Outer Banks: Power outage has been a jolt to summer tourism

Outer Banks: Power outage has been a jolt to summer tourism

(CNN) Normally, this month is in the sweet spot for tourism in the lower islands of North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks.

Janet Dawson had her 37-room motel in Buxton to herself on Monday, the fifth day of a massive power outage that has brought tourism to a virtual standstill on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
An emotional Dawson was particularly worried after utility officials late Sunday said repairs to power cables damaged last week could take between one to two weeks.
“The Cape Hatteras Motel is a great place to stay. She’s had all the motel’s reservations, and she’s already lost tens of thousands of dollars.
“Two weeks would put us out of business, two weeks beyond the pale … I think we could limp along, but we would run out of money and would have to close some time in winter.”
Some might wish the weather along the Atlantic Ocean this week would match the dour mood. That’s not the case.
The forecast for the next couple of days is sunny, with highs in the low 80s, and winds of about 17 mph.
What are you doing to fix the problem?
Residents have been in the dark since Thursday morning, when a crew working for PCL Construction, the company building the new Herbert C. Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line.
The mishap cut off power from that point south to Ocracoke, the southern terminus of the Outer Banks, the string of barrier islands spanning most of North Carolina’s northern coast.
Since then, thousands of visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were ordered to evacuate. Businesses and residents are tapping into a growing number of generators. They were asked to curtail the use of air conditioning.
The most moderate temperatures going into the week heartened Ocracoke residents: Load on generators were so low they could have unrestricted use of air conditioning and appliances on Monday.
There was some more good news. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative said only two of three underground cables were damaged. And the utility was trying two ways to restore power.
The first is to excavate down to the damaged cables and splice them. Splicing on the first damaged cable was complete.
“Installation efforts began early this morning on the second solution – building a new overhead transmission line that will run from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative’s existing overhead transmission line,” the utility said.
Tough time for tourism, residents
The endless stretches of beaches on Ocracoke and Hatteras should have been packed with tourists from all over the country, trying to catch the sun’s rays and splash in the surf before summer ends.
Amy Bloom, a teacher from New York, said she was looking forward to taking a weeklong vacation on Hatteras Island with her family, a tradition that has spanned a decade. But eleven news of the evacuation broke, Bloom said she was down thousands of dollars and was left scrambling for a new plan.
Bloom said she empathizes with the companies and people who live on the islands and are suffering an economic loss because of the power outage. But she said someone has to be held accountable.
PCL Construction “has insurance, they should be helping out,” Bloom said, referring to the company refunding people and businesses affected by the power outage. “It was not a hurricane, it was not an electric issue. Someone was responsible for this, so I hope they do the right thing.”
Angela Conner Tawes, manager of Conner’s Supermarket, a third-generation grocery store in Buxton, said missing two weeks is “a huge deal” for the business.
“This is unusual,” Tawes said. “We usually face situations like following hurricane, when we are dealing with the cleanup after the storm … it’s a bad situation, we just have to get through it.”

Kenyan Election Official Found Dead Ahead Of Presidential Vote

Kenyan Election Official Found Dead Ahead Of Presidential Vote

The man in charge of the electronic voting system in Kenya was found dead days before citizens are going to vote for the president on 8 August.

Christopher Msando was the information director of the Independent Electoral Commission and Boundaries. His body was found with signs of torture, said IEBC president Wafula Chebukati Monday.

“This is a brutal murder of our employees and we demand to know who killed him and why,” Chebukati said outside the morgue of the city of Nairobi, where the body of Msando was taken. “We demand that the government provide security to all IEBC staff members.”

In order to reduce the chances of fraud, Kenya uses biometric technology to identify voters and transmit the results, reports The Associated Press.

Msando was responsible for a Monday technology test poll. This test has been postponed.

Human Rights Watch said that the electronic transmission of live poll results is a source of controversy in Kenya; The opposition alleges that the rigging of votes occurs during the transmission.

Fearing the emotions of voters, Kenyans are looking for a technical solution
Fearing the emotions of voters, Kenyans are looking for a technical solution
Outgoing chairman Uhuru Kenyatta is locked in a very close race with Raila Odinga.

