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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:36 am
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Funny blog from Yao Ming on www.yaomingblog.com talking about his rare experience with the tribe people in Samburu.


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MEETING THE ELDERS AND
SCOUTING FOR THE SHARKS


[size=109]Next, Bernard takes me to visit the local Samburu village.

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We arrive to a greeting from the women of the village looking stunning in their traditional dress with an amazing array of beadwork around their necks. He explains that they accumulate jewelry as unmarried women and then distribute it to their families as they are married. The women with the most jewelry are the most eligible. They serenade me with their amazing voices as we enter their village.

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There, I meet the village elders. Branded baseball caps meets African traditional wear. It


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:41 am
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LATEST ENTRY in his blog on www.yaomingblog.com.

YEAH,
Yao Ming got a little bit sun-burnt, as he said he is now
medium-rare !! LOL !!! :P

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

[size=109]We then visit the Save the Elephants field station. A crushed pick-up sits outside as a monument to what can happen if you get on the wrong side of an elephant. Every panel was crushed as it was rolled over during a clash between two bulls.

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Living next to elephants isn


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:54 pm
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pryuen wrote:

LATEST ENTRY in his blog on www.yaomingblog.com.

YEAH,
Yao Ming got a little bit sun-burnt, as he said he is now
medium-rare !! LOL !!! :P



Did Yao Ming put on any sun screen? If he is not prepared, this is not healthy for his skin.

Yao Ming is in danger of being eaten by lions and tigers. How stupid he is by going there?

Where is he going next to prove his point of conservation? Diving in the oceans to swim with the sharks and say no shark fin soup for pryuen? How dumb he is now?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:59 pm
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There are no African Tigers in the wild. Just so you know. But Yeah, Yao with bad sunglasses tan. lol


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:00 pm
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lol superjohn.

I think he needs a little help, his life has gone the wrong direction since he's retired. He's fighting african tigers, supercrocodiles, dem evil sun rays, and preserving animals that would probably impale him given the chance. It's time you show him how he's gotta be.


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Malorkayel wrote:
lol, you remembered your account and pw?


never forgot 8)


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Malorkayel wrote:
There are no African Tigers in the wild. Just so you know. But Yeah, Yao with bad sunglasses tan. lol


@superjohn :wink:


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seiya wrote:
Malorkayel wrote:
lol, you remembered your account and pw?


never forgot 8)


Where are you located now?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:16 pm
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Geeeeeeeez, one charity after another.

Yao Ming had completed his first visit to Africa.

He had flown back to China from South Africa last night (August 23).


He transited Hong Kong, but got offloaded from business class to fly economy to Chengdu of Sichuan.

He will appear today with Caron Butler to instruct students in a mini camp at Mount Qingcheng High School in Dujiangyan, a city destroyed in the devastating Wenchuan earthquake on May 12, 2008.

He and Caron Butler will also appear in Leshan on Saturday to attend the final of the Yao Foundation Hope Primary School basketball season.

The season, launched in April, was a charity initiative by Yao's foundation. It encompasses 47 schools across Sichuan and was supported by NBA Cares.


Here are some photos of Yao Ming transiting Hong Kong and on the plane to Chengdu.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:06 am
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Even though his WildAid mission had completed, Yao Ming is still busy updating his blog and writing articles to plead his countrymen (and the rest of the world) to stop buying ivory and rhino horns to prevent those endangered species going into extinction.


The following is a very touching one Yao Ming wrote for UK Guardian (probably someone wrote for him based on his input/thoughts/feelings).


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/b ... sfeed=true

Would anyone buy ivory
if they had witnessed
this cruel slaughter?


Yao Ming
Thursday 23 August 2012
guardian.co.uk


I've had so many wonderful days in Africa, there was bound to be tough one.

Earlier this week, I witnessed how illegal ivory was obtained, along with Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, with whom I've worked for several years now. With the help of Kenya Wildlife Service, we travelled via helicopter to access the carcasses. Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants had spotted the bodies from the air in his small plane, and marked the spot for our pilot to bring down the chopper in a dry riverbed. It was so tight we did a little hedge trimming on the way down.

Not 20 yards away, I saw the body of an elephant poached for its ivory three weeks ago. Its face had been cut off by poachers and its body scavenged by hyenas, scattering bones around the area. A sad mass of skin and bone. The smell was overwhelming and seemed to cling to us, even after we left.

I really was speechless. After seeing these animals up close and watching them interact in loving and protective family groups, it was heart wrenching and deeply depressing to see this one cruelly taken before its time.

People, like Iain, have spent their lives studying and living intimately with these animals and now, just like in 1989 before the international ivory trade was banned, they must spend their lives looking for bodies, using metal detectors to find bullets and conducting autopsies.

Unfortunately, I saw four more bodies in close proximity that day. One that poachers had attempted to hide with bushes; another that had been found dead from his wounds within shouting distance of a lodge with its ivory still intact, having evaded the poachers while wounded; and later, two fresher carcasses of much smaller elephants that had been sprayed with bullets. Their tusks would have been small, but that did not protect them. Poachers often only wound elephants and they may fall well away from where they were originally shot. I could imagine the clamour in the herd as the elephants fled in terror.

The fact that we were able to see five bodies in one area in the brief time I was here is an indication of the seriousness of the poaching crisis.

Before the international ivory trade ban, in addition to legal ivory from natural deaths, huge amounts of illegal ivory were laundered into the trade despite years of attempted regulation. This "regulated" trade led to the halving of elephant numbers from 1.2 million to around 600,000 in two decades. West, central and east Africa were hardest hit, while southern African populations remained stable and even increased.


Post-ban, the price of ivory fell to a quarter of its previous levels as markets in the US, Europe and much of the world, collapsed. For a number of years, elephant numbers stabilised and poaching declined. Some South African countries pushed for re-opening ivory trade for their stockpiles, but each time this was done, poaching increased again on speculation of a renewed market.

Theoretically, I'm told we could have a market in ivory supplied from elephants that die naturally. But unfortunately, with the high amount of money at stake, few will wait for the elephant to die to make a profit. There are too many people with access to weapons to do the killing here and too many people ready to buy the ivory without questioning how it was obtained.

I also learned that at one point in history, the United States was the largest consumer of ivory. As of 1989, Japan and Hong Kong were the largest importers of ivory, with Hong Kong holding 127 tonnes in its stockpile.

But China's economic boom has lead to greater buying power with few potential consumers exposed to the publicity surrounding the 1989 ban. This is why we really need to document what's happening here in Africa, on the ground. I firmly believe that Chinese consumers will have a change of heart once we understand the consequences, but it hasn't been covered widely enough in the media.


Unlike rhino horn (which was banned in 1993 in China), ivory is still legally available and side-by-side with illegal ivory from poached elephants, which I think is very confusing for people. If you see something openly on sale, you assume it is legal. An ivory carving is thousands of miles removed from the sad carcass of a poached elephant, but we need to make that connection.

It was a harrowing experience I never want to repeat, but something that everyone thinking of buying ivory should see. The wastefulness of this animal cruelly slaughtered just so a small part of it can be used. Would anyone buy ivory if they had witnessed this?


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