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“Home at Chişcăreni” – a new touristic route arranged in Moldova with the local support

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The Chişcăreni commune in Sîngerei district can become a new tourist attraction in Moldova. Tourists will be now able to admire the views by climbing Casso’s Movila, enjoy the local eco-carriage rides, and experience therapy at the “Albinuţa” House.

Those who want to fish or relax will be able to do it in the forest and by its ponds. The route is complemented by the services provided by the four agro-tourist boarding houses, the agricultural activities to which tourists can get involved and the ecological pieces prepared by the village households.

“We have prepared a team of local guides made of high school students. They have already guided the first groups of tourists along the way, including in English,”says Viorica Ignatiuc, training guide at the Dialog Center.

The creation of the tourist route in Chişcăreni is one of the 14 local economic development projects carried out by the local authorities within the project “Migration and Local Development” implemented by UNDP Moldova with the financial support of the Government of Switzerland.

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The Prosecutor’s Office is no longer required to submit the annual report to Parliament’s plenary. Several NGOs are concerned

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Several NGO’s are concerned about the exclusion of the obligation to hear the Prosecutor’s annual activity report in Parliament’s plenary session and its publication on the official website of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

This happened after, on January 4th, the Official Gazette published amendments to some legislative acts that excluded the provision that the Prosecutor’s Report is to be heard in Parliament’s plenary session, that is to made public and to be placed on the official website of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

At the same time, the condition that the Prosecutor’s reports should contain data on the impact of the institution’s activity on the rights of individuals was canceled.

NGOs argue that our society risks not to be able to analyze the Prosecution’s reports, as they are no longer published on the institution’s website, which runs counter to the principle of transparency and access to information.

“We deeply regret that, through the amendment, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova reduced the requirements of ensuring the transparency and accountability of the Prosecutor’s Office towards the public, which can lead to the decrease of the citizens’ trust in the independence and professionalism of the Prosecutor’s Office and the undermining of the image of this institution” declared representatives of the civil society.

The signatory organizations strongly condemn the exclusion of the legal provision mentioned above, and demands the future Parliament to reintroduce the norm in the law on the Prosecutor’s Office.

The declaration was signed by Moldovan Legal Resources Center (CRJM), Transparency International Moldova, Journalism Investigative Center (IJC), the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), Amnesty International Moldova, the Human Rights Embassy, the Access-Info Center, the Independent Journalism Center (CJI), the Association for Efficient and Responsive Governance (AGER) , Association for Foreign Policy (EPA), Development Partnership Center, Promo-LEX Association, WatchDog.md Community, Center for Analysis and Prevention of Corruption (CAPC), Expert-Grup Independent Analytical Center, Institute for Development and Social Initiatives “Viitorul”, and The Women’s Rights Center (CDF).

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Stories from Diaspora / Irina Madan: “I live between two worlds and I try to bring them together”

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It’s time for a new story from Diaspora – the series of articles meant to demonstrate once again that there are so many exceptional people from Moldova who can move mountains even though they are far from their homeland.

This is a story of a dedicated and extremely creative woman – Irina Madan who gave a new definition to painting. She blends fashion with art painting and spices it up with traditional ornaments brought from Moldova. Each of her works is a unique masterpiece.

About the path to achieve her biggest dream

Irina is passionate about art and fashion design since her childhood. That was the moment when her talent started to crystallize. “I remember my favourite activity back then – drawing and making dolls’ clothes,” recalls Irina. She always wanted to learn professional painting but was given this opportunity only at the age of 19, when she took her first painting course in order to prepare for the entrance examination at the Academy of Arts in Chișinău. “The art education offered me the possibility to fulfil my childhood dream and showed me the path I want to follow,” she says. During the 5 years of activity, she managed to accomplish a lot of her dreams and tried to enjoy every step to her biggest dream.

“I dream of having my own fashion house, go to the street and see happy people dressed in my painted clothes. I want paintings to be dressed all over the world.”

About leaving home

It wasn’t easy to leave Moldova and to move to San Diego, a city located in California, the Unites States. “I faced many difficulties in the US, but there were beautiful things as well. Every day is a new challenge as one must start it from scratch,” states Irina. “San Diego is a truly artistic city and I am glad that I can live here.” A young artist like her manages to make a living by selling art work, but at the same time, there are many other possibilities for employment.

According to Irina, the hardest thing in the adaptation process is to cope with the internal struggle, not to surrender to the obstacles. “A part of my soul remained in Moldova because that is the place I was born in and that is the place where my dearest people live. That makes me think of home and miss it a lot,” Irina says. She returns home every half a year.

“I really wanted to make my dream come true at home, but from the inability to do it, I had to leave.”

