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Game X Coin Launches First Blockchain Game Platform

Korea-based startup aims to disrupt the video game industry with game cryptocurrency. SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GXCWorld, a blockchain game platform developer, today announced the launch of its game blockchain technology suite: betanet of its core blockchain “GXC”, cryptocurrency storage service “GXC Wallet”, game cryptocurrency exchange “GXC DEX” and 3 […]Read More

Top Investment Firms Back $10M Series A of Crypto Trading Platform ...

Blockchain Capital, Tusk Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Distributed Global, and Reciprocal Ventures and others support Denver, CO, Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Denver, CO –– August 1, 2018 –– Radar Relay, the wallet-to-wallet decentralized trading platform, has announced the successful completion of its Series A funding round of $10 million USD. Led by Blockchain Capital […]Read More

Laos Closes Down Illegal Wildlife Trade Shops At Don Sao Market In ...

The Lao law enforcement officers have shut down illegal wildlife trade in four shops at Don Sao Market in the notorious Golden Triangle, confiscating almost 400 items during surprise raids on July 27, 2018.

The illegal items, consisting of 9 different types such as bracelets, necklaces, horns, teeth, bracelets, pendants and bangles many from endangered species were taken for identification and the Chinese shop owners were ordered to no longer sell illegal wildlife items or reproductions of wildlife parts.

The two hour-long seizure by the Provincial Wildlife Law Enforcement Network (P-WEN) of Bokeo Province and Department of Forest Inspection (DoFI) took place at four Chinese owned shops inside the Special Economic Zone well known as a hub of illegal wildlife trade and occurs inside the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand intersect and many markets sell endangered species and their parts such as tigers, elephants, pangolin and bears. The trade takes place in shops, markets, restaurants and casinos.

P-WEN enforcement officers from the Provincial Office Forest Inspection (PoFI) Department, police, army, courts, customs and public prosecution conducted the raids using four teams of seven people each. Analysis of the 393 items will determine if they are from endangered species or if they are fakes. They will be securely kept at the PoFI in Bokeo Province until a decision from Provincial Governor and DoFI.

The P-WEN ordered the shop owners to sign warning letters that they were notified of their illegal actions and acknowledging that they can no longer sell or display wildlife items at their shops. They were also informed of the recent Lao Prime Minister Order 05 on Strengthening Strictness of the Management and Inspection of Prohibited Wild Fauna and Flora.

This Order increases enforcement and penalties against illegal wildlife trade and is significant development in Laos' efforts against this multi-national, multi-million dollar trade that is linked to organized crime.

WWF is proud to support in implementing this PM Order and taking action against the illegal sale and purchase of wildlife products in Don Sao Market, said Somphone Bouasavanh, Country Director, WWF-Laos. This action sends a signal, not only in Bokeo Province, but throughout the Golden Triangle and Laos, that the Government is serious about enforcing the laws that protect species such as tigers, elephants, rhinos and bears.

We hope that by closing down illegal sales of wildlife products in these four shops we have sent a strong message that the Government of Laos will no longer tolerate the sale and consumption of wildlife species, said Lattana Yangnouvong, Head of PoFI, Bokeo province. We need to do work together across Bokeo Province and throughout Laos to show that we are serious about implementing the Prime Minister Order Number 05 and ending this illegal trade that is robbing the world of its wildlife.

Many of the seized items will be sent to CITES Scientific Authority for identification and certification to determined if they are from endangered species. The rest will be securely kept by PoFI of Bokeo Province until further notice from the CITES Scientific Authority. CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora � the global treaty that regulates trade in endangered species. Laos PDR is a signatory to CITES.

WWF currently supports an anti-wildlife crime programme in the Greater Mekong Region, including in the Lao PDR, where wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trade markets have caused serious declines in endangered species populations.

The overall objective of this programme is to effectively reduce demand for illegal wildlife products, as well as to improve ranger capacity and support wildlife law enforcement activities and capacity building for the Department of Forest Inspection and its provincial offices. Expected by the end of this year, WWF-Laos with an agreement of the Lao government will extend the project area to two new provinces and one of these is Bokeo.

Source: Lao News Agency

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Tour Shanghai To See The Glory Of Tower And Colourful Night

A group of journalists from Asia and Africa was organised a trip to Shanghai to experience the height of Shanghai Tower, a leisure walk along Shanghai Nanjing Road, which is the main shopping street of Shanghai, and a cruise on the Yangtze River.The me...Read More

51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting Opens In Singapore

The 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM-51) officially opened in Singapore on August 2, with the participation of foreign ministers from the 10 member countries.Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith has led a Lao delegation to the AMM-5...Read More