ElderAid Wellness secures angel funding from Hong Kong-based Investor

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By salil sule on November 15, 2017 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Share News Read Article ElderAid Wellness secures angel funding from Hong Kong-based Investor MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”center_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Founded in 2015, ElderAid helps improve quality of life for senior citizens through its range of servicesElderAid Wellness has secured an undisclosed sum as angel investment from Rugmini Menon, a Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, to bolster its operations in Bangalore. This investment will enable augmentation of operations, investment in critical customer management technology, marketing and brand building efforts.ElderAid is a unique end-to-end, ‘proxy child’ service set up by Dr Vandana Nadig Nair and Santosh Abraham in 2015 to serve elders in Bangalore. The company provides a range of at-home services including caretaker support, emergency assistance, accompanying the elder to the hospital, social events, supporting volunteering interests and hobbies, bill payments, property management, Doctor home visits, and so on.ElderAid addresses a critical need by focusing on seniors and their needs. It is projected that the proportion of Indians aged 60 and older will rise from 7.5 per cent in 2010 to 11.1 per cent in 2025. In 2010, India had more than 91.6 million elderly and the number of elderly in India is projected to reach 158.7 million in 2025.Santosh Abraham, Co-Founder – ElderAid, speaking of the organisation’s growth and future plans said, “Elder support is an evolving space which will come into its own in the next three to five years. Our current focus is to stabilize and grow operations in Bangalore before we set up in other cities across India.”Speaking about the investment, Menon said, “Often, even if one lives in the same city as their elders, the realities of our day to day lives don’t allow us to be there for our elders. ElderAid helps bridge this gap. Their professional, from-the-heart support to their clients ensures peace of mind for all concerned. This is a space I am deeply committed to and look forward to seeing ElderAid grow from strength to strength.” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more

News / Maersk leads the way as carriers look to raise Asia-Europe FAK rates

first_imgMaersk’s new FAK rates from China to North Europe have been set at a level of $1,025 per 20 ft and $1,800 per 40 ft and are valid until 31 May.However, rival CMA CGM’s FAK rates, valid until the same date, are set at $850 per 20 ft and $1,600 per 40 ft.Indeed, Andrew Scorer, senior container pricing specialist at S&P Global Platts told The Loadstar today that the future rate position of carriers was “mixed” with some lines looking for increases from the middle of the month while others are maintaining their current FAK rates and going all out for an increase at the end of May.“The issue is that some carriers are introducing newbuild ultra-large vessels into their schedules this month which could lead to lower than anticipated cargo allocation percentages as they are bigger vessels,” said Mr Scorer.Nevertheless, he said that his reading of the situation was that the carriers seemed to be in a “more positive position than April” when spot rates were on the slide.Elsewhere, Drewry said it was expecting a “slight increase” in spot rates to Europe next week based in the impact of FAK hikes.Meanwhile, spot rates on the transpacific tradelane dipped this week with the SCFI’s spot rates from Asia to the US west coast declining by 5.9% to $1,382 per 40 ft and dropping by 2.8% for US east coast ports to $2,364 per 40 ft.This is broadly in line with the same week a year ago when the SCFI reading was for a rate of $1,432 per 40 ft for the west coast and $2,432 per 40 ft for east coast ports.In its latest Container Horizons monthly report, London-based consultants ClipperMaritime advised that ocean carriers on the transpacific appear to have “caved in on improving rates” in their annual contract rate negotiations and instead have “settled for retaining volumes” after the significant increases obtained in the previous year.The SCFI comprehensive index ticked up 0.3% this week to a reading of 778.83, which is down on the 865.03 level of 12 months ago, suggesting an overall weaker picture in market. By Mike Wackett 11/05/2018 Maersk Line has announced an increase in its FAK rates from Asia to North Europe effective 15 May as it seeks to build on a brief period of stability in the container spot rate market.The North Europe component of this week’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 2.9% increase to $811 per teu and for Mediterranean ports there was a 3.6% uplift to $783 per teu.However, rates have still some way to go to match the levels of a year ago when for the same week the SCFI reading was $961 and $949 per teu, respectively for North Europe and the Mediterranean.Moreover, carriers are having to contend with bunker prices at around a third higher than 12 months ago, as well as a big spike in ship charter rates, and other inflationary pressures that will potentially put a dent in their profitability targets.last_img read more

