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An Giang releases rare birds and snakes into forest

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

The Forest Management Department of the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang released 269 rare and valuable birds and more than 70 kilos of snakes into the Tra Su Indigo ecological forest in Tinh Bien District.

The local authorities have seized the animals and rare birds including laughing thrushes, starlings, orioles, magpies, parrots and more in Chau Phu District and Chau Doc Town.

The An Giang Forest Management Department has also cooperated with Long Xuyen City to organize two training courses on harmfulness of the red-eared turtles and methods to destroy them for more than 100 officials of local authorities, famer clubs, and pet shops’ owners.

Source: SGGP

Best-selling writer releases latest work

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 7:24 am

Iran releases American held for 2 years in Tehran

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

 Iran on Saturday set free an American businessman jailed in Tehran for more than two years on suspicion on ties to an allegedly violent opposition group.

Reza Taghavi, 71, hadn’t been charged with a crime and denied knowingly supporting the organization, known as Tondar.

“He admitted to nothing and he continues to maintain his innocence,” his lawyer, Pierre Prosper, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Tehran after his client’s release from Tehran’s Evin prison. He’s not expected to return to Southern California before the middle of next week.

Iranian officials are “comfortable that he was in fact used by this organization, and comfortable that he does not pose a threat to them and that he can leave and go back to the United States,” Prosper said.

Iran had accused Taghavi of passing $200 in cash to an Iranian man tied to Tondar. Taghavi, who regularly visits Iran to conduct business and see family, had received the money from a friend in California with instructions to pass the cash to an Iranian, according to Prosper.

“I didn’t do anything wrong. Someone just asked me take this money to help someone,” Taghavi told ABC News.

“Sometimes I feel relief, sometimes, I feel angry. What happened? Two-and-a-half years for what?” he said.

His family had said he has diabetes and was in poor health, and his lawyer has asked Iran to free him on humanitarian grounds.

Prosper said Taghavi won’t able to leave until this coming week because of conditions attached to his release. While Taghavi never was charged formally or presented with paperwork indicating a charge, Prosper said there is a case within the Iranian justice system. He plans to meet with a judge in the next week in hopes of getting that case dismissed.

The best way to describe the situation, he said, is that the case is suspended and Taghavi is free to leave.

“We welcome the release of Reza Taghavi from detention in Evin Prison in Iran, and are pleased that he will soon be reunited with his family. We urge Iranian authorities to extend the same consideration to Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, and other detained Americans by resolving their cases without delay,” said State Department spokesman Noel Clay.

Fattal and Bauer are two American hikers jailed in Iran since they were arrested near the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009. The Iranians released Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, a month ago.

Prosper said he and Taghavi will visit the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, site of an April 2008 bombing at a mosque that killed 14 people. Iranian authorities blame the group that Taghavi is suspected of being involved with, and told Taghavi to meet with victims of the attack.

“He feels aggrieved. He feels used” by his friend back home who provided the cash, Prosper said.

Prosper had five direct meetings with Iranian officials since Taghavi was jailed. Three were in Iran, one in New York and one in Europe.

A family representative, Ric Grenell, said Taghavi planned to hold a news conference upon his return to the United States.

Source: SGGP

Nha Trang eco-group releases thousands of sea creatures

In Vietnam Environment on December 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

The Management Board of the Sea Preservation Zone in Nha Trang Bay released thousands of sea species at Mun Islet on December 28 in an effort to repopulate the marine ecosystem.

An expert of the Nha Trang Sea Preservation Zone releases marine species on Hon Mun Islet on December 28. (Photo: Dat Viet Newspaper)

The creatures included 2,000 sea horses, 1,000 trochidaes, 300 holothurians, and khoang co fish (amphiprion and premnas).

The sea horses and khoang co fish were bred using artificial insemination at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute.

The event was held as part of activities to celebrate Vietnam Biological Diversification Day (December 29).

The natural ecosystem of Hon Mun Islet has improved significantly thanks to recent protection efforts and breeding programs initiated by the Sea Preservation Zone and the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute.

Eco-tourism has also improved in the area along with the population of fish available to local fishermen.

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Province releases endangered turtles back into sea

In Vietnam Environment on September 21, 2009 at 7:50 am

The Phong Nha – Ke Bang Center for Scientific Research and Rescue, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province, released nine endangered sea turtles back into the sea on Friday.

Flowerback Box Turtle (top) (Photo: SGGP)

Among them were eight Jagged Shells (Pyxidea mouhotii) and one Flowerback Box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons bourreti). Both kinds of turtles appear on the list in Vietnam’s Red Book.

The turtles were seized by the Environmental Police when they were illegally traded on the market in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.

On the same day, the center also transferred 25 Stripe Neck Leaf turtles (Geoemydas tcheponensis) to the Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park.

Such turtles originally come from Cambodia and Laos. They were also found by the Environmental Police in Minh Hoa District. 

Source: SGGP