Islamabad: The US has asked Pakistan to show some “visible progress” in its action against the banned terror outfits and their leaderships to address the concerns of more countries and help Islamabad move out of the grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to a media report. A US delegation was in Islamabad to have an independent assessment of steps, actions and measures identified during the Florida meetings of the the Paris-based anti-money laundering watchdog in June this year and the progress made by Pakistan since then, a senior government official told Pakistani daily Dawn. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn June, the FATF said that Pakistan failed to complete its action plan on terror financing. It warned Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted. The FATF last year placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing. The US delegation’s visit comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Washington and held talks with President Donald Trump. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US delegation comprising Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice G Wells, US Treasury officials Scott Rembrandt, Grant Vickers, David Galbraith and others met Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Tuesday. The adviser briefed the visiting delegation on the measures pertaining to economic reforms being undertaken by the Government of Pakistan to ensure economic discipline, efforts being made towards implementation of the FATF Action Plan and the key challenges being faced, said an official statement. The official, who has been part of Pakistan’s team interacting with the FATF and Asia Pacific Group (APG) over the past year, told the daily that Islamabad had taken significant steps since the FATF meetings in June. He informed the US delegation that the National Assembly’s standing committee on finance had cleared two critical bills relating to amendments in foreign exchange regulations and anti-money laundering law. However, the visiting delegation was interested in a time frame when they would become laws, properly passed by the parliament and signed by the President of Pakistan, the report said. “The US delegation had rather strong position on taking actions against banned outfits, their activities and movements of their leaderships and key operatives and wanted some visible progress by the authorities to address adverse opinions from majority of FATF members,” the official said. He said the international partners helped Islamabad engage foreign consultants to support and prepare key stakeholders such as the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta), the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to take actions and formulate reports keeping in view the international perspective. He claimed that the Pakistani authorities had made significant progress during the past one year, particularly over the past couple of months, but the international perspective in various presentations and reports to the APG and FATF was missing. He expressed hope that international experts in the four key organisations would bridge those groups.
President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton just wrapped up a day of traveling in Lilongwe, Malawi – the first stop on their journey through Africa to visit Clinton Foundation projects on the ground.On July 31- August 8, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will travel to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, and South Africa. This trip, and the projects visited, will highlight many of the issues that President and Chelsea Clinton have long worked on — economic growth and empowerment, equality of opportunity, and health access.Fifteen years ago, in 1998, President Clinton first traveled to Africa as President. This was the longest and most extensive trip to the continent made by a sitting American president, and was the first time a sitting president traveled to each of his six destinations. President Clinton’s trip followed a seminal visit that Chelsea and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the year before. Since their initial trips, President and Chelsea Clinton have continued to build upon their longstanding commitment to Africa through the work of the Clinton Foundation, providing investment, opportunity, and health access to underserved communities. In July 2012, both President and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation sites in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, and in October 2012, Chelsea visited Nigeria for the launch of the Nigerian government’s Save One Million Lives Initiative to reduce child mortality.“In 1998, I first traveled to Africa as President, visiting Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Botswana, and South Africa,” wrote Bill Clinton in his blog. “At the time, sub-Saharan African economies were regressing – that year, GDP per capita growth was -.2 percent – and 21 million adults and children were living with HIV/AIDS. But that’s not what I remember most about my trip. Over the course of those nine days, I met people who were working to turn the tide on AIDS, women who were starting businesses with micro-credit loans to support their families, and citizens who were making a new democracy work to benefit everyone.“As President, I wanted to help turn that hope and ambition into tangible results. I knew that so many communities in Africa had the potential, but not the resources and opportunities they needed to prosper. In 2000, I signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law, with the hope that it would begin a new era of relations between the U.S. and Africa by enabling deeper trade and investment ties. Since then, exports under AGOA have increased more than 500 percent, reaching $53.8 billion in 2011.“After I left office, I wanted to continue supporting Africa’s progress through the work of my Foundation. Today, Africa is rich in resources and is the world’s fastest growing continent, with clear economic and health care advancement. Over the past decade alone, real income per capita has increased by 30 percent, and the number of Africans who acquired HIV infections in 2011 was 25 percent lower than in 2001. Witnessing Africa’s progress first-hand has been truly remarkable, but what’s even more incredible is seeing our work in action and meeting people whose lives we’ve changed.“This week, Chelsea and I and our delegation will visit Clinton Foundation projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa, marking my ninth trip to the continent since leaving office. We will see how people have more opportunity to change the course of their future, visit projects where we are working together with our friends and partners on the ground to increase opportunity and growth, and we’ll see some that showcase our CGI members’ efforts to help Africa reach its full potential.