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UN needs urgent funds to feed 15 million flood victims in Africa

27 September 2007From helicopters in East Africa to boats in the West, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is using every means at its disposal to reach the estimated 1.5 million people engulfed by the worst floods in decades but it urgently needs new donations to cope with the crisis. From helicopters in East Africa to boats in the West, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is using every means at its disposal to reach the estimated 1.5 million people engulfed by the worst floods in decades but it urgently needs new donations to cope with the crisis. “Funds, especially cash, are urgently needed for several WFP operations, including in Uganda, where a $41-million UN flash appeal was launched last Friday,” the Agency said in its latest update. “Of this, WFP needs $26.3 million to feed 300,000 flood victims, as well as provide for helicopters, boats and road and bridge repairs. WFP warns that a major crisis could develop in Uganda.” Widespread flooding in Uganda is worsening road access to key regions in the north and in some places air deliveries are WFP’s only option. In all, WFP estimates that 1.7 million people are in need of assistance in Uganda, including flood victims, refugees and others displaced by conflict or civil strife. But it has still not received new donations. “As people’s food supplies run out, and as the threat of malaria and waterborne diseases rise in flooded areas, it is vital that WFP has funds to reach people with food aid and to keep helicopters in the air to ferry other aid to people in villagers cut off by floodwater,” the Agency said. WFP teams on the ground in flooded areas have reached almost 74,000 people with over 1,050 tons of food, using trucks where possible and a helicopter. WFP has one helicopter in the air and is bringing in two cargo helicopters, as well as more heavy duty trucks that can negotiate muddy roads. Two engineers will also work with Ugandan authorities on repairs to roads and key bridges. The Agency needs funds to pay for all this. In Sudan, WFP is preparing to start emergency air drops to 43,800 people in flood-affected states in southern Sudan in addition to 89,000 flood-affected people already receiving food assistance in other parts of the south and east Sudan. The one-month air drop operation will start in October. Some 500,000 people have been directly affected by the worst floods in living memory and at least 200,000 are homeless. In Ethiopia seasonal floods have affected 226,000 people, displacing 71,000, while in Rwanda torrential rainfall combined with the effects of deforestation in the north-west has left at least 17 people dead and left 2,370 people homeless. The Government has distributed food and says it can meet the needs for the first two months. WFP is ready to assist if requested, and is identifying potential food-for-work projects. West Africa is experiencing one of its worst floods in 10 years, affecting more than 600,000 people in 12 countries, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) but the overall agricultural production forecast for 2007-2008 is positive. WFP has distributed 40 tons of food to 6,500 people in Togo, while in Burkina Faso it is preparing joint recovery activities together with UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for affected farmers. WFP has worked with the Government, other UN agencies and non-governmental organization partners to give emergency aid to 18,000 homeless people in Mauritania, while in Niger it distributed food to 4,550. In Mali, it distributed food for 15,000 people in August and will provide further aid to 20,000 affected people over three months. read more

UNESCO chief voices concern at death of Indian journalist

15 July 2010The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced concern over the death of Indian journalist Hem Chandra Pandey, who was killed earlier this month along with a Maoist leader in an encounter with police in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. “I am concerned about the circumstances in which Hem Chandra Pandey was killed and I urge the authorities to shed full light on the conditions under which it occurred,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Mr. Pandey, 30, was a freelance journalist who worked for several Hindi-language dailies, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which noted that he also wrote under the name Hemant Pandey.He was killed in an incident that reportedly took place on 2 July along with Cherukuri Rajkumar, alias Azad, a leader of the Maoists who have been involved in confrontations with Indian security forces, said the IFJ. read more

