“Save the Krill” urges Greenpeace report

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A recent report by Greenpeace International describes the role of krill in Antarctica’s marine food chain and calls for nations to restrict their krill fishing in areas under consideration for protected status designation.Automatic identification system signals from commercial krill-fishing vessels allowed Greenpeace to map the precise routes these ships take around the Antarctic Peninsula and to identify transfers of catch and fuel between ships.The report warns that krill fishing competes for food with other marine wildlife, and that anchoring and pollution from the ships could damage the larger ecosystem.Video footage and samples collected from submarine dives by a recent Greenpeace expedition will be analyzed and presented at meetings this summer to support the creation of marine protected areas in the Weddell Sea and other regions around Antarctica. In Antarctica, it’s usually the whales, seals and penguins that take the spotlight, but a new report focuses on an animal further down the food chain: the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba).In a report issued last week, Greenpeace International outlines the vital role that this minute crustacean plays in Antarctica’s marine ecology and documents incursions of krill-fishing vessels into coastal waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. The report claims that increased demand for krill oil coupled with easier access to the Southern Ocean due to warmer temperatures could result in disruption of vulnerable ecosystems. The group is calling for krill-fishing companies to cease fishing in proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Weddell Sea and other Antarctic waters.Krill form the backbone of Antarctica’s food chains, Louisa Casson, a Greenpeace campaigner based in the group’s United Kingdom office, told Mongabay. The tiny shrimp-like creatures feed on photosynthetic plankton and in turn become a vital food source for the Southern Ocean’s iconic wildlife, including five species of baleen whales, numerous seal species, seabirds like penguins and albatrosses, fish and squid.Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Photo by Uwe Kils via Wikimedia Commons.To observe the krill and fishing industry firsthand, Greenpeace sent its icebreaker ship, the Arctic Sunrise, on an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea in January of this year. The crew, Casson told Mongabay, “saw krill vessels in the immediate vicinity of whales and penguins so that you can see that they are directly competing for the same food.”Krill are the largest catch in the Antarctic, with up to 5.6 million metric tons allowed to be harvested each year. The current catch limit, divided among sub-regions of the sea, is meant to represent less than 1 percent of Antarctica’s estimated krill population.“There probably isn’t a fishery in the world [with] a catch limit in place that is such a small proportion of what we think the population of krill to be,” said Keith Reid, an Australia-based science manager for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The group, composed of representatives from 24 nations plus the European Union, all with commercial interests in the region, is in charge of monitoring krill fishing activity and closing sub-regions to fishing once a target limit has been reached. The system enables CCAMLR to manage the fisheries in a way that is sustainable for the Southern Ocean’s ecosystems, Reid said. He acknowledged that it is up to the individual nations to enforce compliance by their commercial fleets.The issue isn’t with the amount of krill being caught, but with where they are being caught, according to Cassandra Brooks, an Antarctic policy adviser and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program, who is not associated with Greenpeace or CCAMLR.A Weddell seal and a gentoo penguin on Greenwich Island, part of the South Shetland Island group, Antarctica. Photo by Paul Hilton/Greenpeace.The report includes a detailed map of krill trawler routes around the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula over the past five years, based on data from the vessels’ automatic identification system signals. According to Brooks, the map shows that the ships are coming very close to shore, including areas home to penguin colonies, which could endanger the penguins and other predator populations.