A Japan supporters cries after losing the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Japan came so close to reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time but it was not to be; and coach Akira Nishino did not mince his words talking about how it feels to fail yet again. “I am devastated,” he said.Japan entered Monday’s last-16 World Cup match against Belgium in Rostov-on-Don as the clear underdogs, but it surprisingly took the lead early in the second half with a pair of superbly taken goals. Then Belgium dug deep and produced a memorable comeback, scoring its first goal with 21 minutes left and the winner deep in injury time for a 3-2 win and a place in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Japan squeezed through to the knockout stage of this World Cup because it had a better disciplinary record than Senegal, after both teams finished the group phase with four points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored.It was the third time Japan has failed to make the last eight in the World Cup and maybe the closest it came to succeeding. The disappointment was obvious, with some of the players falling on their knees in despair after the final whistle, while others just cried.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSo shocked the Japanese players were by the defeat they just stood around doing nothing in the locker room after the match. “I told them to take a shower,” said Nishino.“We started off very well, but at the end, right at the end, to have conceded a goal like that, it was not expected,” a grim but collected Nishino told reporters. “We were leading and we were going to win, but I didn’t expect this reversal of the result. It was the World Cup, and we were faced with the depth and the strength of Belgium. That’s how I felt at the end of the game.” Nishino must have been surprised by how well his team was doing until Belgium began its comeback, having fended off the Belgians’ usually prolific attack in the first half and scoring two goals early in the next. Only a day earlier, he was rhetorically asking how he would attack a team like Belgium, citing its third place in the world’s FIFA ranking and Japan’s place 58 places down the list at 61.The best he could hope for, he said Sunday, was for his players to play “Japan-like” — contest every ball, control the ball, play dogged defense and stage lightening counterattacks. They’ve done all that, or at least much of it, but, by Nishino’s own admission, it did not match what Belgium had in their repertoire.“It might have been a very small difference, but I felt there wasn’t anything between (separating) us. The players throughout this tournament were very positive, better than in the past. Even against the likes of Belgium, they were confident. … But that little difference has to be filled going forward,” he said, offering an honest critique of his team.“(At the end) I was questioning myself, whether I had control of the game. We were 2-0 up, and still the score was reversed. It wasn’t the players. Maybe it was me who lost control of the game. When the (Belgium’s third) goal was conceded, I blamed myself, and I questioned my tactics.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thon Maker owns up to role in Gilas-Australia free-for-all View comments
Venus Williams returns a shot to Camila Giorgi, of Italy, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years.Serena Williams set up the highly anticipated matchup at Flushing Meadows by hitting 13 aces and overwhelming 101st-ranked Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than an hour in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night. Hours earlier, across the way at Louis Armstrong Stadium, Venus Williams did her part with another straight-set victory, eliminating 40th-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Rafael Nadal was in action later Wednesday.During her post-victory news conference, which came long before Serena set foot on court against Witthoeft, Venus clearly had little interest in entertaining questions about the possible all-in-the-family match.“It’s early in the tournament, so both of us are going to be looking forward to continuing to play better,” Venus said. “Obviously, it’s definitely a tough draw.”Later, when a reporter tried to steer the conversation back to Williams vs. Williams, Venus offered this admonishment about the topic: “You’re beating it up now.”She was ever-so-slightly more forthcoming during her on-court interview, joking, “The last time we played, at the Australian, it was two against one,” a reference to the fact that Serena was pregnant when she beat Venus in the 2017 Australian Open final.“At least this time,” Venus told the crowd, “it’ll be fair.”Serena looked much more impressive Wednesday than her sister did, but the levels of competition were also different.Of the 82 points that went Venus’ way, only 13 came via her own winners. Giorgi had 29 winners, but also 41 unforced errors and 28 forced errors.Serena, meanwhile, put together a 30-10 edge in winners, then declared her serve much better than it’s been of late.Soon enough, her thoughts were on her next match and a certain, rather familiar, foe. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Real Madrid joined by fresh faces in Champions League draw Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I never root against her, no matter what. So I think that’s the toughest part for me: When you always want someone to win, to have to beat them,” Serena said. “I know the same thing is for her.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs She leads the series 17-12, including 10-5 at majors.Both have been ranked No. 1. They have won a combined 30 Grand Slam singles trophies, 23 by Serena. They own eight U.S. Open singles championships, six by Serena.They’ve played each other in the finals of all four Slams, including at the U.S. Open in 2001 (when Venus won) and 2002 (when Serena did).“It’s incredible what they’ve done. I mean, amazing really. Obviously there’s been other siblings that have had fantastic careers in tennis, but none anywhere close to what they’ve managed to achieve,” said three-time major champion Andy Murray, whose first major since hip surgery ended with a four-set loss to No. 31 Fernando Verdasco. “I’d be surprised if anything like that ever happens again.”Seeded women who advanced on another day with the temperature topping 95 degrees (33 Celsius) included No. 7 Elina Svitolina, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova, No. 15 Elise Mertens, No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova and No. 23 Barbora Strycova, all in straight sets. Past men’s champions Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Dennis Kudla of the U.S., and Stan Wawrinka won, as did 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson, and No. 11 seed John Isner.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other. We make each other better. We bring out the best when we play each other. It’s what we do,” Serena said. “I think we’re used to it now.”When they play Friday, it will be their 30th tour-level encounter — plus, of course, all those times when they traded shots from across the net as kids in California, then on practice courts all around the world. It’s also soonest the sisters have played each other at any Grand Slam since their very first tour match, all the way back at the 1998 Australian Open. Venus won that one. But since then, it’s been the younger Serena who’s grown dominant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The reason this match comes so early is that their rankings are not what they’ve been in the past. Serena is No. 26, playing in only the seventh tournament since she was off the tour for more than a year while having a baby. Even though the U.S. Tennis Association bumped her seeding up to reflect her past success, it still placed her at No. 17. Venus, meanwhile is No. 16.“It’s so young in the tournament,” Serena said. “We would have rather met later.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MF&DP) has begun paying hazard allowances to public health workers in the country.According to GOL, the hazard allowance is for health workers working at the high risk Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs). The payment process, carried out largely through the government’s direct deposit scheme with some local banks, commenced yesterday. In the direct deposit program workers’ salaries and benefits are paid directly into their personal bank accounts once they have provided GOL with their banking information.Modalities have also been completed to pay those health workers assigned in non-banked rural communities. The hazard benefit package includes a lump sum US$5,000 death benefit for public healthcare workers in the country.The GOL has meanwhile appealed to the health workers not to carry out their planned strike action as has been widely publicized in Monrovia. The healthcare workers have threatened to go on strike if government fails to provide them with benefits and supply hospitals and clinics with personal protective equipment (PPEs) to use while treating patients suspected or confirmed with the deadly Ebola virus.“We [government] are aware that there are other issues that need to be addressed and we will make every effort to accommodate the concerns of our health workers while counting on their professionalism and patriotism,” Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh said. “There is absolutely no need for any go-slow or walk out as the government is prepared to listen and take actions appropriately,” he assured the health workers.On September 30, the government reached a ‘bumper’ hazard pay agreement with the public health workers following a closed door meeting with the leadership of various healthcare workers’ associations under the auspices of the Liberia Medical and Dental Counsel (LMDC) held at the LMDC’s office in Monrovia.The deal is expected to cost the government about US$30 million over a six-month period beginning September and is intended to ensure that healthcare workers, who have abandoned health facilities, return to work to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country. The Ebola virus has already killed about 82 healthcare workers in Liberia and infected over 80 others who are undergoing treatment at