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The Obosi community in the Idemili Northern Local Government Area of ​​Anambra State questioned the senator representing the region, Uche Ekwueme, for his absence during the vote on the electronic transmission of election results to the chamber legislative superior last week.

A former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, is from the community.

Voters, under the auspices of the Obosi Development Union, made the request in a statement jointly signed by President Goddy Ikebuaku and Secretary Chimezie Obi and made available to reporters in Awka on Wednesday. .

They lamented that Ekwunife’s absence was a sign of insensitivity and disconnection with his constituents.

They expressed disappointment that their voice was not heard in the Senate on the issue due to the absence of their representative.

Voters alleged that Ekwunife was aware of their disaffection with the country’s electoral system, which was intrinsically linked to the lack of integrity and trust in the process of obtaining election results.

They noted that this usually resulted in acrimony, violence and death.

The statement read in part: “As our representative in the National Assembly, we expect that when very sensitive and important voting decisions take place in the Senate, you will not only make yourself available, but also use all the necessary information. possible means to put pressure on your colleagues, especially those from the North, because of their numerical strength, to support initiatives that will advance the cause and that of your fellow citizens.

“Unless a satisfactory explanation is offered, our members and your constituents as a whole are inclined to view your action as typical of politicians, who profit or hope to profit from the manipulation of election results that has hampered our electoral system and frustrated the desire of the people to elect. representatives of their choice as guaranteed by the Constitution of 1999 as amended.

Efforts to get the Senator’s reaction were unsuccessful as her cell phone rang.

She had not yet responded to an SMS and WhatsApp messages sent to her at the time of filing this report.

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The world’s best airlines for 2021, ranked by AirlineRatings.com https://bridgevillestar.com/the-worlds-best-airlines-for-2021-ranked-by-airlineratings-com/ https://bridgevillestar.com/the-worlds-best-airlines-for-2021-ranked-by-airlineratings-com/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:58:09 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/the-worlds-best-airlines-for-2021-ranked-by-airlineratings-com/



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It has been an odd year for the aviation industry, with many airlines grounding planes for much of 2020.

But as air travel returns to some regions, AirlineRatings.com has released its annual roundup of the world’s best carriers, ready to help travelers decide which airline to choose for their return to the skies.

Australia’s aviation and product safety rating agency compiles its airline excellence awards based on criteria such as fleet age, passenger reviews and product offerings. This year, the team of global editors also incorporated the airlines’ Covid-19 responses.

And so for 2021 there’s a new entry at number one: Qatar Airways has jumped up the rankings to clinch the top spot, beating previous winner Air New Zealand – which has topped the list six times in recent years. and this year has come to number two.

Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings.com told CNN Travel that it was Qatar Airways’ response to the pandemic that sealed the deal.

“Qatar Airways has always featured prominently in our rankings, winning various awards such as Best Business Class, but it was the airline’s commitment to keeping its route network widely open that garnered praise and the judges’ votes, ”Thomas said.

Thomas also highlights the airline’s repatriation flights and its commitment to making the pandemic flight experience as safe as possible.

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Qatar Airways is AirlineRatings.com’s top airline for 2021.

AirlineRatings.com typically announces its top airlines in November, in anticipation of the coming year. The pandemic has forced the Aviation Safety and Product Rating Agency to turn things around.

“We pushed the 2021 announcement back into the year 2021 due to the Covid chaos and we wanted to see how the industry would handle the pandemic over a longer period before making any selections,” says Thomas.

Usually profitability is one of the key factors evaluated by judges as they rank top airlines, but due to the significant financial impact of Covid-19 on the aviation industry, finances have not been taken. into account this year.

“We had to give it up this year because pretty much every airline is losing money,” says Thomas.

Last year's winner, Air New Zealand, is number two on this year's list.

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Last year’s winner, Air New Zealand, is number two on this year’s list.

With Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand in the top five this year, Singapore Airlines is in third place. Singapore Airlines has already won the award for Best Airline in 2019.

Number four on the AirlineRatings.com list is Qantas. The Australian airline was separately ranked the world’s safest airline by AirlineRatings earlier this year.

At number five is Emirates, based in Dubai.

In addition to the top 20 ranking, AirlineRatings.com also awarded additional prizes for airline offers including Best First Class (Singapore Airlines), Best Cabin Crew (Virgin Australia) and Best Lounges in airport (Qantas).