Air Canada Centre to become Scotiabank Arena in whopping 800 million deal

TORONTO — For Scotiabank, the attraction was simple.In a country where hockey is king, having your name up in lights on the home of the Maple Leafs is where you want to be. Especially when the building also houses the Toronto Raptors, has a prime downtown location and is a primo concert venue.As a result, the Air Canada Centre is becoming Scotiabank Arena next July when a 20-year agreement between Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Scotiabank kicks in.Industry sources say the deal is worth a whopping $800 million. Reports pegged Air Canada’s existing deal at $4 million a year.With assets of more than $906 billion as of July, Scotiabank’s pockets run deep. On Tuesday, the bank reported $2.1 billion of net income for the three months ended July 31, up seven per cent from the same quarter last year.Fans gather at the Air Canada Centre ahead of a Toronto Raptors game. “The reality is hockey is super-important to us,” Scotiabank’s chief marketing officer John Doig said in an interview. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve invested a lot of time and effort becoming relevant to consumers who like hockey and are engaged in hockey whether it be at the NHL level all the way down to the grassroots level across the country.”Doig says the naming rights package, when compared to other arena agreements given what they are worth today factoring in escalators, “probably puts our deal second or third on the (North American) list.”David Hopkinson, MLSE’s chief commercial officer, called the deal “record-setting.”Air Canada was interested in retaining the naming rights but the cost had apparently spiralled out of its price range. It will remain the official airline partner of both the Maple Leafs and Raptors under an eight-year agreement.Scotiabank is already a partner with the NHL, branding Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey and Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. Official banking partner of the Leafs, it had previously built into its contract with the team to have a crack at the arena naming rights if Air Canada did not renew.The bank’s interest was peaked when it became clear that others also were eager.Scotiabank Arena is not to be confused with Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary Flames), Scotiabank Centre (QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads) or Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (Vancouver Canadians, the Northwest League).Not to mention Scotiabank Place, which used to be the name of the Ottawa Senators’ arena. The Sens’ home is now called the Canadian Tire Centre.For Torontonians, the switch caught many off guard. Air Canada has held the naming rights to the arena since it opened on Feb. 19, 1999. The ACC is part of the city’s vernacular.Compare that to the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, which started as the Ice Palace in 1996 before becoming the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay Times Forum and now the Amalie Arena.Prior to the ACC, the Leafs had called Maple Leaf Gardens home since 1931 — winning 11 Stanley Cups from 1932 to 1967.Expect the Scotiabank logo to replace that of Air Canada atop the Bay Street building as well as under the jumbo scoreboard inside.This deal also includes philanthropic opportunities with the MLSE Foundation, and a digital collaboration between MLSE and the Scotiabank Digital Factory.The arena is also home to the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League and a bustling stage for music.“In Canada there is no busier place — and in a very important market for us” said Doig.Toronto FC, also owned by MLSE, flies the flag of rival bank BMO. The Major League Soccer team wears the BMO name on its jersey and plays at BMO Field.“Our relationship with BMO, BMO Field and TFC is unaffected by this announcement,” said Hopkinson.Scotiabank and communications giant Rogers are also big players in the Monopoly-like Canadian stadium market,Rogers, which owns baseball’s Blue Jays, boasts the Rogers Centre (Jays), Rogers Place (Edmonton Oilers) and Rogers Arena (Vancouver Canucks).Those whose heads are spinning with arena name changes can take solace in the fact that they don’t live in Naruto, Japan, where the local venue is named Pocari Sweat Stadium after a sports drink.South of the border, Louisville has the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville while Phoenix has the Talking Stick Resort Arena.And raise a glass to English soccer team Witton Albion FC, which used to play at Bargain Booze Stadium, now known as Wincham Park. Canadian Press read more

Vote on CJ impeachment on Friday

Meanwhile opposition party leaders walked out of the party leader’s meeting today when the government members said the impeachment motion will go ahead as scheduled. The vote on the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Banadaranayake will be taken on Friday evening in parliament, the government information department said today.Party leaders decided today to debate the impeachment motion on Thursday and Friday and then take the vote on Friday evening.

UN chief urges Hamas and Israel to step back from the brink

“I am gravely concerned over the dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement.“I deeply regret the loss of life. It is imperative that all sides urgently step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”, he added.On 30 March this year, Palestinians in Gaza – controlled by Hamas, a militant Palestinian faction – started a mass protest against a blockade of the enclave imposed by Israel since the early 1990’s. The confrontation between the sides has since escalated.On Friday, Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli soldier and the Israeli military launched dozens of strikes that killed three Hamas fighters, according to media reports. A fourth Palestinian was killed by Israeli gunfire during a protest near the border.In the statement, Mr. Guterres called on Hamas and other Palestinian militants in Gaza to cease the launching of rockets and incendiary kites and provocations along the enclave’s border fence. He also said Israel must exercise restraint to avoid further inflaming the situation.“Any further escalation will endanger the lives of Palestinians and Israelis alike, deepen the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and undermine current efforts to improve livelihoods and support the return of the Palestinian Authority to Gaza,” he said.The Secretary-General also encouraged all to engage with the UN, and particularly his Special Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, and work to find “a way out of this dangerous situation”. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse off to undefeated 50 start

