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Kashmir border fence, forest fires endanger wildlife

It is not just humans who are suffering in the fight over Kashmir territory.

Kashmir’s dense forests are home to many species of wild cats, bears, deer, goats, monkeys and birds.

But border fencing and forest fires caused by shelling are putting the wildlife in the Himalayan region at risk.

Source: Aljazeera

Abraham: Self Belief Inspired Me To Defy Tough Start At Chelsea

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham says self belief has inspired him to overcome a tough start to life in the2019/20 Premier League season at Chelsea.

Abraham, who joined the Chelsea academy in 2004, scored his first goals for the Blues as his two strikes against Norwich City on Saturday helped Lampard earn his first win as manager of the side.

After starting the season with a Super Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Liverpool, a defeat to Manchester United at the Old Trafford and a draw at home to Leicester City, Lampard finally tasted victory with a 3-2 win at Carrow Road on Satuday.

Abraham is also determined to kick on after a successful outing against the Premier League new boys.

“I have always believed in myself,” Abraham told Chelsea’s official website.

“I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on.

“Now I have scored two good goals, and hopefully, I can keep scoring for Chelsea.

Source: Complete Sports

Conservation 'tusk force': The Rohingya and the elephants

War has devastating consequences. Not just on man-made infrastructure, but also on natural ecosystems.

But even amid the most vicious struggles, there are people fighting to protect the world we live in and help recover what was lost.

In August 2017, a brutal campaign against the majority-Muslim Rohingya began in Myanmar. The military and armed fighters killed more than 6,000 Rohingya in just one month. Thousands more were forced to flee violence and persecution in their home country. The scale of the exodus was enormous.

In neighbouring Bangladesh, some of the world’s largest refugee camps now house over a million mostly-ethnic Rohingya.

They reached safety, but they also faced another threat: Wild elephants – trying to follow their usual migratory route through the forests – rampaging through their camps, destroying tents, and even killing people.

“All the camps used to be forest, they used to be elephant habitat,” explains Raquib Amin, a representative of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Bangladesh. “Since the camp [was set up], [we are] completely blocking that corridor. Elephants cannot pass through.”

The elephants are critically endangered and need to be protected. But finding a way to allow the elephants to pass through while preventing further casualties has proven challenging.

earthrise travels to Kutupalong Camp in Bangladesh to find out how the Rohingya are learning to coexist with their elephant neighbours and how they are saving lives, both human and elephant, in the process.

Source: Aljazeera

Nantes Coach, Gourcuff: Simon Is The Creative Player We Needed

FC Nantes coach Christian Gourcuff has described the club’s summer loan signing from Levante, Moses Simon, as an important creative player who will help improve his team this term, Completesports.com reports.

Super Eagles winger, Simon, was the last summer signing FC Nantes secured. He joined as a one-season loanee from Laliga side Levante.

Gourcuff handed the AFCON 2019 bronze medal winner his debut in FC Nantes’ second Ligue 1 match of the season at Amiens on Saturday, replacing Abdoul Kaer Bamba in the 73rd minute with the scoreline at 1-1. He scored in the 84th minute to secure a 2-1 win for the Canaries.

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Simon could have bagged a brace if his header later in the game hadn’t come off the crossbar.

Aside his goal, the Nigerian brought in creativity in the final third for Nantes to the admiration of Gourcuff.

“We cannot hide the fact that we played with numerical superiority for a long time. We are progressing. In game run, we are consistent. We must know how to hold on to this and be comfortable. I think We are progressing, but the observations are the same: we need a little more creativity in the last 25 meters. Moses’ [Simon] entry is interesting in this sense,” Gourcuff told FC Nantes official website.

“We have worked a lot for the past two weeks. What I see makes me feel good, there is a buy-in from the players, we see that we can be competitive, but the points are important to build confidence. We still have some things to improve at all levels.

“But we were not solid in the last 25 meters. Maybe we were missing these creative players, like Bamba or Simon.”

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FC Nantes are currently in ninth position in the 20-team French Ligue 1, on four points after three games.

The Gourcuff’s team will host Montpellier in their next Ligue one game on Sunday August 31.

Source: Complete Sports

Secuirty Operatives Intercept Six Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles

Joint security operatives in the border town of Adamawa State have intercepted six mine-resistant military vehicles.

Allegedly owned by the American military, the trucks were intercepted while transiting from Cameroon to Niger via the Nigerian border.

The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Customs Service, Joseph Attah confirmed this to Channels Television.

According to him, the trucks and the content therein are now with the Yola command of the service for security reasons, pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

Japan protests S Korean military drills around disputed islands

Japanese foreign ministry called the drills unacceptable and said it had lodged a protest with South Korea calling for them to end the drills [South Korea Navy via Getty Images]

South Korean forces have begun two days of expanded drills around an island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo only days after Seoul said it would scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbour amid worsening relations.

Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbours in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

The latest military drills that started on Sunday included naval, air, and army forces, as well as marines, a South Korean ministry of defence official said.

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the drills unacceptable and said it had lodged a protest with South Korea calling for them to end the drills.

The island is “obviously an inherent part of the territory of Japan”, Kenji Kanasugi, the director-general at the ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, told the South Korean embassy in Tokyo in a statement.

Ko Min-jung, a spokeswoman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House, said the drill was an annual exercise and not aimed at any specific country.

“It’s an exercise to guard our sovereignty and territory,” she told reporters in Seoul.

The exercise included significantly more South Korean forces than previously involved and spanned a wider area in the sea between South Korea and Japan, a South Korean navy official told Reuters news agency.

For the first time the drills included an Aegis-equipped destroyer and army special forces, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Decades-old dispute

Tensions in the region have spiked amid a worsening political and economic spat between South Korea and Japan, a string of missile launches by North Korea, and increasingly assertive military patrols by China and Russia.

South Korea announced the scrapping of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan on Thursday, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute over wartime history that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

Relations between South Korea and Japan began to deteriorate late last year following a diplomatic dispute over compensation for wartime forced labourers during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

They soured further when Japan tightened its curbs on exports of hi-tech materials needed by South Korea’s chip industry, and again this month when Tokyo said it would remove South Korea’s fast-track export status.

The disputed islands have long been one of the most sensitive areas of contention between Japan and South Korea.

A detachment of South Korean guards has been stationed there since the 1950s.

The current exercises had been delayed as relations deteriorated, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Source: Aljazeera