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by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Aug 1st, 2022 at 06:37:37 PM EST
S&P Global, Platts to begin publishing global I-RECs renewable electricity assessments
Commodity: Electric Power, Energy Transition
Region: Asia, Americas, EMEA

The I-RECs assessments will reflect spot deliveries of certificates, representing a minimum 1 GWh, for prior year and current year vintages, rolling to the next vintages at the start of each calendar year. For example, the vintages reflected in the assessment will be 2021 and 2022 until Dec.l 31, 2022, and will roll into 2022 and 2023 on Jan. 1, 2023.
Assessments will be published for the following technologies and units of measures suited for each region:

• Brazil, assessments will be published in BRL/MWh, USD/MWh and EUR/MWh at a 4:30 pm Sao Paulo Brazil/3:30 pm Houston close for wind, hydro, solar and biomass technologies.
• Turkey, assessments will be in EUR/MWh [?!] and USD/MWh at a 4:30 pm London close for wind, hydro, solar and biomass technologies.
• India, the I-RECs assessments will be in INR/MWh, USD/MWh and EUR/MWh at a 5:30 pm India/1200 GMT timestamp for hydro.

reference
The International REC Standard Foundation
"empowering purchasers" reserve currencies
What is an I-REC?

Currently, most national EACs schemes are voluntary. For example, the schemes used in the European internal market. Mandated EAC schemes are often referred to as "compliance" markets. [...]  EAC compliance markets are seen in some US States, where they are the tool for meeting a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). EAC schemes can differ based on their legal footing, but the underlying principles of their operation - the issuance, trade, and cancellation of certificates that allow end-users to claim the use of a given unit of energy - are the same.

A visual presentation of how RECs function can be found in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

by Cat on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 06:26:03 PM EST
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euractiv | Berlin reduces heat pump subsidies amid modest sales number growth, 17 Aug
With energy prices spiking, "using less energy is the cheapest and most efficient contribution to more independence and climate protection and helps to save on energy costs," [Robert Habeck] added.
[...]
On the one hand, 299,500 gas heaters were sold from January to July. On the other, heat pumps, which should make up 100% of heater sales beginning in 2024, saw a modest 25% increase to 96,000 units sold.

To combat the undesirable continued dominance of gas heating, the government continues to provide funding for heater switches*, albeit at a significantly lower rate as of Monday, in order to make the funding budget go further.
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"Owners would need a higher subsidy instead of a lower one if they were serious about switching from fossil to renewable energies," said Felix Pakleppa, CEO of the construction industry association.

H.R.5376 - Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 signed by Biden
omnibus appropriations bill feat. discount pharma prices, corp tax reforms, IRS budget, rebates or tax credits* for HH and corp fuel efficiency retrofit, EV purchase, etc estimated to "reduce U.S. gross domestic product by 0.1% within its first decade and increase GDP by 0.3% in 2050" and "inflation by around 0.1 percentage points" by 2030. The act specifically prohibits combination of fed-funded incentives qualified and administered by "State energy offices", and the most generous subsidies are reserved for new SFR construction and multi-family property "heater switches"--from gas to electric or PV.

personal note: This story resonates with me. 3 years ago I parted with Constellation/BGE for a renewable supplier and pay premium/kwh/therm. I've also recounted here low-income homeowner hurdles to HVAC efficiency "upgrade," state incentives (rare individ grants or low-int loan) to stimulate purchase, and extreme reluctance among contractors/OEM authorized dealers even to replace gas furnace with heat pump. In the latest round of RFPs, contractors have confirmed that Maryland "Whole Home" (fed HOMES funded) programming does not allow them to provide rebates for fuel switching projects; incentives applied only to vertical system efficiency rating.

Theoretically, IRA provisions for states' "HIGH-EFFICIENCY ELECTRIC HOME REBATE PROGRAM" should end Maryland limitation on replacement projects. The thing is: The state first has to apply for funds specifically for that purpose with income-tested formula for awards to HHs.

by Cat on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 05:02:24 PM EST
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yahoo! | Why there's a 'high bar' for new EV tax credits, according to a Biden economic adviser, 18 Aug
critics -- including some carmakers -- have criticized the administration for limitations placed, saying it's likely to slow down the adoption of EVs and leave drivers with few options.

"Certainly, it sets a high bar that that tax credit is eligible for batteries and vehicles that are produced in the United States or in North America or countries that we have free trade agreements with," Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, told Yahoo Finance Live (video above). "We think that that's an appropriate bar because what we want across time is to provide a strong incentive for us to have secure supply chains in those areas."
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Specifically, the new law restricts the full tax credit to EVs with battery material sourced from the U.S. or free-trade partners, starting in 2024. Any minerals or components sourced from "foreign entities of concern" including China would not qualify for the [MAX] $7,500 credit. Final assembly of the vehicle would also need to take place in North America. Adding to the restrictions, the law only applies to vehicles with a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) below $55,000 for cars and below $80,000 for trucks and SUVs....

by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 06:58:10 PM EST
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In a recent interview with Yahoo Finance Live, Fisker CEO Henrik Fisker called the restrictions counterproductive, arguing that the limitations would actually "slow the adoption of EVs."

