Editorial: The Clean Power Plan Is Far From Dead

first_imgEditorial: The Clean Power Plan Is Far From Dead FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Los Angeles Times:The Supreme Court’s order late Tuesday halting President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is frustratingly opaque. The terse ruling offers no hints about why the court took the unusual step of pausing Obama’s important new regulations — which would have significantly curtailed emissions from the nations’ coal-fired electric plants — before a lower court had ruled on their legality. The justices may be sending the president a message about his expansive use of executive authority. Or the court may be trying to avoid a repeat of last summer’s Michigan v. EPA ruling, in which most of the nation’s power plants were already far along the path to compliance before the court got around to striking down the regulations that had been challenged in that case.Yet all is not lost. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is expected to hear arguments in June on the merits of the challenge to the EPA’s regulations, and if the fight reaches the Supreme Court, a decision likely wouldn’t come until after Obama leaves office. If the EPA prevails, states will still have time to move away from coal-fired energy production under a timetable that is supposed to see reductions begin in 2022. If the EPA loses, the next president must work with Congress to achieve the same or an even more ambitious goal, though that seems likely only to happen if the Democrats take power. As it is, at least 18 states, including California, support the Clean Power Plan, and there is nothing to preclude them from moving ahead on their own (California has already practically eliminated coal from its energy portfolio, and is ahead of the federal Clean Power Plan timeline for reducing carbon emissions).Full editorial: The U.S. can’t allow Supreme Court clean power roadblock to slow its fight against climate changelast_img read more

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Colombian Navy Seizes Over a Ton of Cocaine in the Pacific

first_img The Colombian Navy seized 1,181 kg of cocaine on board a Colombian-flagged fishing boat sailing in the Pacific towards Central America, and its seven-member crew was arrested, the military institution reported on April 8. The vessel was intercepted at 20 nautical miles west of Gorgona Island. It was reported that the boat possibly set sail from the port of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca department. According to the report, 59 bags containing about $30 million worth of drugs and belonging to the Norte del Valle Cartel were found in the fishing boat. The seven arrested crew members – all Colombian nationals – were handed over to the Buenaventura authorities, on charges of drug manufacturing, possession and smuggling. This year, the Navy has seized 19.4 tons of cocaine, the statement said. By Dialogo April 10, 2013last_img read more

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Operation Amphitrite Controls the Seas of Colombia and Panama

