Trump Pledges An ‘Orderly Transition’ As Congress Certifies Biden’s Win

first_imgImage via HOUSE TV.WASHINGTON – Congress formally confirmed Joe Biden’s presidential election victory after an overnight joint session was delayed by violent protests. Shortly after the certification, President Trump issued a statement promising an “orderly transition on January 20th.”Law enforcement officers secured the U.S. Capitol building after pro-Trump supporters breached the perimeter and entered the building as Congress met Wednesday afternoon.Lawmakers reconvened late Wednesday evening, intending to vote and affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win.The Senate recessed its debate over an objection to the results of the Electoral College after protesters forced police to lock down the building. The scene was declared a riot by police, and a curfew for DC is in effect. One woman was shot inside the Capitol and taken to the hospital; she has died from her injuries. Officials said late Wednesday she was killed when an officer discharged their service weapon. Lawmakers reconvened Wednesday evening shortly after 8 p.m. EST.Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said three other people died in “medical emergencies.”Congress first began the joint session at 1 p.m. ET to count and confirm the Electoral College vote won by Biden, while thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied near the White House before some demonstrators became violent and breached the Capitol building.Trump’s Republican allies in the House and Senate had planned to object to the election results, which the president continues to challenge. The effort will likely fail and be defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress who are prepared to accept the election results.Despite Trump’s repeated claims of voter fraud, election officials and his own former attorney general have said there were no problems on a scale that would change the outcome. All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Agricultural drought

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaAs Geogia enters the heart of the growing season, mildagricultural drought conditions have returned to much of northand central Georgia. The remainder of the state is abnormally dry.Mild drought conditions exist primarily south of a PolkCounty-to-Stephens County line and north of a Quitman-to-LincolnCounty line. Most of the remainder of the state is quicklyapproaching mild agricultural drought conditions.Soil moisture levels in southeast Georgia are near normal formid-June.Tropical weather system Alberto is bringing some moisture reliefto south Georgia on Tuesday. Until the final track and timing ofAlberto is known, though, the impact on the moisture supply inGeorgia won’t not be known.High water use by plants and high evaporation rates associatedwith temperatures in the mid to upper 90s have caused soilsstatewide to become very dry.Hot cropsThe immediate agricultural concerns are with corn and pastureconditions. Corn has started to pollinate across the state. Hotand dry conditions during pollination cause major reductions incorn yields. Pasture production is also being negativelyaffected. This impact will hurt livestock and dairy operationsand could linger into the winter.Rainfall during the cool season, October through March, was lowacross most of the state. Because of the dry cool season, thesoil moisture was not adequately recharged to provide a bufferfor a period of little rain and high temperatures.During the past 30 days, the following University of Georgiaautomated weather stations are among the 28 receiving less than 1inch of rain: Alpharetta, Arlington, Brunswick, Pine Mountain,Camilla, Cordele, Covington, Dawson, Duluth, Eatonton, FortValley, Gainesville, Griffin, Statesboro, Valdosta, Vidalia andWatkinsville.Low streamsU.S. Geological Survey stream gauges are showing low flows acrossthe entire state. Many streams are near the 10th percentile forthe date.At the 10th percentile, we expect the stream flow to be greaterthan the current value in 90 years out of 100 for the currentdate.Based on USGS data, groundwater levels were showing good rechargein November and December 2005. However, with abnormal drynessduring the late winter and early spring, groundwater levels werebeginning to drop by mid-April. By June, levels were below normalstatewide and still dropping.The normal recharge season for groundwater is over. So levels areexpected to keep dropping through summer into fall.The state’s major reservoirs are in good shape now. However,water levels are starting to drop. Farm ponds are showing theimpacts of the dry, hot weather.WateringGeorgia is now under the normal odd-even outdoor water useschedule. Odd-numbered addresses may water only on Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays. Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses maywater only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are nohour limits.Local governments and water providers are authorized to implementmore stringent outdoor water use schedules within theirjurisdictions. Some water providers, especially around Atlanta,are starting to implement more stringent outdoor water userequirements.Comprehensive updated information may be found at www.georgiadrought.org.Real-time weather conditions, including soil moisture balance,may be found at www.georgiaweather.net.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professorof engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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EU coal-fired electricity generation dropped 24% in 2019

