News story: South Sudan peace talks: Troika statement

first_img The members of the Troika (the United Kingdom, United States, and Norway) support the engagement of the region in the recent Khartoum-based negotiations on outstanding governance and security issues. We acknowledge the role of Sudan in hosting these negotiations. Considerable challenges lie ahead, and we are concerned that the arrangements agreed to date are not realistic or sustainable. Given their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance. Above all, we support the people of South Sudan’s aspirations to lead lives unburdened by fear, and to experience peace, pluralism, and prosperity. We remain steadfast that the best hope for sustainable peace is a process inclusive of ordinary men and women, civil society, religious leaders, ethnic minorities, and other excluded groups. We urge mediators to ensure the open and free participation of these groups and other participants in the negotiations, to ensure their interests are fully protected. Moreover, the process should culminate in free, fair, and credible elections, and allow for a peaceful transition in leadership in the most expeditious and responsible manner. During the next stage of the talks, parties must bring in a wider range of stakeholders, and develop clear plans for the transition period, including how resources will be used in a transparent and accountable way for the benefit of all South Sudanese. Critical questions remain, such as how security will be provided in Juba during the transition period and how meaningful checks will be placed on executive power. We call on the parties to develop clear and realistic governance and security timelines and plans for the transition period; and on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development member states and the African Union (AU) to continue and intensify their involvement in the implementation phase of any agreement. We note that there has been some reduction in fighting, the most serious confidence-building measure of all. Sustained peace is a necessary condition for the legitimacy of a transitional arrangement. In furtherance of this, we call on our regional partners to uphold the United Nations Security Council arms embargo, and on their financial institutions to ensure that the proceeds from corrupt and war-making activities do not flow through their jurisdictions. We now expect to see a change in the situation on the ground, beginning with a further significant reduction in violence, and all parties taking measures to allow full humanitarian access. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected] UK, US and Norway statement on the South Sudan peace process: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebookcenter_img Media enquiries For journalists Further informationlast_img read more

Cilic Qualifies For First Wimbledon Open Final With Querrey Win

first_imgMarin Cilic has reached the final of the ongoing 2017 Wimbledon Open after he saw off the challenges of American Sam Querrey in their semi-final clash.The Croatian defeated his 24th seeded opponent 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 in 2 hours and 56 minutes to seal a first final appearance at SW19.The 28-year old, who has now qualified for a second major final after his 2014 US Open triumph, will next face Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s finalSpeaking after the match, a delighted Cilic said: “It’s unbelievable,”“The way this tournament has unfolded I’ve been playing really great tennis.” he added.With the win over Sam Querrey, Cilic becomes only the second Croatian to qualify for a Wimbledon Open final after Goran Ivanisevic’s triumph in 2001.RelatedAgeless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych WinJuly 14, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Open Day One (Men’s Singles Recap): Federer Progresses As Wawrinka Dumps Out Sixth Seed DimitrovJuly 3, 2018In “Sports”Top Seed Nadal Retires Against Cilic As Croat Setup Last Four Australian Open Meeting With In-form EdmundJanuary 23, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

SOUTHAMPTON VS MAN CITY

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)FORSTER, MARTINA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,CLASIE, WANYAMA,MANE, LONG, TADIC,PELLEBONY, AGUERO,NASRI, FERNANDO, DELPH, NAVAS,KOLAROV, MANGALA, OTEMANEDI, ZABALETA, HART CITY (4-4-2)On Tuesday, Manchester City held Real Madrid to a creditable goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and now go to Spain for the return knowing a 1-0 win will take them to their first ever final at San Siro in Milan, Italy.Both teams are in fine form in the Barclays Premier League. Southampton have won four and drawn one of their last six while City have won five and drawn two of their last eight.Saints won 4-2 at relegated Aston Villa last weekend and remain in eighth place. City beat Stoke 4-0 last time out in the league and moved into third spot ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.Sergio Aguero scored a penalty against Stoke and now has 22 goals in his last 21 Premier League appearances, including seven in his last five games.Aguero has now netted in five consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time in his career (also November 2013, January 2014 and May 2015).City beat Saints 3-1 at the Etihad in November and, on their last visit to Southampton they won 3-0 despite having Eliaquim Mangala sent off.That was the latest of five City wins in the Premier League at Southampton in 11 visits. They drew four more and have lost there just twice, most recently three years ago.Southampton are relatively healthy, missing only Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos. City, meanwhile, test Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, who both missed the draw against Real on Tuesday.last_img read more

