The tragedy of 5 terrorist attacks in 2017 has sadly reinforced the threat we face from terrorism so it is right that we are increasing funding for counter-terrorism policing both this year and next. In September we announced £24 million of new money this year going to forces across the country to meet the costs relating to the tragic terror attacks. I am also pleased to confirm that the Government has agreed to provide a further £4 million this year to meet the costs arising from the attack at Parsons Green. This move comes in addition to the £24 million of new money for this financial year already announced for the forces across the country that responded to the other attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.The Minister for Policing, Nick Hurd announced the funding as the 2018/19 police funding settlement was debated in Parliament.He said: Separately, in recognition of the unprecedented terrorist threat we currently face, the government announced in December a £50 million increase to counter terrorism policing budget for next year. This brings the budget to £757 million and will help ensure counter-terrorism policing has the resources it needs to respond and keep people safe.The government has already committed to increase spending on counter-terrorism by 30% over five years from £11.7 billion to £15.1 billion and has also provided £144 million over the spending review period for a national uplift in armed policing capability and funding for an additional 1,900 officers at the security and intelligence agencies.It is also reviewing its counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST to ensure that the government is responding to the threat from terrorism both now and in the future.
Last week, the String Cheese Incident returned to the legendary Morrison, Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre for three nights, capping off their highly anticipated seven-night run across their home state of Colorado. Across the group’s time at Red Rocks, the String Cheese Incident welcomed plenty of friends to join them onstage including Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, David Satori of Beats Antique, JJ Grey, Ruby Chase, Bonnie Paine (formerly) of Elephant Revival, and members of The Main Squeeze and Rising Appalachia.However, while the String Cheese Incident’s annual Red Rocks run serves as a jubilant Colorado homecoming for SCI fans, it’s clear the band feels the same way. The band’s roots are firmly planted in little mountain ski towns, such as Telluride and Crested Butte, and the group has made Colorado its home for over a quarter-century. With Red Rocks acting as a home base for the weekend, members of String Cheese Incident celebrate their yearly return to Morrison with families, in addition to their friends.The band highlighted their family in a special way during their female-heavy Red Rocks closer last Sunday. To close the show, Bill Nershi‘s wife, Jillian Nershi, joined String Cheese Incident along with Bonnie Paine and members of Rising Appalachia teaming for a bust-out of widely recorded gospel standard, “I’ll Fly Away”. However, other band family members got their moment to shine as well, with keyboardist Kyle Hollingworth‘s kids coming out and hula-hooping with their dad during set two’s “Round The Wheel”.In a newly posted video, String Cheese Incident shared this heartwarming, kid-friendly moment with their fans. As Hollingsworth noted in a statement about the clip, “Before joining the band, I had no idea how to hula hoop. [Michael] Kang and the gang whipped me into shape right away. It was so much fun to hoop with my daughters at Red Rocks, they were amazing!” Watch the video below:Kyle Hollingsworth Hula-Hoops with His Daughters at Red Rocks[Video: The String Cheese Incident]Next up for The String Cheese Incident is their highly anticipated, three-night headlining stint at the inaugural Waterloo Music Festival in Austin, TX. For a full list of SCI’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.
