Archive for December, 2015

My gals night out! New Year’s Eve! Thailand

December 31, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog reckons this says it all!

Best of luck in the coming year!

The gals look undaunted!

Cheers!

Hugh

Elephant ivory and rhino horn trafficking targeted across Africa in Operation Worthy II

December 31, 2015

From: INTERPOL Environmental Security [mailto:environmentalcrime@interpol.int]
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Elephant ivory and rhino horn trafficking targeted across Africa in Operation Worthy II

An INTERPOL-led operation targeting ivory trafficking in Africa has resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhino horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade.

Operation Worthy II took place from January to October and involved law enforcement across 11 African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

In addition to the ivory and rhino horn, thousands of other wildlife products were also seized, including 2,029 pangolin scales, 173 live tortoises, 55 kg of sea cucumber, warthog teeth, big cat, pangolin and python skins and impala carcasses, as well as 532 rounds of ammunition, five firearms and two home-made rifles.

The aim of Operation Worthy II was to enhance coordinated law enforcement responses to wildlife crime through cross-border, multi-agency collaboration, systematic intelligence exchange and analysis, and the use of advanced investigative techniques. It was supported by INTERPOL’s Project Wisdom which targets the illicit trade in ivory and rhino horns.

Francis Rwego, Head of the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for East Africa in Nairobi, said: “Operation Worthy II was a very successful initiative for the countries involved, in particular the pre-operation meetings and workshops which provided officers with the necessary skills to carry out the operational phase effectively.

“This operation could not have achieved such success without the on-the-ground actions by national law enforcement supported by INTERPOL’s global network,” concluded Mr Rwego.

The participating countries issued 25 INTERPOL notices, or international alerts, during Operation Worthy II: seven Red Notices for wanted persons, four Blue Notices to gather information about individuals, 10 Purple Notices providing information on common modus operandi, and one Green Notice warning other countries about known criminals.

During the operation, Investigative Support Teams were deployed to Kenya and Tanzania and also to Asian countries including Singapore and Thailand where several tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn were seized.

National coordination meetings were also held in the pre-operational phase to enable police, wildlife and customs agencies to set their priorities for action in the field. To this end, Sudan conducted a National Environmental Security Seminar (NESS) in May, with the support of Project Wisdom and the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Nairobi.

Operation Worthy II was supported by The Wildcat Foundation and IFAW through INTERPOL’s Project Wisdom. Project Wisdom aims to disrupt and dismantle the major transnational criminal syndicates engaged in the illegal trade of African elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, by encouraging communication, cooperation and collaboration with respect to intelligence exchange, cross-border investigations, and capacity building.

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New post Checking in, before Checking Out

December 30, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog wishes The Girl all the very best in her trans-Atlantic venture! I’ll be going to New York and I guess we’ll miss each other! Such is life!

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TheGirl posted: "I hope everyone had a happy and (hopefully) stress-free holiday season! I had a full house on Christmas Friday, and thus spent most of the weekend resting and recuperating from being on my feet. We are days away from the New Year, and for me — a week aw"

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Checking in, before Checking Out

by TheGirl

I hope everyone had a happy and (hopefully) stress-free holiday season! I had a full house on Christmas Friday, and thus spent most of the weekend resting and recuperating from being on my feet.

We are days away from the New Year, and for me — a week away from a transatlantic journey– this is the perfect time to think about upcoming goals and resolutions.

I started on some things for the New Year:

Being out of school for so long, I literally forgot how to study. So, for the past month I have been going to the library and printing papers related to the courses I will take. I also started an annotated bibliography so I can keep track of everything I have read.

I have also started saving my money…sort of. Well, let’s say I won’t be completely destitute on January 4th. I should still have enough for a commuter ticket when I arrive in London.

Although it is only two days away, there’s no reason to not start now on some of your goals! The sooner you embark on your journey, the sooner you get to where you’re going.

Trust me, especially for goal number two– I don’t know why I didn’t start in April!

