Rabat – Morocco has a very important value added and an extremely competitive offer in terms of human resources in the sector of aeronautics, said Bob Noble, vice president of Boeing’s Partnering for Success program.The Moroccan offer in this area is competitive at the quantity and quality levels in addition to the cost, he said, underlining the important support by the government and the private sector in training talents, Noble told on Thursday “l’Economiste”.He added that Morocco “contributes greatly to the reduction of our production costs, and the stabilization of our supply chain.” He went on saying that the extension program of the industrial site “MidParc” is making headway with the aim of exceeding 1,000 jobs this year.With MAP
With the participation of world leaders gathered in New York for the 68th General Assembly, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched the Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria, which calls for greater coordinated action among different development sectors to tackle the disease, which exacts its deadliest toll in sub-Saharan Africa. The Framework identifies actions to address the social and environmental determinants of malaria, and calls for current malaria strategies to be complemented by a broader development approach, according to a UNDP news release.“Malaria is a disease associated with lack of socio-economic development, poverty, marginalization and exploitation. Each of these dimensions has roots beyond the health sector – so a multi-sectoral response is essential if we are to free the world from the burden of malaria,” said Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator.According to UNDP, stronger global health partnerships and greater funding in recent years have already resulted in unprecedented progress, with a 25 per cent decrease in global malaria deaths. Forty-three countries have seen malaria cases decrease by more than 50 per cent. Factors that increase vulnerability to malaria infection, however, often lie outside the health sector, involving housing, education, urban planning, agriculture, transportation and other areas, UNDP said.For that reason, the RBM coalition and UNDP conducted consultations among more than 70 experts from a variety of sectors to develop an operational roadmap for identifying key steps, expected outcomes, and capacities needed to integrate malaria control into broader development processes.“The Multisectoral Action Framework for Malaria will guide the global response to malaria in coming years as we develop the next phase of the Global Malaria Action Plan as well as the post-2015 agenda,” said Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.Targeted by the current development framework, the Millennium Development Goals and identified by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a top priority under his second mandate, malaria affects all aspects of development, costing Africa alone some $12 billion in lost productivity each year, according to UNDP.
Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of MCTAlmost four years ago, I sat in the passenger’s seat of my mother’s SUV, my mouth stuffed with red-stained tissues and napkins, sore from the early morning removal of my wisdom teeth.As my mom sped along the highway with my exhausted sister in the backseat (she had just been through an exciting week at a tennis camp at the University of Florida), I sat in that front seat, staring at the dark, star-speckled Florida sky, wondering what I did to deserve this punishment.An hour earlier, LeBron James had uttered those infamous words that will forever live in NBA lore, spurning Cleveland, the city that I loved and opting to play, instead, about an hour away from where I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Four years later, I remember that entire day perfectly. I remember as I entered my house, with the five hour drive home from Gainesville behind me, I stormed into my closet and snatched every James jersey I had, looking to torch each of them slowly. Unfortunately, in my mind, the numerous pairs of LeBron sneakers I had worn for the past seven years would suffer the same fate.Those sneakers and jerseys remain in that same closet to this very day, as my mom was able quell my raging anger, but nevertheless, in one fell swoop, the King went from my hero to my personal villain.He came to South Florida specifically because I wronged him in one way or another, or at least that’s how my immature mind thought of the situation.As I matured and time passed, my LeBron-loathing lightened to a mild distaste and it became less and less about the move and more and more about the execution of the move.I came to admire again, as I had for the seven years James spent in Cleveland, his dominance and his reckless abandon for anyone who dared stand in his way between those painted lines.He was no