Cheetahs are being bought by the ultra-rich illegally. A smuggler was attempting to spirit the cubs out of Somaliland, a breakaway state from Somalia, when he was caught red-handed by the authorities.
The trend is of "epidemic proportions," according to CCF, an organization devoted to saving cheetahs in the wild. At the current rates of trafficking, the cheetah population in the region could soon be wiped out. "If you do the math, the math kind of shows that it's only going to be a matter of a couple of years [before] we are not going to have any cheetahs," said Laurie Marker, an American conservation biologist biologist and founder of CCF.
Somaliland is the main transit route for cheetah-trafficking in the Horn of Africa. The animals are smuggled across Somaliland's porous border, then stowed away in cramped crates or cardboard boxes on boats and sent across the Gulf of Aden towards their final destination: the Arabian Peninsula. Cheetahs are being bought by the ultra rich illegally. Amazon fires: Brazil will reject $20 million of aid from G7. Acceptance of the funds, however, would hinge on the Brazilian government being able to administrate the aid, clarified presidential spokesperson Otavio Rego Barros.
Earlier this week, Brazil escalated its war of words with global powers over the Amazon fires, which now number 80,626 this year -- a 79% rise on last year. On Tuesday morning, the special communications office for President Jair Bolsonaro told CNN that Brazil would turn down the money that was pledged for the Amazon at the G7 summit in France the day before. But just an hour later, Bolsonaro appeared to cast doubt on the matter. "Did I say that? Did I? He added that he would only respond to the offer once French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew his insults against him.
Brazil rejects millions. Index. Entebbe, Uganda (CNN) — After a delay to flights that lasted nearly 20 years, Uganda Airlines has once again taken to the skies above Africa, restoring its status as the country's national carrier.
Commercial services resumed on Tuesday with a flight from Entebbe to Nairobi in neighboring Kenya that the airline hoped will usher in a profitable new era for the formerly debt-ridden brand. Uganda Airlines said its fleet of twin-engined Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet airliners will soon connect to destinations including Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba in South Sudan. More farther flung places will follow, says Jennifer Bamuturaki, the airline's director of marketing and public affairs. Services to Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda are expected to be added from September. Passenger traffic to boost the economy "This is largely attributed to the fact that they have a national airline," he said.
Samson Ntale. Uganda airlines relaunches after 20 years of vanished. Boris Johnson asks Queen to suspend UK Parliament ahead of Brexit - Live. The Queen has approved the order to suspend Parliament, a formal but necessary step of Boris Johnson's plan.
The Privy Council, a body of senior politicians who act as the Queen's official advisers, requested Wednesday that the Queen "prorogues," or suspends, Parliament. The Queen is currently on holiday in Scotland. According to a statement from the Privy Council, the Queen has approved the suspension of Parliament "no earlier than Monday 9th September and no later than Thursday 12th September" until October 14. Here is the full statement. Boris Johnson asks Queen to suspend UK Parliament ahead of Brexit. Costco's first China store was so popular it shut down traffic. But can it keep the buzz going? The retailer opened its first physical outlet in Shanghai on Tuesday morning, and it quickly got too crowded to stay open.
"The store has been clogged up with crowds," Costco said in a text message alert to its members in China. "To provide you with better shopping experience, Costco will suspend business in the afternoon. Please don't come. " Police were deployed to restore order and manage traffic jams around the store, with law enforcement urging people to remain calm. "For your safety, we hope citizens who want to go to Costco can maintain a rational attitude about consumption and avoid going out during rush hours. The photos posted by police with the statement included one of a sign Costco put up outside the store, which read: "The parking lot is full.
The road ahead While Costco has had an online presence in China for five years through a partnership with Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba(BABA), the new brick-and-mortar store in Shanghai marks a significant investment. Day one hype. Costco's first China store was so popular it shut down traffic. Live updates: Tropical Storm Dorian path and latest news. Puerto Rican municipal and state emergency officials are preparing the eastern part of the island in anticipation for Dorian, Puerto Rico Emergency and Disaster Management Commissioner Carlos A.
Acevedo Caballero said at a briefing Wednesday morning. Acevedo has been speaking directly to the mayors of Culebra, Fajardo, Ceiba and Naguabo, who's main concern is the need for more generators. "Generators are on standby," and will be ready to deploy where needed, Acevedo said. Hurricane Dorian nears Puerto Rico.