By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire ContributorHugh Smith, the owner of Quikthinking Software, has released new apps featuring quotes and oral histories from important Black figures.Quikthinking’s Black History Quotes Express app offers several thousand inspiring, motivational, and reflective author quotes. A second app by Quikthinking is an audio narrative app “voiced by the educated, the soothsayers, the griot, and our elders.”Hugh Smith, the owner of Quikthinking Software. (Courtesy Photo)Black History Express features stories about historic African Americans within 26 chapters and featuring several hundred people. Both apps were made for the Android platform but Apple iOS versions will be released in the future. The apps were released as part of the 20-year anniversary of Quikthinking Software.“Both apps gather together well researched factual information and thought-provoking anecdotes that offer a time slice into our culture. Getting history right is the most important thing an informed citizen can do,” says Smith. He adds that these two apps are a way to “memorialize and acknowledge the past.”Quikthinking Software focuses on apps, teaching tools, and games with diverse themes. After creating Windows apps and video DVDs in the early 1990’s the company embraced the app revolution in 2011 by creating Android and IOS apps. Quikthinking Software’s apps have been downloaded a quarter of a million times from various app stores with two of their apps receiving attention from Black Enterprise magazine.Software programmer Hugh Smith started as a radio program director and announcer for WBLS FM in New York and NPR in Washington, DC. He created Quikthinking Software in 1989 and is a graduate of Rutgers University.Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and communications strategist. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke
Azamara Club Cruises has announced a leading World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conservation expert will present a series of insightful lectures on board one of Azamara Journey’s Australia and New Zealand voyages during her maiden season.Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, a Senior Species Conservation Expert with WWF, joins several international conservation leaders taking part in Azamara’s brand-new WWF Guest Speakers Series. The company revealed details of their new WWF global partnership earlier this year, pledging a commitment to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans, not only through reducing Azamara’s global footprint, but also by raising awareness about ocean conservation to guests.Dr Klenzendorf provides leadership for the WWF Arctic Program on polar bear conservation issues and will join Azamara Journey’s 15-night Australia & New Zealand voyage, departing Sydney 19 February 2017.“We’re honoured to have Dr Klezendorf share her knowledge and experience with our guests during this unique voyage through some of the most beautiful, and precious parts of our region” says Adam Armstrong, Managing Director of Azamara Club Cruises in Australia and New Zealand.“Our partnership with the WWF cements our commitment to protecting our ocean’s wildlife, and ensuring future generations can continue to be inspired by their awesome power and beauty,” he continued.During the cruise, Dr Klenzendorf will enrich guests’ on board experiences with lectures on topics including climate change impacts on polar bears and other key marine species, wildlife trafficking and trade and consumerism. Guests will also hear fascinating stories of Dr Klenzendorf’s interactions with wildlife during her 25-year career in conservation.Azamara Journey makes her Australian debut in February 2017, fresh from an extensive US $25 million rejuvenation, which left no space on the ship untouched. The revitalisation saw not only the addition of new venues and technologies, but also a beautiful redesign and rework of her suites and staterooms, as well as a complete refresh of all public spaces.Fares for an Interior stateroom on Azamara Journey’s WWF voyage start from $4599. Departing Sydney on 19 February 2017, Journey will call at Melbourne, Port Arthur and Hobart, where she overnights, before cruising to Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Napier and Tauranga, where she spends another night before reaching her final port, Auckland. A number of unique wildlife experiences are available to guests along the way, including a day trip to Bruny Island in Tasmania to learn about the endangered forty-spotted pardalote bird, and Hectors dolphin and Pohatu penguin tours in Akaroa.Other dedicated international WWF voyages include a 10-night West Indies Hideaway voyage on board Azamara Quest departing Miami 11 November 2016 with Cassie O’Connor, coral reef expert and Manager of the Foundation Relations team at WWF, and Azamara Journey’s 14-night Spice Route Voyage, departing Dubai 3 November 2016, with Asian species expert and WWF’s Wildlife Conservation Program Officer, Nilanga Jayasinghe.Azamara will also contribute to WWF through sales of the organisation’s iconic plush panda bears on board, with 100 per cent of proceeds going directly to the foundation.