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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

lairs open to all

lairs open to all

Anecdotes about Francos home life are conspicuous by their absence. from OctoberMarch; tickets 9The emperor had his imperial court at Fontainebleau more than 1,000 people could stay in the chateau at one time and most of the decor and furnishing dates to Napoleons era.

A labyrinth of underground tunnels, meeting rooms and residential quarters, Facility D0 ARK was kept secret until the 1990s.

Now, for one summer only, its been turned into an art project.

Project Biennale has filled the gloomy corridors with dozens of art installations.

DO ARK Underground; tours on special buses only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until Sept. 26, 2013, departing from the town of Konjic; +387 61 726 030

King Zog: St. Katharines Parmoor, England

After being kicked out of Albania in 1939, Albanias autocratic King Zog settled in Londons Ritz Hotel before moving to Parmoor House in Buckinghamshire for nearly five years.

The former farmhouse is now St. Katharines Parmoor a religious retreat, usually booked out by groups on weekends, but letting rooms to individuals during the week.

Theres little regal grandeur just frugal, unfussy rooms and chickens running round the gardens.

St. Katharines Parmoor, Frieth, HenleyonThames; +44 01494 881 037

Adolf Hitler: Wolfs Lair, Poland

Deliberately built miles from civilization in the forests of northeastern Poland, Wolfs Lair was the Nazis 6.5squarekilometer eastern front HQ.

Hitler spent nearly three years here in total; it was also the site of the infamous Stauffenberg assassination plot which only failed because the meeting room was switched at the last minute.

One of the buildings in the complex is now a hotel rooms from $38 that offers dubious onsite activities such as a shooting range and tours in military vehicles.

New Haven principal on leave after witnessing students taking cinnamon challenge video

New Haven principal on leave after witnessing students taking cinnamon challenge video

NEW HAVEN The principal of Clinton Avenue School is on leave after students in the lunchroom experimented with a bizarre fad in which kids try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon.

Thousands of YouTube videos available online show young people taking the challenge and then erupting into fits of coughing, gasping for air and, in some cases, vomiting. One school in Pennsylvania banned opentop boots in part to keep students from bringing cinnamon to school for the challenge.

Clinton Avenue School Principal Carmen Ana Rodriguez reportedly witnessed a student or students take the challenge at lunch and did not do anything to stop it, according to sources who did not want to be identified.

It is believed a student brought the cinnamon to school after seeing a video of other kids taking the socalled challenge.

Here is a video posted to YouTube by a user who says the incident took place at the University of New Haven:

Rodriguez has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district and the state Department of Children and Families investigate the matter.

On Monday, Chief Operative Officer William Clark confirmed Rodriguez is on leave, but he declined to discuss details of the case.

is aware and they are investigating and we are cooperating with DCF, Clark said.

Dr. David Katz, director and founder of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said he was not aware of the fad, but he thinks it is a potentially dangerous practice.

think there is a real hazard here. I think for the most part it will cause a lot of coughing and sputtering, he said. will end up aspirating cinnamon and some could have acute respiratory distress.

He said the reason it is so hard to swallow a lot of cinnamon is because the powder is so fine that before it becomes matted down with saliva, there is a risk of breathing it into the lungs.

Foreign materials aspirated into the lung could cause respiratory distress, particularly for kids with asthma. While the risk of death is remote, Katz said it is not out of the question.

On the question of whether ingesting a lot of cinnamon is bad for a person, Katz said he did not believe that would be the case. In fact, cinnamon in small doses can have a positive benefit in controlling blood sugar.

NBCs Ali Arouzi answers questions about the Iranian election

NBCs Ali Arouzi answers questions about the Iranian election

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NBCs Ali Arouzi answers questions about the Iranian electionTomorrow Iran will elect its new president. As the candidates make their last minute bids, NBCs Ali Arouzi gauges the mood on the streets of Tehran.

Campaigning in Irans presidential election ended on Thursday, a day before Iranians head to the polls.

The field of candidates has been whittled down to five hardliners and one moderate.

