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The Darien Gap — A Desperate Journey

The Darien Gap — A Desperate Journey

A 60-mile stretch of virgin jungle forms the border between Colombia and Panama. It’s the only break in more than 19,000 miles of highway that connects the Arctic Ocean and the southern tip of South America.

It’s called the Darien Gap – and it’s a fabled, legendary no-man’s land that’s bedeviled the most storied adventurers, members of the American military, and legions of would-be migrants. But it doesn’t put them off. Even today, tens of thousands of migrants a year risk their lives to cross it.

When the CBSN Originals team set out to cross the gap, we meet Shahab Shahbazi. He’s from Iran, thousands of miles from home, sitting in a smuggler’s home in the middle of nowhere, Colombia.

“I’m trying to find a life,” he tells us. “I’m trying to find out if I can have a better life or not.”

Shahab has a small bag with him, and no more clothes than those he already wears. Like many of the migrants we’ll meet, he seems hideously under-prepared for a week-long, life-threatening trek.

“But… I got to go. I need life. I need more life,” he says.

Migrants can arrive at the southern fringe of the jungle with relative ease, due to lax immigration policies in a number of South American countries. Under the cover of the jungle, they cross illegally from South into Central America. Some will pay smugglers — often known as “coyotes” — a few hundreds dollars to guide them through this notoriously difficult no-man’s land. Other options are far easier — like taking a boat or plane into Central America right up to the doorstep of the U.S. But they heighten the risk of capture and immediate deportation, a crushing setback for migrants when every step on the journey often means starting afresh from nothing.

This particular step comes with its own unique risks. Augustin, one of the smugglers we follow, says “The Darien Gap is… very dangerous. Because there are many hills, many rivers… many snakes, many jaguars. I’ve seen many people die. Not just one. Many.” Added to that, there are violent paramilitary groups who control the drug smuggling corridor that runs parallel, but deeper inside the jungle.

The sheer physical ardour of the trek, however, is the biggest challenge, as we find. Usually within 30 minutes of setting out, we’ve waded through waist-deep waters, soaking our socks for the remainder of the day. Our wet, shriveled and blistered feet are impossibly painful. Most people on the route don’t have a change of clothes.

“I don’t have anything else,” says Shahab. “One pair of pants,” he says of his belongings.

Shahab, who fled Iran due to religious persecution CBS NEWS
The daily diet is just as meagre. It’s rice, all day, with maybe a 1/4 of a can of tuna. It’s bland, but it provides the calories we need to forge ahead, and it’s relatively light.

At the end of a long day, we pepper Shahab with questions about his motivations. He speaks better Spanish than English, having spent years in Venezuela after fleeing Iran.

I ask Shahab, “What do you want to do when you get to the US? If you get to the US?”

“My professional trade is carpentry. I think I want to keep being a carpenter. If not, I’ll be a chef. I’m going to see what I can find in the US.”

He tells me about what he left behind. A family who doesn’t know he’s here in the Darien and a girlfriend in Venezuela.

“She’s my love. She’s my heart. I always think fondly of her. I miss her. And I think about where and when I can see her again.”

The next morning, we pack up camp. Our guides tell us today will be hell. There’s a steep ascent ahead — perhaps the hardest part of the journey. And they warn that we have far too much baggage.

We’ve packed for a long journey — three cameras and enough batteries to allow us to operate them for two weeks. Memory cards, backup drives to seal and secure our memories, sat phones and food. It’s too much to carry, so out go “non-essentials” like toilet paper, ‘extra’ underwear, hand sanitizer.

As I jettison weight, a group of eight migrants catches up with us — from halfway around the world, mostly India and Sri Lanka. Because of a deportation agreement between Panama and Latin American nations, the route is far less palatable to would-be migrants from those countries now. But the route is still plied daily by migrants from much farther afield who see it as a doorway to North America. Augustin, the smuggler, had told us: “Cubans, Haitians, Nepalese, Dominicans, from India, and yes, from Africa too. I calculate that I helped about 2,000. I guided them through and gave them help. Last year, they doubled in numbers.”

