UK soldier on anti-poaching mission killed by elephant

In this file photo taken on October 14, 2017 British Trooper and Counter Poaching Operator Samuel Knuckey (2nd R) and Malawian born British soldier Sergeant and Counter Poachinh Operator Kingsley Kachoka (L) speak with participants after taking them through a demonstration of field tactics for countering poachers during Counter Poaching Training course for Game Rangers at the Liwonde National Park in Machinga District South Eastern Malawi. (AFP)
Updated 08 May 2019
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UK soldier on anti-poaching mission killed by elephant

  • The presence of well-equipped British forces in the 530-square-kilometer Liwonde park has been reassuring for rangers who routinely confront gangs of poachers armed with Kalashnikovs

LONDON: A British soldier serving in Malawi as part of an anti-poaching operation has been killed by an elephant, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.
Mathew Talbot was on patrol in Liwonde National Park on Sunday when the incident happened, a spokesman told AFP.
“He was killed by an elephant,” the spokesman said, explaining that Talbot died later of his injuries.
“This tragic incident is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species,” Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement.
The presence of well-equipped British forces in the 530-square-kilometer (250 square mile) Liwonde park has been reassuring for rangers who routinely confront gangs of poachers armed with Kalashnikovs.
Prince Harry, who visited the park in 2016, is the public face of the anti-poaching project that began that year.
Talbot’s commanding officer Ed Launders said he was “determined and big-hearted” and had volunteered for the mission to Malawi.
“He was hugely proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator and tragically died doing great good,” Launders said.
Talbot enlisted in 2013 and last year attended a multi-national training exercise in Kenya.


Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

Updated 24 May 2019
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Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

  • The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul
  • The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a provisional $44 million settlement with alleged victims and creditors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul, including those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Weinstein’s spokesperson denied to comment.
The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault, for which he will go on trial in September.
Weinstein — a catalyst for the #MeToo anti-harassment movement — has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women and faces life in prison if he is convicted at the trial, which could last five weeks.
In addition to the alleged victims and creditors, the settlement covers the proceedings started by former New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who has been succeeded by Letitia James.
The proceedings aim specifically to guarantee the alleged victims will be compensated.
James’s spokesperson also declined to comment.
The settlement amount will be paid out by insurance agencies, the Journal reported, several of which count The Weinstein Company, the production company Weinstein co-founded, among their clients.
Since October 2017, Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood before a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations precipitated his downfall — has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women.
Among his accusers are prominent actresses such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.