UN agency appeals for 56 million to repair damage in occupied Palestinian

Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told a press conference that the funds sought were over and above the $117 million needed for emergency operations in 2002. Israeli military incursions into Palestinian refugee camps during March and April had resulted in widespread destruction and injuries, as humanitarian conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip fell to levels unprecedented in 35 years, Mr. Hansen said.Military activities were continuing, and UNRWA was facing the challenge of responding to the increased health, shelter and education needs under conditions of closures and curfews, the Commissioner-General added. “We have had to respond on a scale so far unseen and we have had to do so in the face of unprecedented difficulties of access: for our staff to get to work, to load the trucks…and for the drivers to get through the checkpoints and get to the Palestinian villages,” Mr. Hansen said.According to the Commissioner-General, the $55.7 million that UNRWA is asking for is intended to cover relief and reconstruction needs at Balata, Jenin, Douha, Aida and other camps, which need extensive rehabilitation.The funds will go towards eight main areas, including shelter repair and reconstruction; relief and social assistance to counter growing poverty; education for children unable to reach their schools and meeting the demand for extra medical services and trauma counselling.The money will also be used to repair the damaged roads, water supplies and other infrastructure; procure additional emergency food aid; employment programmes for the poorest families; and additional logistical costs arising from the incursions and the impact of closures and curfews. read more

Dish says ABC motion to bar use of the adskipping Hopper DVR

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 8:38 pm MDT Dish says ABC motion to bar use of the ad-skipping Hopper DVR was turned down LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Satellite TV company Dish Network says it has won a third federal court decision upholding the use of its Hopper digital video recorder, which allows viewers to watch recordings of hours of prime-time broadcasts with the commercials automatically stripped out.Dish Network Corp.’s general counsel, R. Stanton Dodge, called the decision by Judge Laura Swain of New York “yet another victory for American consumers.” Swain made the order under seal Wednesday.A spokeswoman for ABC, which had requested an injunction barring this use of the Hopper, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.Dish cited two previous wins: a similar ruling by a district judge in California in November, and the upholding of a lower court decision in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fortis to acquire UNS Energy for US43B including US18B in debt

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2013 3:03 pm MDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) has signed a deal to acquire Arizona-based UNS Energy Corp. for US$4.3 billion, including the assumption of about US$1.8 billion of debt.The Canadian utility company said Wednesday that it has agreed to pay US$60.25 per share in cash for the UNS Energy, which serves about 654,000 electricity and gas customers.UNS Energy shares closed down 46 cents at US$45.84 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.“These are significant regulated utility assets located in the U.S. southwest, a region experiencing above-average economic growth,” Fortis president and chief executive Stan Marshall said.“The acquisition further mitigates business risk for Fortis by enhancing the geographic diversification of our businesses, resulting in no more than one-third of total assets being located in any one regulatory jurisdiction.”Fortis said the deal is expected to add to earnings per share in the first full year after closing, excluding one-time acquisition-related costs. It is expected to close by the end of 2014, subject to shareholder, regulatory and government approvals.Fortis said once the deal is complete it plans to inject US$200 million into UNS Energy to help fund improvements that will reduce its reliance on coal-fired power.UNS Energy is expected to remain a stand-alone utility with its headquarters and management team in Tucson, Ariz.“Fortis has built a successful track record of investing in fundamentally strong utilities that remain deeply engaged with the communities they serve,” UNS Energy president David Hutchens said.“They proposed this partnership because they like the way we do business, not because they’re looking to change it.”To help pay for the deal, Fortis says it will raise $1.8 billion through the sale of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.The company said it has agreed to sell $1.594 billion in debentures on a bought deal basis to the public and $206 million more in a private placement to institutional investors. The debentures will mature on Jan. 9, 2024, and pay interest at an annual rate of four per cent.Fortis operates utilities serving more than 2.4 million customers in Canada and in New York State and the Caribbean.Shares in the company closed down 14 cents at C$31.19 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Fortis to acquire UNS Energy for US$4.3B, including US$1.8B in debt AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