first_imgEU coal-fired electricity generation dropped 24% in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Euractiv:Global warming emissions from the power sector fell by 12% last year, led by a steep decline in coal power generation, which was replaced half by natural gas and half by renewables, according to fresh data published on Wednesday (5 February).Hard coal and lignite-fired power generation fell in every EU country – and by 24% overall – according to fresh data on European power sector emissions, covering all EU member states, including the UK.The drop was sharper in 2019 than in any year since at least 1990, and could be attributed chiefly to Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, and Italy, which together accounted for 80% of coal power decline, the two think tanks said.“If you look at Western Europe, 70% of all coal plants will have been phased out in the next five years,” said Kristian Ruby, secretary-general of Eurelectric, a trade association. “By the end of the 2020s, coal will remain in place only in a minority of markets such as Germany, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Czechia and Slovenia,” Ruby told EURACTIV.Half of coal power capacity was replaced by renewables, whose share rose to 34.6% of total electricity generation, a new record high. The other half was replaced by natural gas, a fossil fuel which spews about 50% less carbon than coal when burned in power plants.2019 might also have marked a decisive turning point. For the first time, wind and solar power plants in the EU delivered more electricity than coal-fired power plants taken together, the report found.[Frédéric Simon]More: Power shift: EU coal output falls 24% in 2019last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Tipped to Sport 2K Display With 120Hz Refresh Rate, 108-Megapixel Camera

first_imgIs this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The same tipster has also leaked that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have an improved camera sensor over the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is tipped to have a 108-megapixel primary HM3 sensor with 0.8um pixel size. The camera setup will offer laser focus, but will lack a Time of Flight sensor.Additionally, 91Mobiles also spotted the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra on NFC certification site. The phone is reportedly listed with the model number SM-G998U, but the listing says little else about the phone apart from the fact that it will support NFC.Past leaks suggest that the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones in the series will go on sale on January 29. The launch is expected to be held on January 14 and pre-orders of the smartphones will begin the same day of the launch. The phones are said to be available in Black, White, Grey, Silver, Violet, and Pink colours.- Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the rumoured most premium model of the next-generation Galaxy S series, is tipped to offer 120Hz display refresh rate at 2K resolution. This is similar to this year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 line-up which also has the ability to go up to 120Hz, but to offer this refresh rate at 2K resolution display will be a first for a Samsung flagship. Furthermore, the camera specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra have also leaked online. The phone has also been spotted on NFC certification site.Starting with the display leak, tipster Ice Universe has taken to Twitter to share that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have a 120Hz display refresh rate just like its predecessor, but with 2K, aka QHD+, resolution. 2K resolution is somewhere between full-HD+ (1080p) and 4K. The resolution could vary based on the display size, but it should be somewhere around 1,440p. If this leak holds any weight, then this will be the first Samsung phone to have 2K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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China plans early warning system for avian flu