longer my favorite player – I may never have one again – but he was no longer the object of my youthful vitriol. In fact, following his second title and a couple of forgettable Cavaliers campaigns, I began to realize what so many in Cleveland had feared: the Cavs needed the one who trashed them on national television to become relevant once again.On June 15, 2014, it seemed as if, all of the sudden, my sentiments regarding James were mirrored by the entirety of Northeast Ohio.As James and the Heat left the floor deflated following just their second NBA Finals loss in four seasons, this dream sequence I’d conjured over the years seemed to suddenly turn tangible.Be it the pictures of LeBron in the wine and gold, standing amidst Kyrie Irving and potential top draft pick Joel Embiid, or the way in which the Heat fell to the most underrated team in the history of basketball, it seemed as if James had already packed his bag, bought a plane ticket and was headed back home.Everything, and I mean everything, has set up perfectly for him to come back to the Cavs, some of it due to chance, some of it planned all along.On the Cleveland front, it’s been no secret that the Cavaliers have been scheming for the past four years, making every move in their power to lure King James back to his throne.It’s certainly no mistake that the Cavs have put together a young, talented roster without ever filling the small forward hole in their starting lineup.It’s not an accident that the Cavs, on the brink of the biggest summer in their existence, have hired an up-and-coming general manager and have yet to hire a head coach, perhaps in an effort to let James help them on that front as well.It’s not a coincidence that the Cavs have an unbelievable amount of cap space going into free agency – cap space that they haven’t used much of over the past couple of seasons.The Cavs have done their part pretty well, aside from their lack of playoff appearances, to bring James back, but there are certainly other factors that are all pointing in the Lebron-to-Cleveland direction.Those factors start with the perfectly timed demolition of James’ current outfit, the Miami Heat.The Heat’s problems right now are plenty.Dwyane Wade looks to be a slightly better, slightly more creaky version of Mo Williams.Chris Bosh is a victim of his own inability to command any respect.Ray Allen, Greg Oden, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen could all very well ride off into the sunset of retirement.Erik Spoelstra looked completely lost for the first time in his NBA career, or was it that the lack of production from Wade and Bosh finally shed light on his shoddy coaching ability?So, thus far, the Cavs have set up everything perfectly for No. 6 and the Heat crumbled at exactly the right moment.With the Heat’s run all but done, there seems to be one last factor in the formula for James’ return: a lack of other possible destinations.If his time in South Beach has come and gone, where else, outside of Cleveland, could he go?The Los Angeles Clippers looked to be the best place for James until the team’s owner Donald Sterling cost them that chance, so I now see only one option.The New York Knicks could be the place for the King. An Eastern Conference team in a huge market with a new President, a new coach and a ton of talent. Yet, the cap room could become an issue. Carmelo Anthony, presuming he sticks around, would have to take a massive pay cut, as would players like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire, to name a few.The Knicks could be interesting, but again, no place sets up more perfectly for james than Cleveland.Which is why he won’t return.Something will come out of the blue – something I, or anyone else, have yet to even consider – and LeBron will turn it into reality, unintentionally letting Cleveland down once again.Pat Riley will move some pieces around to strengthen the Heat’s struggling roster, the Boston Celtics will add Kevin Love, Jay-Z will somehow sell Brooklyn to James, something will ultimately happen that will send him to his third NBA city.As it often does, once again, Cleveland will be left to sit in its own misery and the Cavs, despite their numerous top draft picks and overall talent, will be more effective in Seattle, as the newest version of the SuperSonics.While all of this is nothing more than a series of situations playing out in my mind, this summer is setting up to be yet another fascinating one for the fans of Northeast Ohio.With Johnny Football already in tow and Lonnie Baseball hitting his way into the hearts of Indians fans everywhere, a return of Bronny Basketball could turn Cleveland into the most lucrative sports city in America.And for some reason – that same reason I tried to put my finger on as I sat heartbroken and gazing at those stars out of the window of my mom’s SUV on July 8, 2010 – it just won’t happen.