Kenyatta said in a statement his holiday weddings condemn the murder and adding, “We do not want to speculate or construct ways that can jeopardize any ongoing investigation.”

“That did not make any effort to cover up the murder as an accident shows the determination of the killers to send a message of cooling that will not stop at anything to get the result they want,” Odinga said at a press conference Monday.

“Our fans have come in large numbers without fear because there are too many of us and they can not be intimidated.”

The United States and the United Kingdom have offered assistance in the investigation into the murder.

“It is essential that Kenya is free, fair, credible and peaceful elections on 8 August and the protection of IEBC staff is essential to achieve this goal,” said US diplomat Robert Godec and British diplomat Nic Hailey in a joint statement.

Chebukati said that IEBC will continue the work of Msando.

His death was announced a day after police killed an armed intruder at the home of the vice president of Kenya after a seat near a day.

And analysts say more and more violence, reports AP.

Mass violence broke out leaving more than 1,000 dead after the disputed presidential election in 2007 in Kenya.

WikiLeaks Publishes Searchable Archive of Macron Campaign Emails

WikiLeaks Publishes Searchable Archive of Macron Campaign Emails

PARIS (Reuters) – On Monday WikiLeaks had posted a search file on what he said more than 21,000 verified email associated with key figures of the French President’s election campaign Emmanuel Macron.

The stolen data has been deposited on the Internet in May, on the eve of the match between Macron and far-right opponent Marine Le Pen.

A few hours after the escape, the Macron staff said it had been targeted by a “massive and coordinated” piracy operation.

His Republican Party on the Move (LREM) said on Monday that emails published by Wikileaks appeared to be the same as those described May 5 and warned that fake documents were mixed with authentic documents.

“Republic in motion demands vigilance over these publications,” he said in a statement. “Under the novelty appearance, WikiLeaks did with control of the détriburation operation of May.”

The transfer of the document came too late in the campaign to have a direct influence on the elections, in part because the election commission has warned that it was a crime to publish the details of emails before the vote.

French newspapers have reviewed the documents have already said that they had nothing scandalous to report. By transforming the container into a database, WikiLeaks documents have made it readily available to any Internet user.

The trick has been compared to the US election campaign of 2016, during which US intelligence claimed that Russia had hampered Donald Trump’s benefit. Russia denies.

The team also accused Macron of Russian interests in part, previous attempts to interfere with his campaign. The Kremlin denied that it was such actions.

WikiLeaks said it released the leaks now, after verifying the authenticity of e-mail addresses. He did not say how e-mails were obtained, but quoted a comment from a government responsible for cyber security that the data dump appeared to be the work of an “isolated individual,” apparently trying to minimize the theory that a foreign state was involved.

French police and intelligence officials have accused none of the campaign’s attacks.

WikiLeaks said it found 21,075 emails scanned in an e-mail archive and 71,848 26,506 attachments, which they also posted. They date from March 2009 and April 2017, the month of the first round of elections in France.

Macron was an investment banker in 2009 and joined the government of President Francois Hollande in 2012. He announced his attempt to become president in November 2016.

(Reporting by Richard Lough in Paris and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt, additional report Ingrid Melander, Edited by Alison Williams and Robin Pomeroy)

Flake: Republicans in denial about Trump

Flake: Republicans in denial about Trump

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) Said Monday that the Republican Party is in denial of the first few months of Trump’s President’s office, calling on GOP members to vote against some of rhetorical and political leader .

“First, we must not hesitate to say whether the president” plays at the base “in order to damage the ability of the Republican Party to grow and to speak to a wider audience,” he writes in a magazine publication Politician quickly attracted attention online.

“Second, Republicans should take a long-term view on free trade: populist and protectionist policies could play well in the short term, putting their disability in the long run.”

“Third, Republicans must defend the institutions and prerogatives that the filibuster Senate, who have served us well for more than two centuries,” said Flake.

The Arizona senator, who was re-elected in 2018, said conservatives are partly responsible for raising Trump because of his concentration on former President Barack Obama instead of “progressing from a conservative policy program.”

