Sunday, August 20, 2017

New Army specialists to hunt African wildlife poachers  and revive tracking skills

New Army specialists to hunt African wildlife poachers  and revive tracking skills

The British Army is building a new team of counter poaching specialists to help allies tackle wildlife crime and try to revive tracking skills lost during the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.


Soldiers from the 20-strong group will fly to Malawi later this month for a pilot deployment working with local wildlife rangers hunting poachers through the bush.


Commanders believe the project also offers an opportunity for the Army to rebuild tracking expertise that had been neglected in recent campaigns.


The counter poaching operators (CPOs), who have been chosen from all branches of the Army, have trained to track poachers through bush and forest over long distances for days at a time.


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Source: The Telegraph


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Anti-poaching conservationist who helped catch alleged ‘Queen of Ivory’ shot dead in Tanzania

Anti-poaching conservationist who helped catch alleged ‘Queen of Ivory’ shot dead in Tanzania

A leading conservationist who battled elephant poachers in East Africa has been shot dead in Tanzania.


Wayne Lotter, 51, was described as a “hero to many” by Dr Jane Goodall, who said he and colleagues at the PAMS Foundation had “worked tirelessly to fight both poachers and corruption”.


Mr Lotter helped fund Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit, which in 2015 arrested a Chinese woman, Yang Feng Glan, alleged to be the ‘Queen of Ivory’ and accused of running a $2.6m ivory smuggling ring.


The PAMS Foundation, which he set up with two other experts, Krissie Clark and Ally Namangaya, said it was “heartbroken” to report that the South African had been killed in the Masa-ki area of Dar es Salaam on Wednesday night.


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Source: Independent


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Renowned anti-poaching leader slain by gunmen in Tanzania

Renowned anti-poaching leader slain by gunmen in Tanzania

NAIROBI — A leading wildlife conservationist who pioneered new techniques to catch elephant poachers and ivory smugglers was shot and killed in Tanzania on Wednesday.


Wayne Lotter, a 51-year-old South African, was in a taxi in Dar es Salaam when it was stopped by another vehicle. Two men opened the car door and one shot him.


Lotter had for years received threats against his life, according to his organization, the PAMS Foundation, which he founded in 2009. He worked closely with the Tanzanian government during a period in which poaching surged. From 2009 to 2014, the elephant population in Tanzania collapsed from 109,051 to 43,330, according to government data.


Lotter’s killing is being investigated by Tanzanian authorities. It remains unclear whether his death is related to his anti-poaching work. Reuters reported that his laptop was stolen in the attack.


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Source: Washington Post


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Ecuador detains Chinese boat with endangered sharks

Ecuador detains Chinese boat with endangered sharks

Authorities in Ecuador have detained the crew of a Chinese fishing boat suspected to have caught endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands.


The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was found on Sunday in the archipelago, which is a marine reserve, carrying 300 tonnes of fish.


Most of the catch was sharks, including protected species such as hammerheads.


About 20 crew members face up to three years in prison if found guilty of trafficking protected species.


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Source: BBC News


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Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul

Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul

On Sunday marine ecologist Pelayo Salinas was on his way back from a 12-day research mission on a Galápagos National Park patrol ship when at 6 a.m. the captain spotted a vessel on the radar. Access to these waters is restricted, so they radioed the vessel to find out what it was up to.


No response. Salinas, who works with the Charles Darwin Foundation, and a Ecuadorian Navy officer who was also on board tried again. Still no response. They warned the vessel that the law requires them to respond. Silence.


Then Salinas and three others jumped in a 13-foot inflatable boat that had been donated to the park and took chase. They’d identified the vessel as Chinese and strongly suspected it was involved in illegal fishing.


This part of Galápagos National Park—a marine sanctuary where absolutely no fishing is allowed—has the greatest abundance of sharks known in the world. It’s this that has made these waters a target of fishermen looking to supply Asian markets with shark fin and shark meat. Worldwide, shark populations are declining, with more than a quarter of sharks and related species considered to be threatened with extinction.