In February, the Duchess and friends including Amal Clooney, Gayle King and Abigail Spencer were photographed walking the red carpet outside the hotel and visiting socialite hotspots in the city, with shower treats including a candy floss machine, Kanye West’s favourite harpist and flower arranging lessons. Daniel Martin, make-up artist and friend, shared photographs of baby-themed iced biscuits on Instagram, later breaking down in tears on a documentary at the notion the party had become “a thing”. “All of us here just wanted her home and to celebrate her new baby,” he said. The Duchess has attended Wimbledon several times previously, photographed with the Duchess of Cambridge in the Royal Box last year to watch Williams lost the women’s final. Her appearance, while on maternity leave, follows an outing to the baseball at the weekend, and another more formal appointment to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at Trooping the Colour. Wearing sunglasses and an ivory striped jacket with mid-length sleeves over a black top, with blue jeans, she carried a white hat she wore to the tournament in 2016. The Duchess’ visit to the All England Club comes after her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, made her own trip to SW19 on Tuesday. Ms Hillis has been credited as a mastermind behind the Duchess’ New York baby shower in September, joining forces with Williams to co-host the “private, intimate” party at lavish celebrity favourite hotel The Mark. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA The trio were surrounded largely by empty seats, with protection officers and members of palace staff nearby for Williams’ second round match against Slovenian Kaja Juvan. The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon yesterday, joined by two old university friends in a public outing immediately interpreted as a clue to her son’s potential godparents.The Duchess, who has been enjoying her maternity leave with an array of unannounced appearances, turned up on Court One to support player Serena Williams in July 4th outing celebrating her American roots. Wearing a pendant with the letter A for Archie, the Duchess was joined by Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis, friends from her time at Northwestern University.The pair are expected to be guests at the wholly “private” Windsor Castle christening of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on Saturday, inspiring speculation that one may be named as a godmother. The Duke and Duchess this week confirmed that they will not permit Buckingham Palace to release the names of Archie’s godparents.A royal source said that the couple wished to protect the cherished privacy of their chosen friends, all of whom were genuine friends rather than celebrities or public figures. Yesterday, Ms Hillis and Ms Roth – who attended the Royal wedding last year under her married name of Lindsay Jordan – took their seats on either side of the Duchess in front of the world’s media for the afternoon match. Ms Williams, Ms Hillis and Ms Roth have all now been named by excited admirers as potential godmothers, although it is unclear whether all would be eligible to take responsibility for Archie’s spiritual guidance in the Church of England. Williams, who has previously spoken about being a Jehovah’s Witness, said she would not in fact be attending the event, because she will be “working”, while Ms Roth is reported to be Jewish, having had a part Jewish wedding in New York in 2016. The seven-time Wimbledon champion said later she had known the Duchess would be in the crowd and that it was great to have her support.“It’s always exciting when she comes out to watch and support the tennis,” she said. “So I was happy.”She revealed she would not be going to the christening because she’s “working on Saturday,” adding: “Yeah, so she understands work.”Asked whether she hoped to teach Archie tennis one day, she laughed and said she was busy enough working on her daughter Olympia’s game.“Maybe she can give tips to him,” she said. “She’ll be his older sister, like.” Then, Kate took a behind the scenes tour at the Championships and made what is believed to be the modern Royal Family’s first appearance at an outer court to watch British player Harriet Dart.In a statement issued this week, Buckingham Palace confirmed the names of Archie’s godparents will not be released in the same manner as those of most members of the Royal Family including the Cambridge children. Asked whether they would eventually become part of the public record anyway, a spokesman for the Church of England said last night: “Under the Parochial Registers and Records Measure 1978 all baptisms must be registered and the record made is normally publicly available for searches and for the making of certified copies of entries. “However the register to be used in this case is held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown and we understand that it has never complied with the usual requirement.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
GARDAÍ IN KILDARE have seized drugs with an estimated value of around €117,000 as part of an operation targeting drug dealing in Kildare.Detectives and members of the Organised Crime Unit discovered cannabis with an estimated street value of €34,000 after stopping and searching a car in Naas yesterday afternoon.Two men were arrested at the scene.In a follow-up operation, Gardaí searched an apartment and found cocaine, cannabis herb and cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €83,000. Some cash and drug paraphernalia was also recovered.One of the men remains in custody in Naas Garda Station this afternoon. The second man was released without charge this morning and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Gardaí say investigations are continuing into the seizures.
