“FIFA has today lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Guatemalan Football Association” Fedefut, it said in a statement.Football’s governing body said it made the decision after receiving a letter from Juan Carlos Rios, the head of a FIFA-appointed “Normalization Committee” to oversee the Fedefut. The letter confirmed that the committee was operational.The suspension “is lifted with immediate effect, restoring all its rights as a federation member of FIFA,” Rios told a press conference. “It is a very happy day for us.”FIFA sanctioned Guatemala in October 2016 after it failed to authorize the normalization committee after an international corruption scandal that rocked world football.Former Fedefut general secretary Hector Trujillo was the first person brought down in the scandal to be sentenced to jail, given eight months by a judge in New York in October for wire fraud.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Trujillo was the first first person sentenced by a US judge over the FIFA corruption scandal © AFP/File / DON EMMERTGUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Jun 1 – FIFA Thursday lifted a suspension imposed on Guatemala 18 months ago over its failure to comply with anti-corruption rules.The suspension prevented Guatemalan teams from participating in international competitions such as the Gold Cup, the Central American Games and the CONCACAF Champions League.
All potential British solutions to the post-Brexit Border are filled with difficulty and would leave smaller businesses struggling to cope, UK experts have said. It comes as a leaked British government papers outline major concerns just two months before Britain is due to leave the EU, according to a report.Critics said the paper, seen by the Guardian, should “ring alarm bells” across government over how likely it is that alternative arrangements to the backstop will be found. Fears have risen across the border region in recent months an old customs post on its border with the UK into a construction site. The Office of Public Works said it did not “currently” have any plans for the site.However, Cllr Gary Doherty said this has done little to reassure the community.Speaking to a British newspaper, the Donegal Cllr said: “The closer we get to a ‘no deal’ Brexit the more it looks like this will have to be a customs post. “For years nothing has happened to it, and then in the run-up to March [the original Brexit deadline], they cleared away the buildings. It seems like a very strange coincidence,” he added.According to the article, a major row broke out with Brussels in January when the European Commission’s official spokesman let slip that a hard border would have to go up after a ‘no deal’ Brexit.It was the first time that the EU appeared to warn Ireland in public that it needed to prepare to carry out checks around the border in a ‘crash-out’ scenario.However, Dublin responded by issuing a strongly-worded denial and urged the Commission to row back on the claim, which it eventually did.George Mills, from Donegal and a road haulier and spokesman for the Border Communities Against Brexit campaign group, said he was concerned that any new infrastructure would be a target for extremists. He said: “There will be more opportunities for smuggling, and whether they [dissidents] go and pull down a customs post, well, that’s possible, I would worry about something like that,” he said.“I would worry about ordinary people doing a job putting their lives in danger. Anything that makes that more possible is surely not a good thing.”Fears rise as leaked UK papers show no British solution for Irish backstop was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
SAN FRANCISCO — In the eight days since he was traded from the Blue Jays to the Giants, center fielder Kevin Pillar has embarked on a media tour of the West Coast.After arriving at Dodger Stadium last Tuesday, Pillar met with reporters in Los Angeles and spent 15 minutes detailing the shock of a deal that moved him across the continent. The next day, Pillar spent 30 minutes with Southern California-based writers explaining his background as a Dodger fan and detailing what a dream come true it …
