Defence experts warn a huge defence overhaul could weaken the UK on the world stage. A defence spending review expected within two weeks is predicted to put greater emphasis on space and cyber conflicts. Critics fear “boots on the ground” numbers will be slashed by 10,000, with several Army battalions axed. Tanks and other under-used weapons are also expected to be retired despite warnings that Britain’s ageing vehicles would be outmatched in any conflict with Russia. MPs of the Commons Defence Committee say UK tank units face “mass obsolescence” after two decades of being run down. And a report by the School of Security Studies at King’s College London says previous revamps massively under-estimated the costs of new technologies. The study by Dr David Jordan also notes that a 1966 review scrapped a planned aircraft carrier, which would have been a boon in 1982’s Falklands War. Dr Jordan adds 1982 Defence Secretary John Nott had had to make “deep cuts” to the Royal … [Read more...] about Defence overhaul could weaken UK with real-world assets lost amid high-tech review
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Castigating moderate Sen. Joe Manchin Joe Manchin On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike DC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate MORE (D-W.V.) on his infrastructure stance is now a liberal litmus test. Education advocates are rightly outraged at the decrepit condition of public-school infrastructure. But instead of criticizing him, they might want to learn a hard truth from the senator, who knows how to use his one vote to protect his constituents. The case for public-school infrastructure is clear , but what is not is whether any progressive legislators are willing to fight like Joe. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on infrastructure. The justices found that, unlike airports, border … [Read more...] about It’s Joe Manchin vs the progressives on infrastructure
Hai Phong to have new alternate airport The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has proposed a new international airport in Hai Phong City to support the Cat Bi Airport by 2050. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said they had completed the evaluation report on airport network planning during the 2021-2030 period with a view to 2050. The report has been sent to the Ministry of Transport and the evaluation board for review. In the report, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam suggested keeping all 28 airports until 2030. Cao Bang Airport would be built later by 2050. Vietnam would have a total of 14 international airports and 15 domestic airports. In March, Hai Phong authorities proposed construction of a new international airport in Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City, as a major airport for Hanoi and to replace Cat Bi Airport in the future since Cat Bi Airport can't be expanded. The new airport will be 120 km from Hanoi and connected to the Hanoi-Hai Phong Highway. … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES MAY 5
Tofino, BC - Lucy Sager grew up along the Highway of Tears in Terrace. The 725-kilometre corridor of highway in British Columbia has been the location of many missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Driven by a range of factors, including colonization, the disproportionately high number of MMIW is, in part, a result of poverty. Without a driver’s license or access to a vehicle, many First Nations are forced to hitchhike, she said. “The cost of hitchhiking can be your life,” said Sager. “And certainly, I’ve seen that.” After high school, Sager went on to work in construction but struggled to hire First Nations in the surrounding communities. “I would ask chief and council in multiple territories, ‘what is the biggest challenge for your people going to work?’” she said. “And consistently – for five years – it was driver’s licenses.” The insight prompted Sager to return to school to become a driving instructor and launch the All Nations Driving Academy, which delivers … [Read more...] about Driver training offered through an Indigenous lens
"My child is not a lab rat." The words are from a 25-year-old woman, Susan, and they're in reference to her three-year-old twin girls. While she speaks to DW, her eyes flicker between them as they begin to meander away — first together, then in different directions — in a large, open park in Bonn, Germany. "It just hasn't been tested enough," Susan insists. "A few months [of testing]? That isn't safe." So no, she says. Her kids are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. And she isn't, either. Her husband had to, and she didn't like that. At a nearby playground, another mother, who does not want to share her name, feels very differently. "I'd vaccinate them. If it were allowed, or doable, then definitely." Her 12-year-old daughter, she says, has had two different kids in her classroom get COVID-19. That led to a two-week quarantine — each time. "That's where you realize it affects them too." At some point in the coming weeks, the European Medicines Agency is expected to … [Read more...] about COVID: How many parents will actually vaccinate their kids?