I opened the curtains and there it was Mother spots wallaby roaming

first_imgThe wild animal, which is rarely seen in Britain, spent the entire day outside the family-of-four's home In 2009 one was photographed by a family in nearby Pluckley during a ghost hunting trip and another was hit by motorist Kate Scorey on the A20 in 2005.Part-time nurse Lucy, who saw the wallaby earlier this month, added: “We live on a new estate and it has lots of fields and we have a lot of trees next to us and beyond is the woods. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The wild animal, which is rarely seen in Britain, spent the entire day outside the family-of-four’s home, in Bethersden, Kent.Lucy, a mother-of-two, said: “I couldn’t believe it, I opened the curtains and just by the grassy area, there it was.”It didn’t mind us being there, he looked really healthy and was going around looking for seeds that had fallen from the trees, then reaching up into the branches. “He was hopping around and then laying around enjoying the sun.”Wallabies, which have a life expectancy of 18 years, have been seen around Bethersden, for over a decade according to locals.There are roughly 100 wallabies living in Britain, with populations on the Isle of Man, Peak District, Devon and East Sussex. “He spent the whole day there, he was just three metres in front of me, I had heard rumours about it but never thought I would see it.” Lucy Austin and her son Josh were delighted when a wallaby appeared near their homeCredit:KMG / SWNS.comcenter_img A mother couldn’t believe her eyes when she opened her bedroom curtains and saw a wild wallaby staring back.Lucy Austin, 34, was getting her five-year-old son ready for school when she spotted the marsupial in the treeline at the bottom of her garden.Josh was amazed to see the animal, which had wandered onto their housing estate and was reaching up into the branches and looking for seeds on the ground. Lucy Austin and her son Josh were delighted when a wallaby appeared near their home The wild animal, which is rarely seen in Britain, spent the entire day outside the family-of-four’s homeCredit:KMG / SWNS.com Josh was amazed to see the animal, which had wandered onto their housing estate Josh was amazed to see the animal, which had wandered onto their housing estateCredit:KMG / SWNS.comlast_img read more

Juancho Perez is back to handball in Badajoz

President as a President, Juancho Perez decided to play again at the age of 37. President of Spanish Silver Honor Division (Second division) Team, Badajoz Escubal, showed a huge dose of empathy for his team, when he decided to help teammates in achieving season’s goals.He will back to handball next weekend against Alcobendas.Perez is famous Spanish line player. He won four ASOBAL titles, 4 ASOBAL Cups, one European Cup Winners’ Cups and three Spanish Super Cups, while he had 204 appearances for Spain, won the Gold medal at the WCh 2005 in Tunisia, Olympic bronze twice (1996 and 2000 ) and three times a European silver (1996, 2000 and 2006). ← Previous Story Marta Mangue injured Next Story → SEHA League (Round 2): Nexe beat Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee — shortly before 9am.1. #POLLING DAY: It’s all over bar the voting. Polling stations are now open around the country, and will remain so until 10pm tonight. The country’s voting the European and local elections, and there are two by-elections in Dublin West and Longford Westmeath.2. #JAIL: A man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for attacking an Irish woman in Chicago, leaving her with brain injuries. Heriberto Viramontes was convicted of a total of 10 counts after he attacked Armagh native Natasha McShane in 2010.3. #ROAD CRASH: A woman has died following a two car collision in Co Meath. The incident occurred on the Athboy Road at 6.50pm yesterday. The woman, who was in her sixties and was the driver of one of the cars, suffered a serious leg injury.4. #CHINA: A Chinese tycoon believed to have links to China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang, has been sentenced to death. A court has found Liu Han and his brother Liu Wei guilty of “organising and leading mafia-style crime and murder”, according to Xinhua.5. #KIDNAP: A Californian man has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s daughter for a decade. Isidro Medrano Garcia, 42, was indicted a day after police announced that the woman, now aged 25, had come forward with a child fathered by Garcia, who allegedly forced her to marry him.6. #PEACE: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is to meet with Richard Haass in Dublin today to discuss developments in Northern Ireland. The US diplomat chaired multi-party talks in Belfast at the end of last year.7. #CITY ON LOCKDOWN: The first of three One Direction concerts takes place in Croke Park tonight, amid fresh complaints from local residents about security arrangements.8. #SOME NECK: There was a brief swan-based emergency on one of the main traffic arteries into Dublin this morning. It’s all over, and no animals were harmed in the course of this morning’s rush hour.9. #THE OUTLOOK: Finally, the weather… It’s not too warm, but otherwise not too bad. Met Éireann’s expecting it to be “cool, rather cloudy and breezy today”.last_img read more

