Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Portugal’s Ines Henriques celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women’s 50-kilometer race walk during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)LONDON — The first women’s 50-kilometer walk at the world championships produced a world record.Ines Henriques of Portugal bettered her own mark on Sunday by finishing in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds on the two-kilometer loop in central London.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Football, Netball, Water polo bets open PH bid Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES The Frenchman’s time was the second fastest in history. Diniz set the world record of 3:32:33 in 2014.“A lot of training has gone into this – cycling, swimming – everything for this 50 (kilometer) walk,” Diniz said. “Last night I kept away from watching the TV because I did not want to get too excited. I went to bed at 9 because I knew it was going to be my day today.”Hirooki Arai was second in 3:41:17, two seconds ahead of Japanese teammate Kai Kobayashi in third.The 20-kilometer walks were also held Sunday. Yang Jiayu of China won the women’s event in a personal best time of 1:26:18. She beat Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico by only 1 second.Antonella Palmisano of Italy was third in 1:26:36.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lyu Xiuzhi had been in line for bronze, but the Chinese walker was disqualified with about 50 meters to go.“In the last 100 (meters) I was in a hurry,” Lyu said. “I forgot that I already had a medal.”The men’s 20K was also close. Eider Arevalo beat 18-year-old Sergei Shirobokov of Russia by two seconds to win gold.The Colombian finished in 1:18:53. Caio Bonfim of Brazil was third in 1:19:04.Action will return to the Olympic Stadium later in the evening on the final day of the championships, and the United States is expected to add more to its medal haul in the 4×400-meter relays.American great Allyson Felix is favored to win a 16th world championship medal.Other finals are in the women’s 800, 5,000 and discus, and the men’s high jump and 1,500.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The last 5 (kilometers) were really tough,” said Henriques, whose previous world record was 4:08:26. “My goal was to go under 4 hours and 6 minutes.”Yin Hang was second in 4:08:58, followed by Chinese teammate Yang Shuqing in 4:20:49.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnly seven women started the race, which was being run at the worlds for the first time, and only four finished.In the men’s 50K, Yohann Diniz of France won in 3:33:12. At 39, Diniz is the oldest man to win a gold medal at the world championships. MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
The Oscar envelopes and announcement cards that contain names of winners of the most coveted honour in movie industry are getting a facelift.Breaking away from a 70-year routine, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will this year use a glamourous gold envelope at the 83rd Academy Awards instead of the plain, white paper envelope, the kind available at any office supply store.”The envelopes are such an integral part of the Academy Awards, yet there has never been a dramatic, specially designed envelope and card to announce the Oscar recipients,” telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said in a statement.The new custom-designed, handcrafted keepsake envelopes and announcement cards have been made by Los Angeles-based custom stationer Marc Friedland. The envelopes are made of “iridescent” gold paper watermarked with little images of Oscar. It is lined with shiny red paper embossed with gold Oscars.The winner’s name appears on a heavy piece of lacquered red paper inside, with the category listed on front and back. The envelope will be sealed with a shiny red sticker adorned with two strips of red ribbon.”The Art Deco-inspired satin gold envelope will contain a heavyweight ecru card featuring gold foil accents and a gold leaf-embossed Oscar statuette along with the phrase – ‘And the Oscar goes to…’,” the statement said.The winner’s name on the announcement card would be printed in charcoal ink and mounted onto a matching, red lacquer hand-wrapped frame. The back of the card will be printed with the award category.advertisementTill now, the envelopes were printed on heavy cream-coloured stock, with plain block letters sporting the name of the category and, inside, the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to’ and the winner’s name and film.The Academy has been using sealed envelopes for the last 70 years after a winner’s name had leaked out early once.Friedland, whose company Marc Friedland Couture Communications has designed high-end invitations for the past 25 years, said in spite of the Oscar envelope being the most “iconic” and “symbolic” envelope in the world, “it was funny that it was the most non-descript, office supply store bought” till now.”At the end of the day, the event is a celebration of an amazing accomplishment. We wanted to bring back the elegance and glamour. The design concept was to be timeless, regal and rich and luxe… the envelope serves as an iconic symbol of that moment,” Friedland added.Friedland got the envelope assignment two weeks ago.He took design cues from the look of this year’s Oscar set. He will prepare cards bearing the names of each of this year’s nominees. After the ballots are tabulated, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers will prepare two complete sets of correct envelopes, and destroy the remaining cards.This year, the Academy is also returning to the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to…’ after a one-year experiment with ‘And the winner is…’ to announce who wins the award.
