North Korea and China in ice dance to the music of diplomacy

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The four skaters –- Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik of the North, who qualified for last year’s Winter Olympics in the South, and Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who took the ice dance silver in Pyeongchang –- were the star attractions of the pageant.With portraits of Kim –- father and predecessor of current leader Kim Jong Un –- and his own father Kim Il Sung looking down on the arena, they smiled and waved together to the crowd at the end of the closing sequence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA diplomatic dance resumes at the end of the month in Hanoi for a second North Korean-US summit, but in marked contrast to the speculation circulating in Washington and elsewhere, Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency has barely mentioned the meeting.Kim Jong Un had three summits with the South’s President Moon Jae-in last year and a historic first meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra No Michelle Morente for La Salle in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The North has yet to announce the date to its own people, and KCNA last referred to the encounter three weeks ago, when it said that a special envoy Kim sent to Washington had “discussed the issue for the second DPRK-US summit”.Vietnam’s foreign minister visited Pyongyang this week, but KCNA again skirted around the subject, saying he had “an in-depth exchange of opinions” on “regional and international issues of mutual concern”.Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear arms and the ballistic missiles to deliver them to the US mainland has left it isolated on the global stage, subject to multiple sets of sanctions from the UN Security Council and other bodies.But relations with China, long its key diplomatic protector and main provider of trade and aid, have improved markedly in recent months, with Kim keen to secure President Xi Jinping’s backing in his negotiations with Trump, and Beijing wary of Washington seeking to influence developments in its own back yard.Kim went to China last month for his fourth encounter with Xi in less than a year, and in September Beijing sent a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, its most powerful political body, to attend a military parade in Pyongyang.ADVERTISEMENT Juche on IceThe ice skating show is part of the North’s annual festivities to mark the birth of Kim Jong Il, who it says was born on February 16, 1942, at a secret camp on Mount Paektu, the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people, where his father, the North’s founder Kim Il Sung, was fighting the Japanese.Outsiders point instead to official Soviet records showing he was born a year earlier in a Siberian village, where the older Kim was in exile.As well as scores of North Koreans ranging from Olympians to children, around 20 international skaters performed, mostly from eastern European countries.In a welcome speech, a vice-minister described them as coming “to the festival stage with the feeling of humble respect for the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il, the eternal sun of Juche Korea”.“Juche” is a North Korean political term which refers to self-reliance.The North Koreans skated to songs such as “We cannot live without him” –- an ode to Kim Jong Un -– with the Olympic pair accompanied by “Confession”, about loyalty to the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.In contrast, a Belarussian took to the ice to Tina Turner’s GoldenEye, lyrics: “GoldenEye I found his weakness/GoldenEye he’ll do what I please”. Ice skaters Ryom Tae Ok (front L) of North Korea stands with Han Cong (front 2nd L) of China as his partner Sui Wen Jing (front 2nd R) stands with Kim Ju Sik (front R) of North Korea during the ’26th Paektusan Prize Figure Skating Festival in Celebration of the Day of the Shining Star’ as part of celebrations marking the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang on February 15, 2019. (Photo by Sebastien BERGER / AFP)At the climax of a festival on ice to celebrate late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Friday, Olympic skaters from the host nation and neighboring China swapped partners to dance together.The moment symbolized the markedly improved relations between Beijing and nuclear-armed Pyongyang amid a flurry of diplomacy on and around the peninsula.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Belgium leave out Nainggolan for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Belgium’s omission of Radja Nainggolan from their World Cup squad is a major surprise © AFP/File / Tiziana FABIBRUSSELS, Belgium, May 21 – Belgium have left midfield creator Radja Nainggolan out of their World Cup squad, coach Roberto Martinez said on Monday.The absence of Nainggolan, who scored twice for Roma in the second league of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool this month, was the biggest surprise in the 28-player list that will be reduced to 23 before the tournament. Belgium face England, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at the World Cup.The heavily tattooed 30-year-old has played 30 times for his country and is popular with supporters, but his relationship with Martinez has often been strained.The Spanish former Everton manager said: “It was a sad and difficult decision. He is a player with a lot of class and he was voted Roma’s best player, but I’ve made my decision for purely tactical reasons.“I have put in place a specific system that works. I can’t use Radja in a secondary role.”Martinez said he had travelled to Rome to explain his choice to the player.In Nainggolan’s place, Martinez has picked 21-year-old Youri Tielemans, who has had a low-key season at French club Monaco.The decision to omit Nainggolan was criticised by former Belgian international Philippe Albert.“We must be the only country in the world to be making the trip without one of the best players in the world. This is not the way to become world champions.”Manchester City’s veteran defender Vincent Kompany is included, as is Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, despite both being dogged by injuries this season.Divock Origi, the Liverpool striker who has spent the season on loan at Wolsfburg, was left out.Belgium face Portugal in a warm-up friendly on June 2.Belgium’s 28-man squad:Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg/GER), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/ENG), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Matz Sels (Newcastle/ENG, on loan at Anderlecht)Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham/ENG), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic/SCO), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC/USA), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Christian Kabasele (Watford/ENG), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio/ITA), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona/ESP), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/ENG)Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yinfang/CHN), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/ENG), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham/ENG), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/ENG), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad/ESP), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Youri Tielemans (Monaco/FRA), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian/CHN)Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/ENG, on loan at Borussia Dortmund/GER), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace/ENG), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United/ENG), Dries Mertens (Naples/ITA).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham agree two-year deal with French midfielder

