Kalmar to Deliver Autonomous Equipment for Yara Birkeland

first_imgzoom Kalmar and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software and services for a fully digitalized container handling solution at Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway.This means that all the necessary operations related to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel Yara Birkeland will be conducted in a fully autonomous and cost-efficient manner, with zero emissions, as explained by the two companies.The delivery is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of 2020.“With this agreement, Yara Birkeland is not just the world’s first electric and autonomous container vessel; it is the world’s first fully digitalised and electric supply chain, with all operations, including loading, unloading and sailing conducted in a fully autonomous manner with zero emissions,” Tove Andersen, EVP Production, Yara, commented.Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara last year announced a partnership with technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first fully autonomous, battery operated container vessel.Yara Birkeland is expected to reduce emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys annually in a densely populated area of Norway. The vessel will transport fertilizer from Yara’s Porsgrunn plant via inland waterways to the deep-sea ports of Larvik and Brevik, a journey of 31 nautical miles.Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will provide the autonomous loading and unloading solution for Yara Birkeland, as well as transportation between the fertilizer production facilities and the quay. The solution will be implemented in phases, with the level of automation gradually increased over time. The end result will be a fully autonomous, mixed-traffic and zero-emission solution in an industrial environment, according to the duo.Kalmar will also support Yara’s operations with a full-scale service contract. Furthermore, Kalmar personnel will provide operational, automation and software support for the whole solution.“We are very excited to work with Yara on this unique groundbreaking project. The project involves several firsts for us, including the first fully automated RMG for vessel loading, unloading and container storage management. Furthermore, the Kalmar FastCharge AutoStrads will drive along the public roads in the Porsgrunn industrial park, which is also used by normal road traffic. We are working closely with local authorities and other parties to ensure the safety of passengers and vehicles at all times,” Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, said.Image Courtesy: Yara/Kalmarlast_img read more

Ojibway boxer Spencer hopes to punch her way to Olympic glory

first_imgAPTN National NewsOjibway boxer Mary Spencer is in London getting ready for her first bout at the 2012 Summer Olympics.Based on her record, Spencer is one of Canada’s hopefuls for a medal.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story about Spencer’s road to the Olympics.last_img

Air pax growth slows to whimper in March… ends 4-year record

first_imgMumbai: Domestic air passenger traffic growth managed to remain in the green in March growing falt or 0.14 percent, largely due to the huge capacity reduction following the troubles at Jet Airways in the month, show the monthly data released by the DGCA Monday. The cumulative traffic of 11 domestic airlines stood at 11.59 million in March compared to 11.58 million passengers a year ago, as per the data. The March numbers are a big setback to the industry which had been clipping at over 20 percent for more than four years in a row. After a record run-rate in high double digits, traffic has been on a lower altitude in January when it grew 9.1 percent, first single digit growth in four years, and lost the momentum further in February when the incremental growth was capped at a low 5.62 percent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe disappointing March numbers can most be attributed to the troubles that Jet had been facing and the resultant spike in ticket prices across other airlines. The airline was finally grounded last week. Jet Airways, once the second largest airline after no-frills IndiGo, lost as much as nearly half of the market share to 5.37 percent during the month under review as against 10 percent in the same period of last fiscal. Together with subsidiary JetLite, the consolidated traffic of the now non-functional carrier was 6.71 lakh passengers in month, whereas in the same period last year it had flown 15 lakh passengers on its own. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBudget carrier IndiGo continued to be the largest player with a market share of 46.9 percent ferrying 54 lakh passengers during the month, while its closest rival SpiceJet was a distant second with 13.6 percent of the total traffic pie carrying 15.81 million in March. Significantly, the national carrier Air India, which has a number of aircraft on ground for quite some time now, had the dubious distinction of cancelling the maximum number of flights or 8.94 percent of its scheduled departures, followed by JetLite and new entrant Star Air. The passenger load factor in March has shown falling trend compared to February due to end of the vacation period. SpiceJet continued its spree of highest average seat occupancy across its planes at 91.4 percent while GoAir topped the on-time performance chart for the sixth consecutive month at 95.2 percent.last_img read more

Sri Lanka condemns attack on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir

“Our hearts are with those affected,” she tweeted.Six women and one man were killed in Monday evening’s attack in the southern district of Anantnag. It was the deadliest assault on Hindu pilgrims in the majority-Muslim region since 2000, and comes amid heightened religious tensions across northern India and another summer of violence in Kashmir. (Colombo Gazette) “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected and our friends in India,” he said. Sri Lanka today condemned an attack on Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir in which seven people were killed.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted saying the attack on pilgrims in Amarnath Yatris was devastating. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said Sri Lanka condemns in the strongest terms, the attack on peaceful pilgrims in Amarnath Yatris. read more