2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicsdrawhockey First Published: November 25, 2019, 7:17 PM IST Bengaluru: India’s performance against top sides like Australia and Argentina in the upcoming Pro League will help the team assess its preparation ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, feels captain Manpreet Singh.The Indian team is scheduled to compete at the five-month-long FIH Pro League starting January 18, featuring eight other top sides. “Finishing top two in the (Olympic) Pool is the first goal for the team. We play Australia and Argentina in the Pro League next year. How we do against these top teams will determine the level we are at ahead of the Olympics and what we need to improve in the lead up,” Manpreet said.The Indian men’s team, who beat Russia to qualify for the Olympics, has been clubbed alongside, world number one side Australia, defending champions Argentina, hosts Japan, Spain and New Zealand in Pool A of the quadrennial mega event.”At the Olympics, there’s no easy draw. It may seem that as the third highest ranked team behind Australia and Argentina in our pool, we are grouped in an easier pool compared to Pool B which has Belgium, Netherlands, Germany apart from Great Britain, Canada and South Africa,” Manpreet said.”But at the Olympics, rankings hardly ever matter. No team can be taken lightly and we need to be our best in every match in the Pool stage which will determine who we play in Quarter Finals. We all still remember what happened against Canada (2-2 draw) in Rio,” he added.On the other hand, the Indian women’s team has been grouped in a tough Pool B where it plays world champions the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.But skipper Rani Rampal is confident of her team’s chances of reaching the semifinals.”There is no doubt we have to produce our best in each and every game in the pool stage to make the quarterfinals. The team is very confident that this time we can make it to the top four and from there on it can be anybody’s game,” she said.”We have played against Ireland and Great Britain in the past year and we have good understanding of the level we need to bring to the game when we play against them but Netherlands is one team we have always wanted to do well against and we have not played enough matches against them. They are one team we look forward to play against,” she added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. eSports a hard sell in grades-obsessed Singapore Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES He has represented the Philippines in numerous Fiba 3×3 World Tours and Challengers while playing in the 3×3 league.“When you’re playing 3×3, there’s a chance that you can play with the best players from the other countries that’s why I have this high commitment with the league,” said Santillan.Santillan added that he’s excited to play with Pasaol for one more season with Balanga, starting with the Magiting Cup. “I still want to play with Pasaol.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I told the people close to me, my family, that there’s an offer from Chooks,” said Santillan, the no.3 3×3 player in the country. “My mother allowed me to stay with Chooks first so I decided to not join the Draft first.”Pasaol, who himself is a projected lottery pick, is also not declaring for the draftFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I’m always with Alvin and he’s always telling me that what we’re doing with Chooks is for the country,” Santillan said.Santillan played two years for the Green Archers before suiting up Marinerong Pilipino and Go for Gold-Benilde Blazers in the PBA D-League and Wilkins-Balanga Pure in the Chooks 3×3. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Alvin Pasaol (left), Santi Santillan (third to left) and the Wilkins Balanga Pure. CHOOKS PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Santi Santillan and Alvin Pasaol have decided to postpone their applications for the 2020 PBA Draft and stay with the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 for the league’s second season.The former De La Salle Green Archer is expected to be a top-five pick in this year’s professional draft but he decided to withdraw his name to focus on the country’s bid for an Olympic berth.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
Green Hills Software is demonstrating its bound multi-processing (BMP) and symmetric multi-processing (SMP) capabilities of the INTEGRITY-178 Time-Variant Unified Multi-Processing (tuMP) RTOS for DAL A, B, and C applications at the FACE™ & SOSA technical interchange meeting and exposition. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only operating system conformant to the FACE Technical Standard edition 3.0 with the capability to execute a DO-178C Level A, B, or C application across multiple processor cores as defined in ARINC 653 Part 1, Supplement 4, Section 2 – “Multiple ARINC 653 processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores” (i.e. BMP). INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is also the only RTOS that meets the optional SMP requirement defined in ARINC 653, Part 2, Supplement 3.Hypervisor offerings claiming support for their unbounded SMP execution environments are commonplace for non-safety critical applications. Although claims of a safety-critical SMP execution environment and ARINC 653 Part 1, Supplement 4 compliance for multicore are often confusing and misleading. Thus system integrators must confront the RTOS or hypervisor supplier directly and ask if their solution supports the execution of a multi-threaded Level A, B or C application on two or more cores, which is a fundamental multicore requirement of Part 1, Supplement 4 as well as the recently released Supplement 5. The obvious question to ask is, does the supplier include a real-time DAL A compliant kernel that is capable of scheduling threads of execution across multiple cores, one that hopefully is also compliant with ARINC 653, Part 1, Supplement 4 or 5. The lack of functional BMP multicore support from other RTOS and hypervisor suppliers could be due to a lack of design support or simply a lack of understanding of the ARINC 653 standard. The capability to execute multiple threads of an application across multiple processor cores is critical to achieving optimal performance and flexibility when using multicore processors. Although such solutions are readily available for non-safety-critical operating systems such as Linux, or even Linux in a hypervisor’s virtual machine environment, it is much more challenging for safety-critical applications. As a true Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) multicore operating system with a proven 9-year service history, the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS was designed from the beginning as a multicore solution for safety and security-critical applications, and it has the capability to run multi-threaded applications at all design assurance levels up to and including Level A. A second challenge of using multicore processors for safety-critical applications is the inherent contention from multiple cores trying to access a given shared resource, such as memory or I/O. Certification authorities have emphasised their concerns about such interference by including objectives for interference identification, mitigation, and verification in the CAST-32A position paper. Whereas most RTOS and hypervisor offerings leave multicore interference mitigations as an exercise for the system integrator, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP includes a fully capable multicore scheduler, and a bandwidth allocation and management capability, called BAM, to control and monitor shared processor resource access. The supported bandwidth management technique emulates a high-rate hardware-based approach to ensure continuous allocation enforcement. These capabilities greatly lower integration and certification risk, while also enabling the integrator to manage significant software retest costs that would occur when a software application changes or is added. An architecture based on multicore processors can only be considered an IMA system if the integrator or sustainment operation can easily mitigate and control multicore interference as new software functionality is added to the system or existing applications are updated, which is the basic premise behind IMA.INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only commercial multicore operating system capable of hosting Multi-Level Security (MLS) applications within its secure MILS partitions, without restricting the MLS application (such as a high assurance guard or downgrader) to a bare-metal execution environment. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is also the only commercial multicore operating system able to guarantee and enforce a Cross Domain Solution’s (CDS) information flows. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP MLS and CDS capabilities are backed by a comprehensive and massive set of security assurance evidence that is aligned with the NSA High-Robustness and the Common Criteria’s EAL 6+ assurance requirements. When an RTOS supplier claims that their solution can meet MLS or CDS assurance requirements, such claims should be thoroughly scrutinised by conducting a deep-dive audit into their functional security capabilities and corresponding software assurance evidence. After all, while it is easy to claim a high level of security, unproven claims will not prevent rogue applications or malicious actors from compromising the system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous SEGGER makes its entire Ecosystem of tools available for AndesCoresNext Advantech unveils 1U desktop system EPC-T2286
