***Breaking*** Journalists arrested for exposing Zimbabwe police commissioner and a junior officer for BEHEADING ELEPHANTS AT Hwange national park


Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa and reporters Tinashe Farawo and Brian Chitemba

PLEASE SUPPORT Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa and reporters Tinashe Farawo and Brian Chitemba  FOR EXPOSING THE CORRUPT ZIMBABWE POLICE DEPARTMENT




THE massacre of more than 60 elephants at the same Zimbabwe park which Cecil the Lion lived took a new twist today after three journalists were arrested over claims made surrounding the poaching.

PUBLISHED: 13:09, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | UPDATED: 13:23, Tue, Nov 3, 2015
The elephants were poisoned with cyanide before the beheadings
An editor and two reporters working at a state-owned newspaper are accused of saying police were behind the horror killings.

The report, made in the latest edition of the Sunday Mail in Zimbabwe, said an unnamed police[currently seeking their names please email me or post or comment on this post if you have them]commissioner and a junior officer were responsible for the brutal slayings at Hwange national park.

It said they worked with rangers for the parks agency and an Asian businessman in a poaching syndicate.

CORRUPT Police responded by arresting the journalists on Monday on charges of publishing or communicating false statements.

Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa and reporters Tinashe Farawo and Brian Chitemba were arrested on Monday and were held at a Harare police station, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokeswoman Charity Charamba told a news conference today.

THE LYING Ms Charamba said: “The falsehoods have dented and tarnished the image of the police organisation for no apparent reason.

“The story does not only affect ZRP but the entire security apparatus.”

The journalists are expected to appear in court tomorrow to face the charges which could result in sentences of up to 20 years.

The lying Charamba said police had since August this year recovered 70 elephant tusks, 30 kg of ivory, 100 kg of cyanide and arrested eight people linked to poaching.
Zimpapers Ltd, which owns the weekly newspaper, said it would issue a statement later today.

The story of the tragic elephants became world news last week when gruesome pictures of them with their trunks cut off were released.

Salt stones were also found laced with Cyanide poison near to the dead bodies.

Claims were originally made that park rangers were behind the attacks as they were angry over poor pay.
“So many of us believe some of the poaching at the moment is organised and executed by some rangers in parks, and we don’t know how this will be sorted out.”
The deaths took place at the same park where Cecil the Lion, shot earlier this year by US dentist Walter Palmer, lived.
Sources say more than 300 elephants were killed in suspected poisonings last year in addition to the latest horror slayings.
Cecil the lion
Mon, August 3, 2015
Cecil was a lion in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. He was killed on 1 July 2015, at the age of thirteen.
Albert Ebrahimzadeh
?(Picture source:Elephant carcasses from the March 14-15 massacre. Photo courtesy of SOS Elephants of Chad)
In the aftermath of the largest elephant poaching episode thus far in 2013, Central African governments met to coordinate and adopt an emergency plan to combat the killings. But is it too little, too late?
On March 14-15, at least 86 elephants were killed in Tikem, near Fianga in the Mayo Kebbi East region of southwestern Chad, close to the Cameroon border. Among the victims were more than 30 pregnant females, many of which aborted their calves when they were shot. The calves were left to die, and reportedly some were shot. It’s too sickening to even comprehend.
?Please watch this picture from Elephant calf aborted after its mother was shot in March 14-15 poaching incident ! –Here??
The massacre occurred in the closing hours of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) meeting (held in Bangkok from March 3-14), where the topic of elephants was high on the agenda.

The timing was also just weeks after the discovery of 28 elephant carcasses, all stripped of their ivory tusks, in Cameroon’s Nki and Lobeke National Parks and at least 15 carcasses across four separate locations in Central African Republic.

All these incidents followed numerous reports of columns of Sudanese poachers crossing Central African Republic and heading toward Cameroon and Chad.

Both the Chad and Cameroon governments had responded to this advance notice. In December, the Chad government sent soldiers and military aircraft to patrol the region and Cameroon deployed its Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), a special forces military unit. But neither was able to find the poaching gangs and stop them.

“ We’ve been aware of the poachers’ presence and movements since last November in the Central African Republic, but given the means at hand, and difficulty of working in this vast, remote landscape, it has been very challenging to fully address the situation,” says Richard Ruggiero, Chief, Branch of Asia and Africa at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

? PLEASE WATCH——-?? 86 elephants killed in Chad poaching massacre 19 March 2013
Armed ivory poachers are reported to have killed 86 elephants in less than a week, including pregnant females and calves ?

? PLEASE WATCH——-??LATEST UPDATE:At least 26 elephants massacred by C.African poachers May 10, 2013 !