first_imgJun 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A Chinese official announced this week that China plans to launch an early warning system for outbreaks of avian influenza, according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency.The system will include a nationwide virus database, epidemic analysis and information sharing among foreign experts, and regular announcements to the public, the Jun 1 report said. The information was attributed to Ma Juncai, assistant director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Microbiology.China has been a focus of concern about H5N1 avian flu recently because of the revelation in late May that hundreds of migratory birds had died of the disease at a nature preserve in Qinghai province in the northwest. Chinese officials have denied rumors of human cases associated with the outbreak.Describing the early warning system at a conference in Shanghai, Ma said, “The system would warn people of an epidemic and help scientists find solutions to kill the virus as soon as possible.”Ma and his colleagues are developing the system in eight provinces. “The high-tech system is under construction, but it’s hard to say when it will be put to use,” he was quoted as saying.Little new information about the Chinese outbreak in wild birds emerged this week. The outbreak has stirred concern because it is the first known H5N1 outbreak in China since July 2004 and because at least five species of wild birds, including bar-headed geese and two species of gulls, were reported to have died of the disease. Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).A news report this week in the British magazine Nature said that until now, only a handful of migratory birds were known to have died of H5N1 infection. The Chinese outbreak implies that the virus has become highly infectious and lethal among migratory birds, prompting fears that the virus might have mutated in a dangerous way, the report said.The WHO has sought to obtain virus samples from the dead birds for analysis. “They have not provided any samples yet, though we would love to get our hands on them,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told CIDRAP News by e-mail today.The outbreak was first reported to involve 178 birds, but this increased to 519 in a Chinese report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), dated May 21. A week ago, a Chinese agricultural official put the number at more than 1,000 birds. Unconfirmed reports circulating on the Internet have listed higher numbers.Thompson said today, “The size of the outbreak in birds is unclear to us.” He also said Chinese officials continue to deny reports of human cases in the area.Elsewhere, avian flu has been ruled out as the cause of a mysterious respiratory illness that killed 5,000 chickens in Brazil, according to a Jun 1 Associated Press (AP) report. The outbreak at a farm in Mato Gross do Sul state prompted the slaughter of another 17,000 chickens.”We know it’s not bird flu,” Jamil Gomes, coordinator of the Agriculture Ministry’s animal sanitation division, was quoted as saying. He said authorities suspected the disease might be exotic Newcastle disease, which is not dangerous to humans. An outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease in California in 2002 and 2003 led to the slaughter of more than 3 million poultry.The AP story said Brazil is the world’s largest chicken exporter, its export business having burgeoned last year in part because of the widespread outbreaks of avian flu in Asia.last_img read more

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Trump adviser says he’s ‘reforming’ staff after Vindman ouster

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said his staff was “bloated” when he took over last year and that he plans to reduce it to about 100 people, after an aide who testified in the House impeachment inquiry was dismissed on Friday.“We think a more efficient NSC and leaner NSC is a more effective NSC,” O’Brien told reporters traveling with Trump to a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Monday, using the abbreviation for the National Security Council.“This is something that people in both parties have been concerned about in the past, the size of the NSC,” O’Brien added. “So I think we’ve streamlined it. We’re reforming it.” On Friday, the White House dismissed NSC aides Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman following Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial. Alexander Vindman, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, had testified in the House impeachment trial in response to a subpoena. His twin, Yevgeny, was a senior lawyer and ethics official for the NSC. The White House has not offered any official explanation for the ouster of either of the Vindmans.Most of the NSC’s staff is made up of career officials on loan from other government agencies, including the Defense and State departments. They routinely return to their home agencies after serving a rotation at the White House, but Trump has suggested Alexander Vindman was removed in retaliation for his testimony.O’Brien took over the NSC after former National Security Advisor John Bolton was dismissed in September. Trump ordered a reduction in the NSC’s staff after a whistle-blower reported concern about the president’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asked for an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.O’Brien offered veiled criticism of Bolton in his remarks to reporters, saying he had “restored process to the NSC.”“We’re bringing the deputies and principals in to give their best advice, the best information they’ve got on the issues we’re facing and their opinions so we can get those to the president,” he said. “We’re very happy with how that’s going.”Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19: Jokowi considers adjusting Idul Fitri break, orders regions to be obedient

