alone or in combination with the other two. Radiation is also considered as the cheapest way to treat cancer. In the US it is used in up to two-third of cancer cases, a number that goes down to a quarter in Asia due to the lack of equipment. The conventional way of treating cancer with radiotherapy is through x-ray accelerators, which accelerate photons, very light particles. These are targeted at the tumour. They hit the cancerous cells and damage the DNA strands of the tumour, which causes the death of the malignant cells. However, because of the way it is administered, the prolonged period of treatment, and the fact that the x-rays cross the whole body, conventional radiotherapy can cause damage to healthy tissue, and thus create side effects and other future problems for the patient. Further in some cancers, for example, prostate and breast cancers, the location of some tumours (potentially near the bladder and heart respectively) means that damage to vital organs is a real risk. Proton beam therapy, by contrast, uses protons, and can deliver most of the radiation in the treatment to one spot, meaning it can target beams at individual tumours, and kill them, whilst sparing some 60% of healthy tissue, making it ideal for tumours that are hard to treat such as brain tumours and tumours in the head and neck. However, proton beam therapy, in its current form, is also hugely expensive, meaning that it is unavailable to all but the wealthiest patients. It is also not widely available because the technology used to fire protons historically required a space with the footprint of a football pitch in order to operate safely – this is because the accelerator requires the building to be shielded from the radiation produced by the accelerator, and because the accelerators themselves used to be large, requiring a space that reflects this. This is where Nicolas Serandour and Advanced

Oncotherapy come in. Serandour is clear that the market is about to change, and this change will happen because they have developed a new kind of proton beam therapy system. Serandour describes protons as acting almost as a grenade that will explode and release its killing energy where the grenade stops. Protons enter the patient’s body and at the end of the path, they deposit most of their energy on a spot called Bragg peak. The level of energy provided to protons is set in a way that the Bragg peak is located exactly on the tumour. The current proton beam therapy accelerators use a circular motion to accelerate protons to a constant and maximal energy. So the energy of protons needs to be managed and reduced by radiation absorbers at the point where protons exit the accelerator. Serandour argues that these accelerators are extremely inefficient because so many protons are lost especially at low energies, that they make the cyclotron radioactive, hence why large radiation shielding is needed in the room housing the equipment (sometime up to 6-8 metres thick). The systems developed by Advanced Oncotherapy, after decades of work at CERN, have a smaller footprint and – importantly – accelerate protons in a straight line. This means that the energy of each pulse of protons can be controlled electronically without absorbers. This almost immediately removes many of the technical restraints on treatment centres, and, rather than requiring their own space in which to operate, Advanced Oncotherapy’s systems can be installed in existing buildings. Obviously, some shielding is needed, but nothing like the sort of shielding that is required in the custom-built buildings that house the older and circular proton beam therapy accelerators, all of which opens the possibility for these systems to be far more widely available than their older counterparts. As a result of their smaller footprint, their modularity and the way they operate, the new systems are significantly cheaper to install and operate, meaning that the potential for them to operate at a similar cost

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to existing radiotherapy accelerator is tantalisingly close. Advanced Oncotherapy have already announced three new collaboration agreements for the systems to be operated in Harley Street in London by the London Clinic (the building costs here were about £10 million, compared to the c.£100 million budgeted by the Department of Health for the centre in London equipped with a circular accelerator), the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, and the Mediterranean Hospital in Cyprus. And they look set to keep expanding the availability of their systems. Serandour is passionate about the potential for these new systems, pointing out that today there are only about 90 proton centres in the world, each offering between one to five treatment rooms. This equates to approximately 230 treatment rooms, serving c.70,000 patients a year. He points out that if only 20% of the people who potentially need radiation therapy were to receive proton beam therapy, then more than 10,000 treatment rooms for the therapy would be needed. Of course, Serandour is the CEO of a successful business, and that business needs to make a profit. His vision is to work alongside hospitals and align interests. To do so, Advanced Oncotherapy work by installing their systems and receiving a share of the revenue received by the operators when they are up and running. He wants to work closely with hospitals and provide a turnkey solution – he feels that all stakeholders – the patients, the hospitals and the company have much more to gain if Advanced Oncotherapy help with and manage the projects that their systems are involved in. He emphasises that providing a turnkey solution needs to encompass all the aspects of setting up a proton centre, including the purchase of the system but also assisting customers with the building planning and construction and then linking different skills and freeing the client up to treat their patients. He describes the way they work as similar to a lifts manufacturer – where it’s not enough to just sell the machinery, you need to provide long term maintenance and support– this not only ensures future returns but also protects the future of the systems and build a long-term, diversified and sustainable platform. For Serandour, although he inevitably has to focus on the bottom line, the systems are also about the hope that they offer. He is keen to emphasise the benefits of this therapy and highlight that many of the hardest forms of cancer to treat – such as tumours in the lung, liver or pancreas – will be soon more easily treated with radiation and proton beam therapy. Proton beam therapy has also had some incredible successes in treating some forms of childhood cancer – particularly

brain tumours. He explains that radiotherapy’s side effects can be particularly damaging to children, and that therefore proton beam therapy offers a safer and much more effective treatment for them. This is another area where he is passionate about the effect that the Advanced Oncotherapy systems can have socially. He explains that currently, because it is so expensive, proton beam therapy tends to only be accessible to those who are older and therefore more likely to have the money to pay for it. He describes the Advanced Oncotherapy systems as democratising cancer treatment and making it available to people who would not normally be able to afford it. He feels that children should be the primary beneficiary of this therapy and they can do this by reducing the cost to them. As a result, Advanced Oncotherapy are working to establish a programme which offers the therapy to children in the catchment area at cost, Serandour says simply: “we feel this is the right thing to do.” Possibly the most exciting development today in the proton therapy world, and for the future of cancer care in general, is called FLASH Treatment. Whereas, usually, radiation therapy involves multiple appointments and several doses of radiation, Advanced Oncotherapy’s systems , and their ability to concentrate and target protons at a tumour,


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"Serandour describes his goal as “to democratise proton therapy” and it looks like, with his sound business sense and his deep commitment to his company that he will do just that". have the potential to one day treat a tumour in just one treatment. Serandour describes this as a “huge opportunity” – it will not only revolutionise cancer treatment, but it will make patients’ lives so much easier, reducing appointment times and tiredness for the patient and also meaning the hospitals can be more efficient and treat more patients. Of course, working in an industry that revolves around such a devastating illness can take its toll, but Serandour explains that working in this area is very rewarding. He describes the company he leads as staffed by people who are all invested in the systems they produce and are proud of the results that they are achieving and the hugely positive effects that they have on people’s health. He is

proud of the fact that Advanced Oncotherapy is having a clear social impact. His hopes for the future of the systems are high: in ten years’ time he’d like to see them in the same sort of use as MRI scanners are today – a normal part of hospital life. Serandour describes his goal as “to democratise proton therapy” and it looks like, with his sound business sense and his deep commitment to his company that he will do just that. It doesn’t feel like an understatement to say he is a man who is, very politely, leading a revolution in cancer treatment. avoplc.com

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Information at the time of press was correct and is subject to change.

WO R L D R E V I E W USA February started well for US President Donald Trump, as his threeweek impeachment trial drew to a close. Trump’s impeachment is only the third in presidential history and began in August 2019, after an anonymous whistle-blower alleged that he pressured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate potentially damaging information regarding former vice president, turned Democrat candidate Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter. Trump was accused of abusing his power, allegedly threatening to withhold $400m of military aid, and dangling the bait of a Whitehouse meeting in exchange for Zelensky's cooperation. The second article; obstruction of congress, was levied in response to continued noncompliance with subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives, which sought to obtain documents and testimony considered vital to their case. In the event, it was no surprise that the republican controlled senate, which called no witnesses, concluded that Trump was not guilty of any wrongdoing. Trump's celebratory mood was likely buoyed by the chaos in his rival’s camp during the Iowa caucuses, the first in a series of votes in which the Democrats will narrow down their candidates ahead of November’s election. Bernie Sanders entered last week’s South Carolina primary as the frontrunner, yet it was here that Joe Biden mounted a stunning comeback, with a convincing win bringing his campaign back to life. As London Suisse Luxe went to print, votes were being counted after the ‘Super Tuesday’ polls. Sanders is expected to land the biggest prize of the evening with a victory in California, however Biden’s momentum looks to have continued, winning nine of the fourteen voting states, including a surprise victory in Texas.

Botswana Opinions were divided after a controversial auction offered the chance to purchase hunting rights for 60 elephants in Botswana’s capital Gaborone. Permits were sold as six individual packages of 10 elephants, fetching a total of 25.7m Botswanan pula (£1.3m) at auction. The government insist the initiative is necessary to reduce human-elephant conflict, amidst claims that elephants have destroyed crops and infrastructure in some communities through trampling. The move comes less than a year after President Masisi scrapped a 2014 blanket ban on hunting elephants implemented by his predecessor. Conservationists question the effectiveness of hunting as a means of population management and expressed concerns over hunting driving demand for elephant products, thus stimulating a market for illegal poaching. Botswana is home to roughly 130,000 elephants, a third of Africa’s entire population, and some are concerned that accommodating hunting may damage the high-end wildlife tourism industry, should visitors opt to avoid Botswana in protest. Despite the outcry, the hunting season is expected to begin in April this year, with an approved kill quota of 272 elephants.


