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New CITES Regulations to Combat Multi-Billion Dollar Illegal Trade of Precious Woods, EIA Comments

JOHANNESBURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

adopted new regulations that will subject approximately 80 percent of

the multi-billion dollar global trade in precious rosewoods to stricter

regulation and increased transparency to assess legality and

sustainability. Since 2010 there has been a booming rise in demand, and

the trade in rosewood has been characterized by unprecedented levels of

illegality, unsustainability and violence in source countries. According

to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the total value of seized

illegal rosewood between 2005 and 2014 is high

1 day ago

South Africa court orders removal of elite police unit chief | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's High Court in Pretoria said on Friday that the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of an elite police investigation unit is unlawful and must be revoked.

Ntlemeza was appointed in 2015 to lead the powerful Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks.

Critics have accused the unit of sometimes carrying out politically motivated probes to discredit those who have fallen out of favour with President Jacob Zuma and his inner circle.

"Our take is very simple: we will abide by the ruling," Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told Reuters.

Two local non-governmental organisations, Freedom Under Law and the Helen Suzman Foundation, had applied to the court to have Ntlemeza removed on the grounds that he was not fit to hold the Furniture Removals Johannesburg office.

On its website, Freedom Under Law said: "The appointment was irrational and unlawful as there have been damning findings by the courts against (Ntlemeza's) integrity."

The Hawks' integrity has been questioned by the local media and NGOs after it played a role in a graft case against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, which critics say was part of a political agenda. Charges in that case were withdrawn last year.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Catherine Evans)

4 days ago

Immunotherapy Drugs: Two Drugs Harness Immune System To Fight Cancer

By Bill Berkrot

NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) - More than 100 years after researchers first explored the potential to harness the body's immune system to fight cancer, the field's leading doctors see the concept finally proving itself on a large scale in the next year or two.

Two drugs based on immunotherapy are already available and have met with mixed results. Bristol-Myers Squibb's Yervoy has been hailed as a major breakthrough for treatment of melanoma since its approval las

6 days ago

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1 week ago

Cannabis Extracts for Treating Cancer

Learn about the overwhelming evidence of cannabis extracts eliminating cancers and controlling serious diseases in the updated 200-page report (originally was 100!) linked to below. It features extensive analysis of dozens of scientific studies, as well as anecdotal results from patients, doctors, dispensaries, corporations, and caregivers. Large-scale developments are also included. For example, did you know CBD is designated by the FDA as an orphan drug to directly treat glioma, a form of brain cancer? See all that and more in the report!

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Cannabis extract medicine, or cannabis oil, is a concentrated formulation of cannabis that is ingested orally. By consuming adequate quantities of the oil over a three to six month period, most diseases can be put into remission or completely controlled. This is possible because cannabis medicine works fundamentally through the endocannabinoid system, the superregulatory system of our bodies that maintains homeostasis in the other systems. While the medicine does not work in all cases, it is remarkably effective. As research continues, ways to enhance efficacy will increase.

You can see the reality of cannabis medicine's effectiveness in all the things that smoking it is good for. It is widely known and observable that people with cancer, chronic pain, inflammatory conditions, and other conditions smoke cannabis with great efficacy. When you think about that, it's pretty crazy that setting something on fire and inhaling the resulting smoke (thus getting the cannabinoids in a low-concentration form through the lungs) works better than many expensive pharmaceuticals.

With cannabis extract oil, there are two primary differences. First, the cannabinoids are much more concentrated than with smoking, so it has a more powerful effect on your system. Second, the oil is ingested, not smoked, meaning it is digested through the system that is meant to absorb nutrients. Essentially, you are feeding your body the pure molecules that enable it to stay balanced. Since all disease is an imbalance of some kind, this medicine is effective against nearly anything. At least, that's what the bulk of science and real experience show.

The prohibition of cannabis medicine is a crime against humanity, and as more human trials are conducted into the efficacy of cannabis extracts, the truth will be revealed.

1 week ago

South Africa police fire rubber bullets to disperse protesters at Rhodes University | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of students protesting against rape on campus at Rhodes University on Wednesday, forcing classes to be called off for the day.

Police also used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the protesters at the university, located in Grahamstown to the southeast of the country. Five students were arrested.

The protests were fanned by comments posted on social media, a catalyst in last year's nationwide marches by students against university fee increases.

"The roads were blocked off (by) furniture, brooms, sticks and stones," police captain Mali Govender said in statement.

She said the crowd of protesters were becoming aggressive and preventing staff members from leaving the premises.

Wednesday's clashes broke out after a list of 11 alleged perpetrators of sexual offences was circulated at the campus earlier this week and on social media.

Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela told Talk Radio 702 that it was not clear what evidence was used to name the individuals or whether the list had been presented to the police.

"My first obligation is to protect my students, to make sure that they are safe and secure," he said.

"I was pleading with the police that they release them because with students being arrested it may just escalate this whole situation in the university which is not what we want."

A wave of student protests have swept across South African universities since 2015, including the clamor for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, the British imperialist, and demands by black students to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, the language they identify with apartheid.

The protests against high tuition fees under the banner #FeesMustFall struck a national chord, forcing President Jacob Zuma to freeze tuition increments for 2016 after protests that culminated in students storming the parliamentary precinct during last year's budget.

(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana and Zandi Shabalala; Editing by James Macharia/Jeremy Gaunt)

2 weeks ago

Our move to America from the UK

How to live without a Social Security Number

Hey! We Moved to America!

Let me give everyone a very big piece of advice.

Get your visa early and apply for the social security number at the same time!

We had an inkling this was important but the American legal company took a very long time and we only got the visas a week before we left.

When we went to the social security office we found that it would take 3 to 4 weeks to get a number.

We are now trying to exist without a Social Security Number which is actually quite difficult unless you have lots of cash.

"What do you need an SSN for?", I hear you ask. Well basically anything which needs credit.

"Don't get stuff on credit then", you might reply.

A great idea except...

Do you want to rent a house?

Do you want to lease a car?

Do you want an American driving license?

Do you want medical insurance? (Register for a Doctor or a Dentist?)

Do you want TV?

Do you want a home phone?

Do you want internet?

Do you want a mobile (cell-phone)?

and...Do you want to get paid?!

The immigration website says you don't need an SSN but we have found a different story.

To take on any contract, especially one that involves providing 'free' equipment at the start, requires a credit check. To get a credit check you must have a social security number.

To get PAID requires a social security number.

We are having to exist on the small amount of cash we brought out and the good nature of the American people we are meeting.

Even our credit cards are being stopped even though we rang them before we came out and told them what we were doing.

OK, so how are we managing?

Firstly my company have taken on the lease. Phew. They have made it so we actually had somewhere to live when we came out.

Next, we are driving a hire car for a few weeks. Expensive but what choice do we have?

Next, after a couple of weeks of strain, the landlord agreed to arrange the AT&T bundle of TV, Home Phone and Internet! It can be added to the rent so buys some time as well as gets the service.

Keep ringing the credit card company to keep them going. Of course this is expensive using a sterling CC for dollar purchases. Well we gotta live.

We then got into discussions with the company to give us an advance payment. Some cash to tide us over till we have the social security number and can actually get paid.

Lets just hope we don't get ill!

And that we don't run out of credit! We would go hungry.

It's a fantastic place and a friendly nation. Life will be even better when we are recognised as people by the state!