The next president is not expected to produce any major policy shift on Irans disputed nuclear program since Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls all the shots on big issues.

But Friday presidential election is the first in Iran since the disputed 2009 elections that set off the biggest protests the country has seen since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Reformists are urging voters not to boycott the vote in protest over the crackdown on dissent, but rather urging Iranians to exercise their rights and vote.

NBC News Tehran Correspondent Ali Arouzi answered reader questions about the election earlier today. Click on the link below to replay the informative chat.

Last major operation for Cumbrian baby whos defied the odds

Last major operation for Cumbrian baby whos defied the odds

Olly Tinnion who spent five weeks on an artificial heart and lung machine has had his tracheostomy tube removed after more than a year.

Olly, from Penrith, was born last May with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, which meant his diaphragm had not developed properly, pushing the contents of his abdomen into his chest and constricting his lungs and heart.

Doctors didn expect him to survive but Olly defied the odds after being put on to a regular life support machine. He astounded medics and continued to improve before being able to go home nearly a year ago, albeit with the tube to help him breathe.

That tube has now been removed, his final major operation is over and Olly can get on with recovering.

now breathes completely independently, said his mother, Sophie. has astounded everyone. We were told he would probably not breathe on his own, as his lungs were in such poor condition, so we are very proud of him. and her husband Mike, who live at Windsor Drive, Penrith, with Olly and his older brother, Sam, were supported throughout the worst of Olly ordeal by the charity CDH UK. They held a ball at Rheged and raised for the charity, as well as raising awareness of the condition, which affects one in 2,500 babies to varying degrees.

The night included a threecourse meal, entertainment from comedian Howard Nicholson, a charity auction, raffle and live band Seventhwave. There was also a memorial balloon release of 50 balloons in memory of the 50 per cent of babies who don survive the condition.

Kent to launch water purifiers for arsenic

Kent to launch water purifiers for arsenic

Water purifier maker Kent plans to launch a basic gravitybased water purifier that can compete with highend water treatment products to remove arsenic and fluoride contaminants from drinking water.

are confident of bringing out this new product within a year. The idea is to make purifiers with capabilities to remove arsenic and fluoride more affordable to people in India, Mahesh Gupta, Chairman of Kent Ro Systems, told Business Line.

Lowcost products cater to the majority of the market as they do not require electricity and are generally gravity or chemicalbased systems in the price range of Rs 500 and Rs 5,000.

The highend products market, estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, has products using reverse osmosis, ultravioletbased filters and microbiological treatment technologies. These products are priced between Rs 5,000 and Rs 40,000, dominated by brands such as Hindustan Unilever Pureit, Eureka Forbes, LG, Kent, Panasonic and Okaya Power Nasaka brand.

Gupta said the existing range of gravity purifiers using UF membrane technology does not have capabilities to remove arsenic and fluoride, which posed a serious threat to clean drinking water availability in India.

Kent Rs 35 crore expansion of capacity from the current four lakh units to eight lakhs will be completed in the next three months.

Gupta said the firm will also launch its new TV ad campaign featuring Rajasthan Royals IPL team skipper Rahul Dravid and actor Hema Malini in the next two days. It is increasing its ad spends to Rs 70 crore this fiscal from Rs 60 crore last year.

John Meyer

John Meyer

Channel 4 Action Sports Anchor/Special Contributor John Meyer can be seen weekday mornings at 4:30, 5:00, 6:00, on Channel 4 Action News This Morning.

John covers the biggest events in sports news and has a knack for finding the interesting stories that Pittsburgh is talking about.

Some say Home is where the heart is and for John Meyer the heart of sports beats loudest in his hometown. After making rounds in Uniontown, Erie, and Des MoinesIowa, Meyer returned to his Pittsburgh roots in 2009 as the weekend sports anchor for Channel 4 Action News. Mario Lemieux winning MVP honors at the 1990 NHL AllStar Game and his return to hockey in 2000 are Meyers favorite childhood sports memories. However, Francisco Cabrera still keeps him up at night.

