Diamond League schedule (Selected events)

first_imgDiamond League schedule (Selected events)n 10:10 a.m: Women’s triple Jump: Shanieka Thomasn 11:15 a.m: Women’s 100m: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Faceyn 11:39 a.m: Women’s 400m Hurdles, Kaliese Spencern 12:09 p.m: Men’s 200m: Nickel Ashmeaden 12:34 p.m: Men’s 110m Hurdles: Hansle Parchment, Omar McLeodlast_img

SA, Vietnam sign pact to save rhino

first_img10 December 2012 South Africa and Vietnam have signed a landmark agreement that could turn the tide on the scourge of rhino poaching that has seen over 600 rhinos slaughtered in South Africa this year. The release last month of the official rhino poaching figures for South Africa had environmentalists questioning whether authorities were winning the war against the crime. As of this week, a staggering 607 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year – 364 of these in the Kruger National Park. But as SAnews reports from the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the memorandum of understanding signed on Monday by South Africa’s Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and her Vietnamese counterpart, Cao Duc Phat, signals the widest-ranging step yet taken to pull the plug on the illegal rhino horn trade.Illegal horn trade centres on Vietnam According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 75% of the world’s rhino population is found in South Africa. And while the illegal horn trade reportedly once revolved around markets in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Yemen, it now centres on Vietnam – premised on the superstitious belief, widespread through Asia, that rhino horn improves sexual performance and can help cure various diseases, including cancer. The agreement sealed on Monday lists seven areas of cooperation in biodiversity, and is not only limited to the issue of rhino poaching. But judging by the media interest the poaching crisis has generated, the fight to save the rhino will be central to the agreement.Active intervention by authorities South Africa wants Vietnamese government officials at the highest level to commit to the fight by imposing strict punishments for poachers and traders. “Having signed this memorandum of understanding with Vietnam today, we hope that the two countries will be able to tighten the regulatory framework so that any potential transit that can happen or could happen is actually curbed,” Molewa said. She stressed the importance of authorities from both countries actually getting involved to curb the illegal trade. “We want to ensure that we will really work hard to see to it that all the regulations governing hunting, and rhino in particular, are adhered to … Poaching is quite a serious issue in South Africa, so we really think that we need to work together, and we are happy that the authorities in Vietnam have actually agreed to sign this memorandum of understanding.” The minister revealed in an interview that talks with scientists were planned to get their views on the medical benefits of the rhino horn, with controlled harvesting of the horn a possible future step.No ban on legal hunting Molewa said her ministry would continue to allow legal hunting, and that there was no ban being imposed on Vietnamese game hunters. Figures in possession of SAnews show that in 2009, South Africa granted 85 hunting permits to Vietnamese nationals. The number rose to 91 in 2011 before a sudden decline to just eight permits this year. Molewa said this decline was due to processes that were put in place to ensure that there was control over rhino horns were entering Asia. “This memorandum we are signing here is one of those processes. There is absolutely no ban being imposed on [legal hunters from] Vietnam,” she said. The government hopes that recent amendments to the Biodiversity Act will help manage the hunting industry, which contributes about R2.3-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) while creating hundreds of jobs in rural areas. The amendments make it illegal for people to hunt without the supervision of a conservation officer. “Any hunting that does not abide by this regulation is deemed illegal. We realised that there were gaps in the law, and we have closed those gaps,” Molewa said.Vietnam ‘committed to curbing illegal trade’ Vietnamese government officials on Monday came out in full condemnation of poaching. To demonstrate its commitment to curbing illegal rhino killings, Minister Cao Duc Phat said the Vietnamese government had increased its resources to security agencies fighting the crime. Cao Duc Phat said claims that Vietnam had been soft on poachers were unfair and unfounded. “So far, Vietnam has made strong commitments to tackle the illegal use of rhino horns, and we will increase our commitment,” he said. “With the signing of the memorandum, the two sides will sit together and draw a very detailed plan to address this problem.” Of the widespread belief that rhino horn can cure and prevent cancer, Cao Duc Phat said: “I would like to repeat, that information is not official and not correct. We have directed scientific authorities to conduct some research on whether or not rhino horn can cure cancer. So there is not an official announcement in that regard.” Hacong Tuan, the deputy minister of agriculture and rural development, even hinted at the possibility of banning the import of rhino horn hunting trophies. He admitted though that there could be many rhino horns entering the country without the knowledge of the authorities, adding that it was not an easy matter to combat smuggling. “It’s never easy… we believe the signing today should serve as our commitment to address all the violation issues.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

