In export- and domestic-driven coal boon, Indonesia neglects renewables

first_imgIndonesia’s coal industry is enjoying a resurgence, driven both by rising demand from China — the world’s biggest consumer of the fossil fuel — and a push by the government in Jakarta to build more coal-fired power plants.Producers in Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest coal exporters, are seen as maximizing their output in response to the current favorable market conditions, confident that domestic demand will serve as a buffer against another export slump.However, activists warn that the coal rush will only hasten Indonesia’s “environmental destruction,” citing the high costs that the mining and power-generation industries have already exacted on both the ecosystem and communities. JAKARTA —Demand for energy in China and Indonesia continues to drive the resurgence of the latter’s coal industry, setting back efforts in both countries to shift to a greater share of renewable energy.Mining, freight and trade executives were largely upbeat at what was billed as the coal industry’s biggest event of the year, the 24th Coaltrans Asia, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier this month. Analysts who attended the three-day conference said the outlook in China was still very strong, especially for coal from Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of the fossil fuel.Arcandra Tahar, Indonesia’s deputy minister for energy and mines, said the government planned to increase its investment in the coal and minerals sector this year to $6.2 billion. He also told the Coaltrans Asia conference that Indonesia had no plans to reduce coal exports, Reuters reported.Indonesia’s coal exports are expected to hit 371 million metric tons this year, up 7 percent from last year.Domestic demand is also driving the boon for Indonesia’s coal producers, thanks to an ambitious government plan to add 56 gigawatts (GW) of electricity capacity across the archipelago by 2027, mostly through the construction of new coal-fired power plants.Bambang Gatot Ariyono, the energy ministry’s head of coal and minerals, told the conference in Bali that the government had moved beyond seeing coal as just a commodity. “Coal is now seen as a source of energy to support the national industry growth,” he said as quoted by tambang.co.id.Every day, more than 130 trucks transport coal from PT SPC’s concession. Photo by Yitno Suprapto/ Mongabay-Indonesia.Demand from ChinaWhile China has been at the forefront of the global shift to renewables, spending more on domestic renewable energy than any other country, a report by the Global Carbon Project, an international consortium, projected China’s emissions in 2017 jumped by 3.5 percent, after declining by 0.3 percent the year before.Behind China’s renewed appetite for coal is the robust economic growth in the world’s biggest energy consumer. With the construction of natural gas infrastructure proceeding slower than expected, much of the growing demand for electricity has had to be met by burning more coal. As a result, China’s consumption of coal rose by 0.4 percent last year, the first increase since 2013.“We often laud China as the new renewables champion, and indeed, if we talk about quantity and scale, no one can beat India and China,” Adhityani Putri, national director of the Center for Energy Research Asia (CERA), a Jakarta-based think tank, told reporters in Jakarta.“But on the other hand, they’re still adding substantial coal power capacity, and that’s influencing the coal industry dynamic,” she said. “Until India and China truly stop [burning coal], coal will remain attractive.”The prospects for coal are markedly different from just a few years ago, when the price of the fossil fuel hit a 12-year low in 2015 — the result of a production glut in countries like Indonesia, and a shift to renewables by major consumers such as China and India. The coal price now is at its highest point since 2012.A key river in Sekalak village has been polluted by chunks of coal and soil deposition reportedly coming from mining company PT Bara Indah Lestari which operates nearby. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.Domestic driveThe demand from China is good news for Indonesia’s coal producers. But if the export market takes another tumble, they will have a booming domestic market to fall back on this time.To meet its coal export target, Indonesia aims to increase its production by 5 percent this year, to 485 metric million tons (MMT). If it achieves this figure, this year will mark the fourth in a row that the country’s coal production has exceeded the threshold set by the government in its mid-term national development plan, called the RPJMN.The plan calls for production to taper down each year, settling at 400 MMT by 2019. Instead, not only has production exceeded the target each year — it has increased every year.A major factor behind this trend is the growing domestic demand. At present, Indonesia’s coal-fired power plants require about 80 to 90 MMT of coal per year, or roughly 80 percent of the locally mined coal that is allocated for the domestic market.