Uganda reopens borders to allow return of citizens stranded in EAC

first_imgSomalia repatriates 133 nationals stranded in Uganda Uganda approves return of citizens stranded abroad over COVID-19 KABALE DISTRICT, UGANDA – NOVEMBER 14: The Ugandan side of the Katuna-Gatuna Border Post on November 14 2019, in Katuna, Uganda. A long-term diplomatic dispute between Rwanda and Uganda has stopped almost all local border movements between the two countries. This affects the daily life of families on both sides of the border. Only Ugandan citizens are permitted to cross providing they are not trading or carrying commercial goods. Despite the Rwandan government imposing bans of goods crossing either way, reports suggest that citizens of both countries continue to cross the porous border to look for food; often with deadly consequences. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: The Ugandan side of the Katuna-Gatuna Border Post in Katuna, Uganda. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)Uganda has reopened its borders in a bid to allow its citizens who are stranded in East African Community countries to return, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on Sunday.The country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem told local publication the Daily Monitor that the government had laid out strict measures that Ugandans wishing to return must follow.Oryem said that Ugandans wishing to return must seek clearance from their embassies in the host nation and present a COVID-19 certificate before entering Uganda.“Ugandans, who want to return by road from the EAC should possess a COVID-19 test certificate not longer than a week and must get permission from our embassies. When they reach the border points, they are supposed to be subjected to another COVID-19 test before being driven to quarantine centres of their choice,” Oryem said.Oryem added that Ugandans should hire individual vehicles from the countries they are coming from because they will not be allowed to return to the country in groups.According to the government, this mode of return is to give Ugandans who are within the East African region but cannot afford the cost of air tickets an opportunity to return.In May, the Minister of Information Judith Nabakooba said that the Cabinet had agreed in principle that Ugandans who were stranded abroad should be allowed to return in phases.The government decided to facilitate the return of Ugandans in phases due to concerns of limited quarantine space provided by the Ministry of Health.According to the Daily Monitor, the government has begun arranging air planes for Ugandans stranded in Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan for those who can afford the ticket fares.Uganda has been repatriating its citizens since last month by air travel. The government is also preparing to evacuate its citizens from the United States, the Middle East, Russia, Malaysia and Australia.Relatedcenter_img Uganda approves return of citizens stranded abroad over COVID-19last_img read more

Penuh Polemik, Maroko Siap Operasikan Kereta Cepat Penuh di Penghujung 2018

first_imgSumber: Morocco World News Nampaknya tidak hanya Indonesia saja yang kini tengah berupaya untukmenghadirkan jaringan kereta cepat di negaranya, pun dengan Maroko. Diketahui, Maroko kini tengah mempersiapkan kehadiran dari kereta berkecepatan tinggi yang diproyeksikan beroperasi pada akhir tahun 2018 ini. Pernyataan tersebut dilontarkan langsung oleh operator kereta di negara matahari tenggelam, Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF).Baca Juga: Lintasi Hutan di Karawang, Pembebasan Lahan Kereta Cepat Jakarta-Bandung Optimis Tuntas Akhir TahunDilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman xinhuanet.com (13/7/2018), adapun jaringan kereta cepat ini nantinya akan menghubungkan kota Tangier di Mediterania dengan salah satu kota terbesar yang juga merangkap sebagai Ibukota Keuangan, Casablanca. “Komisioning proyek unggulan ini sudah dicapai pada bulan Juni kemarin,” tutur salah satu juru bicara dari ONCF. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUji Coba Kereta Cepat Otomatis di Cina Akan Mulai Musim Panas 201903/05/2018In “Darat”Tergolong Masih Sepi Penumpang, Kereta Cepat Maroko Diplot dengan Harga Paling Kompetitif di Dunia27/11/2019In “Darat”Operator Kereta Cepat Arab Saudi (Kembali) Revisi Jadwal Peluncuran07/05/2018In “Darat” Pihak operator kereta juga optimis bahwa hadirnya jaringan kereta cepat ini dapat membawa perubahan yang signifikan. “Sebuah modernisasi, penanda kemajuan, dan inovasi,” ungkap sang juru bicara. “Jaringan kereta cepat ini juga dapat membangun citra negara menjadi lebih baik lagi, mengingat kondisi negara yang masih berupaya untuk membangun masa depan yang lebih cerah,” imbuhnya.Sebenarnya, proyek ini sudah mulai direncanakan sejak tahun 2005 silam dan baru mendapat putusan untuk memulai pembangunan pada November 2007. Lalu pada Februari 2010, ONCF secara resmi menandatangani pendanaan pembangunan proyek ini senilai 20 juta Dirham atau yang setara dengan Rp7,83 triliun.Pada Desember 2010, ONCF menandatangani kontrak kerja sama dengan Alstom – berperan sebagai penyedia armada kereta cepat – dengan nilai kontrak 400 juta Euro atau yang setara dengan Rp6,7 triliun untuk 14 kereta Euroduplex yang masing-masing mampu mengangkut 533 penumpang.Patut diketahui, hampir mirip seperti Indonesia, proyek kereta cepat ini juga sempat menuai kecaman dari beberapa golongan. Golongan yang kontra dengan pembangunan jaringan kereta cepat ini menilai kehadirannya belum terlalu dibutuhkan untuk menyelesaikan masalah transportasi di Maroko. Selain itu – mereka menilai – alangkah lebih bijaksananya jika anggaran yang digunakan untuk pembangunan dialokasikan untuk maslaah yang lebih serius di sana.Baca Juga: Whoosh! Inilah Lima Kereta Tercepat di Dunia, Proyek di Indonesia Ada di Peringkat Berapa Ya?Terlepas dari polemik yang sempat membara di Maroko tentang rencana pengadaan jaringan kereta cepat ini, kabar terakhir menyebutkan bahwa pihak operator kini tengah membuka ‘sayembara’ untuk menciptakan logo dari kereta cepat yang pada uji cobanya beberapa waktu yang lalu berhasil menempuh kecepatan 352 km per jam. Sebagai informasi tambahan, proyek yang telah dikembangkan selama kurang lebih satu dekade ini dibiayai oleh banyak mitra, diantaranya adalah ONCF, Perancis, Arab Saudi, Kuwait, dan Uni Emirat Arab.last_img read more