CODE TIP: Footing Drains and Foundation Waterproofing

first_imgLEARN MOREFoundation Drains Building codes require perimeter drains around the outside of basement footings. They are not difficult to install properly before the foundation has been backfilled, but they are costly and disruptive to put in after the fact.Sections 404, 405, 406, and 801 of the International Residential Code (IRC) relate to foundations and below-grade habitable space. All code references are to the IRC unless otherwise specified.DrainageConcrete & CMU foundations that contain habitable or usable space need drains [405.1], unless there is good natural drainage [405.1X]. Use filter fabric over drain fields [405.1] and at least 2 inches of stone under pipes [405.1]. If the soil is expansive or collapsible, extend gutter downspouts 5 feet from the building or to an approved drainage system [801.3].Waterproofing, Damp-proofing, & BackfillingBelow-grade basement walls need damp-proofing [406.1], but if the water table is high, use waterproofing instead [406.2]. Parge CMUs before damp-proofing [406.1], and lap and seal all joints in waterproofing [406.2].Don’t backfill until foundation walls are anchored to the floor framing [404.1.7] (except walls supporting less than 4 feet of unbalanced backfill [404.1.7X]).GREEN POINTSLEED for Homes: ID2 (Durability Management Process) has prerequisites and 3 points for third-party certification of durability processes/practices.NGBS/ICC 700: Under Ch. 6, Resource Efficiency: 4 points for well-designed foundation perimeter drainage as part of durability measures (602.3). BROWSE THE PRODUCT GUIDEGreen Products for Foundations, Footings, and Slabslast_img read more