“Slowly but sure, we’re starting to prioritize domestic needs,” said Bambang, the energy ministry’s coal chief. “Based on the national development plan, the domestic market [for coal] has increased 27 percent each year, and in 2019, we hope it’ll increase by 60 percent.”Elrika Hamdi, an energy finance analyst from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a Cleveland, Ohio-based think tank, noted that the 10-year business plan from state-owned power utility PLN indicated it was on a building spree: “there are going to be many new coal-fired plants operating in 2020 and 2021,” she said.Coal producers, she added, are “trying to dig as much coal as they can while it’s still possible. They’re capitalizing on the moment [when] the coal price is high, with the [Coaltrans Asia] conference saying the price will be stable or even have an upward trend.”This microhydro power station was designed and financed by Sungai Luar communities in Kapuas Hulu. The communities also manage the plant. Photo by Yves Laumonier/CIFORDamper on renewablesThe bullish outlook for coal, driven in large part by government policy, could spell trouble for the renewable energy market in Indonesia, which is already struggling to compete with the ubiquitous fossil fuel, analysts say.Indonesia will miss its target of generating 23 percent of its energy from new and renewable sources by 2025 unless it makes significant policy and regulatory changes, according to a report from the Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).“Many stakeholders we spoke to hold this view and have expressed concerns that the current policies do not provide enough incentive to grow renewables,” Richard Bridle, a senior policy adviser at GSI, said at the launch of the report in March. “More friendly regulations will be a critical first step to boosting renewable energy development in Indonesia and building a business case for investment.”But right now, the momentum and policy framework are not in favor of renewables — so much so that the coal industry players at the recent Bali conference said they didn’t see renewables as a competitive threat in the Indonesian market.“While speakers at the conference see renewables as a threat because prices for renewables have declined in the past 10 years, it’s not [considered] a threat for Indonesia,” Elrika said. “Even the government of Indonesia says it will still use coal as the base load power source.”Bambang said there was no worry about Indonesia depleting its coal reserves, estimated at 13 billion metric tons, in the near term.“If national coal production is 500 million metric tons per year and no new reserves are found, then Indonesia’s coal reserve will be depleted 26 years from now,” he said.Solar panels atop an Intel facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Intel via Flickr.Climate change, renewables ‘being ditched’The national government’s attitude to coal is one that’s shared by local authorities, for whom the issues of climate change and renewable energy barely rate a mention in the lead-up to local elections in June, when voters will choose 17 provincial governors, 115 district heads and 39 mayors.“In the regional election campaigns, not a single candidate has talked about renewable energy,” said Merah Johansyah, coordinator of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), an NGO. “And next year’s presidential election might not talk about renewables either. So this topic is indeed being ditched.”Merah criticized government policies that he said heavily favor coal for economic reasons and fail to consider its environmental and social impacts.“First, the industry demands lots of water,” he said, citing the case of the Tanjung Bara power plant owned by PT Kaltim Prima Coal in East Kalimantan province. The plant uses up 12 million liters (3.2 million gallons) of water per month, Merah said — about five times the volume of an Olympic-size swimming pool.Another environmental impact is the clearing of land for new mines. Across Indonesia, some 440,000 square kilometers (170,000 square miles) of agricultural land has been converted for coal mines, Merah said.“There’s a potential loss of 6 million tons of rice per year because coal mines operate on agricultural land,” he said.The mining industry is also notorious for leaving behind open pits after exhausting a given site, despite a requirement that the miners fill them in once they cease operations. Thousands of these abandoned pits are scattered throughout Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, where they fill up with rainwater and turn into ponds where dozens of people, mostly children, have drowned. According to data from Jatam, the provinces with the most abandoned mining pits are South Kalimantan, with 814, and East Kalimantan, with 779.Merah said the Coaltrans Asia conference was effectively a gathering to talk about “the continuation of environmental destruction in Indonesia.”“They only talk about the economy of coal. They don’t talk about the external costs of the coal industry,” he said. “Furthermore, the government only talks with businesspeople through the Coaltrans conference. There’s no room for the public to talk with the government.” Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Coal, Emission Reduction, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Mining, Renewable Energy Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Banner image: A coal mining site in Bengkulu, Sumatra. Photo by Taufik Wijaya/Mongabay-Indonesia.last_img read more

