HANOI: Dozens of live pangolins smuggled from Laos were discovered “dehydrated and weak” on a bus in central Vietnam, police and conservationists said Tuesday, in a country where the endangered mammals are a highly-prized delicacy. The small, docile pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world, and is found across Asia and Africa, with one snatched from the wild every five minutes, according to the World Wildlife Fund. In Vietnam pangolin meat is considered high-end and hard to find and their scales are used in traditional medicine to treat allergies and impotence. Police on Monday found 30 pangolins stuffed into boxes on a bus in Ha Tinh province, arresting the driver and his wife on suspicion of trafficking the animals from Laos. Four were already dead and many of the surviving animals were in bad shape, said Truong Van Truong from the NGO Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. “Most were dehydrated and weak because they were kept in a tight space for a long … [Read more...] about Dozens of live pangolins found hidden on bus in Vietnam
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Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles' eco-friendly potential, even on a budget. The 16-year-old's 5,000-euro (nearly $5,700) car is one of that took part in Sunday's three-hour "Cyprus Institute Solar Car Challenge", running solely on the Mediterranean island's most plentiful resource: sunshine. Many of the drivers were high school students, including Chrysostomide, a maths and physics enthusiast from the nearby village of Dali. "I am the only girl that will drive here in the race and I am very proud," she said. "With solar cars we take energy from the sun, so we can use this to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution." Her car was made up of parts from two mountain bikes, a metal frame and four solar panels, connected to batteries. Tassos Falas, a teacher at her school, spent weeks working in his garage with colleague Anthoulis Hadjitali and mechanic Simos … [Read more...] about Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future
SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
PETALING JAYA: A married couple’s hopes of enjoying an all-paid-for holiday overseas they received on social media were dashed when they were arrested by police at the Vientiane Airport in Laos last Saturday. Acting director of Bukit Aman’s Narcotic Crime Investigation Department Datuk Kamarulzaman Mamat said the couple, aged 47 and 31, were detained with syabu weighing 23.84 kg. “Police found the drug syabu in their baggage ... it is believed the couple were tricked by an offer of a tourism package to Laos,” Kamarulzaman said in a press conference at the Subang Jaya District Police Headquarters here. The modus operandi of the syndicate was to offer a tourism package and they would ask their victims to take a present into the country they were travelling to, without knowing the contents of the package. In a separate case, two men were detained in a raid in Bandar Sunway here yesterday on suspicion of involvement in a drug distribution syndicate. The two men, … [Read more...] about Husband and wife detained for smuggling syabu in Laos
By Louis Keene Jennifer Medina and Elizabeth Dias, The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 POWAY, CALIF.—The rabbi had just finished comforting a congregant as she prepared to say the traditional prayer for the dead in honour of her mother when a loud crack rang out in his synagogue. It was about halfway through the Sabbath service on Saturday when a gunman turned what was supposed to be a time of solace into a day of horror. The rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, turned quickly to see the body of the woman, Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, slumped on the floor. He began to rush toward her when he caught sight of several small children watching as the gunman unleashed the attack on Chabad of Poway. “My instinct was to go to her, but I turned toward a doorway and these little kids were there, so scared,” he said. By then, Goldstein had been shot in both hands. “I just grabbed them with my bloody fingers. They were screaming and I was shouting.” As Goldstein … [Read more...] about Synagogue shooting keeps religious leaders on edge: ‘No one should be gunned down in worship’