Blue Heron Ecohaus: Adding it All Up, Part 3

first_imgFinally, the question of windowsEven still, there was one last thing that I just had to know. It kept coming up again and again, one of those pesky assumptions we kept getting asked about. And one of my recently reposted blogs on Green Building Advisor brought it back to my mind again: German windows.Some people say that German (or Polish and Lithuanian) Passivhaus-certified windows are the crème de la crème of windows. They are attractive, heavy, thick (6 inches wide!), and expensive. But if you want to reach Passive House standards, you gotta have ’em! (Or at least that’s what they say).I felt a little bit guilty asking for quotes on windows that we were never going to buy, but my curiosity just couldn’t be helped. I wanted to know how expensive Passivhaus-certified windows would have been for our place. We’d heard outrageous prices of up to $80,000 for some homes.We tendered a couple of quotes and received a reply from Optiwin of Lithuania. The salesperson was exceptionally thorough and I was really impressed with his communication (which made me feel more guilty). After a couple of weeks I received the pricing. I was actually surprised that the cost of the Passivhaus windows was only $17,000 CDN more than the windows we had purchased from Duxton Windows.Although they certainly would have been way outside our budget, they weren’t 400% more than the price we paid by any means (just a measly 75% more). Nonetheless, I really had to pause again and wonder, why? What would make these windows $17,000 better than the fiberglass, triple-pane windows we got? The U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients were not that much different. Maybe the locking mechanisms of the windows could get you a bit lower on your airtightness – but $17,000? How long would it take you to save on heating bills to justify that “investment”?All this being said, I’m happy to have answered my lingering questions and to confirm some of my assumptions. The bottom line, of course, is that you want to be able to sit back and be happy with what is around you. To know that you did the best you could in building a sustainable home for the future.I can’t complain. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Adding It All Up, Part 2Adding It All Up, Part 1Blower-Door TestingInsulation, Air-Sealing, and a Solar ArraySoffits and Siding at the Blue Heron EcoHausPlacing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? What the test results saidAs you may recall, we were never pursing Passive House certification. Right from the beginning we were told the cost-effectiveness (80/20 rule) was just not there. Maybe if there were some incentive or rebate for going full-out, one could justify it. We were also told that there was no need to use the PHPP as it was too expensive. This latter statement, however, is simply not correct. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. The blog below, originally published in April, is the last in GBA’s series documenting the project, but there is still lots to read at their website. A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs can be found below. I decided to ask around and see who could put our house through the PHPP — or at least to see if we could get a price quote for it. Maybe it would be too costly and so I wouldn’t bother.After a few emails, I was eventually referred to a very well-respected Passive House consultant out of Alberta: Stuart Fix at ReNu Building Science. I sent my email explaining that we’d already built the house and so really can’t change anything now, but due to curiosity I was wondering if he could run the house through the software. No problem, he said. The price we were given was entirely reasonable and was actually less than what we had paid to run the house through the inferior HOT2000 software prior to building. Crap!After a couple weeks we received the results. Not surprisingly, we weren’t a Passive House. But the results on the various aspects of the house were very interesting and might lead to some interesting points of discussion.Based on the three criteria for PH certification, recall:Space heat demand: maximum of 15 kWh/m2a or heating load maximum of 10 W/m2.Pressurization test result @ 50 Pa: maximum 0.6 ach.Total primary energy demand: maximum of 120 kWh/m2a.Our results were as follows:Space heat demand: 37 kWh/m2a.Heating load: 22 kWh/m2a.Pressurization test result: (Assumed 0.6 ach50, prior to testing.)Total primary energy demand: 116 kWh/m2a.You can see that the only criterion we met was the total primary energy demand. The blower door test we did later came back at 0.72 ach50. (We’d run the software assuming 0.6 ach50.) Inputting the actual air leakage value would correspondingly increase the other values, but, for argument’s sake, let’s simply say that we either met, or were very close to meeting,the total primary energy demand, while for the heat demand and heat load, we were way above the German Passivhaus maximum values.center_img What would have to changeI won’t reiterate why this makes sense given the climatic and heating requirement differences of the Canadian prairies versus Germany (see Part 2). But I had to ask the Passive House consultant: “If we were still in the planning stages of the house, what would be your recommendations to reduce these two values (space heating demand and heating load)? Not that we would change anything at this point, but I’d be curious as to how we would have gotten those values lower — and if it would have been at all possible with our type of house and in our climate to feasibly meet the PH requirements as stated?”Here was his reply: “​The ways to reduce the heating load and demand are as follows:“More insulation (you already have great R-values).“Lower airtightness (dropping from 0.6 to 0.3 has quite an impact, but you’re already doing tremendously well).“Add more south glazing, reduce all other glazing. (You already have a great balance of glazing).“Build a larger home. (!?!?… Small homes are the hardest to make meet an intensity based target, as they have the largest surface area to volume ratio. Meaning that a larger building squeezes more floor area into slightly more exterior envelope area, reducing heat loss per unit of floor area. The Germans do this to motivate builders to build multifamily dwellings… but the result in North America has been a lot of larger single-family homes getting certified).“​Your home is a great example of why you don’t see certified Passive House buildings taking off in Canada. It’s damn near impossible to design a compliant home, without either blowing the bank or ending up with a solar oven. I’ve designed many compliant buildings, and 99% of them end up backing off on insulation and glazing to be around where your home is. You’ll note that local Net Zero Energy homes have similar envelope performance to your home; it’s most cost-effective from that baseline to invest in ​solar PV generation than to add more insulation.​”Under the section of the report on energy balance heating, I asked, “I was surprised by the amount of heat loss through the walls as well as the windows — is that due to the size/number of south windows? Or does that relate to the number of windows on the east/west and north sides more so? How could we have changed that to reduce the heat loss?”His reply: “Ideally, if the insulation in all areas of the building cost the same, you’d want to balance the R-values so that the heat loss intensity rate is the same through all envelope elements. Your exterior above-grade wall has the highest relative rate of heat loss, so that would be the place to add more insulation first if you want to improve performance. If you want to optimize R-value ratios this way, it’s smartest to add in the cost/ft2 of each insulation type, then you can maximize your return on investment. For example, adding 1 inch of cellulose in the attic is much cheaper than adding an inch of foam outside of a wall.“The glazing, of course, has the highest rate of heat loss, but that’s just because you max out at around R-10, where your opaque assemblies are R50+.The end of construction has meant more time for other other pursuits — like baking bread.“Your north, east, and west windows are NET losers of heat, while the south windows offer a net gain. This is as expected, and is really the basis of passive solar design, that a south window can actually HEAT a building throughout the heating season, with the right recipe. If you wanted to optimize the glazing further, you can add more south glazing while removing glazing on the other elevations (north being the biggest drag on efficiency), which will continually reduce the annual heating demand (how much energy is consumed to heat).“This is a red flag area, though. Following this path of more south glazing will eventually cause overheating throughout the year. Prediction of overheating / discomfort is an area where the PHPP is very poor, and I’ve been burned in the past on some projects where we pushed the passive solar too far in an attempt to reach certification. I now use IES as a energy modeling tool because of its ability to accurately predict overheating.” Have you heard of the Pareto principle before? It’s more commonly known as the 80/20 rule. It says that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.I think that Passive House follows this rule to a T. It has certainly been our experience in building an extremely energy efficient home and following the principles of Passive House. I believe that 80% of the benefits of Passive House come from about 20% of the cost and effort. (In Part 1 of these posts, I noted that our financial cost was about 8% more than for standard house construction.) Whereas to get that last 20% to hit the Passive House certification requirements, you’re going to have to spend 80% more… At least this was my assumption.Still, being the curious person I am and because I kept getting asked about it, I just had to know. How close does our house come to the PH standard?The only way to find out would be to either track the house over the next year or to have someone run the house through the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) software to predict our performance. Would earlier consulting made a difference?I also asked, “Did you have any thoughts or considerations you would have given us had we run these numbers off the bat with the house planning?”He said, “I’d honestly say you’ve done a great job on your home. It’s pretty much impossible to meet the PHI Passive House criteria for a small single-family home in Saskatchewan without significant and typically unjustifiable cost. The PHIUS criteria are based on a more climate-specific analysis, which attempts to stop investment in conservation at the point a little bit beyond where renewable generation is more feasible. Meaning, it’s more realistic to meet the PHIUS+ targets, though we’re not seeing much uptake in the Prairies.​”All of this was very interesting and at the same time reassuring to me. Like many others, I had put a lot of credence in the Passive House standard as the be-all and end-all (even despite reading and appreciating the issues I’ve previously discussed). It was good to hear that the assumptions we’d made were in the end in line with the reality of trying to build a Passive House in Saskatchewan.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Pune look to keep hopes alive against table-toppers Mumbai