“It was the conservatives who, according to Obama’s election, said our number one priority was not advancing a conservative political agenda, but Obama has been president of a single term – the corollary of this binary thinking is that its failure would make our Success and the fate of the population that would be solved in the meantime, “said Flake.

The Arizona Republican has criticized Trump – to his original proposal for the travel ban in January, for example – and again on Monday slammed the administration for his rhetoric about Russia’s electoral interference.

“Even if our own government documents a concerted attack on our democratic process by a hostile foreign power, our own White House denied the authority of its own intelligence services, diminishing its astute democratic results and deception,” said Flake . “The conduct that would have been conservative in the arms if it had been exposed by our political opponents surprised us now.”

The senator, who recently said that Republicans who did not call Trump are accomplices, said the GOP was in denial this year. So far, Congress has not enacted health legislation, while the administration was forced to cope with multiple staff shakes and fought against the deployment of its travel ban.

“To continue in the spring of 2017 as if it were happening, everything that came close to normality required a certain suspension of critical faculties. And a huge power of denial,” said Flake.

“The White House has done good things,” said Flake host Bret Baier, citing designation of Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and regulatory reforms.

“We adopted a tax reform,” he added. “This will be a major uprising. I think it is not as difficult as health reform, but it is difficult” and require “a very disciplined administration and Congress” to do so.

No let-up in spying amid tit-for-tat Russian sanctions: U.S. official

No let-up in spying amid tit-for-tat Russian sanctions: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia still carries out a spying campaign against the United States despite sanctions and daily advertising interference from Moscow in the 2016 US presidential election, said the senior US counter-espionage official In an interview.

William Evanina, the National Anti-Spy Executive, describes a wide range of challenges facing his agency: piracy of government secrets and industry; Industrial espionage; Government employees and contractors who share secrets with the media and groups such as WikiLeaks and the foreign acquisition of the strategic industries of the United States.

Evanina spoke to Reuters on Friday, the same day Russia responded in the Cold War era to a new round of US sanctions ordering Washington to cut off diplomatic personnel and said it grabbed two US troops. Diplomatic properties.

Russian President Vladimir Poutine said 755 people had to leave their jobs, even though they are Russian citizens.

Congress voted last week mainly to further punish Russia with the findings of US intelligence agencies that Moscow had used cyber warfare and other methods to interfere in the elections, which Putin has repeatedly denied.

Last December, President Barack Obama has expelled 35 Russian diplomats, intelligence agents and sanctioned Russian personnel and expelled two Russian representatives from US diplomatic representatives.

Evanina said that losing compounds was a “major blow to the Russians – meaningful … and I’m not even sure we can measure …”.

However, he said that US agencies “have not seen an impediment or a decrease – or increase” in Russian espionage activity over the past year. “I can tell you that the FBI does not have less work.”

However Evanina recognized that in eye-for-eye expulsions, the US Has more to lose than Moscow.

“We have a significant size … smaller than it exists, it will always be disproportionate.”

The United States has long conducted its own operations of spying and aggressive electronic surveillance against Russia and, before that, the Soviet Union.

Reduced personnel from Russia and the United States will reduce ownership of diplomatic infrastructure that countries often have to carry out foreign affairs – and spies.

Evanina said the Russian spy strategy has changed over the past five to seven years, no longer exclusively dependent intelligence agents officially employed by its spy agencies.

Now, he said, it also involves sending businessmen, engineers and other travelers in the United States who work as contractors for the intelligence services.
Evanina declined to comment on US investigations into election-year activities in Moscow and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russian officials. Trump denies any collusion.

He said that over the past year, he has worked intensively with the US private sector to protect critical infrastructure and supply chains from external threats.

President Xi says China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty

President Xi says China loves peace but won’t compromise on sovereignty

PEKIN (Reuters) – China, it loves peace, but will never compromise to defend its sovereignty, said President Tuesday Xi Jinping, which marks 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

China has shaken nerves around Asia and around the world with its steadily growing position in territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas and an ambitious military modernization plan.

Relations with Taiwan’s auto have also worsened since Tsai Ing-wen, the Progressive Independent Progressive Party, won last year’s presidential election. China considers Taiwan to be a distant province, to be controlled by force by Beijing if necessary.