There are about 100,000 forest elephants remaining in the forests of central Africa, compared with about 400,000 of the slightly larger savannah elephants.
The forest elephants of Africa have lost almost two-thirds of their number in the past decade due to poaching for ivory, a landmark new study revealed on Tuesday. The research was released at an international wildlife summit in Bangkok where the eight key ivory-trading nations, including the host nation Thailand and biggest market China, have been put on notice of sweeping trade sanctions if they fail to crack down on the trade.

“The analysis confirms what conservationists have feared: the rapid trend towards extinction – potentially within the next decade – of the forest elephant,” said Samantha Strindberg of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), one of 60 scientists on the research team.

There are about 100,000 forest elephants remaining in the forests of central Africa, compared with about 400,000 of the slightly larger savannah elephants. The total elephant population was over 1 million 30 years ago, but has been devastated by poaching driven by the rising demand for ivory ornaments in Asia.

Prof Lee White, head of the National Parks Service in Gabon, once home to the largest forest elephant population, said: “A rainforest without elephants is a barren place. They bring it to life, they create the trails and keep open the forest clearings other animals use; they disperse the seeds of many of the rainforest trees – elephants are forest gardeners at a vast scale.”

Forest elephants have suffered particularly badly because they range across central Africa, which has been left lawless in large areas by war, and where poachers have ready access to guns. Furthermore, the tusks of forest elephants are longer, straighter and harder than savannah elephants, making them particularly sought after. “A lot of carvers prefer forest elephant tusks,” said WCS’s vice president, Elizabeth Bennett.

Although deforestation is taking place, loss of habitat is not the principal problem for the elephants, according to another of the scientific team, John Hart of the Lukuru Foundation. “Historically, elephants ranged right across the forests of this vast region of over 2m sq km, but they now cower in just a quarter of that area. Although the forest cover remains, it is empty of elephants, demonstrating that this is not a habitat degradation issue. This is almost entirely due to poaching.”

The new study, published in the journal Plos One, took nine years to complete and the team spent over 90,000 person-days in the field, walking over 13,000 km and taking 11,000 samples. They found the population fell by 62% between 2002 and 2011 and was now less than 10% of its potential size.

Last month, Gabon announced the death of about 11,000 forest elephants in the Minkébé national park between 2004 and 2012. Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, says: “Our elephants are under siege because of an illegal international market that has driven ivory prices in the region up significantly. I call upon the international community to join us in this fight. If we do not reverse the tide fast the African elephant will be exterminated.”

The 178-nation summit of the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) began in Bangkok on Monday and has already seen the eight countries identified as key to the ivory trade threatened with trade sanctions if they do not tackle failures in protection against poaching in Africa and failures in seizing illegal ivory along trade routes to China. The nations, including the states which most ivory passes through – Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam – and where most ivory is bought – China and Thailand – must come up with concrete action plans or face a ban on millions of dollars of trade in animals and plants, including crocodile skins and orchids.

The Thai prime minister opened the Cites summit by pledging to outlaw Thailand’s domestic ivory trade which is currently legal. But she was criticised for failing to set a deadline.

Proposals to the Cites summit supporting and opposing more “one-off” sales of ivory will not succeed, the Guardian has been told. A previous “one-off” sale in 2008 was criticised by some as driving up demand, but defended by others as providing funds for elephant protection.

Cutting the demand for ivory, as well as fighting poaching, is seen as crucial, with African elephant deaths running at 25,000 a year. Bennett said better education programmes in China would be a vital part of the action plans: “A lot of people don’t actually know that you have to kill elephants to get ivory.”

? PLEASE WATCH ALSO THIS LINK FROM THE BIG SEIZURE IVORY :OCTOBER 22, 2012 HONG KONG — The authorities in Hong Kong have intercepted one of the largest shipments of illegal ivory in history — 1,209 elephant tusks and ivory ornaments weighing more than 8,400 pounds !!! source
??AND : Published on Oct 21, 2012 by BBCWORLDNEWS26
Hong Kong customs officials say they have confiscated nearly four tonnes of smuggled ivory – their largest seizure of products from endangered species.
The haul – worth about $3.4m (£2.1m) – was hidden in two separate containers from Kenya and Tanzania.The seizure followed a tip-off from mainland Chinese police, who have since arrested seven people !??http:
This VIP video explains why it’s so critical that wildlife and forest offences have to be seen as serious transnational organized crimes. It was shown at a side-event of the ongoing 22nd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) where the heads of UNODC and CITES Secretariat were present and delivered speeches.??
Thank You ~Tony Zadel/ Copyright(©)



Big Fat Idiot Chris Christie can blow $300K of New Jersey’s money on food & booze, but VETO’S vegetarian school lunches for the NJ Schools because it will cost too much.

Big appetite: Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account

Posted By Mark Lagerkvist On May 11, 2015 @ 4:01 am

GRILLED: Chris Christie’s state-paid grocery bills shrank after Barbara Walters asked if he was too heavy to be president

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog

Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.

Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.

In addition to his $175,000 a year salary, the governor receives $95,000 a year in expense advances, paid quarterly by the state. In the state budget [2], it is listed as “an allowance of funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses.”

While Christie returns surplus funds to the state each year, Treasury officials say he does not submit receipts or accounting for the public monies he spends. The governor’s ledger [3], obtained from Christie under the Open Public Records Act, offers a rare, if partial glimpse of a controversial expense account shrouded in secrecy.

Christie’s most notable spending spree occurred during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium, where the New York’s Giants and Jets play their home games. New Jersey’s governor traditionally enjoys free use of luxury boxes for games and other events at the government-owned venue, but food and beverages cost extra.

On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice [4], which operates the concessions at MetLife. The governor’s office did not provide any receipts, business reasons or names of individuals entertained, but defended the expense.

“The official nature and business purpose of the event remains the case regardless of whether the event is at the State House, Drumthwacket or a sporting venue,” said Christie’s press secretary Kevin Roberts in a prepared statement.

To avoid a potential scandal that could embarrass their rising political star, the New Jersey Republican State Committee reimbursed the Treasury [5] in March 2012 for Christie’s purchases from “DNS Sports.”  Since then, the governor has refrained from using his expense account at MetLife and other sports venues.

Meanwhile, Christie found other ways to enjoy the allowance.

The governor used it to buy $102,495 worth of groceries and alcoholic beverages from retail stores. It’s not clear from records whether the goods stocked the pantries and filled the refrigerators atDrumthwacket, the governor’s official mansion in Princeton [6], or the Mendham house where Christie and his family live. The store addresses were not disclosed.

Christie did most of his serious food shopping at Wegmans Food Markets, where he spent $76,373 during 53 shopping runs.  He patronized ShopRite supermarkets 51 times for $11,971 in purchases – plus another $6,536 in seven visits to ShopRite’s liquor stores.

Those grocery bills dropped dramatically in early 2013, shortly after Barbara Walters asked on network television whether Christie was too overweight to be president.

“There are people who say that couldn’t be president because you’re so heavy,” said Walters in an ABC special that aired in December 2012. “What do you say to that?”

“That’s ridiculous,” Christie shot back. “I mean, that’s ridiculous.”

Two months later, the governor underwent Lap-Band surgery in an attempt to lose weight.  Nearly two years after the operation to restrict the size of his stomach, Christie boasted he had shed 85 pounds.

It also shrank Christie’s supermarket bills.

The governor bought $64,687 in groceries during the 38 months leading up to the surgery.  That tab shrank to $31,236 for the 26 months after the operation.

On top of those food bills, Christie spent another $109,133 to hire caterers for official state receptions and special events – expenses more consistent with the stated purpose of the allowance. His favorite vendor was Jacques Exclusive Caterers of Middletown, which received $74,161 worth of business from the governor.

Other payments included $35,027 for tents and rental equipment, $10,786 for printing and office supplies and $4,338 for candy, cookies and confections.

The records released by the governor’s office did not include receipts or descriptions of what was purchased. Such secrecy would change under a bill introduced by Assemblymen Troy Singleton, D-Burlington, and Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic.

“New Jersey taxpayers have every right to know where their hard-earned money goes,” said Mazzeo. “Any governor who makes a responsible and appropriate use of this expense account should have no objection to complying with what’s required under this bill.”

If enacted, A-4424 [7] would require the governor to disclose expenses with receipts in an annual report to be posted on the State Ethics Commission web site.

“There is a growing sense of cynicism in politics today and it is imperative for those of us in public office to overcome that cynicism by ensuring a more transparent and accountable system,” added Singleton.

As Christie’s out-of-state travel increased while he pursued his political ambitions, the governor’s state allowance expenditures decreased. During those political journeys, many of the costs have been picked by the state GOP, the Republican Governors Association and his PAC, Leadership Matters for America.

In 2010, the governor spent all but $2,716 of his state expense allowance during his first year in office.  The annual surpluses grew to $9,882 in 2011, $21,225 in 2012, $47,472 in 2013 and $30,377 last year. Christie returned those monies to the Treasury, according to records he provided [8].

However, the rising costs of protecting the governor on his sojourns away from New Jersey dwarfed any decreases in allowance expenditures by Christie.

The travel costs for the state police’s Executive Protection Unit reached $492,420 in 2014 [9]. It is 22 times more than the $21,704 spent in 2009, former Gov. Jon Corzine’s last year in office.

During Christie’s first five years as governor, EPU travel costs totaled nearly $1.2 million.

The governor’s office has not responded to New Jersey Watchdog’s questions about the expenses. Instead, Roberts pointed to his previous statement: “These are the same standards and practices that every other former governor followed when it comes to their security detail.”