The genomes of most eukaryotes are riddled with introns – intragenic regions – that have to be cut out by sophisticated DNA-transcribing machinery so that the true gene sections (called exons) can be spliced together. Introns can vary from 20 base pairs to over 500,000 – significantly impacting the energy required to duplicate the genome. This mysterious phenomenon provides a test case for the explanatory power of design vs evolution. Two recent articles can inform the discussion of this mystery. The first from Science Daily called introns “meaningless junk.” Titled “DNA Needs a Good Editor: Researchers Unravel the Mysteries of DNA Packaging,” the article mentioned work going on at Tel Aviv University. “How cells differentiate between what’s useful and what’s garbage in our complicated and messy genetic code is a fundamental biology question – one with extremely important implications,” the article stated. One finding is that exons (the gene sequences) are packaged differently than introns. Understanding this may help to target improperly spliced transcripts that cause cancer and genetic disease. The article did not delve into the question of how introns evolved, but assumed they are meaningless, functionless pieces of genetic garbage. Another article in Science Daily (see also PhysOrg) reported that “Introns Nonsense DNA May Be More Important to Evolution of Genomes Than Thought.” Is there any sense in the apparent nonsense of introns? A team of scientists from University of New Hampshire and Indiana University Bloomington are not sure, but they did find something surprising. There seem to be hot spots for intron insertion. Different organisms with different genotypes can end up with the same introns at the same places. They call this “parallel intron gain”. Michael Lynch at Indiana U said, “This strongly argues against the common assumption that when two species share introns at the same site, it is always due to inheritance from a common ancestor.” If they did not evolve from common ancestry, how did they come about? The team is testing a hypothesis: “Our molecular analyses have enabled us to reject a number of hypotheses for the mechanism of intron origins, while clearly indicating an entirely unexpected pathway — emergence as accidents arising during the repair of double-strand breaks.” A somewhat related story in PhysOrg reported an “inverse relationship between gene duplication and alternative splicing.” Scientists at the University of Georgia, working with the lab plant Arabidopsis and with poplar trees, noted the difference in their degrees of duplication. They believe they reflect “distinct defense strategies” due to different environmental threats. “Alternative splicing is the molecular process that allows a single gene to produce many gene products or proteins with potentially different functions,” the article explained. The fact that the large poplar tree has only 7,000 more genes than a tiny weed indicated to the team that it’s not the number of genes that matters in a genome, but how they are regulated. Gene regulation – including the regulation of introns and duplicates and alternative ways to splice exons together – is at the cutting edge of genome research. Are these aspects of the evolutionary history of the organisms, or do they reflect underlying design strategies we do not yet understand?The design hypothesis already has a superior track record in debunking much of the “junk DNA” notion (12/05/2009, 05/18/2009). Here is a clear opportunity for design scientists to approach these puzzles with a different orientation than evolutionary biologists. Rather than assuming these are all leftover relics of common ancestry, why not assume there is a method to the madness? Already, “gene regulation” implies higher-order design that is not readily derivable from DNA itself. And developmental biology is beginning to see levels of hierarchical design that are orders of magnitude more intricate than anything man has ever designed. Introns appear as nonsense to us right now. Maybe that is because we just don’t understand the language yet. Even if they turn out to be the accumulations of scars from repair of double-stranded breaks, that fact would presuppose repair systems that were robust enough to prevent genetic catastrophes. Humans routinely discard much of the packaging of their inventions (crates, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap) without losing confidence that the goods were designed. The hypothesis that introns leave a trace of common ancestry has just been challenged by the discovery of parallel intron gain. Each new revelation in genomics, by contrast, underscores the elegance of the machinery that reads, transcribes and translates the genetic code. And to think that elaborate proofreading and repair systems exist to protect the genome is mind boggling (see Science Daily 10/22/2009, for example). With essential molecular machines like this required for reproduction, it seems impossible for evolution to even get started without the machinery already present and working – by design. Yet the mystery of introns remains unsolved (09/02/2003). There are tantalizing clues of design to be discovered. Already a functional intron has been reported (02/06/2008), or they may provide “handles” for transcription machinery (09/12/2003). The sophistication of the spliceosome that cuts out introns and splices together the exons gives us cause to wonder why Darwinian natural selection would go to such trouble to keep them around. Why isn’t evolution eliminating them from the genome? Given Darwinism’s dismal record on vestigial organs, glial cells and junk DNA, will you trust them with this question? It will be interesting to follow which approach – design or evolution – emerges as the fittest in explaining the puzzle of introns.(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