Juan Carlos Pastor “did it” with Szeged: My father was always asking, when we gonna beat Chema’s team

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Related Items:juan carlos pastor, Pick Szeged THE FIRST BIG SCALP OF THE SEASON: Pick Szeged beat Barca Lassa! Barca put Pick Szeged on RK Vardar in TOP 16 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsEvery 11 years PICK Szeged winning title in Hungary! After 1996 and 2007, the team from the south beat again the eternal rulers of domestic stage – Telekom Veszprem. Since 2013, Juan Carlos Pastor, was trying to win one of the most “heaviest” trophies in world of handball, but world champion with Spain in 2005, lost four consecutive finals. Spanish coach was “very emotional” in his speech after the second match of the final.center_img Congratulations to Veszprém for the wonderful final. We were better in two games, and deserved to win. We played well in the first half, but we were struggling in the second, we were not able to score and the offense was shaky. I think that in the period when Veszprém came back, we played badly. We believed that we can do it all along, and we managed to do it. Congratulations to the MOL-Pick family and thanks to Mr. Csányi, who had confidence in me when the results were not okay in December. I would like to thank my players, who worked very well all season long. I dedicate this championship to them. I would also like to dedicate it to my family and especially to my father, who passed away in August, and was always asking, when we are going to beat Chema’s team. It is hard to win the title here, and it will not change for next year either. We respect Veszprém. We could not win important games against them, but now it happened.PHOTO: Pick Szeged Facebook Recommended for you Matej Gaber to stay at MOL Pick Szeged until 2024 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lamar trying to right ship as TSU visits

first_img The Cardinals face a tough task in Texas Southern, which is always picked among the Southwestern Athletics Conference leaders. TSU heads to Beaumont with a similar record to the Cardinals. The Tigers are 4-7 (.364) overall and have dropped three of their past four outings. Texas Southern is coming off a heartbreaking 77-70 loss at Tulane on Monday evening.The Tigers have already faced one of the nation’s toughest schedules just a third of the way through the season with games against Baylor, Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Diego State, Oregon, Arizona State and Georgia – picking up wins against Baylor and Oregon.Although Texas Southern is a very tough opponent, returning to the friendly confines of the Montagne Center may be just what the doctor ordered for LU. The Cardinals are a perfect 3-0 at home this season, and a near perfect 25-2 (.926) in non-conference home games under LU head coach Tic Price. Senior Josh Nzeakor leads an LU offense that is averaging better than 74 points per game. Nzeakor, a preseason all-conference selection who recently eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career earlier this season and ranks among the Southland leaders in scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounds (7.8 rpg). Nzeakor is one of four Cardinals averaging in double figures through the first 10 games of the season.The Tigers are averaging nearly 76 points per game despite their tough non-conference schedule but have struggled on the glass at times. TSU is being outrebounded by five through their first 11 contests. Texas Southern is led by four players averaging better than 10 points per game, but the offense is run through Trayvon Reed and Jalyn Patterson. The TSU duo is averaging 28 points per game on the season.Fans who bring a new teddy bear to the Montagne Center on Wednesday will have the opportunity to throw the bears on the court at halftime. The bears will be collected and donated to a local charity benefitting Southeast Texas families. Fans who bring a brand new, unopened toy will receive an exclusive Cardinals’ ornament.Wednesday’s game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from the Montagne Center. It will be streamed live on ESPN+ and can be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s basketball team is slated to step on the court Wednesday to face in-state rival Texas Southern.When they do, it will be the first time in a month the Cardinals will compete in front of the home fans. Ending a five-game road swing, the Red and White enters the battle against TSU looking to right the ship posting a 1-4 (.200) record on the road swing and a 4-6 (.400) overall mark.last_img read more

