Biden pick for transportation, Buttigieg, advances in Senate

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced President Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, setting up a final confirmation vote for a key role in Biden’s administration. The Commerce Committee approved the nomination of the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on a 21-3 vote. Buttigieg’s nomination heads to the full Senate, where a vote could happen this week. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. At his hearing last week, Buttigieg received bipartisan praise as he pledged an immediate focus on transportation safety while pointing to a “generational” opportunity to remake how people travel.last_img

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Military Leaders Meet to Discuss New Threats and the Way Ahead

first_imgBy Dialogo July 25, 2012 Good morning. Doubtless the scourge of drug trafficking is a great threat, because of its high capacity of corruption and extreme violence, so such multilateral events are important in order that the affected States to exchange impressions, forms, policies and strategies for combating the threat. Senior military leaders from 11 nations in the Americas are meeting for three days in Bogotá, Colombia, at the 4th Annual South American Defense Chiefs Conference (SOUTHDEC) to discuss the transformation of the armed forces to face new threats, such as cyberwar and energy security. The event is co-hosted by the Colombian Armed Forces and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and provides an executive-level forum for security leaders in the region to meet and discuss their ability to look to the future to and figure out how to adapt to face these threats. General Alejandro Navas Ramos, Commanding General of the Colombian Military opened the event saying, “those discussions are very important to strengthen the resources and measures of each country to combat this international cancer which drugs represent. It is paramount that we exchange strategies to adjust our plans in order to face these and other threats, common to all of our nations.” Throughout the duration of the conference, which extends from July 24-26, security leaders from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Uruguay, and representatives from international heavy-hitting organizations related to security, such as the Inter-American Defense Board and the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies meet face to face to debate how the region’s military can improve their joint capabilities as a whole. “This is my 4th South American Conference as the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, and I always look forward to the opportunity to spend time with all of you because of the insights and capabilities that you provide me,” said General Douglas Fraser, Commander of SOUTHCOM, during his opening remarks. “We face an array of non-traditional security challenges, but there are also emerging opportunities presented by those challenges, which are complex, and they are evolving in their complexity, especially because of the advent globalization, which means small operations can have a much larger impact.” Day three of the conference will include bilateral meetings between conference participants focused on mutually agreed topics and areas of interest, and there’s no word yet of where next year’s SOUTHDEC will take place. last_img

Barcelona turn down opportunity to re-sign Alexis Sanchez on loan from Man Utd

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has endured a miserable time at Manchester United (Getty Images)Barcelona have reportedly rejected the opportunity to sign Alexis Sanchez on loan from Manchester United in the summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.The 30-year-old enjoyed a productive three-year stint with Barcelona between 2011-2014, scoring 47 goals in 141 games for the club as well as winning La Liga and the Copa Del Rey, however, he was allowed to leave to pave the way for Luis Suarez to join from Liverpool.Although Sanchez initially thrived after leaving Barcelona for Arsenal in 2014, he has endured a disastrous spell at Manchester United scoring just five times since his arrival in January 2018, including twice this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat prolonged poor run of form has led to speculation that Sanchez could be allowed to leave when the transfer window re-opens, however, it appears unlikely that he will return to Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona turn down opportunity to re-sign Alexis Sanchez on loan from Man Utd Comment Advertisement Alexis Sanchez spent three seasons with Barcelona prior to joining Arsenal in 2014 (Getty Images)Barcelona have already committed to a big-money signing at the end of the season with highly-rated Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong agreeing to join in a deal worth a reported £65m while they have also been linked with his team-mate Matthijs De Ligt.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are unwilling to take Sanchez on even temporarily in part due to his astronomical wages at United, with the Chilean reportedly earning £500,000 per week.It has been reported elsewhere that Sanchez would be willing to reduce his wage demands in order to have a fresh start somewhere else, although there are few clubs in world football able to offer him the kind of deal he is currently on.Sanchez has suffered an injury-hit campaign and is currently sidelined with a knee injury. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he has featured infrequently with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all ahead of him in the pecking order.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 2:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img

HHI, LR Team Up on 180k Dwt LNG Bulker Design

first_imgSouth Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) are joining forces to design 180,000 dwt class bulk carriers.Under a joint development project (JDP) unveiled at Nor-Shipping 2017, the companies said that these designs will meet the latest market needs by using LNG as a fuel, with an optimum design for short to medium-haul bulk trade and long-haul bulk trade service in line with the Harmonised Common Structural Rules.Since the introduction of the IMO’s NOx and SOx emission limitations, and increased developments in the global supply of gas, there is a continued need for ship designs to evolve to provide further alternatives to traditional oil-fuelled designs. As new building orders in larger size ranges are expected, a 180,000 dwt class bulk carrier was selected for this design development project.“These HHI designs offer the possibility for owners to comply with emissions regulations worldwide while keeping the investment viable and competitive,” David Barrow, LR’s Director of Innovation, Marketing & Sales, said.“We sincerely believe this JDP will bring environmentally-friendly and economical solutions for future bulk carrier designs and be remembered as a milestone in shipbuilding history,” Bong-Jun Jang, HHI’s Senior Executive Vice President, added.last_img

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