Five games into the 2012 campaign, the undefeated Ohio State women’s lacrosse team continues to dominate every team in their path with their best start in 10 years. Led by second-year coach Alexis Venechanos, the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes have outscored their opponents, 86-26, and allowed less than 15 shots per match. Brown University was OSU’s latest victim Saturday. OSU won, 16-3, in Ohio Stadium on the heels of a 21-7 win against Louisville on Feb. 19. “I am pleased with how we turned it around and put the tempo in our favor,” Venechanos said in a press release Saturday. “Brown is a good team and the game was closer than the score shows. They definitely made it difficult for us to get our game going at the beginning.” On the defensive end, the Buckeyes forced 15 of Brown’s 18 turnovers, which helped the Buckeyes score 12 unanswered goals at one point in the match. Senior attacker and co-captain Alayna Markwordt became the leading scorer in school history, edging the previous mark by four points, in the game against the Cardinals. Markwordt stands at 252 career points which date back to the fourth game of her freshman season on March 1, 2009. “As a team, we were really just focused on coming out and winning, and breaking the record was just part of that,” Markwordt said in a Feb. 19 press release. “I’m very grateful to have been able to play here for four years and remain healthy to get to this point.” The Buckeye offense is averaging 17.2 points per game, second in the American Lacrosse Conference only to Johns Hopkins’ 19. A newly installed “man-advantage” rule, where teams play without a player in each attacking zone for two minutes after a yellow card penalty, has not slowed down the Buckeyes. OSU was called for yellow cards three times in the Robert Morris game and twice against No. 6-ranked Stanford. No points were given up during those two-minute impediments. Co-captain and senior midfielder, Gabby Capuzzi, was honored as the ALC Offensive Player of the Week after the opening weekend of play. Capuzzi tallied six points in the 14-10 upset against Stanford. She leads the team with 15 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. In OSU’s season opener against San Diego State Feb. 11, senior midfielder and co-captain Kirsten Donahue added four goals to her 15 on the season . Freshmen goalies, Caitlin Hester and Tori DeScenza, had a combined six saves in their first match of their collegiate career. The Buckeyes take on Notre Dame (2-0)  at home next at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

IMF Politicians should take advantage of favourable financial market conditions

first_imgEvidently, from our point of view, we must therefore reinforce supply capacity in order to strengthen the recovery.She called for politicians to take advantage of “very favourable” conditions in financial markets to “revive public investments (to) give a necessary boost to growth, particularly in advanced economies” while ensuring debt remains at sustainable levels.The IMF will give its official global economic forecasts in two weeks.Forecast for 2014Last month the global crisis lender slashed its 2014 forecast for the United States to 2.0 percent, down from 2.8 percent, after bad weather sparked an unexpected contraction in the first quarter.Lagarde predicted growth would pick up in the next quarter as long as the Federal Reserve’s tightening of its easy monetary policy is orderly and there is a precise medium term budget framework.The Fed, like many central banks around the world, has kept interest rates at historic lows and pumped money into the US’s financial system to help drive growth.Last month the European Central Bank cut its key interest rates, including taking one into negative territory for the first time, in a bid to help the region’s stalling economy emerge from the eurozone debt crisis.In the 18 nations that share the single currency, which are only “slowly” emerging from recession, the “recovery is far from being enough to lower debt and unemployment,” Lagarde said.Emerging economies, meanwhile, “continue to ensure most of global growth but at a slower pace than before,” Lagarde said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Alex White says it’s time to tell the IMF that ‘enough is enough’> GOVERNMENTS MUST INCREASE public investment to help drive the global recovery and help boost “less robust than expected” economic growth, IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said.The head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund predicted global economic growth, which has been “subdued” in the first months of 2014, will strengthen in the second half and accelerate next year.Qualitative and sustainableGrowth in China, the world’s second-largest economy and a key driver of international trade, is unlikely to slow sharply and is moving into a “more qualitative and more sustainable” phase, Lagarde said.But she warned loose monetary policies pursued by central banks to help the world economy recover from the global financial crisis were “finding their limit” and governments now needed to act.“Global activity is picking up, but the momentum could be less robust than expected because potential growth is weaker… (and) investment remains lacklustre,” Lagarde told a conference in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence.last_img read more