“We’ll see the strides we’ve made in providing access to health care and HIV/AIDS, the first challenge the Foundation tackled, thanks to the inspiration of my friend Nelson Mandela. In 2011, for the first time, 45 percent of people in low- and middle-income sub-Saharan countries who needed antiretroviral therapy were receiving it. In Rwanda alone, the number of individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy has increased from 17,781 in 2005 to 96,123 in 2011.“Another major challenge Africa faces is that two-thirds of its population is reliant on agriculture for income, yet these farmers lack access to drought-resistant seed, good fertilizer, affordable access to markets, storage, and training that could help them grow more food, earn more money to support their families, and feed their communities. Providing farmers with the tools and resources to do these things can transform an entire community.“I hope you will be part of our work in Africa – not just during the next 10 days, but also during the next 10 years – and to empower good people to build better tomorrows.”For updates on the trip, visit the Clinton Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation, Twitter, Instagram.com/ClintonFoundation.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that state Chief Secretary Malay De will speak with the Election Commission and seek clarifications on whether the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) will come in the way of providing benefits in connection with the ongoing schemes involving public benefit that have been announced much before the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections.”Some people have come to us saying that they are not properly getting benefits from certain schemes like Rupashree and Samobyathi. We feel that there is no problem in continuing with the schemes of public interest that have been announced much earlier and are ongoing. We will take the matter up with the EC as the public will be suffering if such schemes are stopped with the MCC in effect,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaUnder the Rupashree scheme, a one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 is given to the economically stressed families at the time of the marriage of their daughters. Under Samobyathi, a one-time ex-gratia grant of Rs 2,000 is given to the bereaved family members of a deceased facing extreme financial crunch in performing the last rites. “Marriages are settled much earlier and the rituals are performed as per convenience of the family members. Similarly, the unfortunate death of a person may occur anytime. The MCC should not be a bar for providing benefits under these schemes. Moreover, the benefits of the schemes come directly from the government to the public and an MP or MLA has no involvement in handing over the benefits of these schemes,” Banerjee reasoned. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Chief Minister (without naming any political party) alleged that if somebody complains to the EC regarding these schemes, it is unfortunate. “Schemes like Swasthya Sathi, Khadya Sathi and Krishak Bandhu have been announced much earlier and it should continue. The government’s job is to ensure that the common people do not suffer by any means,” she added. Meanwhile, Banerjee held a meeting with senior officials from the state Disaster Management Department, in the wake of the hostile weather conditions in the state, particularly on Sunday, when there were reports of two persons being killed after being struck by lightning. “If houses collapse and there is loss of life and property or damage to crops due to any disaster like fire, violent storm or heavy rain, the government should immediately stand by the affected people and provide assistance to them,” the Chief Minister said. Asked about when she will go campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee said that she will do so after the election manifesto of her party is released. “The CBSE and the ICSE examinations are still going on. We have to ensure that they are not inconvenienced by any means,” Banerjee said.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed today for $18.5 million to help farmers, herders and others suffering through a drought in south-eastern Ethiopia that has created severe food shortages with pre-famine conditions and widespread migrations of people and animals.More than 1 million people in the country’s Somali region alone need immediate aid to stave off starvation as the crisis will probably worsen with the onset of the three-month dry season in January, officials at FAO headquarters in Rome said.“Successive seasons of drought in the worst-affected areas have now eroded many households’ assets to the point of destitution,” said Anne M. Bauer, Director of the FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division. “A range of appropriate emergency interventions need to be put in place as quickly as possible before the already alarming conditions become much worse.”The drought has hit particularly hard in the Somali and Oromiya regions, where the impact of last autumn’s failed rainy season was intensified by the influx of large numbers of livestock from drought-affected areas in north-eastern Kenya and south-western Somalia.Drought has devastated the economies of many pastoralist groups in East African countries this year, especially Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya, leaving 11 million people at risk of food shortages.FAO said funds are needed for emergency interventions to save the lives of the animals that are a key household asset for many families and will play a role in post-drought recovery. These interventions include vaccine supplies, vaccination equipment and animal feed as well as providing meat and animal products to vulnerable households.To address destitute farmers’ need for locally available seed, FAO’s appeal calls for more than 14,000 tons of crop seeds to nearly 700,000 families in the coming year. About 6,000 tons of seeds are urgently needed for the planting season that just began.FAO funds are also earmarked for the maintenance of canals and other irrigation structures, as well as for upgrading farmers’ water management skills so water is available for vegetable crops.In addition, to prepare for the threat of the deadly bird flu making its way across Ethiopia’s borders, FAO officials are working with the Government to strengthen the African nation’s ability to monitor the disease and train field and laboratory personnel in diagnostic skills.
