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The UN Security Council on Tuesday renewed the sanctions on Liberia for another nine months since it has determined the situation in the country remains fragile and constitutes a threat to international peace and security in the region.In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Security Council renewed a set of measures on travel ban and arms embargo for nine months, and also extended the mandate of the panel of experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the measures for ten months, beginning on Tuesday.The Security Council also expressed in the draft resolution its intent to scale back and terminate the remaining sanctions in a prudent manner as the council recognizes that the peace-building and development gains in Liberia could be reversed in light of the Ebola outbreak.The Security Council “decides further to maintain all of the above measures under continuous review with a view to modifying or lifting all or part of the measures of the sanctions regime dependent upon Liberia’s progress towards meeting the conditions set out in resolution 1521 (2003) for terminating those measures and in light of the threat to peace and security in Liberia posed by the Ebola virus,” according to the resolution.The sanctions imposed a decade ago, was due to expire on December 12, 2014.The arms embargo and other sanctions were imposed by the Security Council more than a decade ago as a response to the continued civil war in Liberia, where warring parties were involved in illegal arms traffic and diamond trade.According to resolution 1521 which was adopted in 2003, the criteria for termination of these sanctions include a ceasefire in the country, completing disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, repatriation and restructuring of the security sector, implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and making progress towards stability.The draft resolution was put in blue on 3 December, following one meeting at the expert level. A day earlier, Council members held consultations on Liberia sanctions where the final report of the Panel of Experts (PoE) transmitted to the Council on 19 November (S/2014/831) was discussed and the following day the Council held a meeting with troop-contributing-countries (TCCs) for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Negotiations on the draft resolution, which essentially constituted a technical roll-over as recommended in the Secretary-General’s letter of 29 September (S/2014/707), were uncontroversial. The draft resolution renews for a period of nine months the arms embargo on Liberia, which was first imposed with resolution 1521 in 2003 and was modified to become a partial arms embargo on non-state actors with resolution 1903 in 2009.It also renewed for nine months the targeted travel ban initially imposed with resolution 1521. The draft resolution further reaffirmed the asset freeze on former president Charles Taylor, his family and associates imposed by resolution 1532 in 2004, which is not time-limited. The draft resolution also renewed the mandate of the PoE for a period of ten months, with an update to the Committee due no later than 23 April and a final report due by 1 August.The draft resolution identified two specific areas which remained a problem in Liberia: the proper management of arms and ammunition by the Liberian government, including enacting a necessary legislative framework, and effective monitoring and management of the border regions between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. These recurring issues had been previously highlighted in the Secretary-General’s assessment of the Liberia sanctions regime conveyed to the Council on 29 September and in the final report of the PoE (as well as previous PoE reports). The draft resolution requests the Secretary-General to provide an update to the Council by 1 August on progress made by the government of Liberia with regard to arms and ammunition management and border control.And prior to the Council’s announcement, the meeting concluded earlier provided an opportunity for UNMIL TCCs that provided input prior to an adoption scheduled for 18 December renewing the peacekeeping operation’s mandate. Due to the uncertainty caused by the Ebola outbreak, the Council last renewed UNMIL’s mandate on 15 September with resolution 2176 for an interim period up to 31 December.It requested an update from the Secretary-General by 15 November and also expressed its intention to further extend UNMIL’s mandate to 30 September 2015. On 12 November, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and Ambassador Per Thðresson (Sweden), representative of the chair of the Liberia configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission briefed the Council (S/PV.7310). Ladsous recommended deferring consideration of a drawdown of troops and police from UNMIL until the Ebola crisis has ended. Tomorrow, TCC representatives are likely to be interested in how UNMIL’s mandate may be modified due to the Ebola outbreak and what implications this may have for their personnel.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Middle Road, La Penitence man who attacked and wounded another at the Stabroek Market area in November 2017 was on Tuesday jailed for two years.Fifty-year-old Shawn Griffith, of Lot 137 Middle Road, La Penitence Georgetown, had the sentence handed down to him by Magistrate Annette Singh.Shawn GriffithThe Prosecution contended that Griffith, on November 18, 2017, wounded Kenton Vallet.Griffith was jointly charged for the offence with his son who was visiting from the United States. However, after the son had offered the virtual complainant (VC) a compensation of $10,000, which was accepted, the matter was dismissed against the son.Griffith, however, had originally denied the allegation, and was granted $30,000 bail.