“This is the highest resolution [Antarctic] krill fishing data I’ve seen,” said Brooks, “[and] this data is actually hard to come by because it is proprietary and not widely shared.”Greenpeace claims that these trawlers were fishing within the boundaries of proposed MPAs, an allowed activity that the group says the trawlers should end in order to preserve the habitat and food chain in these sensitive areas. CCAMLR does not actively monitor authorized fishing vessels’ routes and relies on ships to self-report when they enter a designated area to fish.Greenpeace also mapped interactions between trawlers and the large refrigerated cargo vessels (also known as “reefers”) that take on catch and supply fuel to allow the trawlers to remain longer at sea. The report warns that rough water conditions during a fuel transfer could result in an oil spill that would damage the Antarctic’s near-pristine ecosystem. Some of the ships, said Casson, “have appalling safety records [with] very low standards in terms of pollution from oil and sewage.” In addition, Greenpeace has evidence that some transfers occurred in or near designated protected areas. The anchoring required to carry out the transfer can damage these sensitive seabeds and the animals that live there.The Iris Reefer, a vessel that takes on catch from fishing vessels and supplies them with fuel, at anchor in Discovery Bay, in the Antarctic. Photo by Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace.Overall, Brooks said the report did a good job presenting krill-fishing environmental and safety concerns, although she stressed that the issues have previously been raised by other advocacy groups and scientists, some within CCAMLR.Scientists aboard Greenpeace’s expedition ship collected samples and video of the seafloor that revealed a complex invertebrate community, according to Casson. Various experts are scrutinizing the video footage to identify the species it captured and determine the uniqueness and vulnerability of the ecosystems. The group will present the results at CCAMLR’s scientific meeting this summer and may use them to bolster support for the proposed MPAs.Designating coastal waters as MPAs is becoming an accepted fishing management tool in many countries. Evidence has shown that by eliminating or substantially reducing fishing, these areas can become safe havens for sea animals and biodiversity.In 2016, CCAMLR’s members approved the designation of over 1.5 million square kilometers (nearly 600,000 square miles) of Antarctica’s Ross Sea as an MPA that came into force in December 2017. To reach unanimous consent required several years of negotiations. A proposal in 2017 to create a second MPA off the east coast of Antarctica did not garner enough support to move forward. Additional MPAs in the Weddell Sea and along the Western Antarctic Peninsula have been proposed by the EU and the Chilean and Argentine governments, respectively, but according to Reid, it has not yet been determined if either one will be discussed at this year’s October meeting.Casson said that Greenpeace is particularly focused on protecting the Weddell Sea. Historically, sea-ice coverage has made the Weddell Sea impenetrable to industrial fishing ships. Greenpeace warns that the convergence of sea-ice melt from rising ocean temperatures and increased demand for omega-3 fatty acids derived from krill oil will encourage industrial fishing enterprises to expand into this newly accessible region. The report cites a 2017 market research prediction that global demand for krill oil will double by 2021, largely for dietary supplements, followed by food for farmed fish and pets, and pharmaceuticals.Reid countered that getting into the Weddell Sea is still difficult. (Greenpeace’s own mission was forced to scale back its planned submarine dives in this region, according to Casson.) Furthermore, in Reid’s past decade working for CCAMLR, he said he has seen numerous forecasts of rapid krill-fishing increases that failed to materialize. “I remain alert but not terribly concerned,” he said, adding that he is certain that CCAMLR’s monitoring and trigger mechanisms are sufficient to rein in an uncontrolled krill-fishing expansion.Greenpeace’s broader goal is to establish a network of large sanctuaries in the Southern Ocean. In the meantime, the group’s awareness campaign aims to encourage the Antarctic krill industry to voluntarily halt expansion into newly accessible waters. Casson referred to a similar concession made at the opposite pole in 2016, when the Arctic cod-fishing industry agreed to avoid fishing in the thawed waters of the Northern Barents Sea until a scientific evaluation can be conducted.