Pakistan says it will release captured Indian pilot tomorrow as a peace

first_img Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 12:35 PM Image: AP/PA Images Feb 28th 2019, 12:35 PM 10,609 Views By Daragh Brophy 10 Comments Share52 Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4517432 center_img Pakistan says it will release captured Indian pilot tomorrow as a ‘peace gesture’ The move comes after clashes between the nuclear-armed powers ignited fears of a disastrous conflict. Short URL An image of the pilot released by Pakistan’s military. An image of the pilot released by Pakistan’s military. Image: AP/PA Images PAKISTAN HAS SAID it will release a captured Indian pilot in a “peace gesture”.The move comes after clashes between the nuclear-armed powers ignited fears of a disastrous conflict this week. The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has become the face of the crisis since he was shot down over the disputed region of Kashmir yesterday. “As a peace gesture we are releasing the Indian pilot tomorrow,” Prime Minister Imran Khan told a joint session of parliament.Parliamentarians stamped their feet in approval at his statement, the first sign of a potential thaw after a dangerous sequence of events between the two countries sent tensions soaring.Tit-for-tat raids across their border have alarmed world powers including China and the US, who have urged restraint.Pakistan said it downed two Indian fighters, while India confirmed it had lost one plane and claimed it had shot down a Pakistani jet.“I am afraid of miscalculations,” Khan said.“We should not even think of war, especially in view of the lethality of the weapons that we have.”However he warned that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi should not misconstrue his desire to de-escalate as “weakness”.“India must know that we will be forced to strongly retaliate against any Indian action in the future,” he said.The pilot’s capture sparked fears of India and Pakistan entering a cycle of retaliation and counterattacks that could spiral out of control.Pakistan has closed its airspace indefinitely, and the army said today its troops were on high alert along the Line of Control, the de facto border that divides Kashmir.Authorities have tightened security across the country, with hospitals on alert and leave for police and other security officials cancelled in some cities.With anger boiling in India, Modi called on his citizens today to “stand as a wall” in the face of an enemy that “seeks to destabilise India”.Analysts have said the pilot’s fate, and his safe release, could prove central to the neighbours pulling back from the brink.Kashmir has been divided and disputed by India and Pakistan since 1947. The two countries have fought two of their three wars over the region.Includes reporting from © – AFP 2019  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La version finale de Firefox 13 débarque

first_imgLa version finale de Firefox 13 débarqueAlors que la version bêta est disponible depuis fin avril, la version définitive du navigateur de la Fondation Mozilla pourra être téléchargée à partir de jeudi.Firefox 13 arrive dès jeudi 6 juin. La dernière mise à jour du navigateur web de la Fondation Mozilla avait en effet besoin d’une mise à niveau face à une concurrence qui s’organise, notamment Chrome, Opera ou encore Internet Explorer 9 (et 10 à venir). Ce Firefox 13 offre de nouvelles possibilités, comme une page qui affiche désormais vos neuf sites favoris sous forme de vignettes, explique Presse Citron. Si la barre de recherche Google reste au centre, les raccourcis apparaissent maintenant au pied de la page.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Parmi les nouveautés à noter, on remarque la fonctionnalité “Tabs on Demand” qui donne la possibilité à l’utilisateur de recharger une session précédente dans laquelle il avait de multiples onglets ouverts en ne les chargeant individuellement que lorsque vous décidez d’y accéder. Autre bonne idée, “Reset Firefox” qui permet de remettre le navigateur à zéro tout en conservant les précieux mots de passe, cookies et autres marque-pages. Enfin Firefox 13 sera plus rapide de 50% sur les sites supportant le protocole SPDY mis au point par Google.Le 7 juin 2012 à 11:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Will Esquires Cover Really Revolutionize the Way We Read Magazines

