Angelina Jolie poses with real bees to raise awareness on World Bee Day

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2021   •   200

To raise awareness on the importance of bee conservation, Angelina Jolie  posed for the camera while covered with real bees.

Bees play an important role in relation to the scope of agricultural production through pollination. They also produce high-quality food such as honey, royal jelly and its produce can also make other products that can be used in healthcare.

In an Instagram post, the National Geographic showed a photo and video of Jolie looking peaceful and calm while bees congregate in around her body. The photo and video was shot by Dan Winters.

According to Winters, he was concerned for Jolie’s safety especially when they are conducting the photoshoot during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. They had to use Italian bees and had to apply a specific pheromone to keep the bees calm.

“To promote the initiative for World Bee Day, in collaboration with @natgeo, Angelina wanted to do a portrait covered in bees,” Winters said. “The bees are attracted to the pheromone, but it also encourages them not to swarm.”



Winters said Jolie had to stand perfectly still while covered in bees for 18 minutes. She did not suffer from any stings, he reported. Winters also added that the portrait also pays tribute to Richard Avedon’s famous bee portrait.

Jolie has long been involved with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a special envoy and is currently working with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on a Women for Bees initiative that will ultimately build 2500 bee hives and restock 125 million bees by 2025, while training and supporting 50 women beekeepers in their own beekeeping operations. AAC


Earth Day in lockdown gives chance to imagine a different future, say conservationists

UNTV News   •   April 22, 2020

Award-winning wildlife conservationists and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert said lockdowns around the world due to COVID-19 have created a chance to reimagine relations with the natural world and expressed their hopes that young people will continue to push for change.

The husband and wife team who have been exploring parts of Africa for over 30 years were filmed with lions in the Mara Plains in Kenya in a section of a National Geographic film to mark 50 years of Earth Day. ”Born Wild: The Next Generation” highlights how several species around the world are faring and the chances for their survival.

Speaking about the coronavirus pandemic, Dereck Joubert told Reuters on Monday (April 20) in an interview: “This has been such a traumatic thing for the world, that if we don’t come out of it changed or better then it’s been a tremendous waste of opportunity. And we should admonish ourselves.”

Great disasters can see people emerge more closely tied on an emotional, physical and spiritual level, he said.

“I hope that extends to our emotional and ecological intelligence as well. You don’t have these moments for nothing.”

64-year-old Joubert, who with his wife has made over 25 films for National Geographic, acknowledged that a collapse in wildlife tourism as a result of the pandemic could see whole communities suffer and risk a spike in poaching if vast tracts of land are without visitors.

“When we were born there were 450,000 lions and today they’re 20,000 lions. If you project that shocking message alone people will get engaged and they get it,” he said.

“The next generation is doing pretty phenomenally well in understanding that there’s a problem and they want to try and fix it. We see Greta Thunberg for instance, speaking out and many kids around the world are now speaking out. So it does give us hope,” said Beverly Joubert.

The first Earth Day took place in 1970 when on April 22, millions of Americans took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward. It has since been adopted around the world.

”Born Wild: The Next Generation” is a one hour special hosted by “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts. Filmed around the world its press release says it gives ”viewers a revealing look at our planet’s next generation of baby animals and their ecosystems which face daunting environmental changes.”

Dereck Joubert hopes that viewers seeing the lion cubs will ”fall in love with them in the same way that we have fallen in love with them.”

As well as seeing the plight of lions in Kenya there are other sections featuring bears, monkeys – and actor Chris Hemsworth makes an appearance helping look after a koala injured in the recent Australian bush fires. (Reuters)

(Production: Sarah Mills)

Pitt expresses sadness over Jolie divorce filing as Hollywood power couple splits

admin   •   September 21, 2016

Director and cast member Jolie poses, as her husband and co-star Pitt stands nearby, at the premiere of "By the Sea" during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood

Director and cast member Angelina Jolie poses, as her husband and co-star Brad Pitt stands nearby, at the premiere of “By the Sea” during the opening night of AFI FEST 2015 in Hollywood, California November 5, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 13. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Angelina Jolie has filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, her attorney said on Tuesday, signaling the end of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and powerful couples.

“This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” attorney Robert Offer said in a statement.

The Oscar-winning actress filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, court documents showed. Jolie sought full physical custody of their six children ages 8 to 15 with visitation rights for Pitt but did not seek spousal support. Jolie cited their separation date as Sept. 15.

“I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt told People magazine. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

A copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt in Los AngelesA copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt in Los Angeles

A copy of papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court by Angelina Jolie shows her petition for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 20, 2016. Jolie filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for the split, court documents showed. REUTERS/Piya Sinha Roy

Jolie and Pitt, known collectively as “Brangelina,” were one of the entertainment world’s most visible couples, due to their good looks, successful films and activism. They married in 2014 after a decade together.

Their relationship was steady fodder for tabloids with reports focusing on what role Jolie played in the breakup of Pitt’s marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston and, more recently, possible trouble in the marriage.

Media commentators reacted with surprise and sadness to the news. “Today shall go down as the day love died,” Vogue magazine said in an online report on the couple’s split.

