Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks

The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.

Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.

Lotter was a director and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, an NGO that provides conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa. Since starting the organisation in Tanzania in 2009, he had received numerous death threats relating to his work.

Police in Tanzania have launched an investigation into his death.

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Wayne Lotter with primatologist Jane Goodall (centre) and PAMS co-founder Krissie Clark. Photograph: Krissie Clark / PAMS Foundation

The PAMS Foundation funded and supported Tanzanias elite anti-poaching National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) which was responsible for arrests of major ivory traffickers including Yang Feng Glan, the so-called Queen of Ivory and several other notorious elephant poachers. Since 2012, the unit has arrested more than 2,000 poachers and ivory traffickers and has a conviction rate of 80%. The NTSCIU was recently featured in the Netflix documentary The Ivory Game. In a previous interview, Lotter said he believed its work had helped to reduce poaching rates in Tanzania by at least 50%.

The latest elephant census data suggests that elephant populations fell by 30% in Africa between 2007 and 2014. Tanzania experienced one of the biggest declines in elephant numbers, where the census documented a 60% decrease in the population.

Lotter rarely took credit for PAMS success in helping reduce poaching rates in Tanzania, and was always quick to credit the work of the communities and agencies he worked with.

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Wayne Lotter with his colleagues at PAMS. Photograph: Krissie Clark/PAMS Foundation

Lotter was a big figure in the international conservation community, having served on the boards of several conservation groups and was the Vice President of the International Ranger Federation. The news of his death has sent the community into mourning. Wayne was one of Africas leading and most committed conservationists. He had over two decades worth of experience in wildlife management and conservation, and can be credited as the driving force behind ending the unscrupulous slaughter of Tanzanias elephants, said Azzedine Downes, CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Wayne devoted his life to Africas wildlife. From working as a ranger in his native South Africa as a young man to leading the charge against poaching in Tanzania, Wayne cared deeply about the people and animals that populate this world, read a statement released by the PAMS Foundation team. Waynes charm, brilliance and eccentric sense of humour gave him the unique ability to make those around him constantly laugh and smile. He died bravely fighting for the cause he was most passionate about.

Wayne leaves behind his wife Inge, daughters Cara Jayne and Tamsin, and parents Vera and Charles Lotter. We all grieve with his family, colleagues and friends. His legacy will continue in our work.

This footnote was added on 18 August 2017. Vulcan, who support this independent editorial series, is also one of the funders for PAMS.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/17/leading-elephant-conservationist-ivory-shot-dead-in-tanzania

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Texas woman shoots, kills home intruder

A 60-year-old Texas woman wasn’t taking any chances Monday morning when she heard two intruders enter her home, grabbing her pistol and shooting one of the would-be thieves dead, police said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, confronted the two armed men after they entered her Harris County home through an open garage door around 11:30 a.m., WTSP reported.

Cathy Hanks, a neighbor, said it’s not surprising the woman fired her pistol when she saw a threat in her home, explaining: That’s really how we are. That’s just Texas.

It’s the state of Texas. If you’re going to go into someone’s home, you’re going to get shot, Hanks said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s spokesman Thomas Gilliland told WTSP that both intruders – neither of whom were identified – were armed with pistols when the woman confronted them. She fired several shots and struck at least one man, who collapsed and died in her front yard.

Police found a gun next to the dead man’s body. His accomplice jumped over the fence and escaped, though it’s unclear if he was wounded in the incident.

The woman was not injured in the incident. She did not know the intruders, WTSP reported.

Police are still looking for the second intruder, described as a man in his 20s who was wearing dark clothing with red underwear peeking out of his pants.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/01/texas-woman-shoots-kills-home-intruder.html

Youre A Single-Celled Organism. Can You Evolve Into A Duck?

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Okay, so.

You live on this.

You are this.

Youre alive.

Ah. Okay.

Never mind.

Yes, great. Youre alive, and you live here.

For your first act as a living thing, you die.

You did not manage to evolve into a duck.

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You imagine your descendants, and their descendants, and all their exploits and achievements in the world.

Then a vivid image comes to you.

You surrender yourself to the vision. You think about this.

Aha duck.

Its perfect.

So it is resolved: You will be this thing. Someday, the child of the child of your distant descendant will wake up, and it will be this. It will be a duck.

Good idea. You try out making a protein. Whoa. Thats actually a good protein you made. You have a knack for this.

You make another protein.

Oh, my God.

You were born to do this. The joy you get from making proteins causes one of your organelles to contract and then expand, and its the greatest feeling youve ever known.

Flouting tradition, you throw yourself into making proteins. You go on to become the most prolific thing ever to have lived on the thing, in terms of proteins made.

After 16 minutes of protein production, you die. You did not manage to evolve into a duck, but you left behind a legacy of incredible proteins that will not soon be forgotten.