first_imgMorgan Amalfitano has followed in the footsteps of Winston Reid and Mark Noble by pledging his future with West Ham.The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day last summer, and has now agreed a new two-year deal with the club.“I am pleased. It’s the culmination of a good year,” Amalfitano said.“We’re always trying to do our best and so I’m very pleased to have signed for two more years.“I think I’ve impressed the management, I know that I can always do better and I hope to do so. I’ll give it my all as I have done in the first eight months.” 1 Morgan Amalfitano last_img

Tunisia v England: Preview, confirmed teams and radio commentary

England kick off their World Cup campaign with a showdown against Tunisia on Monday.The Three Lions, who have not won the competition since 1966, will then take on Belgium and Panama in the group stages. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? England beat Costa Rica and Nigeria in their build-up to the World Cup When is England v Tunisia?This match will take place on Monday, June 18.It will kick-off at 7pm UK time.The Volgograd Arena will host the showdown.How can I listen live?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade latest 2 smart causal revealed England boss Gareth Southgate and skipper Harry Kane during a training session Most Read in Football silverware RANKED who plays? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted gameday cracker 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 NEW ERA Who are the key players?Harry Kane has been picked by Gareth Southgate to captain the Three Lions after an impressive campaign with Spurs and will be key for the Three Lions but Raheem Sterling arrives in Russia coming off the best season of his career. Of all the stars of Manchester City’s title win this season, perhaps none benefited more from Pep Guardiola’s tutoring than Sterling. A new inside forward role, arriving at the perfect time to tap in crosses from either flank, saw the forward score 23 times, smashing his previous best in a season of 11.For Tunisia, all eyes will be on Wahbi Khazri, who spent the season on loan at Rennes from Sunderland. A technically gifted playmaker, much of Tunisia’s attacking play will go through the 27-year-old, and he will have to be at his best if they want to progress past the group stage at this summer’s tournament.What is the team news?Tunisia XI: Hassen, Meriah, Syam Ben Youssef, Bronn, Maaloul, Skhiri, Badri, Sassi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Khazri, SlitiSubstitutes: Ben Mustapha, Benalouane, Haddadi, Bedoui, Khaoui, Ben Amor, Khalil, Srarfi, Khalifa, Chaalali, Nagguez, MathlouthiEngland XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Young, Sterling, KaneSubstitutes: Butland, Rose, Dier, Vardy, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Rashford, Loftus-Cheek, Alexander-Arnold, PopetalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions read more

