A serious challenge to the stability, peace and security that Liberia now enjoys, is the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. The ECOWAS convention which seeks to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in West Africa was adopted by Heads of Member States ten years ago and since then a number of community based project have been initiated in country for its implementation.The other day, I was reminded by one of the volunteer peace messengers of an old Liberian expression that goes like this, “Baboon will share cola nut” which translates literarily to ‘brutality looms when peace settlement fails.” Similarly, we subject ourselves to crisis, if we keep our small arms and light weapons. Nearly every day, in countries where small arms are not under strict control, people are killed or injured as a result of uncontrolled small arms and light weapons. We are all witnesses to the current happenings in France, Belgium, Mali and Tunisia. Back home, we have noticed the rise in armed robberies and the use of small weapons.The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, known as LiNCSA is responsible to registering and marking all small arms and weapons. The LiNCSA is established to help keep Liberia safe and secure.In order to prevent large-scale emergencies, we need to strengthen the core capacities of our Army, Police, Immigration (BIN) Customs and Corrections officers to detect and respond rapidly to small arms transfers. Turning blind eyes to small arms and light weapons transfers in particularly porous border crossing, as we most often tend to do with our neighbors is never the way to control small arms. According to the Chairman of LiNCSA, “It is our ardent hope that there will be greater cooperation amongst state security institutions for the consolidation of peace in the country.”The worst sin an individual can commit is to harm others with small arms intended only for trained military personnel. We need to play a role in the control of small arms by reporting it. As young people, it’s crucial that weapons are not transported into Liberia and Liberians should not keep arms in their homes.The challenges ahead are huge but not insurmountable. There is the need to put in place legal and regulatory frameworks for effective small arms control, build capacity of security agencies and hot spot communities as well as manage our border communities. If you observe, hear or see anything that risks the peace of this country, report it to security forces that have the mandate to deal with it. Illicit possession of small arms is illegal and should be strongly discouraged among everyone particularly young people.In the months ahead, it’s particularly important that the lessons learned from other countries and the synergies among participating countries are translated into concrete actions. An awareness campaign is in the offing for the control of small arms and the support of all Liberians would be needed to ensure a successful campaign. The control of small arms and light weapons in Liberia is a matter of national priority.Until next week when we continue our series on the involvement of youth in peace and security issues, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace Prevail in our generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The narrator claimed that the lobed fins “represent the first rudimentary legs which enabled the ancestral amphibians to drag themselves from the water, and begin the colonization of the dry land.” Trouble is, the coelacanth does not use its lobed fins in any way for walking on land or even the sea floor, nor its “beginnings of an air-breathing lung” for breathing air—the fish inhabits deep water. The video narrator compounded credulity by claiming that the emergence of land-dwelling creatures was “a process that the little recently evolved mudskippers are repeating on their own account.” One wonders how the writer and narrator can speak so confidently about an unobserved history, from a fish that shows no change for alleged 60 million years, when Walker admitted early on that “new research just published reveals, in its own way, just how little we still know about this fish, despite it being the subject of intensive scrutiny and excitement for more than 70 years.” In no case did the authors of these stories describe how the exquisitely functional equipment in any of these creatures, whether horses, tunicates, weevils, coelacanths or athletes, could have originated out of a blind, purposeless, unguided process. It is left as an exercise to the reader to ponder how PhysOrg’s article claiming Homo erectus and modern humans did not interact “offers new insights into evolution.” Do you catch the utter madness of these claims about evolution? Where is it? They have strained at gnats and swallowed a whole herd of camels. They even turned evidence against evolution into support for it, promising us they were shedding light on evolution and offering new insights into evolution. The appropriate facial expression can be seen here. Evolution is like a holographic house of cards in a hall of mirrors in black light, supported by turtles all the way down. This is absurd, dumb, inexcusable. Vote these rascals out of the science lab and replace them with consistent realists who know design when they see it.(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The evolution of horses: New Scientist featured a six-picture gallery of horses with the headline, “The not-so-natural history of horse evolution.” It was clear from the photos, however, that all the horses except two are modern products of artificial breeding. The first photo showed an artist reconstruction of Hyracotherium, “considered by palaeontologists to be the earliest horse.” Even granting that, the creature had more toes than modern horses, and differed little from modern horses except in size (i.e., it had all the horsy equipment of body plan, internal organs, and systems). Przewalski’s horse, an endangered species, “the last true wild horse,” is a member of the same genus as all modern horses. Whatever evolution the article promised seems trivial, but the subhead read, “New Scientist traces the course of horse evolution and breeding from their ancient origins and wild forms to the first cloned racehorse.” The evolution of tunicates: An article on PhysOrg promised hat a “Study sheds light on tunicate evolution.” Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution compared one gene, 185 rDNA, between 72 species of thaliacens, subgroups of tunicates that live primarily in sea plankton. The group, they said, was monophyletic, “indicating that the pyrosomes, salps, and doliolids arose from a common ancestor,” the article explained, claiming that the study allowed them to gain “new insights on evolutionary relationships both within the Thaliacea and between thaliaceans and other tunicates.” This claim ignores whether or not creationists would classify these pelagic filter-feeders, all with similar levels of complexity, within a single created kind. It also makes its judgment based on one gene, when comparisons of different genes and proteins are often known to lead to different phylogenies. The evolution of sports: One might think that sports are products of intelligent design rather than evolution, but researchers in France, according to Medical Xpress, traced the evolution of sport and said it follows a physiological law of nature. The confused reader, by looking into the text and seeing how the word evolution is used, realizes it has nothing at all to do with Darwin, but with individual performance curves over a single person’s lifetime: “Physiological parameters that characterize human capabilities (mobility, reproduction or the capacity to perform tasks) evolve throughout the life cycle. The physical and intellectual abilities follow the same pattern, starting at the moment of conception: The performance of each individual is limited at birth, then increases to a peak before declining until death.” Evolution of weevils: Some weevils in New Guinea were found to have tips of their legs that seem to screw on. This amazing resemblance to the human nut and screw was described on New Scientist under the headline, “Beetles beat us to the screw and nut.” Marvel at this explanation by Michael Marshall about how evolution works: “The weevils are another example of evolution coming up with the same solutions to problems as human engineers,” he said. “Bacteria had continuously rotating wheels long before we did, in the form of spinning ‘tails’ called flagella. It seems the weevils beat us to threaded screws and nuts.” Note to Marshall: the bacterial flagellum is an icon to advocates of intelligent design as a prime example of irreducible complexity. The non-evolution of coelacanth: One might think that Matt Walker, the Wonder Monkey of the BBC, would avoid using the word evolution in an article about Coelacanth, the lobe-finned fish found alive in 1938 after textbooks called it extinct since the age of dinosaurs. This living fossil has been widely showcased by creationists as evidence against evolution and long ages. This prime evidence for stasis (non-evolution), however, was used by Walker and a video clip accompanying the article to tell us we the people evolved from it: “The fish provided an immediate link to our dim evolutionary past, resembling the lobe-fin fish that were likely the first to leave the water and take to land, ultimately begetting the amphibians, reptiles and mammals we see today, including the human race.” Science news articles speak freely of the evolution of this or that, but the fine print often shows a disconnect with the evolution explanation. Can one speak of the evolution of something that has not changed for millions or years? The details in the following stories raise questions whether anything significant has evolved in the sense Darwin meant – from simple to complex.
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union took over the dance floor as German R&B duo Milli Vanilli when they won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990. The Cleveland Cavaliers may be struggling early in the season, but they have not forgotten how to party.For the third straight year, Cleveland star LeBron James threw another mean Halloween bash and his teammates pulled out all the stops to dress the part.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH YOOOOOO @TheRealJRSmith and @kevinlove are killing it!!!! pic.twitter.com/D9mfIdqdtu— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017Kyle Korver, who joined the Cavaliers early this year and also missed last year’s event, came as Willy Wonka (complete with the oompa loompas) while Channing Frye made for a convincing superhero “Blankman.”. @KyleKorver AMAZING!!!! pic.twitter.com/vLpwR6L8CX— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas, meanwhile, dressed as late rapper Eazy-E and nailed every detail of his costume. This was the first time that the new Cavaliers guard attended James’ annual party. Read Next Jae Crowder pulled off a Prince Akeem from the movie “Coming to America” while Tristan Thompson was Khal Drogo from the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” (His girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was Daenerys Targaryen).Photo from DJ Steph Floss’ Instagram story.Photo from Jae Crowder’s Instagram story.Not to be outdone was the host of the party, who came as killer clown Pennywise (with the red balloons to boot) from the movie “It” and seemed to be in character all night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort JR Smith and his wife attended as characters from the movie “Coneheads” while Kevin Love showcased his inner WWE fan and was wrestler Sting for the night while his girlfriend was Hulk Hogan.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pyeongchang gets Olympic flame ahead of 100-day relay Last year, James went straight up savage as his party poked fun at Golden State’s blown Finals lead and featured cookie tombstones memorializing Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.