With their works “Making Democracy Work” and “Democracy in America,” political scientists Robert Putnam and Alexis de Tocqueville respectively laid out theories on the positive relationship between civil society and more efficient, democratic governance within developed nations. In her lecture Tuesday titled “NGOs, Civil Society and Democratic Participation in Kenya,” Indiana University professor Jennifer Brass argued these theories from Putnam and Tocqueville are equally applicable to the world’s less-established nations. Brass said the increase of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kenya has resulted in a bolstering of civil society and a rise in democratic participation in the areas in which these organizations are concentrated. She used the Kenyan definition of an NGO as a “private voluntary grouping of individuals or associations not operated for profit or for other commercial purposes but which have organized themselves nationally or internationally for the benefit of the public at large.” Brass backed up her positive findings with the results of a survey she administered to 501 adults across three districts in Kenya, asking questions about their interactions with NGOs as well as about their recent political behavior. The survey revealed respondents in areas where NGOs visited two or more times were 27 percent more likely to participate in a political protest or demonstration than those without NGO exposure. Brass said this significant effect of NGOs on the likelihood of protesting in Kenya shows established theories about the relationship between NGOs, civil society and democratic participation are valid in the case of developing nations. “It shows NGOs can be considered to be civil society actors … that participatory development does have spillover effects into the political realm,” Brass said. Despite the correlation between NGOs and greater political and democratic participation, Brass said NGOs are mainly concerned with issues of general development and of improving standards of living. “Looking at Kenya, what’s interesting is most NGOs are not doing explicitly political work,” Brass said. Brass said NGOs are steadily gaining more control over areas in Kenya traditionally thought to be the responsibilities of local and national governments. “Looking at core policy services that we think states provide, we have NGOs either by themselves or jointly providing about 10 percent of services in education, 12 percent in healthcare and about 20 percent in security,” Brass said. Brass concluded the lecture by saying that the nearly exponential increase in Kenyan NGOs reflects the broader trend of donors favoring these organizations over governments when it comes to aid provision. Brass said donors view NGOs as more accountable, cost-effective, participatory and in touch with grassroots communities.
By U.S. Embassy in Paraguay July 22, 2020 Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. government made an initial delivery of 50 new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Paraguay to help the country combat COVID-19.The donation is part of a gift from U.S. President Donald Trump of 250 ventilators to support Paraguay in the urgent fight against the pandemic and as a symbol of the solid and enduring friendship between the peoples of the United States and Paraguay.The donation of 50 ventilators to Paraguay was carried out July 14 during an official ceremony. Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, U.S. Ambassador Lee McClenny, and Paraguayan Minister of Public Health Julio Mazzoleni took part in the ceremony.The high-demand, state-of-the-art ventilators are compact and portable, and will give Paraguay greater flexibility in the treatment of coronavirus patients.Along with the ventilators, USAID is funding a personalized package for additional support, including support teams, service plans, and technical assistance. This donation is on top of the $1.3 million that USAID has allocated to support Paraguay in its pandemic response, which helps to strengthen hospital care, disseminate risk awareness, improve lab capabilities and health surveillance, and support disease prevention, among other measures.The U.S. government is a long-standing partner to Paraguay, investing more than $456 million in the last 20 years, including more than $42 million in health care.
WASHINGTON D.C. — PFP Enterprises, LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,146 pounds of raw beef products that were produced and packaged without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The frozen and fresh beef items were produced on March 23-24, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF Only)]5-lb. vacuum-packed frozen packages of “BEEF SKIRT DICED FOR TACOS,” with a case code of 1470 in the upper left-hand corner of the label and a packaging date of 03/24/18.5-lb. vacuum-packed frozen packages of “PRESEASONED BEEF FOR FAJITAS,” with a case code of 36989 in the upper left-hand corner of the label and a packaging date of 03/24/18 and a use-by date of 03/23/19.Varying weights of vacuum-packed packages of fresh “USDA CHOICE ANGUS BEEF, FAJITA SEASONED STEAK, BEEF FLANK STEAK FOR FAJITAS,” a packaging date of 03/23/18 and 03/24/18, a use or freeze-by date of 04/18/18, and an item code of 567248261 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label.Varying weights of vacuum-packed packages of fresh “USDA CHOICE ANGUS, FAJITA SEASONED STRIPS, BEEF FLANK STRIPS FOR FAJITAS,” a packaging date of 03/24/18, and a use or freeze-by date of 04/18/18, and an item code of 567248253 in the upper left-hand corner of the case label.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional and retail locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.The problem was discovered on March 30, 2018 when inspection personnel reviewed establishment records and determined that the establishment operated on March 24, 2018 without inspection.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Shane Fresh, vice president of quality assurance for Patterson Foods, at (817) 546-3561. Members of the media may contact Michael Schirato, chief executive officer for Patterson Foods, at (817) 546-3561.