Kosovo Albanians must provide Serbs with sense of security – UN envoy

Video of Council meeting [2hrs 57mins] “One can expect and must demand real progress in the implementation of those standards that together contribute most to the establishment of a multi-ethnic Kosovo,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen told the Security Council of the eight necessary goals. These include freedom of movement, rule of law, functioning local institutions, and the return and protection of the rights of minorities, particularly Serbs, in the province that has been under UN administration since 1999 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting. Mr. Jessen-Petersen noted in his briefing to the Council that the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and KFOR, the multinational security force, are now better positioned to provide such protection than they were in March when an onslaught by extremists among the Albanian majority against the Serb, Roma and Askhali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned. “But only Kosovo Albanian leaders and society can and must effectively dispel the need for such protection and create true security,” he added, presenting Mr. Annan’s latest report on Kosovo. “The authorities must ensure that all communities feel safe and secure and are able to live normal lives, free of fear and intimidation.” He urged the Serbs to rejoin the Kosovo Security Advisory Group, set up to bring together representatives of all communities to build confidence, and the working group on decentralization. He regretted that very few Serbs took part in last month’s elections and stressed that once a new government is formed “its first act must be to reach out to improve the living conditions of the Kosovo Serbs.” He cited the bad economic situation as “possibly the biggest threat to stability and reconciliation,” threatened to take unspecified sanctions against officials both at the central and municipal level who blocked attempts to make improvements in the area of the standards, but also held out the prospect that a final resolution might be moving into view. “After almost five years of managing a holding operation in Kosovo, we may be moving towards the end game – talks on final status,” he declared. read more

Top UN humanitarian official urges greater effort to foresee prevent crises

“It is becoming clearer with every large-scale crisis and with the protracted nature of others, that the way we have been doing business is not sustainable,” said Valerie Amos, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Ms. Amos made this stark observation in a wide-ranging address in New York kicking off the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) three-day Humanitarian Affairs segment, an annual platform for Member States, UN agencies, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss new and pressing humanitarian issues.The theme of this year’s meeting is: “The future of humanitarian affairs: Towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.” “International humanitarian assistance is at a crossroads. The way we work must change,” declared Ms. Amos, noting that more and more people are affected by crises that are increasingly complex and protracted. Moreover, the cost of responding to these crises is escalating rapidly.Against such a backdrop, she called for greater action to foresee emergencies, prevent them and mitigate their effects. “And we need to do more to address the underlying drivers of conflict and protect people in the midst of them,” she added. Ms. Amos drew the Council’s attention to the conflicts in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan and the widening crisis in Iraq as examples of the urgent for humanitarian assistance, saying that such crises, as well as devastating natural disasters, will continue to proliferate and to worsen due to factors such as growth population, poverty and the effects of climate change.She said the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN World Summit on Disaster Reduction to be held in 2015 asn well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among other forums, offer opportunities to consider these challenges and designing new ways of working in humanitarian aid.In addition, the discussions this week in ECOSOC also would also provide an opportunity to address these crucial issues, including, among others, the necessary changes in the delivery of humanitarian aid, note Ms. Amos. read more

Goodman student helps ring NASDAQ bell

Mark Dano, a fourth-year business administration student, helped ring the NASDAQ closing bell in March.A recent visit to New York wound up a ringing success for Brock student Mark Dano.The fourth-year business administration student, who travelled to the Big Apple to attend the Quinnipac GAME V Forum in March, was chosen to represent the University at a NASDAQ closing bell ceremony.Dano joined NASDAQ representatives and panelists from GAME, a global asset management education conference for students who hope to work on Wall or Bay Street, for the ceremony. The event, which marks the closing of the markets for the day, was broadcast on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and BNN.Dano was one of eight students from Brock’s Goodman School of Business attending the conference, of which NASDAQ was a sponsor.He and fellow student Sean Bouwers organized the Brock Finance and Investment Group’s (BFIG) involvement in GAME. Both students have been active with BFIG, a student-run investment group that focuses on capital markets and financial education through a student-funded and managed portfolio.“The biggest value for me was the opportunity to network with a vast number of students from all over the world and getting in-depth information from people who work on Wall Street — people who have worked for over 30 years in large firms and even the U.S. government,” Dano said.This was the third time Dano has attended GAME, which he says has given him the greatest exposure to what happens in the world of finance. It has also shown him the many paths a person can take when embarking on such career after graduation.Other Brock students attending GAME were Colin Dano, Patrick Heming, Harry Jagdev, Michael Nash, Hyder Shah and Jake Berec. read more

