South African sisters ride for rhinos

first_img10 July 2015Two sisters from Cape Town, Vanessa and Victoria Wiesenmaier, are cycling 6 000km from China to Singapore to save rhinos. They set off in April, and yesterday were speeding along the Mekong.They have called their campaign Buy No Rhino, taken from the Wildaid slogan: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”“We will be travelling through Vietnam, China and Thailand, the main consumer markets driving the demand for rhino horn,” say the sisters. “Especially in these countries we want to reach the people! Even if we cannot change a whole culture, we will sow a seed of change.”Only with demand reduction will the rhino have a chance of survival, say Vanessa (30) and Victoria (35).Extinction threatThe two African rhino species, the black rhino and the white rhino, are threatened by poaching. If the development of the past years continues it is expected that the rhino will become extinct in the near future. The war against rhino poaching will be won in Asia, not in Africa, they say of their decision to take the fight to the market.The poaching of rhinos has reached a crisis point, they say. Designed to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino, the Buy No Rhino Bike Tour, is taking the sisters through China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and, finally, Singapore. Along the way, they are urging consumers to stop buying rhino horn.Vietnam, China and Thailand are the main consumer markets for rhino horn. For their campaign, the Wiesenmaiers are working with Project Rhino KZN, partners of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, to educate youth in hopes of curbing the demand for rhino horn.In Vietnam, the sisters teamed-up with Operation Game Change, a joint alliance between the governments of the United States and Vietnam aimed at ending wildlife crime, especially rhino horn.Save our rhinosThey give presentations at various stages along the way, promoting discussion on rhino poaching, rhino horn trafficking and how to stop the global urgent issue. They are also rolling out a Rhino Art project at schools and collecting signatures for the World Youth Wildlife Declaration, which will be presented to the Cites 2016 summit in Cape Town.According to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the number of rhinos poached in South Africa is spiking, with 1 215 poached in 2014 – up from 1 004 in 2013 and 668 in 2012. Operation Game Change says this is a rise from just 122 rhinos poached five years earlier.The Wiesenmaiers said the poaching of rhinoceroses was gruesome, Voice of America reported. Poachers tranquilised the animal and then cut off the horn. When the rhino woke up it slowly bled to death.In Asia, consumers buy horn products they believe cure everything from cancer to hangovers. At tens of thousands of dollars per kilogram, the horns are a luxury item sometimes given to bosses and officials. “To know that these animals are killed for pure greed and money, for some funny belief that the horn is a status symbol, that’s a tragedy,’ said Victoria.Personal issueSpeaking from the Laos-Vietnam border, she told Voice of America the issue was personal. A friend in South Africa had four of the six rhinos on his reservation slaughtered; he decided to leave the carcasses out so that people could see the results of poaching.“We saw live rhinos before that, so to see this crumbled, dead thing, it was really shocking, it was disgusting.”Vietnam is the biggest consumer of rhino horns in the world, and on their journey, Vanessa and Victoria are targeting schools, where they give a presentation about the harms of the horn trade, hold a discussion and then have students create artwork on the topic.It is hoped the children will be more open-minded and pass on the message to their parents. Vietnamese businessmen, celebrities, and state officials are “the strongest driver of the current rhino poaching crisis”, according to a 2013 report by wildlife group Traffic.South Africa and Vietnam are the key countries involved in the supply and demand sides of the rhino trade, respectively.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

