The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at Highgrove House this week to mark the 5th anniversary of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.Prince Charles cuts a cake to mark the 5th anniversary of The Prince’s Countryside FundCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness met a number of Prince’s Countryside Fund Ambassadors at the event, including Alan Titchmarsh, Ben Fogle and Phil Vickery. The event took place during National Countryside Week, an annual awareness campaign celebrating the British countryside.Founded by The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Countryside Fund was set up by Business in the Community in July 2010. The Fund supports people who take care of the British countryside and has distributed over £6 million in grants to date, helping 160,000 people living and working in rural communities.Projects include apprenticeships for budding hill farmers, training for young people to gain employment in the rural economy, community transport schemes in isolated rural areas and projects to educate school children about where their food comes from and why the countryside matters.The Prince said at the event: “I am thrilled that as a result of the fund being set up we’ve managed to support over 2,500 rural enterprises to start up or grow.“National Countryside Week, this week, has enabled us to announce that the latest round of successful applicants for the fund has produced fifteen new projects to bring the total of monies granted to projects right across the United Kingdom to £6 million over the last five years.”Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uk
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia.Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of life has already been disrupted by a reservoir created by the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam on the Peace River.The First Nations are seeking an injunction in B.C. Supreme Court to stop Site C while BC Hydro and the provincial government claim the project has already cost billions of dollars. Mogerman says the First Nations have put “a ton of resources” into getting displaced caribou back after the animals dispersed following the completion of the W.A.C. Bennett dam in the late 1960s.The First Nations say Site C would flood parts of the of the Peace River Valley, the traditional territory of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, violating constitutionally protected treaty rights.Mogerman says what used to be river a moose would cross is a reservoir an animal would die in and the project must be stopped because it has not gone past the point of no return.Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says Site C would introduce mercury-laden fish into Moberly Lake and disrupt the longest fresh-water fish migration in North America.“The river had a cultural significance to us because it was a gathering spot,” he said of the Peace River. The NDP had been against the controversial project while in Opposition but said the province risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project that started in 2015 was cancelled.BC Hydro has said the Site C dam would flood 5,500 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. The project would also flood Indigenous heritage sites. “What we have said right from the beginning is that we’re not opposed to the creation of energy,” Willson said.He said alternative forms of power, including geothermal, solar and wind, have not been adequately explored.“We’re fighting for the survival of who we are as a people and the Peace River Valley is a significant piece of that.”British Columbia’s New Democrat government announced last December that it would back the completion of Site C though it would cost nearly $11 billion, up from an estimated $8.3 billion.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have signed an agreement to cooperate in setting international standards for meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.The new procedures will “clarify the authority of WMO documents and enhance their international recognition and dissemination,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said at yesterday’s signing ceremony in Geneva. “This will be of particular importance to the activities of national hydrological and meteorological services in addressing standard issues.”ISO Secretary General Alan Bryden hailed the agreement as an illustration of the increasing collaboration between the UN System and his organization, as well as of the contribution of international standards to responding to the challenges of climate change. The WMO already has liaison status with nearly 30 of ISO’s technical committees developing standards with relevance to hydrometry, air quality, water quality, soil quality, geographic information, solar energy, petroleum and gas industry, information technologies, marine, quantities and units.The arrangements aim to strengthen the development of international standards and avoid duplication related to meteorological, climatological, hydrological, marine and related environmental data, products and services. 17 September 2008The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have signed an agreement to cooperate in setting international standards for meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.
A Brampton man and Hamilton woman have been arrested after a loaded handgun and tazer were seized from a vehicle during a traffic stop.Shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday, police say spotted a known suspended driver behind the wheel of a Ford Escape on Burlington St. East. Officers pulled the vehicle over and the driver was arrested for driving while under suspension. During the investigation, police discovered the driver was in possession of a loaded firearm and a short time later, found the female passenger had a tazer.Tyrone Dawkins, 31, has been charged with several gun related offences. A 31-year-old Hamilton woman is also facing weapons charged and is scheduled to appear in court on March 27.
