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World Commission on Protected Areas

The World Commission on Protected Areas is one of six commissions of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In 1948, the IUCN established a Committee on National Parks. Two decades the IUCN had been asked by the international community to take responsibility for preparing a world list of national parks in keeping with its role as a network to share the world’s knowledge on nature conservation, in 1960, the IUCN raised the status of the Committee to that of a permanent Commission, with the creation of the Commission on National Parks. In 1996, the World Commission on Protected Areas took on its current name with the approval of the IUCN congress. WCPA is a network of volunteers. Secretariat support is provided by staff of the IUCN Programme on Protected Areas, with whom WCPA implements a shared strategic plan and work plan; the Commission has a Steering Committee, the Chair is elected every four years at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The World Conservation Congress is set for June 11 to 2019, in Marseilles, France.

The WCPA Steering Committee is the principal governing body of WCPA. The Steering Committee is approved by the IUCN Council; the Steering Committee is composed of the Chair, the Deputy Chair, Regional Vice‐Chairs, Thematic Vice‐Chairs. WCPA Steering Committee meetings occur once a year and include reporting on IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and WCPA activities and decisions on important upcoming events and initiatives, review of the GPAP Intersessional Programme, discussion and decisions on WCPA directions and priorities for the upcoming year. Regional Vice Chairs include those for 13 terrestrial regions, including: Eastern and Southern Africa North Africa, West Asia, Middle East West and Central Africa Caribbean and Central America North America South America East Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Europe North Eurasia OceaniaThematic Vice Chairs include those for: Capacity Development Governance Marine Natural Solutions People and Parks Science and Biodiversity Science and Management Young Professionals World HeritageThe Steering Committee includes two seats for publications: Publications Editor PARKS EditorThe WCPA Executive Committee is the principal governing body of WCPA making decisions between Steering Committee Meetings.

It is composed of the WCPA Chair, the WCPA Deputy Chair and Thematic Vice-Chairs, the Director of IUCN Global Protected Areas Program and others co-opted at the request of the Chair. To carry out its objectives, the WCPA has a number of Specialist Groups, Task Forces and Thematic Groups which report to the WCPA Executive Committee. Specialist Groups are established to bring together Commission Members who can provide ongoing specialist expertise and leadership in topics that are Commission and Programme Priorities. Current Specialist Groups include: Climate Change and Protected Areas Connectivity Conservation Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas Freshwater Geoheritage and Caves and Karst Protected Areas Governance Grasslands Green List High Seas Health and well-being Management Effectiveness Marine Mammals Mountains Protected Area Finance Protected Area Legislation Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship Protected Landscapes / Seascapes Tourism and Protected Areas Transboundary Conservation Urban Conservation Strategies Wilderness Task Forces are established to accomplish a specific time-bound task, e.g. the preparation of a WCPA Best Practice Guideline publication or the preparation of a particular policy.

Current Task Forces include: Beyond the Aichi Targets Biodiversity and Protected Areas Health and Well-being Invasive Alien Species Large scale Marine Protected Areas Nature For All Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures Thematic Groups and Initiatives contribute to the WCPA mandate by providing cross-cutting support to the Steering Committee, Specialist Groups, Task Forces, Initiatives. Current thematic groups include: Capacity Development Marine Natural Solutions People and Parks Science and Biodiversity Science and Management World Heritage Young Professionals International Union for Conservation of Nature National Park Natural Monument Protected Area Protected Landscape Strict Nature Reserve WCPA High Seas Task Force Wilderness Area IUCN protected area categories

Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan

Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan is the independent mission of Afghanistan under direct jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church. It is subject to the Holy See and covers the whole territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, it was established by the Holy See and entrusted to the care of the Order of Clerics Regular of Saint Paul – Barnabites. It is presided over by an Ecclesiastical Superior. On May 16, 2002, a mission sui iuris was created for all of Afghanistan; this means that it belongs to no Ecclesiastical province, but rather is directly dependent on the Holy See and its missionary branch, the Roman Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. On November 4, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Giovanni M. Scalese, CRSP, as the second ecclesiastical superior of the mission sui iuris in Afghanistan; the mission has one parish with 6 lay religious sisters. Fr. Giuseppe Moretti, CRSP, born in Italy 1938 Fr. Giovanni M. Scalese, CRSP, born in Italy 1955 The Chapel of Our Lady of Divine Providence, or Chapel of the Italian Embassy in Kabul, is the only functional Catholic building in Afghanistan.

