Mexican business groups slam president’s electricity bill

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican business groups say a proposed new law on electricity supply will hurt investors and force Mexicans to buy more expensive electrical power from older, dirtier government-owned plants. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has proposed undoing much of the work over the last seven years to establish cheaper, more renewable energy, in large part through private generating plants, wind and solar farms. The bill would mandate that the first power to be used would have to be from government plants, many of which burn coal or fuel oil. Privately run natural gas and renewable energy would be the last in line.last_img

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US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.The vaccine will remain in the Strategic National Stockpile but will be available to the WHO for emergency use, according to an HHS news release. Thompson said last week that the United States has more than 400 million doses of smallpox vaccine as a result of a buildup since 2001, when the nation had only about 15 million doses.Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom also have pledged vaccine for the stockpile, according to HHS, but the announcement did not list the amounts.Thompson made his announcement at a Paris meeting with foreign health ministers participating in the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI). Founded after Sep 11, 2001, the group includes the health ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus the European Union health commissioner and the WHO director-general.The United States suggested establishing the WHO Smallpox Vaccine Bank in 2003, at a GHSI meeting, the HHS statement said. The proposal was for a physical stockpile in Geneva and a “virtual global stockpile of pledged vaccine stocks from around the world.”The global stockpile will be used only if at least one case of smallpox is confirmed. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but the United States and Russia maintain stocks of the virus for research purposes, and disease experts fear that samples may have fallen into the hands of terrorists at some point. The former Soviet Union made large quantities of the virus in its biological weapons programs.Thompson said the US pledge to the global stockpile does not compromise the supply of vaccine for Americans. “We have stockpiled more than enough smallpox vaccine for every man, woman, and child in America,” he said. “But in this age of global interconnectedness, we need to take extra steps to be prepared for threats around the world.”See also:Dec 10 HHS news releaselast_img read more

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The perfect place to entertain friends and family all year round

first_img19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom property at 19 Picasso Cres has been the hub of many family gatherings over the years, according to Mrs Hanson.“All the children have had their special birthdays here,” she said.“School parties, and Christmas gatherings are always held here too. Our place is actually referred to as the ‘resort house’.” 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.Mrs Hanson said the fireplace during the winter months was a big hit with the family.“We love sitting around it when it’s cold,” she said.The property is on a double block, on two separate titles, on 2561sq m of land. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.The two-storey home has a tennis court, swimming pool with a built-in spa and multiple indoor and outdoor areas.Mrs Hanson said she would love another young family to come and enjoy the swimming pool and the lovely entertaining facilities.“All the kids have learned how to play tennis here — it’s such a great entertaining house,” she said. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.Christine Hanson and her husband Stephen say they will no doubt miss their Carseldine property of 16 years.Now that their three children have grown up, the couple have decided to downsize. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Hanson said she would miss many things about the home, but said it was the right time to move on.“I’ll definitely miss the northeast aspect of the home — we sit very high on the hill here and get some lovely sea breezes,” she said.“We can see the sunrise from the bedroom and when there’s a full moon we often sit and watch it come up over the horizon.” 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.There is a pool house, a tennis house with a bar and landscaped backyard.She said having teenage children and being so close to public transport and just 30 minutes from the CBD was convenient.last_img read more

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Treaty Talks Critique

first_imgThe Fraser Institute says native treaty talks in B.C. have now cost more than a billion dollars over 15 years. It adds they’ve produced only 8 treaties in various stages of completion in that time.A new institute report concludes the treaty process is deeply flawed and pits Canadians against Canadians. The right-wing think tank also says governments are endorsing positions which discriminate against non-aboriginals, giving First Nations preferential tax treatment.Study author Mark Milke says aboriginal governments should be given the same taxing powers as other municipalities. He also argues treaties should settle all issues and governments need be more open about their negotiating positions.- Advertisement –last_img

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