The Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement, commonly called CAFTA-DR, is a free trade agreement (legally a treaty under international law, but not under US law). Originally, the agreement encompassed the United States and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and was called CAFTA. In 2004, the Dominican Republic joined the negotiations, and the agreement was renamed CAFTA-DR.
CAFTA-DR together with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and active bilateral free trade agreements, including the Canada-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement, are seen as bloc agreements instead of a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement. Panama has completed negotiations with the US for a bilateral free trade agreement (ratification of which is pending), and Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Haiti, also a CARICOM member, was expected to be given certain additional trade preferences with the US under the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act before Congress adjourned during 2006.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub.L. 109-58) is a bill passed by the United States Congress on July 29, 2005, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 8, 2005, at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The act, described by proponents as an attempt to combat growing energy problems, changed US energy policy by providing tax incentives and loan guarantees for energy production of various types.
Gerald Rudolph “Jerry” Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. A Republican, as the first person appointed to the Vice Presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment, after Spiro Agnew had resigned, when he became President upon Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the first and to date only person to have served as both President and Vice President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. Before ascending to the Vice Presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan’s 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.
As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over arguably the weakest economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford’s incumbency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but lost the presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.
Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. After experiencing health problems, Ford died in his home on December 26, 2006. Ford lived longer than any other U.S. president, living 93 years and 165 days, while his 895 day presidency remains the shortest of all Presidents who did not die in office.
Book Titles by Day Williams
1001 Quotations: Bible Passages
1001 Quotations: Military Maxims
1001 Quotations: Money Matters
The Case of the Secret Silver
Claims in Nevada http://tinyurl.com/chxuaow
David the King
Elements of Claims and Defenses in Nevada
New Testament in Blank Verse
A Treasury of Christian Poetry
Virginia Street and Other Poems
We the People http://tinyurl.com/cpsx39g
by Walt Whitman
LET us twain walk aside from the rest;
Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony,
Come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none—Tell me the whole story,
Tell me what you would not tell your brother, wife, husband, or physician.
Government Award Winner
Solar-Powered Refrigeration System
Lead NASA Center:
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
His refrigeration system uses solar power to drive a DC compressor in a conventional insulated case. It can function anywhere in the world without batteries or a power grid supply. It is in production for about $2700 per unit and is being used for vaccines and other medications in underdeveloped areas of the world.
Commercial Award Winner
Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reduced Oxidation Ceramic (TUFROC) Thermal Protection System
Lead NASA Center:
Ames Research Center (ARC)
TUFROC raised the operating temperature for lightweight reusable thermal protection from 2000 to 3000 degrees. It was flown successfully on the X37B. It is a multi-part system and is comparable in cost to ablative thermal protection.
(alphabetically by NASA Center)
Spatial Standard Observer, Ames Research Center (ARC-14569-1)
Composite Case Armor, Glenn Research Center (LEW-17954-1)
Pivot 2.0: Radiation Hardened, Fast Acquisition/Weak Signal Tracking GPS Receiver, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSC-14793-1)
Time Frequency Analysis Based On Extrema Sifting, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSC-14608)
International Berthing Docking Mechanism (IBDM), Johnson Space Center (MSC-23933-1)
Thermal Stir Welding Apparatus, Marshall Space Flight Center (MFS-31559-1-DIV)