Poland playoffs Vive Kielce humiliates Azoty Pulawy wins by 28 goals

← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL F4: Kielce and Barca to open showtime Next Story → Maja Zebic to Vardar SCBT In the first semi-final match against Azoty Puławy, Vive Targi Kielce flew up for the win. Literally, because it was the wingers played leading roles in this clear victory. Beginning of the game certainly can not be described as “spectacular”. Players from Puławy lost the ball again and again, unable to work out good position to throw. On the other hand “Iskra’s” players had big problems with efficacy, but they were saving by the flawless counterattacks. The entire first half belonged to two Croatians who successfully discouraged opponents to play. After thirty minutes Ivan Cupić has 11 and Manuel Strlek 6 goals, with overall result 22:7. In the second part, Polish champions have changed the entire “starting seven”, so that each player could play in this game. Also in the second formation wingers were the brightest points of Bogdan Wenta’s team. Worth praising is also a game of Rastko Stojković, who scored nine goals in whole game. Effective goals may compensate for lack of emotion in the match, decidedly win 49:21. Next game will be played tomorow.Vive Targi Kielce – Azoty Puławy 49:21 (22:7)VTK: Szmal, Losert – Buntić 1, Tomczak 8, Olafsson 5, Jurecki, Rosiński, Tkaczyk 4, Zorman 1, Stojković 9, Musa, Bielecki 1, Lijewski 2, Strlek 6, Cupić 11Azoty: Grzybowski, Stęczniewski, Sokołowski – Kus, Szyba 2, Grzelak, Bałwas 1, Ćwikliński 2, Krajewski 4, Jankowski 3, Sobol 1, Przybylski 6, Barzenkov 2.”TEXT: Ida Baran read more

VELUX EHF FINAL 4 Who will win this time

 Loading … The VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne will be played on Saturday and Sunday at magnificient “Lanxess Arena” where 20.000 fans as always will cheer for their favorites. ← Previous Story TORRELLANO CUP 2016: Come and enjoy handball time in Elche Next Story → EHF CL: Best 7, Sabate and Djukic! Veszprem – THW Kiel Veszprem win +3 and more Veszprem win with goal or two THW Kiel win with goal or two THW Kiel win +3 and moreView Results  Loading … velux ehfvelux ehf final 4 Kielce – PSG Handball Kielce win +3 and more Kielce win with goal or two PSG win with +3 and more PSG win with goal or twoView Results read more

Mourinho believes Fred can become better

first_imgJose Mourinho has given a hint that new signing Fred can step up his game at Manchester United by improving off the ball.The former Shakhtar Donetsk star man opened his account in a United shirt by scoring the first goal against Wolves.Unfortunately, the goal was canceled out by a resurgent Wolves side in the second half amid a poor United display in Old Trafford.However, Mourinho has lambasted the performance of his team and went further to suggest Fred can develop some aspects of his game.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho made a point of singling out his quality when United have the ball: “Yes, step by step. “Especially when the team has the ball, of course, he has quality.“I think we don’t deserve more than the draw and I think Wolves deserved to leave the pitch with that result as compensation for the hard work they put in,” he said.“We were not intense enough in our defensive work. We let them play; we didn’t press intensely.“We gave them too much time to be comfortable when they had the ball, and we were not creative or dynamic enough in the last third, with many players not sharp and not with that fire you need in the last third to beat an organized block of seven players.”last_img read more

Padres radio station 973 to become The Fan following social media controversy

first_img , April 12, 2018 Padres radio station 97.3 to become ‘The Fan’ following social media controversy Posted: April 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsChris Ello joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about 97.3’s rebranding as “The Fan” following a controversial social media post.On March 26, a social media post by 97.3 The Machine morning show host-to-be Kevin Klein sparked issues with the Padres just days before the season began.After two weeks of discussion, 97.3 will go away with their sports/comedy format and shift towards an all-sports format as 97.3 The Fan.The new Padres radio network will feature an evening show starring Tony Gwynn Jr. and Chris Ello from 3 to 7 p.m.Klein, who sparked the controversy after tweeting a picture of the Coronado Bridge with the word “Jump” to promote his show, will not be a part of the network moving forward. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:34 AMlast_img read more