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Family affair: Jimuel Pacquiao joins dad Manny in training at Wild Card

first_imgSea rescue: Olympic swimmer Magnini saves tourist in Italy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a video on ABS-CBN News, Jimuel was seen doing mitts with boxer turned trainer Marvin Somodio while the elder Pacquiao watches inside the ring.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsThe fighting senator faces Thurman on July 21 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MANILA, Philippines⁠—Jimuel Pacquiao, the eldest son of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, is determined to make a name for himself in the sport.And so far, he’s been doing the work to reach his goal.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township livingcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 18-year-old Jimuel on Tuesday (Manila time) even joined his old man in training at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles as the eight-division champion enters the homestretch of his buildup for his welterweight title unification fight against Keith Thurman. View commentslast_img read more

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Wanyama scores but Spurs slump out of Europa

first_imgMauricio Pochettino’s side trailed 1-0 from the first leg and they were unable to overturn the deficit despite twice leading on the night.Christen Eriksen put Tottenham ahead before Gent levelled through Harry Kane’s own goal on the stroke of half-time.Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was sent off for a horror challenge after the interval and although Wanyama restored the hosts’ advantage, Jeremy Perbet’s late strike was enough to seal Gent’s upset in front of a new Europa League record attendance of 80,465.“I’m very disappointed. We started well and scored. The tie was open but we conceded a goal in one action in the first half. After that it was complicated,” Pochettino said.“In the second half we played with energy. We were brave and created chances and scored the second, but we couldn’t get another.”With White Hart Lane being redeveloped, it was more Wembley misery for Tottenham, who had already endured defeats against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at their temporary European home which played a major role in their lacklustre elimination from the Champions League group stage this season.After claiming this week that he can tell whether his team will do well after just 50 seconds of watching a match, Pochettino might have been reassured by Tottenham’s vibrant start.– Horrific –Tottenham Hotspur striker Delle Ali is given a red card in a Europa League match against Gent on February 23, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailIt took just 10 minutes for Tottenham to take the lead as Gent’s defenders made a hash of dealing with a routine long ball down the right flank and Eriksen took full advantage, racing clear unhindered before slotting home with a clinical low finish.Yet Eriksen’s first goal in his last 12 games in all competitions wasn’t the prelude for a nerve-free night for Tottenham.Kane scored a hat-trick in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round win at Fulham, but he found the net at the wrong end to gift Gent a 21st minute equaliser.A Gent corner, wrongly given to the Belgians in the first place, was headed towards goal by Stefan Mitrovic and Kane tried to nod clear but only succeeded in glancing the ball past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugh Lloris and into the back of the net.Kyle Walker tried to restore Tottenham’s lead with a stinging long-range strike that was well saved by Lovre Kalinic.But Tottenham suffered another blow four minutes before half-time when Alli, frustrated seconds earlier when a challenge on him wasn’t given as a foul, launched into a horrific two-footed lunge on Brecht Dejaegere, drawing an instant red card.Despite their numerical disadvantage, Tottenham regained the lead in the 61st minute.Walker looked to exchange passes with Eriksen on the edge of the box, but Kenya midfielder Wanyama latched onto it and scored with a powerful strike.It was a false dawn however as a woeful blunder from Eric Dier ended Tottenham’s European campaign in the 82nd minute.When Kalifa Coulibaly lofted over a cross, Dier should have dealt with it, but instead he chested carelessly down for French striker Perbet to prod the decisive finish past Lloris.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars Victor Wanyama bellows out in celebration after scoring for Tottenham Hotspur in a Europa League match against Gent on February 23, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 24- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama scored for his club Tottenham Hotspur in the second half, but it could not prevent the North Londoners from slumping to a shock Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Gent.The Belgians took a 2-2 draw at Wembley giving them a stunning 3-2 aggregate success in the last 32 second leg on Thursday.last_img read more