“The disease seems to have a regional dimension, with South Korea, Viet Nam and Japan being affected in a short period of time,” the Rome-based FAO said, calling for a probe of possible links among these outbreaks. After Viet Nam declared an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in the southern part of the country last week, FAO decided to send an expert there to help investigate the problem and set up necessary control and rehabilitation measures. Viet Nam rapidly applied appropriate control measures such as the killing of several hundred thousand chickens, disinfection, quarantine and control of animal movements, but the situation continues to give cause for concern, with possible new outbreaks, FAO said. In addition, human cases of avian flu have been confirmed. The authorities have declared 14 cases of severe respiratory disease in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, 11 of them fatal and three confirmed as avian flu victims. There is still no evidence of human-to-human transmission but FAO warned that this matter has to be treated “very seriously.” To stamp out the disease, all infected animals have to be killed, the agency cautioned. In addition, disinfection, quarantine and a ban on the movement of domestic birds must be put in place.There is no current method to control the disease, which causes considerable economic losses, due to bird mortality, mass culling of domestic birds and other control measures.
Fed says Yellen checks out OK after suffering from dehydration during speech Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen takes a long pause during a speech at the University of Massachusetts, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Amherst, Mass. The Federal Reserve says Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of the speech and was seen by medical personnel as a precaution. Yellen was delivering a 23-page speech on inflation when toward the end of the speech, she paused for a period of time, giving the appearance of losing her place in the text. She then resumed speaking, saying she wanted to wrap up. She was helped from the stage. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 4:59 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen “felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights” Thursday in Massachusetts and was seen by medical personnel as a precaution, the Fed said in a statement.The Fed said Yellen “felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday evening.”Yellen, 69, was delivering a 23-page speech on inflation at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Toward the end of the speech, she paused twice for a period of several seconds, staring down at her text.She then resumed speaking and concluded the speech with the audience applauding.Yellen received a plaque from officials who then helped her off the stage. The Fed said that “as a precaution, she was seen by (emergency) staff on-site.”
by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2017 9:07 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ottawa runs $11.5B deficit over first 11 months of 16-17 fiscal year OTTAWA – The federal government ran a deficit of $11.5 billion over the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year, putting it well ahead of its spring budget forecast with one month to go.The result compared with a surplus of $7.5 billion during the April-to-February period a year earlier.Not counting a $3-billion contingency cushion, Ottawa’s spring budget projected a deficit of $23 billion for 2016-17.However Robert Kavcic, senior economist at the Bank of Montreal, cautioned that the government generally runs a large deficit in March as Canadians file their tax returns and receive their refunds.“It is going to take us closer and the remainder is probably something that we’ve been seeing already for a while in that a lot of the stimulus spending is taking a little bit longer to get out the door than maybe originally thought,” he said.Ottawa ran a deficit of $9.4 billion in March 2016, $3 billion in March 2015 and $6.7 billion in March 2014.The monthly fiscal monitor report said government revenue for the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year fell $400 million to $265.1 billion as personal income tax revenue fell, but corporate income tax revenue grew.Program spending increased $20 billion to $254.6 billion.Public debt charges fell $1.5 billion to $22 billion due in large part to lower average effective interest rates.In a separate report Friday, the Parliamentary Budget Office forecast Ottawa will run a deficit of $20.7 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year.The PBO noted the prediction was $1.6 billion lower than it projected in October, due to higher estimated income tax revenue, especially from corporations.However, the PBO said that compared with its October forecast that deficits over 2017-18 to 2021-22 would be on average $2.2 billion higher due to increased program spending.“More than half of the projected spending increase reflects new policy decisions, such as the indexation of children’s benefits as well as higher transfers to subnational governments for infrastructure and health care,” the PBO report said.“In addition, higher interest rates contribute to increased public debt interest costs over the medium term.”