separate Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Monrovia. The government agreed to pay a lump sum US$5,000 death benefit to family of each healthcare worker who died while treating people with Ebola. The agreement also includes the hazard pay for healthcare workers engaged directly in the fight against Ebola and those that are not on the frontline fighting the disease. Those directly involved in fighting the Ebola epidemic will receive monthly hazard pay as follows: Ebola Treatment Unit supervisor will receive US$850, medical doctors US$825, nurses US$435, Lab technicians US$435 while ETU managers and general practitioners will receive US$450 each. Ambulance drivers will receive monthly hazard pay of US$350, Ebola case investigators and social workers US$350, hygienist and logisticians US$300 while janitors, contact tracers and security personnel will receive US$250 respectively. Also benefiting from the government’s monthly hazard pay program are doctors, nurses and other health practitioners who are not dealing with Ebola related cases.According to the agreement, medical doctors in this category will each receive US$350 while nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, midwives and lab technicians will respective US$300 each.The Government has meanwhile assured the men and women on the frontline in the fight against the Ebola disease that it will do everything to ensure that all benefits promised are paid on time.“We remain aware that no amount of money can compensate them for the risk they are taking and the services they are rendering to our beloved country. And for this the Government continues to commend them and encourage them to continue their service to their country,” an MF&DP statement quoted Finance Minister Konneh as saying on Thursday.“When Ebola struck our country, it was our healthcare workers that were hurt the most. These men and women are the soldiers on the frontline of this fight and so we must appreciate the sacrifices they are making,” Minister Konneh had said during the signing ceremony with the leadership of the healthcare workers on September 30.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This year, the forecast for Sunday is expected to reach a high of four degrees.Inga Lake is located at Mile 91 on the Alaska Highway, two miles left off the highway. Signage will be posted along the highway for drivers.Anyone interested in competing is allowed to enter, and the derby is free of charge to compete in. Prizes will be available to win in both the Children and Adult Categories, and there are no age restrictions for those looking to cast off into competition.- Advertisement -However, organizers say that competitors 16 years old and older must have a valid fishing license in order to partake in the action.Fishing licenses can be purchased at Backcountry, located at 10120 Alaska Highway North.
The four-year starter’s special ability to elevate on his jump shots allows him to create shots that most players on the high school level would have to pass up. “He has one of the purest jump shots I’ve ever seen,” Bulldogs guard and longtime friend Torey Phillips said. “It’s a game-changing jump shot because when he’s hot, he doesn’t miss.” PASADENA – High-flying Pasadena High School senior guard Trevon Harmon led the Bulldogs to the Pacific League title and No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs. But the beauty of Harmon’s ability is it has nothing to do with spectacular dunks. Harmon increased his scoring average from 14 points per game last season to 25 points a contest.His numbers are a result of hard work over the summer with his father, Reginald, and his brother, Reggie. “We got him a little stronger to the point where he was floating on his shot and we started to make him work off the dribble,” Reginald Harmon said. Harmon worked to increase his jumping ability and the results have been staggering, especially for opposing guards. “I’m more of a threat and it’s hard to guard me now because you don’t know whether I’m going to drive or pull up,” Harmon said. “That’s going to take him a long way as far as his basketball career is concerned,” Pasadena coach Tim Tucker said. “There are few NBA players that can shoot like that. I don’t know if he has a chance to play in the NBA, but he has a chance to play basketball at the college level.” Harmon also has increased his assist average to more than six per game. “People know I can score, I just try to show them a different part of my game,” he said. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of Harmon’s overall ability is Arcadia High transfer center Nigel Ajere, who is averaging about 18 points and 10 rebounds. “Back at Arcadia, I didn’t have a great 3-point shooter. Now when I’m in the post, I kick it out to him and he can kick it back to me,” Ajere said. “I like the way that I don’t have to look at him when he throws those lobs. He knows when to hit me in the post.” His exceptional peripheral vision has also benefited the Bulldogs baseball team. “One scout told me after a game one time that he was the second coming of Willie Mays after we saw him make a Willie Mays basket catch,” Tucker said. “The kid can see, and that’s what makes him a good defender in basketball. He anticipates everything.” The senior guard’s relationship with Tucker didn’t begin smoothly, but they have worked together to make the team stronger. “We bumped heads a lot on philosophies,” Tucker recalled. “I think it’s taken him ’till right now to realize that he still had a lot to learn about the game of basketball.” Over the course of time, Harmon embraced his coach’s teaching. “I’ve improved on a lot of parts of my game and I’m just going after a championship before I leave,” Harmon said. Added Tucker, “He’s more of a leader than he was in past years, and we’ve got to ride his back as far was we can go.” After Harmon takes the floor for the last time in his high school career, he will jump onto the baseball field as center fielder for the Bulldogs. He was Most Valuable Player on his freshman team and led the team in home runs as a junior. “My dad convinced me to play and I’ve enjoyed it,” Harmon said. “I’m just looking forward to finishing my season out and see how things go.” Added Bulldogs baseball coach Bob Beran: “The only problem he has with baseball is he just hasn’t played enough. That’s his only shortcoming.” Harmon’s options are to play basketball at the collegiate level or sign a baseball contract should a major league team draft him. Arizona State, Cleveland State, Montana State and New Mexico State are among schools to express interest so far. “If I had to choose, it’ll be basketball, but if I get a strong offer in baseball then I need to make a decision with my family to see what fits me the best,” Harmon said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
QPR have completed the signing of defender James Perch from Wigan on a three-year contract.The 29-year-old has moved to West London for an undisclosed fee following the Latics’ relegation to League One.Perch is QPR’s seventh signing of the summer and the former Newcastle man believes he is joining a progressive club after holding talks with head coach Chris Ramsey and director of football Les Ferdinand.“It’s great to be here and to have my future sorted out,” Perch said.“Les and the gaffer sold the club to me brilliantly. They showed a great desire to bring me here, and that helped make up my mind.“I know players who have played here before and they spoke about the club in good terms, so it was an easy decision for me.“I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting into the side and proving my worth at QPR.” 1 James Perch
Most Read In Football revealed SORRY RANKED Firmino’s most recent goal came against Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 tense Firmino has been struggling in front of goal over the past few weeks LATEST 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker scrap Cascarino also questions whether Firmino is struggling due to the increased pressure on him with Liverpool’s back-up players all performing well.He continues: “Some players react less well to more competition for their place and I wonder whether Firmino is one of those.“Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana are all challenging him for places in the team at the moment and that may have made Firmino less comfortable.” latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is likely to be dropped in the next couple of weeks, according to Tony Cascarino.Firmino, the Brazil international, is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, but he has found things hard going this season. 2015/16: 49 appearances, 11 goals and 11 assists2016/17: 41 appearances, 12 goals and 11 assists2017/18: 54 appearances, 27 goals and 17 assists2018/19: 15 appearances, four goals and two assists (to date) Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos He’s played in all 15 of Liverpool’s games so far this season, starting 12, but Cascarino thinks Firmino’s game time will reduce over the next couple of weeks.Writing in his Times column, the former Chelsea striker said he expects Klopp to drop Firmino to give him a rest, believing the forward will benefit from a break. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The 27-year-old has scored just four goals in 15 appearances, while his build-up play – such a key attribute in his game – has also lessened in quality and effectiveness.Firmino was always going to struggle to replicate his form from last season, when he netted 27 times and created a further 17 goals in 54 matches, but Jurgen Klopp continues to keep faith in the former Hoffenheim man. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions whoops BEST OF Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool career Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ “Roberto Firmino looks to me like he needs a rest and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jürgen Klopp leave him out of one of the next few games,” Cascarino writes.“He’s a wonderful player but in the past nine of his appearances for Liverpool he has scored once — against Red Star Belgrade — and not managed a single assist.“He’s played in 69 games since the start of last season, more than any other player in the Premier League. Even Mo Salah has played two fewer.“He would benefit from a break to freshen him up.”
