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Government to auction 1 000 wild animals
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THE government wants to sell about 1 000 wild animals of different species from several national game reserves on public auction.

Information minister Stanley Simataa made this announcement yesterday during a media briefing on recent Cabinet decisions in Windhoek. He said the proposal to auction off wild animals was brought to Cabinet by the environment ministry.

According to Simataa, the government will sell between 500 and 600 disease-free buffaloes from the Waterberg Plateau Park.

This will help reduce the population of buffaloes from that national park, currently estimated to be about 960, to less than 400. One-hundred and fifty springbok will be sold from the Hardap and Naute game parks.

There is a combined population of over 2 000 springbok in the two game reserves.

The minister added that the government will also sell 65 oryx from the Hardap game reserve. There are about 780 oryx in that game reserve.

Twenty-eight elephants will be sold from the Khaudum National Park, and the Omatjete area.

There are about 6 400 elephants in the Khaudum National Park. Other animals to be sold include 35 eland, 60 giraffes and 16 kudus from the Waterberg Plateau Park.

The government will also sell 20 impala from the Von Bach Game Park. Sixteen wildebeest will be sold from the Daan Viljoen National Park, Simataa announced.

The environment ministry's spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, told The Namibianyesterday that the sale was a response to the drought situation as it has affected the grazing and water points in some game reserves and national parks.

The move was meant to reduce the number of wildlife in national parks to manageable levels.

Muyunda added that they were still working out the modalities on how they will implement the auctions, but that the sale will be on open bids.

The value of the game to be sold is N$17 million, while the proceeds of the sale will go to the Game Products Trust Fund's account. It will be used for wildlife conservation and parks management, he stated.

The ministry was thus targeting game farmers who have the facilities to maintain the animals.

“Given that this is a dry year, the ministry would like to sell various types of game species from various protected areas to preserve grazing, and to generate much-needed funds for parks and wildlife management,” Muyunda said, adding that the grazing conditions in most parks are extremely poor, and if the number of animals is not reduced, it will lead to animals dying of starvation.
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It appears all the important animals (sorry buffalo and spirnboks) will be sold to reserves though that can care for them. That's good.

Nope. No it's not. Read it wrong.

They all gonna be game.

In terms of needing the funds to help National Park, is this a lesser evil type deal?

Let em all die of starvation, or sell some of them off to get the money so whats left doesn't starve/suffer.
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HOUSING Minister Edmund Dillon has announced government plans to build 6,000 houses by fiscal 2020 following the signing of a US $71 million contract with a Chinese company.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony between the Housing Development Corporation and the China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) for Phase 1–Affordable Housing Project 5000 Units at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain.

“This morning I consider to be a very defining moment in the housing construction industry in TT,” Dillon said.

He said Government was satisfying a basic need by providing affordable housing and Project 5000 seeks to reduce the housing deficit. He said there are an estimated 180,000 citizens on a database waiting for affordable houses.

“Nowhere in any part of the world can any government satisfy that kind of demand. And therefore there must be alternative measures to seek to satisfy our citizens with respect to housing.”

The initial sites under the project are for 204 units at South Quay, Port of Spain and 235 units at Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, while Phase 2 of the project will be in two other areas. Dillon said the housing sites will include recreational areas, as the aim was to create and shape wholesome communities.

Other contracts will be signed under this blanket agreement once lands identified for other units has undergone planning and development work stages.

“The Government’s objective is to complete as least 6,000 housing units by fiscal 2020. A tall order, ladies and gentlemen, but we feel it is achievable when we put all efforts by this government to ensure we deliver.”

Dillon said the Government has several housing initiatives, including other public/private partnerships, of which 1,600 units are planned for the next two years, and the housing bonds announced during the mid-year budget review in Parliament.

CGGC general manager Lui Huailiang said the model of the housing project has been innovative and the company is capable of delivering the project in a timely manner.

“In the meantime we will go all out.”

Huailiang said behind every success there is courage and passion.

“CGGC is ready and we are hoping for your continued support.”

He said the state-owned company was founded 49 years ago with global operations and its business covers energy, power, highways, railways, bridges, airports, ports and waterways. The company is also a leading manufacturer of cement.

Among those present yesterday were San Fernando West MP Faris Al-Rawi and Port of Spain South MP Marlene McDonald. Al-Rawi said the previous administration had no desire to develop San Fernando and McDonald said the project is part of a bid to develop Port of Spain.
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tampenthusiast Wrote:Kudus

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Google tells me its The kudus are two species of antelope of the genus Tragelaphus: Lesser kudu, Tragelaphus imberbis, of eastern Africa Greater kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros, of eastern and southern Africa
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yes that is correct

Closer Libyan-Jordanian medical cooperation

By Sami Zaptia.


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An agreement  was reached between the Tripoli-based Ministry of Health and the Jordanian Al-Hussein Cancer Center, which provides for the standardization of medicines, entry, medical and clinical billing between Jordanian and Libyan citizens, Tripoli’s Ministry of Health reported last Thurday.
Libyan patients will now receive integrated medical services according to the price list approved by the Jordanian Ministry of Health and the Jordan Medical Association.
The Tripoli Ministry of Health reported that the Al Hussein Cancer Center is one of the three most important international centers in its field.
The Ministry of Health said that this agreement is part of its plan to contract with specialized international centers through “documentary payments” with the approval of Tripoli’s Audit Bureau and Tripoli’s Central Bank of Libya.
Besides easing the transfer of patients and providing medical services, the move will reduce cash payments and corruption in billing.
It should also reduce demand for black-market foreign currency and reduce the black-market Libyan Dinar exchange rate.
The agreement also includes visits by the Jordanians to Libya with the aim of standardizing therapeutic protocols and following up on cases during the treatment phase.
The agreement hopes to “revitalize the medical environment in Libya during the future stage”, through the rehabilitation of medical centers specializing in oncology in Libya so that they can provide sustainable medical services enabling the Libyan state to reduce the cost of future treatment. The agreement also included the provision of workshops between experts in the two countries to exchange experiences.
The Libyan Ministry of Health is also considering contracting with other Jordanian hospitals specializing in cardiac surgery and other diseases based on the Libyan Ministry of Health’s Standard list of diseases that require treatment at this outside the country.
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