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A local man has launched an information appeal to find the person who allegedly sold him a stolen SUV.Ger O Riain from Letterkenny said he was tricked into buying a Honda CR-V from a man who sold it second-hand with convincing paperwork.However, it later emerged that the SUV was stolen. Mr O Riain’s attempts to contact the seller by phone have failed, so he took his appeal to Facebook.In a public message, O Riain said that the man is a Polish national who could be living in Strokestown, Co Roscommon or possibly Cork or Dublin.He gathered a number of details about the man from their meeting.“His name, as far as I know, is Thomasz Krzysztof Stefawski (or Stefanski). He also uses the name Kris in his adverts,” O Riain said. “Thomasz / Kris has completely disappeared off my radar. I’m most anxious to get contact details for him to pass on to the relevant authorities.”O Riain described the man has having a number of tattoos and having a body builder type build. The man was accompanied by his wife when he delivered the SUV.Any information can be passed on to Gardaí or to Ger Ó Riain on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ger.o.riain/posts/10218053482720117Donegal man sets out to find fraudster who allegedly sold him a stolen SUV was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
South Africa is to intensify its anti-poaching strategy. (Image: WWF UK) MEDIA CONTACTS Albi ModiseDept of Environmental Affairs spokesperson+27 83 490 2871 or +27 12 310 3122RELATED ARTICLES • Rescuing the white rhino • South Africa’s national parks • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Rhinos return to Uganda• Free entry into SA national parksJanine ErasmusWater and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has announced the formation of a new special investigations team dedicated to the eradication of rhino poaching. This will help safeguard one of South Africa’s most enduring tourist attractions, its wildlife.The initiative could not have come sooner. Horrifying statistics show that since January 2009 84 rhino have been killed by poachers in provinces across South Africa. A breakdown reveals that the world-famous Kruger National Park is the country’s poaching hotspot, with KwaZulu-Natal’s rhino-rich nature reserves not far behind.The current poaching statistics are as follows:Kruger National Park: 33Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: 19Gauteng: 3North West: 5Limpopo: 7Eastern Cape: 1Mpumalanga: 16Sonjica made the announcement at a September 2009 meeting between herself, deputy environment minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and various members of the executive council (MEC) from the provinces. The meeting was held to discuss new strategies to fight the recent spate of rhino deaths.The new unit is expected to tackle not only poaching, but other high-priority and organised environmental and conservation crimes. It forms part of an integrated anti-poaching strategy in which the Department of Environmental Affairs is working closely with all provinces where rhino are found.Experts hope that the unit will function in much the same way as the former Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service. From 1989 until its disbandment in 2003 this elite unit was responsible for wildlife crime investigation and notched up great successes in its fight against international trade in endangered species.Coordinated effortsDuring the meeting the delegates discussed ways of supporting the anti-poaching initiatives of various conservation authorities around the country.The national parks authority, South African National Parks (Sanparks), is to lead a task team of conservation agencies from all provinces, with the aim of coordinating their efforts.Earlier in the year, as part of the integrated strategy, the Department of Environmental Affairs established a national biodiversity investigators’ forum in its Biodiversity and Conservation branch.This initiative enables the coordination of biodiversity-related law enforcement work, such as the efforts to stamp out rhino poaching, and will help authorities enforce national environmental legislation.War against poachingWhile poaching is still rife, the ongoing war against poachers is proving fruitful. Sanparks recently announced that it would channel US$260 000 (R2-million) from the Parks Development Fund into providing an additional 57 game rangers in the Kruger Park and equipping them with motorbikes, enabling them to cover their patrol areas more efficiently.The funds will also provide for the installation of a hi-tech crime information management system. Sanparks hopes that these new developments will give it the edge over would-be poachers.A further blow to criminal activities is the return of the South African military to patrol the vulnerable 450km national border between South Africa and Mozambique, in the east of the park. Military patrols along the border stopped three years ago.All 33 poached rhinos in the Kruger Park were killed along the eastern border, said Sanparks.“We intend to increase our efforts even more in ensuring that this scourge is routed out,” said Sanparks CEO David Mabunda. “Discussions have been started with Mozambican authorities to solicit their assistance in apprehending suspects and preventing illegal activities from proliferating on their side of the fence.”During 2009 at least 14 poachers, all of Mozambican origin, have been arrested and several illegal firearms seized in the Kruger Park. Altogether, 22 poachers around South Africa have been taken into custody since the beginning of 2009.In KwaZulu-Natal, which has also seen a surge in the number of rhino deaths, several suspects have been arrested in recent months. By late September 2009 the province had lost 19 rhino to poachers, 15 in areas managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – formerly known as the Natal Parks Board – and four in private reserves.In January 2009 police and wildlife authorities cracked an international rhino-smuggling ring and arrested 11 people of South African, Chinese and Mozambican origin.Zero toleranceA report released in July 2009 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, says that illegal international trade in rhino horns is almost at a 15-year high.But South Africa is sending out a stern warning that it will not tolerate this unlawful trade: “Poachers must beware, because we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda said.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org. read more