The United States and China drove international patent filings to a record level last year with applications for the first time surpassing the 200,000 mark, the United Nations intellectual property agency today reported, with record highs also reached for trademark and design applications.“The new records in international IP filings attest to the importance of intellectual property in the global innovation ecosystem,” said Francis Gurry, Director General of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The US accounted for 56 per cent of patent filings, with Chinese applicants filing 29 per cent of the 205,300 applications for intellectual property under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) System. Under this system, applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in 148 countries throughout the world by filing one international application.According to WIPO, the overall 2013 figure represents a 5.1 per cent growth in applications compared with 194,400 the previous year, when figures still trailed growth seen prior to the global financial crisis in 2007.The Madrid System, which registers trademarks, saw a 6.4 per cent rise in applications to 46,829 in 2013, the highest number ever recorded. Germany filed 6,822 applications, followed by the US with 6,043 and France with 4,239 in 2013. The Swiss pharmaceutical company, Novartis, heads the list of top applicants, with 228 applications.International industrial design applications filed under the Hague System increased to 2,990 filings in 2013, also another record, representing growth of 14.8 per cent. Switzerland, with 662 applications, overtook Germany, with 643 applications, as the largest user of the system. Swatch AG of Switzerland, with 113 applications, continued to be the largest individual filer.In line with growing investments in research and development, the automobile industry has seen a sharp increase in international patent filings over the last three years, WIPO reported.
Ohio State then-freshman wide receiver Austin Mack (11) attempts to catch the ball during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe time has come for Ohio State’s veteran wide receivers, redshirt juniors Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon, to become playmakers.But the same can be said for sophomores Binjimen Victor and Austin Mack.In fact, Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith refuses to envision a scenario where the unit can be dominant without Victor and Mack contributing in a significant way.“Has to happen,” Smith said. “There’s no scenario where it’s not going to happen. They have to be a major part of this offense.”There’s good reason for Smith’s comments.The Buckeyes had their two starting receivers — Noah Brown and McLaurin — catch 43 of redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett’s 233 completed passes last season (18.5 percent), compared to 2015’s 45 percent and 2014’s 33.5 percent of total receptions from its starters.The starting duo combined to have fewer receptions than H-back Curtis Samuel, who finished the year with 74 catches. Campbell, McLaurin and then-redshirt freshman K.J. Hill, along with former Buckeyes Dontre Wilson and Brown, continually struggled to create separation from defenses, which in turn created an often-dysfunctional offense.It’s simple. Ohio State’s starting receivers can’t have another year in 2017 like they had last season. But in case they do, that’s where Victor’s and Mack’s growths come into play.“(Austin and I) looked at the film last year and we was like, ‘Man, we look so much better this year compared to last year,’” Victor said. “It’s a big difference and, you know, coming out this year, it’s definitely going to be a change for us.”Mack, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, enrolled in Spring 2016 and was the first member of the 2016 class to have his black stripe removed, signifying he officially became part of the team. But Mack said he knew he wasn’t ready and could see it on film that he wasn’t living up to expectation. Once camp is over, his expectation for himself is to be a starter and a receiver who can be a vertical threat.Time will tell if Mack can be a starter, but his position coach said he’s starting to see the potential he saw in Mack when recruiting him.“Last year, (Mack) was inconsistent, and so you had good days and bad days,” Smith said. “And we had to get consistency out of him and right now he is very consistent.And he’s just got to keep it up and keep going.”Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor arrive for fall camp as freshman. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAt 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Victor’s main objective his freshman season was to gain weight. To play in the Big Ten, a receiver has to have a type of physicality that Victor’s physique didn’t allow. Yet, the physical frame was there.He played in just five games, but saw more and more playing time toward the end of the season. He caught his first career touchdown against Maryland in Ohio State’s 10th game and was a primary target at times against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.But long before Victor found the end zone, he was simply trying to differentiate North from South.