Clinical neuropsychologist Matthew Staios is well known for his tireless spirit and efforts to hold on to his Greek Australian identity.A little over a year ago he rode his bicycle for days raising funds for dementia awareness and last Saturday he and his cousin Anna Timou held a pop-up fundraiser at On the Mend shoe store in Fitzroy to support the Greek wildfire victims.The two closed the shop at 2.00pm and reopened it at 2.30pm as a pop-up cafe, serving Greek coffee until 5.00pm to raise funds for the Hellenic Red Cross foundation.Matt Staios, pictured top left next to Greek Community President, Bill Papastergiadis, and (L-R) federal MP Maria Vamvakinou, Anna Timou and Former Mayor for the City of Yarra, Phillip Vlahogiannis.Many locals and Melbourne Greeks attended the event, including leading community members like Maria Vamvakinou MP and President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis.“Our little fundraiser on Saturday went really well, we raised $1,250 which is awesome for a local event; about 50 people came by,” Staios told Neos Kosmos. “It was fun, quite the Fitzroy hipster vibe; us with the briki and the little gas-burners.“Quite a few saw the event pop-up on Facebook and wanted to support the cause, not necessarily Greek. One of my friends is Scottish and her mum sent money from home. It’s little things like that that make a difference,” he added.Having offered so much to his community, it was only a matter of time until his efforts were recognised.Fronditha Care has awarded him the inaugural Anna Matthews OAM Scholarship to advance his research into dementia diagnostic tests for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians.The $10,000 scholarship will help Staios create and adapt a range of tests to detect dementia and avoid misdiagnosis in CALD communities. This boost will enable him to purchase test materials, employ a research assistant and attend conferences and intensive training in Greece.Currently completing his research at Monash University, Staios is creating and adapting a range of tests to detect dementia in CALD Australians.He says measures and tests currently in use are likely to result in misdiagnosis, and has seen this first hand with the elderly Greek community.“Greek Australian elderly have difficulties answering the questions in the diagnostic tests because of their language and cultural barriers,” he continued.“That’s why it’s so important to create qualitative tests that are adaptable to more cultures and languages, so we don’t run the risk of people being misdiagnosed with dementia and not be given the right treatment options.(L-R) Mathew Staios and Soula Cargakis (Anna Matthews’ daughter with Zoe Angeli and George Lekakis AO.“After banging on so many doors the last few years to highlight the misdiagnosis issue – not just in the Greek community but other communities – Mr Lekakis at Fronditha saw the real value in my research and the importance of continuing to look into this under-resourced area,” Staios said.Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis AO hopes to see dementia patients’ wellbeing and treatment plans improve thanks to Staios’ research.“Dementia is an incurable disease and is life-changing for the patient and their loved ones,” Mr Lekakis said. “Treatment options are limited and earlier diagnosis or more tailored diagnostic tools will help immensely.”The Anna Matthews OAM Scholarship was introduced to encourage and assist research that contributes to the wellbeing and care of ageing adults from a CALD background.The scholarship also honours the memory of the late Anna Matthews OAM, a Greek migrant and Fronditha Care pioneer who was instrumental in campaigning for specialised aged care in Australia.“I had the opportunity to meet Ms Cargakis, Anna Matthews’ daughter, who supplied the funds for the scholarship. She took me through her mother’s Alzheimers struggles and how the language barrier affected the testing process,” Mr Staios explained.“Her work was to make sure ageing multicultural citizens were able to be understood and enjoy culturally and linguistically appropriate care, which is more than perfectly aligned with my cause. It takes time for momentum to build up but we need to stay connected and keep pushing through for each other.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A La Center man injured in a three-vehicle crash Monday evening has been released from the hospital. Bobby R. Scheradella, 42, was driving north on Interstate 205 Monday evening when he crashed his car into the rear of a pickup, which then crashed into an SUV, according to the Washington State Patrol.Scheradella was the only one injured in the crash, and he was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where he was treated and released, hospital staff reported Tuesday. The State Patrol said Scheradella was not wearing a seat belt, and he was cited for following too closely.