Did Martians Win the War of the Worlds?

first_imgIn the H.G. Wells version, the Martian invaders with their tripod machines and death rays, wreaking havoc on Earth, were defeated by Earth bacteria.  The new scientific plot envisioned by scientists, reported on Space.com, is that the Martians had the bacteria, and invaded Earth with it to either conquer Earth life or spread it onto our lifeless world.  Or was it the other way around?“We know very little about the origin of life on the Earth… how it happened, what kind of environment it might have happened in, and how long it look to go from the origin to the last common ancestor of life as we know it – a very complex organism very much like modern life,” [Carrine] Blank [Washington U in St. Louis] said.    Casting her eye back on Mars, Blank also said an unknown is whether conditions on early Mars were similar to what they were like on the early Earth when the origin of life likely happened.    “If they were similar, then perhaps a ‘second genesis’ could have been possible on Mars.  Even if conditions were different on Mars, there could still have been a second genesis only with a very different result than what happened on the Earth,” Blank stated.  “If these different life forms were spread throughout the solar system, then they might have co-existed if they could learn to depend upon each other.  If, on the other hand, they were in direct competition for resources, then you might expect that one would ‘win’ and survive, and the other go extinct,” she advised.So maybe the Martians won the war of the worlds.  Jack Farmer, an astrobiologist at Arizona State at Tempe, thinks the “War of the Worlds” scenario is a “serious possibility.”  Reporter Leonard David relayed some questions that raises in Farmer’s mind: “Who would win?  Is there the possibility for a competitive co-existence between life forms that originated on a different basis?”    Much of this discussion was prompted by the evidence for water found by the Mars Exploration Rovers (see 12/03/2004 headline).  Now, Spirit has found evidence for past water from a layered rock in the Columbia Hills, reports JPL.  For more on the complexity of the hypothetical last universal common ancestor (LUCA), see 02/29/2004 headline.Does water equal life?  Does mud equal a mud-brick pyramid?  Is science the art of building maybes on top of mights?  Does “might” make right?  Can they say the word “genesis” in school?  Does life just “happen”?  Can we say it “happened” when we know very little about the origin of life?  Can students have a chance to hear the controversy about evolution (see next headline), instead of the diet of empty speculation dished out by astrobiologists spending too much time watching old movies and not thinking straight?  Can they hear Jonathan Wells instead of H. G. Wells, and learn some science facts instead of science fiction?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Kenyan train joins Thomas and Friends TV show