“Around this time (last year), fall camp, it was very discouraging,” Victor said. “I was very down on myself, I didn’t know what to do. I just came out hoping to get through practice. Now it’s just a different mentality for me.”Smith said Victor has the playmaking element the position needs and the second-year from Pompano Beach, Florida, is learning to play physically and fighting through contact — something that was missing last season.Campbell, the likely successor to Samuel at H-back, probably won’t replicate Samuel’s production, but he should see equal targets with the starting wideouts in the new offensive direction of co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day. The coaching staff believes a strong receiving corps can put the offense back in the national conversation as one of the country’s best. The argument can also be made that Ohio State has more experience and leadership from the quarterback position in Barrett than any other school in the NCAA.But the plays still have to be made by receivers, and the opportunities should be there for the taking for Victor and Mack.“We have a couple old guys like Parris, Johnnie and Terry, you know, me and Austin, we’re sophomores,” Victor said. “That means we definitely got to step up and try to make plays for them, especially for our team to help win games.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSearch of Camp Street Prison unearths 20 improvised weapons among other contrabandAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Prison fallout: Govt to request over $500M for temporary structures, cleanup – RamjattanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime”Ramjattan assures security tight at Camp St. brick prisonJuly 25, 2017In “latest news” Army ranks outside Camp Street prisonOn the heels of the anniversary of devastating Camp Street Prison Fire and Riot, Prison Director, Gladwin Samuels on Friday confirmed that the re-construction details of the Georgetown Penitentiary have been finalised.“Efforts are being made in order to do a re-construction of the faiclty. As the Minister [of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan] would have alluded to some time back, the method that we’re using for the re-construction of the Camp Street [Prison] for the accommodation of prisoners will be done using three parts. These will be done with the use of pre-fabricated cells…We have recently finalised all of the construction details for those cells. So steel cells should commence…will be delivered to Guyana within 2018,” he explained.According to the Prison Director, upon re-construction, the facility will accommodate a total of 60 new steel cells, which is expected to house some 180 “hard-code criminals”.“Sixty cells have [to be] constructed. 20 cells will be allotted to each part as the divisions are called, and each cell will accommodate 3 prisoners so that the facility that they will be constructing initially will accommodate 180 prisoners. Those prisoners, based on our segregation, we will be looking at the high risk prisoners to be relocated there,” he asserted.Samuels further revealed that prison officials in the process of finding suitable contractors to complete the rehabilitation works.“All things being equal, we should be going to tender at the end of this month, we should be going to tender at the end of this month in order to have those works allocated to the suitable contractors in order to have those works executed,” he noted.Meanwhile, he also mentioned that the expansion of the Mazaruni Prison is moving full steam ahead.Some $1.5B was awarded in the 2018 budget for the expansion and rehabilitation of the prison infrastructure.
GEOVIA has released the latest version of the InSite mine production management and reconciliation software. InSite 4.3 provides users with even more operational visibility through new and improved tools for data analysis and advanced tools to reconcile production outputs and activities against what was planned. Identifying variances and the causes behind them is now made easier with the new Variance Analysis module. Now future variances can be reduced by providing the justification required to update models, plans and schedules. Companies will also benefit from the ability to see production activities as they happen, to ensure they are performing efficiently at all times. “InSite provides greater confidence in the accuracy of our monthly production. The mine and wash plant have visibility of the variances between plan and actual,” said Simon Ewart, Operations Superintendent at Stanwell’s Meandu mine. “Visual representation of mining progress helps to validate activity hours and provide accurate reporting to contractors. Reconciliation has never been easier.”InSite 4.3 highlights:A new Variance Analysis module enables a deeper understanding of the causes of variance through the ability to compare plans and actuals for any mining activityVariances for any activity can now been seen via the convenient new “heat map” feature, which helps pinpoint and categorise large and small variances before they become systemic problemsUsers may quickly drill down into the different recorded details of an activity to investigate the impact of compounding variance on different contributors such as employees, equipment, material types, and othersA new production progress feature offers a fast and easy graphical way to monitor the progress of current activities, or review the outcomes of past ones. Activity information in InSite coming from real-time-data integration from external applications such as fleet management, or InSite’s Data Entry module, can be monitored as soon as data is captured by the systemGEMS users who import vector maps into InSite’s Central Monitoring module now have automated functionality for location allocation.