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UK The UK formally left the EU on the 31st January, three and a half years since its referendum. Britain now enters a transition period with considerable loose ends to tie up, including the small matter of negotiating a trade deal. Westminster must also legislate and implement a wide range of policies before the 31st December, after which Britain truly parts ways with the bloc. However, with some of the biggest questions as yet unanswered, 2020 looks likely to be another year of uncertainty in British politics. 

Ireland Eight days later, voters across the Irish Sea took to the polls in the Republic of Ireland’s general election. The results sent shockwaves through the country’s political landscape, challenging the dominance of centre-right rivals Fine Gael & Fianna Fáil. In a sensational surge, left-wing Sinn Féin made huge gains, winning a quarter of all first preference votes. Previously a pariah, Sinn Féin’s support is largely the result of anger over the previous administrations failures to address faltering public services and rising living costs. Whilst no single party gained enough seats to win an overall majority, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald termed the result “a revolution in the ballot box” and expressed her preference in forming a government with smaller parties. Both mainstream parties had previously ruled out working with Sinn Féin, owing to policy disagreements and historic associations with the IRA. Current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar maintains this position, insisting a coalition with Sinn Féin was “not an option”. Fianna Fáil became the largest party by one seat, and its leader Micháel Martin has not completely closed the door on Sinn Féin. Negotiations continue and are likely to be lengthy, meaning it may be some time before we know what the 33rd Dáil looks like. It is clear, however, that Irish politics, for so long a two-horse race, has a third runner.  - 47 -


Seahouse · Mallorca A new Definition of Mediterranean Living Puerto de Andratx, Mallorca: This extraodinary, generous, yet comfortable villa is located close to the Beach Club of Cala Llamp. Courtyards and terraces, house and garden, inside and outside, architecture and landscape are integral components. The south-facing hillside masterpiece provides a beautiful panorama view over the mediterranean sea and the habour and is split into main building, guestand pool house with three sided overrun pool. The

ensemble is connected by large terraces and a perfect garden. The transparent and simple architecture of the building is fascinating. Ceiling-high glass fronts connect the the interior area with the outdoor living room, flooding the rooms with light during the day and creating harmonious spaces blending into each other. Plot of approx. 1,130 sqm, constructed area of approx. 716 sqm, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. E&V ID: W-022Q11 · Price: 13,700.000 €

Engel & Völkers Puerto de Andratx · Phone: +34 971 67 47 80 andratx@engelvoelkers.com . www.engelvoelkers.com/puertoandratx


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China In China, a novel coronavirus outbreak continues to cause major disruption. Beijing moved swiftly to contain the virus, constructing purpose-built hospitals in a matter of days, and the unprecedented lockdown of Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the centre of the outbreak. These efforts have not prevented over 80,000 infections across China, with 2,891 deaths, exceeding the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic. The outbreak has had a significant effect on the local economy, with China’s workforce, production and commodities markets all severely disrupted. Several international businesses, including retailers, hotel chains and international airlines also suspended their Chinese operations. Despite China’s slowing rate of infection, the virus continues to spread globally, with over 3,500 cases now confirmed across 40 countries. Recent outbreaks in South Korea, Iran and Italy have renewed fears of a global pandemic; something the World Health Organisation insists is not yet the case. With no end in sight, the implications of this outbreak are sure to be felt for months to come. Live updates are available via The World Health Organisation.

Syria The civil war that has torn Syria apart for almost 9 years continues to rage. President Bashar al-Assad maintains his grip on power, with his forces regaining control of most of the country with the assistance of Iranian backed militias and Russian air support, save the last rebel-held province of Idlib in the countries north-west. The regime launched a major offensive in December, which the UN says has uprooted over 900,000 civilians. This has prompted several aid agencies to call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, with thousands of internally displaced people fleeing the violence. The offensive heightens the risk of clashes between Syrian & Turkish forces, which subsequently threatens to disrupt the fragile cooperation between Moscow and Ankara, both of which back opposing sides in this conflict. After the deaths of as many as 59 Turkish military personnel in the past few months, Turkey's President Erdogan continued to threaten to drive Syrian forces back should they not halt their offensive, sending reinforcements to bolster the 12 Turkish observation posts set up under a 2017 agreement with Iran and Russia. Moscow previously sent a delegation to Ankara to discuss the tensions but could not reach a consensus, and Erdogan has since announced the commencement of a full military operation against the Assad regime, which has included the downing of three Syrian fighter jets. The Turkish and Russian leaders will meet in Moscow this week in a renewed attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, with as yet little being done to discourage Assad's regime, which vows to continue its onslaught. - 49 -


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Building An Intelligent

BRAND DINA ALETRAS MET WITH CHRISTIAN VÖLKERS

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ngel & Völkers is one of the world’s leading service companies specialised in the brokerage of premium residential property, commercial real estate, yachts and aircraft. Based in over 800 locations the company is currently operating in over 30 countries across four continents. You manage a tight ship with branches in 30 countries and across 4 continents, what are the key things you follow to manage a good work/life balance? I try to spend as much quality time as possible with my family, either in Hamburg or on our finca estate in Majorca. I love to play polo. Not on an international, competitive level anymore, but privately with friends almost every day. What are the main elements behind growing a strong and successful business? Our strong brand, combined with our many years of experience in the real estate market and our large international network, are the decisive factors contributing to the success and good reputation of Engel & Völkers. We have standardised our operational processes so that we can provide our clients worldwide with the same brand and service experience. Our brokerage business is based on a highly professional digital platform and we focus on intelligent algorithms and learning systems that effectively support the growth of this area of business..

E&V work in four channels, residential, commercial, yachts and aircraft which is the most lucrative for the business? The residential and commercial real estate segment makes up the core business of Engel & Völkers. That said, we are always striving to offer a more comprehensive service than other real estate companies. So we expand our service portfolio on an ongoing basis with the aim of best meeting the needs of our discerning clients. A client who, for instance, buys a holiday property in the South of France may also be looking for a yacht or be planning a trip in a private jet brokered by us. You share your CEO role with Mr Sven Odia, how does this help share the burden of day to day decisions? Sven Odia has been with the company for over 20 years now. I soon realised that he is an absolute asset for Engel & Völkers thanks to both his competence and his outstanding character traits. We have already driven forward many things together and it is, of course, very useful to be able to make important decisions with someone you trust implicitly. In the future, I will be devoting my attention more to the development of new ideas. Sven Odia, meanwhile, will manage the existing business with his usual toplevel professionalism.

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This 200 sqm apartment features elegant proportions with high ceilings, beautiful parquet, moldings and chimneys. A very well located Parisian classic family apartement with great renovation potential. Appartement surface (Carrez): 200.14 sqm Upstairs studio (Carrez): 29.19 sqm Transaction fees of 4% including taxes to be paid by the buyer Net selling price: 3,072,115 €


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How do you cope when you have a stressful situation? I’m fairly stress-resistant. It’s on our finca estate in Majorca that I can really unwind, spending lots of time with my family and friends. I can also pursue my passion for polo there, and switch off completely. The time I spend there gives me strength for everyday life and energy for new projects. Share with us a typical day in your week. If my schedule allows, I play polo for an hour every morning before I go to the office. Personal exchange with the Engel & Völkers network is important to me. That’s why I spend a lot of time in meetings and spend a lot of times on airplanes. A third of the year I’m travelling on business, a third I’m in Hamburg, and a third I’m in Majorca. I get the best ideas for further developing the company when I’m on the island. If you could go back to when you were a child and give yourself one piece of solid advice what would it be? When I was a child my parents gave me some advice that I still hold dear and that I would have given myself as a child looking back today: set goals for yourself, never give up, and try to achieve those goals! If you could meet anyone from the past or present for a lunch date who would it be? Ever since my youth it has always been a desire of mine to meet the Dalai Lama. I would like to ask him how he manages to go through life with such a sense of calm and serenity.

Your love of Polo is apparent, do you find the strategy, dynamism and team spirit help you when making business decisions? Agility, superb collaboration, and actions based on foresight – these are the key skills for succeeding on the polo field. Of course, these skills are also essential in the real estate business. Promoting the sport is very close to my heart, and I fulfilled a long-held wish in 2014 with the launch of the Engel & Völkers + Land Rover Polo School.

What is your favourite drink? We’ve produced our own red wine on our estate for many years now. What is your favourite dish? I love Mediterranean cuisine because it is so simple and aromatic at the same time. We are pretty self sufficient and grow our own vegetables, which we love to cook with.