Finally, we summit the mountain that’s essentially the demarcation line between Panama and Colombia.

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

A Lad’s Ski Break in Morzine

Listen up skiers! Summer’s heading for the exit and you know what that means. You, your best mates and some ski runs to conquer…
That’s all nice and simple, but there’s still the tricky choice of where to go. There are loads of great ski resorts to choose from in Europe, each with their own incredible set of pistes and happening après-ski scene. Want my advice? For me, the only way is Morzine in the huge 650km Portes du Soleil area: a scintillating selection of runs (ranging from intermediate to expert), and off the snow entertainment that’s perfect for both party animals and more laid-back customers. You can thank me later.

 

Ripping Après Ski

When the sun sets on Morzine it becomes one hell of a party town. And because it’s not too big, wherever the night starts your next port of call is probably just around the corner. These are my picks (discovered through detailed ‘research’) of the best joints.

• The Tibetan Café – start the evening’s entertainment at this energetic spot. • Bar Robinson – one of Morzine’s most popular bars is a great place to take things up a notch. • Dixie Bar – chillers will dig this easy-going sports bar and its live music. • The Cavern – want to party into the small hours? Look no further. • Le Crepu – open till 2am and just right for winding down after a heavy night.

Some Awesome Skiing

Morzine is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, meaning you have the pick of as much as 650km of pistes, just waiting to be tackled. With this selection of the best areas to go, there’s bound to be something for everyone in the group.

• Avoriaz – freestylers rejoice! This nearby resort has six terrain parks as well as plenty of gnarly high-altitude powder runs to strut your stuff. • Le Pleney – close to Morzine and with a great spread of blues, challenging reds and steep wide runs, Le Pleney is perfect for intermediates in search of real challenges. • Les Gets – high-altitude powder runs are the name of the game here.

And Still More Fun

If you fancy a day or two’s break from the skiing but can’t bring yourself to abandon the snow all together, then why not have a go at snowmobiling (either solo or with a guide depending on your confidence), ice skating or snowshoeing? Even winter paragliding’s an option. Believe me when I say it’s completely unlike anything you’ll have done before.

Morzine also has an active entertainment and leisure scene off the slopes. With a cinema, indoor swimming pool, ice-hockey games every week and spa treatments there’s no chance of boredom striking.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine with Shuttle Direct is like going down a green run. Easy. Pre-book a Geneva to Morzine transfer and once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and your mates travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and lively nights of top-notch après ski.

Flower artist Makoto Azuma’s stunning arrangements

Flower artist Makoto Azuma’s stunning arrangements

In this season of shorter days and longer nights we probably need the sight of flowers more than ever. Perfect timing for Ben Tracy’s “Postcard From Tokyo”:

The mornings begin shrouded in fog and surrounded by color. Yellow, red, pink … a forest of flowers begins to grow.

The Tokyo floral studio of Makoto Azuma looks more like a laboratory, and his team more like a Japanese rock band. Azuma barely speaks as he works. His focus is unbroken, as his fingers perfect each petal until his creation is complete.

Tracy asked, “When you look at a flower, what do you see?”

From Makoto Azuma’s Bottle Flower Collection. MAKOTO AZUMA
“I see flowers as symbolizing life,” he replied. “When a flower is cut and removed from the soil, it begins a new life.”

So nearly nothing is left on the cutting room floor. Trash becomes treasure locked inside a bottle.

“I can put flowers inside a vase but they would look nothing like what you do,” Tracy said. “Where does the inspiration come from?”

“The flowers themselves are my inspiration” Azuma said. “It tells me how to make it look more beautiful.”

And he’s always looking for interesting locations to plant his work — captured with stunning photography.

Azuma’s talents have also been on display at fashion houses such as Fendi and Hermes, and even lined the runway at fashion shows.

To watch Makoto Azuma’s “Burning Flowers” installation click on the video player below.

