There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”
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Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce its three Open teams that will compete in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in Auckland in February next year. The Australian Open teams (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) have been announced following a training camp in Sydney two weekends ago. Australia will be looking to continue its recent success over New Zealand in the Open divisions at the Super Trans Tasman Series after its 3-0 series whitewash in April this year. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series concept in 2009. Australia is the current Trans Tasman title holders in the Youth, Open and Masters categories as well as the current World Cup champions after their success in 2011. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players on selection in the Australian Open teams: Women’s OpenKristin BossCharlotte CaslickEmilee CherryEmily HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanAlicia QuirkPeta RogersonSarah SpacieMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterTBATBA Men’s OpenWillie BishopStuart BriertyScott BuckleyNicholas GoodDylan HennesseyNathan JonesBen MoylanRobert NakhlaPeter NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsDylan ThompsonMatt TopeDaniel WithersAnthony ZiadeMixed OpenMichael ChapmanKristian CongooMichael LawCameron NichollsLawrence OberleuterRohit PrasadSebe ReyMichael SinghTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichealopolousElin MortimerLeah OpieCara ZaremskiTBATFA congratulates all players on this wonderful honour and wishes all the very best during the event. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series for all of the latest news and information. Related Files2013_stt_open_teams_announced-pdfRelated LinksAussie Teams Announced
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Denmark coach Hareide on Tottenham midfielder Eriksen: I hope he chooses wellby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDenmark coach Age Hareide has defended Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Hareide is well aware of the transfer speculation around his star man.”I’m talking to Christian. And for me, writing about him is not so important. The most important thing is how Christian feels as a human being,” he said.”And I want him to be good where he is, and I also hope he gets it right where he possibly goes. “More I cannot say, we do not interfere in such matters.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Christian Wilkins is a defensive tackle by trade, but the 300-pound Clemson Tiger is a spectacular all-around athlete. During spring practice, Wilkins has tried his hand at a number of skills that aren’t usually part of being an interior lineman, like making one-handed catches and kicking field goals.Of course, Wilkins is also pretty good at playing his position. As a true freshman, he racked up 33 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks for the Tigers this season. More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince on Tuesday announced plans to build a futuristic city run entirely on alternative sources of energy and said the ultraconservative kingdom must return to “moderate Islam.”The $500 billion “Neom” project , envisioned as a hub for technological innovation, will be funded by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, which the prince oversees, as well as the Saudi government and a range of private and international investors.“This place is not for conventional people or conventional companies,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an audience of investors from around the world gathered in the capital, Riyadh, on Tuesday. “This will be a place for the dreamers of the world.”It’s the latest surprise move by Saudi Arabia, a country that for decades was characterized by slow, cautious reforms, bureaucratic red tape and promises that fell short of target. The kingdom was forced to spring into action nearly three years ago after global energy prices fell by more than half, threatening to deplete Saudi foreign reserves and spending power by 2020.Now, the kingdom is on a mission to build the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund to invest in projects like Neom. The aim is diversify revenue away from oil exports and create more jobs under a plan spearheaded by the crown prince known as Vision 2030 .No reform, however, was more disruptive to the old order than last month’s decision to lift the ban on women driving next summer. Saudi Arabia is also expected to bring back cinemas soon as it opens the ultraconservative country to more entertainment.Prince Mohammed defended these reforms at the conference on Tuesday, saying “we were not like this in the past.”“We want to go back to what we were: Moderate Islam,” the prince said during his rare public appearance. The heir to the throne said the kingdom will work to defeat extremist ideas and ensure that young Saudis live in harmony with the rest of the world.He was speaking on a panel that included business titans Stephen Schwarzman of U.S. private equity firm Blackstone and Masayoshi Son of Japan’s technology conglomerate SoftBank.As panelist after panelist lavished praise on the 32-year-old prince for his “passion,” ”vision” and “enthusiasm,” he interjected, saying: “I’m one of 20 million people. I am nothing without them.”For many middle and lower-income Saudi families, the prince’s reform blueprint is long overdue.Most Saudis hold jobs with the government, where wages for many can average just a few hundred dollars a month. Still, the public sector wage bill eats up about half of the government’s total expenditure. As part of Vision 2030, the government plans to trim the public sector workforce by about 20 per cent while ensuring there are enough jobs in the private sector to keep up with demand.Over the next decade, an estimated 5 million young Saudis will enter the workforce, creating an urgent need for rapid job creation.Projects like Neom are focused on creating some of those jobs. The independent economic zone in the northwestern region of the country, near Egypt and Jordan, sits on 26,500 square kilometres (10,230 square miles) of untouched land along the Red Sea.The crown prince envisions it as a hub for innovation, where scientists would develop new technologies and investors would make healthy returns. It’s a place, he said, where drones, driverless cars and robotics might all work together to ensure there’s no traffic, for example.Prince Mohammed chose to unveil the project at the Future Investment Initiative conference being organized by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.The kingdom plans to transform the fund into the world’s largest by listing less than 5 per cent of state-owned oil giant Aramco on the Saudi stock exchange and an international exchange, and transferring ownership of Aramco to the Public Investment Fund, also known as PIF.Saudi Arabia says this could put some $2 trillion under PIF’s control— double that of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which is currently the world’s largest.Speaking to Bloomberg TV on the sidelines of the conference, PIF Managing Director Yasir al-Rumayyan said the fund currently manages about $230 billion in assets.Recently, reports emerged that Saudi Arabia was considering holding off on the international portion of the Aramco IPO in favour of a private offering from a key investor like China. Saudi officials, however, insist Aramco is on track for listings as early as next year.Al-Rumayyan, who is also on the board of Aramco, addressed those concerns at the forum in Riyadh, saying: “Everything is on track, 2018 is our target.”___Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
SASKATOON – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. says a leading independent advisory firm has recommended its shareholders vote in favour of its proposed acquisition of Newstrike Resources Ltd., a deal that hostile suitor Aurora Cannabis Inc. wants quashed.Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. says that acquiring Toronto-based Newstrike (TSXV:HIP) would allow Saskatoon-based CanniMed (TSX:CMED) to access the recreational cannabis market while also significantly expanding its production capacity and diversifying its geographic footprint.The advisory firm also says that Aurora’s all-stock hostile takeover bid for CanniMed, capped at a $24 per share offer, has effectively halved the exchange ratio and CanniMed’s expected ownership stake in the combined entity.Aurora (TSX:ACB) formally launched its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed in late November on the condition that CanniMed cancel its acquisition of Newstrike and said its offer will remain on the table until March 9.CanniMed said earlier this month that Aurora was offering shares that were worth only half as much just two weeks before its hostile bid was announced last fall and that it is inferior to its own proposed acquisition.CanniMed shareholders vote on the proposed acquisition of Newstrike on Jan. 19.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB) EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to buy Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. in an all-stock deal worth up to $175 million, including certain milestone payments.Edmonton-based Aurora says the acquisition of the privately held company is expected to provide it with a suite of premium and organic certified products.Whistler operates two indoor licensed production facilities, include one in Whistler, B.C., and another a short drive from the resort town.Once the second location reaches full capacity, the facilities are expected to have a combined production capacity of over 5,000 kilograms per year.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, as well as third party and regulatory approvals.Shares in Aurora closed at $8.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. The Canadian Press