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The long Good-Bye; Britain’s farewell to the European Union BY JOSEPH SULLIVAN


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UNDER A DREARY LONDON SKY, A RECORDING OF THE FAMOUS CHIMES OF BIG BEN HERALDED THE MOMENT THAT TO SOME FELT LIKE IT WOULD NEVER COME, AND OTHERS WISHED WOULDN’T. A CHAOTIC THREE AND A HALF YEARS SINCE THE REFERENDUM, BRITAIN OFFICIALLY LEFT THE EUROPEAN UNION…SORT OF.

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he current arrangement is similar to that of a broken marriage…the breakup is official, yet the estranged partners begrudgingly accept living under the same roof, sharing the bills for the rest of this year until their divorce settlement is finalised. That is the reality of Britain’s departure, for now, entering a transition period in which negotiations must be finalised before the 31st December 2020, after which the UK embarks into its post-EU future. As London Suisse Luxe went to print, some of the most pressing Brexit questions remain unanswered ahead of a crucial time for Boris Johnson’s government.

Deal or no deal? Negotiating a trade deal is the priority for both Westminster and Brussels. By the 25th February, the EU had published its ratified negotiating mandate (the UK followed suit a day later) with formal negotiations commencing on the 2nd March. However, time is not on Boris’s side, with the EU’s penultimate Brussels summit in October considered the true deadline to achieve a deal.  The first obstacle relates to ‘level playing field’ rules, a set EU of regulations covering a range of policies from workers’ rights and environmental commitments, to taxation and state aid for businesses. The EU maintains that any potential free trade agreement would be subject to the UK adhering to such guidelines, so as not to create unfair advantages between businesses. This does not sit well with Johnson, who argues that an agreement need not involve the UK’s compliance with EU rules. Instead, the prime minister insists his government would maintain and improve on existing standards but ruled out accepting a mandate calling for measures “beyond those typically included in a comprehensive free trade agreement”. Equally as unpalatable for Westminster was Barnier’s position on the role of the European Court of Justice, demanding the institution be able to issue legally binding rulings on “concepts derived from European law”. Restoring ‘Britain’s sovereignty’ was an important part of the leave campaigns rhetoric. Many were keen to shake off the ECJ’s influence, and Johnson was unambiguous on this point, stating that a deal cannot allow the ECJ “any jurisdiction over the UK’s laws”.  Boris remains buoyant, confident that a ‘Canada style’ deal can be pushed through within the required timeframe, something Mr Barnier has ruled out, citing the UKs geographic proximity as a barrier to such terms. Others are sceptical, considering the 2017 agreement between Canada and the EU was the result of seven years of negotiations.

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If replicated, such a deal could allow for trade on an almost tariff-free basis, with as much as 98% of tariffs on imports and exports waived. Like Canada, this would not give the UK access to the single market, meaning that the UK could set about negotiating its own trade deals elsewhere. However, goods traded between Britain and the EU could be subject to regulatory customs checks at the border. Others have put forward the idea of an ‘Australia style’ deal. Curiously, no such deal currently exists. Australia has been negotiating for a trade deal for 18 months, to no avail, and continues to trade with the EU as per WTO regulations, as will the UK if no agreement is reached by the 31st December. This is essentially considered code for ‘no deal’. 

Plenty of fish in the Sea Brexit stoked considerable anti-EU sentiment amongst Britain’s fishing communities, with many disaffected by concessions made under the Common Fisheries Policy in 1973. Fishing represents a tiny fraction of the British economy (as little as 0.1% of its GDP), but may yet prove to be a significant flashpoint in negotiations. European vessels are currently granted significant access to Britain’s waters, something Barnier was quick to address, stating that a trade agreement must include “continued, reciprocal access to markets and waters with stable quota shares”. Johnson’s position remains unmoved for now, and whilst his government was willing to “consider an agreement on fisheries” emphasised that “British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats”, advocating an agreement like that of Norway’s, with quotas, access and catches negotiated and settled with the EU annually based on scientific data. By early July, both sides hope to have reached a consensus on the matter. Johnson maintains his government will not budge, yet a compromise may be necessary for Britain to attain favourable terms for its services and financial industries, which represent a significantly higher portion of the country’s economy. It’s not unthinkable that Britain’s fishermen may again have to take one for their team in the interest of diplomacy.


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Coming or going? Immigration remains one of the thorniest issues of the Brexit debate. The approximately 3.5m EU citizens residing in the UK must now apply for the right to remain in the country under the EU settlement scheme by the 30th June, but the greater challenge lies in how the country approaches immigration once the freedom of movement rights of EU citizens expire after the December deadline. Westminster outlined a post-Brexit immigration policy, based on the concept of an Australian style points system.Visas would be granted only to those with a total of 70 points, awarded in accordance with a specific criterion covering English language skills, qualifications, a minimum salary threshold, or professions in which labour shortages exist. Such changes will be a concern to businesses within certain sectors, some of which are heavily reliant on labour from within the EU.  

The year ahead? There are some significant hurdles ahead, for instance, the status of Gibraltar under any negotiated deal. Sans a crystal ball, it is incredibly difficult to predict the outcome of the bruising negotiations between Westminster & Brussels. Inevitably, these things take time, and European leaders will reconvene for a two-day summit on the 18th June to assess the progress of negotiations. Many consider this to be the final point at which Britain could ask for an extension, something Johnson continues to rule out. Ensuring a deal is in place is beneficial to all, but to achieve this within Boris’s ambitious timeframe, tough decisions and compromises will need to be made on both sides of the channel.  gov.uk/transition

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C L I M AT E Climate Change Science & Denialism

What Is The Real Impact Of What We Are Facing?

The Global E-Crisis

Where Does All The E-Waste Go?

Protecting Planet Earth

Stephanie von Meiss COO Of The Klosters Forum

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A HISTORY OF

Climate Change Science & Denialism

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DAVID CARLIN WORKS ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM’S FINANCE INITIATIVE (UNEP-FI). HE LEADS A GLOBAL PROJECT TO HELP BANKS UNDERSTAND AND ASSESS THE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES BROUGHT ABOUT BY CLIMATE CHANGE.

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he girl got up to speak before a crowd of global leaders. “Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.” She continued: “I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rain forests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes.” She challenged the adults in the room: “parents should be able to comfort their children by saying ‘everything’s going to be alright,’ ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and ‘it’s not the end of the world.’ But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore.” No, these were not Greta Thunberg’s words earlier this year. This appeal came from Severn Suzuki at the Rio Earth Summit back in 1992. In the 27 years since, we have produced more than half of all the greenhouse gas emissions in history. Reading recent media reports, you could be forgiven for thinking that climate change is a sudden crisis. From the New York Times: “Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change.” From the Financial Times: “Climate Change is Reaching a Tipping Point.” If the contents of these articles have surprised Americans, it reveals far more about the national discourse than then any new climate science. Scientists have understood the greenhouse effect since the 19th century. They have understood the potential for humancaused (anthropogenic) global warming for decades. Only the fog of denialism has obscured the long-held scientific consensus from the general public. Joseph Fourier was Napoleon’s science adviser. In the early 19th century, he studied the nature of heat transfer and concluded that given the Earth’s distance from the sun, our planet should be far colder than it was. In an 1824 work, Fourier explained that the atmosphere must retain some of Earth’s heat. He speculated that human activities might also impact Earth’s temperature. Just over a decade later, Claude Pouillet theorized that water vapor and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere trap infrared heat and warm the Earth. In 1859, the Irish physicist John Tyndall demonstrated empirically that certain molecules

such as CO2 and methane absorb infrared radiation. More of these molecules meant more warming. Building on Tyndall’s work, Sweden’s Svante Arrhenius investigated the connection between atmospheric CO2 and the Earth’s climate. Arrhenius devised mathematical rules for the relationship. In doing so, he produced the first climate model. He also recognized that humans had the potential to change Earth’s climate, writing “the enormous combustion of coal by our industrial establishments suffices to increase the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air to a perceptible degree. “Later scientific work supported Arrhenius’ main conclusions and led to major advancements in climate science and forecasting. While Arrhenius’ findings were discussed and debated in the first half of the 20th century, global emissions rose. After WWII, emission growth accelerated and began to raise concerns in the scientific community. During the 1950s, American scientists made a series of troubling discoveries. Oceanographer Roger Reveille showed that the oceans had a limited capacity to absorb CO2. Furthermore, CO2 lingered in the atmosphere for far longer than expected, allowing it to accumulate over time. At the Mauna Loa observatory, Charles David Keeling conclusively showed that atmospheric CO2 concentrations were rising. Before John F. Kennedy took office, many scientists were already warning that current emissions trends had the potential to drastically alter the climate within decades. Reveille described the global emissions trajectory as an uncontrolled and unprecedented “largescale geophysical experiment.” In 1965, President Johnson received a report from his science advisory committee on climate change. The report’s introduction explained that “pollutants have altered on a global scale the carbon dioxide content of the air.” The scientists explained that they “can conclude with fair assurance that at the present time, fossil fuels are the only source of CO2 being added to the ocean-atmosphere-biosphere system.” The report then discussed the hazards posed by climate change including melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and ocean acidity. The conclusion from the available data was that by the year 2000, atmospheric CO2 would be 25% higher than preindustrial levels, at 350 parts per million. The report was accurate except for one detail.

