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EU upholds prohibition on hunting wolves

hunting wolf

Despite the increasing spread of wolves in Germany and Europe, the European Commission does not want to change the special status of protection of the predator. Wolves are still considered an endangered species in the rest of the European Union.  A targeted hunting of the animals for depletion of inventory is therefore prohibited. The EU Commission has committed to providing special protection for wolves in Europe. For the protection of sheep and cattle, however, there should be more changes to this law in the future. EU Commission is committed to the protection of wolves. This is what Phil Hogan, the EU commissioner on Agriculture has said.

Petitions to soften laws on hunting wolves

Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt had sent a letter to the EU Commission asking for a change to the strict protection status. This would make the animal easier to hunt. Another department of Agriculture in one of EU’s member countries had recently spoken out in favour of this.

Shooting possible in individual cases

The EU Commission was aware that the spread of wolves had problems, said Hogan. He pointed out, however, that the better protection of grazing animals would be financially supported. In addition, the current legislation already allows targeted individual killings of wolves, if it serves the “population management” and the preservation of the species is not endangered. Thus, in April 2016, the so-called problem wolf “Kurti” was shot in Lower Saxony, Germany, on instructions of the state government, after he had repeatedly come too close to people. In certain cases, shooting of wolves is allowed.

No change in hunting law

A cap on a number of wolves, from which there is a right to reduce stocks in a region, will still not exist, the EU commission has emphasized. In addition, the number of wolves in certain regions of the EU is not too high; the species continues to be considered as endangered. The inclusion of the wolf in the hunting right was rejected by a council meeting in Hanover. For years, there has been a dispute over how to handle the growing wolf population in Lower Saxony: There are some in the state wants to release the wolf in certain regions for hunting, and there are those who also demand that the wolf is included in hunting law. Most in favour of not adding wolves to the hunting law is currently in the majority.

Grazing animals in danger

Owners of grazing livestock have long been demanding an upper limit for wolves, and a softening of the laws when it comes to hunting them. Since 2008, when the first wolves settled near Lüneburg, 669 farm animals were killed. Eleven packs have settled in Lower Saxony, according to recent surveys. This big increase in the wolf population in the Saxony region has caused a lot of concern for farmers and livestock owners in the area. Many are concerned that with rising wolf populations it will only cause further damage to their farms and livestock. There are also some that are worried that the increasing number of wolves could also pose a serious danger to humans too.

Tiger Woods making a comeback!

Golf legend and superstar Tiger Woods is looking forward to his comeback after a ten-month break. The 41-year-old American will tee off this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas for the first time. The sports world has celebrated the long-awaited comeback of golf star Tiger Woods.

Wood’s performance

Woods had a good start round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas after a break from professional golf. The 41-year-old Californian needed 69 strokes for the 18 holes and is in the split eighth place after the first round. The Englishman Tommy Fleetwood leads after the opening round at the Albany Golf Club with 66 strokes.

Exactly one year ago, Woods had started his last comeback after a 15-month break at the same location. But it was already over in February. This was followed by the fourth back surgery. At that time, the 14-time major winner in the Bahamas hardly came out of the chair after the TV interview – now no problem: the damaged back finally stops.

And Woods was the reawakened joy of playing to watch: With successful blows clenched the meanwhile 668th of the world rankings, again and again, his hands to the fist. In slips, he went in his typical Sunday outfit with black pants and red polo shirt in the knee or grimaced.

The 14-time Major Champion is currently only held in position 1199 of the world rankings. Woods was number one for 683 weeks. Exactly twelve months ago Woods tried after a back surgery and 15-month break at the same place before the comeback. In February he had to give up at the Dubai Desert Classic after the opening round due to severe back pain. This was followed in April by the fourth procedure on the damaged back.

Hero World Challenge

The tournament, hosted by Woods himself and whose proceeds will benefit his charitable foundation, will take place on the Caribbean island from November 30 to December 3. Experts suggest that the 14-time major champion is now in the best shape for years after his fourth back surgery in April. In May, Woods was arrested for drug-abuse abuses and pleaded guilty to reckless driving. In the body of the golf professional, a mixture of analgesics, sleeping pills, and sedatives was found. That was sort of a wake-up call for Woods. He paid a fine of $ 250, committed to 50 hours of community service and was treated for drug addiction in a specialist clinic.

After the incident, Woods then went to inpatient treatment to control the drug abuse. The professional golfer celebrated his most recent tournament victory at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. It has been quite a while since Woods has won any golf tournaments.

But can Woods compete with younger colleagues? This Thursday, he will join forces with Justin Thomas, the reigning PGA champion and winner of the FedExCup annual standings. Woods plays with a 24-year-old colleague who witnessed live as a seven-year-old boy in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, how Woods won the PGA Championship in 2000, the ninth win of the year.