"It's going to offer less choice to the consumers," he said. "I'll be surprised if there's even 10 vehicles in the US that will qualify for the full amount."

An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office estimated the $85 million set aside for new EV credits in the 2023 fiscal years would only translate to 11,000 new vehicles sold under the $7,500 credit. That pales in comparison to roughly 630,000 EVs sold in 2021 just in the U.S.

by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 07:01:27 PM EST
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Blue/Border/Free State Maryland
waiting on distribution of $6B of unobligated CARES fed funds (d/b/a state "surplus") FY July 2022/23

[Maglev] Hogan touts transportation aid during his tenure, but counties say it still lags, 18 Aug

The president of the Maryland Association of Counties [MACo] said Thursday that a "significant increase" in state transportation aid represents a good start but more is still needed. ... the underlying formula governing that aid is lower than where it was before cuts were made more than a decade ago.
OLD state formula: 30% of total fed funds distributed to 24 county governments; NEW! state formula: 19.8%
Three decades ago, 23 counties would split roughly [75%] of the [federal DOT] aid. The final 25% would go to Baltimore city, which has no state roads.
Interstate 170, "Highway to Nowhere"
[Maglev] Hogan [gov-R], in an unusual opening day conference address, used his time to take one more victory lap for his two terms. Eight years ago, [Maglev] Hogan stood in front of the same group and vowed to restore lost state aid for local transportation projects.

"We prioritized funding for local transportation projects. The previous administration cut highway user [interstate toll] revenues by 90%. I promised you eight years ago if I was elected, we'd try to do something about that," said Hogan.

mass transit: purple line, red line, "Greater Baltimore" express bus system, $10B, 300 mph maglev "mega project"
That funding was slashed by as much as 96 percent under [Martin] O'Malley [gov-D] and the state [Reagan-Dem] legislature to help offset budget shortfalls deficit.
by Cat on Sun Aug 21st, 2022 at 09:10:54 PM EST
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It's a little bit dry at my place...

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 09:16:50 PM EST
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Marine Link | Three new ships with ["]grain["] leave Ukraine under landmark deal, 5 Aug
The Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul, which groups Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. personnel, said two ships were setting off from Chornomorsk and one from Odesa.
[...]
The Turkish Defense Ministry said on Twitter the Panama-flagged Navistar, carrying 33,000 tonnes of corn and going from Ukraine to Ireland, departed from Odesa Port. The ship will be inspected by the Joint Coordination Centre to the north of Istanbul. The second ship, the Maltese-flagged Rojen, carrying 13,000 tonnes of corn [!] departed from Chornomorsk port bound for Britain. The Joint Inspection Team was monitoring it.

The [third,] Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet set off from Chornomorsk for the Turkish Black Sea port of Karasu [TR].

MSN AFP | Ship accused of carrying stolen Ukranian ["]grain["] leaves Lebanon, 4 Aug
and was later reported by authorities in Damascus to have arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus to unload its cargo. ... The Sierra Leone-registered Razoni set sail from Odessa for Lebanon on Monday with 26,000 tonnes of maize ["die Korn"] under an accord brokered by Turkey and the United Nations that seeks to release millions of tonnes of trapped Ukrainian produce to world markets.
archived I-see-it-everywhere, flour, barley

Hag Watch Int'l "in violent agreement"
USAID Administrator and UN Ambassador on Global Food Security, 20 July US Foreign Relations Committee A/V (EN), feat. Samantha Power and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, respectively, and David Beasely, exec. director of World Food Program; running time 01:59:58