Scare tactics

first_imgCheshire firm Chafes has hosted temporary recruits at its Wilmslow office over the past week. Two scarecrows, named Mike and Dave by staff, have been somewhat precariously ensconced on a ledge outside the firm’s first-floor office. Their arrival is not, as one might imagine, linked to problems of the avian variety, nor to demonstrate a fondness for children’s TV character Worzel Gummidge. In fact, Wilmslow has staged its first Scarecrow Festival to brighten up the town. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the Chafes scarecrows are seated at a desk and even have their own PC. Let’s hope they are meeting their billing targets.last_img read more

Parts of Ramses II statue found in southern Egypt

first_imgEgypt says archaeologists have discovered parts of a statue of one of its most famous pharaohs in the southern city of Aswan.The Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday the head and chest of the statue of Ramses II were found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during a project to protect the site from groundwater.Egypt hopes the find, along with other recent discoveries, will help revive its tourism sector, which has been battered by years of unrest since the 2011 uprising.Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, ruled Egypt from 1279 B.C. to 1213 BC. He is credited with expanding Egypt’s reach as far as modern Syria to the east and Sudan to the south.last_img read more

“They don’t know our culture” – Sin Cara backs Wolves star…

first_imgWhen Raul Jimenez scored Wolves’ second of the match, to send his team two clear of Watford in the FA Cup semi-final, he celebrated by wearing a mask. The Mexican striker has recently been speaking to Sin Cara, who is his compatriot and a huge WWE star. Known for wearing the masks, Sin Cara clearly encouraged the Wolves player into the celebration, but it didn’t go down well with everyone.Watford made a brilliant comeback in the match and thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney they took it to extra time. The former Barcelona player then scored the winner for Javi Gracia’s side.After the match, Deeney made it clear he wasn’t happy with Jimenez’s mask, explaining it was a good job he’d not been in the vicinity when it happened.The Watford captain made it clear he thinks the striker is a top player, but felt the celebration was a bit much considering the game wasn’t won.Embed from Getty ImagesSince then, Sin Cara has responded, making it clear he thinks there’s been something of a misunderstanding.Speaking to ESPN Mexico, he explained: “The mask is something cultural. There are people who maybe don’t understand, who take the celebration as an offence, because a player from the other team got angry and said a silly comment, but they do not know our culture, they do not know about soccer and wrestling in Mexico. I really felt very happy, because I had an immense joy that Raul pulled that mask on and is triumphing in the English league.“I never imagined that my mask would become famous all over the world, I do not think Raul imagined he was going to play in the Premier League, that mask represents that you can, that there is an opportunity to get to WWE, to the leagues in Europe, that young people do not stop dreaming, to keep going, to continue fighting for their goals.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoPerfect-Dating.comThousands of successful men are looking for women in Tung ChungPerfect-Dating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 60? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Simple Trick To Unlock Netflix RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉!睡前,空腹吃Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

Kessben FC maintain lead, beat Hassacas 4 – 3.

first_imgIt was a day of protests, boos, jeers and water-can-throwing in match day five of the Glo Premier League as League leaders, Kessben FC refused to surrender the lead in the league at this juncture and beating home side Hassacas by four goals to three.Kumasi Asante Kotoko supporters at the Ohene Djan Stadium threw water cans amidst boos and jeers at the players when the team conceded a goal in the late stages of the first half after playing a good game.Supporters thought the goal was conceded nonchalantly.At the Tamale Stadium, supporters of Wa All Stars poured invectives on Assistant Referee Emmanuel Baah for allowing a winner for RTU in the late embers of the game – a goal they believed ought not to have been allowed because Rahim Seidu was offside.The game ended 2 – 1 (a day of 2 – 1 score lines) in favour of RTU.Hearts of Oak supporters had their own share of water-bottle-throwing when they protested a red card decision by the referee but a Don Bortey goal was enough to ensure victory for the Phobians. While the water-bottle-throwing was going on, Kessben FC remained resilient and worked hard to maintain their lead in the league.They came from the first half break with one goal apiece with Hassacas but had a respite when Hassacas were reduced by one man.The numerical advantage did not yield immediate dividends as the Hassacas shot into the lead. In a matter of 14 minutes, however, Kessben scored two quick goals to bring the score line to 3 – 2.In a dramatic fashion, Hassacas put themselves in the game again by grabbing the equalizer.In a match that produced seven goals, Kessben snatched the winning goal to retain the enviable position as league leaders. At the Kpando Park, Heart of Lions maintained their impeccable performance by beating visitors, Bechem Chelsea 2 – 1.Ashgold beat Eleven Wise two goals to nil at the Len Clay Stadium.At the Golden City Park, Berekum Arsenals beat Olympics 2 – 1, while King Faisal drew goalless with Aduana Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium.Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

