Pictures: Money Heist star Alba Flores joins Greenpeace Gal�pagos expedition – urges governments to ratify UN Ocean Treaty and protect the High Seas

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador – WEBWIRE

Money Heist star Alba Flores joined the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise in the Galpagos Marine Reserve, to witness the beauty and the threats facing the Galpagos. She is urging governments to accelerate the UN Ocean Treaty ratification process. One year after the Treaty was agreed, it has only been ratified by Chile and Palau. To enter into force, at least 60 governments must sign the Treaty into law.[1]

Together with scientists onboard, Flores observed first hand the species abundance and diversity above and on seamounts inside and outside of the Galpagos Marine Reserve, which is one of the best examples of ocean protection in action.[2] Yet, just outside the reserve, vast industrial fishing fleets continue to devastate marine life. What happens just outside the reserve has direct negative impacts inside, and this place has no protection from these impacts.

Alba Flores, best-known for playing Nairobi in the hit Netflix series Money Heist, said: The UN agreeing the Ocean Treaty was a historic moment that filled with hope for the future. In the Galpagos I have experienced the powerful beauty of nature but I know that close by, there are threats to the health of the archipelago, especially in the high seas areas outside the Galpagos Marine Reserve.

Before the Ocean Treaty was agreed, it was impossible to protect this high seas area. But now governments have a chance to use the Treaty to boost protection of the Galpagos and provide a powerful example to the rest of the world of how to protect the high seas. We only need political will to make it happen. I hope my presence onboard will push more people to mobilise and to support the ratification of the treaty by their own governments. I am just one voice among many other voices, people have the power with our voices and other tools to help protect the oceans.

Laura Meller, from Greenpeaces Protect the Oceans campaign, said: A new high seas protected area, complementing the Galpagos Marine reserve, would benefit the astonishing wildlife as well as local fishers from the neighbouring countries. This new protected area could be closed to industrial international fleets, boosting fish populations and increasing catches for fishers who operate close by in the waters of neighbouring countries. The UN Ocean Treaty will give us a tool to deliver this protection, if it is urgently ratified by at least 60 countries.

All over the world the high seas are home to millions of species and ecosystems, but less than 1% are fully protected. They are under increasing pressure from a range of threats, including industrial fishing, pollution and the emerging deep sea mining industry. To protect 30% of the oceans by 2030, we must protect more than 11 million km of ocean every year.[3]

In late March, the Arctic Sunrise will continue on to Colombia to promote the conservation of the Colombian tropical Pacific.

Pictures and footage of Alba Flores on the Arctic Sunrise available in the Greenpeace Media Library.

Notes to editors

Along with scientists from the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation, the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Galapagos Science Center and MigraMar, and park rangers from the Galpagos National Park, Greenpeaces expedition will emphasise the power of marine protection, documenting the success of the Galpagos Marine Reserve and the incredible wildlife and habitats of the sea near the Galpagos. Data collected during the expedition will strengthen the case for a new high seas protected area.

Laura Meller is Ocean Policy Advisor with Greenpeace Nordic, working in Greenpeaces Protect the Oceans campaign.

[1] Signing the Treaty shows an intent to ratify. Ratification requires domestic legislation, and would sign the Treaty into law. The Treaty will become a legally binding instrument once at least 60 countries pass the necessary domestic legislation to ratify the Treaty and formally deposit their ratification at the United Nations. Greenpeace UK created an interactive map where ratification of the treaty can be monitored, along with threats on the oceans :

[2] There is an area of high seas east of the Galpagos Marine Reserve, surrounded on three sides by the waters of Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica. The area also overlaps with the Tropical East Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR), which includes the three countries plus Panama, and together they work as an interregional body to protect and manage the biodiversity and coastal resources in this area.

[3] All governments agreed to protect at least 30% of the worlds oceans by 2030 under the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2022.