It is located in the Street Great Massoud in the area of the Italian Embassy in Kabul. The coat of arms for the mission was created by Marek Sobola, a Slovak heraldic artist, has its own unique symbolism. In the blue shield, there is a silver crescent with a golden eight-pointed star; the border is made up of 3 colors — black on the top, red on the right side and green on the left side. Behind the shield is the golden processional Herat cross. Under the shield is the red-lined silver ribbon with the motto "Orietur Stella"

Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire

Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire was an independent comic book created by William Messner-Loebs about Michigan frontier life in the 19th century. An ensemble piece, it tells the story of the Fort Miami settlement and the characters, both real and fictional, that occupy it. Among these is the title character, Joshua "Wolverine" MacAlistaire. Journey was published first, as a back-up feature in Cerebus #48, #49, by Deni Loubert under the banner of Aardvark-Vanaheim, as a title unto its own, starting with Issue #1 in Mar./Apr. 1983. The 13th issue featured a crossover with Jim Valentino's normalman. After fourteen issues, the series moved to Fantagraphics. There were twenty-seven issues in all. There was a Journey story in Fantagraphics' Anything Goes! #5. A sequel to the original series, Journey: Wardrums, was billed as a six-issue mini-series, but only two issues were published. A new Journey story was included in the one-shot Many Happy Returns in 2008. In July 2008, IDW Publishing released a trade paperback collecting the first 16 issues.

In 2009, a second volume was released. Journey at the Grand Comics Database Journey at the Comic Book DB Interview with William Messner-Loebs, in which he talks about Journey

Vern Fleming

Vern Fleming is an American former professional basketball player who played twelve seasons in the NBA from 1984 until 1996. Born in New York City, Fleming grew up in the Queensbridge Housing projects in Long Island City; as a college player at the University of Georgia, Fleming won a gold medal as a member of the United States men's basketball team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and commenced his professional career as the 18th overall selection in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. At 6'5", he played point guard with them for eleven years sharing starter duties with both Haywoode Workman and Mark Jackson, before rounding out the final year of his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets. Vern Fleming statistics at basketball-reference.com

Flight of the Flynns

Flight of the Flynns is the debut album of American indie rock band Kunek, now known as Other Lives. The album was released physically on September 12, 2006, on the label Play Tyme Entertainment. With influences from European folk music, Post-Rock and Classical, the project began as an instrumental concept album, before songs were shortened and lyrics were added a year prior to release. Flight of the Flynns received mixed reviews upon initial release. Glide Magazine gave the album 5/11 stars, stating "Kunek doesn’t belong in the ambient bin, as it’s a bit more Badly Drawn Boy with a couple of Beatles moments thrown in, but most fans of the genre would appreciate the album.". Independent artist review site DOA called the vocals "a little Radioheaded", but stated that "In the spirit of the concept album, Kunek arrange choice tracks that bleed into one another nicely"

Yuke Songpaisan

Yuke Songpaisarn is a Thai actor. Son comes from a fine family, consisting of one younger sister. Son's education and public service are his number one priorities; as an alumnus of Chulalongkorn University, he returns to give talks to students, as well as donating towards the school and environment. Son's entertainment career started from the 9th grade as he was featured in commercials, fashion/promotional events, various music videos, his debut role was leading in Kaew Lorm Petch alongside his most memorable leading lady, Wannarot Sonthichai. He earned the opportunity to fulfill his love for singing in 2013 with Grammy's subsidiary label, leading the Kaen Sanaeha OST with “Jai Aoei ” and releasing his ballad “Roem Ton Rak Gan Mai ” The Most Popular Overseas Artist, 2013 Asian Idol Awards in Beijing, China for TV Series Likhit Fa Chata Din Most Popular Male Actor, 2012 Mekhala Awards for TV Series Sao Noi