Addressing the General Assembly over the weekend, Second Vice President Gervais Rufyikiri outlined the progress his small Central African country’s has already made and highlighted its own contribution in trying to bring peace in other war-torn countries by sending troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).He noted that for the first time in Burundi’s history a democratically elected government completed its term with the holding of elections observed by the UN and other organizations as the country seeks to fulfil a programme of socio-economic development.“This ambitious required the consistent support in its realization. Without a doubt Burundi needs multiple forms of diversified help,” he said.“Thus it is that we take advantage of this podium to launch a fervent appeal to the international community, the United Nations system, your respective countries and charitable organizations to continue their indefatigable support for the Government of Burundi with the ultimate aim of laying the foundations of a durable development and the permanent consolidation of the gains of peace, democracy, stability and reconciliation.” Having benefited from UN and other international support in achieving its own stability, Burundi remains deeply concerned with the issues of maintaining international peace and security, he added, calling for increased UN support for AMISOM, so far manned by Burundi and Uganda, and appealing to other countries to contribute “so that it can be a truly continental force up to the task it faces.”As other African leaders have done in the past week, Mr. Rufyikiri also used his address to the Assembly to call for reform of the Security Council, proposing that Africa have two permanent seats “with all the privileges granted the [current] five permanent members.” This would grant the two new continental members the veto rights currently restricted to China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.He also called for increased representation for developing countries on global economic organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The Central African Republic (CAR) today joined the chorus of States calling for greater African representation. “Any viable Council reform must take into account the political and numerical weight of Africa in the General Assembly, above all because two thirds of the issues on its agenda concern the continent,” Foreign Minister Antoine Gambi said.He also called for an approach to the crisis of hunger based on promoting agriculture in developing countries, with food aid only being used in exceptional emergencies. 27 September 2010Burundi, which with United Nations help returned to relative stability after decades of conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people, has appealed to the world body and the international community at large to continue their support on the road to economic development.
“Every United Nations staff member, no matter where he or she toils, and whether or not he or she realizes it, is working in the shadow of Ralph Bunche, who believed passionately in the need for an independent, international civil service,” Mr. Annan said in a ceremony marking the issuance of a UN stamp in honour of the man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his role as mediator in the 1948-49 Israeli-Arab war.”He would be satisfied, I think, to see what we are doing to improve UN peacekeeping and other responses to conflict. Yet he would be deeply dismayed that it has taken so long to take such modest steps, and truly appalled that it took new acts of genocide to set these changes in motion,” he said of the man who as Under-Secretary General for Special Political Affairs until his retirement, and subsequent death, in 1971 played a leading role in UN peacekeeping efforts.Mr. Bunche, who was present at the creation of the UN, one of the co-authors of its Charter and a leading advocate of decolonization, was a patient and meticulous negotiator on the outside, but “inside him burned a blazing urgency and idealism about the many problems facing the human family, especially the oppressed and disposed,” Mr. Annan declared.In “a few memorable words” he encapsulated the UN’s mission in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. The world body exists “not merely to preserve the peace but also to make change – even radical change – possible without violent upheaval. The United Nations has no vested interest in the status quo,” Mr. Annan quoted Mr. Bunche as saying.”We should all strive to recapture that spirit today,” Mr. Annan added. “As we continue Bunche’s efforts to rouse the world from complacency and indifference, we should do as Bunche did, and ask what each one of us can do to build a safer, better world for all people.”Such daily devotion to peace, coexistence and mutual respect would be the best way to celebrate the force of life, the champion of peace, the inspiration that was Ralph Bunche,” he concluded.