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Zoo staff help rare reptiles after Mauritius oil spill

BBC Radio Jersey

Rescued gecko
Jersey Zoo
A lesser night gecko waits to be weighed at Jersey Zoo

Conservationists from Jersey have helped to rescue three species of rare reptiles after an oil spill near Mauritius.

The reptiles have now arrived at Jersey Zoo, where they will be looked after and will take part in a breeding programme, before being released back into the wild.

The oil spill happened in July after a Japanese bulk carrier crashed into a coral reef south of the island.

Together with wildlife trusts in Mauritius, conservationists from Durrell made an emergency rescue of lesser night geckos, Bojer’s skinks, and Bouton’s skinks - which are at risk of dying out in the wild.

Dr Nik Cole examines a Bojer's skink on Ilot Vacoas, while Matt Goetz inspects a number of Bouton's skinks back at Jersey Zoo
Jersey Zoo
Dr Nik Cole examines a Bojer's skink on Ilot Vacoas, while Matt Goetz inspects a number of Bouton's skinks back at Jersey Zoo

Liberia health care workers go on strike

Jonathan Paye-Layleh

BBC News, Monrovia

Nurses and healthcare workers in Liberia have begun an indefinite stay at home action after a two-week notice they gave the government expired.

The workers want, among other things, basic working materials, protective equipment, better salaries, and the right to form a union.

Their leader, Joseph Tamba, called a talk radio show on OK FM on Wednesday morning saying he had gone into hiding because of he was receiving threats.

But Information Minister Eugene Nagbe disputed Mr Tamba's statement.

He said the government had made "some overtures" to address the healthcare workers’ concerns.

He, however, warned that the names of those who will continue with the strike “will be removed from the payroll and replaced” in accordance with, he said, the civil service law.

Local reporters calling the radio programme from different parts of the country said the strike was ongoing at many health facilities.

Tanzania lifts ban of Kenyan flights

Athuman Mtulya

BBC Africa

Kenya airways planes
AFP

The authorities in Tanzania have lifted "with immediate effect" a ban on Kenyan airlines weeks after it imposed it as a retaliation to its neighbour's ban on its carriers.

Kenya had imposed the ban as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Tanzanian decision was taken "on a reciprocal basis" said Hamza Johari, Director General of Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), in a statement.

The move comes a day after Kenya announced it was lifting a requirement for Tanzanian travellers to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

In an interview with BBC Swahili, Mr Johari said the Tanzanian aviation authorities will hold a meeting with their Kenyan counterparts in December to review "the just ended stalemate and chart the best way forward."

In June, Tanzania's President John Magufuli declared the country "coronavirus free".

His government then opted out of imposing stringent measures to contain the virus, and stopped giving regular updates on the number of infections.

It's this perceived lack of transparency that sparked the row with Kenya.

Despite the resumption of travel between the two countries Kenya will still require passengers to have "Covid-free" certificates .

Mass testing begins in Chinese city

Kerry Allen

BBC Monitoring, Chinese Media Analyst

A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab sample from a woman for nucleic acid testing following two imported coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections from neighbouring Myanmar, at a hotel in the border city of Ruili, Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, China September 15, 2020.
Reuters

Free testing has begun in the city of Ruili in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, after two people from Myanmar tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday.

The city, which has a population of around 210,000, says that it has tested 60,000 residents since the campaign began in the last 24 hours.

The official People’s Daily says that currently, eight people are being treated across the province with symptoms, and five without. However, these figures also include international arrivals from flights.

On Sunday, there was major concern in the border city, after a 32-year-old Burmese woman and her 16-year-old nanny tested positive. They travelled with three children and another nanny on 3 September to stay at the first woman’s sister’s residence.

Global Times said on Tuesday that the women entered “illegally” and would be “held legally responsible”. It added that “those who helped and housed them” would also be punished.

All business operations and public transport has been halted in the city, and mask-wearing has been made mandatory in public places.

Many on Chinese social media have noted that the timing is bad for the city’s businesses to lock down, as in two weeks, the annual mid-autumn festival/golden week annual holiday (1-8 October) will begin, one of the most important times for the tourism industry.

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