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Friday, 20 July

10:28

Woman Is Shocked To Find Out Who Keeps Ringing Her Doorbell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After what happened earlier this week, Makenze Bullins might want to consider posting a "No ssssoliciting" sign outside her door.

You'll soon see why.

Credit: Makenze Bullins

Bullins wasn't at home on Tuesday when an alert came through on her phone. She has a motion-sensing doorbell at her Kansas house, and it's set to send her a video message whenever someone drops by.

This particular visitor, however, was totally unexpected.

Here's the video Bullins received:

How'd Bullins handle it? Well, she basically flipped out.

"This is NO JOKE!!" Bullins wrote to her friends online, presented here with her emphasis preserved. "[My husband] is out of town, Im at work and this freaking thing keeps setting off my doorbell camera!! Someone PLEASE come get this snake for me! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!""

Bullins clearly has some nice friends; one of them actually came by to safely relocate her scaly surprise guest.

Credit: Makenze Bullins

It's unclear exactly what species of snake this guy is, but the consensus seems to be that he's totally harmless to humans. In fact, as one of Bullins' friends pointed out, perhaps she should have welcomed him: "Good snake to have around for mice and other critters," the friend wrote.

And, hey, at least he rang first, rather than inviting himself in.

04:11

Airport Security Couldn't Believe Who Was Smuggled In This Pipe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When going through airport security, carrying a big metal pipe inside your suitcase is a sure way to trigger some suspicion.

That was the case for officers at Sentani International Airport in New Guinea last week and their instinct that something was awry turned out to save a life.

The pipe was long and it appeared to be stuffed with something, but when guards questioned the passenger, he claimed it was packed with clothes.

Credit: Facebook/Traffic Southeast Asia

Inside was actually a monitor lizard, likely stolen from his home in the wild to be sold into the illegal pet trade.

This type of lizard, known as the Papuan or crocodile monitor, is a species endemic to New Guinea that can grow up to 8 feet long from nose to tail. They often live in mangrove swamps and rainforests in the southeastern part of the island and occasionally are captured to become pets.

Credit: Facebook/Traffic Southeast Asia

While the lizards are not considered endangered by the IUCN Red List, they still face threats from deforestation and poachers who hunt them for their skins.

Luckily, after his near-tragic trip, this striking reptile now has a second chance at life in the wild where he belongs.

Credit: Flickr/Cuatrok77

A round of applause for aviation security and quarantine officials, who weren't fooled by a declaration of 'clothes' on a consignment, Traffic Southeast Asia...

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Thursday, 19 July

09:51

ONeill promises more delays for LNG payments Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Landowners face more delays before receiving promised benefits

Royalty payments to be released after proper clan-vetting process done

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill says royalty payments for landowners of the PNG LNG project will only be released after proper landowner identification is completed through the clan-vetting process.

ONeill said this in Parliament yesterday when responding to questions from Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua.
Kua said the Government had not honoured most of its landowner commitments under the umbrella benefit sharing agreement (UBSA).

That included non-payment of royalties and equities, infrastructure development grants, business development grants and the seven per cent equity participation.

Kua asked ONeill whether Government had delivered all these commitments to the people of Hela and Southern Highlands.

The prime minister said his Government was committed to honour a...

09:18

No more mine waste dumping in rivers Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The Ok Tedi mine has destroyed the Fly River system (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

PNG urged to use history to deal with mine waste

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PAPUA New Guinea has lessons to learn from Fly River in Western when working on the Mine Waste Management Policy framework, according to Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management.

Asavi Kendua from the department says the mine waste management plan should indicate mine waste avoidance, reduction and mitigation strategies.

In his presentation during a seminar on capacity development in mine waste management in PNG, Kendua said treatment of mine waste, including mine waste water, had to be done in accordance with the Environment Act 2000.

He said it also had to abide by any co...

08:43

Ok Tedi funds not safe: MRDC a milking cow for people in Waigani Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

ONeill clears air on K200m mine fund

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament yesterday that well over K200 million from OK Tedi Mine is currently accumulating in the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) and non-CMCA trust accounts for the people of Western.

He said this in response to questions from Middle Fly MP James Donald on why Government had made a decision to transfer money in the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts to Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC).
Donald said he was very concerned because MRDC was a milking cow for people in Waigani.

I asked the prime minister earlier on and he had given me and the people of Western province assurance that the funds were in safe hands, he said.

An NEC decision in June 2017 has stated that after the audits of the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts, the balance of the funds, will be transferred to MRDC.

I am very concerned that the prime minister has lied to me and the people of Western.

MRDC is a milking cow for...

Wednesday, 18 July

16:50

11 Awesome Protein Structure Pogil Worksheet Answers Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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13:49

New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberias forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones. Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented more than 3 square kilometers (2 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County. Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their free, prior and informed consent, a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firms ultimate owner is Indonesias billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest. Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations. In 2010,

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