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said the government is open to adjusting the dates of the Idul Fitri public holiday in consideration of people who will not be able to return to their hometowns for the annual exodus, as the government is formulating regulations to limit movement.Ramadan is expected to take place from April 23 to May 23 this year, followed by Idul Fitri on May 24 and 25. It has become customary for people, especially those living in big cities, to visit their hometowns and gather with family during the long holiday.This year’s Idul Fitri was expected to see some 20 million people participate in the exodus, resulting in a massive stream of urbanites to rural areas. With the cases of COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down, government officials and experts have expressed worry that the exodus might trigger an explosion of cases and deaths. Topics : “Perhaps an alternative is to change the dates of the public holiday. This will be discussed,” he said in a televised conference during a limited Cabinet meeting on Thursday.Furthermore, he also proposed that tourist destinations owned by regional administrations  be open to the public for free at a later date.“I think if those scenarios were arranged, we could give a little [sense of] peace to the people,” the President said.Jokowi also called on regional administrations to not come up with their own exodus policies. He urged for the policies to be well formulated in line with the central government.center_img “I want comprehensive scenarios,” he said.“The President, ministers, governors, regents, mayors and village heads must have the same vision, the same strategy, same way of solving the problems we face today.”The President declared on Tuesday a public health emergency and imposed large-scale social restrictions to stem the spread of the highly contagious disease.In the meeting, Jokowi also urged regional administrations, especially neighborhood units, to help monitor the exodus during Ramadan, adding that people coming from Greater Jakarta -which has become an epicenter of COVID-19 cases- should be supervised and urged to carry out self-isolation. last_img read more

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UK Should Set Up Floating Wind Funding Pot – Report

first_imgThe UK Government should use the Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction framework to create a specific pot of funding for innovative technologies like floating wind, according to a report released by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables.This will secure an increase in new capacity from 32MW now to up to 2GW by 2030, making floating wind cost-competitive by that date, according to the report, Floating Wind – The UK Industry Ambition”.The report also calls for potential sites to be made available all around the UK, and for the UK government and the industry to invest jointly in new infrastructure supporting the development of floating wind at part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. A clear pipeline of commercial-scale projects will bring about cost reduction through economies of scale, the report said. The ScotWind leasing process provides an opportunity for the development of floating wind in Scottish waters.Floating wind is also necessary for the UK to reach its legally-binding net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and to fulfil Scotland’s commitment to achieve this by 2045, the report said.The industry estimates that floating wind can support 17,000 UK jobs by 2050, particularly in coastal communities in England, Scotland and Wales, delivering GBP 33.6 billion of economic activity (GVA). This represents a return of GBP 15 for each GBP 1 invested in early stage support.The report highlights the fact that, thanks to UK’s global lead in this innovative technology, the UK is in a unique position to export floating wind worldwide to emerging markets with deep-water coastlines, like China, Japan, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the USA. This market is expected to be worth at least GBP 230 million a year by 2031 to UK exporters.“The renewable energy sector has built its success on delivering innovation; floating wind is a prime example of what we can achieve. Our vision is to do much more at scale, securing further cost reduction and much-needed new capacity,” RenewableUK’s Head of Policy and Regulation, Rebecca Williams, said.“As we build even further out to sea into deeper waters, floating wind will unlock new areas for us to make use of our state of the art technology. We want to work with Government to maximise the extraordinary opportunities offered by this cutting-edge technology in which the UK leads the world.” Overall, the UK has the potential to install 75GW of offshore wind capacity, including floating wind, by 2050, up from 8.5GW now, to reach net zero by the most cost-effective pathway.“Scotland’s offshore energy experience and our deep water wind resource means we’re already a world leader in floating wind – technology which will be necessary to meet our net-zero emissions target and offers the most cost-effective pathway to delivering more than 50GW of offshore wind in UK waters,” Morag Watson, Director of Policy of Scottish Renewables, said.“This publication sets out how government, working with industry, as agreed in the Offshore Wind Sector Deal, can identify and deliver joint investments in the infrastructure which will underpin the development of floating wind and its supply chain, supporting the development of the UK Industrial Strategy.”last_img read more