first_imgA new African character comes to Tidmouth Sheds, home to popular children’s television show Thomas and Friends, in 2018. Meet Nia the Kenyan engine, who will be helping to keep fan favourites Thomas, Skarloey and James the Red Engine on a more modern and inclusive track.Nia, a new character in the Thomas and Friends children’s television series, is a female Kenyan train engine whose brightly coloured designs are inspired by traditional Maasai and Samburu patterns. (Image: Thomas and Friends YouTube)CD AndersonAnnouncing a new direction for the Thomas and Friends TV show, Mattel said that several other changes to the 30-year-old show would help to update the brand’s image and popularity, particularly in Africa and Asia, where the characters and stories were hugely popular. The toy and media company that owns the Thomas brand made the announcement on 17 October 2017.Changes include some new female characters, including Nia, a train engine from Kenya, and Rebecca, a strong-willed, outspoken electric locomotive. Other female characters include an aeroplane from Australia and an Indian train yard controller. The changes are all an effort to modernise the Thomas brand and give it a distinctive international flavour.Other new modifications for the story include travels for Thomas and his friends outside their traditional home of Tidmouth Sheds on the island of Sodor. The characters will be going on adventures on railroad systems in Africa, Asia and North America when the new reworked series begins in 2018.Meet NiaIn addition to doing extensive research among the show’s young fans and their parents around the world, Mattel also consulted the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (Unesco) to create an accurate and reverent African character: Nia the Kenyan engine.Nia – the Swahili word for purpose – was an adventurous and fun engine who taught Thomas about friendship between different cultures, Mattel said.The train design itself also has an African flavour, based on an East African Railways engine – the KUR ED1 – which ran on the Kenya-Uganda route during the late 1920s.And Nia looks good too, featuring brightly coloured designs based on traditional Maasai and Samburu patterns. “[She] is painted orange with yellow lining. She has yellow, green and red patterns painted along her tanks, dome and cylinders, and her footplate is painted red. Her name and number are painted on the sides of her tanks and cab respectively in yellow,” said Mattel.“We have added new female characters before, but I think, with a show like Thomas, they tend to fall into the background after initial introduction,” said Thomas and Friends producer Ian McCue. “What we wanted to do here was really bring these two female characters to the forefront.”Another of the show’s producers, Micaela Winter, said gender equality was important to the creators in the new series and going forward.“[Thomas’ new direction and the addition of new, more representative characters] is really about learning about the world and bringing the world into the living room for [young viewers],” said Kate Schlomann, vice-president of branding at Mattel. “Which we haven’t done before.”The online response to the new African character has been positive, with children and adults praising the new, modern approach to a beloved children’s show.Gender shakeup at Tidmouth Sheds; meet Thomas the Tank Engine’s new friends Nia and Rebecca. https://t.co/NC5gx7Bhdt pic.twitter.com/5hYmJMGcLy— The Associated Press (@AP) October 14, 2017Thomas and Friends: Big World Big Adventures: Thomas and Nia in Africa!!: https://t.co/BaW4orKDmB via @YouTube— ?Spoopy Spencer? (@TTTE_Fan_03) October 19, 2017Micaela Winter on new Thomas & Friends train Nia: “She’s a strong, empowered woman who boys and girls can really look up to” #MIPJunior pic.twitter.com/xsn0uxmw2h— MIP Markets (@mip) October 14, 2017“Hello, my name is Nia.”Woah! @TheIronEngine and @TheUnluckyTug predicted the future! pic.twitter.com/JRDJWok7n5— ?Thomas Theorist ? (@AdamPhelan5) October 14, 2017Nia and the other new characters will debut in a feature-length special titled Big World! Big Adventures! before becoming part of the regular cast in the 22nd season of the Thomas and Friends TV series in 2018.For more information about the new characters and adventures, visit the official Thomas and Friends website here. Source: Associated PressWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Explosion rocks World Cup viewing venue in Nigeria, 13 killed

first_imgAt least 13 people including young children were killed when a bomb tore through a venue in northeast Nigeria where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match, witnesses said.Some people at the scene told Reuters an attacker dropped a device in front of the venue on Tuesday night in the town of Damaturu and ran off, while others said it was the work of a suicide bomber.No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but Damaturu and the surrounding Yobe state are at the heart of a five-year-old insurgency by Islamist group Boko Haram.The group was blamed for a an attack on another venue screening soccer matches in the northeastern state of Adamawa that killed at least 14 people and wounded 12.A Reuters reporter at Damaturu’s General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital counted 13 people dead – including small children – and at least 20 wounded.The Nigerian government has advised people to avoid gathering in public to watch the World Cup, concerned about potential attacks.Many fans in soccer-mad Africa rely on informal venues – often open-sided structures with televisions set up in shops and side streets – to watch live coverage of the sport.Boko Haram – whose name roughly translates as “Western education is sinful” – has declared war on all signs of what it sees as corrupting Western influence.The group has killed thousands in its push to carve out an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria.last_img read more

Ancelotti urges UEFA to introduce VAR

first_imgThe Italian manager wants the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology available at the Champions League this seasonThe Video Assistant Referee Technology (VAR) is being used in the top leagues in the world or will be introduced soon.It was also used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with successful results.And Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged UEFA to introduce it as soon as possible in the Champions League.“I think they are already late in bringing it in,” Ancelotti told Radio Kiss Kiss as quoted by Football Italia.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Now they say it’s an issue of referees without much experience dealing with VAR, but if you get to the Champions League Round of 16, the officials are going to be experienced and VAR could help them.”“There have been too many errors recently. If there’s an error in the league, you have time to make up for it, but in the Champions League you’re just out,” he added.“The system hasn’t started badly in Serie A, there were a few negative incidents, but at the end of the day it is still the referee who makes the decision.”“All VAR does is show the referee what he hasn’t been able to see live. The decision will always be subjective,” he commented.“I say that VAR ought to be used more.”last_img read more