Rhino breeders believe poaching would be undercut by a regulated trade in rhino horn, though critics say trade will spur poaching that has occurred at record levels in the past decade. Hume plans to sell half a ton of rhino horn in the upcoming auction, which is the first of its kind, said Johan van Eyk of the Van's auction house. Rhino horn is also seen by some buyers as a symbol of status and wealth. Those guidelines would allow a foreigner with permits to export "for personal purposes" a maximum of two rhino horns. Hume and other breeders counter that a trade ban has not worked and that alternative policies, including a legal market, should be pursued.
June 26, 2017 10:24 UTC
Eleven more African immigrants towed to port in CartagenaThe flow of trans-Mediterranean migrants grows as summer begins The flow of trans-Mediterranean migrants grows as summer beginsAs the summer starts and tranquil conditions prevail in the Mediterranean the trickle of illegal immigrants making their way across the sea from northern Africa to the coast of the Region of Murcia appears to be becoming a steady flow, and last Friday another eleven were intercepted by the maritime rescue service off the coast of Cabo Tiñoso. The tiny boat in which the north Africans, including two minors, were attempting their 230-kilometre crossing was spotted by those on board the yacht “Sea Peace” around 31 miles from the coast, and the Sasemar 101 plane quickly made its way to the scene, followed by the Salvamar Mimosa vessel, which towed the small boat to port in Cartagena. However, the risks which they take in order to get close to the coast of Murcia cannot be denied, and their smiles are also probably due in no small part to relief. Only last week a small boat was found off the coast of the Region of Murcia containing the dead bodies of five would-be immigrants, and the state of the corpses indicated that it had been adrift for approximately a month. For more local news, events and other information go to the Cartagena section of Murcia Today.
June 26, 2017 10:18 UTC
On average, African females marry earlier in life than non-African females. About 32% of African women are married by ages 15–19 whereas only 12% of non-African women are married by the same age. …the YEC predictions correctly predicted the African mtDNA differences under the assumption of a higher generation time (e.g., assuming a generation time of 15 years…. This page suggests that average age of a mother at first birth in most African countries hovers around 19 to 21. Regardless of region, the average age at first birth varies depending on many factors—including the availability of resources—and changes over time.
June 26, 2017 09:32 UTC
Rome — The second and final round of municipal elections in Italy on Sunday showed a resurgence in support for 80-year-old former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party and its centre-right allies. "It was a solid performance by the centre-right bloc, which shows that Berlusconi is still a significant political force," said Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence in London. The vote outcome "suggests that if the centre-right parties can unite under a single leader, they would be a force to be reckoned with at the general elections". The Berlusconi bloc is running at about 30% in nationwide polls, neck-and-neck with the anti-euro Five Star Movement and Renzi’s PD. A multi-party deal to make the electoral system for the parliament in Rome more stable unravelled earlier in June.
June 26, 2017 09:11 UTC
While it has started to take an explicit interest in negotiations between the country’s two warring government’s, Russia’s moves in Libya have been mainly symbolic. In 2016, its only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetzov, stopped there on its way back from Syria. But for all that Russia is using Libya to thumb its nose at the West, it has a different audience in mind, too. As far as Russia’s image is concerned Libya is a gamble, but the risks are low and the potential returns very high. If it encounters only weak opposition, Russia will probably feel emboldened to act elsewhere – ideally to Putin’s political benefit.
June 26, 2017 09:00 UTC
Applications are open to the next cohort of the Mastercard Start Path programme, supporting later-stage startups innovating in the banking and payments space. The six-month digital Start Path programme aims to support innovative startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions, and to help these businesses grow faster than they could alone. Start Path targets later-stage startups – who have raised either a significant seed round, or Series A funding. Disrupt Africa reported in April Mastercard opened applications to the Start Path Programme to startups from anywhere in the world for the first time. “Fintech startups around the world are designing a digital future,” said Amy Neale, vice president at Mastercard Start Path.
June 26, 2017 07:52 UTC
It can begin by helping to stem the flow of refugees trying to reach Europe from North Africa. The U.N. estimates that there are more than half a million refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people in Libya alone. NATO can also help the EU’s efforts to professionalize the Libyan coast guard. NATO could also encourage member states build more camps on Mediterranean islands and could aid with construction, perimeter security, health care and the like. Now, as fighting intensifies and conditions deteriorate in Syria, NATO can’t afford to make the same mistake.
June 26, 2017 06:56 UTC
Photographs of dignitaries and presidents taken from last week's Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) heads of state summit at State House, Entebbe suggest the meeting was a tremendous success. The summit was convened largely to provide an opportunity for all 10 countries using the River Nile waters to agree on how to equitably use the resource. State House sources told The Observer that all 10 heads of state that share the River Nile waters were invited and had promised to attend in person. The official further revealed that El-Sisi said that his country was very reluctant to sign off agreements related to River Nile. This was the first heads of state meeting to discuss River Nile and that is a great step," said Ntabana.