Supermarket chain Lidl will increase the wages of more than 17,000 of its employees from 1 March next year, in line with the new rates for the voluntary living wage, announced this week.Entry-level pay for Lidl staff will increase from £8.75 to £9.00 per hour outside of London, and from £10.20 to £10.55 within the M25.Voluntary living wage rates exceed the government’s national living wage, which is the statutory minimum paid to employees aged 25 and over, currently set at £7.83 an hour and due to increase to £8.21 from April 2019, in line with the 2018 budget.This is the fourth year Lidl has increased the wages of its hourly-paid employees to match the rates set by the foundation, representing a pay rise of nearly 25% for workers outside of London and 30% for those within the M25 since 2015.Christian Hartnagel, chief executive of Lidl UK, said: “Lidl is an incredibly exciting business to be a part of right now, with sales continuing to climb and new stores opening every week. Our employees are among the most talented and hardworking in the industry and we are committed to supporting them both inside and outside of the workplace.”The organisation added 2,500 employees to its workforce in 2017, and is actively recruiting for hundreds of roles across the country as it is set to open more than 50 new stores in the coming year, along with five new regional distribution centres by 2025.Hartnagel said: “With our newest warehouse opening this week in Avonmouth and a further five set to open in the coming years, along with our pipeline of new stores, we look forward to welcoming more people into the Lidl team.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, March 20, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash with airbag deployment took place in front of McDonald’s. Child was in one of the vehicles. No injuries. Both vehicles towed. (7:20am)Police received report of a homeless camp underneath the Richmond Street bridge. Police confirmed small camp in the Middlesex Canal culvert. DPW notified to clean area. (11:43am)A Hopkins Street caller reported a Social Security scam phone call. (12:41pm)A walk-in party reported malicious damage to their vehicle on Ring Avenue. (12:58pm)Teacher at North Intermediate School requested patrol call after non-students continued to play football in the parking lot around staff vehicles despite several staff members asking them not to. Police moved to the kids to the field. (3:22pm)MBTA transit police called about a male party walking down the tracks from Andover spotted by the State Police Airwing. Police unable to locate on their tracks. (5:39pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 28: Graffiti At Town Park; Delivery Driver Falsely Accused Of Theft; Road RageIn “Police Log”
Post a comment 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover More From Roadshow 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK Tags 0 Share your voice It’s not unusual for a car to have a half-dozen or more airbags these days, everywhere from side-pillars to seatbelts. With little room left for more inside the cabin, ZF is working on a concept for an airbag that goes outside the car to protect against one of the most dangerous types of crashes: side impacts. A side-impact collision, where a car is either struck by another from the side or slides sideways into an object, poses great threats to the car’s occupants because the crumple zones are so small compared to the front or the rear. Side-curtain airbags inside the cabin help to protect occupants after the collision, but ZF’s concept airbags would actually deploy before the crash and create a crucial buffer. According to ZF, the system uses cameras, radar and lidar to identify an unavoidable crash, all the sorts of systems commonly found on autonomous vehicles. Once detected, the system triggers in just 150 milliseconds, inflating a large bag from beneath the car that stretches between the A and C pillars. The result, ZF says, is a significant reduction in the amount of force transferred to the occupants, potentially reducing injury or even, in the case of a small fender-bender, preventing damage to the car. No word on when we might see these deployed on the road, but with more and more production cars including advanced sensing systems like those required here, it may be only a few years off. 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs Auto Tech
Today is National FASD Awareness day. FASD, or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is a type of developmental disability caused by being prenatally exposed to alcohol. Alaska and some of its schools are at the forefront of understanding and preventing it.Download Audio
Interior Alaska residents have easier access to a federal program that expedites international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has opened a Global Entry Enrollment Office at Fairbanks International Airport. CBP Assistant area port director Jerry McGee said the program smooths and speeds entry into the US.Listen Now“We can drive across, you’ll have an expedited lane to utilize for enrollees,” McGee said. “If you travel internationally via airplane, you will have a specific kiosk for expedited processing as well, so this helps expedite legitimate trawlers to and from the United States.”The new Fairbanks application office is the second in the state. Anchorage also has a Global Entry program facility. McGee said the office provides a place to interview and submit enrollment applications.“It’s a process where they file some basic information,” McGee said. “They will set up an interview. They will go and meet with a Customs and Border Protection officer to finalize the enrollment and then they will be ultimately mailed a card that will fit in their wallets.”]McGee said enrollment in the Global Entry program, which costs $100 and lasts for 5 years, also includes TSA Precheck privileges for expedited movement through security at domestic airports.