US: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at border

first_imgHomeFeaturedUS: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at border Oct. 27, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsUS: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at borderAssociated Press3 years agoapNews ELLIOT SPAGAT and JILL COLVINAssociated PressHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday that “everything is on the table” as the administration considered new measures to stifle immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and send a message that a slow-moving migrant caravan bound for the United States will not be welcome.Nielsen addressed the Trump administration’s efforts to fortify the border while standing next to a newly constructed 30-foot fence in California. Before she spoke, two workers wearing welding masks affixed a plaque to the barrier with the names of President Donald Trump and several high-ranking officials to commemorate what the administration calls the completion of the first phase of his border wall.Nielsen’s trip to the border came after the Pentagon approved a request for additional troops at the southern border, expected to total at least 800 and possibly more than 1,000. And the White House is looking at new border security measures, including one plan that would use the same mechanism as Trump’s travel ban to block migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S, according to two people familiar with the discussion. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the idea, which they stressed was still in the early planning stages and had yet to be decided.“We are looking at every possible way within the legal construct that we have to make sure that those who don’t have the legal right to come to this country do not come in,” Nielsen said.The president has stepped up his focus on immigration in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress, focusing on a caravan of migrants heading north through Mexico that is about 1,000 miles away but dwindling in size.“I called up the military,” Trump said at a meeting of young black conservative leaders. “We’re not letting them in, they ought to go back now because we’re not.”Any attempt by Trump to curtail the rights of migrants to seek asylum is bound to draw legal challenge.Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, said it would be “a very drastic action that would have disastrous practical implications for our asylum obligations, for our moral and legal obligations.”“We know that civil rights attorneys are preparing to litigate right now,” she said. “They’re preparing to litigate right away. I don’t know if (Trump) cares if he wins the litigation. He wants to score political points … it’s all part of the same political ploy to stoke fear for political reasons and build more walls.”The federal government recently completed construction on a two-mile section of fencing that’s 30-feet tall. Nielsen called it a significant accomplishment to keep immigrants out. The structure is separate from a concrete wall prototype that the government has built near San Diego as part of Trump’s signature campaign promise during his 2016 White House campaign.“Let me be clear: Walls work,” Nielsen said.New details also began to emerge Friday about the military deployment on the border.A Defense Department official said the mission is authorized from Oct. 30 to Dec. 15 and will operate in border areas of California, Arizona and Texas. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that have not yet been publicly announced, said the troops will not be involved in detaining migrants.In a brief written statement the Pentagon gave several examples of assistance they would provide. These include barricades and fencing; helicopters and airplanes to move Border Patrol personnel, and medical teams to triage and treat patients and prepare them for commercial transport. It also will provide personal protective gear and temporary housing for Border Patrol personnel.Trump earlier this year ordered the deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border to respond to a spike in illegal border crossings. But those members remain under the control of the governors of the states where they’re positioned, and their activities are limited to supportive roles, such as providing surveillance.There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops on the border.___AP Writers Bob Burns and Colleen Long contributed to this report from Washington. 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Nigeria: NERC favours mini grid regulation

first_imgFeatured image: Ph Power RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission approves the adoption of mini grids to boost electricity supply to households, businesses and institutions in the country. Last week, through a Draft Mini Grid Regulation 2016, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) stated that electricity distribution companies could now use mini grids as a bridge technology to accelerate their electrification activities, reports the Financial Watch.According to the media, the Commission said the mini grid regulation was specifically designed to fast-track electrification in areas without any existing distribution grid.The regulation is also intended for areas with an existing but poorly electrified or non-functional distribution grid, such as rural areas, NERC stated.“If the power distributed by the isolated mini grid is larger than 100kW, the mini grid developer will need to apply for a mandatory permit. If the generation capacity of the power station installed is larger than 1MW, the plant is not a mini grid under this regulation and other regulations apply,” NERC explained.Mini grid regulation for cost-reflective tariffsMedia also reported that, to promote this initiative, the Commission indicated that cost-reflective retail tariffs would be utilised.NERC, however, added that tariffs would be higher than the current electricity distribution company’s retail tariffs but also noted that the tariffs would be lower than any electricity supply of the same quality generated from conventional sources in such areas.“This regulation is suitable for any business model or technology that mini grid operators may wish to implement,” the Commission said.It added: “The Discos [distribution companies] stand to benefit from mini grid operations and some of these benefits include the development of the Discos’ licensing areas, which are not being exploited at no cost to the Discos pending when they are ready to extend their operations to such areas.“At such time, demand would have increased to attractive levels for profitable operation, and customers will be used to paying for electricity and complying with the safety requirements.”Green mini grid help deskMeanwhile, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a Green Mini Grid Help Desk to facilitate the provision of renewable power to rural African communities.The GMG help desk was unveiled during the recent 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya.The AfDB explained that, “The GMG Help Desk provides online technical assistance on the myriad of activities important to the business cycle of developing and operating a clean energy mini-grid.”The Bank added that the help desk was part of the larger Green Mini Grid Market Development Programme implemented by the SE4All Africa Hub and funded through the AfDB’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa.Dr Daniel-Alexander Schroth, coordinator of the SE4All Africa Hub, said: “mini-grids are a key piece of the energy access puzzle in Sub-Saharan Africa and the GMG Help Desk will be a key tool to accelerate the deployment of private sector-led mini-grid projects in support of the New Deal on Energy for Africa’s vision of universal energy access in Africa by 2025.” AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img Finance and Policy Generation BRICS Previous articleThabametsi and Khanyisa take first in SA coal baseload IPPNext articleNamibia: NamPower boosts Ruacana Power Station Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