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 18, 2018 The nations united for a single purpose: to attack international criminal drug trafficking organizations. Months of planning, information, and intelligence enabled the Colombian National Navy and the Panamanian Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) to merge their capacities to carry out Operation Amphitrite (Operación Anfitrite), a joint effort in the Caribbean Sea that dealt a heavy blow to narcotrafficking organizations. “We met with SENAN and proposed this operation to them. They were open to the idea from the beginning. We did the planning, signed a memorandum of understanding, and today we see the results,” said Captain Normán Iván Cabrera Martínez, director of counternarcotics for the Colombian Navy. “We coordinated with Panama and achieved interoperability, the exchange of information, and intelligence. The operation enabled us to build trust between our navies to carry out such procedures.” The operation In Greek mythology, Amphitrite was the goddess of the calm sea. The Colombian Navy used the name, a symbol of serene waters, to designate the first Colombia-Panama binational operation to counter the threats of narcotrafficking at sea. The operation was planned over several months and took place in October 2017. For 30 days, personnel from the Caribbean Naval Force of the Colombian Navy and SENAN flew over and patrolled Panama’s international and jurisdictional waters to detect maritime transport of narcotics in speedboats known as go-fast boats. Operation Amphitrite was made possible thanks to a bilateral cooperation agreement between Colombia and Panama for maritime interdiction operations in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Based on this agreement, the countries signed a memorandum of understanding. “Colombian-Panamanian relations work quite well in operational terms: the Panamanian team was very well trained,” Capt. Cabrera said. Colombia and Panama work together to crack down on narcotrafficking organizations that attempt to transport drugs from Colombia’s Caribbean shores to Panama and then on to the United States. In addition to Panama, the Colombian Navy held combined exercises with Honduras, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, among others. This is the first time, however, that a real world combined anti-narcotics operation took place. “It’s like the implementation of what we’ve trained for. This is the first real world action we’ve taken through a combined operation in the war on drugs,” Capt. Cabrera said. “We managed to get SENAN personnel embarked on both our naval and air-naval units, and we achieved perfect interoperability between both countries.” The Colombian Navy used the ship ARC Victoria, an Offshore Patrol Vessel, for maritime interdiction activities. The Colombian Navy has a coast guard boat with a Bell-212 helicopter on board. During the operation, the Navy also deployed maritime patrol aircraft ARC803 to patrol the area between Barranquilla (Colombia) and Panama City (Panama). The successful operation resulted in the seizure of 2,500 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, 500 kilograms of marijuana, and 20 detainees. It also blocked speedboats on these routes. Amphitrite 2? Colombian Navy officials now study new opportunities to conduct binational operations with allied nations to continue to attack the foundations of international criminal organizations. “We are in talks to continue to do these kinds of operations, which are to include both scenarios—the Caribbean Sea as well as the Pacific Ocean—to completely close the gap for speedboats departing from Colombia,” Capt. Cabrera said. An example of bilateral cooperation “Operation Amphitrite is an excellent example of a bilateral operation under Colombian leadership, specifically under the leadership of the Colombian Navy,” U.S. Coast Guard Commander Iain McConnell, liaison officer in Colombia, said. “These kinds of operations connect two countries at different levels and capabilities, enabling them to work together. These operations are very positive.” Some of the procedures and tactics of the operation were based on models used by the U.S. Coast Guard in its maritime interdiction operations, Cmdr. McConnell said. Amphitrite followed the “Shiprider” framework agreement, which allows a security officer from an allied country (Panama) to board a vessel from another country (Colombia). The officer has legal jurisdiction, which allows for cross-border maritime operations. According to Cmdr. McConnell, during the operation, SENAN officials flew on a Colombian aircraft to ensure their maritime laws were met. This practice is part of the Joint Interagency Task Force South model, known as “Host Nation Rider,”—the air equivalent to “Shiprider.” The interdictions were made under the jurisdiction of Panama and in compliance with its laws. Panamanian authorities processed detainees for criminal prosecution. “This is a very advanced experience,” Cmdr. McConnell said. “We need to work together with other countries because narcotrafficking cartels don’t respect maritime boundaries. With Shipriders, it’s possible to operate more intelligently at sea.” Drug interdiction was not the only goal on the high seas. “Seizing cocaine doesn’t work to dismantle illegal networks. The goal is to dismantle illegal networks, and for that we need to do a large investigation on land,” Cmdr. McConnell said. “The investigation receives ongoing feedback from the results of past interdictions.” Sharing information during combined operations is essential to weaken criminal organizations. “As a transnational crime, narcotrafficking moves very fast. It’s constantly mutating and has a lot of power to corrupt. So, it’s important that we share intelligence information quickly,” Capt. Cabrera said. “We need to suppress narcotrafficking at sea,” he said. “To do so, international cooperation is necessary.”last_img read more

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Muslims in Jakarta’s 33 red zones should avoid Idul Adha mass prayers

first_imgIn Central Jakarta, the red zones are RW 011 in Cempaka Putih Barat subdistrict, RW 004 in Cempaka Putih Timur, RW 007 in Cideng, RW 001 in Galur, RW 002 in Gelora, RW 008 in Harapan Mulia, RW 001 in Johar Baru, RW 006 in Kampung Rawa, RW 006 in Kebon Kacang, RW 005 in Kramat, RW 010 in Menteng and RW 008 in Rawasari.Read also: Jakarta administration tells entertainment establishments to close on Idul AdhaIn East Jakarta, the red zones are RW 004 and RW 005  in Jati, RW 003 in Kebon Manggis and RW 007 in Palmeriam.In West Jakarta, the red zones are RW 005 in Kota Bambu Selatan, as well as RW 008 and RW 009 in Maphar.In North Jakarta, the red zones are RW 003 in Lagoa, RW 010 and RW 012 in Pademangan Barat, RW 001 and RW 020 in Pegangsaan Dua, as well as RW 015 in Tanjung Priok.In South Jakarta, the red zones are RW 004 in Kalibata and RW 004 in Pancoran.In the Thousand Islands, the red zones are RW 004 in Pari Island, RW 001 in Untung Jawa Island, as well as RW 001, RW 003, RW 004 and RW 005 in Tidung Island.Hendra said all district and subdistrict heads had been instructed to disseminate this information to the community.“[They] have also been instructed to monitor the RWs in the red zones. These red zones need more attention,” he said.The Religious Affairs Ministry issued Circular No.18/2020 to ban the public celebration of Idul Adha in red zones nationwide.Read also: Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’Meanwhile, people who wish to participate in congregational prayers are required to wear a mask and bring their own prayer mat. Children and the elderly who are at high risk are completely prohibited from participating.Muhammadiyah has also called on its followers not to hold public congregational prayers and, instead, conduct the prayers at home or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict health protocols.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said Indonesia’s main mosque, the Grand Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, would not hold Idul Adha prayer this year as the situation had not allowed this to happen.“After observing the current situation of the pandemic in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, Istiqlal will not hold Idul Adha prayers,” Fachrul said in a written statement on Monday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.He said the renovation of the Istiqlal Mosque was almost complete. Nevertheless, he added, the implementation of health protocols would be difficult as the number of worshipers traditionally reached tens of thousands.The COVID-19 outbreak has continued to worsen as the capital imposes the period of transition to the new normal, with record daily new cases and increasing office clusters detected recently.As of Tuesday noon, Jakarta has recorded 19,995 confirmed cases, with 12,367 recoveries and 784 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. (syk)Topics : “For people in red zones, please pray at home together with your respective families. This is for the collective health and safety,” Dikmental head Hendra Hidayat said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Based on the city’s website for COVID-19, corona.jakarta.go.id, as of last Thursday, as many as 33 community units (RW) in Jakarta have been categorized as red zones, an increase from 30 RWs recorded earlier.A red zone is determined based on an area’s COVID-19 incident rate. Hendra said the 33 RWs in Jakarta had been included in the Strict Control Areas (WPK).The 33 RWs are spread across 26 subdistricts in all six administrative areas in Jakarta. Here is the list of RWs categorized as red zones in Jakarta, along with their subdistrict names. The Jakarta administration has called on all Muslims living in Jakarta’s red zones to avoid mass prayers during Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which is expected to fall on July 31, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.This strengthens previous statements from the Religious Affairs Ministry and Muslim group Muhammadiyah, which are reinforcing such a restriction nationally.The Jakarta Bureau of Mental and Spiritual Education (Dikmental) warned of massive spread of the coronavirus if worshipers ignored the call as they would potentially be in close contact with virus carriers.last_img read more