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Humanity increased its emissions faster than expected and by 2000, CO2 concentrations were measured at 370 parts per million, nearly 33% above pre-industrial levels. Policymakers in the Nixon Administration also took notice of the mounting scientific evidence. Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote to Nixon that it was “pretty clearly agreed” that CO2 levels would rise by 25% by 2000. The long-term implications of this could be dire, with rising temperatures and rising sea levels, “goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter,” Moynihan wrote. Nixon himself pushed NATO to study the impacts of climate change. In 1969, NATO established the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) partly to explore environmental threats. By the 1970s, the scientific community had long understood the greenhouse effect. With increasing accuracy, they could model the relationship between atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and Earth’s temperature. They knew that CO2 concentrations were rising, and human activities were the likely cause. The only thing they lacked was conclusive empirical evidence that global temperature was rising. Some researchers had begun to notice an upward trend in temperature records, but global temperature is affected by many factors. The scientific method is an inherently conservative process. Scientists do not “confirm” their hypothesis, but instead rule out alternative and “null” hypotheses. Despite the strong evidence and logic for anthropogenic global warming, researchers needed to see the signal (warming) emerge clearly from the noise (natural variability). Given shortterm temperature variability, that signal would take time to fully emerge. Meanwhile, as research continued, other alarming findings were published. Scientists knew that CO2 was not the only greenhouse gases humans had put into the atmosphere. During the 1970s, research by James Lovelock revealed that levels of human-produced chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were rapidly rising. Used as refrigerants and propellants, CFCs were 10,000 times as effective as CO2 in trapping heat. Later, scientists discovered CFCs also destroy the ozone layer. In 1979, at the behest of America’s National Academy of Sciences, MIT meteorologist Jule Charney convened a dozen leading climate scientists to study CO2 and climate. Using increasingly sophisticated climate models, the scientists refined estimates for the scale and speed of global warming. The Charney Report’s forward stated, “we now have incontrovertible evidence that the atmosphere is indeed changing and that we ourselves contribute to that change.” The report “estimate[d] the most probable global warming for a doubling of CO2 to be near 3°C.” Forty years later, newer

observations and more powerful models have supported that original estimate.The researchers also forecasted CO2 levels would double by the mid-21st century.The report’s expected rate of warming agreed with numbers posited by John Sawyer of the UK’s Meteorological Office in a 1972 article in Nature. Sawyer projected warming of 0.6°C by 2000, which also proved remarkably accurate. Shortly after the release of the Charney Report, many American politicians began to oppose environmental action. The Reagan Administration worked to roll back environmental regulations. Obeying a radical free-market ideology, they gutted the Environmental Protection Agency and ignored scientific concerns about acid rain, ozone depletion and climate change. However, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts had already meaningfully improved air and water quality. Other nations had followed suit with similar anti-pollution policies. Interestingly, the success of these regulations made it easier for researchers to observe global warming trends. Many of the aerosol pollutants had the unintended effect of blocking incoming solar radiation. As a result, they had masked some of the emissions-driven greenhouse effect. As concentrations of these pollutants fell, a clear warming trend emerged. Scientists also corroborated ground temperature observations with satellite measurements. In addition, historical ice cores also provided independent evidence of the CO2-temperature relationship. Despite his Midwestern reserve, James Hansen brought a stark message to Washington on a sweltering June day in 1988. “The evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here.” Hansen led NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies(GISS) and was one of the world’s foremost climate modelers. In his Congressional testimony, he explained that NASA was 99% certain that the observed temperature changes were not natural variation. The next day, the New York Times ran the headline “Global Warming Has Begun, Expert Tells Senate.” Hansen’s powerful testimony made it clear to politicians and the public where the scientists stood on climate change. Also in 1988, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was created to study both the physical science of climate change and the numerous effects of the changes. To do that, the IPCC evaluates global research on climate change, adaptation, mitigation and impacts. Thousands of leading scientists contribute to IPCC assessment reports as authors and reviewers. IPCC reports represent the largest scientific endeavour in human history and


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“parents should be able to comfort their children by saying ‘everything’s going to be alright,’ ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and ‘it’s not the end of the world.’ But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore.” showcase the scientific process at its very best. The work is rigorous, interdisciplinary and cutting edge. While the IPCC has contributed massively to our understanding of our changing world, its core message has remained largely unchanged for three decades. The First Assessment Report (FAR) in 1990 stated “emissions resulting from human activities are substantially increasing the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases.” Since then, the dangers have only grown closer and clearer with each report. New reports not only forecast hazards but describe the present chaos too. As the 2018 Special Report (SR15) explained: “we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes.” As this story has shown, climate science is not a new discipline and the scientific consensus on climate change is far older than many people think. Ironically, the history of climate denialism is far shorter. Indeed, a 1968 Stanford University study that reported “significant temperature changes are almost certain to occur by the year 2000 and these could bring about climatic changes,” was funded by the American Petroleum Institute. During the 1970s, fossil fuel companies conducted research demonstrating that CO2 emissions would likely increase global temperature. Only with political changes in the 1980s did climate denialism take off. Not only is climate denialism relatively new, but it is uniquely American. No other Western nation has anywhere near America’s level of climate change scepticism. The epidemic of denialism has many causes. It is partly the result of a concerted effort by fossil fuel interests to confuse the American public on the science of climate change. It is partly due to free-market ideologues that refuse to accept a role for regulation. It is partly because of the media’s misguided notion

of fairness and equal time for all views. It is partly due to the popular erosion of trust in experts. It is partly because the consequences of climate change are enormous and terrifying. Yet, you can no more reject anthropogenic climate change than you can reject gravity or magnetism. The laws of physics operate independently of human belief. However, many who bear blame for our current predicament do not deny the science. For decades, global leaders have greeted dire forecasts with rounds of empty promises. James Hansen has been frustrated the lack of progress since his 1988 testimony. “All we’ve done is agree there’s a problem…we haven’t acknowledged what is required to solve it.” The costs of dealing with climate change are only increasing. Economic harms may run into the trillions. According to the IPCC’s SR15, to avoid some of climate change’s most devastating effects, global temperature rise should be kept to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. That would likely require a reduction in emissions to half of 2010 levels by 2030, and to net-zero emissions by 2050. Had the world embarked on that path after Hansen’s spoke on Capitol Hill, it would have required annual emissions reductions of less than 2%. Now, according to the latest IPCC report, the same goal requires annual reductions of nearly 8%. 1.5°C appears to be slipping out of reach. We have known about the causes of climate change for a long time. We have known about the impacts of climate change for a long time. And we have known about the solution to climate change for a long time. An academic review earlier this year demonstrated the impressive accuracy of climate models from the 1970s. This is no longer a scientific issue. While science can continue to forecast with greater geographic and temporal precision, the biggest unknown remains our action. What we choose today will shape the future. This article was originally published on the History News Network website. historynewsnetwork.org - 65 -


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THE GLOBAL

E-Crisis

THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, THE WORLD IS NOW AWARE OF THE PLASTIC CRISIS FACING OUR PLANET.


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e are all conscious of the importance of recycling, of reducing our carbon footprint, of global warming and the impact that our lifestyles have on it, but our focus tends to be on the plastics, paper and fuel we consume in terms of the products we buy from the supermarket, the food we consume and the household waste we produce. But there is another form of disposable product which is creating the world’s fastest growing waste problem. Created by our demand for electronic products and our tendency to dispose of one product when another supersedes it, it’s called e-waste. This waste, comprising screens, cables, chips and motherboards, has been shaped and nurtured by our love of devices. These screens, cables, chips and motherboards now number more than humans and are projected to grow to 25-50 billion this year. The figures are alarming: 50 million tonnes (the equivalent in weight to every single commercial aircraft ever built) of e-waste are produced each year, and this could more than double to around 120 million tonnes in the next thirty years. The material value of our used and discarded devices is more than $62.5 billion globally, which is more than three times the annual output of the world’s silver mines and higher than the annual GDP of more than 120 countries. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that only 20% of global e-waste is formally recycled. The remaining 80% is incinerated or goes to landfill. Thousands of tons of it also find their way to some of the world’s poorest countries where they are pulled apart by hand or burned by the world’s most impoverished workers - creating serious consequences for their health as well as (as yet) unknown amounts of pollution. It’s clear that we need to recycle and reuse our devices more effectively, and, whilst electronic devices are currently part of the problem, they might actually be a big part of the solution to it. A more digitally connected world offers huge opportunities for emerging economies as well as the opportunity for all countries to create a sustainable industry that generates less waste, and in which our devices are re-used and recycled in a variety of ways. In turn, this could create employment, economic