 

Burning Flowers by AMKK000 on YouTube
And while you’ve probably already realized that he’s not your average florist, Makoto Azuma destroys any preconceived notions of what that word even means.

Flowers in ice. MAKOTO AZUMA
He and his team have created elaborate videos of their larger-than-life botanical adventures.

They’ve planted a bonsai tree in the middle of a blizzard, and frozen flowers inside giant blocks of ice.

They’ve sailed a floral armada out onto the open ocean, and sunk a giant arrangement down to the bottom of the sea.

And then there was the time a bouquet boldly went where no bouquet has gone before — into space.

Left: Makoto Azuma’s “Sephirothic Flower: Diving Into The Unknown,” photographed at the bottom of the sea. Right: The artist’s “Exobiotanica2: Botanical Space Flight,” launched above Earth. MAKOTO AZUMA
Tracy asked, “Does that bring attention and therefore you sell more flowers? Or is there something you are trying to communicate?”

“I like to push the envelope” Azuma said. “An arrangement of flowers on a table is nice, but I want to find new ways flowers can move people.”

It’s also part of his near-obsession with the science behind how flowers live, and how they die.

Inside a room at his studio he conducts detailed experiments, documenting how much water different types of flowers need under various conditions, and how long they survive. He says that informs how he makes the most of a flower’s 10-day lifespan.

Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

For teachers planning school trips to France, a clearer option such as Paris certainly holds much appeal in terms of their historical depth, culture and accessibility. However, this is not the only objective to consider: The beautiful Opal Beach, which covers the region from Picardy to the Belgian border, provides some excellent options for school trips to France with a focus on subjects such as history, language, or science. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast
The Value of Education for Getting to Beaten the Ticket

There is much to say to bring students to destinations that have not been so touched by modern tourism traps. Exploring Opal Beach will allow deeper levels of intimacy with people and cultures, and expose students to languages ​​and cultures at a comfortable pace. The beauty, tradition and authenticity of the Opal Coast make it an absolute gem for groups of all ages.

Come out in Nature

In addition to its historical and cultural cache, Opal Beach is an area of ​​outstanding natural beauty. For young students on a school trip to France, the opportunity to get out into the coastal environment can offer a warm welcome and help build a profound appreciation of the flora, fauna and spectacular scenery that determines this beautiful region.

To find a different side to nature, a visit to the impressive French National Marine Life Center, also known as Nausicaa, provides an introduction to the diverse marine life. Nausicaa is the largest aquarium in Europe and provides an interactive and highly entertaining experience for children. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

Engage in history

This coastal region has been an important history for centuries – not only to France but also to the rest of the world. From this coast Julius Caesar invaded England in 55 BC, and the area also played an important role in the second battle of the world war. There are many relics that continue to bring past lives for young students, including the 1916 Somme Museum in Albert, Hitler’s podium rocket at La Coupole, and the Mimoyecques Fortress in Calais.

Find the Authenticity

Not just history students who can benefit from traveling to this area on a school trip to France. The small traditional fishing town that forms the shoreline is an ideal situation for young people to discover their first taste of French language, culture and cuisine. In this relaxed and less touristy atmosphere, the experience is often more authentic and generally less intimidating. Students can practice their beginner language skills with local market vendors, and friendly and always positive responses help them grow in confidence to interact more. It is also an opportunity to expand their appetite to include some regional delicacies to the source.

Though less well known than the larger tourist towns, the Opal Coast is no less important for students in terms of native cultural experience. His ability to facilitate curriculum-based curriculum learning opportunities across a range of subjects provides tremendous educational value potential.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in travel for school trips to France and educational tours for school and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Introduce Young Learners to the Opal Coast

What is Entrepreneurship Like

What is Entrepreneurship Like

In discussing entrepreneurship and writing articles on the subject, I have found that it aids understanding when we begin by agreeing on exactly what the word means to us.
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Entrepreneurship is the process of creating or seizing an opportunity, and pursuing it regardless of the resources currently controlled. The American Heritage Dictionary defines an entrepreneur to be a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for business ventures.”

