This is how Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of America.
Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts announced on Friday an ambition to make Britain the best place in the world to do science.
In a speech at Policy Exchange, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts argued that Britain’s our universities, science facilities and researchers – are the best single hope for making our way in the high-tech world of the future, creating jobs and opportunities and boosting high-tech economic growth.
He said that “If properly nurtured they can ensure that Britain will be up there as a leading location for research in the physical and life sciences. Britain can be the preferred location for companies’ R&D.” Also adding that “We can have world-class industries using cutting-edge technologies. We can have a prosperous future with a role in the world.”
However like most of the ambitious projects the government are keen to launch the downside to this is there will absolutely no extra Government financial support for its abitious plans, he said: “There will be no additional Government funding. This time we will be looking to private finance and perhaps sponsorship from some of the businesses that are keen to recruit more British graduates”.
Let’s hope that there is private financial investment and sponsorship – but in these financial times when companies like Pfizer closed with 2,400 jobs in Kent last year, Unilever laying over a thousand staff in December and BAE lost 3000 jobs in early 2011 – I wonder who will invest and where he optimistically thinks money will actually be found to ensure Universities are helped with his ambitious plans?
Video courtesy of Policy Exchange website
Recent intelligence obtained on Wednesday, and it is believed to have originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan, advised the United States of a plan to set off car or truck bombs in Washington or New York around the time of the 9/11 anniversary. Information about the attacks came from NBC this week.
The information indicated that three people would travel to the U.S. from Pakistan to carry out an attack, they said. However, the information included very little else in the way of specifics — in terms of timing or target.
Law enforcement officials were being alerted to be on the lookout for three men “of Middle Eastern descent” and potentially traveling in a van, they said. While the information had some specificity and the source has been credible in the past, it’s uncorroborated, officials warned.
New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that the commemorations will go ahead as planned but under heightened police presence due to the warnings of a threat.
Hurricane Irene is making its way to the US east coast its recent attack on North Carolina. There have been three deaths in North Carolina and Virginia, and the hurricane has caused a lot of flooding and damage so far. The hurricane is reported to be 500 miles in width, and has winds of around 140km/h, as it moves slowly northwards.
The city of New York has been estimated to be hit by the hurricane as meteorologists predict the city to be in its path. 2 million people in New Jersey have been ordered to evacuate after warnings of storm surges and flooding. Its governor confirming that “over a million people have left the Jersey shore in the last 24 hours.”
To the north in New York City, 300,000 people living in low-lying areas have been told to leave in an unprecedented mandatory evacuation. New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg said the hurricane could be was a “life-threatening” and that it would be dangerous to ignore the order “You have to prepare for the worst case” he said. Barack Obama, who cut short his holiday to return to Washington, had a conference call about the hurricane on Saturday.
Information source: BBC News Website
Reuters News Agency has an update on the Hurricane at the following address : http://www.reuters.com/subjects/hurricanes/hurricane-tracker