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expansion, educational opportunities and trade deals. Additionally, the connectivity allowed by the internet can help with better product tracking and recycling schemes as well as encouraging consumers to use these schemes effectively. Recycling our devices could also allow us harvest hugely valuable resources (there is 100 times more gold in a tonne of mobile phones than in a tonne of gold ore) and, as a result, to reduce the Co2 emissions created by mining the earth for fresh minerals. Not only that, but extending the life-span of our devices and re-using their electrical components when they are replaced could an even larger economic benefit – in that creating a system where electronic resources are not wasted, but are reused, creates sustainable jobs and makes the industry more economically viable. As a result, several global agencies now recognise that tackling this issue is of vital importance, with, for example the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) setting a target to increase the global e-waste recycling rate to 30%. These agencies, along with the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, have released a report which calls for a new vision for the sector. Additionally, 67 countries have agreed to legislation to deal with the e-waste they generate and high-profile e-waste generating companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung have also set ambitious targets for recycling and for the use of recycled and renewable materials. Ultimately, we need to change the current use and dispose attitude that we have towards our devices and move towards a more circular economic culture, where we extend the lifespan or our devices and recycle them effectively, but everyone, from consumers, through to tech entrepreneurs, investors, academics, business leaders and lawmakers will be needed to make this sort of circular economy work. It’s a big challenge, but one we need to address, before the precious materials that make up our electronic devices create a problem akin to today’s plastic crisis. For this to happen e-waste needs to be seen not as waste to be disposed of, but as a vital resource that we can harness for the good of our planet.

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he Klosters Forum is Swiss yet global, selective yet diverse, and solution-orientated yet open-minded. Like its host country Switzerland, The Klosters Forum is discrete, unbiased and acts as a neutral moderator and convener amongst its invited expert participants. Dina Aletras met with COO Stephanie Von Meiss at The Klosters Forum panel held at the Gstaad Yacht Club. The Klosters Forum addresses one environmental issue every two years – how do you select the area on which you focus on? The Planetary Boundaries concept by Johan Rockström (2009) identifies nine global priorities relating to humaninduced changes to the environment. The science shows that these nine processes and systems regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth System — the interactions of land, ocean, atmosphere and life that together provide conditions upon which our societies depend. The Klosters Forum topics are in line with these nine priorities, taking a deep dive into issues, which are directly related to them. As a neutral environmental platform, we shift the main Forum’s topic focus biennially but continue running deep dive sessions for the existing topics, in order to maximise our impact and relevance and to provide continuity and support to our TFK community. The Forum topics must also be relevant to everybody, every day. The focus of 2019/20 was the challenge of plastic pollution and in 2020/21 we will be tackling the future of agri-food systems in the context of biodiversity regeneration meaning, how can we feed the growing future population without destroying our natural ecosystem. You’ve had many influential and knowledgeable speakers and contributors over the last few years. Is there anyone who hasn’t spoken, who you’d like to hear from? Do you have a ‘dream speaker’? The raison d’être of The Klosters Forum is to encourage cross-sector collaborations so for us the dialogue is a lot more important than the monologue: our participants are equals and we deliberately don’t want to put one person on a pedestal above another. We want to break down the silos between the different stakeholders and help them harness the power of teamwork. With regards to our new topic, what would be wonderful is a solution and collaboration orientated conversation at The Klosters Forum between the UN Secretary General and the director-general of the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), Irene Blecker Rosenfeld - CEO of Mondelez International and the renowned chef Hugh Fernley Whittingstall You launched the Plastics Innovation Challenge which is inspiring many. Which out of these innovations are you particularly proud of?

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Together with Think Beyond Plastic we run the Plastics Innovation Challenge, where we were looking for innovations in three categories. - New materials and Green Chemistry - Waste redundancy, avoidance, and recycling - Innovative Productive Delivery Systems The Innovation Challenge received over 300 innovations and logged in 150 applications, from over 20 countries around the world, which was amazing. All three winners were inspiring. The new Materials and Green Chemistry winner was Biolive – a female led innovative material startup making compostable plastic out of olive seeds. You work with Think Beyond Plastic. Are there any other collaborations in the pipeline? TKF is all about collaborations. Throughout the year we team up with different organisations and networks to run our TKF Talks series including The Conduit in London, The Gstaad Yacht Club or Elgiz Museum in Istanbul. Partners have included XPrize, The PEW Charitable Trusts, South Pole and SystemiQ to name a few.   Your new challenge is the future of food and its relationship to biodiversity loss. What’s the biggest challenge faced by the industry in the face of the current climate challenge? The world’s population will reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 and the current food and land use systems that are supposed to feed these 9.7 billion people are riddled with inefficiencies and hidden costs. For example, while there are still almost a billion people undernourished, at the same time there are about 2 billion people overweight, of whom 680 million are obese. The impact of our food systems on nature is devastating. We are currently experiencing the 6th Mass Extinction. This means that we are losing 200 species of plants, insects, animals every single day. The current food system is the single biggest culprit for that disaster. Last year alone, every minute we destroyed rainforest the size of 30 football pitches combined. Agriculture destroys biodiversity by converting natural habitats to intensely managed systems and by releasing pollutants. So there is no single challenge – the entire system is flawed. And according to many recent reports, we only have 10 years to change it. This is the decade that matters. Your annual forums have been running since 2017. How is your forum different to others? For a start Klosters is a Swiss mountain mecca for powder skiing in the winter, hikes or bike rides in the summer, with stunning sceneries and clean air, which clear the brain and feed the soul. We run our panels and workshops in a mountain chalet called at 2300 metres above sea level and our dinners are mainly privately hosted, allowing for true relationships

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Committed to academic excellence, we have made our natural and cultural setting in Europe our classroom since 1956. Twice a year, all Middle School and High School students take Academic Travel trips that are related to courses of study or particular student interests.

Our Global Service Program transforms lives by providing every student an opportunity to connect across borders through experiences that build empathy and personal responsibility. High School students go on life-changing service trips to destinations around the world, including Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and Nepal.

We place a great deal of emphasis on teaching physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, offering a large variety of adventure trips and varsity and recreational sports. Students leave TASIS with a heightened appreciation for the outdoors and an understanding of what it takes to succeed in challenging environments.

Vibrant Global Community Our student body represents more than 60 nations and speaks more than 30 languages. The TASIS experience unlocks the unique potential of every student and produces what M. Crist Fleming called “international human beings—men and women who are capable of moving easily in any society and any civilization on the face of the earth.”

Mission Statement TASIS is a family of international schools that welcomes young people from all nationalities to an educational community that fosters a passion for excellence along with mutual respect and understanding. Consistent with the vision of its Founder, M. Crist Fleming, TASIS is committed to transmitting the heritage of Western civilization and world cultures: the creations, achievements, traditions, and ideals from the past that offer purpose in the present and hope for the future. Seeking to balance the pursuit of knowledge with the love of wisdom, and promoting the skills of lifelong learning, an appreciation for beauty, and the development of character, each school combines a challenging academic program with opportunities for artistic endeavor, physical activity, and service to others. Believing in the worth of each individual and the importance of enduring relationships, TASIS seeks to embody and instill the values of personal responsibility, civility, compassion, justice, and truth.

Timeless Values Our Founder was fond of saying, “Times change, values don’t.” The TASIS crest represents the values she held most dear: culture, wisdom, knowledge, and truth—four pillars that inspire our community to strive for its highest ideals.

To learn more about TASIS, visit tasis.ch or contact our Admissions Office at admissions@tasis.ch or +41 91 960 5151.


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to be cemented, and of course there is also plenty of time for people to enjoy the mountains and chat in the sun or connect whilst on a walk, which is often when the real conversations happen. What is unique about our Forum is that we bring a group of diverse people together – no more than 100 - who normally do not have the chance to meet. This year as we are tackling the future of food systems, our experts will include leaders in agriculture, food production, retail as well as conservationists, scientists, tech innovators, creative, investors, philanthropists and more. So next to inviting the large industry and NGO leaders, we want to bring the regenerative farmer from the UK, the indigenous leader from the Amazon, the agro-tech start-up from China or the food blogger from South Africa to the table – because after all – they are all part of the system. We want them to learn from each other, have some of the difficult conversations that need to take place but also get the chance to brainstorm new exciting ideas and ways of working together. It is only when we understand the interdependence of the issues at stake - and that’s why you need all the different stakeholders at the table - that we actually start to change the system. Your Forum was started by a group of international female professionals. Do you think women can make a particular difference in this area? We can all make a difference in this area, both men and women. The Klosters Forum was started by a small international group of women who have a link to Klosters and saw the opportunity to use this beautiful village as a space for deep dive conversations and longterm connections and collaborations. One could argue that traditionally viewed female traits such as empathy and altruism are important traits to when you work in the sustainability field, but men can have these too and we shouldn’t be drawing gender lines when tackling an issue as urgent and critical as enabling our planet – and humanity itself - to survive and thrive.