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Over the next billion years, you really go all-out theming your genetic buildup around the idea of Under The Sea. Pretty soon, you look like this.

Nice going! What next?

Your body swells, and soon youre this huge thing.

You adapt to the low depths of the deep sea, and soon you look like this thing.

You go for style, and it pays off. You spend the next era cruising around the ocean as this incredible fish.

Oh, no. You went right for the duck too early and mistakenly evolved into Michael Phelps the swimmer. In the open ocean, you are quickly eradicated by some of your better-adapted cousins. You did not manage to evolve into a duck.

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You go all in on bigness. Your body swells with each generation, and your species becomes known throughout the ocean for its incredible size.

Over billions of years you become bigger and bigger until, finally, just as the present day arrives, you are Australia, the largest creature in the seven seas.

You are a titan of the ocean, but you have failed to evolve into a duck.

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Wow. This is a big moment for you.

Forsaking everything, you take one last gulp of water and burst through the surface and onto land.

Your fins fall away, your gills wither, and the land becomes your home.

Wow. This is a big moment for you.

Forsaking everything, you migrate into the water and leave the land behind.

You begin to grow fins and gills, perfect for this new era of life under the sea.

Wasting no time, you work your position on land to your advantage by becoming trees. Tall and wooden, you are built to last.

You remain trees. You are trees.

You are still trees.

You are trees.

You keep being trees. The present day arrives, and you are trees. The future arrives and passes, and you are trees. You did not evolve into a duck, but in a way thats okay. You are trees.

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You are no longer trees. Instead, you are paper.

You evolve ink. As millennia pass, the ink patterns begin to form better and better shapes.

At last, you arrive at the most highly evolved form of paper that is possible: You are a picture of a duck.

Congratulations. You almost did it. You did not evolve into a duck, but you came very close.

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You are a plain-flavored land creature.

You become this plain-flavored land creature.

You evolve to get some things installed in your ears that make you more stylish. Its not comfortable.

You are a family-oriented plain-flavored land creature.

As a species, you decide that beaks look good and that everyone should have beaks.

Many millions of years pass. Eventually, you look like this.

You look around, and it seems everyone has the same idea. All trying to be a duck, but no one quite getting it right.

You keep evolving, day in and day out. But it seems to be of no use.

This isnt working.

God hears you and mutters some magic words.

Awesome! You are practically there. Becoming a duck from here should be an absolute layup.

No

What happened? Somehow, you took things too far, and you evolved into an ostrich. In case you werent aware, this creature is a scam, posturing as an upgraded, premium duck that in practice lacks any of the charm of the barebones original. Youve been had. You did not manage to evolve into a duck.

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Evolution hasnt been going so great, so you form a symbiotic relationship with Henry. The way your mutualistic dependence works is that Henry points at you and then you point at Henry. Then you both reproduce and your children do the same thing.

You remain in the symbiotic relationship with Henry.

You stay in the symbiotic relationship with Henry forever. When the present day arrives, you are still pointing at each other, and you have not managed to evolve into a duck.

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You go for the duck, but its too much of a stretch. On June 30, 1985, you evolve into Michael Phelps the swimmer. Its clear that there is nowhere to go from hereyour body is optimized for acquiring gold. You and your descendants are happy to be the species called Michael Phelps the swimmer, and yet sometimes you still dream of the duck you might have become, imagining what might have happened if youd made just a few different choices somewhere along the way

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You become a rock. Its a relief to be out of that strange situation with Henry.

You become a round rock.

You become a small round rock.

You become a many-legged rock.

Giving up completely, you split yourself open, and a miracle happens. Its a duck. After billions of years, you are here. The prophecy fulfilled. You evolved into a duck.

Yes. You are duck.

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You are a single-celled organism that has had a vision of a duck. You dont know how to do it, but its still billions of years ago, so youre optimistic.

How will you proceed?

No, youre not. This is a duck.

You are a single-celled organism that has had a vision of a duck. You dont know how to do it, but its still billions of years ago, so youre optimistic.

How will you proceed?

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British boy among Barcelona attack dead BBC News

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A seven-year-old boy with dual British-Australian nationality was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, Catalan police have confirmed.

Julian Cadman was one of 13 people killed when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas on Thursday.

His mother Jom was injured and it was understood she was in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Julian’s family said they would remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.

Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family, they said in a statement.

As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.

He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.

We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.

They also thanked those who had helped in the search for the boy, saying: Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time.

Posting on Twitter, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson offered his sympathies to Julian’s family and said: His death is a tragedy.

Julian’s father and grandmother travelled to Spain from Australia following the attack.

The boy’s grandfather, Tony Cadman, made a public appeal after Julian went missing, urging people to share his photograph on social media, and revealing that his daughter-in-law was in hospital.

According to his Facebook profile, Mr Cadman is from Gillingham in Dorset but lives in Sydney.