“Money Confident Girls” by Julina Ogilvie to Launch January 2024 from Publish Your Purpose

 Julina Ogilvie will launch her first book, “Money Confident Girls: A Parent’s Roadmap to Raising Financially Confident Children (From Toddlers to Teens)” (Publish Your Purpose, 2024, ISBN 979-8-88797-081-3, 979-8-88797-082-0).

Julina Ogilvie, renowned wealth advisor and financial educator, introduces her first book, “Money Confident Girls: A Parent’s Roadmap to Raising Financially Confident Children (From Toddlers to Teens).” This insightful work provides parents with the tools and strategies necessary to instill vital financial principles in young girls.

“Money Confident Girls” explores the foundational aspects of financial management – earning, spending, saving, and investing – tailored to the developmental stages of children. Ogilvie emphasizes the importance of early financial education, addressing how childhood beliefs and habits around money shape future financial decisions.

“Financial literacy is crucial, especially for young girls who will face unique financial challenges in adulthood,” says Ogilvie. “This book is about empowering the next generation with the confidence and knowledge to make wise financial choices.”

Drawing from her extensive professional experience and personal journey as a mother, Ogilvie combines relatable anecdotes, expert advice, and practical steps. The book covers various topics, from allowances and first jobs to budgeting and investing, equipping parents to guide their daughters towards financial savvy and independence.

Ogilvie’s work is especially pertinent considering the gender-specific financial challenges women face, such as wage gaps and career interruptions. “Money Confident Girls” is a timely resource for parents committed to raising daughters who are informed, independent, and prepared to navigate the complexities of personal finance.

Get your copy of Money Confident Girls at your favorite place to buy books, now available here:

Money Confident Girls: A Parents Roadmap to Raising Financially Confident Children (From Toddlers to Teens)

Julina Ogilvie, CIMA®, CPWA®, is a Partner and Wealth Advisor at Principle Wealth Partners. With a distinguished career in asset management and wealth advisory, Julina has educated numerous financial professionals and clients. She is an advocate for financial literacy, hosting the podcast “Women on Wealth,” and actively mentors young women in finance. Residing in Fairfield, CT, with her family, Julina is also an accomplished athlete, having qualified for multiple national and world championships in triathlon.

You can learn more about Julina at her website at

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Publication Date: January 23, 2024, 326 pages, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, hardcover, paperback, and eBook.
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Empowering Women’s Financial Futures: Introducing Empower HER Money, a Woman-Owned Money Coaching Venture

 Empower HER Money, a groundbreaking women-owned enterprise, is set to revolutionize the financial landscape with its innovative approach to money coaching. Founded by Angela Duncan, this trailblazing business aims to empower women to take control of their finances, make informed decisions, and achieve long-term financial success.

“As a child, I grew up in poverty, so I understand what it is like to feel hopeless about money. I remember one Christmas when we didn’t have any money. So, I drew a Christmas tree on a green sheet of paper and put it on the wall on the motel room where we lived,” said Angela Duncan, Founder of Empower HER Money. “My mission is to provide HOPE to women, increase financial literacy, and support women in achieving their financial goals.”

With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by women in managing their finances, Empower HER Money offers personalized and comprehensive money coaching services tailored specifically to women’s needs. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops, and online resources, the expert team at Empower HER Money equips women with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to navigate financial hurdles confidently.

Empower HER Money recognizes that financial literacy and money mindset is key to unlocking economic independence and empowering women to reach their full potential. By simplifying complex financial concepts, addressing common money-related concerns, and instilling a sense of financial confidence, the business aims to bridge the gender wealth gap and foster a generation of financially empowered women.

As part of her commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, Empower HER Money offers flexible coaching packages to accommodate various budgets and schedules. Whether clients are just starting their financial journey, facing specific challenges, or looking to maximize their wealth, Empower HER Money provides customized solutions to help women take charge of their financial destinies.

