Armed groups in africa

Among armed groups in Africa, those operating in Central Africa have had the most significant impact on elephant herds; their poaching activity in the region has been condemned by international bodies, including the UN Security Council and CITES. Poaching and other forms of illicit trading in resources—such as minerals …

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Republic of Congo

Which guns elephant poachers use may depend on the resources or external support they can access to finance poaching activity. A study of cartridges in several Central African states finds that the cost of cartridges for hunting rifles ranged from USD 18 to USD 34 each, while those for automatic …

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The international demand for ivory

Poaching has multiple drivers, including the international demand for ivory and rhino horn, the illegal bush meat trade, and subsistence hunting. The main actors involved in poaching elephants and rhinos in Africa are non-state armed groups, rogue military officers, commercial poachers, and subsistence hunters. Together, these actors are sharply reducing …

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Impactful conversations

So far, I’ve mentioned two impactful conversations I’ve had with two incredibly special people: Jay Strommen and Ken Rutkowski. Both of them are total ballers and have been mentors of mine for years now. My talk with Jay meant a lot to me personally and professionally because I …

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Party planning expenditure

How you manage your financial assets may determine whether your business succeeds or fails. Your capital is not merely a collection of money and property, but a powerful business tool deserving your careful attention. Because going into business for yourself is such a risky proposition, this capital should yield a …

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Before I started writing

Approximately one year before I started writing, I noticed one thing in particular that was missing from my conscious circle. Faith had always been a big part of my life. Through journaling, I realized that I wasn’t as connected to it as I wanted to be. Casement windows are …

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Josh’s story

A few years ago, we hired this super nice family man named Josh to be our operations leader. He was a great fit for our corporate culture because he shared a lot of our corporate values.

Personally, I had a lot of respect for Josh as a human being. Unfortunately …

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Having a child with arthritis

According to Arthritis Care, around 12,000 children in the UK under the age of 16 have some form of arthritis. Being diagnosed with arthritis during childhood can be particularly difficult to deal with, as arthritis tends to be viewed as something that older people have. Children and young people …

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Budgeting for a Wedding

Unless you have money at your disposal, you are going to need a wedding budget. This is possibly the worst part of wedding planning. Nobody likes to have to talk to their parents about money, but it is important to get an idea of how much money everyone is willing …

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Every Day is a Good Training Day

I believe that every day is a good day of training. Some days, the benefits are clear: You make technical, tactical, or performance gains. But other days, you or the conditions conspire to ensure that no matter what you do, good performance just isn’t going to happen. Those days …

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How Much Body Fat Should Athletes Have?

There is no ideal level of body fat an athlete should aim for but, generally, a low body fat percentage means better sports performance. A high body fat level will reduce speed and efficiency of movement. But that's not to say that athletes should try to get as lean as …

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Starting With Why

Start with why. Begin with the end in mind. Consider where you want your life to be in three years. These common phrases all point to the same thing using different language: intention.

Most of our conversations about purpose are anchored to intention. The assumption is that if we know …

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Conversations on Boundaries

Most conversations on boundaries discuss them in the context of social boundaries. Those conversations typically focus on the importance of limiting what behavior you’ll accept from others and how you’ll respond to create space away from them and those behaviors. While that’s important, it’s a very …

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Did I Take My Medicine Today?

“DID I TAKE my medicine today? I think so . . . but maybe that was yesterday.” Remembering the mundane is difficult because it happens repeatedly and is so automatic. But forgetting to take important medicine or accidentally taking it twice can have a huge impact. Using this easy method will ease your …

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What is the Rhythmn of Life?

When we're fully alive, intensely excited about the task at hand, we feel the exhilaration of our vitality. We're focused, as if swimming with the tide. The wind is at our back and we feel as though we ’re being pushed by some invisible force. We move forward as if …

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Understand Yourself Through Self Reflection

Through self-reflection, you can understand yourself from the outside. This is why it is called self-reflection. Looking inward is like looking at yourself, your mind, and your intention in a mirror. This kind of reflection can help you understand yourself more deeply.

Awakening to fresh understandings of yourself is the …

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Importance of Discipline

That a disciplined person with much less talent and experience can brute-force their way into success inspires no end of frustration for us creatives. While we’re quarter-working on the ideas and interests that we absolutely can’t let go of, they have advanced their “too narrow,” “too specific,” “too …

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