Namibia is putting 170 ELEPHANTS up for sale

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Namibia is putting 170 live elephants up for sale as an alternative to hunting, due to over-population and human-animal conflict. 

The ministry says the elephants are being sold ‘due to drought and increase in elephant numbers coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences.’

According to the state-owned newspaper New Era, there has been a rapid rise in the population of elephants, and as a result there is an increase in human-animal conflict.  

a baby elephant walking through a dry grass field: There has been a massive increase in Namibia's elephant population to 28,000 elephants

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There has been a massive increase in Namibia’s elephant population to 28,000 elephants

The elephant population had decreased to 5,000 animals at in 1990, but gradually increased thanks to a conservation programme and Namibia is now home to 28,000 elephants. 

Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta said that the government decided to support the policy of selling live animals after being criticised for shooting elephants to control overpopulation.

map: The governement has decided to put up 170 elephants up for sale, as an alternative to hunting

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Opinion | How to save thousands of Americans from losing their homes

While forced moves exact high tolls, many are cheap to prevent; renters regularly owe only a few hundred dollars when facing eviction. But once people become homeless, the cost to taxpayers can amount to tens of thousands of dollars per person per year. Even before the pandemic, some cities began offering emergency programs to prevent homelessness by providing short-term assistance that can be applied to back rent, utilities and other qualifying renters’ expenses. An evaluation of one such program, Chicago’s Homelessness Prevention Call Center, found the intervention reduced the likelihood of homeless shelter use by 76 percent. The Homebase program in New York cut the number of nights families spent in shelters by 70 percent.

Yet while local governments are well positioned to administer emergency rental assistance, only the federal government has the necessary resources to provide adequate funding. We estimate a national program would cost $4.5 billion in a

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Home Healthcare Market to Deliver Prominent Growth & Striking Opportunities, Analysis, Demand, Growth by Top Key Players, Forecast 2026

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Dec 03, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Global“Home Healthcare Market”(2020-2026) status and position of worldwide and key regions, with perspectives of manufacturers, regions, product types and end industries; this report analyses the topmost companies in worldwide and main regions, and splits the Home Healthcare market by product type and applications/end industries.The Home Healthcare market trend research process includes the analysis of different factors affecting the industry, with the government policy, competitive landscape, historical data, market environment, present trends in the market, upcoming technologies,technological innovation, and the technical progress in related industry, and market risks, market barriers,opportunities, and challenges.

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The global Home Healthcare market is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period, between 2020 and 2026. In 2020, the market was growing at

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HUD Secretary Will Face Major Problems in Light of Pandemic in 2021

While several names have been floated recently in terms of who President-elect of the United States Joe Biden may nominate for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), one thing is for certain: the next HUD Secretary will face a series of major problems and obstacles that must be addressed stemming from the economic situation created by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This is according to reporter Amy Scott at Marketplace, after speaking with housing professionals and academics on the topic of the housing situation in 2021.

“The number one priority is going to be the response to this pandemic and the health crisis that has now also become a housing crisis for millions of people that are facing, potentially, eviction and foreclosure next year,” said Alanna McCargo, vice president of the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center to Marketplace.

There will only be so much the

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Experts call for end of rapid Covid tests in universities and care homes in England

Experts have called for an end to the use of rapid coronavirus tests in universities and care homes, after government figures from the mass testing programme in Liverpool revealed the tests missed 30% of those with a high viral load.

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The figures showed that the rapid tests identified just five out of 10 positive cases which had been detected by standard coronavirus tests, and seven out of 10 of those with high quantities of the virus.

The rapid tests, also known as lateral flow tests, provide much quicker results than standard tests. This speed has led to their use in care homes to allow family members to visit, and in universities to allow students to return home for Christmas.

Related: Christmas Covid testing for UK students a ‘recipe for chaos’, says union

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health at Newcastle University,

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Vesta Recognized For Excellence In ESG By The Dow Jones Sustainability Index And The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Vesta”) (BMV: VESTA), one of the leading pure play industrial real estate developers in Mexico, today announced that the Company has been included within the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) MILA Pacific Alliance Index, effective November 23, 2020, for the second consecutive year. Vesta was also highly ranked within the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) as one of 10 companies recognized for the most significant global score increase for outstanding performance in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and governance (ESG).

“Vesta’s position as an industry leader is due not only to ESG excellence in Industrial Real Estate but also to our values as an ethical company that operates with integrity and accountability throughout our organization. We are pleased that Vesta has again been included on the DJSI MILA Pacific Alliance Index as well as having

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Communities of Color Are Less Protected From Foreclosures

American borrowers in large part are taking advantage of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which granted up to 12 months of forbearance to homeowners with federally backed mortgages.

However, because the CARES Act foreclosure moratorium does not cover borrowers with non-agency mortgages, those face a higher likelihood of losing their home, unless they have entered a privately agreed–upon forbearance plan.

A study by the Urban Institute explores the challenges of “unprotected homeowners,” finding that Black and Brown Americans are more likely than White borrowers to have unprotected delinquencies and to experience adverse financial consequences of the pandemic. And of all the homeowners having trouble making their mortgage payments during this national health crisis, those of color are most likely to lose their homes. Perhaps, the researchers report, public policy could reduce some of these risks.

As the Institue previously reported, some 400,000 borrowers are “needlessly delinquent,”

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Ryan Seacrest seeks $85 million for Beverly Hills estate he bought from Ellen DeGeneres

Ryan Seacrest is shooting for the stars in Beverly Hills. Eight years after buying a secluded compound from Ellen DeGeneres for $36.5 million, the TV host just listed it for $85 million.

The massive price hike is not only representative of the value of trophy estates skyrocketing over the years, but also of the work Seacrest put into the property. Listing photos show he updated the living spaces and added high-end amenities such as a massage room and media room.

Located just across the street from Franklin Canyon Reservoir, the contemporary compound covers about three acres and includes a 9,000-square-foot main house, two guesthouses, a pool house, detached gym and underground garage. Manicured lawns, gardens and dining areas dot the grounds outside, which feature a reflecting pond and swimming pool.

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Trump admin to hold Arctic refuge oil drilling auction before Biden takes office

(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday said it would issue a sale notice for oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) next week, putting it on track to hold a drilling auction in the ecologically sensitive area shortly before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The move is the latest step toward pulling off the first ever sale of oil and gas leases in a pristine area of the Arctic before Biden, a Democrat who opposes energy development there, becomes president on Jan. 20.

Opening ANWR to drilling is an important pillar of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump’s agenda to expand domestic fossil fuel production. But green groups and Democrats have cast it as a giveaway to Big Oil that would harm the Arctic’s unique ecosystem and native people.

The sale notice will be published on Monday, setting up a sale to be held on Jan. 6 via

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COVID-19 outbreaks at two San Jose nursing homes infect hundreds

SAN JOSE — As COVID-19 cases in California surge once again, Bay Area nursing homes and homeless centers have been hit with outbreaks, including two San Jose nursing facilities that have a combined 232 cases.

One facility, Westwood Post-Acute, which was formerly Amberwood Gardens, had 151 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to Santa Clara County officials, including 81 among residents there and 70 among staff.

The other facility, Skyline Healthcare Center, had 86 total positive cases as of Wednesday, with 66 cases among residents and 20 among health care workers.

County officials said they are providing specialized teams to investigate the outbreaks and provide support to affected facilities. They are conducting testing on-site, enforcing safety measures and offering county staff up to serve in the facilities if staffing is short due to facility employees testing positives.

“The larger the situation, the more resources we provide,” said

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