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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has advised the next administration to study the regime of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and learn from it.
The SGF noted that the current regime had learnt lessons that would be useful for the incoming administration.
Mustapha made the observation when he inaugurated the presidential transition council in Abuja on Tuesday.
The transition committe has the mandate to facilitate seamless handover of power from the Buhari regime to a new one.
The council, among other things, will also facilitate the handing over process by the current President to the President-elect; organise for the security of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect including coordinating security briefings on the nation’s security matters post- elections.
Mustapha said, “In a few months, it will be eight years that the Buhari administration has been in power. Within this period, we have made significant strides in advancing the fortunes of our nation, we have also learnt lessons that will be useful for the incoming administration and it is on the strength of this trajectory that the current administration is committing itself to making the 2023 transition process seamless for the incoming President and his team.
“Our achievements must be preserved. The reforms that enabled those achievements must therefore, be documented and communicated in clear terms, so the incoming administration understands what we have done, the basis of our decisions, what we achieved and the opportunities for continuity.”
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Tue, 14 Feb 2023 02:22:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://punchng.com/incoming-administration-must-learn-from-buhari-boss-mustapha/Killexams : The Biden Administration Should Learn Japan’s Painful Lessons On Hydrogen
Clean hydrogen has long been a promising but unrealized green energy source. A bipartisan infrastructure bill introduced last year suggests allocating 7 billion dollars to create clean hydrogen hubs.
The Department of Energy piled up loads of social engineering requirements on what is supposed to be the next energy revolution. This is what the DOE press release says the Hydrogen transition would do:
Support meaningful community and labor engagement;
Invest in America’s workforce;
Advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and
Contribute to the President’s goal that 40% of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities.
The Biden Administration, through the promotion of reliance on hydrogen, is hoping to buttress its climate agenda and put America on track to meet its 2035 climate goals. Earlier this year, an additional 797 million dollars was allocated to develop hydrogen infrastructure and expand the industry across the US. Of course, it comes with more social engineering. The press release says:
“Teams are also encouraged to include representation from diverse entities such as minority-serving institutions, labor unions, community colleges, and other entities connected through Opportunity Zones.”
It seems that everywhere, partly in desperation, Clean Hydrogen is turned into a pork dispensary.
If done right, clean hydrogen may become an attractive force multiplier for energy generation. It can often piggyback from other power generation methods and produce additional energy or fuel for very little sustained cost, although it does require considerable initial capital investment. It has near-zero emissions making it an attractive alternative to traditional fossil fuels. It is especially effective in situations where it can be used on-site or in a location close to its production facilities such as when industrial complexes have their own diversified power generation systems.
Hydrogen’s very strengths as an effective force multiplier reveal its limitations when utilized alone. Hydrogen’s energy content is low by volume, meaning storage requires low temperatures, high pressure, and lots of space. That drives up costs.
The alternative to hydrogen gas storage is either liquidation or solidification, most often in a fuel cell. Unfortunately, these technologies are either in their infancy and require more research and development to be realized or have so many production-side drawbacks that feasibility remains lacking at this point.
These deterrents have not significantly dampened enthusiasm or investment. Hydrogen is still in its infancy. With immense government backing, hydrogen is being championed as a promising substitute for traditional fuels to power the energy sector in the US.
We should be wary of this premature clean hydrogen expansion because of its purely economic and technical limitations and turn a skeptical eye to the last country which wholeheartedly embraced clean hydrogen before the technology was ready: Japan.
Japan was poised for success with clean hydrogen, they said. It is wealthy, geographically compact, and densely populated with high-energy-utilizing wide-spread manufacturing hubs. Japan also committed to clean hydrogen with financing and political support that dwarfs whatever current ad-hoc American program has mustered.
Japan’s National Hydrogen Strategy spelled out what was to be a robust program. Decentralized execution with top-tier oversight combined with generous financing and public-private partnerships should have made everything work. This was a top-down industrial policy par excellence.
Despite initially receiving favorable reviews, the ambitious program to “use hydrogen in every sector” failed. No strategy could resolve the technical limitations of scalability, interoperability, and transportation difficulty.
The process of electrolysis that charges the hydrogen cells provides low energy density and consumes fuel as overhead costs. Most of the hydrogen produced or utilized was so-called “grey hydrogen”, hydrogen in which the fuel used was not from renewable energy sources. This would be fine if it had been merely complementary, instead drive for hydrogen production at all costs inadvertently induced government-mandated demand, resulting in increasing non-renewable energy production to produce semi-green “grey hydrogen”. Instead of the National Hydrogen Strategy helping them realize green ambitions, Japan fell short.
