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US$1.5m fine for US auctioneer after illegal rhino horns, elephant ivory sale

MIAMI, Jan 15 — A Florida auction house owner pleaded guilty to selling illegal rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory and will pay a US$1.5 million (RM5.37 million) fine as well as face possible jail time, US authorities said yesterday.

Christopher Hayes, the president and owner of the auction house Elite Estate Buyers Inc., doing business as Elite Decorative Arts in Boynton Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty yesterday in a US District Court in Miami.

Hayes, 55, pleaded guilty to “an illegal wildlife trafficking and smuggling conspiracy in which the auction house sold rhinoceros horns and objects made from rhino horn, elephant ivory and coral that were smuggled from the United States to China,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.

Hayes was caught in a sting that came as part of an ongoing special investigation called Operation Crash that has netted numerous criminals in the rhino horn trade in recent years.

Full story at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/features/article/us1.5m-fine-for-us-auctioneer-after-illegal-rhino-horns-elephant-ivory-sale

#rhino #elephants #ivory

Image: File shot of seized ivory and rhino horn (c) Anthony Bannister
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Seriously, why is Internet Explorer so darn slow? 
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I really like this guy's work, enthusiasm, and super awesome presentation skills. 

http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_full_on_animal_movement?language=en

#FEET #Robotics #TedTalk
Biologist Robert Full shares slo-mo video of some captivating critters. Take a closer look at the spiny legs that allow cockroaches to scuttle across mesh and the nanobristle-packed feet that let geckos to run straight up walls.
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I don't agree with everything Stephen A. Smith is talking about. I think Stephen means well, but he missed the opportunity to highlight that this is failure of our two party system. He is right though, every election season Black issues go ignored and the black vote elicits no attention from either party. However this is due to the lack of choice. Stephen goes on to suggest that we shop around the black voting block, but in order to shop around you would first need options.
I really don't like his sports reporting or outrageous onscreen delivery, but he made some valid points, but simply voting Republican in the fall election won't mean that Black issues get federal attention. Neither major party has candidates that address the interest of Black America. While democrats are ungrateful of black support, the republican platform remains a far worse option in terms addressing issues important to Black America. Issues like poverty, gun violence, securing voting-rights, police brutality, the reformation of the prison system, and addressing the systemic racism like the kind recently revealed in the Department of Justices' report on Ferguson Judicial System.
He yells constantly and he is very well-known for simply making too much noise with his radical opinions but, Stephen almost had it here. In the video he sounds very disenfranchised by the Left, which has left him very angry (but he always sounds angry) and that anger is clouding his judgement, just switching from Coke to Pepsi won't fix anything, but he feels that we need to do something.The black vote just needs more options in 2016 and in future elections. Blacks have been waiting for action from America for years; Democrats haven't done it and Republicans aren't likely to do it. I guess any party could promise you representation but who would deliver it?
http://news.yahoo.com/stephen-a-smith-black-americans-shoul…
ESPN "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith says that if every African-American voted Republican for one election, it would send a strong message to the GOP that their vote is important.
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Do you have an eReader? How about a smart phone? Here is a link to free Ebooks. Hundreds of titles - for free! #FREE #BOOKS 

 https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/
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At least once a day laugh like an idiot.
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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212142157.htm

Are there any naturally occurring noble gas compounds (NGC)? Like Xenon hexafluoride? Or Argon Hydride? These compounds have to be created under very specific conditions right? They have to be create in a laboratory. They also have a super long half-lives, so they are stable for millions of years. The discovery of Noble Gas compounds in space, seems it prompt the search for noble gas compounds in space - as this would be the nearest proof of the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life we have. Finding any of these NGCs, I dont think proves anything, but supports a possibility that there is other life out there. :)

#Arewealone   #noblegases   #nerdshit   #science   #aliens   
A molecule containing a noble gas has been discovered in space. The molecule, argon hydride, was seen in the Crab Nebula, the remains of a star that exploded 1,000 years ago.
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Also yes I know that the level of product that would have to occur so that the amounts of NGCs that could be detected is tremendous. And I know Argon Hydride can be a result of potassium degradation. I still I think other NGCs detected in space should be considered as evidence of intelligent life.  
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