RESTAURANT OWNER SAYS HE MAY CLOSE AFTER RACIST ABUSE

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known chefs is considering closing down his business after he was racially abused in his restaurant.Davide loves Donegal and its people.Davide Tullio owns and runs the extremely popular La Fantasia Italian restaurant in Letterkenny.However Davide revealed he was racially abused at his premises last night. The businessman took to Facebook to vent his anger at the person who attacked him.But he also revealed that he is now considering closing his business in the town centre as a result of the attack.Davide said “Thank you to all our loyal customers, I appreciate your support so much, however what happened tonight was a step to far and it will determine the outcome of la fantasia.“Your kind words are greatly appreciated but what was said to me tonight was deeply upsetting and that will determine if we stay upon or close.” He has been inundated with messages of support form his customers who have told him to rise above the incident and to ignore the abuse.We will bring you more on this story as we get it. RESTAURANT OWNER SAYS HE MAY CLOSE AFTER RACIST ABUSE was last modified: October 18th, 2013 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:closureDavide TullioLa Fantastiaracist abuselast_img read more

Border watch group leader answers critics

first_imgBecause of his stance on illegal immigration, Andrew “Andy” Ramirez says he’s been called a coconut, a sellout and a racist.The 38-year-old Latino stands on the other side of the fence on this issue. Ramirez is chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol, a group that until recently had volunteers on private property keep an eye along the border in San Diego County and report sightings of illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol.“If we don’t stop this problem now, God knows what it will look like 10 years from now,” he said. “The government has lost control of the border and they know it.“The problem is not just illegal immigration. The problem is we don’t know who is coming \.”But the group suspended its Border Watch program last week, citing liability concerns. It also fired the director of its Border Watch operations, who Ramirez said refused to return release of liability waivers nor the right to enter properties permits. He said they will resume operations next year.Friends of the Border Patrol was created in 2004 when the Department of Homeland Security ordered border patrol agents to stop sweeps of illegal immigrants within the country.Ramirez denies he or his group are racists.“If Washington, D.C., secured the border then there’s no need for border watchers,” he said.The Border Patrol doesn’t support civilian watch groups.“We recognize the right of any group to voice their opinion as long as they’re doing it within the boundaries of the law,” said Nicholas Coates, spokesman for the San Diego office of the Border Patrol. “We’re neutral.”Coates said Ramirez is professional and his group is cooperative in giving information on where they would be.Ramirez said they’ve had volunteers watch the border unofficially since June as part of training exercises.The group was supposed to start its border watch in August but postponed it until September because of the heat. That launch also was delayed for a few days because of an incident in San Diego.A scuffle broke out at a training session Sept. 17. Ramirez said the leader of the protesters hit one of his volunteers and pushed others.Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, which is one of 65 groups within Gente Unida, said a group from Los Angeles caused the disruption. Border Angels started through a church and its volunteers leave water for illegals.He takes a dim view of Ramirez and Friends of the Border Patrol.“We think of him as big joke,” Morones said. “He’s not really taken seriously by human rights groups or the Minuteman group or even law enforcement.”He heard about the group suspending its border watch operations.“But how could you suspend something that never got off the ground?,” Morones asked.He called the Friends of the Border Patrol a Ron Prince group who wanted it led by a Latino.Prince authored Proposition 187, which sought to deny illegal immigrants public social, health and education services. Approved by voters in 1994, the courts later declared the majority of Proposition 187 unconstitutional.Bill King, the former chief Border Patrol Agent and co-founder of Proposition 187, is troubled by Morones’ allegations. As far as he knows, Prince isn’t part of Friends of the Border Patrol.“They’re dead wrong and they should get a life,” King said.King said he belongs to Friends of the Border Patrol because the government isn’t doing its job.“We have wide open borders. The department of Homeland Security is a miserable failure,” King said.Ramirez said you will never be able to seal the border but a new bill is close to doing it. His group supports legislation by Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, which proposes building a fence along the border with Mexico from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.Hunter’s bill isn’t necessary and would cost a lot of money, according to Chris Bauder, president of Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents border patrol agents in San Diego.“It’s a short-term fix because smugglers have other ways to bring illegals without crossing the border,” he said.Bauder said while the Minuteman group initially brought attention to the problem of illegal immigration, the public was believing the group created a strategy that was working. It’s something that the border patrol has been doing for years – targeting an area and displacing illegal entry to another area. The problem was being pushed elsewhere.Ramirez said the union for border patrol agents have sold out to the Bush administration.Ramirez isn’t employed but gets paid a stipend by Friends of the Border Patrol.He was a state Assembly candidate in 1994. Three years later, he ran for a spot on the West Covina City Council.He wrote a measure in 1995 that would have reduced legislators’ salaries, taken away perks and penalized lawmakers if they didn’t pass a budget on time. The measure was defeated a year later in the Senate Rules Committee. Covina Gente Unida ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PML Daily weekly sports round up

