Vice Pres Biden’s Trip to Panama

US PanamaThe Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2015.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_canal

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.VP Biden en Panama

 Monday, November 18th 

Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tour the port of Houston, Houston, Texas

Tuesday, November 19th

Vice President Biden accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Foxx, respresentatives from both parties of Congress and city leaders to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project
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Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli hold a bilateral meeting, Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli deliver statements to the press, Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

Vice President Biden participates in wreath-laying ceremony, Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial, Panama City, Panama

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Panama

October 25, 2013 – panama.usembassy.gov

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Panama the third week of November to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project. In his meeting with President Martinelli, the Vice President will discuss our bilateral partnership and emphasize our mutual interest in improving integration in Central America as a means to accelerate regional economic growth. The Vice President’s visit to the Panama Canal expansion project follows on his September visits to the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, and Savannah to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in the United States. The project will nearly triple the capacity of the canal and will allow significantly larger ships to call on U.S. ports, helping spark job creation and prosperity at home and across the Americas.

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A Report to Congress Addressing “the Critical Need for Additional Port and Inland Waterway Modernization to Accommodate Post- Panamax Vessels”

• U.S. population growth increasing 100 million within 30 years

• U.S. exports to the Americas increased from $250 billion to nearly $750 billion during between 2008 and 2011. U.S. imports and exports are projected to increase significantly

• Worldwide numbers of post-Panamax vessels increasing

• Opportunities for economically justified port expansion are expected to be greatest along the Southeast and Gulf coasts – Corps is conducting 17 port specific studies to identify expansion needs

• Increased grain exports through the Gulf can be expected as a result of transportation cost savings associated with the use of larger vessels – The capacities of the Inland Waterways serving the export market needs to be maintained to take advantage of this opportunity

For more: http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/portals/70/docs/portswaterways/Post-Panamax_Study_Webinar_July_19_2012.pdf

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FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

November 08, 2013

FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

On November 8th, President Obama will speak from the Port of New Orleans, one of the nation’s largest ports, where he will reiterate his call to invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including strategic ports along the Mississippi River such as the Port of New Orleans, which support U.S. commerce and trade.

Despite making significant progress under the President’s leadership, there is still much more work to be done across the country to improve our nation’s infrastructure. That’s why the President continues to call for greater investments. Rebuilding our roads, bridges and ports will not only put Americans back to work, but also help to expand trade, keep American businesses competitive and create even more jobs here at home.

* Ports like the one in New Orleans and around the Mississippi River Valley play a central role in the American economy by facilitating global trade and exports.

* That’s why the Obama Administration has invested significant resources into New Orleans.

* The President’s support for the Port of New Orleans has helped grow the region’s exports

* But more remains to be done, and the President has proposed increasing investments in infrastructure and continuing to promote a broad trade agenda

President Obama Understands that America’s Ports Are Key to Our Competitiveness.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/fact-sheet-modernizing-and-investing-america-s-ports-and-infrastructure

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26 Responses to Vice Pres Biden’s Trip to Panama

  1. CR says:

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  2. CR says:

    Vice President Biden to Travel to Panama

    Vice President leads a delegation of U.S. officials on a tour of the port of Houston and then to the Panama Canal expansion project, highlighting the global economic implications of investing in transportation infrastructure here at home.

    • CR says:

      Vice President Biden to visit Port of Houston

      Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:59 pm | Updated:
      1:04 pm, Thu Nov 14, 2013 Associated Press

      Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Houston next week to encourage economic development and capitalize on planned expansion of the Panama Canal.

      The White House on Wednesday announced Biden will be in Houston next Monday. Biden’s stop at the Port of Houston comes a day before he’ll tour the Panama Canal expansion project.

    • CR says:

      Vice President Biden to Travel to Panama

      October 25, 2013 – panama.usembassy.gov

      Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Panama the third week of November to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project. In his meeting with President Martinelli, the Vice President will discuss our bilateral partnership and emphasize our mutual interest in improving integration in Central America as a means to accelerate regional economic growth. The Vice President’s visit to the Panama Canal expansion project follows on his September visits to the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, and Savannah to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in the United States. The project will nearly triple the capacity of the canal and will allow significantly larger ships to call on U.S. ports, helping spark job creation and prosperity at home and across the Americas.