Transfers How PSG will line up with Kylian Mbappe Robin Bairner 17:49 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Transfers PSG Metz v PSG Metz Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappé The teenager adds to the artillery at Parc des Princes – but how will Unai Emery choose to use his latest superstar arrival? COMMENT Kylian Mbappe is set to become Paris Saint-Germain’s latest stellar addition. The 18-year-old forward will join the capital side on loan from Monaco, with the Ligue 1 giants set to buy him next summer for a fee in the region of €180 million.The young France international joins a formidable attacking line, which includes Neymar, who is, of course, the world’s most expensive footballer ever, having arrived from Barcelona earlier this month for a staggering €222m.Even if the Brazil international remains the Parc des Princes side’s main draw, there is little doubt that the arrival of Mbappe at his hometown club has generated a great deal of excitement, too, with PSG beating off competition from all of Europe’s top sides to secure his signing. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But how will the teenager fit into PSG’s system? Here are some possibilities.4-3-3This will be the basic go-to formation of Unai Emery’s side and the one in which Mbappe is liable to grow most familiar with in the weeks ahead.Edinson Cavani will, of course, occupy the centre forward role, having made the position his own by scoring an incredible 49 goals in 50 outings last season. The Uruguay international is also the least suited of PSG’s front three for the wide areas, with both Neymar and Mbappe better at generating chances for others.However, here Unai Emery has something of a problem as both forwards are more used to playing off the left. As a result, it is likely that the two players find their positions rather fluid, interchanging regularly. Neymar will be given more freedom than the young France international and is likely to drift into more central roles to make the play, potentially meaning that PSG could even play something akin to an asymmetric 4-3-1-2.4-2-3-1This system is something of a variant on the 4-3-3 and will likely depend on the personnel selected in the midfield.In normal circumstances, PSG’s trio in the heart of the park will be Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot. If Emery, who was a strong proponent of a 4-2-3-1 formation during his time at Sevilla and had been expected to use it a good deal more last season, elects to dispense with one of these holding players for a more orthodox No.10 – probably Javier Pastore – it would prompt this switch in formation.Should this occur, Neymar will have to be more disciplined about playing a wide role but the idea is likely to be the same, with he and Mbappe trading places on a relatively regular basis.4-4-2It is unlikely that Paris Saint-Germain will revert to a 4-4-2 system, but it is a formation that Mbappe knows very well from his time with Monaco, with this being Leonardo Jardim’s go-to setup.Should Cavani or Neymar need resting, it is not outside the realms of possibility that the Parc des Princes side use this system, although a lack of wide midfielders could make it tricky to implement as effectively as the other formations.Who plays the wide roles will depend of the players PSG keep over the coming days – Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria, Lucas Moura and even Pastore all find their place at the Parc des Princes vulnerable.
Story Highlights First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school. The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls. First Lady of Burkina Faso, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré, is commending the country’s efforts to protect women and girls, including ensuring that teen mothers return to school.Such measures, she said, are critical to gender and development and will ultimately ensure the country’s progress.Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.The First Lady praised the staff of the institution for the “exemplary work” they are doing and the support they are providing for the teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She informed that in her homeland, once the pregnancy is visible, the student will have to leave school.“The girls feel quite abandoned and it is for this reason, on the recommendation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that we came here to Jamaica to see exactly how you do things,” she stated.“The situation of adolescent mothers in Burkina Faso is a big problem, that is why we are here to learn from your experience and see how we can translate the successes that you have had in your experience in our own country…so that our young girls can have the lovely smiles that you have,” she added.Earlier this year, the Government announced that effective September 2013, it will be mandatory for all school-aged mothers to be re-integrated into the formal school system.Principal of Haile Selassie, Lorenzo Ellis, said the institution is “far advanced” in this process as, for some time, it has been providing facility for adolescent mothers to resume their education.Dean of Discipline at the school, Joseph Heron said the institution believes in social inclusiveness and the right of every child to receive an education.He noted that the institution works closely with the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica and the Child Development Agency (CDA), adding that the girls are treated with the utmost respect when they are re-integrated into the formal education system.“Within the Guidance Department we have to reassure them that their status of motherhood is precious but it is also confidential. We don’t want them to come under any undue pressure from any member of the community or school, as such, those members of staff who are in the know, they keep it confidential…and offer the necessary support,” he said.The First Lady disclosed that apart from teenage pregnancies, her Government is also fighting to eradicate traditional practices, such as genital mutilation, which is very harmful to girls.“I have had to fight within the United Nations system to ensure that a resolution will be passed within the United Nations to condemn and to prohibit female circumcision across the world,” she stated.She said that while genital mutilation is not an issue in Jamaica, countries need to collaborate to ensure that harmful practices, which have adverse health risks, especially on women, are eradicated.During her visit, the First Lady toured sections of the Haile Selassie compound, including the computer laboratory, cosmetology department and the library. She also heard testimonials from teenage mothers, who attend the institution.She was accompanied by Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare; Head of Capacity Building in the Ministry, Koudraogo Kabore; and Chief of State Protocol, Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Elinor Felix, among others.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services. Mrs. Compaoré was addressing students and staff at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of her working visit to the island to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.