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deputy director for the region, Radhouane Nouicer, said yesterday that the agency has asked Yemeni authorities to instruct the local coastguard to refrain from shooting at boats as the arrive.“We are extremely concerned about this incident, where innocent civilians got hurt,” Mr. Nouicer said.Survivors of Monday’s incident have told UNHCR staff that Yemeni armed forces starting shooting as passengers on a boat carrying 120 Somalis and Ethiopians disembarked on a beach near the town of Belhaf. The fatalities are believed to be one Somali passenger and one smuggler.The remaining smugglers on the boat – who were in possession of a gun, according to the passengers – then decided to head back to sea with about 60 people still on board, before later dropping the passengers further along the coast near Jila’a.About 110 of the boat people have now sought assistance from a UNHCR reception centre in May’fa.The killings come as UNHCR has expressed growing concern in recent weeks about Yemen’s treatment of the thousands of people who have been arriving from Somalia, usually in extremely rickety boats, during the annual sailing season on the Gulf of Aden.As many as 23,000 people have been documented making the journey this year, and UNHCR records indicate that at least 360 people have perished during the crossing – there are reports that smugglers sometimes attack passengers and throw them overboard – and another 150 people are missing.Earlier this month UNHCR urged Yemen to reconsider the imminent deportation of a group of 126 Ethiopian boat people and urged the country to abide by its commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention. Yemen is one of the few countries in its region that has signed that pact. There are now more than 88,000 registered refugees in the country, with nearly all hailing from Somalia.
Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson (3) passes the ball during a game against Indiana Oct. 26 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerAfter being shut out by then-No. 12 Northwestern, the Ohio State field hockey team (5-12, 0-6) is scheduled have a chance for revenge against the Wildcats Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes, who are seeded seventh in the tournament, are scheduled to take on the second-seeded Wildcats at 12:15 p.m.Despite the previous result against Northwestern, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said the tournament is a new beginning for the Buckeyes.“To be in the tournament, starting fresh, it’s a new season,” Wilkinson said. “I think that (the players) are excited about it.”Senior midfielder Mona Frommhold said another chance against Northwestern is a great opportunity for OSU.“It’s a good chance to do something better … The last game we lost 5-0,” Frommhold said. “We just want to play differently this time. We want to win, actually.”Sophomore forward Peanut Johnson said this match will be different from the last because the team has a better idea of what to anticipate from the Wildcats.“Now we know what to except from (Northwestern),” Johnson said. “We worked on things specific to them so I think it should be a lot better game. We’re more focusing on what we can do in relation to how they play, but we are definitely focused on making ourselves better.”The Buckeyes need to focus on being able to finish the plays they have control over, Wilkinson said.“Really it’s our ability to execute,” Wilkinson said. “Statistically we had more corners than they did, but they finished their opportunities. So really we need to be able to execute our opportunities, so we worked on that with a little bit of pressure this week.”She said the main goal is to stop Northwestern from hitting dangerous areas on the field.“We have to be aware,” Wilkinson said. “They’ve got a lot of speed so we need to be able to shut down certain areas of the field. We need to recognize (their players) early, whether we can step and deny them the ball … we are trying to get some good matchups out there both defensively and on the attack.”Johnson said the other teams in the tournament might underestimate OSU because of its record, but that they shouldn’t count the Buckeyes out.“People might be taking us lightly but anything can happen in tournament time,” Johnson said. “We are all really committed to showing up this tournament.”OSU plays host to the Big Ten Tournament this year, with all games set to be played at Buckeye Varsity Field, and Frommhold said the home-team advantage will be a boost.“I think a lot of our fans are coming and will cheer for us,” Frommhold said. “We are all very excited for the tournament.”Wilkinson agreed.“We are excited but so is Northwestern,” Wilkinson said. “They are co-champions of the Big Ten and they’ve got a lot of quality players. We know it’s going to be a lot of work and we need to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that we get and really limit their chances.”The tournament is scheduled to open at 10 a.m Thursday with Michigan taking on Iowa. The Buckeyes are set to play after the first match.
