Cameroon: 'Unprecedented' Ruling against Poachers
A court in east Cameroon has slapped 17 poachers with fines totalling $160,000 and jail sentences of up to 30 months. Among those sentenced were parrot poachers Roger Atangana and lazare Onana, believed to be responsible for the decapitation of thousands of African Grey Parrots in Lobéké National Park.
The sentences handed out in Yokadouma, East Region of Cameroon, were the outcome of concerted judicial efforts made by WWF, Cameroon Ministry of Forestry and other wildlife organisations to deter poachers from pursuing their criminal activities. Conservationists hailed the court ruling as a turning point in the history of anti-poaching enforcement.
Japan to Restart Nuclear Reactors
Japan is set to restart two of its nuclear reactors in order to tackle looming power shortages, according to the government. The reactors have been declared safe. Residents have demanded that reactors should not be turned back on following a tsunami-induced meltdown at the Fukushima plant in 2011. However Industry Minister Yukio Edano said the government “deemed it necessary” to restart the reactors and warned that Japan faced a summer of “very severe power shortages”. Regional authorities need to give their approval before the two reactors at the Ohi plant in western Japan can be switched on.
U.S agrees $1bn payment to native tribes
The US authorities have agreed to compensate 41 Native American tribes, offering payments of more than $1 billion thereby settling a series of long-running disputes. The disputes – dating back more than 100 years - focused on federal mismanagement of land and natural resources belonging to Native American tribes. The department of the Interior manages nearly 56m acres of tribal trust land and more than 100,000 land uses such as housing, farming and oil extraction.
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