The Space Shuttle was an amazing piece of engineering. NASA had to solve hundreds of little problems no one had ever encountered before just to get the shuttles off the ground. However, getting them back down proved to be the most troublesome aspect of the shuttle design.NASA worked with aerospace companies to develop completely new kinds of heat insulating materials for the Space Shuttle’s heat tiles, and one YouTube user has been kind enough to share a video of the tiles in action.In the video you’ll see a giant industrial oven at Kennedy Space Center baking blocks of the material used in the shuttle’s thermal tiles. The small white cubes are LI-900, a type of low-density surface insulation composed almost entirely of silica glass fibers. They are basically pure quartz sand that are 94% air by volume.These tiles were coated with either black or white insulation in order to regulate temperatures while the shuttle was in orbit. Additionally, the black tiles covered most of the bottom surface as they better dispersed the heat of reentry.LI-900 can be heated to 2200°F, which is exactly what the blocks in the video are heated to. Even after being subjected to that temperature for so long, they can be picked up almost immediately after being taken out of the oven.Air and silica glass are both extremely poor conductors of heat, and thus great insulators. That’s why you can touch them after coming out of a super-hot oven. On the Space Shuttle, they protected the aluminum hull from the heat of reentry. The tiles were not mechanically attached to the craft, but were instead glued so they could be easily repaired. Many of the tiles were replaced after each flight, especially after a damaged heat shield led to the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.Just one more piece of mind-bending tech developed for the space program.
Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Wounds can take a toll on the skin, however, scientists are trying to speed up the healing process with a new device: A mobile bedside bioprinter that can help treat injured patients.Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists recently developed a mobile skin bioprinting system, which enables bi-layered skin to be printed directly in a wound. The team, which published their findings in Scientific Reports on Feb. 12, discovered that this type of treatment, which would use a patient’s own cells to “print” skin and speed up the healing process, could be helpful for hospitals in the future.Students at @EastCarolina College of Engineering and Technology @ECUCET got a front row seat to a #3D #bioprinter demonstration, citing Director Dr. Atala’s research using the same technology. https://t.co/AQ0mHGEGj5 #bioprinting #regenmed pic.twitter.com/lFGh67Weaz— Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (@WFIRMnews) February 19, 2019“The technology has the potential to eliminate the need for painful skin grafts that cause further disfigurement for patients suffering from large wounds or burns,” said WFIRM Director Anthony Atala, M.D., in the press release. “A mobile bioprinter that can provide on-site management of extensive wounds could help to accelerate the delivery of care and decrease costs for patients.”Close-up image of the mobile bedside bioprinter. (Photo Credit: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine)According to the research, chronic, large, or non-healing wounds can be costly for patients and take too much time to heal. However, the mobile bedside bioprinter can offer a quicker, more cost-efficient solution for burns and ulcers using a mixture of major skin cells, including dermal fibroblasts and epidermal keratinocytes, and “print” the mixture onto wounds to speed up skin recovery.To put this bioprinter to the test, the team printed skin onto pre-clinical models. First, the major skin cells were mixed into a hydrogel and placed into the bioprinter. Next, integrated imaging technology, which involves a scanning device for the wound, feeds the information into the software to tell print heads where to deliver cells layer-by-layer into the wound. The team found that this system quickly replicates and accelerates skin cell formation, so wounds can repair themselves in a shorter amount of time.Following their experiment, the team’s next move is to test the bioprinter in a human clinical trial. While skin grafts are currently used to treat burns and wounds, they could be challenging, due to the limited availability of healthy skin to transfer. With the bioprinter, health professionals can quickly regenerate a patient’s skin cells without the need for grafting or donors, in the future.More on Geek.com:First 3D-Printed Rib Implant a SuccessFDA Warns Against Young Blood Transfusions As Medical TreatmentDecoded Great White Shark Genome Could Help Cure Cancer
NEW YORK — Equifax said Thursday that an additional 2.4 million Americans were impacted by last year’s data breach, however these newly disclosed consumers had significantly less personal information stolen.The company says the additional consumers only had their names and a partial driver’s license number stolen by the attackers, unlike the original 145.5 million Americans who had their Social Security numbers impacted. Attackers were unable to get the state where the license was issued, the date of issuance or its expiration date.In total, roughly 147.9 million Americans have been impacted by Equifax’s data breach. It remains the largest data breach of personal information in history.The company says they were able to find the additional 2.4 million Americans by cross referencing names with partial driver’s license numbers using both internal and external data sources. These Americans were not found in the original breach because Equifax had focused its investigation on those with Social Security numbers impacted. Individuals with stolen Social Security numbers are generally more at risk for identity theft because of how prolific Social Security numbers are used in identity verification.Equifax Inc. says it will reach out to all newly impacted consumers and will provide the same credit monitoring and identity theft protection services they have been offering to the original victims.
