Ecuador calls for change in Opec rules

Ecuadorian Finance Minister Fausto Herrera, on a short visit to Qatar, met Finance Minister H E Ali Sherif Al Emadi and discussed issues of common interest and making amendments to Opec rules to give access to the non-member Opec states in their development programmes.

Algeria, Indonesia Nigeria and Venezuela have joined President Rafael Correa’s initiative for changing Opec rules and regulations and permitting poor countries to join the bloc for financial support for necessary projects, Herrera told the media. “We are studying areas of mutual interest for investments. Ecuador is working on raising $500m through sovereign bonds. As per the country’s laws such funds can only be used in public sectors such as hydro electric energy projects and highways,” he added.

Source: The Peninsula

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The Orangutan Whisperer

They call him the “orangutan whisperer”.

This is what the project’s about. It’s having orangutans, which were either doomed to death or a life in miserable captivity, now living free, independent lives in the forest… and doing well.

Leif Cocks is a former zookeeper from Australia who has dedicated his life to reintroducing endangered orangutans into the wild, something previously thought impossible.

At a jungle school in Sumatra, Indonesia, rescued orangutans practise climbing, foraging and fending for themselves in the forests.

Cocks has successfully reintroduced 180 of these animals and plans to save 8,000 more over the next decade.

“My goal is to save enough habitat that we can have 8,000 orangutans protected in reserves that we are looking after. And that will secure the species. That’s my goal. That’s at least a decent way of spending one’s life.”

So can Leif Cocks and his jungle schools help save the endangered species from extinction?

101 East treks deep into the Sumatran jungle with the “orangutan whisperer” and meets those he is desperately trying to save.

Source: AL Jazeera