ERTs demise impacts SBS

first_imgThe closure of ERT has had a definite impact on Australia’s media landscape, with SBS now having to source content from Athens based network Antenna Pacific for its World Watch international news service. Radio will also be affected as content from ERT was used as part of the Greek language program on SBS. Although the radio program features heavily on Australian news for its listeners, some content from ERT was used to provide Greek Australians with news from the Hellenic Republic. Greek is one of 74 languages on the SBS Radio network, with a daily two-hour program broadcast between four and six in the afternoon, on analogue radio and digital platforms. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Guyane française découverte dune agriculture durable vieille de 800 ans

first_imgGuyane française : découverte d’une agriculture durable vieille de 800 ansEn analysant les pollens, charbons et micro fossiles de plantes déposés 800 ans plus tôt dans les savanes amazoniennes de la Guyane française, des paléontologues ont mis en évidence les prémices d’une agriculture archaïque et durable basée sur la création de plates-bandes surélevées.C’est une stratégie agricole vieille de 800 ans. Les populations autochtones des savanes amazoniennes qui peuplaient à l’époque la Guyane française, travaillaient la terre de façon durable en formant des plates-bandes surélevées à l’aide d’outils en bois. Cette pratique, mise en évidence par une équipe de internationale de paléontologues, vient remettre en question la conception de l’agriculture primitive en Amazonie selon laquelle le feu serait majoritairement utilisée pour fertiliser un champ. “Pendant longtemps, on a pensé que les incendies étaient une caractéristique omniprésente de la savane en Amazonie” souligne à Sci-News Mitchell Power co-auteur de l’étude et professeur à l’Université de l’Utah, aux Etats-Unis.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Une publication parue récemment dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, révèle les bénéfice de cette pratique agricole singulière. Selon les chercheurs, les champs surélevés fourniraient un meilleur drainage et aération des sols tout en optimisant la rétention d’humidité. Des caractéristiques idéales pour un environnement confronté à la fois à la sécheresse et aux inondations. Par ailleurs, la fertilité de la terre serait liée au dépôt de boue récupérée sur le fond de bassins continuellement inondés. En faisant primer cette stratégie sur les incendies des terrains, les agriculteurs ont permis la conservation des nutriments, de la matière organique et de la structure de leurs sols.Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, les chercheurs ont utilisé la datation au carbone 14 afin de définir l’âge des monticules de terre surélevés formés à l’époque par les agriculteurs. “En datant les strates de charbons déposés au-dessus et en dessous des dépôts de pollens de maïs, nous avons conclu que ce dernier était vieux d’environ 800 ans” explique Mitchell Power. Les paléontologues espèrent par leur étude, pouvoir fournir des indications pour encourager le développement d’une agriculture durable et permettant la conservation des écosystèmes. “La stratégie agricole basée sur la création de plates-bandes surélevée  peut devenir une alternative sur celle consistant à brûler les forêts tropicales. Cette pratique permettrait par ailleurs d’assurer une sécurité alimentaire pour les populations les plus vulnérables, les plus pauvres et rurales”, conclut l’auteur principal, José Iriarte de l’Université d’Exeter, au Royaume-Uni. Le 12 avril 2012 à 19:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA Telescope Oscar Trophy Tech Attracts Stars