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Leaders City held, Walcott stars for Arsenal, Alli saves Spurs – PL RESULTS

first_img5 5 5 The Premier League resumed on Saturday after the international break and there was drama galore!Here’s talkSPORT’s round-up of all the action…Manchester City 1-1 EvertonEverton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved TWO penalties as Manchester City failed to win for the second successive game.City dominated the first half and were given the chance to open the scoring from the spot when Phil Jagielka tripped David Silva, but the Dutch shot-stopper kept out Kevin De Bruyne’s effort to keep Everton level at the break.Everton took the lead midway through the second half against the run of play as Romelu Lukaku outpaced Gael Clichy and fired home.Jagielka then brought down Sergio Aguero to give another penalty away but once again Stekelenburg guessed right to keep out City and this time the Argentinian striker.It looked like being one of those days for Pep Guardiola’s men but Nolito struck to claim a point which keeps City top of the Premier League on goal difference. Arsenal 3-2 Swansea CityTheo Walcott scored twice to help ten-man Arsenal secure a sixth straight Premier League victory and move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table.The England international netted twice inside the opening 33 minutes to put the Gunners in command.Swansea, in Bob Bradley’s first game as manager, pulled a goal back before the break through Gylfi Sigurdsson.Birthday boy Mesut Ozil volleyed home to restore Arsenal’s two-goal lead but the battling Swans again reduced the deficit through substitute Borja Baston.Arsenal had Granit Xhaka sent off with 20 minutes left to play but held on to continue their excellent run. 5center_img Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City Junior Stanislas scored twice as Bournemouth thrashed Hull at the Vitality Stadium.Charlie Daniels opened the scoring for the hosts inside five minutes, firing into an empty net after a Stanislas free-kick came crashing back off the post.Ryan Mason pulled the Tigers level against the run of play after half an hour, but a header from Steve Cook on his 200th club appearance and a Stanislas penalty put the Cherries in command at half-time.Bournemouth continued to dominate after the break and Stanislas converted his second from an Adam Smith cross midway through the second half to extend the home side’s advantage.Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling then added two more goals late on to heap more misery on Hull and seal an emphatic win for Eddie Howe’s men.West Brom 1-1 TottenhamDeli Alli rescued a point for Tottenham at the Hawthorns with a dramatic late equaliser.Ben Foster made a string of saves to deny Spurs and the Baggies looked to have snatched victory when Nacer Chadli netted against his old club with eight minutes left.But Alli prodded home with just a minute of normal time remaining after Christian Eriksen’s shot had deflected into his path.Spurs could have moved top with a win but Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased to have least maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Theo Walcott celebrates an Arsenal goal 5 Stoke 2-0 SunderlandJoe Allen continued his scoring run to earn Stoke a first win of the season against Sunderland.The former Liverpool midfielder scored twice at the Bet365 Stadium to take his tally to five goals in four games for club and country.The result means rock bottom Sunderland are now the only club yet to win a Premier League game this term.last_img read more

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Watch the insane moment keeper avoids punishment after save outside of box

first_imgThe above video may be one of the craziest incidents you will ever see in a football match, courtesy of a clash in the Egyptian Premier League.With just five minutes left of a game, a striker charges through on goal and takes a shot with the keeper far outside his area.But despite being outside his area, the keeper saves the ball with his hands – a clear foul and sending off!However, even more surprising than the save, NO ONE COMPLAINS!The keeper just gets back up and play continues!You can watch the incident above…last_img read more