first_img Tags: Weekly sports round up On Sunday-August 19, the Uganda Netball National team, the She Cranes were crowned African champions for the second year running after defeating Zimbabwe on the final day of the competition.After winning last year’s championship in Kampala-Uganda, the She Cranes overcame their Zimbabwe counterparts 66-51 to ensure that they complete an 100% record in Championships held in Zambia.On Monday-August 20, with the Premier League already into its week two,  PML Daily football expert Allan Ssekamate took us through the five talking points of week two including a conclusion the Manchester United would not win the 2018/19 title.Still on Monady-August 20, Eight teams confirmed their participation at the 2018 Women’s U20 African Nations Championship due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya.The tourney that was last held in 2017 will run for eight days from August 26th and continue to September 2nd, 2018.Uganda will be part of the tournament which will also see hosts Kenya, defending champions Egypt, DR Congo, Rwanda, Mauritius, Cameroon and Nigeria. Tanzania and Guinea are still pending to take part in the competition.On Monday-August 20, PML Daily Sports editor Shaban Lubega took us through the 11 outstanding perfomers of game week two in the Premier league.On Tuesday-August 21, KCCA FC were confirmed to be in the advanced talks to sign former Vipers striker Musa Esenu.Esenu who had a troubled stay at Kitende ever since he completed a switch from Soana in 2016 is currently on the hunt for a new side. He is now a free agent after receiving a release from FUFA citing a breach in contract from his former employers.On Tuesday-August 21, Onduparaka FC edged SC Villa 1-0  to book a date with KCCA FC in the inaugural Pilsner super 8 final.The West Nile based Club won the tie via penalty shots outs 5-4 after a one all draw in normal time to hand Asaph Mwebaze his first victory since taking over.Onduparaka took a first half lead through  the left back Living Kabon while the visitors equalized with a header four minutes from time thanks to former Proline centre back Savio Kabugo.Still on Tuesday August 20, Taifa Stars’ head coach Emmanuel Amunike summoned a squad of 25 players that will begin preparations ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda next month.Tanzania is expected to travel to Kampala on the 6th of next month to face Uganda and it will be Amunike’s first official competitive game.The squad summoned by the former Nigerian Super Eagles footballer includes 3 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 6 midfielders and 8 strikers.On Wednesday-August 22, the Uganda U19 National Cricket team traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to compete at the Global Youth Tournament hosted by Star Field Sports at Ruaraka and Gymkhana Cricket Grounds.The under-age tournament ran for three days, starting on 22nd (Wednesday) to 25th of this month.On Wednesday-August 22, the Uganda U17 National team booked a date with host Tanzania in the semi-final of the AFCON U17 regional qualifiers on Wednesday evening.Peter Onen’s side who went into the last game eyeing three points won it in style as they put eight goals past a hapless Djibouti side at the Chamazi Sports complex.Iddi Abdul Wahid opened the scoring as early as the 9th minute, Kisozi Seed High School forward Yiga Najib netted a hat-trick in 22nd, 46th & 65th minutes. Bright Stars FC Junior team Davis Ssekajja, SC Vipers midfielder Kakaire Thomas also got their names on the score sheet.On Thursday-August 23, Express FC  signed a sponsorship deal with Equity Bank worth Shs 100 Million.The Red Eagles who have struggled for years in terms of attracting sponsors have already started ripping dividends from the appointment of new Club Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka.Kiryowa, a grandson to club founder Jolly Joe Kiwanuka was announced as the new club head the past week and he immediately promised to bring on board sponsors to the club.Still on Thursday-August 22, Uganda Cranes left-back Godfrey Walusimbi aka Jaja Walu finally sealed a move to South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.This followed fragile talks between his former side Gor Mahia and Kaizer Cheifs with both sides bad mouthing one another.The development was confirmed by Kaiser Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung via South African media IOL Sport.Still on Thursday-August 22, NIC holdings limited, one of the leading providers of insurance and financial services in Uganda announced its partnership with the She Cranes becoming the team’s official partner.This came days after She Cranes were crowned African champions in Lusaka-Zambia, where they successfully defended the crown they had won last year.The managing director NIC holdings Mr Elias Edu revealed that their partnership with She Cranes will cover emergency medical expenses, legal fees and medical transportation.On Friday-August 24, just over 24 hours after signing its first major partnership this season,  Express FC named a new Board of Directors and related new structures for its top Advisory Council.The Board Members who will serve under new Chairmanship of Mr. Kiryowa Kiwanuka at the Red Eagles include: Dr. Samuel Sejjaaka, Mr. Francis Buwule, Mr. Alex  Munobe, Mr. Moses Banturaki, Mr. Robert Aloro, Mr. Aidan Kateregga and Mr. Ssubi Kiwanuka (the Board Secretary).Still on Friday-August 24, Uganda booked a spot in the final of the 2019 AFCON U17 Regional qualifiers in Friday thanks to a 3-1 win over hosts Tanzania.The Cranes did not have a smooth ride as they required two late goals to overcome the spirited home side.The Uganda Cubs raced into an early lead inside five minutes through Iddi Abdul Wahid but the advantage was soon wiped out by Tanzania six minutes later. With 13 minutes of the 90 to play, Alau John Kokas restored purity for Peter Onen’s side and the victory was sealed when Amiri Njiri who put through his own net to ensure the Cranes seal a spirited 3-1 victory.On Saturday August 25, Pemba Warriors succumbed to a fifth league loss in their last seven outings when they went down 66-70 to Ndejje Angels at the YMCA Court on Friday Evening.Despite a bright start that saw Warriors lead 15-12 after the first quarter and 39-31 at halftime, Ndejje rallied back to win the last two quarters en route to an 11th victory of the current campaign.Comments last_img read more