“There’s a precedent there of the industry actually working alongside environmental groups to not expand further into these areas that are sensitive,” Casson said.Aerial view taken off James Ross Island in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. Photo by Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace.Banner image: Gentoo penguins on Greenwich Island, part of the South Shetland Island group, Antarctica. Photo by Paul Hilton/Greenpeace.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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Liberia Music Awards Foundation Announces the Nominees for 2015

first_imgATLANTA, GA  MAR 12, 2015  – The Liberia Music Awards will be at Kennasaw State University – Marietta Campus June 27 2015. The Awards will consist of 28 categories and 2 achievement awards ( to be announce at a later date). Voting Platform  Example : text the (artist code) 001+(category #)01to 60401.  ARTIST OF THE YEAR• DenG  = Text 001+01 to 6040    • G-Rize = Text 002+01 to 6040• Jodi   =  Text 003+01 to 6040• K-Zee = Text 004+01 to 6040• Georgee B  =   Text 005+01 to 6040• 2C  =  Text 006+01 to 6040 2. VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR• Khalil Fofana – Liberia  =  Text 007+02 to 6040• Usher – Liberia  = Text 008+02 to 6040• Fresh Mohammed @ ADHD Films – USA = Text 009+02 to 6040• Alvin  Nyemah – USA =   Text 010+02 to 6040• DaddyRich Productions – USA = Text 011+02 to 6040• Gerald Barclay – USA =   Text 012+02 to 6040 3. TRADITIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Marvelous MC = Text 013+03 to 6040• Marie Nyenabo =  Text 014+03 to 6040• Master Black =  Text 015+03 to 6040• Sundaygar Dearboy =  Text 016+03 to 6040• Winston P. Karr = Text 017+03 to 6040• Mr. Henries IV  =  Text 018+03 to 6040  4. HIPCO RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Killa Lu  =  Text 019+04 to 6040• Jon Bricks  = Text 020+04 to 6040• Lil Beshop = Text 021+04 to 6040• Chiller Coolnanee =  Text 022+04 to 6040• Tru Storry  =  Text 023+04 to 6040• JD Donzo  =  Text 024+04 to 6040                      5. GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Mayson, Sayon T. =  Text 025+05 to 6040• Bernice Blackie  =  Text 026+05 to 6040• Pst. David Sayndee         =    Text 027+05 to 6040• Min. Ivan P  =  Text 028+05 to 6040• Min. Kanvee  Adams  =  Text 029+05 to 6040• Famous Boo  =  Text 030+05 to 6040   6. NEW ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco  =  Text 031+06 to 6040• Da Vero = Text 032+06 to 6040• Quincy B =    Text 033+06 to 6040• Miss Menneh  =  Text 034+06 to 6040• Joseph Dean =  Text 035+06 to 6040• PCK & L’ Franklin =  Text 036+06 to 6040 7. GBEMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR• K-Zee =  Text 037+07 to 6040• Joseph Dean  =  Text 038+07 to 6040• Kingface =  Text 039+07 to 6040• Karnyea Man =  Text 040+07 to 6040• Georgee B =  Text 041+07 to 6040• Casi Money =  Text 042+07 to 6040 8. REGGAE/DANCE HALL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Shadow  = Text 043+08 to 6040• Black Diamond = Text 044+08 to 6040• Ne-oh William  = Text 045+08 to 6040• M’press 1Love = Text 046+08 to 6040• Jyounkonde Suah  = Text 047+08 to 6040• Ragga Hilton  = Text 048+08 to 6040  9. FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Sweetz = Text 049+09 to 6040• Lady Mouthphy = Text 050+09 to 6040• Lady Skeet = Text 051+09 to 6040• Skylett White  = Text 052+09 to 6040• Munnah = Text 053+09 to 6040• Faithvonic = Text 054+09 to 6040 10. MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Jon Bricks = Text 055+10 to 6040• Scientific  = Text 056+10 to 6040• Eric Geso = Text 057+10 to 6040• Douk De Lib  = Text 058+10 to 6040• Yung Muse = Text 059+10 to 6040• Togar Howard = Text 060+10 to 6040 11. GROUP OF THE YEAR• Soul Fresh  = Text 061+11 to 6040• P.C.K & L’ Franklin  = Text 062+11 to 6040• Tag Team = Text 063+11 to 6040• Big Hands = Text 064+11 to 6040• New Generation = Text 065+11 to 6040• Co Star = Text 066+11 to 6040 12.  