Meanwhile, low-cost carrier EasyJet won the award for best low-cost airline for Europe, while Jetstar took the award in Asia / Pacific and the Southwest took home the award in the Americas.

1. Qatar Airways

2. Air New Zealand

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Emirates

6. Cathay Pacific

7. Atlantic Virgo

8. United Airlines

9. EVA Air

10. British Airways

11. Lufthansa

12. ANA

13. Finnair

14. Japanese airlines

15. KLM

16. Hawaiian Airlines

17. Alaska Airlines

18. Virgo Australia

19. Delta Air Lines

20. Etihad Airways

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Walton supporter criticizes newspaper over recent media coverage https://bridgevillestar.com/walton-supporter-criticizes-newspaper-over-recent-media-coverage/ https://bridgevillestar.com/walton-supporter-criticizes-newspaper-over-recent-media-coverage/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:19:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/walton-supporter-criticizes-newspaper-over-recent-media-coverage/ Grant accuses The Buffalo News of lying about the Democratic mayoral candidate in a recent article

BUFFALO, NY – “In this country you are innocent until proven guilty. Miss Walton was treated like a criminal. She was treated as if she was guilty.

That was longtime activist Betty Jean Grant’s assessment of a recent Buffalo News article on Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton.

The story that came out on Monday recounted Walton’s forced departure in 2018 from a house she was renting in the city’s Fruit Belt neighborhood. At issue, a neighbor complained that a friend of Walton’s was using the house to sell drugs. The article points out that the friend was never arrested and that the story relies on a few anonymous sources.

“If you can complain about a problem, you have to be brave enough to get your name printed,” said Grant, who led a late morning protest outside The Buffalo News building. A dozen and a half people were present for the demonstration. Grant was also a constant supporter of the Walton campaign.

But while Grant said the article was full of “half-truths, false statements and errors,” Walton’s campaign did not criticize the article when 2 On Your Side contacted him for comment. .

The Walton campaign made a brief statement including: “We are aware of the protest and humbled by the unwavering support from our neighbors. But the campaign insists there was no coordination with Grant over Wednesday’s protest.

This is not the first unflattering story about Walton. Last month, while being interviewed by Claudine Ewing of 2 On Your Side, Walton discussed her arrest in 2014 related to a protection order filed against her by a nurse she worked with at the time.

“The things that come out of me regarding my past are not uncommon and it’s not something that says I’m a bad person. It’s something that says I’m an average person, ”Walton said in the interview.

But this and other critical stories have not been met with demonstrations.

When this was pointed out, Walton agreed to be interviewed for The Buffalo News story, Grant suggested it was a mistake from someone new to politics, “I think if she had to have a lawyer , she would have had someone like me there, I would tell her to be sure not to add fuel to a fire when there is nothing really beyond those initial embers.

2 On Your Side has also contacted the newspaper for comment. Editor-in-chief Michael Connolly replied:

“In election coverage, our job is to educate readers as much as possible about the candidates. In the Buffalo mayoral race, the news will continue to work hard to ensure voters have the best possible information about the candidates, their campaigns and their plans for Ox. “

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New Mexico records highest number of daily cases since early May | Local News https://bridgevillestar.com/new-mexico-records-highest-number-of-daily-cases-since-early-may-local-news/ https://bridgevillestar.com/new-mexico-records-highest-number-of-daily-cases-since-early-may-local-news/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 21:37:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/new-mexico-records-highest-number-of-daily-cases-since-early-may-local-news/

The New Mexico Department of Health reported 271 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday – the state’s largest one-day total in more than two months.

Infections have increased in all states over the past two weeks, fueled in large part by the highly contagious delta variant.

Last week, senior health officials in New Mexico said the delta variant was becoming more prevalent in parts of the state. But they were not yet alarmed as the total number of confirmed cases was only a few dozen.

Still, Wednesday’s case count suggests the variant is starting to spread faster in New Mexico. New infections have nearly doubled since Tuesday, when the state reported 137 cases. And Wednesday’s statewide tally was the highest since May 7, when New Mexico reported 285 infections.

Nationally, the delta variant has been linked to 83% of new infections, up from 50% earlier this month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In New Mexico, Bernalillo County recorded the most new cases on Wednesday with 77, followed by Eddy County with 27, San Juan County with 22, Doña Ana County with 21, Sandoval with 17 and Curry County with 13. Santa Fe and Otero counties both added nine cases.

Health officials also reported another outbreak at the Otero County Treatment Center, where the virus was detected among 31 federal inmates.