While attending Allegheny College, John received invaluable experience as an intern at WTAE. Johns career fell in line from there. WTAE Anchor, Mike Clark, played a vital role in helping John land a job at HSTV in Uniontown, PA. From there he became the weekend sports anchor at WSEETV in Erie, PA.

John followed up his stint in Erie by spending the next three years at Hearst Television sister station KCCITV in Des Moines, Iowa. It was there he and a fellow photojournalist won a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow award for Sports Reporting in 2008. Then, in 2009, John was fortunate to anchor the sports segment at KCCITV for a newscast that won a National Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast.

While meeting media icons like Brian Williams and Katie Couric at the ceremony was a special experience, Meyers greatest career moments have come in the Burgh. During his time at WTAE Meyer has sat down with golf legend Arnold Palmer for an exclusive interview, covered Super Bowl XLV and Dick LeBeaus Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio.

In his spare time Meyer continues to speak to grade school students through his reading program and mentoring high school students. In the summer, you might see John on a golf course near you!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

hundreds injured as MB vows more protests in Egypt

hundreds injured as MB vows more protests in Egypt

At least 30 people were killed and hundreds injured across Egypt during violent clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohammed Morsi,even as an Islamist coalitionled by Muslim Brotherhood today vowed more protests in his support across the country.

The clashes broke out yesterday after tens of thousands of angry supporters of 61yearold Morsi, chanting slogans like down with military rule, took to the streets after Friday prayers demanding his reinstatement. In the capital, the protesters holding images of Morsi marched towards the Republican Guards Club, where Morsi is believed to have been put under guard since Wednesday night.

Despite warning from soldiers, the crowd tried to storm the Guards headquarters, prompting the soldiers to open fire first into the air, then at the demonstrators, killing four demonstrators and wounding dozens, local media reported. In running street battles in Cairo, several more people were dead, including two at iconic Tahrir Sqaure, and scores of others injured, reports said.

supreme leader Mohammed Badie told his followers not to give up street action until the reinstatement of Morsi.

We are his soldiers we defend him with our lives, Badie told supporters at a Cairo mosque in his first appearance since the overthrow of the Morsi government. In the North Sinai town of El Arish, five police officers were killed. It was, however, not clear whether the attacks were linked to proMorsi protests.

Inca empire tomb found untouched in Peru

Inca empire tomb found untouched in Peru

Archaeologists have discovered the first unlooted royal tomb of the Wari empire, a preInca civilization that covered whats now western Peru from 700 to 1000.

A team led by Milosz Giersz of the University of Warsaw dug through rubble at a Wari site near Perus northern coast last September and entered a ceremonial room that contained a stone throne. There they found more than 1,000 artifacts, including gold and silver jewelry and bronze axes. A main chamber contained 60 human bodies buried in seated positions, possibly as ritual sacrifices. Bodies of three Wari queens rested in side rooms, along with possessions such as gold weaving tools and a ceramic flask decorated with a painted Wari lord.

Discoveries in the tomb suggest that the Wari developed a cult of royal ancestor worship. Gierszs team suspects that the Wari periodically displayed mummies of their queens on the ceremonial rooms throne.

I was too gay for my dream role

I was too gay for my dream role

The 46yearold has revealed how his lifetime ambition had been to front RTEs flagship chat show, but he was passed over for the job.

I idolised Gay Byrne and The Late Late Show. I would love to do that. That was my dream and I aspired for that. I suppose you wouldnt even get as far along the broadcasting ladder if you didnt aspire to something else. I mean, who becomes a priest not wanting to be Pope? he said.

It can basically be a series of management at the top who decide youre not right for this now. Its like the old thing: hes too fat, hes too tall, hes too short, hes too thin or too good, we want someone whos not too good.You hear all these things all the time and Im sure anybody who puts themselves in the entertainment industry in any shape or form experiences the same thing and they can never quite figure out why did I not get that, he said on Ryan Tubridys 2fm radio show yesterday.

But asked by Tubridy what are you too ? Mooney replied: Im too gay. I dont know to be honest with you. I have no idea.

He added that he did congratulate Tubridy when he got the same job in 2009.