No arrest is expected and the Diocese of Oxford stressed there was no suggestion of guilt. Matt Ineson, who has waived his right to anonymity, says he was raped by a former priest, the Rev Trevor Devamanikkam, in Bradford in the 1980s…. The Rt Rev Steven Croft will be interviewed under caution by South Yorkshire Police as part of an investigation over alleged failures to report abuse, sources have told The Telegraph. However, a senior lawyer involved in the case said that Bishop Croft is set to be questioned over possible offences of misconduct in public office. The Bishop of Oxford will be summoned for questioning by police over claims he failed to pass on allegations of rape against a priest.
← Previous Story Polish Ekstraklasa: Vive Kielce and Wisla Plock both lose! Next Story → Edin Basic and Cedric Paty staying in Chambery Savoie As everyone expected, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid met in the final of Copa del Rey, the two giants of Spanish handball. Barcelona started the game well and at times had 3 goals difference in the first half, but Atletico always managed to catch up and the first half ended with Barcelona advantage of 15-14. However, the second half brought us a huge game turnover. After losing by 3 goals at the beginning of the 2nd half, Atletico Madrid managed to make an incredible run, and have 5-6 goals lead about 15 minutes before the end. Calling a timeout, Barcelona made 3-0 run from 51st to 54th minute, but then Atletico Madrid got back in goal-scoring shape, and concluded the game with a victory of 37-31, lifting the Copa del Rey trophy!
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS company says it’s on course to record a record quarterly operating profit, likely driven by strong sales of high-end smartphones that offset weak semiconductor orders.The guidance for Samsung’s third quarter earnings showed it was on track to report a record-high quarterly profit for a fourth straight quarter, despite legal tussles with Apple that resulted in a $1 billion compensation judgment in August.But analysts said a rise in marketing spending will decrease the company’s profit in the October-December quarter and sustaining fat margins in premium mobile devices could be increasingly tough.Samsung estimated in a regulatory filing that its July-September operating income nearly doubled to 8.1 trillion won (€5.6 billion) from 4.25 trillion won a year earlier.The result, which is 21 percent higher than Samsung’s previous record high profit posted in the April-June quarter, was better than the market consensus of 7.6 trillion won, according to a poll of 26 analysts by FnGuide Inc., a financial information provider.The world’s largest maker of mobile phones, memory chips and TVs estimated its quarterly revenue at 52 trillion won, up 26 percent from a year earlier and meeting expectations.Shares of Samsung traded 0.4 per cent lower in Seoul. Samsung will announce its full quarterly results including net income and a breakdown for each division toward the end of this month.Analysts believe Samsung’s mobile communications business that sells smartphones, media players and tablet computers generated almost 70 per cent of its operating profit in the last quarter.
Been waiting to get started on that DIY netbook or tablet until you could easily integrate one of Pixel Qi’s daylight-readable displays? Now’s your chance! Tin Can Tools is offering up a slick new kit that includes everything you need.That even includes a 10.1-inch Pixel Qi display — no small bonus, because it’s still not easy for the average Joe to get his hands on one. The kit also includes an Animal LVDS expansion board, an LVDS adapter board, and two 40-pin ribbon cables. It’s compatible with the very popular BeagleBoard Rev-C and xM, and both the PandaBoard and PandaBoard ES. Complete hookup instructions are included, of course.So what’s all this going to set you back? Tin Can Tools is selling the kit for $299, which is about $24 more than you’ll pay for the Pixel Qi display alone — assuming you’re able to find someone that has it for sale in the first place. They’re still a bit tricky to purchase online, and many of the company’s listed distribution partners show no inventory on hand or backorders with no ETA.The LVDS adapter board sells for $29 and the Animal for $59, so this is a pretty solid deal if you’re looking to lighten your DIY workload a bit.At the time of writing, Tin Can Tools only had four kits for sale. That means you’ll have to be fast if you want to get your hands on one and impress your friends with that fancy new hand-made gadget you’ve been pondering. Just make sure you save $500 for a 3D printer to add the requisite finishing touches.More at Pixel Qi Image: Make forums
