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Police arrest suspects of illegal animal trading in East Java

first_imgEast Java Police have dismantled a syndicate they accuse of selling endangered animals that allegedly operated in several areas in East Java.The suspects admitted running the business over the past two years, according to the police.“We’ve detained five suspects,” East Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Luki Hermawan said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. “They sold the animals through social media with price ranging from Rp 300,000 [US$21.80] to Rp 5 million.” The syndicate is accused of having sold several species, from birds to mammals. A rhinoceros hornbill was allegedly sold for Rp 2.5 million, a slow loris for Rp 1 million, while a salmon-crested cockatoo, a species endemic to the Seram Archipelago in eastern Indonesia, for Rp 5 million.A rhinoceros hornbill is being kept in a cage at the West Kalimantan Natural Conservation Agency. (thejakartapost.com/Severianus Endi)The police, with help from the Natural Resources Conservation Agency, reportedly confiscated 53 endangered animals – 41 alive, 12 dead — from the syndicate. The dead animals included eight cockatoos, two Javan lutung, an oriental pied hornbill and a wreathed hornbill.The suspects are to be charged under articles 21 and 33 of Law No. 5/1990 on natural resources and ecosystem conservation. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison upon conviction. (hol)Topics :last_img read more

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No indication new coronavirus is seasonal: WHO

first_imgThe spread of the novel coronavirus does not appear to be impacted by seasonality, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning against false beliefs that summer is safer. “Season does not seem to be affecting the transmission of this virus,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters in a virtual briefing.She pointed out that some of the hardest-hit countries are currently in the midst of different season. Instead of expecting the virus to behave like other viruses that are more familiar, she said people should look at what is actually known about how to stop transmission of COVID-19.What works, she said, is physical distancing, hand washing, wearing a mask where appropriate, always covering up sneezes and coughs, staying home when experiencing symptoms, the isolation of cases and quarantining of contacts.”But at the moment, we aren’t doing that, because people seem to have it fixed in their heads that there is this seasonal thing and there seems to… be this persistent belief that summer is not a problem,” Harris said.”Summer is a problem. This virus likes all weathers, but what it particularly likes is jumping from one person to another when we come in close contact,” Harris said. “Let’s not give it that opportunity.” Topics :center_img While it is summer in the United States, which with nearly 148,000 deaths and close to 4.3 million cases is the hardest-hit country, the second most affected country Brazil, which counts more than 87,000 deaths, is in winter.And yet, she said, there “seems to be this fixed idea about this virus being seasonal”, and that COVID-19 will come in waves.This is because people are mistakenly viewing the pandemic through “a flu lense, because that is the way the flu behaves.” “What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus… and even though it is a respiratory virus and even though respiratory viruses in the past did tend to do these different seasonal waves, this one is behaving differently,” Harris said.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: Progress from House Judiciary on Police Reforms is Encouraging, Timely

first_imgGov. Wolf: Progress from House Judiciary on Police Reforms is Encouraging, Timely Press Release,  Public Safety Governor Tom Wolf thanked the House Judiciary Committee for the encouraging progress it made today by overwhelmingly supporting amendments to two important pieces of legislation – the first steps in addressing law enforcement reform and accountability he announced on June 4.“When I introduced meaningful police reforms earlier this month, I said they would begin immediately and the General Assembly listened,” Gov. Wolf said. “It is past time to address the need for reforms that support law enforcement while protecting the public and these two bills do that. I commend the House Democrats for their leadership on law enforcement reform and the bipartisan commitment of the House Judiciary Committee. This is an important step forward and a reminder that we have more work to do to get these and other bill through the legislature and to my desk.”Amendments to House Bills 1841 and 1910 address the creation of a database of previous disciplinary actions for use in the hiring process for law enforcement officers and the need for mental health evaluations for law enforcement officers, respectively.Amendments to HB1910 include ensuring mental health evaluations for law enforcement personnel are available and a requirement for continued employment.The database associated with HB1841 would be administered through the independent Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission and would include information on any previous officer misconduct, including discharge of firearms, excessive use of force, or other complaints against an officer that would be helpful for an employer to have access to during the hiring process.“These amendments strengthen these bills and are in the best interest of our law enforcement personnel and the people they serve. I look forward to these bills moving through the General Assembly to my desk,” Gov. Wolf said.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 15, 2020last_img read more