Xi, speaking at the Great Hall of the People, made no direct reference to a particular territorial dispute, trying to ensure that China’s intentions were silent, but also show that China would not be intimidated.

“We Chinese people love peace. We never seek aggression or expansion, but we have the confidence to overcome all the invasions,” Xi said in comments published live on public television.

“We will never allow any nation, organization or political party to divide any part of Chinese territory out of the country at any time, in any form,” he said. “No one should expect us to evaluate the bitter fruits that undermine our sovereign interests, security and development.”

The army has been a central target of the anti-corruption campaign of the Xi Grand, with several senior officials, including Xu Caihou, Guo Boxiong and Gu Junshan, were sacrificed for grafting since Xi took office.

Xi said that after five years of hard work, the EPL had managed to “reshape” its organization and power structure and public image.

Paramilitary police standing outside the Great Hall of the People, after which marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Army, the People’s Liberation in Beijing, China August 1, 2017 ceremony.
Damir Sagolj

A reorganization of the army’s senior posts during a key five-year Communist Party meeting in the fall should reinforce its grip, and Xi repeatedly reiterated the Party’s “absolute leadership” over the army.

“To build a strong army, [we] must adhere to the absolute leadership of the Party on the armed forces, and ensure that the people’s army follows the party,” Xi said.

Quoting Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, Xi said: “Our principle is that the Party sends the gun and the gun should not be allowed to control the party.”

China has not fought a war for decades and the government insists it has no hostile intent, but only needs the good defense of the second world economy.

China’s armed forces, the world’s largest, are in the midst of an ambitious modernization program, which includes investment in technology and new equipment, such as poachers and aircraft carriers, as well as troop cuts.

A soldier survived 48 hours of terror in Vietnam. Today, he received the Medal of Honor.

A soldier survived 48 hours of terror in Vietnam. Today, he received the Medal of Honor.

President Trump presented on Monday the medal of honor to an army veteran, there are 48, repeatedly risked his life to save 10 comrades during a deadly battle and a long day on the central coast of Vietnam.

Recognizing James McCloughan, now a retired 71-year-old Michigan professor, Trump said in a beautiful story of altruism and courage, the occasional slip to emphasize the battle was hellish and that McCloughan and other Americans survivors overcome these opportunities Extraordinary.

“He was one of the 32 who fought to the end,” said the president, casting a glimpse of McCloughan, who stood stoically walking Trump right, “and carried out his camp against more than 2,000 enemy troops. I speak for everyone when I say that we fear their actions and their value “.

The brief but emotional ceremony at the White House was the first time Trump has brought the highest price of the country’s battle.

Among the participants, there were 10 men who fought with McCloughan in Tam Ky in May 1969, five of whose former life-long combat bout believed to be rescue, Trump said.

The medal of honor is the second McCloughan unit: the Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 21 Infantry Regiment. Another doctor, the soldier.

Dan Shea, died in the same operation by performing a wounded soldier to safety. For her courage, Shea was posthumously recognized in 1971.

It is difficult to evaluate which one of going out with the death McCloughan in Tam Ky was the most painful.

There were so many. In the vicious battle 48 hours McCloughan – who was known as Doc – risked his life at least nine times to rescue injured or trapped comrades, and helped prevent major forces from North Vietnam from overtaking them.
“As one of his companions remembers,” Trump said, “the one who calls” doctor “could count on McCloughan right away.He is a brave man …. He climbed through a thick rice paddy with rain of steel.

This means bullets everywhere. As the soldiers watched, they were sure it was the last time they would see Doc. They thought it was the end of their friend Jim. ”

The operation began on May 13, 1969. This morning, elements of the Charlie Company were transported into the foliage a few miles off the coast. They were immediately attacked and two US helicopters were shot down.

President Trump will award the medal of honor to Spec. James McCloughan for his service during the Vietnam War as a combat physician. (The US Army)
Only 23 when his unit hit the camp in March 1969, McCloughan and his colleagues found with the fierce enemy determined to push Americans at any cost.