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on 24 April that talks with his eurozone peers had improved over the past few weeks.There was a clear indication that the process of negotiation has converged substantially over the past few weeks, Varoufakis said following a meeting of euro group finance ministers in Riga.Varoufakis criticised some plans put forward, such as a foreclosures law demanded by creditors and cuts to secondary pensions.Issues that concern are for instance the demand of the part of some – if not all of the institutions – that pensions, especially secondary pensions be cut forthwith, a demand that the Greek government is steadfastly opposing on the ground that it is not consistent with the requirements for stabilising the Greek social economy in the short run or in the medium run, Varoufakis said.Varoufakis also blamed the slow progress of negotiations on the unrealistic demands of his eurozone counterparts, especially with regards to budget surpluses.This government does not want to do what previous governments did, which is to sign on pledges regarding the primary surplus that were simply, from a macro-economic perspective, impossible to achieve. This is why these negotiations are dragging, Varoufakis told reporters.The comments came after he had said in his blog that he had agreed to reforms demanded by international lenders in return for new funding before Athens runs out of money.Eurozone finance ministers met in the Latvian capital to assess progress on a reform-for-cash package to ward off a Greek default.The Greek government wants a broad political deal with other eurozone leaders, leaving officials to fill in the details. But partly due to a lack of trust, the eurozone, led by Germany, insists technicians must draft a detailed, comprehensive agreement and only then will governments sign off on it. Close
US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stepped off Marine One and make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on 2 June. Photo: AFPBritain will roll out the red carpet for US president Donald Trump on Monday as he arrives in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.Queen Elizabeth II will welcome Trump and his wife Melania to Buckingham Palace, where they will be treated to a guard of honour, a private lunch and later, a glittering state banquet.But beneath the pomp and ceremony, Britain is in turmoil with prime minister Theresa May due to step down within weeks over her handling of her country’s exit from the European Union.True to form, Trump ripped up the diplomatic rule book before he even touched down by saying former foreign minister Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” choice to succeed May.He also recommended May’s successor walk away from talks with Brussels, refuse to pay Britain’s agreed divorce bill and leave the EU with no deal.The much vaunted UK-US “special relationship” was already under strain over different approaches to Iran, China and the Paris climate change accord.Opposition politicians are boycotting the banquet over what London’s mayor Sadiq Khan called Trump’s “divisive behaviour” and large protests are expected across the capital.But May and Trump are expected to emphasise the wider benefits of the old alliance when they hold talks at Downing Street on Tuesday.On Wednesday, they will join other world leaders in the English port of Portsmouth to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings, which changed the course of World War II.”Our relationship has underpinned our countries’ security and prosperity for many years, and will continue to do so for generations to come,” May said ahead of the visit.No-deal BrexitMay announced her resignation last month after failing to get her Brexit deal through parliament and twice delaying Britain’s EU departure.She will formally quit as her Conservative party’s leader on Friday, but will stay on while they find someone to replace her.Three years after the referendum vote for Brexit, Britain remains divided and anxious about its place in the world.Trump recommended the new government “walk away” from talks with the EU if it cannot get a good deal, and refuse to pay the £39 billion (45 billion euros, $50 billion) divorce bill May agreed.In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, he emphasised that there was “tremendous potential” for Britain to trade with his country after Brexit.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist, denounced the president’s “entirely unacceptable interference in our democracy”.He earlier condemned putting on a show for a world leader who “rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric”.Strained special relationshipTrump’s first official visit to Britain last year was overshadowed by criticism of May’s approach to Brexit, as well as large demonstrations.Protesters are planning another big turnout this week and are hoping to once again fly their inflatable balloon showing Trump as a baby over the streets of London.But the president’s itinerary, which also includes a tea with heir to the throne Prince Charles, will keep him away from the public.He is not due to meet prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle, who has previously been highly critical of Trump.Asked about Markle’s comments in his weekend interviews, Trump said: “What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”May was the first foreign leader welcomed to the White House after Trump’s election victory in November 2016, but their relationship has not always been rosy.They have clashed in the past over his migration policies, while Britain still backs the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, both of which Trump has abandoned.Washington has also been putting pressure on Britain to exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network over security concerns, suggesting it might harm intelligence sharing.
Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraAt a press conference at the Texas Capitol, state Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, addresses the decision taken by the Trump Administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.Funding for schools, roads and housing. Political clout in Congress. The state’s ability to prepare for natural disasters.That’s what experts and activists warn is at risk now that the Trump administration has announced that it will add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire — a move that opponents say will likely depress response rates among Texas immigrants and their families and lead to an undercount in the once-in-a-decade count of every person living in the United States.That warning was issued by state lawmakers, lawyers and immigrants that gathered at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday to urge state and federal leaders to push back on the inclusion of the citizenship question. Action is needed, they said, to avoid jeopardizing the state’s projected gain of three congressional seats and billions in federal funding for local communities.“Getting a full and accurate count shouldn’t be a Democratic issue and it shouldn’t be a Republican issue,” said state Rep. César Blanco, an El Paso Democrat who chairs the Texas House Border Caucus. “This is a Texas issue.”But as high as the stakes may be, the issue has still become a political fault line in Texas. The state’s Republican leadership has stayed silent or cheered the decision, even as local leaders who represent Democratic-leaning communities sound the alarm. “A question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement Tuesday, revealing that he was among those who requested that the 2020 questionnaire ask about citizenship status.Without a doubt, a census undercount in Texas has the potential to negatively affect the entire state in many ways, regardless of the state’s political majority. Immigration to Texas has been behind a fifth of the state’s growth since 2010, according to census estimates. And Hispanics — who make up a large share of the state’s immigrant population — have been behind half of the growth overall.But the immigrants most at risk of being missed in the count tend to live in greater numbers on the border and in urban areas that are more likely to be represented by Democrats.Opponents of asking about citizenship say this issue goes beyond politics. At the Capitol press conference on Wednesday, they pointed to the more than $40 billion the state receives each year through federal funding formulas that are based on the census. About $3.8 billion of that was earmarked for highway planning and construction, for example.Those opponents asked Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, both Republicans, to join lawsuits filed by other states challenging the use of the citizenship question.Those calls are likely to be non-starters.Abbott’s office has not responded to a question about his position on the citizenship question, but representatives for Paxton have already made clear that the state’s top lawyer supports including a citizenship question.Citing the need for the “essential information,” the AG’s office laid out Paxton’s stance in a February letter to U.S. Census Bureau officials, in which they argued that “a few misguided individuals” were looking to “politicize an apolitical issue by creating a sense of fear and distrust without any supporting evidence.”But local officials, demographers and advocates from across the state agree that the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 questionnaire will be deeply detrimental to an accurate count in Texas because immigrants make up such a large portion of the state’s population.Texas is home to almost 5 million immigrants — the majority of whom are not U.S. citizens. And more than 1 million Texans who are U.S. citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented. Given the current political climate, the question could significantly discourage responses from immigrants — even those authorized to be in the country — and their families, experts and advocates said.“What the Trump administration is doing is sending chills down the spine of every immigrant in Texas and in the country,” Jessica Azua of the Texas Organizing Project said on Wednesday at the Capitol.The Census Bureau has not asked all households about citizenship since the 1950 census, though it does ask about citizenship as part of annual surveys that only cover a sample of U.S. residents.But the inclusion of a citizenship question coupled with the current anti-immigrant rhetoric would go far in “putting funding for critical programs and our children in danger,” said state Rep. Mary González, a Democrat from Clint. She was backed up by representatives from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials — two organizations that work on census outreach efforts in Texas ahead of the national headcount — who qualified the addition of the citizenship question as an attack on Latinos who stand to be significantly undercounted.Even former directors of the Census Bureau have raised concerns about the potential fallout.“Everyone who has had anything to do with the census thinks that’s a mistake,” Steve Murdock, who served as Census Bureau director under former President George W. Bush, told the Tribune in previous interview.The gap in concern between state Republican leaders and local elected officials is perhaps best reflected in Houston, which is home to almost 700,000 immigrants.While Cruz was asking Census Bureau officials to include the citizenship question because it is “imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable,” local officials in the senator’s hometown were fighting the idea. “We are so, so diverse, so I think that question is ill-advised,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a city council meeting Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s in the best interest of this city and this state.”Notably, he nodded at the political reality that any legal relief concerns about losing representation in Congress and federal resources will fall on legal challenges out of other states: “I hope that challenge is successful.”Brandon Formby contributed to this report.
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