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s the 21st century, and we were promised robots. Science fiction made us think that we’d have automated servants at home and at work, taking care of menial tasks so we can devote our valuable human minds and bodies to… reading comics and playing video games. But commercial robotics, while fun, just aren’t up to snuff yet.The core tenet of the true geek is that if something doesn’t exist, we make it ourself. So join us on a journey around the world to meet eleven inventors who weren’t satisfied with the state of contemporary robotics and hacked together personal mechanical assistants in a staggering array of shapes. From scrap metal servants on a Chinese farm to a face-recognizing laser drone in a pizza box, these are our picks for the coolest and craziest homemade robots out there.LokiMany of the homemade robots we’re going to see here started out as hobby projects before getting out of control – sort of like Ultron. David Shinsel’s “Loki” probably isn’t going to evolve into a malevolent superintelligence aiming to eradicate all organic life, though. Built from aluminum, the rolling robot is four feet tall and about 40 pounds. It uses a pair of three-fingered hands on the end of fully movable arms and uses facial and color recognition software to identify CDs, count money, respond to voice commands and navigate his house using an odometer, compass and maps.Bum-BotThe problem of homelessness is one that is puzzling many cities right now, as housing becomes more expensive and the opioid epidemic drains productive people from the workforce. The situation is complex, but Atlanta barbecue restaurant owner Rufus Terrill has come up with… well, we wouldn’t say a solution exactly, but it sure is a robot. The three-wheeled unit is controlled remotely and built from a meat smoker. It has a camera system, loudspeaker and lights that Rufus – who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2009 – uses to roust out undesirables after dark in the parking lot around his business. If they resist, the front-mounted water cannon gives them a cold squirt.BlessU-2Robots and religion typically aren’t subjects that go together well, but a group of Protestants in Germany are trying to erase that divide with the help of a clergybot. BlessU-2 was built in honor of the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to expand the notions of what getting a blessing means. It can speak in multiple languages in male and female voices, and recites from a selection of pre-programmed prayers. We don’t see this somewhat terrifying looking machine replacing human priests anytime soon, but we said that about travel agents and look what happened to them.Robot RickshawChinese farmer Wu Yulu is probably the world’s most prolific homemade robot inventor. From his property outside of Beijing, he’s spent decades creating charming single-purpose robots out of junk. His first creation was a robot rickshaw driver to chauffeur him around the farm in style, and since then he’s built several dozen more. A different robot pours his tea, lights his cigarettes and more. His hobby hasn’t been without cost – an exploding battery scarred his face pretty badly and another failed experiment burned his house down. He still soldiers on, though, building new friends and helpers.MX-PhoenixWhile most of the robots in this article have appearances that give away their amateur construction, the MX-Phoenix looks slick and futuristic, like something that could have come out of a black ops lab and not a garage in Norway. Inventor Kåre Halvorsen has a day job as an engineer, but on weekends he lets his lust for robots take him over. The MX-Phoenix was built to display a proof of concept for a hexapodal walker that could take on a variety of rough terrain. Constructed mainly from 3D printed ABS plastic, it’s a creepy crawler that could develop into something very cool.ScrapbotLet’s head back to China for one of the beefiest homemade robots on this list. Inventor Tao Xiangli built his massive robot companion, who clocks in at over six feet tall and nearly 500 pounds. Brightly illuminated, the vaguely humanoid creation can perform simple motions like rotating its neck and raising its arms at the flip of one of the dozens of switches that stud its body. It can also respond to commands through IR beaming. Tao’s creation isn’t mobile on its own, though, so there’s no risk of it going on a rampage.Laser Eye BlasterAsimov’s first law states that no robot should ever harm a human, but laws are meant to be broken. 