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Your focus seems to be on collaboration and education to create change? How do you think we can effect a genuine long-term change in people’s and business’s attitude to environmental challenges and how can they contribute to a solution? The only way to address these environmental challenges we are facing, from plastic pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change, or ocean acidification (just to name a few), is to change broken systems, which is what we at want to accelerate. Changing systems allows for adaptation and disruptive measures, which some view as having winners and losers. However, we hope to give space to our participants to find a way to change a system which means positive benefits for all. Sometimes, this means a change of mindset, so a key prerequisite is the willingness to change and collaborate. That applies to all powerful industries and NGOS down to the individual consumer. We as consumers, vote with our wallets. But we as citizens vote with our actions, so let’s start making planet positive choices as citizens when it comes to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the transportation we use, the funds we invest, or the politicians we vote for You have TKF Ambassadors – what do they do? The TKF Ambassadors share our passion about the power of convening. They support us on various levels especially by helping us spread the word about TKF, making connections and assisting with fundraising (much needed for a young not-for profit). Do you have any plans to expand the work of the Forum? Whilst we don’t want TKF to grow in size, we do want it to grow in impact and reputation. We would love Klosters to be synonymous with sustainability. Our dream is that when someone hears of The Klosters Forum, he/ she automatically knows that this is the place where global thought-leaders and change-makers come together to tackle the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. theklostersforum.com

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Travel Trends 2020 MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DECADE, A CENTURY ON FROM THE ROARING 20S, HUMANKIND HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED TRAVEL ASPIRATIONS WHICH COULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DREAMED OF 100 YEARS AGO. BY ALEXANDRA DELF

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he travel trends emerging at the start of this fresh new century are due to push our boundaries further than ever before. Caught between a slow travel movement, promoting transport which is increasingly ethical and less damaging to the planet and the race to space, 2020 is showing signs of being an incredible year for progressive travel. TO INFINITY AND BEYOND Travel has always had escapism at its core, but boundaries are being pushed further than ever. Technology is influencing every area of the travel experience, examples include companies such as Biohax, the global leader in human microchip tech already successfully implanting over 4,000 devices. These can be used as a travel tickets or digital receivers and future plans even show potential use as replacements for passports. Emission-free flying is another huge new area of development and 2020 looks to be its most promising year yet, with Rolls-Royce planning the test flight of its first electric plane this year. Even easyJet are looking to the future with the aim of having a fleet of electric planes in place by 2030. There are entrepreneurs whose aim is to get us across the planet as fast as possible via land and air and even make commercially viable space travel a possibility. Leading the charge are three billionaires: Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic, SpaceX from Elon Musk and Blue Origin created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The space race is on to open up an entirely new world of travel which includes commercial sub-orbital flight and space hotels. Throughout human history only 536 people have ever been into space and just 12 have walked on the moon; 2020 looks set to change that with more than 600 people placing deposits for a Virgin Galactic flight, with tickets costing from £195,000 each. With Leonardo di Caprio and Justin Bieber already signed up,Virgin Galactic have reported 2020 will be the year for their first flight. Meanwhile Space X plans to take a Japanese billionaire around the moon in 2023 and Origin has cited 2020 as the year it could be inviting tourists to take a flight on its New Shepard suborbital rocket. Space tourism will undoubtedly spawn an incredible variation of accommodations and those so far under construction include inflatable space stations and luxury space hotel, the Aurora Station from Orion Span. The Von Braun Rotating Space Station, will boast bars, restaurants and even private residences for sale. The only question now is what to pack in your capsule wardrobe?

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL In steep contrast to intergalactic travel, the concept of flygskam or flight shaming is something which has gained popularity over the last two years and came heavily into the spotlight thanks to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Prompting a focus on responsible travel and a consideration of a lower carbon footprint when travelling, this is a trend which is now changing the face of travel as we know it. As awareness surrounding the climate crisis has increased, both individuals and corporates are looking to off-set their carbon footprint. This includes funding various projects such as forest conservation, landfill gas capture and renewable energy.   With heavy scepticism around some carbon offsetting programmes, many high-profile individuals in Sweden have decided to embrace ‘slow travel’ turning from plane to train travel, which offers one-10th of the carbon footprint of a flight. This focus on slow travel has seen an increase across the travel sector for ‘no-flight’ holidays and a revival of boat and train travel. Tour operators in the luxury travel sector are now promoting an appreciation of the journey rather than the end destination. Keep the luxury and lose the flight with train trips on Venice Simplon-Orient-Express or Belmond Royal Scotsman. This focus on travel which is increasingly ethical and less damaging to the planet is especially on the rise in the luxury sector where the sharing economy is also a key trend for 2020. Previously thought of a budget option, the concept of a sharing economy between HNWI is fast gaining traction as consumers’ increased awareness of idle assets grows. One such platform is Stay One Degree, the world’s first trusted private members’ club for luxury travellers. Jorge Munoz, Co-Founder at Stay One Degree, said, “Interestingly, 50% of luxury holiday homeowners have never rented out their homes. We believe this percentage will drop as owners recognise that they can generate significant rental income and reduce the wastage of having a home sitting empty. They can rent to people that they trust within our club whilst also giving fellow members unique and genuine home experiences.”      Fast forward to 2050 and the choice is yours, perhaps a slow travel trip around the globe on an electric plane flight to visit your preferred energy positive hotel? No documentation needed of course, thanks to your subcutaneous microchip implantation. Alternatively, try a quick trip into space to stay in one of a selection of intergalactic private residences on Mars and beyond. Bon Voyage!

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page,” SAINT AUGUSTINE, PHILOSOPHER.

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t London Suisse Luxe, we couldn’t agree more with this statement, however we’d also like to add in… “and those who visit the same handful of destinations only read one chapter.” 2020 is the year – scratch that, it’s the decade – where you should try somewhere new. Forget your annual family trip to the same country where you visit the same restaurants and stay in the same hotel.

Break free from your travel constraints and breathe in the now. The world is accessible to those who wish to see it. Each and every corner tells a different story which is why we are pioneering a selection of destinations which cover nature, snow, desert and swaying palm trees. This is the LSL travel guide in partnership with personal travel management agency Winged Boots, where every box is ticked.

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Relatively small in comparison to its European nations, what Switzerland lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty. Known for its luxuries such as delectable chocolates, indulgent fondue and striking timepieces, its travel offering is equal parts five-star and boutique. Of course, the most common time to visit is during its snow season where skiing and snowboarding are thrust into the limelight, but Switzerland isn’t to be overlooked when the snow melts either. Stunning lakes, luscious greenery, and towering mountains make up much of the landscape, so don’t forget to pack your Nikon!

Where to stay: CHEDI ANDERMATT In the heart of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt has left no stone unturned in its quest to offer an authentic alpine experience. Found secluded within 70-miles of incredible terrain unspoilt by crowds and between three mountain passes, the hotel acts as a wonderful base whether you’re a skier or you simply fancy getting away from it all. The 123 guestrooms and suites are comfortable and homely, while being uber stylish and the spa is a world of calm and relaxation. Hotel dining doesn’t get much better than here with four delightful options, one awarded Michelin-star standard. - 80 -


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x Sweden, Europe

The country that brought us Abba, Ikea and meatballs, Sweden is a year-round destination… although typical perception usually links it to the colder months. Swedish Lapland thrives in the winter where ice driving excites thrill seekers and the Northern Lights delight on clear skies. However, come summer, the days are long meaning plenty of light to enjoy the country’s medieval cities and green countryside. Comprising 221,800 islands in total, water is pivotal to Sweden’s charm – nine percent of the country constitutes lakes – so kayaking and other native water activities are in abundance when the sun shines.

Where to stay: ARCTIC BATH Welcoming guests since January, Arctic Bath is an oasis of wellness and design. Situated under the Northern Lights in the winter and the midnight sun during the summer months, this unique hotel alternates between floating on Yule River and being frozen to it… depending on the season. Based on the idea of a floating sauna and incorporating the Lake’s history of transportation, Arctic Bath has taken this design concept one step further with a selection of cabins both on water and on land. Going hand-in-hand with its outstanding design is its approach to wellness that flows from the spa through to the restaurant where smoothies and balanced meals are available.

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This Saudi Arabian port city is a historic crossroad for religious pilgrimages to its neighbouring holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Now Saudi’s commercial capital, its blend of old and new is testament to its history and current positioning. Home to multiple luxury hotel chains, Jeddah’s charm comes in its colourful street markets. Although the most cosmopolitan city in Saudi Arabia, it’s worth noting that Jeddah still abides by the country’s strict Islamic law where women must dress conservatively, and alcohol is prohibited. For any further information on visiting Saudi Arabia, check with the Foreign Office advice (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice)

Where to stay: WALDORF ASTORIA JEDDAH – QASR AL SHARQ A true Arabian palace, this hotel combines Waldorf Astoria’s world-class hospitality with the region’s traditional opulence. Think Swarovski crystal chandeliers, colourful carpets and accents of red velvet and gild. A ladies-only spa complete with massage pool, whirlpool, gym and sauna aids relaxation while the three dining destinations calm hungry stomachs.