SEN. CARDIN [@0 0:43:45]: Let me interrupt for a moment, because I'm pleased that you're visiting the sites that need attention, that need to understand the causes, and need to know the tools that are available to help, my concern is that we have our so-called allied countries that are part of our alliance in our support for Ukraine, I don't know, necessarily see them recognizing the same degree that food is being used as a weapon of war. So my concern is, do we have a strategy to engage our supportive countries to be more paticipatory in dealing with the challengs we have and recognizing this is a PUTIN strategy and therefore needs as we provide weapons to defend Ukraine, as we provide direct support, we also need to be providing help in regards to the problems Russia's creating with food insecurity.
POWER: May I give a few examples maybe, Linda? So first uh I, again, I think, we're all in violent agreement uh that the response needs to be more multilateralized, that those who are lagging need to step up uh. It's something that Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield is working every day in New York, that Secretary Blinken is working around the world. I will say, Senator, of the European countries, again, they have opened their doors to the refugees. That is not without cost. European Commission President van der Leyen has just also announced more than six billion dollars [sic] toward reconstruction. So they are also thinking ahead. And if I could answer your question a slightly different way, but in paralell to Linda's comments, I think, one of the answers to your questions is, comes down, the word 'resilience.' And what we're doing, what USAID on the ground, thanks to the infusion of resources from you but also our pre-exising programs which were headed in this direction anyway, is building Ukraine's capacity not to be dependent, for example, on everything from the Russian export market [?] to Russia's actions in the Black Sea. We are now uh to ensure they have the barges to use the rivers, to be able to modernize their rail lines so they can connect to Europe. This isn't to say that we anticipate there being a Black Sea crisis every year for the rest of time. This war has to end. PUTIN has to end it; but it does mean that diversification is really important. In Africa it's the same issue. Linda knows well from all her time there, the dependence that so many countries have, for example on Russian fertilizer. It's the number one fertilizer producer, exporter in the world, and that is not a reliable source of fertilizers ...
by Cat on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 04:37:29 PM EST
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Perhaps Samantha could revisit the Libya adventure, jast as the Iraq War was a violation of International law and abuse of the declaration to abide by UN Charter on sovereignty of nations. The spread of Al Qaeda terror followed by the jihadists of the Islamic State across MENA States and Western Africa. Mali suffered the brunt with neighboring nations, Nigeria included. The Justice done by killing Ayman al-Zawahiri<will not change the presence in multiple locations of AQ related terror havens. <p>

Key word | R2P |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 6th, 2022 at 06:26:52 PM EST
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AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, CG, CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD

OIC (1969 NGO): AZ, AE, IR, IQ, BD, TR, TN, SN, SL, GA, GW, QA, KW, ML, MR, YE, JO, ID, PK, AF, UZ, BH, AL, UG, BN, BJ, TM, BF, TJ, TG, TD, DZ, SA, SS, SY, SR, SO, OM, GM, GY, GN, PS, KM, KG, KZ, CM, CI, LB, LY, MV, MY, EG, MA, MZ, NE, NG

ECOWAS (1972 FTA): BN, BJ, CI, CV, GH, GY, GM, GN, GW, SN, NI, NG, SL, LB, TG

CFA (1945 Zone; 1973 CAEMC; 1994 WAEMU) CM, CF, TD, CG, GQ, GA, BJ, BF, CI, GW, ML, NE, SG, TG

PAPSS (2022): AU

Germany suspends participation in Mali military mission, 12 Aug rear guard

after the West African nation refused to grant a civilian aircraft carrying German troops permission to use its airspace. The flight was part of a troop rotation, and German officials said it was not the first time Mali has denied overflight permission.

Germany's defense minister, Christine Lambrecht, alleged her Malian counterpart, Sadio Camara, had not adhered to agreements. German troops will now focus on ensuring their own security, her ministry said.

"Camaras' actions speak a different language than his words," Lambrecht said "We must therefore take measures and suspend the operation of our reconnaissance forces and transport flights (with helicopters) until further notice."

Germany announced earlier in the year that it was drawing down its participation in a European Union military mission in Mali after France pulled out. But Germany continued to provide troops to the U.N.'s MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in the West African nation.

Like France, Germany has expressed misgivings about the presence of Russian mercenaries in Mali.

whitehouse.gov | FACT SHEET: U.S. STRATEGY TOWARD SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, 8 Aug bottom line
[...]
• Pursuing public-private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure the critical minerals that will supply clean energy technologies
archived DR Congo expels UN peacekeeping mission [MONUSCO] spokesman after protests, Marcon calls Russia 'one of the last imperial colonial powers', H.R.7311 - Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act, Mali, CEDEAO and UMEOA
by Cat on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 05:33:53 PM EST
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From today's diary -- New Age Baerbock's Transatlantik Moment

A stronger transatlantic relationship for the stability of the Middle East and North Africa Biden and Draghi Atlantic Council June 2022.

A new transatlantic relationship for the Middle East and North Africa

Through this initiative, the US is empowering North African nations to decide with whom and when they cooperate on issues. Yael Lempert made clear that regional stability is in the best interest of nations across the globe, and that the US will continue to have a newly defined presence in North Africa that highlights the region's human potential.

According to Lempert, the US has also been at the forefront of enacting a sustainable political vision in the MENA.

Indeed the US has deployed Special Forces for over two decades across the African continent with as much success as advisors across SE Asia to stop fallen dominoes of Communist expansion.

Key words NATO expansion Southern Front by means of Spain (Morocco) and Italy (Libya) | mercenaries for the White House | France ousted in role (Algeria)

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 07:08:49 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 07:17:35 PM EST
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Guests: Einar Tangen, current affairs commentator
Hannah Ryder, founder and CEO of Development Reimagined
Wang Jin, professor at Northwest University of China

8 Aug
US State | Vital Partners, Shared Priorities: The Biden Administration's Sub-Saharan Africa Strategy
monologue
US State | Remarks at the Opening of the U.S.-South African Strategic Dialogue, opening remarks
FM PANDOR: Long time no see
SEC BLINKEN: floods in Durban and in Kentucky
US State | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor at a Joint Press Availability, Q&A
SEC BLINKEN: repercussions of Russia's war in Ukraine
FM PANDOR: I'm glad that Secretary Blinken has confirmed that America is not asking us to choose

by Cat on Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 10:11:42 PM EST
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For Blinken numbers count?

