S.Africa: energy minister postpones renewable IPP deals

first_img Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEskom responds to nuclear build allegationsNext articleTanzania: gov continues to back local industry Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. BRICS Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentcenter_img The SA Renewable Energy Council is concerned that the deadline set by the previous Minister of Energy for financial closure of outstanding PPAs, 11 April will not be met. SAREC learned this weekend, that when invited to attend the signing of contracts at the IPP office, the new minister’s office asked that the signing be delayed.This is in order to allow energy minister Mmamoloko “Nkensani” Kubayi to meet with the minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown. It has been indicated that once the two ministers have met, a new signature deadline will be set, SAREC said in a statement.Commenting on this is Brenda Martin, Chair of SAREC: “While we recognise the need for the new Minister to get up to speed on the issues, financial closure of duly procured renewable power for 37 Power Purchase Agreements now stands at almost 2 years.”IPP deals on iceAccording to the energy council, since the previous Minister’s instruction was issued, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have taken all necessary steps to ensure that they are ready for the PPA signature. Read more…Over the past few weeks, since the previous Minister issued her instruction to Eskom, affected IPPs have been working with Eskom officials to ensure that the necessary paperwork is up to date, so that financial closure can be achieved and construction can begin, SAREC explained.Adding that over the past few months, all of Eskom’s concerns in relation to PPA signatures have been addressed by Treasury, NERSA and the Department of Energy. It is clear that in policy, by signing PPAs with duly selected preferred bidders, Eskom is not at risk of any unforeseen financial exposure.“It is understood that Eskom’s obligation to pay for power procured, will only kick in once power plants are built and power is generated by IPPs,” added Martin.Unlocked potentialSAREC estimates that a combined investor value of R58 billion [$4 billion] in investment will be unlocked, as soon as PPAs are signed.The energy council further added that with this investment added to the already R194 billion [$13.9 billion] attracted by the renewable power industry, the industry can continue to make a direct, cost-effective and job-creating contribution to rural community development, and to South Africa’s ailing economy.Since SONA2017, the directives from the President, the Finance Minister and the Minister of Energy have been clear: that PPAs for the 37 preferred bids must be concluded.While the Minister of Energy is responsible for the realisation of least-cost energy security in South Africa, the Minister of Public Enterprises is responsible for ensuring that state-owned enterprises like the national Utility act in the national interest. Read more…“We hope that Eskom will conclude its legal obligations to renewable power producers before embarking on plans relating to its proposed nuclear deal in June,” concluded Martin. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: SAREC Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA last_img read more

Sexism wrapped in a pretty bow

first_imgGender bias generally refers to the preference of one gender over the other, it is when an individual is subjected to a stereotype based on their sex and can hamper opportunities due to a simple prejudice against their gender. It is mainly an issue that is faced by women and is given then the name of “sexism” and is something that is spoken about on multiple platforms by people who believe in “feminism” which basically advocates for equality between men and women. However, what is not spoken about enough is the subconscious expectation of characteristics of a “man” which happens to be sexism wrapped in a pretty bow.Gender discrimination has been an issue that has been very prevalent in today’s day and age and yet it is ingrained so deeply into the society that the only kind that is discussed is the surface sexism where the discrimination is very obvious.The deep-rooted prejudice is most evidently seen when people use phrases like “man up” or “be a man.”Growing up almost everyone has heard someone tell them to either “man up” or something with the same essence at some point in time, and still to this day it’s an active phrase used which originates from the societal expectation of what a “man” is supposed to be like. In conventional society, it is expected for a man to be the more dominant gender and is seen as more rational and in control of situations and expected to be “tough” while a female is associated with being fragile and more homely hence the phrase “be a man” would literally translate to “stop being vulnerable” or “take up the societal responsibilities you are expected to”. If a male were to be vulnerable, they would mostly be shut down by phrases like “man up” since emotions are seen as a symbol of submission and in the patriarchal society females are the ones who are supposed to be “vulnerable” so if a man were to do the same they would be seen as unfit to take responsibility hence “less of a man”.Another variant of the same idea is the phrase “stop crying like a girl”, this not only invalidates a person’s emotion regardless of their gender but suggests that only females are allowed to be vulnerable enough to shed tears as well. It also implies a negative connotation towards the idea of crying altogether, and the fact that it is associated with females specifically brings out the subtle discrimination in society. Of course, it can’t be said that men are the “oppressed” gender since that is most definitely not the case but the reason the stereotypes of women being the more submissive gender arise due to the fact that men are taught to be stronger or dominant than a woman which gives them a superiority complex and this is further fuelled by the use of such phrases. Telling boys to “man up” does nothing more than providing an unnecessary base for subconscious gender bias that may develop in their mind and impact their outlook on life.This is an issue that is so normalized in a society that people don’t even recognize the flaw. The general idea of sexism is associated with discrimination against women but gender bias can work both ways. In a developing world, it is important for society to accept and alter certain aspects of what is normalized in order to move forward and be able to leave certain practices behind.last_img read more