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Source: National Geographic


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'They're like the mafia': the super gangs behind Africa's poaching crisis

Theyre like the mafia: the super gangs behind Africas poaching crisis

Late on 6 June 2014 Kenyan police, acting on a tip-off, raided a used car lot in Mombasa’s industrial area. Inside Fuji Motors East Africa Ltd, in one of the lock-ups, they found two tonnes of ivory.


Days earlier a white Mitsubishi truck, its paperwork claiming “household equipment” but in fact carrying more than 300 elephant tusks secreted beneath a tarpaulin, had pulled into the yard on Mombasa Island’s dirty northern fringe, far from the tourist hotels and beaches for which the city is famous.


The discovery led to one of the biggest, most high-profile trials of an ivory smuggler to date. Five people were arrested, but the key suspect, Feisal Mohamed Ali, disappeared, first to the Kenyan capital Nairobi and then to neighbouring Tanzania. Interpol issued an environmental crime arrest warrant – among the first of its kind – and Ali was eventually found in Dar es Salaam in late December. He was extradited and charged in Kenya on Christmas Eve.


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Source: The Guardian


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Blockchain May Give Rise To Even Smarter B2B Marketplaces

Blockchain May Give Rise To Even Smarter B2B Marketplaces

Does blockchain mean boom or bust for existing B2B networks? On one hand, blockchain -- a series of open and global distributed ledgers -- promises to smooth and validate the interactions that take place between organizations and their customers, partners and suppliers. On the other, blockchain's value proposition is that it takes out the middlemen in transactions, enabling more autonomous type of engagements.


As the dot-com boom crested a couple of decades back, we saw a plethora of online B2B exchanges emerge across key industries, promising electronically delivered communications and trading between hubs, suppliers, customers and other involved parties. Some of these key exchanges have become prominent players within their industries.


Now, blockchain is entering the enterprise mainstream. Recently, some major tech players including Microsoft and Intel have come together to form what they call the "Coco Framework," which offers enterprises the performance, confidentiality, governance, and required processing power they would seek before trusting their assets and data to an unseen, commonly shared platform.


Blockchain promises to eliminate the middlemen in transactions, thanks to its transparent and immutable “smart contracts” embedded within its worldwide code. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Marco De Vries, senior director of product marketing for the OpenText Business Network, which now oversees such longstanding industry B2B networks as Covisint and ANX. For his part, De Vries does not see blockchain as a threat to existing B2B networks, just as previous technology revolutions such as XML have often resulted in more complexity, not less. “We’ve seen the stories of the end of EDI and B2B for a long time,” he points out. “Even if blockchain takes off, for certain industries, it probably isn’t right for every part of the supply chain,” De Vries. “Many predicted AS2 standards would replace B2B networks. What we found with AS2 standards is that organizations actually faced more and more complexity. It’s difficult to keep up with all the changes. There are 50 different XML standards, and if I’m in a lot of different industries, how am I going to keep track? I can’t foresee the world managing their own blockchains.”


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Source: Forbes


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Each Bitcoin Could Be Worth $619,047 In 10 Years

Each Bitcoin Could Be Worth $619,047 In 10 Years


Cryptocurrency is the word which first comes to mind when talking about exotic investments. The question is: Is this really an exotic investment and how do we even define an exotic investment? The exotic investment brings up the memories of the great Tulip Mania in Holland, which died in 1637. Speculators paraded against the first stock back in the 1600s and here we are today looking at something that is bigger than that. Since the birth of Bitcoin in 2009 for half a cent, the price has hit the high of $4,477.


The general consensus among the investment community is that the price is in a mammoth bubble territory and it would crash. After all, we have witnessed a number of crashes in the equity market since its birth. The NASDAQ, the blue-chip index, experienced a massive crash on the back of the tech bubble when it fell by 78% in the 30 months ending 2002.


The market has not only recovered from that level in the preceding years but it has made record highs, and to date, it is up nearly 26%. Just to put things in perspective, the NASDAQ index is up 486% from its tech crash low. For every trader, the NASDAQ tech crash became the child poster case study for graduate school but the reality is that crashes do take place all the time and in all markets.