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Arsenal braced for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer exit and expect offers for Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to leave Arsenal in the summer (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to leave Arsenal in the summer, while the Premier League club are also braced for offers for Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette.Gabon superstar Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 57 goals in 92 appearances.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s new captain in November following Granit Xhaka’s axing but is still being strongly linked with a summer move.Aubameyang will have just a year remaining on his current contract come the end of the season and Arsenal, reluctant to lose him for nothing in 2021, may decide to sell.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal also expect to receive offers for goalkeeper Leno and striker Lacazette.Leno has largely impressed at the Emirates following his £22.5m move from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago and it is claimed the Germany international is attracting ‘big interest’ ahead of the summer.French forward Lacazette, meanwhile, wants to be playing Champions League football so will likely push for a move unless Arsenal somehow qualify for the competition. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Feb 2020 10:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisement Comment Arsenal’s Bernd Leno is reportedly attracting ‘big interest’ (Picture: Getty)Despite Aubameyang nearing the end of his contract, Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes his former club should keep hold of the Gabon international – even if it means losing him for free in 12 months’ time.‘If I was Arsenal I would keep him and tell him to give us what they can next season, get us back in the Champions League and then you can go for free,’ Merson told Sky Sports.‘It’s hard to buy goals and this guy is a natural goal-scorer. It’s hard to buy that.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I like [Gabriel] Martinelli, he’s a top player, but you’re getting 15-20 goals guaranteed with Aubameyang, that’s some doing for Martinelli.‘I can’t talk highly enough of Martinelli. He’s 18 and playing in the best league in the world. I’m a big fan of his. He will be a superstar.’Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the Premier League, face Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday.MORE: Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson explains how Mikel Arteta will turn him into a top playerMORE: Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram message Arsenal braced for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer exit and expect offers for Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazettelast_img read more

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These are the areas where listings are up giving buyers the bargaining power

first_img28 Douglass St, Clermont is listed for the reduced price of $230,000. Picture: realestate.com.auTHESE are the suburbs where buyers are in the box seat with plenty of properties on offer putting them in a good negotiating position.New figures from CoreLogic reveal the suburbs where property listings have increased substantially in the past year.Rural suburbs and towns featured heavily in the top five in Queensland with Clermont, south west of Mackay, with the biggest increase in property listings for the year – up 80.3 per cent to 238. ENTIRE TOWN FOR SALE More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoIt was followed by Hughenden where listings increased 76.4 per cent to 97, Cloncurry was up 75.7 per cent to 202, Home Hill 69.1 per cent to 127 and Highfield up 64.4 per cent to 79.The figures are based on properties advertised for sale in the 12 months to May 2017 compared to the 12 months to May 2018. 26 Alyss St, Hughenden is listed for $350,000. Picture: realestate.com.auNationally Katherine in the Northern Territory had the highest increase in properties listed for sale – up 97.8 per cent to 182.Clermont was the second highest in Australia.The report said the Queensland suburbs and towns which dominated the list were mostly those affected by the mining downturn.“Suggesting owners may be more willing to sell as conditions level out or more distressed assets are hitting the market,’’ it said.last_img read more