first_img Australian Finds ‘Monster’ $69,000 Gold Nugget With Metal DetectorLego Sets Might Be Better Investments Than Gold Stay on target The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are not that different.Both attract hordes of viewers for star-studded events. And both use the same gold to coat telescopes and trophies, respectively.Gold is particularly useful in space, where it reflects infrared wavelengths of light and won’t tarnish—ideal for blocking absorption of radiant heat. (Plus, it’s super shiny!)Which is why the James Webb Space Telescope team chose the chemical element to coat a 32-foot refrigerant tube that cools the Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI.But such high-tech equipment requires more than the common vapor deposit method—heating metal in a vacuum until it becomes a gas, which condenses in a thin layer across a surface.The process is effective, according to NASA, but has drawbacks: The gold loses some reflectivity, becomes extremely delicate, and can peel off when bent; those flakes can interfere with sensitive instruments.So, the telescope’s designers turned to Brooklyn-based Epner Technology, which alleges its gold would never flake off. Hesitant, the Goddard Space Flight Center made them prove their claim.“And they did,” Goddard engineer John Gygax said in a statement.The company also boasted a significantly more reflective gold plating, created using an electroplating process it calls LaserGold. The result is a harder and more reflective coating than vapor-deposited gold.Gold is highly reflective and doesn’t tarnish—great for the James Webb Space Telescope’s main mirror (via NASA)NASA isn’t their only famous client, though. In 2016, Epner snagged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, reportedly “awestruck” that Epner Technology could provide a plating technique used in space for 35 years, company president David Epner recalled.For more than three decades, a trophy manufacturer cast Oscars in a tin allow and then plated them with gold. They shone alright, but the coating eventually wore off.“We guaranteed that our gold coating will never come off,” Epner said.The firm has even offered a lifetime guarantee to replate—for free—any Oscar that shows wear.“That’s something I’ll never have to make good on,” Epner added.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New StateOfTheArt scanning equipment for all ports

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 3, 2017 – Kingston – Within the next few weeks, the Government will begin the process to procure new state-of-the-art scanning equipment for all the nation’s ports.   This has been disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said more modern technology is required to replace what is now in operation, which have become obsolete.“Many of the machines that we already have are substandard, they are technologically compromised, they are outmoded. We are talking about bringing in new technology, new machines to replace all of them at all of our ports,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) 16th Annual Customs Seminar held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on September 28.   He noted that the new machines are being brought on board, not only for revenue purposes, but in a bid to reduce cases of corruption, and to enhance national security.“As Minister, I want 100 per cent examination of everything. All containers, all barrels – everything,” the Minister emphasised.In the meantime, he is encouraging interested companies to get involved in the procurement process for the scanners.   Explaining how the arrangement would work, Mr. Shaw noted that it would be operated as a ‘pay as you go’ system, where the money for the use of the equipment would be recovered over time.“Those who want to provide their equipment, and out of the incremental payment for each examination you get your money, you can come and participate in the procurement, and over time you collect your money from the system.   That is how it has to work,” he said.Mr. Shaw further expounded that, for instance, the company providing the technology would be entitled to some of the money charged for each container scanned and the Customs Agency or Port Authority of Jamaica or both would also receive some payment from that transaction as well.The Minister noted that the Government is expected to pay for the system within about three years, using this arrangement.Release: JISlast_img read more

Drag Queen Story Hour program receives backlash from residents

first_img August 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 26, 2019 Updated: 10:32 PMcenter_img “Drag Queen Story Hour” program receives backlash from residents KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Parents and faith leaders across the country are pushing back against a new program called “Drag Queen Story Hour.”The program began in San Francisco four years ago and has since spread to 40 cities around the country, with drag queens reading to children at libraries, book stores, museums and coffee shops.It’s the first of its kind in Chula Vista and it’s drawing criticism from residents and religious organizations in the area.The library’s website describes the program as “a way to learn the history of Drag while encouraging acceptance, being yourself and loving who you are.”last_img read more

