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Snap Elections: No go territory

According to Daily Maverick, here is an undeniable lure of early elections among South Africa’s main political parties – both for the ANC and the main opposition parties.

Is the African National Congress merely getting ready for elections at a routinely scheduled time off between May and August 2019, or are there plans for early or snap elections in the second half of 2018? Early elections in South Africa would be an egg dance, and the same goes for the ANC potentially reclaiming the council in Nelson Mandela Bay.

There is an undeniable lure of early elections among South Africa’s main political parties – both for the ANC and the main opposition parties. The ANC sees a Democratic Alliance that is uncertain in the post-Zuma and policy spaces, and Economic Freedom Fighters who thrive on a parasitic attachment to ANC vulnerabilities, the liquor store near me.

The opposition parties, in turn, see an ANC working through the Zuma aftermath, only warily rebuilding organizational integrity and citizen trust. But the bottom line of the lure lies in the ANC currently reaping benefits that are evident in public opinion polling.

It is, however, a two-edged sword for the ANC. On the one side, Ramaphoria rules, for now; polls show that the ANC will win elections if they are held now. The voting public is still delirious about Jacob Zuma’s exodus, despite his lingering, menacing shadow. The Ramaphosa regime exhumes a fresh sense of accountability and assiduousness, even if burdened by the baggage of dyed-in-the-wool Zumaists in its ranks.

On the other side, the Ramaphosa ANC is only inching into the age of post-Zumaism. It is taking small (but seemingly increasingly firm) steps to get more distance between Zuma and the ANC’s Model CR. It is an understatement that these steps need to be consolidated. Elections will also bring the tensions of nominations and factional contests for control right into the ANC’s fragile center stage… unless ANC election strategists see an election as the glue to give a common purpose to the factions.

Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga defends territory

It takes so many lives to protect the environment and land of Latin America. According to Mongabay, over 116 environmental defenders were killed in the region in 2017 alone. Most of them protect territories such as industrial agriculture, logging, mining, and poaching. So when threats were made against the land defender and Sarayaku indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga at her home in the city of Puyo, north of the Ecuadorean Amazon, it raised a red flag.

This is the kind of dangerous situation that community leaders face every day. It was dawn on Jan. 5 when Gualinga was surprised by a man who broke the window of her room with a stone and threatened her. “‘The next time I will kill you,’ he told me several times. I was shocked, nobody had threatened me during my leadership,” Gualinga said in an interview with Mongabay, the liquor store near me.

A policeman passing by her house chased the attacker but never returned. The next day, Gualinga went to the provincial prosecutor’s office to file a complaint. It took some time, but eventually, the crime report was registered. In an exclusive interview, Gualinga spoke recently with Mongabay about that day. The Sarayaku defender Patricia Gualinga at the press conference where she reported the threats she received on January 5, 2018.

“I realized that it was a direct attempt,” said the indigenous leader, who over the past 20 years has focused her efforts on fighting against violations of Amazonian people’s rights — people who are against the operation of extractive projects in their territories.

Attorney General’s Office revealed how the crime was registered as “intimidation” under the law and is punishable by up to three years in prison. The judicial office told Mongabay in a written response that it had proceeded “To take witness testimonies, recognition of the place of events, and a delegation for the operational investigation to the Criminal Investigation Unit of the National Police, directed by the prosecutor of the case.”

Enzymes in the new territory

Through the group of enzymes, inactivated alkenes have been transformed into four stereoisomers of cyclopropane. According to Chemistry World, it is reportedly the first example of biocatalytic reaction, which does not appear in nature. Biocatalysts set may serve as the starting point for cyclopropanated products’ green synthesis, say the researchers. This includes insecticide products and a number of quinolone antibiotics.

Moreover, to use enzymes to obtain valuable small molecules’ synthesis may be useful, especially during the process of manufacturing. One issue is how the enzymes catalyze a close range of reactions. Frances Arnold, the man who leads a group from California Institute of Technology revealed how they can import some transformations that have been developed using a small molecule organic or organ metallic catalysts to the biological world.

