London: 50 INSPIRING VOICES OF MIGRANT WOMEN – Book Launch

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The book is a collection of 50 migrant women who started their life from scratch in the new country, the faced many challenges and adversities and they overcome their barriers achieving success. What success means to them? How did they find their life purpose? And how do they contribute for the world?

In a situation where migrants are misjudged and negatively perceived this book aims to inspire and inform migrants and readers all around the world how much value we bring into the new country

We also want to change the way the media covers migration in this country. We want to share positive stories and show migrant entrepreneurs as role models.

50 Inspirational Migrant Women is a book written in two parts, that promotes the freedom of expression of migrant women from all over the world, and brings their voices together. Stories that are not told cannot be heard. Here, we use our voices to tell the world that we exist, here and now. We are ready to explore the expanses of the Universe within and around ourselves.

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WHY THIS BOOK IS IMPORTANT NOW?

The current refugee crisis is now one of the biggest challenges in the world. Many believe the problem is simply too big and too complex to solve. But I come from Albania, the country of Mother Teresa who said, “If you can’t feed the whole world then start by feeding one person”. This is how my venture started with these fifty migrant and refugee women; to listen to their stories and to share their voices with the whole world. Their in-depth stories will serve to showcase their individual strengths in the face of daunting challenges and their collective experiences will inspire many others who are facing the same, or similar, challenges. The aim is to share their wisdom, their resilience and the lessons they learned on their life journey and the messages that they would like to share with other women.

unnamedThe overall goal of this project therefore is to raise awareness about the compassion that we need to show collectively toward migrants and refugees, and especially to recognise the values and the power that such women can bring to the new countries.

We have always been passionate about working and supporting women, especially those who come from a challenging background. We founded the Migrant Women Association on 2015, and organised many events, including two successful conferences in central London called ‘Inspiring Migrant Women’ which also included the presentation of the “Migrant Woman of the Year award” – a recognition of migrant women who have overcome many challenges and helped their communities to integrate into British society (www.migrantwomantalks.com).

We have created a big network, and a team of colleagues who always support us in our projects and we are very grateful those who joined us on this mission.

A big thank you to Unlimited for supporting me to finance this book and encouraging me to make it happen.

Mirela Sula

Director of Migrant Woman

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LSRS Marea Britanie prezinta Conferinta Studentilor, Profesorilor si Cercetatorilor Romani din Marea Britanie, Editia a X-a

lsrsLiga Studentilor Romani din Strainatate – Filiala Marea Britanie (LSRS UK), impreună cu Ambasada României in Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii si Irlandei de Nord, cu sprijinul Departamentului Politici pentru Romanii de Pretutindeni din cadrul Ministerului Afacerilor Externe,  organizeaza in data de 4 noiembrie 2017, la University College London, incepand cu ora 11:00 a.m., cea de a X-a editie a Conferintei Studentilor, Profesorilor si Cercetatorilor Romani din Marea Britanie (CSPCR UK). Tema evenimentului de anul acesta este: “From office to remote working trends in the digital era- The new reality of European Union”.

Inscrieri. Evenimentul este deschis tuturor categoriilor vizate pentru ca cei interesati sa dezbata si sa promoveze atat imaginea Romaniei, cat si realizarile studentilor, profesorilor si cercetatorilor romani din Marea Britanie ce reprezinta o resursa cheie in contextul actual al Regatului Unit. Inscrierile la eveniment se fac in urma completarii formularului online pana la data de de 29 octombrie aici.

Desfasurare. Sesiunile plenare vor fi organizate sub forma unor dezbateri. Printre invitatii speciali ce vor lua cuvantul in cadrul acestor sesiuni se numara: E.S. Dr. Dan Mihalache (Ambasador al României în Londra), Profesor Martyn Rady (Profesor Istorie a Europei Centrale al University College London), Andreea Pastarnac (Ministrul Românilor de Pretutindeni), Victor Negrescu (Ministrul Delegat pentru Afaceri Europene), Ioan-Aurelian Pop (Rector al Universității Babes-Bolyai Cluj). Vor avea loc trei sesiuni plenare avand urmatoarele teme:

  • “Remote versus corporate jobs-The digital era impact”;
  • “Research and teaching perspectives- Borderless Academia”;
  • “Public Sector access in the European Union context”;

Nu in ultimul rand, la finalul conferintei va avea loc ceremonia de decernare a “Diplomei Ambasadorului”, unde LSRS UK are onoarea de a propune 5 candidati. Astfel, studentii romani din Marea Britanie cu rezultate academice sau realizari deosebite cu impact pentru comunitatea romanească din Marea Britanie, au sansa de a primi aceasta onoranta distinctie prin completarea urmatorului formular pana la data de 29 octombrie 2017: http://bit.ly/2kLZsRW . Cele cinci nominalizari vor fi anuntate pe 1 Noiembrie.

CSPCR UK reprezinta o initiativa comuna a comunitătii romanesti din Marea Britanie ce isi propune sa consolideze comunitatea academica romaneasca de pe teritoriul Regatului Unit.  Scopul este acela de a facilita schimbul de idei si experiente ce pot duce la crearea parteneriatelor sociale in vederea dezvoltarii acestei comunitati, dar si de a incuraja si promova excelenta academica ce poate crea o imagine pozitiva a Romaniei in Marea Britanie.

Parteneri principali: Ambasada Romaniei in Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii si Irlandei de Nord, Departamentul Politici pentru Romanii de Pretutindeni, Ratiu Family Foundation, University College London, University of Oxford.

 

WIZZ AIR applies for UK air operator certificate

wizz-airLondon, 18 October 2017

Wizz Air UK Limited (“Wizz Air UK”), a fully owned and controlled subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc (the “Company” or “Wizz Air”), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announces that it has filed an application for the grant of an Air Operator’s Certificate (“AOC”) and Operating Licence (“OL”) with the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom (“CAA”).

Subject to receipt of its AOC and OL from the CAA, Wizz Air UK will begin operations in the UK in March 2018 with several UK-registered aircraft.  The London Luton operating base of Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. (“Wizz Air Hungary”) will become a Wizz Air UK operation which will see the Company invest in local resources employing more than 100 people (management, pilots and cabin crew) by end of 2018.  Routes not taken over by Wizz Air UK will continue to be operated by Wizz Air Hungary, maintaining and continuing to expand the group’s network of 41 routes from London Luton.

Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi commented: “We are pleased to announce that we are seeking a UK AOC and Operating Licence, further signalling our commitment to the important UK market.  It is a natural, next-step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK’s 8th largest operator and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward.”

Wizz Air’s Commitment to the UK
Wizz Air’s first ever flight in May 2004 was from Katowice to London Luton. Today WIZZ’s UK network consists of 73 routes to 41 destinations from 9 airports. In the past 12 months, Wizz Air carried more than 7 million passengers on its low-fare UK routes, representing 14% growth year on year and  supporting over 5,400 local jobs in associated industries*. Since the beginning of operations more than 40 million passengers have chosen to travel with WIZZ on its UK routes, taking advantage of its low fares from the UK to Central and Eastern Europe.

Photography: Daily News Hungary

Oxford, 15th of October 2017: Ion Țiriac, Romanian billionaire , Former Grand Slam Tennis Winner Talk+Q&A

22449841_1484894728230737_1681897078193270237_nThe Oxford Guild is delighted to welcome a very special, high profile and unique guest as its first speaker of the term, Ion Țiriac, billionaire founder of a sprawling business empire that has made him Romania’s richest person and the wealthiest professional tennis player ever, former Grand Slam Tennis champion and Top 10 ranked player, architect of Boris Becker’s rise to fame, coach for Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic and Guilermo Vilas and part of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will be speaking in a specially organised event this Sunday 15th October from 12pm. The talk and Q&A session plus reception will take place in the Danson Room of Trinity College and will be in collaboration with the Oxford University Romanian Society.

This is a truly unique and unprecedented opportunity to hear from and ask questions of such a high profile and prestigious speaker with such a fascinating story from the tennis court to the boardroom who is specially visiting Oxford this Sunday to speak to you. DO NOT MISS OUT ON WHAT PROMISES TO BE A HIGHLY INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND EXCITING TALK AND OCCASION where you can hear from and ask questions of the man the Washington Post called ‘Tennis’ Mystery Man’ who made unparalleled successful transition from professional sports to high-stakes business!

Ion Țiriac started out his career as an Olympic Level ice hockey player for then Communist Romania, before making the switch to professional tennis. He became a Top 10 ranked player and won the French Open doubles tournament in 1970 with former world no.1 Ilie Nastase, before becoming a coach for stars like Nastase, Goran Ivanisevic, Marat Safin, Dinara Safina and Guilermo Vilas; as an agent, he orchestrated Boris Becker’s rise to fame in the 1980s, joining the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. After ending his career as a professional tennis player, Mr. Țiriac continued his activity within the sports environment as a coach, promoter, manager, consultant and organiser of tennis tournaments. He is currently the owner of several major tennis tournaments, including the Madrid Mutua Open, one of the biggest sporting events every year. His outspoken opposition to equal women’s pay in tennis has created significant controversy in the past year. After 1989, upon retiring from sport, he build a sprawling business empire in post-communist Romania, including the country’s first private bank and its biggest insurance firm. Building on his sporting experience and contacts, he managed to become the richest Romanian in the world, with an estimated fortune of $1.5 billion that puts him in the global Forbes Top 1000 and he is the first Romanian to appear there. His business empire, Tiriac Holdings, is active in a huge range of areas from finance to real estate and car dealership.