Burns honored at MHS

first_img On Friday, Jan. 30 at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game with West Union, Manchester High School honored 2015 graduate Tess Burns for her accomplishments in the sport of track and field during her senior season.In June of 2015, Burns competed in the state track meet for the second time in three years, in the high jump event. During the state meet, Burns set the MHS school record with a jump of 5 foot, 7 inches, and then barely missed the next jump at 5’8”, leaving her as the runner-up in Division III in the state of Ohio, receiving podium honors as well as All-Ohio recognition.Besides the high jump record at MHS, Burns also holds the school’s 400 meter record, plus is a part of record-holding 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams. She is currently a student at Morehead State University and a member of the schools’ cross-country and track teams.To honor her accomplishments at Manchester, the school will be hanging a banner in the gymnasium to commemorate her runner-up finish in the state meet and a MHS track and field uniform was placed in a nice shadow box display case and will have a permanent home in the school’s trophy case. The presentations to Burns were made by MHS head track coach Dustin Cook, Principal Jamie Wilkins, and Athletic Director Chris Young. HomeSportsBurns honored at MHS This banner will become part of the permanent decor in the gym at Manchester High School in honor of Tess Burns and her runner-up finish in the 2015 state track meet in the high jump. Pictured here are Burns, MHS track coach Dustin Cook, and MHS Principal Jamie Wilkins. – Photo by Jennifer O’Neil Smith PreviousSwitzer hired as ACOVSD TreasurerNextHounds get weekend split Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Photo by Jennifer O’Neil Smith Manchester Athletic Director Chris Young presents a framed track and field jersey to 2015 graduate Tess Burns. https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Tess2-1.jpgManchester Athletic Director Chris Young presents a framed track and field jersey to 2015 graduate Tess Burns. 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PPL Corporation Acquires Commercial Solar Solutions Provider

first_imgSafari Energy develops structured turnkey solutions to its clients, managing projects through all phases of development, from inception to financing, design, engineering, permitting, construction, interconnection and asset management. Headquartered in New York City, Safari Energy has completed over 200 solar projects in 19 states, with over 80 projects underway. By chloecox – Linkedin “The Safari Energy acquisition offers PPL an attractive, low-risk opportunity to help advance a cleaner energy future; to support the growth of distributed energy resources, including energy storage; and to gain additional experience with technologies that will play a bigger role in shaping the future energy grid,” said William H. Spence, chairman, president and chief executive officer of PPL Corporation. Facebook Twitter Facebook By Editors of Power Engineering In another post-tariff solar industry shakeup, PPL Corporation announced that it has acquired Safari Energy LLC, a provider of solar energy solutions for real estate investment trusts and large real estate owners and operators in the United States. A purchase price was not revealed. RenewablesSolar “However, even as it provides these benefits, the acquisition will not alter PPL’s core business strategy,” Spence said. “PPL’s primary investment focus and engine for growth remains our high-performing, award-winning regulated utilities.” Previous articleNevada Electric Utility Seeks $2 Billion Partnership with Six Solar FirmsNext articleMadison Gas and Electric, WEC Energy to Partner on 300 MW of Solar chloecox 6.1.2018center_img Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project PPL Corporation Acquires Commercial Solar Solutions Provider Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals Linkedin TAGSNextEraPPL As part of the acquisition, PPL hired industry veteran Vijay P. Singh to lead PPL’s involvement in the evolving distributed energy resource space and to complement the Safari Energy team. Singh previously served as executive director of Renewable Energy Development and Energy Storage for NextEra Energy Resources. No posts to display Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas “I’m very proud of Safari Energy’s track record of using solar power to unlock incremental revenue for our customers,” said Matt Rudey, chief executive officer, Safari Energy. “PPL’s acquisition of Safari will support our continued growth and allow us to expand our offerings to better serve our customers.”last_img read more

