O2 Inside Line: Episode 3, Season 3

first_imgFriday Nov 23, 2012 O2 Inside Line: Episode 3, Season 3 In this week’s O2 Inside Line we get a look within the confines of the England camp as they build towards their big game against South Africa on Saturday. We also find out some interesting stats about Twickenham and how the field is maintained. Rain is expected for this weekend’s game so it may not be pretty, but we can expect a typically fierce battle up front as England aim to beat South Africa for the first time in ten attempts. The last time England beat them was in November 2006.Things didn’t go to plan for the home side last weekend as the Wallabies lifted their game, so a win would be crucial for confidence and team morale ahead of their meeting with the All Blacks a week later, and then with preparations for the Six Nations.In this episode of O2 Inside Line there’s the usual banter between the players, some analysis of the key breakdown area, and a look at how the 10 000 sq ft Twickenham is maintained.Saturday, 24 November, Twickenham, Kick off 14:30 GMT England team:15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Alex Corbisiero.Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 James Haskell, 21 Danny Care, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Jonathan Joseph.Springboks: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute, 23 Lwazi Mvovo. To get the inside scoop on the England squad every week of the QBE Internationals, as well as fun features and team chat, sign up for alerts and watch O2 Inside Line on RFU TV at O2InsideLine.comADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Together Trust boosts fundraising team

first_img Advertisement The North West’s oldest and largest children’s charity has given its fundraising department a boost by adding two new members to the team.Due to the ongoing need to raise funds, Together Trust has brought on board Victoria Goring as a community fundraising and events officer, and Helen Chin as fundraising assistant.Victoria’s role will include the promotion, organisation and management of fundraising events within the community. Victoria, from Cheadle, recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, will focus on a number of projects including the Manchester Velodrome Abseil, Cheadle Festival and the Great North Swim.Helen, from Marple in Stockport, knew a career in the charity sector was for her after working at the Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society for young disabled people. As part of her role at the Together Trust, Helen will provide the fundraising department with administrative support and coordinate the charity’s running teams for the Great Manchester Run and the Great North Run.Philippa Hartley, fundraising manager at the Together Trust said: “The new additions to the team will provide much needed support to the department. Within the current economic climate it is more important than ever to continue to develop new initiatives to raise funds.”To find out more information about the Together Trust visit the website: www.togthertrust.org.uk-ends-Notes to editors:The Together Trust is a charitable organisation, and is one of the largest children’s charities in the North West. Rich in heritage, it has been providing care, education, support and improved life opportunities for young people in the region since it was established in 1870. Today, the charity helps more than 2000 children and young people each year, who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or social difficulties, physical and learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.The Together Trust can contacted on:Tel: 0161 283 4848 email: [email protected] website: www.togethertrust.org.ukPress contact: Vicki Lamb or Becky Roberts at Tangerine PRTel: 0161 817 6600Email: [email protected] / [email protected] [email protected]  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Together Trust boosts fundraising team Howard Lake | 29 April 2009 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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El poder de la guerra popular y la solidaridad antiimperialista mundial

first_imgTomó 30 años de dura lucha, pero en las últimas semanas todo era como un tornado. Primero, un asalto relámpago en las tierras altas centrales de Vietnam. Luego, ataques rápidos en las ciudades costeras de Hue y Danang. Después, las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Popular convergieron en Saigón desde todos los puntos. Los líderes del gobierno títere y otros parásitos corrieron para subirse a los helicópteros en la Embajada de Estados Unidos, junto con periodistas occidentales, personal de la embajada y sus secuaces.El Ejército Popular ahora tenía tanques y artillería, así como fuerzas regulares a gran escala. En cada pueblo y ciudad, se reunían con las milicias populares y las tropas irregulares que les “abrían la puerta”. Las fuerzas del ejército títere de Saigón se dispersaban frente a este asalto.Este 30 de abril se conmemora el 40º aniversario de la Gran Victoria de Primavera de Vietnam en 1975. Esta larga y continuada guerra — primero contra Japón en 1945 y luego Francia (con el apoyo de EUA) en 1945-1954 y después directamente contra el imperialismo estadounidense — definió una era. En 1966, el Che Guevara hizo un llamado ¡“Dos, tres, muchos Vietnam”! Luchas al estilo de Vietnam surgieron en las colonias africanas portuguesas de Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique y Angola. Lograron la victoria junto a la vietnamita. Levantamientos guerrilleros también surgieron sucesivamente en Centroamérica.La marcha de la victoria vietnamita fue planeada con meses de antelación. Todos los aspectos de los últimos 30 años de lucha entraron en juego. Allí estaba la ruta Ho Chi Minh – una red de carreteras a través de selvas y montañas utilizadas para canalizar un suministro constante de armas, municiones y alimentos de norte a sur a pesar de los incesantes bombardeos de Estados Unidos. Los túneles de Cu Chi fueron centros estratégicos de mando y recuperación subterráneos. La Ofensiva de Tet de 1968 había mostrado al mundo lo que la resistencia vietnamita era capaz.Todos estos éxitos se basaron en la estrategia de la guerra popular.“La característica sobresaliente de la guerra popular en nuestro país es que la lucha armada y la lucha política están estrechamente coordinadas, apoyándose y estimulándose entre sí”, escribió el general Vo Nguyen Giap, fundador de las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Popular (FALP). “Así que el lema “Movilizar a todo el pueblo, armar a todo el pueblo y luchar en todos los frentes” se ha convertido en una realidad más viva y heroica”.Todos los esfuerzos de EUA para derrotar esta estrategia central — como los programas de “pacificación” y “aldeas estratégicas” — fueron inútiles. “Cuando un pueblo entero se levanta, nada se puede hacer. Ningún dinero puede ganarles”, le dijo el general Giap al Servicio de Noticias de Liberación en 1969″. “Esa es la base de nuestra táctica y estrategia que los americanos no entienden.“Todos los 31 millones de personas de nuestro pueblo son luchadores valientes”, dijo el general Giap, “por medio de una pequeña fuerza para luchar contra una más grande, derrotando una fuerza más fuerte con una más pequeña, combinando batallas grandes, medianas y pequeñas, intensificando la lucha masiva y al mismo tiempo llevando a cabo una guerrilla generalizada, constantemente golpeando al enemigo desde una posición de fuerza y ​​alcanzando una alta eficiencia en el combate, llegando a ser cada vez más fuerte y ganando victorias cada vez más grandes a medida que luchan.” (Discurso en Hanoi, 21 de diciembre, 1968)La movilización de todo el pueblo significaba mujeres, hombres y niños, jóvenes y longevos, del campo y de la ciudad, de norte y sur. El gobierno títere de Saigón fue penetrado por espías patrióticos en todos los niveles. Un ejemplo famoso de las combativas mujeres es la foto icónica de una pequeña campesina empuñando su AK-47 mientras guiaba a su enorme y humillado cautivo — un piloto estadounidense derribado – a través del bosque. Luego está la historia de la atenta camarera en un club de oficiales en Saigón frecuentado por los comandantes estadounidenses. Después de la victoria, ella fue honrada públicamente como coronela de la FALP.El mundo entero conoció a Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, quien representó al Frente de Liberación Nacional en las conversaciones de paz en París.Los líderes de la revolución fueron fortalecidos por décadas de lucha. Por ejemplo, Le Duc Tho, famoso en Occidente como el principal negociador de Vietnam en las conversaciones de paz de París – a quien le fue concedido el Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1973 pero lo rechazó por no aceptarlo junto al criminal de guerra Henry Kissinger — firmó el plan de batalla 1975 para la ofensiva final de primavera, en nombre de la dirección del Partido de los Trabajadores. Nacido en 1911, Le Duc Tho había ayudado a fundar el Partido Comunista de Indochina en 1930. Las autoridades coloniales francesas lo encarcelaron de 1930-1936 y nuevamente de 1939 a 1944. Después de su liberación en 1945, ayudó a dirigir el Viet Minh, el movimiento de independencia vietnamita contra los franceses, hasta la firma de los Acuerdos de Ginebra en 1954. Desde 1948 hasta 1975, fue un organizador líder del frente del sur.Después de firmar el plan de batalla 1975, Le Duc Tho fue hasta el centro de mando en las tierras altas centrales, por la Ruta Ho Chi Minh en moto a la edad de 64. Allí permaneció, ayudando a coordinar las ofensivas en tres direcciones hasta la marcha final en Saigón.Solidaridad mundial y colaboración socialista internacionalLa victoria de Vietnam fue global.  La Unión Soviética, sus aliados de Europa de Este y la República Popular de China proporcionaron armas, municiones, alimentos y mucho más.  Los movimientos contra la guerra en los países de todo el mundo proporcionaron apoyo moral muy importante.  En Estados Unidos, las fuerzas contra la guerra junto con el explosivo movimiento de Liberación Negra generaron una resistencia a la guerra a gran escala entre los jóvenes que se negaron a ser parte del esfuerzo guerrerista.  El resultado fue una huelga virtual de los soldados rasos en la zona de combate, así como rebeliones en las bases militares estadounidenses en EUA y en todo el mundo.Los fusiles AK-47 utilizados por las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Popular vietnamita fueron hechos en Checoslovaquia.  Las armas antiaéreas, así como camiones, tanques y artillería, fueron hechas en la URSS y China.  Vietnam fue el frente de lucha en una guerra global contra el imperialismo estadounidense, y este esfuerzo de solidaridad enorme fue un factor material en la victoria de Vietnam.El general Giap dijo en 1968 que “el ejército y el pueblo en Vietnam del Norte han derribado más de 3200 de los aviones más modernos de los Estados Unidos, matando o capturando un número considerable de los mejores pilotos estadounidenses, y han hundido o prendido fuego a cientos de naves enemigas.  La llamada superioridad aérea de los imperialistas estadounidenses — el jefe del imperialismo que se jactaba de su riqueza y armas y que es conocido por su crueldad — ha recibido un duro golpe a manos del pueblo vietnamita”.  (Discurso del Día del Ejército, 21 de diciembre, 1968)  Esto fue tres años antes de que las Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Popular derribaran a 30 bombarderos estratégicos subsónicos B-52 — un tercio de la flota B-52 estadounidense — mientras resistían el atentado desesperado de Washington en la Navidad de 1972 en Vietnam de Norte en la víspera del acuerdo de paz del 27 de enero de 1973.En 1968 el general Giap habló de “los 31 millones de vietnamitas” luchando contra el imperialismo estadounidense.  Hoy, la población es de más de 90 millones, lo que hace de Vietnam el decimotercer país más poblado del mundo.  En 1965, Ho Chi Minh dijo que no importaba cuánto EUA pueda matar y destruir, “construiremos nuestro país muchas veces más hermoso”.  Desde 2000, la tasa de crecimiento económico de Vietnam ha sido una de las más altas del mundo.El verdadero legado de Vietnam, según lo declarado por el general Giap, es que “el mito de la invencibilidad de los Estados Unidos . . . se está derrumbando irremediablemente.  No importa cuán enorme sea su potencial militar y económico, nunca tendrá éxito en destruir la voluntad de un pueblo que lucha por su independencia. Esta es una realidad reconocida ahora en el mundo entero.”Todas las citas son de “El arte militar de la guerra popular: escritos selectos de Vo Nguyen Giap”, Monthly Review Press, 1970.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Winter Season Takes A Toll on Q1 GDP

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Bureau of Economic Analysis Commerce Department Forecast GDP in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Home / Daily Dose / Winter Season Takes A Toll on Q1 GDP The nation’s economy came to a screeching halt in the first quarter as investments in business and residential projects struggled.According to numbers put out by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Wednesday, real gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 0.1 percent in Q1, a plunge from the final 2.6 percent growth rate reported for Q4 2013. Economics surveyed byBloomberg projected a consensus forecast of 1.1 percent growth.The sudden slowdown reflects in part the toll this year’s winter season took on economic expansion, though not all changes were weather-related. One anticipated decline was in real private inventories, which knocked more than half a percentage point off of GDP growth as business cut down on supplies.“We really expected the inventories to whack GDP growth fairly significantly,” commented Brendan Lowney, principal and macroeconomist at Forest Economic Advisors (FEA). “They had built up over the past few quarters, and we were due for that correction.”Also continuing on its downward path was residential fixed investment, which declined at an annual rate of 5.7 percent as homebuilding and sales turned up largely disappointing numbers throughout the year’s opening months.Not all of Wednesday’s report was negative, however: Personal consumption expenditures, while slower compared to the fourth quarter, still grew at a rate of 3.0 percent, while federal government spending actually contributed to economic growth after a long period of drag.With other economic indicators showing more positively—in particular employment, which has picked up after a few slow months—analysts don’t expect the early GDP numbers to affect any policymaking at the Federal Open Market Committee’s April meeting, which ends Wednesday. The meeting is expected to end with the announcement of further cuts in the Federal Reserve’s stimulative asset purchases program.Still, even with two more revisions to Q1 growth scheduled for the coming months, final GDP numbers seem poised to come up short of initial expectations. FEA, which had projected a growth rate of 1.5 percent in the government’s advanced estimate, now expects first-quarter GDP to expand at a rate closer to 1 percent.Said Lowney: “I would expect the revisions to more likely than not be positive, but it’s still a weak quarter, no matter how you slice it.” Related Articles  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Federal Reserve Continues Taper; Reduces Purchases by $10 Billion Next: U.S. Home Flipping Drops to 3.7 Percent of All Sales Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Bureau of Economic Analysis Commerce Department Forecast GDP 2014-04-30 Tory Barringer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 30, 2014 605 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Winter Season Takes A Toll on Q1 GDP Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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Kerrykeel Garda Station to lose their only patrol car

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Kerrykeel Garda Station to lose their only patrol car Facebook By News Highland – June 19, 2014 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A Donegal County Cllr has raised concerns after the only Garda patrol car in Kerrykeel was taken off the road and not replaced.Under current regulations, Garda cars that clock up more than 300,000 miles must be taken off the road.The only patrol car at Kerrykeel Garda station reached that limit this week and hasn’t been replaced.Local Cllr Liam Blaney says it’s alarming for people in the area that there is not patrol car at the local garda station:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/liam.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Previous articleOne Direction Star completes his takeover of Doncaster RoversNext articleA long suffering ‘Coronation Street’ is to find a new beau News Highland Newslast_img read more

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Legal agreement clears the way for Thornhill development to begin

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Legal agreement clears the way for Thornhill development to begin AudioHomepage BannerNews The redevelopment of the old Thornhill College site in the Culmore area of Derry is set to proceed after the signing this week of a Section 76 legal agreement.That clears the way for plans to develop a retirement village on the site to proceed.The development will include a 65 bed nursing home facility and 68 independent living units.Cllr Sandra Duffy says after years of dereliction, it’s important that this iconic site in the city is developed…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/thornhill1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous articleNurses should be treated same as Gardai in pay row – ScanlonNext articleDeputy Doherty accuses Government of medical apartheid News Highland Pinterest By News Highland – January 17, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebooklast_img read more

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A single fingerprint led to arrest in cold case murder of elderly woman 31 years later

first_imgRobeson County Sheriffs Office(ROBESON COUNTY, Calif.) — A single fingerprint and the actions of an “above and beyond” deputy led investigators to arrest a man in North Carolina for allegedly murdering an elderly woman 31 years ago in California, according to officials.Grace Hayden, 79, was raped and killed in San Diego in May 1987, said Investigator Erich Hackney of the Robeson County, North Carolina, District Attorney’s Office.San Diego District Attorney Investigator Tony Johnson was reviewing Hayden’s brutal unsolved killing when he found a single fingerprint from a left ring finger on Hayden’s kitchen stove, Hackney said in a news release.“Johnson resubmitted the fingerprint through the national fingerprint data base,” Hackney said, and found a match to 62-year-old Kevin Ford in Robeson County, North Carolina.Hackney, in Robeson County, said he learned a local arrest warrant had been taken out in 2015 against Ford for communicating threats.When that warrant was served in 2015, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Blount happened to decide to fingerprint Ford — “something rarely done on a charge of this nature,” according to Hackney.“It was this set of fingerprints that were taken by Blount that matched the print left by Ford at the crime scene,” Hackney said.A DNA sample was obtained from Ford to compare, and investigators found that it matched DNA collected from the victim, Hackney said.An arrest warrant was issued July 3 by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office against Ford for first-degree murder and Ford surrendered at his North Carolina home without incident, Hackney said.Prosecutors in Robeson and San Diego counties praised Blount “for going above and beyond in collecting Ford’s fingerprints back in 2015,” Hackney said in the news release. “Had he processed Ford under the usual procedure, this case would not have come to fruition.”Ford appeared before a Robeson County District Court Judge on Thursday and was formally read the North Carolina Fugitive Warrant, which he said he understood, Hackney said. Ford waived extradition to California.He will be extradited to San Diego and arraigned on the murder charge, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office told ABC News Thursday, adding that a preliminary hearing has not yet been set.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Fatal infernos: 31 dead, 228 missing, 7,000 structures destroyed as California blazes grow

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARADISE, Calif.) — At least 31 people have been killed as massive wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California have engulfed thousands of homes and were threatening to destroy more as blustery winds were dealing firefighters a menacing challenge throughout the state over the weekend and into today.“This week, California has experienced the most destructive fires we have seen in its history. There are 196,000 acres burned, thousands of homes and dozens of lives lost,” Chief Scott Jalbert of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday morning.The largest and deadliest of the infernos is the Camp Fire, which as of Sunday had burned 109,000 acres, leveled 6,435 homes and another 260 commercial structures in Northern California’s Butte County, according to officials. There were at least 228 people unaccounted for as of early Monday.At least 29 civilians have been killed in the Camp Fire, which ignited on Thursday and quickly swept through communities in the Sierra foothills, nearly wiping out the bucolic town of Paradise. At least five firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.On Sunday, the monstrous fire was 25 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.Two other people were killed in the Woolsey Fire burning in Southern California, bringing the death toll from the California wildfires to 25 on Sunday.The threat from the Camp Fire isn’t expected to diminish anytime soon, as gusty weather ramped back up Sunday. Red flag warnings signaling extreme fire danger have been issued for parts of Northern California, including the areas surrounding Sacramento and San Jose.More than 149,000 people throughout the Golden State have evacuated as a result of the fires, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Sunday afternoon.Wind gusts could reach 50 mph across the eastern foothills and western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range through today, as well as parts of the Sacramento Valley.On Saturday, Shawn Field of Paradise didn’t know if his house was still standing. On Sunday morning, an ABC News crew found Field’s home completely destroyed. The only thing left intact was a green coffee cup.“This is real,” Field said.Field said he and his family moved into the house on Honey Run Road in March. He said his son was home when the fire moved close to their house on Thursday and that he had about 10 minutes to pack up some belongings and get out.“He was able to pack a backpack and a small duffle bag of things we could use, and that’s all we have,” said Field, who is staying with friends about 15 miles away in Chico.Despite his loss, Field said his spirits have been boosted by the support he and his family have gotten from friends and strangers.“It’s awesome how many people are rallying around and helping us out,” he told ABC News.Woolsey Fire prompts new evacuationsMeanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Southern California was only 15 percent contained Sunday after blackening 85,500 acres across Los Angeles and Ventura counties and destroying 177 structures, Cal Fire said.Another fire burning in the area, the Hill Fire, was 70 percent contained Sunday after it consumed 4,531 acres in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people Wednesday night at a country bar before taking his own life.“This morning, the Santa Ana wind condition has reestablished itself and is going to be in the area for the next couple of days,” said Tony Imbrenda, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.Two people were found dead in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire, officials from Cal Fire said.Detectives believe that the victims, found in a vehicle off the Mulholland Highway, were killed after the driver became disoriented while evacuating and the car was overcome by fire, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Scott Gage said in a press conference Sunday afternoon.More than 3,200 firefighters battling the Woolsey Fire are bracing for more tough days to come on the fire lines due to strong Santa Ana winds of up to 40 mph that threaten to blow embers into areas that have not burned, officials said.“This is a wind-driven event and the winds are coming back,” Chief John Benedict of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday. “Everybody needs to remain vigilant and please stay out of the areas that we’ve determined to be evacuation zones.”Benedict said the cities of Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas and Malibu remained under evacuation orders. He also said the fire appeared to be moving west toward the Pacific Ocean and he advised residents in Topanga Canyon to evacuate.“We have reports of numerous residents in the Topanga area that have chosen to shelter in place and we’re advising them to immediately leave and move to one of the shelters or to other locations out of danger,” said Benedict, adding that he and his family have been evacuated twice since the fire broke out.In addition, 3,500 students at Pepperdine University — which sits atop a picturesque Malibu mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean — are sheltering in place, Gage saidBurning ice plantVentura County Fire Department Chief Mark Lorenzen implored people to leave evacuation zones. He said the fire was burning everything in its path including ice plant.“Ice plant is not supposed to burn,” Lorenzen said Sunday. “So my message to the community today is maybe 10 to 20 years ago you stayed in your homes when there was a fire and you were able to protect them. Things are not the way they were 10 years ago. The rate of spread is exponentially more than what it used to be.”On Friday and Saturday, 23 bodies were discovered in communities ravaged by the Camp Fire, most of them found in Paradise, the Sierra foothills town of 26,551 people that was almost completely destroyed in the blaze. An additional six bodies were later found, Butte County officials announced Sunday evening.The Camp Fire is now one of the deadliest wildfires in California history, tied at No. 1 with the 1933 Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles, which also claimed 29 lives, according to Cal Fire. At nearly 7,000 structures burned, the Camp Fire is also the state’s most destructive.Four of those victims were found dead in or near torched vehicles. Autopsies will be conducted to determine the circumstances of the deaths and to identify the individuals, but investigators believe their cars were “overcome” by the flames, according to a statement from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night.There were more than 100 people missing in the region, though officials were working to track them down. At least 70 people reported missing were located on Saturday and are now safe, officials said.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has activated a call center for the public to provide and receive information about those thought to be missing.Authorities have received reports of additional fatalities due to the blaze, which investigators are working to confirm.Some 52,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Pulga, Concow, Magalia, Stirling City and the entire town of Paradise were among the areas that were under mandatory evacuation orders, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.“The task is difficult due to the fact that the fire is still active and there are many hazards in areas where fatalities have been reported,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.The governor-elect of California, Gavin Newsom, on Thursday issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the Camp Fire.On Sunday, Brown requested President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and aid residents in their recovery from devastating fires throughout the state.“We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable,” Brown said in a statement Sunday. “We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid. To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover.”Trump called ‘dangerously wrong’Late on Friday, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for California, freeing up federal resources to supplement local response efforts. The declaration allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts to help alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide support for emergency measures and free up federal resources.But on Saturday morning, Trump threatened to pull federal funding for California wildfires if the state didn’t “remedy” its poor “forest management.”“Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property — not on the president’s inane and uninformed tweets,” Brown’s press secretary, Evan Westrup, told ABC News on Sunday.Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump’s threat to slash funds for battling California wildfires “ill-informed, ill-timed, demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.”Rice said Trumps assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for the catastrophic wildfires is “dangerously wrong.”“Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography,” Rice said. 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Press release: UK-LATAC trade in the spotlight: Exports Minister visits Brazil and Argentina

first_imgMinister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead, travelled to Brazil and Argentina last week (8-10 April) to meet with key Brazilian and Argentinian businesses and government ministers to discuss the UK’s commitment to trade and investment in both countries and the wider Latin American and Caribbean (LATAC) region.Baroness Fairhead met with businesses across a range of sectors including finance, life sciences and energy to reflect on both the challenges and opportunities available between the countries.Trade with Brazil, the world’s 9th largest economy, increased by 4.7% in 2018, reaching £5.8bn, while UK exports to Argentina rose by 4.1% to £807m. With trade with the two countries at healthy levels, there are significant opportunities for UK businesses to establish and build on strong trading ties far beyond Europe.Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead said: Visit to ArgentinaIn Argentina, the Minister met with businesses and government officials to discuss ways in which the two countries can improve market access for business. While in Argentina the Minister highlighted the UK’s capability in a number of sectors including infrastructure, mining, agriculture, energy and financial services.The Minister also co-chaired the fourth meeting of the UK-Argentina Commercial Dialogue. Established in Spring 2017, it is the main forum for bilateral trade discussions between the two nations, and the latest talks focused on addressing market access issues faced by companies trading between the UK and Argentina. The meeting was hosted by Mariano Mayer, Secretary for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, on behalf of the Ministry of Production and Labour.Following the meeting, a new Better Regulation forum was agreed between the UK and Argentine governments, promoting direct regulator-to-regulator exchanges to share best practice and promote regulatory reform. These efforts will assist UK firms to enter the Argentine market, and support the Government of Argentina in its mission to modernise and streamline the Argentine regulatory environment, as well as improve Argentina’s standing as a destination for international business.Visit to BrazilMinister Fairhead visited Sao Paolo between 9-10 April, to attend an International Green Bond Market event. The Minister gave opening remarks at the event, highlighting the City of London as the global capital for Green Finance and reaffirm the UK government’s commitment to working with Brazil to improve trade and investment flows.The event was followed by a visit to Life Sciences company Aché’s manufacturing plant in Guarulhos to learn more about the Brazilian Life Sciences sector and potential opportunities for further collaboration with the UK.LATAC engagementBaroness Fairhead’s visit follows on the back of a week-long LATAC Roadshow across the UK that was promoted by DIT, which aimed to drive more UK businesses to export opportunities in the region. The roadshow engaged with more than 600 companies, visiting five cities in five days.The visit also follows the launch last week of DIT’s a dedicated Latin American Investors Club, created to help support Latin American and Caribbean companies invested in the UK. Roughly 100 investors attended the event.Latin America and the Caribbean combined is equivalent to the world’s third largest economy after China and the USA, offering vast potential for UK businesses across sectors such as food and drink, oil and gas, infrastructure and financial services. Home to over 650 million people, LATAC includes 48 countries and territories with a growing middle-class population, resulting in greater demand for high-quality products and services. This visit is a great opportunity to meet with businesses and members of government in both Brazil and Argentina to discuss how we can work together to improve our trading relationship and support more UK firms secure success in the region. Brazil and Argentina are significant markets in their own rights, and while British businesses are seeing increased demand from these vibrant economies, there is still more to do to ensure our leading sectors capitalise on the many opportunities and the growing demand for British brands across both countries. The Department for International Trade is committed to supporting British businesses of all sizes export more and break into new markets, as outlined in the government’s Export Strategy.last_img read more

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