first_imgTruly revolutionary. Abreakthrough issue. Historic. A game-changer. A milestone in the publishingindustry.That’s how a gushing vice president and publisher Kevin O’Malley described Esquire’s much-hyped 75th anniversary issue cover—the first to use flexible electronic “paper”—during a press conference in New York CityMonday.Editor-in-chief David Granger—afrequent proponent of innovation—called the issue “a beginning.””As Esquire does this again, and as more Hearst magazinesget into the act, I think the versatility of digital, of flexible displaytechnology, can be a stunning enhancement to what the print medium does,” saidGranger. In a July interviewwith FOLIO:, Granger said that electronic paper display technology couldrevolutionize the way people read magazines. The electronic cover (100,000 copies are available only onnewsstands) is made up of microcapsules that contain black and white pigmentwhich rise to the surface of the flexible plastic cover when a charge is added.The batteries, Esquire says, should last six to eight months.RELATED: TheTechnology Behind Esquire’s Flashing CoverBut is this blinking cover really the future of magazines? Ifind it hard to believe. Who needs a blinking magazine when devices like the Amazon Kindle and the SonyReader do, in essence, the same thing, and neatly updated news—something magazine publishers say will be one of the uses of e-paper—is already available on smartphones?That said, the Esquire cover is pretty cool, and, more importantly, an effective publicity gimmick for an anniversary issue thathappens to feature some great editorial, too.”This is the most important issue of my 11 years atEsquire,” Granger told me after the conference. “I want to call as muchattention as I can to that.”last_img read more

Ft Bragg Back on Its Feet

first_imgFort Bragg is fully operational, with all service members, Army civilians and contractors expected to report to duty at their normal times, officials said Wednesday, less than a week after Florence passed through dumping several feet of rain. The update on the post’s Facebook page said damage assessments are continuing; it cited damage to the South Post exchange sustained during Hurricane Florence causing it to remain closed. All access control points are operating normally, with the exception of the Manchester Road gate, which is closed due to flooding in Spring Lake. “We ask the Fort Bragg community to be patient as we return to normal operations,” the update said.Weather forecasters warned flooding could worsen in Fayetteville, the home of Fort Bragg, with the Cape Fear River anticipated to crest Wednesday at nearly 62 feet, double its flood-stage level. The river is expected to remain at flood stage through the weekend, reported NBC News. National Guard photo by Sgt. Odaliska Almonte Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SEBI to investigate Indian firms named in Paradise Papers

first_imgSEBIReutersThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Monday declared that it will investigate the Indian firms that were named in the Paradise Papers for alleged diversion of funds and lapses, PTI reported.As many as 714 Indians were named in documents leaked from two financial companies–Bermuda-based Appleby and Singapore-based Asiaciti– which help rich and influential people to channel their money to tax havens located in various parts of the world.Indian Express, in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on the midnight of November 5 unveiled what they termed “the biggest leak of financial data.”SEBI and other agencies are already investigating some entities linked to businessman Vijay Mallya also named in Paradise Papers–the capital market regulator said it will check the leaked documents for any fresh disclosures, PTI quoted senior officials as saying.SEBI said it will first ask the companies listed in the papers to provide details about offshore entities and then match it with the firms’ filings to check for irregularities.Firms included in the Sun-TV-Aircel-Maxis case, Essar-Loop 2G case, SNC-Lavalin case in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had been named,  the Rajasthan ambulance scam whose probe was recently handed over to the CBI, the case of Ziquista Healthcare in which former Congress minister Sachin Pilot and P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram were early honorary/independent directors, are mentioned in the Paradise papers.Even prominent Indian corporate likes GMR Group, Jindal Steel, Apollo Tyres, Havells, Hindujas, Emaar MGF, Videocon, Hiranandani Group are also listed in the papers.Besides corporates, the data reveals details of individuals like Amitabh Bachchan who allegedly acquired shares in a Bermuda company before the Liberalised Remittance Scheme was introduced in 2004.Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha is also named in the records because of his past association with the Omidyar Network. Another BJP Rajya Sabha member and founder of Security and Intelligence Services (SIS) RK Sinha is also in the Malta list.last_img read more