Julian had attended Chiddingstone Nursery, in Edenbridge, Kent, during his time living in the UK before he and his parents relocated to Australia.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: We are assisting the family of an Australian-British child who was killed in the Barcelona terrorist attack.

His family have our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.

Our staff are doing all they can to support them, working with our Australian colleagues and the Spanish authorities.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40993651

White House Distances Itself From The Poem On The Statue Of Liberty

While being questioned about President Donald Trumps immigration efforts, White House aide Stephen Miller on Wednesday denied that The New Colossus, the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, had any meaning because it was added after the statue was erected.

During the daily White House press briefing,Miller expanded on a new Senate billpertaining to immigration reform that would favor English-speaking applicants.

CNNs Jim Acosta questioned Miller about whether that bill is keeping with American tradition and cited the most famous portion of The New Colossus: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Miller brushed off Acostas reference, arguing that the poem written by Emma Lazaruswas added later and has no significance.

I dont want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting in the world; its a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem that youre referring to was added later. Its not actually part of the Statue of Liberty, Miller argued.

Its true that The New Colossus, which was never intended to be a statement of political policy, was added to the Statue of Liberty in 1903 and that the statue itself was dedicated in 1886. But they are widely associated with each other: The poem was written to help raise funds for the statues pedestal and is currently featured on a bronze tablet in the museum in the base of the Statue of Liberty. Sections of the National Park Services websiteabout the statue are devoted to the poem and Lazarus.

The poem was often cited earlier this year as Trump tried to banpeople from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

During a rally against the Muslim ban, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the poem a statement of values of our country.

Its a recognition that the strength of our country is in our diversity, that the revitalization constantly of America comes from our immigrant population, she said.

In a 2011 poll by the Roper Center,61 percentof Americans said they felt the Statue of Libertys message should apply to immigration policy.

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Tpico: te pones a trollear a tu novio y la broma te sale cara

En las relaciones hay momentos en los que, inexplicablemente, nos gusta provocar el mal genio de nuestras parejas. Generalmente las bromas inocentes tienen como sentido picar al otro para despus reconciliarnos y pasarla bien.

Sin embargo, la broma de esta chica fue un poco exagerada y la respuesta de su novio no se la esperaba.

Mejor leerla a que te la cuenten.

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Fall Trends You Cannot, Under Any Circumstances, Wear Back To School This Year

It’s officially August, which means you’ve finally given up on your summer body and Target is filled with 18-year-old girls fighting over twin XL sheets with their moms. In other words, it’s back to school time. Back to school means many things, such as the end of joy return to some minimal responsibilities (look, if you’re in college, don’t even whine to me about how hard your classes are. Talk to me when you have to decide between a 401K and an IRA). To others, the back to school season is the reveal of a carefully orchestrated glow-up that took months of secret planning. But nothing can ruin your meticulously crafted New (School) Year, New Me persona than a fashion fuck-up. Here are a few things you definitely shouldn’t wear this year, because they’re just socially unacceptable at this point.

1. Puffy Vests

Vests have been having a moment for way too long and it is time for that moment to be over. Besides the fact that they’re hideous bulky and unflattering, everyone wears the same like, four ugly vests. Shoutout to J.Crew and Vineyard Vines for convincing college girls to basically wear floatation devices on a daily basis.

2. Jeggings That Don’t Actually Resemble Jeans

I get it. The invention of the jegging was revolutionary because now you can look semi-presentable while wearing pants that don’t feel like pants. But like, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and do something regrettable, like wear jeans without a zipper or pockets. Those are fine for stay-at-home moms who are involved in some kind of MLM to feel useful and independent, but probably not the look you’re going for.

3. Printed (Non-Workout) Leggings

Now that people sell ugly cotton printed leggings out of their homes (see: MLM), printed leggings are cancelled. I mean, they’ve been on their way out for a while, but once they started being sold like Tupperware at a house party, their fate was sealed. Obvi, you can still wear printed leggings to the gym (or to Chipotle, as long as it’s a solid athleisure outfit and not leggings and a sweater or some shit).

4. Riding Boots

You do not need to be wearing anything that is inspired by equestrian equipment to the library. There’s just no way around it. I don’t even like the fact that there’s probably an outfit that incorporates these on my style Pinboard from 2011, so I really can’t imagine actually wearing them.

5. Weird Scarves

Despite what the tacky name may suggest, you can’t wear infinity scarves forever and the time to stop wearing them is like, yesterday. These are outdated and blanket scarves are better. You’re welcome.

6. Fur Vests (Maybe)

Like everything else good in this world, Forever 21 tried to kill off the fur vest last season. These are pretty much dead, so definitely don’t buy a new one. However, if you have one sitting in your closet that you can’t part with because you’re a stage five clinger, I guess we can make an exception just this once.

Read more: http://www.betches.com/fall-trends-you-cannot-wear-back-to-school-this-year