African Parks gets $65M for conservation in Rwanda and Malawi

first_imgAnimals, Conservation, Elephants, Happy-upbeat Environmental, In-situ Conservation, Lions, Parks, philanthropy, Protected Areas, Wildlife Article published by Rhett Butler African Parks will receive $65 million from the Wyss Foundation to bolster conservation efforts in Rwanda, Malawi, and beyond.The funds will go toward African Parks’ management of Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi; Akagera National Park in Rwanda; and five still-to-be-identified protected areas in other countries.African Parks privately manages protected areas, effectively taking over operations traditionally managed by governments. African Parks, a South Africa-based organization that manages six million hectares across ten protected areas in seven African nations, will receive $65 million from the Wyss Foundation to bolster conservation efforts in Rwanda, Malawi, and beyond.According to statement released by Wyss, the funds will go toward African Parks’ management of Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi; Akagera National Park in Rwanda; and five still-to-be-identified protected areas in other countries.“The Wyss Foundation is partnering with African Parks to safeguard more large wild landscapes in Africa from poaching and destruction,” said Hansjörg Wyss, Founder and Chairman of The Wyss Foundation, said in a press release. “African Parks has demonstrated success in cooperating with local leaders, communities and African nations in preserving ecosystems benefiting wildlife, while supporting local communities and populations. We are proud of our partnership with African Parks.”The donation builds on a 2015 grant from Wyss that enabled African Parks to reintroduce lions to Rwanda after they had been driven to extinction during the genocide of the mid-1990s. That lion population has since doubled. African Parks and Wyss are also collaborating on a massive translocation of animals to Malawi’s Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.“Up to 500 elephants are currently being moved from two parks with a surplus (Liwonde and Majete) to a third park (Nkhotakota) that until recently had been heavily poached but has since been secured and is poised to be restocked and revived as Malawi’s premier elephant sanctuary,” the statement said. “In addition to these elephants, more than 1,000 head of other animals, including sable antelope, buffalo, waterbuck and impala have also been reintroduced to Nkhotakota, re-establishing viable founder populations, and helping to restore the health of the park.”A zebra in Akagera National Park, Rwanda, which is managed by African Parks. Photo by John Dickens/African Parks.African Parks is developing proposals for the other five new protected areas in Chad, Kenya, Mozambique and Benin that could receive support in the form of “challenge grants” if matching funds are raised. The group, which privately manages protected areas from top to bottom, says it is also in discussions with the Governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia as part of its goal to manage 20 parks by 2020.“Our vision is to protect 20 parks by 2020, bringing up to 10 million hectares of wilderness under our management,” said Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks. “This historic gift, and the partnership forged with the Wyss Foundation, enables us to have a conservation impact at a scale which is globally significant.”center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more