Other than creating new goals, 2016 can also be a chance for a clean slate or a fresh start. Since last week, I have been saying my goodbyes, and telling friends and acquaintances of my upcoming departure date. One had remarked, "Its an excellent way to start the New Year!"

This semi-permanent move, which I have been thinking about for the better part of the year, has not been only about further education and career options. It has also been about pushing my independence, trying to make it on my own, and having a fresh start in a new place. A place where I will (initially) be anonymous and alone, and heck I’ll struggle.

This was really clear to me as I started packing and clearing out my drawers last night. I separated my clothing between the stuff I’d keep and what I will give away. Then I started organizing between the stuff I’d take and leave behind…and before I knew it, I was contemplating having boxes shipped to me since I couldn’t bring enough luggage (who can start over with only two bags?) on the plane and the anxiety started kicking in.

Shit!

This is suppose to be a fresh start. Why do I want to bring so much baggage from my old life into my new one?

So I will only have two suitcases and a good excuse to go shopping in the Spring. Some people start a "new self" with a haircut or wardrobe, so I will be too.

Folks, what new journeys or goals will you be embarking on, in 2016? Tell me at:

Facebook or @ReporterandGirl or on G+

I’m also on Pinterest, follow me and I’ll follow your boards too! Please send me a message, so I can follow back!

TheGirl | December 29, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Tags: baggage, goals, letting go, moving on, New Year’s resolution, starting over | Categories: Musings and Life | URL: http://wp.me/p2MqP7-s8

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The photo of Hugh, 2 seconds after he saw the book unexpectedly!

December 25, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog. Oh Wow! Another one of my book’s published! And here I was thinking Christmas Eve was going to be dull!

BBC Radio Dramas: The Sittaford Mystery

December 22, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is still enjoying the after effects of breaking my arm and dislocating my collar bone. Sleeping is still difficult, painful and awkward. One soothing thing I find is listening to a BBC Radio Drama. Google and a list of categories comes up. In ‘Crime’ I find the Father Baldi detective series particularly doze-provoking. Slightly less conducive to sleep is the current Sittaford Mystery series. But definitely worth listening to if you fancy a tale of mystery, murder, séances, blizzards on Dartmoor. That sort of thing. I sincerely hope that a broken arm isn’t your motivation for listening! But do give it a go! Creepy!

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

Love

Hugh

New post The Maid of Buttermere

December 21, 2015

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The Lake District is perhaps England’s most hyped scenic area, and for good reason. Within an area a mere thirty miles across, sixteen major lakes are squeezed between the steeply pitched faces of England’s highest mountains, an almost alpine landscape that is augmented by waterfalls and picturesque stone-built villages packed into the valleys. Two factors spurred the first waves of Lake District tourism: the re-appraisal of the landscape brought about by such painters as Constable and the writings of William Wordsworth and his contemporaries. Wordsworth was not the first writer to praise the Lake District – Thomas Gray wrote appreciatively of his visit in 1769 – but he dominates its literary landscape, not solely through his poetry but also through his still useful Guide to the Lakes (1810). Worsdworth and his fellow poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey formed a clique that become known as the ‘Lake Poets’, a label based more on their fluctuating friendships and their shared passion for the region than on any common subject matter in their literary output. The one subject which did overlap in their writings was the infamous episode of the ‘Maid of Buttermere’, which also inspired Melvyn Bragg’s best-selling novel of the same name in the 1980s.

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ghostcities | December 20, 2015 at 2:00 am | Tags: Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, William Wordsworth | Categories: Poetry, Tall Tale, Urban Legend, Writer | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-qo

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New post #WeddingSeason Creative Proposal Ideas for the True Romantic

December 19, 2015

Umm, yes, well…I really like the idea behind this crucial advice but Hugh Paxton’s Blog would like to disagree with every suggestion.