Famously outed by comedian Des Bishop during an interview with Ray DArcy in 2006, the wildlife presenter said he also found it irritating to be constantly asked about his private life during interviews.

He added: Is David Attenborough married? I have no idea. I have never once heard him asked that question on Graham Norton, or Jonathan Ross chat show, or on any TV shows.

How to Pierce Your Own Nose

How to Pierce Your Own Nose

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask your local piercing parlor. Your best bet is to go and get it done professionally, that means NO GUN at a mall. The professionals are trained to make sure it will be ok, and to save your nose from a lot of things that can go wrong.

Putting ice on your nose before piercing it will numb some of the pain. It will also make the tissue harder, so it is not advisable. Numbing makes you not feel the pain, but when it goes wrong, you wont feel it either. That can cause a lot of serious issues which could easily be prevented.

It is normal for your eyes to water.

Dont use peroxide.

You can use an spray called H2O Spray from Hot Topic or any piercing shop

Dont use alcohol to clean it, as it can dry out your piercing and leaving it crusty.

Your nose will be red and sore for a while after. Thats normal.

If you dont have a clamp, use a pen with a hollow bit at the top, so you dont cut inside your nose with your fingers. It makes it easier to do, but a clamp is highly recommended.

Tee Tree Oil, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other harsh antiseptics are not advisable for cleaning a piercing. Only saline solutions or a high quality, fragrancefree antibacterial soap should be used on your piercing.

If you think you may have an infection at any point, do not remove the stud. It can trap the infection inside the skin! If it continues to worsen, go to a doctor.

Even after sterilization, infections such as AIDS can be spread through sharing a piercing needle. Under no circumstances share a needle, even with your best friend!

Please be very careful! Dont pierce your nose with a safety pin, push pin, earring, sewing needle, or anything other than a hollow autoclaved needle. Using any other object will make the piercing more prone to infection because it cannot be sterilized properly and is usually too dull to pierce, tearing the tissue and putting too much stress on the piercing.

How To Setup a Home NAS Server

How To Setup a Home NAS Server

My home network is the epitome of a mixed operating system environment and it presents a perfect environment in which to test the QNAP TS439 Turbo NAS. The network consists of 6 Mb DSL service connected to a DLink DIR655 WirelessN Extreme router that supports Gigabit WAN and 4 Gigabit LAN ports. A variety of both Mac OS X and Windows laptops connect via 802.11n. On the Gigabit LAN, I have PlayStation 3 DNLA media client, an Ubuntu Linux box for downloading content via torrent and transcoding video, and, occasionally, one of the laptops for faster transfers.

The goal is to install the TS439 to act as the file server, media server, and a host for backups of my MacBook Pro. This setup should also consume much less power and allow the computers to be suspended most of the time since the NAS can server media, act as a download client, or just spin down the drives if its not busy.

I was also interested in the Bit Torrent features of the QNAP TS439 since that is one of the primary things that I use my Linux box for. Moving more functionality to the NAS allows my other systems to be off or sleeping and consuming less power. For instance, my Linux box consumes 75 Watts during a torrent download while the TS439 consumes only 50 Watts. Ill discuss the Bit Torrent functionality and power usage of the NAS more later. Lets take a closer look at the TS439s features.

The $799.99 TS439 is the latest in QNAPs Turbo NAS Series to provide extreme performance for massive data sharing, advanced RAID data protection, 256bit encryption, and hotswappable hard drive design for business and power users. The TS439 features an 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and space for 4 hotswappable SATA I/II hard drives. If that is not enough space, the TS439 has 5 USB 2.0 ports and 2 eSATA ports for easy backup and expansion.

QNAPs four bay TS439 Pro Turbo NAS is advertised as:

The latest powersaving NAS models featuring the Intel 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB DDRII memory and stylish. These two models adopt vertical hard drive mounting which allows vertical air convection for excellent heat dissipation as less air is trapped beneath compared to horizontal hard drive mounting. The energysaving processor of the NAS guarantees low consumption and allows 24x7 operation. The NAS also supports powerful features, including dual Giga LAN, RAID 0/1/5/6/5+spare configurations, Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration, iSCSI target service with Thin Provisioning, AES 256bit volumebased encryption, automatic policybased IP blocking, instant SMS alert, and SSL secure certificate etc.