Overcommitment despite initial challenges amplified problems. About 6 years into the National Hydrogen Strategy’s launch, sufficient hydrogen fueling stations, pipelines, and storage facilities were still wanting. Despite the alarming signs, Japan allocated an extra $3.4 billion to green hydrogen in 2021 which constitutes nearly 25% of the Green Innovation Fund. Strikingly, the Renewable Energy REGI Institute reported that 70% of the funds allocated for the Hydrogen Society Vision was “spent on bad ideas”. It became clear that hydrogen was a wasteful and inefficient energy carrier compared to alternatives. Overcommitment to becoming the industry leader prevailed over common sense.
While Japan has quietly scaled back its hydrogen ambitions, pivoting to nuclear power, it has not abandoned them. With its energy output declining for several years, a viable and financially sustainable energy policy remains elusive. The country has committed fewer resources to continue its investments in green hydrogen, while still hoping to become a major player in the global energy market. The government has announced several initiatives to support the development of green hydrogen, like funding for research and development, subsidies for demonstration projects, and investment in infrastructure. It may make sense if the technology catches up with ambition.
The US is in danger of taking the same route considering the initial symptoms of overcommitment demonstrated by overspending without clear policy and strategy in place. Mimicking Japan’s faulty approach may halt effective investment and hinder competing research efforts. Worst of all, turning hydrogen into pork is a waste of public resources.
In Japan, promising results were followed by signs of failure. The lack of a clear regulatory framework and standards for green hydrogen production, transportation, and storage discouraged investment and growth in the sector. High production costs were never meaningfully lowered despite earnest efforts at developing new technologies. And finally, the financially competitive edge the sector enjoyed, thanks to government backing, was lost over time.
Japan is now revising its 10-year funding plan in face of these policy failures. The US must avoid falling into the same trap. Clear standards for R&D and industrial applications of hydrogen would be a good start to avoid repeating mistakes. Creating a clear regulatory framework would also prevent the Biden Administration from investing in bad ideas as Japan did. Most of all, The White House and DOE should cease and desist from using hydrogen funding to promote social engineering agendas that have nothing to do with energy transition.
The US can easily avoid Japan’s mistakes. Failure is an excellent teacher, but only if you allow it to act as one.
Sun, 12 Feb 2023 10:01:00 -0600Ariel Cohenentext/htmlhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2023/02/13/the-biden-administration-should-learn-japans-painful-lessons-on-hydrogen/Killexams : Coronation Street’s Sair Khan announces exciting new career change amid Alya Nazir’s stabbing storyline
CORONATION Street star Sair Khan has announced an exciting new career move and she doesn't have to walk too far away from the cobbles for it.
The actress plays Alya Nazir on the show, who is currently at the heart of the show's racial abuse storyline that has shook the Corrie cobbles.
However, not only is Sair impressing with her acting skills, she has made a move to behind the lens of the camera on the ITV soap opera too.
Sair is stepping into the director's shoes on the show making her debut in the role this week.
She has proved she is just as worthy off-screen as she is on the show by directing one of this week's episodes.
Sair has had enough drama to work with as Hope throws a series of accusations at Beth Tinker whilst Daisy Midgeley continues to deal with the terrifying affects of her stalker.
Over 70 viewers reached out to the telly watchdog, Ofcom, over the violent racial abuse plot that aired last week.
Blake - who is played by actor Adam Little - stabbed Alya Nazir as part of a terror attack at the refugee drop in centre.
The thug livestreamed Alya welcoming people into the centre's launch event and hairdresser Maria making a speech offering people support.
Groomed teen Max Turner watched on his phone as Blake vowed to the Weatherfield centre by any means neccessary.
He saw Blake with a knife and raced to Speed Daal to try and warn everyone.
Thu, 02 Feb 2023 06:12:00 -0600Jake Penkethmanen-gbtext/htmlhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/21256631/sair-khan-exciting-new-career-change/Killexams : The Biden Administration Has Been Very Good for Big Oil
Four of the country’s biggest oil companies—Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and Shell—reported record profits last year. Shell made $40 billion—double what it had the year prior. Payouts to shareholders across the industry increased by76 percentover the previous year, stretching up to $200 billion. And the gifts keep on coming.