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‘Brexit, Trump and now Ranieri’ – Jurgen Klopp on series of ‘strange decisions’

first_img1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has compared Leicester City sacking Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri to both Brexit and Donald Trump’s shock US presidential win.The Reds will face the Foxes on Monday in what will be the defending champions’ first game since Ranieri’s departure.The Italian was sacked by the club on Thursday, following their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla and a run of five straight league defeats, which has left them just a point above the relegation zone.Many were shocked by the timing of the announcement, with the second leg of their last 16 clash with Sevilla still to play, but bosses were keen for a change of management to boost their survival hopes.Liverpool boss Klopp, however, admits he was not surprised by Ranieri’s axe, although he said the decision seemed ‘strange’.Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the German said:  “Am I surprised that things like this can happen? No. Not just in football.“There have been a few strange decisions in 16/17 – Brexit, Trump and Ranieri.“I don’t know enough, you have to ask Leicester why they have done it.”Klopp believes the answer to Leicester’s problems this season lies with their players, rather than Ranieri.The former Borussia Dortmund boss said he experienced a testing period immediately after his side won the Bundesliga in 2011, but his squad battled through it.Asked whether it was difficult to motivate players once they had tasted success he said: “No I don’t think so but it depends on the players.“If I think back 2011 we became champions and we had not the best start in the next season.“I am pretty sure Ranieri didn’t change. He is too experienced for this.“He found a perfect clue for this team last year – how to give them a plan – but I can’t say what happened there.”Liverpool may be wary of a side who could produce a reaction in the wake of the departure of their manager, as is so often the case.And Klopp has challenged his side to be at their best when they take on the wounded defending champions, who he expects to come out fighting.“We’ve got to expect the best Leicester City on Monday,” Klopp added.“Probably the players have to show a few things and they will want to. It is obvious to not let them.“You saw the Champions League game (against Sevilla in midweek) and the reaction after they scored: it was like two different games before and after they scored.“Obviously they needed this goal to get confidence back. It was unbelievable the change in this one second when they scored.“Maybe they can keep this and then we have to make it not too easy for them to bring it on the pitch or to not let their confidence grow.“We have to play our best football – that’s what we have been working on for 15 days.“If we play our best we will be difficult to play against whoever.” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

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Mexican drug lord caught while fishing

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Coast Guard caught Mexican drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano Felix deep-sea fishing off Mexico, decapitating a murderous gang that dug smuggling tunnels under the U.S. border, officials said Wednesday. Arellano Felix, 36, was captured when the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Monsoon boarded a U.S.-registered sportfishing boat at 9 a.m. local time Monday about 15 miles off the coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen told a news conference. “We’ve taken the head off the snake,” said Michael Braun, chief of operations for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. DEA agents discovered Arellano Felix’s fishing plans and asked the Coast Guard to seize the boat in international waters. “This is a huge blow” to one of the three largest Mexican drug cartels, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty said. However, he added, “Much more remains to be done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Braun said, “We’re piling on this organization because they are extremely vulnerable right now.” The gang was once led by seven brothers and four sisters, but Braun noted that Javier’s brother Ramon was killed in a shootout with police in 2002, his brother Benjamin is in a Mexican prison and brother Eduardo, while at large in Mexico, is not considered “capable of leading the organization at this time.” “That’s not to say that there aren’t one or more others capable of stepping up and running it,” Braun said. The cutter Monsoon was towing the fishing boat, the Dock Holiday, back to San Diego where DEA agents were to formally arrest Arellano Felix and others among the eight adults and three juveniles who were captured on board. Officials anticipated announcing additional charges against the group in San Diego today. Arellano-Felix is wanted in both the United States and Mexico for his role as leader of the violent and sophisticated Tijuana-based Arellano Felix gang, which McNulty said was blamed in a 2003 U.S. indictment for 20 murders in the U.S. and Mexico. One law enforcement official said two suspected assassins for the Arellano Felix gang were among those aboard the Dock Holiday. He requested anonymity because he was speaking before the list of passengers was officially released. The Arellano Felix gang, along with the Gulf Cartel and the Federacion, are the largest Mexican drug cartels. The Arellano Felix gang is believed to be responsible for the huge drug tunnels discovered last January underneath the border. The longest tunnel stretched 2,400 feet from a warehouse near the Tijuana airport to a warehouse in San Diego’s Otay Mesa industrial district. More than two tons of marijuana were found in the tunnel. The DEA says the gang is responsible for smuggling of tons of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines over the past decade. In addition, Braun said the Arellano-Felix gang was involved in smuggling multiple tons of cocaine from all three major cocaine-producing countries in Latin America – Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. McNulty said the gang received some cocaine from FARC, a leftist revolutionary guerrilla group in Colombia. Federal drug agents began preparing for the operation 14 months ago after learning that Arellano Felix was planning to go fishing aboard the vessel off La Paz, Mexico, the U.S. officials announced. The agents enlisted the Coast Guard’s help in mounting the operations, McNulty said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LISTEN BACK: Powerlifting Open coming to Sligo next weekend