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:08 AM Mike McKinnon III, That’s Ocean Beach’s Karen Baker— she and hundreds of others glad iconic OB Pier opened this morning after extensive repairs pic.twitter.com/LfgBjOW0wf— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) May 24, 2019 Mike McKinnon III The #OBPier has officially reopened! #OceanBeach #SanDiego #MemorialDayWeekend pic.twitter.com/ZeIdYZguGv— City of San Diego (@CityofSanDiego) May 24, 2019 Posted: May 24, 2019 May 24, 2019 It wouldn’t be summer in San Diego without the Ocean Beach Pier so we made getting it fixed and reopened before Memorial Day a top priority. City crews worked hard on repairs following major storm damage. Now it’s open again for all to enjoy this summer! https://t.co/MPGgIbBwwI pic.twitter.com/lCsC6i9JmF— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) May 24, 2019 OCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell will hold a news conference to announce the completion of a project to fix and reopen the Ocean Beach pier. The pier has been shut down since January, when a series of strong storms damaged more than 2,200 feet of guard rail, electric, water and sewer lines.The pier re-opened at 8:00 AM Monday morning. The Ocean Beach Pier has officially re-opened after being shut down since January
his file picture taken and released on July 4, 2017 by North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14. AFPChina on Wednesday voiced “grave concern” over North Korea’s test of a missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States and called for talks to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing’s proposal for North Korea to freeze weapons tests in return for the US to suspend military drills in the region was the best approach to ease tensions.
“Nitish Kumar dashed the dreams of mentor Jayprakash Narayan as well socialist leader Karpoori Thakur by joining hands with the Congress for the sake of power,” Shah said at an NDA rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan before flagging off ‘Parivartan Rath’ in several parts of the state.Taking a dig at Kumar, Shah said: “What did you do with George Fernandes and Jitan Ram Manjhi?” Charging Kumar with “backstabbing” the mandate of people given to NDA in 2010 elections, Shah took potshots at him for joining hands with arch rival Lalu Prasad Yadav for the sake of power. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe NDA rally showed a picture of unity with top leaders of the constituents present on stage. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan, former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) supremo Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha, Union Minister Ananth Kumar and several BJP leaders of the state as well of national level were present.Shah flagged off 160 rath (chariot), which he addressed as ‘Dhoot’ (representative of PM Narendra Modi), which would roll across Bihar spreading message of development under the NDA at the Centre and also “expose” the “unholy” alliance between Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindWhile painting a dim picture of secular alliance of Kumar, Yadav and Congress, Shah highlighted the performance of the Modi government in the past one year, which he said would be repeated in Bihar too by the future NDA government.Shah made a blistering attack at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, claiming that Kumar avoids his photograph in state hoardings, while Congress president Sonia Gandhi shuns him. “Still he (Lalu) considers himself a leader of the alliance,” he sarcastically commented on the RJD chief. Shah wondered if Kumar wanted to bring back days of “jungle raj” in Bihar, by joining hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose 15-year rule was “remembered for bad law and order situation”. Indicating that PM Modi and the performance of his government in past one year would be the poll plank of the NDA in Bihar elections, Shah talked about Modi’s background as a tea seller and hailing from extremely backward caste. “While some leaders would try to whip up caste and communal tension, remedy of all ills of Bihar is in ‘vikas’ (development) for which NDA government is needed in the state,” he said.He appealed to the people to give an opportunity to NDA in Bihar as they did for the Centre to “make Bihar number one state in the country.” Shah repeated MP’s slogan of “Congress mukt Bharat” and claimed that Bihar would be another destination after Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and J&K in the process.Attacking the Bihar CM, Shah said “…how much efforts you (Kumar) make to put as many posters you want and remove ones of PM and BJP, but when ballot would be counted NDA would be in position to form government.” He said Narendra Modi would unveil the future roadmap of Bihar development “when he would address a rally at Muzaffarpur on July 25”. Shah stressed that Bihar polls are very important as its effect would not be limited to the state, but spread across the country “as a message to uproot all forces opposed to dalits, poor and downtrodden.”Shah appealed to people to ensure NDA wins more than 185 seats in September-October Assembly elections and forms a strong government. Flagging off 160 raths (chariots) christened ‘Parivartan rath’, Shah said these would be increased to 260 soon to reach out to every village in the state.In the 243-member Assembly, 122 is the magic figure for forming the government.Shah referred to NDA winning 13 out of 24 seats in recent Legislative Council polls and asserted that “people have made it clear which way the wind is blowing.” Earlier, Union Minister and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan described the pact between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad as “Lathbandhan” (alliance of warring forces). “Both are hugging each other by holding daggers in their hands to stab each other,” he said. To buttress his charge, he said that JD(U) has lost Legislative Council seats in Patna, Saran and Madhubani “because of rebel Yadav candidates having background in RJD”.
