The growing appetite for 'conservation holidays' has shone a light on the dark – and poorly regulated – industry of lion farming, where felines are destined not to be 'released into the wild' - but to be shot by trophy hunters and their bones exported to Asia for use in traditional medicine. Beth Jennings, 25, is mad about animals. After leaving school she worked for Dogs Trust, and then opted to spend a holiday looking after lion cubs rather than lying on a beach. Though it was called ‘volunteering’ she had to pay to do it: £1,500 for two weeks working at a game park in South Africa, plus £1,000 for flights and jabs. But she knew the wild lion population was in crisis, and this was her chance, according to the UK agency that sold it to her, to prepare orphaned cubs ‘for their eventual release into the wild’. She saved for more than a year, using her 21st-birthday money. In South Africa, Jennings found about two dozen … [Read more...] about The big cat con: Inside Africa’s shocking battery farms for lions
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The health department in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province has decided to fill 100 new posts with only black doctors, according to The Times LIVE. The South African newspaper reported that department officials expanded its registrar programme for 2019 from 314 to 414 without allowing white doctors to be recruited. READ MORE: Legacy of South African Apartheid Has Left People Divided — Activist The alleged goal is to redress the apartheid-related historical racial imbalance in the country, where most high-ranking positions were routinely filed by white medics. "This means 238 posts must be filled with [black] Africans to take the current 128 filled posts to the target of 366. This implies that the 100 new posts must go to Africans in terms of the targets, else if there are no suitable Africans, the posts must be re-advertised," Mafunda added. READ MORE: 'I Sense a Revolution': … [Read more...] about Recruitment of Black Only Doctors in S. Africa Sparks Race Row, Twitter Trembles
PUBLISHED: 14:19 07 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:21 07 January 2019 Fraser Whieldon Phoenix House Suites on Campfield Road Archant A lawyer has been ordered to pay £21m his St Albans law firm dishonestly claimed from the Government for legal aid fees. John Blavo, who has lived on Cunningham Road and was a director of the Blavo & Co law firm, was given the order by Mr Justice Ed Pepperall QC at a High Court hearing on December 21.This is after Blavo & Co was found to have copied and pasted text between two different reports and made up both tribunal dates and people to claim the sum for representing clients in mental health cases.The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) stopped giving money to Blavo & Co several times after June 2015 and the agency launched an investigation into the firm the following August.After being asked for 1,000 files every week of cases which the LAA could not find data for on the tribunal computer system for England, the firm … [Read more...] about Man must pay £21m his St Albans law firm dishonestly claimed in legal aid
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 13 July 2015 The Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, was a defining moment. Photo credit should read: PA. Archant These days, it’s easy to be cynical about celebrities lining up to sing a few lines for Africa while simultaneously promoting their careers. But it didn’t feel like that 30 years ago, writes Sheena Grant. Mama Ngina’s orphanage a state run orphanage where abandoned babies and children are taken to by the authoritiesIn 1985, Live Aid seemed to embody the purest of motives: a desire to help and a belief we really could make a difference. There was both a touching innocence and an electrifying energy about that July day three decades ago, when a global audience of 1.9 billion watched some of the biggest stars perform at simultaneous concerts in London and Philadelphia.Whether you were lucky enough to be among the 72,000 at Wembley or, more likely, spent the day glued to your TV, you knew … [Read more...] about Live Aid raised millions of pounds but, 30 years on, what is its legacy?
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY SCHOOL CUTS Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Thursday morning, and welcome to November. NOKES JOKES: Oh dear. The Home Office last night issued a “clarification” following Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes’ face-palm appearance at the Commons home affairs committee on Tuesday. To the surprise of absolutely no one, it now looks like Nokes was completely wrong when she announced U.K. employers would somehow be expected to immediately distinguish between EU workers who had been living here before Brexit day, and EU workers who had arrived after, if Britain leaves Europe without a deal. In a clarification issued last night to citizens’ pressure group The3Million. the Home Office said: “EU citizens will continue to be able to evidence their right to work by showing a passport or national identity card. Employers will not be expected … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by School Cuts: Nokes jokes — Brexit waiting game — Crimewatch