Hail hits Phoenix, snow plagues Denver and the weather forecast ahead of holiday rush

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Stormy weather is expected to start this weekend and last through Thanksgiving week. On Thursday, a storm in the west dumped more than 1 foot of snow from northern Arizona to the Colorado Rockies. Even the Grand Canyon saw up to 3 inches.Meanwhile, heavy hail struck Phoenix, Arizona, coating roads and neighborhoods, nearly looking like snow.That same storm brought about 1 inch of snow and freezing rain to Denver Thursday night, causing dangerous driving conditions and a crash involving over 50 cars.By Friday morning that storm system was moving into the South, bringing heavy rain. This weekend the storm will veer to the Northeast, dropping some rain and snow. As Thanksgiving week gets underway, a fast-moving jet stream will buckle and pick up lots of moisture from Pacific Ocean, helping to create several storm systems that will move across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast. More heavy rain and flooding are expected for Southern California and the Southwest. At the same time, cold air from Canada will invade the northern states. There could be several snowstorms next week from the Rockies into the Great Lakes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Purchasing Director- Fort Lewis College

first_imgResume Names and contactinformation for three current, professionalreferences Submit materials as one PDF file viaemail to:  Ability to work in aconfined area.  Ability to sit at acomputer terminal for an extended period of time.  Compensation  Salary is $70,000 to$76,000  plus a comprehensivebenefits package.   The anticipated start date is July 1,2021.    Management  Ensures fiscalresponsibility and accountability through oversight of the annualdepartmental budget, authorizing the expenditure of funds, andexercising fiscal management for areas under directsupervision.   Ensures that purchasingactivities are accomplished with a minimum time lag and inaccordance with College fiscal rules.   Enhances the range andquality of procurement services to the College’s departments, bycoordinating and providing input regarding the design and/orselection of automation systems and being proactive in seeking theuse of information technologies to automate and expedite thepurchasing process and warehousing procedures.  Determines all sourceselection methods of all bid processes for goods and services,including product and services information research, inconsultation with end user(s).  Drafts, researches, edits andfinalizes competitive solicitations, sole source justifications andrelated documents. Utilizes state pricing agreements and purchasingco-ops. Is responsible for bid evaluation, RFP process guidance andoversight, vendor negotiations, sole source and emergency purchasedetermination, and purchase order/contract awards.  Reviews and monitorscapital purchases to ensure compliance with fiscalrules.  Implements andadministers the College’s procurement card program and monitor alltransactions for policy compliance.   CustomerService  Assures the prompt andeffective delivery of essential goods and services to the College’sadministrative and academic departments.  Promotes exceptionalcustomer service by maintaining an active dialogue with departmentsregarding purchasing policies and procedures, providing training tokeep the departments current in all aspects of procurementoperations, and soliciting feedback from customers regardingProcurement Services’ existing services.   Identifies opportunitiesto reduce costs; analyzes available data, trends, and feedback, andensures compliance with expectations for optimal operation and goalachievement.   The successful candidate will be required to submitoriginal, official college transcripts,  and pass a background check.  Application Process A complete application packet includes: Cover letter addressinginterest and qualifications for position  Conduct training foradministration, college departments, grant directors, and facultyand staff to aid in the understanding of the purchasing processincluding the purchasing card, RFP process, requisitions, travelforms and check requests.   Direct Collegedepartment heads in the procurement process in order to meetprogram needs most effectively.   Certification: CertifiedPurchasing Manager (CPM) or Certified Public Purchasing Officer(CPPO)  Major Responsibilities Procurement  Provides leadership anddirection for the College regarding procurement/materialsmanagement by directing and managing a comprehensive andcoordinated program of procurement, inventory, and materialscontrol activities including purchasing, property control, surplusproperty, receiving, and contract administration.  Protects the interestsof the College regarding procurements by serving as the College’sofficial representative in discussions between vendors and Collegedepartments on purchasing issues, shipping, receiving, invoicing,and all other areas of responsibility, and by monitoring vendoractivities for compliance with all contract terms andconditions.   Develops a competent,productive, and effective departmental staff by recruiting andhiring qualified applicants, providing training and orientation ondepartmental policies and procedures, assigning workresponsibilities and priorities, supervising (directly and throughdelegation) work activities, and evaluating the performances ofprofessional, clerical, and support personnel.  Review and maintain goodrecord of purchasing files and records (purchase orders, contracts,etc.) to ensure its compliance with College policies and proceduresand ensure the availability of documentation.  Continuallyevaluate/improve purchasing processes.   Contract Administration  Reviews, negotiates, anddrafts and edits contracts, agreements, grants, sub-contracts,leases, contract amendments, renewals and other legally bindingdocuments.   Supports contractmanagement with understanding and interpretation of contract termsand conditions to resolve administrative and management problems,changes in requirements, resolution of contract disputes, andcontract termination.  center_img Experience working in anEnterprise Resource Planning software.   Extensive knowledge ofMicrosoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.    Preferred Qualifications Specific experience inareas related to purchasing, contract services, accounting,budgeting   General experience usingautomated purchasing procedures   Work Conditions The work environment characteristics described here arerepresentative of those that an employee can expect whileperforming the essential functions of this job. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential functions.  