    • CR says:

      A Report to Congress Addressing “the Critical Need for Additional Port and Inland Waterway Modernization to Accommodate Post- Panamax Vessels”

      • U.S. population growth increasing 100 million within 30 years

      • U.S. imports and exports projected to increase significantly

      • Worldwide numbers of post-Panamax vessels increasing

      • Opportunities for economically justified port expansion are expected to be greatest along the Southeast and Gulf coasts – Corps is conducting 17 port specific studies to identify expansion needs

      • Increased grain exports through the Gulf can be expected as a result of transportation cost savings associated with the use of larger vessels – The capacities of the Inland Waterways serving the export market needs to be maintained to take advantage of this opportunity

      For more: http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/portals/70/docs/portswaterways/Post-Panamax_Study_Webinar_July_19_2012.pdf

    • CR says:

      FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

      November 08, 2013

      FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

      On November 8th, President Obama will speak from the Port of New Orleans, one of the nation’s largest ports, where he will reiterate his call to invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including strategic ports along the Mississippi River such as the Port of New Orleans, which support U.S. commerce and trade.

      Despite making significant progress under the President’s leadership, there is still much more work to be done across the country to improve our nation’s infrastructure. That’s why the President continues to call for greater investments. Rebuilding our roads, bridges and ports will not only put Americans back to work, but also help to expand trade, keep American businesses competitive and create even more jobs here at home.

      * Ports like the one in New Orleans and around the Mississippi River Valley play a central role in the American economy by facilitating global trade and exports.

      * That’s why the Obama Administration has invested significant resources into New Orleans.

      * The President’s support for the Port of New Orleans has helped grow the region’s exports

      * But more remains to be done, and the President has proposed increasing investments in infrastructure and continuing to promote a broad trade agenda

      President Obama Understands that America’s Ports Are Key to Our Competitiveness.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/fact-sheet-modernizing-and-investing-america-s-ports-and-infrastructure

    • CR says:

      November 15, 2013

      Background Conference Call with Senior Administration Officials on the Vice President’s Trip to Houston and Panama

      Via Teleconference

      9:33 A.M. EST

      MS. BARKOFF: Thanks, everyone, for joining today’s call. On today’s call, we’re hoping to provide you all with more details of the Vice President’s schedule and goals during his trip to Panama next week. This call will be on background, and our speakers will be happy to take a few questions after they give some brief opening statements at the top. We’d like to keep this call focused on the trip as much as possible. And I want to remind everyone that it is one question per person today.

      With that, I’m going to turn it over to our first speaker. You can quote them as a Senior Administration Official.

      SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thanks, Kendra.

      I’m going to just take a couple of minutes to put this trip in a broader context, and then turn it over to my colleague to talk specifically about the Panama elements of the stop and the U.S.-Panama relationship.

      The trip the Vice President is taking next week continues the most active year of engagement by this administration in the Western Hemisphere by any administration in quite a long time, with the President traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica in May; the Vice President traveling to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago; welcoming heads of state here from Peru and Chile already, and then later this year from Colombia; the Vice President was in Mexico in September; met with the President of Uruguay on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York; he has — the Vice President has initiated the first-ever sustained dialogue with members of Congress on the Western Hemisphere; and if you look at his call logs over the course of the past few weeks, there is a regular spot for leaders in the hemisphere on a wide range of issues.

      So the President has made it a priority for the administration at all levels to elevate and intensify our engagement in the Western Hemisphere, and has asked the Vice President to play a role in helping lead and spearhead that effort. And this trip to Panama next week is simply the latest in that line of engagement, and comes in a broader context of our commitment to partnership and active engagement in the Western Hemisphere.

      One of the reasons why we’re placing such a high premium on this intensive effort in the Americas is that the economic interconnections between the United States and the countries of the Americas, from Canada all the way down to Chile and everywhere in-between, create so many possibilities for American workers, for American businesses, and for the businesses and workers of all of the countries of the Americas.

      The middle class in Latin America has expanded by 50 percent, from just over 100 million in 2003 to over 150 million in 2009. And over that same period, poverty has fallen from around 44 percent down to 30 percent.