And, as you've heard, by 2050, one in four people on the planet we share will be African. They will shape the destiny not only of this continent but of the world.

Should be easy to copy/paste this speech for Antony's visit to Beijing soon. 😂

Key Projections The World in 2050 | PMC - 2017 |

  • Six of the seven largest economies in the world are projected to be emerging economies in 2050 led by China (1st), India (2nd) and Indonesia (4th)

  • The US could be down to third place in the global GDP rankings while the EU27's share of world GDP could fall below 10% by 2050

  • UK could be down to 10th place by 2050, France out of the top 10 and Italy out of the top 20 as they are overtaken by faster growing emerging economies like Mexico, Turkey and Vietnam respectively
  • Of the G7 countries only the US (3rd) is projected to remain in top 7!

    Russia was 6th and would remain 6th, larger than any other European state. The Biden Blitzkrieg to force a war on the European continent is like throwing a wrench in well organized logistics of global economies. Doing it on its own merits won't cut it. The US needs more territory. Russia knows what it is defending to survive economically. Brussels and the EU-27 will be a footnote in history. Japan drops down to 8th followed by Germany 9th and quite optimistic a post-Brexit UK at 10th.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 06:50:28 AM EST
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    By 2050 the BRICS bloc of nations would be China 1st, India 2nd, Brazil 5th, Russia 6th plus South Africa. Both Turkey and Iran may have decided to be aligned with this economic bloc. Meet the new G7 🙃 ... Indonesia (4th) would be a big prize.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 07:05:17 AM EST
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    BRICS (2009 FTA): CN, RU, BR, IN, ZA; AR*, DZ*, EG*, ID, IR, CM*, ML*, SN*, TH*, UZ*, FJ*, ET*, KZ*

    * observer, dialogue, or applicant member

    APEC (1989 FTA): CN, CN-hk, CN-tw, RU, ID, SG, VN, TH, PH, MX, PE, CL, BN, PG, MY, KR; US, AU, JP, NZ, CA
    ASEAN (1967 FTA): BN, KH, ID, LA, MY, MM, PH, SG, TH, VN

    by Cat on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 05:39:50 PM EST
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    2 Feb, Drilling of China's designed deepest onshore gas well begins
    Drilling of the "Dabei-401" well, designed to be China's deepest onshore gas well, has started on Tuesday in the country's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Tarim Oilfield said it is expected to drill 110 ultra-deep wells this year, while it drilled 23 wells with a depth of over 8,000 meters in 2021....Tarim Basin is a major petroliferous basin in China, producing one-sixth of the country's total production of natural gas.
    12 Aug, Chinese Oil Giants Sinopec And PetroChina To Delist From NYSE
    Apart from Sinopec and PetroChina, the other firms that had notified the NYSE of their intentions to delist were China Life Insurance and Aluminium Corporation of China (Chalco).

    PetroChina said in its release that it had notified the NYSE today of its decision and would file with the SEC on or about August 29 a form to delist its ADSs from the NYSE.

    American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") from the NYSE  [...2000 HKSE/23.5% NYSE, 2005 HKSE, 2007 SSE] As of 9 August 2022, the issued and outstanding ADSs represented approximately 3.93% of the total [diluted] H Shares and approximately 0.45% of the total share capital of the Company.
    Among the many business reasons for seeking delisting of its ADSs, PetroChina cited "the considerable administrative burden for performing the disclosure obligations as necessary for maintaining the listing of the ADSs on the NYSE as a result of the differences in the regulatory rules of multiple listing venues." ...
    14 Aug China drills one of world's deepest oil deposits - Tarim Basin, Xinjiang A.R.
    China's largest oil refiner Sinopec has reportedly extracted crude oil and natural gas from a newly drilled oil reserve with wells around 8,000 meters deep.... 244 tons of crude oil and 970,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day. ... The Shunbei oil and gas field has 41 ultra-deep drilling wells, and is one of the world's deepest onshore commercial oil and gas fields, according to Sinopec.
    15 Aug, Wall Street on Parade sez, China Moves to Delist Five State-Owned Companies from the New York Stock Exchange
    For the past two decades, China has been stonewalling U.S. regulators over access to the work papers of auditors of publicly traded companies that are based in China but listed on U.S. stock exchanges. China takes the position that these audit work papers hold state secrets and it prohibits audit firms from releasing the documents directly to U.S. regulators, effectively FLOUTING U.S. accounting law FASB guidance. This UNTENABLE situation finally forced the hand of Congress to take a stand in December of 2020....
    Courthouse News to most ignorant, litigious investors on planet: PULL THE OTHER ONE, LADDY!

    archived 9 Aug book promo, Thu Jul 28th, 2022

    by Cat on Tue Aug 16th, 2022 at 11:46:20 PM EST
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    Politico.eu.com | UN says forced labor takes place in Xinjiang, Tibet, 18 Aug
    Forced labor has taken place in the Xinjiang region of China, the U.N.'s top expert on slavery concluded in a new report which has riled Beijing.