Mumbai: The Indian rupee appreciated by 17 paise to 71.67 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market and resumption of US-China trade talks in October strengthened investor sentiments.At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.87, then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.67, registering a rise of 17 paise over its previous close.On Thursday, rupee had settled for the day with gains of 28 paise at 71.84 against the US dollar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.73 against the dollar at 0949 hrs.Forex traders said investors were optimistic about the US-China trade talks in October.China and the US have agreed to hold the next round of trade negotiations in Washington in early October to end the bruising trade war.Besides, higher opening in domestic equities supported the local unit.Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Friday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 153.43 points higher at 36,797.85 and Nifty up 44.20 points at 10,892.10. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMoreover, weakening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas also dragged the rupee down. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell marginally by 0.01 per cent to 98.40.Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude prices weighed on local currency.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 561.17 crore on Thursday, according to provisional exchange data.Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.25 per cent to trade at USD 61.10 per barrel.The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.59 per cent in morning trade.
Close to 400,000 people die of HIV-related TB each year, according to the TB Partnership, which points out that the measures presented today could treat and prevent tuberculosis that could save the lives of one million people with HIV/AIDS worldwide by 2015. “There has been a surge in awareness about the deadly TB epidemic among people living with HIV, but insufficient action,” said Jorge Sampaio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB and former president of Portugal. “Now new scientific work has shown that we can prevent a million deaths among people living with HIV by end 2015 by providing integrated HIV and TB care,” he added. The five steps are contained in a new scientific model – “Time to act: Save a million lives by 2015 – Prevent and treat tuberculosis among people living with HIV” – that was launched at UN Headquarters two days before the start of a high-level meeting to review the global response to the AIDS epidemic. The steps include providing testing for HIV and TB every three years in places where both diseases are prevalent, as well as prompt TB treatment to every person living with HIV with active TB – or treatment to prevent TB. Other steps are ensuring that HIV and TB treatment are accessible and of good quality; that antiretroviral therapy is started early, which will help prevent TB; and that people who are HIV-positive and diagnosed with active TB start antiretroviral therapy regardless of the status of their immune systems. In 2010 the Stop TB Partnership and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) set the joint goal of reducing by half the number of deaths among people living with HIV, compared to 2004 levels, between 2011 and end 2015. With the new model, they have agreed to aim for the goal of preventing one million TB deaths among HIV-positive people – at a cost of $790 million per year. “Halving TB deaths in people living with HIV by 2015 is possible and is within our reach,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We could save up to a million lives by 2015 and bring us one step closer to the UNAIDS vision of Zero AIDS deaths!” According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), there were an estimated 9.4 million new TB cases worldwide in 2009, of which an estimated 1.1 million were among people living with HIV. In an effort to raise awareness of these two diseases, the agency last week appointed Chinese singer Peng Liyuan as Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In her new role, Ms. Peng will participate in a series of high-profile events to promote concerted action on two diseases that together were responsible for the deaths of more than 3.5 million people in 2009. 6 June 2011Ahead of this week’s high-level United Nations meeting on AIDS, the Stop TB Partnership today unveiled five simple steps that could prevent tuberculosis, which is responsible for one in four AIDS-related deaths.
Alan James with the shell of his aircraft in his Reading garageCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS Mr James, 63, became so immersed in his project that he has now given up his job as a driving instructor to devote himself to helping others build and fly similar aircraft replicas.As a result of his efforts, he has become something of a legend in the world of light aircraft DIY.This is the first time an Isaac Spitfire has been built and flown since the prototype was built 40 years ago by John O. Isaacs, a retired schoolmaster.Not content with that, Mr James is now practising some of the same daring fighter pilot manoeuvres that small boys would carry out on their model planes in their bedrooms.“I’m flying most weekends,” he said. “It’s a little scary but I am getting used to doing aerobatics.”How Alan James built his boys’ own SpitfireWing and fuselage frameAviation-quality spruce from Vancouver, Canada, imported by Dartmouth-based specialist timber company and cut, shaped and assembled by Mr James.Skin of planePlywood sheets cut and shaped by Mr James and treated with 10 coats of aviation varnish, known as dope.PropellerCarved by Mr James from five layers of laminated beech.UndercarriageManufactured to Mr James’s design by Grove Industries, California, USA, for £1,000.Engine 100hp Rolls-Royce engine salvaged by a friend in Holland and re-assembled by Mr James, with new components from specialist engineering firms in UK and USA. £6,000-£7,000 total cost.Safety beltSpecialist harness and seat belt with quick release harness made by Hooker Harness of Illinois, USA, for £200.Metal control column, fibreglass cowling and steel brackets and jointsAll made at home by Mr James Alan James has clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in his replica Isaacs SpitfireCredit:Neil Wilson/SWNS Alan James converted the garage at his home into a DIY aircraft plant to build the 60 per cent scale-replica of an Isaacs SpitfireCredit: Paul Jacobs /SWNS Three years after starting work on the Spitfire it was ready to fly, and after being given the go-ahead by the Civil Aviation Authority, which had checked and approved his work at each stage of construction, Mr James took to the skies for its maiden flight in September last year.The Isaacs Spitfire has been flown by an ex-RAF test pilot to clear it to perform aerobatics manoeuvres and Mr James has now clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in it, having already flown 1,500 hours in his Pietenpol and other planes, including a Chipmunk and a Tiger Moth.Mr James said began building planes after it dawned on him it was no different in principle to the model-making he used to do as a child.