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JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- South Africa on Wednesday praised the decisions which came out of the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa told a press briefing in Johannesburg, where the conference was held from Sept. 24 to Oct. 4, that the meeting was a game changer with decisions to further protect the wildlife.

The conference was attended by more than 3,500 of delegates, the largest number ever recorded, according to the minister.

"In the coming days, much will be said in reflection on what we have achieved, on what has been said, and on the great debates that took place. As the secretary general of CITES Dr John Scanlon noted that this Conference was a game changer in the 43 year history of CITES," she said.

The CoP17 saw 152 governments taking decisions on 62 species-listing proposals submitted by 64 countries. Some species were added to CITES Appendices for the first time and will come under the organisation's trade controls. These include mammals, marine and timber species, reptiles and amphibians, species of rosewood, devil rays, silky sharks and thresher sharks.

CITES, for the first time, also passed resolutions affecting the helmeted hornbill and snakes, and for the first time, passed resolutions on corruption in relation with wildlife crime.

Molewa said the conference was conducted in the spirit of tolerance and mutual cooperation.

"Our decision to host this conference was informed by our intention to advance issues of sustainable use, community beneficiation, youth involvement and fighting illegal trade. I am happy to report that as a Party to CITES, South Africa is satisfied that our expectations have been met," she added.

The changes to the CITES Appendices, resolutions and decisions will come into force 90 days after the CoP17. CoP18 will be held in 2019 in Sri Lanka. Enditem

British finance minister George Osborne said on Thursday he will nominate Christine Lagarde for a second term as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

"At a time when the world faces what I've called a dangerous cocktail of risks cheap nike air max sale , I believe Christine has the vision, energy and acumen to help steer the global economy through the years ahead," Osborne said in a statement.

Lagarde has no obvious challengers and has said she is open to serving another term. But last month a French court ordered her to face trial over her role in a payout of some 400 million euros ($434 million) to businessman Bernard Tapie.

Accused of alleged negligence over the Tapie affair while she was serving as France's finance minister, Lagarde has said she will appeal against the court's decision.

Osborne had previously nominated Lagarde for her first term in 2011.

At a briefing in Davos, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls added an apparent message of support for Lagarde after being asked whether France backed her reappointment.

"French authorities support Christine Lagarde cheap air max 95 sale ," Valls said according to an English translation of his words. He added that the finance ministry would be making a statement in Paris on Friday.

TORONTO, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of brave people in Toronto, the most populous city in Canada, on Friday took an icy dip in Lake Ontario to greet New Year of 2016 for a good reason.

The Toronto Polar Bear Club dip, which has entered the 11th year cheap air max 90 sale , takes place in Canada on New Year's Day, when thousands take the occasion to indulge in some well-thought-of momentary insanity.

Friday's dip was held at Toronto's Sunnyside Beach on Lake Ontario, one of North America's coldest lakes, with participation of more than 500 people.

The temperature with wind chill was minus 8 degrees Celsius in the day and the lake was beyond cold with the shoreline ice-encrusted. A reason to partake in this icy folly was to have fun, test endurance and raise money for charity cheap air max sale , according to organizers.

Since 2005, the Toronto Polar Bear Club has hosted the event to raise fund for Habitat for Humanity, which helps build simple, affordable and decent homes for families in need in the city. They are hoping to raise 65,000 Canadian dollars (about 46 cheap nike air max 95 womens ,800 U.S. dollars) this year. Since its beginning, the event has brought in nearly 300,000 Canadian dollars (about 216,000 U.S. dollars) in donations, said the organizers.

Habitat for Humanity GTA is currently working on 47 homes across eight different building sites cheap nike air max 90 womens , 27 of which will be completed by the end of 2016. "We know the impact is transformational," said Habitat for Humanity GTA CEO Ene Underwood.

Polar Bear Dip co-founder Mike Bonneveld said the event has grown in the last 11 years with its inaugural plunge starting with only 15 people. But over the years, more and more people have been enchanted by the New Year's Day event, both local residents and visiting travelers.

"It's exhilarating, it's refreshing. It's quite an experience cheap nike air max womens , everyone should do at least once," a participant from Australia told Xinhua. "Every (new) year, 12 noon, Sunnyside Park in Toronto, Canada. I highly recommend it to anyone cheap air max 95 womens , visiting or local."

The event in Toronto is just one of many dips taking place across the country. One of the oldest and most established Polar Bear Dips takes place on Canada's west coast at Vancouver's English Bay, where they have been doing it since 1920.

On the periphery of Lake Ontario, other towns were also preparing for their Polar Bear swims. From Oakville in the west to Oshawa in the east, at least 128 kilometers of lake front have seen adventurous Canadians plunge into the polar waters to welcome Day 1 of 2016.

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