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TheGirl posted: "Image is from http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca via The Harty. It’s not every day you propose. And when you do, it should be romantic and special. If you’re searching for a few really creative ideas to ask the one you love for his or her hand in marriage, "

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#WeddingSeason Creative Proposal Ideas for the True Romantic

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It’s not every day you propose. And when you do, it should be romantic and special. If you’re searching for a few really creative ideas to ask the one you love for his or her hand in marriage, here are some romantic and unexpected ideas to help get you started.

Walk on a Beach

Consider booking a plane ticket to some tropical island so the two of you can spend a romantic vacation together. Anywhere with white sands, blue water and palm trees will make for a heavenly setting. As you’re strolling together, consider getting down on one knee in the sand as the sun is dipping below the horizon. The photos—and the scene—will be breathtaking and something you’ll cherish for a lifetime. If your partner is a true romantic, this will blow him or her away.

Cook a Meal

This will only work if you don’t cook all that often, but learning how to make a really great meal is a big romantic gesture. Figure out what your partner likes and master it. Maybe take a cooking class or work with a chef who will show you how. Try making a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, main dish and dessert. If you’re stuck on ideas, you could even make "engagement chicken," a recipe that’s known for leading to proposals.

At the Airport

Call us crazy, but we think airports can be romantic. Everyone is rushing toward a destination. Many of them are racing to their loved ones. If traveling has played a major part in your relationship (maybe one of you travels regularly for work or you fell in love or met on a trip), this might be a great option for you. After your beloved exits the plane, get down on one knee. This will work well if you’re the type that would like an audience.

Where You First Met

Since the most romantic proposals are usually the most personalized, this one certainly fits that bill. Returning to the place where you first met and proposing there can be really romantic, depending on how you work it. If you first met at a bar or club, think about closing the place down for the afternoon, stringing up lights and getting your friends together to make it something special. Whatever you do, make it romantic.

Create a Word Puzzle

If your significant other loves to read or works with kids in some way, you may want to consider creating a word search. Your partner will enjoy the challenge of figuring it out and then realizing you want to get married. Best of all? You can deliver this to him or her anywhere and at any time. Maybe you serve this along with breakfast or with a glass of wine at dinner. Any setting will do.

Take a Hike

If you’re both outdoorsy people, consider taking a hike together. After a few hours of sweating and getting to the top, you’ll appreciate a great view and a perfect moment together. Plus, your hike down the mountain will be that much sweeter.

The Scavenger Hunt

You could try creating a series of clues that your loved one could follow, like bread crumbs on a trail. Maybe hide a note underneath your significant other’s bowl of oatmeal that explains where the next clue is. Ensure that each note contains jokes that only the two of you know. You can read scavenger hunt proposal stories to help give you ideas. Make the very last spot the place where you pop the question. Maybe a quiet spot outdoors that you both love. Just something special for the two of you.

These are just a few ideas, but I would love to hear your proposal stories– the good, the bad, and the hilarious! Please share them with me below or on my other sites:

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TheGirl | December 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm | Tags: BWWM, interracial couple, interracial proposal, marriage proposal, wedding season | Categories: Musings and Life | URL: http://wp.me/p2MqP7-rV

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Malaysian state issues fatwa against wildlife poaching

December 15, 2015

That is an encouraging development, yes!

On 12/14/2015 10:48 PM, Hugh Paxton wrote:

Malaysian state issues fatwa against wildlife poaching

December 15, 2015

Encouraging!

http://news.mongabay.com/2015/12/malaysian-state-issues-fatwa-against-wildlife-poaching/

MUST READ: Rian Malan: Ad-libbing Zuma exposes real reasons he fired Nene | Fin24

December 14, 2015

This could be why the rand’s in trouble!

From: Brigitte Alpers [mailto:imagine2@iway.na]
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2015 4:40 PM
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http://m.news24.com/fin24/BizNews/must-read-rian-malan-ad-libbing-zuma-exposes-real-reasons-he-fired-nene-20151211

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