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BENIN’S WILDLIFE PARK BOUNCES BACK

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Sitting in the back of a pick -up from the Pendjari National Park, in northern Benin, Matthieu Yoa smiles with the satisfaction of the work accomplished: with his rangers colleagues, he has just put a satellite collar on an elephant to ensure its protection.

“It was very strong,” he breathes in hesitant French, visibly moved.

Although his native village is located only a few kilometers from this huge 4,700 km2 national park, this 23-year-old had never seen wild animals until two months ago.

He was working as a mason when he read in the local paper that African Parks, an NGOdedicated to the protection of nature and who recently managed the Pendjari Park, recruited about sixty guards. Out of 1,700 candidates, he is one of 35 students selected for the first class.

After six weeks of training, he knows how to put an elephant on the ground for a quarter of an hour to put a necklace and give the species a chance to survive in West Africa.

This extremely delicate operation is supervised by a South African veterinarian, Pete Morkel, who came specially to Benin to glue a dozen elephants and lions.

“We are mobilized to a satellite GPS collar on a better idea of the movements in the park and a bigger park area. And also obviously for better security. They are poaching elephants and we want to know where they are best, to provide them better security” ,Pete said.

Tracked for nearly an hour by an ultralight aircraft, then by two pickups, the beast collapsed the tall grass with a numbing arrow shot. Awake a few minutes later, she immediately joined her flock, a little groggy, with her new collar.

There are nearly 1,700 elephants in the park. It is the highest density of pachyderms in West Africa. Particularly threatened for the trade of its ivory, the protection of the elephant is now at the heart of the policy of management of the park.

The preservation of the elephant at the Pendjari and WAP level is certainly an asset for all protected areas in West Africa since they may eventually be repopulated in the future with elephants that will have preserved here “ , said Jean-Marc Froment, Conservation Manager of African Parks NGO.

The Pendjari park wants to double its population of animals in 10 years.

In addition to the rhino, the wild dog should also be reintroduced.

The adventure is just beginning for the new rangers.

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Absa became the new competitor on the Ethiopia market.

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Absa Bank Of South Africa’s  has become the Latest Multinational Corporation to show Interest in Organizing the Ethiopia market.

Ethiopia has since Prevented Foreign Ownership in Economic Sectors that Includes Banking but Abiy Ahmed has began to take fast Action on the issue since he came to power in April.



Jason Quinn, the bank’s chief financial officer, told reporters that Absa was investigating on how and where to enter in a number of populating market, including Nigeria and Angola.

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Am Entrance made into the Ethiopia market of 100 million People, would be part of a Scheme made by Absa after it break from Britain’s Barclays in 2017.

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Ethiopia has plans to liberalise state-owned companies including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprise, and Ethiopian Electric Power, in order to attract foreign direct investment and stimulate growth.

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Black box of the Ethiopian Airline Crash recovered.

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The United Nations described the Sunday crash of the Ethiopia airline as disastrous saying it has cost them a great loss.



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Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European head garters said this was the worst loss suffered in years in Geneva in a statement where 150 people where gathered.

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Investigators in Ethiopia have recovered the black box from the ill-fated Ethiopian airline this Sunday.

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