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J2 Subsea and Moog Ink Distribution Deal

first_imgJ2 Subsea, ROV and survey tools rental and sale specialist in subsea services group Acteon, has secured a new distribution agreement with Moog, a designer and manufacturer of control systems and components.J2 Subsea’s global clients are now able to obtain a wider range of Moog products, including electric motors, servo valves, servo controllers, RKP pumps and electromechanical actuators. J2 Subsea will also stock Moog 30 Series Servo Valves, used by manufacturers and users of subsea manipulator arms.Future plans for the partnership include the addition of a testing facility at J2 Subsea to assess the full condition of valves before return or replacement.John Walker, director, J2 Subsea, said: “J2 Subsea’s partnership with Moog is an excellent fit and will complement our already established manipulator service and sales offering.“J2 Subsea has built its business on ensuring quality, and working with Moog, a globally recognised name that is built on the same assurances, ensures our clients receive the best products available. Furthermore, J2 Subsea will shortly be in a position to offer additional local support in Aberdeen, through stock spares and testing capabilities from our UK facility.”Chris Curr, entity manager, Moog, added: “Aberdeen remains the global centre of excellence for the subsea industry, with the highest concentration of ROV companies in the world, our agreement with J2 Subsea gives us an on the ground local presence to serve such this market.“J2 will enable us to better support the users of our products and enable customers to reduce downtime through the local despatch of our products.”last_img read more

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Gay marriage and preserving religious freedom for celebrants

first_imgPundit 18 March 2013 Will all marriage celebrants be immunized? The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Bill will soon, it seems, be passed. The Second Reading went through comfortably by 77 votes to 44 in Parliament last night. I do not wish to debate the substantive merits of the Bill but rather to comment on the conscience clause inserted to protect religious liberty. Will marriage celebrants who object, on the ground of religious belief or conscience, to conducting marriage ceremonies for homosexual and lesbian couples be protected in law? There have been numerous assurances that they will be. The latest version of the Bill, as reported back form the Select Committee, contains a clause that the Committee thinks will do the job.Section 29 amended (Licence authorizes but not obliges marriage celebrant to solemnize marriage)In section 29, insert as subsection (2): “Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), no celebrant who is a minister of religion recognised by a religious body enumerated in Schedule 1, and no celebrant who is a person nominated to solemnize marriages by an approved organisation, is obliged to solemnize a marriage if solemnizing that marriage would contravene the religious beliefs of the religious body or the religious beliefs or philosophical or humanitarian convictions of the approved organisation.”There is a problem however. Despite the Committee’s hope that this version will provide the necessary clarity that the Ministry of Justice and Crown Law advisers sought, a flaw still remains. The problem is that the exemption is not worded widely enough.http://pundit.co.nz/content/gay-marriage-and-preserving-religious-freedom-for-celebrantslast_img read more

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Crash claims the life of a Sunman resident

first_imgRipley County, Ind. — A Saturday evening crash in Ripley County claimed the life of a Sunman resident.A report from the Indiana State Police says at 9 p.m. a car driven by Matthew Anderson, 39, was eastbound on State Road 46 near County Road 650 East when his vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a van driven by Albert Brockman, 53, of Batesville, causing a head-on collision.Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Brockman and his front seat passenger, Raegene Brockman, 48, suffered serious injuries and were transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. A backseat passenger in the Brockman vehicle, Izabella Gunter, 7, was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.The crash remains under investigation.last_img

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Regulators approve Duke Energy rate decrease

first_imgPlainfield, In. — Indiana utility regulators approved an agreement between Duke Energy and consumer groups to lower customer electric rates using savings from the new federal tax law. The move will mean a 5.6 percent average rate reduction for Duke Energy Indiana customers by 2020, with most of the savings beginning in 2018.Additional savings as a result of the federal tax act and the settlement will be reflected in future filings before state utility regulators. The amount of the tax savings will vary by customer class. Average residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month will save $7.33 on their monthly electric bills by 2020.Duke Energy, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the Indiana Industrial Group and Nucor Steel submitted the agreement to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in late June. The agreement outlined how to pass along to customers the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which federal lawmakers passed in late 2017.“This is an important agreement, and the commission’s approval allows us to begin passing along savings to customers immediately and ensure they see the benefit of the new federal tax law,” said Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd. “It’s a unique opportunity to lower electric rates and help offset other costs.”Duke Energy began reflecting the lower federal tax rate in customer bills earlier in 2018 as it filed new electric bill riders with the state utility regulatory commission. In addition to the tax reductions in bill riders, the settlement agreement reduces base rates in September 2018 to reflect the lower tax rate. The agreement also includes refunds of accumulated deferred taxes in 2018 and 2020.last_img read more

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