first_imgSix straight defeats weighing them down, the Pune Warriors’ enormous task of keeping their wafer-thin hopes of advancing to the play-offs alive won’t get any easier as they take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.The two teams are at opposite ends of the table going into their ninth round clash at the DY Patil Stadium, with Mumbai losing only two matches and Pune winning only two. Pune have got a shot in the arm with the inclusion of the Sourav Ganguly in place Ashish Nehra in their squad, but he is unlikely to get a game on Wednesday itself.In this Indian version of a local derby, the first leg clash between these two neighbouring city franchises had ended in defeat for Pune as they were shot out for a measly 112 before showing some fight. Mumbai went on to a seven-wicket triumph courtesy a last ball six by Rohit Sharma on that occasion.The Warriors have only fleetingly displayed a combined effort. On days when their batting clicked, the bowlers have gone off target and vice versa.The absence of some key players, especially South African opener Graeme Smith who picked up a freak injury after colliding with team-mate Rahul Sharma on the field while going for a high catch early in the tournament, has clearly upset the balance of the outfit.Unheralded South African Alfonso Thomas and domestic product Rahul, with nine wickets each, have been the pick of the bowlers. But they have not got the requisite support from the others, among whom Murali Karthik, despite his vast experience in first-class cricket, has been a big disappointment.advertisementFor Mumbai, on the other hand, the worst display has been against the Royals when their strong batting led by Tendulkar failed to muster even 100 runs. But the way the iconic batsman has led the team, was no wonder Mumbai bounced back in splendid fashion with an all-round display lay low Kings XI Punjab Monday.The batting, barring the opening partner for Tendulkar, has done the job well while the bowling has been especially good with Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel superb in stemming the flow runs and taking wickets, along with Harbhajan Singh’s off-spin.Mumbai are likely to retain the same winning combination if wicket keeper Davy Jacobs, who suffered a thumb injury on Monday, is fit to play.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