These are rather abstract concepts for a person just beginning to consider whether they ought to start a business rather than take a job, or leave a secure job for a chance at greater self-fulfillment. Let us try to refine our understanding of entrepreneurship by asking some more specific questions.

Is everyone who runs a business an entrepreneur? Many would not consider the newspaper carrier, shoeshine person, and grass cutter entrepreneurs, though these are often the youthful pursuits of those with an entrepreneurial bent.

Does it matter whether the business is merely part-time? Whereas some part-time activities are basically hobbies, or undertaken to supplement income, some entrepreneurial ventures can be tested in the marketplace on a part-time basis.

The path to an entrepreneurial venture might begin by earning a salary in the business one expects to enter, while learning more about it, and waiting for the opportune time to go out on one’s own. This time can be used to develop a support network, professional and personal, and generating ideas to bounce off people whose opinion one respects.

At what scope does self-employment become a venture? The primary objective of many self-employed people is merely to employ themselves (and others if necessary) at a moderate to good salary; some are even willing to eke out a living to do what they enjoy. This approach is often referred to as a lifestyle business, and is generally accompanied by little, if any, plan for growth.

These questions are intended, not to develop a precise definition of entrepreneurship, but to help us understand our attitude toward its many forms of expression. We may each answer these questions differently, yet all answer appropriately within our own frame of reference.

Entrepreneurship is more an attitude than a skill or a profession. Some of us may prefer a corporate or public service career path, but many would choose an entrepreneurial opportunity that feels right.

Would you consider a person who inherits a business an entrepreneur? From the point of inheritance on, it is their own money and financial security at risk. They could possibly sell the business, invest the proceeds in blue-chip stocks, and live off dividends. Some might consider managing a personal stock portfolio for a living as an entrepreneurial venture.

Would a person who inherited a small or marginal business, then took it to new dimensions be considered an entrepreneur? The inheritor could have tried merely to keep it going, or even to pace the business decline to just carry them to retirement. In a family-held business, long-term success is often a central goal.

Are franchise owners entrepreneurs? Many feel that, for those who have access to the large up-front investment, franchises are sure things. For many, operating a franchise is similar to investing in blue chips, a relatively sure thing with generally unexciting returns.

What Almost No One Knows About Gear

What You Need to Know about Cal Berkeley Merchandise

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One can access a wide variety of the Cal Bear collection under one roof. Having the different Cal Bear gear collection under one roof helps you save time. The second benefit that one gets by buying your Cal Bear gear at the Cal Berkley merchandise is to access the latest fashion. This is generally important in giving the Cal Bear gear lovers a classic and trendy look.

The third benefit that one gets from the Cal Berkeley merchandise is that there is usually Cal Bear gear collection for any gender at any age. This is usually important in making sure that every person has an equal chance of getting the best collection of the Cal Bear collection. It is easily possible for all the family members to have a chance to access the various quality Cal gear collections of the Cal Berkeley merchandise. The fourth benefit that one gets from buying the cal bear merchandise from the Cal Berkeley is excellent discounts. The cost of purchasing the car bear merchandise is substantially overcome by the various discounts involved with the buying of the Cal Bear merchandise. In the selection of the Cal Bear gears, there are various factors that one should consider.

While purchasing the Cal Bear merchandise, one must keep on the watch of the price. Thus, it is crucial that one select the kind of style whose price is suitable for your budget. You need to make a financial plan on the amount you wish to spend when acquiring the Cal Bear merchandise. Therefore to save the cost it’s important that one goes for those Cal Bear collections which offer various discounts. You also need to consider researching via the website on the kind of the fashion and style which is suitable for you. This page is essential when it comes to informing clients that all variety of styles and trends are available at the Cal Berkley merchandise.

