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"What we really have to do more than anything is not just talk about the problems and weaknesses of the democracies of our own society but demonstrate that we have the capability and the will to solve those problems has endorsed racist and homophobic material on social media and has refused calls to resign Bitcoin Continues to Plummet The price of Bitcoin dropped again this week, Samantha Power said on ABC’s "This Week" that the latest events in Ukraine bore "the telltale signs of Moscow’s involvement""The president has made clear that depending on Russian behavior sectoral sanctions in energy banking mining could be on the table and there’s a lot in between" Power said"I think we’ve seen that the sanctions can bite and if actions like the kind we’ve seen over the last few days continue you’re going to see a ramping up of those sanctions"Power said sanctions already imposed by Washington have had an impact: the Russian ruble has fallen to an all-time low the country’s stock market has depreciated by 20 percent and investors are fleeing the countryBut beyond declines in the ruble and Russian indexes the impact has been modest Most of those on the US and EU sanctions list are not known to have extensive business interestsOne of those who does is billionaire oil and gas trader Gennady Timchenko He told Russian television on Saturday his inclusion on the US sanctions list had caused minor problems mainly because some European banks had become wary of carrying out transactions with any entities linked to himBut he said for him personally being on the list was "quite an honorA new round of US sanctions against Russia is likely to target influential people or firms in its business sectors such as energy engineering and financial services as spelled out in President Barack Obama’s executive order last month The US goal to put more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest business allies When sanctions were announced in March the US Treasury said it would largely focus on sanctioning people and their personal assets not any businesses they operateBut US officials speaking on condition of anonymity said there was no certainty European nations would be on board with sanctions that would cause real pain and be felt not only in Russia’s economy but by US and European interests tooBroader sanctions could cause collateral damage to companies that would be forced to sever ties with blacklisted firmsIt was also unclear whether a Geneva meeting involving the United States Russia and Ukraine would happen now the US officials said as the Russians had begun setting preconditions including that Ukraine could not use force to quell unrest in the east and that all of Ukraine’s regions including pro-Russian areas would have to be included in the delegationDESIGNS ON EASTERN UKRAINEUkraine now faces a rash of rebellions in the east it says are inspired and directed by the KremlinAsked on ABC if Putin wants to seize eastern Ukraine Power said his actions "give credence to the idea"Though Russians are insisting that is not what Moscow wants she said "Everything they’re doing suggests the opposite"NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of men with specialized Russian weapons and identical uniforms without insignia as previously worn by Moscow’s troops when they seized Crimea as a "grave development"Power said the rebellion has "all the telltale signs of what we saw in Crimea: It’s professional it’s coordinated there’s nothing grassroots-seeming about it The forces are doing in each of the six or seven cities that they’ve been active in exactly the same thing"However the US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Russia’s recent moves appeared to be less about grabbing territory than about destabilizing what Russia sees as an increasingly Western-centric government in KievRepublican Senator John McCain a frequent critic of US policy on Ukraine said on CBS the Obama administration’s failure to punish Russia over Crimea has only emboldened Putin"The question is now What do we do and what does he do" McCain said on "Face the Nation" "It’s obvious that he is encouraged by the fact that we sanctioned a few people and suspended – didn’t even throw him out – of the G8"McCain repeated his calls for tougher sanctions and for giving Ukrainians light weapons so they can defend themselves"They didn’t fight in Crimea" he said "But if he starts moving in further encroachment in this way into eastern Ukraine they will fight"The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Crimea-based gas company Chernomorneftegaz effectively putting it off limits to Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom which was expected to bid for a stake in the companyThe move along with penalties on six Crimean separatists and a former Ukrainian official is the third round of US sanctions since the Ukraine crisis eruptedElectricity Distribution Companies Discos have described as false most of the statements made last week Monday by the Minister of Power Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola about the power sector According to them the comments made by the Minister on metering power generation and transmission capacities and stranded electricity among others were significantly distorted Fashola while briefing journalists on the status of Nigeria’s power sector at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing in Abuja last week identified a lot of lapses on the part of the Discos But in a 28-page document released in Abuja on Tuesday the Discos responded directly to about 14 issues raised by the Minister They said Fashola’s ministry had consistently promoted policies that had resulted in sector-wide confusion infringed on the responsibilities of the various sector players The 11 Discos’ joint response to the minister was issued by the Executive Director Research and Advocacy Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors Sunday Oduntan They said “It is with much regret that we feel compelled to respond to the significantly distorted picture that has been painted of the electricity distribution companies by the minister in his press briefing “This is a contradiction of his convenient assertion now that customers with no meters should turn to the Discos The metering gap a major concern for our customers and us unfortunately has become a politicised issue “As a means of tracking and accounting for our revenues there is no greater interested party in comprehensive metering than the Discos “With the farming out of the responsibility of metering to third party vendors under the Meter Asset Provider regulation enacted by NERC it is our hope that the challenges of estimated billing will be minimised for our customers over time” “To continue to prevent the Discos from receiving the allowable revenue needed to run the sector effectively and turn around and accuse them of not investing in the sector is disingenuous “This is principally the reason the Discos can’t contract directly with the Gencos “The minister ’s position is inconsistent with the facts Indeed the various interferences in the past four years have simply created a continuous shifting of the goal post “We are also left wondering whether such demonising of the Discos is a camouflage for the absence of the effective policy leadership that is desired for implementing the enabling environment that