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2017 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Turf maker under fire hires lawyer who investigated Brady NEWARK, N.J. – An artificial turf company being sued after a report that executives knew fields might not live up to lofty marketing claims has hired the attorney who led the National Football League’s investigation into New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.Montreal-based FieldTurf has disputed that it engaged in wrongdoing, but is facing at least eight fraud lawsuits in federal courts in New Jersey, Minnesota, Texas and California, NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2mBK36i).The company has hired New Jersey attorney Ted Wells. Wells was hired by the NFL to run the “Deflategate” investigation and concluded that Brady was likely “generally aware” about the deflation of footballs in the 2015 AFC Championship game. Brady served a four-game suspension.The lawsuits came after a review of insider company records, emails and interviews by NJ.com found that FieldTurf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams across the U.S. when its executives knew they were falling apart faster than expected.FieldTurf says that it has lived up to its warranties and hasn’t hurt taxpayers.“Going forward we will continue to take care of customers while fully defending ourselves against any attempts to take advantage of our company or to misrepresent the facts,” the company said in a statement.Lawsuits have been filed by two school districts in California, Lake Tahoe Unified and Santa Ynez Valley, the Newark school district in New Jersey, the borough of Carteret, a soccer club in Clifton and a pet resort in Minnesota.Alexander Robertson IV, an attorney representing the California districts, said that his firm is speaking to several dozen schools across the country and expects more suits to be filed.“The facts are stunning in terms of what the company knew versus what it was telling its customers,” he said.FieldTurf said that the turf it began selling in 2005 was revolutionary for its “unmatched durability” and that it would last a decade or more. But records obtained by NJ Advance Media show that as early as 2006, key FieldTurf executives became aware that the turf, known as Duraspine, was cracking, splitting and breaking apart long before it should and long before the public had been promised.Most of the fields, which fetched $300,000 to $500,000 or more, were paid for with tax dollars. FieldTurf sold 1,428 of those fields in the U.S. to towns and even NFL teams for an estimated $570 million from 2005 until the product was discontinued in 2012.Wells has previously represented Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson and Philip Morris in major class-action lawsuits.___This story has been corrected to show that the company is facing at least eight fraud lawsuits, not six.___Information from: NJ Advance Media.
Nissan has announced that a fifth model will be built at its manufacturing plant in Sunderland. Executive vice president of Nissan Patrick Pelata announced that a car, based on the ‘Tone’ MPV concept, will be produced on Wearside from January 2006.A total of £125m has been invested in the project, with £24m of that going towards preparation at the plant, and its suppliers, ready for the start of production.Mr Pelata said, ‘The Tone represents our thinking in the area of the mini MPV market, which we forecast to grow by a factor of four from 2002 to 2007. ‘I am happy to announce that we will introduce a car based on this design at the beginning of 2006, and it will be built at our plant in Sunderland, Europe’s most productive car factory.’Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd expects to be building around 100,000 of the new model each year, running alongside the current Sunderland line up of the Micra, Almera, Primera and Micra C+C – due for production launch next September. The new additions will add to the three-and-a-quarter million vehicles that have been made in Sunderland since 1986. Following the announcement, NMUK managing director, Colin Dodge, commented, ‘I’m delighted that we’ll be producing the new car here in Sunderland. We’ve been working very hard to increase our overall competitiveness for some time now, and it’s very satisfying to see our efforts being rewarded.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Pines Coffee opened its new location Tuesday.The Vancouver-based coffee maker completed a two-month crowdfunding campaign to help lease a 1,200-square-foot location at The Mill, a shopping center in the North Garrison Heights neighborhood.Owners said the coffee company just outgrew its previous location — a drive-thru spot in the Central Park neighborhood. Its new location at The Mill will allow for more food offerings and seat 20 people.Pines Coffee is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 8086 E. Mill Plain Blvd. The website is www.pinescoffee.co.