Where To Start with Jewelry and More

Jewelry Investment Guide

When investing in jewelry, the first thing you should consider is how much you will love the piece instead of how much it can return to you when you sell it later. People often buy jewelry for a reason, such as expressing their personal style, accessorizing an outfit or symbolizing an important life event. Whatever your own reasons are, here are handy tips to remember as you shop around:

Material

Among the most crucial considerations for determining the value of a piece is the the material itself that was used to make it. For example, if you’re buying diamond jewelry, stones above one carat will usually have a bigger value than diamonds with less than one carat total weight. Without a doubt, the four Cs are all important — carat, color, clarity, and cut. When it comes to the cut of the stone, it’s better to steer clear of newer, trendier forms and go for standard cuts instead, such as round and brilliant. Remember as well that when shopping for a diamond, color and clarity can be of superior importance to size or carat. Thus, a smaller diamond may be worth getting if it is also higher in quality than a bigger one.

Workmanship

Though diamonds or other precious stones are typically your first concern when buying jewelry, the metals used in the design are also important. To illustrate, even if platinum trades lower than gold ounce-for-ounce sometimes, platinum jewelry may still be more expensive than gold in retail simply because platinum is usually harder to work with than gold. Platinum won’t maintain its value on the secondary market, even if it is of higher retail value. Before you buy jewelry, look for hints of the metal’s composition. In terms of gold, 14-18 karat – holds more value than 10 karats.

Besides the composition of the metal, it is also important to consider the jeweler’s workmanship as shown by the quality of the jewelry’s construction, especially with intricate designs.

Brand Reputation

Brand is yet another factor that may play a significant part in your decision to purchase certain jewelry. Usually, more popular costume jewelry or designer brands are more expensive, regardless of whether they are made of precious or metals, or not.

The good news is, there are many jewelry shops you will find these days, both online and offline. If anything, that means you have enough options to choose from, and there is absolutely no excuse for not finding a piece that you really love. As well, this means you shouldn’t just limit yourself to one prospective shop or jeweler. Make comparisons as this is the only way you can say that a certain option is indeed the right one for you.

Where To Start with Fashions and More

Advantages of Buying a Moissanite Engagement Ring

It is a great experience to have pieces of jewelry that are satisfying and that is why if you have made up your mind to invest in pieces of jewelry, that you equip yourself with necessary info to help you in making wise decisions. If you are fashion conscious, investing pieces of jewelry is very important because they make you look more fashionable and also classic. There are different pieces of jewelry that you can invest in, for example, earrings, rings, hair and hand ornaments, necklaces, body piercing jewelry to name but a few. Therefore, it is important to be careful when you’re investing pieces of jewelry for yourself but also you can gift someone with them.

An example of a piece of jewelry that has been in use for a long time by many people for various reasons are the rings. For a long time now, rings have been used for engagement purposes and also during the wedding. Rings can be made out of different materials and you can buy them according to your taste and preferences, for instance, you can buy engagement rings made out of diamond, moissanite, wood, and other metals. Investing in moissanite engagement ring is making the best choice because they are very popular and also because of many other benefits. Below are some of the advantages of buying moissanite engagement rings.

When planning a wedding, you will find that it is a very long process and also costly because it is within same time you are proposing to your partner and also attain you are putting things in order towards the wedding. During such time, you need to be very wise on how you spend your finances because they might not be enough and end up straining during the wedding day, that is why it is important to minimize on any financial cost including the cost of buying the engagement ring.Buying moissanite engagement ring favors you financially because it is inexpensive compared to other types of engagement rings.

Apart from being the most affordable engagement rings, moissanite rings are also known because of the durability. Therefore, it is important that you surprise your partner with moissanite engagement ring because they are resistant to scratching or breaking because they are hard. The other benefit of investing in moissanite engagement rings is that you can choose any shape that you want because they are there.Also, moissanite engagement rings brilliantly looking and that is why many people can easily confuse them for a diamond because they have the same sparkle diamond.

Moissanite rings are popular because they are readily available in any jewelry store which is the other advantage of buying them. You can learn more about the moissanite engagement rings visit any online site where many dealers are displaying them.