Voguecom SportingNewscom and Selfcom Lead YOY Page View Growth Among Mags

first_imgThe story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, min.This week in min we feature our comprehensive run down of year-over-year growth among magazine websites, comparing June 2010 to June 2011 metrics. Most consumer titles enjoyed double digit increases in the last year, but a select few blew the doors off their available ad inventory and page impressions. Below, find our top five page view gainers among sites with 1 million or more unique users.Read the rest of the story here.last_img

Nomination of DoD Chief Management Officer Ready for Senate Vote

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday advanced the nomination of John Gibson II to become DOD’s first chief management officer, a position with a mandate to carry out a fundamental restructuring of the department. Under a reorganization plan released last August, the new post will oversee changes in the areas of real property, community services, logistics and supply, human resources, health care and technology systems, reported Military.com. Gibson has been the Pentagon’s deputy chief management officer for the past two months.DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineirolast_img read more

In Other News Lawmakers Pursue New Army Command

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lawmakers have begun making the case for the Army to locate the headquarters for its new Futures Command in their districts. Georgia’s congressional delegation is pushing Atlanta as the home for the new modernization command to take advantage of the city’s proximity to technology companies, universities, military installations and the world’s busiest airport, reported the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran (R), meanwhile, is plugging Wichita, citing Wichita State University, its Innovation Campus and the National Institute for Aviation Research as valuable assets, reports the Wichita Eagle. Officials are considering multiple locations. “The Army Futures Command Task Force stationing team is using a comprehensive set of criteria, such as availability of talent, accessibility, proximity to innovation centers [and] cost of living,” said task force spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber.Army photo by Spc. Esmeralda Cervanteslast_img read more

Seats to businessmen reason for defections says Vijayashanti

first_imgHyderabad: Congress senior leader Vijayashanti on Friday said giving Legislative houses seats to businessmen is the reason for the defections that have been taking place in Telugu States. Reacting on the present political conditions, she tweeted on her official twitter account, “policies being adopted by the leaders were the reason for the defections at the will and wish. The Telugu Desam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi were on the same page in this regard.” Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Speaking on the comments of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao that a Tamil Nadu like political situation should come in the State, she said he was unable to understand the qualitative change they have brought in that State. She warned that the TRS would meet the fate of Telugu Desam, if the Chief Minister continues to while away time with empty speeches. She said though it was true that if two regional parties of a State are strong, national parties would not get scope. It was also true that if two national parties become strong, the regional parties would be decimated.last_img read more

Rajib to be buried in Patuakhali

first_imgRajib Hossain. File photoGovt Titumir College student Rajib Hasan, who died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Tuesday after getting his right arm lost being pressed between two buses in the city, will be laid to eternal rest in Bauphal upazila of Patuakhali district, reports news agency UNB.Rajib’s body will be taken to the High Court premises from the hospital where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held at 2:00pm, said DMCH police camp sub-inspector Bachchu Mia.Later, the body will be sent to Patuakhali for burial, he said.UNB Patuakhali correspondent said Rajib will be buried at the village of his maternal grandfather at Chashpara in Bauphal after the body reaches there.Earlier, in the morning, an autopsy was conducted on Rajib’s body at the DMCH.Read more: Rajib no moreDr Pradip Biswas, who conducted the autopsy, said “There’s no major injury to his hand. But there’s blood clots in the brain and a portion of skull was broken due to the accident.”The life support of Rajib was removed around 12:40 am at the Intensive Care Unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He had been kept on life support at the hospital since 10 April.Rajib, son of late Helal Uddin of Indrakun village in Bauphal, lost his parents in his early age. Since then, he had been the guardian of his two younger brothers.On 3 April, Rajib Hasan, a 2nd year student of Govt Titumir College, was going to attend his classes by a double-decker bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BTRC). He was standing on the rear gate dangling his right hand outside as the bus was overcrowded.When the bus got stranded at the Sonargaon crossing near Panthakunja park, a ‘Sajan Paribahan’ bus tried to make its way through the narrow space in between the BRTC bus and the footpath. However, Rajib’s right hand was pressed in between the two buses and got severed from the elbow.Being rescued, the victim was first taken to MH Samorita Hospital at Panthapath and then shifted to the DMCH.last_img read more