Holiday closures for the Fourth of July

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed on the Fourth of July:o GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, Thursday’s pickups will be made Friday.o MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery except for Express Mail. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.o PUBLIC SCHOOLS: No classes.o COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.o PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.o BUSES: C-Tran buses follow Sunday/holiday schedules. TriMet buses follow Sunday schedules; MAX and Portland Streetcar follow Saturday schedules.o GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.nBANKS: Most closed. Check your bank for details.o FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets close at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed Thursday.o DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.o VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.o EMISSIONS TESTING: Stations closed.o CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices closed. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.o FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.o MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed.o WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Hours of department stores and restaurants may vary.o ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.o THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed. Circulation lines, 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to noon.last_img read more

Rare winter wildfires in Southwest Oregon and Coast Range

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. — High winds and a lack of rain combined to whip up a dozen small fires around Western Oregon, many in old logging slash that was burned in recent months and would have been doused by rain in a normal winter.The Oregon Department of Forestry said two fires burned Friday on private timberland southeast of Cannon Beach. One was 50 acres and another 30 acres. Both were in old logging debris that had been burned recently.In southwestern Oregon, Grayback Forestry President Mike Wheelock sent crews to two fires rekindled in piles of logging slash.One has burned 125 acres on private timberland north of Shady Cove and another 8 acres in the Ashland watershed.Five fires were burning in the Cascades southeast of Salem, and three outside Coos Bay.last_img read more

Missile Defense Budget Shows Continued Alaska Role

first_imgThe ground-based missile defense system, which includes interceptors at Fort Greeley, failed at target practice over the Pacific last year. Now the Pentagon is asking Congress for money to overhaul the system. The budget request shows Alaska is likely to remain central to missile defense as the system matures.Download AudioMissile Defense Agency director James Syring told senators they don’t need to worry about a repeat of last year’s botched test, when an interceptor launched from California missed because the head failed to separate from the booster.“The failure last July I won’t go into details in this forum, but it was very simple. I’m confident that we’ve corrected that,” he said.The Missile Defense Agency is asking Congress for $7.5 billion for next year. Syring says one crucial element is a new detection system called LRDR – long-range discrimination radar, which is likely to be based in Alaska. Syring told a Senate Committee he wants to have the billion-dollar radar operating within six years.“The importance of the radar is that it provides us that needed discrimination capability against the threat from North Korea,” he said. “As they continue to progress and add decoys and counter-measures, and I’ll stop there in terms of classification, we must have a discrimination ability of a radar to counter that.”Syring says he hopes to announce a location in a few months, but the agency has already told potential contractors to assume the radar will be installed at Clear Air Force Station, near Fairbanks. The budget also calls for 14 more interceptors at Fort Greely, bringing the total there to 40 by mid-2017. One part of Alaska the Missile Defense Agency is giving up on is Kodiak. The agency used to launch rockets from there to serve as targets but stopped in 2010 in favor a Kwajelein atoll in the Pacific. Sen. Lisa Murkowski asked if the Kodiak Launch Facility might be part of a future test. Syring said no, because the testing has to be more realistic now, and the geometry of a launch from Kodiak makes it a poor stand-in for North Korea.last_img read more

Orientation conducted for new batch of IISER in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati organised BSMS-2019 orientation programme for students and parents of the new batch. Around 140 students have taken admission into the BSMS programme and 70 students into PhD and IPhD courses.IISER Director Prof KN Ganesh addressed the students emphasising mainly on the outcome of the programmes, campus culture, permanent campus and extra-curricular activities etc., The first year students will stay in the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) as the hostel in the transit campus is not yet ready. As the hostel space was already consumed on the transit campus, thankfully, ICI has given the hostel accommodation for 150 students and also classrooms for lectures. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Students commute to transit campus for labs and tutorials. Parents were delighted seeing both the campuses. Later, students were made aware of various committees on campus like anti-ragging, counselling for students and women cell. The first two weeks will be induction programme for the BSMS-2019 students. Actual classes start from August 13, 2019 said the Assistant Registrar Chaman Mehta.last_img read more