    It is "reasonable to conclude that forced labour among Uyghur, Kazakh and other ethnic minorities in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing" took place in the western region, where China has been accused of human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority, and a "genocide" by the [U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo].

    In stinging remarks, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Tomoya Obokata added that some aspects of China's Xinjiang policy could even amount to "enslavement as a crime against humanity."

    archived CIA Report: Xinjiang Problem, 22-28 May 2022 1,660,001 km2 fly-over

    Global Times | Non-jury trial for national security case to ensure a fair trial: HK Department of Justice, 17 Aug

    The AFP first reported that dozens of suspects including some who were involved in organizing and planning the so-called "35-plus" political strategy in 2020 would see a non-jury trial as the case involves foreign elements. Citing the relevant documents, the AFP also said the reason of departing from the tradition of jury trial is for the personal safety of jurors and their family members, and a risk of perverting the course of justice if the trial is conducted with a jury.
    [...]
    The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance, which incorporated many of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provisions, does not provide for a right to be tried by jury in Hong Kong, so a trial by jury is not a protected right or fundamental right or constitutional right in Hong Kong, Lawrence Ma, barrister and chairman of the Hong Kong Legal Exchange Foundation, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
    reference
    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 8(3), exceptions; Article 9, omissions
    National Security Law of the People's Republic of China (2015)
    The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2021)
    The Lawyers & Jurists Foundation, "SOLICITORS VS BARRISTERS"
    by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 05:16:29 PM EST
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    DW | How has Hong Kong weaponized its judiciary to target dissent?, 24 Aug
    Two high-profile national security cases in Hong Kong will proceed without juries, according to the media in the former British colony, with some analysts interpreting this as another signal of failing judicial independence.
    plea deals
    [HKSAR Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China co-ordinator] Kwong [Chung-Ching] said some defendants might choose to plead guilty to receive shorter jail sentences, but they might also think that arguing in court would not make a difference for the outcome.

    "Since they have been remanded for more than a year, it makes more sense to just get out of jail as soon as possible," she said.

    English law: bail bonds, recognisance or remand, possibly flight risk and electronic monitoring
    "The threshold for granting bail is so hard to achieve now,"she added. It's very problematic to see that we are relieved when someone received bail, because it should be a norm that most defendants should receive bail as long as they don't have a high risk of hindering case development."

    reference
    How to Germany | German Law and the German Legal System

    There is no such thing as a jury trial in Germany and judges take on a more active role in court proceedings. Court procedures [folowing civil or criminal arraignment?] are otherwise similar to a < wipes tears >jury trial  in the USA [minus 12 + 5 alternates]. Under German law the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
    Quora | Why does the German legal system not allow trial by jury?
    "The court and legal system in Germany is very much different from what you know in the US."
    Bernhard Schmeilzl, Esq. | WHERE IS MY JURY?
    Litigating in a German court of law could not be any more different from what USA litigation lawyers or English barristers are used to. First, under German civil procedure rules, there is no jury, only a professional judge (usually only one, sometimes three or five). That's the ["]guy["] you need to persuade in order to win your case.
    < wipes tears >
    What else is different?

    Well, quite a lot. For starters, there is no pre-trial discovery: actually, there is no discovery at all. There are no depositions and, normally, also no written witness statements. ...

    Herzog, "Philosophical and social view of the jury : could it have a renaissance in Germany?" (2001) "lay" participation
    II. The Philosophical Foundation : Hegel´s Philosophy of Rights (1821)
    [...]
    III. Academic and Political Criticism: Impracticability and Inefficiency of Jury Trials

    by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 03:36:18 PM EST
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    Readovka | "Kommersant": the Federal Penitentiary Service said that Russian pre-trial detention centers are 96% full, 25 Aug Red state, Blue state NORM!
    The department said that as of August 1, 2022, 114,172 people were kept in Russian detention centers , despite the fact that they are designed for 118,495 . The Federal Penitentiary Service concluded that the filling limit was not exceeded .
    [...]
    Aleksey Dobrynin , Managing Partner at Pen & Paper Bar Association, pointed to the overcrowding in prisons in St. Petersburg and the region since last year, and noted that judges continue to impose detention as the main punishment , despite the instruction of the Supreme Court to choose more lenient measures of restraint for light crimes. At the same time, the heads of institutions cannot but accept new prisoners, and the problem is solved by "compacting" the cells, adding new beds.