The state reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, including a Rio Arriba County man in his 60s who had underlying conditions. The other deaths occurred in the counties of Bernalillo, Catron, Otero and Valencia.

New Mexico has recorded a total of 207,972 confirmed cases, resulting in 4,392 deaths.

As of Wednesday, 72.2% of eligible New Mexicans were fully immunized, while in Santa Fe County, 73.9% of residents were vaccinated.

Health officials said most of the new infections were in people who had not been fully vaccinated.

According to the Department of Health, 94 patients have been hospitalized in New Mexico with COVID-19.

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Transmission of electronic results possible, depending on Atiku group https://bridgevillestar.com/transmission-of-electronic-results-possible-depending-on-atiku-group/ https://bridgevillestar.com/transmission-of-electronic-results-possible-depending-on-atiku-group/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:37:06 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/transmission-of-electronic-results-possible-depending-on-atiku-group/

Supporting organization Atiku claims that real-time electronic transmission of election results is 100% possible in Nigeria, contrary to the position of the “transparent Senate, election phobic, Congress-led all progressives.”

The group discussed the argument in a statement Wednesday from its national publicity secretary, Dr. El Mo Victor.

The statement is titled: “With a teledensity rate of 98% and MTN Nigeria’s 3G broadband coverage of over 80%, real-time electronic transmission of election results is 100% possible,” the statement said. Atiku support organization in the Senate “.

The group claimed that data from the National Communications Commission website contradicts outdated information presented by the head of the NCC technical team to the House of Representatives.

He said that “the current figure, which the NCC technical team is maliciously concealing to mislead Nigerians, shows that the teledensity rate in Nigeria in May 2021 is 98%.”

The statement read: “For every 100 inhabitants in an area, at least one person is actively connected to a network through a cell phone or other devices, thus proving the presence of a network service.

”It can display one of the following alphanumeric characters like 2G [G (GPRS), E (EDGE)], 3G, H, H +, 4G / LTE, etc. to access the Internet. See the NCC website for more information https://www.ncc.gov.ng/statistics-reports/industry-overview#monthly »

“In the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025, which was signed by President Mohammadu Buhari on March 10, 2020, and Minister of Communication Dr Isa Pantami, the NCC indeed stated on page 16 of the document that Nigeria reached 74% of 3G. countrywide coverage from March 2020.

“This flies in the face of the outdated and misleading 50% figure presented by the NCC and some Nigerian senators, such as Senator Ali Ndume and others, who see electoral transparency as a threat.

“It is also telling to note that on Monday, June 7, 2021, MTN Nigeria CEO Karl Toriola said at their annual general meeting that the company achieved 80.4% of Nigeria’s 3G broadband coverage in 2020.

“This is apart from the 3G network coverage of Globacom Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria in areas not covered by MTN or other competing network providers.”

Toriola, according to the group, said: “We are proud to announce that our network has now reached 89% national coverage, while our 3G and 4G extensions have reached 80.4% and 60.1% respectively of the network. population in 2020 ”, https: //nairametrics.com/2021/06/18/mtn-achieves-88-9-national-coverage/”

The group added that “it is clear even to the blind that with the above data Nigeria has adequate network coverage of around 100% and MTN 3G broadband coverage of 80.4% (other networks not counted) to ensure the full deployment of the technology in our election. .

This will improve transparency and integrity, increase voter confidence, strengthen democracy, and save the lives of our corps members, police and INEC staff who are routinely killed every election season.

“We encourage the Independent National Electoral Commission to assert its independence and resolutely defend the supreme provision of Article 78 and Annex 3, Part 1, F, S.15 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“We insist that electronic transmission of election results is 100% feasible and feasible in Nigeria.

“Therefore, the transparent Senate led by the APC, phobic of elections, should not constitute itself as an albatross of progress.

“The decision on the mode of election and the deployment of technology in our elections rests strictly, solely and exclusively with INEC and INEC says it can electronically transmit the results even from the most remote village in Nigeria to his server.

“The Nigerian Senate led by Dr Ahmad Lawan must rise above meanness and must not make itself an enemy of progress,” the group added.

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Biggest Giannis fans watch and celebrate away title | Sports News https://bridgevillestar.com/biggest-giannis-fans-watch-and-celebrate-away-title-sports-news/ https://bridgevillestar.com/biggest-giannis-fans-watch-and-celebrate-away-title-sports-news/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 08:22:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/biggest-giannis-fans-watch-and-celebrate-away-title-sports-news/

By DEREK GATOPOULOS and THEODORA TONGAS, Associated Press

SEPOLIA, Greece (AP) – With less than a minute to play, Yiannis Tzikas was already making plastic cups to fill with champagne.