Honda Jazz SUV teased

Honda Jazz SUV teased

We broke the story back in January, and now Honda has confirmed that a smallJazzbased SUV concept will debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2013. When it reaches showrooms likely in late 2013, after the production car is shown in Tokyo in November it willsit below the CRV in the range.

The show car which is called the Urban SUV Concept is teased in this darkened sketch, but the proportions and several design details are clear to see. A low coupelike roof and swollen wheelarches give it a stretchedout sporty look, while the signature line is a bold upturned crease that joins the window line to create a point in the Cpillar.

The front door handle is visible but not the rear, suggesting some sort of hidden handle in the Cpillar is likely. Turbinestyle alloys, narrow head and tail lights and a roof spoiler complete the styling.

Honda has released precious few details on the car at this stage, other than to say that it is a global model that will definitely be coming to the UK.

Heather Unruh

Heather Unruh

Heather Unruh is coanchor of WCVBTV early and lateevening newscasts. Before assuming her current role in March of 2008, Unruh was coanchor of the EyeOpener and NewsCenter 5 at 5, and also served as medical reporter. Unruh joined the station in June 2001.

Unruh has anchored breaking news coverage for major events including the Rhode Island Nightclub Tragedy, London bombings, Cardinal Laws resignation and the War in Iraq. In 2005, Unruh won the American Cancer Societys Sword of Hope Award for her poignant depiction of Karen Grant, a young woman with a rare lung cancer, and was nominated for a regional Emmy Award.

Prior to joining WCVB, Unruh was the early evening anchor and medical reporter at KFORTV, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. During her time at KFOR, Unruh earned more than a halfdozen honors, including best medical reporting from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the regional Associated Press. In 1999, the DePauw University graduate received the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, Inc., and the Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television AWRT. Most notably, Unruh received the top national recognition from the AWRT, the Grand Gracie, for excellence in reporting.

Unruh has also worked as a weekend anchor and medical reporter at WVTMTV in Birmingham, AL, where she earned an Emmy Award and several honors from the local Associated Press. In the early 1990s, Unruh served as an anchor, reporter, host and producer of public affairs programs at both WBNGTV and WMGCTV in Binghamton, NY. She also hosted and produced a public affairs series at WVEUTV in Atlanta.

Throughout her career, Unruh has been actively involved with many charitable organizations. She is on the Regional Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is actively involved with Boston Medical Center and St. Jude Childrens Research Center.

Unruhs interest in broadcast journalism began early; as a student, she interned at NewsCenter 5. Spending many summers on Nantucket and eventually holding her wedding on the island, she fell in love with New England. Unruh resides in a Boston suburb with her husband and two children.

Gunmen killbus passengers in Pakistan

Gunmen kill 13 bus passengers in Pakistan

The motive for the attack Monday night was unclear since no one has claimed responsibility. But suspicion may fall on separatists who have been waging a lowlevel insurgency in southwest Baluchistan province for decades.

The buses were headed to central Punjab province, and the separatists have a history of attacking Punjabis who they view as outsiders encroaching on their independence. The province is also home to many Islamic militants who have carried out attacks in the past, especially on minority Shiite Muslims.

Paramilitary troops provide protection for bus convoys moving through Baluchistan. But gunmen distracted the troops by shooting at a nearby oil tanker, said Kashif Nabi, a local government administrator.

Meanwhile, dozens of other gunmen dressed in tribal police uniforms stopped the convoy of five buses at a security checkpoint about six kilometers four miles away after overpowering the nine policemen who were stationed there, said Abdul Waheed, deputy commissioner of Bolan district, where the attack took place.

The attackers surrounded the buses, and two gunmen entered each vehicle to check the identities of passengers, said Waheed. While they were doing this, a paramilitary soldier tried to sneak into the area, but he was killed by the gunmen, said Waheed.

