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News story: Ivory ban could protect hippos, walruses and narwhals

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first_imgThe Government has also brought forward an amendment to the bill to ensure that, if necessary, ivory from all animals could be banned and not simply those covered by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This would allow the ban to be extended to ivory from warthogs or mammoths, for example, if a case for their inclusion was made during consultation.Defra Minister David Rutley said: The government has announced it will consult on extending the scope of the Bill to protect hippos, walruses and narwhals from the vile trade in ivory.The Ivory Bill currently before Parliament includes a power for Ministers to extend the proposed ban on selling items made from elephant ivory to other ivory-bearing species, which also include sperm whales and killer whales. Ministers have now confirmed that a consultation on extending the ban will be published as soon as possible.Hippos and walruses are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the Red List produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Concerns have been raised in response to the Government’s consultation about the decline of hippos in particular and the part played by poaching. IUCN population estimates suggest the maximum hippo population has declined by up to 12 per cent between 2008 and 2017.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: We have today announced that we intend to consult on extending the ban to include other ivory species and will seek to start the consultation process and gather evidence as soon as practicable after Royal Assent. This process will ensure that if we do extend the scope of the ban, this will be robust, defensible, enforceable and compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights. Let me be clear, this will, however, not delay the introduction of the ban on dealings in elephant ivory. A further government amendment has also been tabled, imposing a size restriction on the items that can quality for the pre-1918 portrait miniatures exemption. Following evidence provided at the Committee stage, the amendment states that the visible surface area of a portrait miniature must be less than 320 square centimetres.Earlier this week, the three Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs, the Environment and International Development hosted an event at the Foreign Office, bringing together NGOs, businesses, country representatives and others who are playing a key role in fighting the illegal wildlife trade.The event recognised the work already being done to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and encourage increased ambition by all sectors in advance of the October conference. Our ivory ban is one of the toughest in the world and will provide vital protection for the African and Asian elephant from the scourge of illegal poaching. But there are many more precious species, like the hippo and walrus, which could fall victim to the callous trade in ivory. The Government will therefore consult on extending the ivory ban to other ivory-bearing animals. We are determined to end this insidious trade and make sure ivory from any animal is never seen as a commodity for financial gain or a status symbol.last_img read more

Carrabassett Valley referendum April 14

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first_imgCARRABASSETT VALLEY – Voters will consider a 22-article warrant next week by way of a referendum vote on April 14. Ballots will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day of, and absentee ballots are available now at the Town Office.Two selectpersons are running for reelection, both for three-year terms. John Beaupre and Karen Campbell are both running unopposed. Erin Demshar is running to fill a seat on the school board that has a remaining year term. Danielle London is also running for reelection to a three year term and is unopposed.The proposed municipal budget includes an increase of approximately 1.6 percent in expenditures compared to last year, bringing the overall proposed budget to $2,660,254. Due to loss in revenue from Covid-19, the net municipal budget is proposed to increase by approximately 2.6 percent to $2,159,604. Town Manager Dave Cota said that due to a dramatic increase in real estate prices and some new construction, the town is anticipating a substantial increase in the amount paid to the county budget. The school district budget is also likely to increase with preliminary estimates showing a $370,711 increase. Given estimates of increases, Cota said he anticipates tax rates to increase from .65 percent to .74 percent.A full copy of the warrant can be viewed on the town’s website here.last_img read more

Gangs force sex trade on underage girls

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first_imgAuckland Now 12 Sep 2012Underage Maori and Pacific Island sex workers are caught up in illegal prostitution in Auckland, the head of a prostitute support service says.Debbie Baker, from Streetreach, which encourages women to leave prostitution, told Police News that 14 to 16-year-old girls were being pushed into prostitution by gangs to pay off debts.They were so scared of the gangs they would never admit the connection to police, she said.Baker gave examples of one girl who was forced to have sex at Black Power pads around the country to pay off drug debts, and another who was taken from Tauranga to Auckland to work in a brothel.The girl was locked in a room and Baker said she never saw any of the money for the whole time she worked there.It was very difficult for police to uncover the gang’s influence because girls were too scared to acknowledge it.“This fear is often far stronger than the fear they feel for police or other government agencies, as they are often threatened or stood-over, making it even harder for Police and other authorities to prove what’s going on,” Baker said.Acting area commander for Manurewa Inspector Richard Wilkie said police in South Auckland were doing all they could to address the problem of underage prostitution.There were regular stings of popular hangouts like Northcrest and Hunter’s Corner and as a result he said they were picking up fewer people than in previous months.Wilkie said police intelligence suggested gangs were the main force behind the illegal trade.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7654574/Gangs-force-sex-trade-on-underage-girlslast_img read more

Bombers sweep past teams at Mt Sentinel hoops playday

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first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers put together two solid games en route to a sweep of the opposition at the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball Playday Saturday at the South Slocan gymnasium.The Bombers knocked off host Wildcats 61-41 before disposing of Prince Charles Comets of Creston 77-48 in the second game of the Playday.”It took a while for us to pick up our man to man defense but eventually we got organized and pulled away with the lead,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan after the opening contest of the day.”Our bench players were able to get some quality minutes which they hadn’t been seeing as much of in many of the recent tight games against tougher competition.”The Bombers held a19-8 advantage after the first quarter of play before pulling away in the second half for the 20-point victory.Scoring was spread evenly up and down the roster with Ethan Perkins leading the way with 17 points and Bjorn Morris adding 10.Tobin Eberle had eight, Sida Wang nine, Hanno Southam seven, Dylan Bennett three and Isaiah Kingdon and Leo Zhou each with two. Johnny Johnson, Aslan Mackay, and Spencer Legebokoff led the wildcats with 12, nine and seven points, respectively. Against the Comets, LVR was reduced to seven players after Ethan Perkins and Dylan Bennett left to attend soccer practice.However, Prince Charles was missing its starting point guard.PCSS employed a scrappy zone defense and full court trapping press, which caused many turnovers and a close score after of 16-8 for LVR after the first quarter, and 28-25 at the half.However, LVR finally started to break the press and exploit the weaknesses in the zone and established a 16-point lead going into the final frame with the score at 56-40.With a short bench PCSS grew tired and LVR managed to pull away with the victory of 77-48.   “We were bigger than them inside and were successful in converting high percentage shots from close range which was indicative in Tobin and Bjorn’s lines of 13 and 18 points, respectively,” Phelan explained.Phelan said Kingdon and Want were strong at the guard position scoring 16 points each.Leo Zhou chipped in 10 points and Hanno Southam with two points. The Bombers are off to Fernie to compete in the Falcons tournament Friday and Saturday.Phelan expects to see an improved Mt Baker of Cranbrook and a full-staffed Comets team.The Bombers open against Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The tourney is the final preparation for the upcoming This is our last Kootenay High School Boy’s AAA zone playdown against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail February 19 at the Hangar.The winner represents the zone at the AAA Provincials in Langley, March 12-15.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Rainbows, Bull Trout catch of the day

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first_imgReel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer has arrived what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 pounds. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught.  But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish.  Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well.  We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now.  Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod.  But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.  It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food.  There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks.  Lots of 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to eight pounds in the Arm.  This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer.  Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June.  Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines.  As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 pounds were being caught.  Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around.  The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year.  A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the Walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues. Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!More Fishing Opportunities: It’s that time of year again when we spread the boats out to maximize our fishing presence.  For the next few months we will have our boats stationed at the following locations:   one boat on the Columbia River,  two boats on Kootenay Lake, and one boat on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. So, no matter what your fishing preference is, we can accommodate. Looking forward to a busy summer.What are they biting on??? Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year.  The main lake has been producing most Rainbows on the usual bucktail flies.  Common colours have been grey/white,  black/wht, green/wht.  The common numbers of these flies are:  210, 215, 221, 222, 234. Also catching some Rainbow and Bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs.  Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us. On the River we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the fly.  Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days.  And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes. On the days when we are not flyfishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons,  as well as bottom bouncing with bait. The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the Walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught. Lets Go Fishing!Tight lines………………. Kerry Reedlast_img read more