This week, the Biden administration moved toward approving an $8 billion ConocoPhillips project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, located in Alaska’s North Slope. The company’s Willow project is expected to produce some 600 million barrels over the next 30 years in one of the fastest-warming parts of the planet. Critics argue the project threatens already endangered Indigenous livelihoods there. The Bureau of Land Management, meanwhile, issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, recommending the company drill three wells instead of the five it initially proposed. The Department of Interior, which noted it still has “substantial concerns” about the project’s climate and environmental impacts, will have 30 days to decide its fate. “That decision may select a different alternative, including no action, or the deferral of additional drill pads beyond the single deferral described under the preferred alternative,” the department wrote in a press statement about the BLM recommendation.
ConocoPhillips, for its part, seems confident. Reporting profits that doubled to $18.7 billion in 2022, chairman and CEO Ryan Lance told analysts on Thursday that the company is “moving forward with our little project up in Alaska.” Seeming to take a jab at critics, including in the White House, Lance added that “this is what the administration has asked us for: U.S. production that’s low GHG emission production. This is exactly what the administration has asked us to do as an industry, and that’s what we are trying to do as a company.” Over the next 30 years, Willow is expected to produce carbon emissions equivalent to what a third of America’s coal-fired power plants produce in a year. ConocoPhillips also hopes for Willow to be an anchor for a larger expansion in the Western Arctic to develop three billion barrels of oil. If burned, those barrels would belch out emissions equivalent to what the entire U.S. transportation sector produces in a year.
Andy O’Brien, ConocoPhillips senior vice president of global operations, was optimistic about Willow’s prospects. “Now, given the Biden administration’s commitment to the Alaska congressional delegation, we can expect to receive that [decision] in the first week of March,” he said.
Despite Democrats’ much-vaunted climate victories in the past year, the Biden administration has been a lucrative time for the oil and gas industry. While Biden came into office pledging a hard line on new drilling projects, the administration’s oil and gas drilling approvals so far have outpaced the Trump administration’s. As the industry accumulates record profits, the White House plans to start refilling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Nor does the industry itself see the the climate spending in the Inflation Reduction Act as a threat. Speaking with analysts about their $55 billion profits last year, ExxonMobil’s corporate leadership contrasted windfall taxes in Europe with the approach taken in the United States.
Taking a hostile line toward the European approach, senior vice president and chief financial officer Kathy Mikells called European taxes on windfall energy profits “not legal” and “the opposite of what is needed.” She said that “what’s needed right now is more supply. And instead, what’s been put in place is a penalty on the broad energy sector.”
She had warmer words for the IRA: “I’d contrast that,” she said, “with what’s happened more recently in the United States with the Inflation Reduction Act, right? There you see policy that’s put out to incent industry, both to accelerate technology and accelerate investment that’s greatly needed, especially in areas where the industries in terms of lowering emissions are still pretty nascent, things like hydrogen and CCS.”
Former Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, who stepped down at the end of 2022 and whose company announced it will buy back $4 billion in shares over the coming months, has described decarbonization as a potential win-win to the oil industry so long as policies toward it reflect corporate priorities. Early last year, he talked about the need to “grow our cash flows while at the same time reducing our carbon footprint.” He suggested, as well, that the company’s outsize role in shaping climate policy allows it to profit from new revenue streams such policy might create, without threatening profits:
How do I work together with my customers, and maybe with regulators, depending on which jurisdiction we are working in, to grow that business? So at this point in time, it is a shift from, well, if the opportunity is there, we may actually take advantage from it, to, how do I make sure that this opportunity will come? I’m the one shaping it, and I’m actually the one building the customer loyalty and the solution space and the infrastructure very early on in the journey so that we have a lock-in of future profitability. That is what our strategy is all about when it comes to pursuing net-zero.
Referencing some far-off point when an energy transition might occur, he added later that “before the market will completely transition to a low-carbon market, it will just be adding low carbon demand onto existing demand.” For now, that’s what appears to be happening, given that politicians in the U.S. seem unwilling, despite their enthusiasm for renewables, to pass policies that actively wind down fossil fuel production.
Shell’s new CEO, Wael Sawan, stuck by the company line on this week’s earnings call. “By the way, by 2040, I’m still convinced you’re going to need oil and you’re going to need gas and you’re going to need a lot more renewables,” he said. “And so our strategy is one that’s saying, how do we play across these multiple energy forms but really focus on the opportunities that create the most value for us?”
The “all of the above” approach to climate policy the Biden administration has taken is serving the oil and gas industry well. The trouble is that a win-win for the oil and gas industry isn’t one for the planet.
Fri, 03 Feb 2023 15:02:00 -0600en-ustext/htmlhttps://newrepublic.com/article/170387/biden-administration-big-oil-drillingKillexams : Biden administration will end COVID-19 emergencies on May 11
The current public health emergency is in place through April, while the national emergency is in place until March. They began in 2020, soon after the onset of the pandemic.
"At present, the Administration's plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date. This wind down would align with the Administration's previous commitments to provide at least 60 days' notice prior to termination of the PHE," the administration wrote in a letter to Congress.
"To be clear, continuation of these emergency declarations until May 11 does not impose any restriction at all on individual conduct with regard to COVID-19," the administration wrote. "They do not impose mask mandates or vaccine mandates. They do not restrict school or business operations. They do not require the use of any medicines or tests in response to cases of COVID-19."
The impact of the public health emergency ending will come into clearer focus over the next three months, as different agencies in the federal government determine which related programs can be continued without the order in place -- and how to unwind programs that can't.
One potential impact will be on hospitals and doctors' offices, which have come to rely on higher rates for Medicare patients and more flexibility around bed capacity rules when there's a surge of patients.
States will also soon be exempt from sharing data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has mandated information like case counts and COVID-19 deaths during the public health emergency -- a change that could lead to a cloudier future picture of COVID-19 in the U.S.
A senior administration official told ABC News that the CDC will reach out to states in the coming months to encourage them to continue sharing that information voluntarily.
The public health emergency also affects the health care coverage Americans have come to rely on for free COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. While vaccines will remain largely free for people with insurance even after the emergency ends -- so long as they're administered by an in-network provider -- free treatment and tests could be less of a guarantee.
The senior official predicted the change will be relatively minor and that instead, the larger change in COVID-19 coverage will come later this year, when the government stops buying and distributing vaccines, tests and treatments for free for all Americans and insurance companies begin to take up the cost, moving the whole system to the private market.
People on Medicaid may also face changes in their health care coverage after April 1, when states will once again be able to remove enrollees who no longer qualify for the program.
States have so far been barred from ending people's Medicaid coverage for the duration of the pandemic, even if enrollees' circumstances change and they no longer qualify, as a tenet of the public health emergency. According to a group of Republican governors, who in December pressured the Biden administration to end the public health emergency, the Medicaid expansion has led to an increase of approximately 20 million people on the program's rolls since the start of the pandemic.
At least 13% of Medicaid recipients could get removed from their coverage when the Medicaid rules change, according to research compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) from around 20 states.
The end of the public health emergency could also bring the end of Title 42 -- the order that has allowed the Trump and Biden administrations to turn many migrants away at the border by citing the potential spread of the virus.
The Biden administration supports "an orderly, predictable wind-down of Title 42, with sufficient time to put alternative policies in place," the government said in Monday's announcement.
Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:22:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://abcnews.go.com/Health/biden-administration-end-covid-19-emergencies-11/story?id=96335640Killexams : Coronation Street spoilers: Alya dies as she is stabbed in horror attack tonight?
Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) finds herself in danger once more during tonight’s Coronation Street, as Max Turner’s (Paddy Bever) old school bully, Blake, heads into Speed Daal holding a knife.
It’s established that Blake has been absorbing the same right-wing views as Max and, fired up with hatred, he decides to begin a live-stream outside the restaurant, revealing his intent to disrupt the event.
Racing over to Speed Daal, Max is blocked from entering by Gary (Mikey North), leaving him to watch from the doorway as Blake runs towards Maria holding the weapon.
When Alya spots what is happening, she jumps in front of Blake and ends up being stabbed in the stomach.
With Gary and Daryan (Twana Omer) trying to get a hold of Blake, Alya is rushed to hospital for a life-saving operation, but will she live?
The attack marks the climax of the accurate storyline which has highlighted the grooming of disenfranchised and impressionable young men.
Max was befriended by Griff (Michael Condron) a few months ago and, as he became more isolated from his friends and family, believed that the extremist gang were the only people who accepted him for who he is.
Tue, 24 Jan 2023 18:29:00 -0600Calli Kitsonentext/htmlhttps://metro.co.uk/2023/01/24/coronation-street-spoilers-does-alya-die-as-shes-stabbed-by-blake-18158641/Killexams : President Biden: 'More than half the women in my administration are women'
President Biden, who on Thursday spoke on the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, said more than half the women in his administration are women, video shows.
Once again, the president got his words mixed up, this time as he spoke about the evolution of the FMLA and his accomplishments when it comes to helping low-income families with working moms.
President Biden speaks at the White House.(Fox News)
"More than half the women of my cabinet, more than half the people of my cabinet, more than half the women in my administration are women," Biden said.
When President Biden took to the podium, he said Medicaid was extended for new moms to be able to take a year for things like postpartum depression. In December, he noted, his administration passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, giving moms simple, basic support and time to recover after having a baby.