    This problem was felt most strongly in the Rostov region - there are 5 detention centers in the region, designed for a total of 3.6 thousand people, but in May of this year, the head of the local PMC, Igor Omelchenko , reported that the limits in each of them were exceeded by 100-300 prisoners....

    by Cat on Fri Aug 26th, 2022 at 03:33:33 AM EST
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    APaplainin just us
    At $249 per day, prison stays leave ex-inmates deep in debt, 29 Aug "pay-to-stay"
    Pay-to-stay laws were put into place in many areas during the [Reagan-Biden] tough-on-crime era of the 1980s and '90s, said Brittany Friedman, an assistant professor of sociology at University of Southern California who is leading a study of the practice.
    by Cat on Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 05:42:07 PM EST
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    OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China, 31 Aug, 48 pp
    3. In light of the breadth and gravity of the allegations, and the nature of information received, OHCHR has sought access to XUAR [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region] to verify claims since 2018.7 In parallel, and further to its global mandate under General Assembly resolution 48/141 and within existing resources, OHCHR has continued to monitor the situation and assess the allegations, including by reviewing and critically analysing publicly available official documentation, as well as research material, satellite imagery and other open-source information, examining their origin, credibility, weight and reliability in line with standard OHCHR methodology. Throughout OHCHR's review, particular attention was given to official Government documentation and information, including laws, policies, statistical data, court decisions, and official statements and White Papers made public by the Government, as well as a number of other documents that are in the public domain and which OHCHR has assessed as highly likely to be authentic based on strong indicia of official character.8 OHCHR has also closely studied information presented by the Government, including in the context of its reviews before the UN human rights treaty bodies and in response to UN Special Procedures communications, 9 and examined material submitted to it by academic and other institutions inside China.10. ....
    Always. read. the footnotes.
    a strongly worded letter
    Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland, 31 Aug in re: No.GJ/56/2022
    by Cat on Thu Sep 1st, 2022 at 05:54:28 PM EST
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    Bloomberg | Xi and Putin to Attend G-20 Summit in Indonesia, Jokowi [ID, G20 President Joko Widodo] Says, 19 Aug invitations
    Putin and Jokowi discussed preparations for the G-20 summit in Bali in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement that didn't mention whether the Russian leader will attend. Putin's attendance could also bring him face to face with Volodymyr Zelensk* for the first time since Russia's invasion because the Ukrainian president is also ["]slated["] to be in Bali.[...]
    "Indonesia wants to be friends with everyone," [Widodo] said. "We don't have problems with any country. Each country will have their own approach. Each leader has their own approach. But what's needed by Indonesia is investment, technology that will change our society."
    archived Mass Rapid Transit, CAMPAIGN 2019, five containers of trash, ban on cattle exports
    Sputnik | Indonesia Not Supporting US Initiative on [racketeering], Ambassador [Jose Tavares] Says
    "Indonesia will never support initiatives that are not in line with its own national interests. Indonesia has always conducted active free foreign policy that is only in line with its national interests," the diplomat said.
    Reuters | UK PM candidate Sunak: Russia's Putin should be barred from G20
    Truss's campaign, asked for her position,referred to comments she made in July when she said it would be important to confront Putin in front of allies like India and Indonesia. "I would go there, and I would call Putin out," she told a televised debate on July 25.
    UK and Indonesia announce new Joint Economic and Trade Committee, Apr 2021
    Netherlands Becomes Indonesia's Third-Largest Investment Partner in Q2, July 2021
    by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:25:33 PM EST
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    Xinhua | China begins shipment of high-speed trains to Indonesia, 21 Aug
    A high-speed electric passenger train and an inspection train, customized for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia, left the port of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province on Sunday.
    [...]
    The first trains will arrive in Jakarta by the end of August, and the delivery of the remainder will be completed in batches by the beginning of 2023, according to the company. ...With a total length of 142 kilometers, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway connects Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, and Bandung, a famous tourist city in Indonesia.
    by Cat on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 10:49:16 PM EST
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    Captial News | "US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman [BWAH!] says the delegation will also discuss shared goals- health, security, and economic prosperity during the meeting."

    Africa-press | Raila meets visiting Senator Chris Coons

    Senator Coons, who is leading a  congressional delegation of [anonymous] US Senate and House Representatives, commended President Kenyatta for ensuring peace and stability prevailed during the election period.

    [President-elect William] Ruto on the other hand said the talks touched on the just concluded elections in the country and areas of cooperation between Kenya and the United States.

    VOA | US Congressional Delegation in Kenya Amid Election CRISIS(template)
    ... Coons, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and his delegation have already visited Cape Verde [sic] and Mozambique and are expected to visit Rwanda, where the Congo tensions and human rights should be on the agenda following Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Kigali [and South Africa] last week....
    yahoo! AP | US senator urges Kenyan president to aid PEACEFUL transition
    ... After meeting with Kenyatta, Odinga, and Ruto, Coons told the AP "I was encouraged that in all three meetings we heard a commitment to a call for calm and tranquility, to respect the legal processes established in the 2010 constitution." He said the conversations were about the rule of law, the importance of free and fair elections and peaceful transitions.

    "Obviously, the United States has had a very difficult experience with these issues for the past few years," Coons said, referring to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as former President Donald Trump tried to remain in power. "I said in all three meetings we have things to learn from Kenya." ...

    Kenyans | US Senator Christopher Coons' History in Kenya, 2018
    In a [1984] college paper article, the [imminent] senator wrote the source of his conversion from Republican to Democrat was his [semester abroad in] Kenya. His rivals [of the Ethiopian-American persuasion] used the article to claim that Coons had confessed the Kenyan trip converted him into a Marxist.
    < wipes tears >
    by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 06:27:14 PM EST
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    by Cat on Thu Aug 18th, 2022 at 08:32:27 PM EST
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    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on August 17, 2022
    Xinhua News Agency: The Foreign Ministry today put out an announcement about the upcoming Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the 8th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC. Could you shed some light on China's expectations for this meeting? ...
    fanabc | DPM And FM Demeke: China-Africa Partnership Benefits The Global Community, 18 Aug
    [Ethiopia] Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister [Demeke Mekonnen] stated that without increased trade and FDI, our efforts to mobilize more finance, create decent jobs, boost exports, build manufacturing capacity, and transfer technology would suffer....
    GT | Wang Yi's attendance of follow-up meeting of FOCAC signals steady progress of ties, 18 Aug
    The foundation of China-Africa cooperation is solid and well fostered over many decades and Africa has been the destination of the Chinese foreign minister's first foreign visit in a year for 32 consecutive years. [...] Trade between China and Africa reached an all-time high in 2021 of $254 billion, from about $10 billion in 2000, according to Xinhua News Agency....
    Joint Statement of the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), 19 Aug
    CN, SG, DZ, CD, EG, ET, LY, ZA, AU55
    Recalling the Dakar Declaration, the China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035, the Declaration on China-Africa Cooperation on Combating Climate Change, and the Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024) adopted at the ministerial conference...
    archived 3rd FOCAC 2018
    by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 12:06:29 AM EST
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    I'm dead, as the Z-ppl say.
    (not those Z-ppl, the other ones)
    South Korea signs US$2.25 billion deal with Russian nuclear energy company, 25 Aug
    Nation has contract with Russian state-run firm to provide components and construct turbine < reckless eyeballin' > building for Egypt's first nuclear power plant ...
    archived Rosatom starts building Egypt's first nuclear power reactor, 22 July
    by Cat on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 12:25:21 AM EST
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    Want to disinvest from Russian gas ... EU's  transition to the other green energy by declaration in Brussels.

    Hungary approves construction of two Russian-built nuclear reactors

    The 2014 deal to build two 1,200MW reactors in Paks, 60 miles (100km) south of Budapest, will more than double the plant's capacity.

    Built with Soviet-era technology in the 1980s during Hungary's communist period, the plant is the country's only nuclear facility and provides about 40% of its electricity needs.

    NATO and the EU-27 beyond sanctions ...

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 01:12:44 AM EST
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    albawaba | 'Was There an Algerian Nation Before 'French Colonization' Macron Asks?, 3 Oct 2021

    27 Aug 2021

    Greek City Times | Turkey's rhetorical war with France resumes: "Macron should face his country's colonial past", 29 Aug

    The comments were triggered by Macron describing "networks", which are manipulated by Ankara, Moscow and Beijing, spreading "anti-French propaganda" in Africa. During his visit to the former French colony, Macron called on young Algerians and Africans "not to be seduced" by "the enormous manipulation" of networks instigated by foreign powers and present France as the "enemy".

    He named Turkey, Russia and China, attributing to them a "neo-colonialist and imperialist agenda".

    Al Jazeera | France's Macron in Algeria: Frosty ties, bitter history, 25 Aug
    Why have relations been strained between the two countries?
    • In October 2021, ties between Algeria and France nosedived after Macron was reported to have questioned whether Algeria had existed as a nation before French colonialism. He also decried Algiers' "political-military system" of rewriting history in a discourse of "hatred towards France".

    • According to French daily Le Monde, the comments were made during a meeting with Macron and French-Algerian descendants of the Harkis, Algerians who fought on the French side during Algeria's war of independence.

    • The comments also followed a French decision to sharply reduce the number of visas it grants to citizens of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
    [...]
    What's the history of France's colonisation of Algeria?
    France occupied Algeria for 132 years, before the latter won independence in March 1962 after a fierce and bloody war lasting more than seven years.

    Algerian authorities say 1.5 million people were killed in the war, whereas many French historians put the number of those killed at half a million. The majority of those killed were Algerian. ...

    OPEC (1960 FTA): IR, IQ, KW, NG, SA, VZ, LY, AE, DZ, AO, GQ, CG, GA; + OM*, s-SS*, SS*, BN*, RU*, MX*, AZ*, KZ*, MY*, BH*, EC*, ID*, QA*

    OIC (1969 NGO): AZ, AE, IR, IQ, BD, TR, TN, SN, SL, GA, GW, QA, KW, ML, MR, YE, JO, ID, PK, AF, UZ, BH, AL, UG, BN, BJ, TM, BF, TJ, TG, TD, DZ, SA, SS, SY, SR, SO, OM, GM, GY, GN, PS, KM, KG, KZ, CM, CI, LB, LY, MV, MY, EG, MA, MZ, NE, NG

    AU/OAU(2002/1963 FTA): BI, BJ, CM, CF, CG, CD, GY, GA, ST, CM, DJ, ER, ET, KE, MG, MU, RW, SC, SO, SS, s-SS, TZ, UG, DZ, EG, LY, MR, MA, EH, TN, AO, BW, EZ, LS, MW, MZ, NA, ZA, ZM, BN, BF, CV, CI, GH, GM, GN, LY, ML, NI, NG, SL, SN, TG, TD; PAPSS (2022): AU

    by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 12:40:56 AM EST
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    OGV | Norway's unexpected energy crisis, 10 Aug
    The most striking demonstration of the problems is the gaping price discrepancy between northern and central Norway -- with close to half of the country's hydropower production -- and southern Norway, with all the export cables.

    Electricity in the three southern areas of Norway will cost between €263/MWh and €327/MWh on Wednesday, but in the north and centre of the country they will be just over €1/MWh, according to the day-ahead prices from power market Nord Pool.

    The pattern has lasted long enough that some businesses are voting with their feet: Kryptovault, a Norwegian bitcoin miner, is moving its activities from the south to above the Arctic Circle to slash its power bill.

    The main reason for the 160-fold difference in prices is a lack of transmission capacity between the north and south. ...

    by Cat on Wed Aug 10th, 2022 at 11:47:06 PM EST
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    hmm, yes, well, now that a number of ancient reactor permit extensions are in place, G7 "carbon-neutral" resource prospecting is accelerating, and approved Fukushima waste water disposal slithered past IPEF "guard rails", the Mainichi reports anudder Kishidanomic innovation.

    Japanese nuclear research agency to export domestically 'useless' uranium ore [and ion-exchange resin], 20 Aug 125 mt

    This effectively means that the Japanese government-funded research and development agency will be taking nuclear-related materials that have no use in Japan and discarding them overseas.
    [...]
    As a general rule, nuclear waste must be disposed of at the location where it was created, meaning that taking it outside Japan could violate international regulations. Under such circumstances, the idea of commissioning another party to refine The Materials emerged.

    The JAEA signed a 170-million-yen (roughly $1.24 million) contract with a subsidiary of Tokyo-based trading house Sojitz Corp. in December 2021 to handle projects including shipment of The Materials overseas. The transportation is scheduled to be completed by February 2023. A U.S. company is seen as a likely candidate for the work, but no agreement has been finalized.
    [...]
    Hiroaki Koide, who served as an associate professor at the former Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (now the university's Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science), said, "Having collected uranium ore only to find there is no way to use it is a typical example of the overly optimistic attitude from those in charge of nuclear power administration. The authorities go ahead with projects based on optimistic forecasts, and once the projects fail, they pour in taxpayers' money to deal with them." He continued, "If there is no use for the uranium ore, that means it's garbage, and officials should follow the rule that nuclear waste must be processed where it is created."

    PBP (2022 NGO): US, UK, NZ, JP, EU
    IPEF (2022 NGO): US, AU, JP, IN, NZ, KR, ID*, BN*, MY*, PH*, SG*, TH*, VN*
    PIC Forum (1971 NGO): Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Vanuatu, AU

    Japan's plutonium stockpile climbs to 46.1 tons in 2020, first rise in 3 years

    Plutonium is extracted from spent nuclear fuel generated at nuclear plants, for the purpose of recycling. However, the international community has expressed concerns over Japan's large plutonium stockpile, saying it could be converted into nuclear weapons.
    [...]
    Plutonium is mixed with uranium to produce mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for use at nuclear power plants. However, none of the nuclear plants in Japan used MOX fuel in 2020. As a result, the domestic stockpile remained at the same level as the previous year, at roughly 8.9 tons. ...
    QUAD (2007 mil): US, AU, JP, IN (2021), KR* (2022)
    supra fweedom and fiefdom opportunities
    by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 10:08:20 PM EST
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    Toyota truck arm Hino halts more shipments in [emissions] data fraud scandal
    subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp. revealed fresh details of engine data falsification going back as far as 2003.

    Hino had already halted shipments of medium- and large-sized trucks since the scandal concerning its emissions and fuel efficiency tests came to light in March [!].

    Hello, VW!
    "We deeply apologize once again for causing great concern," Hino President Satoshi Ogiso said in an online press conference.

    Toyota sent Ogiso to head Hino, which became its subsidiary in 2001. It is almost certain that the parent company will be forced to take some of the responsibility for the falsification and play a role in Hino's recovery.

    Next week: Yoon pardons Ogiso. Biden offers Kishida $431M inflation reduction aid.
    by Cat on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 10:34:58 PM EST
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