19 year old Arizona college student Michael Reeves made headlines in April by constructing a robot that scans the room for his face and, if it sees him, blasts him in the eye with a low-wattage laser. Made from a pair of servos and a webcam hooked up to a database, the contraption is housed in a pizza box for maximum funkiness. As for why exactly he felt the need to create something that hates him, Reeves didn’t seem to have a particularly good answer.The SafecrackerLet’s continue with the theme of robots who use their mechanical powers for evil. When engineer Nathan Seidle came into possession of a second-hand safe with no combination, he set to building a robot that could crack it. The finished project is an automated device made from 3D printed and off-the-shelf parts that can crack a safe in an average of 36 minutes with no fuss or muss. The machine illustrates the scary reality that brute force isn’t the only game in town. If a tireless machine can algorithmically test every combination, safe manufacturers are going to have to come up with some new tricks.The Bear ElectrocutionerGoing face-to-face with a bear isn’t the smartest idea, so Turkish inventor Mustafa Karasungur decided to deputize a robot to do it for him. His bizarre creation is a white-faced homunculus that rolls along on a wooden platform, jerking its arms wildly. Here’s the kicker, though: if it does encounter a bear, built-in batteries release 25,000 volts into the beast. Unfortunately, it’ll do the same to a human because Karasungur’s not really up on the latest AI developments.AikoWhile some robot makers pursue their craft to make human lives easier, others have a different motivation: companionship. Le Trung is a Japanese software engineer who lives with his parents and hasn’t had much luck on the dating scene, so he sank some $20,000 into the creation of artificial femme Aiko. The humanoid robot has a network of sensors throughout her body, speaks both English and Japanese and… can’t walk. Trung is working on that, though, and hopes to have his perfect woman ambulatory soon.Captured! By RobotsIt can be hard to put a band together – egos clash, skill levels vary, and the pay’s not great. So in 1996, Jay Vance decided to throw all that out the window and just construct his own backing musicians. The result was Captured! By Robots, the gig that he’s been doing for the last two decades. Clad in a gimp mask, Vance shreds on guitar as automated drummers, bass players and other noisemakers hammer away behind him. His creations are both hilarious and totally terrifying.
Misty Ashdown hasn’t had the easiest path to her last year of high school. After entering foster care at age 11, she has overcome an adolescence of unstable circumstances to reach a point of helping others.The Union High School senior has lived with three foster families since entering the system. In that time, Ashdown learned to never rely on other people for much — a mind-set she said softened the adjustment of entering new families and the reality of never having the same lifestyle as her peers.If you’d like to contribute to Misty Ashdown’s donation drive, contact Union High School Culminating Project Coordinator Connie Hennessey at 360-604-6250.That personal experience inspired Ashdown’s culminating project that focuses on the needs of foster youths.“I thought since I’ve been through the system I know what it’s like, and I want to help people,” Ashdown said.The culminating project is a graduation requirement that includes a research essay, 15 hours of community service and a presentation. Those components are completed during a student’s junior and senior years.“A lot of kids will choose the big national issues as their project topics,” said Connie Hennessey, who coordinates the projects at Union High School. “Then others will choose things, like Misty did, that are much closer to home.”
Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterA Metro bus waits to pick up riders at the Northwest Transit CenterMetro says some of its fare collection boxes are over 20 years old and some of the components can’t be updated. But technology has raced ahead, and riders now want more options with their smartphones. The transit agency is now trying to figure out how to collect fares in the 21st century. It’s now hiring a consultant to help with the effort. Metro CEO Tom Lambert says one thing riders have been asking for is a way they can pay a single fare and then transfer to other bus systems. “That’s a platform that we can think can be seamless no matter what jurisdiction you’re in,” says Lambert. “We’ve been talking to our colleagues at Harris County Transit and Fort Bend Transit to see, can they leverage off of that platform.”Along with customer convenience there are other issues. Board member Christof Spieler says fare collection can affect Metro’s entire operation. “A fare system has huge impacts on the reliability and travel time of our service,” adds Spieler. “How you board a vehicle and how long that takes.”Officials say no matter what system Metro eventually chooses, riders will still have the option to pay cash. 00:00 /01:03
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157 British Airways’ flights delayed globally after computer glitch Share Tags: British Airways LONDON — British Airways travellers are suffering delays globally due to a computer glitch in the check-in systems, the latest in a string of technical failures to hit major international airlines.Travellers took to social media to complain of long lines and the airline said “a number’” of airports were affected.According to tracking service Flightaware, 157 BA flights were delayed, or 17 per cent of its total flights, and five were cancelled as of midday in London.“We’ve been in line for three hours,” Erik Blangsted, told KGO-TV as he waited for his flight at San Francisco International Airport. “We’ve talked to the people who’ve offered us some cold water and some chips _ and sympathy.”The airline apologized and said passengers are now being checked in at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports but that the process may be “a bit slower than usual.”BA had to apologize already in July after computer glitches in check-in systems also delayed passengers. It began installing new systems last October and completed the rollout earlier this year.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThe company, which is part of the International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, says it would “encourage customers to check in online before they reach the airport.”The airline’s problems come barely a month after U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc. suffered a global outage that caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, costing it $100 million in lost revenue.A fire and failure of a piece of equipment at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters on Aug. 8 had caused a massive outage of the airline’s computer systems, leading to three days of heavy cancellations and delays. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>
Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Presidential candidate Henrique Capriles is mobbed at rallies by ecstatic women who press close to touch him and leave scratches on his arms and neck. Some shout “Marry me!” to the single 40-year-old who’s trying to unseat President Hugo Chavez in next month’s hotly contested vote.The 58-year-old Chavez campaigns as the living legend who for more than 13 years has remade this oil-rich country in his socialistic vision. But he’s also adjusting his approach as he confronts for the first time a younger, charismatic rival. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Top Stories “It would be a true fright, a civil war in Venezuela,” Chavez said during a Sept. 11 news conference of a Capriles win. “With our great victory, we are going to continue leaving behind the horror.”Capriles has said he wouldn’t touch the government’s programs and would improve what he said was their poorly administration.Chavez has also unleashed scathing rhetoric to paint Capriles as a protector of the wealthy “bourgeoisie,” calling his ilk “fascists” and “neo-Nazis.”Last week, Capriles was forced to boot a top aide from his campaign after the lawmaker was caught on video accepting a purported bribe. The grainy video has been replayed for days on state television since the scandal erupted.Violence has also broken out at campaign events, including a rock-throwing clash before a Capriles rally last week in which police said at least 14 people were hurt.In his speeches, Capriles has avoided name-calling, referring to his adversary as “the government’s candidate” while chiding him for talking much and doing little. However, he has accused Chavez of lying about the government’s achievements and neglecting the country’s oil industry, infrastructure and agriculture. He’s also gone to great lengths to freshen up his image for younger voters. Instead of his military fatigues, he’s been wearing casual blue jackets and occasionally a yellow scarf.