Social media buzzed with #brangelina mentioned roughly 720 times per minute on Twitter, more than triple mentions for the United Nations General Assembly, according to analytics firm Zoomph.

Jolie, 41, who won a best-supporting actress Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted” in 2000, was previously married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.

Pitt, 52, was married to Aniston in 2003 when he and Jolie filmed “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” the story of assassins unknowingly assigned to kill each other. There were reports of an affair, but Jolie told Vogue they were only “very, very good friends” until Pitt and Aniston split in 2005.

Before their August 2014 wedding at their French estate, Jolie and Pitt had said they would not wed until same-sex couples were allowed to marry.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of The Normal Heart in New York

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere of “The Normal Heart” in New York May 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

While Pitt and Jolie won praise for their on-screen chemistry in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” their most recent film collaboration, “By the Sea,” last year was about a married couple drifting apart. Jolie wrote and directed the latter.

Jolie has been estranged from her father, actor Jon Voight, but he told “Inside Edition” he was concerned about the divorce filing. “It’s very sad,” he said. “Something very serious must have happened for Angelina to make a decision like this.”

Peter Walzer, a California attorney who represented actress Katie Holmes in her divorce from superstar Tom Cruise, said in a phone interview it was unusual Jolie sought sole physical custody of the children and it was equivalent to saying Pitt was not competent to be a parent. “It’s an insult,” Walzer said.

Jolie had an offbeat reputation early in her career but has taken on humanitarian causes and was named a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

She traveled to Afghanistan, Sudan, Tanzania, Iraq and Jordan to call attention to the plight of refugees and the underprivileged.
The couple started a foundation to finance reconstruction of homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Together they started the Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 to help charities worldwide.

Their children include sons adopted from Cambodia and Vietnam and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia, as well as three biological children.

To encourage other women, Jolie spoke out publicly about elective surgeries in 2013 and 2015 to remove her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes as a preventive measure due to a family history of cancer.

In addition to her Oscar win, Jolie was nominated for an Academy Award for “Changeling” in 2008. Pitt’s breakout role came in a supporting part in “Thelma & Louise” in 1991. His other films include “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Moneyball,” and the “Ocean’s 11” films.

(Story refiled to add dropped word ‘in’ in paragraph 6)

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Piya Sinha-Roy; Additional reporting by Melissa Fares and Angela Moon; Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

World leaders face pressure to act against sexual violence at UK summit

admin   •   June 9, 2014

US actress Angelina Jolie and Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague

(Reuters) – The kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls and several recent horrific murders of women is expected to raise pressure on the world community to take concrete action to punish those responsible for sexual violence at a global summit in London this week.

Invited by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, government ministers, military and judicial leaders and aid workers from about 150 nations will join the first global summit to end sexual violence in conflict.

The June 10-13 summit follows a run of shocking cases of violence against women including the kidnap of schoolgirls by Islamist Boko Haram, the stoning to death of a pregnant woman in Pakistan in a so-called “honour killing”, and the gang-rape and murder of two Indian teenagers who were hanged from a tree.

Hague said too often those who committed these crimes never faced justice and the summit would agree the first international protocol on how to document and investigate sexual violence in conflicts.

“Often it is the lack of evidence that means that these things go unpunished,” Hague told Sky television on Sunday.

“Now this will lead to prosecutions. None of this will be achieved overnight but this is a problem which has been getting worse in recent decades and is utterly unacceptable in the 21st century.”

The conference, with 1,200 attendees including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, will be co-hosted by Hague and Jolie, special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who joined forces in 2012 to tackle rape and sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Oscar-winner Jolie’s involvement in humanitarian issues dates back to 2001 when she traveled to Sierra Leone as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and was horrified to see the impact of years of civil war when an estimated 60,000 women were raped.


The unlikely pair have traveled together to witness the legacy of sexual violence in war and the work to help victims.

Earlier this year they went to Bosnia where more than 100,000 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the 1992-95 war when an estimated 20,000 women were believed raped.

Figures from UNICEF estimate an average of 36 women and girls are raped daily in the Democratic Republic of Congo where up to 200,000 women have suffered sexual violence since 1998.

Alice Allan, head of advocacy at CARE International, said the world had been horrified by several recent cases of violence on women which would raise the bar at the summit.

“Violence against women is not new but social media has helped bring these cases to the fore and helped galvanize governments to commit to taking action,” Allan told Reuters.

“These cases have been horrific but hopefully it will lead to greater action this week and public commitments from governments to which they will be held accountable.”

The summit comes after Hague and Jolie last year launched a Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict that pledged to end impunity, promote accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence.

So far about 150 countries have signed the declaration that calls for funding to tackle violence and help survivors, improved collection of data and evidence for court action, and a ban on amnesties for sexual violence in peace agreements.

All signatory countries were invited to the London summit where the fate of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls will be debated at a ministerial meeting on Thursday.

But the need for concrete action after four days of talking at the summit was seen as critical if there was to be progress.

“Just because Burma signed the international declaration on sexual violence, it doesn’t mean they will do anything about it. There should be a six-month deadline for seeing implementation of the declaration in Burma,” said Zoya Phan, campaign manager at Burma Campaign UK.

(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Sophie Hares)


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