first_imgThe Irish Powerlifting Federation will be holding a March Open in Sligo. The event is being hosted by Storm Body Fitness in Sligo, and it will be the first time and event like this has been held anywhere in Connacht. There are longer-term plans to develop a Connacht Open in Sligo to coincide with the existing Leinster, Munster and Belfast Opens. This event will be a qualifying event for the All-Ireland Championship, and the Junior and Masters Nationals, as well as next year’s and Open Nationals from which the Irish team will be selected to compete on the world stage. The event is being held in the Southern Hotel on Saturday, March 10, and entry is free for spectators on the day. Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox spoke with Keith Richardson of Storm Body Fitness and some of the Sligo competitors ahead of the event.last_img read more

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OpenID Foundation Board Election Results Announced

first_imgRelated Posts rick turoczy 1 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Social Web#web Here at ReadWriteWeb, we’re big proponents of the Open Stack. As such, we’ve been encouraging you to participate in the OpenID Foundation Board elections, throughout December. Hopefully, you got the chance to participate, because the elections have come to a close. The OpenID Foundation has announced its new Board. For seven available slots on the Board, seventeen individuals were nominated. After member voting, four Board members have been elected to serve two-year terms and three have been elected to serve one year terms. Snorri Giorgetti, Nat Sakimura, Chris Messina, and David Recordon will serve two years on the Board. Eric Sachs, Scott Kveton, and Brian Kissel will serve one-year terms. All terms begin on January 1, 2009.After a successful 2008, this Board comes into a proving year for OpenID. With a number of household names getting on the OpenID and Open Stack bandwagon, the tipping point could be very near in 2009. For context, just listen to a recap on 2008 from The Social Web TV for a better idea of everything that’s happened in the Open Web over the past 12 months – and some predictions for what could be in store for 2009:No matter what happens, it will be an interesting year for OpenID and the OpenID Foundation. And you can be sure that we here at RWW will be reporting on what’s happening with OpenID and all of the Open Stack.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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How to Look for an Apartment in a New City

first_imgWhether you’ve just graduated and are looking for a place in your new town, you’re relocating for work, or you just want a change of scenery, apartment hunting in a new city can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? And what do you do once you’ve found the apartment?In another life, before I went to work in the freedom movement, I spent some time working as a leasing consultant at a property management company. I helped a lot of first-time renters navigate the leasing world and picked up on what first-time lessees tend to overlook when apartment hunting. I could write a book on this (maybe a blog post series will do?), but here are my top tips for looking for an apartment, specifically in a new city.1. Dial in on your focus-areaWhy are you moving to this city? Is it for work? For family? For fun? What is going to be your biggest life priority over the next year? Where will you spend most of your time? Pinpoint that physical location (your office, your family’s home, the beach, whatever), and start your search from that point, circling outward. If you could spend less time commuting to and from your focus-area, and more time actually focusing on it, that would be ideal, right? So start there. Put that address into Google Maps and search “apartments” in the nearby option, and start with those results. It might be that you can’t afford an apartment within a five minute walk from work. That’s okay, just start circling outwards and looking farther away. Once you’ve found a place or two that are within reason. Move to step #2.2. NeighborhoodSo you’ve found an affordable neighborhood, yay! But is it a neighborhood that you vibe with? Every neighborhood has a different personality, and you’ll want to make sure your own personality meshes with it. If you’re a homebody who’s ideal night is take out and Netflix, you probably don’t want to live in that trendy nightlife neighborhood with all of the bar and restaurant noise until 2:00 am. It might seem quiet at 3:00 pm when you walked around, but come back at 11:30 pm on a Friday night to see what it’s like. Trust me, walls and windows are not that thick. Vice versa, if you like being in the thick of it, don’t look for a place that’s 30 minutes from anywhere. You can usually get a pretty good read on a neighborhood from just walking around it for awhile.Also, make sure you do walk around the neighborhood in person to see where your essentials are (or if they’re missing), like the grocery store, coffee shop, go-to take out place, public transit, etc. This is a “must” particularly if you don’t have a car.3. Tour, tour, tourOkay, now you’ve found the best neighborhood you can afford, and you have a couple of apartments in the running. Now comes the fun part: touring. Set up tours to look at apartments within the complexes. Don’t limit yourself too much by giving a super specific list of needs, but also be honest about how much you can really afford. For example, if you’d ideally want a two bedroom, but you know you can’t afford it, ask if they have any one bedroom with den floor plans. Or ask if they have additional storage space options.Some pro-tips to keep in mind here:-An apartment on a higher floor is likely to be more expensive. Leasing agents usually get paid commission, so they will naturally show you the most expensive option in your budget. If you like a floorplan, ask if they have any on the second floor, not the 12th.-Ask about extra costs, like if utilities are included, amenity fees, trash, etc. These can rack up another couple hundred from your base-rent if they’re not included.-If your timing is flexible, ask about options that are opening up in another month or two. Management is usually working with a 90-day notice policy and has a pretty good idea of what’s going to be open in 2-3 months. If you don’t need an apartment right now, there may be cheaper options coming up.4. Work out your must-haves and don’t get caught up in extrasNew apartment complexes have some swanky amenities these days. And while you’re touring, it can be easy to get caught up in the awesome theater room you can rent out, the rooftop pool, and the gym with an entire wall of live plants that give off oxygen as you work out and think “this totally outweighs the fact that the grocery store is a mile away.” But before signing on the dotted line, think seriously about how often you’ll actually use those amenities. I can say from personal experience–I once lived in a complex that had all of these–you won’t use them as often as you think you will. You won’t really be feeling the gym after lugging your groceries back all that way, and if you sunburn within 20 minutes of being outside (hand raised 🙋🏼‍♀️), you definitely won’t be spending your days burning away on the roof. It might be worth compromising on an apartment without all the bells and whistles but being in a better location.5. Don’t get locked in to something you don’t understandLeasing includes a bunch of legalese and can be really confusing. Make sure you take the time to read through your lease before signing it–not like the “skim” you give the terms of service before accepting on Spotify–actually read it. Know what your lease term is; know if you need to set up the utilities or if they do it; know what you’re responsible for doing when you move out. Is there a chance you may need to leave before your lease term is up? Check to see if there’s a break-lease clause that will allow you to leave early. It’ll cost you extra, but usually not as much as paying rent for six months in an apartment you don’t live in. Most importantly, don’t forget that this lease is a legal contract. If you fail to hold up your end because you didn’t read or understand it, they can and will evict you (and you’ll have trouble leasing an apartment forever if that happens). So just ask questions! If the leasing agent can’t answer them, doesn’t offer for you to ask to the manager, or if God-forbid, the manager can’t answer them, do not, I repeat, do NOT sign that lease. Bad management makes for a bad apartment experience, even in the nicest of apartments.One last pro-tip. If you’re very uncertain about the apartment, or the neighborhood, ask about shorter lease terms. One year is standard, but some offer nine or six month options (at a higher rent). But sometimes, you just need to experience a place for a while to know if it works for you. At the end of the day, don’t overthink. Even if the place doesn’t turn out to be your dream apartment, a year is not that long in the long run. A year will give you time to explore your new town, do more research, or save up more to allow you to rent the perfect pad next year.last_img read more

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