“Who’s the candidate of the future?” the president shouted to thousands of supporters during a speech outside Caracas. “Chavez!”Singing with a band, the president then belted out the lyrics to his campaign jingle: “Chavez, heart of the people!”On the streets of Caracas, young supporters have painted cartoon-like murals depicting Chavez as a rapper with tattoos, a basketball player and a motorcycle-taxi driver _ images apparently geared at making him seem cool to voters who’ve grown up during his presidency.Jacqueline Faria, a leading Chavez campaign official, said the murals simply reflect the love Chavez enjoys from Venezuela’s youth. “The president has youth, youth exuding from every pore,” she said.The president has also wielded a tougher message, telling voters in speeches that he stands for stability while his opponent represents “chaos” and would do away with the government’s popular social programs. Judging from the frenzy at Capriles rallies, the approach is working, especially among his women fans.“I hugged him! I hugged him!” shouted housewife Andreina Delgado, trembling with excitement after throwing herself at Capriles amid a crowd of supporters in the rural town of Mamporal.“He’s our president,” Delgado said, on the verge of tears. “Look at me. I’m overcome with emotion.”Chavez has responded by trying to tie Capriles to the past, recently asking at a campaign rally, “Who’s the candidate of the coup plotters of April?” referring to the 2002 putsch that briefly ousted Chavez. He followed with “Who’s the candidate of the people? Who’s the candidate of the homeland?”With a slower Chavez, however, Capriles’ house-to-house campaigning can’t help but conjure memories of another young, charismatic politician who crisscrossed the nation before he first won the presidency in 1998.This year, the president has had to campaign against that very image of himself.“To win there has to be a deep emotional connection,” Capriles said in an interview on his campaign bus. “I think the government’s candidate has worn out his. He doesn’t project that energy, that spark.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share The two are taking at times contrasting approaches ahead of Venezuela’s Oct. 7 election but they’re aiming for the same pool of swing voters made up of Venezuelans under 30 and women of all social classes.While recent polls show everything from a tie to a double-digit lead for Chavez, they’ve also revealed between 10 and 20 percent of voters who are either undecided or won’t say whom they support.Most of those _ about 1.5 million of them _ are working-class voters who will play a crucial role in the election, said Angel Alvarez, a professor of political science at Venezuela’s Central University.To try to persuade them, Chavez and his campaign have been using “the threat that Henrique Capriles has a package of secret economic measures that are going to seriously affect them,” Alvarez said.“As for Capriles’ side, I’d say the strategy is to show that Chavez’s government has performed badly in a range of areas from crime to jobs,” Alvarez said. “Who will win? The one that manages to convince those voters… that his adversary is the more dangerous one.”Capriles is also betting on his youthful appeal. He’s campaigned vigorously in more than 200 towns nationwide, pumping hands and sweating among the crowds. The opposition-aligned organization Voto Joven, or Youth Vote, estimates that more than a third of registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 25, making them a key target for both camps. “They’re importing everything: rice, coffee, beef, milk,” Capriles said in a speech this week. He also pointed to dramatically higher murder rates and said that in this vote, “We’re going to make a life-and-death decision.”With Capriles focusing on such concrete issues, Chavez “has no choice but to be doubly aggressive,” said Alfredo Keller, a Venezuelan pollster and political consultant who says he isn’t working for either side.Trying to hone their strategies, both candidates have reportedly turned to experienced campaign consultants for advice.Venezuelans newspapers have reported that Chavez hired Brazilian consultant Joao Santana, who ran the campaigns of Brazilian presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Faria said she was unable to confirm the reports and that others in charge of the campaign “have sought out his advisers.”Armando Briquet, Capriles’ campaign manager, confirmed that Brazilian campaign consultants Renato Pereira and Francisco Chico Mendez, relative political newcomers, have advised the campaign on some issues. Briquet said, however, that the opposition leader’s strategy has been homegrown and focused largely on “opening up spaces for feelings, for people to feel free to express themselves.” Patients with chronic pain give advice 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) As the response at campaign events show, Capriles’ appeal to women has become another asset, turning the lean, athletic candidate into a kind of opposition sex symbol.On the stump, Capriles has argued that he would inject a fresh voice into politics and replace a bloated administration that’s run out of ideas. He also tries to reassure Venezuelans that he won’t take away the social programs started by Chavez and will manage a peaceful transition of power.“I ask each Venezuelan to reflect deeply, put your hand on your heart and think if it can be better, and think if after 14 years, whether the one who didn’t come through is going to do it in the next six years,” Capriles told supporters at a rally on Monday. “Think about it, young people, women.”Chavez, for his part, faces a challenge rare in electoral politics: trying to appear fresh while seeking a third presidential term that would extend his time in office to two decades.First, Chavez has tried to erase doubts about his health after more than a year of cancer treatment. He’s shown up on television singing and dancing, even at times slinging an electric bass guitar over his shoulder and pretending to play to the beat. Nonetheless, he’s appeared at fewer rallies and has at times looked noticeably bloated and aged. 