June 26, 2017 06:22 UTC
A file picture from 2007 shows an off-road vehicle moving in the White Desert of Egypt. CRIS BOURONCLE / AFPCairo- The organizers of Safari tours in North Africa uncovered on Sunday that thousands of four-wheel drive vehicles were out of service due to the presence of ISIS militants at the desert border in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. However, the official said that the decision to ban safari tours was only temporary. According to the organizers of several safari tours, thousands of workers in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia already lost their jobs due to the decision. Despite everything, “Europeans hope that the safari tours be restored here and they still plan to spend their vacations in the desert.” However, he said, “This is not possible anymore.”
June 26, 2017 05:15 UTC
Those who are against decolonisation are white supremacistsWe are living in a society that is deeply divided on racial issues, decolonisation being one of them. Unfortunately, white supremacists and ignorant individuals continue to disregard this idea and claim that, “if it weren’t for white people, there wouldn’t be universities, electricity, industry,” etc. Instead, we need to create an inclusive, open system that composes of African ideas, African education and African knowledge. Our society needs to deconstruct systems of white supremacy and instead, uplift and equalise the ideas, knowledge and sciences of both black and white people. Featured image by Philip OwiraThe post Those who are against decolonisation are white supremacists appeared first on The Daily Vox.
June 26, 2017 04:07 UTC
more-inB. Ninad, a second year B.Tech student of Gitam University, elaborated how effective economic policy and accountable political set-up impact the country’s development. Gaurav Prakash, a class VIII student of Visakha Valley School, impressed the packed audience with his knowledge of foreign policy and means to promote world peace. The two-day Young Leaders International Model United Nations (YLIMUN), organised by the Young Leaders Advancement Association, threw its doors open on Saturday to delegates from other parts of India, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Aruba to debate on various topics, chart out an action plan to address global issues and devise ways to strengthen the U.N. peacekeeping operations. “This kind of conference will give a new exposure to aspiring leaders and heighten their knowledge on external affairs and that’s the reason I wanted to utilise the opportunity,” he said. YLIMUN coordinator Aayush Vikram Somani said a number of students from the city attended the conference which also aims at promoting the United Nation’s ‘HeForShe’ campaign.
June 26, 2017 01:30 UTC
Morocco recalled its ambassador to The Hague after Dutch authorities failed to extradite a drug dealer wanted by the Moroccan justice and allegedly accused of funding unrest in the northern Rif region. “Having faithfully cooperated with the EU and the Netherlands in the fight against drug trafficking, Morocco cannot tolerate the fact that a notorious trafficker is still running away from justice,” said the statement. Pending the Netherlands’ response, the statement said that the Moroccan ambassador will remain in Morocco and that his return depends on the unfolding of the issue. In a reaction to the Moroccan extradition request, the Dutch foreign and justice ministries said in a joint statement that Rabat’s comments were “incomprehensible and unnecessary”. He was reportedly arrested in 2015 in the southern Dutch town of Roosendaal as part of a crackdown on a drug network, the Dutch broadcaster NOS said.
June 26, 2017 00:56 UTC
It also pushes for replacing military aid with loans. “The proposed cut is one of the more troubling aspects of Trump’s foreign aid budget, which decreases bilateral aid to Tunisia by 67 percent. The proposal would zero out the foreign military financing account by switching Tunisia’s military assistance package from a grant to a loan,” said Yerkes. “This support has allowed Tunisia to build a partial border wall with Libya to prevent smuggling of goods and people. The author made the case for keeping U.S. military aid to Tunisia saying that the country’s stability is key to U.S. interests in the region and the stability of U.S. allies in North Africa and Europe.
June 26, 2017 00:45 UTC
The Football Association of Zambia President, Andrew Kamanga, believes that Southern African clubs have closed the gap on Northern African clubs. Kamanga remarked, “Gone are the days when North African clubs could stand astride over Cosafa teams,” and he backed his statement with reference to Mamelodi Sundowns, the winner of the 2016 CAF Champions league. But now the competition is quite open to even the Southern teams,” Kamanga continued. Zambian clubs, both Zanaco and Zesco United, are participating in the ongoing 2017 CAF Champions and Confederation Cup group stages, respectively. Zesco United are in third place of the Confederation Cup Group C, but are only one point out of first, and two points ahead of last placed Egypt’s Smouha.
June 25, 2017 22:07 UTC
The G5 nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will be joined by French President Emmanuel Macron, who plans to attend. This time, though, the G5 will be focused on moving forward following a United Nations Security Council “welcome” of the G5 Sahel joint force (FC-G5S) on June 21. The UNSC resolution gives the go-ahead for a counterterrorism effort of up to 10,000 military and law enforcement personnel drawn from the G5 nations, while also placing responsibility for resources and funding squarely on the regional G5 body. Who’s paying for a G5 Sahel Force, and will it work? Macron’s attendance at the G5 Summit will reinforce the nation’s considerable investment in stabilizing the region, advancing the Mali peace accord and arguing the case for the G5 Sahel Force.
June 25, 2017 21:00 UTC