South Africa, Namibia criticize airline ban on trophies

first_imgSouth Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years. South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years.Some African countries that allow hunting have criticized a decision by a number of international airlines to ban the transport of parts of animals killed in hunts.South Africa is disappointed at Delta Air Lines’ announcement this week that it will no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo trophies, the environment ministry said Thursday.“The decision by Delta Air Lines to enforce a blanket ban fails to distinguish between the trade in and transportation of legally acquired wildlife specimens, and the illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife specimens,” the ministry said in a statement.South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years.Neighboring Namibia also warned that a ban by airlines on trophy transportation will hurt its economy and conservation efforts that rely on revenue from hunters.“This will be the end of conservation in Namibia,” the Namibia Press Agency quoted Pohamba Shifeta, the environment and tourism minister, as saying.South Africa says that if hunters can’t take their animal trophies home, a hunting industry worth nearly $500 million a year will suffer, affecting job creation and community development. In Namibia, more than 80 registered Namibian wildlife conservancies depend largely on funding from trophy hunting, according to the Namibia Press Agency.“If conservancy members have no income, they will abandon their role in protecting the country’s natural resources,” Shifeta said.“These anti-trophy hunting campaigns are very serious as many countries are joining the chorus now,” Shifeta said this week. “It will also be uphill for the hunter if trophies are not to be shipped.”American Airlines and United Airlines announced a similar hunting trophy ban this week, though it is unclear how many trophies, if any, they have been carrying in recent years. Other airlines announcing bans include Air Canada, Air France and Qantas.Related South Africa Elections Coverage South Africa Rastafarianscenter_img South Africa Airline to re-evaluate turnaround strategylast_img read more

Conte’s brilliant 4-2-4 Chelsea line up including new signing N’Golo Kante

first_img 3. Kurt Zouma (centre back) – Zouma has returned to pre-season training and could be in line to return to fitness by the start of next season. He will surely be one of the first names on Conte’s team sheet. Now the 2016 European Championship finals are over, Antonio Conte is fully focused on life in the Premier League.The Italian takes over at Chelsea and, in particular, there is much speculation over how he might line his new side up in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.Including the possiblity of a change from the 4-2-3-1 Blues supporters have grown accustomed to over the last few seasons, the club will also have Leicester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante to choose from after completing a deal on Saturday.But how could he slot into the Chelsea side? And what formation could Conte deploy?Featuring the France international and a change in formation, check out a predicted Chelsea XI for next season by viewing the slideshow above. 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up by clicking the arrow above, right – Despite being shaky at times last season, Courtois is firmly expected to continue his role as no.1 at Stamford Bridge. At 24-years-old he should be standing in between the Blues posts for the next few years. 11 11 11 5. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) – The Ghanaian is yet to settle at Chelsea, but Conte may be under pressure to see last summer’s £14m signing (which could rise to £21m) perform in the first team. The defender, though, will need to seriously up his game to keep his place. 11 11 11 11 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) – Kante was simply outstanding for Leicester City last season and it’s no surprise a whole host of clubs were interested in securing his signature. The Blues won the race, paying a reported £32million for the 25-year-old. 4. John Terry (centre back) – It was a campaign largely to forget for Terry, but Conte may feel the Chelsea captain still has much to offer on the field. It could be his last season at Stamford Bridge, so he’ll be looking to go out on a high. 9. Michy Batshuayi (centre forward) – With Chelsea splashing £33m on Batshuayi, he is expected to be thrown straight into action by Conte. He scored 17 goals last season and will be looking to continue his top form in the Premier League. 11 11 8. Willian (right attack) – Voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season, Willian could remain a key man under Conte. While he was at times excellent, far more than six goals in the Premier League will be expected. 11 11 11. Eden Hazard (left attack) – Hazard looks to have slowly returned to top form after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Belgium and despite reports earlier in the year suggesting he could be sold by Chelsea, he is set to stay put. Conte will likely view the forward as integral to his future plans. 10. Diego Costa (centre forward) – Costa is often linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but is likely to remain the first choice up top under Conte. His 12 goals won Chelsea 11 points last term, proving just how crucial he remains. 6. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) – Fabregas will be looking to silence a fair few critics next term and should be fired up to do so. His on-field relationship with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa could be crucial for Conte. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) – Given Branislav Ivanovic’s dip in form, Conte may be tempted to move Azpilicueta over to his preferred flank, on the right. Injury moved the Spaniard to this wing in the final few weeks of last season, where he looked at ease. last_img read more