zoom The United States ports are about to receive additional USD 36 million in funding next year as a result of an amendment that the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday during consideration of the energy and water appropriations bill.The funds have been approved to the Army Corps of Engineers and are intended for infrastructural investment including harbor improvements.“This is a major victory for our ports, allowing them to invest in dredging, maintenance and other improvements that will enable them to operate more efficiently and remain globally competitive. Our ports help drive the economy and create good paying American jobs, and I have worked to make sure that the money collected at our ports goes back to our ports,” said Congresswoman Janice Hahn, who pushed for the amendment.“We have succeeded in meeting the targeted funding level for 2016, and I will continue fighting to have Congress make annual increases until 100% of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund is used as intended to help our ports,” she added.The investments are said to be vital as trade volumes pick up speed at US ports.
Ms Humble has spoken in the past about her decision not to become a mother, and said that there is still a “stigma” attached to women who make the same decision. “By choice I have said I do not want to have children,” she explained.“And that still seems to be quite odd and you do still seem to be quite judged for it.” She added that she was pleased to be able to support other women who feel stigmatised for not wanting children. “It felt constructive, it felt like women could turn around and say: ‘at last there’s somebody there in the public eye who feels the same way we do’. “Suddenly it’s becoming a topic of conversation.” But she firmly rejected suggestions that her life’s devotion to animals is in any way a substitute for motherhood. “Absolutely not. I don’t want a substitute. I never wanted kids. “This is a completely different thing. I find animals just endlessly fascinating, in the way that people find children endlessly fascinating. “For me, there is never a dull moment when you have an animal around.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Wildlife presenter Kate Humble said she had a “panic attack” when discussing having children. The 48-year-old BBC presenter said that there was still a stigma around childless women.She has previously said that both she and her husband of 25 years Ludo Graham, 55 are not interested in having children, but the pair had discussed what they would do if one of them had a change of heart. She said she had “what I can only describe as a panic attack”. “I broke down in tears and said: ‘I cannot do it’. It was kind of a primeval response,” she added. “I don’t know where it came from. It was so strong, and that was the moment that I thought: ‘I’m never going to change my mind’.” Kate has presented a number of popular wildlife programmes, including Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Animal Park and Lambing Live.
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