“I like making model planes. I’ve been doing it since a lad – but full-size planes interest me too,” he said. “It occurred to me that in many ways, this type of aeroplane is really only a scaled-up model.”He did concede there was a little more to it that that.“You cannot just build a plane and fly it – there are very strict rules,” said Mr James. “The aircraft was inspected numerous times during construction and then checked again by a different inspector when completed to obtain CAA certification.” He sourced a 100hp Rolls-Royce engine in the Netherlands, which he managed to re-assemble, and bought a set of wheels on eBay.The seatbelts were specially made in the USA but the rest of the 500kg plane, including the fuselage, wings and propellor, Mr James constructed himself.He had already learnt to shape and plane a wooden propeller – having previously built a Pietenpol Air Camper light aircraft out of wood covered in fabric – but he now had to learn to cut, shape and weld steel and aluminium. 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. Alan James with his Isaacs Spitfire at the airfield he usesCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS “Like every true Brit I wanted to fly a Spitfire,” said Mr James. “Five years ago you could only get a flight in one if you enrolled in a two-day course.”It cost £5,000 and you only got 40 minutes flying the Spitfire. So I thought about it and realised I could spend that money on building one.”After paying £150 for the set of plans for the single-seater Isaacs Spitfire – which is 60 per cent of the full sized original – from the Light Aircraft Association in 2012, Mr James set converting the 18ft by 10ft garage at his home in Reading, Berks, into his DIY aircraft plant. To date he has flown his Isaacs Spitfire, which has a top speed of 160mph, over the West Country, Northampton and the Isle of Wight.As if spending all his spare evenings and weekends on his beloved Spitfire was not enough, the plane has only one seat, which means there is no room for either his wife Margaret, 59, or his 29-year-old daughter Debbie.”My wife was the first one to go in the Pietenpol, but this is a selfish plane,” he said. “It only has one seat – for the pilot. And Debbie used to come flying with me until she found boys – and that was that,” he added. Like many other small boys Alan James’s childhood passion was to build aircraft models, inspired in his case by the ones he watched take off and land at the RAF base near his home in Reading.As a grown-up, he’s gone one better – and built a Spitfire plane in his garage.However, it took more than just a few bits of plastic and some glue to put together this version of the fighter plane which did so much to save Britain from German invasion during World War Two.Mr James was forced to search across Europe and even the United States for the specialist parts and materials required to complete his project.But now, many hours and £18,000 later, he has fulfilled his dream, taking to the skies over England in his home-built Spitfire.
Accident and Emergency departments have had their worst November performance on record, stoking fears that the NHS is facing a major winter crisis.Official figures show just 87.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.It has not been hit since July 2015.The statistics show that more than 54,000 people had to wait longer for treatment, including more than 250 forced to wait 12 hours or more on a trolley.It comes as the first weekly winter figures show that last week, 25 A&E departments were forced to divert ambulances elsewhere.A review of NHS targets is considering whether it should be altered, with minor injuries excluded from assessments.But senior A&E doctors oppose the idea, which has provoked criticism that it is simply an attempt to help ensure targets can be met.A 10 year plan for the NHS is due to be announced shortly, which will set out how a £20bn spending boost will be used. However, health policy experts fear that simply getting the health service to meet existing targets would soak up most of the money.Last winter saw the highest death toll in more than 40 years after the failure of last year’s flu jab. There were an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.Health officials are concerned about low take-up of vaccines this year, and say the new jab should be a good match for the main strain in circulation this year.Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: “Winter is only just beginning for our NHS and these are hugely concerning figures that don’t bode well for the difficult weeks ahead. “While Government remains paralysed by Brexit infighting, the NHS is struggling as a result of years of underfunding, cuts and staffing shortages. Rather than their self-interest, Tory ministers must start prioritising patients’ interests by outlining proposals for the NHS this winter.“It would be totally unforgivable if patients suffered another winter crisis like the ones we’ve seen in recent years.“Patients will expect the imminent NHS plan to have a clear credible solution to chronic understaffing and a roadmap for restoring performance that has so unacceptably deteriorated in recent years.”An NHS spokesman said: “NHS staff continue to work hard to deal with increased demand across the board, seeing 1,000 more people within four hours in A&E every day in November compared to last year 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. The performance statistics released by NHS England show there were 2.04 million attendances last month – fewer than the 2.08 million seen in October.But more people had to wait longer, with 258 patients waiting more than 12 hours from decision to admit to admission, while 54,373 had to wait longer than four hours.The figures for November come after health leaders warned this winter could see hundreds of thousands of patients stranded in cramped corridors on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed.Dr Rob Harwood, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultant committee, said last week that this winter “could be the worst on record” for emergency departments, predicting a rise in the number of A&E attendances, longer waits and more people needing hospital admissions.The doctors’ union said that in order to keep bed occupancy at safe levels over winter, hospitals need to boost capacity.
