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Recent Spike in Large Seizures of Ivory, Rhino Horn, Pangolin Scales

http://wildaid.org/news/wildlife-trade-seizures-may

Singapore intercepts tusks and rhino horns bound for Vietnam

By Mic Smith

3.7 tonnes of ivory and 4 rhino horns discovered in a container of tea leaves in Singapore on its way from Kenya to Vietnam

3.7 tonnes of ivory and 4 rhino horns discovered in a container of tea leaves in Singapore on its way from Kenya to Vietnam

Singapore authorities have seized nearly 2000 pieces of ivory tusks and four rhino horns from shipping containers from Kenya on their way to Vietnam.

It is the second largest seizure of illegal ivory in Singapore since 2002.

Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) with the support of Singapore Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority acted yesterday from a tip off to intercept the illegal haul weighing 3.7 tonnes valued at S$8 million.

The shipment, which was declared as tea leaves, was shipped in two 20-foot containers from Kenya and was transiting through Singapore for Vietnam.

“The Singapore Government has zero tolerance on the use of Singapore as a conduit to smuggle  endangered species and their parts and products,” said Ms Lye Fong Keng, Deputy Director of AVA’s Quarantine & Inspection Group, Wildlife Section.

The maximum penalty for the illegal wildlife is a fine of S$50,000 per scheduled specimen (not exceeding S$500,000) and/or imprisonment of up to two years.

“The illegal trade of endangered animal parts is fuelled by increasing demand and poaching. Tackling the illegal wildlife trade requires concerted efforts by the international community,” Ms Lye Fong Keng said.

The animal parts, which also include 22 canine teeth believed to be from African big cats, will be held AVA for further investigations. Each piece was concealed among tea leaves.

In April 2014, AVA and Singapore Customs intercepted a shipment of illegal ivory, estimated to be worth S$2 million. The container was declared to be carrying coffee beans.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which Singapore is a signatory, elephants, rhinoceros and big cats (e.g. leopards and cheetahs) are endangered species. International trade in ivory, rhinoceros horns and certain species of big cats’ teeth are banned under the Convention.

Anyone with information on illegal wildlife trade can contact AVA through the feedback form on AVA’s website (www.ava.gov.sg).

Addo Elephant Park, South Africa

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Satao – one year on

Originally posted on Mark Deeble:

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Recently, I flew to find Satao’s remains. The anniversary of his death was approaching and I felt compelled to visit. Besides, I rationalised, I was curious to see to what extent the nutrient overload had killed the vegetation, and how long it would take to recover. I’d always assumed it would be a year or two, but it would give me the chance to find out.

Last year, from the air, I’d marked the spot but, now on the ground, it was difficult to find. It had rained heavily an hour before – I’d seen the degrading cumulonimbus when taking off from Voi. The bush was thick – wet green lush, the tyre treads quiet in soft ochre. I knew that Etienne was flying nearby, and radioed him to see if he had more accurate coordinates – but it wasn’t until he flew over and directed me in, that I…

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West Papua – the Indonesian media gag on Australia’s doorstep

Originally posted on journlaw:

Global Day of Action for Access to West Papua unites protestors across 20 cities

REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS / REPORTERS SANS FRONTIERES
PRESS RELEASE / COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE

04.29.2015

ENG : http://en.rsf.org/indonesia-global-day-of-action-for-access-to-29-04-2015,47828.html

INDONESIA
Joint statement Published on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

See the the open letter to President Joko Widodo here.

London, 29 April 2014 – Dozens of demonstrators dressed in black gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy today to lead the global protest against West Papua’s 50-year long isolation. The demonstration was organised by TAPOL and Survival International, supported by Amnesty UK and the Free West Papua Campaign. The rally was one of 22 protests around the world calling for free and open access to Indonesia’s most secretive region. Since West Papua’s annexation in 1963, Indonesia has imposed a media blackout on the contested, resource-rich territory, allowing perpetrators of human rights violations to act with total impunity. West Papua is…

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Mindful Journalism in action – in dialogue with University of Canterbury students

Originally posted on journlaw:

By MARK PEARSON

Graduate students in journalism from the University of Canterbury studying under Associate Professor Donald Matheson interviewed me via Skype on the principles of mindful journalism.

