In the first edition of In The Spotlight, the Queensland Fire’s Kelly McGennity speaks about her team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?I am very honoured and excited to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series. As this is the first time a series like this has been conducted, I feel privileged to be a part of it and the new direction Touch Football is taking. How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?Our preparation leading up to the Elite Eight series is going really well. We have great coaching staff with lots of experience who are extremely organised and professional in what they do. All the girls are very keen and eager to play also which is a great sign.What would you say are the strengths of your team?Without giving too much away, I would say one of our strengths is definitely youth. We have a number of young Australian representatives in our side who are fast, fit and can run all day. Mixed with that is a couple of old experienced heads which gives it a good balance.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?Being an elite competition, every team is going to be tough. It would be too hard to choose one team in particular to be our toughest opponent as I’m sure each side will have its own strengths.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight series?To win the Elite Eight series would just be amazing. Not only because this is the first year of the competition, but also because you are playing against the best players in Australia. I am expecting every game to be extremely tough and close. It will be a great competition to watch and to play in.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384
Internationally renowned ethologist, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace – has joined animal protection groups in Germany, the UK and France (Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. , Cruelty Free International and One Voice) in welcoming an end to the controversial neuroscience experiments on monkeys at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI) in Tübingen, and is calling for the surviving monkeys to be released to a sanctuary.In recent years, MPI has found itself at the centre of media and public controversy following a long running campaign by Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. In 2014, MPI was the subject of harrowing undercover video footage that revealed the immense suffering of primates, who were forced to take part in neuroscience experiments using severe water deprivation and physical and psychological coercion.Two years later, in 2016, MPI announced that it would end using primates in these controversial experiments. Despite an initial move by MPI to try to place some of the surviving monkeys into a sanctuary, no information on the actual fate and whereabouts of the surviving animals has been made public. It is feared that MPI has sent at least ten monkeys to other laboratories in Europe to continue to be used in experiments.Dr Jane Goodall, who in December gave an inspiring lecture in Tübingen organized by Ärzte gegen Tierversuche during which she spoke out passionately against the use of primates in invasive and cruel experiments, has stated: “I welcome the news that the disturbing monkey experiments taking place at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingen, Germany will no longer take place. However, I am saddened to learn that the monkeys have not been released to a sanctuary but rather sent to other laboratories presumably to be used in further experiments. I join Cruelty Free International, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche and One Voice in calling for information on their whereabouts to be publicly released and I urge the Max Planck Institute to arrange for the immediate transfer of these monkeys to a sanctuary. These poor individuals have suffered enough and deserve to live out the rest of their lives free from the deprivation and confinement of the laboratory.”One Voice, Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. and Cruelty Free International have submitted a request to Mr. Klaus Tappeser, President of the administrative district of Tübingen, requesting information on the current whereabouts and fate of any of primates who were held by MPI in November 2016 be released.