4 March 2013Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is to invest US$4-million in Canadian company Ballard to support projects to commercialize platinum-based fuel cell products, in particular the development of a prototype “home generator” with the potential to provide economical electric power to remote rural African households.Announcing the investment deal in a statement on the weekend, Ballard said that Amplats’ interest in the growth of fuel cell market adoption “extends beyond the implications for platinum utilization to the potential transformational impact fuel cells could have on the economy in South Africa”.Exemplifying this, Ballard said, was the joint work currently under way with Amplats on the development of a prototype home generator.Aimed at addressing the needs of households in remote rural communities not connected to a power grid, the home generator will be built with Ballard fuel cells and run on readily available methanol fuel, using an integrated fuel reformer.Godfrey Oliphant, South Africa’s deputy mineral resources minister, said his department was pleased by Amplats’ commitment to platinum beneficiation, adding that fuel cell-based product developments could boost global platinum demand.“South Africa is the leading producer of platinum, and innovations such as the home generator project move our country in a positive direction towards participating actively in the application of platinum group metals in new technologies which will create important jobs for our economy,” Oliphant said.Ballard Power Systems CEO John Sheridan said the home generator power system “has the potential for profound impacts in South Africa and elsewhere.”Ballard said that, once development of a Home Generator prototype meeting commercial product requirements had been completed, the companies would undertake further field trials “potentially leading to the manufacture, distribution and support of a commercial product for the African market”.SAinfo reporter
Danny Kingad dominates Muhammad Aiman. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDanny Kingad braces for the biggest break of his career as the rising star challenges ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil at ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The unbeaten Filipino flyweight stakes his immaculate 7-0 record as he seeks to add gold to Team Lakay’s collection in the co-main event of the evening.ADVERTISEMENT Kingad is coming off a dominant showing against Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia last April to earn him a shot at the title.But it won’t be a walk in the park with Moraes (16-2) aiming to sustain his three-match winning streak and establish himself as the best flyweight in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe flyweight bout will co-headline the Manila card, which already features a champion-versus-champion main event with ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang defending his throne against ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen.Filipinos are be aplenty in the card with as five more fighters are set to enter the cage in the November event. Kevin Belingon (16-5) seeks to display his amazing striking skills in trying to blemish the unscathed record of Kevin Chung (5-0) of USA.Gina Iniong (5-2) also returs to the cage as the six-time national wushu champion raises the flag for Team Lakay when she takes on Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol (0-1) of Indonesia.Fil-Australian Reece McLaren (9-5) is motivated to snap his two-match losing skid as he makes the move to the flyweight division where he takes on Anatpong Bunrad (5-3) of Thailand.Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Pacio (12-2) is hell-bent to bounce back from his submission loss last August as he shifts his focus on fellow Filipino strawweight Roy Doliguez (7-4).Also announced for the Manila card are the match between Alex Silva (5-1) of Brazil and Hayato Suzuki (17-0) of Japan, and a featherweight duel between Xie Chao (5-1) and Kelvin Ong (1-1) of Malaysia in the main card.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight No. 1 spot, last playoff berth at stake in crucial NCAA stretch MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Chinese strawweight wrestling champion Peng Xue Wen (0-1) will also fight Kun Khmer champion Phat Soda (0-1) of Cambodia in the preliminary fights.