Community groups make an impact with map of funding snub

first_imgThree Donegal community groups who had their Ability funding applications turned down have made a strong statement with this illustrative map. The Ability Programme by Pobal was launched to assist young people with disabilities in their transition from school to further education, training and employment.The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation, iCARE (Inishowen Children’s Autism Related Education Limited) and Extern all jointly submitted a funding application for the project. However, it emerged this month that 27 projects in Ireland were granted funding totals of €200,000 – €750,000, with just one project north of a Dublin-Galway line receiving funds.Liam Gill, spokesperson for iCARE in Buncrana said: “We were extremely disappointed to be turned down for this funding, but more disappointed when we examined what areas through Ireland received funding.”iCARE created this visual map to illustrate the lack of funding for the west and northern counties. The map gained much traction online over the weekend. It has been viewed 85,000 times on Facebook and shared by more than 1,000 users. Mr Gill said: “We would like to state that we do not think any of these organisations are less deserving than us, but we do believe that the allocation is not spread out throughout Ireland fairly.”Donegal Sinn Fein representatives including Pearse Doherty TD and Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn have shown their support for the groups’ statement.  Deputy Doherty announced plans to raise the matter with Minister Finian McGrath in the Dail, with Senator Mac Lochlainn stating that he will be doing all he can to hold the Government to account.Senator Mac Lochlainn confirmed that he has secured a debate with Minister for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath tomorrow in the Seanad on this Donegal disability funding controversy.Community groups make an impact with map of funding snub was last modified: June 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:AbilityBluestack Special Needs FoundationexternfundingiCAREyoung peoplelast_img read more

A Just-So Story Digest

first_imgFor your weekend reading entertainment, here is a collection of recent science stories that rely more on imagination than evidence, in the tradition of Kipling’s Just-So Stories for children.How the Brown Dwarf Sowed Planet Seeds:  Apai et al. in Science found magic crystals, hidden by the six brown dwarfs, that turn into planets over time.  “These results indicate that the onset of planet formation extends to disks around brown dwarfs,” they said, “suggesting that planet formation is a robust process occurring in most young circumstellar disks.”  Now in paperback at JPL.The Ancient Tunnel that Led to Life:  Scientists found a secret passageway into the ribosome where all of life’s proteins are made.  ScienceDaily said, “In developing the project, the team identified a corridor inside the ribosome that the transfer RNA must pass through for the decoding to occur, and it appears to be constructed almost entirely of universal bases, implying that it is evolutionarily ancient.”How the Animals Learned Fairness:  Nowak and Sigmund continued their long-running Game Theory Tales with the next sequel, published in Nature, on the “Evolution of direct reciprocity.”  Their attention-grabbing intro asked, “How can natural selection promote unselfish behaviour?”  It’s all in how you play the game called, “I help you and somebody else helps me,” they say.  