Cancun, Q.R. — Ricardo Anaya Cortés, pre-candidate for the Presidency for the Por México al Frente coalition, gave a speech in Cancun Sunday noting that “Quintana Roo is the best example of the change we can achieve for the whole country.”In his first event in Cancun as a candidate for the coalition Por México al Frente of PAN, PRD and Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), Anaya attacked José Antonio Meade and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, naming the former as the candidate who joins with corrupt former officials.Ricardo Anaya presented his message with slides and technical explanations saying that PRI presidential candidate José Antonio Meade was accompanied during his recent visit to Cancun by people like Gabriel Mendicuti Loría, ex Secretary of Government of Roberto Borge Angulo, who was arrested the next day for irregular performance of the public function in grievance of state assets for an amount of 534 million peso.“I found out that the PRI candidate was here a few days ago and I learned many things. On the one hand Meade came to propose a great program to put an end to corruption, but at the event he was accompanied by a corrupt man who was Roberto Borge’s government secretary.“Imagine you come to propose combating corruption but he comes accompanied by the secretary of Government of Borge that is in jail the next day,” he said.“You believe that an honest man can be around the most corrupt people. That was the people closest to Roberto Borge. That is the incongruity of the politicians.”Ricardo Anaya emphasized that Roberto Borge was imprisoned after the Pact of Impunity was broken that allowed the successor in the Gubernatura to conceal his predecessor, which ended with the arrival of Carlos Joaquín González as state governor for Quintana Roo.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Tourism and transport winners in ACT budgetThe Tourism & Transport Forum, Australia’s leading tourism and transport advocacy group, has welcomed the ACT Government’s 2017-18 Budget and the additional investment in major events and Canberra’s transport network.TTF Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said the significant investment in Canberra’s integrated public transport network would ensure the nation’s capital was well-positioned to manage population growth and to minimise the cost of congestion.“TTF is a strong supporter of the Canberra Metro project as it has the potential to transform Canberra and future-proof its public transport network as the city’s population keeps growing and growing,” Ms Osmond said.“We welcome the $53.5 million commitment for the second stage of light rail between the City and Woden, including the development of a business case, design analysis and procurement activities.“The project will provide significant opportunities for urban renewal throughout the city, give commuters a real alternative to driving. It will also support growth in the ACT’s tourism sector, assisting those visiting the city to get around.”Ms Osmond said the Budget embraced the potential for the ACT to also grow its visitor economy, with the establishment of a new Major Events Fund and additional funding to promote Canberra as a holiday and business tourism destination.“Prior to the Budget, TTF called on the Government to invest in growing the Territory’s visitor economy by recognising the importance of business and major events to the ACT economy,” Ms Osmond said.“The funding commitment to secure high-yield business and major events is a fantastic investment that will help to grow local jobs and encourage domestic and international visitation and tourism opportunities.“With the arrival of Canberra’s first international flights last September it was vital the Government continued its investment in promoting Canberra as a tourist destination, and TTF welcomes the funding for VisitCanberra to sell the Territory to Australia and the world.“TTF also welcomes the $7.5 million over four years to support a range of public events in Canberra, including Enlighten, Canberra Day celebrations and SpringOUT.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = TTF