      If you look at where U.S. exports go, where the things, the stuff, that American workers make, is shipped overseas, nearly 40 percent of it goes to the Western Hemisphere. And between 2008 and 2011, U.S. exports to the Americas increased from $250 billion to nearly $750 billion.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/15/background-conference-call-senior-administration-officials-vice-presiden

    • CR says:

      Lawmakers seek $8.2B infrastructure deal

      November 16, 2013, 10:45 am By Keith Laing – TheHill

      Negotiators from the House and Senate are getting down to work on legislation that would provide about $8.2 billion in funding for port and waterway projects.

      Facing pressure from the White House, lawmakers involved in the conference committee say they are optimistic about the chances for reaching a deal that both sides can live with.

      “I am confident that the same cooperative spirit that was used to advance the Water Resources bill in the House last month will be employed to get this pro-jobs measure across the finish line,” Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.), who is the top ranking Democrat on the House’s transportation panel, said in a statement after he was named to the bicameral conference.

      Rahall was one of 11 Democrats and 13 Republicans tapped by the House this week to negotiate with the Senate on a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

      The Senate had previously announced that it would send five Democrats and three Republicans to the negotiating sessions with the House.

      Both chambers passed versions of the infrastructure measure earlier this year, and are attempting now to iron out differences in their approaches to selecting the projects that will receive funding.

      The top Republican Senate negotiator, Sen. David Vitter (La.), agreed with Rahall that lawmakers on the water bill conference committee should work in a bipartisan fashion.

      “WRDA is one of the single most significant pieces of infrastructure legislation we’ve voted on this year, and I look forward to working to get a final bill that includes our Senate provisions. We have the opportunity to reform the Corps of Engineers, streamline flood protection projects, and improve our waterways and infrastructure all in one bill. This is a huge benefit for our entire country.”

      The White House is pushing lawmakers to finish the bill as soon as possible.

      Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are traveling to the Port of Houston on Monday, which the White House said would allow them to “discuss the importance of investing in infrastructure to improve America’s competitiveness, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economy.”

      Biden and Foxx are also going to visit the Panama Canal on Tuesday to tour an expansion there the administration says will double the capacity of ships that are coming into U.S. ports. The White House says the Panama Canal expansion necessitates the new round of spending on port deepening and other water infrastructure improvement projects.

      For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/infrastructure/190470-lawmakers-seek-deal-on-82b-infrastructure-bill

    • CR says:

      November 18

      1:45 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks on Infrastructure at The Port of Houston
      Houston, Texas

    • CR says:

      November 19

      Vice President Biden accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Foxx, respresentatives from both parties of Congress and city leaders to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project
      Panama

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      Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli hold a bilateral meeting
      Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

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      Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli deliver statements to the press
      Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

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      Vice President Biden participates in wreath-laying ceremony
      Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial, Panama City, Panama

      • CR says:

        November 19, 2013

        Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the Panama Canal

        Panama Canal, Panama

        4:15 P.M. EST

        VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. President, distinguished guests, and to the 9,500 workers who are expanding this Canal, on behalf of the United States of America, thank you. Thank you for what you’re doing.

        I’ve been traveling up and down the East Coast of the United States and into the heart of the Midwest of our country and down to the Gulf of Mexico, telling the American people that something big is happening here in Panama that will have a profound effect on the economy of the United States of America. By the widening and deepening of the Panama Canal, you’re making not only a major investment, Mr. President, in your company’s future — your country’s future, but in my country’s future. You’re providing a service not only to the Panamanian people but the United States, the hemisphere and the entire world.

        I came here today from the Port of Houston in the state of Texas. In 1956, the world’s first container ship, the Ideal X, sailed into the Port of Houston. Instead of sacks and crates and boxes carried neatly in the hull of the ship, on top of that ship were stacked containers on its deck. In an instant, the shipping costs for a ton of cargo were reduced by 97 percent. It changed global commerce.

        What you’re doing here today, and what my colleagues and I are witnessing, is going to change global commerce. It’s shifting once again. A new generation of massive vessels, known as post-Panamax ships, are able to carry twice or even three times as many containers as what has come before. These ships are wider, longer, and their drafts are deeper.

        I just looked at “the old Canal.” It can accommodate a 106-foot-wide ship. The Canal being built here will accommodate 160-foot-wide ships. The arrival of these new ships presents an opportunity for countries to transport goods more cheaply than ever before. But it’s also a challenge for all of us in the rest of the world to modernize to accommodate the infrastructure that you’re building here, Mr. President.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/19/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-panama-canal

    • CR says:

      November 19, 2013

      FACT SHEET: U.S.-Panama Relations

      The United States and Panama share nearly 150 years of history and strong cooperation. Our broad economic, security, and political cooperation reflect the wide range of shared interests.