The rest is human history: “The evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity leads to reputation building, morality judgement and complex social interactions with ever-increasing cognitive demands.”How the Shark Kept Warm During Workouts:  A cold-water shark with tuna-like muscles?  How could this be?  They belong to different evolutionary families.  The Knight of Convergent Evolution to the rescue: Bernal et al. writing in Nature 10/27 found that salmon sharks and tunas both independently discovered the secret to keeping their body temperatures elevated enough in cold water to power their strong muscles.How the Molecule Developed a Sweet Tooth:  Michael Yarus wrote a story about how an ancient RNA molecule learned the secret of the aldol reaction, essential for sugar metabolism.  “Could this be similar to an ancestral catalyst that existed billions of years ago?” he asked in Nature 11/03.  Watch for the next exciting episode.How the First Stars Lit Up the Sky:  We can’t see them, but they must have been there, because there is a faint infrared echo of the first stars in the universe.  Kashlinsky et al. followed the invisible light and the reporters told the world the glad tidings of their success (BBC, Space.com).How the Early Peoples Learned to Share:  “The question of the coexistence and potential interaction between the last Neanderthal and the earliest intrusive populations of anatomically modern humans in Europe has recently emerged as a topic of lively debate in the archaeological and anthropological literature,” said scientists in Nature.  In the darkness of the cave, radiocarbon light revealed a surprising mystery: “The implication is clear that the site shows either a directly interstratified sequence of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human occupations, or at least a very close contact and interaction between these two populations within this particular region of France.”How the Frog Women Decoded the Music:  New species of frogs arose in less than 8,000 years in Australia, which is lightning-fast, said the storyteller in UC Berkeley News.  The frog women learned to distinguish calls in the dark and split into various tribes by “reinforcement,” an evolutionary mechanism that “has been controversial since the time of Charles Darwin” and was considered “too complicated” and “unnecessary,” according to critics.  But ah, the frog women have free will, and free will is unpredictable.  “Because the frogs in the isolated contact area had a distinctively different call, and because they were effectively isolated from surrounding populations by mating preference, Hoskin and colleagues concluded that female choice led to this new species.”  It’s “kinda cool,” said one storyteller.  “It gives us a mechanism for very rapid speciation.”How the Stem Cells Lost Their Pedigree:  “Forgotten by evolution?” asked the Max Planck Society about stem cells.  Assigned to the slavish work of repairing organs, adult stem cells seemed destined for drudgery.  But scientists may have found their long-lost royal blood: “at least some adult stem cells could be the mere remnants of former embryonal differentiation processes, or, in other words, ‘footprints’ of evolution,” reported the short story.How the Play-Dough Gave Birth:  The womb of the earth mother lay deep in the ocean depths, with a placenta of clay.  Billions of years ago, this protective layer brought forth molecules destined for fins, wings, brains and philosophers.  Read this fascinating tale in News@Nature.Nighty-nite, children.  No questions, now; 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New drive to fight polio in Africa