“I was initiated on the first day,” he recalled in a recent interview with army biographers. “We got to our first ambush, we had a dying man, I had a few people to repair, and I was shot by a man.

This is a lot to digest on your first day. But I did not know I was going to deal with something like Tam Ky. “

Say goodbye to $2.30 gas if Trump goes hard after Venezuela

Say goodbye to $2.30 gas if Trump goes hard after Venezuela

When you’re the president, cheap gas is a good policy.

President Trump understands this. It therefore pledged to lower gas prices during the campaign and why it is celebrated when gas prices were the lowest in more than a decade for the weekend of July 4. Now Trump faces a dilemma: he wants to fight against enemies like Venezuela, but could push up gas prices in the United States.

Trump is not a fan of Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro. Maduro is called a “bad leader” and a “dictator.” Trump is one of many world leaders who promised “strong and fast economic actions” if Maduro has held a “farce” election over the weekend to seize power by replacing the Venezuelan legislature with a more precise body him. Maduro held the vote anyway, calling Trump “bandit”.
The White House has debated stopping all sales of Venezuelan oil to the United States, but it did not go so far. On Monday, the Trump Administration has imposed sanctions on Maduro, which prohibits doing business with Americans or anywhere in the United States.
The President understands that this is a bad policy at home to raise gas prices. Venezuela provides 10% of America’s oil imports, according to the US Energy Information Administration, which is Canada’s third largest supplier and Saudi Arabia. Philip Verleger, an energy economist who heads consulting firm PKVerleger LLC, predicted that oil prices could rise to $ 10 a barrel if Trump totally banned Venezuelan oil.

“Prices would rise like a rocket,” Verleger said. “Gas prices in the US would increase by 25-30 cents per gallon in a few weeks.”

The average price of regular gasoline in the US Is now $ 2.31 a gallon, according to the EIA. This is roughly the same as when he took over Trump. Any stock could now send oil prices in the popular August vacation month.

“Someone in the White House probably recognizes the last thing the president needs right now is the anger of people who live from check to check and voted,” said Tom Kloza, global head of analysis Energy Price Information Service of the oil.
Republican Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio of Florida urged Trump to hit Venezuela harder after Sunday’s vote. Trump want to do much more than the sanctions imposed by the United States last week on 13 venereal eminently linked to the Maduro government. McCain tweeted Sunday, “We are with the people of Venezuela today, deserve democracy – not the mock elections and repression of Maduro.”

On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin opened the possibility of more severe actions. He said the White House “would consider additional sanctions.”

There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. People are literally starving. The country has one of the worst economies in the world, and there is virtually no food in supermarkets. Things are so bad that the paper of rationing toothpaste and toilet.

‘CSR funds give new hope to research’

NIAS has completed 25 years. How would you visualise its role and future?

When J.R.D. Tata conceived this institute with Raja Ramanna the focus was on producing holistic thought leaders in all domains. He wanted to create a place where you could attract the best of the people in humanities, culture and heritage, science and technology, policies, strategic studies, education, etc. I think we have done eminently well in that respect. Every year we have about 15 or 20 such programmes for leaders from government and enterprises. When they go out, they say they were transformed.

We are an impactful institute but with a small budget. After I came onboard six months ago, I have interacted with everybody – our associates, adjunct faculty, chair professors or regular faculty, Ph D students and so on. To be effective, to make an impact, in addition to people, you need some money. The Tata Trust supported us, in fact we exist because of the Tata Trusts. The way forward would be that, we create a sort of corpus, endowment money, which will yield us about ?10-15 crore a year, which is not much as an annual budget for such an institution.

To create this endowment fund are you tapping corporates, government, NRls, and HNls (local and NRI)?

Fortunately, with CSR having been built into Company Law recently,

I am sure our kind of institutions with deep societal impact will attract some CSR funds. So, one can approach some enlightened corporates and I have already started talking to a few. Another is to take up with the Departments of Science & Technology, Atomic Energy, Space and Defence, asking for endowment. They have already given us some money and I have requested them to enhance it based on our performance. We are also guided by an eminent management council headed by S. Ramadorai. Their large network of contacts would certainly help us.

What are the research areas the NIAS faculty is involved in?