“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.”On Sunday, Pique had tweeted a picture of Barcelona teammate Neymar with the caption “He’s staying” adding another twist to the ongoing saga of the Brazilian striker’s possible world record 222 million euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.Pique said his post hadn’t ruffled Neymar.“I was with Neymar and his friends in his room last night and he’s not angry at all,” Pique said. “On the contrary, he’s happy.Barcelona’s Neymar laughs during a training session at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on July 21, 2017, on the eve of their match against Juventus © AFP/File / Jewel SAMAD“We’ve been speaking to him. We have a close relationship, not only as teammates but also as friends,” added Pique, who said he didn’t believe Neymar’s contemplation of a move was a matter of money.But he believes if it’s a matter of sporting goals, Neymar remains better off in Barcelona.“In Paris, if he doesn’t win the Champions League then he’s not going to get the recognition that he deserves,” Pique said.Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano said he had advised “Ney” to weigh all the pros and cons.“He has to put things in the balance,” Mascherano said. “What Pique says is the feeling of all of us, we want him to stay. We all want him to stay.”Meanwhile in Miami, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery sidestepped questions about the possible acquisition of Neymar.“We have an obligation to talk about the present, about the players who currently make up the team, our next match,” Emery said at a press conference to promote PSG’s International Champions Cup friendly against Juventus on Wednesday.“If a new player arrives, we will talk about it then.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000(From L) Barcelona players Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, and Neymar arrive at a team event in Tokyo on July 13, 2017, following a press conference to announce new sponsorship with Japanese internet retailer Rakuten © AFP/File / KAZUHIRO NOGIWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 26 – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said on Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.
Patrick gets stuck into some cake!The craic was ’90’ with this well-known Dunfanaghy man earlier in the week.Patrick McGinley from Swillybrin could easily pass for a man much younger than his nine decades.Friends and family gathered to cut a cake for well-known farmer Patrick who is a true gentleman. Many happy returns Patrick.If your relative or friend has a milestone birthday, why not send us in a picture and a few details and we’ll publish a birthday wish to them! Send the picture and words to email@example.com THE CRAIC IS ’90’ FOR DUNFANAGHY MAN PATRICK! was last modified: November 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:birthdayDunfanaghyPatrick McGinley
MANY tributes have been paid to John ‘Bernie’ Boyle who passed away at Donegal Hospice at the weekend. Yesterday we published a poem by his friend John O’Donnell.There was a huge response – and today Mr O’Donnell has asked us to show this video tribute to John.May He Rest In Peace. His Funeral Mass is today at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Acres with burial afterwards in Belcruit Cemetery. DDTV: VIDEO TRIBUTE FOR JOHN BERNIE BOYLE was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO TRIBUTE FOR JOHN BERNIE BOYLE
As reported in our 10/14/2004 entry, mutations do not work in isolation; even the good kind usually conspire against the host. This fact has been largely ignored by neo-Darwinists. Some researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, writing in Nature,1 tested the interaction of mutations (epistasis) on proteins. They found, in short, that harmful mutations usually accelerate the loss of fitness above what would occur in isolation. Some organisms exhibit robustness against mutations, though, as in well-known cases of antibiotic resistance. The team tested the robustness of E. coli while mutating a gene for a lactamase (TEM-1) that confers some resistance to ampicillin. They found that, at best, the organisms could hold out at a threshold level of fitness only temporarily. Beyond the threshold, death was speedy and inevitable. This was even after they removed the bad mutations:Subjecting TEM-1 to random mutational drift and purifying selection (to purge deleterious mutations) produced changes in its fitness landscape indicative of negative epistasis; that is, the combined deleterious effects of mutations were, on average, larger than expected from the multiplication of their individual effects. As observed in computational systems, negative epistasis was tightly associated with higher tolerance to mutations (robustness). Thus, under a low selection pressure, a large fraction of mutations was initially tolerated (high robustness), but as mutations accumulated, their fitness toll increased, resulting in the observed negative epistasis. These findings, supported by FoldX stability computations of the mutational effects, prompt a new model in which the mutational robustness (or neutrality) observed in proteins, and other biological systems, is due primarily to a stability margin, or threshold, that buffers the deleterious physico-chemical effects of mutations on