Connect the dots: Cerrado soy drives inequality to provide EU with chicken

first_imgFor nearly a century, traditional communities in the Brazilian Cerrado raised small livestock herds and planted sustainably on lands to which they lacked deeds. The savanna was largely ignored by industrial agribusiness, which lacked the technology to farm and water the semi-arid land.That changed about 30 years ago, when agricultural advances made large-scale soy production possible there. Wealthy entrepreneurs flocked to the Cerrado and began laying claim to the lands worked by traditional communities. Deprived of their livelihoods, and sometimes forced from their homes, many people moved to cities newly built to service the soy boom.Campos Lindos was one of those new cities. While many large-scale soy growers say they’ve brought prosperity to the Cerrado, Campos Lindos has poverty levels far higher than the Brazilian average, lacks many basic social services such as clean water and basic healthcare, and suffers high infant and maternal mortality rates.Some blame these worsening social problems on the soy growers, whose crops analysts have traced to transnational commodities companies like Cargill and Bunge, and on to soy-fed chicken in the U.K., retailers like McDonalds, Tesco and Morrisons, and ultimately to consumers in the developed world. Seu Raimundo de Miranda’s family, deprived of their livelihood and health, sold their land in 2014 for less than it was worth and moved to the city of Campos Lindos, an urban center newly built to cater to the needs of the soy boom, and also a place infamous across Brazil for its high levels of poverty and dire living conditions. Image by Thomas Bauer.This is the fourth in a series by journalist Anna Sophie Gross who traveled to the Brazilian states of Tocantins and Maranhão in Legal Amazonia for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the region’s environment and people. CAMPOS LINDOS, Brazil — Seu Raimundo de Miranda used to grow rice, beans and cassava with his wife, Brigida, on a smallholding in the rural countryside of Tocantins state in Brazil. His life there was gratifying, simple and self-reliant: living off the animals he raised and crops he planted, and dependent on almost nothing from the outside world.Many families in the surrounding area lived by similar sustainable means. Most had been on the land for nearly a century, though none held official land titles.Twenty years ago, things began to change as agricultural entrepreneurs started arriving from the south of the country to the north of Tocantins, dubbed the agricultural “filet mignon” of the Cerrado. Much of the untitled land that Seu Raimundo and other members of the traditional community had used to cultivate crops, raise cattle and bury their dead was claimed for industrial agribusiness production, taken over by huge soy monocultures.For Seu Raimundo, the most painful impact of this usurpation came in the form of health declines: regular and severe bouts of pesticide intoxication suffered by his family. (The industrial model for growing soy requires massive doses of herbicides, often sprayed from planes.) Two of Seu Raimundo’s nephews were hospitalized and eventually died of pesticide poisoning. Inquests followed, but no verdict ever came. Seu Raimundo’s wife also became severely ill.Deprived of its livelihood and health, the family sold its land in 2014 for less than it was worth and moved to the city of Campos Lindos, an urban center newly built to cater to the needs of the soy boom, and also a place infamous across Brazil for its high levels of poverty and dire living conditions.“We’re producing a lot less, we’re persecuted, and locals from the city steal from us,” Seu Raimundo tells Mongabay. “It’s not easy at all.”last_img read more