“It’s over. No one can change this game now,” he said, his hands shaking slightly as he popped the cork.

Tzikas runs the Kivotos Cafe, where Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo used to grab a sandwich and a can of juice on his way to basketball practice as a teenager, in Sepolia, a former industrial city that has long been part of greater Athens.

In the darkness of early Wednesday, Tzikas opened up to catch Game 6 of the NBA Finals and watch the Greek Freak lead the Bucks to their first title in 50 years, beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98.

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Antetokounmpo finished with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots and was named MVP of the series.

“This is Giannis time. He deserved it and we’re proud of him, ”Tzikas said as he handed out drinks to a dozen fans who watched the game with him.

Milwaukee is eight hours behind Athens, with Game 6 starting at 4:00 a.m. local time and watched by night owl basketball fans, as well as supporters, friends and old acquaintances in Sepolia. Fans at the cafe sat brooding for the first half as Phoenix led. The crowd came alive at sunrise.

“At the start of the season we didn’t expect this but after the (Bucks) reversed the final we could see it coming,” said Kyriacos Hager, who wore Giannis’ 34 shirt. “(Antetokounmpo) brought sporty models back to this generation. It’s no longer Giannis from Sepolia, it’s Giannis from all over the world, an inspiration to many people.

Named after Noah’s Ark, Tzikas’ cafe seems to have stood still for decades, with beige tiles, dark wood and laminate counters and panels, with an assortment of liquor bottles alongside. a coffee machine – and a wall of framed Antetokounpmo Family memorabilia, signed jerseys and basketballs from the Bucks and the Greek national team.

It’s a few blocks from where Antetokounmpo and his basketball co-star brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex grew up with their Nigerian parents, who gave their four boys Greek names.

Tzikas said Giannis always stopped at a cafe when visiting Greece, adding that this had not changed with the fame.

“He was always simple, humble and polite and when he grew up he never forgot where he started,” he said. “He had a lot against him. He was poor and he was a different color from the rest of us and he did … He owed no one nothing, it was all him and his family. He believed in his dream and he made it happen.

After the match was over, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted: “Unbelievable Giannis! The Greeks celebrate everywhere!

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LA County reportedly at purple level according to California COVID plan https://bridgevillestar.com/la-county-reportedly-at-purple-level-according-to-california-covid-plan/ https://bridgevillestar.com/la-county-reportedly-at-purple-level-according-to-california-covid-plan/#respond Wed, 21 Jul 2021 01:23:21 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/la-county-reportedly-at-purple-level-according-to-california-covid-plan/

Under California’s old plan to reopen, LA County and many others would be in the most restrictive level as of July 20, 2021. This map shows a moving average of daily cases for the past week. We decided to map the 7-day average instead of new cases reported in one day, as many local health departments have focused on vaccine notification and are no longer reporting the number of cases every day of the week.

If California still used its level-based model to lift restrictions on coronaviruses, Los Angeles County and 16 others would now be in the most restrictive purple level.

On June 15, California lifted most of its restrictions and got rid of its color-coded tier system, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which was first introduced in August 2020 after an increase summer cases.

If that plan to reopen were still in effect, much of the state’s population would still face many closures and restrictions at this time, including no meals inside. This is thanks to a recent increase in cases – largely among the unvaccinated.

The state’s color-coded tier system originally ranked counties below the purple tier when the seven-day average daily rate of COVID-19 cases reached seven cases per 100,000 people. Later, in March 2021, when vaccines began to become available, the rules were revised to classify the purple level for counties with a seven-day average daily case rate of 10 per 100,000 people. (Case positivity rate and equitable vaccine distribution also played a role in tiering.)

At present, the seven-day moving averages for many counties, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento, have exceeded that rate by 10 per 100,000 cases, as originally reported by the San Jose Mercury News. The seven-day average daily case rate in LA County was 13.5 per 100,000 on Tuesday.

According to the state’s public health department, the virus is spreading at a 7-day average daily rate of 6.3 cases per 100,000 people among the unvaccinated, but at a rate of 1.1 per 100,000 people among those vaccinated, the Mercury News reported. These county figures were not available.