SET TO OPEN IN 2020, Abraj Kudai in Mecca, one hours’ drive from Jeddah, will be the largest hotel in the world with 10,000 hotel rooms, a wing for the Saudi royal family, shoppinjg malls and an army of restaurants.

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Ras Al Khaimah is a melting pot of adventure with mighty mountains and sprawling deserts to trek through... and then deluxe hotels ready to rest and restore. A world-away from its extravagant UAE neighbours, the northernmost emirate offers a slower pace of life and the chance to recharge your batteries. Here, the world’s longest zipline can be found in the Jebel Jais Mountains. With a length larger than the Golden Gate Bridge, reach speeds of 90mph while flying along the 1.7-mile rope. Alternatively, there’s 40km of coastline to explore and plenty of spots to recline on a towel with a good book.

Where to stay: ANANTARA MINA AL ARAB RAS AL KHAIMAH RESORT

We recommend being one of the first to visit Anantara Ras Al Khaimah when it opens in late 2020. Located in the new Mina Al Arab district along the coast of the emirate, rest and relaxation is at this property’s core. Maldivian in style complete with overwater villas, wake up to the sound of waves lapping the shore or dive directly into the ocean below if you fancy a morning dip. There’s a signature Asian overwater restaurant to dine at complete with views of the Arabian Gulf, as well as an Anantara spa and a health club if you’ve come away on the hunt for rejuvenation. Sustainability is at this hotel’s soul, and you can discover more about the resort’s green efforts at the eco-learning centre.

x Utah, USA

Utah has its own mighty five. Forget Africa’s lions and elephants, in Utah five refers to its number of national parks; Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. And surprisingly, each offers a different collection of magnificent landscapes. Think winding canyons in Canyonlands and towering sandstone formations in Arches. This makes it an outdoorsy-person’s nirvana where backpacks are preferred over suitcases, and tents outweigh hotel rooms.

Where to stay: AMANGIRI In Canyon Point, southern Utah, surrounded by emptiness is Amangiri. To contextualise its seclusion, the nearest town is 25-minutes’ drive making this spot perfect for those who want a true escape. With privileged access to National Parks and Lake Powell, Amangiri is ideal for the intrepid explorer – someone who’d rather lace up their hiking boots than don a pair of Louboutin’s. Accommodation is spacious and features clean lines, natural materials and uninterrupted views of the dunes. Plus, new for April 2020, Camp Sarika tented pavilions offer an intimate encounter with the wonder of the wilderness with no compromise on comfort. - 83 -


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x Istanbul, Turkey

Thanks to its new airport – the biggest in the world spanning 813-million-square-feet – Istanbul is easier to visit than ever before so why not make 2020 the year you explore Turkey’s largest city? A melting pot of culture, historical sites are sprinkled throughout from ornate palaces through to mosques that pierce the skyline. Spread across two continents, sandwiched next to Bulgaria and Greece and split across Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s geographical diversity is certainly evident in its charm. Separated by the Bosphorus Strait, we highly recommend a boat cruise to see the beauty of the city from the water.

Where to stay: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL AT THE BOSPHORUS

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A restored 19th-century Ottoman palace is the perfect host for your stay in Istanbul. Team this with Four Season’s unparalleled service and the warm Turkish hospitality and you have Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, the ideal haven after a day of sightseeing. However, if you want to truly unwind, head to the spa where traditional hammam treatments are top of the menu… closely followed by a choice of relaxing facials and massages. The outdoor pool is lined by loungers, red umbrellas and deluxe cabanas which maximise the Bosphorus water views.

Where to stay: AJWA HOTEL SULTANAHMET, ISTANBUL

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The Middle East’s antidote to glittery Dubai and its evolving skyline and never-ending list of world firsts, Oman is a window into this corner of the world’s ancient soul… and its mountains is the core. Of course, its capital Muscat is where the heart of the city beats – where the scent of frankincense navigates its way around narrow alleys; stalls pop up out of nowhere and around a nondescript corner you’ll find yourself in the midst of a labyrinth where carpets, spices and jewellery are all for sale. But, for jaw-dropping scenery and a real sense of place, the mountains are calling. Here you can soak in a private plunge pool, hike, rock climb and enjoy the stillness of Oman.

Where to stay: ALILA JABAL AKHDAR Located in the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar provides a gateway to the area’s incredible history, culture and nature. Perched 2,000 metres above sea level, expect breath-taking vistas from every angle while inside the scenes are just as spectacular. Laced with contemporary décor where wood takes centre stage, each accommodation option hugs the cliffside offering uninterrupted mountain views. Dining comes to fruition at Juniper Restaurant with an international menu inspired by the golden age of Arabic cuisine while the Alila Spa will ease any knots and pains.

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A playground of adventure, Panama is bordered by the twinkling Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean which put water sports a firm favourite with visitors. Choose between the less strenuous options of kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding or turn your activeness up a notch with snorkelling and diving. Aside from its attraction to waterbabies, Panama also offers a variety of outstanding coffee. Topping the list is Geisha, and its origins are from the family-owned Hacienda La Esmeralda on the Jaramillo Farm. Other main reasons to visit include the legendary Panama Canal, the country’s sun-drenched beaches and its great location in the Americas and near the Caribbean – it’s ideal for a multi-stop itinerary.

Where to stay: ISLAS SECAS One for the sustainable traveller, Islas Secas off Panama’s wild Pacific coast will exceed your expectations. Powered by 100% natural energy, this resort comprises 14 islands 20-miles from civilisation, and you’ll be pleased to hear that 13 of the islands remain untouched. Welcoming only 18-guests at a time, seclusion is top on the agenda here. But don’t be put off by its exclusivity and write it off as just another high-brow luxury resort. On the contrary, Isals Secas adheres to Panama’s laid-back way of life with relaxed dining in an open-air setting, sunset barbeques and chic interiors crafted by local artisans… but exceptional customer service and little luxuries ensure you still receive the five-star experience.


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This East-African country was tipped to be one of the top emerging destinations for 2017 in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards, and it’s easy to see why. It’s experiential travel at its very best with National Parks home to colonies of native animals, but topping the must-see list is the fiercely endangered mountain gorilla – and with this new hotel, this is top of the agenda.

Where to stay: ONE&ONLY GORILLA’S NEST

Newly opened, One&Only has added to its African portfolio with a second property in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range. Here, you can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and up-close encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas found only in this part of the world. A range of experiences are available including scenic hikes such as the ascent to Crater Lake as well as cave exploring, plus golden monkey tracking. But don’t think this trip is all about being active and embracing nature... although when in this corner of the world both should be very high on your list of priorities. But to offer a little balance, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest has you covered with exceptional dining, comfortable rooms and a sensual spa… all with spectacular views of the luscious jungle scape, of course.

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ABOUT WINGED BOOTS Winged Boots is a UK-based luxury travel agency that specialises in worldwide personalised travel management. Utilising its relationships with major airlines and hotels, Winged Boots offers competitive prices and treats every customer as a VIP. From enquiry through to departure, and also upon return, your assigned personal travel manager is available to assist with all of your travel plans, even outside of normal working hours and at weekends. For more information or to request your free holiday quote, call the team on: 0203 823 9810 or email info@wingedboots.co.uk.

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in Zürich Zürich is an exciting hub of excellence. IN 24 HOURS, YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH VISIT AND ENJOY SOME WONDERFUL THINGS – SUCH AS THE SHOPPING PARADISE BAHNHOFSTRASSE OR VISITING THE HISTORIC OLD TOWN. WE HAVE CHOSEN THE ULTIMATE THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN ONE DAY THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN PRESENT FOR A WEEK.

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MORNING Coffee & Delights at Confiserie Sprüngli. Founded in 1836 by David Sprüngli, the company soon belonged to the pioneers of Swiss chocolate producers. David’s grandchildren later divided the firm between themselves. This gave rise on the one hand to the chocolate factory now known as Lindt & Sprüngli, and on the other, to the confectionery business, which has stood in a prime location at Paradeplatz since 1859. The latter is a popular meeting place, not just among the locals, but also for guests from all over the world. While visitors relax and enjoy delectable Sprüngli creations on the upper floor, the shop on the ground floor sells the entire range of Sprüngli products: Luxemburgerli macarons, praline chocolates, truffles, and mouthwatering chocolate bars. Opening Hours Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6.30pm Saturday 8.30am – 6.30pm Café and restaurant Monday to Friday 7.00am – 6.30pm Saturday 8.30am – 6.30pm Sunday 9.30am – 5.30pm


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Out & About Bürkliplatz Boat Park with views across Lake Zürich & The Alps Bürkliplatz was created after the bulwarks of the former town fortification were torn down. The city engineer Arnold Bürkli was responsible for constructing the lakeside park area from 1882 until 1887. Earth was filled in along the lake banks, and a continuous lakeside promenade was created with the Quaibrücke (lakeside bridge) with boulevards, meadows and parks. Today, Bürkliplatz is a dock and the starting spot for tours on Lake Zürich. The site is also the venue for a great variety of events. The vegetable market “Bürklimäärt” takes place here twice weekly, and there is a flea market every Saturday in the summer. The square is also the starting point and finish line of many athletic events.