DC Offers Security Camera Voucher Program for LowIncome Residents

first_imgWashington, D.C., needs all the virtual eyes and ears it can get to monitor crime and, as a result, the city government is launching a voucher program for people who can’t afford to make the initial deposit for a security camera system.The existing Private Security Camera Incentive Program provides rebates for the purchase, installation and registration of security camera systems after they are placed outside of a building owned or leased by a resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution. The city pays up to $200 of the purchase price for every camera installed outside of a residential building, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address. The reimbursement is the same for cameras installed outside businesses and commercial nonprofit or religious institutions. The maximum rebate for that category is $750 per address.Reimbursements are typically made within nine weeks, said Christopher Dyer, the program’s administrator.Now, the city wants people on public assistance to join the program as well and hopes to launch the voucher portion of the program by next year, Dyer said.“We’re trying to find a vendor who will do the installation and instead of putting the money out, we’ll do it,” Dyer said.In 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced legislation to create the program as part of her Safer, Stronger D.C. public safety initiative. Since the program started in February, the city has approved more than 1,000 applications for rebates, funding over 2,500 cameras across all eight wards.“I am thrilled that so many people have taken advantage of the program,” Bowser said in a statement.The security cameras must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department, which gives officers the ability to request the footage during criminal investigations. City officials know of two cases in which video footage led to arrests for theft, Dyer said. Police also used footage as evidence in three other cases: assault with intent to kill, a homicide and auto theft, Dyer added.Yet, there’s no evidence to suggest that the cameras have led to reduced crime rates in the city.“The program is still relatively new,” Dyer said.last_img read more

Ericsson Sues Apple for Telecom Patent Infringement

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min read February 27, 2015 Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson is suing Apple Inc for patent infringement, Ericsson said on Friday.Ericsson said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting an exclusion order against Apple’s products for infringing Ericsson patents that are essential to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards.It also filed a second ITC complaint seeking an exclusion order and multiple complaints in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting damages and injunctions for infringement of patents “critical to many other aspects of Apple’s devices”.(Reporting by Daniel Dickson; Editing by David Holmes) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

Thousands of people decide it is time to pray

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Thousands of people gathered in Bloemfontein for the National Prayer that took place over the weekend.Many Ladysmith people also made their way there to pray.The crowd gathered at the City of Roses on Saturday to pray for justice, peace and hope in South Africa at an event with the theme: ‘It is Time’.The initiative, which is a brainchild of internationally acclaimed evangelist Angus Buchan, trended on social media. People streamed into the city on the day of the event, travelling in buses, minibuses and private cars.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Labor Minister Sandra Piszk to resign move to Italy

first_imgNo related posts. Labor Minister Sandra Piszk announced she will leave her position to go to Italy with her husband, the future Italian ambassador, Radio Reloj reported.The Costa Rican government named dentist Jaime Feinzaig, Piszk’s husband, to the position. He will take over the post at the beginning of October. Piszk did not mention a date for when she will leave the Labor Ministry, saying she still needed to speak with President Laura Chinchilla.Nevertheless, Piszk’s upcoming exit serves as another setback for Chinchilla’s administration. Already in 2012, a half-dozen ministers have left or been forced to resign from the president’s Cabinet.According to Radio Reloj, Chinchilla had lobbied for Piszk to maintain her role in spite of her husband’s nomination. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

US denies it is meddling in Venezuela transition

first_imgWASHINGTON –  The United States on Thursday denied that it is meddling in a possible transition process in Venezuela amid growing demands for news about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chávez.Washington was in contact with “Venezuelans from across the political spectrum,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland acknowledged, asked about reports that US officials had had talks with Venezuelan leaders.But she insisted: “Any political transition that takes place in Venezuela has to be product of decisions that are made by Venezuelans.”“There’s no ‘made-in-America’ solution here. This has to be something that Venezuelans have to do,” Nuland stressed, without specifying who US officials were in contact with in the South American nation.Top Venezuelan officials have been gathering in Cuba where Chávez underwent a long and complicated surgery 23 days ago for a recurrence of cancer, with Venezuelan officials admitting his recovery has been difficult.Chávez, a fiery leftist who has been fiercely critical of the United States was re-elected on October 7 despite his long battle with cancer, is supposed to take office in a week for another six-year term.But it was still unclear whether he would be fit to be sworn in as planned on January 10.“The message that we are giving to Venezuelans of all stripes, that we want to see any transition be democratic, be constitutional, be open, be transparent, be legal within Venezuela, and that it has to be decided by Venezuelans,” Nuland said.She said the US administration had seen reports of growing Venezuelan concern that the government in Caracas was “not being transparent” about the true state of the president’s health. On Wednesday, Bolivian President Evo Morales, a close Chávez friend and ally, said he had spoken to his family and his condition was “very worrying.”“Let’s hope our prayers will be effective in saving the life of brother President Chávez,” Morales said of Chávez, the longtime leader of OPEC member Venezuela, which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more