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By George PsyllidesCyprus, Israel, and Greece held a “historic” summit on Thursday, during which they agreed to strengthen co-operation between the three countries and invited others to join them in promoting co-operation and peace in the region.According to a declaration following a meeting in Nicosia between President Nicos Anastasiades and the Prime Ministers of Greece Alexis Tsipras and Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, the three countries agreed to strengthen co-operation and promote partnership in various fields of common interest.Among the subjects discussed by the three leaders was a pipeline carrying natural gas from Israel and Cyprus to Europe through Greece, and an underwater cable – the EuroAsia Interconnector — linking Israeli, Cypriot, and Greek power grids.“We express our strong support to the export of Eastern Mediterranean gas to continental Europe,” the declaration said. “In this context, we reiterate our readiness to further explore projects such as the EastMed Pipeline. We have agreed to work closely together promoting joint projects, which will enhance the security of energy supply. We invite neighbouring countries to explore possible synergies which can be implemented by working collectively on a regional basis.”The three leaders decided to establish a permanent ministerial committee on energy in order to consider strategic and practical aspects of joint action in the field of energy cooperation.“The philosophy of our cooperation is based on the indisputable fact that our states are governed by the same common values and common conviction that it is vital to work collectively to effectively tackle the many challenges we face on a national, regional, and international level,” Anastasiades said.He added: The aim of the cooperation between the three countries was to promote peace, stability, and security in the Eastern Mediterranean through substantive and practical reinforcement of their partnership in all fields.“In light of the underlying challenges and opportunities, and given the fluid and unstable situation in the region, our three countries, which share common democratic values, principles, and interests, have, to this end, agreed on the importance for closer cooperation and a coordinated set of policies,” the declaration said.The three leaders stressed that the partnership was not directed against any other countries in the region.“Our partnership is not exclusive in design or nature, and we are ready to welcome other like-minded actors to join our efforts to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as regional peace and stability.”The three countries said they were examining practical means of cooperating and implementing joint projects and synergies in the fields of energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, water management, migration, and combating terrorism.They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the management of water resources.Anastasiades, Netanyahu and Tsipras agreed to explore the possibility of collaboration in a series of other areas including agriculture, joint fire-fighting efforts, environmental protection, joint emergency response to natural disasters, search and rescue exercises, and health, management of epidemics.The three countries acknowledged the importance of tourism and the vast potential collaboration towards encouraging the influx of tourists to the region by offering joint packages, including cruises and religious, medical, and other thematic tourism.The three leaders have agreed that the next trilateral Summit will be held in Israel in the second half of 2016.In his own remarks to the press, Netanyahu spoke of “common goals” shared by the three nations.“By working together we can advance more effectively than by working separately,” he said, noting that during the meeting of the three leaders they discussed the issue of natural gas “and we decided to explore this in a very audacious way, to form a trilateral committee between Greece Cyprus and Israel to plan the possibility of a pipeline that would take our common resources of gas and export it to Europe via Greece.”Netanyahu added: “We can pledge that our trilateral cooperation will help bring the blessings of progress not only to the citizens of our three democracies but also perhaps to the wider region by helping stability, security, prosperity and peace.”For his part, Tsipras said he and Anastasiades also discussed the Cyprus issue in their private meeting.“The Cyprus problem is not an issue that concerns only Cyprus, Greece and Turkey; it is an international issue and in this respect we believe that its internationalization helps to solve it.”Meanwhile energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis will be heading to Israel next month to continue talks on a gas unitisation agreement between the two countries, according to the Cyprus News Agency.The arrangement was agreed during talks held on Thursday between Lakkotrypis and his Israeli counterpart Yuval Steinitz, on the sidelines of the trilateral meeting. 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