Journalism Career Information and Job Duties

Journalism

Journalism is the art of presenting facts in an honest and unbiased manner to the people. Careers in journalism include reporter, copywriter, news anchor, columnist or even a video journalist. Whether you are working for print, television or online media, the duties are the same.

Journalism

Journalist Job Description:

Depending on your role, you may be gathering the facts by interviewing people on a variety of subjects, or you may be writing copy for a publication or a television station. Journalists more often than not, are expected to work long hours. The ability to interact with people and cultivate sources is an asset. Journalists will be interacting with people, officials, and sources to build a story. Accuracy and the ability to meet deadlines are must for journalists. A journalist must have the ability to collect and compile facts. Journalists also attend events and news conferences. Verifying facts and statements is another important duty of journalists. Broadcast journalists are required to present the news live from locations. Depending on the nature of the job travel may be an essential part of the job description

Skills required of a journalist:

Time is of the essence in presenting news, and a journalist must be able to meet deadlines without missing accuracy. Good communication skills both oral and written, is necessary as the primary job of a journalist is communicating information. A general understanding of the happenings around you and a curiosity about what is happening is essential. The ability to look at the obvious and draw conclusions and the ability to come up with news stories is a definite plus. Multitasking and the ability to work independently or as a part of a team is also required. Familiarity with photography and videography equipment and editing skills are fast becoming a necessary qualification for journalists. Perseverance in following a lead to the end and an eye for detail are required. Several media houses have started insisting on a degree in journalism from aspiring journalists and some even several years of experience in the field.
The emerging online media requires additional skills for journalists to succeed. Grasp of online media and a keen understanding of social media is essential to achieve success. Knowledge of online production and web production programmes like HTML is required.

Employment opportunities in Journalism:

There are ample employment opportunities for a skilled journalist. Newspapers, Television stations, websites, magazines, radio stations all provide opportunities for journalists in various capacities such as a reporter or an editor. Freelance journalism opportunities are also available, but to sustain you may need to have contacts in the industry. There is ample scope for growth with a structured career path.

How to become a Journalist:

If you want to become a journalist, you should consider enrolling in a Bachelor’s Degree program. This will provide a solid foundation and impart essential skills like writing and editing. Enrol for internships to get a hands-on feel and gather invaluable experience. Build your contacts and hone your skills. With the acquired skills you can easily convince editors to hire you.

Top 5 Journalists in the World

Robert Fisk

In the Modern digital world, instantaneous availability of information and citizen reporting raises serious questions about the relevance of journalists. But even today quality journalism exists, and several journalists continue to show the world why quality matters over quantity. Here are five such journalists who make a difference.

Christiane Amanpour

Robert Fisk:

Fisk is a British journalist who is Independent’s correspondent for the Middle East. He holds the distinction of having interviewed Osama bin Laden thrice. He is known for his fearlessness in reporting events. Robert Fisk has covered the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq war. He has written best-selling books on the Middle East, including Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation. He has received several awards, including the British Press Awards International Journalist of the Year. Robert Fisk holds more British and international journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent.

Kate Adie:

Kathryn “Kate” Adie is a British journalist who currently presents ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ on BBC Radio 4. She is known for her stint as the Chief News correspondent of BBC News and her coverage from several war fronts. Kate Adie received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire award for excellence in journalism. She reported live the London Iranian Embassy siege, crouching behind a car door amid chaos and confusion. Kate Adie is also a best-selling author of several books including her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers

Christiane Amanpour:

Amanpour is currently the global affairs anchor for ABC News in the United States as well as the Chief International Correspondent for CNN International. She also hosts Amanpour- CNNs interview program. Christiane Amanpour began her career as an entry-level assistant and worked her way up to the international desk. She has interviewed several top leaders including Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Ghadafi. She has received several awards including nine News and Documentary Emmys. Amanpour also serves as a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Hu Shuli:

Hu Shuli is a Chinese journalist who is currently the editor-in-chief of the media group, Caixin Media which she founded in 2009. She is considered the best reporter in China, which has several restrictions on the Media. Shuli had also been chief reporter and international editor of China Business Times before founding Caijing, business and finance magazine which she was also editor-in-chief of for 11 years. She has been named one among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes and as one among the most influential people in the world by Time. She is known for her investigative journalism on fraud and corruption.

Bob Woodward:

American Robert Upshur “Bob” Woodward is well-known for exposing the Watergate scandal during President Nixon’s tenure. Woodward uncovered much of the scandal with colleague Carl Bernstein while working as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post in 1972. The expose was instrumental in Nixon’s resignation. Woodward is currently the associate editor of the Post. He has written and released several books. Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting on Watergate landed the Pulitzer prize for public service to the Post. His contributions towards coverage of the 9/11 attacks also won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2002.

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