With their permission, I provide the recording of that interview here for the interest of those exploring the application of Buddhist ethical systems to their journalism work.

Our bookMindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era: A Buddhist Approach (Shelton Gunaratne, Mark Pearson and Sugath Senarath eds; Routledge, NY) was published in February 2015.

Review copies are available from Routledge by filling out this request form. Please see the publisher’s synopsis.

MindfulJournalismCoverThe term ‘mindful journalism’ is a concept I introduced more than a year ago in the inaugural UNESCO World Press Freedom address at AUT University Auckland, drawing upon the earlier substantive work by my esteemed colleague (and lead editor of our book), Emeritus Professor Shelton Gunaratne,

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Developing a Balanced Argument

Originally posted on Griffith Library Blog:

Better argumentThe importance of presenting a balanced argument in your assignments is essential. It shows that you are able to select relevant material and highlights how points are made to either support or contradict an argument. In a recent article in The Conversation the author highlighted the selected reporting of the Australian Government regarding the latest report on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The information was carefully selected to show the government in a positive light. The material selected was either out of date or misleading, highlighting the ban of dumping dredge spoils with no mention of maintenance required that can cause damage. The report appears to misrepresent the truth and has not used its sources accurately.

Similarly in any assignment, it is important to carefully select the information required. The authors of an article are writing to inform the reader, persuade or critique a topic. Therefore make sure…

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Get shitfaced with Mad Macka

Originally posted on sseennsseess:

Model student with honors and bachelors, a rising star on the Australian swimming scene.

He had it all going for him and then…well then…he decided to become a punk rock hero and entertainer who made the music scene a much richer, cooler, sleazier and simple place to be.

Ladies and gentlemen, the man who exposed the world to bands like The Onyas, The Egos and now as a part of Cosmic Psychos….John Mckeering aka Mad Macka who conquered the world and gave it all!

John McKeering aka Mad Macka (courtesy of https://mozartandcoltrane.wordpress.com. Photo by Mic Smith John McKeering aka Mad Macka (courtesy of https://mozartandcoltrane.wordpress.com. Photo by Mic Smith

When did you start playing the guitar for the first time?

Mate, I started paying guitar for about 3-6 months with a guy up at Zillmere when I was 8 year old. From memory we just did open chords and stuff and strummed along to his playing I knew probably the G chord and that…

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Words from the Centenary Burleigh ANZAC Service

ANZAC Day is not about victory but courage under fire and service without counting the costs. May our lives reflect something of their courage.

4.28 am is the time the first ANZACS were jumping out of the boats 100 years ago. The Dawn Service has nothing to do with the rising of the sun but the dawning of the ANZAC legend.

4.28 am is the time the first ANZACS were jumping out of the boats 100 years ago. The Dawn Service has nothing to do with the rising of the sun but the dawning of the ANZAC legend.


ANZAC Day is not about victory but courage under fire and service without counting the costs. May our lives reflect something of their courage.

ANZAC Day is not about victory but courage under fire and service without counting the costs. May our lives reflect something of their courage.

As the crowd joined in the Lords Prayer the lorikeets in the pines began their dawn screeching.

As the crowd joined in the Lords Prayer the lorikeets in the pines began their dawn screeching.

100 years later we are still moved by their bravery and ability to see beyond the tragedy of war to the good they might achieve. The first steps on the shore of a distant land meant their death. We review their sacrifice and it's true cause.

100 years later we are still moved by their bravery and ability to see beyond the tragedy of war to the good they might achieve. The first steps on the shore of a distant land meant their death. We review their sacrifice and it’s true cause.

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