      Today in Panama City, Vice President Biden and President Martinelli discussed ways to strengthen U.S.-Panama economic cooperation in the context of global commerce and competitiveness. Panama is the fastest growing economy in the region, expanding 10.7 percent in 2012. Panama’s largest trading partner is the United States – accounting for approximately 23 percent of all two-way trade. U.S.- Panama trade grew by roughly 20 percent to more than $10 billion in 2012 and has only continued to increase since the entry into force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) in October 2012. Panama’s strategic location as a major shipping route – and its expansion of the Panama Canal – will only enhance the importance of the U.S.-Panama trade and the jobs it will support in both the United States and Panama.

      Global commerce depends on the Panama Canal.

      More than one million ships have transited the canal since its opening in 1914, and roughly five percent of world trade passes though the isthmus every year. Following the opening of the expanded Canal in 2015, the Panama Canal Authority estimates that cargo volume will double by 2025. Given that the United States is the origin and destination of two thirds of the ships transiting the Canal, the third, post-Panamax shipping lane will boost the competitiveness of U.S. exporters by reducing shipping costs.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/19/fact-sheet-us-panama-relations

    • CR says:

      November 19, 2013

      Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama

      Presidential Palace
      Panama City, Panama

      11:42 A.M. EST

      PRESIDENT MARTINELLI: (As interpreted.) Thank you very much. First of all, I would like to welcome Vice President Joseph Biden and his entire team, made up of senators, representatives and mayors from various cities in the United States, as well as their aides.

      This has been a very profitable meeting in which we have discussed a variety of subjects, among which is the subject of security — regional security — and the ongoing support that Panama and the United States contribute for hemispheric security with everything involving drug trafficking, terrorism, and other forms of trafficking.

      Likewise we have discussed the expansion of the Canal and how significant and important it is for world commerce, as well as, very specially, for the East Coast of the United States. It is imperative and necessary that the ports on the East Coast of the United States increase the dredging capability of their ports and go to at least 50 feet depth in order to take advantage of the new sizes of ships — the post-Panamax ships that will be able to transit the Panama Canal with the expansion. For that purpose, it’s necessary for the East Coast ports in the United States to increase their depth to 50 feet. This will bring a number of benefits not only for Panama and for the world economy, but also for the enormous amount of jobs and other opportunities that will be created in an enormous number of ports in the United States.

      As you well know, the Panamanian government and the Panama Canal have begun the expansion of the Canal, and this Canal expansion leads to a completion in 2015. And likewise, we have discussed with Vice President Biden that already the United States and a number of other friendly countries must begin to study the possibility of Canal expansion, to do the appropriate studies so that when they’re done in a few years, what is called a fourth set of locks be completed, because as you well know, the world maritime community is continually innovating and increasing capabilities, and therefore, there is great potential for Panama to continue taking advantage of its position as a multimodal hub, which is very well complemented by what is happening in the ports along the East Coast of the United States.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/19/remarks-press-vice-president-joe-biden-and-president-ricardo-martinelli-

  3. COS says:

    Have a nice weekend CR. I am Happy that VP Biden is getting a chance to do more traveling this term.

  4. CR says:

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    November 16, 2013

    Hi, everybody. On Thursday, I visited a steel plant in Cleveland, Ohio to talk about what we’re doing to rebuild our economy on a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth.

    One area where we’ve made great progress is American energy. After years of talk about reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we are actually poised to control our own energy future.

    Shortly after I took office, we invested in new American technologies to reverse our dependence on foreign oil and double our wind and solar power. And today, we generate more renewable energy than ever – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than anyone – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And just this week, we learned that for the first time in nearly two decades, the United States of America now produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries.

    That’s a big deal. That’s a tremendous step towards American energy independence.

    But this is important, too: we reached this milestone in part not only because we’re producing more energy, but because we’re wasting less energy. We set new fuel standards for our cars and trucks so that they’ll go twice as far on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade. That’s going to save an average driver more than $8,000 at the pump over the life of a new car. We also launched initiatives to put people to work upgrading our homes, businesses, and factories so that they waste less energy. That’s going to save our businesses money on their energy bills – that’s money they can use to hire more workers.