Photosat has developed a new technology, using stereo satellite photos, to produce highly accurate topographic base maps for international mining projects. Geophysicists at PhotoSat have applied signal enhancement, noise attenuation and image matching from the field of oil and gas exploration seismic data process to produce highly accurate topographic base maps from stereo satellite photos, producing maps with better than 500 mm horizontal and vertical mapping accuracy. The stereo satellites can map mining projects anywhere in the world without the requirements for in-country logistics, permits or presence that frequently cause long delays for aircraft based photography and LiDAR surveying.The establishment of accurate topographic base mapping and survey benchmarks at the early stages of project work accelerates and simplifies all of the subsequent stages of the project and saves time and cost throughout exploration and development. This topographic base mapping and surveying should be completed before expensive drilling and detailed channel sampling pro rams are initiated. “When accurate topographic base maps and survey benchmarks are not established at an early stage, important exploration project data from expensive field programs are frequently unusable in later stages due to the poor quality of the location information,” PhotoSat says. The creation of accurate topographic base mapping and survey benchmarks for the establishment and quality control for project location data indicates that company management has confidence in the potential of the project.
Thor Mining Plc has agreed to acquire an interest in the historically mined Kapunda copper deposit in South Australia. Thor will invest in a newly incorporated private company, Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd (ECR), initially via convertible loan notes of up to A$1.8 million, which will be used to fund field test work and feasibility activities at Kapunda over the next three years. In turn ECR has entered into an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75% of the rights over metals which may be recovered via in-situ recovery (ISR) contained in the Kapunda deposit from Australian listed company, Terramin Australia Ltd.Kapunda was a keystone in the early development of South Australia. It has the distinction of being the oldest copper mining town in Australia, but not the oldest copper mine. The honour of this goes to Noarlunga, where a copper deposit was discovered and worked on the banks of the Onkaparinga River in May 1841. Discovered in 1842 Kapunda can be considered the birthplace of Australia’s commercial mining history. Mining dominated the town for more than 30 years. The mine closed in 1877.Mick Billing, Chairman of Thor Mining: “We are delighted to team up with the professional people of Environmental Copper Recovery in, what we expect, is to be the first of several low-cost copper opportunities in Australia.“Kapunda is not an exploration project where we hope to find mineralisation. The presence of copper is well documented with significant prior production, and substantial historical drilling. The opportunity at Kapunda is to test, at modest cost, the potential for in-situ recovery to extract the copper mineralisation. While the characteristics of the deposit, determined from reviewing historical drilling results, appear suitable for this style of extraction, hydrogeological pump testing is required for validation.“We look forward to updating the market shortly with a resource estimate and details of first steps in assessing for commercial development.”The Kapunda copper deposit has been comprehensively drill tested over many years, however a JORC compliant resource estimate has not been published. The protocol for estimation, and reporting, of resources with potential for exploitation via insitu-recovery has a number of additional steps compared with conventional mining and processing, and this procedure is currently in progress, with an outcome expected in the coming weeks.In addition to the substantial body of evidence from copper assays, while gold assays were not routinely conducted, subsequent work has since suggested gold mineralisation in parts of the deposit, although the data supporting this is limited.ECR is a newly formed Australian private limited company established by METGH Pty Ltd, a 100% owned subsidiary of Midas Environmental Technologies Pty Ltd (MET), and Tennyson Wickham of corporate advisory group Fortis Ago, for the purpose of acquiring and developing the Kapunda resource (and potentially other projects of interest in the future). MET was founded in turn by a team of senior mining professionals with over 90 years’ experience in mine development and operations to pursue project development opportunities for the recovery of gold and copper. The team’s capabilities include an extensive background in South Australian uranium ISR production.Over a period of 12 months, METGH has undertaken a detailed technical review and due diligence regarding the potential application of ISR at Kapunda as a low impact, environmentally friendly method of metal extraction. The group has also established relationships with several research organisations including the Australian government owned CSIRO who are developing new suites of environmentally benign lixiviants to extract and recover metals in low impact ISR operations.ECR is proposing to test extraction via ISR of the copper, and potentially also gold, followed by either SX/EW or IX/EW. If field recovery tests are successful, then a prefeasibility study to project to assess the economic viability of producing copper (and possibly gold) at low capital and operating cost will be commissioned. Primary ore below the near surface oxide and chalcocite horizons is unlikely to be a mineable proposition until chemical recovery of those minerals becomes feasible and economic.