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Source: Forbes


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'Bitcoin cash' soars to record high above $900 as 'mining' profits jump

Bitcoin cash soars to record high above $900 as mining profits jump


The bitcoin offshoot surged Saturday to a record high in high trade volume, helped by strong demand from South Korea and digital currency "miners" who found the offshoot more profitable to mine.


Bitcoin cash, an alternative version of bitcoin launched by a minority of developers on Aug. 1, climbed 44 percent to $996.92, according to CoinMarketCap. That's the highest bitcoin cash has ever traded in its less than three weeks of history, and a jump of almost 374 percent from its low of $210.38 on its first day of trading.


Bitcoin cash traded off that high at $944.45 in mid-morning trade, still less than a quarter of the original bitcoin's price.


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Source: CNBC


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'Bitcoin cash' surges 40% in single day as investors bet on its faster processing speeds

Bitcoin cash surges 40% in single day as investors bet on its faster processing speeds


The bitcoin offshoot, bitcoin cash, soared Friday after indications the alternative digital currency could achieve its goal of speeding up transactions.


Bitcoin cash rose 40 percent from Thursday's close of $460.53 to briefly hit $655 Friday afternoon, according to CoinMarketCap. That's the highest since bitcoin cash touched $756.93 on Aug. 2, the day after bitcoin split into bitcoin and bitcoin cash.


However, the volatile surge was even greater when considering bitcoin cash hit an intraday low of $293 Thursday before climbing to $460.53, according to CoinMarketCap.


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Source: CNBC


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Bitcoin Prices Retreat Toward $4,100 While Bitcoin Cash Soars

Bitcoin Prices Retreat Toward $4,100 While Bitcoin Cash Soars


Following a week of thrilling price gains and two all-times highs – $4,483 on August 15, and $4,520 on August 17 – bitcoin prices have now slumped back toward $4,000.


Opening the session at $4,159, price across global exchanges peaked early at $4,406 and have since steadily dropped and at press time had recovered sightly to $4,112. The low for the session was $4,040, according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index.


Bitcoin's market capitalization now stands at over $67 billion, down from $73 billion two days ago, according to data from CoinMarketCap


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Source: CoinDesk


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Wall Street strategist Tom Lee sees bitcoin surging to $6,000 next year, $25,000 by 2022

Wall Street strategist Tom Lee sees bitcoin surging to $6,000 next year, $25,000 by 2022


Bitcoin has had a stellar year and one of Wall Street's top strategists thinks it can rise 40 percent more by next year.


Tom Lee, co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors, established a mid-2018 target of $6,000 on the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin traded at $4,284.14 on Friday, according to Coindesk. For the year, bitcoin has surged nearly 330 percent.


In a note to clients, Lee cites the approval of bitcoinoptions trading and the adoption of futures trading in the cryptocurrency as potential tail winds.


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Source: CNBC


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Why One Startup's Plan To Use Satellites To Beam Bitcoin Data Around The World Might Anger China

Why One Startups Plan To Use Satellites To Beam Bitcoin Data Around The World Might Anger China

The U.S. startup Blockstream has been a mystery to many in the Bitcoin space since its inception in 2014. Among its founders is Adam Beck, inventor of hashcash, which pioneered the concept of proof-of-work that is key to the Bitcoin consensus algorithm.


While the company has raised $76 million USD over the past three years, Blockstream made waves publishing interesting and highly technical concepts. However, it does not seem to have any products currently in production, or even customers. It’s only marketable product, “Liquid,” is still in an “early access” stage and does not seem to have been implemented by any Bitcoin institution.


The mystery around what exactly Blockstream is building and developing cleared up a little on August 15. That day, the company announced Blockstream Satellite, a service they had quietly been working on for the past few months. It aims to beam Bitcoin data all across the globe, including China.


While that might sound innocuous enough, the service could give Bitcoin a new way to circumvent the country’s strict censorship regime and take power away from the country’s national bank.