    Here’s another thing. Between more clean energy, and less wasted energy, our emissions of dangerous carbon pollution are actually falling. That’s good news for anyone who cares about the world we leave to our kids.

    And while our carbon emissions have been dropping, our economy has been growing. Our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs in the past 44 months. It proves that the old argument that we can’t strengthen the economy and be good stewards of our planet at the same time is a false choice. We can do both. And we have to do both.

    More good jobs. Cheaper and cleaner sources of energy. A secure energy future. Thanks to the grit and resilience of American businesses and the American people, that’s where we’re heading. And as long as I’m President, that’s where we’re going to keep heading – to leave our children a stronger economy, and a safer planet.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  5. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, November 17, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  6. CR says:

    November 17, 1800

    The Senate Moves to Washington

    A late fall storm snarled travel along the east coast. Senators trying to reach Washington from their homes in time for the new session experienced frustrating delays. A heavy blanket of snow forced cancellation of a welcoming parade.

    On November 17, 1800, following a ten-year stay in Philadelphia, the Senate of the Sixth Congress met for the first time in the Capitol Building. Work on the Capitol had begun in 1793, but materials and labor proved to be more expensive than anticipated. Facing major funding shortfalls, the building’s commissioners in 1796 decided to construct only the Senate wing (pictured). Although some third-floor rooms remained incomplete by moving day, the wing was substantially ready to receive the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and district courts.

    For more: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_Senate_Moves_to_Washington.htm

  7. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    By TAL KOPAN | 11/15/13 3:20 PM EST Updated: 11/15/13 11:00 PM EST

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson
    • Dr. Ronald Jones, surgeon for John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
    • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)
    • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)
    • Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe
    • Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Liz Cheney (R), Wyoming Senate candidate
    • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, niece of John F. Kennedy
    • Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), nephew of John F. Kennedy

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
    • Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D)

  8. CR says:

    5:50 PM ET
    The First Family attends Oregon State University’s Basketball Tournament
    Oregon State-Maryland basketball game
    Comcast Center, College Park, MD

  9. CR says:

    Boeing in Lead Over Airbus as Companies Get Record Orders

    Nov 17, 2013 3:37 AM PT By Robert Wall & Deena Kamel Yousef – bloomberg

    Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. (BA) secured record orders on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, with Emirates accounting for the bulk of purchases as it signed deals valued at more than $100 billion for wide-body aircraft.

    Boeing took an early lead in the biennial expo, signing up Etihad Airways PJSC for its new 777X wide-body as well as for more 787 Dreamliners. Emirates followed with a purchase of 150 777X valued at about $76 billion, plus an option to buy 50 more. Airbus then confirmed a deal with the largest Middle East airline for 50 A380 super-jumbos valued at $23 billion.

    “We see that demand for aviation services will continue to grow globally,” Emirates Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said at a press conference today.

    The opening day of the show reasserts the Middle East’s position as the growth engine in the global aviation industry. Qatar Airways Ltd. joined the order rush with a purchase of 50 777X airliners, while low-cost carrier FlyDubai agreed to buy 100 737 Max, Boeing’s biggest deal in the region for the upgraded single-aisle jetliner. Even before today, Emirates was already the largest operator of the current 777 and the A380.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-17/boeing-wins-orders-valued-at-almost-100-billion-at-dubai-expo.html

  10. CR says:

    November 18, 2013

    Statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by yesterday’s storms, including those who lost a loved one. The President continues to be briefed by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco. The White House will continue to stay in touch with our federal partners, including FEMA, as well as the state and local partners who are leading the response in the affected states.

    We urge citizens to continue to follow directions from their local officials. FEMA remains in close coordination with officials in affected states. FEMA’s National Watch Center in Washington remains elevated at a 24/7 enhanced watch. FEMA, through its regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City, is continuing to monitor the effects of the severe weather, including strong tornadoes that affected the Midwest yesterday.

    FEMA has an Incident Management Assistance Team, IMAT, deployed to Illinois to coordinate with state and local officials to identify needs related to disaster response and recovery. FEMA also has liaison officers positioned at emergency operation centers in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana, and additional liaison officers on standby and ready to deploy if requested.

    Before the storm system developed, FEMA, through its regional offices, began to closely coordinate with state and local partners, including Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Emergency Management Agency, Michigan Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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