Trump Puerto Rico Put Budget Out of Whack But Lives Saved

first_img“He Didn’t Play Politics At All.”They still lack power, got water back Sunday and said they have seen no federal officials since Maria struck.“What more do they want us to do?” asked Ray Negron, 38, resting in the shade of a church after a morning collecting debris. “Nobody’s come.”On approach to the airport, Air Force One descended over a landscape marked by mangled palm trees, metal debris strewn near homes and patches of stripped trees, yet with less devastation evident than farther from San Juan.At least in his first moments on the island, Trump remained focused primarily on drawing praise. “He didn’t play politics at all,” he said of the governor, making clear that he considers those who have criticized him to be politically driven. Trump misstated Maria as a Category 5 hurricane; it was Category 4 when it hit Puerto Rico.“I appreciate your support and I know you appreciate ours,” he said. “Our country has really gone all out. It’s not only dangerous, it’s expensive. But I consider it a great honor.” “Let’s Stop Talking About The Death Count.”In Washington, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., noted that many people in more remote areas still in dire straits and in need of food and water. He told CNN, “Let’s stop talking about the death count until this is over.” It stands at 16 now, and 95 percent of electricity customers remain without power, including some hospitals.The most prominent critic in Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, attended Trump’s first event, in an airport hangar, shaking Trump’s hand as he went around a table greeting officials before sitting in in the shadow of a hulking, gray military plane.“How are you?” he asked. Her response could not be heard. He thanked her. Days earlier, Cruz said the Trump administration was “killing us with the inefficiency,” pleading for more effective federal leadership in the crisis.Air Force One brought the president, first lady Melania Trump and aides to Puerto Rico in late morning. They were expected to spend more than five hours on the ground, meeting first responders, local officials and some of the 3.4 million people whose lives have been upended by a hurricane that, in the president’s words, left the island U.S. territory “flattened.” Share “Tremendous Progress.”Before leaving Washington, he said Puerto Ricans who have called the federal response insufficient “have to give us more help.”Large-scale protests against Trump, talked about in advance, failed to materialize by early afternoon, with only a few knots of people gathering around San Juan to decry his criticism of local politicians.As he headed out from the White House to visit the island, Trump told reporters that “it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done.”The trip is Trump’s fourth areas battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season that has also seen parts of Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands inundated by floodwaters and hit by high winds.Nearly two weeks after the Puerto Rico storm, much of the countryside is still struggling to access such basic necessities as food, fresh water and cash.Trump’s visit follows a weekend in which he aggressively pushed back against critics, including Cruz. Trump responded angrily on Twitter, deriding the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” he added, scoffing at “politically motivated ingrates” who had criticized the federal work, and insisting that “tremendous progress” was being made.Cruz had begged the administration to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”Trump and his wife also visited Navy and Marine Corps personnel on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge. Twitter user @CNNPresident Trump arrives in Puerto Rico 2 weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.President Donald Trump highlighted Puerto Rico’s relatively low death toll compared with “a real catastrophe like Katrina” as he opened a tour of the island’s devastation Tuesday, focusing on the best of the reviews he and his administration are getting rather than criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.Trump pledged an all-out effort to help the island but added: “Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico. And that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives.”He said his visit was “not about me” but then praised local officials for offering kind words about the recovery effort and invited one to repeat the “nice things” she’d said earlier. Trump also singled out Gov. Ricardo Rossello for “giving us the highest praise.”“Every death is a horror,” he said, “but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous, hundreds of and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here … nobody’s ever seen anything like this.” An Upbeat ReportAt least parts of the itinerary were drawn to ensure a friendly reception: Trump was visiting the houses of pre-selected families waiting on their lawns.The president also handed out flashlights at a church, where 200 people cheered his arrival and crowded around him getting pictures on their cellphones.“There’s a lot of love in this room, a lot of love,” Trump said. “Great people.”Asked by AP what he has to say to people still without power, food and water, he spoke of the generators brought to the island and said the electrical grid is being fixed.“Again the job that’s been done here is really nothing short of a miracle,” he said.In the Playita neighborhood in the heart of San Juan, a few miles from the air base where Trump gave his upbeat report on progress, people cleaned sewer water from their homes and businesses, stacked fouled clothes in shopping carts and piled them on street corners alongside wet mattresses and pieces of broken metal roofs. Next StepsEven before the storm hit on Sept. 20, Puerto Rico was in dire condition thanks to a decade-long economic recession that had left its infrastructure, including the island’s power lines, in a sorry state. Maria was the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in nearly a century and unleashed floods and mudslides that knocked out the island’s entire electrical grid and telecommunications, along with many roads.Trump and other administration officials have worked in recent days to reassure Americans that recovery efforts are going well and combat a perception that the president failed to fully grasp the magnitude of the storm’s destruction in its immediate aftermath.According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are now more than 10,000 federal officials on the ground on the island, and 45 percent of customers now have access to drinking water. Businesses are also beginning to re-open, with 60 percent of retail gas stations now up and running.The Health and Human Services Department says federal medical teams with their own equipment and supplies have been sent to help provide care at Centro Medico, a major trauma center in San Juan. Additional teams have been sent to five hospitals in other parts of the island.For many, however, Washington’s response isn’t enough. On Monday, the nonprofit relief group Oxfam announced that it would be taking the rare step of intervening in an American disaster, citing its outrage over what it called a “slow and inadequate response.”last_img read more