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Source: Forbes


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Bitcoin Cash Is Now More Profitable to Mine Than Bitcoin

Bitcoin Cash Is Now More Profitable to Mine Than Bitcoin

Bitcoin cash's surge above $500 today is changing more than just the the net worth of its investors and users.


The rising price is also creating the incentive for miners to dedicate computing power to the bitcoin cashblockchain, one that could find them moving away from bitcoin. With the new push, bitcoin cash miners are making around 2% more mining on bitcoin than they do on bitcoin cash.


And that spread could further increase with an upcoming adjustment on bitcoin cash that will make it even easier to mine.


Block 479,808 (set for this weekend) will likely trigger a difficulty adjustment downwards 50%, and if the prices of bitcoin and bitcoin cash stay the same, this means miners will make almost double on bitcoin cash what they would on bitcoin.


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Source: CoinDesk


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Italian Authority Fines Onecoin Promoters 2.6 Million Euros

Italian Authority Fines Onecoin Promoters 2.6 Million Euros

Onecoin promoters have been fined 2.6 million euros in Italy after the country’s antitrust authority found them engaging in a pyramid scheme and misleading promotions. The fines follow the authority’s previous suspensions of Onecoin activities, which have failed to stop its promotion in the country.


The Italian Competition Authority known as L’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) in Italian has fined several Onecoin promoters a total of €2,595,000 for running pyramid sales and for using misleading promotional methods. The Competition Authority is a quasi-autonomous, non-governmental organization financed by the Ministry of Economic Development. It is in charge of enforcing both Italian and European consumer protection laws. They wrote:


After the investigations, the Authority imposes sanctions against One Life Network Ltd (€ 2.000.000), One Network Services Ltd (€ 500.000), Easy Life Srl (€ 80.000), as well as the registrants of websites Onecoinsuedtirol.it, Onecoinitaliaofficial.it, Onecoinitalia.com (€ 5.000 each).


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Source: Bitcoin News


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You Can Now Hold Ether In Blockchain, One Of The World's Most Popular Cryptocurrency Wallets

You Can Now Hold Ether In Blockchain, One Of The Worlds Most Popular Cryptocurrency Wallets

With the price of Ethereum's token, ether, up almost 4,000% for the year, Blockchain.info, one of the oldest and most popular user-controlled bitcoin wallets, Thursday adds it as a second currency to the service.


The move gives the 16 million Blockchain wallets access to the second-highest market cap coin, which is used to power smart contracts on the Ethereum platform.


Additionally, the wallet, available in 140 countries, now integrates the crypto-to-crypto exchange Shapeshift so users can easily trade from bitcoin to ether and vice versa.


"The reason we decided to add Ethereum is we really feel like Ethereum as a community, ecosystem and technology has really matured," said Peter Smith, Blockchain's chief executive, of the two-year-old cryptocurrency.


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Source: Forbes


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$700 and Rising: What's Driving the Price of Bitcoin Cash?

$700 and Rising: Whats Driving the Price of Bitcoin Cash?

Bitcoin cash surged above $700 today, passing a notable milestone amidst a two-day rally during which the price of the cryptocurrency more than doubled. 


Heading into weekend trading sessions, bitcoin cash has emerged as the third-largest cryptocurrency by network value, behind bitcoin and ethereum. And while it might still be too early to compare bitcoin cash to these more established networks (there remain unanswered questions about its particular economics), traders are proving it might have staying power. 


Overall, the development is the latest in a narrative that began when bitcoin cash split off from the main bitcoin blockchain earlier this month because a group of miners and developers moved to adopt software with new network rules that were incompatible with bitcoin.


The result: bitcoin "forked" into two distinct blockchains, each with their own freely-traded digital assets. But while bitcoin surged past $4,000 to set new all-time highs, bitcoin cash stayed largely stagnant this week – trading in the $300 range. Yet, at press time, bitcoin cash was trading around $750 per coin. 


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Source: CoinDesk


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