According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, “by definition, the word “character” can describe a person’s peculiarities and eccentricities, which in many aspects aptly summarizes Ion Ţiriac. The man known as ‘Count Dracula’ or the ‘Brasov Bulldozer’, played the part to perfection. From his bushy Fu Manchu mustache to a piercing stare, Ţiriac was an intriguing and unique “character” in tennis, melding a substantial career as a player, coach, and businessman. In early December 2014, Romania-Insider.com reported that Ţiriac had amassed a personal fortune of $2 billion, making him the richest former sportsman in the world, according to Celebrity NetWorth. Not bad for a doubles specialist who made a few million dollars on tour during the 1960s and 1970s, but whose style on and off the court led to celebrity appeal.”

The will be an opportunity for questions and if you would like to ballot for the chance to meet Mr Ţiriac and speak to him directly over drinks and take photos in a private reception please email: president@theoxfordguild.com ASAP.

Come on Sunday to learn about Ion Tiriac’s fascinating life journey, and hear his invaluable insights into sports and exciting and unique stories during the course of his career that meant he came to be the richest man tennis has ever spawned! THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

WHEN: 12pm, Sunday 15th October 2017
WHERE: Danson Room, Trinity College, Oxford
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE: https://tinyurl.com/TiriacOxfordTalk

The Brexit Alternatives and their Implications

downloadHosted by the European Institute and the Institute of Public Affairs

As the UK and the EU look ahead to their long-term relationship post-Brexit, what might the UK learn from the experiences of other European states that are outside the EU but have endeavoured to maintain close economic ties to it? What does life outside the EU offer? Is there a trade-off between market access and sovereignty? What are the implications for domestic politics and economics? This expert panel will probe beyond the rhetoric to outline the key issues.

This lecture is part of the LSE Programme on Brexit.

Joachim Blatter is Professor of Political Science at the University of Lucerne.

Erik O Eriksen is the Director of ARENA and Professor of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Sieglinde Gstöhl is Director of the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, College of Europe (Belgium).

Kevin Featherstone is Head of the European Institute, LSE.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

The Institute of Public Affairs (@LSEPubAffairs) is one of the world’s leading centres of public policy. We aim to debate and address some of the major issues of our time, whether international or national, through our established teaching programmes, our research and our highly innovative public-engagement initiatives.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBrexit

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at events@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6043.

Source: LSE

London: The 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club takes place on October 21st

22489718_1504770572923432_7698400362522445817_nElite Business Women continues Elite Business Networking & Entrepreneurship Sessions with the 3rd edition of the Elite Business Club event, to be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, between 10:00 and 14:00, in London, UK. The Waterside Imperial Wharf.

Founded by Bianca Tudor, ELITE Business Women is the first Romanian women entrepreneurship organization to create more than just a business community, a space that facilitates the sharing of business experience and growth by creating a network focused on performance and profitability.

Thus, the monthly business events, ELITE BUSINESS Club, come as a natural complement to the activities initiated by Elite, helping to initiate and increase connections within the community, and to increase the knowledge and abilities of the limbs and all those who participate.

During the event you will be able to:

  • Meet potential customers and business partners
  • Identify best practices in your industry and adjacent industries
  • Learn from the experience of others
  • Learn about opportunities and trends that are not published anywhere
  • Widen your horizon and open new doors to opportunities

ELITE Business Club is an event organized for:

  • entrepreneurs
  • Managers and representatives of small and medium enterprises
  • freelancers
  • authors and speakers

ELITE encourages diversity and promotes successful business models. Thus, ELITE BUSINESS Club invites both ladies and gentlemen!

In October in London, we will have with us:

ÖZLEM-IMIL-10171172_10152385069117754_1411712552_n-300x300Özlem Imil is a qualified High Performance & Leadership Coach, a DISC accredited professional, a personal development trainer and an NLP practitioner. She is passionate about helping people fulfill their potential, expand their leadership capacity and create a life they love. Described by her clients as ‘very easy to connect’, ‘inspirational’, ‘warm and intuitive’, ‘kind yet challenging’ Özlem builds strong rapport with them and is dedicated to bringing results to everyone she coaches and trains.

Lena-Kay-300x300Lena Kay – Transformation Consultant, International speaker and Trainer

Lena works with individuals, entrepreneurs and groups to maximize their potential and take their results to the next level turning their targets, goals and visions into a reality.

 

daniel-farmache-foto-300x300Daniel Farmache: works for Citigroup in London, managing mergers & acquisitions and capital market transactions for companies in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He began his career in corporate banking in Romania, also at Citigroup. In 2016-2017, he was part of the Ciolos government, as the cabinet director of the Minister of Labor and councilor in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, on the economic portfolio.

Register here: http://elitewomen.org/elite-business-club/?lang=en

20% Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority reports featured victims from Romania

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Press Release, 04 October 2017

‘Spot the signs’

  • Crimestoppers partners with the GLAA to tackle slavery in the UK
  • 20% GLAA reports featured victims from Romania

Independent charity Crimestoppers is today partnering with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help the UK public ‘Spot The Signs’ of slavery in a bid to tackle this growing issue.

Modern Day Slavery takes a variety of forms, many of which operate openly in public places. Whilst anyone can become a victim of this crime, it predominantly affects vulnerable people and immigrant populations with 20% of victims originating from Romania according to a study by the GLAA looking at intelligence reports from 01 January 2014 to 01 July 2016.

Industries affected by this issue include agriculture, car washes, construction, maritime, nail bars, restaurants and takeaways.

There are many common signs of slavery that victims of abuse share and it is these that Crimestoppers and the GLAA have come together to promote in a bid to highlight this issue and encourage people to report suspicions.

Signs to spot include:

  • Show signs of injury, abuse and malnourishment
  • Look unkempt, often in the same clothing and have poor hygiene
  • Be under the control and influence of others
  • Live in cramped, dirty, overcrowded accommodation
  • Have no access or control of their passport or identity documents
  • Appear scared, avoid eye contact, seem untrusting
  • Be collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
  • May have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment
  • May be isolated from the local community and their family

Crimestoppers’ statistics alone show a 126% increase in information received on slavery in the past six months compared to the previous six month period. It is this general rise in slavery figures nationwide which reflects why the GLAA has recently been granted a broader remit and stronger powers to tackle labour exploitation across the economy, introducing the capacity to search and seize evidence and investigate modern slavery where it relates to labour abuse and other offences.

Emily Van der Lely, Crimestoppers Lead on Slavery, said: “It’s so awful to hear that slavery is even an issue in this day and age, but we want to reassure victims that it is an issue that is taken extremely seriously, and make it clear to perpetrators that they will be found and prosecuted.

“By launching this campaign, we will educate the public as to the signs to spot and let them know that they can take action on this horrendous crime, without compromising their anonymity. They will never have to give a statement to police, or go to court. No-one will ever know where the information came from.”

Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive of the GLAA, said: “The public need to understand and be aware that modern slavery is happening right now, in and around the communities they live.

“Exploiting someone for their labour, forcing them to work, using people as commodities – these practices are abhorrent and we need the public’s help to stamp it out. Crimestoppers’ support will be invaluable in giving people the confidence to report their concerns.”

The campaign will predominantly spread messages using social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Crimestoppers is also partnering with local councils and other organisations to encourage them to promote the campaign through their social media channels, but also to display posters and leaflets which can be downloaded from the Crimestoppers website at crimestoppers-uk.org/modernslavery.

Crimestoppers is the independent charity that provides the 0800 555 111 telephone number and online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. We take information in around 200 languages and guarantee that those who contact us will remain 100% anonymous, they will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.

Our extensive language translation service, whether it is our live telephone service or online information form translation, enables communities to contact us even when English is not their first language. The Crimestoppers’ website also has five foreign language microsites linked from its home page, including Romanian at crimestoppers-uk.org/ro/, with more extensive Crimestoppers information that explains our service, something that we are looking to expand further in the future.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, safe in the knowledge that you will never have to give a statement to the police or go to court.

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  • Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
  • Around 11 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  • Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.6 million pieces of actionable information, resulting in over 134,000 arrests and charges. Over £132 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £325 million worth of drugs has been seized.
  • In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 3,800 arrests to date.
  • Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.
  • The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is the foremost investigative agency for labour exploitation in the UK. Its mission is to prevent, detect and investigate worker exploitation across the entire economy. Find out more at http://www.gla.gov.uk