first_imgMore than 85 million children under the age of five in West and Central Africa will receive polio vaccination. (Image: www.academic.sun.ac.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin Dawes  UNICEF West and Central Africa +221 77 569 1926mdawes@unicef.orgRELATED ARTICLES • Malaria cases halved in SA • On the trail of polio viruses • ‘The end of meningitis in Africa’ • High-price vaccine for all SA kids Bongani NkosiA massive campaign to eradicate a year-long polio epidemic in West and Central Africa will kick off on 6 March, global health bodies announced recently.The organisations, joining forces as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), are hoping to immunise more than 85-million children under the age of five in 19 West and Central African countries. GPEI includes governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Unicef.The campaign will kick off in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – countries that have experienced polio outbreaks in the last six months – as well as in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Central African Republic, Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.Vaccinations in Niger, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire will be done at a later date due to impending elections in those states.The scope of the new campaign is significant because previous attempts in 2009 failed to reach enough children, and so the outbreak persisted.Over 400 000 volunteers and health workers from different organisations have been called on to administer two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to each child in the 19 countries on 6 March. The “dedicated army” will work for about 12 hours flat, going to every household on either foot, bicycle, car, boat or motorcycle.“With better coverage that leaves no child unvaccinated, these campaigns can succeed in making West and Central Africa polio-free,” Unicef regional director Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano said in a statement released on 4 March.“Hundreds of volunteers from our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies will ensure that polio drops reach every last child,” said Anders Naucler, health coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in West and Central Africa. “That is our challenge and that will be the measure of our success.”Building immunityVaccinations will be repeated in the 19 countries on 24 April, but children in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – where the recent outbreaks have occurred – will receive an additional dose on 26 March as part of a new Short Interval Additional Dose strategy “that has proven successful in rapidly building population immunity where needed”, according to Unicef.The new campaign is an aspect of an ongoing initiative to fight the epidemic that broke out in Nigeria in 2008. It then spread to its neighbouring countries, which were previously polio-free, and to Central Africa, said GPEI.After battling to contain the spread, health organisations, working with health ministries in the affected countries, introduced new approaches which include a scheme to monitor how many children have been reached, better training for vaccinators and appropriate use of experienced staff.Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO regional director for Africa, said the campaign shows Africa‘s determination to be free of polio. “From the top leadership to local district administrators in every country we are each accountable to the African child. [We have] to vaccinate every child and achieve high coverage.”Funding from Rotary Rotary International, which boasts about 1.2-million volunteers worldwide, has donated US$30-million (R223-million) to fund the campaign.“We are proud to have provided the funding necessary for the March rounds and we call on others to play their part in making Africa polio-free by providing funding necessary for more high-coverage campaigns,” said Ambroise Tshimbalanga-Kasongo, who chairs the organisation’s Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee.last_img read more