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Ivory Ban Moves One Step Closer to Law

RECENT NEWS UPDATE – 09/21/15

It is horrible acts like this that should shock the conscience.
A critically endangered Sumatran elephant who had patrolled Indonesia’s jungles to help protect threatened habitats has been killed for his tusks, an official says …
Source: Killing of endangered Sumatran elephant Yongki in Indonesia
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to expand a ban on elephant ivory so it could no longer be bought or sold in the state regardless of when it was first imported. The legislation removes an exemption that has allowed for ivory imported before 1977 to be exempt from state laws banning the product. The exemption made the current ban nearly unenforceable since it’s difficult to determine the age of ivory without carbon dating and DNA. “We are on the verge of a major achievement,” said Peter LaFontaine, campaign officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “It’s days like this that make me hopeful for the future of these species. California has one of the bigger markets in the country, so California is a major domino to fall to restrict illegal sales.” The Senate passed the bill 26-13. AB96 returns to the Assembly, where it previously passed 62-14, before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. If passed and signed by Brown, the expanded ban goes into effect July 1, 2016.
Source: California ivory ban moves one step closer to law It is about time that the world pays attention to the plight of countless elephants killed for their ivory. It is a true disgrace of this or any generation to allow such majestic beings to be slaughtered for vanity or profit.
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Star Wars: Episode VII

For anyone who is a Star Wars fan, the prospect of an upcoming movie is a chance to be absolutely giddy with joy. While personally I am waiting to see what JJ Abrams can do with this franchise, I am one of the purists who believes that it will never be as good as the original campy version (before the misguided attempt to “remaster” them by Lucas) but hey I am open minded if nothing else. No matter how you feel about the new movie, a chance to appear in it is every Star Wars nerd’s dream, so for you guys there is a chance – keep reading, but for the rest of us its just a chance to help a good cause powered by the momentum of the brand. Enter: Star Wars Force for Change
Star Wars: Force for Change is a brand new charitable initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefiting children in need.
You can go directly to Omaze where this benefit event is being supported. There are different contribution levels and various rewards given out for each. Unicef being close to my heart, I contributed at two levels: Supporter / $10 Founding Member Founding Member Digital Badge Friend / $70 Founding Member Founding Member Poster So if you can contribute to the cause, please do and even if you can’t, you can still enter for the promotion free by using the Free Alternative Method of Entry. Good luck.

UPDATE:

My badges and posters arrived – take a look.

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Week 1 - R2D2


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Week 2 - Yoda


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Week 3 - Darth Vader


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Week 4 - Storm Trooper


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Week 5 - C3PO


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Week 6 - Boba Fett

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Week 7 - M Falcon

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Week 8 - LIghtsaber

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Final - ATAT

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Final - XWing

Final – XWing

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