fitness. Threshold robustness is inherently epistatic—once the stability threshold is exhausted, the deleterious effects of mutations become fully pronounced, thereby making proteins far less robust than generally assumed.Their study also casts doubt on the ultimate survivability of so-called “neutral” mutations. These initially have no obvious effect on the fitness of the organism. This may be due to backup copies of a gene, suppressors of the mutated gene, and other mechanisms the cell uses to mask the damage. Eventually, however, the threshold is exceeded and the system collapses just as rapidly as a cell toppled by interacting harmful mutations. The authors of this study gave no indication that beneficial mutations can add up and help an organism. In fact, they failed to say anything about evolution that would provide hope for progress. By contrast, they offered a “new model” that sounds distinctly anti-evolutionary: cells are programmed to hold off the damage of mutations as long as they can, but will ultimately collapse under a mutational load. They concluded that “proteins may not be as robust as is generally assumed.” Their real-world experiment on bacteria showed robustness to mutations only to a certain point, then everything raced downhill:Thus, theory and simulations have predicted a tight correlation between robustness and epistasis. Our work provides an experimental verification of this correlation and proposes a mechanism that accounts for it. Our model implies that any biological system that exhibits threshold robustness, or redundancy robustness, is inevitably epistatic. In such systems, mechanisms that purge potentially deleterious mutations, such as recombination (through sexual reproduction and other mechanisms) are of crucial importance, as they help to maintain this threshold. In this way, recombination, threshold robustness and negative epistasis may be interlinked—each being an inevitable by-product of the other.They seem to be saying not only that mutations are not sources of positive fitness gains, but other proposed mechanisms like recombination are only stopgap measures to protect against the death spiral that would result when “randomly drifting proteins” gang up (negative epistasis) to cause a terror attack in the organism.1Bershtein et al, “Robustness-epistasis link shapes the fitness landscape of a randomly drifting protein,” Nature 444, 929-932 (14 December 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05385.It is extremely important that followers of the creation-evolution debate understand this story and the earlier one (10/14/2004), because they cut to the heart of Darwinist claims that mutations and natural selection can create brains out of atoms given millions of years. This is where the rubber meets the road: can mutations and recombination under selection act in concert to produce evolutionary progress, including wings and eyes and sonar and powered flight? Complex systems need an explanation at the genetic level. The modern synthesis of evolutionary theory (neo-Darwinism) maintains that mutations are the source of evolutionary novelty, and that natural selection preserves the rare beneficial mutations in a cumulative way. This is the machine room from which “endless forms most beautiful” (06/29/2005) emerge without a Designer. Two scientific papers reported here, that would likely be little noticed otherwise, have essentially falsified neo-Darwinism in the lab. Theory and experiment both show it does not work. In the previous entry (10/14/2004) we likened the situation to a victim held up by robbers but protected by guardian angels. The bad news was that the robbers either shoot each other or shoot the victim simultaneously, and the guardian angels fight each other instead of helping the victim. It’s like a Murphy’s “Non-Reciprocal Laws of Expectations” that state, (1) Positive expectations produce negative results, and (2) Negative expectations produce negative results. The neo-Darwinists have put all their hope in positive expectations, but real-world experiments show that mutations do not and cannot add up for good. They conspire for bad! Only the built-in safety mechanisms in the cell hold off mutational catastrophe. This same lesson should have been learned from the important 03/17/2003 entry almost four years ago; presumed benefits actually cause “slippage on the treadmill” to keep the organism, at best, just running in place. Another analogy may illuminate what this new outwardly dry, boring, technical paper said. Picture a large, well-run factory with numerous modern systems for safety, backup and security. Along comes a motley gang with no plan other than to wreak havoc at random. Some are blocked by the entrance controls. Those that get inside start overturning tables, knocking out factory workers, setting off alarms and creating general mayhem. The security systems each come into play as planned, trying to isolate the damage, restore backups, and start the redundant processes. Workers scramble to copy off the important data to other sections of the factory where the work can continue. Security guards manage to neutralize some of the attackers, but more keep coming in. Some gangsters plug the real workers then steal their lab coats and badges, wandering around to do their harm by stealth. To an outsider, it may not be apparent that anything is wrong – for awhile – because the factory continues to function; supplies come in, goods go out. In time, however, the best-prepared factory may not be able to carry on. Fires are set at random. Automatic sprinklers respond as designed, but now they have damaged the computers. Gangsters pull fire alarms here and there, confusing workers who don’t know whether to ignore them or run outside. Security forces are eventually overwhelmed. Backup systems are damaged as soon as they are brought online. It’s too much; the factory implodes in a catastrophe, and everything shuts down. If this is really the way mutations work in a cell, it should be obvious to everyone that trusting any random mechanism to produce order is a vain hope and supreme folly. This, of course, is what anti-Darwinists have been maintaining since 1859. That it would take two research teams with no ties to creationist organizations or the intelligent design movement, published in two of the most adamantly anticreationist scientific journals in the world (PNAS and Nature) to finally figure this out should be of great interest to historians and sociologists. What is it about Darwinian faith that generates negative epistasis against common sense? Evolutionary theory is coasting downhill on a dead-end track with no fuel in the engine, while the passengers are being served cheese and wine, not knowing anything is wrong. Creation-Evolution Headlines is like the tattler running down the aisles warning everybody about bad news only the engine crew is aware of, despite the pleasant announcements on the intercom. 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27 February 2009Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) have signed a long-term €85-million (about R1.06-billion) loan agreement to improve Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.According to the agreement, the loan will be repayable over 15 years, with a three-year grace period.Central terminal buildingAccording to a statement by Acsa this week, the funds will be used to finance the extension and upgrading of Acsa’s flagship OR Tambo International Airport, in particular the recently built central terminal building.“This financial support shows how international development institutions can accompany, even in critical global financial times, development processes that structure the economy,” said AFD’s Johannesburg-based regional director, Christopher Richard.As part of Acsa’s strategy to diversify its sources of funding, it has approached a number of financial institutions, particularly those that focus on long-term infrastructure development, and AFD was the first international development finance institution to support the company in funding its capital investment programme.‘Quality partnership’Acsa finance executive director Priscillah Mabelane said they were pleased that AFD had partnered with them in providing long-term funding with an appropriate structure at a time when the credit market was constrained.The agreement emphasised the quality of the partnership between France and South Africa, in particular for the support of the organisation of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the long-term development of Africa, she said.Operating in South Africa since 1994, AFD is a French government institution set up to provide development financing especially for urban, rural and infrastructural development, as well as industry, financial systems and education.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The five Brics presidents earlier this year, at the 2012 Brics summit held in New Delhi, India.(Image: Wikipedia) Johannesburg economic development director Marina Mayer, right, speaking at the business breakfast. Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola is second from left.(Image: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• More to SA than Nelson Mandela• Brics a boost to Brand South Africa• Driving a new vision for Africa• Insights into doing business in SA• Brics in a nutshellJanine ErasmusBrand South Africa hosted a media breakfast in Johannesburg’s northern suburb of Sandton for a group of visiting journalists from South Africa’s fellow Brics countries, where experts spoke on the country’s investment prospects and competitive advantages.The journalists hail from China, Brazil, India and Russia, and are visiting as guests of Brand South Africa. While in the country they’ll meet with representatives from business and the government, including the departments of trade and industry and environmental affairs.From Johannesburg the group heads to KwaZulu-Natal, where they’ll visit the Dube Tradeport, one of the big drivers of economic growth in the province, and the Transnet Port Terminal, the largest container terminal on the continent. They’ll also pop into the multi-million-rand Moses Mabhida stadium, built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and visit the offices of Trade and Investment KZN.On the leisure side, the journalists will have lots of opportunity to taste South Africa’s splendid cuisine, and they’ll spend a night at the ever-popular Hluhluwe Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.Hluhluwe is well-known as one of the pioneers of rhino conservation in South Africa, since the start of its Operation Rhino programme in the 1950s and 60s.Sustainable growth“Johannesburg is the cosmopolitan centre, the New