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Presidential candidates Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer discussed the future of the nation’s infrastructure at ’Moving America Forward: A Presidential Candidate Forum on Infrastructure, Jobs, and Building a Better America’ on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US on Sunday, February 16. AEM co-hosts first-ever candidate forum focused on infrastructureThe event, hosted by the nonpartisan nonprofit organisation United for Infrastructure and Associated Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), was the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on infrastructure issues.All the leading candidates from both parties were invited to participate in the forum, held just two days before the US primary election on Tuesday, February 18.“AEM was thrilled to co-host today’s historic forum that elevated infrastructure policy to the 2020 presidential stage,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “From rural broadband to interstate highways, American jobs and US economic growth heavily rely on infrastructure investment.“But this infrastructure conversation shouldn’t end here. We are hopeful that congressional leaders were listening tonight and will harness the momentum this forum has generated and bring it back to the Capitol as Congress considers FAST Act reauthorisation and the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. We encourage them to reach across the aisle and work with their colleagues to finally reach consensus on dedicated infrastructure investment.”Candidates were asked how their infrastructure agendas will improve communities, strengthen the economy, create jobs and promote safety and national security.The candidates discussed how infrastructure affects every American’s life: access to jobs, education and health care; withstanding climate change and resilient systems that increasingly face environmental disasters, fires, and drought; how our country can stay globally competitive, and more.A recent poll of voters in key swing states found broad support for infrastructure: 89% of voters agree that infrastructure is a unique opportunity for politicians to set aside partisan debates and actually work together to get something done, and 68% think politicians in Washington devote too little attention to providing clean air and water to the next generation and repairing our roads, bridges, and public transportation system.Just over 90% support bold federal investment over the next decade to rebuild and modernise America’s infrastructure. Support for a national infrastructure plan is consistent across demographic groups, including rural and suburban voters.In recent news, President Donald Trump proposed a US$1 trillion, ten-year infrastructure plan within the fiscal year 2021 budget request. While it remains unclear where the revenue will come from, President Trump called for both political parties to put aside politics and pass a highway infrastructure bill, a sentiment roundly praised by American contractors and equipment dealers.
Stirring words from Admiral as the car insurance giant announced its latest financials. Given all the doom and gloom we hear about the insurance industry in the face of a rapacious compensation culture, it was something of a surprise to hear that group profits were up 13% to £299m in 2011. Chief operating officer David Stevens is looking forward to an even brighter future after the government’s civil litigation reforms kick in. ‘Hopefully,’ said Stevens, ‘the result will be some much-needed reform of an often dysfunctional system to the benefit of customers and ultimately insurers.’ Presumably this dysfunctional system includes the payment (and acceptance) of referral fees. So you’d expect Admiral to be dead against this practice, right? Well, not exactly. A company spokesman said: ‘When an Admiral policyholder has an accident which is not their fault they will contact us. In some cases they will have suffered a bodily injury. Admiral will put them in touch with a third party who can assist them in recovering their loss. We would not do this unless the customer agreed that they wanted this assistance.’ So is the system dysfunctional, or not? How apt that one of Admiral’s subsidiaries is confused.com.
RUSSIA: Students from across Russia, the CIS and Baltic States have been involved in Russian Railways’ large-scale construction programme associated with the Olympic sites in Sochi.Over the summer 1100 students participated in construction of the rail and road route from Adler to the Alpika-Service mountain resort. RZD arranged three seminars on the history of the Olympic movement and its role in preparing Sochi’s transport infrastructure.
The competition closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Thursday 22nd August 2019.Terms & Conditions Credit: Eureka EntertainmentEureka Entertainment to release Vietnamese period drama, The Third Wife, director Ash Mayfair’s exquisite-looking and critically acclaimed first feature, as part of the Montage Pictures range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19th August 2019.A winner of the Spike Lee Production Fund, and inspired by the history of director Ash Mayfair’s family, The Third Wife is a coming-of-age story; a tale of love and self-discovery in a time when women were rarely given a voice.In the late 19th century in rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband. May learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child. This becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant.However, her path is fraught with danger when May starts to develop an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice, to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.Endowed with beautiful natural imagery, The Third Wife is a rare directorial debut that enforces a powerful message about oppression, freedom and choice. Montage Pictures is proud to present The Third Wife in its UK debut on Blu-ray and DVD.The Third Wife, A tale of love and self-discovery in a time when women were rarely given a voice, is released on Monday 19th August on Dual Format, and can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2KK9n5T.To celebrate the release of The Third Wife, we’ve got 3 copies on Dual Format to give away. Enter below for a chance to win… The competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 15.Winners will be selected at random.By entering into the competition all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.Entertainment Focus does not allow collective or proxy entries.Entertainment Focus reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition without notice.Entertainment Focus will not pass your details to any third parties and they will be used solely for communication regarding this competition.Winners will be notified via email or social media and prizes must be claimed within 5 working days.Winners will be selected at random.In the unlikely event the prize style has discontinued a similar model to the same value will be provided.There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.Entertainment Focus’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
“The police investigation is continuing into similar incidents at the Co-op petrol station in Lockerbie and the Co-op in Moffat last month. We believe that these previous incidents are linked to this break-in.”Anyone with any information that can assist the ongoing investigation is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained. Police were called around 0235 hours this morning to the store where a quantity of cigarettes had been stolen. Detectives are continuing enquiries and appealing for information after the Co-op in Glenesk Road, Langholm was broken into on Thursday 21 April 2016. “Enquiries are continuing in the local area and officers are currently gathering and studying CCTV footage in an effort to gather more information on this crime and those responsible. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn “I would urge anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area to come forward to police as a matter of urgency. In particular I would like to trace two men who were seen in the Waverley Road area around 11.30pm on Wednesday evening. They were wearing dark coloured clothing and baseball caps. Detective Inspector Scott Young said today: “Officers are also keen to find out information on two vehicles seen between 11.30pm last night and 3am this morning. One was a light coloured transit-type van and the other was a small white hatchback car.
Suspected al-Shabaab terrorists in yet another attack have damaged telecommunication masts belonging to Safaricom and Orange in Kenya’s north-eastern county of Mandera, the Daily Nation reports.The attack that happened on Monday night was confirmed on Tuesday by Elwak Deputy County Commissioner Peter Karanja. Mr Karanja said a team of security personnel had been deployed to “find out what exactly happened.”Resident Abdi Siadi said: “There was a loud explosion at around 11 pm.”On Monday, gunmen damaged a Safaricom mast at Dabacity, some three kilometres from Kotulo.County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the attack happened at about 1.45am. He added that the attackers overpowered the five Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) deployed to guard the mast.“The five KPRs guarding the installation tried to resist but the weapons of the attackers were superior, forcing them to run to safety,” he said.Locals now fear Al-Shabaab militants could be preparing for a major attack following the damage to the equipment.
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