Duke of Cambridge says a betting man would bet on extinction of

first_imgThe UK is determined to do all we can to show global leadership in fighting the illegal wildlife trade and protecting the world’s precious wildlifeAndrea Leadsom The Duke of Cambridge with a rhino mascotCredit: Kensington Palace/PA But he called for nations to impose a ban on the “abhorrent” trade of ivory within their borders as one of the measures to ward off the decline.The Duke said: “China has already signalled a total ban, the USA has instituted one, and other nations, including the United Kingdom, are considering it.”We know now what previous generations did not – ivory treated as a commodity is the fuel of extinction.”Ivory is not something to be desired and when removed from an elephant it is not beautiful. So, the question is: why are we still trading it? We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.” The Duke of Cambridge has urged the Government to go ahead with a total ban on the domestic ivory trade and said if he were a betting man he would wager the extinction of elephants.William, speaking at an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade, said endangered animals are still being slaughtered in “horrifying numbers” and called for an acceleration in efforts to tackle the crisis.He told the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, that a “betting man would still bet on extinction” of elephants after a census revealed a 30 per cent decline in the African variety over seven years. While the international trade has been banned since 1989, it is still possible to sell antique ivory in the UK as long as it was carved before 1947.William said there is “much to be proud of” in the efforts to halt the extinction of animals such as rhinos, elephants, pangolins and lions.”But the organised crime syndicates we are up against are much more agile than we are. We are getting cleverer, but we need to admit that they are getting much cleverer as well,” he added.”Their brutality continues to escalate, with many more rangers killed since we gathered in London (at a previous summit) two years ago.”Andrea Leadsom, the Environment Secretary, announced a series of measures to tackle the illegal wildlife trade at the conference, doubling the UK’s investment in dealing with the problem to £13 million. The Duke of Cambridge with a rhino mascot A new UK-China arrangement will train African border forces to spot and tackle smugglers peddling illegal animal products and the UK will also work with Vietnamese authorities to improve border security in the south-east Asian country to stop trafficking.There will also be British military training for an elite new force of anti-poaching trackers in key countries such as Malawi and support for Interpol and other international organisations to tackle the problem.Ms Leadsom said: “The UK is determined to do all we can to show global leadership in fighting the illegal wildlife trade and protecting the world’s precious wildlife.”Today we are committing to double our investment with an extra £13 million to tackle all aspects of the illegal wildlife trade. This builds on our plans to ban the sale of modern-day ivory, an important first step as we press for a complete ban.”This global issue will only be solved through international co-operation and the decisive action agreed in Hanoi will help to protect our wild animals for future generations.”She also confirmed that world leaders would be invited back to London in 2018, to ensure the global commitments agreed to stop the illegal wildlife trade were delivered. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke is on a two-day official visit to Vietnam to highlight the damaging effects the illegal trade in wildlife has on some of the world’s best-loved animals.In recent years William has campaigned with ex-footballer David Beckham and former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming to end the trade in ivory and other products.On Wednesday, the Duke visited a Vietnamese primary school to learn how children are being encouraged to protect endangered rhinos – with the help of a storybook about a young rhino.last_img read more

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Thousands of East Canje residents without potable water

Residents at the Adelphi Pump Station trying to get waterThousands of residents are without potable water as three pump stations, which serve the East Canje, Berbice Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) communities are not functioning.The shutdown occurred on Friday last and five days later, residents are still seeking answers from both the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) and Guyana Power and Light (GPL).The pump stations at Sheet Anchor, Canefield and Adelphi went down at the same time but when contacted, the water company remained silent on the issue. The only access to potable water was Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) pump at Adelphi.Chairman of the Number 38/Ordinance/Fort Lands Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Roy Jaffarally told this publication that persons have tried to get information from him on the situation, but he has no answers about the total shutdown of water supply in two NDC areas affecting residents as far as Palmyra.He added that this is so because the water company is not forthcoming with information on what has happened.“Nothing is forthcoming from Dr Van-West Charles or his officers. The operators at GWI has been taking the phone off after being bombarded with phone calls and correctly so. People are concerned and they are also been bombarding the Chairman and I have no answers for them because honestly I don’t,” Jaffarally stated.According to Jaffarally, while thousands of residents are inconvenienced, the two utility companies – GWI and GPL – are both blaming each other for the shutdown.“He is not sending his officers on the ground to ensure that residents are comforted in some way so they will know when water will be coming and GWI is playing the blame game with GPL. GWI says it is a power problem while GPL is saying that GWI needs to install a piece of equipment to regularise the voltage coming so that the pumps can be operated properly. No one is giving me pertinent information for me to be able to inform the residents,” the NDC Chairman said.The NDC Chairman has expressed concern about sanitation, noting that there could soon be an outbreak of disease because of the lack of water in ten villages.“Prior to the total shutdown of those three pumps on Friday last, water was intermittent for months. It only runs for a little period in the day and then the pump will shut down. So it was an ongoing problem like a sore and then all of a sudden ‘boom’ it exploded and there was one total shutdown of all the pumps,” he said.However, residents are suspicious, saying that the probability of three pumps situated in three different villages shutting down raises eyebrows. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Ramjattan allegedly lies to east Canje about school bus moneyMarch 18, 2018In “latest news”East Berbice residents block roadway, protest GWI convoy over lack of potable waterNovember 17, 2017In “latest news”Thousands without potable water on WCDOctober 7, 2018In “latest news” read more

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