Irina believes that a person that lives abroad can contribute to the well-being of his home country by promoting its values. “Most Americans do not know where Moldova is, although in California it happened several times to meet people who had heard about our country and had known more details about its history,” declares Irina. The thoughts about Moldova offer her peace of mind. “I always try to emphasize the beautiful things about my homeland. Moreover, I feel proud to represent Moldova through my creations that show how wonderful my country is,” Irina states.

About her works

The idea of painting on clothes came in 2013 while Irina was working on her bachelor’s graduation collection. The source of inspiration for her first collection was Venice – the city that helped our protagonist discover her vocation. “I did not know that I was going to create a hand-painted collection. I was sure that I won’t find such fabrics in the regular shops, so I started to produce it myself by painting it,” mentions Irina. In the summer of the same year, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in fashion design. At the beginning of autumn 2013, Irina began to create custom-made clothes and continues to do it.

The today’s stimulus for Irina’s creations are her own feelings. “I’m trying to play with colours and tell a tale through each of the paintings on the vestments. I am also inspired by artistic and vibrant places from nature, and by music,” specifies Irina. She never looks into the works of other artists because that would be unconsciously translated into her creations. Thus, there would be no room for originality.

“I think we can create trends by ourselves because what comes from inside, characterizes us. Every person is unique, and the inspiration can be found in nature and in our inner world.”

A manually painted dress hides a large amount of work and emotions behind it. The entire process lasts for two weeks on average and begins with shaping the idea. Then, the composition is sketched on a piece of white cloth. The next stage is painting. After the painting has dried, the clothing details are cut and the entire process of sewing a garment follows. “I have to execute the entire process by myself. Therefore, it lasts longer,” says Irina. Yet, the result of her efforts and the fact that it is appreciated by people inspires and motivates her to create more. “There is no greater happiness for an artist than the appreciation of his creations,” says Irina with a bright smile on her face. The works of Irina Madan won a multitude of international awards, including the 3rd place at the Top Designer Award Fashion Week in San Diego, in October 2018.

Irina’s most precious work is called “Fata Moșneagului”, a fantastic dress inspired by a Romanian fairy tale character – a hard-working and kind girl that managed to make her dream come true. “That is the work I would certainly never sell. I remember when I was at a presentation in London, in 2015, and a lady wanted to buy this particular dress. She was really insistent, but I did not sell it anyway. This dress reflects my personality and I have a spiritual connection with it,” confesses Irina. Some of her works can be found here.

The dress “Fata moșneagului” by Irina Madan

We are happy that Irina found her vocation and wish her all the best in the future. Her work springs from her soul and spirit and it deserves to be recognised.

More of Irina’s works as following:

Photo source: personal archive

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A Moldovan athlete ran 50 km at -60°C (-76°F)

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Dmitri Voloşin, the extreme sportsman in Moldova, ran 50 km today in the coldest part of the world – Oymyakon (Yakutia region of Russia), where temperatures are up to -71 ° C. The extreme race took place within the “Unfrozen” project.

Dmitri ran the distance of 50 km at -60°C. According to meteorological reports, the temperature perceived by the human body was -67°C.

Dmitri Volosin became the first sportsman to have his distance in extreme frost without the help of doctors or rescuers.

“It was the toughest test of my sport career. It’s like going out of a space ship in open space, a terrible frost and a lack of air. No equipment can protect you from the frost. I hope I did not freeze my face during the race. It has been very difficult for me to breathe – there is very little oxygen in the air and the mask is soaked in ice. It caught my experience of freediving, namely the ability to hold my breath,” says Dmitri.

But this is not the first race run by Dmitri Volosin in extreme conditions.

In April 2018, he participated in the renowned North Pole Marathon, where he achieved second place with a result of 5 hours and 3 minutes.

In 2017, Dmitri took part in the Marathon Des Sables ultramarathon, becoming the first Moldovan to participate in such a prestigious international competition.

On January 5, Oymyakon has also held the first international race in extreme conditions over five distances – from 5 to 42 km. During the race, no one was able to exceed the marathon distance at -48°C. Only one participant, amateur athlete Ilia Pesterev – administrative head of Emissky Nasleg in Amginsky Ulus, managed to run 38 km in 3 hours and 53 minutes.

The “Unfrozen” project appeared after Dmitri learned the story of Eve. Inspired by the strength of the character and the love of life demonstrated by the little girl, Dmitri decided to tell this story to all the magnificent people, transforming Eve into the heroine of a fairy tale.

The funds collected under this project will be transferred to Eva’s family so that the girl can undergo physical and neuropsychological rehabilitation courses.

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