G20 sealed WTO reform by ducking taboo words

first_imgUS president Donald Trump, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, US president Donald Trump`s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese president Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 1 December. Photo: ReutersMany delegates from the world’s 20 largest economies arrived at a summit in Argentina this week determined to clinch an agreement to reform the global trade system, pushed to a breaking point by tensions between the United States and China.To do so, they had to bow to US and Chinese demands to drop some of the pledges that have become hallmarks of the Group of 20 industrialized nations, which represents two-thirds of the global population.But they left with a communique committing for the first time to reform the dysfunctional World Trade Organization (WTO), the body supposed to regulate global trade disputes.”A number of words that we used to have always in G7 and G20 summit communiques became kind of taboos,” a European official said on Saturday in the midst of the negotiations. “We have American taboos and Chinese taboos.”First among those taboos is “protectionism”. The US administration has become sensitive to criticisms after President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs not only on $250 billion of Chinese goods but also on steel and aluminum imports that hit several of his G20 partners.As a result, for the first time since G20 leaders held their inaugural meeting in Washington in 2008, their communique did not contained a pledge to fight protectionism.China, meanwhile, steadfastly opposed the inclusion of the usual calls for “fair trade practices,” delegates said. Beijing rejects criticisms from the United States, Europe and Japan for dumping, industrial subsidies, abuse of intellectual property rights and technology transfers, amongst other practices.Even the word “multilateralism” itself has fallen out of favour in a group designed to foster international cooperation.Central to getting the United States to sign up to a phrase recognizing the importance of “multilateral trading system” was acknowledging that the system was falling short of its objectives, delegates said.The United States is unhappy with what it says is the WTO’s failure to hold Beijing to account for not opening up its economy as envisioned when China joined the body in 2001.To force reform at the WTO, Trump’s team has blocked new appointments to the world’s top trade court, which is rapidly running out of judges, meaning it will be unable to issue binding rulings in trade disputes. He has even threatened to withdraw the United States from the global body.”There was an attempt from a lot of the other countries … to get the United States to commit to certain language with regard to the multilateral system,” said one senior US official.”We commit to multilateralism where it works … Is it achieving its intended objectives? In a lot of areas it’s falling short,” said the US official, who asked not to be identified because of the confidential nature of the talks.The final statement said the group supports the “necessary reform of the WTO to improve its functioning”, allowing US officials to claim a victory.While there were no details of the proposed reform, many delegates hailed a breakthrough in committing Washington to global solutions.”For the first time China and the United States agreed to engage on the WTO,” said one delegate closely involved in drafting the communique. “Given Trump’s earlier threats, to end up with the G20 saying it would work together on WTO reform is interesting.”China was keyEuropean Union officials said that a key step in clinching a deal was getting China and major emerging economies to commit to language on trade early this week.”The idea was to bring the Chinese into the discussion almost immediately,” said a second European official. “After APEC, we knew it would be important for the Chinese to feel there was no ganging up on them.”At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in mid-November, leaders failed to agree on a joint communique for the first time in the group’s 30-year history.After APEC, Washington and Beijing traded accusations of blame but, with global markets increasingly roiled by trade tensions, both sides appeared more ready for compromise in Buenos Aires.After the G20 talks ended, Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed over dinner on Saturday to a ceasefire in their trade conflict, calling off higher US tariffs that were to go into effect on 1 January.”The spirit wasn’t adversarial,” said the delegate closely involved in the G20 drafting, adding that perhaps because of the fallout after APEC, officials at least tried to work things out.Delegates worked until 6:30am on Saturday, the final day of the summit, watering down language on migration and refugees in the face of resistance from the United States and others, European and Argentine officials said.And they still had not tackled one of the thorniest issues: climate change.”That was what they discussed (Saturday) morning till noon,” an Argentine government spokeswoman said, just hours before the communique was made public.In the end, members agreed to disagree. The United States reaffirmed its commitment to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord – as it had at the previous G20 summit in Germany last year – while other members said they would fully implement it.Veteran negotiators were phlegmatic about the difficulties in agreeing on a text.”There is always at least one overnighter in sessions like these,” said the delegate closely involved in the drafting, adding “sometimes it was tough to find the right word to stick to the middle ground.”last_img

Acevedo Says Protecting Dreamers Makes Sense From A Law Enforcement Standpoint

first_img Share Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT NewsHPD chief Art Acevedo is advocating for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to protect ‘Dreamers’ from deportation and assures it makes sense from a law enforcement standpoint.Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD), said Tuesday it is “critical” that the Congress passes legislation to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children because, otherwise, some of them could be at risk of being recruited by criminals.“There are plenty of street gangs, plenty of drug trafficking organizations and plenty of people that would love to co-opt these young people and say ‘You know what? The American dream is not for you, they don’t want you but, here, come join our family’,” Acevedo assured during a press call organized by the National Immigration Forum.The HPD chief –who stressed he has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement— added that if Congress doesn’t act soon by passing the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act or some other legislation that would shield ‘Dreamers’, there could be “potential” for some of them “to succumb to radicalization process.”“These folks are folks that have been vetted. They’ve gone through extensive backgrounds,” noted Acevedo, while also saying that what really “worries” him is that “if we take away their ability to work and to continue their education, we’re gonna take people that are proven to be worthy of the American dream and potentially put them in a situation that is unattainable in terms of their ability to earn a living and get an education.”The HPD chief emphasized as well that the uncertainty regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and, also, the potential implementation of SB4 –the state law that would allow state and local law enforcement agents and other officials to inquire members of the public about their immigration status— in Texas is causing “plenty of instances where there continues to be fear, fear to report crime” in Houston.In that regard, Acevedo explained some natural born citizens and legal permanent residents can have other members of their families that are undocumented and they don’t want to “bring any attention” to themselves.last_img read more

Irrigation dept to assess all installations in border areas

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation department will carry out an assessment of all its installations situated near the areas bordering the neighbouring states.The move has been undertaken to avoid any further incident similar to what happened at Massanjore near the Bengal-Jharkhand border. There was another incident at the border areas between Bengal and Odisha.Besides carrying out the assessment, the state Irrigation department is also taking necessary administrative steps to avoid recurrence of such incidents at any of its installations near the border areas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeState Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra said: “We are well aware of all our installations including those in the border areas. Despite being well conversant with the situation at all the places, we are once again assessing the present situation at all the points.”He further said that at the same time, all necessary steps are being taken through the administration to avoid recurrence of such incidents.”We are taking all necessary steps,” said Mahapatra, adding that respective district magistrates are taking necessary administrative steps wherever there are installations in the border areas. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that in the beginning of August, the work to paint the hydropower generating Massanjore Dam in blue and white was stopped by some people from Jharkhand and the Biswa Bangla logo on the dam was also replaced with that of Jharkhand.The incident took place despite the fact that the Irrigation and Waterways department of Bengal government carries out the maintenance work of the dam, even though it is in Jharkhand. An FIR was also lodged in this connection. Later, the matter had got resolved following discussions between the district magistrate of Birbhum and her counterpart in Jharkhand.In another incident, a signboard put up by the state government near the Bengal-Odisha border was pulled down by the authorities from Odisha. Now, the state Irrigation department is taking all necessary steps to avoid such incidents in future.last_img read more