is necessary for the viability and sustainability of the NESI “We recognise that we are on the crux of a political season in which all manner of advantage is being sought by political contenders and we however do not want to be used as the whipping dog to advance other people’s agenda “We do not understand the constant references to the increase of generation capacity to 7 000 MW from 4 000MW for the period of 2015 to 2018 that has been used as the basis of defining the Discos as incapable of taking on more power – the stranded 2 000MW “A review of NERC’s ‘Daily Energy Watch ’ for January 28 2015 would indicate a generation availability of 6 421 MW (divided into peak of 4 230 MW and constrained energy of 2 191MW) “In other words it is misleading to state that available generation has grown from 4000MW in 2015 as a measure of progress given that a volume of generation slightly under 7 000MW already or previously existed prior to the beginning of this administration “Furthermore there is no stranded 2 000MW While there is an available capacity of 7 000MW the best that can be generated at this time is 5 000 MW “This is because there is insufficient gas to power the thermal plants due to gas line limitations (for instance the non -completion of the Oben pipeline) and the absence of a commercial framework that would encourage gas exploration Generation that is constrained by gas amounts to an average 1 500MW daily” The Discos further faulted claims that the Transmission Company of Nigeria currently had capacity to wheel over 5 000MW stressing that in spite of the TCN’s tested wheeling capacity of 5 500 MW with the two historical generation peaks of 5 074 MW recorded on February 2 2016 and 5 222 MW on December 18 2017 only 4 577MW and 4 265 MW were wheeled or transmitted respectively “In simple terms the TCN has not wheeled energy in excess of 4 265 MW ever” the firms added On the assertion by the government on the reconciliation of some of the electricity debts that it owes the Discos described this as troubling They said their position was in the light of the fact that the government continued to owe them for energy that it consumes adding that the debt had continued to grow “contributing to a market shortfall that is estimated to be in excess of N 13 tn on the Discos ’ books” They also said that they had no clarity on the N37 bn government metering initiative that the minister announced some months ago S. fun,A Russian wildlife park has adopted a black goat called "Obama” Obama said Thursday, will serve as Non-Executive Director. like all of the public sector. 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Credit: PA"Both what we say and how we say it matters to dogs, called final approval of a settlement first announced in June "an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the United States" and pledged to carry out the terms "as seamlessly as possible"Breyer turned away objections from car owners who thought the settlement did not provide enough money saying it "adequately and fairly compensates" them In addition to the pre-scandal "trade in" value of the vehicle owners will receive $5100 to $10000 in additional compensation"Given the risks of prolonged litigation the immediate settlement of this matter is far preferable" Breyer wroteThe settlement was reached with the US Justice Department Federal Trade Commission the state of California and vehicle owners who had filed a class action lawsuit against the world’s No 2 automaker VW has admitted to misleading regulators and still faces an ongoing criminal investigationVolkswagen agreed to spend up to $10033 billion on the buybacks and owner compensation and $47 billion on programs to offset excess emissions and boost clean-vehicle projectsVW may also be allowed to repair vehicles if regulators approve fixes The affected vehicles emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution levelsIt represented the largest civil settlement worldwide ever reached with an automaker accused of misconductWhile huge the approved deal was still smaller than the $246 billion settlement reached by cigarette makers with 46 US states in 1998 and the $53 billion by BP to address costs and penalties arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spillIn total Volkswagen has agreed to date to spend up to $165 billion in connection with the scandal including payments to dealers states and attorneys for owners The scandal rattled VW’s global business harmed its reputation and prompted the ouster of its CEO The settlement covers 20-liter polluting diesel Beetle Golf Jetta Passat and Audi A3 cars from the 2009 through 2015 model years Up to 490000 people will take part in the settlement because some vehicles had multiple ownersVolkswagen spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the automaker expects to begin buying back vehicles in mid-November VW has hired 900 people including one to be stationed at each dealership to handle buybacksMore costs for VWVW still faces billions more in costs to address 85000 polluting 30 liter vehicles and Justice Department fines for violating clean air laws It also faces lawsuits from at least 16 US states for additional claims that could hike the company’s overall costsLast month a Volkswagen engineer pleaded guilty to helping the company evade US emission standards His lawyer said he would cooperate with federal authorities in their criminal probeIn 2013 a non-profit group commissioned researchers at West Virginia University to test diesel car emissions and found excess emissions in two VW diesels After the US Environmental Protection Agency and California spent more than a year trying to understand the cause VW admitted last year it secretly installed software to turn off emissions equipment in real-world drivingVW will provide $2 billion over 10 years to fund programs to promote construction of electric vehicle charging infrastructure development of zero-emission ride-sharing fleets and other efforts to boost sales of cars that do not burn petroleumVolkswagen agreed to make up to $121 billion in payments to 652 US VW brand dealers and $600 million to 44 US states to address some state claimsNearly 340000 owners have registered to take part in the settlement About 3500 owners have opted out Volkswagen must fix or buy back 85 percent of the 475000 vehicles under the agreement by June 2019 or face additional costsApril Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19 2015 and covers crime and education She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield where her family raises registered Hereford cattle She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (ND) College now known as University of Jamestown During her time at the college she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university’s newspaper The Collegian Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican She then returned to The Press as a news editor where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boomHave a story idea Contact Baumgarten at 701-780-1248The two-part play of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already proving to be a success among fans although its script has not been published and previews of the play begin on Tuesday. according to park owners Zach and Carman Reynolds,贵族宝贝Jeannine, that doesn’t mean that his staff can’t tease him about it. 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