UPDATE: Due to a brush fire in the area, WB I-8 is now closed from SR-125 to Waring Rd. The NB & SB SR-125 connectors to WB I-8 are closed as well. At this time, the EB I-8 remains open to traffic. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) June 4, 2018San Diego police evacuated about 80 homes that were threatened by the flames, Officer John Buttle said. “Many homes in the area were threatened but not damaged,” Buttle said. It was unclear if all evacuations were lifted as of Monday morning. , Ed Lenderman, , Crews still battling brush fire in College/Del Cerro area. Homes threatened but none damaged at this point. Please avoid the area until further notice. pic.twitter.com/qJSgoOFvjd— SDFD (@SDFD) June 4, 2018Dispatchers reported that at one point Sunday evening, the fire burned as close as 10 feet from the westbound lanes of I-8, including a stand of palm trees that went up in flames near the College Avenue onramp to westbound I-8. The proximity of the flames prompted California Highway Patrol officers to shut down all westbound traffic on the freeway at state Route 125.San Diego State University was not threatened by the fire and was not under any evacuations, school officials said. June 3, 2018 Updated: 1:51 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Large vegetation fire breaks out off Interstate 8 near SDSU , Ed Lenderman, SDSU UPD is monitoring the Del Cerro brush fire. Please note: There is no threat to the campus, and no need for university evacuation. We will continue to monitor the fire’s containment.— San Diego State University (@SDSU) June 4, 2018Among other actions overnight, one of the crews reported dumping 500 gallons of water on a “smoldering, stubborn” palm tree stump, and another crew reported seeing glowing embers near two homes. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Six engine crews from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Monday morning doused hot spots flaring up from a smoldering brushfire that scorched 38 open acres in a Del Cerro canyon across the freeway from San Diego State University, authorities said.Large flames and smoke plumes could be seen from miles away as a vegetation fire broke out off Interstate 8 near San Diego State University Sunday.As of Monday morning, the fire burned 38 acres and is 100% contained, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.Two 12-year-olds playing with a cigarette lighter sparked the blaze just north of Interstate 8, between College Avenue and Waring Road, about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.Interstate 8 was closed to traffic in both directions. As of 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Eastbound I-8 was reopened to traffic. Posted: June 3, 2018
KUSI Newsroom Chairman of Air and Space Museum Mark Larson discusses Apollo 11 July 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:22 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tomorrow marks the 50 year anniversary of the launching of Apollo 11, a Saturn V rocket that landed astronauts on the moon for the first time ever.Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step foot on the moon, followed by Buzz Aldrin.Chairman of the San Diego Air and Space Museum and KUSI contributor Mark Larson emceed an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with the one and only Buzz Aldrin. Larson stopped by to discuss the event and what it was like to hear from Aldrin himself.
WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of an airboater who got stranded in the middle of the Everglades, Saturday evening.7News cameras captured the airboater as he was embraced by friends, moments after making it safely to shore.Officials said the boater ran out of fuel approximately one mile south of Interstate 75, at mile marker 41.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the call. #update @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue:Air Rescue has located the stranded boater, is overhead at this time.— PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) November 12, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Sean Dusek, Superintendent: “Over the past several years the district has been able to gather valuable feedback and input through the budget development process. This year will be especially important as we work to become more efficient while maintaining our priority of small class sizes.” The district faces an unprecedented deficit of over $20 million dollars or more if the Governor’s proposed FY20 state budget is passed, according to a release from the district on Thursday. Community budget meetings began in the month of February. The next scheduled public budget forums for the 2019-20 school year budget are set for Wednesday, February 20th at Soldotna High School and Thursday, February 21st at Kenai Central High School. Dusek: “We look forward to community participation in the process, especially as the State and Borough deal with economic issues that directly impact school funding.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has issued a ‘call to action’ to all parents, staff, students, business partners, community members, and elected officials- saying “it’s time to participate” in the budget process.