Protest against Durango cyanide plant ends with 37 arrested

first_imgLa Aurora, Durango — A battle between ejido residents and police ended with the arrest of more than 30 people who took to the streets in protest of a new cyanide plant.Members of the United Front of La Laguna Peoples have been protesting the Chemours Laguna project in the Gomez Palacio Municipality of Durango, which will produce 65,000 tons of cyanide if it starts operating.Locals have been protesting with road blockades. The battle began when authorities arrived to remove a protest blockade. The conflict began at around 5:00 a.m. when local ejidos claim police arrived and began “throwing” women and older adults out of the way.Locals retaliated by throwing stones and attacking police with sticks. Being outnumbered, police left but quickly returned with more officials. It didn’t take long for the brawl to include neighboring communities who also took to the streets.More than 200 municipal and anti riot police clashed with residents for several hours. Officers reportedly used sticks, rocks, extinguishers and tear gas against the protesters, who in turn threw stones and Molotov cocktails, resulting in three injured officers.By 10:00 a.m. the battle had settled enough for police to begin making arrests. In total, 37 people were taken to jail and 20 were left wounded.Locals are calling for dialogue with the government. Activists claim the sodium cyanide production represents an environmental threat to the La Laguna region.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)last_img read more

La Gran Rueda observation wheel opening in time for Cancun spring break

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The large La Gran Rueda observation wheel has been set up in the Cancun Hotel Zone and will open in time for spring break.The Gran Rueda Cancún in the hotel zone is not a project of the Municipality of Benito Juárez, it has been clarified. The project belongs to developer Dutch Wheel International, a Danish company that has installed similar observation wheels in different cities around the world.The company has applied for and obtained the permits needed to be able to set up the wheel as a tourist attraction in the Cancun Hotel Zone. The city of Cancun, however, does receive a space leasing fee and a percentage of tickets sold, a concept that helps generate money in unused spaces.La Gran Rueda Cancún was approved so the municipality could expand the attractions for both residents and visitors to the city. It adds to the already existing area attractions, offering visitors spectacular views of the hotel zone, waterways and complete surrounding area.The observation wheel will be open for operation in time for the upcoming Cancun Spring Break holiday season.The wheel has been installed in other tourist cities including Vienna, Austria, Tianjin, China, London, Great Britain, Singapore and Las Vegas.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)last_img read more

Argaka mukhtar stops conservationists again

first_imgExperts carrying out a sea turtle protection programme at a protected beach in Argaka, were on Thursday prevented by community leader Spyros Pelopidas and several locals from placing cages above nests.Pelopidas along with Argaka locals, some of whom were dressed in military fatigues, once again obstructed the experts from placing special aluminum cages above nests to protect turtle eggs and hatchlings from foxes.The latest obstruction to the implementation of the programme, funded by the Council of Europe, came exactly one week after Pelopidas stormed down to the protected beach, beneath the Santa Barbara restaurant, and picked a fight with local and foreign sea turtle protection workers.During the previous week’s incident, Pelopidas and Argaka residents, verbally attacked the experts on the grounds there were fewer sea turtles than the group made arrangements for. They accused the conservationists of placing more cages on the beach than were necessary in order to collect more money from the fisheries department.According to witness reports, on Thursday one of the experts from abroad was surrounded by four locals who demanded that he handed over his phone so that they could delete the pictures he took of Pelopidas and his ‘army’ preventing them from doing their work.After managing to install a small number of cages, the experts left the beach, fearing things could turn nasty.They subsequently reported the mayor’s actions to local police, who, allegedly, took the side of Pelopidas and asked them to hand over their personal details. These, the police said, would be given to the mayor so that he could take legal action against them for filming and taking photographs of the heated conversations on the Argakas beach.The experts told one newspaper that in addition to the behaviour by the mayor, the stance taken by police was also part of the problem regarding sea turtle protection in Argakas.Several beaches along the Argakas community coast in the Paphos district are part of the Polis-Yialia special area of conservation protected by the European Natura 2000 legislation as an important breeding site in the Mediterranean for the endangered Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas).The area has been a constant source of concern for environmental groups because of the illegal construction of beach bars and placement of sea beds and umbrellas on protected beaches.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndoscienceglory.comNew Evidence on Eerie Easter Island is Changing What We Knewscienceglory.comUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoDrug suspect arrestedUndoCyprus and Italy in hot water over tax breaks for yachtsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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