FOCAC starts today in South Africa

first_img4 December 2015Ties between China and Africa are expected to strengthen as the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit commences today. The historic event, the first to be hosted in Africa, will run till tomorrow in Joburg, South Africa.It is co-chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, already in South Africa for a State Visit, and President Jacob Zuma.Numerous heads of African states, representatives from the African Union (AU), heads of regional organisations and multilateral organisations are also participating in the summit, which has the theme “Africa-China progressing together: win-win co-operation for common development”.The Johannesburg DeclarationA new declaration – the Johannesburg Declaration – will be adopted at the conclusion of the summit. It is an action plan to outline measures to consolidate the expanding relationship between Africa and China.The summit will pick up on key areas of co-operation that the two sides have identified. These include economic co-operation, infrastructure development, beneficiation, debt relief, industrialisation, investment promotion, market access expansion, co-operation in health, agriculture, science and technology, and education, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The Johannesburg Declaration will also take into account the AU’s first 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063. The agenda is a continental vision for an African continent that is united, peaceful and prosperous, and which moves towards industrialisation and value-addition, infrastructure development and greater intra-African trade.China and Africa partnershipThe historical relationship between China and Africa has grown in the last few years. The oriental country has been Africa’s largest trade partner for six consecutive years and Africa is assuming growing importance as an investment and engineering contract destination for Chinese enterprises.Over the past 15 years, the trade volume between China and Africa has soared from $10-billion (R144-billion at today’s exchange rate) to $220-billion. During the same period, China’s direct investment in Africa has sharply increased from $500-million to $30-billion.China&Africa: Together we make a better world #XiJinping, African leaders to attend #FOCAC summit in S. Africa https://t.co/3aRGWiOlhG— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 3, 2015South Africa’s relations with China remain central to realising its developmental agenda through foreign policy as it increases efforts to implement its National Development Plan; and collaborate in agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry, and finance. This comes as the country continues to drive the agenda of moving South Africa forward.Arrival of Chinese presidentPresident Xi arrived in South Africa on 2 December. In his arrival statement, he said the relationship between South Africa and China was at its best and had become a model of solidarity and co-operation between developing countries.The two countries had “steadily enhanced political trust, deepened practical collaboration in all areas and engaged in dynamic people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and carried out interestingly close international co-operation”.About FOCACEstablished in 2000, FOCAC aims to promote bilateral ties between China and Africa through dialogue.This year marks the 15th anniversary of the forum. It is the first time the ministerial meeting has been upgraded to a leader’s summit. This is seen as a reflection of the developing and growing relationship between the two sides.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgAnother snap shot of happenings from around Australia… · A 3400km round trip is on the cards for teams from Kununurra as they head to the North West Touch Championships in Port Hedland on 5th – 6th June. Teams will also travel from Broome, Derby, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Paraburdoo. · The TouchWest 18s State squads have met in Perth to begin preparations for the 2004 18 years & Under National Touch Championships and South Australia held their 18 years & Under trials on May 29-30. · 3 weeks today until the Australian Senior teams venture to South Africa, England and Jersey! · Victoria touch have released their new website, looks good! · The Queensland teams for the 2004 State of Origin have been released on the Queensland Touch website; check it out if you’re an interested Queenslander or just a NSW spy. · Queensland will be holding their 2004 Galvin’s Landscaping Junior State Cup in the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. The tournament will be held from July 9-11, with boys and girls divisions in 11 years and under, 13 years and under, 15 years and under, 17 years and under. · Incidentally, a quick Internet tourism search on the Glasshouse Mountains found that according to Aboriginal legend the mountains form a family, with Tibrogargan being the father at 364 metres and Beerwah being the mother at 555 metres. They had many children – Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah. Check out the full story on http://sunshinecoast.wheretostay.com.au/article/auglassh · Central Coast and Newcastle Uni claimed the Mens and Womens Open titles at the 2004 NSW Country Championships, while the Hunter Western Hornets were named Champion Permit and Newcastle City were the Club Champions. Check out the full story or go to the NSW website for more details. · Congratulations to all the `Player of the Final’ recipients at the 2004 NSW Country Championships: Mens Open: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Linda Poolman (Newcastle Uni) Womens 18’s: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18’s: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23’s: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23’s: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Mixed Open: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Womens O/30’s: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30’s: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35’s: Lyn Eason (Forster) Men’s O/35’s: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40’s: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40’s: Mark Koch (Forster Toncurry) Mens O/45’s: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Men’s O/50’s: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) · The Uni of Canberra are continuing their strong touch tradition, leading both the Mens and Womens Premier League competition in ACT touch. All results can be found on the ACT touch website. · Tassie touch will be holding their selection trials for the 2004 Australia Cup; they will be Sunday 13th June in Launceston and Sunday 20th June in Hobart. Contact Tasmania touch for more info. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

11W Pays Homage To Ezekiel Elliott With An “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South” T-Shirt

first_imgEzekiel Elliott running the ball for Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs up field during the first half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Back on January 1, the Ohio State Buckeyes shocked the college football world when they knocked off the No. 1-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott ran all over Alabama, racking up 230 yards on just 20 carries. His most important run came late in the fourth quarter, as he broke off an 85-yard score with his team ahead by less than a touchdown.The guys over at Eleven Warriors have put together an incredible tee shirt to commemorate the play. It’s titled “85 Yards Through The Heart Of The South”, and it features a graphic of the play diagram. Check it out:Here’s a clip of the play, if you haven’t seen it before. Ohio State fans certainly have.You can pick one up here. We imagine that there won’t be too many orders coming from the Yellowhammer state.last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more