The test positivity rate in LA County – the most populous in the state and nation – fell from 0.4% on June 15 to 4.8% on Tuesday. That’s an increase of more than 10 times since all sectors were allowed to fully reopen on June 15, health officials reported on Monday.

LA County has also seen a “significant increase” in COVID-19-related hospitalizations each day, health officials said. There are now more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 per week, a rate that has not been reached since March, when the county was recovering from a devastating winter wave.

The county reported 1,821 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths on Tuesday. That brings the total number of positive cases in all areas of LA County to over 1.2 million, with a total of 24,587 deaths.

The alarming increase in cases led county public health officials last week to reinstate a mask warrant, requiring residents to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

“We all forgot about the level system because we wanted to,” Dr. John Swartzberg, professor emeritus of infectious diseases and vaccinology at UC Berkeley, told the Mercury News. “We are not in a very good place compared to where we were a month ago. “

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Economist: Cantinflan essay-show from AMLO; Le Monde: the Mexican mafiocracy https://bridgevillestar.com/economist-cantinflan-essay-show-from-amlo-le-monde-the-mexican-mafiocracy/ https://bridgevillestar.com/economist-cantinflan-essay-show-from-amlo-le-monde-the-mexican-mafiocracy/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 22:53:56 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/economist-cantinflan-essay-show-from-amlo-le-monde-the-mexican-mafiocracy/

In recent days, two major foreign newspapers have published unflattering articles on Mexico.

Brittany The Economist published a column under the title “Mexican president holds show trial of his predecessors, while France The world published a report entitled “Mexico under the sprawling influence of the Mafiocracy. “

The Economist The column criticized the August 1 referendum in which Mexicans will be asked, in a roundabout way, whether the last five previous presidents – blamed by President López Obrador for all kinds of problems facing the country today – should be investigated for corruption.

The referendum question – translated by The Economist as: Do you agree or not that appropriate actions in accordance with the constitutional and legal framework be taken in order to undertake actions to clarify political decisions taken in the past by political actors, aimed at guaranteeing justice and the rights of possible victims? – is one that “could have been conceived by Cantinflas, a comedic actor who transformed the Mexican taste for circumlocution into an absurd art form,” the British newspaper said.

“This is what President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants Mexicans to decide in a national referendum on August 1. Decoded, that means, should he be allowed to orchestrate some sort of unofficial show trial of his five most recent predecessors and their subordinates?

The Economist asserted that holding a popular vote on whether or not someone should be prosecuted is a “travesty of the rule of law”, although he acknowledged that the Supreme Court, headed by a ally of the president, “narrowly ruled that the referendum was constitutional but softened the issue to its current convoluted form. “

The newspaper said the organization of the referendum is “even more surreal” given that López Obrador, commonly known as AMLO, has indicated that he will not vote because he prefers to look to the future rather than linger. on the past – even if he frequently denounces against his predecessors during his long morning press conferences.

The president said he would respect the will of the people and seek to hold his predecessors to account for alleged corruption if that is what the citizens want. The referendum will be binding if 40% of eligible voters participate and a majority supports it. But it is not clear whether the 40% threshold will be reached as opposition parties boycott the vote.

The Economist said the referendum “serves many of the president’s goals.”

“He likes advisory votes. They support his claim to pay more attention to the people than his predecessors. He used them to support decisions he wanted to make anyway, like canceling a new half-built airport in Mexico City, ”the column said.

“… The vote also confirms that, in the fight against corruption, AMLO prefers the theater, which it can basically stage ”, The Economist mentionned.

In Le Monde, the article was titled “Mexico under the sprawling influence of the Mafiocracy”.

He argued that López Obrador – despite his own grandiose proclamations – has failed in the fight against corruption. The newspaper quoted María Amparo Casar of Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity, who said: “Corruption in Mexico is healthy. We speak against corruption but there is no anti-corruption policy.

Citing the results of last month’s election, in which the ruling Morena party lost its qualified majority in the Chamber of Deputies but retained control of the lower house with the support of its allies, The Economist admitted that López Obrador remains popular but said he was “no longer invincible”.

“A lot of Mexicans still think he’s on their side. But they are suffering from the pandemic, the government’s mismanagement of it and the resulting economic slump, as well as relentless violent crime. To divert attention from political failures, their president needs all the political theater performances from Cantinflan that he can muster, ”he concluded.

Meanwhile, the The world The report focused on the security situation in Mexico with particular emphasis on political violence in the run-up to the June 6 elections. He examined the case of Alma Barragán, candidate for the Citizens’ Movement party in Moroleón, Guanajuato, who was murdered 12 days before the elections.