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Equinor Looking to Bundle Two Offshore Wind Extensions

first_imgEquinor is looking to develop the Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal offshore wind extension projects as a single project with an integrated grid option.Equinor revealed the plan in the Scoping Report which supports a request for a formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate for the proposed extension projects.The company said it had accepted an offer from the National Grid for connection at Norwich Main that could accommodate both projects.The exact locations of the offshore and onshore infrastructure are not yet finalized, while two landfall options, including the Weybourne and the Bacton area, are being considered.According to Equinor, an integrated approach will benefit the planning and construction of the electrical infrastructure system, will reduce the overall environmental impact and help to respond to concerns regarding the general lack of a holistic approach to offshore wind development.However, given the different ownership of the projects, a separated grid option will allow the projects to be constructed in a phased approach, if necessary.The application will thus seek consent for alternative grid solutions in the same overall corridors to allow for both the integrated and separated grid options.The Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal extensions are two of the seven offshore wind extension projects that the Crown Estate selected in August following a plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).last_img read more

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Drug suspects fall in buy-bust

first_imgBacolod City – Police arrested two drug suspects in a buy-bust operationin Barangay 1. Javier and Libre were nabbed afterthey sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P300 around 10p.m. on Jan. 29, the report added. PHOTO COURTESY OF POLICE STATION 2/BCPO Five sachets of suspected shabu valuedaround P80,000 were seized from residents Rish Ivan Javier and Ryan Libre, apolice report showed.center_img An antidrug officer inspects the items seized from drug suspects Rish Ivan Javier and Ryan Libre during an entrapment operation in Barangay 1, Bacolod City on Jan. 29. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO The suspects were detained in thelockup cell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

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Lady Trojans Victorious Over Lady Lions

first_imgECVB traveled to Rushville last night. Both the JV and Varsity teams won in straight sets. Varsity won with the scores of 25-4, 25-17 and 25-8.EC vs Rushville 8-21-18‘We did a lot right in this match. Our serving was much more aggressive last night which is something we’ve been pushing on the girls. We still fell into our mid-match slump, but overall, they looked good last night.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 6-0 on the season (3-0 EIAC).Next up: Batesville at home Thursday. Freshman will start at 5, JV and varsity to follow.last_img read more

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Dalung to Meet NFF Technical Committee over Eagles Defeat in Uyo Â

first_imgThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, is to hold an emergency meeting with the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday.According to a statement from the Special Assistant to the Minister (Media), Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, the meeting will hold in the Minister’s conference room at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja at 2pm.Dalung’s meeting the NFF’s Technical Committee headed by Chris Green is coming on the heels of the Super Eagles AFCON 2019 qualifier 0-2 loss to visiting Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo at the weekend. Nigeria is now third in the Group E table behind Libya and South Africa. Seychelles is the fourth team in the group.  Meanwhile, the Minister has called on football lovers and Nigerians generally to collectively support the Super Eagles in their quest for Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup tickets.“This is a temporary setback which is surmountable. We need to sit with the Technical Committee and crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback. “We have very young talented players in the Super Eagles and we trust that with more hard work and determination, this result can be reversed when we go to South Africa.“This is just the beginning of a long journey. The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can’t afford to be absent at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third consecutive time.“We must do all within our means to support the team when they win and when there’s a setback. We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon.” Dalung assured football stakeholders.Meanwhile, South Africa Head Coach Stuart Baxter has revealed that plaudits have continued to trail Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 defeat of Nigeria last weekend.“I have received countless messages of congratulations, mostly from back home in South Africa. They are still trickling it and it goes to show what this win means for the country,” said an emotional Baxter.“It is the way the victory was achieved which has been so emotional. The long trip to west Africa, the short preparation period and then go into the match and completely outplay the home favourites is something special,” reflected Baxter.He said Bafana were cautious in the opening minutes but once they realised the Super Eagles were there for the taking, they completely took control of the game.“We were comfortable on the ball, hit the post twice; I am absolutely delighted. This is what South Africa should do on a regular basis,” he said, touching on how successful Vision 2022 was penning out.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Visual poetry

first_imgZhaoyu Zhou | Daily TrojanStudents spent Tuesday afternoon expressing their creative sides at an art-making workshop that explored the integration of art and text put on by the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Poet Laurie Haines, who penned Pocket Poems, also led a discussion about the creative process and held a book signing.last_img

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Gunners looking to go third again

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger understands why there’s some negativity around the club at the moment. Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud could all return to the Gunners match day squad.Kick off is at 7.45After Arsenal’s title challenge slipped away, around 2,500 season ticket holders put their seats up for resale for this evening’s game.last_img

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