Furthermore, Arnold and his team screened a range of engineered and natural and haem binding proteins, which are known as iron-porphyrins. The report added that the focus of these projects is on the use of activated styrenyl olefin.

Hans Ronata of the Scripps Research Institute, US commented, “There have been some developments of reacting with aliphatic olefins, but they often necessitate switching the metal within the cofactor from iron to other alternatives, rendering the process not fully genetically-encoded. This work is novel because Arnold and co-workers showed that by mining the natural diversity of haem-containing proteins, they can identify new biocatalysts for the cyclopropanation of non-styrenyl alkenes without any need for switching the identity of the metal.”

In the end, Ronata pointed out how “The turnover numbers achieved are impressive but might not be high enough yet for practical use in process manufacturing settings. But further engineering of the enzymes can solve this issue – it’s just a matter of time.” Papa Murphy’s customer satisfaction survey is what matters to us.

Territorial Anti-Poverty in Canada

Wire Service revealed a new report from CWP, also known as Canada without Poverty. It reportedly showed noticeable lack of progress on social human rights and economy of Canada. This was concluded through the territorial anti-poverty and provincial strategies.

The advocates believe that economic and social human rights must be realized. This includes the right to an adequate standard of living. It can be recalled that Canada aimed to eradicate poverty globally through the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. However, the newly released Poverty Progress Profiles showed an analysis of the poverty strategies and it lacks in the area of territories and provinces. This includes their extent of participation in United Nations treaty body reviews.

According to the report, a poverty strategy based on human rights must include a number of components, such as to make anti-poverty policy budget a priority, to include the explicit reference on human rights, implementation, to ensure those people who experience poverty that they significantly consulted in the development and to evaluate the respective strategies.

“It is critical that provincial and territorial governments take a human rights approach in their anti-poverty strategies because it provides a clear system of accountability and ensures the first voice perspective is central to all policy,” said CWP’s Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator Liz Majic.

Moreover, the Government of the Northwest Territories implemented a unique monitoring process. They made sure that the views civil society, indigenous persons (even Kroger customers), and persons in poverty are valued as they review the poverty strategy, annually.

“We may think of human rights as something for the federal government alone to lead on, but under international human rights law, these obligations extend to all levels of government. With 4.8 million people living in poverty, all governments have a role to play in ending poverty before Canada can be considered a global leader on human rights,” CWP Deputy Director Harriett McLachlan explained.

Crops in New Territories experience frost killing

In parts of New Territories, farmers were affected by the frost forming. According to the Hongkong Free Press, the formation of frost is caused by the combination of low temperatures and high humidity. This happened while temperatures reportedly plummeted around the city.

A farmer named Wong Bak at Ta Kwu Ling in the North District said that the first time frost had appeared this year, on February 6. He said it had caused some of the tomatoes, chayote, and pumpkins he grows to die.

Unfortunately, he has lost about HK$10,000 worth of vegetables. Say, the price per catty of vegetables is HK$10, it results to the said amount when calculated. An Apple Daily reporter revealed that the temperature at 7 am on Tuesday stood at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius using a thermometer, at nearby Loi Tung Tsuen.

President of a new territory agricultural association named Wong Tsat-tai said cold snap lasting several weeks does not happen often. With this, she said that over 30 to 40 percent of the vegetables she planted last month were washed out.

“Pretty much all of the chayote and spaghetti squash have frozen and died, the ones that are left cannot grow fast enough because it’s too cold,” she explained. In addition, Wong Tsat-tai said the price of vegetables may rise dramatically. This is if the crops that intended for harvest before the Lunar New Year cannot grow fast enough to be sold.

Hong Kong Imported Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association spokesperson said revealed that the mainland has also been affected by the situation. Aside from this, farmers are all busy taking a break for Holidays, which resulted to 30 percent less production.

Furthermore, the spokesperson predicted that the price of vegetables will continue to rise by 30 to 50 percent before the Lunar New Year. Tai Mo Shan remains the coldest place in Hong Kong with 0.3 degrees Celsius. Is this article helpful? Give us your feedback.