One of Barragán’s sons has ties to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, The world said, citing an investigation which he said should be kept confidential.

“Was Alma Rosa Barragán a narco-candidate or was there an attempt to discredit her to justify the murder? »Asked security expert David Saucedo in an interview with the French newspaper.

The world noted that more than 140 politicians and candidates were assassinated during the election period and that criminal organizations were able to influence the electoral process and its results.

the The world The report also cited a claim by a US military official earlier this year that 30 to 35 percent of Mexican territory is controlled by drug cartels. Among the episodes of violence he recounted was the wave of cartel attacks in Culiacán in October 2019, sparked by the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, a son of former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo »Guzmán.

The newspaper’s headline “mafiocracy” is taken from an interview with US-based organized crime expert Edgardo Buscaglia.

“Citizens’ votes carry less weight than the influence of the mafias [drug cartels],” he said The world.

“… To influence the [election] results, the drug cartels have instilled fear and shed blood, methods which… are only the visible part of Mexican narco-politics, whose expanding networks give this federal republic the air of mafiocracy ”, indicates The report.

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Putin inspects new Russian fighter jet unveiled at airshow https://bridgevillestar.com/putin-inspects-new-russian-fighter-jet-unveiled-at-airshow/ https://bridgevillestar.com/putin-inspects-new-russian-fighter-jet-unveiled-at-airshow/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:08:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/putin-inspects-new-russian-fighter-jet-unveiled-at-airshow/

MOSCOW, July 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday inspected a prototype of a new fifth-generation Sukhoi fighter jet that Russia unveiled at its annual MAKS airshow with an eye on export markets.

The fighter plane, which goes by the project name “Checkmate”, is likely to be presented as a rival to the American F-35 stealth fighter, said Oleg Panteleyev, head of the analysis agency Aviaport.

The fighter jet is expected to make its maiden maiden voyage in 2023 and a first batch is expected to be produced in 2026, the Interfax news agency said citing a presentation.

Rostec, Russia’s state aerospace and defense conglomerate, said the plane was difficult to detect and would have low operating costs. A brief promotional video featured pilots from the United Arab Emirates, India, Vietnam and Argentina, suggesting that Moscow wants to launch the plane overseas.

Russia has successfully produced prototypes of new weapon systems in recent years, but has sometimes struggled to move into series production.

Checkmate, the new fifth-generation Sukhoi stealth fighter jet is seen during an opening ceremony of the MAKS-2021 air show in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, Russia on July 20, 2021. Sputnik / Alexei Nikolskyi / Kremlin via REUTERS

Under Putin, he invested heavily in military aircraft and new weaponry, both for his own armed forces and also to increase export earnings from arms sales. Many of its new weapons are still based on technology from the Soviet era of the Cold War.

Russia already has fourth-generation fighter jets – the heavy-class Sukhoi Su-27 and the light-class Mikoyan MiG-29. It has only one heavy-class fifth-generation fighter jet, the Su-57, but no light-class equivalent, Panteleyev said.

“Light class fighter jets are in more demand around the world than heavy class jets – they are cheaper and more suitable for states that do not have large territories,” he told Reuters.

In 2011, Russia used the MAKS air show to unveil the Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter.

United Aircraft Corporation, which is part of Rostec, owns the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer that dates back to the Soviet era.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Gleb Stolyarov; Editing by Alison Williams

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Misty Tuesday in Berks County and the region was largely due to wildfires in the west.

An air quality alert was in effect from the National Weather Service. No alert was issued for Wednesday.

The smoke spread as far as 2,500 miles downwind of the wildfire sites.

“Due to the fact that smoke particles are small and light, they can be carried hundreds or even thousands of kilometers from their source,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex DaSilva.

“While the smoke is not thick enough to obstruct surface visibility, it is thick enough to create poor air quality in some areas and allow for vibrant sunrises and sunsets.”

Smoke from wildfires is made up of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, buildings and other materials, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Anyone can get sick from inhaling smoke, but those at particular risk are those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, children, pregnant women, and first responders.

On Wednesday, expect temperatures in the 80s with a possible strong thunderstorm and a low of nearly 60 degrees by Thursday morning.

Then Thursday through Saturday should be about as comfortable as July in Berks with daily highs in the mid-80s under mostly sunny skies and lows in the 60s on Friday and Saturday mornings, according to AccuWeather.

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