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Attempts to reopen international ivory trade fail at CITES conference

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Attempts by Southern African elephant range states at CITES to resume international sales of ivory stockpiles were rejected by governments at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

On day six of the forum in Geneva, Switzerland, Zambia abandoned its bid to sell its ivory stockpiles as part of a proposal to downlist its elephants to Appendix II, opting instead to only seek permission to export other elephant products, which failed.

A proposal by Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to sell stockpiled ivory from their countries and South Africa also failed when voted on by attending delegates from the 183 country-strong forum.

Matt Collis, IFAW’s Director of International Policy, and head of IFAW’s delegation at CITES, said: “IFAW welcomes this outcome. Any legal market in ivory presents opportunities for the laundering of illegal ivory. We have yet to see any evidence that legal ivory trade is being adequately controlled to prevent this happening. Parties need to focus on the closure of domestic markets and markedly increase their law enforcement efforts to prevent illegal trade.

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“Poaching skyrocketed across Africa after the last ivory stockpile sales back in 2008. IFAW is delighted governments at CITES have chosen to reject repeating that failed experiment.”

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Elephants are in crisis with at least 20,000 being illegally killed each year for their ivory. On average around 55 elephants are poached every day in Africa; that’s roughly one every 26 minutes.

Recent analysis appears to show a clear correlation between the 2008 ivory stockpile sales and an increase in illegal trade and poaching – there has been an estimated increase of 71% in ivory smuggling out of Africa following the 2008 stockpile sales.

The proposal by Zambia to downlist its elephants to Appendix II was rejected by 102 votes against, with 22 votes of support and 13 abstentions. The proposal by Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe was rejected by 101 votes, with 23 in support and 18 abstentions.

 

 

 

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Turkish Women Cup to prepare Starlets for AWCON qualifier – KBC

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Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma says he will use the Turkish Women Cup to prepare his team for the African Women Cup of Nations qualifier match against Tanzania.  

The team has been training at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi and is expected to leave the country for Turkey on Monday next week.

With only two days left before the Turkish Women Cup kick-off, Harambee starlets head coach has expressed his confidence that the team will deliver positive results. They will Northern Ireland in their first match of the Competition on Wednesday next week.

The provisional squad consisting of 24 players, intensified training at camp Toyoyo, where they thrashed  Chapa Dimba Nairobi region winners Beijing Raiders 6-0 in a friendly match.

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The team will conclude its preparations by participating in a mini tournament at Ongata Rongai on Saturday.

This will be the second time the team has earned an invitation to play in Europe after their 2016 International soccer tournament outing in Spain where they finished an impressive fourth. Other countries expected to compete in the tournament include; Hungary, Venezuela, Hong Kong and Romania.

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The team which only consists of local players will be looking forward to securing themselves a position in the squad that will feature in the Africa women’s Nations Cup qualifier matches.

The final squad of 21 players will be named before the team jets out to Turkey on Monday.

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Mother-in-Law From Hell! Kenyan Woman Narrates How Her Mother-in-law Pooped At Her Door Step

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Mother-in-laws are said to be cold-hearted, unkind, unwelcoming, cruel, strict, abusive and even crooked creatures from hell. Most of them are the kind of species you’ll never want to interact with on this earth. They make their daughter-in-laws’ lives miserable and if you thought the many sad tales you’ve heard about them are wrong, wait until you read the story I’m about to write.

There are some who are good (30%) but the rest (70%) are devils. From mistreating, torturing and being abusive to their daughter-in-laws, mother-in-laws are the reason why many marriages don’t last for long. She will turn you into a slave, gossip mate and use you to harm/hurt others, woe unto you if you fail to abide by her rules.

Well, a Kenyan woman has left many shocked after she revealed the worst things her mother-in-law has ever done to her.

The woman is a mother of three adorable boys, but her mother-in-law is not happy with her. She is still following the old traditions where one was expected to give birth to children of both genders or else, one was excommunicated or forced to ‘marry a younger woman who would bear her husband children’ so as to please the community.

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This woman revealed that her mother-in-law has been mistreating her and calling her all sorts of names just because she doesn’t have a female child. The satanic mother-in-law recently pooped her doorstep and told her to wipe it using her hands because she “could not bear them a girl”.

“I have had enough of this world. I am a mOther of three boys. My mother-in-law has always insulted me because I don’t have a dAughter but this evening the worst has happened, she came and pooped at my doorstep and smeared some on the door and said “panguza hiyo sababu ulikataa kunizaa” (wipe that because you refused to bear us a daughter) and I believe that this is pure witChcraft. What should I do?’ wrote the stressful woman.

Ladies, have you encountered such mother-in-laws? How do you deal with them? Leave a comment in the comment box below.

 

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 Here Is Pastor Pius Muiru’s  Beautiful Daughter 

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Ladies and gentlemen, I know this is the news you have waiting for, for the longest time.

Well, meet Princess Maa, the beautiful daughter of famous city preacher Pastor Pius Muiru of Maximum Miracle Centre.

She is one of the coolest, calm, collected, and God-fearing pastors children around.

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HAPANA TAMBUA WOKOVU! Kanyari’s Daughter Flaunts Her Petite Figure In Bikini

Pastor Muiru’s daughter is not as popular as Preacher Kanyari’s daughter or the Kiuna’s, as she has always kept away from the public eye, and that’s why little is known about her.

Unlike her counterparts who thrive on controversy, the innocent daughter of Pastor Muiru prefers spending time in her parents’ church or at the studio doing photoshoots.

Just like her mother, Princess is also sexy, beautiful, and charming.

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