York or London of Africa,” said Marina Mayer, executive director of the city’s economic development department, speaking at the breakfast.She was following on from Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, who had opened the morning’s proceedings with some insight into developments such as the African common market initiative which is slowly but surely gathering ground but has yet to become fully operational.Matola said that if this free trade area opens up enough by around 2014, it will bring 600-million people into one market and present tremendous opportunities for business and investment.Many of those opportunities are already available in Johannesburg, said Mayer. She mentioned the city’s Buy Sell Invest and Visit initiative, a flagship programme that aims to bring together people from the Brics and Southern African Development Community blocs to partner with private and public organisations.This programme is part of the city’s 2040 strategy, which outlines the growth of Johannesburg over the next three decades into a sustainable, prosperous and resilient place to live and work. It aims to not only attract new investment into the city, but support existing businesses and help them to expand.“In the past we tended to focus on stimulating the economic development of smaller enterprises,” said Mayer, “but we’re now starting to target mainstream companies.”She moved on to an ambitious plan to construct concrete decks over certain railway lines in Johannesburg. This technique, known as decking, is a tried and tested way of addressing limitations in room for growth, and will offer new space for residents and businesses in the city.“We’re looking for a private partner to help us with decking our railways,” said Mayer.Other big opportunities for investors include the urban development zone in the inner city, which offers a substantial tax rebate that’s already been negotiated with the South African Revenue Service, and the proposed aerotropolis around the privately owned Lanseria International Airport, west of Johannesburg.This is becoming an increasingly popular choice for travellers who wish to avoid the often long and busy trip to OR Tambo International on Johannesburg’s far east side. Unlike OR Tambo, which sits between busy industrial areas and residential suburbs, Lanseria is still surrounded by wide open spaces and is ripe for development.Mayer named other initiatives such as the Jozi Skills Hub, which will train people in needed skills and get them ready to be employed, and the Jozi Rising project, which will provide support and incentives for entrepreneurs.After Mayer it was the turn of Cynthia Chikura from Business Unity South Africa, who spoke of South Africa’s competitive advantages – its wealth of natural resources, its relatively open economy and easy regulatory environment, and its progressive foreign policy.“We rely on trade and investment to increase productivity and grow the economy,” she said, “and South Africa is still an attractive investment destination.”The country recorded US$4.5-billion (R36.6-billion) of foreign direct investment in 2011 – this is more than three times the figure for 2010, $1.2-billion (R9.7-billion).“Other nations and trade blocs, such as the US and EU, are looking to Africa, and South Africa is a focal point in many investors’ strategies,” said Chikura. “We have the biggest ports in Africa and we offer access to land-locked countries.”Demand for natural resourcesInternational relations expert Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of research and strategy consultants Frontier Advisory, spoke on the future evolution of Brics itself.“Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, and Nigeria are all candidates for admission to Brics in the future,” he said, adding that the bloc would then have to be renamed to E11, or something similar.“A strong political foundation will determine economic success,” said Davies.He said that growth in Africa has tracked Chinese investment since around 2009, meaning that there is a visible correlation between investment and growth on the continent.“But nobody foresaw the demand for natural resources that would come from China,” he said, “and therefore nobody planned the infrastructure that would be needed. What most African states need most now is industrialisation.”The continent has another chance to plan ahead, and that’s because the World Bank has estimated that 80-million jobs in low-end manufacturing would be lost in China in coming years, said Davies.“We need those jobs in Africa, so let’s start preparing – job loss in China should be job gain in Africa.”In this, the continent faces opposition from other fast-developing regions such as Southeast Asia, he said – but positives such as South Africa’s world number one position in terms of its auditing standards and its stock exchange regulation are hard to top.
Eight Indian women have featured in this year’s Forbes list of the world’s richest people. Forbes’s 2018 World’s Billionaires List includes a total of 256 women billionaires—an all-time high.The collective net worth of the women billionaires in the list topped $1 trillion, up 20% since last year. Though most of the women at the top of the list inherited their fortunes, the number of self-made women reached 72 for the first time, up from 56 a year ago, Forbes said.Read it at Live Mint Related Items