The attackers took 22 passengers with them, including nine tribal policemen, said Waheed. But they dropped the policemen off a few kilometers miles away because they were locals, and continued on with the remaining 13 hostages, said Waheed.

Police found the dead bodies of the 13 on Tuesday in a ravine near the town of Machh, around 10 kilometers 6 miles from the checkpoint where the buses were stopped, said Nabi, the local administrator who works in Machh.

Elsewhere in Pakistan, Taliban gunmen killed three senior security officials in a northern area of the country, officials said Tuesday. Its the same area where the militant group shot to death 10 foreign mountain climbers over a month ago. on Tuesday morning in GilgitBaltistans Diamer district, said Ajmal Bhatti, the districts deputy commissioner. They were attacked shortly after leaving Bhattis house, where they had been holding a meeting.

The dead included an army colonel, a captain and the district police chief, said Bhatti.

Officials have been on high alert in Diamer since Taliban militants killed the 10 foreign climbers in late June at a mountain base camp, said Bhatti. They have been holding meetings at unusual times and places, like Bhattis house, to avoid attack.

The same faction of the Pakistani Taliban that claimed responsibility for the attack on the mountain climbers, Junudul Hafsa, also claimed responsibility for the latest shooting. A spokesman for the group, Abdullah Ghazi, spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location, saying it was behind the attack.

A Pakistani security official said the three men who were killed were investigating the attack on the climbers.

In the city of Rawalpindi next to Pakistans capital, Islamabad, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf failed to appear in court Tuesday. His lawyer cited security concerns, according to public prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry. Musharraf was expected to be charged in connection with the gun and suicide attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, said Chaudhry.

Musharraf, who was president of Pakistan at the time of the attack, has denied involvement in Bhuttos assassination.

One of Musharrafs lawyers, Ilyas Siddiqui, requested that the judge exempt Musharraf from appearing in court because of the threats to his life, said Chaudhry. The judge adjourned the hearing until Aug. 20.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after years in exile to run for parliament, despite Taliban death threats. But he was disqualified from running because of his actions while in power and has spent most of his time under house arrest on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Islamabad has been on high alert in recent days because of intelligence indicating militants may be planning attacks against targets in the city. Its unclear if Musharraf was one of the targets indicated by the intelligence..

Global Partnership

Global Partnership

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Our mission

The BirdLife International Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of nongovernmental organisations NGOs with a special focus on conservation and birds. Each NGO Partner represents a unique geographic territory.

Every four years the Partnership adopts strategies, programmes and policies and elects a global Council and regional committees. The Council appoints a Chief Executive Officer to head a decentralised international Secretariat that coordinates and supports the Partnership to achieve BirdLife Internationals aims and objectives.

Partners are grouped within geographic regions for the purposes of planning and implementing regional programmes, and may choose to elect regional committees to support staff and Partners in delivering regional programmes.

BirdLife Partners: membershipbased NGOs who represent BirdLife in their own territory. Vote holders and key implementing bodies for BirdLifes Strategy and Regional Programmes in their own territories.

BirdLife Partners Designate: membership based NGOs who represent BirdLife in their own territory, in a transition stage to becoming full Partners. Nonvote holders. BirdLife Affiliates: Usually NGOs, but also individuals, foundations or governmental institutions when appropriate. Act as a BirdLife contact with the aim of developing into, or recruiting, a BirdLife Partner in their territory.

BirdLife Secretariat: The coordinating and servicing body of BirdLife International.

Main characteristics of a BirdLife Partner:independent, membershipbased, grassroots, national nongovernmental organisation governed by a democratic body clear bird conservation programme an ethic which fits well with that of BirdLife, and willingness and capacity to commit to the Mission, Vision, Strategy and Regional Programme of BirdLife financially selfsufficient and with qualified staff to run its affairs experience and capacity in the documentation and conservation of species, sites Important Bird Areas and habitats capacity and experience to promote interest in birds, conservation and the environment through public campaigning and education cover a geographical territory/country and work and have good relationships with relevant organisations and individuals within its own territory contribute to the regional activities of BirdLife and to the BirdLife Secretariat annual budget.