HJC RPHA 70 Iron Man Homecoming – RM2,779!

first_imgAttention to all Marvel fans and motorcycle enthusiasts, lend me your ears! The all-new HJC RPHA 70 sport touring helmet now comes in the latest Marvel’s Iron Man graphics based on the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie which was released back in July of 2017.We’re big fans of HJC helmets and even bigger enthusiasts for the Marvel cinematic universe so this particular helmet checks out all the boxes. Knowing that HJC has a good arrangement with Marvel in producing some very special edition lids, the latest Iron Man rendition is indeed the best one we’ve seen yet.Check out our review on the new HJC RPHA 70 sport-touring helmet, below!HJC RPHA 70 Test & ReviewThis time around, a lot more finer details can be found which makes this limited edition more impressive the more you look at it. Our favourites are the Stark Industries decals on the side and the blue arc reactor at the back of this ‘powerful’ RPHA 70 inspired by the new element found by Tony Stark in the second Iron Man movie.The RPHA 70 sport-touring helmet is actually a race-certified helmet that has been slightly modified for more comfort especially when riding on the streets. It is one of the better helmets out there in the market that can handle both street and track riding fairly well which is quite impressive.The shell is made out of some reinforced materials called the ‘Premium Integrated Matrix’ or ‘P.I.M Plus’ which include carbon and carbon-glass hybrid fabric. This in turn provides a more enhanced shock-absorbing performance together with high levels of comfort while keeping the helmet satisfactory light (1,500 grams).HJC Helmet Malaysia has priced it at RM2,779 (recommended retail price). To know more about this beauty that was launched together with the HJC CS-R3 Spider-Man full-face helmet, CLICK HERE. Additionally, you can head to the HJC Helmet Malaysia official Facebook page for further information. –Ads– HJC Helmet Malaysia has brought in the latest HJC RPHA 70 Iron Man Homecoming sport-touring helmet.The latest Iron Man helmet was inspired from the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie by Marvel.Priced at RM2,779 (recommended retail price), the RPHA 70 is perfect for street use which is also race-certified for track riding.last_img read more

Singapore Airlines Buka (Kembali) Penerbangan Langsung Singapura – Newark

first_imgSeperti yang sudah diperhitungkan sebelumnnya, nantinya perjalanan antar benua ini akan memakan waktu 18 jam 45 menit nonstop dan beroperasi tiga kali dalam seminggu. Selepas tanggal 19 Oktober, pihak Singapore Airlines mengatakan bahwa pengoperasian rute ini akan berjalan setiap hari.Tentu saja, dengan hadirnya rute penerbangan ini akan mengalahkan sejumlah rute dengan catatan waktu perjalanan terlama lainnya, seperti Emirates yang menghubungkan Dubai dengan Auckland (17 jam 15 menit), Qatar Airways yang menghubungkan Doha dan Auckland dengan waktu perjalanan 16 jam 30 menit, dan Qantas Airways yang menghubungkan Perth Airport dan Heathrow International Airport dengan waktu tempuh 17 jam 2 menit.Sebagai informasi tambahan, sebenarnya rute penerbangan Singapura – Amerika yang dilayani oleh Singapore Airlines ini bukanlah rute baru, melainkan sudah ada sejak tahun 2013 silam. Namun karena pihak Airbus selaku penyedia armada melakukan sejumlah peningkatan kinerja armada, mulai dari jarak langit-langit kabin yang lebih tinggi, jendela yang lebih besar, badan pesawat yang esktra lebar, hingga tata pencahayaan yang dirancang untuk mengurangi efek jet lag, maka pengoperasian rute tersebut pun sempat dibekukan sementara.Baca Juga: April 2018, Qantas Buka Penerbangan Langsung Perth – LondonSesuai dengan agenda yang telah disusun, Singapore Airlines sendiri akan membuka rute penerbangan dari Los Angeles menuju Singapura, namun pihak perusahaan belum mau membocorkan kapan layanan ini akan mengudara. Selain membawa efek positif bagi penumpang yang mengincar waktu tempuh singkat, adapun dampak negatif dari penerbangan langsung jarak jauh semacam ini adalah daya tahan penumpang dalam mengarungi angkasa dalam waktu yang bisa dibilang tidak sebentar ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedUnited Airlines Buka Rute Direct Flight Terjauh, Los Angeles – Singapura30/10/2017In “Bandara”Jaga Kesehatan Penumpang di Penerbangan Jarak Jauh, Singapore Airlines Gandeng Canyon Ranch23/08/2018In “Destinasi”Bagi-bagi Hadiah Model A350-900, Blogger ini Buka Kontes Menulis Tentang Singapore Airlines28/09/2019In “Destinasi” Sumber: Singapore Airlines Nampaknya dunia aviasi global harus merevisi nama Qantas Airways sebagai maskapai yang melayani penerbangan terlama dan terjauh, karena baru-baru ini Singapore Airlines baru saja menetaskan argumen yang mengatakan bahwa flag carrier negara tetangga tersebut akan membuka rute penerbangan dari Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) di New Jersey menuju ke Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) pada bulan Oktober mendatang.Baca Juga: Qantas Selipkan Cerita Unik di Balik Penerbangan Jarak Jauh Non-Stop PerdananyaDilansir dari laman (31/5/2018), penerbangan ini akan menjadikannya sebagai rute penerbangan komersial terpanjang di dunia, dengan total jarak 10.376 mil atau yang setara dengan 16.699 km. Untuk modanya sendiri, Singapore Airlines akan menggunakan armada Airbus A350-900 dengan kapasitas 67 kursi di kelas bisnis dan 94 kursi di kelas ekonomi premium.last_img read more