The BJP on Monday announced Bhojpuri film star Ravi Kishan as its Lok Sabha candidate from Gorakhpur, the bastion of U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, instead of the widely-speculated candidature of sitting MP Praveen Nishad who recently joined the party.Mr. Nishad has been fielded from Sant Kabir Nagar, with the BJP dropping sitting MP Sharad Tripathi who had created a political storm by beating a local BJP MLA with shoes.Tripathi from DeoriaHowever, the BJP MLA’s father Ramapati Ram Tripathi has been given the party ticket from neighbouring Deoria, as per the latest party list of seven candidates in Uttar Pradesh.Mr. Ramapati Tripathi was the U.P. BJP chief during the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Deoria was represented by former Union Minister Kalraj Mishra.Last year, Mr. Nishad, a joint candidate of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party, had defeated BJP’s Upendra Shukla in Gorakhpur in a surprise bypoll win, after Mr. Adityanath, who had represented the Lok Sabha seat five times since 1998, became the Chief Minister.However, Mr. Nishad joined the BJP earlier this month and there was speculation that he might be party’s candidate from Gorakhpur.Mr. Nishad’s father Sanjay Nishad is the head of the Nishad Party, which ended its alliance with the SP-BSP last week and joined hands with the BJP.Minister in frayThe BJP has also decided to field U.P. Cooperative Minister Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar. It has also given ticket to Sangam Lal Gupta from Pratapgarh, the parliamentary constituency that was won by BJP ally Apna Dal in 2014. The party has fielded K.P. Singh from Jaunpur and Ramesh Bind from Bhadohi, it said.With these names, the BJP has so far announced candidates for 420 Lok Sabha seats for the seven-phase elections which began on on April 11 and will continue till May 19. read more
Janaka Gunaratne and Asanka Silva scalped three wickets each as Ruhunu Eleven defeated Leicestershire Foxes by four runs in a nail-biting finish to keep their hopes of qualifying for Champions League Twenty20 main round alive here on Wednesday. ScoreRiding on Dinesh Chandimal’s strokeful 51-ball 62, Ruhunu set a competitive total of 160 for six after being asked to bat and then restricted Leicestershire to 156 for eight at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Veteran Pakistani Abdul Razzaq fought a lone battle for Leicestershire, hitting a superb 68 off 46 balls, studded with six fours and two sixes, even as wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end.Though Leicestershire batsmen managed to come near the target but the Ruhunu bowlers had the last laugh. Ruhunu had lost to Trinidad and Tobago in their first match on Monday.Chasing 161 for a victory, Leicestershire made a strong start and looked like getting there as they brought up 81 for two in nine overs. But some sensible bowling and quick wickets by Ruhunu bowlers ended the England outfit’s hopes.Openers — Joshua Cobbs (15) and Razzaq — gave the Foxes a flying start. The pair took the team to 31 in 2.2 overs before Janoda removed the former. But that did not stop the Foxes run-riot as Razzaq and captain Andrew McDonald continued sending the opponent bowlers on a leather hunt.McDonald hit three fours during his quickfire 24-run knock off 15 balls before Chandimal stumped him off the bowling of Silva.Silva went on to add another wicket to his kitty in his very next over by removing Will Jefferson (3) to give a ray of hope to Ruhunu.advertisementWhile Razzaq continued to hit the ball all around the park and brought up a quick half-century, wickets kept falling at the other end.After Razzaq got out, it became difficult for Leicestershire to accelerate but Jacques du Toit (13) and Claude Henderson (8 not out) gave a tough fight.Earlier, Ruhunu openers Sanath Jayasuriya (6) and skipper Mahela Udawatte (2) got off to a disastrous start as they lost the first two wickets for 17 runs in 3.1 overs as Harry Gurney sent both the batsmen back in his first two overs.Chandimal and Kushal Janith Parera, then joined hands to steady the boat. To begin with, Parera was the more dominant of the two as he managed to set the rhythm with a six and a four off one of Naik’s overs.But his brief cameo of 15-ball 19 came to an end when Jigar Naik caught him off the bowling off Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq struck once again in his next over as he sent the new batsman Janaka Gunaratne (1) packing as well.However Chandimal, who got a life at seven when Nixon missed a stumping chance off Naik’s bowling, held his ground and hit the loose balls that came his way.Mixing cautious with aggression, Chandimal in the able company of Siriwardana (17) added 44-odd runs to the total.After Siriwardana departed, Chandimal continued to frustrate the Leicestershire bowlers along with Karunanayake and brought up his half-century in 45 balls, setting the path for a good total.For Leicestershire, Harry Gurney (three for 33) was the pick of the bowlers while Abdul Razzaq (two for 30) and Claude Henderson (one for 29) also contributed to the team’s cause. read more