Described as the fight the fans asked for by the executives who made it happen, Saturday’s clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was only ever about one thing — money.Having beaten the Irish pretender with a 10th-round technical knockout, Mayweather can retire with a perfect 50-0 record and a payday said to be worth up to 300 million dollars, and the American has promised never to return to the ring.McGregor, however, is a different story.His 30-million-dollar purse for the fight is 10 times his previous best disclosed purse from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where, as he says, he endures “shinbones to the head” as he makes his living.In the altogether more genteel surroundings of the boxing ring, he made a lot more money with a lot less damage, and his appetite has surely been whetted by the enormous riches on offer.McGregor has made no secret of his desire for more.(AP Photo)Asked what he liked most about his boxing experience, “Money” Mayweather prompted UFC lightweight champion McGregor to say the cash.”The cheque is alright. The cheque is not bad,” the Irishman laughed as he sipped his own “Notorius”-brand whiskey on the podium of the post-fight media conference.”I’ve already been raising the MMA (mixed martial arts) cheques. I’m still going to be raising the MMA cheques when I go back there,” he added.The 29-year-old has started his own website, a clothing line and a number of other businesses, and he was clearly delighted to see the logo of his latest venture, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, in the ring at Saturday’s fight.advertisementThe value of his brand, however, stems from what he does in the ring or the octagon and the brash personality he displays as he goes about his sporting business.UFC president Dana White is keen for McGregor’s boxing experiment to end sooner rather than later, and said that he was in a position to offer McGregor similar riches for mixed martial arts bouts.”If our fights do what the (pay-per-view) buys did here tonight, and the gate, we’ll all be good, trust me. Nobody will be bitching about anything,” White told reporters.”It takes two very special people in the right place at the right time to do the freakish kind of numbers and the watercooler talk that these guys had. You’ve got to have the right people in the right place at the right time.”With Mayweather, holder of a handful of the biggest pay-per-view sales of all time, vacating the stage at the age of 40, there is an opening for McGregor to move in and take over as the biggest draw in combat sports.The problem is that there are few prospective opponents for him in either boxing or MMA who can generate that kind of interest.A bitter training-camp row between McGregor and boxer Paulie Malignaggi might provide the kind of intrigue that would get fans to part with their money to see them face each other in the ring, but McGregor is most likely to return to the octagon to fight Nate Diaz.Diaz gave McGregor his first UFC defeat in a 170-pound matchup in 2016, which McGregor avenged months later with an epic five-round decision victory at the T-Mobile Arena, before going on to win the organisation’s lightweight title.With the teak-tough Californian more than a match for McGregor in terms of trash talk, a trilogy fight to bring that rivalry to a close is about the only thing that would make sense — and the required amount of dollars — for McGregor at this point.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reluctant to change XI over Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery won’t ring the changes over the Christmas programme.Emery will not unnecessarily rest players during the next week despite the threat of further injuries.He said: “In my career I never made these decisions. We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full, not with considered options or playing with more caution.”The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100 per cent focus to do everything on the pitch to win.”I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility of playing against Burnley and he said ‘not today’ because he was very tired after two matches in a week, so I decided for him not to be with the group. He said, ‘I’m not Matteo Guendouzi, Matteo is 19 and I’m 33!’.”
Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ Man City with five-goal rout of Atalantaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola labelled Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Atalanta as “incredible”.The game was tightly balanced with City holding onto a 2-1 at half-time, thanks to a double from Sergio Aguero.But the Italians couldn’t hold off an avalanche in the second-half, with Raheem Sterling scoring an incredible hat-trick.The only negatives for City on what was a magical night at the Etihad was an injury to Rodri and red-card for Phil Foden.Speaking after the game, Guardiola told BT Sport: “It was a really good result. The way Atalanta played created that. It was man to man all over the stadium, it was not comfortable, we’re not used to playing against these teams.”It was no surprise Atalanta finished third last season in Italy and even this season, they’re playing well so it’s an incredible result. It’s three more points. One more win and we’ll be in the next stage.”Raheem Sterling was brilliant. He could have scored one more. Not just with the ball, without the ball, he helps us a lot.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The Government will be making greater use of economic diplomacy to increase trade and investment opportunities.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, who made the announcement in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 14, said the process will involve collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.The aim is to access new markets and to facilitate strategic alliances and joint ventures.“Embassies located in targeted countries will host investment and marketing counsellors with the relevant expertise. We will begin with China and the new embassy proposed to be opened in Panama,” Minister Hylton informed.He argued that, with the trade preference regime now over, the island must be integrated with the global economy, to sustain development.“Export-led growth is therefore an imperative to achieving economic development,” he argued.The Investment Minister said that while the local market is open to the world, Jamaica is not “defenseless” in protecting itself from unfair trade practices, even as it aggressively pursues new markets for its goods and services.The key to achieving this balance, he said, is to ensure that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector is developed in tandem with the growth of large scale businesses, multinational corporations and enterprises.“This, we will pursue, through legislative and administrative reforms, consistent with global best practices,” he stated.Economic diplomacy is the use of the full spectrum economic tools of the state to achieve its national interest. Economic diplomacy includes all the economic activities, including but not limited to export, import, investment, lending, aid, free trade agreements.Contact: Alphea Saunders