Twitter BTS Are Set To Play “Saturday Night Live” On April 13 Email Facebook BTS Appearing On “Saturday Night Live” On April 13 bts-are-set-play-saturday-night-live-april-13 News The K-pop giants’ appearance is scheduled for the day after their next album, ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona,’ is releasedPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2019 – 4:00 pm On March 13, “Saturday Night Live” revealed via Twitter that K-pop giants BTS will be the musical guest on April 13, with Emma Stone hosting. The timing is advantageous; their next album, Map Of The Soul: Persona, will be released the day before, on April 12. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1105862449276817409 On May 4, the 61st GRAMMY nominees’ Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour starts with the first of two nights at the Rose Bowl, followed by two at Chicago’s Soldier Field beginning May 11 and then three nights at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium starting May 18. In June they’re playing London’s Wembley Stadium. To secure tickets, click here.BTS Asks Fans To Share Memories With A New Database, Titled “ARMYPEDIA”
Nirva Modi during the inauguration of Nirav Modi Jewellry shop in Mumbai on March 14, 2015.IANSDiamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in the $2 billion PNB fraud case, was arrested in London on Tuesday. The 48-year-old was reportedly staying in the United Kingdom since February 2018. He is expected to be produced at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday at 3.30 pm (IST).Modi was arrested at the Holborn area of central London. A court in London had earlier issued an arrest warrant against Modi. The court was responding to a request raised by the Enforcement Directorate for his extradition from the UK. After an arrest warrant against him was issued, Modi had applied for leave to appeal against his extradition. According to reports, Nirav Modi had entered the UK on a golden visa. This visa is issued for those outside the UK who promise to invest at least 2 billion pounds in the country within a span of five years in exchange for permanent residency.The development comes days after Telegraph UK released a video revealing Nirav Modi’s whereabouts. In the video, the fugitive businessman was seen roaming on the streets of London sporting a handle-bar moustache and a jacket by Ostrich Hide, which costs around £10,000. As per the media reports, Nirav Modi arrived in London in February 2018 and even managed to travel in and out of the country at least four times despite his passport being cancelled by India. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:10/0:48Loaded: 0%0:10Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Nirav Modi’s Rs 100 crore seaside bungalow in Alibaug demolished
Saudi Arabian woman arrested- Representational image. Burqa-clad women arrive to see off their relatives who are leaving Ahmedabad for Mecca.REUTERS/Amit Dave [Representational Image]In a major development, a college in Kerala has banned burqa inside the campus. The ban on the full face veil was imposed by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) group of institutions in Malappuram district of the state. MES group has several educational institutions under it, including engineering and medical colleges. The president of MES institutions, Dr PK Fazal Gafoor, stated that burqa will be banned inside the college compounds from the next academic year. However, this decision by the prominent education chain in Kerala has hurt many Islamic organisations that said this is a violation of faith. MES circularfacebookA circular was released by the educational institution on April 17, which states that face-covering veils in all schools and colleges under MES will be banned from the academic year 2019-20, stating that this decision is in regard to the Kerala High Court order.(This is a developing story, awaiting further updates)
Will the Wise, a grotesque Demogorgon, and fireballs are coming to elevate your gameplay: A Stranger Things-themed Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set was recently teased on Amazon and fans can’t get enough of it.On Thursday, the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set debuted on the website, and it’s a creepy adventure game that highlights the sci-fi series’ storyline. The game, which won’t be released until May 1, is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $24.99. Fans will be able to order it before Stranger Things Season 3 hits Netflix on July 4.I need this Stranger Things D&D set in my life pic.twitter.com/dVXzvG1mjJ— J Wade (@MrHouse1989) February 13, 2019AdChoices广告In Stranger Things, the young characters sit around a small table and play a retro version of Dungeons & Dragons. Now, you can play the same game with this set, which resembles other Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition starter sets, Polygon reported. Seasoned Dungeons & Dragons players can expect a tiny manual, pre-made character sheets, a polyhedral dice set, and a Dungeon Master-themed adventure in the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.“Experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends,” said a product description shared by Wizards of the Coast. “Pick your character — will you be Will the Wise or Dustin the Dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle the ferocious Demogorgon.”One of the Demogorgon figures in the ‘Stranger Things D&D Starter Set.’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Meta role-playing is also more personalized in this cool Dungeons & Dragons set: It comes with two Demogorgon figures, and one is left unpainted so you can customize it according to your gaming preferences.You can check out the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set on Amazon’s website for more information on specs, pricing, and other cool features.More on Geek.com:‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Premiere on July 4New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode TitlesTelltale Is Making a ‘Stranger Things’ Game Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Hopper’s ‘Stranger Things’ Cabin Is Now an Escape Room Stay on target
