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News story: Foreign Secretary meeting with Irish Foreign Minister

By on April 20, 2021

first_img Media enquiries For journalists The Foreign Secretary and the Irish Foreign Minister discussed the importance of maintaining our regular engagement through, and beyond, the UK’s exit from the EU, recognising that the unique UK-Ireland relationship is epitomised by our historic ties, family bonds and people-to-people links.On foreign policy cooperation, the Foreign Ministers agreed that close cooperation between the UK and Ireland on mutual international objectives, including on the Middle East Peace Process, was vital.The two Ministers also expressed their mutual desire to reach a deal on the UK’s exit from the EU that works for everyone, as well as a shared commitment to avoiding a hard border.Further information Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

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Students partner with Adult Education to teach literacy, English classes

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgLast year, sophomores Matthew Nguyen and Lucy Suo saw a need in the South Bend community to provide assistance with adult education. They responded by offering their time to tutor literacy students in the program one-on-one.Now, Nguyen said, the pair is working to establish a sanctioned club by next semester for students in the tri-campus community to volunteer within the adult education sphere.“We recognized that there was so much help needed, and the teachers just didn’t have enough hands,” Nguyen said. “There’s like, one teacher for every 20 students. And if you can imagine in a classroom of adults, they’re all at different levels. It was literally a mess, but it was a good mess.” Nguyen and Suo volunteer through the Adult Education department within the South Bend Community School Corporation. Suo said the department’s lack of student tutors ultimately drove her and Nguyen to recruit more volunteers.“We realized this would be a good opportunity for not just Notre Dame students to help out, but also to build a bridge with South Bend directly, because these are people within South Bend who need our help,” Suo said. Nguyen said many students enrolled in the adult education program also deal with poverty, and view the program as a support system, amplifying the importance of volunteers. Nguyen and Suo are currently reaching out to students who would like to be involved in the club, which they are naming Adult Education Alliance. Suo spoke to the pair’s goals to have a buddy system once they have an ample amount of student volunteers.“We hope to have one student paired with a student at ‘Ad Ed,’ and hopefully they can form a relationship, not just educational but more personal,” Suo said. In addition to adult literacy classes, the program hosts classes on high school equivalency, family literacy and English language learning. The English language learning courses result in immigrants from a variety of ethnic backgrounds enrolling in the program, Nguyen said. To acknowledge the cultural diversity of the enrolled students, Nguyen expressed his hopes for the club to put on a cultural event where students in the program can share an aspect of their culture.“[The students] have so much to offer from their hometown, because they’re always visiting back to Japan or Africa or wherever they’re from …  this would give them the opportunity to tell about their home,” Nguyen said. Suo also said she supports the possibility of a cultural event, as it would allow adult students to share their talents. “A lot of [the students] have talents that we don’t know about at first,” she said. “One Japanese student we met makes origami while another woman presents her ceramics at art fairs. We just want a showcase where people can show their skills.”Adult Education Alliance as an educational experience for both parties, Suo said. “It’s a really special opportunity to form relationships one-on-one, and they just don’t learn from you — you learn from them, too,” Suo said. Tags: adult education, City of South Bend, South Bend Community School Corporationlast_img read more

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USDA says Canadian beef imported despite ban was safe

By on November 18, 2020

first_img Yesterday’s news reports of the USDA’s actions triggered sharp criticism from Congress. “This is a breach of process and the public trust,” said Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. “For USDA to allow over 30 million pounds of Canadian beef to be imported without notifying Congress or the public is completely unacceptable.” The USDA banned all imports of Canadian beef and live cattle after a BSE case was discovered in a cow from an Alberta farm in May 2003. In August the agency reopened the border to boneless meat (but not ground meat) from cattle younger than 30 months old, boneless veal from calves younger than 36 weeks, and fresh or frozen beef liver. Live cattle and other categories of beef are still banned. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said all of the processed beef that was imported was made from beef that would not have been subject to the ban in its unprocessed form. “All of those items were included in our list of [permitted] products that we put on the website August 8 as enterable products,” he said. “The only thing that changed was our allowing those products . . . to be processed before they entered the United States.” USDA officials discussed the issue in response to news reports published yesterday. A Washington Post report, quoting figures from a cattlemen’s organization, said 33 million pounds of “processed” beef was imported since last summer despite the official ban. The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund USA (R-CALF USA), based in Billings, Mont., calculated that amount from statistics from the Census Bureau and the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the story said. At today’s briefing, USDA officials also discussed their plan to greatly increase BSE testing starting in June. DeHaven said the agency hopes to test “somewhere in excess of 200,000 animals” over the next 12 to 18 months in the effort to determine whether more cases of BSE exist in the United States. While insisting that the products posed no risk to consumers, USDA officials admitted mistakes in handling the matter. “Clearly the process and our failure to announce some of these actions was flawed,” DeHaven said. “We’re talking about products that are safe products,” Undersecretary for Food Safety Elsa Murano said at a news briefing. “All these products came from animals that were younger than 30 months of age. Therefore, we’re not talking about a food safety issue here.” Also yesterday, a Reuters report said the USDA disclosed that it had allowed Canadian plants to send into the United States about 10 million pounds of hamburger and other cuts of beef that were officially banned. May 21, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged today that it allowed the importation of about 7.3 million pounds of Canadian beef that was officially banned under rules intended to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States. Murano said she didn’t know how R-CALF USA arrived at the figure of 33 million pounds of processed beef imported. She said the USDA Food Safety and Inspection service’s import records showed that the questionable imports included 5.6 million pounds of processed products such as hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats; about 1.5 million pounds of organs, such as tongue, hearts, and kidneys; 139,298 pounds of bone-in cuts admitted after Apr 19; and 475 pounds of hamburger. In November 2003 the USDA proposed to open the border to more Canadian beef products and to live Canadian cattle younger than 30 months, but that proposal was put on hold after the first US case of BSE was found last December. In March the agency invited more public comments on the proposal, and the comments are still being evaluated, according to Andrea McNally, an APHIS spokeswoman. The proposal would allow importation of meat from older cattle, but excluding high-risk tissues such as the skull, brain, eyes, vertebral column, and spinal cord. But the USDA said the meat, imported since last summer, did not represent any risk to consumers because it came from cattle under 30 months of age. BSE has very rarely been found in animals younger than 30 months. He said officials expect that the rapid tests used in the surveillance program will sometimes yield inconclusive results. When that happens, samples will be sent to a national USDA laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory testing, which will take 4 to 8 days, he said. The USDA will hold the carcasses involved until the confirmatory test results are available. DeHaven said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency certified that the imported products were not mixed during processing with any other meat products that could have posed a risk. He also said most of the organ meats allowed into the country were bound for Mexico. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman didn’t know about the “additional process product” coming into the United States, said Alisa Harrison, a spokeswoman for Veneman. Harrison also said that APHIS followed proper food safety procedures but “did fail to obtain the approval for their actions from the appropriate USDA policy and legal representative.” See also: Transcript of USDA briefinghttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0204.04.htmllast_img read more

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Avian flu hits Turkey hard, with poultry and human cases increasing

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first_imgJan 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Turkey has supplanted Southeast Asia as the hotbed of avian flu news over the past few days, with 14 human cases, three of them fatal, confirmed as of today by the Ministry of Health there and cases in birds reported in 10 of the country’s 81 provinces.The third death occurred Friday in a younger sibling of the first two teenage victims, whose deaths were reported last week. Another, still younger, child in the Kocyigit family is reportedly ill but recovering, according to news reports over the weekend. The family lives in a one-room house in the village of Dogubayazit and raises poultry. The children reportedly played with body parts of dead chickens.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced confirmation of H5N1 avian flu in the first two deaths by an WHO-affiliated laboratory in the United on Saturday. The Ministry of Health in Turkey has confirmed the third as also being H5N1, but WHO is awaiting further confirmation on those, as it is on 14 hospitalized patients confirmed by the ministry as having the H5 strain. In an update today, WHO says it “considers it likely that test results on the newly announced cases will be confirmed by the UK laboratory.”A team of experts convened by WHO arrived in Turkey yesterday to investigate the epidemiologic situation as well as evaluate risk factors and control measures and determine whether further help and supplies are necessary. Today’s WHO update says the team will also evaluate nearly 40 patients hospitalized with possible H5N1.Initial investigation has shown no evidence that transmissibility of the virus has increased or that the current cases are spreading from human to human, the WHO report says.Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Turkey has said that avian flu has been identified in birds in 10 provinces and that dead chickens have been found in Istanbul, which is in the far western part of the country, according to an AsiaNews article today. Whether the causal strain is H5N1 is not yet known, the story says. Culling of birds in the outbreak areas is under way.In other news, testing is being done in Indonesia on a 29-year-old woman hospitalized yesterday in Jakarta, according to Agence France-Presse. The story says the woman, who presented with flu-like symptoms, had contact with a neighbor’s chickens. It also says that local tests on an Indonesian man who died last week indicated he had avian influenza. Samples were reportedly sent to a WHO-affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong today for further testing.See also:Jan 7 WHO update on Turkey situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_07/en/index.htmlJan 9 WHO update on Turkey situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_09/en/index.htmlMap of Turkeyhttp://www.infoplease.com/atlas/country/turkey.htmllast_img read more

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Critics slam Prabowo’s plan to purchase ‘outdated’ Austrian jet fighters

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgSeparately, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker TB Hasanuddin echoed a similar sentiment, saying that purchasing the outdated Austrian jet fighters would only serve to further drain the state budget.He claimed that maintaining the performance and functionality of the 15 used aircraft would set the country back about Rp 6.5 trillion (US$445.8 million) per year.One of the reasons why the Austrian government wished to sell the outdated fighters in the first place was because they planned to do away with the high maintenance costs, he further said.“Looking at the estimates, I don’t think we can afford to maintain [the jet fighters],” Hasanuddin said as quoted by tribunnews.com.“This is what we have to pay attention to – the maintenance costs after the purchase.”He added that the Austrian Eurofighter Typhoons were already at the tail-end of their 30-year cycle, meaning that the Indonesian Air Force could only use the use them for another 13 years before they are decommissioned.Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported last week that Prabowo had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy that country’s 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. (rfa)Topics : She suggested that the Eurofighter Typhoons in question belonged to an earlier generation of fighters, adding that they lacked the crucial equipment included in newer models, such as an infrared search and tracking system (IRST).Diandra further questioned the minister’s plan given that several other countries had switched to more advanced aircraft types, including the United States’ unmanned drone that was used in the assault on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani earlier this year.“That model is controlled remotely. Meanwhile, we are going to acquire outdated jets. What was the defense minister thinking?” she said.Read also: To buy or not to buy: Tech transfer is the answer for Typhoons Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s widely publicized plan to purchase a batch of used Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters from the Austrian air force has been met with criticism over the quality of the aircraft and their huge maintenance costs.Security and defense researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Diandra Megaputri Mengko has claimed that the Austrian jet fighters were of inferior quality compared with the Indonesian Air Force’s Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27s and Su-30s.“Why bother purchasing aircraft that are inferior to the ones we already own?” Diandra said during an online discussion on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.last_img read more

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Trump campaign denies Guardian report the president assaulted a woman in 1997

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first_imgTopics : The newspaper published photos that it said were provided by Dorris showing her with Trump and said that it interviewed several people who Dorris confided in at the time of the incident. It said that in total she provided six photos showing the two together as well as her ticket to the tournament on the day she said the incident occurred.Trump has faced a number of allegations of sexual misconduct prior to his time in office. Shortly before the November 2016 election an “Access Hollywood” recording from 2005 revealed him boasting about groping women. Trump dismissed the comments as “locker room banter” and apologized.Dorris, a mother of twins, told the newspaper she considered coming forward in 2016 but decided against doing so partly out of fears for her family.”Now I feel like my girls are about to turn 13 years old and I want them to know that you don’t let anybody do anything to you that you don’t want,” she said.  US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Thursday denied a Guardian newspaper report in which a former model accused the New York real estate developer of sexually assaulting and groping her at the US Open tennis tournament in 1997.The Guardian reported that Amy Dorris told the paper in an interview that Trump assaulted her outside a bathroom in his VIP box at the tournament that year. She was 24 at the time, the newspaper said.”He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything,” the newspaper quoted Dorris as saying.center_img The president’s re-election campaign on Thursday said the allegations were not true.”The allegations are totally false. We will consider every legal means available to hold The Guardian accountable for its malicious publication of this unsubstantiated story,” said Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor to Trump’s campaign.Efforts to reach Dorris by phone for comment were unsuccessful.The Guardian said in an email it stood by its reporting.last_img read more

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Port of Oostende Takes Full Ownership of REBO Terminal

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgThe Belgian Port of Oostende is acquiring the shares of PMV, DEME Group and Artes-Group NV in REBO NV with an aim to stimulate the terminal’s further growth.The Port of Oostende said it wishes to focus as much as possible on the growth of the activities at the REBO terminal and has thus initiated the discussions on the redistribution of the shareholding.According to the port, REBO NV (Renewable Energy Base Ostend) was founded together with PMV, DEME Group and Artes-Group in 2010 to develop the port into the logistics offshore wind hub of the southern part of the North Sea.However, the REBO terminal has now become sufficiently mature and has a stable balance sheet, as a result of which the resources and expertise of the initial investors are no longer needed, the port stated.“In order to strengthen the continuity of the port, it is important to increase the occupancy of the REBO terminal. The terminal has many assets, such as its exclusive location, the presence of heavy load quays and a RORO (roll on roll off) pontoon with a carrying capacity of 650 tonnes,” said Dirk Declerck, CEO of Port Oostende.“Exploiting these assets to the fullest in combination with a broadening of the activity radius will contribute to the Blue Economy developments being able to attach themselves further to the social and economic fabric of the Ostend region. Currently, more than 500 people are permanently employed in the offshore wind business in the port of Oostende. The port authority explicitly thanks PMV, DEME and Artes-Group NV for the constructive role they have played.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer charges Man Utd players to ‘wake up’

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed that a third semi-final of the season is “not good enough” for Manchester United as his side gears up for Sunday’s Europa League showdown with Sevilla. Having bowed out in the final four of this year’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup, the Red Devils are looking to go one better when they return to Stadion Koln to take on the in-form Spaniards. Sevilla’s quarter-final victory against Wolves was more one-sided than the 1-0 scoreline suggests, while United have had an additional day’s rest after winning by the same scoreline against FC Copenhagen in extra time. read also:Why Sancho rejected Man Utd’s ridiculous pay cut offer Solskjaer’s first piece of silverware in the hot seat would be a big moment on the back of their third-placed Premier League finish, with the 1999 treble hero underlining the fact that semi-finals appearances are not enough. “Let’s see if we’ve developed throughout the season because we’ve had two semi-finals before,” the United boss said. “We want to go to the next step. “Semi-finals, that’s a good effort, decent but it’s not good enough. It’s not good enough for Man United still. “The team has been developing, getting more and more hungry. “Let’s make sure that hurt that we felt in both the other cups that we’ve gone out, that can be our maybe marginal difference. The difference that we want it more than them.” Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In JapanTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’ Loading… center_img Asked if his players can draw on the disappointment of their other semi-final losses, Solskjaer said: “I would think so. “Well, when I lose a game or if I lose at something, you don’t want that feeling again so I would think they’re ready for a battle on Sunday, yeah.” United are preparing for the semi-final at the 10,001-capacity Sportpark Hohenberg, which is home of third tier German side Viktoria Koln. The sweltering August heat means sessions are being held later afternoon rather than midday, with recovery the immediate focus as attention turns to the one-legged semi against Sevilla. “It’s like a European Championships or a World Cup – you don’t get a second chance, there is no tomorrow,” Solskjaer said. “You just know that you have to leave everything on that pitch, which is for me fine. A number of those in United’s squad were part of the side dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla in March 2018, when a brace from substitute Wissam Ben Yedder sealed a shock 2-1 last-16 win at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is plotting a own revenge mission of his own, having seen his Europa League dreams extinguished by the Andalusians when managing Molde. “I was the manager of Molde,” he said. “We lost against them in 2016 I think it was. “They beat us 3-0 away, we beat them 1-0 in Molde, so I’ve got something that I need to sort out with them.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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I will get best from Bent – Jol

By on September 21, 2020

first_img Unwanted at Villa Park, he penned a season-long loan deal with Fulham this summer and on Saturday repaid Jol’s faith by scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory against Stoke. It was Bent’s third of the season and Jol has pledged to get him firing on all cylinders again, believing he can play in tandem with Dimitar Berbatov. “They always have a good season if they are with me and Darren Bent will have a good season,” the Whites boss said. “The only thing is if you don’t start him he could fall back in the same mood. “But I spoke to him a couple of times, I spoke to him on Friday and he knows what my intentions are and that we want to build up scenarios for games like we did. “Sometimes he can’t start, but my intentions are still to use Darren Bent and to get the best out of Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent together. “That is not easy because you need time to work on that system.” Bent’s impact after coming off the bench against Stoke looks to have secured Jol’s position at the helm. Press Association Fulham manager Martin Jol has pledged to get Darren Bent back to his best after a confidence-sapping year. Now, having ended a five-match winless streak, the Dutchman wants to give the fans something to smile about after a rough start. “I think if you are a club like Fulham you have to be patient,” he said. “Somebody told me before the game that three years ago, with Mark Hughes, at the start of the season they had six points out of eight games. “It is not a new situation for our fans. I want to make them happy with better football, being in control, but we shouldn’t get carried away sometimes with unbelievable positions. “Last year we were number one in the league at one stage and they thought we would be in the top four. “We want to be in the top 10, but it won’t be a big struggle for us to get out of that situation. “The mentality of my players will probably do that, to get better and be where we should be.” While delighted with the win, Jol conceded his side need to play much better than they did against Stoke. City dominated for large parts of the game and the loss stunned captain Ryan Shawcross. “It was one of those days where things just didn’t go our way, and to be honest it is hard to take because we couldn’t have been any more dominant,” he told Stoke City Player. “I thought we controlled the game, and never ever looked in any danger of taking nothing away with us. “We need to be more ruthless though – there is no doubt about that. We had chances but again weren’t able to put any of them away and that has cost us dearly in the end. “The game should have been won before their goal in truth, but we can’t get ourselves too down because there are positives to take away with us. “We need to get some points on the board starting against West Brom in two weeks’ time. It’s difficult to take this defeat, but we will move on from it and we will look to get the right result in two weeks’ time.” The 29-year-old arrived at Aston Villa in January 2011 to much fanfare, joining in an £18million deal that could have reached as high as £24million. However, after impressing under Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish, Bent dropped down the pecking order under Paul Lambert. last_img read more

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