Motorists are being advised of an oil spillage on the Raphoe-St Johnston road this evening.Oil has been reported on the R236, near Castletown National School.Motorists are asked to proceed with caution in the area. Travel alert: Motorists asked to be cautious after oil spillage was last modified: May 31st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Castletown National Schooloil spillageR236RaphoeSt Johnston
Ribosomes are the protein-assembly machines in the living cell (11/24/2005, 07/26/2005, 01/19/2005). A bacterium can have thousands of them. They are composed of two large RNA complexes; the smaller one has 20 unique proteins that fit snugly in various parts of the apparatus, and the larger complex has even more. How do the parts all come together? That’s an area of intense study, reports Sarah A. Woodson in Nature:1Many of the biochemical events that occur in a cell are performed by huge complexes of proteins and nucleic acids. A cunning approach promises to show how the components convene to make a functioning ‘machine’. The cell’s macromolecular machines contain dozens or even hundreds of components. But unlike man-made machines, which are built on assembly lines, these cellular machines assemble spontaneously from their protein and nucleic-acid components. It is as though cars could be manufactured by merely tumbling their parts onto the factory floor. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Clearly there is more to it than that, because the parts all fit together in the right places, at the right times. Woodson describes how researchers are trying to observe whether the assembly steps are strictly determined in a predefined sequence, or whether the parts can arrive via alternative paths, like band members in a scatter formation. Whatever happens, it needs to be reliable and energy-efficient. All the parts “interact through highly specific interfaces,…” she explains. “Actively growing cells demand many thousands of ribosomes, whose synthesis consumes a large fraction of the cell’s metabolic energy. So ribosome assembly must be efficient as well as precise.” Unlike car parts, protein and RNA parts have some flexibility. In a process called induced fit, they snap together snugly, like rubbery puzzle pieces:In the soft world of biological materials, cooperativity and specificity are achieved by the induced fit of molecular interfaces; that is, as two or more components come into contact they mould around one another to create stronger, more specific junctions. The idea that ribosome assembly can follow more than one path is consistent with redundant cooperative linkages in the assembly map. These cooperative linkages ensure that individual complexes are assembled completely. They also create alternative kinetic paths that make the assembly process itself more robust.Woodson spoke of machinery and machines five times, but only mentioned evolution twice, neither time explaining how the machinery and its precision assembly process came about. In her introduction, she merely said, “Knowing how cellular complexes organize themselves is crucial for understanding molecular evolution and for engineering materials that can mimic their properties.” The other mention of evolution was in her last sentence: “In the ribosome, these interactions have been fine-tuned through billions of years of evolution, providing a clear window into the world of cellular machines.”1Sarah A. Woodson, “Biophysics: Assembly line inspection,” Nature 438, 566-567 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/438566a.And for that classic line, Woodson earns Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week. We’all just throw a bunch of car parts on the factory floor for billions of years, and when they get it right by chance, presto: we can expect a fully operational vehicle. This article, therefore, gets listed in both the Amazing and Dumb categories. It can be considered typical of references to evolution in scientific papers: nobody tells us how such things could have evolved by mindless, directionless chance processes; they just claim they did. You call this science? Read Gerald Schroeder’s editorial on AISH. He examines the probability of such accidents occurring naturally, showing that the argument of our online book is still valid. Any scientists who can believe that chance could perform miracles on this order should be called People of Frothy Faith.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 June 2013 The fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) concluded on Monday, with leaders from Africa and Japan agreeing to promote private sector-led growth in Africa. “Affirming that the private sector is a vital engine of growth, we will support and strengthen the private sector, promote greater private investment, and improve the investment climate and legal and regulatory frameworks,” says the Yokohama Declaration 2013, adopted at the end of the three-day international conference. The conference was attended by over 40 Heads of State and Government, including President Jacob Zuma. Together with the declaration, an action plan for the coming five years – the Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017 – was also adopted at the conference. The action plan covers a wide range of areas, including boosting economic growth; accelerating infrastructure and capacity development; empowering farmers as mainstream economic actors; promoting sustainable and resilient growth; creating an inclusive society for growth; consolidating peace, stability, democracy and good governance and the follow-up mechanism. Participants emphasized the roles that women and young people play in education, and said health and education should be improved for them. The declaration says peace and stability are prerequisites for growth and efforts will be made to strengthen “Africa’s capacity to create, nurture and protect peace by supporting its own initiatives”. Agriculture was also identified as one of the key areas for growth. The declaration says expansion of agriculture and agribusiness is fundamental to sustaining economic growth in Africa, given their potential to generate employment, increase rural incomes and improve the livelihood of farmers. On the Millennium Development Goals, the parties will commit to “accelerating efforts” to achieve the goals in Africa by 2015 and jointly exercise leadership in establishing the post-2015 development framework, which will make the African voice heard in the development agenda. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhua