The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 26th, 2018 evening edition

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Pakistan hit its billion tree goal in August 2017 – months ahead of schedule.

Now, the hills of the country’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are alive with newly planted saplings.

The massive reforestation project – named the Billion Tree Tsunami – added 350,000 hectares of trees both by planting and natural regeneration, in an effort to restore the province’s depleted forests and fight the effects of climate change.

Figures for the country’s total forest cover range between around 2% and 5% of land area.

Nevertheless, Pakistan has one of the lowest levels of forest cover in the region and well below the 12% recommended by the UN.

Cricket-star turned politician Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party governs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, spearheaded the Billion Tree Tsunami, which started in 2014 and cost $169 million.

However, the Billion Tree Tsunami has attracted criticism as well as praise within Pakistan, and an official inquiry into allegations of corruption has been launched. »

Japan to leave IWC, resume commercial whaling in July

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Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in 2019 to resume commercial whaling next July after a three-decade hiatus, the government said Wednesday, drawing immediate criticism from anti-whaling nations and groups.

Whaling towns welcomed the planned withdrawal and restart of commercial whaling but Japan came under a barrage of international criticism.

1948 - The International Whaling Commission is established under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. »

CBP orders medical checks after second child's death

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The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, had been in CBP's custody with his father, Agustin Gomez, since Dec. 18.

CBP earlier said that the boy died just after midnight.

A CBP spokesman could not immediately answer how many children are currently in the agency's custody. »

Beto O'Rourke seeks help after ICE leaves 200 migrants at El Paso bus station

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EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke - a potential candidate in the 2020 presidential election - is calling for donations and help after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off at least 200 migrants at the El Paso, Texas, bus station.

O’Rourke, whose term representing El Paso expires shortly, posted on Twitter that local shelter Annunciation House needed fresh fruit and unworn clothing .

ICE dropped off the migrants Sunday and Monday at the local Greyhound station, with more buses of people expected on Christmas day. »

Possible ‘Persona 5 R’ Announcement Imminent, Official Domain Updated

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On April 20, 2017, it was discovered that Atlus had registered a number of official Persona series related domain names, including “P5R.JP.” This domain name was updated today, on December 25, 2018.

This domain had previously been updated for renewal purposes in April 2018.

The games are the following: “Persona 2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment” HD console remake Completely new “Persona 6” “Persona 5” dance game (sound action) New Persona fighting game for “Persona 5” “Persona 3” HD console remake “Persona 1” HD console remake “Persona” series board game “Persona” series online game “Persona” series shooting game “Persona 5” with added scenarios and new elements Continuation of “Persona Q” and remake to other platforms “Persona 3” dance game (sound action). »