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South Africa: SANParks plans to lob grenades at rhino poachers
The war against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park is intensifying – grenade launchers are now part of the South African National Parks’ armoury.
A weapons design and manufacturing company handed over a 40mm under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) in Pretoria on Friday. Milkor’s chief executive‚ Marius Roos‚ said this would enable field rangers to handle different situations with different types of ammunition.
"We have identified ourselves as concerned citizens of South Africa and that we need to do something for rhino poaching. We know the problem for the last few years and we therefore approached SANParks‚" said Roos.
"The solution that we offer today is a UBGL‚ which will complement the main weapon system … SANParks will be able to deploy these weapon systems as part of rangers’ arsenal of weapons to combat poaching activities nationally‚" he said while demonstrating how it functions.
The grenade launcher consists of diverse less-lethal and lethal applications such as “flash bangs”‚ flares‚ smoke and rubber bullets. Roos did not say how many units were given to SANParks.
Full story at www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/stnews/2016/07/22/SANParks-plans-to-lob-grenades-at-rhino-poachers
#Africa #SouthAfrica #rhinos #Kruger South African National Parks
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25 minutes ago ·
Illegal wildlife supermarkets: The 'lawless' playgrounds of Laos
... Kings Romans is the glitzy centrepiece of the 10,000-hectare Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, a joint venture between the Laotian government and the Hong Kong-registered Kings Romans Group.
Since signing a 99-year lease in 2007, Kings Romans says it has spent hundreds of millions of dollars transforming this remote corner of northern Laos into an oasis of hotels, shops, massage parlours and banquet halls, all dominated by the casino's colossal golden crown.
* Learn more in Sin City, the EIA report that first threw the international spotlight on the Kings Romans complex, at ht.ly/q1T9302znYQ
According to local press reports, Kings Romans plans to add shopping malls, industrial zones, and an international airport, all in the hope of boosting economic growth in this impoverished nation of seven million. But critics say the enclave - three times the size of Macau - has instead become a semi-lawless zone where gambling (the legal status of which is ambiguous as there is a ban on "forbidden gambling"), prostitution, and other illicit trades flourish ...
Environmentalists allege that the area is also home to a flourishing market in endangered animal products.
In a 2015 report, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) described the zone as "a lawless playground" and a free-for-all "illegal wildlife supermarket".
The report described wildlife boutiques stocking items such as ivory and tiger skins, and a restaurant that sold tiger meat and Hu Gu Jiu - tiger-bone wine - from a liquor-filled tank holding a complete tiger skeleton.
Read in full at www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/05/lawless-playgrounds-laos-160504120318409.html
#Laos #China #tigers #ivory #pangolins #bears #corruption #tigerfarming #tigerbonewine
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2 hours ago ·
Climate: Montreal Protocol on track to reach 2016 HFC amendment
VIENNA: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have made significant progress on agreeing to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in a series of back-to-back meetings in Vienna, raising expectations that a global agreement to address the super greenhouse gases can be adopted this year.
Early in the meetings, Parties agreed language on finance, intellectual property and linkages to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone-depleting substances already being phased out under the protocol.
Progress was later made on narrowing the range of baseline and consumption freeze dates for developing countries; however, there remains significant divergence between countries on the climate ambition of the agreement.
Clare Perry, EIA Climate Campaign Leader, said: “Countries are moving in the right direction but there is a huge amount of work to be done to finalise an ambitious amendment in Kigali in October ..."
Read today's EIA press release in full at eia-international.org/montreal-protocol-track-reach-2016-hfc-amendment
#climate #MontrealProtocol #HFCs #Fgas #refrigerants #globalwarming #climatechange
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2 hours ago ·