PRODUCER OF THE YEAR• Melo’D =Text 067+12 to 6040• Beat Master = Text 068+12 to 6040• De-Boy  = Text 069+12 to 6040• Stone Luckshine   = Text 070+12 to 6040  • Just Prince = Text 071+12 to 6040• Infectious Michael =Text 072+12 to 6040 13. COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR• Shawty  – Quincy B & Scientific  = Text 073+13 to 6040• Cutting My Heart- Douk De Lib Ft. Killa Lu = Text 074+13 to 6040• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12 & 2kings = Text 075+13 to 6040• I Beg You Ya – DJ Don Ft, Soul Fresh And Chiller Coolnanee          =Text 076+13 to 6040• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean Ft. Marvelous MC & K-Zee =Text 077+13 to 6040• Tsumakya – Melo’D Ft. Saga AP & Rawpekin                       =Text 078+13 to 604014. HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Scientific = Text 079+14 to 6040• 2C  = Text 080+14 to 6040• Mezonic = Text 081+14 to 6040• CO- Z = Text 082+14 to 6040• C-Needle = Text 083+14 to 6040• Trigg  = Text 084+14 to 6040 15. R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Efinxace  = Text 085+15 to 6040• Jodi = Text 086+15 to 6040• David Mell = Text 087+15 to 6040• Munnah = Text 088+15 to 6040• Bryan Doe = Text 089+15 to 6040• Quincy B = Text 090+15 to 6040 16. AFRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Eric Geso  = Text 091+16 to 6040• Benevee = Text 092+16 to 6040• Pitty D’ Best  = Text 093+16 to 6040• F.A. = Text 094+16 to 6040• DenG = Text 095+16 to 6040• Jodi = Text 096+16 to 6040 17. PERFORMER(S) OF THE YEAR• Yung Muse = Text 097+17 to 6040• Theo De Franco = Text 098+17 to 6040• Jon Bricks = Text 099+17 to 6040• Togar Howard = Text 100+17 to 6040• Jodi = Text 101+17 to 6040• Soul Fresh = Text 102+17 to 6040 18.  SONG OF THE YEAR• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12, & Kuzzy = Text 103+18 to 6040• Da Who Say – K-Zee ft. JB ( Soul Fresh) =Text 104+18 to 6040• Basima Basima – Togar Howard =Text 105+18 to 6040• They Vex – DenG = Text 106+18 to 6040• 911 – Theo De Franco = Text 107+18 to 6040• I Wanna Be – 2C ft. Ruff N Smooth  =Text 108+18 to 6040 19. AFRO DANCE SONG OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco – 9-1-1 = Text 109+19 to 6040• Melo’D – Tsukaya  = Text 110+19 to 6040• Black Diamond – Angel  = Text111+19 to 6040• Saga AP – How We Do It =Text 112+19 to 6040• Trouble Maker – Rawpekin ft. F.E.J     =Text 113+19 to 6040• Gronna Men – Royal DeBusta Pain     =Text 114+19 to 6040 20. DJ OF THE YEAR• Dj Switch ( Boakai  Kamara)   =Text 115+20 to 6040• Dj Weezy  =Text 116+20 to 6040• Dj Mcgrady ( Prince Togba) =Text 117+20 to 6040• Dj Blue  =Text 118+20 to 6040• Dj Flexxz =Text 119+20 to 6040• Dj Shine D’ Beast   =Text 120+20 to 6040 21. HIPCO SONG OF THE YEAR• Tutuley Tu Ley- Killa Lu Ft. Shadow =Text 121+21 to 6040• Let’s Party – Lil Beshop  =Text 122+21 to 6040• Dqq-Young Hovor  =Text 123+21 to 6040• I Beg U Ya- Dj Don Ft. JB (Soul Fresh), Chiller Coolnanee   =Text 124+21 to 6040• Still Hipco – Jon Bricks Ft. Zheng Zheng =Text 125+21 to 6040• You Think Dat Joke – Noy-Z  =Text 126+21 to 6040 22. GBEMA SONG OF THE YEAR• Da Who Say – K-Zee Ft JB (Soul Fresh) =Text 127+22 to 6040• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean ft. Marvelous MC, K-Zee    =Text 128+22 to 6040• Fatu Jebeh – Georgee B =Text 129+22 to 6040• DJ Song – G-Rize  =Text 130+22 to 6040• Da Ma Choice – Karnyea Man  =Text 131+22 to 6040• Feeling You- Casi Money  =Text 132+22 to 6040 23. VIDEO OF THE YEAR• Basima Basima- Togar Howard  =Text 133+23 to 6040• Yenyenkana- Peaches K Ft. Quincy B =Text 134+23 to 6040• Lib Ladies – G-Rize =Text 135+23 to 6040• Too Much- Peter G =Text 136+23 to 6040• Tsumakaya- Melo’d Ft Rawpekin & Saga AP =Text 137+23 to 6040• Jebbeh – F.A. =Text 138+23 to 6040 24. HIPCO ARTIST OF YEAR• Mr. Smith-Lib Money =Text 139+24 to 6040• Young Hover =Text 140+24 to 6040• Rawpekin  =Text 141+24 to 6040• Mighty Blow   =Text 142+24 to 6040• Takun J  =Text 143+24 to 6040• Noy-Z  =Text 144+24 to 6040 25. GOSPEL SONG OF YEAR• Nothing – Min. Ivan P  =Text 145+25 to 6040• 24 Hrs – Famous Boo =Text 146+25 to 6040• Thank You Plenty Papa – Mayson Sayon T. =Text 147+25 to 6040• Give You Praise – Tracy Jones =Text 148+25 to 6040• Heart Desire – Kanvee Adams  =Text 149+25 to 6040• He’s Coming Back – Success Zeon = Text 150+25 to 6040 26. ALBUM OF THE YEAR• Vision – Jodi =Text 151+26 to 6040                            • Explosion – Georgee B =Text 152+26 to 6040                            • King Zulu – K-Zee =Text 153+26 to 6040                            • Hipco Revolution – Mr. Smith Lib Money =Text 154+26 to 6040                            • Born To Win – G-Rize  =Text 155+26 to 6040                            • Black Out – Black Diamond =Text 156+26 to 6040                             27. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – AFRICA• Shuravee =Text 157+27 to 6040                            • Mr.Smith Lib Money  =Text 158+27 to 6040                            • Mighty Blow =Text 159+27 to 6040                            • Linblinmilitary D Militaryman =Text 160+27 to 6040                            • Scientific  =Text 161+27 to 6040                            • Soul Fresh =Text 162+27 to 6040                            28. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – USA• Jodi  =Text 163+28 to 6040              • Togar Howard =Text 164+28 to 6040• Peter G  =Text 165+28 to 6040• G- Rize  =Text 166+28 to 6040• Georgee B  =Text 167+28 to 6040• Black Diamond =Text 168+28 to 6040Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

British royals arrive on landmark trip Down Under

first_imgSydney, Oct 15 (AFP) Prince Harry and Meghan touched down in Sydney on Monday, kicking off a bumper Pacific tour that is the British royals’ first major outing abroad as a couple.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a low-key arrival to a wet and wintery Australia after a weekend spent celebrating the marriage of their relative Princess Eugenie and following an overnight commercial flight with Qantas.They were seen leaving the airport with staff, looking relaxed, as Meghan clutched a pair of purple binders and Harry carried a brown and green manbag.Their more-than-two-week official visit will take in multiple stops in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand — all parts of the Commonwealth, a group of predominantly former British colonies.Queen Elizabeth II is still the head of state in Australia although there is significant support for the country becoming a republic.Recent polls show Australians fairly evenly split on the issue, with only the slimmest of majorities in favour of ditching the British Queen and nominating an Australian head of state.During the trip, the royals plan to pet koalas, watch soldiers perform the haka and attend the Invictus Games, a multi-sport tournament for military service personnel and veterans who have been wounded or suffered injury or illness that opens on Saturday 20 October.The whole visit will be keenly watched by the British and Australian media.Meghan, a photogenic US actress, married the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II in May, becoming the newest royal to attract media obsession in Britain and beyond.advertisementThe 37-year-old made waves recently by bucking protocol and closing her own car door.The couple will be accompanied by a staff of 10 and a substantially larger swarm of reporters from all the major British papers and TV broadcasters.The official visit begins on Tuesday in Sydney, where they will be welcomed by Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove — the queen’s official representative — and his wife Lynne.The royals will meet two koalas and their joeys at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.After sailing Sydney Harbour and visiting the famous Bondi Beach, meeting flying doctors, attending functions at the Invictus Games and meeting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, they jet off to Fiji on October 23.Meghan will get a chance to speak at a UN women’s empowerment in marketplaces event and meet some female vendors in the project in the Fiji capital Suva.They will meet the local royals in both Fiji and Tonga, which are members of the Commonwealth.The final leg coincides with the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand — the first country to give women the right to vote.Meghan is expected to speak at a suffrage anniversary celebration in Wellington on October 28.The couple will have a chance to watch members of the New Zealand defence force perform the haka — the traditional warrior dance popularised globally by the nation’s rugby team — at a governor’s reception earlier that afternoon.The trip officially ends in New Zealand on October 31.Meghan has previously visited New Zealand as a tourist in 2014. Prince Harry has been to all four countries, but on his own.The couple’s first trip abroad saw them dash off to Dublin shortly after their wedding.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more