Moderate noise(i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers,light traffic).   Application materials received onor before April 18,2021, will receive fullconsideration. Position will remain open untilfilled.  Include detailsregarding how your personal and professional experiences allow youto encourage a learning environment grounded in equity andinclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort LewisCollege’s commitment to equity and inclusion?”  The College and theCommunity  FortLewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degreeprograms in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities,social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiringmountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historicDurango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desertSouthwest. We are committed to accessibleand high-quality baccalaureate education, and ourhallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students andfaculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challengeof experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states,17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Nativebackgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is athriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautifulAnimas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, thecommunity is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festiveatmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of theFour Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment,and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, andDallas. Equal Opportunity   Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race,age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexualorientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domesticstatus, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or geneticinformation. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall beextended to all persons. The College shall promote equalopportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts toincrease the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The Collegeis dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralisticfaculty and staff committed to teaching and working in amulticultural environment.  To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make anappointment, See www.fortlewis.edu/CARE.  Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  Molly Wieser  230 Skyhawk Station  1000 Rim Drive  Durango, Colorado 81301  (970) 247-7241 [email protected]  Other discrimination questions?   Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  David Pirrone  192 Education Business Hall  1000 Rim Drive  Durango, Colorado 81301  (970) 247-7182 [email protected]  Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy,sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crimestatistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, andcampus/community resources can be found in the AnnualSecurity and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies areavailable upon request.   * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 ofthe Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination onthe basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiriesabout the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis Collegemay be directed to FLC’s Title IX Coordinator and/or to theAssistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department ofEducation.  ADAAAccommodations  Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA AmendmentsAct of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation uponrequest to enable the person to complete an employment assessment.To request an accommodation, pleasecontact Kristin Polens byphone 970-247-7459 or email [email protected] atleast five business days before the assessment date to allow us toevaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may beasked to provide additional information, including medicaldocumentation, regarding functional limitations and type ofaccommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this informationavailable well in advance of the assessment date. Minimizes institutionalliability by reviewing and recommending approval or disapproval ofCollege contracts in terms of the adequacy of contract terminologyand content and obligation of the physical resources of theCollege.   [email protected]  Travel Management  Responsible foradministration of College Travel Program  Review and approval alltravel authorizations and travel reconciliations for adherence tofiscal rules to ensure acceptable expenditures anddocumentation.  Manage event cardincluding training of College employees in the appropriate use ofthe Event card   Coordination with theissuing bank regard the overall Event card program.  Other  Remains competent andcurrent in best-in-class purchasing practices through self-directedprofessional reading, developing professional contacts withcolleagues, attending professional development courses, andattending training and/or courses required by the Chief FinancialOfficer.  Contributes to theoverall success of the College by performing all other duties andresponsibilities as assigned by the Chief FinancialOfficer.  Demonstrates acommitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, aswell as working with broadly diverse communities  Maintains knowledge andawareness of digital accessibility including the American withDisabilities Act and Section 508.  Produces and remediatesdigitally accessible materials in accordance with FLCstandards.   Perform other duties asassigned   Position Summary The Director of Purchasing and Contracts is the College’sagent for acquiring all materials, services, supplies, andequipment and provides leadership and direction through managementof a comprehensive and coordinated program of procurement,inventory, and materials control activities including purchasing,property control, surplus property, receiving and contractadministration. The Director is responsible for planning anddirecting the activities of the College’s purchasing program tosupport the campus community and develops policies and proceduresto establish and maintain legal compliance, financialaccountability, physical control and effective resource utilizationfor assigned programs. The Director represents the College innegotiations or awarding contracts with authority to obligatephysical and financial resources. The Director ensures acustomer-centered approach is used to provide services.  Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’sdegree  A minimum of five yearsof management experience in positions with responsibilities inprocurement, or supply services.  Supervisory andadministrative skills.   last_img read more

Amorim to play her last season as Taleska

first_imgGyőr ratifies European dominance in Budapest! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment Eduarda Amorim is NEXE World Handball Female Player of the Decade! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Eduarda Amorim: Special award! Many good moments I have lived in my career! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsOne of the best female handball player of the decade, Eduarda Amorim, will play her last professional season with the surname Taleska on her back.Brazilian left back who will try to gain another EHF Champions League trophy with Hungarian Gyor, will do it in respect of her husband who is supporting her across career.Eduarda’s important station in career was Skopje, where she played at RK Kometal Djorce Petrov, where she met her love.Women’s EHF CL 2020/2021 start: Gyor in Moscow, Rostov in Budapest Related Items:eduarda amorim Recommended for youlast_img read more

Tillerson readies for tough talk with Russia

first_imgSince taking over as secretary of state in early February, Tillerson has been the epitome of “quiet diplomacy.” He operated much as he did when leading ExxonMobil and dealing with governments in Moscow and beyond: He barely spoke in public and avoided reporters like the plague. He has yet to fill numerous empty leadership slots at the State Department and appeared to be undercut when the president rejected his first choice for a deputy. Much of the career staff at the department still feels isolated from him.But ever since reports filtered in last week that the Syrian regime had unleashed sarin gas in Idlib province, Tillerson has made his presence felt.The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 7 | Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty ImagesIt was Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster who briefed reporters late Thursday after Trump announced the U.S. had rained 59 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase. During that briefing, Tillerson accused Russia, which, along with Iran, is militarily backing Assad, of failing to live up to a 2013 deal to ensure the Syrian strongman got rid of his chemical weapons.“Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement,” Tillerson said.Tillerson has kept up the tough talk in the days since. He even hit the Sunday talk show circuit to suggest that Moscow should reconsider its support for Assad. He chided Russia for its suspected interference in foreign elections, including that of the United States in 2016. The alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 campaign is especially sensitive because U.S. federal authorities are investigating whether Trump aides were involved.On Monday, Tillerson spoke at a ceremony in Lucca, Italy, to commemorate a 1944 massacre, and used the following striking language: “We rededicate ourselves to holding to account any and all who commit crimes against the innocents anywhere in the world.” “People who felt he was out of the loop were not doing their basic due diligence,” a senior Trump administration official said.The stakes are high for Tillerson’s meetings Wednesday in Moscow, setting the tone for the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship under Trump.The Kremlin has expressed fury over Trump’s decision to stage a missile attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime after it allegedly killed dozens in a chemical attack. It’s not even clear whether Putin will meet with Tillerson; if he doesn’t, it will be a high-profile snub. At the same time, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are demanding that Trump come up with a broader Syria strategy that goes beyond one missile strike.“Either Russia has been complicit or Russia has been simply incompetent in its ability to deliver on its end of that agreement” — Rex TillersonStill, thanks to that one missile strike, Tillerson heads to Moscow with leverage his predecessor, John Kerry, never had when talking to Russia about Syria. The strike showed the U.S. is willing to use force to back up its rhetoric; it also relieved Tillerson of a burden because it appears to have sidelined — for now — Trump’s hopes of a rapprochement with Moscow.“If there hadn’t been the overt break between Washington and Moscow over the U.S. strikes in Syria, then I think all eyes would have been on Tillerson and his ability to move the needle on improving the relationship with Moscow,” said Charles Kupchan, a top Obama administration National Security Council official. Now, “no longer is he expected to go to Moscow and bring home the bacon. He’s expected to go to Moscow and have a tough conversation. … And that’s exactly what he’ll get.” “They agreed that U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement” in Syria, the spokesman said.But Assad, too, is watching. After the U.S. missile strike last week, there were some reports that Assad’s forces used the same airbase targeted by the Americans to launch new, conventional attacks on rebels trying to oust the Syrian leader. Some analysts theorize that Assad’s chemical weapons attack may have been an attempt to test the Trump administration, which just days before, thanks to comments by Tillerson and Haley, had indicated it no longer considered removing Assad a priority. But others note he also may have angered the Russians.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2015 | Alexey Druzhinyn/Ria Novosti Pool via EPA“Assad doesn’t trust the Russians, and he shouldn’t trust the Russians, because the Russians have a set of global interests which are far beyond Syria,” said Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “And the Russians think he’s not been smart about a lot of things he did, and he made them look like fools using chemical weapons.”So far, there’s no official confirmation as to whether Putin will meet Tillerson, but the Russians often prefer not to tell their American counterparts whether such sessions will happen until the last minute. Putin met often with Kerry. When the former secretary visited Moscow just over a year ago, the Russian president teased Kerry for carrying his own luggage.Analysts said that regardless of whom he sees in Moscow, Tillerson must be able to speak authoritatively for Trump and follow through on his promises. Otherwise, the Russians will sense weakness and exploit American indecisiveness.The senior Trump administration official said the president has plenty of confidence in Tillerson. The pair meet on a regular basis and have a solid rapport, the official said. Tillerson’s State Department also released two statements in quick succession on Friday that appeared to be indirect slaps at the Kremlin. One condemned the reported detentions and executions of men believed to be gay in Chechnya; the other criticized a referendum held in South Ossetia, a region whose status is a matter of dispute between Russia and Georgia.Tillerson’s message didn’t always appear in sync with that of others on the Trump team. He came across as more cautious than U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in describing America’s aims in Syria. Haley indicated Assad’s ouster is now a U.S. priority. Tillerson seemed to downplay that and said that defeating the Islamic State terrorist group, which controls chunks of Syria, is the key objective. Overall, however, the postures of Tillerson and Haley, as well as McMaster, show the degree to which the Trump administration has moved away from its earlier dreams of a closer relationship with Moscow.Tillerson will land in Moscow late Tuesday and is due to meet Wednesday morning with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The latter is an old hand with plenty of experience in diplomatic swordplay. Although the pair will likely focus heavily on Syria, other sensitive issues, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are sure to come up.“The Russians think Assad’s not been smart about a lot of things he did, and he made them look like fools using chemical weapons” — Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International StudiesThe likelihood is that Tillerson and Lavrov will emerge from their meetings with standard diplomatic statements in which they agree to disagree on any number of things. Behind the scenes, they may be more pragmatic about the challenge posed in Syria, where an estimated half-million people have died in six years of fighting. But one measure of how well things go will be whether there’s a decision made on whether and when Trump should meet Putin face to face.The outcome of Tillerson’s meetings will be watched carefully across the world. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that she had spoken with Trump and the two agreed there is now a window of opportunity to persuade Russia to drop its backing for Assad.center_img Rex Tillerson’s seemingly cozy ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew bipartisan alarm and nearly derailed his confirmation as secretary of state.But some three months later, as the former ExxonMobil CEO heads to Moscow on his first trip as America’s top diplomat, it’s hard to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin once gave him an “Order of Friendship” award.As Washington and Moscow clash over Syria, Tillerson has seized the moment to berate Russia and prove he’s no pro-Kremlin stooge. Along the way, Tillerson also is showing that, contrary to popular belief, he has plenty of influence on President Donald Trump and is increasingly coming into his own as secretary of state. “When you’re president, it’s ‘Where do you spend your time?’” the official said. “You’re not going to spend a lot of hours with somebody you don’t think is doing a great job, and he’s been spending a lot of hours with Secretary Tillerson.” Also On POLITICO Opinion Russia’s latest victim in Ukraine — reform By Molly K. McKew NATO’s top mission: Preparing for Trump By David M. Herszenhorn War Room The Syrian rebel who built an Islamic paradise By Aron Lundlast_img read more

England scraps coronavirus quarantine for ‘high value’ business travelers

first_imgBut these rules will be loosened in England from December 15, when travelers can be released early from quarantine after receiving a negative COVID test. Shapps said the change will allow “more travel to support the economy and jobs.” The exemptions come into place at 4 a.m. on Saturday.The Department for Transport said the change relates to individuals “undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the U.K. economy – including activity that creates or preserves 50+ UK jobs.”But the guidance said individuals “will only be exempt when undertaking the specific business activity and will only be able to meet with others as required by that specific activity.”It also applies to “high talent” individuals working in certain arts and sports jobs that require international travel.The department added: “Public Health England do not anticipate these changes will raise the risk of domestic transmission, due to the protocols being put in place around these exemptions, however all exemptions will remain under review.”While other European countries have introduced testing for travelers to replace quarantines, the U.K. has maintained strict rules on self-isolation for several months, despite calls from the aviation sector to change tack. “High value” international business travelers will not have to quarantine when traveling to England, even if they come from places classed as high-risk for the coronavirus, the U.K.’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this evening.TV production staff, journalists, some performing arts professionals and “recently signed elite sportspersons” will also be exempt “subject to specific criteria being met.”The current rules require travelers to self-isolate for 14 days on return from a country that is not on the U.K.’s “safe” travel corridor list.last_img read more

Stage points for 2018 Monster Energy Series

first_img3.Kurt BuschStewart-Haas Racing3093 20.Michael McDowellFront Row Racing360 27.Matt KensethRoush FenwayRacing111 8.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing2515 15.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports710 10.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports2344 14.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing1110 2018 TOTAL STAGE POINTS 25.Kasey KahneLeavine Family Racing140 t-28.Trevor BayneRoush Fenway Racing70 2.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing3506 4.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske2875 t-23.Jamie McMurrayChip Ganassi Racing290 1.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing37519 12.Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing1701 22.Daniel SuarezJoe Gibbs Racing340 13.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports1320 t-30.Darrell Wallace Jr.Richard Petty Motorsports50 t-23.AJ AllmendingerJTG Daugherty Racing291 19.William ByronHendrick Motorsports410 26.Ty DillonGermain Racing120 RANKDRIVERTEAMSTAGE POINTSSTAGE WINS 7.Joey LoganoTeam Penske2585 21.Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing350 Each race except the spring Charlotte race is comprised of three stages — Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. The Coca-Cola 600 added a fourth stage. Drivers who finish in the top 10 in Stage 1 and Stage 2 earn additional race points, with the winner of each stage earning 10 points, second place earning nine points, third place earning eight points, etc., down to one point for 10th place. Stage 3 of the Coca-Cola 600 awards points in the same manner as Stages 1 and 2 in the other races.The Final Stage produces the race results and awards points across the field.Below is a cumulative running tally of how many stage points drivers have earned this year, as well as their stage wins — a stage win will provide an additional bonus point per win of the postseason.Through Homestead-Miami Note: Does not include points earned for the Can-Am Duels at Daytona 18.Ryan NewmanRichard Childress Racing520 16.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing572 6.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske2696 9.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing2441 11.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing1783 t-28.Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty Racing70 5.Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row Racing28410 17.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing561 t-30.David RaganFront Row Motorsports50 32.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing10last_img read more