EU customers warned over possible illegal timber from the Congo

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored In a briefing paper released March 14, Global Witness accused ten companies from the EU of importing timber harvested illegally from the DRC.Industrie Forestiere du Congo (IFCO) logged outside of its approved operational area in a remote DRC forest, the watchdog group said.According to Global Witness, the IFCO acquired the concession from company owners or shareholders whose identities have not yet been confirmed. Ten European companies have been accused of importing illegally-harvested timber from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Witness. The watchdog group said earlier this month that the timber was brought to market by a company called Industrie Forestiere du Congo (IFCO), which operates in a densely-forested, remote area of the central African country.“[The report] shows that certain companies based in the EU are probably not doing adequate due diligence to screen out any potentially illegal timber from their supply chains,” said Colin Robertson, a campaigner with Global Witness. “Secondly it points to a weak enforcement in some EU member states of the [European Union Timber Regulation].”The report provides satellite and other evidence that suggests IFCO harvested timber outside the boundaries of the area it was approved to operate in, which “directly contravenes DRC forest law and the company’s own management plan.”In addition, the report cites a letter written by Congolese authorities in Tshuapa province, where IFCO’s concession lies, ordering the company to suspend its operations for more than six months in 2018. According to evidence presented by Global Witness, IFCO did not comply with the order, and logs harvested during that period may have wound up in EU markets.IFCO is a major player in the DRC’s timber industry, with clients in countries across the EU, including France, Spain, and Italy. Between June and October 2018, the company brought logs into the EU that had a market value of around 2 million euros. According to Robertson, that timber was an expensive good that may have been used to make high-end furniture or flooring.“It’s very much a luxury product, and it retails for very high prices,” he said.The rainforest in the DRC. Image via Flickr.IFCO controls two concessions in the DRC, including one that the report lists as an area the size of Luxembourg. The company has only owned the concession since early 2018, when it was acquired from another logging company called Cotrefor, which was previously called Trans-M. According to the report, the largest shareholder in Trans-M was a Lebanese businessman named Ahmed Tajideen. Three members of Tajideen’s family have previously been placed on a terrorism sanctions list by the U.S. Treasury, due to alleged links to the Hezbollah militia group.The report describes how after Trans-M changed its name to Cotrefor, a representative of the company denied ongoing links to Tajideen. However, most of the Trans-M staff remained, and many are now employed by IFCO.“We don’t know who the owners or shareholders of IFCO are,” Robertson said, adding that EU buyers of the company’s timber should ask it to disclose that information.The report also alleges that IFCO has not been following sustainability principles that should mark areas that were logged within the past 25 years as off-limits, which would give them a chance to regenerate. While not technically a violation of DRC laws, the failure to adhere to the company’s management plan is an indication that its operations are potentially more environmentally harmful than it has led buyers to believe.Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo courtesy of A.P.E.S. database“The Congo Basin is one of the most climate critical forest on earth,” Robertson said. “It’s the second-largest rainforest, it’s home to incredible biodiversity, and it supports the livelihoods of millions of people. It’s also one of the most remote places on earth where sometimes governance or oversight of the behavior of companies is weak.”The report calls on companies in the EU to cease purchasing timber from IFCO until they can verify that its operations are in compliance with the EU Timber Regulation. In addition, it urges the government of the DRC to investigate any illegal harvesting of logs by IFCO outside of its agreed-upon boundaries, and to sanction the company if it is found to have violated its management plan.While IFCO itself hasn’t responded publicly to the report, on March 21 the company published a statement in French from the Congo-based Federation of Wood Manufacturers on its website. It called the allegations “defamatory.” The statement denied that logs were harvested from off-limits areas and asserted that IFCO and Cotrefor are “distinct entities.”Banner image: The landscape of Garamba National Park in DRC. Photo by Thomas Nicolon for Mongabay.Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist with extensive experience living and reporting in Liberia. You can find him on Twitter at @unkyoka.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Forests, Illegal Timber Trade, International Trade, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Timber, Timber Laws, timber trade, Tropical Forests center_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more