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Louisville Sanctions

first_imgThe NCAA has not ruled on what type of sanctions the Louisville basketball program will incur for violations in recruiting practices at the University.  Like so many high profile programs, a lot of these violations stem from actions taken by rich and influential alumni.In most instances, the NCAA will simply place sanctions on the sport involved.  However, they could decide that certain universities may show a pattern in recruiting violations across the board.  I don’t think Louisville has been sanctioned in any other sport except for football a few years ago.  The only consequence of such a widespread sanction could affect Batesville’s Bryan Hoeing who pitches baseball for Louisville.  We hope this does not happen and basketball will be the only sport affected.last_img

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Bayern close on title as Bundesliga steps up racism protests

first_imgAll together: Players from Dortmund and Hertha Berlin take a knee before their gameDortmund battled to a 1-0 home win over Hertha thanks to a second-half strike from Emre Can.England winger Jadon Sancho, who was among the first Bundesliga players to lend his voice to the protests last weekend, missed from close range just after the break before setting up Can with a deft chip over the back line on 57 minutes.A late equaliser from Christian Strohdiek saw bottom-of-the-table Paderborn snatch a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig.Timo Werner set up Patrik Schick on 27 minutes to give Leipzig the lead, but they were forced to defend it with 10 men after Dayot Upamecano was booked twice in the first half.Strohdiek’s last-minute strike gave Paderborn their fourth draw in five games, though Steffen Baumgart’s side remain eight points off Fortuna Duesseldorf, who occupy the relegation play-off place.Duesseldorf themselves missed the chance to move towards safety, as they battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw against 10-man Hoffenheim.A headed opener from Rouwen Hennings and a red card for Hoffenheim’s Benjamin Huebner put the home side in pole position.However, the visitors struck back with goals from Munas Dabbur and Steven Zuber before Hennings saved a point with a late penalty.Uwe Roesler’s side remain three points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off place, after goals from Moussa Niakhate and Pierre Kunde Malong gave fellow strugglers Mainz a rare win over local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt.Read Also: Dutch legend confirms contact over Barcelona jobHaving sealed a crucial win with his 77th-minute strike, Cameroon international Kunde also joined the protests, taking a knee in place of a celebration.“I think it’s good. It isn’t a political statement, it’s just a position, and these are values that we have. For me, there is no other possible position to take,” said Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroeder. “We already knew he was a huge talent,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz of the teenager, who beat the record set by Nuri Sahin for Borussia Dortmund in November 2005 by 48 days. As thousands of protesters assembled in city centres across Germany, both of the country’s top two clubs also used Saturday’s games to make statements against police brutality and racism. Dortmund players warmed up in T-shirts bearing messages of solidarity such as “no justice, no peace”, before taking the knee in the centre circle with their Hertha colleagues for a moment’s silence before kick-off. Bayern players, meanwhile, wore black “Black Lives Matter” armbands during their rampant win over Leverkusen. “As players, we always have the same message – we are tolerant, we are open, we are open to the world,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer told Sky. – Can keeps Dortmund hopes alive? – Bundesliga players wore black armbands and took the knee in displays of support for the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday, as Bayern Munich kept title rivals Borussia Dortmund at bay with a ninth successive win. Lewandowski headed in Bayern’s fourth goal Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored his 30th league goal of the season as Bayern came from behind to claim a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, a win which kept them seven points ahead of second-placed Dortmund, who beat Hertha Berlin 1-0. After Lucas Alario secured an early lead for the home side, Bayern struck twice in quick succession just before half-time to turn the game in their favour after Kingsley Coman’s equaliser. A mistake from Moussa Diaby allowed Coman to curl in the equaliser, before a fizzing shot from Leon Goretzka and an elegant lob from Serge Gnabry saw Bayern take a two-goal lead into the break. “We didn’t start well, but I think it’s something which really distinguishes us at the moment, that we are able to fight our way back into games,” Goretzka told Sky. Lewandowski sealed the win in the second half, equalling his most prolific Bundesliga season, although Leverkusen teenager Florian Wirtz struck late on to become the Bundesliga’s youngest-ever scorer at just 17 years and 34 days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

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