18 days agoShaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leader

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Shaqiri content with Liverpool role: I’m a leaderby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winter Xherdan Shaqiri considers himself one of the leaders in the squad.Swiss star Shaqiri has often spoken about his disappointment at not playing enough for the Reds.While he has impressed when given a chance, he is behind Mohamed Salad and Sadio Mane for a position on the wings.Speaking about his role at the club, he told Schweizer Illustrierte: “Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. “I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. “I think I’m one of the leaders.” last_img

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

Liberals poised to make housing a right in new homelessness strategy

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau Liberals’ promised national strategy to tackle the nation’s housing challenges may have as one of its pillars a right to housing for every Canadian, with federal officials signalling such a bold political statement could also be enshrined in legislation.Sources with knowledge of the government’s thinking said there aren’t any specifics tied to the promise at the moment, unlike the detailed benchmarks to measure progress on other parts of the plan, suggesting it is, for the moment, largely aspirational in nature.Federal officials have told housing advocates the government is considering enshrining the right in legislation to make it difficult for a future government to ignore or reverse.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the strategy has yet to be made public, say the Liberals are also looking to craft unique strategies each for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit, instead of a singular Aboriginal housing strategy as first promised.A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government couldn’t yet speak definitively to the details of the strategy.Housing advocates have lobbied Duclos to take a human rights lens to the forthcoming housing strategy to give the country’s most vulnerable some recourse if they are wrongfully denied an apartment or home.That would in turn raise the possibility of new tribunals, for example, to handle complaints if people feels their right has been violated — all issues that sources say the Liberals are mulling over before the ink dries on the strategy.“If you have the right to housing, if it’s recognized, if it’s the basic underlying pin of a strategy, then it means something, because people have actual recourse in court,” said NDP critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet, whose party has a bill before the Commons to add the right to housing to the Canadian Bill of Rights.Leilani Farha, the UN’s special rapporteur on adequate housing, said Canadian politicians have been slow to embrace housing as a human right. Although the government has shown “pretty bold and creative” thinking on housing, the key will be to translate that into a strategy, said Farha, who is also executive director of Canada Without Poverty.Officials are putting the final touches on the housing strategy with expectations for its release in late November to coincide with National Housing Day.Duclos used the day last year to release a report detailing what the government heard during consultations on the strategy. A November release would come after Statistics Canada reveals census data on the depth of Canada’s housing needs late next month.The latest housing data suggests 1.6 million households are in “core housing need,” meaning they spend more than one-third of their before-tax income on housing that may be substandard or doesn’t meet their needs.The Liberals want to slash those figures with billions in spending over the next decade.The financial backbone for the strategy includes $11.2 billion over 11 years to ensure everyone in the country can find housing that is affordable and meets their needs, including $5 billion to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., to leverage an additional $10.9 billion in private sector investments.There are indications the Liberals are willing to make their housing strategy flexible to the needs of provinces and cities, which is a key issue for opposition critics.“We have seen legislation come down from this government that the provinces are not embracing,” said Conservative critic Karen Vecchio.“We have to make sure, is this something that are we pushing on the provinces or are we going to work with the provinces?”At an affordable housing symposium in Ottawa, federal officials asked local activists to ensure the money is spent wisely and isn’t bogged down in local regulatory processes, potentially delaying projects or leading to cost overruns. On Tuesday, the gathering was also told to also expect money for homelessness prevention in next year’s budget.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Deeanna Mallett Named To Deans List At Keene State

first_imgKEENE, NH — Keene State College has announced that the following Wilmington student has been named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List:Deeanna MallettAbout Keene State CollegeKeene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society’s challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit http://www.keene.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Keene State College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Keene State CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Pumphret & Rae Named To Dean’s List At Keene StateIn “Education”Wilmington’s Mallett, Mazzie & Rae Named To Dean’s List At Keene StateIn “Education”last_img read more

President Solís wants fewer words more action from UN Security Council

first_imgSolís’ U.S. travels continue in Washington, D.C., where he met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senate Democrats and Republicans to discuss economic development, regional security, climate change and sustainable development on Thursday. He returns to Costa Rica on Friday. Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís called for a more “proactive,” interventionist United Nations Security Council during his address before the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday morning. Solís had strong words for the Security Council for its perceived inaction in preventing and combating crimes against humanity and its lack of progress in disarming nuclear powers.“The council’s focus on conflict prevention is inadequate, and when it does take action, it often comes too late,” Solís told the audience of world leaders in New York, referencing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and the genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica. “None of these crises emerged without prior warning.”Solís’ more interventionist view of the U.N. came into view when he addressed the obligations of member states, especially Security Council members: “When governments fail to meet the responsibility to protect, either because they lack the will or the ability to safeguard the rights of their own people, then it is up to the international community, and in particular the Security Council, to intervene and deploy the wide variety of resources at its disposal to resolve conflicts.”That ability to intervene, however, has been quashed by the threat of a veto by the Security Council’s permanent members, Solís said. According to the U.N. Charter, if any of the five permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China — cast a veto in the 15-member Security Council, the resolution or decision does not pass. The president called for a reform to the veto power of the Security Council, saying that the mechanism undermines the mission of the United Nations and member-states’ trust in the U.N.’s ability to resolve the difficult conflicts it was designed to tackle. Que se impida el uso del veto cuando se comentan genocidios, crímenes de guerra o crímenes de lesa humanidad #UNGA— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) September 30, 2015 «Ha llegado la hora de que la ONU esté encabezada por una mujer»: presidente de Costa Rica http://t.co/j2SFALThAU pic.twitter.com/Wc3Eb7JI5I— Naciones Unidas (@ONU_es) September 30, 2015 En el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos pic.twitter.com/yYeV3BRqlq— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Facebook Commentscenter_img Nos reunimos con el Comité de Asuntos Exteriores de la Cámara de Representantes de EEUU pic.twitter.com/C9EyKx9cCK— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) October 1, 2015 Read Solís’ full U.N. General Assembly address in Spanish and English below: Solís said Costa Rica supports a reform proposed by France, a permanent member of the Security Council, which would establish a Code of Conduct that would prohibit Security Council members from using their veto power in situations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and “demand a political commitment to act promptly and decisively in such situations.”“The opinion of a single permanent member cannot continue to bear more weight than the necessity to save lives,” Solís said.Solís also called on nuclear powers to make good on their pledge to disarm under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The president said that nuclear weapons were often on hair triggers and suggested that they were susceptible to cyber-attack.Gender equality was also on Solís’ mind as he reiterated Costa Rica’s support for serious consideration among member countries of women to lead the U.N.“The time has come for the General Secretariat to be occupied by a woman,” he said. Related posts:Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry Pope Francis calls for climate, migrant action in Congress speech President Solís to support reforms, female leadership at United Nations President Solís meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at UNlast_img read more