To turn a coal mine into a battery, all you need is gravity.OK, you also need a lot of money (more about that later), but the basic principle is gravitational. When you lift a heavy object, it stores the power used to lift it as potential energy until it’s released and falls to the ground.Let’s say the heavy object you’re lifting is water. When you want to store energy, you just have to pump the water uphill, into a reservoir. When you want to use that energy, you let the water flow back down through a series of turbines that turn the gravitational rush into electricity.A shaft tower above the Prosper-Haniel coal mine.Amelia UrryThis is the basic plan André Niemann and Ulrich Schreiber conceived when they were dreaming up new ways to use old mines. It seemed intuitive to the two professors at the University of Essen-Duisburg: The bigger the distance between your upper and lower reservoirs, the more energy you can store, and what’s deeper than a coal mine?Schreiber, a geologist, realized it was theoretically possible to fit a pumped storage reservoir into a mine, but it had never been done before. Niemann, a hydraulic engineer, thought the proposal was worth pursuing. He drummed up some research money, then spent a few years conducting feasibility studies, looking for a likely site in the Ruhr Valley and running the numbers on costs and benefits.After studying the region’s web of fault lines and stratigraphic layers, Niemann’s team settled on the closing Prosper-Haniel mine. Their underground reservoir would be built like a massive highway tunnel, a reinforced concrete ring nine miles around and nearly 100 feet high, with a few feet difference in height from one side of the ring to the other to allow the water to flow, Niemann explains.At max storage, the turbines could run for four hours, providing 800 megawatt-hours of reserve energy, enough to power 200,000 homes.The appeal of pumped storage is obvious for Germany. Wind and sun are fickle energy sources—“intermittent” by industry lingo—and energy storage can help smooth out the dramatic spikes. When the wind gusts, you can stash that extra power in a battery. When a cloud moves over the sun, you can pull power back out. It’s simple and, as the grid handles more and more renewable energy, increasingly needed.The only problem: It’s expensive.As wind turbine and solar technologies have become cheaper, energy storage costs have stayed high. Pumped hydro, especially, requires a big investment up front. Niemann estimates it would cost between 10,000 and 25,000 euros per meter of tunnel just to build the reservoir, and around 500 million euros for the whole thing. Right now, neither the government nor the energy companies in the Ruhr Valley are willing to make that kind of investment.“It’s not a business, it’s a bet, to be honest,” Niemann says with a shrug.In spite of the increasing unlikelihood of the proposal becoming reality, delegations from the United States, China, Poland, France, South Africa, and Slovakia, among others, have visited Niemann and Schreiber in Essen to learn about mine pumped-storage. Virginia’s Dominion Energy has been studying the idea with the support of a Republican state senator, and a group from Virginia Tech paid a visit the week after I did.Here’s where any attempt to draw comparisons across the Atlantic gets complicated. In the United States, the federal government has been relatively hands-off in helping coal-dependent regions move on from the industries that fueled their way of life. In Germany, by contrast, there’s a broad agreement about the need to shift to renewable sources of energy. And yet, even with all that social, political, and economic foresight, important and necessary innovations remain stalled for lack of investment.The Ruhr Valley is not Appalachia. And yet the two regions share key similarities that offer some important lessons about the a path to a cleaner, more sustainable future. The elevator that carries Germany’s last coal miners on their daily commute down the mine shaft travels at about 40 feet a second, nearly 30 miles an hour. “Like a motorcycle in a city,” says Christof Beicke, the public affairs officer for the Ruhr mining consortium, as the door rattles shut. It’s not a comforting analogy.The brakes release and, for a moment, we bob gently on the end of the mile-and-a-half long cable, like a boat in dock. Then we drop. After an initial flutter in my stomach, the long minutes of the ride are marked only by a strong breeze through the elevator grilles and the loud rush of the shaft going by.When the elevator finally stops, on the seventh and deepest level of the mine, we file into a high-ceilinged room that looks like a subway platform. One of the men who built this tunnel, Hamazan Atli, leads our small group of visitors through the hall. Standing in the fluorescent light and crisp, engineered breeze, I have the uncanny sense of walking into an environment that humans have designed down to the last detail, like a space station or a submarine.A row of hydraulic presses displayed at the Mining Museum in Bochum, Germany.Amelia UrryA monorail train takes us the rest of the way to the coal seam. After about half an hour, we clamber out of the cars and clip our headlamps into the brackets on our hard hats. It is noticeably warmer here. There is a sulfurous smell that grows stronger as we walk down the slight incline toward the deepest point of our day, more than 4,000 feet below the surface, and duck under the first of the hydraulic presses that keep the ceiling from collapsing on us.Because this seam is only about five feet high, we have to hunch as we move through the tunnel of presses, stepping through deep pools of water that swallow our boots. The coal-cutting machine is stalled today, otherwise it would be chewing its way along the 310-yard-long seam, mouthparts clamped to the coal like a snail to aquarium glass. The coal would be sluiced away on a conveyor belt to the surface, and the hydraulic presses would inch forward, maintaining space for the miners to work.Instead, the mine is eerily quiet. Two miners, their faces black, squeeze past us. As we sit, sweating and cramped under the hydraulic presses, the bare ceiling above the coal seam gives up an occasional gasp of rock, showering down dust and debris.Later, in a brightly lit room back on the surface, Beicke from the mining consortium asks me what I thought of the mine. I tell him that it seems like an extreme environment for humans. “Yes,” he nods, “it is like an old world.”An old mine car sits as an exhibit in the former Zollverein Mine Complex.Amelia Urry Nathanael JohnsonA Crucial Climate Mystery Hides Just Beneath Your Feet Emma Foehringer MerchantSilicon Valley’s Mission to Save California Ag From Dying of Thirst But without the federal government leading the way with financial support as it has in Germany, getting these former coal towns on a new track is a daunting task. Veronica Coptis, director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in Pennsylvania, says that organizing people to put pressure on mining companies is a delicate matter. People don’t want to hear that coal is bad, or that its legacy is poisoned. “We want an end to mining,” she says, “but we know it can’t happen abruptly.”Back in Germany, the mayor of Bottrop, Bernd Tischler, has been thinking about how to kick coal since at least the early 2000s, long before the federal government put an end date on the country’s mining. An urban planner by training, Tischler has a knack for long-range strategy. After he took office in 2009, Tischler thought Bottrop could reinvent itself as a hub of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He devised heating plants that run off methane collected from the coal mine, and made Bottrop the first town in the Ruhr with a planned zone for wind energy.In 2010, Bottrop won the title of “Innovation City,” a model for what the Ruhr Valley cities could become. Bottrop now gets 40 percent of its energy from renewables, Tischler said, 10 percentage points above the national average.Describing this transformation, Tischler makes it almost sound easy. I explain that the issue of coal seems to track larger divisions in the United States, and so discussions inevitably turn heated, emotional.“In Bottrop, the people of course feared for the process of the end of the coal mining,” he said. But Tischler believes mining towns have an advantage that can help them adapt to change: They’re more cohesive. In the mines, people are used to working together and looking out for each other. Distrust is dangerous, even deadly.The Ruhr cities absorbed waves of Polish, Italian, and Turkish laborers over the years. And they’ve managed to get along well, knitting a strong social fabric, Tischler said. In the past few years, Bottrop, a town of 117,000 people, has resettled thousands of Syrian refugees in new housing.A strong social fabric isn’t enough to survive the loss of a major industry, of course. Some promising industry—technology and renewables in Bottrop’s case—has to be found to replace it.“I think the responsibility of the mayors and the politicians is to change the fear into a new vision, a new way,” he says. “You can’t do it against your people; you have to convince your people. You have to work together with institutions and stakeholders that don’t normally work together, [so that] we are sitting in the same boat and we are rowing in the same direction.” The view over the Ruhr Valley today.Amelia UrryDying industries take more than jobs with them. Towns built around a single industry, like coal mining, develop a shared identity. For many workers and their families, it’s not as simple as picking up and finding a new line of work when the mine closes. Mining is seen as a calling, an inheritance, and people want their way of life back.That’s how residents of the Ruhr responded when coal jobs started to decline.“For a long time, people thought the old times would come back, the old days would return,” says Kai van de Loo, an energy and economics expert for a German coal association in Essen. “But they can never come back.”In the United States, of course, calls to bring back the old days often works wonders as a political sales pitch. Donald Trump campaigned for president on promises to stop the “war on coal” and revive the dying industry, and mining towns across the Rust Belt supported him.In Pennsylvania’s Mon River Valley, home to a once-thriving underground mining complex bigger than Manhattan, mining continues to exert an oversized influence. Some 8,000 people work in coal in the state, a portion of the 50,000 coal jobs left in the United States. That’s a far cry from the 180,000 people who worked in the industry 30 years ago. worked in or around coal mines only 30 years ago.And the legacy of coal mining on the landscape is hard to miss. Bare slag heaps rise above the trees, dwarfing the towns beside them. Maryann Kubacki, supervisor of East Bethlehem in Washington County, says that during rainy spells the township has to shovel the gritty, black runoff from their storm sewers. A few days earlier, Beicke and I had trekked to the top of a hill outside the long-shuttered Ewald Mine in Herten, a half-hour drive from Bottrop. We climbed a set of stairs to a platform with a view over the whole region, the fenced-off or leased-out buildings of the old mine sitting below us.The Ruhr Valley encompasses 53 cities of Germany’s once-formidable industrial heartland, including Essen, Bochum, and Oberhausen. The whole region was once low-lying riverland, but these days large hills rear above the landscape. These are the heaps of rock removed from the mines, tons of slag excavated with the coal and piled up. It’s a stark visual reminder of what’s been emptied out from underneath.As the mines have closed down, most of these heaps have been covered with grass, and many have been crowned with a statue or other landmark. On one hill outside Essen, there’s a 50-foot steel slab by the sculptor Richard Serra; on another, atop other heaps, wind turbines stand like giant mechanical daisies.Germany has been hailed as a leader in the global shift to clean energy, putting aside its industrial past for a renewable future faster than most of the industrialized world. The country has spent more than $200 billion on renewable energy subsidies since 2000 (compare that to the United States, which spends an estimated $20 billion to subsidize fossil fuel production every year).In 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government announced the beginning of a policy of “energiewende” to wean Germany off fossil fuels and nuclear power. Last year, wind, solar, and other renewables supplied nearly 30 percent of the country’s electricity. The goal now is to hit 40 percent in the next 10 years, while slashing carbon emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.Amelia UrryThat transition has happened alongside attempts to restore the Ruhr Valley’s landscape. For every hill raised above ground level, there is an accompanying depression where the land subsided as coal seams were emptied out. The land here sank as the coal seams closest to the surface were emptied out. Overall, the region has sunk about 80 feet.Streams that enter the Ruhr Valley are no longer able to flow out the other side, Beicke explains, and now water pools in places it never used to. The mining company is responsible for pumping that water away, as well as pumping groundwater across the region, to keep the water table below the level of the existing mines. Any contaminated water in the old mines must be removed and treated to keep it from polluting the groundwater.These are just a few of the mining company’s “ewigkeitsaufgaben”—literally, eternity tasks.“As long as 5 or 6 million people want to live in this area, we will have to do that,” Beicke tells me, of the expensive water management. “Maybe 2,000 years in the future that will change, but until that happens, well.” He shrugs.The government gives the mining consortium 220 million euros a year in subsidies to deal with all the consequences of coal mining. Unlike in the United States, where aging coal companies often sell off their assets or declare bankruptcy to dodge clean up bills, here the mining company will be pumping and treating water long after it has stopped being a mining company at all.Despite a national commitment to a broad energy transition, many now think that Germany will fall short of its renewable energy targets, thanks to a number of confounding economic and social factors, including the continued use of a coal alternative called lignite, also known as “brown coal.” Germans have the highest electricity costs in Europe, and the rise of the country’s extreme right-wing party in the last election has been pinned, in part, on those high bills.If Germany does continue to progress toward its climate goals, much of the new energy is sure to come from wind power. Germany has more wind turbines than any other country in Europe, many of them installed in the last six or seven years. But wind doesn’t blow consistently, so this shift has been a challenge for the electrical grid. Even slight disruptions in the power supply can have wide-ranging consequences.As more wind turbines are turned on, and more coal plants are retired, this problem will only get bigger, and the challenge of storing all that intermittent energy will be even more important. Here’s where the country’s retired coal mines might prove useful again — as giant batteries for clean energy. Amelia UrryTesla Is Turning Kauai Into a Renewable Energy Paradise This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.It’s a sunny October day on the outskirts of the west German town of Bottrop. A quiet, two-lane road leads me through farm pasture to a cluster of anonymous, low-lying buildings set among the trees. The highway hums in the distance. Looming above everything else is a green A-frame structure with four great pulley wheels to carry men and equipment into a mine shaft. It’s the only visible sign that, almost three quarters of a mile below, Germany’s last hard coal lies beneath this spot.Bottrop sits in the Ruhr Valley, a dense stretch of towns and suburbs home to 5.5 million people. Some 500,000 miners once worked in the region’s nearly 200 mines, producing as much as 124 million tons of coal every year.Next year, that era will come to an end when this mine closes. The Ruhr Valley is in the midst of a remarkable transformation. Coal and steel plants have fallen quiet, one by one, over the course of the last half-century. Wind turbines have sprung up among old shaft towers and coking plants as Germany strives to hit its renewable energy goals.But the path from dirty coal to clean energy isn’t an easy one. Bottrop’s Prosper-Haniel coal mine is a symbol of the challenges and opportunities facing Germany—and coal-producing states everywhere.Around the world, as governments shift away from the coal that fueled two ages of industrial revolution, more and more mines are falling silent. If there’s an afterlife for retired coal mines, one that could put them to work for the next revolution in energy, it will have to come soon. More from Grist
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