A Simple Plan: Apparel

Tips About Student Uniform Sellers.
School uniforms are worn by almost all student in different institutions in the world. The uniforms brings a sense of unity and uniformity amongst the students of a school. They help create a learning environment amongst all the students, because it does not define any of them on the basis of their income background. It was evident that most of the rowdy students who bullied each other were from institutions with no apparent apparel. It was clear that the schools with the same outfit reported better performance than their counterparts. With this, it has brought a wide demand for student’s apparel in the market, and many entrepreneurs have not shied off from this business. The following will guide you to becoming a successful uniform retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer.
Target A Market Niche.
Before starting a uniform store, you should start by looking for a gap in that market and know what types of uniform you will specialize in. To get maximum returns from your uniform merchandise you should be able to know the different institutions and win their tenders.
Insist On The Best Quality There Is.
Using the right materials for the making of your uniform is a great step in becoming a recognized student apparel merchandise in your market. Schools will always order for uniforms of the best quality there is in the market. The right fabric will also be determined by the climate of the area you intend to get your tender from, warm fabrics should be used in climates that are cold and use soft fabrics in hot climatic regions.
Having The Best Prices In The Market.
Ensuring that your prices are competitive will guarantee you good returns in your business. Students and parents will choose to save more on buying uniform while at the same time insist on quality. Setting your selling prices too high will be little returns as it does no attract buyers, whereas if you offer a very cheap selling price to the market, the buyers will assume that your sell poor quality uniforms.
Having An Active Website.
Online shopping has shifted the perspective of a market, as most people prefer shopping online than the physical market, thus to be a successful students apparel merchandise you have to put into consideration to open both a physical and an online shop. This will enable you tap the widest market and be assured of better returns. Most clients prefer manufacturers from abroad and the only way for this connection is through the internet.
You can search on a website page so as to learn more about these company models.
Getting The Latest Trends.
Giving a poorly made uniform in the market will mean that you get poor returns to your income. Apparel that was used in the old days are regarded out of demand and thus poor returns.

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How I Became An Expert on Wedding

What to Know About Sherwani For Groom
When you are set to buy a groom sherwani, you have to be well prepared and aware of what to look for. There is much we can learn from the internet. For you to discover more you ought to peruse through the sites of the sherwani designers in the market and check on what is required. We have various elements that you need to understand. Moreover, you have to make sure that you get your sherwani at a reasonable cost. Keep reading to understand the essential features to consider and how to minimize the cost.

Buy the modern vogue for a groom sherwani. It is a factor that most people tend to overlook. They have a notion that sherwani designs are never old-fashioned. The reality is, bride sherwani designs keep changing at the same rate as the bridal attire. That is why you should focused to select a sherwani that matches the latest trend. Plus, it should fit the groom appropriately.
In case you are planning to purchase a groom sherwani, seek for the brides wear color. There is a much connection that is depicted by a bride and groom who blend their wedding attire well. The message portrayed is for connected bride and a groom who have been working concurrently to make their wedding a success. It is also a good idea for the bride to participate in the sherwani as she will have a chance to perhaps match the design to her attire.
In the modern days, you can get wedding wear that is well blended for both the bride and the groom. That means you can easily choose a set for the two. The sets are usually designed using similar material and design plan. Such wear may be the most preferred option for your wedding.
There is much to look for when buying a groom sherwani apart from the looks. We agree it is an essential factor when you are headed for a wedding, but other elements should not be overlooked. You also need to check out if the attire is comfortable, the quality of the material and is it a fit.
Remember, the groom will have to wear the sherwani for a lengthier time. Additionally, they will have to alter their position periodically. Thus, be sure to buy a sherwani that will keep them relaxed as they sit to take the rituals and walk around during the wedding procession. The groom should be in a sherwani that serves their luxury all around. Check through the website to help you learn more on the appropriate material for a sherwani.
The internet will give you an opportunity to learn more of the luxurious designs for a sherwani. It is then you will get more details on the designs that can not only serve for weddings but also other events. To help you in understanding what is required for a groom sherwani, read through the sites that will give you more infor. on this subject.