Share2 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Apr 10th 2019, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 8:45 AM No Comments Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Maria ShumovaEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #IT’S ALL KICKING OFF: The FAI and John Delaney are due to appear before the Sports Committee today to answer questions in relation to financing and governance. Here’s a timeline of events that have led us to this point. 2. #ISRAELI ELECTIONS: After initial reports of results indicated he was tied with his rivals, Benjamin Netanyahu is now projected to win a fifth term in office through forming a right-wing coalition.3. #BREXIT: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will travel to Brussels today, where EU leaders will decide whether to grant Theresa May’s request to extend the Brexit process again.4. #DOMESTIC ABUSE: Over 20,000 disclosures of domestic violence against women and children were made to Women’s Aid last year.5. #BELFAST: An inquest heard that a British army officer suggested planting bullets in the pockets of some of those wounded during the Ballymurphy shootings, the Irish News reports.6. #ASSKING FOR TROUBLE: Transport Minister Shane Ross’ action plan in the event of a no-deal Brexit was mistakenly sent to an opposition TD that Ross previously compared to a donkey, reports the Irish Times. 7. #BOOM AND BUST: The Central Bank has issued an invitation to tender worth an estimated €4.5 million for a “business partner” to provide support if a bank goes bust.8. #MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised in India with a chest infection but is feeling better, a spokesman has said.9. #COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: US actress Lori Loughlin has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college bribery scandal, increasing the likelihood that she could serve time in prison.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Wednesday John Delaney, Brexit and the Israeli election are all making headlines today. https://jrnl.ie/4584695 8,250 Views
Boue toxique en Hongrie : le Danube menacéHongrie – Mercredi 6 octobre, les services de sécurité hongrois mettaient tout en œuvre pour empêcher la boue toxique d’atteindre le Danube, après la rupture d’un réservoir de déchets survenue lundi dans une usine d’aluminium.Mercredi, les pompiers hongrois établissaient des barrages sur plusieurs rivières du pays et y jetaient d’importantes quantités de plâtre pour tenter d’endiguer la circulation des boues toxiques vers le Danube. Ces boues rouges ont été libérées après l’accident survenu lundi dans une usine de bauxite-aluminium de la ville d’Ajka, à 160 km à l’ouest de Budapest. Le bilan humain actuel est de quatre morts dans le village de Kolontar, trois disparus et plus de 120 blessés. Il est aggravé d’un risque écologique et sanitaire inquiétant. À lire aussiBoue toxique en Hongrie : la société MAL prête à verser 5,5 millions d’euros aux victimesSept villages ont été touchés par 1,1 million de tonnes de boue rouge toxique, en une coulée atteignant parfois 2 mètres de hauteur. Le service des eaux du pays et l’organisation Greenpeace surveillent la teneur des eaux en polluants, et un affluent du Danube est déjà touché. Selon l’avis du secrétaire d’État hongrois à l’Environnement, une surcharge des réservoirs de stockage de déchets de l’usine pourrait avoir provoqué leur rupture. Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:41 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google+ Twitter Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jerry Lawler Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez WWE announced that they will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the WWE Intercontinental Championship with an all-week marathon of events.The celebration begins on Sunday, September 1, the day Pat Patterson won a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become the first ever Intercontinental Champion. It will take place all week on WWE’s digital platforms.You can view the full schedule of events below:Sunday, Sept. 1WWE Playback with Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett & Road DoggJoin WWE Hall of Famers Shawn Michaels, Jeff Jarrett and Road Dogg as they relive Double J’s Intercontinental Championship defense against The Heartbreak Kid at WWE In Your House 2, a bout that kick-started Michaels’ third reign with the coveted title and signaled the end of the partnership between Jarrett and his then-Roadie.20 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event on WWE NetworkFormer Intercontinental Champion Zack Ryder hosts a look back at 20 matches that define what the Intercontinental Title stands for, and the title bouts feature such memorable champions as Seth Rollins, The Rock and Randy Orton. The marathon begins streaming exclusively on WWE Network at 1 p.m. ET.Monday, Sept. 2WWE Top 10: Emotional Intercontinental Title victoriesFrom Ricky Steamboat’s landmark victory over “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to Zack Ryder’s dream-come-true Show of Shows win 29 years later, capturing the Intercontinental Championship has a habit of bringing emotions to the surface for any Superstar. WWE Top 10 ranks the most heart-wrenching wins in the title’s history.Tuesday, Sept. 3The Intercontinental Championship: By the NumbersGo inside the unique history of the Intercontinental Title like never before with this video highlighting the stats that make this championship one of the most sought-after prizes in sports-entertainment.Wednesday, Sept. 4WWE Pop Question: Intercontinental Title editionWWE Pop Question asks the Superstars of today who they feel is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time … and some of their answers will surprise you.The 8 most underrated Intercontinental ChampionsWhich bearers of the Intercontinental Title never got their rightful place in the spotlight? Which workhorses rarely come up in discussions about the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time? WWE.com gives eight unsung Intercontinental Champions the recognition they deserve.Thursday, Sept. 5Intercontinental Championship 40th anniversary roundtable with Randy Orton, Christian and The MizCathy Kelley sits down with The Viper, Captain Charisma and The A-Lister to recap their own personal history with the Intercontinental Championship, their most memorable rivalries and matches involving the coveted prize and the title’s place in the annals of sports-entertainment. The roundtable begins streaming on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.Friday, Sept. 620 matches that define the Intercontinental Title marathon event digital replayIf you missed WWE Network’s marathon of the 20 matches that defined the Intercontinental Title, catch the replay on WWE’s digital and social media platforms. The stream begins on WWE’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels at noon ET.Saturday, Sept. 7Editors’ Choice: 10 Superstars who will be Intercontinental ChampionIntercontinental Championship 40th Anniversary Week concludes with a look ahead to the future, as the WWE.com editorial staff predicts which competitors from WWE, NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live are destined to join the legendary Superstars to hold the prestigious title.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 31.11%0:03Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Dan Cohen AUTHOR When it comes to protecting military airfields from encroachment, community involvement is key, Navy Capt. Erik Spitzer, commander of Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, said last week at a workshop hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Joint Base San Antonio. “If you don’t have a team dedicated to community outreach, you’re already behind,” he said. “They need to be attending community meetings and functions, because these meetings are where future developments are discussed and by simply being there, future encroachment problems can be averted.”The workshop provided a forum for air installations compatible use zones representatives from across DOD to discuss ways to sustain the operational capabilities of installations, reports Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs.Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon
TwitterPriyanka had also come under fire when a picture of her smoking with her husband and mother on a yacht in Miami came out. Netizens reminded her of her ‘asthma’ which she had said that she was suffering from. Mrs Jonas had once objected at firecrackers being burnt during Diwali. She had said that she suffers from asthma since childhood and the smoke causes problems for many people like her. She had even claimed that she does not smoke. InstagramJust like her extravagant wedding festivities, Priyanka Chopra had a rather elaborate birthday party too. Priyanka Chopra, 37, celebrated her birthday with family and friends in Miami. While the family including mother Madhu Chopra, husband Nick Jonas and cousin sister Parineeti Chopra had begun celebrating her birthday a few days in advance, the celebrations haven’t stopped yet.For her birthday, Priyanka Chose a shiny and shimmery, sequined red mini-dress with billowing sleeves. The pictures from her lavish birthday bash immediately went viral with one picture mainly in the spotlight.A picture from Priyanka’s bash, where Priyanka can be seen trying to blow out sparkling candles as hubby Nick Jonas looks on has now gone viral. Sparkling candles are not supposed to be blown, however, Priyanka’s excitement gave Twitter a field day with netizens trolling the actress. While we totally understand Priyanka’s excitement, let’s take a look at some of the memes below. Twitter
Share Spike Johnson for The Texas TribuneTexas Gov. Greg Abbott, left, and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry appeared at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Petra Nova Power Plant in Thompsons on April 13, 2017.First things first: Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest campaign idea isn’t going to lower your property taxes.Property taxes are local. It’s in the Texas Constitution: The state can’t levy a property tax. The governor and the Legislature can’t lower rates. The state doesn’t do property appraisals, either, so they can’t mess with the value of any particular property on the tax rolls.Still, anguish over property taxes is at or near the top of the list of what Abbott and other politicians hear most often from Texans. This is not a complicated part of the civic compact: Voters are peeved. Politicians aim to please. Lowering taxes would make a politician popular with voters.Abbott, who is running for reelection, proposed Tuesday to limit local governments to annual revenue increases of 2.5 percent, require two-thirds of voters to approve additional local debt, attempt to make property appraisal boards more accountable to voters and give taxpayers a little more leverage in disputes over property values.It’s no wonder property taxes are unpopular. Income taxes are based on taxpayers’ ability to pay: Make no money, pay no tax. Sales taxes are somewhat (but not completely) discretionary: Don’t buy stuff, don’t pay. Property taxes can rise even when property owners don’t have the money to pay them. Nevertheless, Texas is dependent on them, and now has the 6th-highest property tax burden in the country and the 12th-highest sales tax burden, according to the Tax Foundation. But just because voters and the people they elect hate income taxes doesn’t mean they love property taxes.State officials in Texas have never found a way to lower property taxes on more than a temporary basis. The last serious effort was in 2006, a school finance makeover that then-Gov. Rick Perry claimed cut school property taxes by one-third. Taxpayers never saw those savings. That 2006 effort took a lot of pressure off of school districts, limiting their top tax rates and pumping more state money into public education, but it evaporated quickly. On a per-student basis, the state pays less for public education now than it did then, according to the Legislative Budget Board. Local school property taxes have risen, in part, because of that decline in the state’s share. The state even uses money recaptured from local school property taxes for general spending on programs that have nothing to do with education.As Perry found (and other governors from both parties found before that), getting a handle on local property taxes is really hard — especially if you’re not one of the local officials who levy those taxes.That’s a particular problem with public education, which is both the largest portion of Texas property tax bills, the most expensive tax to lower, and the local property tax that’s most directly dependent on state spending, since public education spending is shared by local, state and federal sources.Texas legislators came close to capping increases in city and county property taxes last year, but the House and Senate couldn’t settle differences in how much growth to allow without requiring public referenda.Abbott’s latest proposal goes one place they didn’t go, proposing that the state stop imposing unfunded mandates on the local governments whose growth they want to regulate. Cities and counties alike have griped that the state is forcing costs on them and then squawking when taxes go up as a result.“The Legislature should be statutorily prohibited from imposing any mandates on local political subdivisions that impose additional costs without, at the same time, providing the appropriate funding — effectively prohibiting future unfunded mandates on political subdivisions,” Abbott writes. Note that weasel-word “future” — an indication that existing unfunded mandates will remain in place.Even so, the next line in the proposal could have been written by a lobbyist for the cities and the counties in Texas: “Such a proposal must go hand in hand with a property tax revenue cap because the state should not limit the ability of political subdivisions to raise revenue while at the same time imposing additional fiscal burdens on those same subdivisions.”That bit was missing from last year’s legislative proposals, giving the local governments a seemingly legitimate reason to argue against the state’s attempt to cage them on spending.Most of Abbott’s ideas were included in legislation that didn’t pass last year, or in earlier legislative sessions. He’s staying away from thorny school finance issues, though the state’s strongest mechanism for lowering or slowing the growth of property taxes would arguably be to raise its own share of the costs of public education, taking cost pressure off of local districts.To be fair to Abbott, that’s what Perry tried to do in 2006. But if Perry turned out to be wrong on the policy front, he was right on the political front: He was reelected in 2006, and again in 2010.