Empower HER Money is poised to make a lasting impact on women’s financial well-being, driving positive change and contributing to a more equitable society. To learn more about their services and join the movement towards financial empowerment, and for more information, visit or check out her podcast on Spotify at @EmpowerHERmoney.
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Future of Money Governance & the Law New Podcast Host

The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) announces that Ms. Jacqueline Cooper has been named the new host for ‘The Future of Money Governance & the Law’ podcast.
Ms. Cooper’s background is a Who’s Who of success, therefore, GBA has decided to interview her.

GBA: What news or secrets are you hoping to uncover with this podcast?
JC: Our blockchain community is huge, and GBA has a diverse membership. I hope those being interviewed will share behind-the-scenes knowledge of upcoming trends in the technology, legislation, and use applications.

GBA: What are some of the biggest challenges facing the adoption of blockchain right now?
JC: Ignorance is one of the biggest challenges facing blockchain adoption. That, and media feeding the glamour and celebrity hype. Additionally, there are differing philosophies of decentralized versus centralized, challenging the economic structure within the global community of financial markets.

GBA: Where do you predict blockchain is headed?
JC: Blockchain is a tool that will be integrated into document collection, identity protection, finances, healthcare, and more. The friction experienced in cross communication between different blockchains will be resolved. Just like cars traveling from one highway to another, we will be able to transfer information across blockchain platforms around the world with privacy and speed.

GBA: Who would you most like to interview and why?
JC: GBA members that are blockchain notables, and “thought leaders,” as well as individuals who don’t believe they are making an impact but truly are. Also, individuals from different countries, to discuss how blockchain is benefiting their citizens. Finally, I would love to interview Governors, Mayors, and legislators to discuss how blockchain can support elections, commerce, and careers.

GBA: How will blockchain tech impact the common citizen?
JC: In finances, health, education, art, music, and commerce, the common citizen will enjoy the developments created by blockchain. I am excited to be part of this journey and sharing the story as it develops.

Be sure to catch Jacqueline on GBA’s ‘The Future of Money, Governance, & the Law’ expose how blockchain is disrupting the world through technology.

The Government Blockchain Association (GBA), is a non-profit, business-league organization, helping the public and private sectors connect, communicate, and collaborate over everything blockchain.

To book a complimentary blockchain consultation with Ms. Cooper, Email

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Hong Kong – Two money changers as well as four men and two women convicted of operating money service without licence

Two money changers as well as four men and two women convicted of operating money service without licence


     ​Hong Kong Customs earlier detected three cases of unlicensed money service operation. A money changer and its male director plus a male shopkeeper and a female shopkeeper as well as another money changer’s male owner and male shopkeeper were fined $6,000 to $40,000 at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts. On the other hand, another money changer and its female director were each fined $16,000 at Eastern Magistrates’ Courts.

     In the first case, Customs officers in February last year conducted an investigation and found that a money changer and its male director together with a male shopkeeper and a female shopkeeper were suspected of operating a money service without a licence since they had been operating money changing business at a money changer in Ma On Shan after its renewal application of a Money Service Operator licence was refused. The male director and the two shopkeepers were fined $6,000 to $8,000 earlier while the money changer was fined $10,000 today (July 6) after they were convicted at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts.

     In the second case, Customs officers in March last year found that a male owner and a male shopkeeper were suspected of operating a money service without a licence since they had been operating remittance business at a money changer in Fo Tan after expiry of the Money Service Operator licence. The two of them were fined $40,000 and $32,000 respectively after they were convicted at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts today.

     In the third case, Customs officers in September last year found that a money changer and its female director were suspected of operating a money service without a licence since they had been operating remittance business at a money changer in Central after its renewal application of a Money Service Operator licence was refused. The money changer and the female director were each fined $16,000 after they were convicted at Eastern Magistrates’ Court today.

     Under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, a person who operates a remittance and/or money changing service needs to first obtain a licence from the Customs and Excise Department. The maximum penalty for such operators without a valid licence upon conviction is a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months.

     Customs reminds consumers to procure services from licensed money service operators. A register of licensees is accessible from the website of Customs’ Money Service Operators Licensing System at

     Members of the public may report any suspected unlicensed money service operation to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (