Nun Soup Kitchen Imperiled by SF Mission Condo Owners

first_img“The building’s property manager told me that [some members of the HOA] are vehemently against selling,” said Antonio Gamero, the real estate broker who helped the nuns find their new soup kitchen location last month. “[They] are trying to clean up the Mission and don’t want the homeless to be there. More crime and more loitering devalues the property.”In emails shared with Mission Local, one resident called for an emergency board meeting in regard to the sale to “stop this from happening.”“I’m concerned about rats and negative property value that a soup kitchen will bring,” wrote another member of the association.A third condo-owner suggested amending the association’s rules for the building to prevent the soup kitchen, or any type of restaurant, from operating in the space. Jalalian, the current owner of the space, said that he applied for a restaurant permit in 2012. That permit was approved in 2013, according to documents filed with the Planning Department.Jalalian said he ultimately abandoned his plan for the restaurant at 1930 Mission St. and put the unit back on the market because his involvement in operating another restaurant made him realize that he was a “poor restaurateur.”But not all tenants seem to be against the soup kitchen moving in. In an email, one person acknowledged issues that could arise with a restaurant operating out of the building and asked for solutions.“We should work with them to figure out a sensible garbage/compost plan to minimize vermin though. Let’s go in with suggestions and solutions,” the tenant wrote.On Wednesday, Tom Tunny, an attorney representing the nuns, said negotiations between the tenants and nuns are ongoing. The association, he said, has presented the nuns with a list of “concerns” that the buyers are attempting to address so that they can sign off by Friday – a deadline set by Jalalian. But as of Saturday, the deal remained in limbo, according to Jalalian.“The sisters are not sure…for different reasons, that this is the best property for them,” said Tunny. “They are in a delicate spot. We [have started] to talk to the HOA and are very pleased and optimistic but are not sure for ourselves if this is right.”Tunny said that the list of demands include making the unit’s bathroom disabled-accessible, controlling the crowd of homeless people who are attracted to the soup kitchen, and installing proper ventilation.“The physical space is a concern,” said Tunny. “We are trying to figure out if there is the proper venting for ovens. How much work that would take, and how expensive that would be.”Despite having a permit from the city, the installation of a ventilation system would require the approval of the homeowner’s association.Jalalian called the fuss over ventilation “an arbitrary excuse for them to deny the nuns [this location].”He accused the association of discriminating against the poor by keeping the soup kitchen out of the neighborhood, and attempting to discourage the nuns from moving into the building. “[The nuns had] real estate gifted to them. Never will they be evicted. [The unit has a] restaurant permit in place. [There are the] homeless next door,” Jalalian wrote in an email. Located immediately next door to the building, at 1950 Mission St., is the city’s only homeless navigation center, a transitional shelter for the homeless. “If they really want to feed the homeless with their soup kitchen, this is the best scenario they can have,” wrote Jalalian. Dana Cappiello, the listing agent for the unit, called the location perfect. “There are very few places so perfectly located that the city has already permitted a restaurant to go into. We could be serving people very quickly.”When contacted, the 1930 Mission St. property manager declined to speak about the association’s opposition, and members of the association did not return requests for comment. Jeff Belote, a real estate attorney who was hired as the association’s legal counsel last week, also declined to comment.But merchants in the area were more vocal in their concerns about loitering and crime in the neighborhood. They said loitering is already a problem on the block and it has been compounded by the city’s navigation center.Though all agreed that the nuns’ work is noble, some said they fear that a soup kitchen to feed the needy could attract more problems to the block. “I’m surprised that the people in this building don’t complain more,” said Viola Wong, an employee of The City 420 Doctors, also located on the ground floor of 1930 Mission St. Wong said that some of the homeless people residing at the navigation center frequently sit on the stoop at the entrance to the building.“People just sit there in front of the stoop and pass out and are high or whatever. It’s a daily thing,” she said. “On some days it is worse than others. I feel like we shouldn’t’ have to deal with this.”Oscar Garcia, the manager of Fida Market at 1939 Mission St., located across the street from the Navigation Center, echoed Wong’s concerns. Garcia complained about frequent theft at his store at the hands of some of the homeless people who reside at the shelter. “It’s already crazy enough over here, and the police don’t get involved,” said Garcia. “You can’t even walk on the sidewalk on this block because there’s people hanging out who won’t move. To bring something like [a soup kitchen] in here is going attract even more people.” Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The fate of a soup kitchen evicted from the Tenderloin in February remains uncertain, even though the two French nuns who run it thought they had found a home in the Mission a month later. Residents at the new location, 1930 Mission St. between 16th and 15th streets, have voiced concerns about allowing the nuns to purchase a unit there. The multimillionaire Tony Robbins, a famous motivational speaker, gave Marie Valerie and Marie Benedicte of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth $750,000 to buy the real estate in the Mission and another $50,000 to get the soup kitchen up and running once they moved in. There are 17 condominiums in the building and two ground-floor commercial spaces, one of which houses a medical marijuana doctor. The nuns planned to purchase the other and set up a soup kitchen in the 1,434-square-foot space owned by Armen Jalalian. But the building’s homeowner’s association called an emergency meeting to thwart the soup kitchen from moving in, according to several sources.  center_img 0%last_img read more

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TICKETS for Saints next fixture – their trip to L

first_imgTICKETS for Saints’ next fixture – their trip to Leeds Rhinos on Monday May 20 – are now on sale.The match kicks off at 7.45pm and is the first Monday night fixture of the season.They are priced at (standing) Adult – £20, Concession (65+) – £13, Student – £13 and Junior (Under 16) – £12.Seated prices are Adult – £27, Concession (65+) – £19, Student – £19 and Junior (Under 16) – £18Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST collect a voucher 48 hours in advance of matchday.Coach travel is also available – prices are £11 for season ticket holders and £12 for non.To buy, log on to the Saints Superstore, call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or telephone 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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IF preseason is anything to go by Saints are in

first_imgIF pre-season is anything to go by, Saints are in for another successful season.That’s the view of Lance Hohaia who says confidence is high in the camp and the team look sharp.The 31-year-old will take part in his fourth season at the club fresh from a trophy laden 2014.“We have a more experienced squad this season and we’re confident of success,” he said. “It has been a fairly quick turnaround for us – we had four weeks off after the Grand Final and now we’re deep into pre-season.“It has been tough but I like what I see. There’s confidence and we are growing as a team as well as improving as athletes.“We’ve had a lot of gruelling sessions but we have been using a lot of science based research to help improve ourselves as athletes and a team. I am happy with where I am physically.“I’m likely to be playing a utility role but the important thing for me at this point is to get fit and get ready for the season. Everything else will take care of itself and I know if I play well then I will fit in the team somewhere.”Lance has played 73 games for the Saints, scoring 20 tries, and the crucial drop goal in the win over in Leeds last season.He also appeared in the controversial but ultimately successful Grand Final which saw him felled by Wigan’s Ben Flower and then hit on the ground.Whilst that incident is still on many people’s lips, Larny just wants to focus on this season.“I was disappointed with what occurred in the Grand Final, it was a big game and we’d had a tough year,” he continued. “It was a chance for me to step up, lead the team around the pitch and to be the half we needed.“I was disappointed I didn’t get to play a bigger role but we got the trophy in the end so I was pretty happy about that. I spoke to the media afterwards and said once I walked off the field that was the end of the incident for me. I put it to bed then and I don’t see any reason to discuss it further.“The lads did a great job without me; we were a man down and they were too. Wello, JT, Tommy Mak and Robes played well in those key positions then Greg Richards, Luke Thompson, Mose, Sia came to the fore too.“There’s a part of me that would go back and change things but we move forward. The season was a successful one; we were League Leaders and Grand Final winners too.”last_img read more

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He took his seasons tally to six whilst Mark Perc

first_imgHe took his season’s tally to six whilst Mark Percival and Luke Thompson both added four-pointers to lift Saints clear at the top of the table.It brought Justin Holbrook’s side their third win in eight days – but more importantly proved they could once again cope with adversity.Ben Barba was ruled out with illness in the build up to the game – James Roby injured in the second half.Saints dominated the first half and probably should have been further ahead than 6-0 at oranges.After Jonny Lomax went close on an arcing run, Theo Fages chipped over to the charging Taia who made no mistake in plucking it out of the air to get Saints on the board.Richardson added the extras before, on 15 minutes, Hull had one chalked off for a knock on.Saints had dominated up until that point but back to back penalties had allowed the visitors the chance to build pressure.Holbrook’s men defended their lines desperately and won a drop out, but Lomax couldn’t take Roby’s bullet pass to increase the lead.Up the other end of the field, Jordan Lane lost the ball over the line on the half hour mark and then a group tackle forced the ball out of the grasp of Jake Connor as the half came to a close.Saints extended their lead just two minutes into the second half.After Hull knocked on following Fages’ tricky kick to the corner, the ball came right from the scrum and Lomax caught Percival on a fantastic line.Richardson added the conversion and then tagged on a penalty on 50 minutes after Connor was caught for lifting.Hull did get on the scoreboard ten minutes later – Albert Kelly taking probably the most forward pass you will ever see to get his side back into it.Thompson had one chalked off for a knock-on on 60 minutes-  but Taia grabbed his second seven minutes later when Smith and Fages combined on the last.Thompson finally got the nod from the video referee after great work from LMS as the game entered its final stages before Chris Green crossed for a scant consolation.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Taia (2), Percival, Thompson Goals: Richardson (5 from 5)Hull FC: Tries: Kelly, Green Goals: Sneyd (2 from 2)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 4 Hull FC: 5HT: 6-0 FT: 26-12REF: R HicksATT: 10,408Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 24. Jack Logan, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 23. Mickey Paea, 17. Danny Washbrook, 26. Jordan Lane, 20. Brad Fash. Subs: 13. Josh Bowden, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 16. Jordan Abdull.last_img read more

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Shrimp boat makes it off Holden Beach heads back to sea

first_imgBig Earl gets towed out to sea. (Photo: Michael Staley) HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s taken a week, but a shrimp boat that was stuck on Holden Beach has finally made it back out to sea.They finally pulled it off the beach around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.- Advertisement – A boat called the “Aqua Quest” out of Tarpon Springs, Florida actually towed Big Earl.Boat Captain Virgil Coleman says he feels very relieved.He’s watching to see if Big Earl leaks and has a pump to remove water.Related Article: Dolphin washes up along Holden Beach coastHe’s heading to Southport to take it out of the water and to make necessary repairs.Coleman says he would like to say thank you very much to the people of Holden Beach for all their help and he doesn’t think he would have made it without their help.last_img read more

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Cooper Plan to be without power for days after Florence

first_imgGov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that Hurricane Florence is a storm that shouldn’t be taken lightly. (Photo: CNN) RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that Hurricane Florence is a storm that shouldn’t be taken lightly.“Every county and every person in North Carolina needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously,” Cooper said.- Advertisement – Despite newer forecasts showing the storm turning south, it has the potential to be devastating for the coast and inland areas.“Plan to be without power for days,” Cooper said. “The rain may last for days, and not hours. This may be a marathon, not a sprint.”A total of 16 shelters are currently open across the state and are capable of housing 4,000 evacuees.Related Article: NC Wildlife biologists investigate widespread fish kills after FlorenceMandatory evacuations are in place for much of the coast.“If you are in a mandatory evacuation zone, it is important that you heed these warnings and move to safety,” the governor said.The governor said power plants are taking all necessary steps to help people get power back after the storm.Florence’s projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.Cooper asked residents to plan now and make sure they have their medication and shelter for their pets. He also asked that residents clear the exterior of their homes.North Carolina Emergency Management will be running a 24-hour schedule and will add more swift water rescue teams and several more assets ahead of Florence’s arrival at the coast.Col. Glenn McNeill with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said troopers are on standby statewide to assist where needed.Troopers are removing abandoned vehicles along evacuation routes and there are 14 squads statewide that are ready to deploy after the landfall, he said. There are four squads assigned to Wake County.North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said maintenance crews are prepping their vehicles and will be holding swift water rescue training Wednesday.In a videotaped message from the White House, President Donald Trump said the government is fully prepared for Florence but urged people to “get out of its way.”“Don’t play games with it. It’s a big one,” he said.Officials are asking residents to only call 911 for emergencies. You can dial 211 or (888) 892-1162 for information on the storm and drivers can check drivenc.gov for traffic information.last_img read more

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Photos Swiss women stage mass strike demanding overdue equality

first_img City councilwoman Karin Rykart gives a speech to the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at Muensterhof Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People hold a banner during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Women walk past a banner reading “Up with women’s pay, away with the big cats, for communism” during the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A tape labeled “Closed because of women’s strike/feminist strike” is placed in front of the University of Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People protest with a sit-in on a bridge during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse City councilwoman Karin Rykart gives a speech to the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at Muensterhof Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann 1 of 22 WhatsApp People attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. The placard reads, “We have enough”. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse People protest with a sit-in on a bridge during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A banner reading “More pay. More time. More respect. We women strike.” is seen during a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A sticker renaming the Charles Bessieres bridge “Passerelle Nicole Niquille” is pictured during a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Placards are seen as people attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmanncenter_img Teachers and mothers of pupils take part in a strike in front of the Aemtler school in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann A tape labeled with the slogan “Closed because of women’s strike/feminist strike” is stretched across the street as the traffic is blocked by the participants of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann People attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A woman wears a t-shirt showing the date of the women’s strike (Frauenstreik) as she takes part in the strike in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Protests carry placards as they attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannThe traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Protests carry placards as they attend a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Women across Switzerland held a strike on Friday to highlight their wealthy nation’s poor record on female rights, recreating the passion of the first such walkout 28 years ago.In Lausanne, chanting protesters gathered at midnight outside the cathedral tower, whose bell was illuminated in purple, the official colour of the protest.Blowing whistles and banging pots and pans, hundreds of demonstrators – mostly women but also men – carried placards reading “no means no”, “I am not a princess but the woman I choose to be”, and “don’t free me, I’ll do that myself”.Protesters marched through the streets of Zurich, the Swiss financial capital. “Men, go do the ironing,” one sign read.Despite its high quality of life, Switzerland lags other developed economies in female pay and workplace gender equality.Friday’s event echoed a strike in 1991, five years before the Gender Equality Act came into force. That banned workplace discrimination and sexual harassment and protected women from bias or dismissal over pregnancy, marital status, or gender.But more than 20 years later, women still earn less than men, face routine questioning of their competence, and encounter condescension and paternalism on the job, they say.Organisers say the strike draws attention to wages, recognition of care work, violence against women, and the need for greater representation in positions of power and more equitable family policy.“THINGS DIDN’T CHANGE”Swiss women earn roughly 20% less than men. While that is an improvement from about a third less in 1991, the discrimination gap — meaning differences that cannot be explained by rank or role — has actually worsened since 2000, government data show.On June 14, 1991, women blocked trams during a sit-in in the heart of Zurich’s financial district and gathered outside schools, hospitals and across cities with purple balloons and banners to demand equal pay for equal work.That came a decade after basic gender equality was enshrined in the Swiss constitution and less than three months after women for the first time were allowed to participate in a regional vote in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden.“We have realised that even after this first strike in 1991, things didn’t really change. Equality is enshrined in the Constitution, but real, material, effective equality doesn’t exist for all women,” said organiser Tamara Knezevic, 24.“We have so many demands and so many reasons to create this large, popular protest front of women because all these laws, all that we have obtained, we haven’t really obtained it for good.”An annual study by the World Economic Forum has found global progress on gender equality stagnating. Switzerland ranked 34th for economic participation and opportunity and 44th for wage equality in the 2018 study of 149 countries.Christine Croset, a teacher trainer, complained that too many jobs traditionally assigned to women are not rewarded properly, while a glass ceiling capped their advancement.“Nothing is fine, and we have been waiting for too long now,” she said. The traffic is blocked by the participants of a women’s strike (Frauenstreik) at the Central Square in Zurich, Switzerland June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann SharePrint A woman smiles at the start of a day-long and nationwide women’s strike aimed at highlighting the country’s poor record on defending the rights of women and families, in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouselast_img read more

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International Stakeholders to Support ICT Connectivity in Southern Sudan

first_imgAdvertisement The conference has attracted more than 200 delegates made up of international ICT experts and other stakeholders from over twenty mostly African countries, but also from India, China, UK, Korea and the Middle East. Under the theme “Connectivity for Communications, Commerce and Governance”, the delegates are deliberating on how access to information and communication technologies can help accelerate the economic and social development of the people of Southern Sudan.In the course of the day, delegates at the conference, organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in conjunction with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), re-affirmed their resolve to help promote, develop and extend connectivity to rural communities in all parts of the semi-autonomous country. The conference forms part of the CTO’s broad mandate of helping to develop ICTs in its member countries within the Commonwealth and beyond.In a speech read on his behalf by Hon. Kosti Manibe, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, GoSS, the President of GoSS and Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit said, “On the formation of our government we committed ourselves to providing basic services to the people, such as clean water, reasonable housing, healthcare, education, good roads, efficient transport, security, and equally important too, modern telecommunications and postal services. The fact that today, even in some of the very remote villages of Southern Sudan, you can make a phone call at all, is itself a clear testimony that with the continued cooperation and partnership of all major actors, including the private sector, many of the challenges we have identified can be overcome.” – Advertisement – President Salva Kiir acknowledged that as the dynamics of the global and regional economies evolve, information and communication has become an indispensible pillar for competitiveness as well as an engine for growth, admitting that Sudan, and especially Southern Sudan has to play catch-up with global trends. “This is why we feel gratified to see not only a constellation of African policy makers and sector champions here today, but equally leading members of the global community involved in this and related sectors.”“We recognise the importance of communications and ICTs in wealth generation, job creation, poverty alleviation, and citizen’s access to government services, and the fact that the bulk majority of our populace live in rural areas. For this reason it is incumbent upon us to evolve strategies to expand communications services to the rural areas. The obvious key challenges include suitable infrastructure and services for all forms of communications, including telecommunications and ICT”, the President concluded.Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, former President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), expressed optimism that the people of Southern Sudan “will make the greatest progress when they combine the best practices in economic management with good governance, prudent resource management with human capital development, domestic and foreign investment with external financial mobilisation, and when they use ICTs effectively to develop a Knowledge Economy.”He said beyond the macro-economic indicators, evidence suggests that the enhanced communication and information flows provided by mobile telephony have significant impact on users’ livelihoods, especially those that are most vulnerable and traditionally deprived. “The mobile phone has become an essential tool for the transformation of the lives of billions in less developed countries. It has helped reduce vulnerability and increase opportunities, improve social empowerment, reduce the need to undertake costly and sometimes dangerous travel, increase access to health and education services, as well as create more employment and business opportunities.”Dr. Ndiaye, who devoted more than thirty years of his personal and professional life to help develop Africa, acknowledged the reality that Southern Sudan stands at the cusp of a new political dawn, but it is also at the cusp of a new dawn in respect of its ICT and therefore socio-economic development.  He entreated the global and Southern Sudanese ICT community to seize all the opportunities that come with the era of ICTs and ensure that no community is left behind in access to connectivity.In a brief remark, the CEO of CTO, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, said the responsibility to connect the unconnected to ICTs rests, not only with governments but with the private sector and the communities themselves. He mentioned that the CTO is determined to continue its seminal work of promoting Public-Private-Peoples Partnerships to ensure that ICT policy, regulatory and operational initiatives serve, among others, the purpose of ensuring that connectivity is provided to all citizens. “The Government of Southern Sudan has numerous neighbouring country experiences to learn from in this area of connectivity, and therefore cannot afford to make the same mistakes that others have made in the past”, Dr. Spio-Garbrah added.Welcoming the participants, Hon. Madut Biar Yel, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, expressed his appreciation to the international delegates for honouring the invitations to attend the conference and to share their expertise and experiences with his ministry in its bid to extend connectivity to rural areas. He said, “The fact that you are present at this conference shows your commitment to the development of ICTs, not only in your respective countries, but in the whole of Africa”. Hon. Biar Yel thanked the CTO for accepting to take the lead in organising this important event on the global ICT calendar.Presentations were also received from Hon. Abdon Nhial, Secretary General of GoSS, Hon. Lt Gen Gier Aluong, Minister of Internal Affairs, GoSS, and Hon. Teresa Siricio Iro, State Minister of ICT, Sudan.Delegates attending the conference came from such countries as the USA, South Africa, India, Belgium, the UK, The Netherlands, Zambia, Tanzania, Switzerland, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Ghana, China, among others.last_img read more

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Datanet Uganda DiviCloud Join Forces For Lease Capacity

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda’s largest privately-owned commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP) Datanet has announced that it has selected DiViNetworks to lease capacity in an effort to boost services and enable users to have more data.The ISP will now use the DiViCloud service from DiViNetworks to push its capacity forward for users.“DiViCloud loads additional traffic on Datanet’s existing international link, above its nominal rate,” a statement from the company said in announcing the lease. – Advertisement – “This process is done without any loss of information or added latency. DiViCloud is a network of smart Points of Presence, located at major internet junctions, which compacts data as it flows to the ISPs,” the company added.Datanet hopes that by adding the new cloud to its capacity, which already includes PeerApp’s web caching service, will give users more options for using cloud services in the country.“DiViCloud’s technology operates at a bit-stream layer, and thus further compacts the traffic, making way for additional data,” the company said, adding that “DiViCloud provides additional capacity from London to Kampala over the existing link and costs fractions of wholesale capacity market price.”last_img read more

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NITAUs James Saaka on the fight againt cybercrime in Uganda

first_imgNITA-U Executive Director James Saaka and Director of Information Security Peter Kahiigi Advertisement Websites of the government of Uganda have, over the last few months, been the target of hackers, with PC Tech last week breaking the story on over 40 Ugandan websites that were defaced, including those of ministries and government organisations.The Executive Director of Uganda’s National Information Technology Authority, James Saaka, today responded to the question of cybercrime in an exclusive interview with PC Tech:The fight against Cybercrime is one that calls for strong cooperation between various agencies.We are currently training officers from law enforcement, investigative arms of Government, and other key stakeholders in identifying and responding to cyber-crime.Already, the partnership with UCC, ITU and IMPACT has produced 15 officers from across government who are skilled in Incident Response, as a follow up to that training, next week we will have a team of specialists from the Egyptian CERT training Government officers on Incident Response. We have established links with the commonwealth cyber-crime initiative to help us with training law enforcement and other justice, law and order sector stakeholders on key aspects of combating cyber-crime. Soon, we will also host the internet watch foundation, which is the UK hotline for reporting criminal online content on:Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the worldCriminally obscene adult contentNon-photographic child sexual abuse imagesIn building these global partnerships, Uganda will be able to strengthen her capability to defend herself against, respond to, investigate, prosecute cybercrimes effectively.Starting July 2013, we will commence the development of the National Information Security Framework which will contain the National Information Security Policy, standards, procedures and guidelines for securing critical information infrastructure. We will publish the framework by December 2013 and we anticipate that it will help bring some sanity to the way we manage information systems in Uganda.Lastly, we have setup the National Information Security Advisory Group (NISAG) comprising of public and private sector industry players and whose main objective is to advise Government on matters relating to Information Security Governance, Risk Remediation, Planning and Response. This is akin the global hub set up by the UK Government as seen here, but specifically for Uganda. It is geared at encouraging various industry players to share information on specific challenges they face in the cyberspace and potential solutions to these challenges.last_img read more

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Microsoft Opens Up Bing As A Platform For Developers

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft announced that it is opening up quite a bit of Bing‘s advanced functionality to developers at its Build developer conference yesterday. Microsoft corporate VP Gurdeep Singh Pall noted that developers are already using Bing APIs, of course, but apps can now use Bing’s entities and knowledge, natural user interfaces, optical character recognition and new mapping and visualization capabilities, including Microsoft’s just-announced 3-D imagery for maps.As Singh Pall noted, Microsoft has been using all of these capabilities privately already, of course, but he thinks that “if we can do something with an API that is good, third parties can do something that is dynamite.”[related-posts]Bing is not just a great search engine, but the team has built some great capabilities.” He said. – Advertisement – Bing, after all, is pretty good at understanding user intent, unstructured content on the web and other queries and data types that are not trivial for a developer to implement.The team, he said, always believed that Bing could do a lot of things that can “actually be very valuable outside of the search box. For a long time, we’ve now thought that you could use these capabilities to create some great experiences.”Developers will get access to much of Bing’s data, including its web index and relevance engine, as well as its knowledge base and understanding of entities. The Bing team has also worked on lots of natural user interface technologies, including voice recognition, which will also be available for developers to add to their apps.Here is a full list of the new capabilities for developers:Bringing the World’s Knowledge to Your AppsUnderstanding the World: We think knowledge is more than just a “graph”. It requires combining the web’s deep sets of information with insights derived from understanding the people, places, things, and actions in the real world. The Bing Entity API allows developers to create applications using this understanding to build scenarios that augment users’ abilities to discover and interact with their world faster and more easily than they can do today.Natural and Intuitive User ExperiencesThe Gift of Sight: Giving machines the ability to see and understand is a long-held science fiction dream. TheBing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Control enables developers to integrate Microsoft’s robust cloud-based visual recognition capabilities into their applications.Write Once, Read Anywhere: The world is shrinking and information is increasingly more global. The Bing Translator Control lets apps detect text and delivers automatic machine translation into a specified language so your users can stay informed wherever they are and whatever language they speak.The Power of Voice: Being able to naturally converse with your device to do something is a top user request. The Bing Speech Control for Windows 8.1 allows developers to let users interact with their apps using simply their voice. In addition, the Bing Text-to-Speech API for Windows 8.1 gives devices and applications a voice byallowing them to speak out loud to make user interactions more natural and intuitive.Awareness of the Physical WorldView from the Top: So much of what we do in our lives depends on where we are and what is around us. TheBing Maps SDK for Windows 8.1 provides mapping, routing, and traffic capabilities for Windows Store applications in Windows 8.1.Immersive Geospatial Experiences: Sometimes you need more than directions. The preview of the Bing Maps 3D SDK for Windows 8.1 will deliver photorealistic and smooth mapping experiences that let developers build apps that put the user in the center of the action.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

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Over 900000 lost by Ghana Government in SIM Box Fraud

first_imgAdvertisement Communications and security experts IN Ghana have revealed that a little over $900,000 has been lost in just five months due the activities of SIM box operators in the country.SIM box operators allow calls from international destinations to be diverted to Ghana as local calls and at a cheaper rate charging international carriers the local interconnect charge thereby depriving the nation of revenue.The experts say regulatory measures to check the telecom industry are required in order to avoid such loses. – Advertisement – The Parliament has passed into law the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is expected to streamline and rationalize activities of the various players in the telecommunications industry.The Bill amended the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775) to provide among others, a regulatory mechanism for clearing house services through the establishment of an Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to address current regulatory, technical and financial challenges related to interconnection in the sector.Ghana’s ICH would be operated by Afriwave Telecoms Ghana and is expected to route both local and international traffic.Operators would still work with the current arrangement until the ICH facility becomes fully operational within the next six months for a complete switch over.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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JULIE COLLIER FA Cup Fourth Round Preview

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Former Egyptian envoy to US to speak on changes in Middle East

first_imgAddThis ShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduNabil Fahmy, the former Egyptian ambassador to the United States, will speak Oct. 18 on “The Winds of Change in the Middle East: Perspectives and Projections” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Who: Egyptian diplomat and educator Nabil Fahmy.What: Lecture titled “The Winds of Change in the Middle East: Perspectives and Projections.”When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Fahmy, who is also the founding dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, also served as the political adviser to Egypt’s foreign minister. He is a career diplomat who has played an active role in the numerous efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. He headed the Egyptian delegation to the Middle East Peace Process Steering Committee in 1993 and the Egyptian delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Regional Security and Arms Control emanating from the Madrid Peace Conference of December 1991.The event is by invitation only but open to members of the news media. It will be webcast at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/the-winds-of-change-in-the-middle-east-perspectives-and-projections.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

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Experts propose cyber war on cancer

first_imgAddThis Share2MEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduExperts propose ‘cyber war’ on cancerResearchers at Rice, Tel Aviv and Johns Hopkins universities aim to break cancer’s codes for social networkingHOUSTON — (Sept. 4, 2012) — In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University are suggesting a new strategy for outsmarting cancer through its own social intelligence.“We need to get beyond the notion that cancer is a random collection of cells running amok,” said Herbert Levine, co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) and co-author of the cover article in this week’s Trends in Microbiology that pulls together dozens of recent discoveries about the social behavior of cancer cells. “These cells lead sophisticated social lives.”In a cover story in this week’s Trends in Microbiology (volume 20, issue 9, pages 403-410), biophysicists and cancer researchers Herbert Levine, Eshel Ben-Jacob and Donald Coffey suggest adopting a strategy of “cyber warfare” to outsmart cancer through its own social intelligence. EDITOR’S NOTE: For a high-resolution image and/or permission to reprint the journal’s cover art, please contact Cell Press at moleary@cell.com.Article co-author Eshel Ben-Jacob, a senior investigator at CTBP, said, “Cancer is a sophisticated enemy. There’s growing evidence that cancer cells use advanced communications to work together to enslave normal cells, create metastases, resist drugs and decoy the body’s immune system.”Ben-Jacob, Levine and Donald Coffey, a noted cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins, suggest in the article that cancer researchers act like modern generals and go after their enemy’s command, control and communication capabilities. The article is in volume 20, issue 9, pages 403-410 of the journal.“It’s time to declare a cyber war on cancer,” said Ben-Jacob, who, along with Coffey, is speaking today at a workshop titled “Failures in Clinical Treatment of Cancer” at Princeton University.Ben-Jacob said cancer cells have been shown to cooperate to elude chemotherapy drugs, much like bacteria that communicate and act as a team to resist attacks from antibiotics. He said some cancers appear to sense when chemotherapy drugs are present and sound an alarm that causes cells throughout a tumor to switch into a dormant state. Similar signals are later used to sound the “all clear” and reawaken cells inside the tumor.“If we can break the communication code, we may be able to prevent the cells from going dormant or to reawaken them for a well-timed chemotherapeutic attack,” Ben-Jacob said. “This is just one example. Our extensive studies of the social lives of bacteria suggest a number of others, including sending signals that trigger the cancer cells to turn upon themselves and kill one another.”The article cites numerous examples of similarities between the behavior of bacterial colonies and cancerous tumors.“The parallels between the communal behaviors of bacteria and cancer cells suggest that bacteria can serve as a valuable model system for studying cancer,” said Coffey, professor of urology, oncology, pathology and pharmacology and molecular sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “We believe this approach could be particularly valuable for investigating intractable problems like metastasis, relapse and multiple drug resistance.”There is mounting scientific evidence that cancer cells lead intricate social lives and that their social behavior often resembles the behavior of social bacteria. For example, this colony of bacteria contains pioneer cells that pave the way for colony expansion in the same way that specialized cancer cells prepare for metastasis. CREDIT: Eshel Ben-Jacob/Tel Aviv UniversityLevine, Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Professor in Bioengineering, and fellow CTBP co-director José Onuchic were recruited to Houston last year, thanks in part to a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) that was designed to spur new thinking about cancer and foster collaborations between CTBP scientists and cancer specialists in the Texas Medical Center.“This opinion article reflects the multidisciplinary strategy of the CTBP — to communicate and work together with researchers across disciplines for solving the biomedical challenges of our time,” said Onuchic, Rice’s Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy and professor of chemistry.Ben-Jacob, the Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems and professor of physics and astronomy at Tel Aviv University, worked previously with Levine and Onuchic on a number of groundbreaking studies about the underlying biophysics of bacterial social behavior. He joined Rice University this summer as senior investigator of the CTBP and adjunct professor of chemistry and cell biology.###A high-resolution image is available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/09/0907_CANCER_color-lg.jpgCAPTION: There is mounting scientific evidence that cancer cells lead intricate social lives and that their social behavior often resembles the behavior of social bacteria. For example, this colony of bacteria contains pioneer cells that pave the way for colony expansion in the same way that specialized cancer cells prepare for metastasis.CREDIT: Eshel Ben-Jacob/Tel Aviv UniversityA copy of the research article is available at:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0966842X12001011last_img read more

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Rice U expert available to comment on presidential elections impact on energy

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. expert available to comment on presidential election’s impact on energy industry  HOUSTON – (Nov. 7, 2016) – Energy was not a prominent point in the presidential debates because it is not a big concern for voters outside the oil- and gas-producing states, according to an expert at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityBill Arnold, professor in the practice of energy management at Rice Business and a former energy industry executive, is available to comment on energy issues at play on the eve of Election Day and the future policy and industry outlook.“High gasoline prices and shortages trigger popular outcry and generate political interest,” Arnold said. “With low-cost natural gas and gasoline — as well as home-heating oil in the Northeast — and no supply problems, energy gets little attention. Energy-producing states get little sympathy from the rest of the country.”Arnold said the United States doesn’t have a comprehensive energy policy. “Instead, we have ad hoc measures, executive orders, regulation and more action at the state and local level — both for fracking and renewables — than in Washington, D.C. This will probably continue.”However, market forces have a bigger impact on energy investment than government policy, Arnold said, and the immediate availability of perhaps $100 billion in capital for the industry from private equity and institutional sources provides the opportunity for recovery for the energy industry hit by low oil prices. “This is in contrast to the 1986 crash in oil prices that lasted almost 20 years,” he said. “Then, regional banks, which financed the industry almost exclusively, failed along with the energy companies.”To schedule an interview with Arnold, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.For more information about and insights from Rice Business faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow Rice Business on Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Arnold bio: http://business.rice.edu/person/william-m-arnold.Jones Graduate School of Business: http://business.rice.edu.last_img read more

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Trumps Charity Admits to Violating IRS SelfDealing Ban

first_imgPresident-elect Donald Trump outside the Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster Township, NJ., on Nov. 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump’s charity admitted in its 2015 tax filing that it violated IRS regulations. Trump’s Charity Admits to Violating IRS Self-Dealing Ban By The Associated Press November 22, 2016 Updated: November 22, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Those regulations prohibit self-dealing by the charity. That’s broadly defined as using its money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.A 2015 tax return posted on the nonprofit monitoring website GuideStar shows the Donald J. Trump Foundation acknowledged that it used money or assets in violation of the regulations not only during 2015, but in prior years.The tax filing doesn’t provide details on the violations. Whether Trump benefited from the foundation’s spending has been the subject of an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office following reports by The Washington Post. The Post first reported the details of the tax filing Tuesday. Share US Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Update More Details Revealed on Paddock Brother Arrest

first_img US News Share Update: More Details Revealed on Paddock Brother Arrest By Jack Phillips October 25, 2017 Updated: October 25, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article A photo of Bruce Paddock was provided by detectives in case there might “be victims of unreported incidents and they are asking for the public’s assistance in locating them,” it added.The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will now investigate the matter further.Bruce was homeless for some time and couldn’t be found, and, according to the LA Times, he was tracked to the North Hollywood building where he was arrested Wednesday.Police said the arrest was not related to the investigation into the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded on the night of Oct. 1. Police stand near the The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 4, 2017 before the windows Stephen Paddock broke for his shooting spree were repaired. A judge has order the hotel to preserve evidence as a civil suit is argued over the hotels alleged negligence. MGM Resorts International has said it will not be renting out the suite. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)“There’s no connection,” Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the LAPD, told the newspaper.In an interview with NBC a day after the shooting, on Oct. 2, Bruce Paddock said that he hadn’t spoken with Stephen for 10 years and had no idea why his brother would shoot hundreds of people.“I don’t know how he could stoop to this low point, hurting someone else. It wasn’t suicide by cop since he killed himself,” he told NBC several weeks ago. “He killed a bunch of people and then killed himself so he didn’t have to face whatever it was.”Bruce Paddock revealed to the station that their father was a longtime bank robber and fugitive who once made the FBI’s most-wanted list.Court records show that Bruce Paddock has a criminal history that goes back to the 1980s, including vandalism, criminal threats, theft, and driving with a suspended license.“I’m not proud of it,” he said of the vandalism case. “But I never went to prison.”He’s been visited twice since the shooting.Bruce Paddock noted that he’s been trying to reconnect with his family, leaving messages for brother Eric and others. “I want to see if we could patch up what we destroyed so many years ago,” he told NBC. He said that he only reached his mother, “and she’s yelling at me all the time not to talk to anyone.”NTD.tv contributed to this report. center_img #LAPD: Detectives have arrested Bruce Paddock for possession of Child Porn. In case there are more victims, call Juvenile Div 562-624-4027. pic.twitter.com/Qf0NJ66Wxg— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 25, 2017 Bruce Paddock and Stephen Paddock (Los Angeles Police Department; US Government) Show Discussion Bruce Paddock, the brother of mass shooter Stephen Paddock, was arrested in North Hollywood on suspicion of possessing child pornography images, authorities said.The Los Angeles Police Department detained 58-year-old Bruce Douglas Paddock on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 25, according to a news release.The Los Angeles Times reported that there were 20 criminal charges against Paddock—all related to possessing hundreds of child pornography images or the sexual exploitation of children.Evidence was discovered in a Sun Valley business where Paddock had been squatting, the LAPD said. The images and other “evidence was discovered” after he was evicted from the building, according to the LAPD news release.last_img read more

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North Korea Admits Its Intimidated by Americas Military BuildUp

first_img North Korea Admits It’s Intimidated by America’s Military Build-Up By Jasper Fakkert November 15, 2017 Updated: November 17, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   North Koreans listen to a television broadcast of a statement by communist dictator Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 22, 2017. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images) US News Sharecenter_img In an unusual twist of events, the North Korean regime admitted concern about President Donald Trump building up the U.S. military.For decades, North Korea has been able to develop its nuclear program without the threat of serious retaliation. The regime has been able to make agreements with American leaders, which it subsequently broke, with little consequence.Since coming to office in January, Trump has taken a different approach to North Korea. He has demanded its complete denuclearization. In addition to seeking a diplomatic solution, he has used economic sanctions and the threat of military force to pressure North Korea to the negotiating table.While North Korea has so far refused to engage in talks over its nuclear weapons program, there are signs that the regime is struggling to cope with the pressure.After threatening to attack the United States and its allies in the region for years, North Korea now appears worried about the prospect of war.In its state-controlled media, the regime in Pyongyang said Trump is creating a “ferocious war monster,” adding, “The Korean peninsula and the Asia-Pacific are teetering on the brink of nuclear war.” The regime in Pyongyang appears to be especially concerned with the United States modernizing and upgrading its nuclear weapons.America’s decades-old nuclear arsenal—the second largest in the world—is in serious need of modernization. Trump has ordered the military to bring the nuclear arsenal back “into tip-top shape.” A deactivated Titan II nuclear ICMB is seen in a silo at the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley, Ariz., on May 12, 2015. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)Clearly, North Korea’s leadership is closely monitoring developments in the United States. Its state media gave a detailed overview of the increases in U.S. military spending.“The nuclear modernization project reportedly includes the replacement of Ohio-class nuclear submarine and Minuteman 3 ballistic missile and the development of latest bomber B-21 for dropping conventional and nuclear bombs and a new type of nuclear cruise missile,” North Korean media reported.A key part of Trump’s strategy is the “peace through strength” doctrine. By building up America’s military, which has been hurt by years of spending cuts, he hopes that adversaries such as North Korea and Iran will think twice before launching an attack. This, in effect, would help prevent military action. President Donald Trump at the White House on Oct. 25, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)“Things that should have been bought over the last ten years, we’re making up for it. We have the finest military equipment in the world and we are now the biggest of all buyers,” Trump said on Sept. 7.The defense department has said the increase in spending is needed to “continue to rebuild warfighting readiness … by fixing the holes created by previous budget cuts.”Related CoverageTrump Opens Door to Peaceful Solution to North Korea ConflictThe proposed defense budget for 2018 includes 70 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at a projected cost of $10.3 billion, two Virginia Class Submarines at a projected cost of $5.5 billion, as well as a CBN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier at the projected cost of $4.6 billion.The United States is also increasing its military spending on missile defense systems in response to the North Korean nuclear threats.Dear reader, please consider sharing this article if you liked it. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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