The president also said funds from the American Rescue Plan have helped increase pay for childcare workers, who are mostly women, and recently signed legislation increases the childcare development block grant by 30% to help low-income families afford childcare.
Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.
Thu, 02 Feb 2023 11:53:00 -0600Fox Newsentext/htmlhttps://www.foxnews.com/politics/president-biden-half-women-administration-womenKillexams : Biden administration will release new Title IX rules in May. What to expect.
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Wed, 08 Feb 2023 09:37:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2023/02/08/biden-administration-release-new-title-ix-rules-may/11163003002/Killexams : Biden administration rolls out a blueprint for a 'renters bill of rights' – Here's what it includes
Housing rights activists and tenants protest against evictions and the poor condition of their apartments outside the offices the landlord Broadway Capital in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 25, 2022.
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The Biden administration announced on Wednesday new actions to protect renters across the U.S., including trying to curb practices that prevent people from accessing housing and curtailing exorbitant rent increases in certain properties with government-backed mortgages.
A "Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights" was included in the announcement. It lays out a collection of principles for the federal government and other entities to take action on, including "access to safe, quality, accessible and affordable housing" and "clear and fair leases."
"Having the federal government and the White House talk about the need for and endorse a renters' bill of rights is really significant," said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Advocates have long called on the government to respond to an affordability crisis facing renters. Nearly half of renter households in the U.S. direct more than 30% of their income to rent and utilities each month, and 900,000 evictions occurred annually prior to the public health crisis.
Possibly curbing 'egregious rent increases'
As part of Wednesday's announcement, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will look into possibly establishing tenant protections that limit "egregious rent increases" at properties backed by certain federal mortgages.
More than 28% of the national stock of rental units are federally financed, according to a calculation by the Urban Institute in 2020.
Rent protections on such properties "would be the most significant action the federal government could take," Yentel said.
As part of the White House actions, the Federal Trade Commission said it will look into ways to expand its authority to take action against practices that "unfairly prevent consumers from obtaining and retaining housing."
The persistence of eviction information on certain background reports, as well as high application fees and security deposits, are some of these practices, Yentel said.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also said it will move toward requiring certain rental property owners to provide at least 30 days notice if they plan to terminate the lease of a tenant due to nonpayment of rent. The agency will award $20 million for the Eviction Protection Grant Program, which will fund nonprofits and government agencies to provide legal assistance to low-income tenants at risk of eviction.
Bob Pinnegar, president and CEO of trade group the National Apartment Association, said the industry opposed expanded federal involvement in the landlord-tenant relationship.
"Complex housing policy is a state and local issue and the best solutions utilize carrots over sticks," Pinnegar said.
'Aggressive administrative action is so important'
Although the steps announced by the Biden administration are historic, they won't resolve the U.S. housing crisis, Yentel said.
What's needed to address the deep issues, she said, is building more affordable housing, creating permanent emergency and universal rental assistance, and establishing robust tenant protections.
However, Yentel added, since it's "hard to see where the opportunities for those investments will come from this Congress, aggressive administrative action is so important."
Wed, 25 Jan 2023 11:44:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/25/biden-administration-moves-to-create-renters-bill-of-rights.htmlKillexams : Coronation Street spoilers: Alya’s life hangs in the balance after being stabbed by extremist teen
Alya Nazir’s (Sair Khan) life has been left hanging in the balance in Coronation Street after an incident at Speed Daal saw her get stabbed.
Max’s (Paddy Bever) old school bully Blake was responsible for the event unfolding, and he began it by livestreaming outside the restaurant.
It became apparent that Blake had been absorbing the same right-wing views as Max in accurate weeks, as he believed that the drop-in centre being held at Speed Daal needed to be stopped, and that Maria (Samia Longchambon) should be silenced.
As Max watched the video on his phone, a frustrated David (Jack P Shepherd) ended up taking the device from him.
Eventually, Max got it back and when he checked the livestream, he saw the moment Blake had a knife in his pocket.
Racing over to the restaurant, Max desperately tried to warn people but he was stopped by Gary (Mikey North), leaving him trapped.
When Daryan (Twana Omer) spotted Blake with the weapon, he shouted and soon enough, chaos ensued.
As Blake made his way out of Weatherfield in the back of a police car, Alya left in an ambulance, with Yasmeen (Shelley King) and Maria being told hours later that she has a punctured lung and now needs surgery.
But will she survive?
We know from further spoilers that Blake will tell the police that it was Max’s propaganda videos which inspired him to go on the stabbing spree, but will he also end up behind bars?