Kunsthaus Zürich The most important collection of Classical Modernism in Zürich, coupled with attractive temporary exhibitions, make a visit to the Kunsthaus an absolute must for art enthusiasts. Besides masterpieces by Alberto Giacometti, the museum presents the largest Munch collection outside of Norway, great names such as Picasso, Monet and Chagall, and leading representatives of the Expressionist movement. In addition, it features key works from the late-20th and 21st centuries. Zürich’s Concrete artists and contemporary Swiss artists such as Pipilotti Rist and Peter Fischli/David Weiss are also represented. Fans of art and architecture are eagerly looking forward to the new extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the clear geometric volume flooded with light is scheduled to open in 2021. The extensive central hall offers new spaces for the public. A multi-functional banquet hall can also be used for concerts. In addition, the so-called “Art Garden” creates an organic connection to the surrounding neighborhood. Opening Hours Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10am – 8pm - 91 -

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LUNCH Haus Hiltl The world’s first vegetarian restaurant is located in the heart of Zürich, near the Bahnhofstrasse. According to Guinness World Records, the Haus Hiltl was the first vegetarian restaurant in the world. The restaurant – which is named for its founder, Ambrosius Hiltl – has been serving vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike with meat-free culinary specialties from all over the world since 1898. At the Haus Hiltl, situated close to the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, guests can find an à la carte restaurant with waiter service, as well as the popular Hiltl Buffet, where they can choose from over 100 home-made delicacies, freshly squeezed fruit juices and tasty lemonade. Currently managed by the fourth generation of the Hiltl family, the Hiltl is also an academy, where seminars and courses are held. In addition, this location is home to Switzerland’s very first vegetarian butcher’s store. Opening Hours Monday to Thursday 6.00am – 11.00pm Friday 6.00am – 4.00am (from 11.00pm Hiltl Club) Saturday 6.00am – 5.00am (from 11.00pm Hiltl Club) Sunday and public holidays 8.00am – 4.00am (from 10.00pm Hiltl Club

Traditional Food Zunfthaus zur Waag One of the city’s most beautiful guild houses proudly presents itself in an elegant blue on Münsterhof. The magnificent Zunfthaus zur Waag stands directly facing the Fraumünster, which attracts tourists and locals alike with its breathtaking Chagall windows. Hospitality is cultivated in its finest form in this history-steeped building, which dates from 1315. In the elegant dining room on the first floor, the master chef indulges his guests with both Zürich classics and innovative new creations. The spacious summer terrace on the now car-free Münsterhof invites visitors to linger and enjoy. For an unforgettable party or celebration in the historical rooms of the guild house, there is a highly competent in-house team to provide help and advice. Opening Hours Monday to Saturday, 11.30am – 2.00pm and 6.00pm – 10.00pm During November and December also open on Sundays


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EVENING DRINKS & DINNER Widder Bar & Kitchen The successful reinterpretation of Zürich’s legendary Widder Bar impresses with its stylish interior and high quality. The Widder Hotel has been lovingly created from eight adjoining listed buildings dating from medieval times. At the heart of this “Leading Hotel of the World” is the legendary Widder Bar, which was renovated in 2017 and reopened as the Widder Bar & Kitchen. To the rhythms of live jazz, both hotel guests and style-conscious locals enjoy tried-and-tested cocktail classics and outstanding frill-free cuisine. As a result, the Widder Bar is a popular place for apéros, dinners, or drinks in good company. The evening is often brought to a close by an obligatory look into the Library of Spirits, which boasts over 1,000 different bottles. Opening Hours Kitchen: Daily, 11.30am – 2pm & 6 – 11 pm Bar: Sunday – Wednesday, 11.30am – 1pm Thursday – Saturday, 11.30am – 2am More information available from zuerich.com

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HUNTER JONES: LAUNCHED IN 2013, HUNTER JONES HAS ESTABLISHED A PROFOUND REPUTATION AS AN EXPERT IN UK AND EUROPEAN PROPERTY-BACKED INTEREST-BEARING LOAN NOTES; PRIDING ITSELF ON INTRODUCING VERY SELECTIVE AND HIGHLY RESEARCHED PROPERTY INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO CLIENTS FROM ACROSS THE UK AND OVERSEAS.

What are loan notes? Loan notes, also known as property bonds, are an alternative source of finance issued by property developers to raise funds for the purchase of land and construction costs associated with a planned development. Usually issued for a fixed term, the bonds are typically set for a period of time that enables the property developer to complete construction and generate the necessary returns. As highly speculative and illiquid investments, loan notes do not guarantee returns and there is a chance that investors could lose all of their original investment. Why are loan notes becoming increasingly more popular? There are a number of reasons why more and more investors are looking to loan notes as an alternative to conventional buy-to-let. Firstly, they can be asset-backed, which means there are always underlying assets to generate the returns required by investors and allow them to start investing with relatively low amounts of capital. Loan notes create some of the most attractive returns that are currently available.


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What is the nature of Hunter Jones’ work? We introduce our clients to a range of alternative property investment opportunities that they can trust. Utilising our expertise, experience and contacts to originate opportunities, we professionally negotiate and arrange investments which we believe will prove attractive to our network of investors, and on the most appealing terms available – which is why our client base is expanding rapidly.   Essentially, Hunter Jones introduces high-net-worth individuals in order for them to lend money to property developers and make above average rates of return on their investments. All investments come with a level of risk. However, we are thorough in our approach and ensure we review all developers’ business plans to ascertain the level of risk. If it matches well with the type of investment, a high-net-worth individual normally makes, then we put the facts and figures to them and they decide if they want to proceed with the opportunity. To be clear; we don’t offer advice, we simply introduce investors to alternative investment opportunities, with all risks identified and presented accordingly.   Are you FCA regulated? No. Hunter Jones is not directly authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. It is an Appointed Representative (FRN: 808287) of Equity for Growth (Securities) Limited (FRN: 475953) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This allows us to prove regulated products and services on behalf of our regulated clients, though means we must operate in accordance with the principles and guidelines set out by the FCA.   What level of risk is there with the opportunities you offer? The opportunities in the eyes of the FCA are high risk investment opportunities. The problem with risk is different from person to person. Savings accounts have no risk but no real return. We always recommend people speak to an independent financial adviser. We don’t offer any type of financial advice nor make personal recommendations in regards to our investment opportunities. We provide the facts so that investors can make an informed decision. It is them who are in control.   Why does it pay to use ‘alternative investment specialists? With UK interest rates close to an historic low, investors have struggled for some time to generate a healthy return on their money. In seeking ways of doing so, many have explored opportunities in the residential property market. However, conventional property investment is fraught with complexity, requiring investors to confront a host of issues such as insurance payments, council tax, Stamp Duty, maintenance fees, rental voids and other tenancy issues. Furthermore, the attractiveness of

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buy-to-let property investment has diminished significantly in recent years due to a marked dilution in the tax advantages, coupled with stricter rules regarding mortgage eligibility.    How do property bonds offer a viable alternative to buy-to-let? Many investors prefer a more ‘hands-off ’ investment approach. They see the continued potential for attractive returns from the UK property market, but don’t have the necessary time, experience or expertise. With Property Bonds, however, investors aren’t burdened by the day-today hassles that come with owning property directly. In short, they offer the best of both worlds: attractive fixed returns with the peace of mind that comes from the security of ‘bricks and mortar’.  Individuals offer their capital in the form of a loan (which is why they are often referred to as ‘loan notes’) to a property development company in return for a fixed rate of interest over a fixed period of time. At the end of the fixed period, the investor’s original capital is returned in full. A property bond is therefore a legally binding contract between a lender (the investor) and a borrower (the property developer) that details specific terms as to how the investment can be used, how much interest is paid to the investor, when that interest will be paid, how the investor’s capital is secured, and when the initial investment is paid back.    How do you add value? While property bonds offer very attractive benefits, not all developers – and therefore not all bonds – are the same. Finding the right investment opportunities requires expert knowledge and can therefore be both difficult and time consuming.   At Hunter Jones, we do this work for you. We evaluate and conduct due diligence on a wide range of property bond opportunities from a number of the UK’s fastest growing and most progressive developers to create a range of high potential investments. Our team analyses all critical factors rigorously and we leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered. Our due diligence process is thorough and forensic. We are very particular about introducing clients to only the very best opportunities.  Who uses your services? High network individuals rather than retail investors. Our clients include leading CEOs, doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs. How can our readers find out more? Readers can either contact a member of our team directly or visit the website. Full details are as follows: www.hjinvest.com info@hjinvest.com 020 117 2913

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