Over the past five years, $975,000 of those security costs were charged to American Express credit cards issued to the governor’s office. Christie has flatly refused to release the monthly statements, claiming details of past expenditures could jeopardize his safety in the future.

New Jersey Watchdog is suing Christie in Mercer County Superior Court [10] to force the governor to release the Amex records of EPU charges.

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Governor says he supports concept but legislation would bring extra costs and burdens to school districts

What is it: Gov. Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a bill — approved overwhelmingly in both the Senate and Assembly — that would have required middle schools and high schools to create advisory committees to help develop alternate menus for school lunch, including options for vegetarian or vegan students.

What it means: The final bill in itself was a compromise measure to provide, at minimum, for an advisory committee to seek student input, and it had widespread and bipartisan support. That apparently wasn’t enough, although Christie stressed he wasn’t against the intent, just the means.


Text of Christie’s Veto


What Christie said: “While school districts should endeavor to provide nutritious meal options that their students prefer, the bill would unnecessarily burden hundreds of school districts in New Jersey. The burden includes the creation, distribution, and review of food surveys to every student enrolled in a middle school or high school and the formation of an eleven-member food advisory committee if even one student in the entire district expresses any displeasure.”

Sponsor’s intent: The bill was spearheaded by state Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden), who said one of her friend’s daughters had faced ridicule in her school lunch line when asking for vegan meals.

“We are seeing more and more students who are growing up vegan or vegetarian,” Lampitt told NJ Spotlight last fall. “We are just asking schools to look at the menus and how to adapt them for these children.”

Personal experience: In her day job, Lampitt oversees food services for the University of Pennsylvania.

Not universally backed: As it traveled through the Assembly, the bill drew the scrutiny of school district lobbyists and advocates who questioned whether the requirements were too onerous.

Passed overwhelmingly: The bill still passed the Assembly 58-16, and the Senate 34-5. The Legislature’s leadership gave no indication yesterday as to whether it would seek an override.

Final word, for now: “In light of the many challenges school districts already encounter in order to provide an education worthy of our children’s future, I cannot support the additional costs and burdens this bill would impose,” Christie wrote in his veto. BUT HE CAN SPEND 300K ON FOOD AND BOOZE FOR HIS SPORTS PARTY???

“Instead, local school officials should be encouraged to work constructively with students and parents to offer meal options that reflect their students’ dietary preferences. In the event students and parents are dissatisfied with the responsiveness of school officials, they can raise their concerns to the local board of education or elected officials.”


AND LET’S NOT FORGET WHAT THIS POS DID LAST YEARgestationcrate-ccflcr-farmsanctuary

Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill banning gestation crates in New Jersey, calling it “a political movement masquerading as substantive policy.”

The New Jersey Republican’s opponents are accusing him of vetoing the bill due to his presidential aspirations.

Pork industry groups — most prominently the Iowa-based National Pork Producers Council — opposed the bill. Democrats are saying Christie’s veto was made with an eye to Iowa’s primary voters.

His veto was “not unexpected, that’s for sure,” Democratic state Sen. Ray Lesniak told the Daily Beast, who said Cristie’s “decisions are purely political.”

Gestation crates are so narrow that pregnant sows cannot turn around.

They are used to improve feeding efficiency and prevent anti-social behavior during pregnancy. Critics say they are cruel to the animals.

Christie, who vetoed similar legislation in 2013, noted the lack of widespread gestation crate use in New Jersey, and told lawmakers to “using their lawmaking authority to play politics with issues that don’t exist in our State.”

“I will rely on our in-state experts rather than the partisan politicians who sponsor this bill,” Christie said. “These facts are no less true today.”


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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck another blow to animals on Thursday when he vetoed a bill that would have encouraged public school cafeterias to offer vegetarian options.

The bill, which passed the state’s assembly and senate by a significant margin, advised schools to take students’ cultural preferences into account when planning menus, and to provide options such as vegetarian and vegan meals.

In his veto letter, Christie noted that the bill would require schools to launch advisory committees if students complained about cafeteria offerings, saying it was an undue burden on already stressed public schools.

However, Christie’s veto upset some animal advocates, who have condemned his support of the midwestern meat industry in the past.

Last year, Christie came under fire when he vetoed a bill banning the use of cruel gestation crates by New Jersey pig farmers. Like the school lunch bill, the gestation crate measure had significant bipartisan backing — 93 percent of New Jersey voters supported it.

But while New Jersey farmers rarely use gestation crates, they’re standard protocol for Iowa’s massive pig factory farms. And with a 2016 presidential run a real possibility, many accused Christie of vetoing the popular bill to appeal to Iowa’s massive meat lobby and swing state voters instead of the people he was elected to govern.

Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill), who sponsored the school lunch bill, told the Cherry Hill Courier-Post that she was “flabbergasted” by Christie’s decision.

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