We have people here who are in culture and heritage. We have child psychologists who are concentrating on informal education; strategic studies groups that work on different areas like space, defence, atomic energy; energy and environment groups. We also have people who are looking at why India has no time zones and so on. I also want to expand our work in agriculture, especially precision agriculture and sustainable agriculture. In India now we are giving a lot of emphasis to manufacturing but not enough to the future of agriculture.

My idea is to bring some young assistant professors, post-docs, Ph D students and conduct field work and experiments in all these areas. So, our needs are small. However, NIAS needs to be more visible.

If you want to give inputs to NITI Aayog then what would be your focus areas?

I have brought on the agenda two new areas. One is the study of inequalities. It is not easy to analyse the inequalities. If you want to have inclusive development, inclusive growth, then, first of all, you need to know which are the excluded communities or what is the extent of exclusion.

The second area is our cultural heritage. I don’t think we really have anybody who can stand up in government to say what the holistic picture regarding heritage is. Can we come to the level of where Europe is with respect to cultural characterisation in say 10 years of at least 100 items in our cultural heritage? I find NIAS to have the right people.

We also have an interesting group on behavioural ecology studying the conflict of man, animals and forests and they have done wonderfully well, they are always in the field. I think they have great peer recognition but now we are trying to see how we can make an impact on the policy.

A highly neglected area is the Harappan sites and the tourism and public education through them.

Yes, we are working on Dholavira, in Kutch, one of the largest Harappan sites in India, along with IIT Gandhinagar using satellite and digital technology.

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A look at politics

Journalist Vir Sanghvi has

authored a new book on mod­ern politics, Mandate: Will of the People. The book was released in Mumbai last week. The launch also featured a tete-a-tete between Sanghvi and author/columnist Anil Dharker. The book takes a deep look at politics in India, from the elections in 1971, which Sanghvi calls the ‘first modern election’ to the most recent elec­tion in 2014. Sanghvi also delves into several controversial subjects, such as the Emergency, Opera­tion Blue Star and the demolition of Babri Masjid, in an effort to explain these landmark events to the youth, who Sanghvi says often know little about this period. ♦

of PR, advertising, HR and media professionals and academicians, appointed BNK as its next national president, at its meeting at New Delhi. He will now lead the pan- India organisation, which has 25 chapters. Earlier, BNK had led the Mumbai chapter of PRCI and was the national vice-president. “BNK has been taking active interest in furthering the cause of our ogan- isation and has led two successful global communication conclaves at Mumbai,” said M.B. Jayaram, chairman emeritus & chief men­tor, PRCI, while announcing the appointment. “As the programme committee chairman of the just concluded ninth conclave, he played an exemplary role in ensuring its success. Under his leadership, we are sure PRCI will scale newer sum­mits.” Acknowledging the new assignment, BNK said: “It is a huge responsibility and I sincerely hope that I will be able to live up to the faith and confidence that PRCI reposed in me.” On the future programmes of PRCI, he said: “We will launch several initiatives like guest faculty pool for journalism schools and advanced skill devel­opment modules for new corpo­rate communication professionals in both private and public sector companies.”

As the 19th Surgeon General of the US, Vivek Hallegere Mur- thy, does indeed make one feel proud to be Indian. His appointment came at a time when the entire country’s (India) focus was on farmers’ suicides once again. “By any reasonable measure, I shouldn’t be standing here. My father is the son of a farmer in rural India. He was supposed to have been a farmer, as was I,” Vivek Murthy recalled, as he was administered the oath, on a Bhaghvad Gita. “But for my grand­father’s insistence that his son get an education, even if that meant going into debt, we might

As PRCI looks to go global, BNK has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. ♦

have never left that vil­lage (Hallegere in Karna­taka’s Mandya district) to go out in the world and – as my grandfather also insisted – start fix­ing what needed fixing.” He then thanked every­one who helped him, at 37, become America’s youngest surgeon-gen­eral, and the first Indi- an-American to occupy an office that carries with it a three-star mili­tary designation of vice- admiral. Murthy plans to hit the ground run­ning on his four-year tenure to make sure every American has the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. ♦